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.

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 joined a nationally renowned builder as a new home sales agent. Later, in 2000, I teamed with a small real estate company to offer boutique residential sales services. In January 2003, I joined another brokerage where I assisted buyers and sellers in the Northern Virginia area.

I am very pleased to be a part of C21Redwood Realty.


Customer Ratings

Mary Ellen Rubenstein has been rated by 32 customers


“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)
“Thank you Maryellen for your guidance, thoroughness and professionalism during our relocation. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience during what is a hectic and anxious time.”
Heather Patrick (Buyer)
“MaryEllen Rubenstein has been helpful from start to finish in her engagement with us as well as managing expectations, supporting us through many decisions, providing painting, plumbing and staging support. It had been a long time since our last home sale and most everything has changed. Even after the sale, she has returned all our calls and answered our questions. Moving has been a huge change in our lives. MaryEllen made the process less stressful. We're extremely satisfied with our home sale experience and would recommend her highly.”
Barry Westfall, Reston VA. (Seller)
“Always accessible, professional and just a super pleasant person to work with.”
Michael Folkman Alexandria (Seller)
“MaryEllen impressed us from the beginning. She listened to our needs and came up with a comprehensive plan to sell our home. She was supportive and very helpful through the entire process. She interfaced directly with our relocation company and promptly responded to their requests. We interviewed 3 realtors and MaryEllen was the clear choice!”
Jason & Kristina (Seller)
“This is our second transaction made with Mary Ellen’s help. Both sales were for under $300,000. But Mary Ellen treated us like million dollar customers. Besides her warmth and professionalism we have really apprecuated her ability to help us find contractors for various repairs and upgrades.”
Susan Bagot, Herndon (Buyer)
“As a first-time home buyer, I really didn't know what was out there. Mary Ellen helped me figure out exactly what I wanted and worked around the clock (and while on vacation!) until I finally found the perfect home. She made the process easy with prompt and helpful communication and went out of her way to cater to my needs. I 100% recommend Mary Ellen to anyone looking for a professional and caring realtor. ”
John Carone, Tysons Corner (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen Rubenstein was great to work with for the purchase of my new home.”
Pat B, Lansdowne, VA (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen Rubenstein is GREAT. She is knowledgeable, professional, straight-forward, and friendly. She answered all of our questions, offered suggestions, and delivered truly personal service. We have already recommended her to friends and will not hesitate to contact her again for our future real estate needs.”
David Lease, Oakton, VA (Seller)
“Thank you Mary Ellen for all your hard work! We will miss you!”
“Mary Ellen was very professional and gave great advice on how to market the house and worked with us to get a sale at a price we wanted. Mary Ellen was always available to answer concerns we had and to guide us through the process. Mary Ellen definitely is a top notch real estate professional and one I would recommend to friends looking to sell a house. My husband first meet Mary Ellen in a social situation and was greatly impressed by her knowledge and commitment to working with sellers. That is one of the main reasons we chose her to be our realtor.”
Cathy Busch, Lake Frederick VA (Seller)
“Mary Ellen Rubinstein was professional, knowledgeable, friendly,efficient, and delightful to work with. ”
Ruth Perlstein, Annandale, VA (Seller)
“Mary Ellen Rubenstein is professional and thorough. Her knowledge of the Reston area really showed as she worked with me to find a home that fit my needs. She was also friendly, approachable, and excellent at keeping in timely contact with me and the selling agent. While buying a home for the first time is fairly intimidating, Mary Ellen and Century 21 Redwood helped make the entire process approachable and helped me find a home I love.”
Mariet Kurtz, Reston (Buyer)
“We have been working with Mary Ellen since we moved to the area in 2014. She is an excellent agent and ALWAYS has the best interests of her clients at heart. She does an impeccable job communicating during all phases of the process and conducts all of her transactions in the most ethical manor! ”
Angela & Scott, Ashburn, VA (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen was a joy to work with- her attitude was positive and encouraging, relieving our anxieties about our house sale. She moved us efficiently through the process, was always professional, and looked out for our best interests. She took the time to explain everything along the way and was very proactive. She was always available and responsive to our questions. Mary Ellen represented Century 21 very well, and we knew she had the backing of a solid organization. On several occasions she consulted with her colleagues and this made us confident we were getting the best advice.”
Joe B, Reston, VA (Seller)
“We knew Mary Ellen previously and were very confident that she would be able to help move our property in the market place. Suzanne Parisi also deserves great credit in assisting with negotiations with the buyer's agent. It was great teamwork and both agents sold the home in 2 days. ”
Jeff & Debra Sylvern, North Carolina (Seller)
“This latest home purchase was our fifth transaction with Mary Ellen. She is always a pleasure to work with and we have great trust in her. She takes care of the property whether we are buying or selling as if she is our partner in the transaction and it feels as if she is a member of our family. This has been enormously helpful to us as we have often been away or were remote during the transactions. We are quite confident we will be working with Mary Ellen again on more real estate transactions in the future. We are becoming more interested in buying homes to restore and resell. Working with Mary Ellen gives us confidence in this potentially risky endeavor because we can trust her to help lead us in the right direction She demonstrates not only attention to detail but she also stays on top of all tasks relating to the mechanics of the transaction ensuring that everyone involved is doing what they're supposed to be doing in a timely manner. Her knowledge of service providers such as inspectors, contractors, cleaning crews, and so on is enormous helpful. There was never a time during any of our transactions with Mary Ellen that we encountered anything less than outstanding service. She has a very pleasant demeanor and is a joy to have as our partner during the purchase process. ”
Rosemarie and Myron Rosmarin, Leesburg, VA (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen was a great resource and incredibly helpful. As first-time homebuyers, we had no idea where to start, and she made finding and buying a home so easy for us. Mary Ellen was a blessing. She was very patient and knowledgeable about the area, housing code (for example, we saw several houses that advertised a "bedroom" that wasn't a legal bedroom), resale value, and updates that a house might need. Mary Ellen was very professional and on top of all the details related to the contract and contingencies. We really enjoyed working with Mary Ellen and think very highly of her. We'd highly recommend her and would definitely hire her again if we buy or sell in the future. ”
Kate Bowerman, Reston, VA (Buyer)
“Mary Ellen Rubenstein is an agent with a "can do" attitude who was readily available and always found a way to make things happen without any hesitation. She was calm, efficient and friendly, always taking the time to give us feedback after every showing and was quick to follow up at all times. There was nothing left undone. Her professionalism went a long way in assuring us through every step of the process of selling our home!”
Jim and Julie Kowalski, Oakton VA (Seller)


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