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Lucky Number 5

Michael McKenna - Monday, November 13, 2017

When you do what you love – you will love what you do.


We are looking for five (5) new team members for our high-energy, driven team of local Realtors in the central Maryland area. Whether you’re looking for a drastic career shift – or just a change of scenery – a position at Weichert, Realtors® – New Colony [WRNC] may be just the thing for you. No experience is necessary, but the best fitting team members will have a positive attitude, incredible drive, and excellent customer service skills.

 

New to the business is no big deal to us. We are happy to walk you through the steps to obtaining your real estate license, and we will help you understand the ins and outs of the business. Many of the skills that make a good agent are intrinsic – drive, charisma, and accessibility are just some of the factors that we look for at [WRNC]. Experience is not required – but we are also happy to make room on our team for a veteran agent, just looking for a new environment. The main ingredient for a successful career in real estate is passion; the desire to be a productive member of your community, helping your neighbors achieve their real estate goals, and being driven to meet and exceed your clients’ expectations in every way. Those are the pieces to the puzzle.

 

There are numerous benefits to tackling a career in real estate with a team, rather than on your own. From support services, to continued education, to assistance with fees, and so much more – you always have a support system when you’re a part of [WRNC]. Real estate can be a very difficult field to break into, but support from your pier and team members can help drastically, both in numbers and morale. [WRNC] has a collection of offices with three convenient locations, allowing you to pick the closest to home base. This flexibility will ensure that you can practice where you are most comfortable, keeping you in the community you are looking to serve.

We understand the importance of using cutting edge techniques to not just put you ahead of the game – but to keep you there.  Weichert uses multiple, all-encompassing marketing strategies to capture leads, promote listings, and keep business. We have it all figured out – from transaction management, to customer relations, to top-shelf marketing platforms. We have leads ready and waiting for you, with full capacity CRM, email management, and top-tier marketing efforts to sweeten the deal. A career at WEICHERT allows you to focus on selling homes and obtaining clients for life, while we handle the details.

 

Finally, Weichert’s management team are tried and true team leaders. With experience numerous aspects of real estate, from land and commercial, to buyers and sellers, to property management, and so many things in between – you can feel confident that our leaders are equipped to lead.   Our knowledge and expertise combined with a positive attitude and passion for teaching, meaning that you will be taken care of every step of the way.

 

Join our team?  – get in touch and see if a position at WEICHERT is right for you.

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.” 

Deborah Willis Earns 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® Deborah Willis 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 exceptional sales performance. 

Willis joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony in 2009 at the start of her career in real estate. Since then she has earned the Mid-Atlantic Broker Council’s Executive Club Award for sales performance in 2014 and 2013, as well as the council’s Sales Associate Achievement Certificate in 2012 and 2011.

“WEICHERT, REALTORS® has given me to training, tools and resources that give me the freedom to operate and conduct my business in a way that suits my personality,” Willis says. “The New Colony team has taught me how to market myself, especially on the Internet and with social media.”

Clients describe Willis as knowledgeable, engaging and thorough; and they come back to her again when it’s time to buy or sell another home. She stays on top of every step of the process, while keeping her clients informed and well-educated promptly and professionally.

 Willis has formally mentored multiple agents in the New Colony office, supporting the collaborative environment there and serving as an example to the team.

 

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 Deborah Willis: (301) 674-0015

Donnamarie Needle Selected as a 2015 WEICHERT, REALTORS® Ambassador Club Award Recipient

Michael McKenna - Monday, March 14, 2016

The Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Mid-Atlantic Broker Council recognized
REALTOR® Donnamarie Needle as a winner of the prestigious 2015 WEICHERT, REALTORS® Ambassador Club Award with nearly $7 million in sales. The Council presented the award March 4, 2016, at the Valley Forge Resort in King of Prussia, Pa.

 

Donnamarie Needle joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® New Colony in 2013 and went on to win the WEICHERT, REALTORS® Mid-Atlantic Region’s Rookie of The Year award in 2014 with more than $5 million in sales. Donnamarie feels she has really found her passion. 

 

"I love what I do … making dreams come true. That can mean helping a client to buy or sell a home (or both), as well as mentoring our new agents to help them navigate the world of real estate."

 

Throughout her career, Needle's philosophy has always been to provide the ultimate in service, efficiency and productivity. In real estate, that translates to simplifying what can be a very complicated process by guiding clients through each step of their journey, and ensuring clear, concise communication with all parties along the way.

 

Needle is active in her community and currently serves on the Economic Development Commission for the Town of Mount Airy, and she is a member of the Mount Airy Women in Motion.

 

 

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.: 410-381-3331
Mount Airy, Md.: 301-703-8605
Direct line for Donnamarie Needle: 301-466-3086


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