- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

Name: Mariam Abrahim

Company: Coldwell Banker Residential

Address: 10244 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301/983-0200, office; 301/233-0664, cell

Fax: 301/947-7373

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: mariamabrahim.com

How did you get started in real estate? When we lived in White Plains, N.Y., we put our house on the market because we needed to relocate to Pennsylvania for my husband’s employment. Our house was not selling, and my husband had to move to start his job. I stayed behind with our 3-year-old twin boys. I was frustrated with our listing agent for her lack of enthusiasm and urgency to sell our house. She was not willing to do open houses for me. I took the matter into my own hands. I got the open-house signs and posted them at busy intersections and asked for a rookie to sit at the open house. I also stayed at the house and answered questions about the property. I sold my house that weekend.

How long with the current company? Two years

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Maryland, Virginia and the District; graduate, Realtors Institute; certified relocation specialist

Associations: Maryland Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I have sold most of my own listings. I am also a top producer at Coldwell Banker Residential in the Potomac office.

What is your area of specialty? Northwest Washington, Potomac, Bethesda, Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,749,000

Most memorable house: It was a renovated penthouse in the Watergate, worthy of Architectural Digest, with a breathtaking view. The apartment of more than 4,000 square feet had floor-to-ceiling windows facing Washington Harbour. The view from the bedrooms, living room and dining room was the Key Bridge to the right and Memorial Bridge to the left. The apartment also had a 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace designed by a famous landscaper.

Worst experience: I showed more than 50 homes to a nice couple. We lost three homes to other buyers who outbid my clients. Finally, after four months of search and those 50 homes, we had a ratified contract. A few days later, my clients changed their minds and wanted out. They also wanted their $80,000 deposit back. Persuading the listing agent and seller to void the contract and release of the deposit was one of the most difficult but successful challenges in my career.

Family: Married, twin sons

Education: Bachelor of arts in history, Boston College, 1983

Community service: Volunteer for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Last book read: “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” by Azar Nafisi

Last movie seen: “The Manchurian Candidate”

What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes S430

What is your personal dream house? A six-bedroom Colonial in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by nature, with a pool; designer landscaping; and a finished basement that has an amphitheater, wine cellar and a very large bar for entertaining.

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