- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2005

Name: P.L. “Skip” Singleton Jr.

Company: DC Living Real Estate LLC

Address: 4933 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington DC 20007

Phone: 202/337-0501

Fax: 202/337-0502

E-mail: Skip@DCLiving.com

Web site: www.DCLiving.com

How did you get started in real estate? When I was 23, I purchased two apartment buildings and, the following year, along with the help of my wife, Debbie, I designed and built a third. Over the next decade, we designed and built a custom home for ourselves and we also purchased a number of homes, condos and other buildings for investments. When we moved to the Washington area for me to practice law, my wife started in residential sales to much success. Over the years, I helped her in the evenings and weekends, and I began living vicariously through her real estate experiences, which I was enjoying. Finally, when she pleaded with me to quit the practice of law to join her full time, I agreed so long as we formed and ran our own real estate company. So, I got Debbie into real estate more than 20 years ago and she got me back into it.

Licenses and designations: Real estate broker in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia; licensed attorney in Maryland and the District

What is your area of specialty? Top professional residential sales within the Beltway

Highest-priced home sold: $3,000,000

Most memorable house: A wonderful historic farmhouse in the Palisades. The home had so much feeling and character, and our client, the seller — a 50-year communications attorney and former president of the Cosmos Club — was so interesting to be around. We enjoyed being in his life as much as his home, and we grew to love both of them. While hosting an open house, we also met the nicest couple who became the buyers and the next caretakers for this special home. It was the perfect match.

Worst experience: After an intense full week of back-and-forth negotiating that started with our buyer client’s offer, we worked through various counter-offers into what was believed to be a fully acceptable contract that was signed and agreed to by all parties. As our client was at the fax machine to send it back, she had a mental breakdown and could not deliver the signed contract and go forward with the transaction. It was sad to watch, as we know how much our client loved and wanted the home. We also felt so bad for the seller and the listing agent who labored hard to get to the point that we did. And it troubled us greatly as our word and reputation are two of the most important things in our business.

Age: 46

Pets: Three Yorkshire terriers, Mac, Tennis and Love; an umbrella Cockatoo named Famous

Education: Bachelor of arts in communications and business, University of Mississippi, 1981; Juris Doctorate and master of Intellectual Property Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center (Concord, N.H.), 1998

What kind of car do you drive? 2006 Lexus LX470

What is your personal dream home? It would have to be on the water. I am originally from the Gulf Coast of Florida, so being on and around the water runs in my veins. Our vacation home on the Chesapeake Bay on Gibson Island, Md., is my current dream home, as I dream of being there whenever I am not.

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