- The Washington Times - Friday, August 22, 2008

Koki Adasi-Efuya

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 402 King Farm Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240/994-3941

Fax: 301/548-9664

E-mail address: [email protected] isthekey.com

Web site: www.kokiisthekey.com

Year started: 2005

How did you get started in real estate? I became a Realtor after working in accounting at Bethesda’s Seawright Homes (a subsidiary of Clark Construction) and realizing I preferred a more people-oriented job with astronomical growth potential.

How long with the current company?: Two years

Licenses and designations: Maryland and Virginia real estate licenses

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

Awards: Listed in Realtor magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2008; Long & Foster Top Producer

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months was being selected by Realtor magazine as one of the 30 most talented, up-and-coming Realtors in the United States.

What is your area of specialty: First-time home buyers

Highest-priced home sold: $1,160,000.

Describe the most memorable house you’ve been involved with: The most memorable property I’ve been involved with was a condo that I sold to a lifelong friend. He was searching for a two-bedroom condo in a specific subdivision, and there weren’t many on the market. We previewed the few that were available and made an offer on the one that had everything he needed. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement with the seller, and by that time, the other units all had gone under contract. My client was distraught, but I was determined to find him the perfect condo. I contacted every homeowner in the subdivision who had a two-bedroom unit. Before you knew it, we were under contract, and my client was ecstatic about his new condo. This was a very memorable transaction not only because I was working with a good friend, but I was able to face a difficult situation and remain optimistic until our goal was reached.

Describe your worst experience buying or selling a house: I was representing a buyer and had been searching for a home for several months. We finally found the home of her dreams and made an offer. We realized that our offer was a long shot and that we would receive a comment from the sellers. To our surprise, the seller agreed and was going to be paying all of my buyer’s closing costs and down payment. Right before we were going to ratify the contract, my buyer decided that the payments were going to be uncomfortable for her. Unfortunately, we had to pull out of negotiations and also begin the searching process all over again. This was my worst experience in real estate because it was so difficult to have to call the listing agent and explain to him that the deal we had both worked so hard to negotiate was no longer feasible.

Age: 26

Family: Two older brothers and two younger sisters. I don’t have any children yet, but would love to have five.

Education: Bachelor of Science in business with a minor in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Md.

Community affiliations: Member of the board of directors,YMCA Youth and Family Services; mentor for YMCA; volunteer at Oakmont School for autistic children; co-founder of the Kare-A-Lot Foundation; volunteer at DC Central Kitchen; house captain for Rebuilding Together; junior varsity basketball coach at the Bullis School. Interests include playing basketball, reading and meditating.

Last book read: “The Tipping Point,” by Malcolm Gladwell

Last movie seen: “Freedom Writers”

What kind of car do you drive? Nissan Maxima

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