Tricia Messerschmitt, Realtor

Interviewed by Ari Post | April 7th, 2010 |
Tricia Messerschmitt.
Tricia Messerschmitt.

Q: Where do you live? And why did you pick that area?

I live in Cleveland Park, and I picked the area because it’s the essence of Washington, the best of all worlds. It’s so close to Georgetown, but it provides the nicely balanced mix of urban and residential with good walkability.

Q: What is the highest ticket you have closed yet?

Well, it was above $5 million. And I’m on a team of team of realtors, the Mcfadden group, whose tickets are even higher. I can’t even guesstimate. But personally, $5 million.

Q: Any memorable closing celebrations?

There have been. A closing is a very joyous time. Often times it includes champagne. Sometimes it’s a multiple-day celebration. But it’s always a very happy occasion for people and it is a good reason to celebrate. It’s an important achievement, buying home.

Q: Do you have a favorite area in Georgetown? A street, or a block?

I love Montrose Park, at the very top at R street. When I first arrived in Washington nearly 20 years ago, it was one of the first places that I went to. I was sitting there having a picnic, being rained on by these beautiful, little, delicate pink blossoms. It was my first experience with the cherry blossoms, and it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I just fell in love the place at that moment. I just thought, “How can you not love this place?”

I also have an affinity for the Four Seasons hotel. I was their public relations director for ten years. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

Q: Have you ever treated yourself to anything special upon closing a deal?

With my very first commission in real estate, which was only five years ago, I treated myself to a new set of golf clubs. That was a nice splurge.

Q: Where you golf around the area?

I golf around many different places. Whiskey Creek, Osprey’s. I’ve played in probably most of the courses around the area.

Q: Are you single or married?

I’ve been going steady with the same guy for nearly twenty years, Chris Plante, and he probably doesn’t want me to say his name, but he’s a radio personality around here. His father is a forty-year Georgetowner.

Q: What would be your dream home in the District?

I have been looking for it, trust me. Every time I look into a home, I think, is this my home? And I haven’t found it yet. But I’ve found the location, and I want to build it there. And it’s close to Georgetown. And that’s all I’ll say right now.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being an agent/in the business?

I love the fact that every single day I meet new and interesting people. It really is the part of the job I thought I was going to be the worst at. I thought I was going to sort of struggle most in dealing with people who are going through what could be the most stressful and challenging purchase of their lives. And it turns out to be the part of the job I absolutely relish. I like helping them through the process and coming out the other end. It’s the part of the job I get up every morning and look the most forward to. Q: How do you get your face out there do you use advertising, marketing, charities, or community involvement?

I try to be as active in my community as I can be. Not necessarily for business reasons, but because we have a dynamite community. It’s such an interesting, smart dynamic community. I support the arts, I’m involved in the Cleveland Park Association and getting involved with the trust fort the National Mall. Finding ways to meet more people and learning things about the city. The joy of this business is that I’ve come to know Washington really well, and I love that we have a fascinating city here. It’s also fun to introduce people to Washington. They often have preconceived notions of what Washington is; federal buildings, marble, bureaucracy. But when they see Georgetown and neighborhoods with true communities, they’re often very surprised. It’s a fun part of the job to watch newcomers discover what a livable community this city is.

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