Wilmaris "Mara" Rodriguez-Rivera, DMV Realtor

Wilmaris "Mara" Rodriguez-Rivera, DMV Realtor Real Estate Expert located in Ashburn, Virginia. I am here to help with any of your buying and selling property needs!
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Wilmaris obtained a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico and worked for 24 years as a public defender, prosecutor and attorney in private practice before getting her real estate license. She discovered her passion for real estate when her brother asked her for help to sell his home, which she gladly did. That is when she decided to become a full-time real estate agent. She obtained her Real Estate Broker ́s license in 2009 and has been working in real estate for the last 6 years. Moving to Washington, DC, in 2014, she continues her passion of helping people sell, rent, or find that special place to call home. In her spare time, Wilmaris enjoys going to the dog park with her two rescue pooches, Baldo and Sophie, spending time with family, and traveling. She understands the difficulties of finding the ideal apartment or single family home for people with pets, accessible to public transportation, or close to work. She believes it is essential to be available to her clients and maintain good communication. Wilmaris looks forward to helping you sell, rent or find your one-of-a kind home.

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How To List Your Home for the Best Price

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