Dava Davin - Principal, Broker

Dava Davin

Principal, Broker
The Davin Team


When we started Portside Real Estate Group in 2012, we had a handful of agents, a small office in Falmouth, Maine, and one simple idea: to put the “real” back in real estate.

Today, we have 90+ agents and five offices throughout Southern Maine. We’re now the fifth largest real estate company in the state—and the largest solo woman-owned practice.

If I had to pick three words to describe our practice—and my professional journey—they’d be: gritty, grassroots, and gratitude. They’re values that we at Portside live every day.

Our success as a company is about more than just growing our business. It’s about cultivating relationships, and creating a culture we can all be proud of. At Portside, we care about one another—and our clients.

We also believe in giving back to our community. Our “Portside Gives Back” events directly benefit local non-profits, raising over $70,000 annually. We also contribute a portion of every commission earned to our non-profit partners.

At Portside, we believe that when everyone gives just 1% more—more effort, more time, more money—we have the ability to impact Mainers in a sustainable way. Our motto is to make doing good easy. When we care about our neighbors, that love lifts all Mainers up.

Mindset, goal-setting and being better today than I was yesterday carries over outside the office in my passion for endurance sports. I’ve completed several marathons (qualifying for the Boston Marathon multiple times), as well as a four-time IRONMAN finisher.

In 2018, I was named one of MaineBiz’s Women to Watch and in 2019, I was listed on HousingWire's national Women of Influence list. Ten years after leaving a successful job to start a career in real estate, the honor was further validation that I’d made the right decision.

Although I’ve never had to look far for inspiration: From my loving family to my incredible colleagues, it’s the people around me who’ve made me the person I am—and the leader I’m learning to be.

What's your passion?

“ Of course my amazing family is at the top of the list, my handsome husband, Jim, and two brilliant boys; after them and real estate, I am passionate about endurance sports. I have completed several marathons (qualifying for Boston multiple times) and I am a four time IRONMAN finisher! ”


Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
Masters in Business Administration 2001
3.8 GPA

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
MBA, International E-commerce 2000

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Bachelors of Science, 1994

Boards and Honors:
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Board of Directors

Portside Foundation, Board of Directors

Robbie Foundation, Run, Walk Roll Committee Member

2018 MaineBiz: Women to Watch Winner

2018 Girls On The Run Sneaker Soiree Honorary Chair

2018, 2019, 2020: Presenter, MEREDA Annual Forecast Conference


"Dava, words cannot truly thank you for all you have done to help us get into our dream home. You are amazing and incredible at what you do. We were so glad to have you in our corner." -Buyer, Cumberland

"We want to thank you for your expertise in helping us prepare our home for sale, it clearly made the difference to get it under contract so quickly. You are always a delight to talk with and we can't wait to now find a new home with you!" -Sellers, Portland

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