- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2008

Marian Huish

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate

Address: 20 Chevy Chase Circle, Washington DC 20015

Phone: 202/363-9700, office; 202/210-2346, direct

Fax: 202/318-3006

E-mail: marian@longand foster.com

Web site: MarianHuish.com

Year started: 2003

How did you get started in real estate? I had purchased some investment properties as rentals and wanted to be able to help others realize the benefits of homeownership and real estate investments.

How long have you been with the current company? Since becoming licensed in 2003.

Licenses and designations: Associate broker, District; licensed Realtor, Virginia and Maryland; graduate, Realtors Institute; senior housing specialist; E-Pro; and FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation

Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Awards: 2003 Long & Foster Rookie of the Year, Long & Foster’s Chairman’s Club for annual sales of $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 per year), selected as one of the Washington area’s “10 Most Dependable Realtors” by Goldline Research

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: In March, my partner and I purchased a Curves fitness center for women. The gym had been scheduled to close, and we decided to buy it, not only because we saw it as a good investment opportunity, but also because there were 250 members who were very passionate in encouraging us to “save their gym.” We have worked hard to get it back on its feet, and we’re amazed at the results we’re seeing. Our members are not only losing weight, but they’re gaining muscle strength, they’re strengthening joints and bone density, they’re coming off medications, and they’re gaining a real sense of community. It’s so much more than we expected … every day we see how women’s lives are changing. It’s one of the most satisfying things I’ve done.

Area of specialty: I particularly enjoy working with seniors, which is why I received my senior housing specialist designation. While I’m licensed in all three jurisdictions, most of my sales are in the neighborhoods near where I work and live in Forest Hills and Chevy Chase and in the D.C. neighborhoods of Shaw, Columbia Heights, Petworth, Eckington and Brookland, where I have either lived or own investment properties.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,300,000 - in the Palisades (D.C.)

Most memorable house: One of my most “rewarding” sales involved the sale of a fourplex multifamily building in Trinidad. The seller was a Nigerian immigrant who owned an auto mechanic shop in Brentwood and had purchased the property in the early ‘90s. He had lived in one of the four units and had since married. When I met him, he, his wife and his two children were sharing a small one-bedroom unit. We sold his property for $350,000 and he then purchased a large four-bedroom home in Bowie for $362,000. It was truly an amazing story of the “American dream.”

Worst experience buying or selling a house: The worst most likely was very early on when I represented a seller who had an $80,000 unsatisfied lien on the title. Although they had said it had been paid off many years ago, they had no documentation to prove it. Since they needed to sell in order to close on the house they were purchasing out of town, they ended up borrowing the funds from a relative to pay off the lien. Since their household items had been packed up while settlement kept being delayed, they stayed in a hotel a few days until they could get the matter resolved. It was a bad situation for all parties involved. I since have learned to screen my sellers better and to get the title work done as early as possible.

Age: 46

Family: I have been with my partner Michelle for eight years.

Pets: Two cats, Hyde and Pudlow

Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, 1985

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Member, National City Christian Church; owner, Curves in Cleveland Park; marathoner; fitness; gardening; traveling

Last book read: “The Age of Turbulence - Adventures in a New World,” by Alan Greenspan

Last movie seen: “Sex and the City” - I couldn’t resist!

What kind of car do you drive? I have my GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle, which gets 13 mpg, and recently got a Piaggio Vespa. It’s great - 65 mpg! It’s perfect for previewing houses for my buyer clients and for running to my listings, however, I haven’t yet taken a client for a ride.

Describe your personal dream house: It’s probably where I’m currently living. It’s a cozy little Cape Cod on a cul-de-sac - yes, a cul-de-sac in D.C. - next to a 20-acre wooded lot in Forest Hills near Rock Creek Park. We are surrounded by tall trees, red fox, deer and the sounds of wildlife, yet we’re less than a mile to my office on Chevy Chase Circle. It’s like a cabin in the woods in the middle of the city!

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