- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2007

Name:Maggie Shannon

Company: Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty

Address: 1206 30th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202/333-1212

E-mail: mashannon@verizon.net

How did you get started in real estate? I started with Shannon & Luchs, but not in sales. My first job in real estate was working with the commercial sales division as an administrative assistant to a dozen very aggressive, successful commercial salesmen.

How long with the current company? Two months

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

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My proudest accomplishment was the celebration of my 50th anniversary of my arrival in America. I arrived March 17, 1957, from Edinburgh, Scotland, for what was supposed to be a year’s visit, and here I am 50 years later very happy about that momentous decision I made. America has been very good to me in every way.

What is your area of specialty? None

Most memorable house: I was the co-lister of the most magnificent home in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, which was listed for $20,000,000. The magnificent home of the late Herbert Haft was built in the 1980s in the true French chateau style. The building products used were the finest available, mostly imported. Marble and installers came from Italy, and all seven fireplaces were antique marble from France and England. Upon entering, one was awed by the details, plaster moldings, furnishings and astounding antiques.

Worst experience: I can’t say this is the worst, but it was the most painstaking in time and effort. It is a small commercial plot of land that is now under contract and due to settle this month. On the property is an old, abandoned home that will have to be razed. The property has been rezoned to commercial. More than 400 callers want to buy the house to renovate even although the sign clearly says “commercial.” I hope this continues to be my worst experience, and I will consider myself very fortunate.

Family: Three children, five grandchildren

Education: Elementary school and high school in Edinburgh, Scotland. A very proud moment growing up was dancing before the queen on the occasion of her coronation.

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: 11-year member, foundation board of Washington Hospital Center; chairman, advisory board, Second Genesis

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