- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

Name: Valasie August

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 13135 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033

Phone: 703/502-3201

Fax: 703/961-9386

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: https://valaugust.lnfre.com

Year started: 1979

How did you get started in real estate? I wanted some extra money and thought real estate would be a great temporary job while I waited for my children to start school full time. My first financial goals were to have enough money to buy a new TV and take my family to Disney World.

How long with the current company? Since April 19, 1991

Licenses and designations: Associate broker, Maryland, Virginia and the District; graduate, Realtor Institute; certified real estate brokerage manager, certified residential specialist

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: Manager of the Year, 2001

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I lost 31 pounds!

Area of specialty: Residential and investment property

Highest-priced home sold: $575,000

Most memorable house: One of the last homes I sold in the 1980s was to a visually impaired man and his wife. It

wasn’t the home that was memorable, but the house-buying process. The buyer wanted to touch the walls and doors, cabinets and counters to get a “feel” for the house. It was remarkable to watch the process and see how he determined if this home - that he could not see, but could feel - was the right one for his family.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: The owner of the home attempted suicide the day before closing and the settlement attorney would not allow us to close until the seller proved that he was fit to sign a power of attorney so that a family member could close on his behalf. It took almost 6 months to actually have a successful closing. Rather than having to prove the seller was unfit, the seller had to prove he was fit.

Age: 57

Family: Married with two children and five grandchildren

Pets: Cookie, a standard poodle

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history and political science, New York University, 1971

Community affiliations/outside interests: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Gonzaga College High School Eagles Mother’s Club, helping with local food drives, reading, scrapbooking, skiing, tennis

Last book read: “Lords of the North” by Bernard Cornwell

Last movie seen: “Valkyrie”

What kind of car do you drive? 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK. 320

Describe your personal dream home: My dream home is on one floor with vaulted wood ceilings, a two-story great room with a stone fireplace, a prow roof with windows from the floor to ceiling, lots of decking, a great view of the mountains and sunset, a loft with built-in bookshelves filled with my favorite books, three bedrooms, three baths and a flowing open floor plan. All this but most important … it is filled with great memories!

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