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Top Columbia real estate agents

In Columbia, MD, the top 3% real estate agents buy and sell homes 81.9% faster than their competitors. HomeLight compares real estate agents in Columbia using their objective sales data to identify the top performing agents.

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See how 20 of the top REALTORS® and real estate agents in Columbia stack up

Brian Pakulla
Re/max Advantage Realty
About Brian

Brian Pakulla is a licensed Realtor® serving the Baltimore-Washington and Central Maryland Area. Brian holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland and has more than 22 years of sales and marketing experience. Brian comes from a family that has over 100 years of real estate experience and ranks among the top .1% of all Realtors® nationally. They have created one of the largest networks of Realtors®, buyers and sellers in the area. In his spare time he enjoys sports, coaching baseball, martial arts and competitive fantasy football. Brian is a lifetime resident of Howard County and resides with his wife and three children in Ellicott City. Brian is a highly reviewed 5-star agent on Zillow.com and Angie's List. He has also had been inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and has received their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has the #1 RE/MAX Team in Maryland.

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"Brian was excellent to work with and was very good explaining the process and working with the buyer..."

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Townhome Transactions
37
Single Family Home Transactions
68
Condo Transactions
4
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Greg Kinnear
Re/max Advantage Realty
About Greg

Greg, a lifelong resident of the central Maryland area, graduated from Mt. St. Joseph High School and from Towson State University, where he earned a Marketing degree and was a member of the National Marketing Honor Society. Greg has earned the ABR and SRES designations. He specializes in marketing strategies for sellers. Greg has received the Diamond Award, which is the company’s highest annual production honor and is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and recipient of the Re/Max Lifetime Achievement Award. Greg has been a licensed Realtor at Re/Max Advantage since 1996 Greg lives in Ellicott City with his wife Michele and children Grace & Carter. He serves on the Members Advisory Committee at Turf Valley, The Community Advisory Board at the Y in Ellicott City, and enjoys coaching Recreational Basketball for his kids, playing golf, and gardening.

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"We first worked with Greg to buy our first home 12 years ago. We worked with Greg again 5 years lat..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
40
Townhome Transactions
19
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Christina Elliott
Keller Williams Integrity
About Christina

Since 2005 we have built our business soundly & organically on the principle that in order to provide the best service to 100% of our clients we must "listen to them, think with them, and work diligently for them" – No one deserves a one size fits all solution! Whether you are buying or selling a home in Baltimore or one of its many surrounding counties, we are here for you every step of the way. We hold ourselves to the highest standard to ensure each client receives the best possible service & expertise, no exceptions.

Townhome Transactions
73
Single Family Home Transactions
60
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Jennifer Chino
TTR Sotheby's International Realty
About Jennifer

I started in real estate as a For Sale By Owner in 2005. I knew there was a need for a different kind of Realtor, someone who listened to a clients needs and put those need first and foremost. I pride myself on providing excellent customer service and making your real estate transaction a pleasurable one. My areas of expertise are corporate relocation, first time home buyers, move up buyers, and clients looking to downsize. I use my vast array of contacts to help with everything from providing recommended resources throughout the transaction (mortgage, title, inspector) all the way through every day recommendations like doctors, play groups, book clubs, local activities and events. My clients are always happy to provide references so don't hesitate to ask me for them! I look forward to assisting you with all your real estate needs.

Jennifer's reviews

"Jennifer was great in guiding us through the sales process remotely. We evaluated a few realtors and..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
53
Townhome Transactions
8
Condo Transactions
1
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Sarah Reynolds
Keller Williams
About Sarah

Ranked as one of the top teams in the DC Metro Area by the Wall Street Journal, Debbie, Sarah, and the entire Reynolds Team attribute their success to always putting their client’s needs first, above all else. This is something that many agents say, but Debbie and Sarah are on a mission to actually DO it by providing their clients several GUARANTEE programs that take the risk out of selling or buying a home. They have become passionate about providing these guarantees, and at the same time making each client feel as though they are their only client. Debbie started the business in 1988 to provide extra income for the family. What started as extra income turned into a passion. Sarah joined her mom with this passion in 2006, and not only did the mother-daughter aspect bring them together, but so did the passion for their clients. They are a true family owned business! It’s been said that buying or selling a home is one of the most stressful things that anyone will go through in their lifetime. Debbie and Sarah understand this, and are passionate about providing an experience for their clients where we take ALL the stress away! They have always hired partners to join the team that share their core values! It hasn’t always been easy to find them, but they have found that it is worth the wait to find agents and team members that have the same care and passion that they do! It’s an amazing team!

Sarah's reviews

"the main contact was John Hutchinson"

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Single Family Home Transactions
360
Townhome Transactions
170
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
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Nathan Dart
RE/MAX Realty Services
About Nathan

Nathan currently ranks among the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, He has sold OVER $500 MILLION in residential real estate sales in Montgomery County, MD. Nathan's commitment to service, knowledge and professionalism has led him to the very top of his field, earning him numerous prestigious awards and special recognition on a Local, Regional and International level. These awards and achievements are your guarantee for proven results. A native Washingtonian, Nathan lists and sells distinctive properties throughout the Washington D.C. Metro area, utilizing an in-depth knowledge of the premier neighborhoods most highly desired by his clientele. In addition, Nathan also displays the unique ability to anticipate, avoid and overcome adversities (should they arise). He's a skilled negotiator who has experience with every category of real estate transaction, and is therefore capable of helping your family attain their dreams!

Nathan's reviews

"My wife and I have sold numerous homes over the years and as a result we have worked with numerous a..."

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Townhome Transactions
35
Single Family Home Transactions
51
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Eric Pakulla
Re/max Advantage Realty
About Eric

Eric, a life-long Maryland resident, brings over 25 years of experience and positive energy to his team, making it the #1 RE/MAX team in the Maryland! He has been presented with the most coveted awards from RE/MAX International: Circle of Legends and Lifetime Achievement. Eric is an active member of numerous professional real estate organizations on the County, State and National levels including the Maryland Association of Realtors. Eric enjoys golfing and lives in Howard County.

Eric's reviews

"Eric is the best....very responsive and knowledgeable. He provided excellent guidance and kept me i..."

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Townhome Transactions
22
Single Family Home Transactions
32
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Patty Smallwood
Maryland Real Estate Network
About Patty

Patty is a REALTOR with 34 years of full time sales experience. Beginning her career with Military and Government relocation clients, she has built a successful career covering all aspects of real estate sales in the Central Maryland area and has been especially successful in listing properties for sale to maximize value or minimize time, based on the clients needs. She is an associate Broker with Maryland Real Estate Network and a Broker for Smallwood Real Estate Referrals, a referral company of retired and inactive agents. Her network of REALTORS and agents is extensive to maintain a great pipeline of referral business. Patty works with the Smallwood Team but handles her own personal clients through the buying and selling process. Patty & Kenny Smallwood pride themselves on their real estate knowledge, working with honesty and integrity. Specializing in residential properties, together they have averaged over 100 transactions per year all over the Central Maryland Region. Most of Patty and Kenny's business has come from client referrals. Some families are on 3rd generation of satisfied Smallwood clients. They truly know the inventory of homes for sale by staying engaged with both buyers and sellers. Patty & Kenny Smallwood, along with the entire Smallwood Team of qualified agents, are ready, willing and able to help clients and customers through one of the most important transactions in their lives.

Patty's reviews

"I dealt with seven other real estate agents who either didn't do their homework, didn't get back to ..."

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Townhome Transactions
12
Single Family Home Transactions
34
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Alecia Scott
Long and Foster
About Alecia

Mission It is my firm belief that home ownership is one of the best ways for people to build a personal wealth foundation for themselves and their families. A passion for helping people achieve that dream is the driving force behind my business. Buying or selling your home is a very personal and emotional decision involving many different circumstances. A caring and compassionate, yet business savvy approach is what I bring to every transaction. Personal I am a native Washingtonian which gives me an extensive knowledge of the entire metropolitan area. I was born in the District and lived in Takoma Park during my early years. My family moved to the then sleepy town of Olney, Md in 1979. My only time outside of Maryland came during college. I obtained a Bachelors Degree from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. I happily returned to Maryland to marry my childhood sweetheart, Robert Scott, and ultimately settled in Laytonsville, a small village that is part of Gaithersburg, MD.

Alecia's reviews

"Alecia was very helpful in selling my condo located in the summer ridge development gaithersburg md...."

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Townhome Transactions
20
Single Family Home Transactions
27
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Nancy Hulsman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
About Nancy

Nancy Hulsman is a licensed real estate agent in Maryland and is currently with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ellicott City. Nancy has completed transactions in several areas including Baltimore, Ellicott City, Catonsville, Mount Airy, Columbia and Eldersburg. HomeLight ranks Nancy as one of the top 11% of agents in Baltimore for successfully selling homes and as one of the top 10% of agents who sell homes fast. HomeLight has information on 245 of Nancy's transactions since 2009, 128 of which were in the past two years. Nancy typically represents the buyer (51% of the time), but has also completed 120 seller transactions during this period. Nancy has transacted in Baltimore more than any other area helping to buy or sell 20 homes including a 3 bedroom, 2.0 bathroom condominium at 1512 Patapsco St on June 01, 2009 which sold for $230,000 and a 3 bedroom, 2.0 bathroom condominium at 311 Birkwood Pl on May 15, 2015 which sold for $270,000.

Single Family Home Transactions
67
Townhome Transactions
38
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Find your perfect real estate agent in Columbia

Why you need a top real estate agent in Columbia, MD

If you're looking for a real estate agent in Columbia, find the best ones who can save more when buying and make more money when selling. The top 3% of the 5,640 active Columbia real estate agents move homes in under 50 days, 1.8x times faster than the average, and work on 558.62 more transactions than the average agent.

Top Seller's Agents

Columbia’s top 3% agents save their sellers $8,529, while average agents save their clients -$11,133. Top agents also sell homes quicker and far more frequently, selling 1.8x more homes than their average-performing counterparts, and doing so 43.4% faster.

Sale Price / List Price (%)

Days on Market
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Homes Sold / Yr


Top Buyer's Agents

The top real estate agents in Columbia help buy 1.7x more homes than average agents in the same area. Top agents, on average, also save home buyers $57,651 during the buying process.

Condos Sold / Yr

Homes Purchased / Yr

Sale Price / List Price (%)
Lower is better

Ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in Columbia, MD

Top Agents
4.9 stars
Avg. Agents
4.2 stars

Top real estate agents in Columbia score an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, compared to the typical Columbia agent who scores only 4.2 stars. We collect the latest ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in Columbia and update them here to show you what their past clients have to say.

Recent reviews for Columbia real estate agents and REALTORS

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Tiffany Brown
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty
Sep 29, 2020

“Pitina is the one!!!!!!!! She is the realtor you want in your corner! She is the realtor you NEED in your corner! I went through about 5+ realtors prior to meeting Pitina and I can assure you that Pitina is the crème de la crème. She is fearless, down-to-earth, hard-working, knowledgeable, diligent,...“

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Daniel
Keller Williams Capital Properties
Nov 19, 2020

“Mynor helped me sell my home after my father passed away. I was incredibly grateful for the thought and care he took to prepare the home and make sure it sold for top dollar even though I couldn't be there. I basically handed him the keys and he took care of the rest. You can trust Mynor to make s...“

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Stella Kocharyan
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Jun 21, 2021

“⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have worked with many realtors, but working with Justine was one of the best experiences I had as an agent. She is simply amazing, professional, very prompt in responses and also personal. Her communication skills made the transaction seamless and made all the parties even happier than ever. ...“

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Christina McInnes
Compass Home Group
Apr 27, 2021

“Tim and his team are amazing! Every question is responded to promptly and they are on top of every detail during the buying and selling process. Tim is always available and actively participates in the process, remembering what is important to his clients and encouraging his clients to make the best...“

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Judith Johnson
Re/max Specialists
Oct 13, 2020

“Amazing Experience! Buying or selling your home, can be a very stressful experience especially when you are in a bad position. I am not much of a review writer, but due to my great experience with Jonelle with my recent home purchase and short sell, I felt the need to write one. The only reason I we...“

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Find the perfect agent or REALTOR® for your favorite Columbia neighborhood

Based on the available transaction data for homes bought and sold in Columbia, top agents are frequently doing deals in Long Reach, Kings Contrivance, and Owen Brown.

Long Reach

Active Agents1,817
Time on Market92
Avg. Sale Price$320,716

Kings Contrivance

Active Agents1,178
Time on Market85
Avg. Sale Price$355,101

Owen Brown

Active Agents1,263
Time on Market92
Avg. Sale Price$298,234

Find top real estate agents in cities near Columbia, MD

Rockville

Active Agents1,795
Time on Market52
Avg. Sale Price$525,000

Severn

Active Agents2,170
Time on Market67
Avg. Sale Price$366,500

Silver Spring

Active Agents1,642
Time on Market48
Avg. Sale Price$570,000

Pasadena

Active Agents1,608
Time on Market64
Avg. Sale Price$316,000

Crofton

Active Agents1,534
Time on Market64
Avg. Sale Price$357,500

Severna Park

Active Agents1,297
Time on Market71
Avg. Sale Price$525,000

Glen Burnie

Active Agents2,443
Time on Market61
Avg. Sale Price$272,000

Odenton

Active Agents1,860
Time on Market68
Avg. Sale Price$364,950

Bowie

Active Agents2,003
Time on Market60
Avg. Sale Price$345,000

Baltimore

Active Agents5,371
Time on Market77
Avg. Sale Price$165,000

Ellicott City

Active Agents1,781
Time on Market60
Avg. Sale Price$534,000

Eldersburg

Active Agents1,897
Time on Market68
Avg. Sale Price$411,500

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a top real estate agent do?
Top real estate agents have more local expertise, prepare in-depth market analyses, and have industry connections that you can’t find by yourself. They know your neighborhood like the back of their hand and use their market knowledge to sell your home faster than the average agent and for money.
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What should you look for when interviewing a real estate agent in Columbia?
When you sell a house, your real estate agent becomes your business partner, financial advisor, and emotional support system. It’s crucial to partner with someone you trust, so make sure you’re looking for an agent who can answer all of your questions with confidence during the interview. During this process, you want to get to know the agent’s business and find out how well they know the area. You’re listening for things that signal experience, expertise in your community, and workload. Selling a home takes an enormous amount of work, so you need an agent who’s got a plan for prep, pricing, and marketing and who is ready to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.
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How important is it to hire a top real estate agent in Columbia?
Our data shows that the top 5% of listing agents sell homes for as much as (+9%) more than the average real estate agent. A great agent makes a difference when you buy a house, too: We’ve found that the top 5% of buyer's agents on average save their clients 2.5% more on their home purchase. So, whether you’re in the market to find your dream home or sell your house at a great price, the right agent matters. We encourage you to connect with a top real estate agent if you’re buying or selling a home in Columbia, MD.
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When is the right time to hire a real estate agent in Columbia?
The best window to contact an agent to sell your home is anywhere from three to six months in advance of your list date. When you start the search for an agent several months before hitting the market, there’s plenty of time to find the best agent, make key renovations, and market your home effectively, all of which are essential steps in selling your home for a great price. You can also hire an agent based on the best time to sell in Columbia to take advantage of seasonal and cyclical trends in the market. The right time to hire a real estate agent depends on the temperature of the housing market. For example, the best time to sell in Columbia is in May. And since it takes around 3 months to close on a home, you should list in February. We recommend that you hire a real estate agent as soon as you're thinking of selling your home. Generally speaking, that's anywhere from 3 to 6 months prior to your desired move date.
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What is the average real estate agent commission for agents in Columbia?
While individual real estate agent commissions do vary, most real estate agents in Columbia work for 6% of the home price.
Why should I use HomeLight to find a Columbia real estate agent?
HomeLight analyzes all real estate agent in Columbia to bring you custom, unbiased, data-driven recommendations. We use actual home sales transaction data to compare Columbia real estate agent and will only introduce you to the top performing agents. They do not pay to advertise on our site and we do not pay to list them. To give you the best object recommendations, we consider things like: how fast a real estate agent sells, how many properties they work on, how much money they save or earn their clients, and what cities and neighborhoods they specialize in. You can trust that we’ll match you with the right agents for your needs.
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