- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 15, 2007

Name: Bill Abbott

Company: Suzanne Goldstein Group, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Office: 202/244-0400

Cell: 202/903-6533

Fax: 202/362-0104

E-mail: BillAbbottDC@msn.com

Web site: www.SuzanneGoldstein.com

How did you get started in real estate? I started fresh from two tours of duty with the Army. I was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 18th Airborne Corps, where I jumped out of airplanes. During my time in the service I frequently visited my friends in Washington, so transitioning here was an easy decision. Choosing a career in real estate just seemed like the natural thing to do.

How long with the current company? 12 years

Licenses: Real estate sales in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia

Awards: The Goldstein Group is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of Long & Foster; Master’s Club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Completing the Food & Friends AIDS Ride last July. We were able to raise $3,600.

What is your area of specialty? Northern Virginia; Dupont Circle/Kalorama neighborhoods

Highest-priced home sold: $1,575,000.

Most memorable house: It was a new home built by Michael Joy in the Kent/Palisades neighborhood. It was one of the best constructed homes I’ve sold or seen.

Worst experience: One transaction that I was the listing agent for last year involved two separate properties, each of which had a tenant, and the negotiations were very complex since they involved so many different entities. The negotiations went on for several weeks during the summer. On more than one occasion, my client, the seller, and I were sure it wasn’t going to happen. After all parties were sure that the deal was dead and buried, I brought everyone back to the negotiating table by suggesting a different approach. At the end of the day everyone ended up satisfied. My clients got their properties sold, the purchasers got the properties they wanted, and the tenants even got what they wanted.

Age: 42

Family: Single

Pets: Mixed terrier puppy named Dillon

Education: Attended Fort Hays State University and the University of Colorado in Boulder

Community service/outside interests: Food & Friends; Whitman Walker Clinic

Favorite activities: Skiing, bicycling, traveling, cooking and dining out with friends.

Last book read: “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” by Malcolm Gladwell

Last movie seen: “Notes on a Scandal”

What kind of car do you drive? Infinity I30t

What is your personal dream house? I recently moved from Willard Street up to Kalorama Place. Although I miss Willard Street, I love my new condo. It’s great being so near to Rock Creek Park and all the great restaurants in Adams Morgan and Woodley Park. Location is definitely the most important feature to me. Being centrally located, since I do business in all three jurisdictions, is crucial. My next dream home would probably be an end-unit Wardman-built house with a garage, in Kalorama and across from a park, and yes, I’ve got my eye on one.

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