- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

Name: Cindy Pagonis

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 19238 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20886

Phone: 202/302-6800; 301/417-7700

Fax: 301/869-7599

E-mail: cpagonis@weichert.com

Year started: 2007

How did you get started in real estate? For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in real estate. On weekends, I enjoyed going to open houses and touring new homes. I remember in the late 1980s and early 1990s dragging my husband and children all over the place looking at homes. It wasn’t until after my husband and I experienced the thrill and excitement of purchasing our first home in the early ‘90s that I knew someday I wanted to help others achieve the goal of homeownership. With three small children, I had to put being a Realtor on the back burner for a while. For the past 10 years, I have been a real estate investor managing my own properties, but I finally decided 2007 was the year for me to become a Realtor.

How long with the current company? Three months

Licenses and designations: Maryland real estate sales

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I sold my first home within two months after getting my real estate license and joining Weichert, Realtors.

Highest-priced home sold: $265,000

Most memorable house: I think every agent remembers the first home they sold, to whom they sold it and where. I plan to be no different. As a brand new agent, I have had the pleasure since the beginning of September to work with my first client and her daughter, who are new to the Washington area. After looking at many homes in the upper Montgomery County area, she thought that maybe Howard County might be the place for her. It turned out that after viewing quite a few homes in the Howard County area, she found the home of her dreams and decided this was the place for her and her daughter.

Worst experience: Fortunately, as a new agent, I have yet to experience any of the dreadful pitfalls with buying or selling a house.

Age: 46

Family: Husband, Tony; sons, Jonathan, Brian, Chris

Pets: Shih Tzu named Rocky

Community affiliations/outside interests: Boy Scouts of America, Porsche Club of America, founders’ region

Last book read: “Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny,” by Suze Orman

Last movie seen: “Becoming Jane”

What kind of car do you drive? Audi Allroad and Porsche Boxster S

What your personal dream house? Every home I have ever owned has been a dream home of mine. My current home has been my favorite thus far, though I truly believe what makes a home a dream home can change with time. I have the living space I have always wanted but not necessarily needed; the large yard for my kids to play in and for me to garden; a view of trees and sky, not neighbors in homes; and a view that spans the horizon with the morning’s sunrise and the evening’s sunset. Most important, my dream home is filled with my family. I’ve always said that it’s not the size of the home you own but the family that fills it.

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