- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

Name: Robert Lizardi

Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Address: 2828 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202/333-6100

Fax: 202/342-9118

E-mail: rlizardi@coldwellbanker move.com

Web site: www.cbmove.com

Year started: 1997

How did you get started in real estate? My mother owned her own company in Panama when I was a teenager. I helped her sometimes, and I guess that’s when I caught the real estate bug. It wasn’t until 1997 that I jumped in.

How long with the current company? Four years.

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Maryland, Virginia and the District; accredited buyer representative; graduate, Realtors Institute

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

Awards: Rookie of the year, chairman’s club, three-time winner of Home Team Spirit Award

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Moving my business and my life from Baltimore to Washington.

What is your area of specialty? First-time buyers, mostly in the District. I am bilingual, having grown up in Panama.

Most memorable house: A gorgeous town-house mansion in Baltimore. So many beautiful details: The woodwork alone would take your breath away. On the fourth floor, there was a skylight the size of the entire landing, and it was in stained glass. The property was somewhat run-down and suffered from botched repairs and multiple leaks, yet it somehow retainedits elegance.

Worst experience: I had a buyer purchase a single-family house, and the couple who owned it were getting a divorce. The listing agent was great. The trouble started when the appraiser and the owner got into a heated argument about politics that almost came to blows. The home inspection wasn’t bad, but some issues came up, and it took almost a month to get answers from the sellers. They weren’t on speaking terms and didn’t have each other’s phone number. Finally, we got to settlement, and the seller wife looked terrified sitting next to her husband. He was busy making rude remarks to and about my buyer, who was sitting in front of him. It was horrible. Divorces are an unpredictable factor in a real estate transaction — even if you are told it is amicable.

Family: Single

Pets: Four cats — Cassidy, Tyler, Galo and Canela

Last book read: “The Most Evil Men and Women in History,” by Miranda Twiss

Last movie seen: “21 grams”

What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic

What is your personal dream house? Spanish style in white or light yellow with a lot of wrought iron and wood and a terra cotta tiled roof. Lush and wild landscaping with a large stone patio, pool, Jacuzzi and steam room.

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