- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009

Margaret Martinez

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 11300 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Phone: 301/674-8300 (cell); 301/468-1600 (office)

Fax: 301/576-3515

E-mail address: margaretmartinez@weichert.com

Web site: margaretmartinezteam.com

Year started: 1975

How did you get started in real estate? I was recruited by the agent who sold my husband and me our first home in 1972.

How long have you been with the current company? Basically, I’ve just changed business cards for 34 years! I started at Jack Foley Real Estate, which was sold to Merrill Lynch Real Estate, which was sold to the Prudential Preferred Properties, which was sold to Weichert, Realtors (where I am today). Weichert bought Prudential about 15 years ago.

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland and the District; Seniors Real Estate Specialist

Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR)

Awards: GCAAR Top Producer; Weichert’s Chairmn of the Board Elite Club; inducted into Weichert, Realtors Hall of Fame in 1998

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My brother, Christy Hughes; his wife, Libby; and I co-own the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. It has recently had some of its most successful months ever.

Most memorable house: This one really proves that there truly is a house for everyone: Many years ago, I listed a house that backed to the Beltway. The buyers came in during an open house and gushed about how much they loved watching the traffic on the Beltway from the kitchen picture window. They were so disappointed that the [barrier] wall was finally put up.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: About 10 years ago, the buyers’ loan fell apart the day before settlement. It was my listing. I had sold the sellers another property, contingent upon the settlement of their current home. They had their belongings packed and on the moving van when we heard from the lender that it wasn’t going to settle. Ultimately it did settle, but I just felt terrible for the sellers. It was a horrible experience for them moving from their home of 50-plus years.

Family: My daughter, Carmen Murphy, is my partner. She and her husband, Sean, have two daughters: Mollie and Colleen. My son, Joseph, and his wife, Lisa, have three sons: Nicholas, Dylan and Luke. I also have seven siblings: four at home in Ireland and a sister in New York. Two of my brothers, Christy and Frank Hughes, are local.

Community affilitions/outside interests: Irish American Club; Catholi Business Network; St. Catherine Laboure Pastoral Council and Finance Council

Last book read: “‘Til Morning Light” by Ann Moore

Last movie seen: “Doubt”

What kind of car do you drive? Honda CR-V

Describe your personal dream house: I live in it! A four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath Colonial with a first-floor master suite in a retirement community.

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