- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

Linda Simpson

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 10801 Lockwood Drive, No. 160, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301/681-0400

Fax: 301/593-0593

E-mail address: [email protected]

Year started: August 1978

How did you get started in real estate? My husband and I joined a direct marketing company selling health-food products. I enjoyed meeting and talking to people. My husband suggested that I try real estate school. I took the class and started working for a real estate firm in Riverdale.

How long with the current company? 25 years

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland; graduate, Realtors Institute; graduate, Leadership Training; Personal Management Network; graduate, Maryland Association of Realtors Leadership Academy

Associations: Prince George's County Association of Realtors (PGCAR)

Awards: Member of the Year, Women's Council of Realtors; PGCAR President Service Award, PGCAR Distinguished Realtor Award

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I am serving a second term as the PGCAR president.

Area of specialty: Residential real estate, first-time homebuyers and single females; northern Prince George's County and the District

Highest-priced home sold: Just under $900,000

Most memorable house: My most memorable houses were the ones I saw when I was working with Howard University to sell properties they owned in historic LeDroit Park in the District.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: In the 2007 market, regular homeowners were competing with homes in the neighborhood that were facing foreclosure or selling as a short sale.

Age: 59

Family: Married for 33 years

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Memphis, 1973

Community affiliations/outside interests: My greatest outside interest is Zion Baptist Church in the District. I serve on the board for Human Needs Ministry, the Pastor Aid Circle and the Zion Baptist Historical Commission. I volunteer with the Share Food Network.

Last book read: “The Brethren” by John Grisham

Last movie seen: “Gran Torino”

What kind of car do you drive? Toyoto Avalon

Describe your personal dream house: A brick U-shaped rambler with four bedrooms, three baths, a gourmet kitchen, a family room with a wall of windows and a three-car garage.

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