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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 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!

Katie R.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Nabeel was great to work with to buy our home.

He showed us homes that worked for our family and helped negotiate a strong contract to win the house we wanted!

J.C.
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"As a Realtor selling a property I owned in another state, I carefully researched for a top-performing agent there and selected Wendy Messenger and her Real Estate by Design Team from many possible agents. ... more "
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by broennlei6
"As first time home buyers, my boyfriend and I were very nervous going into this process. Wendy was extremely patient with us (we searched for over a year) and helped us find the perfect starter home. ... more "
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by darbyhollis
"Wendy 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, ... more "
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