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, Quantum K, in the equestrian sport of Three Day Eventing, spending time with her two dogs, Hank and Riggs, 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

Melissa Martin
Transaction Manager

Melissa worked as the Operations Director for a large, top producing Real Estate team based in DC for over 7 years. Over this time, she assisted in closing over 500 successful transactions while managing the brokerage, handling social media, and training new agents, as well. She will tell you that she found her true passion when she began working in real estate in 2014. She admires the amount of dedication and time that great REALTORS® put into their work and enjoys being able to take the "busy work" off of their plates, so they can focus on their clients and building their business.

“What we do is important. I never underestimate the value of this work. I understand that for most people, buying or selling a home is one of the most important personal decisions, and possibly the largest financial decision they’ll ever make. It is my main concern to tailor each sale to the individual needs of each of my clients, and their buyers and sellers, in order to make this process as easy and stress-free as possible."

When Melissa is at home you might find her watching Food Network and either planning a new recipe creation or dreaming of her next foodie excursion with her husband, Jon.

 

Melissa@RealAdvantageTM.com | 202-834-2945

Sarah Herrera
Transaction Manager

Sarah started her career in Real Estate in 2002 as an assistant to several agents at a small brokerage in Oceanside, California.  During her time there she managed the marketing of listings as well as daily office duties.  In 2004 Sarah decided to further her career and began working for a small mortgage company as an assistant to a loan officer.  As her love for the mortgage aspect of the industry grew she worked her way up to being a lead post-closer.  After the birth of her second child she decided to put her career on hold to be a stay at home mom.

In 2019 Sarah jumped back into the Real Estate industry when she was given the opportunity to join a successful Real Estate agent as her Director of Operations and Transaction Coordinator.  This opportunity opened up her eyes to her true passion and calling in Real Estate -- as a TC!

Few things make Sarah happier than assisting agents with the parts of the Real Estate process that take time and energy away from what they love doing -- connecting and building relationships with their clients.

 

Sarah@RealAdvantageTM.com | 225-290-0576

Lauren Derr
Transaction Manager

Lauren Derr was introduced to the world of real estate at a young age due to her family being in the industry and quickly grew an interest for it herself.  In 2011, she began working for a new home builder where her interest for the industry grew even further.  Lauren then obtained her Maryland real estate license in 2012 and joined a team at Long & Foster working as a REALTOR®.  After a few years she then transitioned to a Transaction Coordinator position and has been doing it ever since!

With a background in new home sales and her experiences as a REALTOR®, Lauren has seen it all and knows first-hand every step that must go into each transaction. She is committed to managing transactions the right way with a high degree of quality, attention to detail, and consistent communication.  Lauren is excited to be a part of Real Advantage Transaction Management and help other REALTORS® throughout the transaction process.

When she is not working Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons.

 

Lauren@RealAdvantageTM.com | 410-913-7684

Abigail Pierson
Listing Coordinator 

Abigail is a young entrepreneur born and raised in Bluemont, VA. She started in the real estate industry at the young age of 18 and has tackled her dreams head on since. As a lover of all things nature and adventure, in her spare time you will almost always find her on a random trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her two dogs or en route to a new destination.

Abigail's background consists of three years experience working in the real estate title industry, nearly three years as a licensed REALTOR®, and almost two years assisting other agents tackle their business and social media presence. Abigail is passionate about all that she does and takes great pride in her ability to assist all through their real estate transactions.

 

Abigail@RealAdvantageTM.com | 540-550-2622

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