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Name: Stacie S. Turner
Company: Mahshie & Turner Group; Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby's International Realty
Address: 1410 Q St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202/234-3344, office; 202/494-8220, direct
Web site: www.stacieturner.com
Year started: 2002
How did you get started in real estate? I decided to make a complete career/lifestyle change after the birth of my son. Prior to that, I had a successful corporate marketing career and served as principal of a marketing consulting firm, which required a fair amount of travel and long hours. Initially, I was lured to the real estate profession because I could have a more flexible work schedule that allowed for more family time. Second, I had a genuine interest. My husband and I began investing in real estate and doing condo conversions. Lastly, the timing was right. The market was on the upswing, and I saw an opportunity to leverage my extensive marketing experience, general business knowledge and professional networks.
How long with the current company? Since August 2006
Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia; graduate, Realtor institute
Associations: National Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors
Awards: Top 1 percent of residential realtors nationwide for the past 5 years; Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors' rookie of the year, 2003; Long & Foster rookie of the year, 2003
Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Appointed by Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the central planning agency for the federal government responsible for preserving the unique beauty of and enhancing the extraordinary historical, cultural and natural resources of the nation's capital and surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland. As a commissioner, my votes directly impact almost every major building project both in and around the Beltway. I am honored to serve in this capacity, which will run through 2011.
Area of specialty: Upper Northwest Washington
Highest-priced home sold: $1,700,000
Most memorable house: One of my clients purchased back her family's home. Her great-great-grandparents had built the house, but during hard financial times, they were forced to sell the property. Several generations later, she was able to reclaim her family's original property and create new memories with her own family for years to come. It was such a joyful, nostalgic transaction.
Worst experience: I once listed a home that appeared to be clearly in the hands of one family member. As we got close to settlement, I found out that, in fact, this property was a web of family legal matters, wills, promises and debt. Fortunately, I was able to leverage one of my closest friends and contacts at Paramount Title to work through the issues.
Family: Husband, Jason; son, Jacob; daughter, Catherine
Pets: Labrador retriever, Cairo
Education: Bachelor of business administration, Howard University, 1990; Master of business administration, Harvard University Graduate School of Business, 1996
Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Commissioner, National Capital Planning Commission; board of directors, Metro Teen AIDS; member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; member, Jack & Jill of America; member, Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association; member, 16th Street Heights Neighborhood Association; room parent, Oyster Elementary School
Last book read: "Republicans and the Black Vote," by Michael K. Fauntroy
Last movie seen: "The Departed"
What kind of car do you drive? Lexus ES350
What is your personal dream house? A large Mediterranean-style villa on a hill or cliff with incredible sunset views and a boat slip. It would be casually elegant with open spaces for entertaining inside and out, a pool, fireplaces in every room, and a spectacular kitchen equipped with a personal chef.
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