- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2005

Name: Leslie Weightman

Company: RE/MAX Realty Group

Address: 6 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Phone: 301/258-7757 (office); 301/717-2577 (cell)

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.leslieweightman.com

Year started: 1984

How did you get started in real estate? I was a high school teacher, then project manager for a private mechanical contracting firm that did major government contracts. As a result of this experience, I was general contractor on the building of our own custom home. I was inspired to become a real estate agent when my husband and I worked with an agent who so impressed me with her knowledge and professionalism that I thought this was something I might really like to pursue.

How long with the current company? Nine years

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia; Maryland associate broker; graduate, Realtors Institute; certified residential specialist; accredited buyer representative

Association: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors

Awards: Lifetime Top Producer Award, Montgomery County Association of Realtors; RE/MAX International’s Hall of Fame; top producer with Long & Foster

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My greatest accomplishments were as a volunteer, serving as president of Brandeis University National Women’s Committee and serving on the first all-homeowner-controlled homeowners association board for the community where I live.

What is your area of specialty? Residential new homes and resales

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

Most memorable home: The houses are not the most memorable part of this business for me. It is the people I have worked with over the years. Two old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone working-class people who were able to buy a large home and keep their old one as an investment property were particularly special and had my utmost respect for their accomplishments. I have worked with people going through divorces or suffering the loss of a spouse who had to sell their homes. You naturally want to make their transitions as painless as possible. Best of all are the special relationships made over the course of many years in this business, some of whom became friends or are still in contact with me after many, many years.

Worst experience: I truly can think of less than a handful of individuals that were absolutely awful to work with. One woman was not particularly unpleasant to me personally but she was an alcoholic who made derogatory remarks about certain racial and religious groups. We immediately terminated the listing agreement.

Age: 56

Family: Married; son, daughter and granddaughter

Pets: We lost our 8-year-old standard poodle Tori in July.

Education: Bachelor of arts in history, State University of New York (Stony Brook) 1970; master of arts in library science, Queens College (New York), 1973.

Community affiliations: I completed a two-year term on the board of my homeowners association.

Last book read: “The Wedding,” by Nicholas Sparks

Last movie seen: “Finding Neverland”

What kind of car do you drive? Lexus RX 300 and Volvo C-70 convertible.

What is your personal dream home? My ideal home would have several acres for flowering trees, a view of the woods and water and winding pathways leading to an English garden, a Japanese garden, and a natural, black-bottomed pool, with a deck or patio and screened gazebo. It would be wonderful to have a stable for a horse or two. I love a front porch, a facade that says “welcome home” and has cozy spaces decorated with warm touches such as wood floors and plush furniture. However, I like spacious open areas for great entertaining. My ideal home has a separate area for a media room with a large plasma TV and large comfortable chairs for viewing and another room for model trains and other collectibles.

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