June 22, 2017
Today, Washingtonian Magazine released the District of Columbian, Maryland, and Virginia [DMV] region's Top Agents for 2017! We would like to personally congratulate some of these awesome agents this year who use Contactually! Here's a little bit about each one:
Adam Isaacson, Ai Realty Group
A DC native, Adam was the 2016 Best of Washingtonian Magazine Winner out of 30,000 realtors in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Prior to his real estate career, he founded a school textbook supply company. Additionally, he was the #1 producing realtor out of 175 realtors in the Keller Williams Bethesda office.
Allison Goodhart DuShuttle, Goodhart Group
Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Allison runs a family realty business with her mother, Sue Goodhart. Recognized in 2015's Realtor Magazine as one of the "30 Under 30," she has spoken as a real estate advisor at many real estate conferences as well as on CNN, Good Morning Washington and Let's Talk Live.
Andres Serafini, Washington Group
A native Bethesda, Maryland resident, Andres prides himself as a prime realtor for both domestic and international clients. He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) Public Policy legislative committee.
Andrew Nelson, Trent & Company Group
Born in the heart of Washington, DC, Andrew spent a lot of his childhood living abroad in countries like Italy and Germany, as well as in the Middle East. A George Washington University alum, he started his real estate career at TTR Sotheby's International Realty.
Andy Peers, Individual Agent
Having lived all over DC, including Chevy Chase, Georgetown, Wesley Heights, and Eckington, Andy has over 13 years of real estate experience. He has worked in many of the Associations of Realtors in the DMV area, as well as the National group. Andy has helped hundreds of clients find over 200 homes.
Anh Boesch, Individual Agent
A current Chevy Chase resident, Anh says "Understanding my client's goals is not a buzzword for me, it's an experience I want to provide."
Avery Boyce, Individual Agent
After a multitude of experience in various careers, including theater in Los Angeles, brain research at John Hopkins, running an ecommerce company, Avery is now a real estate agent, completing over 100 transactions in her first 6 years with clients in the DMV area. The Washingtonian named her a Top Producer in their 2015 Real Estate Issue.
Bethany Ellis, Individual Agent
A realtor in McLean, Virginia, Bethany's real estate philosophy is simple: clients come first. She specializes in first-time home buying, relocation, and upgrading.
Brad Rozansky, Rozansky Group
Principal of the Rozansky Group, Brad has been a licensed agent since 1977. He has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian, and was among Long & Foster's Elite 100 professionals.
Casey Aboulafia, Individual Agent
Recognized as a Top-Selling Agent in the Washingtonian in both 2015 and 2016, Casey has been in the industry since 2004. Before pursuing her real estate career, she worked in international health and development for a few years, earning her MPH in Epidemiology from George Washington University. She now lives in Cleveland Park, DC.
Cassidy Burns, Trent & Company Group
Growing up in a small town in southwest Virginia, Cassidy has a growing appreciation for historic colonial architecture. A former football player and graduate from Bridgewater College, he recognizes the importance of Trent & Company Group's motto "the power of a team."
Colleen Pavlick, Individual Agent
A Northern Virginia native, Colleen has over 12 years of real estate experience. As a military spouse, she understands the specific needs within the military community. She is also a Lifetime Top Producer and award-winning agent within C21 Redwood Realty.
Coral Gundlach, Individual Agent
A Lifetime Top Producer, Coral sells homes in Northern Virginia counties and cities. Prior to being a real estate agent, she earned her Bachelor's in Journalism and has 7 years experience in advertising client management in a variety of cities across the country, including Little Rock, Detroit, San Francisco and DC.
Craig Brown, Individual Agent
Licensed in Maryland and Virginia, Craig has over 16 years of realtor experience. He is also a member of the RE/Max Hall of Fame, Executive Club, Plantinum Club, and RE/Max 100% Club.
Dana Rice, Individual Agent, Best Agent
Current Bethesda resident, Dana has over 20 years of marketing and advertising skills to the real estate industry. She currently serves as a board member with the B-CC Educational Foundation, with experience as President of the Friends of Westbrook School Foundation and as Ambassador for the Lab School of Washington Annual Fund, among many others.
David Shotwell, Individual Agent
Before starting his career in real estate, David worked at AARP for 13 years, where he led national efforts to promote livable communities. He is recognized as a Senior Real Estate Specialist as well as a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist [CAPS].
Donna Kerr, Donna Kerr Group
With over 20 years of experience, Donna has sold over 475 homes in the DMV area. She leads a team of talented individuals that have been featured on Stage This House in 2008. Donna has 10 years experience as a CPA and Director of Finance as well as 11 years experience in building and remodeling homes.
Eli Tucker, Arbour Group
A Business graduate from University of Maryland, Eli is licensed in the DMV area. He specializes in first-time home buyers, condominiums, and the Arlington neighborhoods of Rosslyn and Courthouse.
Heather Davenport, Matt McHugh & Heather Davenport Team, Best Agent
Now a Chevy Chase resident, Heather was born and raised in Boston. As a mother of three children, she specializes in preparing families for the specific obstacles they face when moving in and out of homes.
Irina Tyszko, Bediz Group
Born and raised in Russia, Irina has lived in many places, including South Carolina and Illinois, before calling Logan Circle, DC home. She graduated Volgograd State University in Russia with a focus in Document Management.
James Kastner, Individual Agent
Named "Best of 2016 Real Estate Agent" in the Washingtonian, James has brought 15 years of sales and marketing expertise to the industry. He founded and then later sold the Intersect Marketing Group in San Francisco. As a result of his strong aptitude for marketing, he has transformed his clients' listing materials, delivering an 80% listing rate. An 8 year Navy veteran, James has lived in a variety of places, from Ireland to Wyoming to Mexico before settling in Washington DC.
Jay Bauer, Individual Agent
Licensed in the DMV area, Jay has called the DC metro area home for over 20 years. A Communications graduate from the University of Delaware, he specializes in single-family homes, row homes, townhouses, and condos.
Jennifer Mack, Judd Mack Properties Group
Growing up in the DMV area, Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. She specializes in relocation and consulting.
Jesse Oakley, Bediz Group
Graduate from the University of Georgia with a major in Urban Geography and Environmental Law, Jesse is an active environmentalist. He has specifically worked to preserve environmentally sensitive land across the Potomac River, among other environmental feats. He has lived in DC for 8 years, and is a licensed realtor in the DMV area.
Jim Talbert, Individual Agent
Specializing in residential and commercial listings, as well as corporate housing and relocation, Jim has sold homes all over the DMV area.
Joel Nelson, Joel Nelson Group, Best Agent
Joel gained his first ever real estate experience when he worked on the maintenance crew of a 1912 apartment residence in Philadelphia. Since then, he graduated American University with a degree in Psychology and has been a licensed realtor in DC since 2001. Ten years ago, the Joel Nelson group founded Keller Williams Capital Properties, the first KW office in DC.
John Peters, Bulka/Peters Residential, Best Agent
Washington DC resident since 2000, this Oklahoma native worked in banking, small business management and IT fields before choosing his path as a real estate agent. He started his realty career with Coldwell Banker; with over $46 million in sales volume since 2012, he quickly became one of the company's top producing agents.
Jordan Stuart, Riguzzi Plus Group
A Political Science graduate from Haverford College, Jordan has been recognized as one of the top producing agents in the industry for the past 6 years. He specializes in offering VIP real estate and concierge services to local professional athletes, sports executives, and sports agents, as he is a Flagship member of the Compass Global Sports and Entertainment Division.
Joseph Hudson, Bediz Group
With a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Business, Joe taught middle school children in Texas prior to starting his career in real estate. Additionally, he worked at several DC non-profits in their Educational departments, including teaching citizenship classes to immigrants. Simultaneously with real estate, he is currently working on developing the social media accounts for many bars and restaurants in the DC area.
Joshua J. Harrison, Individual Agent
Licensed in the DMV area, he was named an Individual Platinum Award winner in both Maryland and Virginia by the Washingtonian and #12 in Individual Sales Volume in Maryland by RealTrends as featured in The Wall Street Journal. Josh's international clientele include those from World Bank, IMF, and IFC among others looking for property in the DMV area.
Kara Johnson, Individual Agent
Earning her Master's degree from New York University in Paris, Kara has had 4 years of real estate experience with Keller Williams Capital Properties. Fluent in French, she has organized and executed high-visibility visits for senior foreign military officers and high-ranking government officials while with the U. S. Department of Defense. In 2014, Kara not only sold 25 properties and over $12.5 million in gross sales, but also ranked in the top 10 individual agents for the Keller Williams Maryland/DC region.
Kate Foster-Bankey, Individual Agent
With a background in residential and retail development, Kate served as a commercial real estate manager for CB Richard Ellis, the world's leading real estate firm, before becoming an individual agent. A graduate from Notre Dame, she now lives in American University Park with her husband and two daughters.
Kenneth Germer, Individual Agent, Best Agent
As a long time personal real estate investor and advisor to several local developers, Ken has a professional background in law, management, and consulting. As a DC resident for over 25 years, he is very familiar with all areas of the city, as well as suburban neighborhoods in Northern Virginia where he previously worked.
Kevin Friend, Rob and Brent Group
A Georgetown University graduate with a degree in Psychology and Fine Arts, Kevin started his career in management consulting and hospitality. In addition to being a realtor, his community efforts revolve around youth sports and child-focused activities. Having lived in the DC metro area for over 20 years, he now lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his fiancee and 3 children.
Kevin Love, Individual Agent
Kevin's career in real estate began in 1985 while he was simultaneously earning his Bachelor's degree in Economics from George Mason University. He was honored with 25 years of excellence as an inductee to NVAR's Pioneer Club as well as ranked among the top 20 Realtors in Virginia for RE/Max in 2009 and 2014, respectively, among many other awards through the years.
Kira Lopez, The Thrive Team
In the real estate business for almost 20 years, Kira has experience as a Wall Street investment banker, a shoe designer, model and actress, and art gallery director. She was born in South Africa, raised in New York City, and educated in Europe.
Kornelia Stuphan, Individual Agent
Originally from Salzburg, Austria, Kornelia moved to DC in 1989 where she earned a Master's in Organizational Management from the George Washington University. In addition to being a realtor, she has several years of experience working in the Commercial Office of the Austrian Embassy and as Vice President of Business Development for a major financial printing company. Kornelia is also a certified Life Coach.
Lee Goldstein, Individual Agent
With more than 17 years in the real estate industry, Lee ranks in the top 5% of agents nationally. Before becoming a partner at Real Living at Home, he founded and managed his own successful brokerage firm, Northgate Realty. He also earned the Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI) designation in 2004. Check out our interview with him here!
Lise Howe, The Lise Howe Group
After earning her law degree at the George Washington University, she worked as a lawyer for the Department of Energy where she negotiated international agreements for the U.S. Government. With over 20 years of real estate experience, she earned titles of Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist, and Associate Broker to create the Lise Howe Group, for which she is the Chief Executive Officer.
Louis Cardenas, HJWC Team
As a Columbian DC native, Lou began his real estate career in commercial real estate with Smithy Braedon and then with Cushman & Wakefield in DC and Miami, respectively. With a Bachelor's in Government and Master's in International Business from Georgetown University, he supports the community by being the President of the Board of Sitar Arts Center, a local afterschool program for at-risk children.
Margaret Babbington, The Babbington Team
As a top-performing real estate agent for almost 10 years, Margaret is a DC native and thus has built many connections with many DC neighborhoods. Additionally, she is an active fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Matt Zanolli, Individual Agent, Best Agent
Named as one of the Washingtonian's Top Real Estate Agents in both 2015 and 2016, Matt lies in the top 1% of realtors nationwide. He began his career in 2002 at Long & Foster Real Estate Woodley Park; additionally, he was recruited as a partner and founding member of the Keller Williams Capital Properties Bethesda office. He has a particular expertise in historic homes and luxury condominiums and cooperatives.
Medy Monarch, Jenn Smira Team
With 30 years of business experience, Medy started out in telecom and the software industry, where she led global teams in Talent Acquisition and HR Consulting. She earned a Master's in Organizational Management and a PhD in Human Development. Medy has traveled to over 60 countries, but has called DC home for many years now.
Megan Shapiro, Best Agent
After graduating from Tulane University, she traveled the world working for CNN's Turner International Sales Office before launching and running a restaurant in downtown Atlanta prior to returning to DC in 2002. She and her husband are actively involved in community groups like Capitol Hill Little League and CHGM Homeless Advocacy, among others.
Michael Fowler, Individual Agent
Involved in nearly $50 million in sales, Michael started off his real estate career with a bang: he received the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year Award in 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The DC Center for the LGBT Community as well as a member of the Executive Committee for the Lupus Foundation of America DMV's Annual Gala.
Michael Hines, Michael Hines Group
After founding his own marketing firm, OneMediaSpace, Michael was named one of the area's brightest entrepreneurs by the Washingtonian. He specializes not only in residential sales, but developmental and multi-family as well. Most well-known to DC, The Lawrence House and Helicopter Factory were two projects for which he worked on sales and marketing. Michael is considered one of Washington's Top Producers with TTR Sotheby's International Realty.
Mike Anastasia, Individual Agent
With a combination of 30 years real estate experience, 28 years experience as a multi-entity business owner, and 20 years of sales teaching and training, Mike is a real estate professional from McLean, Virginia. He specializes in first-time home buyers, waterfront properties, and luxury properties.
Roberta Theis, Roberta and Erin Team
With over 14 years of experience and over $100 million in sales, Roberta is rated of the top 5% of realtors nationally, as well as titled a Zillow Five Star Premium Agent. Additionally, she has been repeatedly named as a Top Agent in the Washingtonian. From Boston, Roberta now lives in Georgetown with her husband.
Roz Drayer, Individual Agent
Born and raised in Britain, Roz holds the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Lifetime Top Producer Award. Prior to receiving her real estate license in 2000, Roz helped train the Yugoslavian Dressage and Show Jumping team, as well as studying Interior Design in Yugoslavia.
Sebastien Courret, Individual Agent
Born in Paris to a family who has lived and produced wine from their chateaux in Bordeaux, France since 1152, Sebastien learned the business before moving to Singapore and working a marketing role at Thomson Multimedia. He then moved to California where he opened and managed a wine import business for years before working as a Ritz Carlton sommelier in DC. Now licensed as a listing agent and fluent in several languages, Sebastien currently lives in Shaw with his fiancee and two dogs.
Sharat Ahuja, Individual Agent
With 22 years of professional experience in consulting and software service delivery, Sharat is a licensed realtor in Virginia and Maryland. He specializes in Short Sales and Foreclosures. Sharat was also listed as one of DC's Top Agents in the Washingtonian in 2015 and 2016, as well as recognized as a Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club Top Producer by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors since 2012.
Shawn Battle, Individual Agent
With a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Shawn worked as an accountant in New York for over 6 years prior to becoming a real estate agent. He founded Battle Real Estate in 2006 in Virginia where he was the principal broker for over 2 years. Shawn has also received Century 21's Emerald Award in 2009 and Centurion Award in 2010.
Sheena Saydam, Saydam Properties Group
Named as one of DC Metropolitan Area's 99 Agents You Want on Your Side by the Washingtonian in 2015 and 2016, Sheena has been recognized as the #1 highest producer at Keller Williams for the DC Metro region . As a Certified Broker Price Opinion Resource Specialist, she earned her Master's in Public Policy with Advanced Training Certification in Conflict Management from George Mason University. Before the start of her real estate career, she managed grassroots lobbying efforts at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Shelley Gold, Individual Agent
Earning a Bachelor's in Biology/Zoology and a Master's in Public Health, Shelley was named as one of the top 1% of realtors nationwide. In both 2015 and 2016, she was also named Best Agent by the Washingtonian. Shelley has received a number of designations such as Seller Representative Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, and Certified Negotiation Expert. Her business is 99.9% referral based.
Shoshanna Tanner, Individual Agent
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Shoshanna has been living in Alexandria, Virginia for the past 13 years. With a 10 year background working in the Federal Government, she earned "Rookie of the Year" her first year of real estate business.
Theo Adamstein, Individual Agent
With over 25 years experience in architecture, design, and construction, Theo has lived in DC since 1982. Prior to his real estate career, Theo was the co-founder and principal of design for an architectural firm, Adamstein and Demetriou Architects. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Theo has also served on numerous Washington arts boards, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Washington Ballet.
Tori McKinney, Rock Star Realty Team
The Boston native has practiced real estate sales for 10 years. After moving to Virginia, she began a concert promotion and PR firm and worked in the music industry for years. Soon after, she developed a successful Northern Virginia Real Estate sales business based on "Rock Star" service.
Katie Wethman, Wethman Group
Katie Wethman, founder of the Wethman Group, has experience working for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Corporate Executive Board, and Deloitte Consulting. Katie is licensed in the DMV area.
Yianni Konstantopoulos, The Thrive Team
Founder of The Thrive Team, Yianni had a long career in digital marketing before starting in the real estate industry. Most recently he served as the Group Managing Director of social@Ogilvy, based in Sydney, Australia. He has now lived in DC for over 30 years, and maintains an active real estate portfolio in Adams Morgan, U Street, and Columbia Heights.