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BANKS Property Management and Sales

Meet Our Team

Merlyn M. Banks - Licensed Virginia Real Estate Principal Broker/Real Estate Instructor

Cell /Text 571-436-0445

I began my career as a Paralegal, in Residential and Commercial Property Management in 1987, and gained extensive knowledge in real estate law, asset, trust, wills, deeds, third party, portfolio and conventional management. My number one goal has always been to stay up to date on legislative changes, and to be the voice in advocacy to our customers, clients, Landlord and tenants. Throughout my career, I have always made education the cornerstone of my success, and have achieved distinguished industry designations as outlined below. In addition to my Real Estate Designations, and Virginia Real Estate Broker License, I have attained a Bachelors in Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a PHD in Management both with Webster's University. As an active member of the REALTOR® chapters; I enjoy being a selfless servant leader in our industry.


  • Graduate Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) Institute of Real Estate Management®
  • Graduate Realtors Institute- GRI® Virginia Realtors®
  • Graduate Virginia Realtor® Leadership Academy Alumni
  • Columbia University-BA-Bachelor Degree-Business Administration & Human Resources
  • Webster University-MBA-Masters in Business Administration & Human Resources
  • Webster University-PHD-Doctor of Management
  • Broker License Real Estate Broker ®-Virginia
  • Real Estate Pre-License Instructor Pre-Licensed approved by DPOR (expert in all areas)
  • Graduate-Institute of Real Estate Management®- "IREM"- Certified Property Manager - CPM®
  • Residential Management Professional (RMP®)- National Association of Residential Property Managers®
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resources- National Association of REALTORS®- "NAR"

Awards & Recognitions®:

  • Inducted into Realtor Hall of Fame 2018-®- Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Realtor of the Year® 2017- Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Manager of the Year®2016- Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • President Award of Excellence® 2015- Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Code of Ethics Award®-2014 Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Volunteer of Year Award® 2013- Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Million Dollar Producer 2018-2016 Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Ann Swearingen Property Manager of the Year Award- 2017- Virginia Realtors®
  • Realtors Honor Society®- 2018- 2016 Virginia Realtors®
  • Professional Honor Role®-Fredericksburg Association of Realtors-FAAR ® 2014-2016
  • Property Manager Award ®- Fredericksburg Association Realtors-FAAR ® 2015
  • IREM Chapter38- Certified Property Manager of The Year®- Virginia Realtors® 2010
  • NARPM®-Vice President-VA Chapter- National Association of Residential Property Managers®- 2010
  • Governor Mark Warner- "Outstanding Property Manager® Mentor-2004
  • Heritage Registry of Who's Who® 2008
  • Award: H.G. Smithy Company -Manager of the year 2002
  • Institute of Real Estate Management ®: Certified Property Manager Candidate®-2008

Real Estate Related Position Served in Leadership & Volunteerism®

Virginia Realtor-State Positions Served

  • Presidential Appointed to State Board of Directors 2019-Virginia Realtors®
  • Presidential Appointed to State Board of Directors 2018-Virginia Realtors®
  • Committees of the Awards 2019-2018- Virginia Realtors®
  • Committee Strategic Planning- 2018- Virginia Realtors®
  • Committee Property Managers® Council & Coalition Planning®- 2008-2013-Virginia Realtors
  • Committee Property Management Coalition Committee-2008-2013-Virginia Realtors
  • Committee Standards Forms Committee-2012- Virginia Realtors

Local Realtor Association Positions Served

  • Grievance Committee Member-2019- -Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Property Management Workgroup Chair since 2010- Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Immediate Past President -Board of Directors-2018-Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • President -2017 Board of Directors -Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • President Elect -2016 Board of Directors-Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Vice President 2015– Board of Directors-Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Board of Directors-2012-2014 Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Liaison Governance Committee– 2012-2014 Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Education & Broker Task Force 2010-2013-Prince William Association of Realtors-PWAR®
  • Property Management Workgroup Vice-Chair- 2010,2011-2013-Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors

National Association with Local Virginia Chapters Position Served

  • Vice President-2010-2012- Virginia State Chapter® National Association Residential Property Managers
  • Editorial Advisory Board/Journal of Property Management-2008-2012- Institute of Real Estate Management-IREM®
  • Vice President Public Relations 2008-2012 Institute of Real Estate Management-IREM® Chapter38 (Board of Directors)

Please feel free to contact me for a free phone or email consultations for Real Estate/Property Management & Leasing Services; you will receive up to date legislative understanding of the duties as a Landlord, Buyer, Seller, Customer or Client. I will also align a service plan to best fit your property needs with candid objectives. Our firm administer our fiduciary under Virginia guidelines, and for Landlords & Tenants our obligations are in accordance with the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA). My number one objective; are to collaborate with each client, to achieve a win-win outcome. Contact me anytime, office 540-372-7272, Cell/Text: 571-436-0445 or send me an email: merlyn.banks@bankspropertymanagement.com

Nguyen R. Banks, Sr. – Associate Broker® Licensed REALTOR® in the Commonwealth of Virginia, ABR, SFR, CDPE; At the heart of our firm, I am always available to discuss all your Real Estate; Leasing & Sales ; With a passion in residential Sales, I provide our clients, with exceptional service when it comes to Leasing & facilitating the Sales Process, both for Buyers & Sellers. Having been in residential management and managed all types of properties, since 1994, Residential Sales and Leasing is my area of specialty. I am proud to earn through the National Association of Realtors, Distinguish Designations, just to name a few, I have earned the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR); Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) designation; The Certified Distress Property Expert (CDPE) certification.

Just some of My Credentials/Recognitions:

  • The Accredited Buyer Representation® (ABR) designation
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource® (SFR) designation
  • The Certified Distress Property ®Expert (CDPE) certification
  • Million Dollar Producer-Prince William Association of Realtors®
  • Professional Honor Role®- Fredericksburg Association of Realtors®
  • Recipient of the “Ladder of Success” ® Award
  • Recipient of the “Manager of The Year®” Award
  • Recipient of the “Ruby” Award Sales® Recognition

I understand the level of anxiety Renters, Buyers and Sellers experience when dealing with the purchase, leasing and or sale of their home and have a strong network of resources in the industry such as: Loan Officers, Home Inspectors, Appraisals, Settlement Attorneys, Etc. who specializes in working with homeowners, Investors, First Time Home Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate. I negotiate the sales contract and ensure my clients best interest at heart. The volume of our business derives from our network of strong referrals, business affiliates and "word of mouth".

I Facilitate The Following:

  • Property Acquisition Rent & Sales market Analysis, CMA’S
  • Provide annual Sales CMA’S upon Lease Renewals
  • Strategic marketing of properties, on various websites, & maintain marketing campaign
  • Update owners /Sellers on marketing progress
  • Coordinate appointments for showing properties that are occupied by owners & tenants
  • Provide property owners and buyers with sales market analysis on homes sold, rental activities, current market trends, to determine the potential return on your investment
  • Work with buyers/sellers/investors through the home buying and selling process,
  • Work with prospective tenants on leasing,
  • Coordinate tenants move in & out inspections/Reports
  • Prescreen prospective tenants, & schedule showing of properties,
  • Compilation of tenant’s application,
  • Facilitate Annual Inspections

Feel free to Cell/text: 571-436-0448 or email:

Lisa Stretch

Lisa Stretch is a native-born Fredericksburg Resident. She graduated from Courtland High School and began her career in the administrative field as a Client Services Representative. While working in the Health field profession, Lisa was recognized and promoted to an Area Client Service Supervisor, where she was responsible for all the administrative functions. Lisa’s administrative background includes comprehensive Customer Service, Human Resource, Research Development and Office Supervision.

Lisa has continued to provide administrative support for the last 29 years in her career field where she has been successful. We welcome Lisa Stretch to BANKS Property Management & Sales as we know she will be a great asset to our Tenants, Owners, Vendors and Office Staff Members.

While using every opportunity to further her knowledge in the Property Management industry, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports and relaxing on the beach.

Lisa will be facilitating the following services:

  • Meet and Greet customers on the phone/office
  • Address property concerns with effective communications to Landlords, Tenants, Vendors and Staff Members
  • Facilitate Maintenance Concerns: Process Work Order Requests, Obtain estimates and ensure all work is completed in a timely and professional manner
  • Provide Office Administrative support
  • Provide general property information to clients and rental inquiries

Please send an email to: repairs@bankspropertymanagement.com or 540-372-7272 with your maintenance concerns.

Wendy Kelly - Licensed REALTOR® in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Wendy has joined the BANKS Property Management & Sales Team offering an array of skills and services. Prior to obtaining her Real Estate Professional, Wendy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Human Resource Management Analyst and retired after 22 years of faithful service. While in the Marine Corps, she achieved an extensive knowledge, leadership experience and understanding of Administrative management concepts, principles, policies, procedures and practices pertaining to a variety of administrative functions and programs such as Correspondence Management, Files Management, Human Resources Management and Financial Management.

After transitioning from the Marine Corps, Wendy served as an Instructional System Designer for Professional Solution, where she assisted in developing a practical and executable cultural training and education program for the Marine Corps’ Operating Forces, for the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). She then transitioned and served as a Crisis Response Program Manager for Marines assigned to the Pentagon and the surrounding areas. Wendy Graduated from Averett University in 2013 with a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Park University in 2007.

I am prepared to Facilitate the Following:

  • Work with Buyers and Sellers through the home buying and selling process, & ensuring clients thoroughly understand the process.
  • Provide current Market Analysis and Trends in desired location.
  • Assist with Military & Civilian Relocation.
  • Assist with enrollment in Home Buying Seminars, weather a First-Time Buyer or a previous Home Owner who needs refresher training.
  • Assist Renters in finding a suitable home.

As a Real Estate Professional, weather you are buying, selling, or relocating, my goal is to provide you with exceptional professional service, and ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible, so you can relax and enjoy the moment. Please email me at wendy.kelly@bankspropertymanagement.com or call Cell/Text 760-468-6870 today and let me take the stress out of your next move.