- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Name: Catherine Montgomery

Company: RE/MAX Allegiance

Address: 12531 Clipper Drive Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Phone: 703/551-HOME (4663)

Fax: 866/416-5391

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.e-sellmyhouse.com or www.e-househunt.com

Year started: 1992

How did you get started in real estate? I’ve always loved homes, houses, old buildings and historic buildings, so this is a natural fit. I’ve also moved many times in my lifetime and I know the value of a good Realtor to help in that process. I’m still grateful to the Realtor who found my home for me 22 years ago. I couldn’t have done it without her. I love helping people find that “just right” home.

How long with the current company? More than 10 years

License and designations: Virginia associate broker; graduate, Realtor institute; certified residential specialist; certified Internet professional

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors.

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: After Hurricane Katrina hit, I really wanted to help, but did not know the best way to go about it. Just as Hurricane Rita was about to hit, the woman who cleans our offices told us about her daughter in Louisiana and how the hurricane had ravaged their town and that she couldn’t get supplies to her. At that moment, I knew what to do. I looked at our office manager, Carolyn, and said, “We can do this. We can take a truckload of supplies to those people.” She agreed. I sent out a companywide e-mail asking for supplies and the outpouring was just incredible. We filled a 17-foot box truck. The truck was donated; many of our staff loaded it. We had food, water, pet supplies, new clothes and toys, furniture and appliances. I was too terrified to actually drive this truck, so Carolyn drove and I navigated our journey to Louisiana. We stayed with friends in Tennessee and the family in Louisiana on our four-day mission. We were exhausted, but when we saw the devastation we knew it was worth every moment. I still can’t believe we did it. I know that, if need be, I could do it again.

What is your area of specialty? Military relocation

Most memorable house/worst experience: My most memorable house is also my worst experience. I listed a town home for a family in Dale City. They wanted to purchase a single-family home in the area. I sold their home, and we had a contract on the home they wanted to buy. The lender assured me that their loan on the new home was done and everything was fine. We settled on the sale of the town house, but the lender never turned in the loan package and it was never processed. What a nightmare. We were the bottom of four transactions. My clients were homeless. The buyer of their town house wouldn’t let them stay a few days, and the seller of the move-up house wouldn’t let them rent until settlement. It was horrible. I had their belongings and their fish tank in my garage, and they were in a local hotel. I called the president of that mortgage company, and he pushed the loan through in four days. My clients finally moved into their new home, and I got my garage back. They are one of the nicest families I’ve ever worked with. They were very grateful for what I did for them, and they call me periodically to see how I’m doing.

Pets: Two dogs, two cats

Education: Bachelor of science in business administration, Strayer College, 1994

Community service: I sponsor a 9-year-old child in Honduras through Compassion International.

Last book read: “The Assassins,” by Oliver North

Last movie seen: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

What kind of car do you drive? Ford Expedition

What is your personal dream house? My dream house sits on about 10 acres with a horse barn and pastures. The home would be about 3,500 square feet with a first-floor master suite and office. The basement would be my home gym. The kitchen would be something out of HGTV with tons of storage, space and high-end appliances. I’d step out the back door to my patio, pool and hot tub, through the gate and to the barn.

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