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“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

This is not only Anna Mackler’s favorite quote, but it embodies her drive and inspiring work ethic.

Anna has lived in the DC/MD/VA area most of her life and is intimately familiar with the area. She currently lives in Takoma Park with her two sons Luca (11 years old) and Émile (8 years old). It was changes in her life that brought her to this career — one that she has absolutely thrived in.

“I only wish I had done it sooner,” she exclaims. She is a partner, along with Barak Sky of The Sky Group of Long and Foster, helps to onboard new agents, had a volume of $23 million last year, and was named Washingtonian’s Best Agent. And she’s just getting started.

“I am excited every day to get up and do what I do,” Anna states with a smile. “I love it. I work very hard. I have so much care and concern for my clients and I feel so privileged to help them; it is nothing I take lightly.”

Anna has a background in landscape design/build. “It is a huge bonus to my clients. For buyers, it’s helping them to envision the potential of what could be done, and for sellers, it’s about the greatest return on their investment and what changes they can make to achieve it,” she says. “I hone in on what I am good at, and it feels so good to reach more people and to do better.”

This sentiment also carries over to Anna’s passion for giving back. A Wider Circle, Washington Animal Rescue League and Casa of MD are a few of her favorite charities.

Anna longs to keep growing and keep refining her process. Technology that has helped her business are the apps Homesnap and Walkscore, and she also uses the CRM Boomtown. “My current goal is to streamline things to work smarter, not harder. I want to achieve a positive work–life balance and provide a great quality of life for my family.” Eventually, she wants to hire an assistant so that she can be in two places at once. Long term, Anna hopes to grow her business so that she can travel with family and friends a few times a year and relax while she is there.

With most of her family from Belgium, Anna spent summers there as a child. She also speaks French as her first language. “I still have so much family there. That is our go-to spot to go away to.” In her free time, Anna loves cooking, being outdoors, sewing (she used to want to be a fashion designer), traveling, going out with friends, and spending time at the beach.

But for now, she is hard at work, and is embracing all of the titles that she carries — caring, successful agent, amazing mother and daughter (her parents live only a block away), and leader. “I love my team and the energy they provide. They have become like family to me and we have a ton of fun! It is exciting knowing that my clients are well taken care of throughout the process.”

Anna Mackler is one of the most compassionate agents out there, but it is her drive and relentless grit and grace both in and out of the office that make her character second to none. She uplifts the industry. Merci beaucoup, Anna. Merci.

Anna can be contacted at 202-460-8786 and at anna@theskygroup.com.