- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2005

Name: Roberta Behan Yaklich

Company: Realty Executives 2000

Address: 10610 Rhode Island Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705

Phone: 301/937-3124

Fax: 301/937-9534

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.robertarealtor.com

Year started: 1974

How did you get started in real estate? When we were moving to the Washington area in 1972, my husband sent me the papers to sign for the settlement of our first home. I was still in Massachusetts with our first son. I did not understand everything I was signing. I took the real estate classes at the University of Maryland so the next time I would feel comfortable in signing the settlement papers. After the state exam, I hung my license with Century 21 and my business has been building ever since.

How long with the current company? Since 1992

Licenses and designations: Maryland associate broker; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtors institute

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

Awards: I have been a PGCAR award winner each year.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: To see family members recover from the tick-borne illnesses — Lyme disease and Babesia — that have made them ill for 11 years.

What is your area of specialty? Beltsville

Highest-priced home sold: $670,000

Most memorable house: Our current home. We lived one block from a home that I had listed, and after showing it I felt it was a good investment and would make a great home for my family to grow up in. However, I couldn’t get my husband to look at it. He was content in our other home. The “compromise” wasthat he would come and walk around the yard (not even go in the home) and if he didn’t like it, I would drop the discussion about it. We signed the contract within hours.

Worst experience: I sold a home to a young couple — their very first home — and they were so excited about it. The weekend before settlement they were to sign a paper with the lender. The lender called and said they missed their appointment — very unusual for this otherwise prompt couple. My phone calls that day went unanswered, and later that evening a call came from a crying father, saying his daughter was killed in an automobile accident.

Age: 62

Family: Husband, Robert; sons, Robert Jr. and Joseph; daughter, Roberta

Pet: A kitten, Briana

Education: Bachelor of science in biology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1964; master of science in guidance and counseling, Edinboro University, 1967

Community service/outside interests: Initiation, planning and development of the Fairland Aquatic Center on Old Gunpowder Road in Beltsville.

What kind of car do you drive? Lincoln Town Car

What is your personal dream house? A modest home combining modern conveniences with Old World charm, many windows, emphasis on great room and kitchen, mature trees, expansive lawn with shrubs, plants, on Lake Erie.

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