Since entering real estate in 1991, Karen Trainor has negotiated very difficult transactions with grace and ease, and satisfied the needs of many clients who’ve sought her expertise and guidance. She is an Associate Broker, and holds real estate licenses in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Karen began her career in sales at another prominent brokerage firm in Virginia, earning a spot as a top-producing agent before being named Managing Broker. She served in that role for 16 years, and was proudly named NVAR Manager of the Year in 2008. Karen later joined McEnearney, drawn to its integrity, strength in the marketplace, and adherence to the highest standards. She enjoys a close and effective partnership with her associate Jerry Thatcher, with whom she shares seasoned knowledge and creative sales and marketing strategies to ensure their clients’ success.
Specializing in all of Northern Virginia, with a focus on Hampton Forest, Karen also sells property throughout the D.C. Metro area. She has received recognition over the years for her performance, and is an active member of her industry. Karen was named Realtor of the Year by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) in 2012, was NVAR Chairman of the Board in 2011, and is a member of the NVAR Executive Committee. In 2010, she was chosen as a participant in the Virginia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy. Karen was also inducted into the National Association of Realtors Omega Tau Rho Fraternity, an honorary real estate society for those who have excelled.
Born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia and Washington, D.C., Karen attended Ohio University and American University, earning a B.S. in Business Administration. She has always worked in sales and marketing, initially for a lease finance company in D.C. where she managed the office.
A resident of McLean, Karen hopes that all people have the opportunity to own their home. She will guide you through the process, and connect you with the right financial and legal professionals. When not busy working, her favorite pastimes including painting in watercolor and acrylic, and spending time with her grown son and senior Jack Russell Terrier.
When people ask what Jerry Thatcher specializes in, her answer is always the same…”I specialize in nice people.” Since 2002, she has been tremendously grateful that the majority of her real estate business comes from referrals from her satisfied clients.
Jerry genuinely cares about her sellers and buyers, during, and long after the transaction
has closed. As she puts it, “When you know how much I care, you’ll care how much I know,”
a philosophy that has built her success, and her reputation for providing the ultimate
As an expert listing agent, one of her many strengths is pricing. Jerry’s listings have sold far
quicker (6 days on average) and for more money (99.53% of list price) than the industry
average! Staging services are a special bonus for sellers, to showcase their homes in the
best light and command the highest price. She also represents buyers and renters
throughout Northern Virginia who are seeking their dream home at the best value. Her
excellent track record, deep passion, and industry accolades that include NVAR Top
Producer and Lifetime Multimillion-Dollar Club Member, have led to her mentoring numerous
agents as well.
After excelling on her own for many years, partnering with her associate Karen Trainor at
McEnearney Associates was the perfect next step for Jerry. Together, this dynamic duo offer
seasoned expertise coupled with the company’s exceptional tools and marketing resources
to exceed client expectations. Teamwork is an equal priority when working with their sellers
and buyers. “This collaboration is especially important as a listing agent, to get our sellers
homes sold quickly and seamlessly!”
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Jerry lived in Miami, Florida until moving to the Northern
Virginia/DC area in 1989. Prior to real estate, she was a critical care and surgical nurse
trained to quickly assess situations, and provide the highest ethics and communication, as
she does in real estate. Jerry is licensed in Virginia, and a member of the NVAR, VAR and
NAR. She is also very involved with the Ronald McDonald Charities since losing her six-year-old son to Wilm’s Tumor. Her grown children, grandson Hudson and husband David, a Naval Academy graduate, are the lights of her life.
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