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Go Brent Agent Spotlight: Natalie Thomas

As a native Washingtonian, Natalie Thomas has grown up in Silver Spring’s Woodside Park and had even purchased her first home in Woodside Forest. She definitely knows her way around from boutiques to bakeries and everything in between.

Get to know Natalie in this latest agent spotlight as she takes you through her favorite spots in and around the DC-Metro area.

Growing up here and having been fortunate enough to travel to various cities, I have really come to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our metropolitan area and just how much it has to offer. There is a little something for everyone here – whether urban, suburban, waterfront, or mountains – our metropolitan area has it all.

While we live in a very transient area, I have come to love this about our area because it brings people from all over the world together! I can’t imagine living anywhere else.


TEMPT YOUR TASTEBUDS: FOOD SPOTS!

More of a foodie? Well, the food scene just keeps getting better. With so many different cultural influences in this city, no cuisine is left unturned.

Where do your tastebuds take you for a nice dinner out with family or friends?

  • Barcelona – 14th St or Cathedral Commons (DC)
  • Mi Rancho, Olazzo (Silver Spring)
  • Blacks Market (Kensington) 
  • Le Diplomate (14th St) 

What are of your favorite places to order in from?

  • Amina Thai (Silver Spring) – Grubhub delivers.
  • Jewel of India (Silver Spring) – Postmates delivers.
  • Spring Garden (Silver Spring) – Free delivery.

Favorite Happy Hour spots?

  • Urban Butcher (Silver Spring)
  • Mrs. Ks (Silver Spring)
  • Olazzo (Silver Spring)
  • Ruths Chris (Bethesda)
  • Blacks (Bethesda)
  • Gringos & Mariachis (Bethesda) 
  • Jaleos (Bethesda/DC)
  • PassionFish (Bethesda)

Favorite Mexican Restaurants?

  • Lauriol Plaza (Adams Morgan)
  • Gringos & Mariachis (Bethesda)
  • Mi Rancho (Silver Spring)
  • Uncle Julios (Bethesda) 

What’s the best breakfast or brunch spot in the area?

  • Buena Vida – Great brunch spot – unlimited small plates (Silver Spring)
  • La Pain Quotidien (Bethesda) 

LET’S TALK SHOPPING!

Where’s the best shopping in the town? Are there any good boutiques?

  • Friendship Heights (DC) – Great combination of high-end retail mixed with off-price apparel chains like Marshalls and TJ Maxx. My favorite part of shopping in Friendship Heights is having access to all different types of retail while being able to pop in and out of shops and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Reddz Trading (Bethesda) – Second hand designer clothing store. Unique designer finds at unbeatable prices.
  • Wildwood Center (Bethesda) – Mix of boutiques and designer stores.

GET ACTIVE!

Love the great outdoors and mountains? Within an hour you can be hiking at the Shenandoah National Park or sipping wine at a vineyard with mountain views. Our nation’s Capital is full of history from the Capitol, to the White House, to the monuments or museums.

Are there any good hikes or bike trails?

  • C&O Canal (DC) – Hiking and biking 
  • Great Falls (MD) – Billy Goat Trail
  • Rock Creek Pkwy (MD) – Hiking and biking 
  • Harpers Ferry (VA)
  • Gravelly Point Park (DC) – Great walking/biking trails 
  • Patapsco Valley State Park (MD) – Great hikes
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (MD) – Hiking
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island (DC) – Walking

Are there any recommendations for workout classes in the area?

  • Yoga: Blue Heron Wellness (Silver Spring)
  • Pure Barre (Silver Spring)
  • Orange Theory (Silver Spring)

LOCAL BREWS & SIPS

So many to choose from. What are some of your favorite local breweries?

  • Denizens (MD) – I love that you can bring your dog and sit outside.
  • 3 Stars Brewing Company (DC) – love that you can bring in your own food and get a cold beer.

Best coffee spots in the area?

  • Kaldis (Silver Spring)
  • Blue Bottle Coffee (DC – Wharf) – AMAZING DRIP COFFEE

HAVE A SWEET TOOTH?

What’s the best bakery in town?

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes (Silver Spring)
  • Jenny Cakes Bakery (Kensington)
  • Baked & Wired (Georgetown)
  • Pie Sisters (Georgetown)
  • Tout de Sweet Shop (Bethesda)
  • Velatis (Silver Spring)
  • Dolcezza (DC)
  • District Donut (DC)

FUN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

The best part about our city is that most of these activities are free and can be enjoyed through so many means of transportation – kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, scootering, or even a Segway tour!

What are fun weekend activities to do in the neighborhood?

  • Farmer’s Market
  • Kayak/Paddle Board (DC)
  • Yoga Class/Barre Class 
  • Union Market (DC)
  • Museums (DC) 
  • Vineyards/Breweries
  • Hikes/Biking  

Favorite Farmers Markets?

  • Silver Spring
  • Capitol Hill – Eastern Market 

Are there any cool historical spots worth visiting?

Pretty much anything downtown! White House / Capitol / Museums / Monuments, etc. 

What’s your favorite park to take the kids and / or pet to or just take a scroll in?

Great Falls – It’s by far my favorite walk in the area…gorgeous/scenic views.


Interested in keeping up with Natalie? Follow her on instagram!

10 Ways We Earn Your Business

Go Brent – Proven. Ready.

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1. We are Realists:
We know any agent can list your home in the multiple listing system or open doors for buyer showings. We know we need to earn your business.

2. We are Present: We work with people in all situations and with varying timelines. You don’t have to be a buyer or a seller to talk with us.

3. We Listen: We really want to hear everything that’s on your mind. Knowing your ultimate goal is important of course, but to advise you in the most complete way possible, we want to know much more. We know you will have many questions about the process and we are here to assist you figure out the answers.

4. We Connect: Prior to and throughout the transaction, you’ll need knowledgeable, caring professionals. With over twenty years of experience in the community, we’ve built relationships with partners you can trust to serve you well: hauler, cleaner, plumber, mover, window washer, general contractors, locksmith, landscaper, structural engineer, radon remediator. You name it, we got it.

5. We Dig In: We know how to prepare our clients to maximize every market opportunity. This means guiding you to be the most prepared, educated, and savvy buyer. It also means how we handle the presentation of a home for sale. We are well known for shaping the best product on the market which includes the option of having your home staged at no initial charge and no monthly rental fee.

6. We Leverage: We are confident, knowledgeable, and tenacious in negotiation. We have a firm grasp on the sales contract and we understand how to use every bit of leverage possible to our clients’ advantage.

7. We Communicate: We are easy to find and easy to reach. Our team members all live locally and work from our office in downtown Silver Spring. Our office staff is experienced, cross-trained, and dedicated.

8. We Guide: We’ve vetted the local industry leaders for you including lenders, home inspectors, and settlement companies/attorneys.

9. We Protect: If ever there is a time that you need advice that we cannot provide, we’ll refer you to a professional that can help you.

10. We Know: Every client and every situation is unique. We know there really is no standard buyer, seller, property, or transaction. We work with you in the way that is most effective for you.

Let us know how we can assist you — contact us to schedule a free consultation and let’s get started!

Get Out in Front of the Spring Market

There’s little inventory now but as you know the DC-area market typically explodes come Spring. If you intend to buy or sell in 2018, now is the perfect time to meet with an agent to ensure you have a strategy in place and don’t miss out.

Go Brent agents are full-time Realtors who have an unrivaled command of the local market. In 2017, we successfully assisted our clients to buy and sell 131 homes.

Put our expertise to work for you – contact Go Brent to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to talking with you!

We Are Go Brent

New look, same commitment.

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Longtime local Realtor Liz Brent has formed Go Brent, a new local boutique real estate brokerage. Go Brent’s team of seasoned Realtors include Liz Brent, Cari Jordan, Debbie Gerald, Tammy Thomas, Natalie Thomas, Pat Thomas, and Linda Magolda. Go Brent offices continue to be staffed by Susanna Drayne, Marty Milam, and Beth Stanton. The brokerage office is located at 914 Silver Spring Avenue #103 in downtown Silver Spring.

Recognized as real estate service leaders in the DC Metro area, Go Brent agents are consistently listed as top Realtors inside the Beltway. For the past 3 years, we’ve been ranked as the top listing agents in all of Silver Spring and in 2017, we were among the top listing agents in Takoma Park.

For over 20 years now, we’ve partnered with buyers and sellers to achieve their real estate goals. Go Brent agents have assisted over 1,000 home buyers and sellers through attentive communication, skillful negotiation, and proactive problem-solving.

Repeat clients and client referrals account for over 80% of our business. We consider this to be our true measure of success.

Liz Brent is also the Founder of Silver Spring Cares, a local not-for-profit that works to strengthen the Silver Spring community through the power of connection.

Visit our new website, www.gobrent.co, to learn more.