- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 12, 2010

Name: Belinda Beaudry

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 3998 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033

Phone: 703/934-0400, ext. 121, office; 703/217-2295, cell

Fax: 540/364-2680

E-mail: b.beaudry@realtor.com

Year started: 1988

How did you get started in real estate? My degree is in sociology/anthropology, the study of mankind. Having been a social worker and working as a volunteer in the Fairfax County school system was a good foundation for working with people and solving problems. Flexibility also was a key as I had children in secondary school. I did informational interviews with two brokers before deciding to give real estate a try.

How long have you been with the current company? Since the beginning

Licenses and designations: Certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtor Institute

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: NVAR Lifetime Top Producer

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I will have to go personal on this one. My brother and I were successful in moving our 93-year-old mother from independent to assisted living after a hip break and surgery. The folks who have gone through this passage will understand the trials and angst of this “accomplishment.”

Area of specialty: I have been 100 percent referral from the beginning of my career. I took all the rosters from the boards and committees on which I had served, and those names became the foundation of my business. I go where the referrals take me, which is all over Northern Virginia.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,400,000

Most memorable house: I had the greatest pleasure of selling, then later listing a home in the city of Falls Church that was a rendition of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Dome ceiling, double curved staircase from the marble foyer. Stunning!

Worst experience buying or selling a house: This is a very difficult question to answer. There have been aspects of many transactions over the years that have been extremely difficult. In the end, however, 99 percent of the transactions went to settlement.

Age: 65

Family: Husband, two grown children, one grandchild and another due in September

Education: Degree in sociology/anthropology, Colorado State University, 1967

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Active volunteer in the Fairfax County School system

Last book read: A series of child-development books for my grandchildren

Last movie seen: “Toy Story 3”

What kind of car do you drive? Honda SUV

Describe your personal dream house: I am living in it. Nine years ago, my husband and I built a home on 42 acres in Fauquier County’s horse country with an expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It features wide-open one-level living plus a second-floor guest suite. Peaceful and stunning. A perfect retreat for a demanding career.

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