For nearly twenty years, Rachel has been a respected leader in the DC Real estate scene. During the emotionally-charged experience of buying or selling real estate in urban and suburban Metro DC (a sophisticated, expensive, competitive, fast moving and ever-changing market), where variables in the local market are numerous and the end result is unknown, clients have year after year put Rachel in the top echelon of real estate pros across the city. She is recognized by Washington City Paper, Bethesda Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine as being a top agent in the area.
Rachel arrived in DC in 2004 after earning her Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami (FL), and in 2006 she finished an MBA degree at the Kogod School of Business at American University. There, she developed her love and passion for real estate and specialized in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Never complacent, Rachel has her Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, DC Associate Broker license, active sales licenses in VA, MD and DC, ESRES (Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist) & SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). In her first five years, Rachel was named "Rookie of the Year" for all agents in DC and Montgomery County by GCAAR (Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors).
Rachel's sales production rank her among the top of Realtors nationwide, and she has been featured in numerous publications including being on the cover for REALTOR magazine's "30 under 30" as one of the 2009 pros chosen across the US. She is a go-to resource for editors covering the real estate trends around the US. In 2010, she jumped into learning the brokerage side of the business and helped launch KWCP Bethesda's office where she ran her sales team, served as advisor, and a minority owner until 2019.
Valentino was also included on Washington Life magazine's "250 Most Infuential People under 40" for the Wasington, D.C. area as those that "stand out as leaders, risk-takers, givers, connectors and changemakers."
Beside her drive and complete business skills, what comes across most is the strong bond she establishes with her clients, not just as their Realtor, but as a friend and expert consultant. She not only has an impressive and extensive broader business understanding of the DC, MD and VA real estate markets and trusted relationships with top agents across multiple companies and locations, but also a thorough expertise in tax and wealth implicatons while stategizing deals.
Rachel has personally owned, operated and renovated numerous DC area homes, embodies a great deal of knowledge in construction and renovations, is known for expert counsel in real estate investment, landlord/tenant law, and has a consistent reputation for her team advising and executing clients' needs as if it's her own purchase or sale. She formerly lived in Montgomery County for 7 years where her children still attend school, has her office in NoVA and is the working and dedicated mom to two children residing in the District of Columbia.
Rachel Valentino came to real estate after a whirlwind career as an analyst with Lehman Brothers in New York and with GEICO in Chevy Chase, MD. She further honed her business skills by earning her MBA from American University. After joining Long & Foster in 2006, she earned several professional designations including the GRI (Graduate, Real Estate Institute), ESRES (Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist), and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist.) Her diligence has earned her several awards and commendations within the company and the region. She recently became part of the Keller-Williams family of agents.
2009 & 2010 "Best Real Estate Agent" (Washington City Paper) Featured on June 2009 cover of REALTOR® magazine 2009 Class of 30 Under 30 (REALTOR® Magazine) 2009 & 2010 WASHINGTON LIFE Magazine "The Young & The Guest List" -- 250 Most Influential in Washington Under 40 2008-2010 Top Individual & Team Producer at DC's #1 Real Estate Office 2007-2010 Gold Team- Long & Foster's company's highest honor Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors - Rookie of the Year Out of ALL agents licensed in past 5 year in DC & MD 2008-2010: #1 Top Individual Producer at DC's #1 Real Estate Office
Her other professional designations include:
Graduate, Real Estate Institute - GRI Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist - ESRES Seniors Real Estate Specialist - SRES Member, National Association of Realtors (NAR) Member, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) Member, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc (MRIS
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Licensed in DC, Maryland, & Virginia, Rachel Valentino of Valentino & Associates specializes in the northwest quadrant of DC - especially Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Columbia Hts, & U St.