- The Washington Times - Friday, February 13, 2009

Claudia Sarmiento

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 13875 Hedgewood Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22193

Phone: 703/338-6223

Fax: 703/583-7655

E-mail address: claudia.sarmiento@lnf.com

Web site: www.claudiasarmiento.lnfre.com

Year started: 2004

How did you get started in real estate? A client asked if I knew a lawyer who could help him. He was trying to purchase a home and things did not work out. His Realtor would not return his calls and his loan officer could not tell him what was happening. He brought me the papers because he did not understand what would happen with his earnest deposit money, which was about $5,000. I felt bad for him because he was actually in tears. I got really angry. I just did not understand how Realtors and loan officers could take advantage of someone who does not know how to read, write and speak English. I told my husband I was going into real estate so that maybe I can make a difference.

How long with the current company? Since 2004

Licenses and designations: Notary public, Virginia; accredited buyers representative; I am also on my last class to be a graduate, Realtor Institute

Associations: Prince William Association, Long & Foster Gold Team; Prince William Chamber of Commerce, National Hispanic Association.

Awards: Top Producer Award (Individual), 2006 and 2008; The Realty Alliance Sales Award; Million Dollar Club, 2005 and 2007

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I have been able to help a lot of homeowners with their short sales. Many people do not actually understand how this helps avoid foreclosure.

Areas of specialty: I specialize in working with the Hispanic community. My niche is also short sales, and I am also involved in real-estate owned or bank-owned properties. They are very challenging.

Highest-priced home sold: $784,000

Most memorable house: The most memorable sale was a condominium town house in Manassas. The market was declining around August 2006 when I got the listing. My sellers were desperate to move. We received an offer after three months on the market. However, they denied it because they felt it was too low. We waited for a better offer, but the prices kept dropping. I did not give up. I did everything in my power to convince them that they would be able to move. It took me a year to sell their home, but we became friends during the process. They finally moved to South Carolina with their kids. I miss them very much.

Worst experience: I do not have a worst experience, but I have had challenging ones, such as my first transaction. My client was being denied a loan because his work permit expired. I went with him to immigration to get a document that he needed. We were able to close within three days.

Age: 38

Family: Four children

Community service/outside interests: I am secretary for my church council and I travel to many countries to help with God’s work. This year, I will be going to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. I will be visiting all the churches within our council and blessing those who are need.

Last book read: “Walking Wisely” by Charles Stanley

Last movie seen: “Bride Wars”

What kind of car do you drive? 2006 GMC Envoy

Describe your personal dream house: I just want everyone to have their own rooms and a huge yard with a pool so when my children leave home, they can bring the grandchildren over for a swim, and enough space to have birthday parties.

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