Shelly Porter
Shelly Porter
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About Me

Born and raised in Fairfax County and currently an Arlington resident, Shelly Lowe Porter is a Northern Virginia native. After graduating with honors from James Madison University, Shelly worked as a program manager for a government contracting company. In 2005, she decided to use her analytical and negotiating skills to help people buy and sell homes.

As a Realtor, Shelly understands that moving is an important transition. She works to ensure that everyone involved has a positive experience. She is a Certified Cartus Relocation Specialist and a member of various local real estate groups, giving her clients access to a network of resources throughout the transaction as well as movers, contractors, and other services after the sale.

Customer Ratings

Shelly Porter has been rated by 63 customers


“Shelly Porter made selling our house a painless and highly successful experience. She is knowledgeable and efficient. Her thoughtful planning helped us stage our house beautifully. She went above and beyond to research the area and set the appropriate asking price. She walked us through the financial aspects while keeping us appraised of developments during our open house weekend. It’s obvious she is highly experienced and that she has a personal investment in each of her home owners. I especially appreciate her sensitivity when it comes to the feelings of an owner selling a home full of memories. This teacher gives Shelly an A+++!”
Barbara Lloyd Bristow, VA (Seller)
“Shelly goes above and beyond as a realtor - she really cares about finding the right house for you, understands your needs, and doesn't push properties that aren't a good fit. She continued to work with me after the closing on home warranty issues and was super knowledgable and informative throughout. She also was very mindful of COVID protocols and made sure we were all comfortable, and respected the needs of the sellers as well. Shelly is great!”
Karen, Herndon (Buyer)
“Shelly made the entire process of selling my property easy. She helped coordinate a renovation, she managed the showings and discussions with other realtors. It was difficult to imagine how things would work given I live across the country now, but she was always available to discuss what was going on with the sale. I'd previously worked with Shelly on the purchase of my home, so naturally when it was time to sell it only made sense to work with her again. I would recommend Shelly to anybody.”
Kyle Harbaugh, Oregon (Seller)
“Shelly made the process of selling fun. I truly enjoy her company and I couldn't imagine working with anyone else with the same ease. She took all of my calls and answered an abundance of questions and we never felt pressured or uncomfortable when it came time to make decisions. ”
Maggie Dwyer, Alexandria (Seller)
“Shelly found a perfect rental beforehand and met with contractors and others to facilitate the move and sale of the house. ”
Cathy Mccarthy, falls church (Seller)
“Shelly is probably the best agent I have ever dealt with, please give her a HUGE raise ASAP! Shelly is extremely knowledgeable with all aspects of purchasing a home and she had valuable incite to help us navigate and make the important decisions. ”
EH (Buyer)
“Shelly was an amazing realtor for us! She worked with us on staging, curb appeal and pricing - nailing every aspect of our marketing and selling strategy. She was incredibly communicative and responsive to all of our concerns and stressors, talking us through negotiations and the path to closing. With her resourcefulness and knowledge of the community, she quickly resolved all issues that came up after the contract was signed, ensuring we could still close on time. She was amazing and I would recommend her to anyone that is looking to sell or purchase a home, a true professional who loves what she does - helping people and families sell or find the perfect home!”
Jennifer Bagnell, Arlington, VA (Seller)
“Simply put, Shelly Porter did a superior job. Early in our careers, we moved a lot. (Military) We had some dismal home sales and moves! This time around, every step of the process was easy to understand and timely. Shelly is an outstanding communicator, plus she knows the market well. I would recommend Shelly to any of our friends and neighbors. ”
Steve York (Buyer)
“This was an interesting time to try to buy a house. Shelly was open with us and completely flexible as we both navigated these uncharted waters. Her knowledge of the local market enabled her to identify the best opportunities for us. We do not regret jumping now and are glad to have had her with us for it!”
Mike and Amy, Alexandria (Buyer)
“Shelly Porter was outstanding at every step of the way. She priced my home perfectly and her overall strategy led to multiple offers immediately after listing. Shelly sold a home previously for me which gave me complete trust in her the second time around. I’d like to thank her for her dedication to selling my home and making me feel like a top priority. ”
Christopher Pierce, Stafford (Seller)
“Hard working, driven, professional, knowledgeable and fun to work with! Always responsive and gets the job done!”
Judi & David Specht Brambleton, VA (Buyer)
“In my social circle, Shelly is The realtor. In the real estate purchases of my friends, she has consistently been the differentiating factor that made the deals happen. When it came time for me to purchase a home, she did not disappoint. In the highly-competitive Washington, D.C. area real estate market, tact, expertise, and honesty are tantamount in an agent. Shelly carries all of these, and more, in spades. I know that I would not have become the owner of my home without her, and I also know that I will undoubtedly refer her to others and work with her again in the future.”
Anonymous (Buyer)
“Shelly was outstanding to work with from start to finish. She listened to our wants and needs and helped us to narrow down our focus when looking for a new home as well as selling our current home. She got the job done quickly and kept us informed at every turn. We have recommended her to friends and will continue to do so-as she is far and away the best of the best!”
Jean Peretzman, Aldie (Seller)
“Shelly went above and beyond in the hunt for the house that fit me. I had very specific criteria that she was able to meet during the search. She drove a good distance from her office in order to meet with inspectors and repair workers during the sale multiple times throughout the process. Her attention to detail and extraordinary enthusiasm made the process of buying a home effortless and stress free. I highly recommend her to all others looking for an agent. Thanks Shelly!”
Chris Pierce, Stafford VA (Buyer)
“We have worked with Shelly on multiple transactions. She is a phenomenal resource and a part of the family. Thanks Shelly :-)”
Will H. (Seller)
“Shelly is very knowledgeable, extremely patient, and always available to answer questions or suggest solutions. We completed a very complicated transaction in record time with all parties satisfied with the deal. Highly recommend. ”
Emily Lesniewski, Fairfax VA (Seller)
“Wondeful & professional experience. I have recommended Shelly and will continue to recommend in the future. ”
Michell Reese, Arlington VA (Seller)
“Shelly was great! I am efficient, organized and I have a "get it done now" personality. Shelly was able to handle me and she was always available and ready to meet and talk. She had great ideas and she followed through immediately with everything we discussed. The night we sold our house, Shelly was attending a charity event. It was late on a Saturday night and she was a presenter at the event. She was on the phone and working on her computer in between her time as a presenter. She even offered to stop by our house around midnight if we wanted. We had a bidding war going on and she was on top of everything. We finally sold the house and signed the contract at 1:00 in the morning. I was blown away by her level of commitment. I keep a very neat house and pride myself on my decorating skills. Shelly has an amazing eye. She immediately came in and looked around the rooms and made suggestions for how we could rearrange the furniture for the open house. Every suggestion was brilliant and worked well. Our house sold in two days! I would highly recommend her!!!!”
Kathryn Roth, Arlington VA (Seller)
“As first time home-buyers, my husband and I naturally had a lot of questions and concerns about making the most important purchase of our lives. Shelly was there to help guide us through each step and explained things thoroughly. She also shared information in a easy to understand way and we felt confident that we were making informed decisions. She took the stress and anxiety out of the home buying experience. We are so grateful for her patience and professionalism. Shelly surpassed all of our expectations about her performance as a realtor. She was extremely knowledgeable and accessible. She even came to our apartment on a Sunday evening to submit a very time sensitive bid in for a home. She answered text messages and phone calls in a very timely manner- sometimes responding almost instantly! I know she had many other clients' needs to juggle while she was working with us but we honestly felt like her only clients. She is a wonderful person to work with and we will definitely reach out to her with any of our future real estate needs. In summary, our overall experience was amazing! We found our dream starter home and Shelly made that a reality. We could not have asked for a better realtor. My family members have also counted on Shelly for buying and selling their homes and she's always comes through with great results. My co-worker recently asked if I knew any realtors in the area and without hesitation, I recommended Shelly Porter and Century 21 Redwood Realty.”
Rebecca Howick: Burke, VA (Buyer)
David Wash DC (Seller)
“A trusted friend recommended Shelly to me. My friend was right; Shelly was amazing. She taught me the ins and outs of home-buying throughout the process. She was patient, helpful and supportive. She fought hard for me when I had questions or concerns and made me feel comfortable with the process and the property. She even helped me find a contractor to made some improvements on my place in a timely manner. I trust her opinion and expertise. If and when I need her services again, I will definitely stick with her. ”
Meg, Alexandria (Buyer)
“Shelly Porter skillfully managed a renovation and sale of my home. Even after I moved out of the area Shelly took care of everything. She is simply amazing! ”
Joan Manning (Seller)
“Shelly was a wonderful agent to a first-time homebuyer like me. Each interaction was not just about showing me places, but also educating me about the process and what to look for. She would also help me figure out what my priorities and giving me time to think about it. When I found MY place, she answered questions about every step and all the players, and I never doubted that I was making the right decision. Shelly had helped a family member find their home, and she was the first person I approached when I was ready to buy my first home. From that first meeting, she made me feel very comfortable and knew how to help a first-time homebuyer: making suggestions of what to look for, asking if certain things were important to me without judgement, answering questions in a timely manner, being flexible to my schedule, etc. While professional and knowledgeable, she was also unfailingly enthusiastic! Thank you, Shelly, and Century 21 Redwood Realty for making this experience as pleasant as possible. Shelly helped make my long-term goal (home ownership) a reality by making each step approachable and understandable. By the time I found the place I wanted to bid on, I knew what the rest of the process would be like and felt prepared.”
Maera B, Alexandria (Buyer)
“Shelly is fantastic- she helped us every step of the way in finding our dream home. She taught us about each part of the process so that we were active participants rather than being overwhelmed by home buying. ”
Betsy Miller, Sterling (Buyer)
“Shelly Portwr has become such a great friend through our entire house buying, selling, and then buying again experience. Shelly is trustworthy and knows what she is doing. There is no silly question you can ask her. She explains everything very well, even to the first time home buyer. She has patience and is willing to look at as many houses as necessary in order to find your perfect home. She knows what to look for in houses that the average buyer may not. She's positive and focused. I love how realistic she is once you've made an offer. There is no false hope, just facts that are presented. We've loved working with Shelly and would totally recommend her to any friend we had who was in the market to buy or sell their home. ”
hollie daniel (Seller)


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