Thursday, October 14, 2004

Name: Joseph Himali

Company: Best Address Real Estate LLC

Address: 1155 30th St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202/669-4656

Fax: 202/364-6520

E-mail address:

Web site:

Year started: 1998

How did you get started in real estate? After a terrible experience selling my first home, I thought there had to be a better way. Shortly after joining the industry, I was honored in 1999 to be named the “rookie of the year” by the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR). I started my career working for a very large brokerage firm and then went on to work with two other small boutique firms before opening my own company.

How long with the current company? I started Best Address Real Estate earlier this year.

Licenses and designations: Maryland, Virginia, District real estate sales; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtors Institute; National Trust for Historic Preservation training

Associations: 2004-05 member of the board of directors of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors; 2002-03 member of the board of directors of the Washington, D.C., Association of Realtors; member, National Association of Realtors; member, Council of Residential Specialists.

Awards: 1999 GCAAR rookie of the year; GCAAR Platinum Award for annual sales in excess of $10 million, 2001 and 2002; 2000 GCAAR Top Producer Award.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Professionally, starting my own brokerage and being elected to GCAAR board of directors. Personally, I celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary.

What is your area of specialty? Historic properties in Northwest Washington and Capitol Hill, with an emphasis on Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Kalorama and Adams Morgan

Highest-priced home sold: $1,325,000

Most memorable house: A row house in Logan Circle built in 1900 with private courtyard and an enormous carriage house. It was an amazing combination of historic charm and ultramodern features.

Worst experience: Hands down, selling my first home, a town house in Maryland, was an absolute nightmare. The agent we selected to represent us did a miserable job. I was unaware of the laws and regulations governing Realtors. I mistakenly thought I had no recourse. That wretched experience so affected me that it prompted me years later to not only become a Realtor, but to become active in the local real estate community by serving on the various real estate boards so that I could play a role in raising professional standards and service.

Age: 36

Family: Married

Education: Bachelor of arts in photojournalism, Boston University, 1990

Community service: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kalorama Citizens Association, D.C. Preservation League, Cleveland Park Historical Society, Rosedale Conservancy, National Building Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Last book read: “The Natural History of the Rich,” by Richard Conniff

Last movie seen: “Vanity Fair”

What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes E320

What is your personal dream house? The six-bedroom, circa-1906 shingle-style house that my wife and I bought last year in the historic district of Cleveland Park. We are now just three months away from wrapping up a 16-month-long renovation, which has included everything from replacing all of the electrical and plumbing systems and excavating the basement floor to gain additional ceiling height to installing a fire sprinkler system as well as smart audio and security systems.

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