- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2007

Name: Cindy Jones

Company: RE/MAX Allegiance

Address: 5641 Burke Center Parkway, Burke, VA 22015

Phone: 703/346-2213

Fax: 866/694-9325

E-mail: [email protected]

Web sites: www.varealestatetalk.com; www.cindyjoneshomes.com

Year started: 2003

How did you get started in real estate? I spent 15 years as a college administrator and part-time faculty member. Then I was offered an opportunity to take my skills into the technology field to help design administrative and academic software solutions.

After 12 years traveling and speaking all over the world, I decided I needed a ”retirement” career.

So after talking it over with friends and family, they suggested that with my gregarious nature, business and technology background and my personal experience with real estate investing becoming a Realtor would be a smart transition.

They were right.

How long with the current company? One year

Licenses and designations: Virginia real estate broker; certified residential specialist

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Council of Residential Specialists

Awards: NVAR Residential Top Producer 2004, 2005, 2006

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Two great events — my daughter Kara’s wedding in London and the birth of my granddaughter, Alexandra, daughter of my son, Craig.

What is your area of specialty: First-time buyers

Highest-priced home sold: $1,400,000

Most memorable house: This year I had an opportunity to co-list a terra-dome earth-sheltered home in Manassas. The property reminded me of a Frank Lloyd Wright design, which I love, and with all of the emphasis today on looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and protect the environment, the timing couldn’t have been better for it to be on the market.

The new owner had wanted an earth-sheltered home since the ‘80s, so it was a terrific match.

Worst experience: I had a tear-down listing in Annandale during the crazy days in 2004.

I had people waiting for me when I arrived for the open house.

In four hours, I had 75 persons through the house.

I had 18 contracts in 24 hours and I cornered every available agent in my office to handle the unrepresented buyers.

It was total insanity, and by the time it was over I had no clue what day it was.

We accepted a cash offer and closed in two weeks.

Pets: Two rescue cats, Shy and Jasper

Education: Master of arts in management and organizational behavior, University of Phoenix, 1989; bachelor of science in counseling, George Mason University, 1983; bachelor of arts in English, Bridgewater College, 1973

Community service/outside interests: Habitat for Humanity and Fisher House; kayaking and hiking

Last book read: “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant,” by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Last movie seen: “The Bourne Ultimatum”

What kind of car do you drive? 2004 Volvo S60

What is your personal dream house? A Craftsman-style bungalow with a large porch, small studio for my fused glass kiln and room for wildflower and vegetable gardens.

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