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Get Real (Estate)

  • WeWork Dupont Circle 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Does a home of your own seem like a pipe dream, or a goal within reach? Valerie Bluestein, licensed Realtor at Heller Coley Reed, and Margie Hofberg, president of Residential Mortgage Center, Inc., will talk with us about renting vs. owning, and walk us through the process of buying a home.

$FREE for members / $5 for non-members

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Valerie Hillman Bluestein, a Washington, D.C. native, knows the area inside and out. She was born in Georgetown, grew up in Bethesda, received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, and currently resides in Dupont Circle. Valerie spent a decade marketing and event planning for communities in the metropolitan area, before translating those skills into real estate. Valerie is a people person, known for her patience and commitment to excellence. She makes the process as smooth as possible through her attention to detail, perseverance and ability to communicate efficiently. Valerie's expertise doesn't end at closing. She has a passion and eye for design, which helps her clients envision the greatest aesthetic potential for their homes


Margie Hofberg, president of Residential Mortgage Center Inc., combines superb client relations with comprehensive expertise in the mortgage industry. The founding president of the Maryland Association of Mortgage Professionals, Margie has been a mortgage industry leader for 30 years. With her background in education, she applies her teaching skills every day, guiding her clients through the best mortgage options for any given financial situation and life-stage. Her approach is professional, knowledge-based and empathic. Clients at all levels of income and credit feel comfortable with Margie’s practical advice and caring demeanor during a stressful period. In 2005, Margie trained in Collaborative Practice and has become an expert to whom many attorneys, financials, and mental health professionals turn when their divorcing clients need a mortgage.