DESIGNATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Graduate of the GCAAR Leadership Academy
District of Columbia
District of Columbia: Upper Northwest, Capitol Hill
Maryland: Montgomery County
Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Great Falls
Marilyn was born and raised in Washington, DC. She is a product of DC public schools and a magna-cum-laude graduate of Howard University. A 10-year veteran of law firms prior to entering the real estate profession in 2001, Marilyn became a full-time agent in 2002 and was her previous firmís Rookie of the Year in 2003. First and foremost in everything that Marilyn does is her commitment to client service and satisfaction.
Bachelor of Music, Howard University, magna cum laude
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PAST AND PRESENT:
2006 YMCA volunteer of the Year, Anthony Bowen YMCA
Vice President, Anthony Bowen YMCA
Chair of the Board, Anthony Bowen YMCA
Vice President, Jack and Jill of America, Washington, DC, Chapter
To sell our familyís home of 50 years, we made the inspired decision to reach out to Washington Fine Properties, and after our first meeting with Marilyn Charity and Muffin Lynham we were convinced that we had made the perfect choice. Drawing on her years of experience and expertise, Marilyn Charity appreciated every detail of this beautiful home and had the vision to see it as the next ownerís greatest treasure and sanctuary. From the very earliest conversation, we reposed total confidence in her, and just as importantly, Marilyn guided us to have confidence in ourselves and the choices we would need to make among the range of options. Be it a grand transformation or a charming and sensible vision, Marilynís creative instincts highlighted the beauty and comfort this houseís many features could offer. Marilyn recognized that while circumstances might differ, the challenges are neither unfamiliar nor insurmountable. She kept us grounded, anchored in the project, and optimistic. With great sensitivity for the abstract and intangible forces at play and with the utmost professionalism, Marilyn took the time to listen as each stage of the preparation would unfold and require considered decision-making. She helped us evaluate the options, and, most importantly, she showed us that all the elements for a successful outcome were within our grasp.
Marilyn is absolutely terrific! My wife and I have dealt with several realtors over the years, and Marilyn is by far the best! Sheís an incredible negotiator, knows when to hold her ground and when itís time to acquiesce during the contract negotiations. She knows the market like a trained historian and understands where to invest your money. Finally, Marilynís a great listener and takes the time needed to understand her clients and their needs.
Marilyn was an absolute joy to work with. Throughout the entire process, Marilyn rose to the occasion every step of the way. On the eve of closing, we were presented with some unexpected and unprecedented challenges. Her positive influence and expertise kept us going. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling a luxury property. She has a wealth of resources, knowledge, savvy and bountiful energy to get you to the closing table having met your goals.
Iím writing to thank you for the excellent service you provided as my realtor. As you know, selling a house can be a stressful life event, and the fact that I was preparing to leave my home of 58 years made this process seem particularly daunting. However, you went above and beyond to help assure me through every step. You responded quickly to my questions both by phone and email, and you anticipated any problems that might have arisen that were unique to my situation. In fact, you handled both my own experience as the buyer and the sale of the home itself with particular expertise: you felt, from the beginning, that the house would sell quickly, and it certainly did! You made sure that the appropriate decisions were made, from flooring to paint, that helped the house sell almost immediately.
If I know of anyone who needs a realtor in the future, Iíll have no reservations in recommending you: you made a difficult process so much more pleasant.
Marilyn, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciated you helping Riley and David find their new home. They are happy as clams right now, and we all have YOU to thank for it! You are not only so professional and good at what you do but you are such a lovely, fun-to-be-with and easy-to-get-along-with person!
Your part in it was worth a million bucks to them and to me, and I want you to know how invaluable you are!
I am writing to provide a review for the real estate services by Marilyn Charity:
Phenomenal Ė one word to thoroughly describe Marilyn Charityís real estate services. She has a vast knowledge, experience, and expertise which put her ahead of her peers. She exceeded my expectations from assisting with an estate sale, home renovations/remodeling, and the swift sale of the estate. Her ethics are beyond reproach. You need not look anywhere else for your real estate needs!
Marilyn sold my house in a week. This is a house that had been on the market for over 3 years. She staged it beautifully, did the research and negotiated a sale in a very short period of time.
She is amazing!!
I'd like this to serve as a testimonial to the great work done by Marilyn Charity in helping my wife and me find and close on our first home. In addition to being first-time home buyers we were new to the Washington, D.C., area, and juggling two demanding careers along with a infant baby. Marilyn's extensive and inside knowledge of every neighborhood along with her large collection of business contacts was invaluable in every step of the process up until and even after closing. We would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone looking for a real estate agent in the DC/VA/MD area.
Thank you for coming to our party and celebrating with us. We are so joyful in our new home and thank our lucky stars (including your special constellation) for bringing us to Mass Avenue.
With friendship always,
I would like to thank you personally for working cooperatively with me on this recent transaction.
The real estate market has become increasingly complicated and competitive, making each transaction critically unique. Dedicated agents like you help us to bring every settlement to a successful conclusion. This situation certainly brought additional challenges!
Again, it has been a pleasure working with you. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to share more transactions in the future. Thank you again for the high level of professionalism you bring to our industry. Steffi, my assistant, said it was great working with you, too!
What a special, dear person you are. Thank you for your generosity and wisdom in weighing in on price. Marc and I agree, you have "it"! You are so warm and, at the same time, professional, knowledgeable and articulate, it is no wonder you are so successful. It was a pleasure to have you in our home. We will wait and watch the market. We so appreciate your help in reaching a decision.
All the best to you in the new year!
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is intended to be a straightforward endorsement of working with Marilyn Charity, agent for Washington Fine Properties. After examining several real estate agents, we narrowed our choices to three. Each had a different approach as we mutually explored whether it made sense to enter a business relationship. Marilyn quietly stated that Washington Fine Properties wished to approach this potential business partnership with a business meeting at their headquarters. By this time we had already received a handwritten note from Marilyn expressing her hope that we would work together. When we arrived at Marilyn's office, she introduced several of her colleagues and handed us a handsomely bound, detailed real estate analysis of our property, which she proceeded to explain page by page. She also laid out her advertising approach in handling properties. Marilyn Charity was absolutely good to her word.
At several open houses, we were not quite ready in the last hour for "company." Marilyn routinely showed up ahead of time and did everything from vacuuming to rearranging lawn ornaments. She is not afraid of being part of that process of having her client's home presented in the best possible manner ... and helping to blow off last-minute leaves is simply no big deal to Charity. The video tour which she developed for our home was so far superior to most of those I have ever encountered. Her text was also a thoughtful one.
Just as Marilyn promised, our house was featured in multiple, large, color ads in The Washington Post. She also advertised our home in The Wall Street Journal, a local D. C. rag, and countless online services in addition to Washingtonian Magazine. Marilyn's feedback on opens and potential customers consistently rang true.
If this sounds like a rave review, the intent of the author has been met. Should we be seeking the aid of a real estate agent in the future, our search will end at only one door - Marilyn Charity of Washington Fine Properties. Save yourself some trouble and do the same.
James R. and Susan E. Catlette Contented Customers