- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005

Name: Brenda A. Lawson

Company: RE/MAX One

Address: 4201 Northview Drive, Suite 101, Bowie, MD 20716

Phone: 301/805-5206 (direct); 301/464-0044 (office)

Fax: 301/464-1823

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.thelawsonteam.com

Year started: 1995

How did you get started in real estate? I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and real estate was an avenue to get me there. My husband and I had an unpleasant experience when purchasing our first home. I felt that with my experience as a teacher as well as in sales, I would be able to communicate the intricacies of selling and buying a home.

How long with the current company? Five years

Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Maryland and Virginia; certified buyer representative (CBR); seniors real estate specialist (SRES); member, Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors

Awards: RE/MAX 100 percent club; RE/MAX executive club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Spending more time with my family while advancing my real estate career

What is your area of specialty? Luxury homes and condos

Highest-priced home sold: $2,750,000

Most memorable house: I worked with a couple relocating to the area from Michigan. They wanted to find a waterfront property in the Linstead community of Severna Park, Md. This lovely home had a swimming pool, wonderful view of the water, its own pier for fishing and a great location. It also afforded me an opportunity to work with a great family.

Worst experience: Once I was a buyer’s agent on a transaction and the sellers did a rent-back. When the date arrived for the sellers to move out, the home that the sellers were buying was not ready, so they did not move out of the house on the designated date. My client was ready to move in. For days, the seller’s agent would not answer my repeated phone calls. Finally, I contacted his manager for assistance, the agent called, and his client vacated the home. My buyer was inconvenienced by the seller’s noncompliance, and it caused unnecessary frustration for her.

Age: 52

Family: Husband, David; daughter, Renita; son, Lamar; three grandchildren

Pets: None

Education: Bachelor of science in speech pathology and audiology, Boston University, 1974; computer training: A-plus Certification, Microsoft certified professional

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Rho Mu Omega chapter; Adopt-a-Road program, Woodmore Road; former president, Royal Plaza Homeowners Association; past board member, American Cancer Society of Prince George’s County; former first vice president, National Council of Negro Women, Mitchellville/Bowie section

Last book read: “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter

Last movie seen: “Hitch”

What kind of car do you drive? 2003 Toyota Highlander

What is your personal dream house? A waterfront home anywhere in the United States.

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