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Give me a call at: (703) 999-5812 or send me an email at Bob@BobNelsonTeam.com
For those not familiar with Military Appreciation Mondays.
The following is Thanks USA's mission statement:
ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces. We're doing that by providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.
How did the idea of ThanksUSA evolve?
While two sisters, Rachel (10) and Kelsi (8), were on a family vacation in August 2005, they became fascinated with the appeal of treasure hunts. They were trying to locate the treasures hidden by Michael Stadther in his book, A Treasure's Trove, and they asked their parents about the historical basis for the clues in the movie, National Treasure.
The girls wondered whether you could use the appeal of treasure hunts to get kids and their parents to support a national goal. Asked what that goal should be, the girls said they wanted to help the families of military troops. They were inspired by their neighbor, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Lanier Ward, who had been severely injured in Iraq. Although the girls had already sent care packages from school and church and they had written letters to the soldiers, but they wanted to do something more.
The family discussion turned into the idea of creating a national treasure hunt game, based on American history and American values, which could encourage Americans to "thank" the troops through contributions and activities. After researching what programs are available to troops and their families, they decided to establish a scholarship program for the children and spouses of American troops using private, corporate and federal funding. Ultimately, both the treasure hunt and the scholarship program were grouped under the moniker of ThanksUSA, short for "Treasure Hunt Aiding Needs of Kids and Spouses of those serving the United States of America."
Recent Cosponsors include:
Nelson Family Grossman Family
Sylvestre Family Cox Family Liz Foley
Mary Ann Martel Scott and Dave LaMorte G
Dave and Amber Mclaughlin
Please help support the following business contributors to MAM
Gary Kaihara, DDS - Smiles International
Last Month's Door Prize Donors
Great Falls Shell
Please consider joining us on March 11th for this month’s Military Appreciation Monday Dinner which will be raising funds for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Simply call the Old Brogue in Great Falls (703-759-3309) and make a reservation for either the 5:30 or 7:30 seating. Myself and my cosponsors will each make a donation based on ten percent of your dinner tab to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Its as simple as that and you will show our service members and their families just how much you care.
MILITARY APPRECIATION MONDAYS
Stop Soldier Suicide
The MAM dinner at the Old Brogue in Great Falls, Virginia on February 11th was a huge success. We had over 120 attendees at the two seatings and in total will have raised approximately $11,000. Thank you to all our cosponsors, door prize donors and everyone who attended. I would also like to that those who could not attend, but sent us nearly $3,000 in donations. A great event for an incredible cause.
MILITARY APPRECIATION MONDAYS
I can say with certainty that our November 2011 fundraiser in support of this group helped save lives. As I imagine you have been seeing in the news, suicide has become a major problem for returning service members.
If you can join us, be sure to make your reservations early for either the 5:30 or 7:30 seating at the Old Brogue by calling (703) 759-3309.
How Stop Soldier Suicide Helps our Veterans
Stop Soldier Suicide has an intimate understanding of the military lifestyle and its associated hardships thanks to the service record of its Board of Directors, a team primarily composed of former Army officers and current active duty Army officers.
We leverage that experience to actively curb the growing rate of soldier and veteran suicides by connecting soldiers and veterans to free mental health care, other military oriented non-profit organizations that address issues which lead to suicide, and by directly intervening to fill the gaps left by existing organizations.
For veterans, Stop Soldier Suicide creates an environment built on camaraderie and mutual understanding. We will provide access to resources that are often hard to utilize once separated from the military. We will replicate the built-in support network that was formerly provided by their units, and help to meet the needs of veterans in whatever way necessary.
I would like to say a special thanks to all those who have volunteered to be cosponsors in the past. Feel free to contact me if you would like to help out with this month’s dinner or would like information on the business cosponsors and door prize donors.
Nelson Family Grossman Family
Sylvestre Family Kaihara Family
Doug Stevens Mary Ann Martel Scott and Dave LaMorte
Dawson Richardson Dave and Amber Mclaughlin Bozell Family
David Moxley Thorpe Family Glerum Family
Cox Family Karl Pierson Liz Foley
Recent Business Sponsors:
The Old Brogue
Double Eagle Title
Taylor Allgyer – First Savings Mortgage
G Stephen Delaney – State Farm Insurance
G. Stephen Delaney – State Farm Insurance
The Simmons Team – Mclean Mortgage
The Old Brogue
Double Eagle Title
James Gaudiosi – Atlantic Coast Mortgage
Last Month’s Door Prize Donors
Lodgecliff on the Choptank B&B
PF Changs Restaurant
Great Falls Exxon/Shell
Great Falls Design Build
Home Escapes/Spas East
State Farm Insurance
Our Military Kids
2012 Christmas Gift Wish List
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s wounded warrior Christmas Gift Wish List project. Between the families provided by Our Military Kids, Ruth Hoffman at Walter Reed and recommendations from others in the program, we purchased over $20,000 worth of gifts for 140 kids. This is an increase of more than 40 percent from last year’s list. Please check below for the names of adopted families and those who provided support. I know a number of folks not only purchased gifts, but also helped out with Christmas dinners, decorations, etc. I hope you all had a great experience and will maintain an ongoing relationship with your families. If you have them, please forward copies of photos and any comments you may have received from your respective families to Santa@bobnelsonteam.com; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Both Gloria Schaefer and Ruth Hoffman provide support to our service member families year round and definitely deserve our thanks. Also see comments from both the families and some of the sponsors.
Rex Latham – $100
Pat Martin – $300
Jane Muehr – $150
Kim Degnan – $150
Tom Steffens – $150
Tarry Farries – $1,000
Doug and Jane Hanscom – $100
Suzanne and Cofer Black – $500
The Grande Dams Book Club – $425
A. Rio Family – Adopted by Roellig Family
B. Welton Family – Adopted by Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
C. Alexander Family - Adopted by Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
D. McMains Family – Adopted by the Heymann Family
E. Maynor Family – Adopted by Tom Francis and Family
F. Nemwan Family – Adopted by Mary Lou Christy and Family
G. Rivera Family – Adopted through cash donations
H. Harrison Family – Adopted by Louis and Alice Andors
I. Jones Family – Adopted by Blackbird Technologies
J. Bentley Family – Adopted by Blackbird Technolgies
K. Czech Family – Adopted through cash donations
L. Green Family – Adopted through cash donations.
M. Sproul Family – Adopted by the Sales Associates at Tory Burch
N. Family – Adopted by Diane Glerum and Josee Cox
O. Family – Adopted by Diane Glerum and Josee Cox
P. Banks Family – Adopted by Gloria Schaeffer with Our Military Kids.
Q. Jauregui Family – Adopted by Santa
R. Lopez Family – Adopted by Susan Kristol
S. Burkett Family – Adopted by Julianna Chapman
T. Shanrahan Family – Adopted by Julianna Chapman
U. Burkett Family – Adopted by Josee Cox and Diane Morales-Glerum
V. Ohmer Family – Adopted by Josee Cox and Diane Morales-Glerum
W. Oppelt Family – Adopted by Christine Henck
X. Hunter Family – Adopted by Jeff and Mia Barb
Y. Green Family – Adopted by Santa
Z. Banks Family – Adopted by Gloria Schaeffer
Original List of 40 families
1. Keen Family – Adopted by the McGillis Family
2. Jackson Family – Adopted by the Landy Family
3. Hess Family - Have had a good turn of events and withdrawn their names from the list. This is the best type of gift one can receive!
4. Adams Family – Adopted by Ambre and Dave McLaughlin
5. SSG Cortinas Family – Adopted by Otto and Nita Hoernig
6. Moran Family – Adopted by the Digges family.
7. Anderson Family – Adopted by Laura Rhodes and Rick Whaley
8. Ahlin Family - Adopted by the Augustine Family
9. Shive Family – Adopted through cash donations
10. SSG Moore Family – Adopted by Laura and Gene Smith
11. Harper Family -Adopted by Mary and Steve Cassady
12. Spoerle Family – Adopted by Laura Rhodes and Rick Whaley
14. Holmes Family – Adopted by Norma and Brent Bozell
15. Diaz Family (Family name is Delgado) – Adopted by Hartley Family
16. Scott Family – Adopted by Tim Heil and family.
17. King (Patterson) Family – Adopted by Shiner Roofing and Siding
18. Marr Family
Girl, 7 – Adopted by Andy Stern and Vernon Wyly (Andy Stern Furniture)
Boy, 3 – Adopted by Bill and Linda Flickinger
19. Davis Family – Adopted by the Leach Family
20. Bob Pierce – Adopted by the Wise Family
21. Childs Family – Adopted by Double Eagle Title
22. Fitzner Family – Adopted by the Chmura Family
23. Lewis Family – Adopted by Claire Abbott
24. SGT Fitzpatrick Family – Adopted by the employees at Trace Systems Inc.
25. SGT Karpf Family – Adopted by Gina and Doug Jones
26. Santos Family – Adopted by the employees at SKC LLC.
27. SSG Keaton Family – Adopted by Shiner Roofing and Siding
28. SFC Platt Family – Adopted by Dave and Lyn LaMorte
29. Lopez Family – Adopted by Chris and John Yaremchuk
30. Mund Family – Adopted by Larry Sabin and family
31. Staton Family – Adopted by Andrea Kamman and family
32. Dawsey Family – Adopted by Paula Quiroz
33. Timothy Ashworth – Adopted by the Peters Family
34. MacDonald Family – Adopted by Adeler Jewelers
35. Greg and Betty Easley – Adopted by the Fitzgerald Family
36. McLean Family – Adopted by the Kuzmick family
37. Coleman Family – Adopted by Shiner Roofing and Siding
38. Tejada Family - Adopted by the employees at Trace Systems Inc.
39. Bedore Family – Adopted by the Eric Brugel Family
40. Ruiz Family – Adopted by Sam Ghanem, AFT International
Comments from some of the families:
Thank you so much for calling on Friday. It means so much to hear of your support for our family. It has been a rough year with my husband being admitted inpatient twice for PTSD/TBI issues to hospitals in New York and D.C. I have had to be a dual parent most of this last year and try to carry forward as best as I can. We appreciate and are so thankful for what you do in order to get our family adopted this year.
I wish a Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!
Sorry this took so long to get to you, but I really appreciate your patience and generosity! This has been a rough year for our family. I’m not sure how much background you were given on us, but my husband was injured in June in Afghanistan when his compound was attacked by insurgents. He took a grenade to the left side of his face, where shrapnel entered his brain through his left eye. Among a few other minor injuries, he has a traumatic brain injury as well as a lost left eye. All in all, he is doing remarkably well, but as you can imagine things have not been easy, especially for the kids. My husband, however, is on the mend and back home with us receiving care here in Michigan, so we are very fortunate to be able to spend the holidays with him.
We would be interested in the program this year, as we are unable to provide much for our children this year due to money issues. We have 5 children- ages: 14, girl; 12,boy; 5,girl; 2,girl; and 7 months, boy. Our older children understand that we will need to wait until after the new year (tax season) to provide Christmas gifts, but the younger ones are still expecting Santa to visit. (Please note: We have the family adopted and the “older” kids will definitely be taken care of.)
Yes, We did receive your box! I was out of town visiting my mother in San Diego who is sick and did not return until today. But, my neighbor saw the box and kept it for me until today. He said it came on Friday (Nov30). I did not open the box because the girls were right there with me! THANK YOU so much for your kindness and your generosity! I know the girls will absolutely love the dolls that you so thoughtfully picked out for them! My husband and I are very grateful to you and your beautiful daughter Isabel. You embody the true spirit of Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family, may God giving you many more blessings for your act of kindness towards my girls. We truly wish upon you and yours the best in life….
Email from Samantha to Eric:
I just read your e-mail, and started crying! My husband thinks I can be a big baby, but I have I am just so grateful. My family and I were not going to do much this year because we don’t have that much money and our girls were not expecting a lot for Christmas. Since you have adopted our family, I thought you would like to know a little bit about ourselves.My husband has served ten years in the army and has done 5 tours to Iraq. He was severely injured on our oldest daughters first birthday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He battles many challenges but the most challenging one is his memory. He currently doesn’t recollect a lot of our oldest child growing up and also forgets things throughout the day, we take brain training classes near our home at the VA and it seems to have helped a little and are currently still in therapy. He has as well had multiple surgeries and more recently our Orthopedics Dr. has asked us to consider a prosthetic leg for my husband because of the lack of mobility and pain he is in, its just a really hard decision to make.
I currently am going to school full time and hope to become a physical therapist in the future ( I am going on my second year, still have a long road ahead). I hope to help people who have have been injured just like my husband serving in the military on tour. After my husband was injured, he lost hope not knowing what to do. I have thankfully motivated him to go to school and I am his note taker in his classes and proud to say he is passing. He gets discouraged when he says he cannot recollect things I have spent lots of time working on him with but he doesn’t stop, and if he won’t give up, I sure won’t. I hope you don’t mind me telling you so much, I just thought you would like to know a little bit about us and who we are.
Thank you again for adopting our family,we are very grateful. My husband and I will look on Amazon as soon as we get home!!
Comments from some of the supporters:
Bob: We thank you for the opportunity to help two families. We had a wonderful day.
I wanted to let you know my family has order the gifts for the Weinrick Family.
Thanks for letting me part take in this….
I called our family last night.
It was such a great conversation..one of admiration and appreciation on my end and one of gratefulness on his end.
During our telephone conversation Tara was moved to tears that someone who didn’t even know her was willing to help her family. They are struggling financially and had already prepared their 7 year old daughter to expect a lean Christmas this year.
From Eric Brugel:
FYI, I have had a touching exchange with Samantha and Jason Bedore regarding the gifts. It heightens my appreciation for their contribution to the country. Thanks for making the effort to pull this all together. I gave them a budget of $250 per child, which was above your suggestion, and I am glad I did given what they are going through. BTW, I googled his name and it turns out he did 5 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart. She has also served and is in the reserves now. She never made any mention of this to me. It is really moving.
This one is mine to Pam Czech:
It was a real pleasure speaking with you today and I am looking forward to helping make this Christmas a little bit brighter. Please go ahead and send me some ideas of what your son would like to have under the tree on Christmas day. I feel privileged to help out after all you have given to this great country. As we discussed, please try to limit the list of items to $150. As a grandfather of three wonderful little ones, I have to make an exception to my own guidelines, but you are the first grandma I’ve had on the list. Please send me a few items that you would like to give the grandkids and I will make sure to get them out to you. I only ask that you limit the amount for these gifts to $50 per child. (Changed my mind after thinking further and we went ahead and ordered $150 per grandchild as well.)
Go ahead and send the wish lists to Santa@bobnelsonteam.com. I would like to ask that you send me a few photos of the kids opening their gifts so that I can post these on my website. I invite you to visit my website: www.bobnelsonteam.com to see the entire list of kids and some of the comments I have received. Good luck getting back on that Harley!
I hope you’re prepped for the Holidays! They closing in on us fast. I just wanted to reach out and thank you for putting me in touch with Angie and Wes. I met with her today to do Christmas shopping with our donations and had such an incredible time. We also threw in a $50 gift certificate to a local pizza parlor to help provide a yummy dinner for them as well.
It was truly a unique and humbling experience. I hope to keep in touch with them in the future. As far as working together in the future, would it be possible for you to put together a little, very informal, proposal of what you’d like us to do and we can see how we can assist you? I would even be interested in participating outside of ToryBurch, as well. No need for any of this until after the New Year, I’m sure you’re busy.
Again, thank you very much for assisting us on making this a reality and I look forward to speaking to you soon!
Carley McClintock Sales Associate
Tory Burch, LLC.
Miltiary Appreciation Monday
Supports The Navy SEAL Foundation
Next Monday, December 10th, our monthly Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be in support of The Navy SEAL Foundation. I hope you can join us and show your support for the brave men and women who have given so much for our country. Be sure to make your reservation for either the 5:30 or 7:30 seating at the Old Brogue by calling (703) 759-3309. Visit http://www.navysealfoundation.org. to learn more about this fabulous organization and the help it provides to our service members and their families.
We typically have three to five combat veterans (and often their families) attend. Please call or send me an email if you would like to buy dinner for one of these attendees.
For those of you not familiar with the MAM events, you simply come enjoy a great dinner at the Old Brogue in Great Falls. Our cosponsors, the Brogue and myself each make a ten percent donation based on how much you spend on dinner. So, come with a hearty appetite!
The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind all U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel, and their spouses and children. The Foundation coordinates closely with NSW commands to support critical needs of active-duty operators while also providing resources for NSW veterans. Our work is focused on three key areas: family services and command support, educational programs, and legacy activities.
The Foundation was formed in 2000 and underwent a name change in January 2011 when the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Foundation and the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund combined their organizations. The merger makes it easier for families to receive assistance and support from one organization, while enabling the Foundation to respond rapidly to their needs.
Feel free to forward this message and/or the attached flyer to all you know.
I would like to say a special thanks to all those who have been MAM co-sponsors in the past. Feel free to contact me if you would like to information on any of our cosponsors or door prize donors. I am always open to additional individuals who would like to serve as cosponsors. This typically runs between $150 – $200 each month. Last month we raised approximately $5,000 for the Operation Second Chance.
Upcoming Dinners will support:
CIA Officers Memorial Foundation – January 14th
Stop Soldier Suicide – February 11th
Yellow Ribbon Fund – March 11th
Karl Pierson Nelson Family Grossman Family
Black Family David Moxley Sylvestre Family
Kaihara Family Heil Family Randy Phillips
Bob George Forster Family Doug Stevens
Redmann Family Mary Ann Martel Scott and Dave LaMorte
Dawson Richardson Dave and Amber Mclaughlin Thorpe Family
Bozell Family Morales/Glerum Family
Previous Business Sponsors:
The Old Brogue
Double Eagle Title
Home Equity Builders
Al’s Towing and Storage
Taylor Allgyer – First Savings Mortgage
G Stephen Delaney – State Farm Insurance
James Gaudiosi – Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Katie and Lindsay Simmons – Mclean Mortgage
Raffle Prize Donors:
Lodgecliff on the Choptank B&B
P.F. Chang’s Restaurant
Great Falls Design Build
State Farm Insurance
Great Falls Exxon
Welcome to 1104 Dapple Grey Court
Click on the photo for a virtual tour of this wonderful home.
You’ll feel like you are home when you pull up to this gorgeous sprawling brick colonial, located in Great Falls just 4 ½ miles from the future Tyson’s Metro station. This stately home has many custom updates and renovations that make it a ‘one of a kind’. One example is the top of the line, metal with sprayed aggregate 70-year roof that will last virtually a lifetime. Double aggregate driveways provide entrance to the garage and a parking area for the home office. Custom landscaping, a brick sidewalk and ornamental iron railing welcome you to this home.
But wait until you see what the inside of the house has to offer. Enter into an inviting 2-story foyer, and you’ll be able to see all of the attention to detail. Richly stained hardwood floors, gorgeous crown molding and trim, wainscoting, plantation shutters, and built in cabinetry can be found throughout. A spectacular 2-story family room, with its floor to ceiling windows and built in cabinetry and bookcases, will become a favorite family gathering place. Just steps away you’ll find the light-filled kitchen, with full sized Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer. White cabinets and Corian countertops make this space a delight in which to work. The formal living room, designed and decorated to replicate George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, has beautiful trim detail throughout. A marble trimmed gas fireplace completes this warm and inviting room. Nearby you’ll find a grand formal dining room with beautiful custom molding. And that’s not all you’ll find on the spacious first floor of this home. A laundry room and study/child’s playroom can also be found just steps away.
There’s more to see. The owners of this home added on an enormous 800 square foot, two floor home office with its own entrance and driveway. This area would be great for a home business, in-law apartment or just more living space for your family. It includes a conference room, office area with built in cabinets and bookcases, mini-kitchen, and reception area.
On the upper floor of the home you’ll find an oversized master bedroom, including a sitting area with built in cabinetry. French doors lead to a balcony overlooking the backyard and pool. The recently renovated master bath includes a large tub, double vanities with granite countertops, and natural stone tiles.
The custom trim, hardwood floors and plantation shutters you saw downstairs are found upstairs in the other bedrooms and baths.
The basement level of this home will not disappoint. A guest bedroom with full bath, plenty of storage, an exercise room, an entrance to the pool area and home office, and a full-sized sauna are some of the features of this space.
Now step out into this home’s beautifully landscaped backyard. Mature trees provide plenty of privacy. An oversized 19’ x 44’ pool with new slate patio sets the stage for family fun, and the expansive yard is perfect for summer entertainment.
You won’t need to do a thing in order to move into this gorgeous custom finished home. Unpack your boxes and you’ll feel like you have lived here forever.
Sold Price $1.525 million
Curb appeal does not come close to describing this stunning home, one of the most unique and beautiful houses in Great Falls. Cars pull over to take a second look at this gorgeous renovated barn and silo, once a part of Hickory Vale Farm, now an upscale neighborhood close to the Village Center. Once you enter through the front door it will be obvious how the owners spared no expense in lovingly renovating this historic home.
From the whimsical farm-themed foyer to the beautiful light-filled living room to the gourmet kitchen to the spectacular over-sized family room with overlooking master balcony you will be surprised at every turn in this home.
The glass front door gives you a peek into the foyer, which is adorned with a hand painted mural reflecting the era of the home. A large dining room is just steps ahead, and it offers a view out onto the Brazilian Ipe deck, stone patio and professional landscaping of the backyard. The living room is filled with natural light from the windows in both the back and front of the house, and the natural stone fireplace showcases the beauty of this room. You’ll want to entertain once you see the gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances and warm wood cabinets, and the spectacular family room addition with 22 foot ceilings. A powder room on this level was redone to reflect the home’s history. The garage is conveniently located just a few steps away through a covered walkway.
On the second floor of this home you’ll find a guest suite with attached bath along with 4 other bedrooms. The master bedroom has a balcony that overlooks the grand family room below. But one of the most unique rooms in this home is the master bath on the second floor of the silo. A hammered copper tub sits on a pedestal like a gorgeous piece of artwork as you enter the bathroom. A hand painted domed ceiling as well as beautiful cabinetry and tile make this bathroom a show-stopper. Walk across a ‘bridge’ to a separate living area that would be perfect for in-laws, teenagers or a live-in housekeeper. Here you will find a large family room/exercise room and a bedroom with full modern bath, which are accessible from the three-car garage below.
- Hand-painted farm scene in foyer reflecting history of home
- Hardwood flooring throughout
- Custom paint colors
- Stone fireplace in living room
- Den/library in first floor silo
- Gourmet kitchen with Wolf gas cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Turbo oven, under counter microwave drawer, honed granite countertops, large island with 2 sinks
- Expansive family room with towering stone fireplace
- Laundry room off kitchen
- Half bath with unique farm style sink
- 5 large bedrooms
- 4 full bathrooms
- Large family room/exercise room over garage
- Balcony overlooking downstairs family room
- Unique master bath with domed hand-painted ceiling and hammered copper tub
- Large Brazilian Ipe deck and slate patio area off kitchen with hot tub
- Oversized Brazilian Ipe deck and stone patio area off living room/dining room/family room
- Beautifully professionally landscaped yard
- Backs to parkland
11769 Hollyview Dr.
Great Falls, Va. 22066
Sold at $860,000
Spacious main level living combined with fully finished basement, huge two level glass enclosed Florida Room and multitiered decks make this a great home for entertaining. Requiring a limited amount of TLC, this home is one of the best Great Falls opportunities in the under $1.0 million market.
I would like to welcome our newest addition to the Bob Nelson Team, Kelly Putz. She has joined us to help market current listings, develop our advertising and work with buyers. Kelly is the only one on the team licensed in all three of the DC Metro areas. With her assistance, the Bob Nelson Team will be able to home buying/selling needs wherever they may be.
I am a transplant from Elvis’s birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, but I have always been fascinated with the DC area ever since I first visited on a school trip in grade school. I finally made the move here in 2000 and fell in love.
I have been a professional photographer since 1989, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993. I worked as a photojournalist and editor for several Mississippi newspapers and the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, before moving to DC to work on Capitol Hill. There I worked as database manager and photographer for the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio, working with all 100 Senate offices, the Sergeant at Arms and Secretary of the Senate. In 2008, I made a move to the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce as their official committee photographer and web manager under Chairman John Dingell. Through my photography I developed an intimate relationship with the details of the city, researching the layout and neighborhoods of this history-filled metropolis and all its surrounding areas.
In 2005 I began working in the real estate field as an assistant to Realtor®, and in 2009 I finally jumped in, feet-first, when I became a licensed Realtor® in DC, Maryland and Virginia and I left Capitol Hill. I still maintain my Hill contacts, though, and my husband also works for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
I made the decision to become licensed in all areas of Metro DC because I did not want to ever have to say, “No, I can’t help you,” to anyone looking for a home. There are so many differing and varying opportunities for home purchases in all three areas that I have worked with every level of home buying, from a $35,000 condo to multi-million dollar properties and have done sales everywhere stretching from Stafford County, Virginia, to Frederick County, Maryland. I get asked a lot, “Don’t you mind driving so far?” Well, growing up in Mississippi where everything is so spread out, you just get used to driving long distances to get to places. So, a 90 mile drive, one-way, is nothing to me!
I specialize in First-Time Homebuyers, and teach free seminars to educate both those who are buying for the first time, as well as update those who have been out of the market for a long time. My degrees and my work in journalism, design and politics have given me an eye for detail that I use to my client’s benefit in helping to stage homes and prepare them for sale. I also have a strong determination to advocate for my clients at the bargaining table.
Being a country girl at heart, I live in the village of Knoxville, MD at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers with my husband Scott and our little girls, Cameron and Shelby. But, still drawn to the excitement of our nation’s capitol, I happily commute to all areas of Metro DC, as well as the counties of Prince Georges, Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Fairfax, Loudoun, Stafford and Prince William for my clients. My photography can be viewed at: www.KellyPutzPhotography.com
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