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Snow doesn’t stop real estate agent

Jennifer Smira of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate didn’t let the snow slow her down. While many in the area hunkered down to wait out the storm, Smira continued to work.

“In real estate, you snooze, you lose,” Smira said.

As the sellers’ agent of a Capitol Hill house, she will be at a settlement at KVS Title on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon. After the settlement, she plans to show another Capitol Hill house to buyers she is working with. With a dearth of properties on the market, Smira is hoping to use the snow to her and her buyers’ advantage.

“This could be our opportunity to scoop the property up while the majority of people may be taking the day off or just not interested in digging lock boxes out of the snow,” she said.

Update: John Pruski of Cathie Gill Realtors wrote to say that he, too, was headed to a settlement. He was taking an Uber  SUV from Glover Park to Capitol Hill. Apparently, just like the postal service, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will keep real estate agents from selling houses.

“The sellers’ agents wanted to reschedule, but I’m from Syracuse, N.Y., where snow does not stop business,” Pruski wrote in an e-mail.

Becky Taylor, president of Fairfax-based Titleworks, also wrote to say that she was at a settlement Thursday morning.  Real estate agent Crystal McCall Street picked up the buyers at the Metro station and drove them to the Keller Williams Realty offices in Tysons Corner where they met Taylor. Everyone arrived by 9:35, just five minutes past when they’d been scheduled to meet.

“You’ve got to make it happen,” Taylor said.


Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.



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