- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2006

Name: Margery Stern

Company: Custom Service Realty

Address: 2 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 340, Sterling, VA 20165

Phone: 703/444-6909, office; 703/597-9070, cell

Fax: 703/406-8809

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.customservicerealty.com

Year started: 1996

How did you get started in real estate? I had long been interested and finally reached a point in my life where I could take a chance on making a living on commission income. I had 10 years’ experience in mortgage banking, so it was an easy transition.

How long with the current company? Opened business in 2005

Licenses and designations: Virginia real estate broker, accredited buyer representative, certified Internet professional (E-Pro)

Associations: Dulles Area Association of Realtors, Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Starting my own business. I grew up in the ‘50s when the career options for women were nursing, teaching and secretary. Real estate has given me the courage and opportunity to own and manage my own brokerage.

Area of specialty: First-time buyers

Highest-priced home sold: $650,000

Most memorable house: A home on Bull Run Mountain in Haymarket. We discovered during the home inspection the upstairs was not heated, it relied upon heat rising through floor vents. The buyers loved it and bought it anyway.

Worst experience: A town house in Burke. The settlement atmosphere was so hostile the buyer and seller had to be separated to proceed with the closing.

Family: Married; two grown children, three grandchildren

Pets: Two Abyssinian cats.

Education: Nursing degree, Winchester Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, 1961

Community affiliations: Liaison committee for Central Parke condos at Lowes Island

Last book read: “The Broker,” by John Grisham

Last movie seen: “Batman Begins”

What kind of car do you drive? An Infiniti I-30

What is your personal dream house? A chalet with plenty of windows and a 360-degree view of the Shenandoah Valley.

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