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Terrylynn Harrell

Terrylynn Harrell

President

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Terrylynn Harrell, a veteran in the real estate industry, is a leader in residential and commercial real estate markets. She is an experienced professional serving Prince William County and the surrounding metropolitan area. Terrylynn has made a name for herself as a respected colleague and possesses a unique ability of turning clients and business associates into lifetime friends. She is fluent in two languages...English and Real Estate. She began speaking real estate in the early 1990's when it was suggested by an associate that she get her real estate license. Terrylynn had a passion for helping people find homes; the appreciation of the first time homebuyer was gratifying. This passion turned into a career. Not wasting any time, she became a REALTOR®. As her knowledge grew she earned her license as a Real Estate broker and instructor. Terrylynn began teaching, training and coaching REALTORS®. She had found her niche...REAL ESTATE! But, Terrylynn did not stop there. She accelerated her career advancement by developing relationships with brokers and owners. As a result, she decided that she wanted to join their ranks. She discovered that helping agents achieve their career goals was their American Dream. Her real estate niche accelerated to the third power with the acquisition of her second brokerage in 2007...EXIT Realty!

Terrylynn's passion for the business of real estate is evident in the way she runs her brokerage...she leads by example. Her reputation as a fair business woman is impeccable and her stature in the real estate community is illustrated by her active membership in REALTOR® Association of Prince William (PWAR). She currently serves as Vice President, Chairs the Governance Committee and Co-chairs the Budget and Finance Committee. As Vice President, her goal is to help REALTORS® build their business and provide the best possible service to their clients. Her motto is, "Together we can achieve the American Dream, by getting engaged to empower the betterment of the real estate industry...one agent at a time." Terrylynn knows that she can't change the world, but she can leverage herself by getting more REALTORS® committed to supporting and improving their profession, which is in perfect alignment with what she likes most about being in Real Estate; meeting great people, making dreams come true and creating lifetime memories for the real estate consumer and professional.

Even though her real estate career is a very important part of her life, she balances it with her love for family, friends and her adorable Maltese, Precious.
 

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Guy Allen

Guy Allen

President-Elect

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Guy has been a licensed agent since May 5 1982. Wow, over 30 years! I received my Virginia broker's license on December 31, 1990. Allen also worked in the mortgage banking industry prior to that from 1977 to 2005, approximately 28 years. Allen started out as a small mortgage broker in Richmond, Virginia as Central Virginia Financial Corporation doing subprime loans, eventually obtaining his HUD/ FHA certification to do FHA and VA loans. He then sold his company in 1985 and moved to Northern Virginia where he worked as a REALTOR® for a few years before getting back into the mortgage business. Guy later started ERA-NATIONS REALTY in Baileys Cross Roads for 4 years.

He then relocated to Prince William County joining a local firm there. In 1997 he started a branch in Old Town Alexandria for National City Mortgage, which had three offices in the area. Allen left there to join the now defunct Pinnacle Financial Corporation and headed up 5 offices. These offices where located in Woodbridge, Tysons Corner, Owens Mills, Memphis, TN and Chicago IL. After closing those offices in 2005 because of the market conditions, he opened One Stop Realty in April of 2006.

"My how time flies, it seems as though I have had two lives in this industry, but I have met a lot of people and learned a lot about both sides".
 

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Merlyn Banks

Merlyn Banks

Vice President

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Merlyn started her career in the Real Estate /Property Management industry in 1989.  She managed all facets of properties from Conventional Apartments, Commercial properties to Student Housing (Dormitories) and Residential properties.   

Merlyn is the Principal Broker, and Education Director of BANKS Property Management, a Real Estate Company and Proprietary Real Estate School with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations “DPOR’ Merlyn are just a few to earned the Certified Property Manager® (CPM® ) a distinguish designation, in our region. A CPM® is considered to be one of the industry premiers Property Management Credential. Research shows that a CPM® designation is preferred by Investors and Owners among any other real estate credentials. As an owner of BANKS Property Management (BPM) and resident of Stafford County, she is a sought-after educational speaker/teacher, and industry leader is just some of her many accomplishments. 

Merlyn continuous success leads her into obtaining many Real Estate Associations positions, Property Manager's Distinguished Awards and Recognitions. Just to name a few:

Graduated Leadership Academy, Alumni®-Virginia Association of Realtors®
Graduate Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) Institute of Real Estate Management
Graduate Realtors Institute-Distinguished Designation GRI® with the Virginia Association of Realtors®
Residential Management Professional (RMP®) - National Association of Residential Property Managers®
Board of Directors-At the Prince William Association of Realtors®
Chair-Prince William Association of Realtors® Property Managers Workgroup/Ethics Workgroup
The Prestigious Code of Ethics Award®- Prince William Association of Realtors®
Volunteer of Year Award- Prince William Association of Realtors®
Professional Honor Role-Fredericksburg Association of Realtors®
Distinguish Property Managers Honor Society- Fredericksburg Area Association Realtors
Past vice President-VA Chapter National Association of Residential Property Managers® (NARPM)
Past member of Virginia Property Managers Council& Coalition Planning Committee®- Virginia Association of Realtors®
Past vice Present Public Relations-Institute of Real Estate Management® (IREM)

Merlyn serves her community through numerous volunteerism and civic organizations, she also served as Vice President for Public Relations on the Executive Board of Directors, with the Institute of Real Estate Management® IREM ®Virginia State Chapter38, The Virginia Association of Realtors; “Property Management Executive Council®” and the Virginia Association of Realtors; “Property Management Coalition Planning Committee”; for many years.  Merlyn established an Ethics work group and Property Management Work Group with Prince William Associations of Realtors.  Merlyn also served as President-Elect for the National Association of Residential Property Managers; Virginia State Chapter; Merlyn was also involved in the startup Richmond Chapter Richmond of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). 

On a personal note, Merlyn is married to her co-owner and business partner, Nguyen Banks, and has four boys, and resides in Stafford, with what little time Merlyn has, she enjoys teaching Sunday school, and volunteering at her church.

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Fatima Pereira-Shepherd

Fatima Pereira-Shepherd

Vice President

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Fatima has been a licensed REALTOR® in Virginia since 2004 and received her Brokers licensed in 2010. She has been affiliated with Weichert, REALTORS® for 6 years and currently holds the position as Sales Manager with Long and Foster REALTORS® in Manassas. Founded in 1968 Long & Foster is the largest real estate company in the Mid-Atlantic region. As an expert in her field, Fatima has achieved many awards and certifications in the past years.

Fatima has expanded her experience and knowledge by becoming a Real Estate instructor and mentor, her goal is to motivate students to become independent “Successful” Real Estate Agents.

Fatima attributes her success in Real Estate to her personal ability to provide excellent professional service, dedication, integrity, local market expertise, negotiating skills, knowledge of contracts and real estate transactions. Fatima has closed several transactions, many that include Short Sale and REO properties. Fatima’s staging expertise along with her innovative creativity design provides features that show off your home to attract buyers.

Professional Affiliations & Designations

  • Real Estate Board of Instructors License for Principles
  • Accredited Buyers Representative
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification
  • Accredited Staging Professional Real Estate Agent
  • Graduate Realtors® Institute
  • Certified Negotiation Expert
  • OwnAmerica Investment Certification
  • Buffini Peak Producers Certified Mentor

Awards

  • Top Producer Team – 2005-2010
  • Top Funding Raising Team 2007 PWC Step Out to Fight Diabetes
  • ADA Volunteer Awards for 2007 and 2012

Affiliations

  • Member of the American Diabetes Association Northern Virginia Chapter
  • Member of the PWAR Community Service Committee
  • Member of the PWAR Insider Committee
  • Member of the PWAR Education Committee
  • Member of the VAR Public Policy Advocacy Group
  • Member of the City of Manassas Architectural Review Board
  • Member of the REALTORS® Association of Prince William Board of Director, 2011-2013
  • Member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® NoVA Metro Chapter, President 2011
  • Member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Virginia State Chapter, 2012 Secretary/2013 President Elect
  • Member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate of the PWAR Leadership Institute
  • Graduate of the Weichert Management Awareness Program
  • Graduate of the Sweathogs to the Stars Program
  • Graduate of the Association Leadership Development Program
  • Graduate of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Leadership Academy
     

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Michael Hill

Michael Hill

Immediate Past President

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A life long resident of Woodbridge, Michael has served on the Prince William Regional Chamber Board, the Prince William Conference and Visitors Bureau Board, the Prince William Board of Equalization, the Prince William Association of REALTORS® Board.

He received the "Key Member Award" from the Chamber in 1997 and 2000: "Distinguished Member" 2004. Virginia "Restaurant Manager of the Year" in 2004. "Sales Agent of the Year" from PWAR in 2006 and "Volunteer of the Year" in 2007. Graduate of three "Leadership Institutes" and "Top Producer" each year since becoming a REALTOR® in 2004.

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