- The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2009

Jaynie Grant

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 7821 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301/718-4100, ext. 136

Fax: 301/983-9389

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: www.jayniegrant.com

Year started: 1999

How did you get started in real estate? After 25 years in the corporate world managing philanthropic programs, I decided to pursue a real estate career. I had relocated four times in two years, so I had experienced the emotional and stressful nature of buying and selling homes.

How long have you been with the current company? 10 years

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland and the District; graduate, Realtor Institute

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

Awards: Weichert’s President’s and Executive clubs (for sales volume)

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: There has never been a settlement I haven’t viewed as a great accomplishment. Each transaction is unique and challenging. Getting through all the contingencies and working with buyers and sellers who may have unrealistic expectations about the process is my greatest joy and my greatest tribulation.

Area of specialty: I work primarily in Montgomery County. I enjoy working with first-time homebuyers and people relocating to our area.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,850,000

Most memorable house: There was a small house in College Park that had been owned by the same person for 60 years, with absolutely no updating. It was on a beautiful lot in a modest community. Against the preference of the children of the owner, we priced it modestly “as is” during this difficult market because the owner had no funds to make improvements. As a result, we quickly received multiple offers and were able to sell it within a week for much more than the original list price. The owner was able to retire comfortably to Oregon with his children.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: My buyers fell in love with a home that had a well and septic system. By county law, these systems have to be inspected and approved prior to settlement. We were to receive the results on the day of settlement, and they both failed. The sellers had disclosed “working” systems but hadn’t had the proper inspections. As a result, we had to hold a significant sum in escrow at settlement to repair the problems. Because my buyers were moving in that day, I purchased a water dispenser and had many gallons of water delivered to their home so they would have some water. The problem was solved within a few days, but it was a nightmare time for all of us.

Age: 65

Family: One son, Russell, serving in the U.S. Army in Kandahar province, Afghanistan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from New York University; master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University

Community service/outside interests: Community-service committee board and housing and community initiatives, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors; office blood-drive organizer; coat drive; military-family donation project; instructor, first-time homebuyers class

Last book read: “The Forever War” by Dexter Filkins

Last movie seen: “Earth”

What kind of car do you drive? BMW 328xi

Describe your personal dream house: My dream house is on the beach. It is a small, rustic place with lots of windows and a full-house porch overlooking the sand and the water.

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