- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2005

Name: Steven C. Wydler

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 6862 Elm St., Suite 100, McLean, VA 22101

Phone: 703/873-5020

Fax: 703/873-1901

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: https://www.WydlerBrothers.com

Year started: 2002

How did you get started in real estate? For as long as I can remember, there were two goals I wanted to accomplish in my professional career: I wanted to start and run my own business and I wanted to work with my brother, Hans. At the end of 2002, I had been practicing law for seven years as a transactional attorney — first at Shaw Pittman, then as in-house counsel for America Online. While practicing law was fulfilling, there simply wasn’t any direct career path that would enable me to accomplish my two goals. I needed to make a big change. In 2002, Hans approached me to start a residential real estate team. Admittedly, I was skeptical at first. However, the more I thought about it and the more research I did, the more I realized that a career in real estate was the perfect choice for me.

How long with the current company? 21/2 years

Licenses: Real estate sales in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia; member, bar associations of Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Shooting an 84 at the River Course in Kingsmill, Williamsburg

What is your area of specialty? I do most of my business in Arlington, McLean, Falls Church and the District

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

Most memorable house: The first house I sold was a spectacular Tudor home situated on a beautiful flat lot in McLean.

Worst experience: In the summer of 2004, I was representing the buyer of a detached home in Washington. The home inspection revealed a problem with the air-conditioning system. The parties agreed on a way to resolve the problem, however, when it turned out that it was going to cost the sellers much more than they originally had thought, things turned nasty. At one point, the sellers even had their attorney call me to try to persuade me to back down. We didn’t back down and the deal did go through. My client was able to get the problem fixed. Although my client was very appreciative of my help through the process, this deal was too adversarial for my taste.

Age: 37

Family: Wife, Anne; daughter, Bailey

Pets: Border collie, Sam E. Dawg

Education: Bachelor of arts in history, Dartmouth College, 1990; doctorate of jurisprudence, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1995

Outside interests: Squash, golf, chess

Last book read: “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel

Last movie seen: “Wedding Crashers”

What kind of car do you drive? Lexus RX 330

What is your personal dream house? A farmhouse-style home with a front porch, big kitchen opening to a family room and a flat back yard, within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping and night life. Easy access to golf and a lake wouldn’t hurt.

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