- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Name: Lee Gregory

Company: Fairfax Realty Inc.

Address: 103 W. Broad St., Suite 400, Falls Church, VA 22046

Phone: 703/533-8660, Ext. 421

Fax: 703/533-8665

E-mail: [email protected]

Year started: 2002

How did you get started in real estate? My background working for more than 12 years as a town manager provided a good foundation for a career in real estate. During those years in municipal government, I became knowledgeable in the areas of subdivision and land development, zoning, local ordinances, parks and recreation, building codes, real estate assessments, and special taxing districts. When I relocated to the Washington area, I was intrigued by the number of housing starts, new subdivisions, condominium developments and the growth this region was experiencing. Through the combination of an advanced degree, my background in local government, my interest in this region and my enjoyment working with people, it was just natural for me to become involved in real estate and obtain my real estate licenses.

How long with the current company? About two years

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Virginia, Maryland, and the District; graduate, Realtor Institute; certified Internet professional

Associations: Charter member of the Northern Virginia chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors

Greatest accomplishments in the past 12 months: Selling a home literally hours after the real estate signpost went up. The price was significantly higher than the comparables for the neighborhood at that time. Both the buyer and seller were very happy.

What is your area of specialty? Loudoun County; Herndon, Reston

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

Most memorable house: It was a home I purchased with the intent to modernize for resale. It was built in 1969 and was structurally very sound but with the wall covering, rugs, tile and styles from that era. The one very bright spot the house had was that the previous owners had replaced the original kitchen cabinets with oak cabinets, new kitchen appliances and granite kitchen counters. With modest investment and a lot of vision, I transformed the 1969 four-level split into a modern, light, open home. Using tile in the entrance, I carried the same flooring through the kitchen and down to the family room. I also modernized the bathrooms to model-home quality, along with other decorating upgrades. It is now a home that shows the possibilities one can achieve with a lot of vision and little money as an inspiration. I was so pleased with the result that I decided to keep it as my own residence.

Worst experience: As the buyer’s agent, I was attending the final walk-through of a residential property with my client on the day of settlement when the seller directed my buyer to leave the property, saying the property was no longer for sale. Through my professional efforts, working with the seller’s agent, we nonetheless consummated the sale that day.

Age: 49

Family: Single

Pets: Two cats, Buddy and Pepper, adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington County

Education: Associate of science in criminal justice, County College of Morris (N.J.), 1976; bachelor of science in political science, Montclair (N.J.) State College, 1982; master of science in public administration, University of Maine, 1984.

Community affiliations/ community service/outside interests: member and former secretary, Business and Professional Women of Greater Fairfax; St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington; golf and tennis; quarter horse breeding and sales

Last book read: “Living History,” by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Last movie seen: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes-Benz sedan

What is your personal dream house? My personal dream house reflects what I enjoy but varies with my needs of the moment. This ranges from a Victorian-style farm house on about 15 acres with a barn to a condo on or near a country club that I could walk to and catch a quick nine holes of golf to the one I just modernized here in Vienna.

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