- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

Name: Ratan Kumar

Company: Coldwell Banker Previews International, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Address: 6832 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22101

Phone: 703/269-2322

Fax: 703/356-7033

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: www.cbmove.com/ratan.kumar

Year started: 1989

How did you get started in real estate? I purchased an apartment building as an investment to build equity and mitigate my taxes from my lucrative full-time employment as an aerospace engineer. The process was exciting, and I decided to pursue real estate as a career. After completing my master’s degree, I joined Coldwell Banker to focus primarily on commercial sales and leasing. My focus has now evolved into a combination of residential and commercial expertise to serve clients in the full spectrum of real estate as part of their overall financial portfolio. I see myself as a real estate consultant.

How long have you been with the current company? I have been with Coldwell Banker for almost 20 years.

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR), Council of Commercial and Industrial Members, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors

Awards: International President’s Elite Award; International President’s Circle Award; Lifetime Top Producer, NVAR; Top Lister Coldwell Banker, McLean; Top Producer Coldwell Baker, McLean; Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club, NVAR

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I have had the integrity, discipline and industry expertise to guide my clients through a challenging market.

Area of specialty: Commercial, residential and investment opportunities in the District, Maryland and Virginia

Highest-priced home sold: $16,000,000 for one property, and up to $100,000,000 for a portfolio of several properties held by one owner. Highest price for a residential home was $1,500,000.

Most memorable house: I helped a client secure his first home, despite great difficulty due to his financial profile. He now enjoys a great school system for his children, a short commute to work and a very reasonable mortgage.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: A homebuyer had a deal fall apart due to unreasonable parities associated with the seller, but I helped the buyer withdraw from the contract at no cost to my buyer and helped him quickly find another home.

Age: 49

Family: Wife and three children

Education: Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, 1984; master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University, 1986

Last movie seen: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Describe your personal dream house: My dream home is one that achieves a harmonious balance among the dwellers, the dwelling and nature.

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