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of Gerlach Real Estate, serving Maryland, DC, and VA since 1998

HI! I'm DONNA   

I am a high producing, award winning, top dollar getting, real estate team leading, over 40 first-time mom.  Fifteen years ago I quit my job as a CPA and started the Pure Energy Real Estate Team.  I have never looked back. 

Creative Energy and Passion 

From the beginning, I approached real estate sales in a creative way, staging the first of the over 350 homes I've sold.   From dragging my own furniture to a clients home (when no one even knew what staging was) to utilizing the contents of our 5,000 square feet warehouse full of home furnishings and accessories, staging has always been my claim to fame.  So much so that A&E made a TV show about us called Stage This House!  My passion for art, architecture, graphic design, marketing, interior design and home staging, coupled with my workaholic tendencies,  are just some of the secrets to my success.

Numbers Girl

In addition to being a hard worker and a creative spirit, I have always been a numbers girl.  I got my BS degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, passed the CPA exam on my first attempt and spent 10 years working in corporate America before crossing over into real estate sales and home building and renovation. My contractor ex-husband and I built 2 new homes on spec and flipped several others in addition to fixing up hundreds of client homes. This experience is another secret to my success.  It enables me to understand market data and statistics so that as a seller, you prepare and price your property right, and as a buyer, you don't overpay.

Building Community

My commitment to community comes through in my love for special events. I have hosted and participated in a multitude of events that bring neighbors, clients and friends together for fun and good times.  Here are just a few of our past events:  Annual Spring Carnival, Fundraising for the Humane Society: Fido on Sligo, The Haunted Garden Tour, Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade: Building our own float. I love giving back to the community that supports my business and enjoy making new friends. I hope to see you at some upcoming events. Get ready to have some fun!

On a Personal Level

I am creek walking, lake visiting, dog loving, wine sipping, book devouring, party hosting, ballroom dancing, cat fancying, over-40 first time mom.  I live in Silver Spring (and have for over 25 years) with my soul mate, Lewis, 3 year old daughter, Maia, golden retriever/yellow lab cross, Bear, and tabby cat, Cleo.  I love to laugh, travel, boat, eat good food, take long walks, bike ride with my family and get a massage as often as possible.  My guilty pleasures include astrology, chili chocolate, reality television and not so historical novels.


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