- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 13, 2006

Name: Mark Griffin

Company: RE/MAX Distinctive

Address: 1850 Centennial Park Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Phone: 703/863-7629

Fax: 703/860-1289

E-mail: Mark@ClickonVirginia.com

Web site: www.ClickonVirginia.com

Year started: 1994

How did you get started in real estate? I was a loan officer for six years before entering real estate, and my job was to solicit mortgage loans from Realtors. I had always wanted to be self-employed, and real estate provided the best vehicle for self-employment to me as I realized that my combination of sales and mortgage experience would be beneficial to my real estate career.

How long with the current company? 14 years

Licenses and designations: Virginia associate broker; certified Internet professional; senior real estate specialist; member, Council of Residential Specialists

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Employees Relocation Council

Awards: NVAR top producer; RE/MAX International 100 percent club

Greatest accomplishment in past 12 months: I’ve been blessed to be in a business where I get to know people so well, and I decided it was time to give back more to the community and the families I’ve served. In January, I sent a letter to each of my customers seeking to partner with their youth organizations, churches, and charities. The response has been overwhelming. I’ve found myself contributing to the Walk for the Cure, Vienna Youth Lacrosse and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, with each home I sell, a portion of my commission gets donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, the official RE/MAX charity.

What is your area of specialty? First-time homebuyers, relocation and foreclosure referrals

Highest-priced home sold: $940,000

Most memorable house: When I was brand-new to real estate, one of my first listings was a 5-year-old home in Vienna that was never lived in. I was anxious to get my first sale. I ended up cleaning the home myself, mowing the lawn — you name it to get the house sold. The home was listed with another agent for six months, I took over the listing and sold it quickly. I learned that most agents work hard, but I’ve been successful because I work harder.

Worst experience: One very emotional sale involved a widow who had a hard time letting go of her home. It ended up being very emotional for both of us, but we worked through the sale and the loss of her husband together.

Age: 47

Family: Wife, Mary Lou Griffin; children Colleen, Tom, Mary Kelly and Kevin

Pets: Yellow Labrador retriever, Sandy-bones

Education: Bachelor of arts in politics, Catholic University, 1980

Community affiliations/community service: Lunch room monitor at Oakton Elementary; scorekeeper for youth basketball games; soccer, lacrosse and swim dad.

Last book read: “The Pursuit of Wow,” by Tom Peters.

Last movie seen: “RV”

What kind of car do you drive? 2005 Volvo

What is your personal dream house? Any home with unlimited appreciation potential and no maintenance.

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