For many of us, our homes are our biggest investments. It takes a great deal of trust for sellers and buyers to choose a professional like myself to negotiate on their behalf… I never forget the trust that my clients place in me, and I continuously strive to maintain my skills and knowledge at the highest level, so that my clients have my top-of-the-line service, knowledge, and marketing and negotiating skills, as I guide them throughout their transactions over the years as their Howard County, Maryland REALTOR®.

I love this business and look forward to having the opportunity to assist you, meet your needs, and exceed your expectations. I take pride in listening carefully to understand what my clients want, and then in educating them about their options and opportunities. And I let my clients make their own decisions – without pressure. I look forward to making your needs my priority!

My Value to You

Why hire me? Do you have the time, experience, sources of information, and contacts to do the job yourself? Can you properly manage all the risk factors and protect yourself? Would you get the same contractual terms and price? These are a few of the areas where I will earn the commission that I am paid.

My insight in determining a pricing strategy for the property you wish to buy or sell can keep you from missing the opportunity to go under contract at the best price. Before I go live with a listing or put in an offer to purchase, I will carefully research with you the current area properties on the market. This does not cost you anything, but gives you the all-important peace of mind, knowing the price points are accurate. As a Buyer, you will be confident that you are not overpaying for your new home. As a Seller, you will be confident that you will not be overpricing your property, which would result in subsequent price reductions and a longer time to sell your property. We don’t want to miss a buyer because your home was incorrectly priced. I will frequently also visit the closest comparables to our subject property so that we can factor into our offer the price differences in upgrades and condition.

Marketing a home for sale is a multifaceted job. My sellers enjoy the benefits of a strong, viable Marketing Plan, enabling the most thorough and extensive marketing of their homes. I would be more than happy to discuss it with you at your convenience. I have found that regular and open communication is one of the most valuable aspects of the listing relationship between a seller and their agent; if good communication is important to you, we can work together well towards your home selling goal!

For buyers, I have many strategies to save you money in your transaction, and to ensure your home buying process moves as smoothly as possible. If you can put your offer to purchase in mid week, the negotiating momentum is on our side. The seller just came out of another weekend without an offer. My negotiating expertise will benefit you, not only towards getting your offer ratified, but throughout the transaction, right up to settlement. A home inspection is another good vehicle to protect you from the unknown, and I recommend you have one, once the contract is ratified. I have home inspectors I can recommend to you, should you want some names, and I can make the appointments for you as well, not only for all the appropriate inspections, but for settlement, and of course, the walk-throughs as well. I am very meticulous, and I will leave no stone unturned when searching for and obtaining the right home for my buyers.

For sellers, I bring unprecedented value to evaluating offers to purchase your home. Most transactions that fail to reach settlement do so because of problems with financing which was not discovered until it was too late. I will call the lender to determine how far along the buyers have gotten in the loan approval process, and how well they were qualified by their lender. In addition, if we have concerns about the buyer’s qualifications, we can have the buyers get loan pre-approval, doubly ensuring their viability, regardless of which lender they ultimately choose to use. After contract ratification, I will maintain contact with the lender and the buyer’s agent, ensuring adherence to the buyer’s time line for the financing commitment, in order to protect your interests, and stay on top of any issues that might arise. The earnest money deposit is little consolation if you have taken your property off the market, and you have made your plans based on the settlement date at hand.

My Qualifications

I am a member of the NAR National Association of Realtors, HCAR Howard County Association of Realtors, 2011 Chair of the Legislative Committee, Past Treasurer of the Howard County Million Dollar Club, and I hold the professional designations CRS (which less than 3% of Realtors nationwide hold), ePro, SFR, and SRES. I am a member of the coveted CLHMS organization (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), and I was the Chapter President of the Maryland/DC CRS Chapter in 2013 and in 2014. I am a full time Realtor, specializing in the Central Maryland market. I stay tuned into the local marketplace and will work hard on your behalf. I help clients with everything from condominiums to estates and I enjoy working with everyone from first time homebuyers to seniors who are downsizing. I have listed here only a small slice of the value that I will bring to your transaction, and look forward to discussing your real estate needs with you at your convenience.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. Call or email me, and let’s talk about what I can do for you.

Best regards,
Gretchen Conley

I can be reached at or 443-676-1625 and I look forward to guiding you home!