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Welcome to the Press Room here at Brandon Green.

Here you will find the latest news, stories and tips from our staff. No matter what real estate related story you are working on, we are committed to responding to you on deadline!  You can see a quick glimpse of Brandon on his You Tube channel here.

News Releases

Click on any of the links below to access the latest news about Brandon Green.

› Life's Experiences Forge Winning Personality for DC Area Realtor Brandon Green
› Life's Experiences Forge Winning Personality for DC Area Realtor Brandon Green
› Washington, DC Realtor to be Featured on HGTV
› Washington DC Charities Benefit from Proceeds of Capital Tennis Classic


Tip Sheets

Brandon Green regularly brainstorms on the latest trends and developments in real estate and publishes them here in the Tip Sheet section. Visit regularly for fresh story ideas on breaking news culled from the real estate field.

› Are foreclosed properties worth bidding on?
› Greed Not Good for Buyers or Sellers


Brandon Green in the Media

You're not alone. Other reporters have interviewed Brandon Green for their stories on real estate topics. Click on any of the links below to see stories about Brandon Green. 

›Brandon Green on WTOP's Home Value Highwire
›METRO Weekly Environs
›Brandon Green in the Maryland Realtor Magazine Aug/Sept 2010 (Page 26)
›Brandon Green in the Washington Times
›Brandon Green Washington Examiner Interview
›Local LGBTQ Youth Benefit from Capital Classic Tournament  
›Brandon Green quoted in USA Today article about Mortgage Rates
›Brandon Green featured in an article on cyberhomes.com
›Brandon Green featured in Express, a Publication of The Washington Post (see pages 49-51)
›Brandon Green quoted in DC Modern Luxury (see page 58)
›Colleague Veronica Seva quoted in article on www.myfoxdc.com
›Brandon Green featured in WashingtonPost.com article, "The Bank of Mom & Dad"

›Brandon Green featured in an article on dc.urbanturf.com
›ExpressNightOut.com consults with Brandon Green for another article
›Mold a Problem in Foreclosed Homes, Brandon Green featured on Fox News
›Tough Choices in a Tough Market, Washington Post
›Brandon Green on the local Fox News concerning the DC Area bidding wars
›First-time home owners racing against deadline, Brandon Green commenting for CreditCard.com
›Let's make a deal: Brandon Green comments on buyer incentives
Washington Times: Brandon Green Companies partners with Up With People (see page 2)
›Tips for 2011 Real Estate on "Let's Talk Live"
›Brandon discusses short sales on WTOP Radio
›The Washington Examiner featured quotes from Brandon within a piece about new-construction homes.
›Fox News article: Real Estate: 4 Signs It's a Bad Investment
›Brandon Green writes for 'Tiny Green Mom': "This Spring, Make Your Home Green Again!"
›Brandon chats with 'Green Living Guy' on Blog Talk Radio
›Welcome2Green features Brandon's "5 Easy Ways to 'Green' Your Home for Spring
›Bankrate article about staged homes
›The Washington Examiner, Bidding wars return to the Washington Real Estate Market
›The Washington Examiner, Builder incentives on new-construction homes
›TV3 Televisio de Catalunya
›The Washington Examiner, Purchasing a full duplex...
›Indianapolis Star - feature in 'Green Living' column
›Washington Examiner - Victorian Mansion
›Reuters.com - House Hunting?  Don't buy until you read this
›Smart CEO Magazine, June 2011, see page 14-15
›News Channel 8 reports on Columbia Heights milestone sale
›Urbanturf.com reflects upon new bar set in Columbia Heights
›WTOP Radio - Cold and Hot Housing Market
›MSN - Saving $ on Home Staging
›Bankrate.com - How to do house walk-through before closing






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News Releases


Life's Experiences Forge Winning Personality for DC Area Realtor Brandon Green

Brandon Green's entrepreneurial spirit was formed as a 13 year-old boy in Ames, Iowa, where he started his own lawn mowing business at the trailer park where his family lived.  Of the 300 trailers, Brandon and his small team of neighborhood boys cut grass for 100 of the trailers - not a bad market share in any business!

This entrepreneurial spirit, combined with his love of music and entertaining, fueled his interest in another lifelong passion: music and performing.  And when the international show "Up with People" came to Iowa during his junior year in high school, he jumped at the chance to try out.  His interview landed him a position with the show, but he still had to come up with $15,000 to confirm his spot.  Using his local connections and grassroots support, Green developed an innovative fundraising technique.

"I promised everyone who donated money to me a unique gift or communication from the various locations the show traveled to," he said.  This might take the form of a postcard, a memento, or a personal phone call to repay his supporters' faith in him.  He raised the money in time to catch on with the Up With People tour that started the summer after his high school graduation.

In addition to rehearsals and performing, Green and the cast members participated in all phases of the tour's schedule - marketing, logistics, sponsorship, finance and ticket sales.  It gave the 18-year-old kid from Iowa a crash course in business, as well as international and human relations.

"Our tour traveled all over the world and included stops in Norway, Finland, and Sweden," he said.  During one of the shows in Finland, he discovered a rather unique and awkward Finnish custom-the family sauna.

'Many Finnish families have saunas in their homes and it's a regular part of their day," he said.  However, Green and his cast members were rather surprised when their host family disrobed after dinner and headed toward the steam room, beckoning their American guests in Finnish.

"When in Rome," Green explained as he and his friend joined their hosts.  "As if it were not awkward enough being naked in front of a strange family, including their teenage daughter, after the sauna, the entire family jumped into the snow!"

Green's "Up With People" experiences weren't all as bizarre as his Finnish stay, and he received an excellent schooling about how to run parts of a complex business while also being on his own for the first time in 18 years.  He liked the experience so much that a year after his one-year stint was over, he asked to work as an employee a year after it was over.  He served as an advance man for the touring company, finding host families, selling tickets, attracting sponsors and whatever else it took to put on an "Up With People" show.

When the show's yearlong tour was up, Green traveled back to Iowa to plot his next move.  Unsure of his exact career goal or if college was the right path for him, he decided to move to Baltimore where a friend had relocated.  Once settled in Baltimore, he began to scrounge for a job, landing at the first of two technology recruiting and staffing companies that required him to commute to Washington, DC.  That lasted only a few months before he found a house to rent in Washington with a former "Up With People" friend.

It was in that first home in Washington that Green had his real estate epiphany.

Green sheepishly admits that he got his start in real estate from an infomercial he saw on late night television while in DC.

"The guy's name was Carleton Sheets and he was pitching these tapes and manuals to learn about real estate and how his system made him a millionaire," Green said.    Nonetheless, Green devoured the manuals and tapes and he was off and running.

"I thought: this can't be this easy," he said.  So, he sought out some real estate professionals for advice and ended up buying his first house for $1000 down with an FHA loan.  The house needed a lot of repair, so Green rehabbed the house for six months and sold it for a $50,000 profit.  A real estate star was born!

Green's transition to professional real estate was well timed, given that in the late 90s and early 00s, the tech industry was tanking and the real estate industry was taking off.

"My IT sales experience--making dozens of cold calls and really focusing on selling- helped my transition to real estate," he said, adding that excellent mentors at his first job at Prudential were invaluable.

In his first year, he cleared $150,000, earning him rookie-of-the-year honors from a local real estate association and in three more short years, he had booked a total of $44 million in business.   

"By then, around 2004, I felt like I really had this business down and was looking for my next challenge, when I was approached by a group of local realtors who were considering buying into a Keller Williams franchise," he said.  Keller Williams is the fourth largest real estate firm in North America.  The real estate brokerage firm was looking to set up shop in DC, and was seeking a top agent to lead its local effort.  In 2006, Green took the plunge and expanded from just Brandon, to Brandon Green & Associates.  Soon he was busy enough to add staff, hire administrative help, and begin marketing. 

While ascending the real estate ladder, Green and some associates continued their interest in real estate investment, purchasing Stoney Creek Farm in rural Maryland.  He rehabbed the property and turned it into a bed and breakfast that attracts newlyweds and Washingtonians looking to escape the madness of the beltway for a weekend.  He also maintains his home in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood.

As his business is getting more sophisticated, his grasp of technology and commitment to community increases as well.  His latest efforts include a blog on his website that updates visitors on current real estate trends and issues.  Green has also supported local charities, including the Washington AIDS Foundation--he is clearly a man who remembers his roots, helps those who are less fortunate, and realizes that being a real estate professional is more than hosting open houses and closing deals.

"I recall growing up in Iowa and visiting nursing homes with my dad, who was very involved in the church at the time," he recalled.  "I remember how much the people in those nursing homes appreciated the visits and the time we spent with them and I try to bring some of that Iowa community service to my everyday life here in DC."

This commitment to community and a laser-like focus on his business make Green a real estate professional to watch today, and in the future.

Life's Experiences Forge Winning Personality for DC Area Realtor Brandon Green

Brandon Green's entrepreneurial spirit was formed as a 13 year-old boy in Ames, Iowa, where he started his own lawn mowing business at the trailer park where his family lived.  Of the 300 trailers, Brandon and his small team of neighborhood boys cut grass for 100 of the trailers - not a bad market share in any business!

This entrepreneurial spirit, combined with his love of music and entertaining, fueled his interest in another lifelong passion: music and performing.  And when the international show "Up with People" came to Iowa during his junior year in high school, he jumped at the chance to try out.  His interview landed him a position with the show, but he still had to come up with $15,000 to confirm his spot.  Using his local connections and grassroots support, Green developed an innovative fundraising technique.

"I promised everyone who donated money to me a unique gift or communication from the various locations the show traveled to," he said.  This might take the form of a postcard, a memento, or a personal phone call to repay his supporters' faith in him.  He raised the money in time to catch on with the Up With People tour that started the summer after his high school graduation.

In addition to rehearsals and performing, Green and the cast members participated in all phases of the tour's schedule - marketing, logistics, sponsorship, finance and ticket sales.  It gave the 18-year-old kid from Iowa a crash course in business, as well as international and human relations.

"Our tour traveled all over the world and included stops in Norway, Finland, and Sweden," he said.  During one of the shows in Finland, he discovered a rather unique and awkward Finnish custom-the family sauna.

'Many Finnish families have saunas in their homes and it's a regular part of their day," he said.  However, Green and his cast members were rather surprised when their host family disrobed after dinner and headed toward the steam room, beckoning their American guests in Finnish.

"When in Rome," Green explained as he and his friend joined their hosts.  "As if it were not awkward enough being naked in front of a strange family, including their teenage daughter, after the sauna, the entire family jumped into the snow!"

Green's "Up With People" experiences weren't all as bizarre as his Finnish stay, and he received an excellent schooling about how to run parts of a complex business while also being on his own for the first time in 18 years.  He liked the experience so much that a year after his one-year stint was over, he asked to work as an employee a year after it was over.  He served as an advance man for the touring company, finding host families, selling tickets, attracting sponsors and whatever else it took to put on an "Up With People" show.

When the show's yearlong tour was up, Green traveled back to Iowa to plot his next move.  Unsure of his exact career goal or if college was the right path for him, he decided to move to Baltimore where a friend had relocated.  Once settled in Baltimore, he began to scrounge for a job, landing at the first of two technology recruiting and staffing companies that required him to commute to Washington, DC.  That lasted only a few months before he found a house to rent in Washington with a former "Up With People" friend.

It was in that first home in Washington that Green had his real estate epiphany.

Green sheepishly admits that he got his start in real estate from an infomercial he saw on late night television while in DC.

"The guy's name was Carleton Sheets and he was pitching these tapes and manuals to learn about real estate and how his system made him a millionaire," Green said.    Nonetheless, Green devoured the manuals and tapes and he was off and running.

"I thought: this can't be this easy," he said.  So, he sought out some real estate professionals for advice and ended up buying his first house for $1000 down with an FHA loan.  The house needed a lot of repair, so Green rehabbed the house for six months and sold it for a $50,000 profit.  A real estate star was born!

Green's transition to professional real estate was well timed, given that in the late 90s and early 00s, the tech industry was tanking and the real estate industry was taking off.

"My IT sales experience--making dozens of cold calls and really focusing on selling- helped my transition to real estate," he said, adding that excellent mentors at his first job at Prudential were invaluable.

In his first year, he cleared $150,000, earning him rookie-of-the-year honors from a local real estate association and in three more short years, he had booked a total of $44 million in business.   

"By then, around 2004, I felt like I really had this business down and was looking for my next challenge, when I was approached by a group of local realtors who were considering buying into a Keller Williams franchise," he said.  Keller Williams is the fourth largest real estate firm in North America.  The real estate brokerage firm was looking to set up shop in DC, and was seeking a top agent to lead its local effort.  In 2006, Green took the plunge and expanded from just Brandon, to Brandon Green & Associates.  Soon he was busy enough to add staff, hire administrative help, and begin marketing. 

While ascending the real estate ladder, Green and some associates continued their interest in real estate investment, purchasing Stoney Creek Farm in rural Maryland.  He rehabbed the property and turned it into a bed and breakfast that attracts newlyweds and Washingtonians looking to escape the madness of the beltway for a weekend.  He also maintains his home in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood.

As his business is getting more sophisticated, his grasp of technology and commitment to community increases as well.  His latest efforts include a blog on his website that updates visitors on current real estate trends and issues.  Green has also supported local charities, including the Washington AIDS Foundation--he is clearly a man who remembers his roots, helps those who are less fortunate, and realizes that being a real estate professional is more than hosting open houses and closing deals.

"I recall growing up in Iowa and visiting nursing homes with my dad, who was very involved in the church at the time," he recalled.  "I remember how much the people in those nursing homes appreciated the visits and the time we spent with them and I try to bring some of that Iowa community service to my everyday life here in DC."

This commitment to community and a laser-like focus on his business make Green a real estate professional to watch today, and in the future.

Washington, DC Realtor to be Featured on HGTV

October 13, 2008--Washington, DC-based real estate broker Brandon Green is taping a segment on HGTV's Get It Sold, a national cable program that focuses on properties that need some sprucing up or overhauling to make them more attractive to potential sellers.

This is Green's second encounter with HGTV, he was interviewed earlier this year for an appearance on HGTV's Get It Sold.

The taping takes place November 3rd, 11th and 14th and the segment is schedule to air in the Spring of 2009, just in time for the height of the buying and selling phase in the local market.

The tapings involve discussions about how to price a home and host an effective open house.

According to HGTV's website, Get It Sold helps people who haven't been able to sell their house in a softening real estate market. Top realtors explain why buyers aren't biting, and staging expert Sabrina Soto suggests simple fixes (no carpenter required) to get the home ready for the open house. A listing agent provides a close look at the competition through tours of other comparable homes in the area. Once the staging makeover is complete, it's time for the open house to get the house sold.The program airs on Wednesdays 8:30 EST and Sundays 11:30am EST.

Brandon Green is a residential and commercial real estate firm working in Washington, DC, northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.For more information about Brandon Green, visit www.brandongreenandassociates.com

Washington DC Charities Benefit from Proceeds of Capital Tennis Classic

Capital Tennis Association's 19th Annual Tournament donates $20,000 to Worthy Causes

Washington, DC, April 17, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Local athletes continue to make a positive impact on the greater DC community with local charitable donations passing the $100,000 mark with this past September's tally and distributions. Seven (7) year signature- sponsor, Brandon Green Companies, was on hand as checks were presented to the following organizations:

$10,000 to Mautner Project
$5,000 to Food & Friends
$5,000 to Team DC (scholarship program)

"What started as help for a friend has turned into a meaningful way to connect with and impact our community through organizations like Team DC, Mautner Project, and Food and Friends. Our partnership with CTA and the Capital Classic Tournament has meant important dollars for these organizations and many more and has turned into an event we look forward to every year," said Brandon Green, Founder of Brandon Green Companies.

"Mautner Project promotes good health for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women through smoking cessation support and programs to help women get exercise and achieve healthy weight. Our professional Client Services team, supported by 50 active volunteers, provides transportation to treatments for women battling cancer and other serious illness, and provides home visits, phone support, and household chores. Because of the generous support of CTA, Brandon Green, and other community friends, we are able to offer all these services for free. We are very grateful!" said Leslie J. Calman, PhD, Executive Director.


About Capital Tennis Association: (CTA) was formed in 1994 as a not- for-profit organization to coordinate and promote the sport of tennis within the Washington DC metropolitan gay and lesbian community. CTA provides casual and organized tennis programs - a terrific way to compete and socialize in a supportive atmosphere with other sports enthusiasts.


About Brandon Green Companies: While Brandon Green Companies is focused on you and your real estate needs, we are also focused on the needs of the community around us. We are active in a number of different charitable and community outreach efforts, and are simply committed—as individuals and as a team - to making the neighborhoods within which we work better places to live and thrive.


Tip Sheets


Are foreclosed properties worth bidding on?

A national report released this week indicates the foreclosure rate jumped 50 percent over the same period last year.  With the this significant number of properties on the market, new home shoppers and beginner real estate investors are asking the question:  is a foreclosed home a good option for me?

According to DC-area realtor Brandon Green, it might be, with some provisions.

First, Green recommends that when talking with a realtor, new home shoppers ask for foreclosed properties too.

"Typically, a lender will try to auction off a property to reclaim the cost of the loan, but if that doesn't work, the lender will often drop the price and the property will enter the multiple listing service (MLS) so all agents and buyers have access to," Green said.

If you are going to take the foreclosure plunge, realize that many foreclosed properties are in far worse shape than typical homes on the market, Green said. 

"Pest inspection is a must as many foreclosures have bug infestations such as carpet beetles, roaches, termites, rats and mice," he said.

Additionally, buyers should ensure the property is secured from contract to close so that further deterioration doesn't occur.

"Most bank contracts state the bank will not address anything that occurs during the contract to close period which puts the buyer in a bind if something does happen during this time period," Green said.

If your bid is accepted on a foreclosed home, this provision in your contract is a must, he insisted.


Greed Not Good for Buyers or Sellers

In the 1980s Gordon Gecko made the phrase "Greed is Good" a capitalist's mantra. 
Today, home sellers, and buyers, have taken that rallying cry too far, according
to Brandon Green, a DC-area full service real estate broker.

Green urges prospective buyers to look for deals but cautions that greed can
cause delay and missed opportunities.

"Many buyers think they can leverage a down market and extract things they normally wouldn't ask for," he said.  For instance, some buyers insist on the seller fixing everything on a home inspection list rather than negotiating more carefully based on more expensive, common sense repairs.

Green has also noticed that increasingly buyers are low-balling sellers as if
they were taking joy in bringing sellers to their knees.

"You simply can't pick up a row house in Dupont Circle for $50,000," he said,
citing one egregious example of low-balling.

While greed is normally associated with sellers over pricing their homes in an
up market, Green cautions that buyers can also take the "Greed is Good" motto
too far.

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