- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Name: Marcy Covarrubias

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 500 Montgomery St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703/772-6569

Fax: 703/548-8955

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.realtormarcy.lnfre.com

Year started: 2004

How did you get started in real estate? I have two highly inspirational friends in the real estate industry. One founded a large title company in the area. The other is a top loan officer. I became fascinated with the industry and the thought of being my own boss. I also had spent six years in sales for my first career, so I thought it would segue nicely into real estate. I was right.

How long with the current company? Since 2004

License: Virginia real estate sales

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

Awards: NVAR’s multimillion dollar sales club; Long & Foster’s president’s club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Becoming a member of the multimillion dollar sales club and president’s club

Area of specialty: First-time home buyers and move-up buyers.

Highest-priced home sold: $715,000

Most memorable house: Finding a pastor and his family a nice single-family home with a big back yard in a planned community. His brood was rather large, and they had been staying in a small town house that was provided by his church close to a busy road. The look on the little ones’ faces when they first saw their new home and back yard was priceless.

Worst experience: One of my clients used a mortgage broker who also provided his own title company on-site. We got to the office for a 6 p.m. closing — yes, surprisingly, they work nontraditional hours — and no one was at the front desk. Our loan officer and settlement agent were nowhere to be found in that rather large business in Tysons Corner. Perfect strangers were trying to help us, but our contacts were nowhere to be found, nor were they taking calls. I looked upstairs and downstairs.

I peered into different offices to no avail. About 45 minutes later, our loan officer surfaced and put us in an upstairs reception area and apologized profusely, saying he had gotten tied up in another settlement. We waited yet another hour and 15 minutes. Thankfully, it closed that evening.

Age: 37

Pets: Two Jack Russell terriers and a cat.

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Eisenhower Partnership, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria; Humane Society of the United States; travel, walking and reading

Last book read: “Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs,” by Caroline Knapp

Last movie seen: “Notes on a Scandal”

What kind of car do you drive? Volvo S80

What is your personal dream house? A Cape Cod with an open design, upgraded kitchen, tons of floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, fireplace in the family room and master bedroom overlooking Pebble Beach and a short jaunt into town.

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