- The Washington Times - Friday, March 26, 2010

Name: Peggy Speaker

Company: Speaker of the House Team LLC, Long & Foster Real Estate

Address: 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW, Washington, DC 20015

Phone: 301/657-1100

E-mail: peggy.speaker@lnf.com

Web site: www.SpeakerOfTheHouseTeam.com

Year started: 1987

How did you get started in real estate? I am a fourth-generation Washingtonian and my family has been in the Washington real estate business for more than 60 years. After I was married in 1984, I had some wonderful jobs but always felt the “glass ceiling.” I wanted to break through and thought the family business would be a good path. In 1986, I asked my husband if he would be willing to let me become a Realtor. He knew it would mean half our income would be gone, but he agreed and was, and still is, my greatest cheerleader. I tripled my income the second year of business. In fact, I got so busy, my husband got his real estate license and partnered with me for a short time.

How long have you been with the current company? I’ve been with the Chevy Chase office of Long & Foster for the entire 24 years.

Licenses and designations: I am an associate broker in Maryland and the District.

Awards: I have achieved numerous company awards and have been the top agent and top team in my office. I sit on Long & Foster’s prestigious Gold Team Committee and was the president in 1999. Gold Team members are Long & Foster’s top producers. The committee offers educational seminars, retreats and other networking opportunities.

Greatest accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment/compliment was being selected by Mr. and Mrs. Wes Foster to be their buyer broker in the purchase of their new home in 2007.

What is your area of specialty? Because I grew up in Montgomery County, I consider myself a generalist. I know most of the close-in areas very well. I’ve had a house in Potomac, lived in Chevy Chase and Bethesda and currently own a home in wonderful Forest Glen Park. We sell all price ranges. Nothing is too big or small.

Highest-priced home sold: $3,300,000

Most memorable house: It was a home I sold in the old part of Potomac, Md., that sat on a lovely 2-acre lot. The buyers wanted something warm and comfortable, and when we walked-in, we all knew that this was the one. By Potomac standards, it was a modest home, but that was one of its strongest attributes. It was a ranch-style home, and the original owners had added a wonderful open addition off the back with walls of windows overlooking gorgeous gardens and a small pool. There was a first-floor master, so no worries about getting too old for your home.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: My worst experience was when I was a new agent. I was touring with buyers, and we were at the front door of a house. A cat was desperately trying to get in, so I let it in. A few hours later, the seller’s agent called to ask me if I had let a cat into her listing. Turns out they didn’t own a cat and had quite a time getting it out. Lesson learned.

Age: 56

Family: I have two stepsons and four grandchildren. My sister, Cindy Holland, is my business partner.

Education: I graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1971. I went to Elon College in North Carolina but didn’t graduate from there. I continued at Maryland University, but didn’t complete my fourth year; I was offered a job I couldn’t refuse.

Last book read: “I, Claudius” by Robert Graves

Last movie seen: “Avatar”

What kind of car do you drive? 2009 Honda Accord

Describe your personal dream house: If I could live anywhere, it would be walkable to downtown Bethesda, preferably a medium-size bungalow with a master bedroom on the main level. I love to cook, so I would want a fantastic kitchen with a big dining room to entertain in. My dream home would be fairly modest, but very warm and inviting.

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