- The Washington Times - Friday, December 26, 2008

Name. Holly Weatherwax

Company: Momentum Realty

Address: 19349 Youngs Cliff Road, Potomac Falls, VA 20165 (although I work from my home office in Reston)

Phone: 571/643-4902

Fax: 703/842-8575

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: www.hollyweatherwax.com and www.momentumrealtyva.com

Year started: I was first licensed in 1994 but took an 8-year hiatus to stay home with my children. I began actively practicing again in 2003.

How did you get started in real estate? I grew up with parents in the real estate industry and swore that I would never get involved. I felt like it was a very time-intensive career and I wanted something different for my life. Real estate, however, gets into your blood! By the early 1990s, I was informally finding homes for my friends and going to open houses for “fun.” When I decided to make a career change, I thought I might as well get paid - and have access to the best tools - for something I was already doing!

How long have you been with the current company? I co-founded Momentum Realty in 2005 with Carol A. Kearney.

Licenses and designations: Real estate broker, Virginia; graduate, Realtor Institute; accredited buyers representative, e-pro, accredited staging professional Realtor, currently studying for my Eco-Broker designation

Associations: Dulles Area Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: Dulles Area Association of Realtors Honor Society

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I became licensed as a real estate broker, and I watched my oldest child head off to University of Virginia.

Area of specialty: I work with buyers and sellers, primarily in Reston, Herndon, Great Falls and as far west as Leesburg.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,880,000

Most memorable house: My clients seem to all be blessed with great taste, so I think most of my listings and the homes purchased by my clients have been wonderful. The most memorable listing for me, however, was when I had the opportunity to list the home I had personally sold 5 years earlier. The couple who bought our house became close personal friends. When they asked me to list it for them, I was honored. At the settlement table, we had three “generations” of owners (including me, as the former owner who built the house; my friends, Gina and Adi; and the couple that bought it from them).

Worst experience buying or selling a house: My worst experiences have been associated with the recent downturn in the market. It is difficult for people who have counted on a certain amount of money from their homes and then find out that their expectations are off base. I work very hard to make sure that my transactions are not stressful, but there is really no way around this particular stress! As Realtors, we have been forced to become a combination of real estate specialist and therapist to help our clients accept the state of the current market. It is particularly difficult for sellers who are approaching, or in, retirement. They counted on their home as a “nest egg” and have watched their nest egg shrivel away.

Age: 45

Family: Married to Bob Weatherwax, with three children (ages 18, 16 and 12)

Pets: Gigi, a French Bulldog

Education: Bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., 1985

Community affiliations/outside interests: I’m a founding member of the Wescott Woods Book Club (going on 13 years) and active with Dulles Area Association of Realtors. I also volunteer at my son’s school and with his sports team. I like to workout with weights, walk and run, and do yoga. I get together annually with my friends from freshman year of college. I am very active on the ActiveRain blog, educating consumers who want to buy or sell real estate.

Last book read: “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer (on the advice of my 16-year-old)

Last movie seen: “W” (at the theater); “Baby Mama” (at home)

What kind of car do you drive? Audi

Describe your personal dream house: We have a house that has four bedrooms and three baths on the oceanfront in Corolla, N.C. We bought it in 2001, gutted it and remodeled. It isn’t big, but we love it. We get to spend less and less time there as our kids have gotten older, so we book some time when we can go and rent it the rest of the time. Someday, I would like to have an “everyday” house on the James or Potomac River.

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