Mary Ellen Rubenstein
Mary Ellen Rubenstein
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About Me

As a Native Washingtonian and a resident of Northern Virginia since 1978, I was first licensed to sell Real Estate in 1984. I combine my unique experience in the fields of banking, lending, new home sales, and residential real estate to provide my purchasers and sellers with up to date knowledge and advice.

My business philosophy is to meet or exceed my clients' expectations by providing the best personalized service with the highest of ethical standards. My primary goal is to build lasting, long-term relationships with my clients. I enjoy facilitating positive change for my clients.

While building my real estate clientele, I pursued a successful management career in commercial loan operations, achieving an Assistant Vice President position with First Virginia Bank (now BB&T). After leaving my career in banking, I teamed with a small real estate company to offer boutique residential sales services. In January 2003, I joined another brokerage where I also assisted buyers and sellers in the Northern Virginia area.

I am very pleased to be an award winning agent with CENTURY21 Redwood Realty since July of 2016 as one of the founding agents of our Reston Office. I am most proud of the Quality Service Pinnacle Award for Superior Performance.

Customer Ratings

Mary Ellen Rubenstein has been rated by 59 customers


“A fantastic broker. Got the job done with no pressure and in a competent manner. A real pro. Fun and easy to work with. Clear communications. Trustworthy. ”
Craig Zalk, Reston VA (Seller)
“MaryEllen was terrific. She answered calls in the appropriate time, She was available with support and guidance when needed. Made everything crystal clear and went out of her way to make sure things went smoothly. ”
Clive Blackmore Williamsburg (Seller)
“When faced with the decision of starting the next chapter of my life in a new home, there was no question in my mind that the person I wanted by my side was Mary Ellen Rubenstein. Having worked with her 18 years ago on the sale and purchase of a home, I was familiar with her professionalism, as well as her empathetic nature. Her experience in the real estate market over the years is invaluable. Every detail was handled with Mary Ellen’s usual unflappable grace. And her hand-holding, albeit virtually, is second to none. Thanks to Mary Ellen everything went smoothly, and I’m on my way to starting my next chapter!”
Kathryn Porter (Buyer)
“We have used Mary Ellen for three transactions. She is both highly professional anD very personable. She is an invaluable resource for vendor referrals if one needs a contractor, lender, etc. ”
Susan Bagot, Richmond VA (Seller)
“MaryEllen is an excellent broker. She was extremely well organized and very responsive. She was very patient, was not pushy, and listened to what we wanted when we were searching for a new home. She had great references for tradespeople to help prep our home before selling. She priced and marketed our house really well so that we ended up with multiple offers and sold over asking price. She represented us well to the other agents, loan officers, title company, etc. Overall, we were very pleased with her services and will refer her to others.”
A. Ramchandran, Oakton, VA (Seller)
“MaryEllen was very knowledgeable and provided excellent advice and guidance. MaryEllen was wonderful to work with. She really was extremely helpful and very responsive. I felt very comfortable with her and trusted her completely. I would highly recommend MaryEllen. She really made the process of selling my home go so smoothly. She also goes out of her way to be helpful and supportive throughout the process. ”
Elizabeth Parks (Seller)
“Mary Ellen Rubenstein is an excellent representative of the real estate world. She knows and understands the local market very well. She explain the whole process in a very simple way, from getting our home ready for the market and throughout the last minute of closing. She was with us throughout the whole sales process and guided us throughout it. I highly recommend her. ”
Jesus Romero (Seller)
“When you’ve lived in a house for 36 years and brought up three children in it, whose the agent you want by your side, when the perfect family comes along who wants their children to grow up in this perfect house, Mary Ellen Rubenstein. She’s there for you to answer all questions, guide you through the process, and support your emotions. She’s just a text away no matter what the time. I can’t say enough good things about her. Oh and let’s not forget the great recommendations she gives you for movers and people to help move you! Leaving after 36 years is hard but Mary Ellen has made the process easy!”
Gillian Kussmann (Seller)
“Mary Ellen exceeded our expectations for a realtor. We had absolutely no hiccups in the process - which never happens! Her use of social media is leading edge - 3d tour, drone video, amazing pictures and the website reach is exactly what is needed in this market. From the day we signed the contract, she was on top of every detail. She truly made the selling experience easy for us. HIGHLY recommend her to all of our friends and co workers. ”
Pam McGregor (Seller)
“She is the best, super professional, My husband and I are really impressed and happy with her performance.”
Dorian Matthews Rurak, Reston, VA. (Buyer)
“MaryEllen was an amazing help! I have purchased homes in the past with different realtors and none of them compared to the hard work and dedication that MaryEllen showed when dealing with me and what I was looking for. Her work ethic far exceeds any realtor I have ever dealt with. I will not deal with anyone else in the future besides MaryEllen. She was patient, understanding, professional and most importantly she cared. I will not recommend anyone but MaryEllen as well. She was that good. Thank you MaryEllen!”
Maegan- Virginia (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen Rubenstein has the 3 P's we were looking for on our journey. She is professional, prepared, and polite! She provided fantastic guidance and was available to us for all of the questions and handled all of the myriad of changes (appointments, new houses on market, others off, etc) that are part of the house buying process. And something that you can't fake, we could tell she genuinely cared about us and wanted to make sure we were comfortable with the process and ask all the right questions of us to better serve our needs. It was due to Mary Ellen's experience that we were able to package our offer the right way to win the bid on the house. It was the first house we offered on and we won a very competitive bidding process. Century21 should be proud to have agents like Mary Ellen representing them. It was an amazing moment when we found out we were getting the house we wanted and it was awesome to be able to enjoy that moment with Mary Ellen....”
Glenn and Christina Farello, Chantilly, VA (Buyer)
“We previously worked with Mary Ellen when we bought our first townhouse 6 years ago. We knew she would do another wonderful job with our newest search of a single family home. Mary Ellen is polite and kind, she is responsive and responds to emails/ texts/ phone calls quickly, she knows her stuff and delivers the information you need to know in ways that make you feel respected and appreciated. The task in finding our home was not exactly easy, during a pandemic and during a sellers market. When there were no houses coming on the market, she still kept in constant communication and reassured us that we would be finding our dream home and she delivered! ”
Sam & Brian Cox, Centreville VA (Buyer)
“We had worked with Mary Ellen on six previous real estate transactions. There never was any question as to who we would trust with the recent sale of our home. ”
Lynn and Jeff Barr, Herndon, VA (Seller)
“Mary Ellen was referred to us when she was with Coldwell Banker and we were considering moving in 2014. We put our move on hold. Mary Ellen and I stayed in touch over the years and she was who we contacted when the time came to sell. We could not have had such a smooth sale without Mary Ellen's help. We always knew we were in good hands selling when we no longer lived in Virginia. If there was a category higher than excellent I would have chosen it. How about OUTSTANDING!”
Lee Smith, Louisville (Seller)
“This was our sixth real estate transaction handled by MaryEllen Rubenstein. The success we enjoyed during the first five transactions made it a no-brainer to continue working with her. This was the smoothest transaction I can remember ever having. Fast sale, fast close, got more than asking, not a single hiccup. MaryEllen is a solid professional in every sense of the word. She is a pleasure to do business with. We would happily work with her again and give her our highest recommendation!”
Myron Rosmarin, Leesburg, VA (Seller)
“We appreciate all your advice and guidance prior to putting it on the market, during and after. Thanks very much, Kevin and Gisela Andariese”
Kevin and Gisela Andariese - Reston, VA (Seller)
“In the past ten years, my wife Lynn and I have relied on Mary Ellen Rubenstein to sell three properties, and when we purchased two properties. We have recently used her to purchase one, and will to sell one in the very near future. In addition, two of our adult children have each relied on Mary Ellen Rubenstein when purchasing properties. In every instance, the transactions have come together like clockwork. Need I say more?”
Jeff Barr Fairfax, VA (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen was a pleasure to work with. Her professionalism, knowledge of the area, negotiation skills and personality made my home purchase a very easy transaction. She listened, understood my needs and provided excellent service throughout the process. ”
Jane Reedy, Vienna VA (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen is professional and knowledgeable, and really works hard to understand her clients needs. If you're considering her to be your realtor, consider no longer. Just say yes!”
Jason Blaesing, Ashburn VA (Buyer)
“This is our fifth transaction with MaryEllen and it won’t be the last. She is an absolute pleasure to work with, is highly knowledgeable about the local market and we count on her for referrals to many other professionals necessary to complete the transaction. The entire transaction to purchase our home took place without so much as a hiccup.”
Myron and Rosemarie Rosmarin (Buyer)
“I cannot recommend Mary Ellen highly enough. In preparing to sell the house, I interviewed three brokers. Mary Ellen was head and shoulders above the other two candidates, one of whom is also active in the area and has a relatively high profile. Mary Ellen's professionalism and knowledge of the market was apparent from the first moments of our initial meeting. Mary Ellen went on manage the sales process exquisitely. I received an offer at list price without having to stage the property or have open houses, etc. She leveraged her network to achieve the optimal results....get the list price, with the least amount of hassle. I cannot over emphasize how Mary Ellen's experience and expertise led to a successful outcome...she knew exactly what needed to be "updated" and was candid about what updates were "must haves" and which would not be worth the money/effort. Further, Mary Ellen's network of service providers proved to be invaluable for me. From the start of the initial discussion with Mary Ellen, it felt like I was her most important client. She continually went 'above and beyond'. It felt like it was her life's mission to deliver the results that I had hoped for. She understood what was important to me, managed the process impeccably and delivered exactly as she said she would. Mary Ellen is worth her weight in gold. She is a delight to work with. I cannot recommend Mary Ellen highly enough. Any firm or client would be lucky to have her working on their behalf.”
Al Keating, Reston (Seller)
“Mary Ellen worked tirelessly to help us find exactly what we were looking for. And she replied to emails within minutes. She was a tremendous help to us, as first time buyers, stepping us through the process of finding and buying a house.”
Mike, Lovettsville (Buyer)
“First time home buyer, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. MaryEllen is great at reading the situational cues and providing you what you need. If you want someone hands off, she'll do that. If you want an aggressive negotiator, she'll do that too. Very knowledgeable about the area, along with all facets of the house, inspections, and willing to ”
Josh & Amy (Buyer)
“I’m not technically the first time home buyer, but was not familiar with home buying process at all and needed lots of ‘hand holding’. MaryEllen was very kind and patient with me and my daughter every step of the way and made the whole process pleasant and painless. I’d recommend MaryEllen to any and every home buyer!”
Helen Sui, Reston, VA (Buyer)