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The Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) recently awarded RE/MAX Premier of Fairfax and Dulles agents three of the five Top Producer awards on Feb. 25. Winners Joe Kurnos, Carolyn Young and Mike LaBelle collectively sold close to a $100 million worth of real estate in 2004.

Earlier in the quarter, Tom Donegan, broker/owner of RE/MAX Premier, was named the 2004 Broker/Owner of the Year for the Central Atlantic Region — the first broker to have won that title twice. REMAX/Premier realized a 45 percent increase in gross volume and a 25 percent boost in number of associates in 2004.

The first annual Manassas Home & Garden Show will be held Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Historic Old Town, Manassas. The two-day show will offer enchanting displays by local garden clubs and the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland Garden Railway along with seminars providing instructions for creating outdoor and indoor living spaces. Visit the Web site at www.visitmanassas.org or call 703-361-6599.

Jim Weichert, president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that more people joined its Capital Region sales teams in February than any month in the company's history. Weichert's Capital Region includes 52 offices located throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The region recruited 179 sales associates last month, both new and experienced. For more information about a real estate career at Weichert, call Career Advisory Services at 703-734-1123.

The Long & Foster Companies reported February 2005 total sales of $4.5 billion for the month, an increase of 25 percent over February 2004. It was the best February in the company's 37-year history.

The numbers include: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. with February sales of $3.2 billion, up 23 percent on 9,426 property transactions; Prosperity Mortgage, the firm's mortgage affiliate, reported $327 million in volume of business, a 10 percent increase over the same month of the previous year. Strong numbers were also posted by Long & Foster Insurance, with $179 million, up 3 percent; and Mid-States Title with $753 million for the month, up 47 percent over the previous February. These latter figures indicate the popularity of the firm's Prestige Partners settlement services with Long & Foster's more than 14,000 Sales Associates.

The top three sales offices in Long & Foster's Northern Virginia region for February, and based on sales volume, were: McLean ($65 million); Reston ($57 million); and Burke/Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton ($54 million).

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., recently held a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton in McLean to honor sales associates from the company's Northern Virginia/West Virginia Region for outstanding achievement in 2004.

Ron Rush, a sales associate from Long & Foster's Fair Oaks office, earned top honors as the "Overall Top Producer, Seller and Lister" for the Northern Virginia/West Virginia region with 632 units sold and a volume of $302.6 million.

Rounding out Long & Foster's "Top 5 Producers" for the Virginia Region were: Debbie Dogrul (Fairfax), who finished in second place, Virgiolio Vaszquez (Herndon/Reston), who ranked third, Dan Laytham (Great Falls), who ranked fourth, and Lilian Jorgenson (McLean), who ranked fifth.

Foster and DiCicco also named the "Office Top Producer" for each of the Northern Virginia/West Virginia Region's offices. Rajiv Vashist was the top producer for Centreville.

DiCicco and Foster also congratulated the agents that have been with the company for 25 years, including Pat Lawless of Centreville Gateway.

The Long & Foster Companies reported March 2005 total sales of $6.1 billion for the month, an increase of 17 percent over March 2004.

The top three sales offices in the Northern Virginia region for March based on sales volume were: McLean ($91 million); Fair Oaks ($86 million); and Burke/Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton ($82 million).