The Dream Catcher
His memories of sharing a 1,000-square-foot apartment with another family as a child in Herndon, Va., gave Saliq Khawar, 28, a framework for dreaming big. Khawar emigrated with his family from Pakistan at age 12. Home ownership wasn’t a financial reality for the family in Pakistan, but he soon came to regard it as “the root of a free society.” He vowed to help his mother become an owner. After working as a top-performing leasing agent, starting at age 20, in 2014 he joined a thriving sales team. Khawar specializes in working with groups that buy and rehab distressed homes. “My clients provide families with better homes and enhance the community’s value,” he says. With Khawar’s support, his mother is closing in on her own dream of becoming a first-time home owner, too.