Part of the Spouses That Sell Houses team, this is…
I was raised in a tiny Midwestern town, the fourth child born to Bill and Della. One of their greatest legacies was to leave an incredibly strong work ethic to their five children.
My life changed dramatically at age 19 when my mother suddenly passed away. It left me to help raise my 9 year old brother, Jim. I believe this life event helped nurture in me an extreme compassion for others in need. As a mother, I am honored to have raised three daughters with the same strength.
I’ve worked as a paralegal, a seamstress, a retail sales clerk and now in real estate. For the past 25 years, I’ve also been a church youth leader focusing on teens. I’ve also joyfully served in other ministries, like Hospice; compelled to serve people in God’s name. It’s with the same heart I serve our real estate clients.
As a professional stager, I have an eye for style, color and furniture placement which creates an atmosphere to help homes selling faster and for a better price. When preparing to sell your home, my goal is to have it stand out from the competition. As I like to say, “make it the shiniest apple in the bunch.” It can include how to de-clutter and organize your home, as well as ideas for furniture placement and potential renovation projects.
If you are a buyer, our goal is to find a home reflecting your stage in life, for the best price, in a great location and a perfect match for your hearts’ desires.
Dan and I have worked hard to establish a reputation of integrity by serving our clients with honesty, hard work and a keen eye to detail. Our goal is to make the selling or, buying process as smooth and enjoyable as possible. With over 30 years of combined experience, we are gratified by our clients’ satisfaction and blessed by their kind words of testimony.
For the other half of our story, visit my husband’s page: Dan Rath.
Counties Served: Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin
Market Specialties: Buyer’s Agent, Listing Agent, Investments, Decoration and Staging
Spouses That Sell Houses Reviews
“Dan & MaryKay were absolutely terrific in every aspect. They merged a refined sense of professionalism with a blunt honesty about what to look for in a home, including everything from the age of the roof to the landscaping to the motivation of the seller. They were patient as my wife and I looked at what seemed like dozens of homes. They also cover a wide area, as we saw homes from Winston-Salem to Clemmons to Kernersville and everywhere between. With each home, they honed in on our tastes (big closets, nice kitchen, room to grow), and we ultimately found our perfect home with their invaluable guidance. I would recommend them to anyone who is interested in buying a home in this area!”
Drs. Thomas and Temple Steel
“From the very beginning, Dan and MaryKay Rath were both gracious and kind to me, a first time homebuyer. When they first welcomed me into their office it was immediately evident that they were going to ‘take care of me’. They were available to help me whenever I needed their advice, and treated me as if I was family… answering any and all questions I had (regarding home buying and much, much more!). It was wonderful to have as part of my team, and I always felt that they had my best interests at heart and truly wanted to find me my own dream home… which they did! Dan worked overtime trying to make sure that everything was ready for me, and was professional and quick in everything that he did. I am so happy with my beautiful new place, and highly recommend Dan and MaryKay Rath to anyone searching for their next dream home. They are honest and hardworking, but most importantly they are kind and fun to work with! Best team around.”
Olivia A. Hostetter
“We came from out-of-state and had one weekend to find a home. Dan was very flexible with our timeline, and graciously set aside his entire weekend to help us. He understood our needs, and did everything from helping us to find homes within our budget that we missed online to teaching us about the neighborhoods so that we felt entirely comfortable with our decision. Not only that, while we were back in our original state, he helped with the on-site home inspection and other local processes up until closing day. We were also first-time home-buyers, and Dan walked us through the process so that it felt seamless. Dan was a pleasure to work with!”
Alex and Dawn Miller
“Outstanding! We can’t say enough about the service provided by Dan and MaryKay Rath. Prior to officially listing, they walked us through some tips to ensure our home would present well. Within 24 hours of listing our home we had numerous views and several scheduled viewings. Our home went under contract within 48 hours at full asking price! We highly recommend Dan and MaryKay Rath if you want your home to move!”
“Mary Kay gave me suggestions on how to make my home look more appealing to possible buyers. She even brought in staging items to give certain rooms more color.
Mary Kay also helped me so much with selling furniture that I no longer needed. When you downsize you must get rid of many items.
I didn’t have any experience with selling furniture and Mary Kay was right there, every step of the way, to help me.
I had a wonderful experience with the Raths and would highly recommend them.”
“When I listed my home for sale with the Rath’s, MaryKay was extremely helpful. She has a real eye for color and design. She helped me stage my house prior to placing it on the market, using decorative items I already owned and re-positioning furniture to help open things up. I received an offer within weeks of listing the house for sale.
When I decided to build a new home, MaryKay was the first person I called. Her insight and experience were invaluable. She cheerfully came with me to design meetings with the builder and helped to sort through the myriad of choices. My new home reflects who I am and what is important to me. I could not have done it without her.”
“In a time when I was really stressed about making my home look its best, MaryKay came to the rescue. She showed up to our front door with a basket of decorative items to help fill in empty spaces . As important as the items she brought, was her wonderful advice on helping my home to become more spacious and inviting. I really appreciated her help and support with getting my home on the market. I couldn’t have done it without her!”
“We chose Dan and MaryKay Rath for our realtors because they are the the perfect team. One thing that we knew we would need assistance with was the staging of the home prior to putting it on the market.
MaryKay was so wonderful with bringing in her special “touch” to the home and making it look great for the showings. She knew exactly what was needed to highlight each feature of our home. The comments we received were a testament to that!
We know we made the perfect decision when we chose the “Spouses That Sell Houses” team to make our transition smooth. Thank you both! We will continue to recommend you to everyone who is ready to buy or sell in this area.”
“Teamwork makes the dream work! And although I am in Michigan, as an real estate agent of nearly 40 years, knowing Dan and Mary Kay -any client can be comforted in the fact that their experience, unquestionable integrity and commitment will result in their clients confident real estate decisions! Only the best to Dan, Mary Kay and their family.”
“I would highly recommend Dan Rath as a Realtor. He went over and beyond the call of duty to help us when purchasing our home. We asked to see the house numerous times and he always found the time for us. Dan answered our many questions professionally and quickly. He helped from the beginning to the end; including help with various bank issues/questions and also with the lawyers for closing. Dan was very knowledgeable, a great negotiator between buyer and seller and an all around pleasant person to work with during this transaction.”
Tommy and Janet Crump
“We were most impressed with the professionalism that Dan Rath showed in the sale of our house and the purchase of our new home. He immediately answered any questions and requests we made. He was with us every step of the way in all the closing procedures. We highly recommend him to anyone.”
Linda and Pete Burris
“Absolutely was a great experience! Dan & MaryKay helped us with all the important details from pre-listing updates, to decluttering suggestions, to pricing. We were sad to leave our home & neighborhood, but Dan & MK really made it a good experience.”
Kathy and Scott Hickinbotham
“Dan was awesome! Really went the extra mile on every step. Found someone who would be able to do financing when I was almost sure things were not going to work out. Got a solid rate and he helped make sure things closed on time. This was a HUD home and he really know how everything worked and made sure we would close on time.”
“Dan and MaryKay are amazing. I can’t sing Dan’s praises enough. His response time to emails-big or small was remarkably fast. The electronic signing capabilities that he was well versed in made negotiations seamless. I truly felt like Dan was looking out for my best interest throughout the whole process of buying our first home from suggesting appraisers and a lending group! We ended up closing on our house early because Dan went out of his way to find another attorney, when ours was unavailable. Since buying in August Dan has been very helpful with questions after the purchase. He and MaryKay even sent us an ornament with our first home on it for Christmas! It is very obvious that they care about their clients.”
“I initially met Dan when he responded to an inquiry I submitted on line about a property. He was very easy to work with, he wasn’t pushy, but he was very knowledgeable about the areas I was looking at houses in. He also has a great eye for the small details that a new home buyer may overlook. Since this was my first home buying experience, I was glad to have him on my team! I eventually ended up building a house in a somewhat newer community, and he was there every step of the way facilitating the process.”
“Dan was fantastic he really helped my husband and I a lot during the process, gave us great tips for remembering houses we liked, good neighborhoods, etc. He honestly was very willing to show us as many homes as well as times that were convenient for me and my husband. If you are looking to buy a home I highly recommend Dan and MaryKay as they are all very professional and hard working individuals to help you find just what you want in a home.”
Kelly and Rusty Walser
“Dan was amazing to work with. He helped us with both selling our old home and buying our new one. He was thorough, knew the area and neighborhoods well, attentive and responsive. He made the process fun and we couldn’t have asked for better guidance and are so thankful for his hard work. We’d recommend him HIGHLY! Thanks for everything Dan!!!”
Patrice and Matt Williams
“Dan and his wife MaryKay made the sell of my townhouse SO pleasant. Trying to sell a house in difficult times is very stressful, but these two were great? They knew the area good; she helped with staging ideas. They always responded to phone calls and e-mails quickly. They were able to recommend someone very trustworthy to do some painting for me. In addition to what they did for me and helping me get my house sold, they were ALSO able to recommend an agent closer and more familiar to the area where my mother’s house is (which is for sell). Very trustworthy & extremely personable.”
“Dan Rath with his wife MaryKay have real estate expertise above and beyond the agents found today. They can assess a situation where a home is not selling and develop a stategy to achieve a sale. They can successfully manage a renovation project, at low cost and on budget. They are skilled at obtaining tradesmen to do jobs at fair and responsible costs, while managing the projects themselves. This eliminates markup from a contractor, subcontracting out the work. I was very pleased with Dan and Mary Kay. I recommend them highly.”
“Dan Rath was extremely helpful in assisting us with purchasing our house. We were living in Nevada, and he was here in North Carolina. We had found a house, and Dan was extremely helpful and accommodating by allowing our friends to view the house multiple times. He also took a ton of pictures for us, created a virtual walk-through, and even drew a floor plan for us so we could truly “visualize” the house. He walked us through the bidding process (it was a HUD foreclosure) and helped us secure the house for our family. Once we were here, he followed up to make sure everything was as we expected and even gave us a little housewarming present (the framed floor plan)! We would highly recommend Dan and his team to anyone looking for a house in the area.”
Laura and John Zielke
“Our experience with Dan and MaryKay was top notch. If there is one word that describes working with an agent it is TRUST. We felt like WE were the most important part of the transaction. Some agents seem only interested in the commission they are going to make. With the Raths we could see our needs and interests were the most important goals. We have referred Dan and MaryKay several times and think this should be your first telephone call when you need to sell or a buy a new home!”
Robin and Chuck Plunkett
“Dan provided very helpful and patient expertise through a very complicated sales process that involved our company’s process along with local challenges that were unexpected along the way. He was responsiveness to our numerous questions and we were very pleased with the end result.”
Rhoda and Clay Walkup
“I want to let everyone know that Dan Rath is a true real estate professional. We have had multiple experiences with Dan & have been extremely satisfied. If you are tired of NOT being able to get in contact with your Realtor, Dan is your guy. He works hard & gets results.”
“I have worked with Dan Rath for over five years in both purchasing and selling properties. Dan has a thorough knowledge of the real estate industry, has always been responsive to any questions that I may have, works hard to get the deal done, and has negotiated some great contracts for me. I plan to utilize his services for all my future real estate needs and would highly recommend his services to others.”
Josephine and Paul Monaghan
“Dan helped us sell and buy a house. He was always professional and patient. He answered our questions promptly. He will help me sell my present home and help me get my next one too!”
Mandy and Damian Guido
“My husband and I had a wonderful experience with The Spouses that Sell Houses in purchasing our first home. As first-time home-buyers we felt that our best interest was held as a priority and they were very willing to help us make wise decisions and explain/guide us through concepts that we were not familiar with in the buying process. Their availability and professionalism was impressive. We would certainly recommend the Dan and MaryKay to anyone looking to purchase a home and plan to use them again with any future purchases.”
Asma Zakiuddin and Talha Mukaddam
“Dan has helped my family purchase several houses over the last 3 years both for residence and investment. He is very knowledgeable about the area and understands the market very well. He is also able to navigate you through difficult purchases (Short sales, foreclosures, HUD homes). Anyone can show you a house, Dan can help you find a home.”
Jim and Margie Davis
“Dan and MaryKay Rath were very professional. They helped us list our house, giving expert counsel. They carefully inspected the house and told us any necessary changes in repairs, look, and even staging. This ensured we were not spending money unnecessarily. Dan provided detailed charts to assist us in determining the highest, but still sellable price. As a results, in a very difficult market, the 11th person that toured our home, bought it. Dan and MaryKay Rath also helped us find our current home which fits our needs exactly. Then they skillfully guided us in every step from, inspections, lawyers, and even the bank to nail down the best interest rates. I loved our old home, but I love our new home even better. I would and already have recommended Dan and MaryKay Rath to my friends to be their Premier Agent as well.”
MayKay and Steve Hirst
“Love working with Dan! Dan and Mary Kay helped us to stage our home and sell our home. Dan also helped us to purchase a home. I HIGHLY recommend Dan as he is honest, helpful, very accessible and just extremely nice!”
“Dan is one of the best buyers agent I have worked with. He helps you make the right decision and guide you through the entire closing process. He is very knowledgeable about the market and very easy to work with.”
Sydney and Kautilya Vats
“My husband and I were moving to Winston-Salem from Kansas City. We knew nothing about the town and less about the housing market. This was our first time buying a house, so we wanted to make sure we chose someone who was experienced and knowledgeable about the area. Dan and MaryKay immediately made us feel comfortable. He took time to get to know our housing criteria, price range, neighborhood preference etc. He sent us a list of houses on the market that fit all of our criteria shortly after our talk. Once we were able to make the visit to Winston-Salem Dan wasted no time to show the houses we had previously viewed online. My husband and I really liked the way Dan gave us space and time to view the houses on our own. He also gave us an information sheet about the house that we could view as we walked around. We looked at over 35 houses in a 3 day time span. Dan and his team were always flexible with our wishes and answered all of our questions with detail. Dan was even patient to let us go back the house we loved on three separate occasions. After deciding we wanted to put an offer down Dan was able to negotiate an excellent price. Unfortunately, we had to leave before the paperwork was final. However, Dan and MaryKay took care of every single step and when we moved in a few months later the house was ours and hassle free! The process was absolutely seamless and extremely stress free. I believe this was due to the professionalism and experience we got from Dan and MaryKay. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone looking for a smooth home buying experience. When we sell our house, I know exactly who I will use!”
Dr Nate and Ashley Lata
“As an incoming medical resident, I was unfamiliar with the area of Winston-Salem, and didn’t have much time to devote to house hunting. I was very fortunate that my wife and I were recommended Dan. He was extremely familiar of the area and gave advice from where to eat to which insurance agent would best fit our needs. We were most impressed, though, that Dan treated us like his own family. Having a daughter in residency, he knew what we are about to experience and took a personal approach to our home buying experience. Particularly, he looked out for us, making sure that we ended up in the best neighborhood and in the house of our dreams. He was involved in every aspect of our house buying, and even stepped in when we couldn’t make the 6-hour drive during medical school for our walkthrough. He was incredibly knowledgeable in his area of work and helped my wife and I, who are first time home buyers, feel very comfortable with the entire process. We cannot thank him enough for all of his hard work and dedication.”
Dr. Michael and Stephanie Seem
“I had to purchase a house during a very stressful stage of my life and needed help from someone I could trust to look out for my best interest. Dan Rath is a knowledgeable, professional agent who guided me through this ever changing process, always looking after my best interest. I felt very comfortable leaving all the hard work to Dan. I relied heavily on his opinions and help and I couldn’t be happier with my new home. I will call on him again in the future when I need to make another house transaction and highly recommend you consider doing the same.”
“Dan and MaryKay have been WONDERFUL to work with over the past few years! Moving across states to an area that you know nothing about can be very stressful. But, they made our transition to Winston Salem a breeze. They were able to find us a home in a great location and negotiate the price below asking. They’ve also given us helpful direction on how to remodel our home for better selling price in the future. We adore this sweet couple and their amazing work ethic. Thanks Dan and Mary Kay!”
“Very pleasant to work with and very skilled agents!”
“We used Dan and MaryKay to both sell our old home and buy our new one. They were amazing from start to finish. They really know the area and were so helpful in every step of the process. Dan is so responsive to questions and quick to get showing appointments for houses you’re interested in. I’m so thankful for an easy, pleasant experience. Highly recommend!”
Patrice Crump Williams
“After my father passed away, Dan and MaryKay Rath worked long distance with me to sell my dad’s house outside of Winston-Salem. They provided top-notch professional advice and services from start to finish, covering every necessary base and then some. Dan advised on initial appraisal and pricing, arranged for house repairs and inspections, handled advertising and showings, and represented my best interests during negotiations straight through closing. Dan sold the house for a solid price and was exceptionally responsive and kind during a tough time in my life. Taking on my business as though it was their very own, Dan and MaryKay ensured my peace of mind. They are skilled real estate agents and a fine human beings. I can’t recommend their services highly enough.”
“Dan, & MaryKay, I appreciate all your help and advice and… I’m as gladas you are that the house is sold! Yeah!”
“Moving from out of state, we only had 3 days to find and buy a house. Dan’s experience and knowledge of the area, along with his patient personality, helped us find the perfect place for our family. Thank you Dan! We highly recommend you to everyone!”
Dr Levi and Mandy Kaufman
“We would probably still be searching for our first home if not for Dan and MaryKay! Christi and I were looking for our first home to start our lives together. They were so helpful in working with us as first time home buyers. They were so patient with what must have been a ton of question. We looked at several homes and finally decided on the perfect home in High Point, NC. We have lived here for a few months and still love it as much, as the day we found it! Thanks Dan and MaryKay!”
Chris and Christi Arceneaux
“Thank you MaryKay for helping me choose the colors, flooring, cabinetry, etc. I am grateful to Dan for helping me choose the lot and for driving by and taking pictures as the house was being built. The book you put together is a treasured gift. It takes a village to build a house for me. I am grateful to each one of you for your assistance in making my dream a reality.”
“I was highly pleased with the services of Dan Rath and Mary Kay in selling my home. We had an offer just over two weeks. Their professional knowledge did so much in relieving me of stress and anxiety, from negotiating the selling price, to advance preparation for the closing, to delivering the check to me. I would certainly recommend them to anyone thinking about selling their home.”
“Dan and MaryKay answered all our emails, calls and texts. We couldn’t have done this without you guys!”
Maggie and Matt Ward
“Gracias por ayudar a nuestra familia a encontrar la casa perfecta ti. Pasaron muchos meses , pero nunca se dio por vencido con nosotros.”
“Thank you, Dan and MaryKay for all your help with purchasing my house. As a first time home owner, you’ve answered every question I had. Everything went so smoothly! Thank you again for all your help!!”
Tom, Pennie and Freda
“As a first time home buyer, The Dan Rath Group has been phenomenally helpful and easy to work with. My wife and I were a little nervous going through the process of looking for a home since we did not know what to expect. Dan and MaryKay Rath made the process very smooth and was extremely informative in making sure we were well informed on every detail of the process. They will go the extra mile. Would recommend THE SPOUSES WHO SELL HOUSES'”
Jeff and Feon Shu
“We are so thankful for Dan and all his help in the process for finding the right home for us. He showed us so many great homes and gave us all of information we needed regarding the entire Winston-Salem area. We were blessed by his expertise and many years of experience with real estate. Thanks Dan!”
Zach and Kelsey Fleming
“Dan and MaryKay Rath’s responsiveness, understanding of the real estate process, and relationships within the community helped us get a contract within two days of listing. Throughout our experience, we knew they had other clients, but we always felt like we were a priority.”
Steve and Kay-Lynn Hirst
“We am grateful for the persistence, patience, and knowledge that Dan provided. I would encourage you to select Dan with his calm demeanor to assist you through what can be a stressful and anxious experience.”
Matthew and Miriam James
“We had been searching for our dream home for almost a year when I finally found Dan Rath. Little did we know that God had sent him to us. Because in less than a week we had found the home we had been looking for and it’s all thanks to Dan’s hard work to make sure we was happy. Dan is by far the the most professional and kindest realtor we meet on our journey.”
“Dan did an outstanding job when we sold a family property. He was enjoyable to work with due to his easy demeanor and professionalism. Dan took a lot of the stress out of the process and made navigating a challenging housing market painless. We will definitely use him again in the future and have already recommended him to a number of people.”
The Hawkins Family
“My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Dan Rath after being relocated to Winston-Salem from Upstate New York. Dan has many years of experience in the Piedmont Triad market and it was evident through his extensive knowledge of the areas and the relationships he had with other professionals in the marketplace…We went house hunting with Dan multiple times to search for homes and while he gave us the opportunity to explore each home, neighborhood and community and share our thoughts and opinions he was sure to provide feedback and insight on each of those categories. The back and forth among the three of us is what helped lead us to making the right choice for our family…Without Dan’s help we would not have felt as confident moving to a new state and buying a house within just six months…I would strongly recommend Dan Rath, as would my wife, for the home buying process and we plan on utilizing his services when it comes time to sell and then buy again…This is our third home and of all the Realtors we have worked with he is the ONLY one that we would recommend.”
David and Michelle Barson
“Working with Dan and MaryKay in finding our Home has been a great pleasure. They understood what we were looking for, listened to our needs and actively helped select houses for us to see.
Over the months we spent looking , Dan was more than just a professional REALTOR, but a friend looking out for our best interests.”
Brenda and Mike
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