African-American Homeownership and the American Dream

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I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, but spent my summers each year in Hollywood, Florida visiting my grandparents. My father and my grandparents are from Nassau on the island of New Providence. Nassau is the capital and largest city of The Bahamas, known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Unfortunately, the early decades of the 20th century were years of hardship characterized by a stagnant economy and widespread poverty for many Bahamians, including my grandparents.

It was during this time my family immigrated to the States and decided to plant their seeds in South Florida.

My family struggled, but my grandparents knew the importance of two main things- education and homeownership.

Although my grandfather didn’t fully adjust to living in the U.S., as he never learned to drive and rode his bicycle everywhere well into his senior years, he became a highly sought after landscaper and gardener to some of the finest homes in Miami and Hollywood, Florida.

It was his tenacity that allowed my grandparents to send all 10 of their children to college including the highly respected Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. It was their tenacity that allowed them to purchase a home in North Hollywood, Florida and the adjacent property and land.

I too am a product of their tenacity. I am of 1st generation born in the States, but the 2nd generation of educated HBCU alumni. I too have created my own opportunity as the Principal Broker of ASH MCGINTY, a proudly black owned real estate brokerage and consulting firm in Washington, DC.

My mission and the mission of ASH MCGINTY is to uncover the unexpected, the unexplored and the underrated real estate opportunities. It is our goal to do this while promoting high ethical standards and being a positive influence in our community.

I intimately understand the difficulties immigrants and minorities face in the United States. I love what I do because I get to help our African American clients achieve one of their biggest goals in this country- homeownership. And that means I get to celebrate with them when they become homeowners – a dream many thought they could never achieve.

If you’re interested in becoming a homeowner in Washington, DC or Maryland, contact us for a strategic pathway to homeownership.


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About Dana Ash-McGinty 179 Articles
Dana Ash-McGinty is the Principal Broker of ASH | MCGINTY, a Washington, DC Real Estate Brokerage. This real estate maven has 15+ years experience in residential, commercial and land sales in addition to multi-state residential renovation, re-zoning, and condo conversion projects. A sought after real estate authority, she has been featured on CNN and in various real estate and financial publications. Dana is married to the highly esteemed Dr. Dana W. McGinty, a Washington, DC based internal medicine physician. They are often referred to as "The Danas".

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