- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2005

Name: Jessica Bean

Company: RE/MAX Allegiance

Address: 3315 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: 703/522-1940

Fax: 703/302-5649

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.jessicabean.com

Year started: 1999

How did you get started in real estate? I’ve been interested in real estate for as long as I can remember. One summer when I was home from college, I discovered some of Robert Allen’s “no money down” books on my parents’ bookshelf and read them cover to cover. I was fascinated. The following semester, I began working after classes as a marketing assistant to the top producer at a real estate firm in Lexington, Ky. After graduation, I felt I needed to pursue a career related to my major. Knowing the instability of being self-employed, I didn’t even consider real estate. During my second job in marketing, with an IT company, I realized I hated what I was doing. I thought about what I really wanted to do with my life, and I knew it was real estate. People thought I was crazy for leaving a stable, well-salaried position with full benefits to become 100 percent self-employed. It was definitely a risk, but it turned out to be the right decision.

How long with the current company? Five years

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Virginia, Maryland and the District

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

Awards: NVAR $10-million-plus sales club, NVAR top producer, RE/MAX 100 Percent Club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Professionally, I experienced my best year in real estate. Personally, I got engaged.

What is your area of specialty? Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax

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

Most memorable house: I bought a pretty spacious two-bedroom condo above Pentagon Row last April. What I love most about my home is that being on the ninth floor, I have an amazing view of the monuments and the river. It’s the perfect place for watching the July Fourth fireworks. I also like the fact that the condo building is in the same Arlington neighborhood where I grew up and where my parents and grandparents lived. For the sake of nostalgia, I like to go jogging through the neighborhood and pass by my old elementary school and my childhood friends’ houses. Another fabulous feature is the convenience of the location. For someone like me who is always on the road, it’s unbeatable.

Worst experience: I listed a condo in McLean. The transaction was smooth until an hour before the closing, when the purchaser’s Realtor called and said his client would not be at closing, couldn’t be reached and was in default. I had to call the seller and tell him this as he was in the car on the way to the closing. However, within an hour of receiving the call, I put the property back on the market, and in two days signed off on an offer for $25,000 more than the original sales price. Fortunately, in the end, the seller was happy and it all worked out.

Age: 30

Family: Single

Education: Bachelor of arts in journalism and Spanish, University of Kentucky, 1996

Community affiliations/outside interests: Junior League of Washington, Potomac River Running Club

Last book read: “The Guardian,” by Nicolas Sparks

Last movie seen: “Meet the Fockers”

What kind of car do you drive? Volvo S80

What is your personal dream house? An oceanfront contemporary with lots of glass on a large lot

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