I have been a Realtor® for over a decade now, but I became a pro at moving when I was a young girl. I moved cross-country numerous times, landing in Hawaii, California, Maine, Illinois, South Carolina, Honduras and Virginia, all between the ages of 5 and 16. I learned early on to focus on what’s important: our family and our home and not on the daunting task of the actual move. I always loved finding the right home.
As a Realtor® today, I bring that focus to the home buying and selling process, aiming to take the stress out and to exceed my clients’ expectations and goals. This is my pledge to each and every family and individual with whom I work.
Each of my life experiences have actually helped prepare me for my work with homebuyers and sellers. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, I taught in the Chesterfield County school system for six years, while in my "spare" time, I ran a wellness and fitness company. I designed health-focused programs for employees and had the pleasure of watching performance and productivity improve as a result. When I sold the business, I employed several associates, and my client list included forward-thinking companies such as Bon Secours, Dominion Virginia Power and Defense General Supply Center.
While raising four children, I was an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of directors of The Children’s Museum, the Science Museum and The Richmond Ballet. I chaired the annual parents’ fund drive for The Collegiate School as well as the school’s Village Green Fair, setting a record for total money raised from the event. When not chairing an event or fund drive, I served as a room parent, volunteer coordinator and sometimes chief cookie baker. In 2005, I embarked upon my chosen career and passion: real estate. My life as a teacher, business owner, and volunteer gave me a deep knowledge of Richmond and its many wonderful neighborhoods. And through my board work, I gained the negotiation, communication and detail-focused skills that help me serve my clients today.
In the fast-paced and ever-changing real estate industry, it is imperative for agents to stay on top of the market. I embrace the life-long learning opportunities real estate brings and have earned several industry designations including e-Pro recognition for excellent technological skills as well as certifications as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Associate Broker.
I am most proud of the team of people I have assembled to help me offer excellent customer service on a daily basis. Amy Rose, a licensed agent, is my assistant and attends inspections and follows up with lenders and attorneys to ensure smooth closings. I also work with an incredible crew of professional stagers, appraisers, and photographers and pride myself at keeping a current list of home vendors including everything from appliance repair services to HVAC technicians to window washers and everything in between.
To date I have sold over $50 Million in Real Estate. I work tirelessly for my clients. My pledge is to exceed expectations and goals. I still love finding the right home.
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Monica was so wonderful! She helped us purchase our first home and was so kind, patient, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. She always had time to answer our many (many, many) first-time home buying questions. She always went the extra mile for us to make sure we felt comfortable with each and every step in the buying process. We felt like we could trust her and truly have nothing but great things to say about our experience with her. We are so grateful to Monica and would recommend her to anyone looking to buy a new home!
Let me start by saying that we have many good friends who are in the real estate business and even though we know that they would have worked well with us, we just knew that Monica would have done the best. We have been poking around for years, trying to find the right house and Monica was always there, never pushy but providing us with her knowledge and advice on the market. When we did finally found the right house, we quickly put our home on the market and with her professional team of Amy Rose and Kristen Harris, we had our home sold in a couple of days. She made the entire process of buying a new home to selling our home of 20 years a seamless transition. Monica goes the extra mile and will recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell. She is a fantastic realtor and on top of that a wonderful, caring person.
Her service was beyond excellent!
My fiancée and I recently had the good fortune to invest in our first home. The process was seamless. We worked with Monica Rawles and she was wonderful! We felt very comfortable with her guidance and felt she represented us well. We are only two years out of law school, and we are both burdened by substantial student loans. As a result, we were keenly interested in buying a house where we could comfortably pay the mortgage and focus on paying off these loans. One of our big concerns in looking at a new home was that we would be pressured to buy something bigger than we wanted. Monica excelled at listening to us, and helped us find a home that matched our current needs. I think “listening” is important to note, because we have friends who have felt pressured to buy more house than they felt comfortable buying. Because of our experience with Monica, we will be recommending her expertise to our friends as they look for houses in Richmond. Our experience was seamless. Monica ably led us through the various steps in the process and we closed without any mishaps or delays. We love our new home!
My wife and I recently purchased a home in Glen Allen, VA with the help of Monica Rawles. We were living out of the state when we started looking in earnest for a place to live in Richmond. Monica was referred to us and she was wonderful. Let me explain why. First, she asked us what we were looking for and then listened to what we had to say. She sent listings to us via the internet so we could explore the market without being on site. When we did meet and ride with her, she was patient and gave us some good advice. One thing that stands out was her recommendation to knock on a neighbor’s door to ask questions about the neighborhood. Another thing I liked was her follow up. She communicated with us before and after we purchased our home. This meant a lot to us because we didn’t know anything about how to get service providers for trash or home maintenance. She helped our transition run smoother.
Three years later we used Monica to sell our house and “upsize”. She got four contracts on the first day that our house was on the market. We would definitely recommend Monica to someone looking for a house.
Last fall my husband and I decided to sell our house. We heard from friends and family members about what a bad time it was to put a house on the market. I had been visiting nearby neighborhoods where we were considering buying, and I had seen houses sitting for three to four months before selling or being taken off the market. My mother’s house had been on the market for five months with no lookers. So imagine how excited I was when our house sold in just three and a half WEEKS! We have Monica to thank for that. She is an incredibly hard working Realtor. In the first week that we were “staged” and ready to be seen, she scheduled a caravan and an open house. She was in contact with me about every other day with ideas and innovative ways to get the word out about my house. I was impressed by her professionalism and willingness to “go the extra mile” for my family. Then after the contract was signed, she was right there with us through every step of the negotiations and even up to the closing on our new house. Sure, the fall of 2007 wasn’t the best market for selling a house, but Monica got the job done.
I wanted to take a minute to let you know how much Laurin and I appreciated your referral to Monica Rawles for our real estate needs. She was attentive and informative throughout the entire process. We are now very happy and settling into our new home. I feel as if this could have been a difficult transition for us if we had not had the guidance from someone as professional and knowledgeable as Monica. I have always believed that you should surround yourself with good people and sincerely believe that your involvement for real estate needs with Monica is a positive reflection on your organization. We were not only impressed with the service we received from Monica, but the referrals she offered to us for mortgage lending and title agencies were equally as impressive. Each person we dealt with through this process was extremely professional, efficient and willing to go above and beyond to help meet our needs. We would definitely recommend Monica to any friends or business associates.
Monica Rawles came highly recommended to my family as a Realtor who not only is knowledgeable in all areas of real estate but approaches her business with competence and always looks after the best interest of her clients. She told us that her goal was to exceed our expectations and that hopefully we would refer friends and colleagues to her. We began thinking about selling our house about five months before we put it on the market. We lived in the city and our family was growing. We contacted Monica at first to conduct research on our area and our house and to give us a comparative market analysis. She went above and beyond before we even signed our listing agreement, understanding our situation of being first time home sellers and the nerves involved in taking our lives to the next step. With her guidance and patience, we listed our home which sold within the first week. We then put the same trust into Monica’s professionalism in finding our dream home. She held our hands as we explored different neighborhoods of Richmond. Her vast knowledge of all the surrounding areas was impressive and helped to expand our thinking. As a result, we found our current home and stayed within our budget. Our transactions were smooth and easy. Long after we settled into our home, we continue our relationship with Monica as she continues to remind us that our investment was a wise decision. We are eternally grateful for her encouragement and knowledge as our ever expanding family is now living in our dream home.