Name: Phyllis Shrader Robinson
Company: RE/MAX Olympic Realty
Address: 14540 John Marshall Highway, Gainesville, VA 20155
Web site: www.phyllis4homesales.com
Year started: 1989
How did you get started in real estate? Decided to make real estate my career after my husband and I bought our first home in 1988.
How long with the current company? Six years
License and designations: Virginia associate broker; graduate, Realtors Institute; certified residential specialist; accredited buyer representative
Associations: Prince William Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
Awards: 1997 Prince William Association of Realtors’ volunteer of the year
Greatest accomplishment in past 12 months: Having a Web site developed that is both beneficial and valuable to my clients and to the public.
What is your area of specialty? Western Prince William County, Manassas city and Manassas Park, Bristow, Broad Run, Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas and Nokesville
Most memorable house: I was fairly new in the business and was asked by an associate to help list a couple of new homes that a builder and business partner had built and needed to sell. One afternoon, I received a call about a Williamsburg Colonial listed at $385,000; that was considered an expensive home back then. I scheduled an appointment to show the home. The buyers loved the house, and we hit it off. Soon they were moving in. I still talk to the woman, and we get together several times throughout the year to catch up.
Worst experience: I had listed a home in Woodbridge that was owned by a mother and daughter. A contract was written and accepted the next day. While all the behind-the-scene things were being done to get the transaction settled, I became aware that the mother and daughter had had a falling out some months earlier and were not speaking. The mother had quit paying her share of the mortgage. Needless to say, when the title company called and requested the payoff, we found out that foreclosure proceedings were to start within the week. With a lot of negotiating and sacrifice, we completed what’s called a “short sale.” All were happy in the end. The buyer got the home they wanted, the seller avoided a foreclosure, and I walked away knowing I had done everything I possibly could to turn an awful situation into a positive one.
Education: High school diploma, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, 1979
Community service: Since 1989, I have volunteered for the Rally ‘Round the Redskins to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. I serve on the Community Services Committee with the Prince William Association of Realtors.
Outside interests: Boating, fishing, swimming, dancing, music, golf and football
Last book read: “The Rainmaker,” by John Grisham
Last movie seen: “Cheaper by the Dozen”
What kind of car do you drive? 2004 Acura MDX
What is your personal dream house? Beach house in Hilton Head, S.C.