Home & Housing Specialists

Mortgage Financing
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Barb Morris

Barb is a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP) who is licensed in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware and Florida and works for Embrace Home Loans.  A professional who specializes in separation and divorce mortgage planning, Barb provides expertise that leverages Divorce, Family Law and IRS income tax guidelines to find the best mortgage strategy for your unique situation.  Her passion is to educate and empower separating and divorcing clients so they can confidently make the necessary financial decisions that need to be made during this stressful and vulnerable time.  Without the advantage of mortgage planning during her divorce, Barb felt the financial repercussions for several years, and wants to be sure that doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Embrace Home Loans is a nationally recognized residential mortgage company that is set apart from their competition by their core values and commitment to making a difference. They value their customers and communities, and strive to make positive change in both! Over the last 5 years, they have donated over $9.8 million to local charities…something they are very proud of.

Barb grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and has lived within 5 minutes of her childhood home her entire life. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and has been in a Broadway play!  She had a very (very), small part in the play, “The Jersey Boys” at the National Theatre in Washington, DC and greatly enjoyed the experience!

Barb was just great! I have worked with her on a refinance and two home loans. I would highly recommend her to others (and have). She is personable, patient, and really took time to understand my circumstances and come up with some great options. She’s prompt, available and a problem-solver.Barb was just great! I have worked with her on a refinance and two home loans. I would highly recommend her to others (and have). She is personable, patient, and really took time to understand my circumstances and come up with some great options.

-Kathryn T

Realtor
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

David Evans

A DC native with a fascinating previous career reporting on women’s issues around the world, David Evans has partnered with DC’s most successful real estate team, The Mandy and David Team, to serve your needs. He leverages the power of their experience and market connections to provide white glove service to his clients, establishing relationships that build a life-long partnership for all of your real estate needs. When you hire David, you also hire his entire team, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide you with all the information you need to make sound real estate decisions.

Powered by data, technology and unmatched expertise in the local DC Metro area market, The Mandy and David Team excels at selling your home for the best price possible, as well as helping you find your next home. Their mission is to help you find your place in the world. David is definitely the right person to do that!

He has traveled to nearly 50 countries and created amazing documentaries to highlight issues that impact the lives of women and girls. His global experiences allow him to be in tune with women’s issues and he understands first-hand the power of women taking hold of their own lives. Leveraging his collaboration with Colibri Life, he is excited to bring his background, empathy and creativity to bear alongside his real estate expertise to serve women impacted by divorce. David is also fluent in Spanish.

“I recommend Mandy and David in the highest!” They both sold our apartment and found us our new home. We needed lots of hand holding on both ends and they were phenomenal each step of the way. We felt very cared for and always knew we were in good hands.” –Cara E., reviewed on Zillow.

Mortgage Financing
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Hillary Cochin

First Home Mortgage is a local lender committed to exceptional customer service and finding the best mortgage solutions for your short- and long-term goals. Licensed in DC, MD and VA, Hillary has access to a wide-range of mortgage products including down payment assistance programs, fixed and adjustable rates, renovation loans, cash out refinances and much more. Hillary walks you through the loan process step-by-step and offers continued support long after your loan has closed. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer looking to utilize assistance programs, or an experienced homeowner wanting to refinance, she is a valued asset to your home-buying process. With degrees in Sociology and Psychology, Hillary is very people oriented and truly loves helping her clients make positive changes for themselves and their families.

 In her free time, Hillary plays in a women’s golf league at Falls Road in Potomac, MD and extends an open invitation to Colibri Life members to come join her in a round of golf!

Realtor
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Jed Williams

Hagan Realty is a boutique, residential real estate brokerage founded on the idea that the buying and selling of your home should not be just another transaction. Hagan Realty’s team serves the MD, DC, VA and PA regions with specializations in the DC and Baltimore Metro areas as well as southern PA, and is dedicated to brokering your deal, on your terms, and according to your timeline.

Jed always goes above and beyond for his clients from attending inspections and making sure you understand any issues to supporting you through challenging transactions step by step. He stays ahead of every step and will always come to the table offering options and solutions. If you are looking for an agent that will navigate you through the home buying or selling process, Jed is your Specialist.

While Jed grew up in the DC area, he lived for several years in Canada and Australia during college. He also has an extensive knowledge of odd facts – just ask him a question!

Realtor
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C.

Lisa LaCourse

Lisa is a residential real estate specialist who works with both buyers & sellers. Lisa coordinates sale/purchase deals or can work on a single transaction at a time.  She covers all of Washington DC and many counties in Maryland (Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot and others). If you are selling your home, Lisa works with you to create a custom plan (think easy checklist!) to help you maximize your home value with a thoughtful approach to your time and your money. She specializes in family law cases and is well-versed in the personal, financial and legal complexities of these transactions. If you work well with clear steps and checklists, Lisa is definitely your Realtor.

Although she is originally from Wisconsin, Lisa has lived in the DC area since 1994. She understands the difficulties of divorce as her parents divorced when she was 7 years old and she grew up in a single parent family. Lisa has a unique background but very valuable for a Realtor – she has a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree and her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Lisa has also achieved her Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) real estate designation, held by fewer than 3% of Realtors nationwide.

Mover
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Luis Cardenas

Luis is the President of Bargain Movers, a family owned and operated moving company that has served the community for over 35 years! Bargain Movers is an award-winning relocation company that maintains an A+ rating with the BBB and is fully insured, licensed and bonded.  Whether you need a small move or a full-service relocation with packing assistance and/or storage, Bargain Movers handles all your relocation needs with ease from start to finish.  Bargain Movers emphasizes a family culture where customer service and attention to detail are the priority. They have some of the most respectful employees working for them to help you experience a ‘worry-free’ move!

In his spare time, Luis is an avid adventurer – tackling mountains and glaciers both on foot and on his mountain bike.

Title Company
Serving: Maryland

Mark Simon

Village Settlements, Inc., is dedicated to providing comprehensive real estate settlement services for our clients. Mark offers a clear understanding of the settlement process, sound advice, and a dedication to avoiding problems. He deals pragmatically with any conflicts and disputes that may arise. Village Settlements’ professional staff is highly qualified and experienced in real estate law and related issues. As one of Maryland’s leading settlement firms, Mark and his team deliver strategic guidance through substantial expertise and broad knowledge.

Mark assists clients in the purchase, sale, and refinance of residential and commercial property. He also assists with no-consideration transfers of property for estate planning purposes, inter-generational transfers, and transfers incident to change in family structure – divorce, separation or marriage.

Mark is an avid cross-fitter and has recently started Olympic weightlifting competitions for fun.

Junk Removal
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C.

Melissa Jiricko and Rich Miller

DUMP & JUNK, LLC is family owned and operated since their start in 2012. They are a full service residential and commercial junk hauling and dumpster rental service providing services to customers in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and DC. Melissa and Rich are great about jumping in to  help people at the last minute and add a little bit of sanity to real estate jobs post divorce when you are under duress.

DUMP & JUNK provides professional and reliable services at reasonable prices, and will gladly help you out with a job, big or small, residential or commercial.

Prior to founding DUMP & JUNK, Rich worked for one company for 25 years prior to leaving and Melissa has been in talent acquisition for 20 years and has run a whopping 9 marathons!

Mortgage Financing
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Michael Parsons, CMPS

Apex Home Loans, Inc, is an Independent Mortgage Banker headquartered in Rockville, MD. Apex focuses on delivering superior customer experiences and takes pride in helping people make fiscally responsible decisions when realizing their dream of home ownership. We’re like you – fellow homeowners, active community members, and family-focused individuals.

Michael specializes in residential lending, creating custom financing solutions for residents in the DC metro area. He has earned the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) designation held by less than 1% of all mortgage professionals nationwide. Having his CMPS allots him a comprehensive understanding of his customer’s finances and the role their mortgage plays towards attaining long term wealth and financial independence. Mike is often called on by some of the region’s most highly regarded Realtors, Financial Advisors, CPA’s, Estate Planners, and Attorney’s to assist in properly guiding their clientele.

Giving back and being involved in the community is at the core of Michael’s values. He currently sits on the board of Leadership Montgomery (LM), Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington (MBAMW), and The Barnesville School. He furthers his commitment by also sitting on the finance committee for LM and conference committee for MBAMW. When not caring for his clientele, Michael loves spending time with his children, wife, and her family in beautiful Puerto Rico!

Locksmith
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C.

Mike David

Mike’s Locksmith, an award-winning, top-rated company, that provides security solutions and locksmith services is run by Malki “Mike” David. Mike and his team treat their customers like family because that’s how they like to be treated. You can always expect integrity and honesty from Mike’s Locksmith. Their pricing is upfront (they know that no one likes surprises!). Any hardware you purchase from them comes with a full guarantee on both the hardware and labor, including free travel fees and service call fees for as long as you own your home. If something isn’t working properly, they’ll repair or replace it free of charge.

A few of their services include: re-keying locks (your existing locks on a new set of keys), hardware upgrades (from low security to medium or high security locks) and keyless deadbolts and technology integrated locks. But if you need something else, give them a call as they often know someone who can assist. Mike is there for you anytime, especially during those emergencies at odd hours.

Security is almost in Mike’s blood as he is originally from Israel where security really matters!

Mortgage Financing
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Nicholas Lazarchick

Nicholas Lazarchick is a Seasoned Mortgage Originator at Atlantic Financial Inc. with over 32 years of mortgage banking experience. Atlantic Financial Incoffers a wide range of affordable home loan options, highly competitive interest rates and a stress free mortgage experience. Nick  specializes in a wide variety of loans including FHA, VA, Home Improvement, subprime and Reverse Mortgages. Nick is a long-standing member of the Mortgage Banker Association (MBA). Atlantic Financial has on-site underwriting.

Both first-time home buyers and seasoned homeowners can find the process of buying a new home a complex undertaking. Nicholas will take the time to understand your unique circumstances and objectives enabling you to make the best choice when choosing a purchase mortgage. He welcomes the opportunity to analyze your situation and become your trusted resource on your journey to finding the ideal home for you and your family.

Handyman
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Richard Marzan

As your trusted home repair service provider in Northern Virginia, Bethesda, Potomac and Washington D.C., House Doctors Handyman of McLean is committed to providing you with a professional service that you can trust for all of your home improvement and repair needs. Their team members are trained, experienced and eager to help you with your next home project. Their craftsmen are experienced in a wide range of skills in the home repair trade allowing them to offer a variety of services to their customers.

Richard is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who proudly served in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Colombia, Germany, Puerto Rico and in military bases across the United States.

“Very professional. Arrived on time and did exactly what they were contracted to do and when finished cleaned up all residue.”

Mortgage Financing
Serving: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia

Ron Schwartz

Ron’s consultative approach to Mortgage Financing has been developed over more than 20 years of business experience in the financial services and information technology industries. His structured practices assure each client’s unique needs are fully identified prior to seeking a mortgage solution for those needs. The result – each transaction is tailored specifically for the client’s unique and often complex situation.  The process guarantees a stress free transaction that closes on time, every time.

Ron is part of the Embrace Home Loans team, one of the nation’s leading mortgage lenders. A dedicated support team provides communications at regularly established intervals.  The comfort-first orientation is the foundation of Ron’s business acumen.  It’s no surprise that more than half of Ron’s customers have worked with him previously and over 90% of his clients are referred to him by those they trust.

Ron was recently recognized as the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in USA by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Ron is a professional listener offering straight talk without judgement. He has experienced divorce first-hand and is uniquely acquainted with and sensitive to the needs of individuals experiencing this critical life circumstance. He is proud to pay-forward the value he received from the community of fellow divorcees who have become his ‘divorce Sherpas’, helping him carry the burden of his divorce.

Ron is an avid cyclist and outdoorsman. When he isn’t riding or managing transport for his three sons he’s often found on stage performing musical theatre. He also performs charity work as an on-call handy for those in need in his community.

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