- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

Name: Kay Marlin

Company: Chatel Real Estate

Address: 1929 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202/483-0140, ext. 3012

Fax: 202/462-4980

E-mail address: kmarlin@mindspring.com

Web site: chatelrealestate.com

Year started: 1987

How did you get started in real estate? The thing that precipitated my entrance into the profession was the near loss of my job. I was working as a contractor in public health policy when our contract was threatened with cancellation. Because I could take the real estate class in my spare time, it seemed like a great way to prepare myself for another job in case I was laid off. (I wasn’t.) Eventually, I went full time in the business when my mother was very ill, and I wanted to spend more time with her.

How long have you been with the current company? Since 2008

Licenses and designations: Licensed in the District, associate broker

Associations: Member, local real estate board, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR); National Association of Realtors (NAR); member, American Public Health Association

Awards: GCAAR Top Producer Award for volume of business done, 2003

Area of specialty: Because I have lived in the Dupont area most of my adult life, it is my natural area of expertise.

Highest-priced home sold: $1,100,000

Most memorable house: A house in Spring Valley, which I listed for sale for a former beau, whose parents had owned it for 50 years.

Describe your worst experience buying or selling a house: Once I sold a small unit that was in an estate sale. On the day of the closing, I was scheduled to pick up the personal representative for the estate, but I could not find her anywhere. At the closing, she had trouble holding the pen. Later that night, she called to tell me she had a headache and her ears were ringing. As it turned out, she was soon hospitalized for an inoperable brain tumor, and she died soon afterward. This is a poignantly sad story in a way, but also funny in that it shows how some of us (client and agent alike) can sometimes complete a task against great odds.

Age: 59

Pets: One fat cat

Last book read: “Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death” by Irvin D. Yalom

Last movie seen: “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (for the umpteenth time)

What kind of car do you drive? Small, old Mercedes

Describe your personal dream house: A place with some natural beauty around it, where birds make the local soundtrack

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