A native of Alexandria, VA and graduate of George Washington University, Alyssa has had a professional career in real estate for twenty years and thrives in the dynamic and fast paced environment.
Having been born and raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Alyssa Cannon is one of the few native Washingtonians. This gives her home-grown and local knowledge and familiarity with our Nation’s capital, which is her home town, and insight into its development and history of the region. She has always used this familiarity with and insight into her home town to her advantage in her adult professional career as she sought to help others.
In addition to working with people currently living in the Washington area or seeking to relocate to the region, she also has worked with clients living abroad, whom she must keep informed of current developments in Washington’s residential real estate market. She thrives in the dynamic, quick paced environment and keenly uses her research and negotiating skills to ensure top-notch service to her clients whether they are buying or selling a home.
A large part of what drives Alyssa in her real estate career is her devotion to building a strong community. Alyssa, a homeowner herself who has lived in North Arlington for the past 15 years is a Board Member of her homeowner’s association (Clarendon Park) that oversees a community of 87 townhomes.
She is also a firm believer in being an active participant in building a strong, vibrant community that reflects on the people living in the neighborhood. In the past, she has worked with the Arlington Food Assistance Center by organizing a neighborhood food drive. In addition, she is a strong supporter of the Children’s Star Center in Washington DC. This arts center brings its diverse community together to give underserved children and youth the opportunity to explore and study the visual and performing arts.
Alyssa believes that finding the right home and community for her clients contributes to a stronger community that can last a life time. Whether it be a first time home buyer or a client looking for a new home, they can take comfort in knowing Alyssa is on their side. She will work hard to get them exactly what they are looking for and ensure that they are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process.
Born and raised (yes, sometimes in a barn) in Paducah, Kentucky.
Started at the University of Kentucky in 1973 and enjoyed it so much that I finished in 1980 when I made my parents very happy by graduating with a degree in business. I started as a pre-vet student and took a couple of detours that did not always make my parents so happy. I was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a huge Wildcat fan.
During one "detour," I earned my real estate license (at age 20). I also earned a broker's license making me the youngest broker in the state (not sure if that record stands). I worked for my father's small real estate company for two years. At Dad's office, I learned that when your family's name is on the sign the business defines your reputation in the community. Your character and integrity is held to the highest of standards and every transaction involved a personal commitment.
When I hired agents in multiple states during my tenure in corporate relocation, I preferred family owned and operated firms for those reasons. Today, the McEnearney name on a sign signifies the same degree of trust and excellence for me.
When I returned to UK, I was a little older, wiser and much more motivated! I continued to work in real estate in Lexington, at the largest Century 21 franchise in Kentucky. Oddly enough, working made me a much better student and I graduate in 1980 (I had enough credits by then in the three colleges of pre-vet, forestry and business to have had several degrees!)
I moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Equitable Relocation in early 1981 - It was a huge move for me and I think I considered it a temporary move . . . sort of to get a taste for the big city while I was still a young man. I was hired to initiate a buy-out of transferred employee homes, and then re-sale them. This was an extremely hard task to do in a bad economy. Adverse selection took on a whole new meaning and there were great challenges to selling these vacant homes. My experience at Equitable had a profound effect on me. I learned how to work and sell homes changing from a seller's to a buyer's market. Oh, I also met my wife, Katie, who worked at the company.
Katie is a D.C. native and loves the area. I loved her and that made the move a permanent one for me. We were married in 1985 and have two children, Cheston and Carlie.
A couple of years later, I was hired by the Employee Relocation Council (ERC), a professional association that represents the corporations, government and military, who regularly transfer their key employees, both domestically and internationally. Members were typically the human resource managers who administered the relocation benefits to their company's employees. ERC also had vendor members the included 6,000 of the nation's top real estate companies. I was hired as the expert on real estate issues that affected the home sale process.
During my tenure I was responsible for the standardization of the appraisal, real estate broker and home inspection reports and still used today. I also contributed to the instructional guides and hosted regional training sessions on how to use the reports and interact with the transferred employees in their stressful time of transition. All relocations aren't voluntary, or enjoyed, by the entire family unit.
Now I am back where I started--in residential real estate--a job that I always loved and stayed involved in via my corporate careers. And the past thirty years have given me more than just gray hair. At 60 I have special expertise that I could never have acquired if I had stayed in residential real estate. My Dad taught me how to sell, but I owe my ability to see the bigger picture and understand multiple markets to my years at Equitable and ERC.
I have worn many hats in our community since I moved to Alexandria in 1983. Some people know me as a soccer coach, where I coached both Cheston and Carlie for more than 15 years, or just a parent at George Mason and TC Williams High School functions. Others might know me from my leadership work at Trinity United Methodist Church. A few years ago, I lead a group on a mission trip to Belize. Still, others might know me from my 12+ years on the board at Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April).
Cheston graduated in 2010 from the University of Missouri from the School of Journalism, with print media as his speciality and works in DC for a financial firm handling their PR and social media. Carlie, also a graduate from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri is a reporter for the ABC affiliate in Savannah, GA.
My life condensed. Thank you for your time in reading this long explanation of who I am. If I can be of assistance in the Northern Virginia area, please allow me the opportunity to show how I can represent you in the purchase or sale of a home.