- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Name: Joel Pautsch

Company: RE/MAX Classic

Address: 604 Robinson Place Court, Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 410/544-5365

Fax: 410/544-3680

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.realestatebyjoel.com

Year started: 1989

How did you get started in real estate? After serving in the Army for 10 years, I was looking for a new job. I took a real estate licensing course thinking it would be good stuff to know, not thinking it would end up being my career. One thing led to another. My sister introduced me to a local real estate firm in Annapolis, and before I knew it I was in real estate. When I started, I was so new to the area that when I first took out clients to look at houses, they had to give me directions.

How long with the current company? More than 10 years

Licenses and designations: Maryland associate broker; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtors’ institute; accredited buyer representative

Associations: Anne Arundel Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.

Awards: Realtor of the year in Anne Arundel County, 2003; past president, Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors; numerous company top lister and top seller awards; platinum club; 100 percent club; distinguished sales achievement club; masters club

Greatest accomplishment in past 12 months: The highlight of last year was a church mission trip to Guatemala and El Salvador. I went with my wife and three of our children. We helped do medical and prayer clinics and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ to hundreds of people. I think my family would agree it was the best thing we’ve ever gotten to do.

What is your area of specialty? Anne Arundel County

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

Most memorable house: Once I showed a house in which there were mushrooms growing along the edge of the new carpet. After the buyer and I went to the basement to check out the problem, we discovered the basement not only had a serious water problem, but that it was crawling with hundreds of those high-jumping crickets. We got out of there fast, and I mean really fast.

Worst experience: I was once involved with a sale in which I had to deal with a divorce situation. The husband had a variety of problems, one being that he was very angry with life. He had tried taking out his frustrations by driving his truck into the garage door, among other things. I didn’t know if we were ever going to make it to settlement, at least in one piece. Fortunately, we made it through unscathed. What a relief.

Age: 46

Family: Wife, Linda; five children: Christian, 19; Jonathan, 17; Maria, 15; and twins Nathan and Natalie, 13

Pets: Corgi, Winston; assorted others include a bird, fish, guinea pigs and hamsters

Education: Attended University of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College for a total of three years, studying German and computers

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: I serve as Men’s Ministry leader and in other capacities at Arnold New Covenant Church; travel; meeting new people

Last book read: “Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love,” by Jerry Bridges

Last movie seen: “End of the Spear”

What kind of car do you drive? Chrysler Town & Country minivan

What is your personal dream house? I’ve always liked Cape Cods. In my mind, I can picture this big white Cape Cod with black shutters and a red door with an angled two-car garage with an office on top overlooking the Severn River.

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