- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 10, 2011

Name: Jim Kneussl

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 11919 Coldstream Drive, Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 240/994-3570

Fax: 301/983-9389

E-mail: ejimk@mris.com

Website: http://jim4homes.com

Year started: 1988

How did you get started in real estate? I retired early from a large company and wanted to continue in sales.

How long have you been with the current company? 23 years

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland; graduate, Realtor Institute; seniors real estate specialist; certified buyer representative

Associations: Past president of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, Masonic Shrine, Housing Charities Inc., Christmas in April

Awards: GCAAR community service award, various Weichert sales awards

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Volunteering for various professional, charitable and educational organizations

Area of specialty: Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda and Chevy Chase areas

Highest-priced home sold: $1,600,000

Most memorable house: I had a client who wanted a home in an affluent area but couldn’t quite afford a home there. I worked with our Gold Services manager and searched for properties for my client. It was the end of the year, and I found a bank-owned property. After extensive negotiations, the bank agreed to lower the price, and my buyer, with the help of the lender, was able to purchase a beautiful home in the area he wanted.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: It was my first listing, and as it turned out, the prospective buyer was trying to buy the home illegitimately. When I discovered this, I immediately notified my seller and the settlement attorney. As a result, we negotiated a significant settlement for my seller, and I sold the house, full price, to a real buyer.

Age: 79

Family: Married, four children, five grandchildren

Pets: A dog named Max

Education: Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Last book read: “The Emperor’s Tomb” by Steve Berry

Last movie seen: “The Karate Kid”

What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Avalon

Describe your personal dream house: A five-bedroom, five-bath beachfront rambler with a large great room, den/study, three-car garage, gourmet kitchen and large separate dining room on a half-acre

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