- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Name: Nichelle Henderson Dixon

Company: Long & Foster Realtors

Address: 10901 Indian Head Highway, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Phone: 301/292-0700, Ext. 355

Fax: 301/292-3626

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.nichellehenderson.com

How did you get started in real estate? My first experiences with real estate started many years ago, right after I purchased my first home. Before my purchase, I read everything I could find on the home-buying process and I attended many first-time-buyer seminars until I was confident that I understood every step in the process. After I purchased my home, I became a home-buying cheerleader. Over the next few years, I encouraged many of my family and friends to purchase homes. When they decided to purchase, I helped them understand, and coached them through, the home-buying process. At some point, a friend of a friend I was coaching through a sale and purchase remarked: “You’re really good at explaining the details. I wish you were my real estate agent when I bought my first home.”

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Maryland and the District; certified senior housing specialist; certified house values professional

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: In June 2004, I welcomed my daughter, Alexandra, into our family just six days before my son’s 19th birthday.

What is your area of specialty? Fort Washington, Bowie, Brookland-Michigan Park and Anacostia-Hillcrest Heights.

Most memorable house: I still remember the morning I opened the door to my first home. I was filled with such joy, pride and a sense of accomplishment that I will remember that day for years to come. My memory of the feelings I had that day comes back to me each time a client purchases a home.

Worst experience: I was on the buying side. After a quick second walk-through just before settlement, we learned that the sellers had not moved any of their belongings from the house. This was a huge issue for the buyers because they had all of their belongings on a paid-by-the-hour moving truck. Fortunately, we were able to negotiate a win-win solution at the settlement table.

Family: Married, three children

Education: Bachelor of science in administration of justice, George Mason University, 2000; master of public administration, American University, 2004

Community service/outside interests: I’m a lacrosse mom and senior fellow at the Council for Excellence in Government

Last book read: “The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?” by Rick Warren

Last movie seen: “Ray”

What is your personal dream house? Family is very important to me. I dream of building an intergenerational home for my family, built in an area with lots of natural beauty. My dream home would be designed with living quarters to accommodate my parents and my adult children and their families.

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