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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage welcomes two new residential sales associates to the company: Janet Higgins to Reston and Harvey Tsutsui to Reston/Town Center.

The CBRB School of Real Estate is offering a Principles and Practices of Real Estate class for anyone interested in becoming a realtor at the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices at their Reston sales office. Sessions are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 17- April 17. To register or for more information about a career in real estate, call 1-800-992-4794. Attend a free career seminar held weekly at the Reston offices by calling 703-471-7220 or 703-476-8440 to register.

Kfoury Construction Group, a top Washington area construction firm, recently hired several new professionals in response to a significant increase in new business: Troy Hvizda and Karen FitzGibbon, Project Managers; Randy Rabung, Estimator; DeeDee Fowler, Pre-Construction Coordinator; Sean Cruikshank, TITAN project team; Jerry Hansel, the Studio Theatre and the Greater Reston Arts Center team.

Pat Billheimer, associate broker with Long and Foster Realtors, recently completed a Microsoft CRS course, including an advanced two day sales training seminar. Her many professional designations include: Associate Broker, Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI). Billheimer is also a life member of the DAAR Top Producer's Club.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Reston/Town Center office had significant across the board increases in total sales, total sales volume and total listings. December total sales increased 16.28 percent, total sales volume increased 59.25 percent and total listings increased 27 percent in comparison to the same figures in November 2002.

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) held ceremonies to install its 2004 officers and directors on Dec. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

The following Realtors were sworn in as NVAR's 2004 officers:

Trish Szego, CRB, CRS, chairman of the Board, ERA Elite Group Realtors;

Tracy Pless, CRS, GRI, Chairman Elect, Long & Foster Real Estate;

Andy Lawless, CRS, CRB, Secretary/Treasurer, Long & Foster Real Estate; and

Esther Pryor, CRB, Immediate Past Chairman, Avery-Hess Realtors.

The following members were sworn in as NVAR's 2004 directors:

Mary Anthony, CIPS, CREA, GRI, Long & Foster Real Estate;

Mary Bayat, GRI, Long & Foster Real Estate;

Gail Belt, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage;

Sue Bowers, Suburban Appraisers & Consultants;

Florence Daniels, GRI, Governmental Employees;

Thomas Donegan, ABR, RE/MAX Premier;

Paul W. Foster, Long & Foster Real Estate;

Margaret Ireland, CRS, GRI, Weichert Realtors;

Luis Lama, CRS, GRI, Long & Foster Real Estate;

Jane Quill, GRI, RE/MAX Presidential;

Charles Search, GRI, Jobin Realty;

Steve Stein, CRS, GRI, Stein & Associates, Inc.;

Michael Turk, Weichert Realtors; and

Brad Wisley, ABR, Long & Foster Real Estate.

Coldwell Banker Residential is offering consumers a method to determine how much their Reston home would cost in other markets. The annual Home Price Comparison Index offers comparison to similar homes in typical, middle-management transferee neighborhoods in 317 markets across the country and Canada.

According to the study, a 2,200-square-foot home in the Reston area costs $413,975 as compared to approximately $427,000 for a similar home in San Diego, Calif. or $274,000 in Charleston, S.C. Visit www.coldwellbanker.com.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's top producers for the month of November are: In the Reston office at 11890 Sunrise Valley Drive, Evan Johnson was top producer; in the Reston office at 1801 Reston Parkway, top producer was Kitty Bernard.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage also reported that its Reston/Town Center office had across the board increases in total sales, total sales volume and total listings for November. Total sales increased 40.22 percent, total sales volume increased 74 percent and total listings increased 24 percent in comparison to the same figures in November 2002.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's top producers for the month of January are: David Houghtaling, Reston, 11890 Sunrise Valley Drive; Anita Nilsen, Reston, 1801 Reston Parkway.

The Reston Study Center has won a 2003 Land Conservation Award sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, in cooperation with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and the Fairfax County Tree Commission. The award was in the category "Small Commercial." Al Zywar of Herman Stewart Construction Company was recognized for the project, receiving the award, "Outstanding Site Superintendent." Herman Stewart Construction also won "Outstanding Contractor."

Receiving the award for Tree Preservation went to 1925 Isaac Newton Square. The engineer on that project was VIKA, landscape architect was Thomas James & Assoc. and the tree care professional was The Care of Trees.

The awards honor "developers, designers, site superintendents and contractors whose projects best demonstrate excellence in erosion and sediment control design and implementation or a commitment to tree preservation and replacement in Fairfax County."