- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Name: Elaine W. Sawyer

Company: Sawyer & Associates Real Estate Inc.

Address: 7124 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748

Phone: 301/449-9700

Fax: 301/449-9799

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.sawyerandassociates.net

Year started: 1985

How did you get started in real estate? Shortly before my son turned 3, my husband was involved in a fatal accident. At that time I decided to pursue to career in real estate so that I would have the time flexibility to spend with my son.

How long with the current company? 10 years

Licenses and designations: Licensed broker in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia; graduate, Realtor institute

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, Washington DC Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Opening the Sawyer & Associates Real Estate Academy Inc., a fully accredited private school. The school was established to provide a systematic and well-structured academic study to prepare each student for the real estate licensing examination. More than 100 students have graduated.

What is your area of specialty? Residential real estate sales and property management

Highest-priced home sold: $1,200,000

Most memorable house: My most challenging deal was with a purchaser who was shown more than 60 properties within a 30-day period. When we arrived at the house he eventually purchased, he was not interested in going inside due to the lack of curb appeal. After encouraging him to at least take a look since we were there, he finally agreed and once inside, fell in love with the home. He offered full price with an appraisal contingency. The property appraised for $100,000 below the list price, the seller agreed to reduce the price to the appraised value, and the purchaser settled on his dream home with a $100,000 savings.

Worst experience: I was showing an apartment building to a client with whom I had worked before and knew quite well. As we entered one of the units, it appeared as though the tenants were in the process of moving. There was some carpet rolled up in the living room and an empty aquarium. The listing agent and I were in one of the bedrooms when the client entered and very politely informed us that there was an iguana resting on the stove in the kitchen. My fear of reptiles started to overwhelm me and I immediately headed for the hallway. After stumbling over the carpet, I managed to get out without harming myself. That was the last time I showed that building.

Age: 49

Family: Widowed; one son, Ernest

Pets: None

Outside interests: Exercising, fishing

Last book read: “Answered Prayers,” by Danielle Steele

Last movie seen: “Akeelah and the Bee”

What kind of car do you drive? S430 Mercedes Benz

What is your personal dream house? A contemporary home with lots of windows and open living space on the Chesapeake Bay.

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