Dear Susie and Lucy:
We cannot thank you enough for shepherding us through the sale of our house in Spring Valley and the multiple moves and problems that arose through my emergency surgery at Duke and requirement that I stay in Durham and then Charlottesville for an indeterminate length of time. There is no doubt in our minds that no other team would have so carefully tended to every detail and then gone way beyond what was required or expected to make certain that our move to Charlottesville took place without a hitch. To have done that with great grace and caring is a gift we will be grateful for always.
Your sage advice about setting a price for our house and staging it appropriately ended with a contract in just a few weeks, and settlement and rent-back dates that met our needs. We appreciate that you worked hard to resolve potential snares in the process.
You went beyond what was required or expected in facilitating the move to Charlottesville with our children, Metropolitan Movers and Done in a Day. We were grateful you didn’t change your phone numbers, given the number of calls you received.
Your professionalism sold our house, but it was your cheerful and unending attention to the details of the entire process that won our hearts. Thank you.
Cherry and Dan
We worked with Susie and her team on the sale of our former home and purchase of our current home. She calmly helped us navigate the many decisions and leverage points of both transactions. We always felt informed and in good hands throughout the process. I really appreciated being able to tap into the "Susie-approved" lenders, home inspectors, painters, title companies. etc. All were amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with any of them again. On a personal note, Susie is a neighbor and she acted neighborly throughout the process and to this day – hosting our dog on open house day, checking in on our move, and always stopping to chat with our kids on her daily walks through the neighborhood. There’s a reason Susie has such an amazing reputation in the area - you won’t find a better agent or nicer person.
Katherine and Keith Fleming
Susie Maguire was my agent for the purchase of 2 homes in one year! She guided me through choosing the right location for my needs and showed me many homes before they were on the open market. She is able to do this because she has lived in this area her entire life, which gives her endless contacts. She guided me through the settlement process, inspections, insurance, and anything else I needed. She is a one-of-a-kind, full-service realtor and she is the best there is!
We have bought and sold many homes over the years and we have to say that working with Susie Maguire and Kathy Kiernan was the best experience we have ever had in real estate. They were the most professional and helpful agents, taking care of all our needs quickly and efficiently. They coordinated, oversaw and resolved repairs and upgrades necessary for the sale of the house. We followed their advice, and our house sold within days at the price we were hoping to get. It doesn't get any better than this.
The Trustees of 3 Chalfont Court
WFP was the perfect choice for the sale of our home. Susie Maguire took complete charge of the process, and in her expert hands, the project was completed with great success and in record time. We were skeptical of some recommendations, but we trusted Susie and deferred to her judgment. We were especially impressed by the team effort employed at WFP. Susie knew our neighborhood well, but still we had input from a great number of the other WFP agents in setting the sale price of our home. The method that WFP used to determine the price seemed very well developed, thorough and inclusive of all of the right considerations for us. In the end, we felt that it had been smooth sailing and the outcome was perfect — our home had multiple offers and sold during the first weekend. Hindsight is always 20-20, and now we can see that Susie's advice was spot-on.
Mary Ann Reed
We worked with Susie Maguire and Kathy Kiernan on the purchase of our new home and the sale of our previous home. I can say without reservation that they are the best real estate agents we have ever encountered — and not simply because of their supreme professionalism, attention to detail, unparalleled knowledge of the local market (they priced our house so perfectly that it sold in a day!) and amazing responsiveness. More than that, Susie and Kathy truly understand the deeply personal and emotional aspect of buying and selling homes. They counseled us wisely and listened to us patiently. For them, this was more than just a business transaction — they wanted the best for us and helped us get it. As a result, what could have been — and what, in past real estate transactions, has been — an incredibly stressful experience was, thanks to Susie and Kathy, a pleasant one all the way around. Perhaps the best testimonial we can provide is that, our business dealings over, we count Susie and Kathy as good friends.
Matt Stearns and Katie Funk
Susie Maguire did an amazing job helping us find and purchase our first home in Georgetown. She is smart, friendly, committed, and an overall pleasure to work with. Despite the fact that we purchased our home only days before Christmas, she was available at all times to show us properties and answer our many, many ... many questions. She even called us on Christmas Eve with an update! She helped ensure that our home-buying process was thorough and educational, but even more importantly, that it was fun and as stress-free as possible. We love our new home! Thanks, Susie!
Lindsey and Chris Fetzer
Dear Mr. Landry,
Most likely you hold your agent Susie Maguire in high regard. We certainly do. We know Susie as a friend and then saw her professional side when she marketed our house at 3710 Leland Street in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She gives her all to her clients.
Susie guided us through the "staging" of our house in Chevy Chase, always remaining considerate of our lifestyle and that of our two dogs. She was always available. I do not know how she managed with the other clients she has. She held almost weekly open houses for us, even giving up her Mother's Day, to take advantage of the May market. She gave up her personal time to help make out home look special. She educated us to the current housing market, guided us through the pricing, and did a wonderful marketing job. She informed us but left the decision to us and, above all, always kept our well-being in mind.
Susie is an impressive woman. She is attractive, has a wonderful presence, is warm and friendly, has phenomenal people skills and can handle even the most difficult ones, and, most of all, is a very caring person.
We would recommend Susie and Washington Fine properties to anyone planning to buy or sell a home.
Very truly yours,
Henry and Aurora Ferrero
There are multiple roles for real estate professionals: They obviously must know the market, what is available, what is going to be listed on the market and what is the fair price for the property. There are other skills that are needed as well: They must know how to listen to what their clients say and be able to decipher and translate the sometimes half-thoughts and whims into a concrete statement of needs. Susie Maguire has this unique combination of skills.
When we explained to Susie that we would be in Washington, DC, for only one week and wanted to leave with a signed contract, she and her team went into overdrive and found us the ideal place. When we explained that we lived overseas and would need financing, she used her contacts and found us the best mortgage banker in the region, someone who was willing to work with us to make it happen. When we said we would need an attorney to set up an LLC, she got us the best law firm. Throughout the very complex process, Susie remained on top of everything; there was never any kind of "last-minute rush." Every question that was asked was answered promptly and completely. Susie and her team were not just good in helping us acquire a new residence, they were outstanding.
We are pleased to recommend Susie Maguire and her team at Washington Fine Properties for the outstanding job they did in marketing and selling our Spring Valley home.
Susie was recommended by a neighbor, whose home Susie previously sold. Within 30 days of signing a listing agreement our home was ready, and we received, negotiated and signed a firm contract in 14 days.
The words that describe Susie and her team are efficient, competent, honest, communicative and available; attributes we expected and, are pleased to report, we received.
Cynthia and Merrill Yavinsky
Susie was a consummate professional as well as steadfast friend throughout our home search journey. She was as eager and determined as we were to find the right fit and forever home for our growing family. Susie had an extraordinary intuition when it came to our needs. She always seemed to know when we needed her to intervene and hold our hands with certain decisions but, and possibly more importantly, she knew when to step back and allow us to process and consider certain issues ourselves. She’s highly knowledgeable with all things real estate…and her relationships with other agents provided us with early insights into properties that hadn’t yet hit the market. We always felt that Susie had our best interest in mind and we felt that we were in safe and competent hands. I can't think of a more qualified and caring real estate agent and feel so fortunate that Susie was ours. We are now living in the perfect home for our family and we owe that all to Susie and her wonderful WFP team.
Brooke Currie and Adam Thompson
There is no one we would recommend more highly than Susie Maguire. Her professional judgement and deep understanding of the market provided us with a path that brought us the right buyers and a sale price that exceeded comparable listings in our area. The process should be a fun experience, but it is also one that demands an experienced, caring, respected agent that will not only guide and counsel you but someone that will forge a partnership with you until the end. Susie’s professionalism and attentiveness to detail did not go unnoticed, and as bittersweet as it was selling our home where we raised our family, it was really a wonderful experience.
Scott and Courtney Pastrick
I have had the privilege and the pleasure of working with Susie on the offering of my family homestead “Evermay” back in 2008 and was recently asked to write a testimony on her behalf. I very much welcome the opportunity.
You should know that our search to select the best real estate agent in the metro area for the task was a lengthy and arduous undertaking, and our decision to award the sale to Susie was based almost entirely on the thoroughly researched, convincingly presented and orchestrated negotiations managed exclusively by Susie. There was never a moment during her tenure as lead negotiator that the Belins didn’t believe we had the best in charge, and she was never more than an instant phone call away, day or night, if at any moment we were concerned about something. She worked tirelessly to avoid wasting our time and brought us only credible buyers. She was sensitive and punctual in all her dealings, and there was never a moment where we thought she was not giving the sale of Evermay her all.
This letter comes with the confidence in knowing Washington Fine Properties should consider themselves fortunate to have one of real estate’s finest in their midst.
Very truly yours,
Harry Lammot Belin
As closing has occurred and our move completed, Judy and I wish to express our sincere gratitude to both of you on the tremendous job you did on our behalf. All the stages which went into the sale were completed with the utmost care, attention to detail and professionalism — from the valuation of our home, the staging of our furniture, the creation of the beautiful marketing pieces, the broker events, the prospective tours and your deft handling of all contract negotiations — all resulted in your finding the right Buyer for our house.
Judy and Brian Ball
We had a wonderful experience with Susie, Kathy and WFP. They guided us every step of the way with patience and attentive professionalism. They were always available to answer the many questions we had as first-time home buyers. They have a keen sense of the dynamic Washington, DC, area real estate market and know what it takes to successfully navigate it and help their clients find the right home.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with them, and we could not be happier in our new home!
Andrea and Brian Mathias
Susie Maguire has handled two real estate transaction for me, and she handled each in such an excellent manner that I recommended her to my daughter for the purchase of a new house and the sale of her previous home.
Almost seven years ago Susie helped me purchase a condominium in Washington, DC, and then two years ago she found me a property in Bethesda. Without Susie neither of these transactions would have happened. Susie is extremely professional and, having lived in the DC metro area all her life, Susie is tied to the community. Susie knows who to call for everything and knows everything that is going on in the area! Without her knowledge I would not have found my new property.
In addition to being an outstanding real estate agent, Susie is a delightful person. She responds to calls and emails swiftly and is always happy to give helpful advice. Susie is smart, energetic, optimistic and in every way a pleasure to be with.
Susie handled my daughter’s purchase and subsequent sales as if she were taking care of her own daughter. Susie’s advice and help preparing my daughter’s first home for sale was outstanding and indispensable. I am sure that it increased the amount that the home sold for. When I am ready to sell my DC condominium I would not consider using any one other than Susie Maguire.
It might be an understatement to say that Susie Maguire only did an outstanding job in navigating us through the process of selling our home. We received multiple contracts within the first week of our house being on the market and closed on schedule. Susie's personal expertise, and her ability to draw upon the resources within Washington Fine Properties, provided invaluable guidance in pricing our home, selecting the best buyer and negotiating the finer point of the sales contract. Through the entire process Susie balanced diligence and responsiveness with patience, professionalism and confidence with kindness. Our experience with Susie at the helm was terrific.
Very best regards,
I would like to express my deep appreciation for all the help and hard work of Susie Maguire and Chuck Holzwarth. They are the epitome of professionalism and went the extra mile to get the job done, from dog supervision to staging to monitoring closely the progress of the impending settlement.
I think my house was particularly caught up in the craziness of the current market. When an offer had been made, I was particularly impressed by the rapid response to my question about whether it could be determined what the contract prices were for other houses in my price range. Chuck and Susie dug in, as usual, and obtained information so that a decision could be made.
Moreover, they were particularly attentive and supportive during an extremely stressful and traumatic life event. They were also great fun and I feel that they are now lifelong friends, not just realtors passing in the night!
Sale of 5123 Baltimore Avenue, Bethesda, MD