About Susan


About Me

“All I can strive to be is the absolute best possible version of myself.”

The Short Version:

The Long Version:

I’m a full-time real estate agent, living in the Town of Cheverly in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The Road to Real Estate. Although I became licensed in 1994, my interest in real estate started back in the ’80s, in the mortgage arena. That was back when the interest rates were just beginning to drop from their all-time highs of 18 and 21%. A 10% interest rate was sheer heaven! Back then, we never dreamed interest rates would drop as low as they’ve been over the last five years.

In 1991, I put my computer talents to work, doing marketing for my mom, who had just gotten her real estate license a few years earlier. (No, it never was a family business — but it was cool being colleagues with my mom!) It wasn’t long before my husband, Joseph, and I had a full-fledged business in our basement, churning out “Just Listed” and “Just Sold” cards for other real estate agents in the area.

Around the same time, I bought my first house all on my own. What an education! I thought I knew so much, but it turned out I only knew a little bit of the equation. The financial part of the picture is important and I’m so grateful for the education those years provided, but it was the actual process itself that provided the impetus for me to get my license.

Frankly, I was proud of how savvy I was in buying my house. Turns out I was pretty much a bumbling novice. My agent helped me and did a great job, but looking back, I now know she was representing the seller (buyer agency hadn’t come to Prince George’s County yet in any significant way) and I had to be clever enough to know what questions to ask.

Why Real Estate? Once I got my license in 1994, I knew that my goal was to de-mystify the buying and selling process for my clients. I wanted to make sure the decision-making was where it belonged – in my clients’ hands, not in mine. That old Sym’s commercial that said, “An educated consumer is the best customer” was completely right in my estimation. So I’m probably as much a teacher as an agent.

In 1999, I joined CENTURY 21 Home Center. After having worked at two other brokerages, I went searching for the most ethical brokers I could find — I wanted to work with someone who would walk away from business rather than do the wrong thing. I found exactly that in Gene Sementilli and Boyd Campbell, my brokers. top

Awards. Just about every professional association seems to love giving out awards – you name it, there’s an award for it. REALTOR® Associations are no different. Goodness knows, I have my share of awards based on my volume of sales.  But there are a couple of awards that really matter to me – CENTURY 21’s Quality Service Award recognizes those agents who have consistently gotten high marks from their clients. Very few agents are given these awards and I am proud to have qualified for most of my years with CENTURY 21 Home Center.

The other two awards are voted on by our peers at the Prince George’s Association of REALTORS®. The Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year Award is awarded to one member per year and is based on a mixture of community involvement, association involvement and real estate education and designations. The second, the Distinguished Service Award, is awarded to no more than 2 agents per year for “exceptional meritorious service”. Given that we have over 2,500 members, I am honored to have received both of these awards. top

Legislative Committee. My passion for my industry has led me into the legislative arena. I have served on the legislative committee for the Prince George’s Association of REALTORS(r) for over 10 years, as well as the same committee at the state level. It is an abiding interest in looking out for homeowners, home buyers and sellers, as well as my fellow real estate agents, that keeps me firmly ensconced on those committees, along with our forms committee and, most recently, our political action committee.

I’m proud to say that I was on board when we successfully passed legislation that gives county teachers and sheriffs a break in closing costs when they buy here in the county. We’ve worked hard at keeping homeowner’s insurance affordable. Lots of good things. top

So yes, I’m obsessed with real estate. I love what I do. And I’d love to talk to you about the market, your house, your dreams and what we can do together to help you achieve them.

3 Responses to About Susan

  1. Barbara Holton says:

    Susan,
    You used to maintain a list of local businesses, builders, carpenters, etc. I can’t find it now. I was just looking for the general contractor whose first name I think is George and he’s Greek. He has a rather long last name and I don’t remember it.

    I hope you recall the name.
    Thanks.
    Barbara

  2. Alan says:

    Hello Susan,

    I am a first time home buyer, under contract on a home in Cheverly. We just had our inspection and the inspector found some foundation issues, specifically, cracks in the exterior brick and on the interior walls in the basement. Could you give any insight on typical issues found in these older homes in the neighborhood, and what issues residents tend to simply live with at the expense of having the charm of an older home?

    • susanpruden says:

      Hi Alan. I know this is going to seem like a huge cop-out, but I can’t give you any advice on this. First, because you are under contract, and I presume you have a real estate agent representing you. I can’t interfere with your contract with your agent, nor with the contract you have on the house you’re buying. For me to give an opinion on a situation I don’t know anything about would be an enormous breach of ethics. Second, I will say that there is no standard at all. It sure would be easier if that were the case. Every case is different. That’s the most honest answer I can give you. –Susan

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