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 very knowledgeable about the market, current real estate news and she knew what we were looking for. Monica is well connected in the community, and she knew exactly who to reach for the information we needed. Monica definately knows the different areas of Richmond, and she was able to help us fine tune our housing search since we are not from this area. Monica's attention to detail was very important to us. As in our housing search, she led us through all the steps in the purchase of the house and all the steps in the completion. We had a lot going on (my mom passed away), but we knew Monica was taking care of all the details, which was a big relief for both of us. Monica was always very positive and optimistic. Trying to buy in a sellers market is not easy especially in an unfamiliar area, and Monica's optimism made the whole process very pleasant and hopeful. Also, once we found the house we wanted, Monica's tenacity to make it happen made it possible to get our house. Also, she made it possible for us to have a home inspector for a showing on a busy weekend. Monica is an outstanding real estate agent! We were so lucky to be able to have her help on our house journey.
I have worked with Monica over several years and have always recommended her to all my friends and family. She is very knowledgeable about real estate and also all other things. She always has her client's interests first. She is patient and trustworthy. I really enjoy working with her and look forward to future partnerships.
Monica coached us on exactly what we needed to do to sell our house and get the most ROI. She walked us through and negotiated over 6 offers received. This was an exciting sellers market, but also overwhelming. Monica worked in our best interests and sold our house in 2 days.
Monica is fantastic to work with, an expert negotiator and super knowledgeable about the market. Her relationship with our lender also helped us move quickly.
Monica has worked with my daughter on several occasions and everything went smoothly. Monica continues to keep in touch with my daughter. Monica is a hard worker and a pleasure to know.
She put our family first and ALWAYS advocated for us. We will use her for all future selling and buying. She's AMAZING!
Monica was a dream to work with! Monica helped us sell and buy a house this year and I cannot thank her enough. On the selling side Monica helped us get the house staged and ready, and also guided us to the exact right price point where we had multiple offers and received over asking price.
In the buying process, Monica was also indispensable. She was extremely patient as we searched for the right house through multiple neighborhoods. She kept our family in mind as we proceeded, and guided us in making a strong offer on the ONE! We would not have been competitive in the multiple-contract buying process without Monica.
I would not attempt real estate without Monica on our team—we are so appreciative of her warmth, expertise and support!
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!