- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Name: Julie Montalvo

Company: Maryland Premier Homes

Address: 11413 Guerlac Court, North Potomac, MD 20878

Phone: 301/838-9702

Fax: 301/838-9703

E-mail: juliemontalvo@mris.com

Web site: www.mdpremierhomes.com

Year started: 1992

How did you get started in real estate? My son had just been born, and I was looking for something to do that would provide income as well as the flexibility to allow me to care for him. I had started a small word-processing business from my home. One of my customers was a real estate broker who thought I would be good at real estate. I decided to take the licensing courses, and the rest is history.

How long with the current company? Three years.

Licenses and designations: Real estate broker in Maryland and the District; real estate sales in Virginia; graduate, Realtors Institute; certified residential specialist.

Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: Numerous awards as top sales agent and top listings agent.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Completing a New Maryland Premier Homes Operations Manual as well as revising my contact database. I feel these two things will be instrumental in growing my business.

What is your area of specialty? Gaithersburg, North Potomac, Potomac, Rockville and Bethesda.

Highest-priced home sold: $752,000

Worst experience: I had some purchasers who encountered problems getting their financing. It was a very sad situation because they were really in love with the house and their inability to purchase was as a result of an inaccurate credit reporting situation that could not easily be resolved.

Age: 39

Family: Married; son

Pets: None

Education: Bachelor of arts in Spanish literature, Virginia Tech, 1986. Certified to teach Spanish and English for speakers of other languages.

Community affiliation: Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church.

Last book read: “Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow),” by William Gibson

Last movie seen: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

What kind of car do you drive? BMW sport utility vehicle

What is your personal dream house? I imagine a house with a courtyard all on one level with privacy and windows overlooking some body of water. It has to have plenty of light, lots of large walls to hang large artwork, and quiet places to pursue reading and arts hobbies such as stained glass and oil painting. Materials for the house would include lots of ceramic tile, granite and top-of-the line appliances and fixtures. The house must have warmth. The yard will be meticulously landscaped and private.

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