- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2011

Name: Nikki H. Johnson

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 9299 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke, VA 22015

Phone: 703/300-0930

Fax: 703/562-7089

E-mail: soldbynikki@yahoo.com

Website: www.soldbynikki.net

Year started: 1985

How did you get started in real estate? My grandfather was a lawyer and real estate investor in Old Town Alexandria, and I became intrigued with his business. I quit my job as a medical supply sales rep and started my real estate career in Old Town and developed a niche market in the Parker Gray Historic District in Alexandria.

How long have you been with the current company? 25 years in real estate and 18 years with Weichert

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Virginia, the District and Maryland

Associations: Prince William Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors

Awards: Multiple national sales awards, life membership in the PWAR Top Producer Club, life membership in the PWAR Million Dollar Sales Club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: In the past year, I have done a better job of balancing my personal and work life by developing a stronger spiritual commitment, adding volunteer hours, consistently exercising, expanding my social outlets and just having the time of my life!

What is your area of specialty: I sell property wherever and whenever there are buying and selling opportunities in Virginia, Maryland and the District. I enjoy working with first-time homebuyers; they are motivated to become part of the American dream.

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

Most memorable house: I listed a property with elderly clients who had not updated their home in 30 years. They agreed to give me my budget request of $85,000. I hired contractors to strip wallpaper and paint inside and out, replaced the flooring and updated the kitchen, baths and lower-level recreation room. The house sold for $850,000, with multiple contracts.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: I sold an estate property. One week before settlement, the sellers received counsel on the title process from a retired judge. Unfortunately, he misinterpreted a law identifying the heirs of this property. The judge thought there were four heirs to the property. Instead, the title search revealed there were 40 heirs, and it took us at least 45 days to find everyone. That was a nightmare.

Family: Divorced with two grown sons who live in Baltimore and Atlanta

Education: Graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore with a degree in business administration

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Alfred Street Baptist Church. The sorority and church provide me many opportunities to volunteer throughout the community; I enjoy collecting African-American art; I love dancing and vintage cars; I enjoy watching football, basketball and golf; and I am a spa enthusiast.

Last book read: “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen

Last movie seen: “Black Swan”

What kind of car do you drive? 2009 Toyota Camry

Describe your personal dream house: Cooking and entertaining are important to me, so I want a grand gourmet kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, with plenty of seating that opens to a two-story family room; a two-level master-bedroom suite with a fireplace and a massive closet and bath with a fireplace; a game room full of toys for adults and children; a guest cottage; a four-car side-load garage; tennis court and a pool. Dreams sometimes come true.

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