Mary Dykstra… a woman on a mission. Since starting in real estate in 1987, she has stepped up the ranks and can now add president of the Virginia Association of Realtors to her credentials. In fact, she is the first female from the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors to be given the title. As the president of the VAR, her role is to be the public face of the association as well as to advocate for the public. Mary told me that she is very involved in Richmond at the legislative level to protect home ownership. She feels that this is, in fact, the biggest role she plays as president: that of protecting home owner’s rights. Mary feels strongly that “we need to return to responsible lending” and she went on to say, “sensible lending and responsible homeownership are critical to the economic recovery in this country.”
On a more local level, Mary is committed to helping those in the Roanoke Valley… she serves on an architectural review board which specializes in historical preservation. She helps citizens follow guide lines when it comes to renovating a house designated as historic. She also serves on the Board of Equalization which serves to protect the public and helps to assure that their property or home has been tax assessed fairly.
Since starting in real estate in 1987, Mary has accomplished more than most. In 1997, she started in volunteer leadership at the local level, and became the local president of the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors in 2005. Later, in 2007 she joined the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Realtors. She is also the Chair of the National Association of Realtors Communications Committee which provides information about real estate to the public through commercials and other publications.
Here in Roanoke County, Mary is one of the partners/owners of MKB Realtors, which is getting ready to celebrate their 40th year here in the valley. MKB Realtors, located on Electric Road, is the largest locally owned and locally involved businesses in the area. Mary feels that real estate has always been local and that it’s important to keep it that way. She says in real estate it’s vital to look at the local market to truly understand how to sell a home in that area. MKB accomplishes that, she said, by “being incredibly involved and engaged in the community.”
Mary Dykstra has made tremendous accomplishments since starting in real estate in 1987; she has overcome challenges and redirections… but throughout it all she remains a woman on a mission. A mission to help and educate others on responsible home ownership, responsible lending, and above all, protecting home owner’s rights.