Linda Dear, Real Estate Consultant | TEL. (410) 925-6667

Client Testimonials


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Here’s what they are saying about The Dear Team...


Linda is one of the best Realtors I've met. She knew the market extremely well and found us the perfect place. She knew the other Realtor so the negotiations went as expected and planned. She counseled us on pricing and expectations and at the end of the day we got more than we hoped for.  Her Team is second to none, with constant contact, follow up and leading us through the process. I would recommend The Dear Team to anyone looking for a home.

Brandon Michael

My husband and I have had such an incredible experience with Allie Brewer and the Linda Dear team. We live out of state and Allie made the process as painless as it could be. One issue after another popped up with the final sale and Allie jumped in and took care of every single detail for us. We not only recommend her and the Dear Team, but wish we could take them with us out of state! Allie is the sweetest person, but represents and defends her clients with the utmost professionalism and expertise. If we are ever in the MD area again, we wouldn't even consider another real estate team.

Sarah Puhl

Linda and the Dear team made the home selling process easy and effortless. They were always available if I had a question or an issue. It was a pleasure working with such an efficient and professional group of people.

J. Lawson

What a tremendous experience working with this team. Our agent was Ben Daniels. We had an extremely short amount of time from offer to closing and they really took the worry and stress out of the entire process. The professionalism, prompt communication and follow up were exceptional. I would not hesitate to use them again. We have already referred the team to relatives who are using them as listing agents as well. GREAT experience!

Andy Francis

It was a pleasure to work with the Linda Dear Team. Brendon Twilley was very professional and helpful. He would always answer our concerns and phone calls promptly. I will refer you guys to my friends. I will also call you when I am ready to buy my new home. Thank you so much on behalf of my family and me.

Maritza Sanchez-Ordonez

I recently listed and sold my home of 30 years with Linda and Ryan Barkley from her team. I was able to get my full asking price after just a few days on the Market. Linda and Ryan led me though each part of the process until closing and made it very easy for me to manage. I then used the team to help me find a new place to live. They did a great job of finding me places that fit my needs. When we found the one I wanted they led me again through all the steps from writing the initial offer to closing. Ryan also helped me find storage and moving companies to manage the transition. If you are looking for professionals to help you sell your home or find a new home The Dear Team are the folks to work with.

N. Pohlhaus

My experience with Melissa Daniels and Linda Dear was amazing! They guided me through the selling and buying process. Melissa Daniels was our main agent. She always had my best interest at heart. Melissa was extremely knowledgeable about a variety of zip codes and the pros and cons of living within them. She was available 24/7 and responded promptly to all questions and requests. With her help, we were able to buy our dream home!

Noelle Hickock

We have bought 4 houses with Linda and sold 5 with her over 14 years. I would not go to anyone else. She masterful and has skilled support staff. She knows local resources and gets it done. She works night and day tirelessly to get you the right home or make sure yours sells well. Go Linda!

T. Cumberland


Linda Dear and the Dear team were key in our recent home purchase in Ellicott City. Her years of experience have made her fluent in real estate. She made us feel confident placing an offer in a high demand neighborhood. Linda was instrumental in helping us navigate the home inspection process. I would not hesitate to recommend Linda and her team.

E. Snodgrass

Wonderful real estate service experience! I have worked with the Dear team since 2013 with buying another home in 2017. They are very professional and know the area well. From the start of the home buying process to the end they answered and guided us through to help us find the home we were looking for. They made us feel like family with how well they were attentive to what we needed. I would highly recommend them even to my own family and friends.

D. Keffer

We interviewed multiple agents before going with the Linda Dear Team. When we interviewed Allie Brewer; it just felt natural. She is genuine nice person with our best interests in mind. We sold our house in 2 days! And she helped us find one to buy. Overall, very pleased with the process.

R. Keller

Great professionals, a pleasure to deal with! Showed me several houses and helped me think through the process, were there all the way. Ryan Barkley and the whole team are great to work with. Highly recommend.

Ariel Molina

I worked with the Dear Team, particularly Theresa Waskey, who was my personal realtor. They all were great during my first time home buying experience. Theresa got a feel for what I was looking for after just a couple of conversations and showed me the best of the best in my price range. She helped me weigh the pros and cons of each option, and then patiently walked me through all of the necessary paperwork. She was so supportive, informative, and really took a lot of the stress out of finding the right one!

H. Pontius

Linda is a fantastic realtor to work with. She helped us in both selling and buying in the Carroll county area. She has a great knowledge of the business and makes you feel very comfortable during what could be a somewhat stressful experience. We would highly recommend Linda!

D. Livesay


Linda is the perfect agent! She made what is a challenging process for someone not familiar with it, easy and painless. Thank you for being proactive, positive, patient and all around great.

Kenneth Crummitt



I just want to say what a pleasure it was to have Melissa Daneils working with us. She was always available and if not I was able to get in touch with the Team. Everyone on the Team made this home buying and selling a great experience.

Dave and Carrie Bowers



Linda and Ryan made this process a pleasure.

Chris and Regina Kozimor


Ben Daniels did an excellent job selling our home. My husband moved to Florida early, therefore I had to handle selling our home on my own. However, with all of Ben’s help and attention to detail he made it possible for me to get through this stressful time. I am very grateful to Ben for all he did in selling our home. I will refer him to all of my friends and family.

Lisa Smith


What can I say? The entire Dear Team cam through in the clutch. Special thanks to Linda, Ben & especially you Melissa. I could have never gotten this house without your help. The last month was absolutely crazy & you managed to help me through it no matter how stressed I got. A million thanks!!!

Duane Waltz


All of you are wonderful- when I decide to buy my house I will call you guys. Thanks for everything!

Kristin Waltz  


Both Linda and Ryan were very helpful in taking a first time homebuyer through the process and answering all the questions I had!

Jameson Cowan



Linda Dear went out of her way to get our mother’s home sold. We appreciated all her efforts!

Cathy Eybs



Professionalism in the real estate field is defined by this Team!

Pat and Patti Fendlay



I cannot say enough praise about Linda. Linda was extremely professional and treats you on a very personal level. She is knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic, and considerate of individual’s needs. Thank You! I will certainly recommend you totally! 

Nancy Davis



We could not have been more impressed and pleased by the service Linda and the Team provided. Linda worked very hard to find us the perfect home and learned our wishes early on to help us relocate to a great home from out of state. Thank you to all for your dedication and extra effort.

Jason and Allyson Jackson



The service was excellent! Thanks so much to everyone!

Jack and Rachel Plating



Linda’s tactics for making a strong contract were excellent! Very clever!

Yuko Ota



Linda, we appreciate all the help that you and your Team were to us during the selling process! You went above and beyond the call of duty to keep us informed of what was happening. Thank you for everything.

Craig and Arlene Hughes



You found the perfect home for our family! I still cannot believe it’s owrs. We accomplished everything on our list of wants and needs. All of you are a great Team and we would recommend your services! Thank you so much from Christopher “I love my new friends”, from Colin “I love my own room”, from Caryn , “I love my Big purple room!”.

Kim and Kevin Carhart



The Dear Team was exceptional. They really go the extra 110%. I would recommend them to anybody selling their home!

Sue and Mark Palmer



Great job and special thanks to everyone! The closing services were spectacular!

Todd and Elaine Sauer



We love our new home! Linda, Janet and Greg were fantastic in making the buying of this home a smooth transaction. We received great service and they went above and beyond our expectations to see that we receive all that we needed o get into our home. They called to keep us informed in all aspects of our purchase. We are so very hapy and thankful for this wonderful Team. I would recommend them highly. Thanks to all of you for all your sincere help in purchasing our wonderful new home.

Connie and Kenny Frazier



Great job and service by everyone on your Team. Thank you so much!

John and Ellen Codd, Jr.



I want to thank you all for doing a great job for us. I felt at times it would never happen and I want to thank you for being so responsive. It’s really a pleasure working with folks who care about doing a good job. Keep up the good work. Thanks and I hope you all have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Pete and Marty Juhle



Our experience with Linda Dear has always been more than expected. Her sales Team also provided the utmost support during the sale of our home!

Linda and Jerry Blucher



Vicki and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your Team for the superior level of service during the sale of our Ellicott City home. The knowledge and expertise of both you and your staff made our transition...a flawless event. Thank you for the wonderful job you did! We have already recommended your Team to two friends and will continue to do so.

Vickie and Ed Sofianek



The entire group was professional and made the purchase experience a pleasant one. When I told Linda I wanted the house to be close to my kids, she was very helpful in spite of representing the seller.

Randy Snyder



I would like to thank everyone for making my experience very easy to manage.

David Kessler



 Linda worked tirelessly and on short notice, to get contracts ready and to make sure everything went smoothly. She juggled settlement dates and times and was unflappable no matter what was thrown at her. Janet and Linda knew us better than we knew ourselves. Concerns and problems were handled quickly and professionally. Greg handled everything beautifully from the inside. He did a hundred things we saw and probably a thousand we didn’t even know about. Thanks so much!

Pat and Emma Johenning



The whole team is outstanding with the service and attention they provide. We always felt like we were your one and only client. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

Bill and Maria King



Everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly and went out of their way to be as helpful as possible. It was a great experience. 6 days to sell the home with the entire team always available for any questions. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Linda Dear Sales Team to anyone. I hope we have the opportunity to.

Bob and Gina Bergin



Thank you, thank you! Everyone on the Dear Team was fantastic. Buying our home was such a wonderful and happy experience. From the showing, to the writing of the contract, to settlement. Everything was handled with professionalism and care. We will highly recommend the whole Team.

JB and Jenifer Marquette



Linda, you and your Team were just wonderful! You all made this a very enjoyable experience! Greg, special kudo’s to you!

Kirk Denisuk & Lucy Stewart



Greg and Linda went above and beyond the call of duty for us. We would not have our new home without their help!

Julie and Tom Saitta



We worked with Jason and he was of the utmost help in assisting us in a rather time intensified purchase, and was there to help us through the entire process to settlement. We would highly recommend him to our family and friends.

Ronald & Carolyn Shorts



The entire sales team gave us great service, helping us throughout a very trying time! We would highly recommend your Team to anyone!

Bob and Rose Barnard



 I would recommend the Team highly. At one time or another I had dealings with everyone on the Team and they were very professional in every aspect of their jobs. Jason was particularly helpful in helping me find the home that best suited my tastes. He was efficient and maintained a high level of professionalism during every aspect of this transaction.

Vincent Turula, Jr.



 Greg Service did a fantastic job in helping me find my first home. His follow up and meticulous detailing of all steps involved, provided me with the knowledge and comfort to make it through the process without a single worry! Thanks, Greg.

Chris Regnier



It was a pleasure to work with both Brent and Jason. They were always available when we needed them and if we couldn’t reach them by phone immediately, they’d always call back pronto! The office staff was also very helpful.

Bonney & Mike Dugan



It was a pleasure to work with Brent. He made us comfortable with the process and our purchase.

Kare Waddington



Everyone was great! The Team works well together! You made it a very stress free process. A very well-oiled machine and very professional and trustworthy Team. Thanks so much!

Rick and Jane Baker



Linda was awesome, Greg was always helpful and Trent was wonderful! Thanks,

Jack and Rachel Plating



Excellent work, The Linda Dear Sales Team are the Best! Great people to do business with.

Harry Patel



Brent Johnson is one of the best real estate agents I have ever worked with. I would recommend Brent to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

David, Deborah and Terri Newman



Trent Gladstone provided excellent quality real estate service and helped us find our very first home together.

Chris and Jen Keefer



It was a pleasure dealing with both Jason and Greg. They were very professional and handled all matters in a timely fashion. The transaction was flawless and Jason went out of his way to make sure all the items were completed before inspection and settlement.

Julia Teti



Trent was a wonder realtor with which to work. He made himself available to us and was very helpful.

Patrick and Melissa Corkum



Jason Johnson was wonderful to work with: kind, always available and ready to assist with any duties. Brent and Greg were also helpful in the process.

Elizabeth and Mark Monson



I’ve known Jason and Brent for a little while, and they were both outstanding. This house was Jason’s first as a listing agent and I thought he handled everything with class and enthusiasm.

Greg Cosden



Brent was an excellent agent. He provided exceptional service. He made buying our house a pleasant experience. Janet and Greg were helpful in the process, too.

Jeff and Sally Gill



We received outstanding, professional service and support from Brent. He made a potentially ifficult and complex international move and purchase understandable and achievable. I cannot praise him and the support and responsiveness of Greg, too highly. Many thanks. A first class Team and a pleasure to do business with.

Barry Conchie



You all did a fantastic job in helping me buy the home of my dreams. My sincerest thanks to everyone, but mostly Jason Johnson and Brent Johnson. They are my heros. I will refer everyone I know to the Linda Dear Sales Team!

Carin Prescott



Linda provided excellent service; prompt reply to phone inquiries and providing documents or information as needed. Also, Linda was watchful for appropriate homes for me.

Elise Nabholz



I had a wonderful experience with both Linda Dear and Janet Ashford. They couldn’t have made our home buying experience any easier! They are both wonderful people, always going out of their way to make sure we were taken care of!

Melissa and Ken Kozimor



The entire team was wonderful to work with. I would also like to thank Jason Johnson who was always there for us.

Marge and Chuck Miller




Brent was wonderful. He treated us just like family. Gave us great advice and helped us to understand the process from beginning to end. The whole team was wonderful and very professional. Thank you for helping us find our dream home!

Brian Hines and Nicole Garnes



Absolutely outstanding from start to finish! What a team!

Nancy Brandt and Alfred Berquist



We experienced the ut most courteous professionalism from all members of The Linda Dear Sales Team. Their understanding and commitment were always present.

Susana and Miguel Macaoay



As first time home buyers, Cathy and I were totally confidant in the honesty and integrity of your entire sales team. Would we recommend your sales team? Entirely!!

Matthew Delia and Cathy Bargerstock


Excellent service by everyone, especially Jason Johnson! Jason is the best real estate agent I have ever had. He worked harder for me than anyone from OPF and other agencies!

Eric Rennerfeldt



Linda was super to work with - very professinal and caring. She helped us with every detail. Greg and Trent were great, always there to answer questions and handle details!

Linda Jo and Jim Nelson



I would not consider using anyone else for future real estate needs and would recommend Linda and her Team to anyone! They were the BEST!

Victoria Dolfi



Al and I have bought and sold 3 homes and we agree that dealing with Linda Dear and her sales team has ben an exceptional experience! We appreciate always getting our phone calls returned in a timely manner and getting prompt answers to all of our questions. ...We feel so grateful that we had your Team on our Team. Of course, we would highly recommend

all of you to friends and family. You truly stand far above anyone else we know in the business!

Al and Pamela Howland



We dealt mostly with Linda , Greg and Janet. They were very professional. Considering we were out of town, they did a wonderful job. Greg was always very polite and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him to anyone else.

Joe and Marilyn Pfeiffer



Brent was great! Brent took the time and patience to find us our dream home and made our lives more special. He added a personal touch to his professional manner.

Dr. and Mrs. Paul Tetro



Greg was always so positive, upbeat and available. What a great asset. I am so grateful that I had Linda as my agent. Her patience was unwavering and as a single person buying a home, felt I had an objective friend on my side helping me make the best decision for myself.

Kathleen York-Smith



Linda, you were great! You are incisive, show personal concern, know the market and get results! Greg was polite, responsive to all of our questions and a credit to the Team. Gloria and I are most grateful for the great job you did in selling our house. We will wholeheartedly sing your praises to any of our friends who are anticipating moving!

David & Gloria O’Donoghue



We want to thank you and your team so much for all the support you gave us with the recent purchase and sale of our home. HONESTLY, I expected a rougher road, but I found the experience to be a pleasant one. We will continue to recommend you and your team to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. You’re the greatest!

Carl and Georgia Yannuzi



We just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for all that you have done for us. Thank you for all of your help and patience through-out this whole process. We could not have done it without you. It is no surprise that you came so highly recommended.

Leah and Mike McGarity



Linda Dear and her entire staff were very helpful, professional and efficient in helping us with the purchase of our new home. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new home.

Frank and Lisa Decker



Brent always seemed to look out for us. We are very happy to be in the house that he found for us. It was a very pleasant process.

Michael and Lisa Hume



Brent was great. This was the first house that we bought and he was very helpful.

Tom Ronnenburg & Beth Chemidlin



Thanks for all you have done for me. You have all gone far and above the call of duty. You handled my many questions within a matter of minutes and we always right on top of things, keeping me informed of every detail. Linda, you and your staff are wonderful people who really care about your clients and it really shows in the service you pay to each and every one of your clients.

Nelsa Knight



We were very impressed with Linda and her staff. They handled our situation with class and true professionalism. They kept in constant contact with my family on a weekly on the progress of our home. Their marketing plan was so impressive that our house sold in less than a week. They are organized and communicate well. They know the market and we highly recommend them to anyone. We will definitely keep them in mind for the future. Your staff gave us confidence that our house was going to sell. Thank you so much for your support

Jeff Clopein



Thanks so much for the work you did getting our house sold. We were very happy with your work and would gladly recommend you to friends and relatives.

Dan & Stephanie Donoghue



Thank you for everything that you did with such professionalism. You are “The Perfect Realtor”.

Michele Drury



Linda did a fabulous job for us. She was always a total professional, yet very personable and friendly. She was always there no matter what we needed - even on vacation! She gave us excellent advice and made the whole business of selling and finding a new home remarkably less stressful. We couldn’t possibly have done it without her!

Charlotte and Michael Snyder



Linda Dear is honest and sincere. We were out-of-state and she sold our home in 2 weeks. Linda went above and beyond her call of duty. I strongly recommend Linda Dear as a trusted realtor for listing your property.

Jim and Shirley Long



Thank you for the prompt and courteous service you and your staff provided!

Ruth Thomas



Linda Dear stuck with us through a long, difficult sale. She was very professional, very knowledgeable, hard working and nice to boot! We wouldn’t hesitate to hire her again or to recommend her services to anyone else.

Stephen & Gwynn Ingley



 It was a pleasure having Linda Dear as our agent, she is very professional. Linda did an excellent job in helping us sell our home. Homes in our area were selling slowly when Linda listed our house; she did everything necessary to help us. She always had a upbeat attitude, which made us feel much better at times when we would get discouraged. We could always call Linda with any questions; she returned our calls immediately, whenever possible. This is the second time we have had Linda help us with our real estate needs and I would definitely recommend her services to anyone who wants to sell their home. Again, it was certainly a pleasure.

Mary Whitt & Gary Cannon



 Everyone on the team was always very helpful! Thank you all so much.

John and Kim Dillinger



You are all wonderful! Thank you so much for always being there for me. I will definitely stay in touch. Love to you all!

Bonnie Griffith



Brent took care of everything we needed! Special thanks to Greg Service, great job following up and communicating!

Craig and Shannon Hacklander



Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Mary and I both want you to know that there is no amount of money that could ever compensate you for all that you have done for us in helping with the sale of our house. This is our second experience with Re/Max and Linda Dear and both transactions ran perfectly.You are, without question, the finest realtor who has ever served us. Please also thank your team, especially Greg, for his personal , attentive and professional service.

Kevin and Mary McNiff





We just opened the envelope you gave to us yesterday. We were so excited after signing all the paperwork that we went straight to the house and started cleaning--and didn't stop until 11:30 p.m.


Thank you for the generous gifts! I think Dave plans to visit Home Depot tomorrow.


We will recommend you to anyone we know interested in buying or selling a home. You are the epitome of "professional" in the realty business. You know your profession--and saved us more than once. You did all you could to help secure our new home--going above and beyond. We are so very grateful and appreciative.


Thank you--

Linda & Dave Lande

Columbia RE/MAX Advantage Realty Columbia RE/MAX Advantage Realty