Our Mission

Our mission at Real Advantage Transaction Management is quite simple -- to provide exceptional Transaction Management Services to REALTORS®. This will allow agents to spend their time cultivating more business, spending time with family, or simply enjoying life by leveraging our experience and dependability to enhance their business and drastically change the time spent focusing on the details behind every transaction. We are passionate about our work and committed to providing an outstanding service. 

Krissy Shellenberger
Owner, Transaction Manager

Krissy Shellenberger is the owner and founder of Real Advantage Transaction Management. Krissy has been involved in real estate for her entire life, coming from a family who has sold real estate since the 1980s.

Krissy obtained her Virginia real estate license after graduating from college (James Madison University) and also obtained her real estate license in Alaska, selling residential real estate in the Anchorage area for a year and a half while her husband was stationed in Anchorage with the US Army.

Krissy's knowledge of the industry and extreme attention to detail, combined with the growing need for this type of service in the real estate industry, motivated her to start her own company managing real estate transactions in 2014 and she hasn't looked back! Krissy has enjoyed working with many great REALTORS® and looks forward to the opportunity to help more REALTORS® grow their businesses!

In Krissy's spare time she enjoys riding and competing her horse, Mac, in the equestrian sport of Three Day Eventing, spending time with her two boxers, Rocky and Hank, and working on home improvement projects with her husband, Graham.

Call or email Krissy any time to see how she can help you grow and maintain a successful career in real estate through her Transaction Management services!

Krissy@RealAdvantageTM.com  |  571-239-1721

Sam Joyce
Transaction Manager

Sam Joyce is a transplant from North Carolina who moved to Virginia when she was in high school.  Sam was an Operations Manager for a team in the Northern Virginia area for more than 2 years.  She oversaw more than 100 transactions per year while also selling homes as an active Real Estate Agent.  Sam's passion has always been making sure any and every transaction goes as smooth as possible.  Sam enjoys spending her free time with her 2 rescue dogs.

Sam@RealAdvantageTM.com  |  703-347-5891

Mary Frances FitzPatrick
Transaction Manager

Mary Frances joined RATM after five years as both an independent and in-house TC.  She has personally overseen over 700 transactions and loves paperwork, documents, and checklists! She is passionate about helping agent-entrepreneurs grow their businesses and understands the power of having the right leverage on your side.

Mary Frances started in real estate as a TC for a top producing Keller Williams team and later became an independent TC, building systems to effectively handle hundreds of transactions per year.  Her background in sales and training, passion for continuing education, and organization have made the real estate industry a natural fit.

Mary@RealAdvantageTM.com | 240-813-9296

Cathy Putnam
Transaction Manager

Cathy was an Operation's Manager for a Real Estate Team since its inception and was instrumental in helping the team’s growth over a span of 15 years.

As a Transaction Manager, Cathy provides day- to-day support services achieving high customer expectations for both the client and for agents.  She ensures that all details of the transaction are handled smoothly and helps free up the agent's time to focus on their clients. Cathy also has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2007 providing hands-on knowledge of both administrative and real estate experience.

When she is not helping her agents you can find her running after her kids or exploring all of the fun places Northern Virginia has to offer -- especially the wineries.

Cathy@RealAdvantageTM.com | 571-214-1094

Lauren Varga
Marketing Specialist

Lauren was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Northern Virginia in 2014. Lauren received her degree in marketing and has been using her marketing skill set throughout her professional career. Lauren loves being able to create something unique for her clients.  If she isn’t working, Lauren is spending time with her horse and her dog.

Marketing@RealAdvantageTM.com | 440-724-8167

Kristen Bailey
Listing Coordinator

Kristen grew up in Central Virginia and earned her Bachelor's Degree from Longwood University and her Master's Degree from the University of Colorado.  Prior to obtaining her Real Estate license in 2004 Kristen worked for Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools as an elementary school Gifted and Talented specialist.

Kristen then became a licensed REALTOR® and joined one of the top-producing teams in the country based out of Fairfax, VA.  After closing hundreds of transactions Kristen made the transition to Transaction Coordination and has loved every minute of it!

Kristen has three kids along with three step-kids and a very friendly Goldendoodle.  In her spare time she enjoys celebrating all things Disney, reading novels, and writing her own stories.

Kristen@RealAdvantageTM.com | 703-615-5370