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Sold a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $425K in New Market, MD.
Without Elke I doubt our move to a larger home in Lake Linganore would have been possible. Elke expertly managed both the sale of our house and the purchase of our next home, I would recommend her to anyone looking in the Linganore or Frederick areas.
Three years ago my husband and I sold our house having lived there for 30 years. This was a very difficult time for us since we had raised our family there and were quite emotionally attached to the house and beautiful Lake Linganore. Too add to our distress the housing market was on a rapid decline. Elke was just incredible. Her patience, marketing creativity, warm caring personality, professionalism, and knowledge of the real estate business was what got us through. We are now settled and happy in warm AZ and will be forever grateful that we had the good fortune of meeting and working with Elke. We give her five out of five stars. Thank you again Elke.
Sold a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $400K in Germantown, MD.
Elke is a very professional. She explains things thoroughly and helped me through the entire process, had great referrals to assist me through the entire sale process. Elke was able to negotiaate in a professional courteous manner with the buyer when I was ready to say no to the deal with the buyer's obnoxious requests. All this was done under a strict timetable due to personal circumstances in a declining real estate market with an acceptable sales price!
Listed, but didn't sell my Single Family home in 2009 in Hagerstown, MD.
We used Elke to list one of our properties and she was great. She took the time to listen to our concerns, demonstrated a strong knowledge of the area and reviewed the listing in detail with us. Her customer service was outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend her and have done so!
Bought a Single Family home in 2008 for approximately $575K in New Market, MD.
Elke worked with us from out of state trying to find that perfect retirement home.....over 100 houses later and through a broken ankle on her part and a medical emergency on mine we kept at it. Needless to say, I was a very hard to please client, looking for something unique with considerable time constraints. We enjoyed the time we spent looking with Elke, she never made us feel like she didn't want to keep looking!
Elke referred us to competant professionals that made the transaction go very smoothly in only 3 weeks time and answered endless questions about local MD information. Elke remained committed to us and remains a friend beyond our transaction.
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $325K in New Market, MD.
My husband and I needed to sell our home in the Meadows - Lake Linganore, New Market, MD, in October 2011. We chose Ms. Thornton-Husch based on previous successful sales of homes in the neighborhood, which were under her oversight. I was a first time seller, but my husband had home sale experience. Elke provided me with written materials and a DVD to help me become familiar with the process. She dealt with both my husband and myself very respectfully. She is an expert with the local real estate market and has developed a presentation for prospective buyers on the Lake Linganore area including all facilities, benefits, geographical features, etc... This is an enormous selling point.
Elke provided a comprehensive discussion on appropriate home pricing but allowed my husband and I to determine the selling price. We followed Elkes suggestion and our home sold after just 6 days on the market. During all the sales negotiations, from start to closing, Ms. Thornton-Husch was ethical, prompt, courteous, and very helpful.
Bought a Single Family home in 2006 for approximately $475K in New Market, MD.
We had the good fortune of working with Elke when we purchased our house over five years ago. She was readily available to us, cheerfully spent as much time as we needed to look at houses, and answered all of our questions. Elke knew the area really well and we trusted her judgment when considering which house to buy. Our trust was well-placed and I have referred several clients to her since because I know how valuable her services are.
Elke Thornton-Husch sold our townhouse Nov. 2010 in less than a week! She is by far the most engaged realtor, she kept in contact with us several times a week and after every showing. She made great suggestions on getting our house "show worthy", we followed those suggestions and it paid off- fast. She also takes great photos of the property, she markets it to the fullest, she makes sure the information tube is always full and there are signs guiding people to your home. Our property also showed up on all the popular "for sale" web sites and it looked great! She is VERY knowledgeble about the area we lived in. Above all we felt like she worked to get us the best offer in a very tough sellers market. She made us feel like we were her only clients, she's GREAT!!!
Listed, but didn't sell my Single Family home in 2005 in Adamstown, MD.
I have purchased, sold and rented homes 10 times in my life. I interviewed between 2 to 4 agents for each instance. Elke has been the only agent that I felt had my interest in mind 100% throughout the entire process. She works above and beyond your expectations. I demand excellence and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
Sold a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $275K in New Market, MD.
Elke came recommend via a neighbor who worked with Elke and they had nothing but praise for her professionalism and expertise. I was going through a divorce and we put the house on the market and within 2 months had a buyer!! When my ex and I first met with Elke she went through our home and listed all the things we needed to do in order to get the house moving and I am so happy we did as she said because she was correct and the house did sell after only two months. There were houses in my neighborhood that were on the market for at least a year with no movement!!
I was heart broken when Elke said we had to paint all the walls, get new carpet, clean out the clutter in the basement (well that was not heartbreaking actually) and looking back I am glad I did all that she said to do. My ex was not providing financial assistance during this time and I was facing a heavy financial burden, we had a leak in the basement and Elke assisted me in the repairs (we did pay her back out of the sell of the house) and once while I was away tending to family business out of state, my dog which was left in my home under the care of a friend had a massive case of diarrhea and defecated in the house.
Elke arranged for the cleaners to come and then rushed to the house (we were in contract and the home inspectors were coming any day) and was on her hands and knees cleaning the floors and ensuring the new carpet was once again in perfect condition. All the little emergencies that came up, Elke was on hand to calm my nerves and take care of business. On the day of closing I was packing and moving my house solo and still had some items left in my house and Elke came rushing over to help me load up the last of the few items into my car and cleaned the house before the new buyers moved in. I highly recommend Elke, one she knows the market, knows how to move a house quickly (if you listen to her advice you will be very happy you did) and she responds timely to all phone calls and emergencies.
Dealing with divorced couples in the middle of selling a home is I am sure very stressful, my situation was highly stressful, but Elke was a rock for me and she kept me calm and level headed and helped me get through one of the most painful periods of my life. Very rarely do you find a professional who has such a high level of customer service, Elke's customer service is 110 percent! I know I was blessed to have found her and very thankful for all her assistance in selling the house so quickly because the market at that time was falling quickly and we came out way ahead. I am honored to be able to supply this recommendation. We need more honest, caring, sensitive, knowledgeable, hard working, customer service orientated professionals in todays market such as Elke.