Bernadette Cole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Services from Wright State University, Dayton. Ohio. She is married to a retired US Air Force pilot, Lt. Col. Herman Alex Cole, III and parent of three children, Marcus, Brianna and Angelina.
Mrs. Cole began her real estate career in 2006 in La Plata, Maryland, and is a multi-million dollar producer. Prior to becoming a REALTOR®, Mrs. Cole held many positions in sales management and banking.
One year and a half into her real estate career, Mrs. Cole opened her own real estate company, EXIT Landmark Realty, in January, 2008. Since opening the doors, her company has quickly gained market share and is rapidly growing in a challenging market. Her philosophy is accomplishment through education. Whenever an educational opportunity is present, she makes an effort to attend. Mrs. Cole shares her passion for education with her agents through various innovative training platforms and programs. Her office has produced the Rookie of the Year for Charles County, MD, two consecutive years in a row (2008 & 2009).
Keeping with this philosophy, she earned her GRI, Graduate REALTOR® Institute, a nationally recognized professional real estate designation. Mrs. Cole also holds a Certified Default Resolution Specialist Elite (CDRS Elite) certification. This program equips the real estate professional with the knowledge and skills needed to better educate homeowners about their options and be a resource in helping them avoid the devastation of foreclosure. Her office, EXIT Landmark Realty, has taken a proactive step to becoming part of the solution to the mortgage default crisis by assisting homeowners with pre-foreclosure alternatives. The company currently boasts the most CDRS (Short Sale Designation) certified agents of any other Real Estate Company in the State of Maryland with 22 of their agents being certified. Mrs. Cole is also a National Trainer for America’s Home Rescue. She was invited to join the America’s Home Rescue Training Team because of her “from-the-trenches” expertise and her genuine desire to help others succeed and is one of the most trusted and sought-after Short Sale specialists in the country.
Mrs. Cole recently had the pleasure of opening her second real estate office in Manassas Park, Virginia, EXIT Gridiron Realty, with co-owner Cheryl Spangler.
Organizations and civic commitment includes:
- Chair of the EXIT Mid-Atlantic (MD, VA, DC & WV) Education Committee responsible for bringing National trainers to the area for this region’s Real Estate Professionals.
- Organized a toy drive & stocking stuffing event at her office to benefit Christmas Connection through Children's Aid Society.
- Member of National Association of REALTORS®, MD Association of REALTORS®, Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS®, Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR)
- Member of Charles County Chamber of Commerce
- Has participated in fundraisers/contributed to Hospice and CiVista Medical Center.
- Donated bags and pencils to Mary H. Matula for their annual Book Fairs, Book Swaps and Fall Festivals.
- Active member of USTA (United States Tennis Association) & Southern Maryland Tennis Association