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Baltimore/Washington Retail Brokerage specializes in the leasing and sale of retail properties in Maryland and Virginia, focusing primarily on the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. The company offers the following services to its clientele:

  • Sales and leasing
  • Market analysis and evaluation
  • Contract negotiation
  • Appraisals
  • Assistance in the development process
  • Research

Baltimore/Washington Retail (BWRB) is a small company able to give its clients individualized attention and excellent service. Carole B. Hamlin, the broker of record, has vast experience with locally owned companies, developers, and regional and national retailers. Her assignments have ranged in size from small stores to “big boxes” and from one acre of land to multi-acre tracts. Ms. Hamlin recognizes and appreciates the importance of every transaction, regardless of size.


BWRB has invested heavily in the latest office equipment, computers, and industry-related software to help manage and direct complex transactions. The company is committed to keeping abreast of the multimedia market, enabling it to furnish its clients with the most comprehensive and useful information available. In addition, the company keeps a library of reference materials and periodicals to have immediate access to industry information and to keep abreast of the latest events related to commercial real estate.


Because of her many years in the retail brokerage business, Carole Hamlin has extensive contacts throughout the retail community across the country, both among the retailers themselves, and developers and property owners, many of whom have become friends. She is also in close touch with many other brokers – local, regional, and national – in order to share information and work together on transactions. She keeps abreast of new developments in the business through her extensive contacts and the resources that come into the office.


Baltimore/Washington Retail realizes that only exceptional companies can survive in today’s highly competitive marketplace and understands the reasons people rely on quality as a defining characteristic. Carole Hamlin founded Baltimore/Washington Retail on the principle of unparalleled service, which she strives toward with integrity, professionalism, creativity, and resourcefulness in order to take advantage of every opportunity.

Carole B. Hamlin

Carole B. Hamlin

Carole B. Hamlin, the broker of record, has been in the retail real estate brokerage business since 1983. Prior to that she was in industrial real estate brokerage for several years.

From 1983 until 1996, she was associated with Trout, Segall & Doyle, LLC, becoming a vice president with the company. Ms. Hamlin worked in Maryland and Virginia with various retailers such as J. C. Penney, Staples, Circuit City, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Pep Boys, A & P Superfresh, Sears Paint & Hardware, Lowe’s Home Centers, Blockbuster Video, Carpet Fair, Firestone Tire, the Hertz Corporation, Wendy’s, Burger King, Bob Evans, and many others.

From 1996 until 1998, Ms. Hamlin was a vice president with H & R Retail, Inc. (formerly Hicks & Rotner), and continued working with various retailers such as Staples, CVS Drug Stores, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Donna’s Restaurants, Yankee Candle Company, Safeway, Sony/Loews Theaters, Dollar Tree, Casual Male Big & Tall, and a number of others. In 1998, Ms. Hamlin joined JHP Realty, Inc. (now Retail Strategies, Inc.), continuing to work with retailers, property owners, and developers throughout Maryland and Virginia. She developed relationships with some additional retailers, including Cracker Barrel, Public Storage, The White House/Black Market, Sports Authority, Wawa Food Markets, Toys R Us, and Carpet Land.

Ms. Hamlin founded Baltimore/Washington Retail Brokerage in January, 2000, to focus more productively on the clientele she has developed over the years and to attract new business to the company.

Ms. Hamlin is a founding member and past president of the Washington DC-based Women in Retail Real Estate (WIRRE). She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the trade association for the shopping center industry, and has co-chaired the committee producing the retailer panels for the Mid-Atlantic ICSC meeting for the past several years. Ms. Hamlin is currently on the ICSC’s Government Relations Committee for Maryland.

Ms. Hamlin is licensed as a real estate broker in both Maryland and Virginia and covers the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, as well as the rest of both states, depending on the needs of her clients.

Ms. Hamlin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College and earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1983. She resides in Baltimore, Maryland.