About Dawn and Kris

I was born and raised in Annandale, Virginia and grew up in the real estate business. My father was a real estate investor, buying foreclosure properties, fixing them up, and re-selling them for profit. When I was a child, my father took me throughout Northern Virginia to look at the different homes for market evaluation, and I observed countless open houses, contract negotiations, and settlements. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business from Mary Washington College, I worked for a multi-family real estate lender. During this time, I began to purchase my own investment properties. 

Becoming a realtor was just a natural extension of being a real estate investor: I use the skills I learned from my father and my marketing background to help buyers and sellers achieve their goals. 

I now live in Potomac, Maryland with my husband and French bulldog, and have been a proud resident of the Windsor Hills community since 2004. As a native of Virginia and resident of Maryland, I have extensive knowledge of the DC metropolitan area, and do equal business in both states and DC.



Kris headshot

Having grown up in Springfield, Virginia, some of my earliest memories are of watching, and being fascinated by, the construction of high-rise buildings and the renovation of historic row houses in downtown DC and surrounding suburban neighborhoods. Eager to pursue a career in real estate, development and urban design, I went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at George Mason University, and Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. As a city planner, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work for Fairfax County, focusing on the construction of Metrorail’s Silver Line extension through Tyson’s Corner, including the reshaping of Tysons and the communities that surround it. It was a natural transition into real estate. My unique experience and education give me an edge in addressing my clients’ growing desire for walkable, transit-oriented communities, as well as redeveloping communities that are likely to ensure a greater long-term investment.


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6 thoughts on “About Dawn and Kris

  1. A deposit was made with an offer, timeline and conditions, and then there was a counter offer with same guidelines. Now the buyer ignored the timeline and gave a response hours past the timeline “that they needed more time to think” . Meanwhile the seller was in limbo waiting to hear this reply, not accepting any offers because was legally bond to the existing offer.
    Is the buyer entitled to keep the deposit ?

    • Hi Rachel,

      I’m not sure what the customs are in your area as each county and state are different, but in the DC area, the earnest money is not deposited until there is a ratified contract. If you are in the offer/counter-offer stage, there is no contract, and I would assume that the buyer still has the rights to their money. If you are officially under contract, and the buyer has gone beyond all of their contingency periods without getting an extension in writing, signed by you, then the buyer may have put their deposit at risk.

      In any case, consult a real estate attorney in your jurisdiction.

      Good luck!


      On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 2:48 AM, DC Metropolitan Real Estate wrote:


  2. Hello! We (me the purchaser and the builder) signed the purchasing agreement contract stating there will be $2000 earnest money. I do not think they ever cashed the check given and we have already closed on the house, all the loan documents are complete. They builder (well earnest money holder) are now asking for the $2000..This really stinks now that I have to front the $2000. Who is responsible for making sure this was taken care of before the loan process? Thanks

    • Hi John,

      Please consult with a real estate attorney in your area. Builders have different contracts than the ones most realtors use for resale, so the terms can be completely different. In our area, however, the earnest money is eerily cashed within the first week, and the buyer receives a credit for it when they settle. Perhaps your deposit was to hold the lot for you, or a deposit for the design options…anyways, check with an attorney (the title company/settlement company usually has one on staff) to see what your rights are.


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