Name: Chris Upham
Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Alexandria
Address: 310 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Year started: 2003
How did you get started in real estate? I was really interested in real estate investing, but wanted to learn more. I decided to learn the business from the inside by becoming a licensed Realtor.
How long with the current company? Since 2007
Licenses and designations: Licensed in the District, Maryland and Virginia; certified Energy Smart Real Estate Specialist (ESRES)
Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors
Awards: 2009 International President’s Elite for top 1 percent of 105,000 Coldwell Banker real estate agents internationally, 2008 International President’s Circle, 2007 International President’s Club
Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I’m honored to be working with the midshipmen as volunteer coach on the Naval Academy’s varsity offshore sailing team. Professionally, it has been very exciting this past year to build the Upham Real Estate Team by adding two great team members, Lily and Sandra, who do an amazing job keeping our buyer and seller transactions on track. It was a really amazing feeling and sense of accomplishment to be named in the top 1 percent of agents internationally.
Area of specialty: Alexandria, Arlington, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill and Potomac
Highest-priced home sold: $1,515,000
Most memorable house: Helping a client sell their town home in Old Town Alexandria and purchase a truly amazing place that has a full-sized movie theater, a bar just like the one in “Cheers,” an enormous gym and a gorgeous swimming pool.
Worst experience buying or selling a house: Our team works very hard to ensure the home selling and buying process goes as smoothly as possible from start to finish. Inevitably, we often encounter very challenging situations that at first seem impossible to overcome. These roadblocks always test our determination and perseverance, but we just keep at it like a bulldog. The sense of accomplishment comes when we get to the finish line with a smooth settlement.
Family: My amazing wife, Julie, and our “fur baby,” Connor, a 100-pound 4-year-old “pup” that looks like a mix of a Rhodesian ridgeback, boxer and Great Dane.
Education: Master’s degree in engineering management, economics and finance from George Washington University; bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy
Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: Urban Land Institute; Naval Academy volunteer offshore sailing coach; I’m sailing in the Six-Day Annapolis to Bermuda Race in June on a J/42 with a great group of folks who are all involved in the real estate industry.
Last book read: “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10” by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson
Last movie seen: “Date Night”; other favorites this year were “Avatar,” “District 9” and “The Hurt Locker.”
What kind of car do you drive? When I am meeting with clients, we’re in the 2003 Lexus ES300. When it’s just me and the dog, we drive a 2000 Chevy pickup truck that I got at the Independence Airlines bankruptcy auction. It still has the FLYi markings and the orange light on top from its days on the runway at Dulles Airport.
Describe your personal dream house: Definitely a house on the water with a dock and a boat. I have a couple of sailing buddies who are living my dream with homes on the Severn River in Annapolis with their boats docked out front.