- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 30, 2004

Name: Scott Miller

Company: RE/MAX 100

Address: 10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Phone: 410/418-4206

Fax: 410/461-4498

E-mail address: scottomiller@realtor.com

Web site: www.scottomiller.com

Year started: March 1978

How did you get started in real estate? I was a police officer in Baltimore County and dating a woman who was a secretary at Caton Realty. Attending parties and real estate functions with her, I saw the type of lifestyle the agents were living and liked what I saw. I also loved being a cop but was making roughly $11,000 per year and was conflicted about staying in a job I loved or leaving to be my own boss. I have always believed and preached to my children to “always have a ‘plan B.’ ” My plan B was to get my license in case I got hurt on the job. When I sold my first house, I made more money in one sale then I did in six weeks as a police officer. Within four years, I resigned from the Baltimore County Police Department and never looked back.

How long with the current company? 12 years

Licenses and designations: Associate broker; graduate of the Builders Institute; certified sales professional; graduate of Realtors Institute; certified residential specialist; certified expert witness in Maryland district and circuit courts; certified expert witness for Carroll County zoning board

Associations: Howard County Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems

Awards: RE/MAX Platinum Club, RE/MAX Hall of Fame

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Built and leased a shopping center in an 18-year effort to overcome zoning difficulties.

What is your area of specialty? Residential sales and commercial development

Highest-priced home sold: $1,200,000

Most memorable house: A good friend bought a bungalow that we all knew needed a lot of work. This home was on the water, and after three years in there, he asked me for a reference because he wanted to do an extensive remodeling. I gave him a contractor who had done an extensive addition on my home with which I was very happy. My friend went on a golf vacation to Arizona, expecting to come back two weeks later to see significant progress. I saw him a week or so after he returned and asked him how his house was coming along. He replied, “What house?” He said that when the contractors started, they dug into one wall, which collapsed because of termites, and the other three walls were so badly damaged that they came down, too. We are good friends to this day and still laugh about this.

Worst experience: In March, I had listed a home for a couple, and another agent sold it. During the home inspection, the inspector in the attic above a two-story family room missed his footing and came crashing through the ceiling. Thankfully, he caught himself on the way down; otherwise, he would have fallen 25 feet to the floor. My clients were understandably upset at the damage but saw an opportunity to collect. They began to find “everything” wrong with the home and ascribe responsibility to the home inspector. The couple wanted me to back up their outrageous claims. I refused, and it got ugly.

Age: 50

Family: Married; three children

Education: Associate of arts in police administration, Catonsville Community College, 1975

Community affiliations/ community service/outside interests: Riding my Harley-Davidson Road King; past president of two community associations; founding board member and the corporate fund-raising chairman for the Dick Gelfman Ride Across Maryland, a motorcycle benefit ride for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Last book read: “Blue Blood,” by Edward Conlon.

Last movie seen: “Big Fish”

What kind of car do you drive? BMW 540i

What is your personal dream house? A comfortable, modest house in a good neighborhood.

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