Name: Kira Epstein
Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Address: 4650 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814
Web site: http://kiraepstein.lnfre.com
Year started: 2004
How did you get started in real estate? Two of my brothers made suggestions based upon my interests and personality. Real estate was a good match. It harnessed many of my skills and interests: Working with people and my love of houses. So my brother, Asher, suggested that I take a group of management courses at the business school of the University of Rochester. Satisfied with the advice from one brother, I decided to keep on my roll of getting advice from my brothers. My oldest brother, Jeremy, suggested that I spend the summer after my junior year in college taking real estate courses and examinations that would qualify me as a real estate agent in the District and Maryland. By the end of that summer, I was licensed. I am the third generation in my family to live in the Washington region. I have a strong knowledge of the neighborhoods, schools and restaurants throughout the area. As a teenager, I said I wanted to work in a homeless shelter, so my family jokes that I did end up helping the homeless, but in a different way.
How long with the current company? More than three years
Licenses: Real estate sales in Maryland and the District
Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: As agent in the purchase/sale of $11,000,000 of real estate during 2007.
What is your area of specialty? First-time home buyers in the District
Highest-priced home sold: $1,895,000
Most memorable house: I was the buyer's agent for a house in Bethesda where the seller loved the color purple. The decorations and appliances were purple: Walls, kitchen knobs, vacuum cleaner and pots and pans. The seller even wore all purple to settlement.
Worst experience: I represented the buyers for a condo in the District. The seller had moved to Germany. He was to sign and send the documentation by overnight mail but, for reasons unknown to anyone, the papers did not show up. He used several carriers, but the papers were lost three times. After the settlement had been postponed for two weeks, the seller, fed up, flew in from Germany at the last minute to make certain that the settlement could be completed. Of course, the papers showed up by carrier the same day as the seller.
Education: Bachelor of arts in health and society, University of Rochester, 2004; certificate of business management in marketing, University of Rochester's Simon School of Business, 2004.
Outside interests/community service: Travel; frequent blood donor
Last book read: "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," by Malcolm Gladwell
Last movie seen: "Juno"
What kind of car do you drive? Mini Cooper S
What is your personal dream house? It would have two sets of staircases to reach the second story, one from the kitchen and one from the foyer. It would have dark hardwood floors, family room off the kitchen, a mudroom and a two-car garage, close to the Dupont Metro station.