- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2009

Roby C. Thompson III

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 2300 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone: 202/483-6300 or 202/255-2986

Fax: 202/387-3665

E-mail address: [email protected]

Web site: robythompson.com

Year started: 1987

How did you get started in real estate? I went to school to become a lawyer and worked as a paralegal assistant for a few years and decided law was not my thing. My father went to Virginia Military Institute with Wes Foster, the owner of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. My dad suggested I call his old schoolmate, Wes.

How long have you been with the current company? 21 years

Licenses: Licensed in the District, Virginia and Maryland

Awards: Top agent in office, 1995 to 2008; No. 1 in transactions in the District and Maryland for Long & Foster, 2008; many other awards and designations

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Spending more time with my children

Area of specialty: The District, condo market

Highest-priced home sold: $2,450,000

Most memorable house: I sold a house about 17 years ago that was the toughest sale I’ve ever had and one of the smallest commissions I’ve ever earned. The tenants were all drug addicts. They were not paying any rent, and they proceeded to get the owner fined for property condition infractions. Prior to closing, they cut all the gas lines and electrical service to the property because they knew the owner smoked. I guess they were hoping he would enter the house with a lit cigar and blow up! At the conclusion of the sale, the owner ended up having to pay each of the six tenants $2,000 to move out (on a $80,000 sale).

Worst experience buying or selling a house: The experience above was both gratifying and depressing.

Age: 46

Wife, Kim; a daughter, Cristina, 15; sons, Calvin, 13, and Nolan, 10

Pets: Toy poodle, Sadie

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., 1986

Community affiliations/outside interests: House of Ruth volunteer sales agent (on the sales I have conducted for them, I rebated my commissions to the organization); love to fish and garden

Last book read: “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” by Ishmael Beah

Last movie seen: “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (with the kids)

What kind of car do you drive? Acura TL and a Sebring convertible

Describe your personal dream house: My dream house is an oversized bungalow with a huge front porch and wonderful gardens.

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