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Suzanne is the daughter of architect, professor, and historic preservationist M. Robert Des Marais, and the Goddaughter of the iconic modernist architect Josef van der Kar. Her early years spent in the company of architects led to a lifelong passion for historic and modernist architecture.

Suzanne actively participates in the regional and national conversation regarding housing policy, and is frequently consulted for expert commentary on real estate market conditions. She is a past president of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors® (DCAR), a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors®, and is 2015 President of the 9000+ member Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®. She was honored as the 2012 DCAR Realtor® of the Year.

Although she has been quoted by The Washington Post and the BBC, she is probably best known for her weekly commentary as “hipchickindc” on the popular website

Suzanne earned an undergraduate degree from Penn State and a masters degree from The George Washington University.

Client Testimonial:

Suzanne Des Marais was phenomenal – her knowledge of our neighborhood (Bloomingdale) was unparalleled, she was quick, thoughtful, organized and calm. All of these traits are rare, and she has them all. A fantastic experience.” -James C.

Suzanne is fabulous! She is extremely knowledgeable about the workings of DC real estate. She knew exactly what to do to maximize the sale price of our home. She is the consummate professional and was wonderful to work with.” -Amanda L.

Suzanne was a wonderful agent. Her deep expertise in our area and her uncanny attention to detail made selling an apartment without being in the District not only easy but pleasant.” -Cesi C.