- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Name: Steve Weiler

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 6901 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301/483-9884

Fax: 301/530-5540

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.EasyHomeView.com

Year started: 1979

How did you get started in real estate? I got started in a Rockville office with a company called Colquitt-Carruthers Inc. CCI sold its offices to Merrill Lynch Realty/Chris Coile Inc. For about six months after the sale, I used to have to answer the phone by saying: “Merrill Lynch Realty Chris Coile Incorporated, formerly Colquitt-Carruthers Incorporated. My name is Steve Weiler. How may I help you?” Try saying that 10 times fast.

How long with the current company? Six years

Licenses and designations: Associate broker in Maryland and the District of Columbia; graduate, Realtors institute; certified residential specialist; certified real estate broker manager

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors

Awards: Outstanding sales associate

Greatest accomplishment in past 12 months: I stayed somewhat sane in an insane market.

What is your area of specialty? Montgomery County

Highest-priced home sold: $2,000,000cqMost memorable house: One in Chevy Chase that I helped market. When I first saw the home, it was so packed with stuff that there wasn’t room for two people to sit down in either the dining room or the living room. I didn’t discover until a couple of months later that a grand piano was buried under a pile in the living room. A couple of the rooms were so piled up with stuff that you couldn’t even cross the room. After several trips to the dump, a couple of yard sales, an estate sale and a few more trips to the dump, we were able to clear it out enough to go to work fixing it up. The house had great bones, and the renovations helped us show off its potential so that we were able to get a great price for a very memorable home.

Worst experience: I wanted to buy a home with a half-acre lot in Bethesda that had gone to foreclosure. The home, like many foreclosed properties, had been neglected and was in need of repair. It also had extensive termite damage, which scared away most of the potential buyers. After consulting with experts, I still thought it had potential. I wrote an offer and received an accepted contract back from the seller — the bank. I already had removed my home inspection contingency, had the termite inspection done and gotten my loan approved. The bank loved me. Then I got a call and was told the bank had sold the house to two people at the same time. Apparently, it had a counteroffer out to a previously interested party who, on hearing of my interest in the property, decided to accept the counteroffer. The question, which could not be answered to my satisfaction, was which contract was the primary contract. Because I planned on doing thousands of dollars’ worth of renovation right away, I couldn’t afford to take possession of the property and then lose in court if it was decided that the other contract was the primary contract. I walked away. To this day, I still drive by it occasionally and imagine what it would look like with my renovations.

Family: Married, one son

Education: Bachelor of arts in political science, University of Maryland, 1975

Last book read: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” by J.K. Rowling

What is your personal dream house? Anything that overlooks the ocean.

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