Lina Mercer

About Lina

I’m Lina Mercer, named after my maternal great-grandmother, whom we called Oma.  Oma was a strong, independent woman who emigrated from Germany in the 1920’s.  She moved to New Jersey and started her own business raising chickens and selling eggs and poultry.  She was well-liked and well-respected, and though she has been gone from us many years, she is still well-remembered.  When I would visit my grandparents at Oma’s house, I would often be asked by people at neighborhood stores and gas stations if I was related to Lina of the chickens.  Many people would tell me she gave them their first job. I like to think I’ve inherited not just her name, but her work ethic, her integrity in business and her desire to help people by giving them a hand up, not a hand out.

I grew up in Chesapeake, on land that has been in my father’s family for over 100 years.  I have strong ties, not just to the land, but to the community around it.  I graduated from Hickory High School and then went on to Old Dominion University, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree majoring in Accounting, Finance and Real Estate.  All during my high school and college years, I worked for Hatfield and Associates, first as an office helper, then as an assistant, and finally as a licensed agent for commercial property.  This early training provided a wealth of experience and positioned me to move into the fast-paced market of New York City

While in New York City, I worked first for The Corcoran Group, then for Prudential Douglas Elliman, both names that are well-known not just in New York, but aruond the world.  I traveled internationally, listing and showing properties in Hong Kong, Anguilla, Saint Martens, and Turks and Caicos.  I’ve worked with everyone from the man next door to well-known athletes, musicians, politicians, and entertainers.  I thrive in a culturally diverse environment and one of the true joys I experience as a real estate broker is the ability to meet people from all walks of life and help them to achieve the dream of owning a home, or moving up to the next home of their dreams.

I enjoy dining out with family and friends, and I would have to say that my work and my charitable activities give me a full and satisfying life.  I’ve been actively involved with the David Wright Foundation for many years.  It’s an organization that does wonderful things for sick children and it’s been a privilege to be a part of the work the Foundation is doing.  I’ve also worked with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters and CHIPs – the Children’s Health Investment Program.  I’ve supported the USO – a natural place to give time and money in this area with so much of a military presence.  I’m devoted to my English bulldog, Scarlett, and I hope you’ll take a moment to read her blog here.  While I was in New York, I started the Midtown English Bulldog Group which met regularly and did several fundraisers for Long Island Bulldog Rescue and the North Shore Animal League.  And I regularly participate in and support the Chesapeake Winefest.  It’s in October each year – be sure and stop by, say hello, and share a glass of the fruit of the vine!

Now that you know a little about me, I hope you’ll give me call and introduce yourself.  I look forward to the opportunity to learn about each of my clients, because, to paraphrase that great American, Will Rogers, new clients are just friends I haven’t met yet.

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