After graduating from James Madison University (GO DUKES!), I moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1995. I had earned my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems and was recruited by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a programmer. I loved my job! I was fortunate enough to travel nationally, going to different client sites such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. As one of the software developers, testers, and trainers for the Immigration and Naturalization Service agency, I had the opportunity to design software from start to finish, implement, test, and train end users. I worked for EDS for five years excelling through their rigorous technical training programming ‘boot camp’, graduating, and continued with software design and development.
I was later recruited and worked as a lead application developer, designing and maintaining databases for the US Secret Service. While this position did not require travel, the work atmosphere was very intense and dynamic. I worked one-on-one with agents developing small databases on demand for field projects, and larger internal databases for the on-site office. I enjoyed the people and the atmosphere at the US Secret Service, and also how each day had different technical challenges.
After consulting, I decided to pursue my real estate career full-time…and never looked back! While there are days that I sincerely miss programming, it can never take the place of the satisfaction I feel when I help a family buy, sell, or keep a home. I have always had a fascination with houses. Before I was licensed in 1997, I would often spend my spare time visiting model homes in the area and going to home-buying seminars. My educational background and previous experience as a consultant was pivotal in facilitating my success as a Realtor.
My business degree laid the groundwork for real estate principles. I have extensive knowledge and training in Economics, Accounting, Computer Technology, Marketing, Finance, and Management. Transitioning from corporate/government consulting to real estate consultant was very smooth. I have always been in a ‘people’ atmosphere, and my technical skills help me when I work with both buyers and sellers! Training end-users paved the way for informative buyer consultations ('the heart of a teacher'), home buying seminars, and listing presentations.
Over the past 23 years, worked diligently to create a referral based business while actively serving military families, first-time home buyers, and absentee home sellers. I am a top listing agent and buyer agent specializing in the following areas: Alexandria VA Real Estate, Arlington VA Real Estate, Lorton VA Real Estate, and Woodbridge VA Real Estate.
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