Partner Spotlight: Heather Gontarek

Partner Spotlight: Heather Gontarek

“The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them — preferably in unexpected and helpful ways.” —Richard Branson Title agents are often unseen but critical cogs in the wheel of a real estate transaction. “The...
A Cool Life Story: Marc Dosik

A Cool Life Story: Marc Dosik

“No one is better than me. I am better than no one.” —Carlos Santana Growing up in Rockville, Marc Dosik, of Century 21 Redwood Realty, learned humility early and often. “My father was always a fair man and was a great example to me,” Marc remembers....
Cover Story: Michelle Yu

Cover Story: Michelle Yu

As an Asian immigrant, Michelle Yu had to go through a personal transformation when she began selling real estate 17 years ago. Born in Taiwan, she was raised in a Confucian culture, which is different than American culture. She noted that they don’t talk about money...
Partner Spotlight: Rob Mercer of First Home Mortgage

Partner Spotlight: Rob Mercer of First Home Mortgage

“Make every day a masterpiece.” “It is a pretty simple quote and has a powerful message. I figure, why not do your best to make every day your best?” Rob Mercer asks. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1987, Rob took on various odds-and-ends...
Rising Star:  Balaram Owens

Rising Star: Balaram Owens

“The secret is you must believe what you can’t yet see.” Out of college, Balaram Owens, of RLAH Real Estate, landed a job as an account receivables clerk at Total Wine, but after several months on the job, he was fired because he didn’t clock out for lunch, as he was...
Agent Spotlight: Ellie Hitt

Agent Spotlight: Ellie Hitt

Throughout her life, Ellie Hitt, of RE/MAX Realty Group, has faced challenge after challenge. If there’s one thing she’s proven, it’s her unbreakable resilience. “I have a heart of gold and live passionately. I don’t do anything halfway,” Ellie proclaims....