- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2009

Name:C.C. Bartholomew

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 8898 Mathis Ave., Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: 703/282-4800

Fax: 703/369-4755

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: www.realestatebycc.com

Year started: 1999

How did you get started in real estate? After retiring from 20 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic, I was ready for a big change. I chose a career in real estate to allow me the flexibility to take care of my children while learning a new and exciting profession. It later turned out to be a true blessing, as I’ve discovered that my true passion is helping others. Assisting families by finding, negotiating, buying and selling the biggest investment of their lives — their home — I get great satisfaction.

How long have you been with the current company? 6 1/2 years

Licenses and designations: Associate broker; graduate, Realtor Institute; accredited buyer representative

Associations: Prince William Association of Realtors

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: In 2008, my business thrived in a “down” real estate market.

Areas of specialty:Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County

Highest-priced home sold: $875,000

Describe the most memorable house you’ve been involved with: The most memorable home that I sold was a historic home, built in 1910, in Old Town Manassas. This home had so much charm with original heart pine flooring, special crown moldings and a wonderful old fireplace. It was a “one of a kind” property in an excellent location, on a corner lot, with a huge front porch.

Describe your worst experience buying or selling a house: This past year, I was selling a foreclosure to a first-time homebuyer with a closing date of March 30. The client had given notice to be out of his apartment by April 15, so there would be a cushion in case we were delayed (as is usually the case with foreclosures). There was a title issue that needed to be resolved before we could close. By April 15, we still hadn’t settled. The client was able to stay in the apartment until the end of the month, but had to be out before May 1. The delay continued through the first, and the buyer had to move all of his furniture out of the apartment (into storage). With nowhere to go, he ended up sleeping on a friend’s couch! After another week, the client was so upset. The lock on his loan was about to expire and he was “homeless” when we finally closed. That was the worst experience for me, as I was the one calling him every day through the delay and he was not a happy camper. It all ended well, as he did end up with a beautiful home to call his own, but not without a lot of stress and pain.

Age: 47

Family: Husband, Rob; daughters, Angela, Rachel; sons, JD and Damien

Pets: Two beautiful Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Jack and Chewey

Community affiliations/outside interests: Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee co-chair, Toastmasters International, Kiwanis Club of Bull Run, Business Networking International and Clifton Presbyterian Church. I enjoy golf and leading mission trips with my church.

Last book read: “Monday Morning Choices: 12 Powerful Ways to Go From Everyday to Extraordinary” by David Cottrell

Last movie seen: “The Dark Knight”

What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Avalon

Describe your personal dream house: Beautiful, all-brick Colonial-style home backing up to a golf course with a wooded area in the front.

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