Realtor. Mom. Fashionista.
Story by Liesel Schmidt | Portraits by Jonathan Thorpe
Since becoming a Realtor seven years ago, Kristen Jones has become a name synonymous with professionalism, expertise and personal service, making her one of the top agents in Old Town Alexandria and throughout the DMV. As someone who enjoys working with people and connecting them with a home that meets their needs and wants, Jones is naturally suited to the real estate industry—and it shows through her success.
“I love listening to people’s stories—their ‘why,’ where they came from and how they got where they are,” she says. “I was a teacher in my past life and a lot of those qualities transfer to real estate: patience, compassion, trust and constantly educating. The traits needed to be a successful Realtor are a natural fit for my personality. I truly love helping people and working with people of all different backgrounds. Buying a home is one of the most stressful life events and usually the biggest asset in a client’s investment portfolio. I love when my clients ping me and ask for advice on paint colors, the best new restaurant in town, recommendations for contractors or whatever else they may want suggestions for, even after a transaction has closed. I’m proud to say many of my clients have become great friends! Some clients have called me the ‘Alexandria concierge.’ They say, ‘Just text Kristen. She’ll know.’”
Jones is raising two boys with her husband. As busy as her schedule is, it can be a challenge to balance work and family. “It’s a work in progress,” she says. “We often spend our quality time on a beach, out on the water fishing and boating or on a ski mountain as a family. I love to cook and bake together with our teenage boys—the kitchen is the heart of the home!”
In her spare time, Jones loves to shop and support local Old Town businesses, do interior design work for clients and for herself, cook and bake in the winter and watch her hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, with friends and neighbors in the fall.
The custom navy-blue Christian Dior bag was a gift to me.
The Chanel wallet in metallic gold holds my cards and essentials like keys to my listings in the zipper pocket.
The SV car key is for my "Special Vehicle" that takes my clients and me to see homes.
The electric meter helps me during a pre-home inspection with clients to see if there is electricity in an outlet and lights up red if it has power to the outlet.
The carpet swatches are for me to take to a design client. I help clients source carpet too!
The fluted ceramic tile is for a backsplash project I am doing for a client. I do it all!
My Tom Ford lipstick is an essential.
A custom Kristen Jones Real Estate folder, made by a local Alexandria printer, holds all of my special listing paperwork, property information and brochures.
Westman Atelier lip gloss is one of my favorites to throw on and go. I love throwing on lip gloss because it makes me feel put together when I’m on the run.
You never know when you need a tape measurer in my industry. This one is small and retractable.
A picture of Sabrina, my assistant. She is an invaluable part of my business, as there is nothing she cannot do. I am so lucky to have her.