Mark Lee's Listings
I am a full-time real estate agent with over sixteen years of experience and have lived for over forty years in the Baltimore area. In an industry where consumers often see real estate agents in the same light as used car salesmen and personal injury attorneys, I strive at every juncture of my relationship with clients to let them know that I'm a professional, that the information I'm providing them is objective and that my actions are in their interests at all times; that trust is so important to ensuring a happy transaction and is the essence of any good business. I tell my clients that if there is something I like about a house, they will know about it and, similarly, if there is something I don't like, they will know about it. I try to put my clients in the right direction and then step back after I make my suggestions, letting them know that the decision and the happiness with that choice is ultimately theirs.
I love working with first-time home buyers. My fifteen years as an advertising photographer honed my innate attention to detail, and both buyers (and sellers) seem to love that trait. With buyers, I slow them down and teach them how to look at a house from top to bottom for possible issues. I always have a flashlight with me to illuminate dark corners or to point out interesting aspects. At the end of the transaction, whether they are first-time or eleventh-time purchasers, I want them to walk away from the sale with far more knowledge than they started.
For sellers, I provide a detailed and formal recommendation list of all of the aspects that I see that can present obstacles to the sale. Because I work with so many buyers, sellers find it helpful to have their house assessed as seen through the eyes of a diligent buyers' agent. Thoroughness is one of the hallmarks of my business practice. I apply my former skills as a photographer to good use and put a huge effort into ensuring that my listing photography is publication-ready and suitable for a magazine. As a former photographer, I excelled at composition, color and depth, and have a refined sense of style that can help a home appeal to a broader market; as a result, I offer quasi-staging and have an inventory of flat artwork, table decorations and non-live plants and flowers to help dress up a bare or poorly decorated space.
I also help with de-cluttering homes that are in dire need of organization, and can enhance the simplicity and flow. Once the preliminary work has been completed, I spend a day shooting the house and come equipped with professional studio strobes, lighting every room and prepping them to make sure that they're camera-ready. I want the house to look bright and natural to draw in buyers who are looking on the internet, and adjust my lighting to achieve this look. I also do close-up photography of all of the cool, easily-missed details that are part of the personality of a home. Throughout the whole process, I try to keep it fun for my clients. Buying or selling a home can be stressful, but a good sense of humor can make the rough spots easier. Sometimes, we encounter humor at homes whether we're looking for it or not!
I graduated with a degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and then received another degree in Visual Arts in Photography from the University of Maryland, whereupon I worked as an award-winning (five-time ADDY Award winner) advertising photographer for over twelve years, shooting for clients such as Mobil One, Deutsche Bank, ADT, Prudential Financial, Sylvan Learning, T. Rowe Price, Becton Dickenson, PriceWaterhouseCoppers and DeWalt, to name a few. I spend my free time riding my mountain bike at Loch Raven and Patapsco State Park and working on my cars.
Call me today so I can show you my refined approach to helping you find a new home, as well as my inspired and highly successful method for selling your house!
"Without Mark, we never would have bought a house. He is an extremely skilled real estate agent, an exceptionally generous person, and I am so grateful for all of his work, kindness, and professionalism. I started four years (and 53 house viewings) ago, and Mark has been completely, actively invested the whole time. On those occasions when another buyer would be viewing a property at the same time as us, I would overhear the other buyer's agent giving advice and feedback to their client, and I realized how lucky I was to work with Mark. While other agents focused very superficially on the house's aesthetics or feel, Mark would so thoroughly examine the house with me, examining all the house's core systems, its mechanics, repair history, etc. It was almost like getting a preliminary inspection (of course, he always made clear that he is not an inspector), and I can't imagine now viewing houses with an agent that was any less thorough and expert as Mark. He really put my mind at ease and allowed me to buy our home with eyes wide open. I bombarded Mark with questions throughout this process, questions that went well beyond what it's reasonable to assume that your agent knows (potential repair/rehab costs, tax credit and accounting issues, very detailed questions about home improvement materials and supplies), and Mark patiently called up his considerable depth of knowledge to answer everything. Even now, weeks after we have closed, I'm still asking him questions about renovations and he is so graciously helping us with a few of our outstanding projects on the house. I could always count on Mark for very clear and kind feedback. In fact, his honesty, smarts, and forthrightness are why I hired Mark after interviewing 4-5 different agents. Constantly courteous, extremely even-keeled, so smart, and incredibly well-informed, Mark Lee is certainly a gift to every buyer he works with. I am forever grateful to him for helping us make this huge life step. Thank you always, Mark!" - R. Awatramani
"My wife & I hired Mark in the Spring of 2017 to list my mother-in-law’s home. After 40+ years in the house, she (Mom) was no longer in a position to cope with the demands of her garden, general yard maintenance, and home upkeep. At 80 years old, it was simply too much. The house, its setting, and the many neighbors she counted as friends, made the transition to a retirement home a daunting task for her. As family, we discussed the need for such a change with her over many months. In time, she was convinced that it was the right thing to do, yet she was deeply worried about how disruptive the entire process would be. Then we introduced her to Mark. While his knowledge of the local Real Estate market is tremendous, it’s his calming & attentive manner that was critical in a case like this. After a few hours of discussing the house with Mark, Mom seemed visibly relieved, and very appreciative of the patience and understanding Mark displayed. We moved forward, and allowed Mark to guide Mom with respect to minor changes, furniture placement, and the like. She took it all in stride and concentrated on what was necessary to move. In short order, we had a solid offer in hand, and once again allowed Mark to do what he does best – work through all the details, and make sure that his client’s needs, worries & fears are dealt with in a professional manner. The house sold for an amount that Mom was not only pleased with, but also allowed her to transition into retirement home living without needless anxiety. For all involved, it was a pleasure working with Mark. He is a consummate professional, and truly puts his best foot forward in order to make a life-changing decision as enjoyable as it can be. Thank you Mark!"Andreas Walter
"Mark Lee sold our home in June 2017 and it was only on the market for 1 week. We only have good things to say about our experience with Mark as our real estate agent. Compared to the 2 real estate agents we used in the past, Mark Lee was the best! He is everything you want as a real estate agent: he's professional, experienced, trustworthy, honest, and very knowledgeable about all areas of the home buying/selling process. He really takes pride in his work. Prior to listing our house on the market, he made great suggestions to get our house ready to sell. He had good referrals when we needed work done on our house. His photography skills are impressive, which really helped attract potential buyers. This was our first time selling a house and Mark did a fantastic job of educating us and answering our questions about the selling process. We highly recommend Mark Lee." - R. Mazza
"Mark is an outstanding agent on all levels. He sincerely cares about helping you find a home you will will truly love as well advice on the soundness of the investment. Mark exhibited tremendous patience helping me find a home with that perfect balance. When my patience was being tested Mark helped me remain positive. His knowledge of the local area, the buying process and what to look for when viewing a home was invaluable. I also appreciated Mark's candor whenever I asked for his opinion. His open & honest feedback helped me make a few decisions to keep looking when I was ready to make an offer. Working with Mark was a real pleasure and I am grateful for his serivces. He helped me find that perfect home and I absolutely love it!" - J. Allan
"We were extremely lucky to find a realtor like Mark Lee as both our buyer and sellers agent. He is a multifaceted agent that is extremely detail oriented. As a seller’s agent, he incorporates his personal passion for photography by personally shooting each property and creating the marketing materials. As a buyers agent, be prepared to spend at least an hour or more to view a house with him, as he will check every nook and cranny to ensure that you know everything about the house before bidding on it. He is a thoughtful negotiator on both sides of the transaction and always thinks several steps in advance. I can honestly say that he lives his mantra “A Passion for Excellence. A Passion for Real Estate.” We would highly recommend him to anyone looking at buying or selling a house." - Scott Cohen
"My husband and I started our new home search not too sure of what the outcome would be. Long story short, our saving force a.k.a, Mark Lee was absolutely amazing!!! He was professional, knowledgeable, extremely experienced, dedicated, and honest. There truly isn't a measure of words to describe the BEST qualities of Mark Lee. He made the process so simple it was scary!! My husband and I have never been happier with the service provided by Mark....wish we would've found him when we were first time home buyers because it's scary out there! Thanks Mark...you ROCK!!!" - B. Thomas
"I love working with Mark - he is, hands down, the best realtor you will ever find! I bought my first home with Mark back in 2009. In 2015, when we were ready to upgrade to something bigger, I immediately went back to Mark. We listed our home with Mark and got our first offer within a week for the full asking price! We had other offers on the table as well, and as a result Mark was able to negotiate a sale price for more than what we originally had asked for. There were several other homes on our street up for sale at the time, but ours sold the fastest (and in some cases, for $30k more). We also bought our new home with Mark. The original asking price for the new house was out of our budget, but again thanks to Mark's skill we were able to make a successful offer for $15k less than the asking price. Mark guided us through all the repair work at our new and old home and was always available to answer questions and provide guidance. Simultaneously buying and selling a new home can be stressful, but Mark was able to make it all go smoothly - and more importantly, he made it fun! My husband and I had a great time working with Mark, I wish I had more money so I could keep buying houses with him." - A. Hodgetts
"Mark is incredibly patient and knowledgeable. My husband and I used his services to both sell our house and purchase our new home, and he walked us through each step and made sure that we understood our options. He prepared us to sell by telling us how to best present our property, helped us stage our house and took amazing photographs. As a result, we had multiple offers within a very short period of time. Mark took us to innumerable properties over the year+ we were searching for our perfect home. He was always looking out for our best interests, carefully inspecting and giving his honest opinion on houses. We always felt that he was seeking the best possible home for us, and he shared his experience and knowledge, as well as his "gut" feelings on properties. I would recommend Mark (and I have!) to anyone looking for a trustworthy realtor." - Sand