At Living by Design, our expert team of Realtors and specialists ensure your experience exceeds your expectations. Meet our team – we are here to help you achieve your real estate goals:

Wendy Messenger – Agent and Principal

Wendy Messenger is the Principal of Living by Design and has had a passion for Washington DC real estate since she made her first investment in 2007. She applies her distinctive background in project management, communications, and architecture to deliver unique value for her clients, serving them well in the area’s competitive real estate market. Wendy is a licensed Realtor in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Wendy is committed to her clients’ utmost satisfaction and will support you throughout the process. She is known for her attention to detail, creativity, and leveraging the use of systems and technology. Plus, she knows her way around a toolbox!

Wendy previously managed a $23 billion portfolio of federal investment in public and private infrastructure as a senior manager at the United States Department of Transportation. She has extensive experience in negotiations, contact management, and strategic communications. She has also held positions focusing on consulting, marketing, and design. Wendy’s ability to deliver results in high-profile projects resulted in 5 promotions within 11 years. She will apply the same professionalism, drive and dedication to help you achieve your real estate goals.

Wendy holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois-Chicago, studied architecture for her undergraduate degree at Auburn University, and completed the Executive Leadership program at Cornell University.

She lives with her husband, two young children, and the family’s treasured rescue dog in the American University Park neighborhood in Northwest Washington, DC.


Fred Bates – Associate Broker

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Susie Klein – Agent

Susie brings with her a wealth of personal experience in both real estate investment and property management, as well as a true appreciation for what it means to buy, sell, and move into a home.  As a military spouse, Susie has relocated her family 8 times, including 2 overseas moves and 2 moves to/from the D.C. area.  This first-hand knowledge allows Susie to tailor her services to her clients individual needs.  Whether it’s finding the perfect school district, a walkable neighborhood, an easy commute, or finding that perfect house with room for everyone, Susie puts her enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and a unique perspective to work for her clients to meet and exceed expectations.
Prior to becoming a realtor, Susie worked in the non-profit sector for several years and has volunteered at various non-profit organizations since 2004.  Susie’s brings this same selfless attitude and passion for helping others to her real estate work–Susie is not satisfied until her clients are 100% happy with their Living by Design experience. Susie is a graduate of Louisiana State University and hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.  Susie lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and three children.  Susie is an active member of her neighborhood, and values a strong, diverse local community.

Andrew Ninnemann – Agent

Andrew came to Living by Design @ Keller Williams after working for several years in the field of psychology, where he used his relationship-building skills to provide clinical and therapeutic services to underprivileged individuals in need. Andrew’s commitment to improving people’s lives and their community lead him to a career in real estate, where he saw an opportunity to assist people with significant decisions in their lives. With a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Andrew’s time as a therapist and researcher helped hone his skills as a listener and advisor. These skills have made Andrew uniquely qualified in the world of real estate.

As a full-time Realtor, Andrew aims to build long-lasting relationships with each of his clients through trust, honesty, and dependability. He focuses on helping clients purchase and sell all types of residential and investment property throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. A home owner and real estate investor himself, Andrew understands just how important each transaction is for his clients and he works to bring his expertise of people and the local market to bear on each transaction. He works closely with clients through every stage of the transaction, so that he fully understands their needs and wishes. Andrew lives in the D.C. metropolitan area with his wife, Laura, and their 90 pound dog Quinn, who is adamant he is a lap dog.




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