- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Four Washington-area professionals were among real estate’s 25 most “influential thought leaders” in a list published Dec. 1 in Realtor Magazine, the member magazine for the National Association of Realtors.

The magazine received nominations from select brokers, association executives and industry watchers. Of its selections, it said:

• P. Wesley Foster Jr. of McLean, founder and chairman of the Long & Foster Cos., “saw early on that bigger meant stronger and more competitive in the highly fragmented residential real estate industry.”

m Frances Martinez Myers of Philadelphia, chairwoman of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals in the District, “leads the fight to grow the number of Hispanic real estate practitioners and expand minority homeownership.”

m Thomas M. Stevens of Vienna, 2006 NAR president, “marshaled the resources of the largest U.S. trade group to make a difference amid the devastation of the Gulf Coast.”

m Clifford Turner of Louisville, Ky., president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers in Lanham, “envisions an industry where minority brokers and associates play equal roles and works to make democracy in housing a reality.”

Named in a list of 15 others who have had an impact on real estate this year, the magazine said Dana Berliner, senior attorney at the Institute for Justice in Arlington, “stood against the economic development tide to limit eminent domain.”

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson were among the 15 others.

The Washington area chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry recently announced the winners of its 2006 Contractor of the Year awards:

m Landis Construction of Washington: Residential kitchen, $60,001-$100,000; residential exterior, $100,000 and higher; residential historical renovation; creative solution less than $15,000 and innovative technology.

• DE-design Inc. of Washington: Residential interior, $100,000 and less; residential bath, $30,000 to $60,000; and residential bath, less than $30,000.

• Kohler Homes Inc. of Burke: Custom home more than $1,000,000; residential addition, more than $250,000; and commercial interior.

m Michael Nash Kitchens and Homes of Fairfax: Residential kitchen, less than $30,000; residential kitchen, $30,000-$60,000; and residential addition, less than $100,000.

m Kingston Custom Builders: Residential addition, $100,000 to $250,000; residential bath, more than $60,000.

Other firms with projects recognized for awards included Nash Construction, Danish Builders Inc., Block Builders, Encompass Design Build, Bowers Design Build Inc., Hopkins and Porter Construction Inc., Merrill Contracting and Remodeling Inc., Burch Builders Group LLC, Winn Design LLC, Bielski Design Build Inc. and the Gallick Corp.

Susan Clark of Encompass Design Build of Vienna (www.encompassdb.com) has been named president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Washington-area chapter.

Ms. Clark joined the Encompass team in 2005. She recently co-chaired NARI and Southern Living’s first showcase-of-homes event in the region.

The Web Marketing Association named Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. (www.coldwellbanker.com) as its Best Real Estate Web Site winner as part of the 10th annual international Web Award Competition, which recognized top Web sites in 96 different industries.

Each Web site is judged on the same seven criteria including design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use.

For more information and a complete list of winners, visit www.webaward.org.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. is planning a career seminar in real estate sales. Career night seminars are free. Space is limited. Reservations are advised.

• Jan. 8; Georgetown office, 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in the District; 6:30 p.m.

Call Darrell Parsons at 202/944-8400 to register.

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