Growing up, I wanted to be a rock star. I took guitar, singing lessons, and practiced all the time. I didn’t want to be the center of attention or earn bragging rights for writing hit songs. I was quiet and shy. School talent shows were a way to express myself and connect. And, I always believed that songs are stories that can help define important people, places, and life's experiences. My career as a rock star never took off. Instead, I’ve focused my education, skills, and experience on the best ways to communicate my message and connect with people in meaningful and memorable ways throughout such an important part of their story.
This is my mantra, an anthem, really. Iconic author, Maya Angelou wrote, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
With purpose, I strive each day to have an impact and leave a lasting positive impression. When I consistently hear from clients, “Thank you for sharing so much detail and explaining things so well.” "We trust you with all of the details.” Or, “Best house sale ever!” It’s rewarding to know that how I work is associated with effective, meaningful results. Clients offer honest feedback and support often. I encourage new and prospective clients to read online reviews or contact past clients so they can share their experiences. I am humbled by this client support that has resulted in a uniquely high 95% referral rate from clients, agents, and brokers from across the U.S. and Internationally.
As a former military spouse, the relationships and connections I’ve made along the way still have the most positive influence on my own life. I understand and value the demands of living a life of service for active duty, retired military and Foreign Service families. Such demands require expertise, guidance, and executing with honesty and integrity for the best results when selling, buying, and investing in real estate. I proudly help professionals, government officials, and military families find a home that is both suitable and meaningful so they can continue that home’s existing story…or start their own.
I am best known for connecting people to homes based on the unique stories of both. I have a Master’s Degree in Literature and have written for BUILDER, REMODELING, and OLD HOUSE JOURNAL magazines over the years. I’ve applied my education, skill, and experience to extract, compile, and relate critical details of home design, location, floor plan, and community. When those elements come together, clients are better informed so they can determine value and evaluate the best properties and communities for them.
I may not be a rock star. That’s ok. I like to think that I’ve found a positive way to make my mark in my corner of the world. After more than a decade, my proven strategies have earned industry and client recognition including Washingtonian Magazine’s, BEST OF 2014. I’ve earned the CRS, Certified Residential Specialist, and NVAR Top Producer designations. I’m proud to have built my business upon knowledge, experience, client sensitivity, and results. I currently have my own online publication called ‘The Story Behind the Home’. Learn more at TheStoryBehindTheHome.com.
It takes training, dedication, and consistency to leave a positive impression. I apply these principles to several areas of my life. I love the outdoors, running, and photography. I live in Alexandria close to the Mt. Vernon Trail. I’m energized and inspired most days as I run through our tree-lined neighborhoods or along the trail. My free time is spent with family, friends, and Molly and Sam, my two chocolate labs.
There's a lot more to this story. If you'd like to learn more about how to connect with the best properties available as a memorable and meaningful way to start or build upon the story behind your home, I'd love the opportunity to make this happen for you.
Story Behind the Home Connecting Clients to the Best Properties Available
Certified Residential Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative
NVAR Top Producer
NVAR Million Dollar Club
Best of 2015, Washingtonian Magazine
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|Karlene Fryxell reviewed Kristin Mango 12/01/2013 Helped me rent a home We knew what we wanted in an agent and Kristin met the mark. As long distance property owners, the importance of communication and her knowledge of the area were required. Kristin also assisted the subcontractors needed for repairs, painting, etc - above and beyond. When we need a new tenant and/or decide to sell the house, we'll work with Kristin again.|
|John Mcintyre reviewed Kristin Mango 10/21/2013 Currently working together My wife and I were interested in looking for a house in the Northern Virginia area. We are in the Foreign Service and do not currently live in the US nor have we for the past six years. Kristin was recommended to us by colleagues who had nothing but high praise for her. To be blunt, we agree 100% with that praise. And here is why. We didn't buy a house or townhome. In fact, what makes Kristin so good is she DID NOT pressure us to buy a place. She was incredibly patient with us and actually let us figure out over the course of a few weeks what and where we really wanted to be and when we could not find exactly what we wanted (we are big on McLean) she told us, "don't force it, you have to be happy with what you buy" (especially with McLean prices). This is why we still consider ourselves "working together" and when we do return to the US, we will be glad to have Kristin as our agent (both for buying and property management). John/Flora|
|Meghan Muller reviewed Kristin Mango 09/09/2013 Helped me rent a home Kristin is amazing--personable, responsive, and highly professional. I am so glad that I stumped upon her while searching the internet for rental properties in the D.C. area. She put me at ease right away. Kristin was attentive to our list of "have to haves" and "like to haves." She found us a home that matched our requirements perfectly and she spent extra time with me explaining some of intricacies associated with the D.C. rental market. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and I hope to be able to buy a home here some day to put her to work again. I am very grateful to her!|
|02/19/2015 Currently working together I've found Kristin Mango to be an unusual real estate agent: honest and caring more for her client's best interest than for herself! She is so refreshing. I feel I can trust her to do her best for me.|
|Kristin helped us both sell our home in Fairlington and buy a new home in Springfield. She was patient with us as we started a home search that we then tabled for nearly a year, and she welcomed us back when we were ready to go. Kristin acted as a great advocate for us, but in a respectful way that always made us comfortable. She offered excellent advice for preparing our home, on settling on a listing price, on setting an offer price on our new home, and for staging our home (which required balancing the needs of two small children still living in the staged house!). Her professional contacts who did some needed repairs on our house were outstanding. All in all, an excellent agent to work with. I hope we don't move again any time soon, but if we do, we will once again call Kristin.|
|06/26/2013 - user33582957 Found a tenant for a Multi Family home in Fairlington-Shirlington, Arlington, VA. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I have known Kristin for several years and she is, hands down, the best agent I've worked with (and I've worked with many). I now live several states away from my rental property. Kristin found a tenant and provided excellent service and communication with me throughout the entire process. As an aside, Kristin was the listing agent for a property I purchased. I liked her so much better than my agent that I called upon Kristin the next time I needed an agent.|
|jmacleod reviewed Kristin Mango 06/13/2013 Helped me sell a home In a down real estate market, Kristin helped me sell a condominium in Alexandria in 2010. She is successful because she possesses a rare combination of creativity, doggedness, responsiveness, resourcefulness and charm. On top of that, it's just a joy to work with her.|
|reviewed Kristin Mango 06/04/2013 Helped me buy a home There is not enough good things I can say about Kristin. As first time buyers in a tough NOVA market she helped us methodically and confidently find the house that we wanted. We came to her with a list of items we wanted in a dream house and she helped us focus in on what was important with each and every interaction we had. Without pressure or opinion she provided honest unbiased advice that allowed us to see both sides and make each decision our own. Kristin was able to walk both sides of the line making the home search enjoyable as well as subtly harnessing a high degree of professionalism. When it was time to make the hard decisions she made sure to be clear and concise and that we had a firm understanding of a decision or process. After our contract was accepted she continued to add value to the process. Whether it was helping us with utilities, scheduling a visit while our family was in town, coming to the home inspection, meeting technicians at the house to re-mediate minor findings before walk through, and finally the settlement, she was there every step at any hour to help. Kristin made our first home buying experience a truly pleasurable experience and we feel so lucky to have made the choice to work with her. She is certainly the first person we will contact should we ever decide to sell such an awesome home.|
|jeconrad reviewed Kristin Mango 05/21/2013 Helped me sell a home I would highly recommend Kristin. She is professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She assisted me in selling a condo and not only did she know the market for the area but she was right on target when it came to "sprucing" things up without "breaking the bank" before activating the listing. I would utilize her expertise again!|
|Kristin is very knowledgeable and patient! My husband and I were first timers and she made us feel comfortable and explained everything to us on a level that we could understand and felt confident. She bases the type of home she shows you not only on what you tell her but on what she observes from you and your reactions to different places. We started off initally looking into a small condo in the immediate Alexandria/Arlington area. She took some initiative and we ended up in an adorable townhome in Springfield, it was perfect! My husband and I work long hours and Kristin was always flexible with us in meeting times. We also used Kristin to rent the home we purchased from her as we were relocated, it was rented within 2 weeks!|
Connecting clients with the best properties available based on a home's existing story. Or, they can create their own.