Name: Bonnie Rivkin
Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Alexandria, Va.
Address: 310 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Website: www.VirginiaRealEstate4u.com or www.cbmove.com/bonnie.rivkin
Year started: 2005
How did you get started in real estate? I had been volunteering and fundraising in my community for years, and I had always been interested in real estate. I thought it would be a good fit for me because I love helping people. I really enjoy working with clients and finding the perfect home.
How long have you been with the current company? Five years
Licenses and designations: Real estate sales in Virginia and the District; graduate, Realtor Institute; accredited staging professional; accredited buyer representative; green accreditation; relocation specialist
Associations: National Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
Awards: Rookie of the Year, Coldwell Banker mid-Atlantic 2005; NVAR Top Producer; Multi-Million-Dollar Producer, Coldwell Banker; International President’s Club, Coldwell Banker
Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I helped my older daughter become a first-time homeowner. It’s always a rewarding experience, but this was especially so.
Area of specialty: Old Town, Arlington, Alexandria South and the District
Highest-priced home sold: $2,000,000
Most memorable house: A well-known athlete in the Washington area purchased a new-construction home, and I negotiated for the seller to totally rebuild the kitchen, at no extra cost.
Worst experience buying or selling a house: My clients missed the deadline for the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers by two days. The seller, however, agreed to pay $8,000 in closing costs for the buyers, so it all worked out.
Family: Widow, two daughters
Pets: Rocco, a Maltese
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Lasell College in Newton, Mass., 1973
Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Tennis, support local high school baseball and softball
Last book read: “Open” by Andre Agassi
Last movie seen: “Inglourious Basterds”
Describe your personal dream house: A summer place at the Delaware beaches