About Us

We are a full-service real estate sales, leasing and management company with a long history in Howard County, Maryland and its surrounding counties. Many of us have lived and worked in the Baltimore-Washington area for our entire lives, so we know its cities and neighborhoods inside and out. This is a great advantage for home buyers and sellers, and also for property owners and tenants. We take our local knowledge and apply it to your individual goals. Our agents have professional training in getting to know your needs and what motivates them: A relocation. Moving to a new school system. A new job. Retirement. We know this is an important time in your life that deserves a personal touch. For us relationships come first, with technology right behind.

Our Realtors® are trained and motivated to stay on top of today's web-based applications. This gives them immediate access to new listings so that you don’t miss out, the ability to create a competitive market analysis that gets you the best price for your home, the Quick Connect feature for potential buyers to connect with a live person in minutes, and even automated showing scheduling to make your home available to prospects with a simple “yes” or “no” from you by text, e-mail or phone. Weichert also invests heavily in the online marketing of your home.

Within our property management division, we give owners and tenants anytime access to everything about their account through our online portal: listing a property for rent, filling out an application, paying rent, requesting maintenance, or confirming payments. We rent and manage individually owned residential properties only, which lets us work one-on-one with both the owners and the renters. This means you can expect the best properties, the best tenants and the best experience.

Meet the Management Team

David Vane » Broker
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David Vane co-founded WEICHERT, REALTORS® – New Colony in February 2007, as part of the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates franchise. This linked New Colony Realtors® (founded in October 2004 by David and business partner Michael McKenna) to one of the nation’s largest private providers of real estate services. David is the broker of record for WEICHERT, REALTORS® – New Colony and handles the day-to-day management of New Colony Property Management. He is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers®, and he was appointed to the Howard County Housing and Community Development Board by County Executive Ken Ulman in 2013.

David believes that you get what you give, both in life and in business, and this drives his performance day-to-day and guides his interactions with customers. “I’m motivated by the desire to build a company that is both the best firm to work for and that provides the best experience for our clients.” Customers describe David as knowledgeable, compassionate and a person with a strong sense of integrity.

A graduate of Frostburg State University, David currently resides in Columbia, Md. He enjoys any activity that allows him to spend time outdoors and time with his family. He is a long-time supporter of Toys for Tots and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

(410) 381-3331 david@weichertnc.com
Michael McKenna » President, Associate Broker, e-PRO
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Michael McKenna is an associate broker and the President of WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony, with offices in Columbia, Md. and Mount Airy, Md.

“I have a passion for leading others to the edge of their comfort zone and watching them succeed beyond their expectations. I am building a team of confident, growth-seeking individuals who will be true client advocates. We’re not here just to fill in the blanks. We create a well thought out plan for presenting a buyer’s contract, just as we develop a competitive strategy for selling a home.”

A large part of the sales strategy comes through his certification as an e-PRO® by the National Association of Realtors®. Michael has put into place a system for maximizing web-based marketing: several social media accounts, stunning photography and staging, online tours and dedicated URLs for each property. This allows each of his Realtors® to focus solely on client relationships and the details of a transaction.

Michael is motivated by his firm belief that anything is possible. “If you want it bad enough and focus on the end goal, you will achieve it.” For Michael, that means bringing together his roles as mentor, recruiter and entrepreneur to continue to build WEICHERT, REALTORS® — New Colony. He opened a new office in Mount Airy in December 2014, and will continue to look for opportunities to grow.

Michael co-founded WEICHERT, REALTORS® – New Colony in February 2007, as part of the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. franchise. This linked New Colony Realtors, co-founded by Michael McKenna and David Vane in October of 2004, to one of the nation’s largest private providers of real estate services. Michael and David founded New Colony Property Management in January 2012, for which Michael is COO.

Michael is a member of the Howard County Association of Realtors®, the Maryland Association of Realtors®, the National Association of Realtors®, He is president of the Mid-Atlantic Broker Council, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates.

Raised in Burtonsville, Md., Michael now resides in Columbia, Md. He graduated from Frostburg State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical science with a minor in business management.

He has supported St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, donates time and resources to Toys for Tots, and supports and sponsors The Columbia Home Tours and the Howard County Housing Fair.

(301) 703-8605 / (410) 381-3331 michael@weichertnc.com
Erin Phelps » Vice President / Branch Manager, Associate Broker
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Erin Phelps joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® – New Colony in 2005, bringing with her a background in office and personnel management, customer service, leasing, and space planning. Erin’s focus is on motivating and educating WRNC’s sales associates, providing those associates the best tools and systems in the industry, and making the work environment supportive, productive and enjoyable.

“I believe that everyone’s needs are unique and important. There’s no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solution for most individuals or situations, and I always take that into consideration with our sales associates and with clients.”

Erin grew up in Baltimore, Md., and now resides in Howard County in Glenwood. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Communications from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and enjoys traveling with her family (including their three Labs), decorating, cooking, and gardening. Be sure to ask her about those O's and her Ravens! Erin supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the U.S. Humane Society, the Fuel Fund of Maryland and Toys for Tots. She is passionate about Lab Rescue LRCP, where she donates time transporting and fostering Labs, helping to raise funds for Labrador Retrievers in need of homes, and creating awareness about the need for Lab adoptions.

Erin belongs to the Howard County Association of Realtors (HCAR), where she is a committee member of the Community Outreach Committee. Additionally, she serves as Treasurer of the Howard County Million Dollar Club and is a member of the Maryland Association of Realtors®’ (MAR) Leadership Academy Class of 2016.

(410) 381-3331 / (301) 703-8605 erin@weichertnc.com
Julia McDonough » Director of Client Accounts
Julia McDonough

Julia joined the organization in May, 2014 as an administration assistant for the parent company, WEICHERT, REALTORS® - New Colony [WRNC]. Since then she has been promoted into the role of Director of Client Accounts for New Colony Property Management while also managing the administration staff for WRNC.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance from The Boston Conservatory. Originally from Boston, MA, Julia now resides in Columbia, MD with her husband Mark and 3 daughters. Julia enjoys being a Beachbody® coach, celebrating good times with family and friends and helping others start their journey to begin living a healthier lifestyle.

(410) 381-3340 julia@weichertnc.com
Shannon Vane » Leasing Coordinator
Shannon Vane

Shannon Vane joined New Colony Property Manangement in 2013 with a background as an investment property owner and as a person with a long-time interest in the real estate industry. Her brother is a broker and her father is a general contractor, which gives her insight into all aspects of renovating, purchasing, selling and renting homes.

Shannon’s primary role is managing the leasing and marketing needs of New Colony Property Management.“I get along well with a wide range of personalities, and that helps me keep our owners and tenants pleased. I am an investment property owner myself, so I understand how an owner thinks and why they think that way, whether they are a landlord by choice or by necessity.” A sense of accomplishment is what keeps Shannon motivated. She’s faced with many, many tasks during the day, to be managed in a limited time frame. “Crossing an item off the list and knowing that I’ve made someone happy doing it is what keeps me going.”

Now a resident of Frederick, Md., Shannon considers Rockville, Md., her hometown. She enjoys horseback riding and kayaking, and holds a special place in her heart for animals. She is a strong supporter of the Mia Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to giving animals with birth defects a chance to live longer or live better.

(301) 703-8608 shannon@weichertnc.com
Bill Partlow » Maintenance Coordinator
Bill Partlow

Bill Partlow joined the New Colony team in 2011 and serves as the teams Maintenance Coordinator. Bill thrives on the opportunity to help others and in being there when they need him. His 19 years as a sales rep with Coca-Cola prepared him well for meeting urgent demands and handling special requests. The experience also fine-tuned his skills in planning, scheduling, and “bending over backwards to keep the customer happy,” Bill says. Bill enjoys sports, is a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America, and teaches marriage classes at his church.

(410) 381-3336 bill@weichertnc.com