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Karen Trainor, branch manager of Weichert, Realtors' Fair Oaks Office, announced Saba Berhane has joined the office as a sales associate. Possessing one year of experience as a licensed real estate professional, Berhane previously was a sales associate at another local firm. Prior to that she amassed 10 years of experience in real estate in California and Virginia, which has given her a thorough knowledge of the industry. Berhane lives in South Riding, and is fluent in Eritrean and Ethiopian languages.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. is offering its sales associates a 14-week training program, which positions them as real estate advocates to their buyers. It will train agents to serve their buyer’s needs-before, during and after the sale or purchase of a home. Agents taking the classes will learn how to structure their business in such a way that they can rely on referred business because of the service they provide to existing clients. The Buffini & Company 100 Days to Greatness program is designed for serious and career-minded real estate agents who are new to the business and for more seasoned sales associates looking for a proven solution to help their business thrive. The ultimate goal of one closed and two pending transactions during the 14 weeks is being far exceeded by agents taking the classes.

The Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) has recognized Jamie Finch of Long & Foster as the 2005 Rookie of the Year. The Rookie of the Year is presented to a GCAAR member who has been licensed for four years or less and has shown outstanding dedication to the real estate industry and the local community.

Finch has been active in local and state Realtor associations since the beginning of his real estate career two years ago. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. Association of Realtors and is also a member of GCAAR’s Grievance Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Rookie Society.

He completed his GRI in spring 2005, participated in GCAAR’s Leadership Institute in the fall of 2005, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Real Estate and Construction Management. He has also taken classes in historic preservation from the D.C. Historical Society and holds a M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.

Finch is a member of numerous civic clubs and currently volunteers for the Kiwanis Clinic at Sibley Hospital, the Sharpe Health School and Food and Friends.