Welcome to Avanti Real Estate Services!

Thirty years ago, my late husband, Nik Reid, and I founded Avanti Real Estate Services, with the intent of helping make your dreams come true! We firmly believed that homeownership was one of the most important pathways to achieving economic growth and prosperity for many who had not been able to realize the American dream of owning a home.

We were committed to the success of our business, but our measure of success was more than just making a dollar, we also wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Therefore, we set out to achieve our mission by offering homeownership counseling, affordable home financing workshops, and credit counseling clinics. We even hosted the radio show “Anyone Can Own” that demystified homeownership and financing for underserved communities.

As a resident business owner in Columbia Heights, Avanti Real Estate Services has also been privileged to provide numerous employment opportunities to area residents. Moreover, we have assisted hundreds of first-time homebuyers and other clients buy and sell homes all over the District of Columbia as well as the entire D.C. Metropolitan area.

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Sheila Cross Reid, Founder & CEO


"The Difference Makers"

We Are Not in Business to Just Make a Dollar—We Are Also in Business to Make a Difference.

The Avanti Team emphasizes home ownership as the pathway to wealth creation. This is a critical component in making a difference in the lives of our clients. We also focus on providing our customers with the requisite counseling, information and training to enable them to make purchasing and selling decisions. This provides the optimal benefits of home ownership-both when purchasing and when reselling.

Avanti is an Italian word that means “FORWARD” or “UPWARDS.” And that’s the Avanti commitment to you ~ to help to move you forward and upwards through real estate ownership!

Today, I often hear people say, “I want to buy a house in DC, but I can’t afford it.” I tell them, “That’s because you have not worked with Avanti.” While it is true that Washington, D.C. is a much different housing market than it was when we first opened Avanti’s doors, the goal of homeownership is still possible.

That’s where Avanti comes in. As native Washingtonians and professional real estate brokers, we have deep roots in the D.C. community and surrounding areas.

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to sell, and/or invest in property - you can count on Avanti Real Estate Services to help you on your journey to creating wealth via property ownership.