Cara Pearlman

Cara Pearlman

Executive Vice President




Washingtonian's Faces of Washington 2021 - 2023: The Face of DC Suburb Homes

Cover Story Feature in Real Producers Magazine November 2022

Bethesda Magazine's Top Producer 2021 - 2023

DC Magazine Modern Luxury Real Estate Award 2020

Washingtonian's Top Agent Award 2020

DC Metro Real Producers Top 500 Agents 2020

Best of Zillow Award Top 10% Zillow Premier Agent 2020

GCAAR Award Winner 2019 & 2021

Washingtonian's Best Of 2016-2023

Realtor Magazine's 30 Under 30 (2010)

GRI Designation


University of Miami, B.A., Marketing

Client Testimonials

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"I have worked with Cara for over 10 years on multiple sales and purchase transactions. When it comes to professionalism, responsiveness, market knowledge, and effective negotiation, Cara is without a doubt the best agent I've ever come across. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for above-market sales terms and/or below-market purchase terms. In addition, she is so charming and likable but without a hint of pushiness. This leads her to be great to work with and also great for identifying off-market opportunities. She is revered by her peers and she often knows of opportunities well before other agents and that provides you, the buyer, with a lot more houses to look at without competition. I would recommend Cara and her team without reservation." - Matthew C.

"Working with Cara Pearlman and her excellent team to buy our first home was a pleasure from start to finish. They answered our very large number of questions about the process at all times of day, arranged visits quickly to all the properties we wanted to see, worked professionally with other realtors to get information about issues, arranged inspections, worked seamlessly with the lender and titling company and provided excellent advice all along the way. It made the whole stressful process smooth and successful. We would definitely come back to this hard-working, knowledgeable, and professional team for any future real estate needs!" - Travis S.

"Couldn't imagine buying or selling with anyone other than Cara and her super team which explains why we've used her and her team for all our real estate transactions. They are endlessly patient, expertly knowledgeable, and unbelievably responsive in everything about the buying and selling process including providing great recommendations of other house-related people to work with - we don't know where we'd be if Cara hadn't put us in touch with what seemed like the only mortgage broker who does bridge loans so that we could buy first and then sell. The support and recommendations don't stop at the end of the buying/selling process and any inquiries at any time are met with a speedy response and warm words. They are flexible and can accommodate any engagement level you desire as evidenced by giving us space the first time around when we didn't have kids and had the time to take the lead on things while then pivoting and taking care of everything our second time in the real estate market when we had two little kids. I would not hesitate to recommend Cara and her team to anyone as evidence that I've recommended her to friends and they had similar stellar experiences and superlatives to describe Cara and her team." - Daniel A.

"Cara and her team were incredibly competent, professional and overall amazing to work with-- from our first conversation through closing (and after!). Cara is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and her years of experience really show. She made great recommendations about where to search, pricing, etc. down to specific neighborhoods and even streets. She was incredibly responsive and made herself available for calls, touring houses, etc. very quickly. We were nervous buyers, and she really took the time to explain things to us and answer questions. When she took us to homes, she had so much knowledge about home maintenance, construction, values, etc. She had incredible attention to detail and was quick to point things out-- good and bad, so that we could make an informed assessment. She took the time to understand what we wanted, and she was incredibly honest in her assessment of the property. We really felt like we could trust her. She provided great advice on how to put together a competitive offer, but she was not at all pushy. All of her advice first and foremost protected our interests. Her priority was to get us a home we loved, not just to make a quick sale. With that said, once we found a home we loved, she sprung into action, negotiated and got the deal done. The rest of her team were also incredibly responsive and professional. I cannot recommend her more highly. Working with Cara was definitely the best real estate decision we ever made!" - Julia S.

"Cara is fantastic and it was a great decision to work with her when buying a home. My wife and I are first-time home buyers in our mid-30s with a 2-yr old. We found Cara through the realtor search at The Washingtonian. She was listed as one of the top agents in the area and had won many awards. From the first phone call and zoom meeting, it was obvious why she has acquired those accolades. First, Cara is extremely knowledgeable about the DMV area and has a keen understanding of the neighborhoods in and around DC. As first-time home buyers, who had predominantly rented in DC, the Maryland suburbs were unfamiliar to us. But Cara showed us several neighborhoods that would have been excellent fits for our family. Second, she applies this knowledge of the area extremely well and found us a great fit because she listened to and cared about our wants and concerns as buyers. For example, given how hot the market has been and the time in which we were buying, I was concerned about making a good investment now but also for the future. Cara was able to walk through and point out places where value could be added to a home and provide some insight into how different modifications might affect the long-term value of the property. Similarly, my wife was especially interested in a yard for our son. Cara was always mindful of this consideration when helping us evaluate the homes we viewed. Third, Cara gets things done quickly and efficiently but always made us feel like a priority. The DC market is always tough and made tougher by the pandemic. We had a modest budget for the area, but Cara always made us feel like we were her only client. She was always responsive to texts, calls, and e-mails even on weekends or evenings. And, even after signing our contract and closing never disappeared or passed us off. During the buying process, Cara was able to arrange for us to see our home, walk through, get an inspection, make an offer, and seal the purchase agreement within the span of a couple of days – like it was nothing. Her straightforward, professional approach to the business parts of home buying helped put us in the best position to make a winning offer and it worked. Finally, Cara has an amazing team and professional network in the area. Once we had an accepted offer her team was able to provide all the information we needed for the next steps and help get things like appraisals, escrow, and inspections all set up. Moreover, Cara always had a couple of personal recommendations for businesses that could perform any work we were interested in doing on our home. Overall, my wife and I have been extremely happy with our decision to call Cara and I cannot say enough good things about our experience. Simply put, I would strongly recommend her to anyone else looking to buy a home or sell a home. Someday I hope we can work with her again if we ever decide to move." - Jon G.

"Cara has my highest recommendation. I used her for both buying and selling my home and her and her team were professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. Cara is a great professional. She is very organized, patient, responsive, sharp, and diligent and most importantly she values her clients and their interests are a priority. I trusted Cara with everything and I am extremely thankful for what she did for me and my family. I had a very tough situation in December 2020 and had to pull out of the sale just a few days prior to closing. Even though Cara was losing out on the sale, she was extremely supportive, understanding, and just amazing in handling the situation. She handled the communications between all parties extremely professionally, efficiently, and respectfully. She truly put my family's interest first and went above and beyond to help my family in a time of struggle. A few months later the house was back on the market and Cara did an outstanding job preparing the house, handling the sale, negotiating, and making sure it was the smoothest closing! It was an amazing sale! I am thankful to know her, and I can't thank her enough for making buying and selling my home so successful. It was not an easy experience for me, being a single parent and having no one in the area to rely on. She truly is the best agent you could ask for. The support and contact never stopped after the closing. Whenever reached out for any advice or recommendation, Cara always responded timely and was ready to assist in any way. I will always use and recommend Cara and her team for all real estate transactions." - Alina K.


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About Cara


With over two decades of industry experience, Cara possesses an extensive knowledge of the local real estate market. Her expertise allows her to guide and counsel each client through the process of buying or selling a home with confidence and success. Whether it's negotiating on behalf of first-time buyers or representing luxury sellers, Cara serves as a powerful advocate for all her clients.

Cara began her career in 2003 and in 2010 was honored as one of Realtor Magazine's "30 Under 30." From 2016 to 2023, she earned the distinction of being named one of Washingtonian's Best Agents, a testament to her consistent excellence and dedication in the real estate industry. 

Most recently, she was recognized as The Face of D.C. Suburb Homes in Washingtonian's Faces of Washington feature. In 2023, Cara achieved a remarkable milestone by successfully representing the seller of DC's most expensive listing, the 12,200-square-foot Swedish Embassy Estate.

As the leader of the Cara Pearlman Group, Cara and her team have assisted over 300 buyers and sellers in achieving their real estate goals, completing more than $500 million in transactions. Their listings typically sell within an average market time of 13 days and consistently achieve an impressive sales price, often exceeding the asking price by 105%. 

Recognizing the importance of collaboration, Cara has cultivated a network of trusted partners, including lenders, inspectors, and settlement attorneys. By assembling this team of professionals, she ensures that every aspect of the real estate journey is handled with utmost care and expertise, always keeping her client's best interests at heart.

Licensed in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, Cara resides in North Bethesda with her husband, two children, and two dogs. In her free time, she loves to cook, learn about wine, explore new restaurants, hike, and spend time with her kids.

Cara Pearlman’s Listings

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