Agent Spotlight – Ariana Gillette

Agent Spotlight – Ariana Gillette

“Where experience and luxury find their way home.” —Ariana Gillette Over the past 17 years, Ariana Gillette has had an illustrious career in real estate, dipping into nearly every facet of the business, including new construction, being a buyer’s agent for...
Agent Spotlight – Youssef Zeroual

Agent Spotlight – Youssef Zeroual

Real estate has always been an integral part of Youssef Zeroual’s belief system. He bought his first home in 1997, just two years after immigrating to the United States from Morocco. He had arrived in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1995, by himself, not knowing the language...
Cover Story – Laurie Mensing

Cover Story – Laurie Mensing

From the late ‘80s to the early 2000s, Laurie Mensing, of Long & Foster ❘ Christie’s International Real Estate,  and her family moved a staggering 12 times. Her husband, Eric, worked as a transportation and logistics company executive, which took their family...
Agent Spotlight: Glenn Stakem

Agent Spotlight: Glenn Stakem

Glenn Stakem started at the very bottom of real estate, both literally and figuratively. He moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, where he didn’t know a soul, outside of his brother, Kevin, and aunt and uncle, Jim and Phyllis Stakem, of RE/MAX Select Properties, who...
Rising Star: Jay Caputo

Rising Star: Jay Caputo

Before launching his real estate career in 2018, Jay Caputo enjoyed a successful career as a professional chef. He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1997 and worked all over the country in high-end restaurants for 20 years. Jay ascended to the top of...
Cover Story: Steve Wydler

Cover Story: Steve Wydler

Steve Wydler wants all the Real Producers to know that he is younger, better looking, and more athletic than his brother, Hans. Oh … and he has less grey hair, too. The co-owners of Wydler Brothers of Compass have been business partners for 17...
Partner Spotlight: Heather Gontarek

Partner Spotlight: Heather Gontarek

“The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them — preferably in unexpected and helpful ways.” —Richard Branson Title agents are often unseen but critical cogs in the wheel of a real estate transaction. “The...
A Cool Life Story: Tania Gonda

A Cool Life Story: Tania Gonda

“A cool life is being content to just be. A cool life is practicing gratitude for all that is good.” Tania Gonda, of Weichert, REALTORS®, was raised in Presque Isle, Maine, an agriculture zone with unique cultural norms. In the fall, schools would close for three...