Written by Lia Hobel | Photos by Michael Butcher
In the realm of real estate, establishing fruitful connections and finding compatible partners who share your fundamental values can be a challenging endeavor. With comparable track records and principles, McEnearney Associates merging with Middleburg Real Estate and Atoka Properties is the perfect fit to preserve their independent brands and grow in excellence.
McEnearney President Maureen McEnearney Dunn, Principal Brokers Dave Hawkins and David Howell, and Middleburg Real Estate/Atoka Principals Peter Pejacsevich and Scott Buzzelli will work jointly to expand and improve their presence in Hunt Country and beyond. The merger has expanded the firm’s footprint to 16 offices throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
“When we met with Peter and Scott, at Middleburg Real Estate and Atoka Properties, we knew there was an instant connection — two distinguished heritage firms with a rich legacy focused on serving the hearts and minds of our local communities,” McEnearney Dunn shares.
Howell says the fit was natural and they’re incorporating the best of both companies to provide even more support for their agents, clients, and communities. “Visually, you’ll see even more contemporary marketing as we bring the brands together. More digital resources, more social media, while retaining the image that the firms have curated over the years.”
Middleburg Real Estate and Atoka Properties have offices stretching from Leesburg to Charles Town, WV. Buzzelli and Pejacsevich said one of the biggest attractions for the merger was seeing how integrated McEnearney is with their local communities, including Middleburg.
“Our brands are closely aligned in our approach to community and are passionate about supporting the areas in which we work. Our goal is to combine our efforts and make an even greater impact in Middleburg and beyond. We are excited, we are growing, we are committed, and most importantly, we are ready for what the future holds,” says Pejacsevich.
Collectively, they share 500 agents across three states and Washington, D.C., and have a plan for adding more offices and agents in 2024.
“We joke that we were never able to lure each other’s agents away because there was such love and loyalty present at both firms,” Pejasevich adds. “We knew we had to bring that magic under one company and see what we could build together.”
Buzelli says when they left their brokerage firm in 2008 to purchase Middleburg Real Estate firm, it was exactly what they needed to take their entrepreneurship to the next level. “There are few brands as recognizable as Middleburg Real Estate in Hunt Country and we honor the place it has held in the community since 1939. We consistently built the brokerage — agent by agent, one successful deal after another — to the level of excellence that clients have come to expect, and respect.” He concludes, “To be able to do this on a larger stage, with the power of McEnearney and the presence of MRE/Atoka pushing us forward, is an absolute joy.” ML
Published in the December 2023 issue of Middleburg Life.