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Kristin Gerlach


What is your professional and educational background?

While in college I auditioned a few careers, working part time at GW Hospital to look into medicine (too messy), and then at a law firm (not interesting enough to convince me to go to law school). When I considered finance, Merrill Lynch told me, "You're too young, get some sales experience and then come back to us. Try real estate." So I did, and the rest is history.

Occasionally, it's been messy and sometimes a little too interesting, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. In 1989, my broker, Merrill Lynch Realty (ironically, they bought the company I had been affiliated with) was selling to another large national franchise and I decided to start my own boutique firm. I've always felt that being smaller would enable us to represent clients better without the conflict of interest that comes with dual agency in a larger organization.

Today I’m very lucky to work with a terrific small group of agents affiliated with Gerlach.

What are your interests outside of work?

I'm very interested in Democratic politics, and have served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Girl Scouts, Dance Institute of Washington and the Montgomery County Community Foundation. I was awarded the prestigious “Realtor of the Year” award by the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (an award given to one person each year based on service to the industry and reputation, not sales volume) and the “Thanks Badge” by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. This year I'm excited to be co-chairing the Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s annual Leadership Lunch.