- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Name: Jim Fox

Company: The Mason Group/Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 6045 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, VA 22015

Phone: 703/503-1800; 800/382-2345

Fax: 703/995-0924

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.masongroup.com

Year started: 1988

How did you get started in real estate? A friend who was teaching at West Springfield High School at the time became a Realtor in the 1980s and constantly raved about how much he loved the business. He persuaded me to get into real estate and join his company. I already had some close ties with Long & Foster and joined the Burke/Fairfax Station office in 1988, where my license still hangs to this day.

How long with the current company? 17 years

License and designations: Virginia real estate sales; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtors institute; accredited buyers representative

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

Awards: Long & Foster Master’s Club, for $20,000,000 or more in annual sales; NVAR lifetime multimillion-dollar club; Long & Foster’s top office producer for Burke/Fairfax Station 1997 and 1998; Long & Foster’s top 10 agents in Virginia or West Virginia, 1997; Long & Foster’s top 20 agents in Virginia or West Virginia, 2001 and 2003

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: We threw our 15th annual client barbecue party in September.

What is your area of specialty? Residential sales

Highest-priced home sold: $1,500,000

Most memorable house: I had to present a contract, in person, one evening to the owner of one of my listings — back in the days when we actually met face to face. At 7:30 p.m., I rang the doorbell. The woman, to my surprise, opened the front door wearing only a negligee. Acting professionally as I always do, I presented the contract at her kitchen table, ratified it and left the premises.

Worst experience: My buyers and I arrived for a final walk-through scheduled with the builder for a new $1,000,000 home in Great Falls. We started on the main floor, went upstairs and saved the lower level for last. Everything was going swimmingly until we reached the finished basement. To our horror and shock, the basement was a sea of red. Not only had a recent rainstorm flooded the basement with approximately one foot of water, but the red clay mud outside had washed into the basement through a door. The buyers could not believe their eyes and were livid. The builder was stunned and speechless. Tempers were elevated and a shouting match ensued for several minutes. I calmed down my buyers and suggested we leave to discuss their options. To make a long story short, the builder gutted and rebuilt the basement, installing two sump pumps with battery backups, and we settled the house a few weeks later.

Age: 45

Family: Single

Pets: None at present time

Education: Bachelor of arts in business, George Mason University, 1982

Community service: Meals on Wheels volunteer, breast cancer walk volunteer

Last book read: “Dreams From My Father,” by Barack Obama

Last movie seen: “The Corpse Bride”

What kind of car do you drive? 2005 Honda Accord

What is your personal dream house? The coziest, most welcoming bed & breakfast inn that I run somewhere in New England.

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