- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2005

Name: Maureen de Souza

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 3816 International Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Phone: 301/681-0550 (office); 301/962-SOLD (home office)

Fax: 301/598-9325

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.maureendesouza.com

Year started: 1996

How did you get started in real estate? An interest in purchasing another home led me to take a course on the basics. One thing led to another.

How long with the current company? 10 years

Licenses and designations: Maryland real estate sales; graduate, Realtor Institute

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

Awards: National Sales Award, top 5 percent, 2004; Weichert Hall of Fame, 2004; community service award, 2002

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I appeared as guest conductor for the Gonzaga High School Wind Ensemble annual Spring Concert with my son Kevin playing the saxophone for a John Philip Sousa march.

Highest-priced home sold: $720,000

Most memorable house: I once helped a wonderful young man named Christopher buy his first home. After looking at quite a few houses, we saw one that had just been renovated. It was a beautiful home, and Chris was so thrilled. Thinking of that still makes me smile and feel good about what I do.

Worst experience: During one home inspection, it snowed six inches, and we all had to drive home in a blizzard.

Family: Married; three children

Education: Bachelor of arts in sociology, University of Maryland at College Park, 1973; master of library science, University of Maryland at College Park,1983

Community service: Volunteer caregiver for Hospice Caring Inc.

Last book read: “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” by Barbara Ehrenreich

Last movie seen: “The Interpreter”

What is your personal dream house? I have two: A rustic log house with a huge picture window overlooking a lake, preferably at Lake George, N.Y., and an airy contemporary with an ocean view and a direct path to the beach.

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