- The Washington Times - Friday, December 11, 2009

Name: Freddy Rubio

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 20400 Observation Drive, Suite 200, Germantown, MD 20876

Phone:301/540-1330, ext. 149

Fax: 301/601-0250

E-mail address: frubio73@gmail.com

Year started: 2002

How did you get started in real estate? When it came time to buy my first home, seven months after I came to this county from Colombia, I didn’t speak English that well. I told my Realtor that I needed his help. I found out later that we were in a buyer’s market and he let me make a full price offer! The house had horrible carpet that we didn’t ask to have replaced, and we had no home inspection. I felt taken advantage of - I decided I could do a much better job helping people. It has been my goal to explain the process to my clients, especially those who could be vulnerable to be exploited.

How long have you been with the current company? 6 years

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland; Accredited Buyer Representative; Certified Residential Specialist; graduate, Realtor Institute

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

Awards: President’s Club, Chairman’s Club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Serving as the first Hispanic board member of the Fair Housing Commission in the city of Frederick

Area of specialty: Montgomery and Frederick counties

Highest-priced home sold: $845,000

Most memorable house: There was a house in Frederick County that was built at the end of the 1800s. It was tiny, like a dollhouse. There were two entrance doors, and I was told that back when this house was built, two entrance doors were added to allow the spirits who had died there to go in and out.

Describe your worst experience buying or selling a house: I am still in the middle of the worst transaction of my career. My buyer put in an offer for a short sale in April. Since two different banks owned the property, it became very complicated. After going back and forth a few times with changing closing dates and canceled settlements, my poor buyer has run out of patience and may walk away from this transaction out of pure frustration.

Age: 46

Family: Wife, Lia; daughters, Laura (21), Jennifer (16) and Melissa (14); son, Camillo (24)

Pets: Princess, a Bichon Frise

Community affiliations/community service: Board member, Centro Hispano

Last book read: “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom

Last movie seen:”The Ugly Truth”

What kind of car do you drive? Hyundai Sonata

Describe your personal dream house: A spacious rancher with a big front porch, nice backyard with a built-in grill area to entertain people and a pool; wood floors; a huge professional kitchen; a separate room just for laundry with lots of cabinets and counter space; high ceilings; energy efficient and eco-friendly

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