- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2005

Name: Chris Cochran

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 13001 Worldgate Drive, Herndon, VA 20170

Phone: 703/709-0101

Fax: 703/471-2131

E-mail: Chris@ChrisCochran.com

Web site: www.ChrisCochran.com

Year started: 1986

How did you get started in real estate? After graduating from George Mason University with a degree in accounting, I decided that I didn’t want to be cooped up in an office every day. Real estate had always intrigued me, so I took the classes.

How long with the current company? Since 1991

Licenses and designations: Virginia associate broker; accredited buyer’s representative; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtor institute; senior real estate specialist

Awards: Life member, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) top producers club

Greatest accomplishment in past 12 months: Finding affordable homes for two first-time buyers who didn’t think they could buy in this market.

Area of specialty: Western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun residential resales.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,250,000

Most memorable house: One of my very first listings was an old Victorian home in Herndon. It had a very colorful and unusual history and also had many owners over the years, some of whom were into restoration while others had thought modernization was the way to go. The market was slow back then, and I held many open houses. Invariably, during these open houses, people on either side of the restoration issue would end up arguing in the front parlor expecting me to take sides. It was a very uncomfortable situation. I was glad when it finally sold — to a restorer.

Worst experience: In my first few years in real estate, I was asked to list a house where the owners were going through a bitter divorce. The husband had moved out two years before. His wife and two children had remained in the house, and she didn’t want to sell; it was court-ordered. The house was a disaster. The wall-to-wall carpet had been thrown away. They were living on the plywood subflooring, letting their large German shepherd use it as a bathroom, and not cleaning it up. In the kitchen, every plate, bowl and glass was overflowing out of the sink. Needless to say, the house had not been cleaned inside or maintained outside. I had more calls from agents about that listing than any listing ever. But it was priced well and did sell.

Age: 55

Family: Two grown children, Jeff and Lisa; and two adorable grandchildren, Justin and Skylar

Pet: Cat, Boots.

Education: Bachelor of science in accounting, George Mason University, 1985

Community affiliations: President of my homeowner’s association

Last book read: “Diary of a Mad Real Estate Agent,” by Paula Lynn Rose

Last movie seen: “Ladder 49”

What kind of car do you drive? 2004 Lexus RX330

What is your personal dream house? A small cottage on the beach with windows fronting on the ocean so that I can always hear the waves as I fall asleep.

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