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Joan Bready



McLean Office

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



I specialize in assisting clients with buying and selling residential property in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The property can be a small condominium, a very large single family home, or anything in between. I will assist you in getting financing. I will coordinate all inspections, appraisals, and settlement services to make your transaction as smooth as possible. I will keep you informed every step of the way. In addition to working with individuals and families, I have also sold numerous properties for the Embassy of Canada.

I grew up in Iowa and came to Northern Virginia after graduating from Iowa State University. My first job was working for my Congressman. Over the years in Northern Virginia, I worked in several other offices on Capitol Hill, in the private sector, and in the Federal Government. I have my M.A. from Marymount University in Arlington. I enjoy travel, theater, cooking, yoga, and bridge. I volunteer at the Arlington Free Clinic, serve in several capacities at Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, I'm a member of PEO, and I knit chemo caps. I am married to Donald Edwards; I have three step-sons and one grandson.

Certifications and Recognitions:
Washingtonian Magazine Top Residential Real Estate Producer, 2015
Lifetime NVAR Top Producer
Lifetime NVAR Multi-Million Dollar Club
Graduate, Realtor Institute
e-PRO Certified
Licensed Realtor since 1986
Licensed Associate Broker (Virginia) since 2007
Licensed Associate Broker (District of Columbia) since 2007
Member, National Association of Realtors
Member, Virginia Association of Realtors
Member, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
M.A., Marymount University
B.S., Iowa State University  

Licensed In

  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.


  • GRI - Graduate, REALTOR Institute
  • NVAR Lifetime Top Producer
  • ePro - Internet Specialist

" Our experience with JaneEllen Saums and Joan Bready, our second time using this indefatigable team, remains unparalleled. We have, we reckon, bought and sold some 14 houses and would like to think we've learned a thing or two. One thing we've learned for certain: whether buying or selling, you absolutely need a real estate agent. I cannot tell you the number of times even a small bit of information or insight has saved us substantially. We've bought and sold in many jurisdictions: the laws and the protocols in each one differ greatly. It saves time and money simply to have an expert guide. In terms of searching for the perfect new home, we found JaneEllen and Joan to be remarkably resilient (we are peripatetic in searches and will describe one ideal space and then immediately smitten by something altogether different in every way). The teammates give judicious counsel, invariably show us options we'd never thought of, negotiate with real skill, and handle the minutiae of closings and the attendant paperwork effortlessly. We may not move in the near future, but we know that should the mood ever strike us to sell and buy, we can count on Joan and JaneEllen to be there for us (as they did in this latest transaction: the clock was ticking, competition from other buyers was fierce and we were really smitten by the house). Whether your an experienced home buyer and sell or someone for whom the entire process is new and daunting, you'd be wise to give JaneEllen and Joan a call. They have our complete trust and our everlasting thanks! "

– Peter Ken Beck-Bertsch

" Joan was outstanding throughout the entire process, and was especially responsive when I asked to see the home on short notice, and then make an offer on a Saturday morning. Without her immediate responsiveness, the purchase may not have worked out as there were multiple offers on the home. I am very grateful to Joan for her assistance."

– Terry Jones

" Our sincerest thanks for all that you have done for us to get our homes bought and sold. You have gone above and beyond for us and we are so grateful!"

– Laura & Drew Brooks

" Joan…thank you so much… for all the effort, research, timeliness, and patience…you are a best supporter for our family's living arrangements, rental, purchase, and now remodel. Thank YOU for taking the time to understand…our family's needs. In each conversation, you bring forth something…to ensure that our wants/needs were being met. … You've made it home for us here in Arlington and we cannot thank you enough!"

– Christine & Kurt Schaubach

" Jack and I wanted to thank you for all of your help with our new home. We appreciate your time, patience and guidance. We are very excited and owe much of this happiness to you. You have been such a pleasure to work with and we will certainly refer you to others."

– Cameron & Jack Jones

" As you know, I had a less than positive experience with a realtor when selling my mother's house a few years ago. Because of that experience … I was so relieved to learn that you were in real estate … I knew I had an ethical, motivated, honest, savvy professional that could effectively handle the mission for me. I gave you the listing and you took care of every detail … Your guidance was extremely valuable to me…. It was a profitable pleasure working with you."

– Charlene Alexander

" I can't tell you how enjoyable it was having you sell my house for me. I must admit that I have dealt with realtors in the past who have not been customer focused. You were not like that. Right from the start you listened to me, made suggestions and was always in touch with me. I really liked that I didn't have to keep calling you for information. You also did market research (including talking with other realtors) on my neighborhood and that information proved very profitable for me. You were honest with me about what my expectations should be and you were able to sell my house with very little disruption in my life. In short, you made selling my house easy and profitable… Thank you so much for all the time and energy that you put into selling my home and making it a pleasant experience for me."

– Michael Thursam

" Thank you … for your advice, encouragement, know-how, good sense of humor, and sticktoittiveness! through those long week-ends of house-hunting. You've created one more set of happy homeowners."

– Tricia & Josh Schnell

" Thank you for helping us find the perfect home!"

– Jessica & Kurt Hessling

" You're the best … you operate like a Realtor should!"

– Will Steuer

" Many thanks …for all your intense labors getting our house into shape and getting it sold. We really needed a great agent to sell our property in this market, and we feel so lucky to have found one."

– Kurt Tong

" Thank you so much for all your help in getting us ready, selling and settling on the condo. You certainly offer an invaluable service and are great at what you do!"

– Lynn & Steve Love

" Thanks for your support and work leading up to the closing. I found your services to be professional and client-oriented. … It is nice to have an experienced negotiator to work with."

– Mark Hunter

" Thank you so much for all the work you've done to make this happen and see it through; I can't begin to tell you how much peace of mind you … brought me."

– Thom Watson

" I love my new place and neighborhood. I'm slowly making the place my own. You were extremely helpful during this process, and I can't think of a better agent to work with. You … made buying my first place an enjoyable experience."

– Travis Norvell

" You made everything SO easy. I really don't know what we would have done without you. You were great; you took care of everything for us. You made buying a home as easy as could be."

– Kristin Graf

" Exceptional (service)! Anything we needed and any questions we had were handled promptly and professionally by Joan. She was always available and very responsive. Great experience. We had a contract in less than one week!"

– Joan & Brian Diehl

" A big thank you again for all your help with the purchase of our new home. It was a pleasure working with you over the past several months."

– Tracy Southard

" Thank you, Joan, for all your guidance and help through this process! We feel so fortunate to have met you ad then were able to call on you for our home search. It was a great experience and we look forward to some good years in our new home!"

– Marilyn & Rich McClees

" Excellent! Wonderful! Joan paid great attention to our needs and was very professional."

– Melissa & Jim Keenan

" Joan was terrific! … great source of knowledge in real estate and pleasant to work with."

– Lois Nangle

" Thank you so much for helping me become a homeowner. I love my new place, especially the way the sunlight comes in throughout the day. … Thanks again for your time and efficiency, not to mention attention to detail throughout our search and closing."

– Michelle Quackenbush

" We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate all you have done for us. … Thank you so very, very much. We appreciate you and your hard work, expertise and professionalism."

– Sharon & Doug Richardson