- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Name: Duane A. Smith

Company: Jobin Realty

Address: 6507 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA 22015

Phone: 703/944-3977

Fax: 703/913-3021

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.duanesmithgroup.com

Year started: 1995

How did you get started in real estate? After buying my first home, I felt that I did not receive the level of service I expected. I knew that once I got my real estate license, I would make it a point to make my clients’ buying experience a pleasant and memorable one.

How with the current company? Since 1999

Licenses and designations: Virginia real estate sales

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

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Finding an investment home for a client that was $100,000 under market price

What is your area of specialty? First-time home buyers, investment properties

Highest-priced home sold: $685,000

Most memorable house: It was a home in Alexandria that was designated for at-risk youth. The market was more of a buyer’s market back then, and the buyers looked at more than 20 homes before closing on this one. The buyer was a friend who was representing his company, and it was imperative that this go smoothly. It did.

Worst experience: It was early in my career, selling a condominium in Arlington to a wealthy woman who was very demanding. She kept insisting that “there will be no closing” if everything wasn’t ideal for her. She had total disregard for the contract and Virginia regulations. She is still living there today, and her home has appreciated more than $300,000.

Age: 42

Family: Married, two children

Community affiliations/outside interests: Capital Community Church, tennis

Last book read: “Buy and Hold: 7 Steps to a Real Estate Fortune,” by David Schumacher

Last movie seen: “Ray”

What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes C-280

What is your personal dream house? It would be a one-level home with a three-car garage, home theater and tennis court overlooking the ocean.

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