- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Name: Carolyn R. Ratner

Company: Fairfax Realty

Address: 103 W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046

Phone: 703/533-8660

Fax: 703/533-8665

E-mail: carolyn@fairfaxrealty.com

Web site: www.carolynratner.com

Year started: 1977

How did you get started in real estate? I married a Realtor.

How long with the current company? Since June 2006

Licenses and designations: Licensed real estate broker in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia; accredited buyer representative, certified Internet professional; leadership training graduate

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, the Virginia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors

Awards: Carroll County Realtor of the Year; Women’s Council of Realtors Maryland Member of the Year; Carroll County Realtor Educator of the Year

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Opened a training center and marketing department for Fairfax Realty

What is your area of specialty? McLean

Highest-priced home sold: $530,000

Most memorable house: Many years ago I had an underground house for sale. It was built into the side of a hill. The roof was grass-covered concrete. Only the front of the house was out of the ground. The walls and the floors were also concrete. It had picture windows on the rooms on the front and skylights in the back rooms. It was difficult to sift the curious from the prospective buyers. I did sell it.

Worst experience: A lady fell down the basement stairs while looking at a property I was showing. She was carried off in an ambulance, but not before the paramedics asked me, “Are you trying to sell this lady this house?” When I said yes, they replied, “fat chance.” She didn’t buy that house, but I sold her another one.

What is your personal dream house? I’m living in my dream house. I live on the 10th floor of a high-rise. I have panoramic windows overlooking the Beltway and Tysons Corner, and I can see Bethesda and the National Cathedral. My kitchen has the latest appliances, including instant hot water. I have a living room and a family room with French doors separating them. My guest bedroom has built-in bookcases, desk and window seat. The master bedroom has walk-in closets and a full bath. It is like living in a penthouse.

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