Friday, July 13, 2007

Name: Marilyn Cantrell

Company: McEnearney Associates Inc.

Address: 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101

Phone: 703/790-9090, Ext. 246; 703/860-2096

Fax: 703/717-5923


Web site:

Year started: 1987

How did you get started in real estate? My husband and I bought some investment property several years ago. I handled most of the negotiations and did a lot of the work our agent should have done. As I contemplated a new professional challenge, my husband encouraged me to explore real estate based on my success with our investment property. A few months later, I was in the Principles of Real Estate course. When I received notice that I passed my exam, I began my real estate career.

How long with the current company? I’ve been with my managing broker, David Howell, since the start of my career in 1987. We merged with McEnearney Associates in 1996.

Licenses and designations: Virginia associate broker; accredited buyer agent; certified residential specialist; graduate, Realtor institute; real estate cyberspace specialist; seniors real estate specialist

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

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: 2006 was my highest volume year of my 21 years in real estate.

What is your area of specialty? Referrals

Highest-priced home sold: $1,610,000

Most memorable house: It was a contemporary house in Fairfax, built by an architect. He knew what he was doing — the house was perfectly sited on the lot to maximize the parkland views from every window. There were lots of windows. He had some incredible custom touches to the interior that made you feel so good to be in there. To top it all off, it was in a price range that we normal, everyday people could afford. I enjoyed watching my buyers walk through the house the first time, seeing their eyes light up, smiles on their faces and hearing them keep saying, “Wow,” or, “Oh, look at this” as they turned every corner. That’s why I enjoy what I do and work so hard at it.

Worst experience: Worked with a buyer who was completely undecided about what she wanted. Every day she came up with something contrary to what she told me the day before. She was out of control.

Age: 52

Family: Husband, Will

Pets: Irish water spaniel named Mickey McGuire

Education: Bachelor of science in nutrition with minor in biology and chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1976; post graduate studies in nutrition, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Outside interests: International travel; showing dogs in conformation and agility

Last book read: “The Traveler,” by John Twelve Hawks

Last movie seen: “Casino Royale”

What kind of car do you drive? Jaguar

What is your personal dream house? What I have: One-level living, full of light and architectural accents; open and airy, yet it feels like a home; attractively landscaped 1-acre lot with perennials, greenery year-round, waterfall and bird feeders. The location is convenient for my husband and central for me to get all around Northern Virginia.

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