Meet Donna Kerr

Donna is the inspired Broker/Owner of the indie brokerage Donna Kerr Group serving Maryland, DC and Virginia.  With 22 years of experience, and personally selling more than 500 homes, she’s proven that if you are creative, tough and savvy with a can-do attitude and a passion for excellence, you can succeed again and again, in any real estate climate. Donna leads a team of highly talented in-house Realtors, marketing professionals, designers and staging experts who excel at getting sellers more money in less time and getting buyers a good deal in the right neighborhood. Donna and her team were the subject and stars of Stage This House which aired on A&E in 2008. In her free time, Donna enjoys the outdoors with her daughter, Maia, her golden retriever/yellow lab cross, Bear, two cats Boy Kitty and Girl Kitty, and soulmate, Lewis.

• Broker/Owner with 22 years of experience
• Graduate, Real Estate Institute
• Award-winning Realtor (America's Best Agent, 100 Most Influential Agents, Washingtonian's Best Agent, DC Real Producers)
• Over $500 million sold
• 10 years experience as CPA and Director of Finance in a previous life :)
• 20 years experience in building and remodeling homes

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What Donna’s Clients are saying

Donna recently helped us buy the dream home for our family. Donna was incredibly responsive in getting us access to view and tour new properties that came on the market in the area in which we were interested. I am convinced that her quick actions greatly enabled us to get our new home. She was able to show us the property the day it came on the market, and then worked with us that very night (late into the evening I might add) to get an offer submitted on the home on our behalf, which was accepted shortly thereafter.I would recommend Donna wholeheartedly to other prospective buyers. Her positive attitude, willingness to answer any questions and address concerns, and turnaround paperwork quickly is a tremendous asset.We will now actually be using Donna's services as a seller to place our previous home on the market and get it sold.
Keith Day
Such a great experience with Donna and her team. We were under contract on our new house in California and needed to get our home in silver spring under contract ASAP with above market price. We contacted Donna directly expressed our concerns, then she came up with a plan and explained her process. Her design team had a meeting on site came up with some options for staging and some new upgrades.We had the work and staging done, lots of pre sale marketing and had the house on the market in 2 weeks.We had multiple offers after our open house and under contract with in a month:-) we sold the house for above our asking price. And she managed it all with us in California. Sorry but five stars are not enough for the Kerr team.
William Mulclaire
Donna and her team were invaluable to getting our home sold. We had already moved out of state and Donna and her team managed the contractors doing all of upgrades to prepare for the sale. Her designers did a fantastic job staging the home. This resulted directly in a very busy opening weekend and offers immediately following.
Jeff Jones
Donna's awesome team came in and gave great recommendations, helped us with renovations and staged our house and it sold in 3 days! She then helped us buy our new house that we are in love with! Great person to work with! Highly recommend!
Robert & Alician Bratton
Donna is so committed to you. When you are her client, she will not stop until she has sold your house or found you the house f your dreams. She is on it 24/7 and provides you with plenty of options AND helps you understand what you can realistically afford. My wife and 2 kids are in a wonderful home today thanks to Donna and her awesome team.
Jose Dominguez
Donna has put together an amazing team. She is professional, organized, knows everything about the local market and has become a friend. She provided a formal market analysis in a binder that pitched how she’d market my home – I was hooked. She suggested ways to get the most value from my home and was never pushy. She turned over my staging and minor renovations to her incredible design team (thank you Cara!). The design team came up with great ideas, teamed me up with contractors, met contractors at my home, and provided me with competitive bids for each step (saving me a lot of money). At the end of the process, I really didn’t want to sell the house it was so nice. After a few open houses completed coordinated by Donna, the house was sold. I got what I wanted and the new owners have a beautiful home. I strongly recommend you contact Donna Kerr if you’re selling (or buying) a home in her area.
Gary Natch
We sold our home with Donna's help in 6 days. She's an expert in our neighborhood and very good at staging to make the biggest impact. The marketing materials were also done very well. The entire team was very pleasant to work with.
Kelly Kane
Donna helped us buy one and sell one home in Silver Spring. We entered into a contract on a new home before we even had ours on the market. So getting our existing home sold quickly was imperative. After buying our new home Donna and her team sprang into action and helped us get our house ready to get listed. Donna and her talented team had our house staged, photographed, marketing copy written and listed online in all the right places in a few short days. We had incredible response to the online listing and the house was very ‘busy’ and was under contract at a well-priced, but aggressive price in two days. Our advice to anyone who wants to buy or sell a home in the Silver Spring area would be to contact Donna, hire Donna to work with you, listen to Donna, then do as she says and then prepare to have lots of action on your house. Keep calm and listen to Donna is now our new mantra. Thanks for everything Donna—you and your team were amazing and the results speak for themselves!
Lynn Margiotta
We had an excellent experience selling our house with Donna Kerr. It was a smooth, organized, and well-executed process. Donna and her team, particularly her designer Jen, made recommendations to improve the decor prior to marketing the house that made it more appealing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Donna's group to anyone looking to sell.
Richard and Joanne
Donna and her team were absolutely amazing through the entire buying process. Donna helped us narrow down our choices, which seemed like an impossible task at first. Everyone was very personable and helpful. 5 outta 5 stars all around!
Samantha Jones
Donna was excellent as our realtor when we recently sold our house. She guided us the entire time, making sure the process was smooth. Her office did all the landscaping, painting, and staging for the house, and it showed very well. The house ultimately got an offer within two weeks and closed at 5 weeks, which I think is pretty fast!
Jason Schafer
Donna and her team did an excellent job, from start to finish, with selling our house. She has very good advice and knows our neighborhood and the market very well. Our designer Jen Clark staged our house and supervised some sprucing up of the house and yard and did such a great job that we had an offer after only 3 days on the market!
Pam Anthony
We signed with Donna Kerr to sell our home in Silver Spring, MD. We chose to sign with Donna because of her obvious knowledge of the local real estate market and her impressive marketing approach (her marketing materials truly set the bar). Cara, an interior designer on Donna’s team, was immensely helpful in suggesting how to best prepare our home for photos and planned open houses. Little did we know that staging was provided at no cost to us for areas of our home that weren’t suitably furnished or arranged. Donna listened to our objectives for selling and did not push us to list at specific price. And, her team was always courteous in scheduling activities like showings, inspections, etc. around the schedule of our 7-month-old son and his sleep schedule. Ultimately, Donna and her team helped sell our house after three weeks on the market and we are extremely pleased with the outcome. Do not hesitate in considering the Donna Kerr Group for your real estate needs.
Ryan Wild
Donna and her team did a great job selling our house. They worked with our schedule, staged our house beautifully, created a comprehensive marketing package, and provided invaluable assistance working through the negotiations with our buyer. We would recommend Donna Kerr to anyone looking to sell.
Andrew Benson
As my sales agent Donna was extremely helpful. She ensured we were able to sell the home at what I wanted in a softer market. My sale was not easy given external factors but Donna was able to deal with these situations very professionally. I would use her company to buy or sell property again,
Glenn Thomas
Donna Kerr and her staff are enthusiastic, intelligent, always helpful, and never give up. My house was not selling and she gave me a plan of action which we followed to the letter with the least amount of effort on my part. Her staff secured outstanding renovation proposals, oversaw the construction and the quality, and handled all aspects of appliance procurement and installation. My house was beautiful when finished - I would have bought it if I could! She topped it off by staging it so it looked even better, took professional photos, and then had superb real estate experts show the house. They gave me periodic updates and feedback - all along keeping my hopes up for a fair price. Donna and her staff are truly the best real estate professionals I have ever worked with and I have bought and sold many houses in the past 30 years (former military!)
Walter Ennaco
When we bought our home eight years ago, Donna Kerr was the seller’s agent. We had such a good time working with her back then that when we had outgrown our first home, and were ready to buy a new one, working with Donna was the clear choice. We loved our home, but we also knew that our small and outdated kitchen was going to pose a problem for getting it sold. Jen Clark, one of the designers working with Donna helped us clear that hurdle by designing and overseeing a kitchen renovation that turned our biggest negative into our best selling point. In addition to the kitchen reno, Jen helped us come up with a plan for decluttering and she staged our home beautifully, and thoughtfully – taking into consideration that we were still living, and working, in the home with two small children. They didn’t stop there. Donna aggressively marketed our home and we had an offer and a contract in under two weeks. Now we’re looking for a new home and Donna’s expertise and knowledge of the area has been invaluable. She’s taken the time to get to know us, and we feel like she has a solid understanding of what we’re looking for in a home and a community. She’s even helped us look at houses that aren’t on the market yet. And when it came time to put in an offer, Donna helped us put together an offer that was within our budget but still beat out two other offers. As an added bonus, Donna has even helped keep an eye on our kids when we’ve needed to bring them with us to look at homes. Part therapist, part designer, part friend, part babysitter, and more: Donna and her team have been fantastic. We often feel like we’re her only clients even though we know we aren’t. Selling and buying a home is stressful, but Donna, and everyone on her team, has helped make the process run as smoothly as possible. If we need to move again, Donna will be the first call we make.
Ruth Martin
I have sold 7 houses in 5 different states over the last 35 years. This was the fastest sale of them all, probably because of the painting, tiling and cleaning that Donna had me do before the house went on the market. This was also the first house that I have had staged and that probably made a difference as well. There were a few bumps with the home inspection and related negotiations, but Donna was patient and helpful all the way. The pictures Donna took of the staged house were beautiful and she did a great job with marketing too.
Jane Getchell
I had a great experience working with Donna Kerr. She helped me sell my house faster than I could have asked for. Her staging experience is what really set the house over the edge. I really enjoyed working with someone with her expertise.
Mark Hishmeh
I can’t say enough about the Donna Kerr team. Donna and each one of her team were very professional and pleasant to work with. The web presentation was excellent, as well as the brochures. I appreciated the fact that I never felt pressured to consider an offer that didn’t have solid potential.
Marcella Davis
Donna is a fantastic Realtor and I really enjoyed working with her. We had a very aggressive schedule and time line which did make for some challenges but everything was handled with professionalism and flexibility. She was able to sell my house well above listing price before it went on the market.I’d say that is a job well done!
Jennifer Deng
We would definitely use Donna again.. in a heart-beat! The staging was masterful, the advice and guidance was not only on-point but also calming. We listed our house during a tougher time-of-year, but she did an awesome job and we are thrilled with the result. She is really impressive! She even performed project management services with regard to work that we needed to get done to list the house. Her firm is truly full-service! Truly an amazing value.
Kenneth and Jasmine Fuller
We were pretty strapped for cash and didn't have a lot to throw at fixing up the house. Donna and her designer Jenn were able to help us really make the most of a tight budget. They were also masters at helping to eliminate sentiment and emotion from the process, keeping our eyes on the goal, which was to attract a buyer. I really enjoyed working with Jenn and the house looked amazing when she was done with it. The marketing of the house was superb. I felt very confident in Donna's ability to negotiate on our behalf. I felt like she really listened to our concerns. There were times when I wanted to push an issue and I felt heard and respected as she talked me down, and confident that she understood me and would relay my concerns in a constructive way to the buyer. This was key, since we were selling the house from 1500 miles away. Donna was very good at weathering the occasional emotional outburst and calming our frustrations. Days before closing, we had a major flood in the house. Disaster! Donna kept everyone calm, got professionals in to do the work, and ultimately everything still went through. Donna calmed ruffled feathers, eased our minds and coordinated a not-small population of contractors through our home. She earned every dollar she made on that sale and kept all of our senses of humor intact. She closed on our house in what felt to us to be record time, at a price we were comfortable with. I would certainly work with her again in a heartbeat.
Kimberley Kissoyan
My wife and I interviewed Donna after we received several mailings about other homes she had recently sold in our neighborhood. Donna arrived with a very organized and creative plan to give us the best market penetration in a short period of time. By the end of the evening I knew that Donna was genuine and sincere, and was exactly the kind of agent we were looking for.
Mark Sorrentino
Donna and the rest of the Pure Energy Team were outstanding in every step of the sale of the house in Silver Spring. She provided solid insight into the market and a clear assessment of how our house was positioned in the marketplace. We were prepared to upgrade the house in order to increase its marketability and this is where her team excelled. They offered their recommendations on upgrading an out-dated kitchen, refinishing the basement and installing new windows among other things. And while they acted as the general contractor on all this work while we were working overseas, her team communicated with us so frequently and that we may as well have been a few miles away. Ultimately, Donna and her team did such a fine job on the renovations and the staging of the house we were a bit reluctant to sell. Ultimately, we got what we wanted for the house and had multiple offers after the first showing. We wouldn't hesitate to work with Donna again
Chris Baumgarten and Luis Rivera
I used Donna to sell my house and also purchase my new residence. The entire process was hassle free. From the moment I met her, Donna demonstrated that she is energetic and a hard worker. She does not avoid difficult negotiation issues nor does she place any burdens on her clients.
Ann Davidson
Donna and her team of designers did an excellent job with my sale. The design recommendations made the house pop and they were fast and courteous. Quick time to a full price offer, even during the government shutdown!
Brad Gentner
As first-time home sellers, we were unsure of all of the intricacies of the real estate market and sales process. Your advice to us was always sound and logical. We have used other Realtors, both in Maryland and in other parts of the country, and none come close to providing the expertise and service you provided
Sarah Case
I interviewed several agents when I decided to sell my Silver Spring home. I was most impressed by Donna Kerr's knowledge of the real estate transactions in the Silver Spring area. This knowledge included the original asking prices, actual selling prices, seller concessions, comparisons of the properties that had already been sold and she was also extremely up-to-date on any active listings in the area. This impressive knowledge of the market plus her boundless energy and enthusiasm made choosing Donna Kerr an easy task. I was also very impressed by her team of decorators. Their expert advice on making my home show at it's absolute best turned my very nice house into something spectacular. I ran into other agents during the time my house was on the market and, unaware that they were talking about my house, they raved about what a great house it was, how well it showed and how well priced it was. Because of the Pure Energy team advice, in this difficult market, my house sold in only 20 days while other properties in the area languished. In fact, I received not only one offer but two! I would recommend, without any reservations, Donna Kerr and her Pure Energy Team
Jean Peretta
My wife and I have utilized Donna's expertise twice, when we hired her to stage and sell both of our parents' homes. They each sold quickly and effortlessly during a time when the market was not strong. Recently we contacted Donna for her advice and the name of an agent in Ocean City, MD when we decided to sell a family vacation home. After contacting the agent she recommended, that property sold in one week. Her professionalism and knowledge of the industry is not only concentrated in the area she services but also throughout the state
Mike and Robin Grossnickle
I rate Donna Kerr's work selling my house as 5 star with no reservation. Donna has a keen eye for value and earned my business when she met me at the property and after a short tour of the property summarized the work to prep the house for sale that mirrored my own list. The house was in a good location and well-built but showed poorly after several years as a rental. Donna assembled a team including a designer, Cara Hunt, who works with Donna's firm, and a reliable prime contractor who gave a reasonable bid. Work started immediately. Donna was always available for questions and updates and I began to hear positive comments from the neighbors on the appearance of the house. Extensive work was completed quickly on time and on budget, including new oak floors, complete new kitchen, updating the bathrooms, cleaning and painting everything inside and out and minor landscaping. The house was transformed from dowdy to move in ready, showed beautifully and we had a full price contract the first day the house was listed. Donna is a pleasure to work with and her team exceeded my expectations in every respect. Donna provides an exceptional level of service. I made a good return on my investment, Donna made money on the increased sale price and the buyers were pleased with the purchase price and condition of their new home. It does not get any better. I have no reservation about giving Donna the highest recommendation. If you have a house to sell you should give Donna a call
Greg Burge
Donna and her team are an amazing group. They carried out the sale of our property in a highly professional manner. Donna has the knowledge and know how to get the property sold at the right price and time. I highly recommend Donna and her team!
Francesca Blythe
Donna Kerr has set up a fabulous team of herself, a designer and a close working relationship with a construction firm to make the optimum improvements to my 31-year-old home at the lowest possible cost. She did it quickly, with little effort on my part. The results were that I got lots of interest and sold at more than the asking price in a short time. I was delighted with all of this!
Gail Bentkover
I wanted to sell my house very quickly and for the most amount of money. Donna was patient with me at the outset while I was having work done, and when I was ready to put it on the market she and her stylist helped to stage it. They also gave me names of people to help inside and out and do yard work and housecleaning that I thought were reasonably priced. My house had a contract for full price within a week. I am completely satisfied with Donna Kerr and her staff, and would recommend her to anyone.
Rebecca Kjos
Donna helped us sell our house and buy a fabulous new house. We were really worried that we would be without a home in the process. She promised we would not be homeless, and kept her word! Then at the negotiating table with a tough seller she was with us all the way. I really appreciated her attention to detail and the personal approach
Andrew Catanzaro
The Donna Kerr Group have very professional and dedicated people that know how to make the home buying/selling process easier. When Donna Kerr helped us sell our home in 2009, we turned to her again when time came to sell our coop. Given that the property was in Maryland and our current residence is in South Carolina, they were able to handle and schedule any needed repairs, sprucing up, and removal of furniture that we were unable to handle. We were kept informed about all showings, contracts and resulting settlement processes. Their design team did a wonderful job showing off the property with a clean contemporary look and feel. Because of their dedication, the property sold the same week of the open house. We would highly recommend the Donna Kerr Group to anyone in the market to buy or sell a home, condo, or coop. They are the best.
Darrilyn and Joe Matsuki
We have used Donna and her company several times in the past. When we decided it was time to put our house on the market, we knew that we would get top notch service and professionalism from Donna and her team. Donna kept us continually appraised of any information and we believe her and her team did everything possible to sell our house. Our closing is not for a couple of weeks but we do not expect any problems to arise between now and then.
Nick and Cathy Mitrano