Name: Rachel Valentino
Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Address: 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
E-mail address: rachel.valentino@LNF.com
Web site: www.rachelvalentino.com
How did you get started in real estate? I took the Long & Foster Principles of Real Estate class during a winter break at American University, where I was working on my MBA, and fell in love with the dynamics of the market. I never planned on going into real estate, but you can’t “plan” everything. Some things are just meant to be.
Licenses and designations: Licensed in the District, Maryland and Virginia; graduate, Real Estate Institute; Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist; Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR), Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
Awards: No. 1 Individual Producer at D.C.’s No. 1 Real Estate Office; Washington Life magazine’s “The Young & The Guest List,” 2009; Washington City Paper’s “Best Real Estate Agent,” 2009; GCAAR Rookie of the Year, 2008; featured on the cover of Realtor magazine; NAR’s 2009 class of “30 under 30”
Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Getting engaged to my future husband.
Most memorable house: My fiance and I bought a town house in the District last September and have gone through the headaches (and joys) of renovating it over the past 10 months. It’s a labor of love. We have done a complete overhaul of the home and have countless projects to do. I know it will never be “finished,” but when we are through, I don’t think I’ll ever leave!
Worst experience buying or selling a house: My career has centered on concentrated efforts to assist young buyers in their realization that they can afford a home. The worst was late last year when the District’s Home Purchase Assistance Program was shut down when the City Council revoked the funding. This left several of my buyers stranded - they had already given notice to vacate their apartments. I was able to talk them through this period, but the stress was horrible.
Family: Fiance, Michael
Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., 2004; MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing management, American University, 2007
Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: D.C. Canes (local University of Miami alumni group), church activities at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, biking and exploring new restaurants
Last book read: “The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money … It’s About Being the Best You Can Be!” by Gary Keller
Last movie seen: “Angels & Demons”
Describe your personal dream house: A nice little second property in Miami close to the water, either in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables or South Beach. I want a place my family can escape to and enjoy.