I have been a Realtor® for over a decade now, but I became a pro at moving when I was a young girl. I moved cross-country numerous times, landing in Hawaii, California, Maine, Illinois, South Carolina, Honduras and Virginia, all between the ages of 5 and 16. I learned early on to focus on what’s important: our family and our home and not on the daunting task of the actual move. I always loved finding the right home.
As a Realtor® today, I bring that focus to the home buying and selling process, aiming to take the stress out and to exceed my clients’ expectations and goals. This is my pledge to each and every family and individual with whom I work.
Each of my life experiences has actually helped prepare me for my work with homebuyers and sellers. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, I taught in the Chesterfield County school system for six years, while in my "spare" time, I ran a wellness and fitness company. I designed health-focused programs for employees and had the pleasure of watching performance and productivity improve as a result. When I sold the business, I employed several associates, and my client list included forward-thinking companies such as Bon Secours, Dominion Virginia Power and Defense General Supply Center.
While raising four children, I was an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of directors of The Children’s Museum, the Science Museum and The Richmond Ballet. I chaired the annual parents’ fund drive for The Collegiate School as well as the school’s Village Green Fair, setting a record for total money raised from the event. When not chairing an event or fund drive, I served as a room parent, volunteer coordinator and sometimes chief cookie baker. In 2005, I embarked upon my chosen career and passion: real estate. My life as a teacher, business owner and volunteer gave me a deep knowledge of Richmond and its many wonderful neighborhoods. And through my board work, I gained the negotiation, communication and detail-focused skills that help me serve my clients today.
In the fast paced and ever-changing real estate industry, it is imperative for agents to stay on top of the market. I embrace the life-long learning opportunities real estate brings and have earned several industry designations including e-Pro recognition for excellent technological skills as well as certifications as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Associate Broker. I am most proud of the team of people I have assembled to help me offer excellent customer service on a daily basis. Amy Rose, a licensed agent, is my assistant and attends inspections and follows up with lenders and attorneys to ensure smooth closings. I also work with an incredible crew of professional stagers, appraisers and photographers and pride myself at keeping a current list of home vendors including everything from appliance repair services to HVAC technicians to window washers and everything in between.
To date I have sold over $50 Million in Real Estate. I work tirelessly for my clients. My pledge is to exceed expectations and goals. I still love finding the right home.
"We are so lucky to have found Monica Rawles. She has been extremely helpful through the entire home buying process. While looking at several different houses, we always felt Monica had our best interest in mind. She gave excellent advice that we really trusted. When it came time to close, she continued to give us great advice and quickly answered any questions we had. Monica made this entire process a very enjoyable experience for us. We highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell. We will use her for any needs we have in the future as well!
- Tiffany and Brian
"Monica, we loved working with you throughout the whole process. We were quickly on the same page – you knew what we wanted and we knew that you were genuinely looking out for our best interest.
It’s important in this market to move quickly – thanks for setting us up with so many last minute showings. Thanks especially for working with us on short notice around my difficult work schedule.
Please offer my email or phone number to any prospective clients, I’d love to provide a good reference for you!
- Jordan and Henry
"Once again… THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!! You were awesome. You are awesome. We feel sooooo fortunate to have had you on our team as we dragged through this process!! Really mean that - Thank You!