For David Orso, real estate is about more than buying and selling houses. It’s about guiding people through big decisions that will change their lives.
“I view real estate as a vehicle to introduce people to this community and to do good in this community,” said David, a lifelong Anne Arundel County resident who is raising his three children in Arnold with his wife, Dawn.
He believes Severna Park and the Broadneck peninsula are special places.
“You always want to buy what you can’t change,” he said. “Severna Park is close to an airport, metropolitan areas, and bodies of water.”
The David Orso Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty is big enough to matter but small enough to care. That team includes David, two Realtors, and two client care coordinators, one of whom also serves as operations manager and a community events coordinator. They all follow the same principles: treat others with respect, be honest even when it’s tough, show people you care and have fun.
“We offer luxury service at any price, everything from grand waterfront properties to modest townhomes,” David said. “We want everyone to know, and feel, that they are our most important client. People call us for referrals on things they need: a pediatrician, a marina, a boat dealer.”
The team pairs that customer service with David’s tireless work ethic, his exhaustive market insight, and a straightforward, professional approach to help turn clients’ dreams into a reality.
“There are landmines everywhere,” David said, when asked why it’s important to consult a professional. “You might have the desire to sell your home yourself, but the highest and best price comes from competition, which is created from a strategic marketing plan.”
Helping people navigate the homebuying and home-selling process is a humbling experience, but David really enjoys real estate because it allows him to give back. Through real estate, David and Dawn want to enhance the lives of as many people as they can.
“Before we got married, David and I talked about the importance of giving back,” Dawn said. “We have the ability to reach new people through David’s platform and continue our philanthropic efforts but on a bigger scale.”
As of August, the David Orso real estate team had donated more than $28,000 to charities in 2022. Most of that money, Dawn said, has gone to grassroots organizations in Anne Arundel County.
“This month, we continue to support a 5K for a friend of ours who passed away from ovarian cancer,” Dawn said, referring to the Stefanie Ashdown 5K. “We are also heavily involved in the Severna Park Community Center, and in a few weeks, we will kick off our annual Halloween costume drive to donate to Sarah’s House.”
That’s just a sample of the work they do and the causes that are close to their hearts. They have also supported an end-of-year toy drive for EllaStrong, which gives new toys to Believe In Tomorrow and to kids at Children’s National Hospital, Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center, Backpack Buddies, The Light House shelter, Arundel House of Hope and Benevolent Baskets.
“I like the toy drive because it gives an opportunity for everyone in the community to be involved in doing good for one another, whether the people donating are clients or not,” Dawn said. “We post pictures on social media, so when people give us donations, they can see that their donations are impacting their local community.”
At the heart of the community is the Severna Park Community Center, where David served as chairman of the board from 2014 to 2020. He was recognized as the community center’s honoree during its 2022 gala in April.
“Many years ago, Andy Borland (SPCC board of directors, emeritus) told me, ‘Whatever you give to this community, you’ll get back tenfold,’” David said before the gala in April. “As I got older, I realized that I wanted to get more and more connected to this vibrant community and join a bigger communal family.”
David is ruthlessly committed to being the absolute best professional so that his clients have every advantage in the marketplace. Readers of the Severna Park Voice have voted him Best Real Estate Agent or runner-up 10 times. What’s Up? Media readers voted David Orso’s team as the “Best Of” in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022.
To date, David has represented 1,282 clients and sold more than $600 million in real estate, demonstrating a proven track record of success. To get started on the journey of buying or selling your home, contact the David Orso Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty at 443-372-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more by visiting www.davidorso.com.