- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 17, 2004

Name: Frances Hymes Roots

Company: Long & Foster Realtors

Address: 6320 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748

Phone: 301/449-9100, Ext. 1743

Fax: 301/449-5324

E-mail: frances.roots@longandfoster.com

Web site: www.yourhomeroots.com

Year started: 1985

How did you get started in real estate? I worked for a local commercial firm doing administrative work and market research and decided to take the exam to become more familiar with my work. I began practicing residential sales in 1987 while still working a full-time job and later quit my job while working as a marketing director for a government contracting firm to become a full-time real estate salesperson in October 2000.

How long with the current company? Since 2001

Licenses: Real estate sales in Maryland, Virginia and the District

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce

Awards: Top 1 percent of residential Realtors by Realty Alliance; Metro Award; PGCAR No. 6 individual in sales 2003; PGCAR Distinguished Sales Club, Platinum Sales Award; Overall Top Producer, Long & Foster Camp Springs Office (2001-2003); Founder’s Club Level, Long & Foster Gold Team

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Being able to successfully meet my business goals while maintaining a great relationship with my husband and son at home. In this business, being able to make all areas of your life work well at the same time is tough.

What is your area of specialty? Working with midlevel builders — single-family subdivisions of 10 to 50 homes — in Prince George’s County

Highest-priced home sold: $870,000

Most memorable house: Contracted a three-level town house in Covington to a young lady I encountered via my Web site who was in the Philippines with her job. Her sister, who came down on weekends from New York to view properties, had power of attorney to sign for her, and we signed a contract and did home inspection before she ever got to see the property. She arrived a week before closing to finally view the home. It was a nervous situation for everyone, but I was so happy to see the smile on her face when she walked in the door. She loved the home and hugged me and her sister over and over for helping her. Turns out, the seller was unable to perform, and she ended up in a hotel for more than two weeks with her things in storage. We found another property in the same area and were able to close quickly. I am currently working with a referral from her, someone who is stationed in Kenya.

Age: 41

Family: Husband, four children

Education: Bachelor of arts in communications, George Washington University, 1983

Last book read: “Who Are You Really and What Do You Want?” by Shad Helmstetter

Last movie seen: “Gothika”

What kind of car do you drive? 1999 Mercedes ML430

What is your personal dream house? Two bedrooms with a deck off the master bedroom, a water view (preferably on the beach), and a huge great room and kitchen.

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