- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2010

Name: Robyn Burdett

Company: Re/Max Allegiance

Address: 1801 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Phone: 703/222-6183

Fax: 877/274-9932

E-mail:robynburdett@remax.net

Website:www.robynburdett.com

Year started: 1988

How did you get started in real estate? I was the director of development for the local chapter of a national health association. I loved fundraising, working with people toward a goal and making it all happen - but not-for-profit was creating a lack of profit in my bank account. My husband and I had just sold his town house and my condo and bought a single-family home in Falls Church. I really enjoyed the experience, the market was good, and I decided to take my marketing skills into real estate.

How long have you been with the current company? Re/Max Allegiance since 2003 and Re/Max since 1995

Licenses and designations: I am an associate broker and a CRS (certified residential specialist), GRI (graduate, Realtor Institute) and CDPE (certified distressed property expert). I also am a certified mentor.

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Awards: NVAR Lifetime Multimillion Dollar Club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: After selling for so many years, I felt I wanted to give more to the industry that has given so much to me. I currently list, sell, manage and train for Re/Max Allegiance. I love the diversity that all the different jobs bring. Last year, I decided to get more involved with my local and state associations. I was appointed chairman of the NVAR Grievance Committee, received a three-year appointment to the Fairfax Economic Advisory Committee, was appointed to numerous committees at the Virginia Association of Realtors, and in October, I received the highest honor from my peers: I was elected to the NVAR board of directors. Being involved at this level has taught me much about my community and my profession. When I speak with clients or other Realtors, I can offer insight into a much bigger picture, which is what we really need to focus on now, when times are tough.

Area of specialty: I work the Interstate-66 corridor and west: Arlington, western Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,100,000

Most memorable house: Back in 1993, I was a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac foreclosure agent. (Yes, we had a big foreclosure market then.) I listed a home in Oakland whose previous owner had been in love with Elvis. He had decorated this 7,000-square-foot home as he thought Elvis would like it. with baby-blue everything: carpet, counters, bath tiles, sinks, walls and more. It was a huge home with tennis courts and a pool, but we could not sell it because of the massive overhaul the new owners would face. It finally sold for $400,000, and the buyers gutted it, with more than $150,000 in renovations.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: There are so many horror stories out there that I hate to add more. Economic stress brings out the worst in people, especially when there is a divorce. One year, I had seven listings in which the people were getting a divorce - it almost sent me into counseling. In one listing, the husband had come to the house while the wife was at work and kids at school and packed up the entire home - furniture, clothes, rugs, china, everything - and moved to another state, where he filed for divorce.

Family: Married with one daughter, who is a freshman in college

Pets: A “schnoodle” dog, Jake

Education: Mount Vernon College (now part of George Washington University), international affairs

What kind of car do you drive? I have two cars: a Smart car that I had wrapped with Re/Max balloons and a Land Rover LR4. I get 40 mpg in the smart car, which I think helps make up for the 16 mpg I get when showing clients around with the Land Rover.

Describe your personal dream house: A horseshoe-shaped contemporary home with high ceilings, opening to views of water. It would have glass walls looking out to the water and not many walls inside, but warm with wood. In the center would be an open cook’s kitchen with a great room and a huge fireplace. One wing would have a master-bedroom suite, and the other wing would have two bedrooms and two baths.

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