- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2010

Name: Athena Petersen

Company: Long & Foster Realtors

Address: 13135 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033

Phone: 517/217-8900, cell; 703/968-7000, office

Fax: 703/968-9278

E-mail: athena.petersen@longandfoster.com

Website: http://athenapetersen.lnf.com

Year started: 2002

How did you get started in real estate? I started in real estate a few years after I had my twin girls. I joined my brother, who had been in the business for eight years, and worked with him as a team. I chose to go into real estate because I enjoy working with people and really enjoy helping people find their dream home.

How long with the current company? Eight years

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland and Virginia

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

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I increased my sales more than 400 percent over the previous year in a down market.

Area of specialty: I service Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and work with many first-time homebuyers, new-home construction and people moving up. I am a marketing specialist for selling condominiums, town homes and single-family homes. I am a full-service buyer’s agent for purchasers of resales and new homes.

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

Most memorable house: All my first-time homebuyer experiences are very memorable. I love working with first-time homebuyers; their faces just light up when they find their dream home. They are very excited and nervous about their purchase. I do my best to keep them at ease through the entire process by keeping them well informed at each stage. At settlement, they are so happy to be first-time homeowners. It’s an extremely rewarding experience!

Worst experience buying or selling a house: My worst experience in real estate so far was my very first sale. The buyers had just moved into the area and purchased a nice home in Falls Church. Everything during the transaction went smoothly, but when they moved in, the very first week, their sewage system backed up and flooded their entire basement. They called me in a panic, and I felt just awful about the situation. I could not believe what had happened. I spent many hours with the buyers to help get their situation resolved. They were very thankful and are still living in their home today.

Age: 41

Family: Married with 11-year-old twin girls and a 14-year-old son

Education: Bachelor’s degree in information systems technology, University of Maryland, 1990

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Church. I enjoy spending time with my kids, volunteering to help with the kids’ sporting activities (I was volunteer coordinator for the swim team for several years) and volunteering to help at the school (I coordinated the fundraising effort for my son’s middle school and helped weekly at my daughters’ elementary school). I am fluent in Greek and travel to Greece often, as I have a lot of family overseas.

Last book read: “The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea” by Bob Burg

Last movie seen: “The Karate Kid” (2010)

What kind of car do you drive? BMW 535i

Describe your personal dream house: It would be located near a beach at some peaceful setting surrounded by trees. I enjoy spending time with my family, so it would have to be within driving distance of home.

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