- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 16, 2010

Name: Annabel Burch

Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Address: 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 202/285-7166

Fax: 301/469-4790

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: https://annabelburch.com

Year started: 2005

How did you get started in real estate? I’ve had an interest in houses since I was a child. After college, I worked at an ad agency that specialized in real estate, then worked in radio sales and finally residential real estate, which uses my two strongest assets - listening closely to my clients to obtain a complete understanding of their needs, and my ability to negotiate. I enjoy being a trusted part of the very important process of helping a family or individual buy or sell a home.

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

Licenses and designations: Licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District; certified relocation specialist candidate

Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors

Awards: Top 2 percent Producer Nationwide; International President’s Club 2009, 2008, 2007; President’s Club 2006; Rookie of the Year First Runner-Up 2006

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: I bought a home this summer in Chevy Chase that my kids and I love. We are very happily settled there.

Area of specialty: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Silver Spring, Northwest Washington, McLean

Most memorable house: I’ve listed and sold a lot of homes over the years, but the first will always be my most memorable. It was just a little town house in Gaithersburg, but I can remember every detail. It sold in less than a week. I had just changed careers, and that was the encouragement I needed. At that moment, I realized, “OK, this is what I do now.”

Worst experience buying or selling a house: I had already sold my clients’ home, and they had to vacate, and we were scheduled to settle on the purchase of the new home they would be moving into. On the day of closing, their lender decided it was no longer going to honor the original loan and my clients would have to come up with substantially more money (that they didn’t have) to make it through underwriting and buy the house. They were going to be homeless. I was able to use my local relationships to secure the same financial product for them, and we were able to close within eight days. The entire process was unbelievably stressful and is one I hope to never experience again!

Family: 6-year-old twins

Pets: Rocco, a very handsome border collie.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in government and politics and radio, television and film from the University of Maryland, 1986

Outside interests: My spare time is spent with my kids. I love to run, exercise and practice yoga.

Last book read: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

Last movie seen: “Inception”

What kind of car do you drive? Volvo SUV

Describe your personal dream house: 1910s to 1920s Victorian with a wraparound porch on more than a half-acre.

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