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Tom Faison

A native of North Carolina, and son of a Real Estate Broker in Greensboro, Tom recalls as a teenager prepping and maintaining his father’s active listings; mowing the grass, washing the windows, his father reminding him to shine the heel as well as the toe, but what most impacted Tom were the relationships he saw develop between his father and his father’s clients. That, a good sense of humor, and a frank honesty, which Tom says is the biggest time-saver in his toolbox, are the traits that he is most grateful to have carried into and throughout his 20 year real estate career in Washington.

In Tom’s view, all of the awards and top Realtor rankings pale as rewards in comparison to so many people allowing him to be a part of such a personal transition in their lives.

Tom believes that for both Sellers and Buyers, it’s about much more than bedrooms, bathrooms, even money. Some say getting to the bottom of what it’s about is one of Tom’s gifts. Whichever type of client, Tom’s goal is to teach, promote and protect. Quite frankly, that’s why he and his team sell so much real estate.

Tom sees his role this way:

“I know most clients start out thinking of their realtor as a salesperson. I hope that by the close of our first meeting I’m able to change that perception. Substantially.

First off, I think of myself as an educator…maybe a “tutor” is more like it. I try to inform my clients about the home-buying process, so first time buyers, in particular, feel more comfortable. After all, buying a house, especially 3 br houses in DC area, is 50% an emotional decision, 50% a financial decision.

I try to learn how my clients live before I go and show them houses they’d be happy living in. It’s not just about the number of bathrooms or even the location. It’s finding out what are the “must haves”, the compromise points and the deal breakers. Frankly, by the end of my first meeting with a new client, their original priorities often change substantially.

It’s my job to help clients be realistic…or they aren’t going to be satisfied with the process, much less the home they end up with. I may lose a few clients through my honesty, but I more than make up for it in the number of people who buy their 2nd and 3rd home from me."

Tim Barley

A native of Pennsylvania, Tim grew up in Lancaster County where his family has been since they were granted their land deed by William Penn; so Tim understands the importance of place.  Tim credits his interest in buying, selling and managing properties to a long family history of real estate investment, and benefited from the mentorship of experienced relatives from an early age.  In 2002, while finishing his degree in Public Policy at Patrick Henry College, Tim purchased and was managing 12 apartments.  After graduation he relocated to DC and worked in politics, but always kept real estate as a side interest, buying, renovating and managing several homes on Capitol Hill.  In 2010, he decided to make real estate his full-time endeavor and started with the Faison Group.  His energy, enthusiasm and love for people make him well suited for the task of helping buyers through the process of purchasing a home.  His particular knowledge of houses, gained from working on many renovation and development projects, and from years in the business are what make him an excellent resource and guide.

Justin Tanner

Justin was born and raised in the suburbs of Dallas, TX but moved around as a teenager to far flung places like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Moscow, Russia. In 2004 he joined a political campaign where a win led him to settle in DC. After spending a decade working for Congress, Justin traded the marble halls of the Capitol building for the brick row houses of Washington, DC. Politics brought him here, but his love of the city has kept him here. 

After buying his first home, Justin realized what seemed to be a daunting experience could actually be a pleasant one. And so over the years he enjoyed talking to his friends and colleagues about the DC housing market and their potential homeownership. This love of helping counsel people to find the right home for the right price led him to decide to work full-time with The Real Estate in DC Team. As a Capitol Hill homeowner and property manager, Justin has gained knowledgeable insight into the market and its trends. He enjoys finding “diamonds in the rough” and helping people envision a home's potential. He also desires to ensure a smooth real estate experience like the one he enjoyed. Justin and his wife Abigail live in the Hill East neighborhood with their 5 children.

Kendall Milano Hicks

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Kendall has been moving north up the eastern seaboard since graduating from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Kendall has called Capitol Hill home for five years. Before joining the Real Estate in DC team, Kendall worked for a healthcare start-up on the Marketing and Business Development team. Kendall has designed and managed more than 100 homes, as Design and Project Manager with the REIDC team. She works with homeowners and developers creating homes that will sell for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time. 

Jon Hunt

Jon spent much of his childhood discovering the east coast and finally settled in Pennsylvania. As a teenager, Jon cultivated his passion for home ownership and design through studying house plans and completing drafting classes.  He holds a degree in civil engineering as well as several years’ of experience in the industry. After buying his first home, Jon’s interests for real estate resurfaced and he made the decision to pursue this passion full time. In this shift from consulting municipalities to counseling people, Jon enjoys helping others discover a space they can call their own. Jon has been partnering with the REIDC team since 2017 and enjoys every opportunity to engage others in home ownership, design, and development.

Betsy Bartron

Betsy's father introduced her to the world of real estate as a child when he took her along to preview listings. Between then and now, Betsy earned a degree in Education and Psychology, married her beloved husband Bill, raised her family, taught school, and moved to Capitol Hill in 2010. The next year, she joined the REIDC team. She brings decades of administration and organizational experience from her involvement in diverse school, church, and community projects to her role as Transaction Coordinator.