What is unique about your business?
Although I have a team, I'm involved in all aspects of every transaction, which is unique for a top-producing agent. There is sometimes the perception that high-producing agents with teams are too busy for the client’s personal needs. That's not the case with me. I personally negotiate every transaction as well as coordinate staging, decorating, repairs, photography and my client's personal marketing plan.
What is the one thing that your clients should know about you?
I’m very hands-on and attentive. Everyone involved in a transaction is a priority. Every step of the way, I make sure that my clients understand the process and feel comfortable with all decisions. Whatever their price range, they receive my full attention and the highest level of service and professionalism.
How do you employ new technology to help your clients?
Networking is so important, particularly when you’re selling a home. We’re extremely tech-savvy, with listings and information. Our social media is at the forefront including Twitter, Instagram, blogs and Facebook advertising. Your listing will be on more than 400 websites. Additionally, we are well connected throughout the community with colleagues and past customers and clients.
What's changed for women in business, if anything, over your career?
When I started my career in real estate in the 1980s, I began at a woman-owned and operated Georgetown boutique. The owner was competent and strong, smart and tenacious. She taught me when I was just 22 years old, that in real estate, to earn respect from buyers, sellers and peers, I should always be compassionate and fair and stay true to my beliefs. She also taught me to speak up and have a voice in every transaction.
2010-2017, “A Top Vote Getter” for Best Realtor, Best of Bethesda Readers’ Poll, Bethesda Magazine; 2015-2017, Best of Washington, Washingtonian; Top 1% agents nationwide; Long & Foster Top 100 Elite Performers; America's Best Real Estate Agents, Wall Street Journal and Real Trends
A parent, educator and experienced community leader: Karla Silvestre for Board of Education, At-Large