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Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Rockville, MD.
The agent sent by Samer Kuraishi Group was below of what you might excpect from a buyer agent, As a visitor to USA, Hovick used my lack of knowledge of the real estate market in the US ( laws and rules) and my short time frame that I have for the purchase, to make the sale favoring more the seller than the buyer, in stead of protecting the interest of the buyer as I hire him as my buyer agent. Even he show me many properties like 20 in one week, we did offer for 3 condos, 2 of the offers I was not informed fully, he always pushed for the first offer of an overpriced condo which I ended buying it. another same condo which we saw in our search, same square footage, same street, same setting was sold in the same time for 21,000 less of the one I purchased, my agent never advice me to make an offer for this condo even he know that asking price was 50.000 less of the one I purchased.
I strongly believe that my buyer agent lack of professional ethics, I feel that the last he cares about is the interest of the buyer and the correct and honest advice as a buyer agent.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 11/12/2014
AK is sorry your experience was less than perfect. The cheaper condo to which you refer was the 1st property you saw. AK can’t encourage a client to purchase when not fully informed about the market. 2 days later, when you asked to purchase it, the condo was under contract. Later, a 2nd condo was listed and you purchased it. While frustrated at paying $21,000 more, your condo is more valuable because it comes with extra parking space, 30% less condo dues, and was 1 year newer. Any of these factors alone justifies a price increase. But taken together, it was a great deal, especially when appraised value was $20,000 more than purchase price. Also, AK negotiated your price down by $40,000, won addt’l discounts from the title and moving companies, and purchased a home warranty for you. By all accounts, AK met and even exceeded its own standards of excellence. Perhaps AK's real failure was not effectively communicating the true value of your purchase to you and, for that, AK is truly sorry.
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $700K in Sixteenth Street Heights, Washington, DC.
Without a doubt I can say that this was the easiest home sale I’ve ever experienced. And I feel my experience is due entirely to Samer as my representative. He worked very hard to sell my house and I had to do very little. His estimates of condition, final price, and negotiations with the buyer were all right on target. My only wish is that I had another house to sell so I could use him again.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 11/10/2014
You guys were a pleasure to work with! Thank you for the opportunity to sell your late fathers home! I know how much it meant to your family! I know the next family will take care of it and make it home. I cant wait to work with you both again and as stated I am always here for you! Thank you again!!!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $675K in Brightwood, Washington, DC.
My realtor was Zach Lipson of AK Real Estate. Throughout the entire process he was incredibly responsive to all of my correspondence and a pleasure to work with. Zach was a native to the area and very knowledgeable of all of the changes going on over the years with various DC neighborhoods and which would appreciate the most over the coming years. Zach had great knowledge of house defects as we explored various properties and was quick to point out all of the negatives, this led to me placing a great deal of trust in Zach. After going through 4 bidding processes, we finally won a home with Zach. We developed a close relationship with Zach and he will certainly be at our house warming party this month. I'd highly recommend Zach in particular of AK Real Estate for anyone looking to buy a home in DC.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 11/03/2014
Congrats on the new purchase! Zach Lipson is a top tier broker in the DC area! He goes to bat for each and everyone of his clients! Thank you so much for the kind words and hope we can continue to do business in the future!
Sold a Condo home in 2014 in Brightwood Park, Washington, DC.
I am completely satisfied with the most excellent service provided to me in the selling of the 'impossible to sell' condo in the District of Columbia in record time! My Realtor worked tirelessly to ensure closing when it seemed all of the cards were stacked against us the day before closing - I would most highly recommend this company to list and sell your property.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/22/2014
Congrats on your recent sale! It was a hard sell but not for us! We take pride in all our clients needs! We were so happy to make it happen and the only sale in the building with others being on the market to this day!
We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in Bluemound Heights, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
He was very helpful and professional. He contacted me back immediate. Unfortunately it didnt work out because I was looking for an agent in the Wauwatosa area and he stays in another State.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/22/2014
We thank you so much for reaching out to us! I know we are not in the state you are but we were happy to help and find you potentially an agent in your market to assist with your home buying needs. If you ever need anything in the future we are happy to help!
Sold a Townhouse home in 2012 for approximately $475K in Gaithersburg, MD.
Sam has great knowledge of all aspects of real estate and pays tremendous attention to detail. He was very supportive in catering to our needs while serving as a sounding board in guiding us in the right direction. We trusted him with the sale if our property and he over delivered. Thanks from 150 GAW.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/17/2014
It was amazing to work with you on selling your home! We got top dollar for the home as expected in record time! I hope the move is seamless and we continue to keep in touch! Thank you again for the opportunity!
Helped me rent a Condo home in Columbia Heights West, Arlington, VA.
Primary point of contact: Areej Kuraishi
Areej Kuraishi of A-K Real Estate was INCREDIBLE to work with to secure an apartment for me and my wife with less than a week's notice! She took the time to understand our needs and found us the best bang for our buck in Arlington. She was extremely meticulous and responsive throughout the entire process. As soon as we located a property of interest, she immediately set up a tour for us and had a strategy in place to get us in the door within only THREE days of applying. Her follow-up with our application and efficient communication made us feel confident that we would win. We absolutely love our new place and owe it all to Areej Kuraishi. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking to rent, buy, or sell their homes in a heart beat.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/11/2014
Congrats on the new rental! Glad all worked out for you! Areej handles all types of transactions from rentals, sales, investments, property management - you name it! We are very appreciative of the opportunity to put you in the right rental and hope to work with you in the future!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Rockville, MD.
I worked with Richard Balles and Linda Weiner. They were extremely responsive throughout the home-viewing process and had some helpful input. I felt that the negotiations they did behind the scenes with the seller were effective because ultimately they helped us get the house we wanted. I also appreciated that they were on top of paperwork and worked well with the mortgage broker. I would definitely recommend them to other buyers.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/10/2014
Richard and Linda are amazing Agents! Thank you so much for the opportunity to help you with purchase! These are exciting times and for you share this experience with us makes us very happy! Again from all of us at AK - we thank you for your faith in us!
I worked with Areej from Samer Kuraishi Group and she was absolutely great to work with! She was always responsive to all my concerns and questions and able to move quickly and diligently to proceed with the transations. Looking for apartments could sometimes be stressful and I was lucky to have Areej, who made the process fun and enjoyable. (For example, looking for lock boxes became an adventurous experience that I would always remember.) At the spot of visiting various apartments, Areej would also provide her insights and advice based on her rich knowledge of the housing market. She is really easy to work with and provides good suggestions. I would definitely recommend working with her!
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/07/2014
Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you on finding your new home! Areej is amazing at what she does and how she takes her clients from the beginning to the end with ease :) Here at AK we pride ourselves in a great customer experience through out your home buying process!
Congrats on your new home!
We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in Arcola, Sterling, VA 20166
I contacted the Samer Kuraishi Group via Zillow to hire a buyer's agent. I was replied promptly (auto-reponse) and was assigned to an agent Fahad Bakir quickly. I set up an appointment to see a property next day, which is Friday at 5. I called him at 4:54ish to verify the appointment and location, I reached his voice mail. After he was a no-show at the location, I called him several times approximately from 5:05 - 5:20. I only reached his voice mail. I got a text from him at 5:22 pm informing that he is tied up in a closing situation and can't make it to the appointment, but he will contact me as soon as he is done. This is Monday, I finally got an email from him asking if I'm still interested to see the property or if I have anything in mind (no apologies). I guess my 250k budget is not big enough for a simple courtesy call to inform me of canceled appointment or practice professionalism. I wish I had a positive experience like the other reviewers.
Response from Samer Kuraishi on 10/14/2014
To say we were dismayed at this review is an understatement! Upon seeing this review, we immediately made inquiry as to what exactly occurred and, though A-K Management attempted to contact you, we were unsuccessful. From the information we have from our client management software log and from Fahad -- a trusted agent with a history of reliability and many satisfied clients--it seems as though the missed appointment was a result of miscommunication. For that, A-K is sincerely sorry and wants to make it up to you! Please feel free to contact us so that we can turn you into a happy A-K client like the hundreds, who have preceded you. We want to make it right so please call us!