- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2006

Name: Margaret Ireland

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 7900 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109

Phone: 703/368-1184

Fax: 703/368-8287

E-mail: margareti@comcast.net

Year started: 1984

How did you get started in real estate? I had been a registered nurse since 1966 and was looking for a change in career. We had moved many times during my husband’s Navy career, and real estate seemed a logical career change. I started with a company called Shannon & Luchs in their Fair Oaks Office. The company was purchased by Weichert, Realtors, in 1992. I worked in that office and became managing broker in 1991.

How long with the current company? I have essentially been with the same company since I started my career — 23 years ago in February.

License and designations: Virginia real estate broker; graduate, Realtors institute; certified residential specialist; notary public.

Associations: 2006 chairman of the board, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors; Prince William Association of Realtors

Awards: Million Dollar Sales Club; National Sales Award (top five agents in the country)

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Being elected as NVAR chairman of the board has been a personal high.

What is your area of specialty? Residential sales

Highest-priced home sold: More than $1,500,000

Most memorable house: I was showing a young, newly married couple homes for their first home. They wanted to be “out in the country.” In the early 1980s, Prince William County was “in the country,” so you can imagine what Fauquier County was considered. We were looking in the far western part of Fauquier County. There was a very cute cottage for sale, a very basic little home. Cinder-block steps led to the front door. I went first to open the lockbox. I went into the home, but they did not follow me. I found out why — I had stepped over a large black snake stretched across the step. I noticed something, but thought it was a hose. Well, there we stood. I wasn’t coming back out that door nor were they coming in. No one was home. I went to look for a back door. That door was blocked by a freezer I couldn’t move. It was either wait for the sellers to return, or get help. The purchaser took my car to get help. Help came: The neighbor came over laughing that the “city folk” were afraid of a “little” black snake. It was 5 feet long. The neighbor cleared the snake out of the way and we left. The couple bought a home — in the middle of Fairfax. No more “country” for them or me.

Worst experience: I think my worst experience was a home my husband and I bought. We were stationed in Japan at the time and were being transferred back to Norfolk. We were contacted by an agent and literally bought the home, with many pictures and pieces of correspondence, sight unseen. When we returned after being gone for five years, it was pure culture and price shock. But it got worse. The agent took us to our new house to see the almost-finished product. We followed the completion over the next month and were thrilled. Settlement day arrived, and the house on the lot we had so carefully watched was, in fact, not the house we had bought. Our house was three doors down. Same model, just three lots down, and not with my choice of carpets or colors. All turned out well: It was a better lot, I still got my colors and carpets as well as fantastic next-door neighbors. Things do work for the best.

Family: Husband, Denny; two children; three grandsons

Pets: Two cats, Chisi and Birdie

Outside interests: Travel

Last book read: “Winning,” by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch

Last movie seen: “March of the Penguins”

What kind of car do you drive? Lexus

What is your personal dream house? My dream home is on a quiet beach somewhere, someday.

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