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Charilyn Wells Cowan



McLean Office

1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd, Suite 350
McLean, VA 22101 Directions
Phone: 703-790-9090


Charilyn Knows the Neighborhoods. 
A lifelong McLean resident and full-service real estate associate broker, Charilyn specializes in the Washington metro area's close-in suburbs.   Attending school, university, living and working locally all enhance her inside community knowledge of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Responsive and Results-Oriented.
Clients count on Charilyn to keep in touch with them and the market.  She adapts her work-style and services for each client.  Here are a few examples.

  • First time homebuyers may need more information and guidance than relocating government or corporate executives who have bought and sold many homes and just want someone they trust implicitly to handle the details
  • Downsizing seniors selling the family home may need more reassurance, care and attention.  With a sensitivity to elder care issues, Charilyn understands and knows how to work gently but firmly. 
  • Busy professionals want a peer whose adaptive style, efficient communication, strategic and analytical thinking all add value. 

Virtually all Charilyn’s clients have found her personal touches - patience, positive attitude, intelligent listening, and attention to detail - calming during busy, and what can be stressful times.   Charilyn's professionalism, courtesy, and civil dealings with all parties promote smooth transactions, even while her seasoned negotiating skills secure better than expected results for her clients.

Clients Appreciate her Professional Experience.
Trained as an educator, lawyer, and strategic negotiator, Charilyn worked on Capitol Hill before being recruited by the prestigious National Governors' Association (NGA).   She represented Governors' bipartisan interests on policy issues before Congress and the White House during multiple administrations.  After securing her Virginia and DC law licenses,  she also reviewed  U.S. Supreme Court cases as NGA’s  general counsel.

Charilyn's second career as an independent lawyer and family real estate investor prompted her concern to help others earn and preserve equity as property owners. And since she came into real estate as a customer, she pays special attention to client preferences and needs.  Charilyn has real estate licenses as an Associate Broker in Virginia and in Washington, D.C. for her clients’ convenience.

Her real estate clients also benefit from the superb service and matchless reputation of McEnearney Associates, a prestigious and highly productive real estate brokerage with deep roots in many of Washington's local communities.   


  • Buyer representation and negotiation
  • Property listing and marketing for sellers
  • Working with distressed property purchases and sales
  • Counseling and consulting services for real estate investors 



Licensed In

  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.


  • CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
  • CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
  • ePro - Internet Specialist

" Charilyn Cowan is a thorough, dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled professional who really goes the extra mile for her clients. . . Over many years, she has helped me sell property, buy and sell again and each time has been a strong and successful advocate in achieving the best results possible. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants expert assistance in buying or selling a home - she's the best!"

– Jody P., writer, trainer and international consultant

" Being out of town, it was so important to me that Charilyn Cowan is a trustworthy, experienced, professional, personable, knowledgeable, hard-working, detail-oriented and dedicated agent. She went above and beyond in working with me to prepare the home and negotiate a successful sale, turning an initial offer into a much higher sales price. Throughout the process, she gave me objective market data and consulted thoroughly with me, answering all my questions and those I hadn’t thought to ask. . . . I could not have found a better realtor for me - I highly recommend Charilyn if you want to sell your property! No one will do a better job!"

– Rebecca R., university professor

" I put my house on the market at the end of January and closed the first week in March at very good price!!!! I trust Charilyn over any neighborhood expert. Charilyn specializes in strategy and negotiation, wherever the property location. She's saved me thousands, both on my house purchase 3 years back and now again on selling. It pays to trust Charilyn. "

– Marcus Z., engineer with aerospace company in the Tech Corridor

" I just wanted to thank you for your engagement, responsiveness, candor, and support through this process . . . I was looking for a highly engaged and responsive level of service, and you . . . delivered. "

– Steve P., chair and co-founder of a California nonprofit advocacy and political organization