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Lauren Budik



McLean Office

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



After growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta and earning a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2009 to work as a newspaper reporter. I lived overseas for two years and worked at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki on behalf of the State Department before returning to the U.S. in 2014 and purchasing my first home. 

I help clients in their search for real estate in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. in any price range, from condos to townhouses and single family homes. I serve as an advocate and trusted advisor for my clients. My goal is to assist you in the sale, purchase, rental or lease of your home with the utmost honesty, integrity and enthusiasm, while making the entire process as stress-free as possible. I specialize in helping renters moving to the metro D.C. area for their jobs, government employees, first-time homebuyers and foreign service officers who are looking to buy and then rent out their property when they return overseas. 


Here's what you can expect from me:

  • Superior customer service — My customer service never stops, even when the transaction closes. Clients often call me to help with issues that arise with landlords or property management companies, when they need a referral for a home service provider or just to say "hello."
  • Constant flow of information — Clients actively looking to buy or sell receive receive weekly email updates with new listings or our active competition, plus a timeline of upcoming appointments and deadlines and a spreadsheet of tasks to be accomplished.
  • The market moves fast, and so do I Those years of running to meet newsroom deadlines has positioned me for success in real estate. I'm quick to respond via call, email or text; no more lag time between asking questions and getting answers. Did a hot property just come on the market today? Don't wait for this weekend's open house, let's go today! My schedule is built around you. 
  • Extensive use of technology — No more digging through your email for the latest update; keep track of deadlines with ease and quickly access signed documents with our shared Google Drive folder and Calendar. Driving around a neighborhood and want to see what's for sale in real time? We have an app for that! Tied up with a late meeting at work and can't make it to see a house? Let me go for you and FaceTime you in; my honest, no-nonsense feedback allow you to feel as if you're there, no traveling needed. And when it comes time to move (and change your address on everything) and set up home services, we have a Virtual Moving Concierge to make the transition seamless.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and proactive in anticipating what's next — I manage the entire home buying and selling process for you to make it as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. I schedule (and attend) all inspections, coordinate paperwork for all necessary parties involved and handle all the behind-the-scenes work.
  • Positive outlook — I'm enthusiastic, energetic and hard-working. I am your cheerleader, coach and trusted advisor. Your goals are my goals, and together we can make a great team.

I am a member of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS (NVAR) and the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS (GCAAR). I hold a REALTOR designation, which means I am held to the professional standards of the above associations and their codes of ethics. 

Outside of work, I am a mom to my 2-year-old son Noah, and our family enjoys playing with our 7-year-old Sheltie named Lily and traveling. I also serve on the Board of Directors for my neighborhood.


Check out my real estate blog here!

Licensed In

  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.


  • CRP - Certified Relocation Professional
  • MCRS - Military Certified Residential Specialist
  • MOM - Military on the Move Certification
  • NVAR Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club

" Our family worked with Lauren to find and purchase our home in West Springfield. We were living in Europe when we learned we'd be moving to the greater Washington, D.C. area. On recommendation from many fellow overseas home buyers, we contacted Lauren to set up an initial phone call. We were driving from Vienna to Krakow that morning and could only talk for a 30-minute window. Lauren generously agreed to call us early in the morning East Coast time to better fit with our schedule. We knew right away from Lauren would be capable of helping us to navigate the purchase-from-overseas home buying situation. Her ability to anticipate our questions and allay our fears was innate. She was firm in her belief that we would be able to work together from afar to find a perfect home for our family in a short period of time, and on a budget. The first time I "met" Lauren was over FaceTime when she arranged to tour a home that we'd seen online. Her thorough walkthrough allowed us the opportunity to really feel like we were there. These FaceTime walkthroughs became our window into the real-time real estate market -- though we were across an ocean, we felt we had feet on the ground and eyes on the street. Though it all -- overcrowded open-houses and stubborn sellers -- Lauren remained positive. Hope remained: Lauren arranged a tour of a home that was not even on the market yet in our target neighborhood. After seeing it twice in less than 24 hours, we knew we wanted to make an offer. Lauren walked us through a sensitive offer proposal, knowing what -- in this market -- would work best to keep a seller from listing a home in a popular neighborhood. Thanks to her knowledge and confidence, our offer was accepted. Having to negotiate a contract from overseas seemed daunting, but Lauren made the process feel easy and we were put at-ease knowing that she had our best interests covered. After a whirlwind house-search and purchase, we flew in from Europe and were back in the U.S. less than 48 hours when we met at the settlement company to sign the papers. The house was ours! Our heartfelt thanks go Lauren for all of her help in finding our dream home. "

– B.C.

" Lauren Budik provided excellent service throughout the entire home buying process, always responding quickly, representing our needs and concerns adequately, and making the process go as smoothly as possible. We completed the entire home buying process from a distance and we would have been lost without her support and guidance!"

– K.A.

" We bought our house in March with Lauren Budik. She toured the houses "with us" via Skype, and my husband flew only to finalize all the paperwork. We are happy with our decision (arrived to live in NOVA five months after purchase). Even being located in NOVA, you will still need professional help and time. Redfin and Zillow are nice, user-friendly websites, but they do not reflect real-time information and houses that were sold weeks ago still stay listed there as available. I can't recommend you Lauren enough — she will save so much of your time, energy and sanity in this entire process. "

– V.H.

" As with the entire process, everything went perfectly. Thank you so much for all your help throughout and for facilitating a successful and painless process. We really appreciate everything you did. You are first on our list if anyone ask for a referral. "

– J.F.

" Lauren checked in with us on a regular basis, keeping us on track with our schedule, providing a good range of choices, very professionally facilitating appointments and interactions with other agents, handling paperwork, payments, and communications. Since we were overseas during most of the our housing search, her experience and ability to act on our behalf was invaluable. Lauren went above and beyond, we felt, by going to pick up the keys and do an initial walk-through with the leasing agent on our behalf since we were still overseas at the beginning of the lease. She diligently represented our interests by doing a thorough review of the property and taking photos to share with us and the leasing agent, pointing out items that needed to be addressed prior to our arrival. She expertly advised us on issues that we might not have noticed or been aware of, such as clauses that are typical or atypical in lease, and advocated for us to get the right language included in our lease agreement. Lauren is knowledgeable, responsible, responsive, conscientious and we would not hesitate to recommend her services."

– L.C.

" Lauren is definitely the REALTOR you want during PCS season. She's been so awesome during the entire process and quickly helped us snag a rental that fits my family perfectly. Bonus — she's funny! DOUBLE BONUS — SHE INTRODUCED US TO WEGMANS! But seriously, Lauren is THE realtor you want to snag if you're moving in or out of the DC area!"

– C.D.

" Lauren was an absolute pleasure to deal with in a difficult transaction. She was responsive, professional and knowledgeable. Without her, the deal most likely would have not been kept together. Would most definitely work with again. "

– D.K. (Washington Fine Properties agent)

" Lauren was great! Honest, flexible and personalized service."

– M.T.

" Lauren was excellent! She went above and beyond for us. We appreciate her so much!"

– S.S.

" Lauren was very professional and responsive. She was proactive in planning for contingencies and very attentive to details. She made our job very easy. Lauren was delightful to work with. "

– S.M.

" Lauren's level of service was excellent. As overseas buyers, she truly went above and beyond to help us find and buy our house. Lauren is a great representative. As first-time homebuyers, based overseas, the fact that we found a great home and the process went smoothly is notable in and of itself."

– M.N.

" Lauren was thoroughly enthusiastic, energetic and hard-working. She made every effort to help us find the home we were looking for, even driving to D.C. to show us a condo on a moment's notice. She was as invested on our search as we were and did everything she could to make the transaction as stress-free as possible. We're glad to call Lauren a friend and would not hesitate to recommend her to others."

– A.C.B.

" Lauren is an exceptional REALTOR who is different than most. Lauren is willing to help young professionals find a rental home knowing that most renters soon become buyers. She is willing to go above and beyond the expectations for her clients, even though she knows the short-term gain might be minimal. She has also been a homeowner living abroad, so she understands the needs of the investment buyer from a property management perspective, as well. I highly recommend Lauren for all your real estate needs, as she does such a tremendous job of connecting with her clients and getting to know them."

– T.M.

" Lauren was excellent to work with! She made herself available in the limited time I had to find a home and continued to help me look for a "back up" in case we didn't get the home we wanted. She was friendly and helpful."

– H.T.

" Lauren is exceptionally talented, extremely personable and very goal-oriented. Motivated by inherent desire and determination to help others, she works in a consistent fashion and continually seeks alternatives to roadblocks. Lauren has demonstrated an uncommon ability to gain the trust and confidence of the people with whom she works."

– M.S.

" Lauren provided top-notch customer service. She was available every time I called and responded promptly to emails. I appreciated her candidness with me about property conditions, as I was using Facetime to choose a rental property. "

– P.R.

" We trusted Lauren blindly, and she did a fantastic job. Being overseas and having never met her, we felt confident and relieved by her constant contact and information flow. If Lauren represents [McEnearney's] attitude and demeanor — you are a winner! Never before have we trusted someone with such a big decision, and she truly came through! We felt at ease, and Lauren was there to keep a positive perspective during the entire process. "

– G.G.

" Lauren was great! She worked hard to get us what we wanted. Her advice was spot on. We would recommend her to anyone who asks and would not hesitate to use her again."

– A.D.

" Lauren was very attentive and responsive. She was always very clear about the services she offered. I always felt I had a partner throughout the search process. Lauren's energy and enthusiasm was very much appreciated. I had a great experience with McEnearney Associates. "

– D.M.

" Lauren was extremely responsive, patient and professional. The access she gave us to search McEnearney listings was a great benefit as first-time renters. Thank you again!"

– E.A.

" Lauren's service was exceptional. She provided informative, attentive and accommodating service. She helped to ensure that my search for a rental unit was seamless. "

– T.C.

" She was great. Very pleasant, accommodating and trustworthy. I felt that she went out of her way to help us. Lauren FaceTimed quite a few properties with us since we were out-of-state to help us find a place — thank you!"

– L.R. & J.R.

" Lauren was great. She was very responsive to all of our questions and concerns, and represented the company well."

– E.F.

" Lauren was so great with helping my husband and I find a rental home in the DC area. We were relocating from out-of-state and had one weekend to fly out and find the perfect house. Lauren was always really responsive to our emails/calls/texts leading up to our house-hunting weekend and was patient when we would send her endless additions to our list of prospective houses. Lauren was really knowledgeable about the areas we were looking in and made the whirlwind house-hunting trip a pleasure with stops at a coffee shop, local bakery and sushi restaurant to refuel, as well as show us the local scene. She was very organized, professional, friendly and thoughtful in every way, and our experience was really great. Lauren exceeded our expectations through every aspect of the renting process, and we recommend her without any reservations."

– K.J.

" Lauren was an essential part of our recent relocation to DC. We have young children and were coming from overseas, and we were so intimidated! We were lucky to find Lauren, who organized a smooth and efficient housing search and then walked us through the entire move-in process. She made sure we saw a broad range of possibilities (in terms of space, neighborhood and budget) and helped us get really clear on what we wanted. We are so happy with our set-up now; we can't imagine having done it without her!"

– A.W.

" Lauren was one of the best things that happened to us during our relocation to D.C. She moved super fast to get us into the apartments we wanted to see, had great energy, and really helped us to fine-tune our search and find the perfect place. (She lead us to an apartment with a huge terrace, wooded views, old charm, steps from the Metro -- a slam dunk for us!). Also, you can tell Lauren is a former journalist because she pretty much puts her reporting chops to work to track down anything you need to know. But beyond being extremely good at her job, Lauren was just a lovely person to meet as a new arrival. She’s upbeat, sharp, funny and thoughtful, and gave us lots of insights into the D.C. area. I’d recommend Lauren in a heartbeat."

– R.M.