- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 7, 2010

Name: Melody Novak

Company: Weichert, Realtors

Address: 1760 Reston Parkway, Reston, VA 20190

Phone: 703/264-0000, office; 703/362-4063, cell

Fax: 703/471-1864

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.melodysells.com

Year started: 2004, part time until 2006

How did you get started in real estate? I sold computer software and manufacturing services in the technology industry for 20 years. This position always included a great deal of daily air travel, both domestic and international. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, air travel combined with the stress of a worldwide sales responsibility posed a real challenge to realistic time management. I made a decision to continue with my career in sales without the added demands associated with constant travel. Getting my residential real estate license was the perfect solution.

How long with the current company? Six years

Licenses and designations: Licensed residential Realtor, relocation specialist, rental certified, Weichert mentor, lead network specialist

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Awards: Multimllion-dollar producer

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: In March, my daughter, Aura Novak, was nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year. I served as the chairwoman of her fundraising team, which was truly an honor. Collectively, the 2010 Man- and Woman-of-the-Year candidates in the Washington metro area raised more than $850,000 in 10 weeks. The generosity and kindness of all the contributors and candidates was incredibly moving to me, considering our challenging economic times.

Area of specialty: My personal specialty is working with first-time buyers. It is very rewarding to help buyers feel that they are comfortable and “in control” of their first real estate experience.

Highest-priced home sold: $735,000

Most memorable house: I worked with a couple for more than four years as they searched the market for their perfect home. It was a true challenge to work with a family for such a long time in a real estate market that was going through dramatic changes. The greatest reward after all that time was the relationship I built with them, basically becoming part of the family. I learned a great deal about myself as a person and a professional in this home-search experience. We closed on their home of choice in December 2009, and I was thrilled for them!

Worst experience buying or selling a house: The short-sale process or lack thereof is by far the greatest challenge we have right now in the market, giving the buyer and, in some cases, the seller, a collection of “worst experiences.” No two banks are alike, so we can’t manage expectations when we don’t know what the rules are going to be in the transaction. The buyers and sellers are exposed to long waits and endless frustration until the third-party approval is delivered. In many instances, I wonder if the “financial deal” at settlement is really worth the emotional roller coaster involved in this unpredictable, unmanageable process.

Age: 51

Family: Husband, James Novak, and one daughter, Aura Novak, who lives in the metro area

Pets: A teacup Maltese named Knuckles

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., 1983

Community affiliations and outside interests: Professional member of Future Business Leaders of America at Osbourn High School in Manassas. I love running, golfing, cooking, showing houses and spending time with my family.

Last book read: “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson and “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Last movie seen: “Eat, Pray, Love”

What kind of car do you drive? Toyota RAV 4

Describe your personal dream house: My current home, safe, secure, comfortable and filled with sunlight and family in Reston, Va.

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