- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Name: Murray J. Gould

Company: RE/MAX Pros

Address: 20270 Goldenrod Lane, Germantown, MD 20876

Phone: 301/674-3668

Fax: 301/424-0610

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.murraygould.com

Year started: 1980

How did you get started in real estate? In my seventh year of teaching music theory at the University of Maryland in College Park, I was denied tenure. I spent a year writing an ear training book, and during that time found the academic job market drying up. Deciding in 1980 to change careers, I felt that real estate brokerage would be one of the easiest and most financially rewarding professions to enter.

How long with the current company? Since 1990

License: Maryland associate broker

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

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My wife and I returned to Humniska, a tiny village east of Krakow, Poland, where I had lived between the ages of 2 and 6. With the aid of preparatory research plus the guidance of a young Polish historian, we had been able to locate the home where I had lived, and on this, the second of two trips, we continued to meet people who had not only known my grandmother, uncle and aunt, but who also remembered me. More recently, Mary and I spent two nights aboard the Queen Mary, the ship I sailed on to the United States with my uncle, in 1938. These experiences have given me back parts of my life that had all but disappeared.

What is your area of specialty? Montgomery County

Highest-priced home sold: $1,250,000.

Most memorable house: In 2003 I sold the historic property at 10245 Capitol View Ave. in Kensington, known as the Dwyer House. At one time the fanciest home in the neighborhood, it had suffered through years of neglect and outright abuse. By June 2003 it had been condemned and could only be restored through a well-funded labor of love. Sale of the property was contested in court, and I appeared several times as a witness for the trustee. The transaction ultimately led me into deeper research and preparation and taught me much about the ways of the law. I am pleased to report that the property is being renovated to a very high standard. Aside from being most memorable, it also was my worst experience.

Age: 74

Family: Married, five children

Education: Bachelor of music in violin, Manhattan School of Music, 1960; master of music in violin, Manhattan School of Music, 1964; doctorate in musicology, New York University, 1973

Outside interests: Music

Last book read: “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More,” by Chris Anderson

Last movie seen: “The Science of Sleep”

What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes

What is your personal dream house? A Victorian, with at least one large room for me, where I can have a music studio, and ample wall space for large photographs.

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