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Two Local Weichert offices merge

Michael McKenna - Monday, January 09, 2017

Mount Airy, Md. / Jan. 3, 2016 – WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, with offices in Columbia and Mount Airy, Md., is pleased to announce it has merged with WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Property Concepts in Eldersburg, Md. The new company will operate under the name WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony and maintain branch offices in Columbia, Mount Airy and Eldersburg.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with one of the most successful realty firms in the Baltimore-Washington area,” said Michael McKenna, associate broker and president of WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony. “Teaming up with WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Property Concepts allows us to provide an even higher level of quality services. Combining our resources lets us bring exceptionally trained agents, marketing-focused technologies and superior customer service to more home buyers and sellers in a broader area.”

The merger also allows the property management division at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony to expand its reach while Chris Rachuba of WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Property Concepts continues to provide leadership as an associate broker. Rachuba will be in charge of increasing custom homebuilding activity for

the new company as well as commercial and residential property sales.

“Real estate is a constantly evolving industry,” said Rachuba, who has worked in the development, building and real estate industries for 30 years. “The merging of our two companies, which were already known for providing exceptional service, ultimately benefits our clients who turn to us for help. We are now better positioned to handle, without worry, all of the real estate needs of our clients.  

WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony is a full-service real estate sales, leasing and management company. Each of the company’s branch offices, which are independently owned and operated Weichert® affiliates, has a long history of assisting clients in Howard and its surrounding counties. The company’s agents also know the region’s cities and neighborhoods inside and out, with many of them having lived and worked in the Baltimore-Washington area their entire lives.

The WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony branch offices are located at 114 S. Main Street, Suite 202, in Mount Airy, 6925 Oakland Mills Road, Suite A, in Columbia, and 1438 Liberty Road, Suite 1, in Eldersburg. 

For more information about WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, contact Michael McKenna at 301-703-8605 or visit ww.weichertnc.com

WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony Welcomes REALTOR Kristina Jackson

Michael McKenna - Friday, July 01, 2016

 Columbia, Md. / July 1, 2016 – WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, with offices in Columbia and Mount Airy, Md. is proud to announce that REALTOR Kristina Jackson has joined their team. Jackson will be assisting home buyers and sellers in Howard County, Md. and surrounding counties with all of their real estate needs.

“We are thrilled to have Kristina join our team of amazing agents,” said Michael McKenna, senior vice president and associate broker at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony. “Kristina’s passion to help others, coupled with her keen ability to listen and connect with people of all different backgrounds, is an invaluable asset that positions her to succeed as she works to turn the home buying and selling dreams of her clients into a reality.”   

Jackson believes in focusing on the needs of others and going the extra mile to get the job done. She also believes that things will always work out in the end, which is a good mentality to have when dealing with the

often stressful task of buying or selling a home.

Jackson is excited to join a team of agents at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony who bring decades of combined experience to their clients. She is also looking forward to taking advantage of the various trainings and business tools provided by Weichert® to help agents provide the best real estate service available. WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office. The office serves Howard County and the entire Baltimore-Washington region.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Md., where she currently resides, Jackson received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Morgan State University. In her spare time, Jackson enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and researching real estate.

For more information about the WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony in Columbia, located at 6925 Oakland Mills Road, Suite A, or the Mount Airy office, located at 114 S Main Street, Suite 202, contact Michael McKenna at 410-381-3331 or visit www.weichertnc.com

4th of July Events in Maryland!

Michael McKenna - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Not sure where to celebrate this weekend? Check out what's happening in our area:


Mount Airy's 4th Annual Independence Day Event

Firemen’s Activities Grounds in Mt. Airy - July 3rd, 5:00pm

Remember to bring chairs to relax in or have a blanket to pitch along with a cooler of beverages, to celebrate Independence Day on the 3rd with our Mount Airy neighbors.

For more information visit www.mtairyfireworks.com

 

Frederick's 4th - An Independence Day Celebration

Baker Park, Frederick  - July 4th, 12:00pm

Festivities begin at noon with activities to include a chili tasting, bath rub ride, free rides, entertainment & more! 

For more information: 301-600-2844 or http://www.celebratefrederick.com


Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park

Fairgrounds Park, Hagerstown - July 4th, 6:00pm

Entertainment to begin at 6:30pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm

For more information: 301-739-8577, ext 116 or http://hagerstownmd.org 


Old-Fashioned July 4th Picnic/Celebration/Fireworks

Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster - July 4th, 12:00pm

Food and craft vendors, entertainment, kid's activities and more!

For more information: 410-386-3880 or http://www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org


July 4th Celebration: Festival and Fireworks

Columbia Lakefront, Columbia - July 4th, 5:00pm-10:00pm

Live music, food vendors (or pack a picnic!) and front row seats to fireworks over the lake!

For more information: 410-313-4451 or https://www.howardcountymd.gov/July4th


Annapolis Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks

Downtown Annapolis - July 4th, 6:30pm 

Start with the parade at 6:30pm on West St, then move on Susan Campbell Park for live entertainment at 8:30pm and end with fireworks at 9:15pm

For more information: http://www.visitannapolis.org


Baltimore's Ports America Chespeake Fourth of July Celebration

Inner Harbor, Baltimore - July 4th, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Live music from U.S. Band Navy Cruisers and other entertainment begins at 7pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, with fireworks to follow and visible from Federal Hill to Fells Point and Harbor East.

For more information: 1-877-BALTIMORE or http://promotionandarts.com


WE'RE NOT DONE YET! Click here for a full list of events throughout the entire state. 

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy 4th!!


WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony Welcomes REALTOR Sandy Prestridge

Michael McKenna - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Columbia, Md. / June 22, 2016 – WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, with offices in Columbia and Mount Airy, Md. is proud to announce that REALTOR Sandy Prestridge has joined their team. Prestridge will be assisting home buyers and sellers in Howard County, Md. and surrounding counties with all of their real estate needs.


 
“Sandy is an incredible problem solver who brings years of experience managing high-pressure situations and negotiations to her new position here at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony,” said Erin Phelps, vice president and associate broker at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony. “This allows her to seamlessly change course for her clients, if needed, to ensure she provides the best real estate service available and exceed the expectations of all her clients. We look forward to working with such a skilled and talented agent to provide our clients exceptional service.”

Prestridge comes to WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony with years of experience in corporate real estate. Prior to joining WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, Prestridge was the director of corporate real estate for an international engineering firm. She earned her REALTORS license in 2015, which allows her to handle all aspects of residential real estate.

Prestridge is excited to join a team of agents at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony who bring decades of combined experience to their clients. She is also looking forward to taking advantage of the various trainings and business tools provided by Weichert® to help agents provide the most memorable home buying and selling experience. WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office that serves Howard County and the entire Baltimore-Washington region.

Prestridge is originally from Williamsville, N.Y. and holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the State University of New York in Buffalo. She moved to Maryland in 1993 and currently lives in Laurel, Md., where she is the treasurer of the Cherry Creek Homeowners Association as well as a volunteer with the Maryland Food Bank and Salvation Army. When she is not helping clients with their real estate needs, Prestige enjoys gardening, home decorating and spending time with her family.

 

For more information about the WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony in Columbia, located at 6925 Oakland Mills Road, Suite A, or the Mount Airy office, located at 114 S Main Street, Suite 202, contact Erin Phelps at 410-381-3331 or visit www.weichertnc.com

Nakia Henson Joins WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony

Michael McKenna - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Columbia, Md. / June 21, 2016 – WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, with offices in Columbia and Mount Airy, Md. is proud to announce that REALTOR Nakia Henson has joined their team. Henson will be assisting home buyers and sellers in Howard County, Md. and surrounding counties with all of their real estate needs.  

“Nakia brings a drive and passion to offer the best real estate service available in our area,” said David Vane, broker/owner at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony. “Her willingness to go above and beyond to fulfill their clients’ needs will be both an inspiration and asset for our office. We look forward to working with such a motivated agent to provide our clients exceptional service.”

Henson comes to WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony with an extensive background in health care and event planning. She believes in waking up every day with determination and going to bed with satisfaction. That mentality inspired Henson to launch her wedding and event planning business, Love Speaks, in 2014. Henson credits the demands of the wedding and event planning industry for honing her attentiveness to the needs of each person she encounters, a trait that translates seamlessly to her new career in real estate.

Henson is excited to join a team of agents at WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony who bring decades of combined experience to their clients. She is also looking forward to taking advantage of the various trainings and business tools provided by Weichert® to help agents provide the best real estate service available. WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office. The office serves Howard County and the entire Baltimore-Washington region.

Henson grew up in Columbia, Md. and attended the University of Phoenix, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in health administration. She went on to achieve her Master’s of Science in health care administration from University of Maryland University College. When she is not helping clients with their real estate needs, Henson enjoys spending her free time reading, writing, and furthering her knowledge of home décor, as well as helping those she loves plan their special events.

 

For more information about the WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony in Columbia, located at 6925 Oakland Mills Road, Suite A, or the Mount Airy office, located at 114 S Main Street, Suite 202, contact David Vane at 410-381-3331 or visit www.weichertnc.com.

Julie Kelley Graduates from the Maryland Association of Realtors® Leadership Academy

Michael McKenna - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Julie Kelley of WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony in Columbia, Md., is one of twenty-two recent graduates of the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Leadership Academy.

The MAR Leadership Academy offers an intensive curriculum designed to develop a REALTOR’S® skills in leadership, communications, strategic planning, legislative and government affairs and community involvement. Classes are conducted over seven months and stress the value of professional and personal commitment to business, charitable and civic endeavors.  

“The skills I learned in the academy will benefit my clients by giving me the knowledge to overcome any and all obstacles,” Kelley says. “The process of buying or selling a home can have some bumps along the way, and I’m there to smooth out the ride.”

Julie Kelley joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony in January 2012. She was named the Mid-Atlantic Weichert Affiliates “Rookie of the Year” in 2012, has been a member of the Howard County Million Dollar Club since 2013, and was selected as the Howard County Association of REALTORS® “Rookie of the Year” in 2014. Kelley is a current member of the Howard County Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors.

The 2016 MAR President Bonnie Casper addressed the graduates at the April 19 ceremony. She said, “Today we honor you as future leaders in communities and within our REALTOR® organization.” The 2014 National Association of REALTORS® President Steve Brown also spoke to the group, and he encouraged MAR Leadership Academy graduates to get involved and to get their peers involved. Brown said that “the greatest sign of leadership that one can achieve is to gather a group of people together to achieve one common goal.”

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® is the largest Maryland professional trade association serving over 23,000 members and is dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market. REALTORS® is a registered collective membership mark which may only be used by those real estate professionals who subscribe to the REALTORS® organization's strict Code of Ethics, and who are members of the National, State and Local REALTORS® organization.  

WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony Recognized for Top Company Ranking by the Mid-Atlantic Broker Council

Michael McKenna - Monday, March 21, 2016

The Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Broker Council presented WEICHERT, REALTORS® New Colony with its “Top Company” Award earlier this month. This is the New Colony brokerage’s fourth time winning the award, selected from among WEICHERT brokers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.  

The brokerage also earned the Ambassador's Cup Award for exceptional sales performance; and the Council’s Rookie of the Year Award went to a REALTOR® from the New Colony team for the fifth consecutive year. Awards were presented at the Council’s annual awards banquet held March 4, 2016, at the Valley Forge Resort in King of Prussia, Pa.

“Our mission is to bring happiness to our clients through extraordinary service, leading to great success for our agents and our brokerage with the loyalty we build and the referrals that follow,” says Vice President and Associate Broker Erin Phelps. “In a business where competition can be fierce, even within the four walls of a company, our agents truly support each other. Our agents are able to learn from us and each other and, ultimately, provide what we call a ‘raving-fan’ level of client service.”

Phelps says she’s grateful for the WEICHERT, REALTORS® franchise and its proven sales systems, cutting-edge training and technology, lead-generation systems, and a culture of customer service and support. She says, “WEICHERT’s game plan for success allows agents to roll up their sleeves, get to work, and start closing business right from the jump.” 

WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony Winners

President's Club
Donna Weaver

Ambassador Club
Donnamarie Needle

Executive Club
Bradley Knauss
Martha Liriano
Jen Mathers (also Rookie of the Year)
Deborah Willis

Sales Achievement
Deanna Cammarata
Denise Davis
Julie Kelley
Sara Ponchek

Rookie of The Year
Jen Mathers


About WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony
WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony is a full-service real estate sales, leasing and management company with a long history in Howard County, Md., and its surrounding counties.  A people-to-people approach — combined with cutting-edge tools, training and technology — gives agents every opportunity to succeed and to give each one of their clients “The Service of Yesterday and the Technology of Tomorrow.” 

Donna Weaver Earns the Weichert Mid-Atlantic Broker Council’s President’s Award for Sales Excellence

Michael McKenna - Thursday, March 17, 2016

For the second year in a row, the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Broker Council presented REALTOR® Donna Weaver with the distinguished President’s Award for $10 million in sales. She received the award at the Council’s annual banquet held March 4, 2016, at the Valley Forge Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. Donna has been in the top 1 percent of REALTORS® for production in the entire Mid-Atlantic Region for two years running.

Donna’s clients describe her as caring, knowledgeable, responsive, hard-working and detail-oriented. They will tell you that she represents her clients’ best interests as a loyal advocate and fierce negotiator. Donna has the ability and poise to make a complicated and typically stressful process run smoothly, and she always goes the extra mile for her clients.

“The greatest gift to me is in the relationships I make along the way. I am honored to be entrusted with one of the biggest sales or purchases a client makes in their lifetime,” Donna says. “I am committed to educating and serving my clients at every step. Loving what I do, and having an absolute passion for it, is who I am as a REALTOR®.” 

Since joining WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony in 2010, Donna has won numerous awards for sales production. Among her proudest honors, though, are the community service awards she won at both the state and local levels through the Maryland Association of REALTORS® and the Howard County Association of REALTORS® in 2015.

Donna recently earned the Certified Negotiation Expert designation. She is a graduate of the Maryland Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy and is a lifetime member of the Howard County Real Estate Million Dollar Club. Donna is a director on the Board of the Howard County Association of REALTORS® and serves on various committees, including the chair of its Community Outreach Committee.

 

About WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony

WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony is a full-service real estate sales, leasing and management company with a long history in Howard County, Md., and its surrounding counties. A people-to-people approach — combined with cutting-edge tools, training and technology — gives agents every opportunity to succeed and to give each one of their clients “The Service of Yesterday and the Technology of Tomorrow.”

Columbia, Md. Office: (410) 381-3331
Mount Airy, Md. Office: (301) 703-8605
Direct line for Donna Weaver: (410) 971-1789

 

Brad Knauss Receives the Executive Club Award from the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Broker Council

Michael McKenna - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Broker Council presented REALTOR® Bradley Knauss with the Executive Club Award at the Council’s annual awards banquet held March 4, 2016 in held March 4, 2016, at the Valley Forge Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. The Executive Club Award is earned by agents based on their exceptional sales performance. 

A focus on customer service is what sets Knauss apart from other professionals, along with the belief that “a happy client is a lifelong client.” Clients often commend Knuass for his availability and responsiveness. They describe him as genuine and knowledgeable, with a personable and kind approach in the way he takes care of his clients. 

Knauss joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® New Colony in 2014, after earning his license in 2012 and testing out a few other brokerages. “New Colony has by far exceeded my wants and needs for a real estate brokerage,” Knauss says. “There’s no doubt that they have helped me to grow my business, and the brokers are always available to brainstorm or answer a question.”

The Mid-Atlantic Broker Council presented Knauss with the Executive Club Award in 2014 and the Sales Associate Achievement Certificate in 2015.

 

About WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony

WEICHERT, REALTORS® New Colony is a full-service real estate sales, leasing and management company with a long history in Howard County, Md., and its surrounding counties.

A people-to-people approach — combined with cutting-edge tools, training and technology — gives agents every opportunity to succeed and to give each one of their clients “The Service of Yesterday and the Technology of Tomorrow.”

Columbia, Md. Office: (410) 381-3331
Mount Airy, Md. Office: (301) 703-8605
Direct line for Brad Knauss (240) 353-6934 

Martha Liriano Receives the Executive Club Award from the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Brokers Council

Michael McKenna - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Broker Council presented REALTOR® Martha Liriano with the Executive Club Award at the Council’s annual awards banquet held March 4, 2016, at the Valley Forge Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. The Executive Club Award is earned by agents based on their sales performance. In 2015, Liriano guided the transactions that helped 40 families find a new home.

Liriano entered the real estate field when she joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony in 2008. She says that the WEICHERT company has helped her to succeed by providing the tools and training that Realtors® need to provide the best service possible to their buyers and sellers.

 

Just as important as tools and training is information. “The team at New Colony meets frequently to talk about what we’re seeing in the industry and the local market trends we’re recognizing in our communities,” Liriano says. “Another benefit is that our fellow agents offer a support system that reminds you that you’re not alone if you ever have a question or concern.”

 

Clients have told Liriano, “You're IT! I've worked with many agents and none of them compares to you.” Other clients have complimented her on the way she resolves any issue with calm, confidence and professionalism.

 

Liriano says, “I experience true joy when a client sees a property they're interested in and they tell me to make it happen.”

 

Liriano has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation and is a certified Military Relocation Professional.

 

About WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony

WEICHERT, REALTORS® New Colony is a full-service real estate sales, leasing and management company with a long history in Howard County, Md., and its surrounding counties. A people-to-people approach combined with cutting-edge tools, training and technology gives our agents every opportunity to succeed and to give each one of their clients “The Service of Yesterday and the Technology of Tomorrow.”


Columbia, Md. Office: (410) 381-3331
Mount Airy, Md. Office: (301) 703-8605
Direct line for Martha Liriano: (240) 848-5138


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