- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2008

Name: Mary Bayat

Company: Bayat Realty Inc.

Address: 1964 Gallows Road, No. 300, Vienna, VA 22181

Phone: 703/917-4141

E-mail: mary@bayatrealty.com

Web site: www.bayatrealty.com

Year started: 1986

How did you get started in real estate? I used to work with the Federal Reserve Bank in Iran. In 1978, when I came to the United States, I worked with a bank as a sales representative. At the same time, I was thinking about having my own business, and real estate seemed interesting. I was thinking that I could work as much as I want and that my banking background was helpful, too.

How long with the current company? One year

Licenses and designations: Real estate broker in Virginia, Maryland and the District; graduate, Realtor Institute

Associations: Member, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) Board of Directors, 2008; Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR); National Association of Realtors; member, VAR International Committee, 2008; member, NVAR Middle Eastern Forum 2008; chairman, NVAR Risk Reduction Committee, 2007; chairman, NVAR convention, 2005 and 2006

Awards: VAR Graduate Leadership Academy, 2005

Greatest accomplishments in the past 12 months: I guided several families on how to avoid foreclosure, and I opened my own business.

What is your area of specialty? Residential and commercial

Highest-priced home sold: $3,450,000

Most memorable house: A Southern-style home with a small pool in the middle, great woodwork and ceramic tiles that was very different and stylish.

Worst experience: None

Family: Single, two children

Education: Attended Tehran University, Iran, 1972

Last book read: “Change Your Thoughts — Change your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao,” by Wayne W. Dyer

What kind of car do you drive? A Mercedes E-320

What is your personal dream house? I am not that much of a dreamer for my personal use. I am happy with what I have, and if I earn more money, I prefer to spend it for my children and society.

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