- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2009

Name: Paul J. Sliwka

Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Address: 3000 K St. NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202/333-6100

Fax: 202/471-5270

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: www.sliwkagroup.com

Year started: 1989

How did you get started in real estate? I was buying property and helping friends search for their first homes in the Washington area. I enjoyed working with a couple of agents and developed an interest in becoming an agent myself, as I had already established a working knowledge of the area and many contacts.

Licenses and designations: Associate broker in the District, Virginia and Maryland

Associations: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR), National Association of Realtors

Awards: Top Producer NVAR, Mayors Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: New Project 2003

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Growing my sales group from three to seven agents.

Area of specialty: Extensive knowledge of how neighborhoods connect and relate to each other; we have listings in all price ranges

Highest-priced home sold: $3,000,000

Most memorable house: In 1996, my client was terminally ill but needed to move out of his rented apartment. He could only pay cash, as he was no longer able to work, and he couldn’t qualify for a mortgage. This man had been a well-known community activist and leader. His budget was $20,000 to $25,000. We searched high and low, and finally found a studio at River Park Mutual Homes in the District. He paid $17,000 for a studio with a nice treetop view and was able to handle the monthly co-op fee with his disability income.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: What troubles me the most is when a buyer or seller does not have all the information that he or she needs.

Age: 47

Family: In a committed relationship

Pets: LC, the cat

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University, 1985

Community service/outside interests: Human Rights Campaign; Democratic National Committee; Washington Redskins football; Washington Nationals baseball; historic preservation; collecting contemporary art, silver and antiques; boating and kayaking on the Chesapeake Bay

Last book read: “Netherland” by Joseph O’Neill, read concurrently with “It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Last movie seen: Watched “Chinatown” again

What kind of car do you drive? Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Describe your personal dream house: I am blessed to say I live in it! I renovated and expanded an 1880s farmhouse on the West River and Chesapeake Bay in 2003 and spend as many nights as I can there. It is a home bathed in great sunlight, with room for family and friends, at the water’s edge. It is filled with family memories, as it was my great aunt’s weekend home during my childhood.

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