- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Name: Rich DiGiovanna

Company: RE/MAX Allegiance; Superior Real Estate Services Inc.

Address: 12531 Clipper Drive, No. 102, Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Phone: 703/690-1891

Fax: 703/690-4055

E-mail: richd@ISellVirginia.com

Web site: www.ISellVirginia.com

Year started: 1986

How did you get started in real estate? I served in the Coast Guard for nine years and then toured the world for four years with a comedy juggling act. When I decided to settle down, I bought my first home in the Alexandria area. After fixing it up and renting out every room, I went out and did the same thing a few more times. To save on selling expenses, I decided to get my real estate license.

How long with the current company? Since 1991

Licenses and designations: Virginia real estate sales; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtor institute; accredited buyer representative; certified real estate appraiser; Professional Ski Instructors of America Level 2 certificate; licensed Virginia auctioneer

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Prince William Board of Realtors

Awards: Lifetime million-dollar sales club; lifetime top producer sales club; RE/MAX Platinum Club; RE/MAX Hall of Fame

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Earned Master Teacher’s certification as a professional ski instructor.

What is your area of specialty? Northern Virginia

Highest-priced home sold: $1,100,000

Most memorable house: I left my wallet on the back of my car, and it ended it up in the middle of Virginia Route 123 in Fairfax. A motorcyclist ran over it and returned the wallet with everything intact. We kept in touch. Four months later, I helped him and his family purchase a home. You never know where you will meet your next client.

Worst experience: I was showing a home to a very young family who had a newborn baby. We went to walk out on the deck, and the entire deck collapsed. I can still remember the mother’s shriek as we looked for her baby, whom we found very quickly. Luckily we were all OK. The only things broken were my glasses and the deck.

Age: 49

Family: Married 15 years to wife and business partner, Eileen; son, Connor, 11

Education: Bachelor of Science in marine engineering and naval architecture, United States Coast Guard Academy (New London, Conn.), 1979

Community affiliations/ community service/outside interests: Christ United Methodist Church, Fairfax Station; volunteer soccer coach, Burke Athletic Club; scouting; golf; skiing; fishing; boating; rowing and in-line skating.

Last book read: “Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul,” by John Eldredge

Last movie seen: “Barnyard”

What kind of car do you drive? Ford Expedition

What is your personal dream house? A spacious home with a view of the water, where I can dock my boat, enjoy fishing, crabbing, a yard big enough for my family to enjoy and for me to hit golf balls. It also would be great to have it near a golf course and ski area.

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