- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Name: Floyd H. Richard

Company: F. Richards Realty Inc.

Address: 6828 Commerce St., Suite G-1, Springfield, VA 22150

Phone: 703/569-1672

Fax: 703/569-8492

E-mail: frichard@frichardsrealty.com

Web site: www.frichardsrealty.com

Year started: 1970

How did you get started in real estate? I started part time while serving in the Army in Montgomery, Ala., as a recruiting commander in 1970. One of my sergeants was renting a four-bedroom, two-bath brick rambler. His landlord wanted to sell it to him for $6,000. He asked me for advice. I told him $6,000 was a great value because I was looking and had seen four or five similar properties for $19,000 to $20,000. I also suggested that if he didn’t buy to get his landlord to sell it to me for the same price. He did, and I bought. Three weeks later, I resold the house for $19,000. I have been in real estate ever since.

How long with the current company? I opened F. Richards Realty Inc. in 1986.

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Virginia and Maryland, certified residential specialist

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, Reserve Officer Association, Roscoe Cartwright Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Awards: NAACP Greatest Minority Business Achievement, 2003; Distinguished Flying Cross

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Completing the renovation of my personal residence. I finally finished a face-lift on my current house. The work consisted of installing hardwood floors on the main level and upstairs, a new kitchen, all new bathrooms, painting, elimination of polybutylene pipes, and reinstalling copper piping. Also, the landscaping and driveway and all sidewalks were redone. I thought this would take me two to three months to complete. The project took eight months from start to finish.

What is your area of specialty? First-time home buyers in Prince William and Prince George’s counties

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

Most memorable house: A small beach house in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. I was the duty agent on Sunday. About 3 p.m., a local walked in with a large paper bag full of cash. He asked me, “Are you the broker with the small house on the beach?” I said yes. He handed me the paper bag full of cash. I called the broker, and he came in and wrote the contract, and we were still counting 10s and 20s at 10that evening.

Worst experience: A small condo back in the late ‘80s that was part of a three-way deal. The purchaser got a bad case of buyer’s remorse and actually hid from me and wouldn’t answer his phone or anything. I finally camped out at his apartment, found him and persuaded him to go through with the transaction.

Age: 60

Family: Married, two daughters, three grandchildren

Education: Bachelor of arts in history, University of California at Long Beach, 1968; graduate, Army Aviation Flight School, Norfolk, Va., 1970; master of science in psychology, Troy (Ala.) State University, 1975; graduate, Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., 1982.

Outside interests: Golf

Last book read: “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” by John E. O’Neill and Jerome R. Corsi

Last movie seen: “The Passion of the Christ”

What kind of car do you drive? Lexus 430

What is your personal dream house? A 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot rambler on a golf course in the front with a river or the ocean in back, in a warm climate such as Florida, Georgia or South Carolina, with a three- to four-car garage and room for a golf cart to get to the clubhouse.

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