- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Name: Tracy A. Tucker

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 12220 Central Ave., Mitchellville, MD 20721

Phone: 301/249-1600

Fax: 301/249-1600

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: https://tracytucker.lnfre.com

How did you get started in real estate? I have lived at a number of places in Maryland since relocating from Connecticut 13 years ago. A few years ago, I thought of how exciting it would be to marry my love of meeting and socializing with people with my desire to know how to get around in different areas. I decided real estate would be a good vehicle to accomplish this. It turned out to be a good decision.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I joined an ad hoc committee set up by the Prince George’s County chapter of Delta Sigma Theta to assist families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who relocated to this area. We adopted two families for whom we provided household needs and assistance. I personally coordinated the housewarming effort for one family. We also assisted a college student, providing financial support so he can continue his studies. I am very proud of my participation in the accomplishments of the committee.

Most memorable house: My most memorable house was a $1,300,000 property in Upper Marlboro. It was tucked back off the beaten path on a large plot of land in the woods. The large home decor was not overdone, and the layout was designed for a natural flow from room to room. The entrance featured a beautifully carved front door with leaded glass that opened to a large foyer in front of a spiral staircase. There was hand-carved crown molding in the living room with a fireplace that went through to the sunroom on the other side. The large kitchen had granite countertops and opened to the large family room. French doors separated the two rooms that opened to a large deck almost the length of the house. Back stairs took you up to several bedrooms or down to a self-contained basement with all the amenities of the upper floors, including a kitchen, laundry room, bedroom and a large entertainment area.

Worst experience: As a buyer’s agent, close to settlement time, a loan officer simply disappeared, not answering calls. Fortunately, the buyer was patient and ultimately the sale went through with the help of another loan officer.

Education: Bachelor of arts in biology, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, 1984

Community affiliations/community service: Treasurer, Drumsheugh Estates Homeowners’ Association; member, Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta; member, Circle of Sistahs Book Club

Last book read: “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” by Barack Obama

What is your personal dream house? My personal dream house is large, seasoned and has character. There is hand-carved crown molding and built-in nooks in some areas. The main floor has an open design conducive to entertaining. The upper rooms offer a cozy retreat, while the basement has many possibilities for fun and opens to a patio. My house backs to the woods but is not isolated from neighbors.

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