- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Name: Bruce Guy Lauther and Connie Lauther

Company: ERA Elite Group

Address: 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 120, Fairfax VA 22030

Phone: Bruce cell: 703/909-3969; Connie cell: 703/909-8423; office: 800/441-5420, ext. 312; home: 703/352-5271

Fax: 703/359-0697

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.2hdb.com/bandclauther

Year started: 1985

How did you get started in real estate? We returned to this area, where we met, in 1984. We had achieved everything we had hoped for and more across a rich and full career with the Coast Guard. Frequent and extended separation was a routine part life. We decided to pursue a new career in real estate together where our combined education and extensive experiences in relocation, the classroom, and people on the move were advantages.

How long with the current company? 10 years

Licenses and designations: Bruce — Virginia real estate sales; accredited buyer representative; accredited staging professional; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtor institute; senior real estate specialist; notary public. Connie — Virginia real estate sales, accredited buyer representative, accredited staging professional, certified residential specialist, graduate, Realtor institute, senior real estate specialist.

Associations: Both belong to Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR), Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: Bruce — life member, multimillion-dollar club; NVAR outstanding volunteer; Northern Virginia Board of Realtors distinguished service award; two NVAR outstanding committee citations; several medals in barbershop quartet competition; Optimist of the Year in the Noonday Optimist Club, Fairfax. Connie — NVAR top producer, five consecutive years; ERA leader’s circle, four consecutive years; NVAR outstanding committee citation. Both — four consecutive ERA Elite Group awards of real estate excellence; named to ERA Leadership Council, 2006.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Bruce — recipient of honor award from Alexandria Harmonizers, Barbershop Harmony Society, 2005; Connie — volunteer of the year, Fairfax Salvation Army Auxiliary, 2005; volunteer of the year, Woman’s Club of Fairfax, 2005

What is your area of specialty? Greater Northern Virginia

Highest-priced home sold: $2,400,000

Most memorable house: While on a home inspection with our purchaser in an older home in Arlington, the inspector quietly pulled a chair under the heating ducts in the cellar and nodded upward. When we climbed on the chair we discovered a huge roll of money — $100 bills, maybe $35,000 or more. It was bigger than a roll of toilet paper and bound by knotted twine. The owners, both attorneys, were not at home. After concluding the home inspection and locking up, we called the owners to ask them to remove “the large roll of money observed above the heating duct in the basement, presumably yours, before we go to settlement.” The owner replied, “Oh, he’s done it again and misplaced his escrow reserves.” She explained that the money was kept in case a desperate client called in the wee hours of the morning and the amount of money needed to guarantee the bail bond couldn’t be withdrawn from the nearby ATM.

Worst experience: We worked directly with a builder and bank to purchase a nearly completed new home in Juneau, Alaska, one April. When we returned to Juneau, with our household furnishings shipped separately, we discovered the home was not ready. The daily expenses of temporary lodging were greater than our compensation. A neighbor had rightfully complained about the home’s proximity to the common property boundary and the builder had been denied permission to proceed.Eventually, we entered into delicate negotiations for the bank and ourselves, using the builder’s money, with the neighbor. We were able to purchase a 293/4-inch strip from the neighbor’s side lot, to correct the zoning violation.

Education: Bruce — associate of science in electronic technology, RCA Institutes (New York), 1964; bachelor of science in electrical engineering, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1968; master of engineering administration, George Washington University, 1973. Connie — bachelor of science in home economics, Pennsylvania State University, 1961; master of arts in education, New York University, 1974.

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Bruce — past president, Noonday Optimist Club; Alexandria Harmonizers, Barbershop Harmony Society. Connie — Fairfax election officer; Fairfax Inter-service Club Council; Woman’s Club of Fairfax; Fairfax Salvation Army Auxiliary; Friends of Harmony, Alexandria Harmonizers. We enjoy people, travel, theater, bridge, sporting events, observing, listening, learning and fine cuisine.

Last movie seen: Bruce — “Brokeback Mountain.” Connie — “Glory Days.”

What kind of car do you drive? Bruce — Acura MDX. Connie — Lexus RX 330.

What is your personal dream house? We both like the contemporary living style. We enjoy light-filled surroundings for stimulation and serene living.

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