- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

Name: Gail Jackson

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 7900 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109

Phone: 703/505-2066

Fax: 571/261-1953

E-mail: [email protected]

Web sites: www.GailJackson.com; www.GailJacksonHomeFinder.com; www.MyHomePropertyValue.com

Year started: 1976

How did you get started in real estate? I was approached by a friend, a broker who was a fellow member of my Junior Woman’s Club, who encouraged me to pursue a career in real estate. It was supposed to be on a part-time basis. My oldest child was 7 and the two younger ones were 5 and 3. Manassas was still a small country town. My thinking at the time was just to develop a part-time job until my children were older and I could move on to a “real career.” Looking back now, it is astonishing to think that first step led me to such a gratifying career of helping families achieve their goals. My background was heavily steeped in the building business. My father was a builder originally constructing custom homes in the Norfolk area. I was always fascinated with the new homes and quite often accompanied him on the job sites. How long with the current company? Nine years.

Licenses and designations: Virginia real estate sales; certified residential specialist, certified relocation specialist; certified staging specialist

Awards: Lifetime top producer with Prince William Board of Realtors; lifetime member, million dollar club with Prince William Board of Realtors; Weichert, Realtors chairman of the board club member; Weichert, Realtors top 1 percent of agents nationwide

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I feel my greatest accomplishment isn’t just one specific accomplishment. It is each time I go to a settlement with my clients and see the excitement they have moving into their new home or having reached their goal of moving on to the next phase of their lives.

What is your area of specialty? City of Manassas; Haymarket/Gainesville/Bristow

Highest-priced home sold: $850,000

Most memorable house: It was in the Evergreen Country Club many years ago. It was the personal home of former Redskin Eddie Brown. The home was unique in its floor plan and design. The couple who purchased the home were a real delight to work with and were very excited about their new home.

Worst experience: Helping my daughter buy her first home. I wanted everything to go well for her. She bought a new home, and we encountered many issues with the builder, who eventually came through with concessions to her for the misunderstandings.

Age: 59

Family: Married

Pets: A cockapoo named McGee, age 13

Education: Attended Averett College (Danville, Va.)

Outside interests: Gardening; travel

Last book read: “The Good Wife Strikes Back,” by Elizabeth Buchan

Last movie seen: “Chicken Little”

What kind of car do you drive? Ford Windstar

What is your personal dream home? We purchased our home in Piedmont Estates about 31/2 years ago. I thought it was my dream home at the time. It is very open with lots of windows, very spacious. My new dream home would be when I retire. I would like a small cottage with an established English/European flair garden. The interior would have an open ceiling with exposed beams, light hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling French-style windows.

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