- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2005

Name: Trudy Severa

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 1675F Reston Parkway, Reston, VA 20194

Phone: 703/668-1819

Fax: 703/435-2116

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.HomesbyTrudy.com

Year started: 1994

How did you get started in real estate? I had retired from my first career in sports club management after 20 years, and within several months found that I needed a new challenge. I had been interested in real estate for a long time, and when I was offered an opportunity to work part time in my Long & Foster office, I thought it would be a perfect way to learn a little more about the industry. I found that I liked the energy in the environment — every day there was something new happening. Within a month, my broker suggested that I consider getting my license, which is exactly what I did.

How long with the current company? 11 years

Licenses and designations: Virginia real estate sales; graduate, Realtors institute; certified residential specialist; accredited buyer representative; senior real estate specialist

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR); Virginia Association of Realtors; National Association of Realtors; Council of Residential Specialists; Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council

Awards: Life member, NVAR Multi-Million Dollar Production; Long & Foster Gold Team; Long & Foster Chairman’s Club; Long & Foster President’s Club Hall of Fame

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I feel honored to have been elected to the NVAR Board of Directors.

What is your area of specialty? Reston; Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Highest-priced home sold: $999,000

Most memorable house: It would be one I currently have listed in Reston. I’ve known the owner for years and have always loved the house. It’s an elegant and tasteful center-hall Colonial on a beautiful half-acre cul-de-sac lot. When it sells, it will be a bittersweet moment for both the owner and for me.

Worst experience: Several years ago, I represented an owner who was selling a town house in Reston in order to downsize and move to a retirement community. The home was lovely, and we ratified a nearly full-price offer on the home. During the process we received a very low appraisal from the buyer’s lender. I did everything I could to get a higher appraisal and when that was unsuccessful, I encouraged the seller to allow the contract to become void (that can happen if the buyer and seller can’t agree on a meeting point when the appraisal and contract price do not match) and start over. However, the seller was not willing to go through the entire process again and just accepted the appraised value. I felt bad since I knew that the funds from the sale of the seller’s home would be the bulk of her retirement funds.

Age: 56

Family: Married

Pets: Three dogs

Education: Bachelor of science in physical education and recreation, State University of New York (Buffalo), 1971

Outside interests: I like to spend time with friends or just putter around my home. Sports. Reading.

Last book read: “The Broker,” by John Grisham

What kind of car do you drive? 2004 Toyota Avalon

What is your personal dream house? It would be fairly modest but nicely done — nothing more than 3,500-4,000 square feet with a floor plan that flows well and is comfortable for entertaining. It would be on at least a half-acre — 1 to 3 acres would be wonderful, but the location would be key, with at least three fireplaces, a big kitchen with lots of storage space, a butler’s pantry, and plenty of closet space, especially in the owners’ suite. It would have a screened porch, a big mudroom and maybe a three-car garage so that two cars can actually be housed in it.

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