- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Name: Dina Paxenos

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate

Address: 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Phone: 202/364-5200

Fax: 202/364-7052

E-mail: dinapax@lnf.com

Website: www.LocalDCRealEstate.com

Year started: 2006

How did you get started in real estate? I love the idea of working for myself, and I enjoy the freedom and creativity of real estate sales. After I bought my first condo in 2004, I continued to go to open houses and loved looking at real estate. Helping people sell or buy a home, especially if it is their first time, is a very rewarding feeling.

Licenses and designations: Licensed in the District, Maryland and Virginia; graduate, Realtor Institute; green designation; At Home With Diversity certification

Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, Washington D.C. Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: Long & Foster President’s Club, 2008 and 2009; Top Office Rookie, 2008

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Continuing to grow my business year after year in a down market has been a great accomplishment. The business has provided me with the opportunity to work with fantastic people, both clients and colleagues.

Area of specialty: First-time homebuyers and sellers; investors; the neighborhoods of Petworth, Brightwood, Takoma, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan, Dupont, Kalorama, U Street, Cleveland Park, H Street, Capitol Hill

Most memorable house: There have been so many good ones it’s difficult to choose, but it probably would be a condo I listed recently with the most amazing and large - more than 600 square feet - outdoor private terrace. I loved this condo so much that I would easily consider buying it for myself, and I think the seller picked me over the other Realtors because of my enthusiasm to sell the unit. It was my first listing with multiple offers, which was not surprising given how unique the property was.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: I listed a one-bedroom condo in 2009 in a building where I used to live. After we received an offer, the lending guidelines tightened, so lenders would no longer lend in the building. Luckily for me, I had sold my unit two years before that, but this poor seller was stuck. I could have sold that condo three times over the year before.

Family: My very supportive husband of three years, who is totally jealous of my real estate career

Pets: A dog, Calvert; and three cats, Bali Hai, Abby and Bristol Bay, the unplanned kitten

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics and geography from Towson University, master of business administration from the University of Baltimore

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: I volunteer on weekends and donate 1 percent of my commission to Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org); visit nursing homes with my dog with PAL (People Animals Love); and alumni events with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. I’m also on several committees at my local Realtors association, and I organize community service events for my office. I also love to take classes, including acting, knitting, Spanish and interior design.

What kind of car do you drive? Honda Civic Hybrid

Describe your personal dream house: A midcentury modern home in the city with interior design by a period specialist and professional closet and office organizers

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