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Karen Olmstead, MPA

Welcome to the Northern Virginia and D.C. area! I am a Realtor, Military Residential Specialist (MilRES), Military Relocation Professional (MRP) and Certified Military Relocator® specializing in residential real estate sales and marketing in Northern Virginia and D.C. I've lived in Northern Virginia for more than 20 years and have extensive knowledge of its neighborhoods and communities. I am a top agent at Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern Virginia and my sales performance ranks me as a top agent internationally as well. I am honored to receive Coldwell Banker's International President's Circle Award the past two years. I have also received Top Agent awards from The Washingtonian Magazine and I am a Platinum member of the Top Producer Club for Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® (NVAR).

I am an entrepreneurial self-starter who is motivated to help people. I am the wife of a Soldier and a mom to three young boys. As a Realtor, I've been fortunate to turn a favorite hobby into a career and make a positive impact on people's lives. Since I believe so strongly in helping others, I know I can make an ordinarily stressful period a smooth transition with superior listening skills and excellent customer service.

I'm a member of many social, civic, and professional groups. I believe it is important to both stay active and give back to my community. I have affiliations with the Red Cross, US Army Reserve Senior Advisor Committee, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Woodlawn Little League, Cub Scout Pack 1503, Woodley Hills Elementary, Mount Vernon Legacy, Washington Farm United Methodist Church, NVAR's Professionalism and Ethics Advisory Group, and NVAR's New Member Advisory Group.

I look forward to assisting you in navigating our many neighborhoods and I welcome the opportunity to provide references. I am ready to help you every step of the process, whether Buying, Selling, or Renting.

My career experiences and skills include:

Proven development leader skilled at innovative problem-solving
Loyal, mission, and customer-focused with a strong work ethic and high personal expectations
Strong interpersonal, negotiating, and communication skills within diverse populations
Ability to manage large volumes of work in high stress environments with rapidly changing situations
Familiarity with Military and DOD - (spouse of US Army Reserve CSM)
Seasoned volunteer coordinator and manager with 20 years of political/non profit fundraising success
Exceptional intuition with a knack for research and analysis

Designations: MilRES, MRP, CMR, AWREP, ABR, SRES, PSA