Founder, Principal BrokerASH | MCGINTY was founded by Upper Northwest Washington DC resident and seasoned Broker/REALTOR® Dana Ash-McGinty.
During her 15+ year career, Dana has sold well over $500,000,000+ (500M) in both residential and commercial real estate across multiple states. Her experience spans the gamut with sales of single family estates, luxury condos, urban row homes, 100+ unit apartments, residential developed lot and vacant/raw land. She has also been involved in multiple development, re-zoning, and condo conversion projects.
$500+ Million sold in residential & commercial real estate
She managed a 600+ real estate agent roster as the previous Principal and Managing Broker of one of the country’s largest African-American independently owned real estate brokerages- Park Mason Brokers based in Atlanta, GA. At various times through-out her career, Dana has acquired and maintained Principal Broker and real estate brokerage licenses in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana.
Additionally, Dana was the Founder of a continuing education school for real estate agents and brokers located in Atlanta, GA- PMB School. During her tenure, she was an instructor, teaching Georgia Real Estate Commission approved courses that she created.
Dana is an accomplished author, speaker, trainer, noted CNN expert and a true real estate authority who has built a stellar reputation. She is well-versed in online and strategic marketing and is committed to staying abreast to the latest in both marketing and tech trends to ensure that her properties are successfully and effectively marketed.
Real Estate author, speaker, and noted CNN expert.
As a proud Washingtonian, Dana is committed to serving her community. Dana Ash-McGinty and the McGinty Family are deeply rooted in the constructs of Northwest DC, specifically, North Portal Estates, Petworth, and Takoma and previously owned the historic Takoma Theater.
“My grandparents purchased a home soon after moving to this country. This dramatically changed my familial trajectory. Leveraging real estate has been in my family’s DNA for three generations.” -Dana Ash-McGinty
This former beauty queen of Bahamian descent was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BA in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University. She splits her time between homes in DC, Atlanta and Naples (FL) with her husband, a highly regarded Washington, DC internal medicine physician. Ironically, Dana’s husband is also named Dana. Socially they are referred to as “The Danas”.
Dana Ash-McGinty is a member of the following organizations:
Greater Washington Urban League
National Council of Negro Women
Civic League of North Portal Estates, currently serving as Vice President
Shepherd Park Citizens Association
African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP)
Black Women In Media
Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB Council)
DC Association of Realtors
DC Chamber of Commerce
Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR)
Internet Marketing Association
Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR)
Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS/Bright MLS)
National Association of Female Executives (NAFE)
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
Women in Technology/WIN (Washington, DC Chapter)
Dana Ash-McGinty Q&A
What do you like most about living in Washington, DC?
Many things, I love the diversity, strong sense of community, the strong reverence to historic preservation and overall I just love the energy in DC.
What is your favorite past time?
My favorite past time is traveling. I am a frequent traveler. I have explored many international destinations including London, New Zealand, Nigeria, France, Italy, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, St. Martin, St. Thomas and in the states my husband and I spend a lot of time in Atlanta, New York and Naples, FL. In addition to traveling I enjoy exploring new DC restaurants and bike rides in Rock Creek Park.
What led you to a career in real estate?
I’ve always had an innate sense of service and a love for people but, my career in real estate started in college. While studying Sociology at Clark Atlanta University I obtained my real estate license and quickly realized that I had a knack for sales, marketing and for building trusting relationships with clients. Upon graduation from college I had ignited and developed such a passion for real estate that I decided to pursue it full-time.
What is your proudest real estate accomplishment?
I think I have three. First, I am licensed broker in 5 states- DC, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana. Second, closing on a major commercial condo conversion deal in Atlanta, a 200+ unit apartment community. Third would be in reference to my previous brokerage. I started and managed an Atlanta based real estate brokerage that became the largest African American owned residential real estate brokerage in the country.
How did you go from the largest African American owned real estate brokerage based in Atlanta to Ash McGinty & Co., your current boutique DC real estate brokerage?
My previous brokerage was based in Atlanta. The heavy work travel and time commitment eventually began to interfere with family responsibilities in Washington, DC. Although it was exciting creating a multi-state brokerage to grow to well over 500 agents, I missed and prefer the client interaction that a small boutique brokerage offers. I also prefer working with smaller teams. With most of my work now concentrated in DC, it’s also a plus that I can have dinner with my husband every night!
What do like most about your community?
I live in a small quaint neighborhood in Upper NW DC. I love the serenity the most. In Washington, DC, many people associate living in a single family (detached) home with a garage and a large yard with living in Maryland or Virginia, yet I actually live in DC. I have the best of both worlds I love it!
What is your favorite book?
I love to read both for business and personal growth. On average, I read at least 3 books per month. However, I would say my favorite book is ‘The Power of Positive Thinking‘ by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
I enjoy many genres of music including jazz, R&B, hip-hop, alternative and classical. However if I absolutely had to choose it would be the incomparable Toni Braxton! I have been a fan for years and she has a DMV/Atlanta connection like me!
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