Abel of the Living by Design team helped us purchase our first home in DC while living 1000 miles away. Concerned, careful and focused on our needs. Strong and appropriate advice. Never wasted our time. A pleasure to work with.
- Jeff R.
I was introduced to Abel of the Living by Design team by a friend, who highly recommended Abel for my investment property hunting in DC. This was my first investment property and I had very limited knowledge and experience in spotting the right property for my investment goals and in what is to follow once I purchased a property. It took us around 6 months to find the property and Abel was very knowledgeable, resourceful and professional throughout the process. He listens very well and pays a great attention to the tiniest of details. This helped me a lot in completing the buying process very quickly once the we found the property I wanted to buy.
Abel's support didn't stop after the closing day. As I mentioned above, I am a first time investor and I had no clue of managing a multi-unit rental property. He has a rich-network of professionals from all corners of the real estate industry, and he linked me up with wonderful folks and businesses who are my resources today in managing the property. To this day, Abel regularly calls me and checks how I am doing, and if there is anything he can help with, which I humbly regard as a rare quality and commitment. I will always look forward to work with Abel and the Living by Design team on any of my future real estate investments.
- Alem A.
The Living by Design team priced my condo competitively and we got competitive offers in the dead of winter. Abel of the team was available and working even through the holidays. He was calm in negotiations and provided excellent advice. I would recommend him and the Living by Design team to anyone looking or selling in the DC metro area
Wendy and the Living by Design team gets my highest praise. We had our condo in Alexandria listed for several months with another realtor, but got no offers and little interest. We live in Texas and were at a loss about how to proceed. When we hired Wendy, she discovered that there was a problem with a smoke smell coming from an adjacent unit. She worked tirelessly to address the problem with the building managers and within our unit.
Wendy recommended some improvements to the unit, staged it, started a marketing campaign and had multiple open houses. We had an offer for the list price shortly thereafter.
Wendy is progressive in her approach and a pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend her and her group.
- David R.
My wife and I really enjoyed working with Fred and the Living by Design team (Andrew Ninneman and Jesse Soto) throughout our home buying and selling process. We've known Fred since 2011, when he helped us buy our first home, and we've stayed in touch ever since. After spending the past three years overseas, we were moving back to the DC area (with a growing family) and (having working with them before), they were our first call. Months before we even arrived back in DC, they were working hard on our behalf, visiting homes and using FaceTime for virtual tours. Listening to our priorities and criteria, they helped us focus our search neighborhoods that we wouldn't have otherwise considered. When we found the home we wanted, Living by Design's experience was invaluable in navigating closing and settlement.
Soon after closing, we worked with Living by Design to sell our old home. Jesse and Fred found us a buyer within three days of listing, with a price above asking, and the process couldn't have gone smoother. We would highly recommend working with the team. Their expertise is second to none and their honesty and integrity really set them apart.
- Andrew S.
Abel of Living by Design was persistent, professional, responsive and extremely knowledgeable. Abel kept checking with me every few months to see if I was ready to place my $1.75M home on the market. He continued to keep me posted on market conditions. Unlike many other realtors who were only interested in closing a deal instantly, Abel kept in touch for over a year.
Once we were ready, we knew he would represent us well. He sold our home for asking within TWO DAYS!!!
Within the same week he helped us close a contract on a new home in Alexandria, VA. We got an incredible deal $25K below asking in a very hot market. If you are selling or buying, I highly recommend Abel and the Living by Design team to represent you.
- David C.
Even though I'm a licensed real estate agent, I chose Wendy of Living by Design to sell our property because of her proactive marketing plan, attention to detail, and professionalism. I made a good choice - the home received multiple offers and sold above asking price in less than a week! Wendy is strategic, thoughtful, and was great to work with. I highly recommend her - if you're looking for an excellent agent, look no further.
Wendy went above and beyond in selling our home, including stepping in to clean and get the property ready for the market. Her insightful perspectives on pricing were exactly what we needed to make our property stand out among competing properties.
Her marketing plan, both traditional and digital, was incredibly effective. In fact, her strategic marketing plan created a multiple-offer scenario after only one open house, with escalations above asking price, which netted us more money. Wendy also helped successfully navigate a few minor issues that arose prior to closing, to help ensure a smooth settlement. I highly recommend Wendy and the Living by Design team.
- Corey L.
Wendy of Living by Design assisted us with purchase of an investment condominium and was the leasing agent as we secured the tenant. She was very knowledgeable of trends in the condo market and was able to advise on purchase price and potential income stream from rental.
We've worked with many realtors in the past and found Wendy to have the right mix of assertiveness when things need to happen and willingness to step back when we were in a "look and see" mode.
- Phyllis C.
It has been a pleasure working with Jesse of the Living by Design team. He was attentive, quick to respond to our texts and overall just great to work with. He truly understood what we were looking for and found the perfect home that met that criteria.
Jesse was very helpful while showing us all the apartments and rearranging the schedule when necessary. One of the biggest advantages was him being licensed in all three states which gave us an opportunity to have more options when it came to looking outside of DC. Due to a busy schedule we were unable to search for the apartment, Jesse did all of the work for us and the process didn’t feel as stressful as we imagined.
We found our dream home and are beyond excited! I strongly suggest you partner with him and the team at Livin by Design to find your new home.
- Hibah N.
Buying a home with Peter Paglio of the Living by Design team was a wonderful experience. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor. His flexibility and determination to find me my dream home made what is usually a stressful experience a fun and exciting one. I feel grateful that I was able to go through this process with such support by my side. Thanks to Peter Paglio I found the most beautiful house that he has helped me turn into a home. I couldn't have asked for better realtor and friend to go through the home-buying process with.
- Chelsea F.
As first time home buyers, my boyfriend and I were very nervous going into this process. Wendy of the Living by Design team was extremely patient with us (we searched for over a year) and helped us find the perfect starter home. Wendy ensured that we understood every step of the process, and what to expect going forward. She even helped envision whether or not our desired renovations were a possibility and how that should factor into purchasing the home.
We couldn't have chose a better realtor and would refer Wendy and the team at Living by Design to everyone!
- Darby H.
Wendy of the Living by Design team was an outstanding realtor. I was moving back to the Northern Virginia area from overseas and had Wendy recommended to me by a friend. From the first correspondence to the closing of the house, Wendy was always there. She was a strong communicator and took the time to understand my family's priorities in the home buying process. Even though we started the process before we were ready to buy, Wendy took time to make sure we understood the process, the various neighborhoods, schools, and likely available homes. She answered all of our questions and was exceptionally responsive to email, texts, and calls.
She was very knowledgeable about the local market and about real estate in general. As we prepared to start making offers on homes, Wendy was very proactive in flagging homes of potential interest which met our needs. Her buy strategy was outstanding and matched my own. She was aggressive and not afraid to negotiate on our behalf with the seller, which ultimately saved us thousands of dollars.
Because of the trust we had in Wendy, we were confident enough to offer on a house and put it into contract without having personally visiting the property. Wendy's description of the neighborhood and property was great. Further, she took more than an hour showing us the house via a video Skype call, making us feel like we had visited the house.
One of the best parts about Wendy was that after the home buying process had concluded, she remained engaged and continued to provide us support by working with contractors to schedule appointments and maintenance to help us get the home move in ready so that we will be able to hit the ground running when we arrive back in the United States.
I strongly recommend Wendy and the Living by Design team to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the WMA. I already plan to use her as my selling agent for another property I own in Northern Virginia. The home buying process is stressful - particularly from overseas, but Wendy and her team made the process easy and as stress free as possible. Great agent!
- Charles F.
Wendy of Living by Design is dedicated, thorough, and professional. We were selling remotely and she helped us with so many things to sell our home quickly and with multiple offers!
Her efforts included:
- helping us find a DC tenant lawyer to ensure as we transitioned to selling we were fully compliant.
- reviewing our home for specific improvements to help get the best price as well as understand the ROI on these investments - all of which paid off.
- providing different scenarios for our home sale, including timelines.
taking care of all home improvement interactions as we are no longer local.
- staging our home beautifully and very cost-effectively.
- answering all of our questions about the nuances of the offers and pros/cons.
Truly above and beyond!
Living by Design is a nationally recognized, top-performing team of REALTORS® at Keller Williams Realty.
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There are what can seem like a million moving parts to a real estate transaction. Our clients trust us to be their expert consultants and powerful negotiators every step of the way.
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