- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 25, 2005

Name: Candy Clanton

Company: RE/MAX Allegiance

Address: 4157 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703/563-2225

Fax: 800/246-2984

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.candyclanton.com

Year started: 1990

How did you get started in real estate? After working for attorneys in Washington for more than 20 years and practically living at the office, I was fed up and wanted a life. So I quit. I was considering going back to college. I was doing a little bartending to have a little money, living at my mother’s, when a Realtor entered my bar one night and convinced me that I should sell real estate. Now, I really didn’t think this was a good idea, as I won’t push anyone into doing anything and, in my view, if you were a salesperson, then that’s what you did. But I am always open to education, so I took the real estate course with Long & Foster. I came into the business in the worst market and didn’t make any money the first couple of years, but I did learn a lot.

How long with the current company? Eight years

Licenses and designations: Associate broker; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtor institute; accredited buyers representative; seniors real estate specialist

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Awards: RE/MAX 100 Percent Club, Platinum Club and Hall of Fame; NVAR Multimillion Dollar Club and Top Producer Club; life master, American Contract Bridge League

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Keeping my sanity as I juggle my life as a Realtor, mother, grandmother and daughter

Highest-priced home sold: $1,137,500

Most memorable house: A house overlooking Belmont Bay off Gunston Road. It was old with no central air conditioning, but the owner rebuilt the inside when he bought it by blowing out part of the second level so there was an overlook to the lower level, then extending one end out on stilts and making a master bedroom similar to a gazebo with vaulted ceiling, skylights and total windows surrounding the exterior so you had views of the river from all sides. Then he added a fantastic bath with Italian tile, a teak double vanity and black sinks, a shower with a picture window looking at the water with Italian tile, a sauna for two, a water closet, and a walk-in bath. On the lower level under the master bedroom, he extended the kitchen, adding new cabinets and counters. Then the great room was open to above with a picture window and great fireplace. The home had a separate dining room, and the owner left the den with the knotty pine walls, where someone had done a mural of the world and Virginia on the ceiling. Last, but not least, he redid the powder room on the lower level with an elaborate underwater theme. You had to see it to believe it. But he never added central air conditioning.

Worst experience: The cellar flooded the night before settlement because of a broken well line in a circa-1804 house. The cellar was basically all dirt, and it contained the furnace, well and water heater. What a mess. Settlement was delayed. We turned off the power so the well would stop pumping more water in, then got it cleaned out and waited for it to dry. The next day, it was flooded again. A handyman had come by late at night to finish fixing a riding lawn mower he had promised to the owner. When he couldn’t find any lights, he went to the panel box and turned the power back on.

Age: 58

Family: Divorced; two married daughters

Education: Graduate, Fairfax High School, 1964; attended Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus.

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Member, Lorton Fire Department auxiliary committee; Fairfax County election officer; member, Life Community Church; member, American Contract Bridge League

Last book read: “Everybody Wins: The Story and Lessons Behind RE/MAX,” by Phil Harkins and Keith Hollihan

Last movie seen: “Meet the Fockers”

What kind of car do you drive? Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

What is your personal dream house? A contemporary with a lot of glass overlooking wide water. The interior must have a large master bedroom with a walk-in closet, lots of windows, fireplace and bath with everything; a split floor plan with second and third bedroom suites on the other side of house away from the master bedroom, and possibly a loft with a fourth bedroom and bath; a big country kitchen (with a fireplace) open to a dining/breakfast area/great room with another fireplace; lots of closets; a deck; and a two-car garage with a studio apartment above for visiting family who need space. Separate house on the property for an office or an addition on the other side of the garage with a separate entrance. A pool, sauna and dock outside.

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