Military Friendly REALTOR

MTA Approved
Karen Olmstead

Karen Olmstead

Coldwell Banker Realty

Cell Phone: (703) 598-1040
Office Phone: (703) 598-1040

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About Karen Olmstead

Welcome to the Northern Virginia and DC area! I am a Realtor, Military Residential Specialist (MilRES), Military Relocation Professional (MRP) and Certified Military Relocator® specializing in residential real estate sales and marketing in Northern Virginia and DC. I've lived in the Northern Virginia area for more than 20 years and have extensive knowledge of its neighborhoods and communities. I was honored in 2018 and 2019 by the Washingtonian Magazine as a “Best Realtor and Top Producer” in Virginia and Washington DC.

As a Realtor and mom of three boys, I've been fortunate to turn a favorite hobby into a career and have a positive impact on people's lives. Since I believe so strongly in helping others, I know I can make an ordinarily stressful period a smooth transition with superior listening skills and excellent customer service. I'm a member of many social, civic and professional groups. I believe it is important to stay active and give back to my community. I have affiliations with the US Army Reserve Senior Advisor, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Woodlawn Little League, Cub Scout Pack 1503, Woodley Hills Elementary Volunteer, Mount Vernon Legacy, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Committee Member, and Washington Farm United Methodist Church. 

I am happy to assist you in navigating our many neighborhoods to find the absolute best rental property, primary residence, or income property you desire.

Real estate agents, I welcome your client referrals.

My career experiences and skills include:

  • Real Estate Certifications: MilRES, MRP, CMR, AWREP, ABR, SRES, PSA, AHWD
  • Proven development leader skilled at innovative problem-solving
  • Loyal, mission, and customer-focused with a strong work ethic and high personal expectations
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiating, and communication skills within diverse populations
  • Ability to manage large volumes of work in high stress environments with rapidly changing situations
  • Familiarity with Military and DOD - (spouse of US Army Reserve CSM)
  • Seasoned volunteer coordinator and manager with nearly 20 years of political/non profit fundraising success
  • Successful coordinator of fundraising campaigns
  • Good intuition with a knack for research and analysis


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