Stacey Williams-Zeiger didn’t originally plan a career in real estate, although she’s the only child of a builder and a mortgage broker.
She grew up familiar with open houses but eventually opened her own auto dealership in her native Maryland. Later, though, she decided to give her mother’s footsteps a try and she is now the president and principal broker of Zeiger Realty, Inc., which she calls an equality-based business.
“Even if you work with an agent who is equality minded, their brokerage may use money generated from your home sale to fight against you,” she says. “Zeiger Realty Inc. is your company and everyone with whom you come into contact will be on your side.”
She works in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Details at zeigerrealty.com.
Williams-Zeiger is a Baltimore native and came to Washington 15 years ago after stints in Aspen, Colo., in the ‘80s and Miami in the ‘90s. She lives with her wife Robyn Zeiger in Silver Spring with their “canine kids” Tripp, Chico and Chelsie. She enjoys golf, sailing, guitar and skiing in her free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out for 30 years. I have been fortunate to have the most wonderful family and friends that I have had since high school. I came out and said, “Well, that’s that” and that was that.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Harvey Fierstein, love him. What a wonderfully talented and courageous role model.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
I am in bed by 11 so I will go with the past and say the Phase of long ago.
Describe your dream wedding.
Santorini, sunset, everyone I love standing around us. A lone saxophone playing “(You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman).” Then we all jump on donkeys and go down to the water and head to the catamaran where we sail the islands until sunrise.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I am a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. We donate as much as we can to various groups that are out there getting things done.
What historical outcome would you change?
I would change whatever caused dinosaurs to go extinct. Then we could send in a Tyrannosaurus Rex to eat Hitler.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The day John Lennon was killed. It profoundly changed my view of the world. Ellen coming out was also huge.
On what do you insist?
Only being around people who make me a better, happier person and if you call me and I call you right back within a few seconds, pick up the phone. Where did you go in two seconds? It makes me crazy.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Republicans are really starting to scare me.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Chasing the Hole in One”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would stay gay. I love my life and wouldn’t trade my wife for anything.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
We have a lamp in the corner that for no reason every so often shakes violently and then stops on a dime. We both see it so it is happening. I am coming to the conclusion that there is definitely something out there going on.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Try and keep everyone energized and informed. We have a long way to go with true equality being the end game. We all still have to fight together for everything. Even if some of us get what we want we have to help others in the community get rights they are being denied.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
To help anyone or any animal that needed help. And Adele tickets. Yes I want Adele tickets really bad. I tried so hard. I even did a video of me on YouTube doing an Adele Christmas carol that I wrote trying to get her attention. Did I mention Adele tickets?
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That lesbians are either butch or fem. I can be both. Just like the straight girls. I can change the oil in my car then put on a dress and go dancing. I have a nice long straight drive (that’s a golf drive, not what you’re thinking) and I also make some mean banana muffins. Labels need to go in general. For everyone.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“La Cage aux Folles,” the original and “The Birdcage.”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Being a little bit late for a party. I never know what time to get anywhere. I am an on-time kind of person, so I have to not be on time so I can be fashionably late.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
My sixth-grade softball trophy. I learned early that winning was nice!
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
I wish I would have known just how fast this ride was going to be. And I wish I would have known how much real estate in D.C. was going to go up. I would have started buying as many buildings on Connecticut and Wisconsin as I could and today I would be on my private island not writing the answers to these questions.
The people, the diversity of the people, the Kennedy Center, arts and entertainment, the architecture and history. The capital and sitting on a beautiful day looking at the cherry blossoms, the monuments, and for me personally, the real estate. The real estate market in D.C. is amazing. I love doing business in this beautiful city. Zeiger Realty Inc. is an equality-based real estate brokerage. You may have an LGBTQ agent, but if that agent does not work for a brokerage that is founded in equality, chances are money you generate is going against you. My company is our company. And D.C. is the perfect place to be.