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Long & Foster Office Recognized by Maryland for Sales Milestone

The Bethesda/Gateway office of ""Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.,"":http://www.LongandFoster.com in Bethesda, Maryland, was recently presented with a proclamation from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot in recognition of the sales office surpassing $1 billion in settled real estate sales for 2012.

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Long & Foster is an independent residential real estate company representing more than 12,000 agents in seven Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. For the last 20 years, the Bethesda/Gateway location has been its top performing office.

The company says its Bethesda/Gateway office is consistently the No. 1 office in sales volume among all residential real estate brokerage firms in Montgomery County, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia. The Bethesda/Gateway office is also ranked among the top-producing real estate offices in the United States.

Franchot, the third highest ranking elected official in Maryland, presented the proclamation on behalf of the state during a ceremony held at the Bethesda/Gateway office. ""I am pleased

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to recognize the leadership of Long & Foster in the region's real estate recovery and for the economic activity and critical revenues the organization generates for our state,"" Franchot commented.

Also attending the ceremony were Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate; Paul Foster, SVP and regional manager of Long & Foster's Washington, D.C.; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Southern Maryland regions; Leon Nasar, senior branch manager of the Bethesda/Gateway office; and Bonnie Casper, president of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and a top-performing Long & Foster agent.

""A large part of the success of the Long & Foster family is our investment in ensuring that our agents are armed with the very best training, tools, and support in the industry to do what they do best--serve the needs of homebuyers and sellers in a constantly changing real estate market,"" Scott said. ""This long-standing commitment to having the best-trained and most knowledgeable sales associates in the industry has enabled Long & Foster offices to reach incredible sales milestones, such as that seen by our Bethesda/Gateway team.""

Casper acknowledged Long & Foster's ""investment in and commitment to its agents"" for fostering such an achievement. ""I am fortunate to be affiliated with Long & Foster Real Estate, a company that truly cares about its agents by providing the tools we need to simplify the homebuying process for our clients and to take our business to the next level,"" Casper said.

Long & Foster's Bethesda/Gateway office has more than 200 affiliated sales associates who serve the metropolitan Washington, D.C., and surrounding Maryland communities. This is the eighth year out of the past 10 years that the Bethesda/Gateway office has surpassed the $1 billion milestone in settled volume.

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.
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