- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005

Name: Vaughn and Diane Paddock

Company: Coldwell Banker Alexandria/Old Town/King Street Office

Address: 310 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703/628-2828

Fax: 703/836-9578

E-mail address: vpaddock@erols.com

Web site: www.paddockhomes.com

Year started: Vaughn in 1999, Diane in 2003

How did you get started in real estate?

Diane: I left a 23-year career in human resources, the last 13 years of which were as senior compensation analyst with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria.

Vaughn: I retired from a career with the federal government and have several friends in the real estate business.

How long have you been with the current company? Vaughn, six years; Diane, two years.

Licenses and designations: Both are licensed Realtors and graduates of the Virginia Realtor Institute (GRI).

Associations: Members of the Virginia Association of Realtors and the Real Estate Cyber Space Society

Awards: Top producer award, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors; $20 Million-Plus Sales Club for Northern Virginia; members of Coldwell Banker’s President’s Elite Club

Most satisfying accomplishment in the past 12 months:

Diane: Qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon this past April, my 11th marathon.

Vaughn: Applying my personal value system toward a successful real estate partnership.

What is your area of specialty? Greater Alexandria area

Highest-priced home listed: $2,850,000

Most memorable sale: Vaughn: It was my first time assisting a buyer purchasing a home. This occurred four months into my career on South Royal Street in Alexandria, where the listing agent and seller allowed me to present my buyer client’s offer in person — the old fashioned way. I had rehearsed my presentation seemingly a zillion times over. When they accepted the offer, I could hardly believe my ears.

Worst experience: Vaughn: Helping a good friend purchase a renovated house that had hidden defects with the drainage and underground plumbing — not detectable during the home inspection because of a prolonged four-month drought. Because Virginia is a “buyer beware” state, the resultant post-settlement repair costs to the purchasers were about $15,000. Lesson learned: Be wary of large renovations completed during a long drought or dry season.

Age: Vaughn, 64; Diane, 51

Family: Daughter, Tracey, a clarinetist with the U.S. Marine Band

Pets: Two cats, Cali and Pounce

Education:

Diane: General studies at the University of Virginia’s Alexandria campus, 1992

Vaughn: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1963 and the master’s degree program in industrial engineering at the University of Miami in Miami. (Completed course requirements, not thesis.)

Outside interests: Sports, music, theater, travel, family, friends and having fun.

Last book read: Diane: “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes; Vaughn: “Use What You’ve Got and Other Business Lessons I Learned From My Mom” by Barbara Corcoran

Last movie seen: “Million Dollar Baby”

What kind of car do you drive? Diane: BMW Z-4 (Vaughn says, “We can’t even fit an ‘Open Sunday’ sign behind the front seat”; Vaughn: Lexus sport utility vehicle

Your personal dream house: Three-level detached home of about 3,300 square feet with a big front porch, high ceilings, lots of windows and open spaces, with wood floors and railings, and good neighbors. Being by the beach wouldn’t hurt.

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