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Marilyn Cantrell



McLean Office

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

Marilyn Cantrell is a top-producing real estate veteran of nearly 30 years in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC markets. Her prestigious awards, industry designations, and proven track record for helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals set her apart; yet her greatest reward and measurement of success is that 95% of her business comes from repeat and referral clients.

Confident, hardworking, knowledgeable, experienced, professional and personable are just a few words used to describe this outstanding service professional...and the list of praise goes on. That’s because when you hire Marilyn as your broker, she acts as both an advisor and a trusted friend who offers honest advice and information during every step of your transaction. “For most of us, real estate is the single largest investment we make. You deserve the guidance and expertise of a seasoned real estate professional!"

Marilyn is diligent and tenacious in achieving results that are in the best interests of her clients. She is expert at customizing a marketing plan for each of her seller’s properties to optimize awareness, attract offers and command the highest price. Buyers rely on Marilyn’s keen ability to determine their needs and think creatively to find the right home in the shortest timeframe. In all cases, her intimate knowledge of the local market and superior negotiating skills lead to seamless, successful deals.

Professionally and personally, she has always been of valuable service to her community. Prior to real estate, Marilyn served as Food Service Manager in Fairfax County Public Schools, and as a Housing Inspector for the Environmental Section of Fairfax County Health Department. A native of the Pittsburgh, PA area, she has lived in Northern Virginia since 1977. Will Cantrell, her husband of 30 years, and Marilyn share a passion for worldwide travel. They also share their home with their Irish Water Spaniel show dogs, Mickey McGuire, Shayla, and Forbes.


Licensed In

  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.


  • ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
  • GRI - Graduate, REALTOR Institute
  • Green - Sustainability Real Estate
  • NVAR Lifetime Top Producer
  • SRES® - Seniors Real Estate Specialist
  • SRS - Seller Representative Specialist

" Marilyn sets the standard: insightful, resourceful, pro-active, and positive. She is such a professional and true partner in the process."

– Douglas and Becky Wood, Repeat Buyers/Sellers

" Have had three great experiences with Marilyn Cantrell and would recommend her to anyone. She’s always eager to assist and fights on your behalf. Marilyn knew the price point we wanted and helped us to form a contract to best get a ratified contract for the price we wanted."

– Megan Koster, Repeat Buyer/Seller

" Marilyn was courteous and very responsive in response to all our questions and concerns. She made herself available on short notice and according to our own busy schedule. She was very creative as to what household items should be removed to stage the condo and what items could remain to assist in staging. She did a fantastic job of staging the condo. Marilyn was readily available to explain all the steps to be followed when signing various documents. She was forthcoming with ideas as to how to achieve a fast potential offer on the condo. She offered guidance and advice as to how to make a decision when we had three simultaneous offers."

– Delores Durbin-Dodd, Buyer/Seller

" Marilyn thought of every detail and stayed on top of all the details to ensure a smooth transaction. We were highly satisfied and referred three other parties to Marilyn. She was incredibly thorough and we believe she was worth every cent."

– Judith and Tom Thill, Move-up Buyer/Seller

" Marilyn is simply wonderful. She's among the very best service providers we've ever had the pleasure of working with in any industry. Marilyn completely went to bat for us and even saved us $9,000 at closing."

– Charlotte and Mitch Larsen, Relocating Buyers

" In less than one year I have a new job, a new house and a new baby. We think Marilyn Cantrell is one of the finest people we have ever met. She was there every time we needed her with the same friendly, unobtrusive, professional manner."

– Lisa and Allen Weidman, Move-up Buyer/Seller

" Marilyn's the best! Understood our needs - very responsive. She is trustworthy and could answer all our questions. Guided every aspect of purchasing with confidence we respected."

– Mary and Dave Rank, Repeat Clients

" Marilyn is extremely hard-working, knowledgeable, well-organized and thorough. It is amazing to see how well she keeps her relaxed sense of humor. I cannot imagine trying to go through a sale or purchase without such expertise. "

– Anne and Garth Morgan, Repeat Clients

" Top Notch! Marilyn was excellent. I wish we had had her to sell our house in Colorado."

– Leigh and Trent Johnson, Relocating Buyers

" I am impressed with Marilyn's warm, caring personality. As a first-timer this is very important. It was also apparent that she tunes-in to the client very well so she can effectively do her homework."

– David Schmidt, First Time Buyer

" She is the best! Caring, thoughtful, well versed on her professional side and master of every detail required in the sale of a house. She did a superb job for me!"

– Edward D'Alessandro, Seller

" Marilyn was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the transaction - from offering expert guidance on making the condo ‘sellable' to evaluating the contracts received. She is very personable and professional. "

– Phyllis Hanoka, Seller

" Marilyn is a very organized, well prepared, personable agent. We recommended her to several friends. Marilyn did everything possible to make this experience of buying our first house enjoyable and easy."

– Vera and Thomas Taylor, First Time Buyers