Real Estate Professional (16 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Foreclosure,
Short-Sale

Team reviews

Leslie is amazing! I wasn't even in the market for a home when I found a nice little gem on a Saturday morning that had just gone on the market. I had to leave town the next morning early before the open house the next day, but Leslie was able to get an agent to open the house for me within a couple of hours of my email to her. Two days later, we were putting down an offer and now I'm a happy first home owner! I knew nothing about this entire process and Leslie walked me through it step by step, answered all of my questions quickly and eased some of my anxieties going through this process the first time. I'm moving in this week and am totally thrilled. Leslie is responsive, knowledgeable about the market, knows what is a good deal and what to avoid (and will tell you), and makes the process as smooth as possible -- all the way through closing and walking you into your new home! I would absolutely work with Leslie again and would highly recommend her to everyone I know.

  

07/29/2015 - shaferica
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $625K in Georgetown, Washington, DC.
Primary point of contact: Leslie Shafer

Leslie is amazing! I wasn't even in the market for a home when I found a nice little gem on a Saturday morning that had just gone on the market. I had to leave town the next morning early before the open house the next day, but Leslie was able to get an agent to open the house for me within a couple of hours of my email to her. Two days later, we were putting down an offer and now I'm a happy first home owner! I knew nothing about this entire process and Leslie walked me through it step by step, answered all of my questions quickly and eased some of my anxieties going through this process the first time. I'm moving in this week and am totally thrilled. Leslie is responsive, knowledgeable about the market, knows what is a good deal and what to avoid (and will tell you), and makes the process as smooth as possible -- all the way through closing and walking you into your new home! I would absolutely work with Leslie again and would highly recommend her to everyone I know.

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 08/01/2015

We heard you bought Alexander Bell's house in Georgetown! Congrats that is amazing! Thank you for entrusting us to be the ones to help you with your first purchase! Leslie Shafer is a rock star Agent who takes great strides in ensuring her clients have the best experience while buying their home. While buying a home can be daunting - she makes her clients feel like it as easy as buying ice cream! Thank you again for your faith in Leslie and our company here at A-K!

 

  

07/25/2015 - dbrooks380
Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.

I worked with Hovick Suleymanian at AK and had a great home buying experience. I would have been completely lost with the complex the DC home buying experience without Hovick's help. Hovick's responsiveness and expertise made the whole process easy and enjoyable.

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/29/2015

We are very thankful for your business and trust in us making your first home purchase a reality! Hovick takes great strides in ensuring his clients are happy and get what they want. You are not buying a pair of jeans but a lifestyle and an investment and with that said here at A-K we take that very seriously. Congrats and we are here for you always!

 

  

07/24/2015 - bazilikus
Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Silver Spring, MD.

“A-K” was one of the several groups I contacted on Zillow. When I placed my requests I specifically asked realtors to reply via email, even though I was required to provide my phone number. Sameer was one of the few who didn’t instantly bust my phone calling and text messaging. Those few were further narrowed down by the ability to follow up and provide specific answers. I was moving from CA to MD and wanted to buy property fast; I knew nothing about property in DMV other than what I read online. The effectiveness was of essence. For the viewing of condos and further processing I was assigned to agent Chris Chambers. The availability and responsiveness of this guy was rather amazing. After viewing two condos and talking for a bit, he honestly expressed his vision of my situation, which helped us narrow down the search and pick the winner in the next hour or so. The rest was paperwork. Chris was extremely helpful in negotiating the price with the seller and the interest rate with the bank. He answered all my emails and text messages within one hour at the most (usually 15-30 minutes), facilitated interactions with the bank and the title company. My modest estimate is that I probably saved around 6-7K on the cost of the condo and mortgage in the end. Of note, the services of the title company were a bit more expensive than I expected. There were also a couple of minor discrepancies in regard to the property. However, after some negotiation at the settlement table all was resolved by a satisfactory compensation to the buyer (me). In conclusion, I closed on a condo in 30 days at the target price and no surprises. I highly recommend “A-K”, in particular Chris Chambers, who I had great pleasure to work with.

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/29/2015

We did it! Another goal met! Chris Chambers goes above and beyond every single time for this client(s)! He is very organized and skilled in the art of negotiation and knowing how to angle offers correctly to put the client(s) needs first! Congrats again on your first purchase and welcome to Maryland!

 

  

07/23/2015 - carlgirard69
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $275K in Fort Washington, MD.
Primary point of contact: Hovick Suleymanian

I hired Hovick Suleymanian as my realtor who works for the Samer Kuraishi Group. The first time I met Hovick, my impression of him was that he was honest and direct. Those were two of the key things I was looking for in a realtor. Initially, I did not select him as my realtor because he didn’t work the area I was most interested in, as much as a few other realtors I had spoken to (believing they would have known that market better). After using a few other realtors, that put their interests ahead of mine, did not know how to do comparison analyses (comps) and were more interested in showing me homes they thought were good for me vs what I was interested in, I went back to Hovick. For the record, Hovick’s lack of experience working that area was not a detriment at all. My experience tells me that a good realtor can effectively work any area. We looked at a lot of houses over six months and weren’t finding homes that captured my interest. I hereby give Hovick credit for thinking outside of the box, to find other alternatives that would possibly meet my housing needs. Throughout this process, we did see a few homes I liked, one was overpriced, another one someone else beat me to and a third one that I opted to pass on because I made an offer on a house I had previously seen (that I had initially really liked) and had gone off of the market (the day after I saw it and had told my previous realtor to put an offer on it). During the offer/acceptance process on the house I did make an offer on, it became apparent to me that that home didn’t fit my needs as well as I initially thought. We ended up withdrawing my offer based on shortcomings found in the home inspection. In the end, we did find a house that I liked and bought. I found Hovick to be very knowledgeable during the entire offer/acceptance/home inspection/mortgage/closing process. He was even more knowledgeable than some of the other professionals we worked with in these processes (for example: he was able to answer a few questions the closing agent would have been expected to answer and couldn’t). Hovick was very professional throughout the process. He was easy to work with, he made arrangements for his wife Lina or other agents from his office to meet me and show me properties when he was unavailable and he returned phone calls promptly. Hovick is a bright, friendly guy and I would whole-heartedly recommend him to my family and friends. If I ever have to buy or sell real estate again, Hovick will be the first realtor I call.

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/27/2015

Wow! Thank you for the kind words! We take great strides in being the best and giving our clients the best experience in the business ! We are so happy you had a great experience with Hovick and the A-K Team! Congrats!

 

  

07/20/2015 - khalliday12
Sold a Townhouse home in 2015 for approximately $650K in Gaithersburg, MD.

Hovic really took the burden of the sales process off my plate and handled some tough negotiations really well. I highly recommend him. I sold the home because a pipe burst causing enough water damage that I lost my renter. Hovic helped me find a contractor to get the work done and got the property sold as quickly as I think it could have been. Kit

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/22/2015

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to sell your home in Gaithersburg, MD - it was off the market quick due to high demand and a great pricing analysis of the area. Having the right team goes a long way to making it to the finish line. Appreciate you trusting us to make it happen for you!

 

  

07/17/2015 - zuser20150708194825018
Sold a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $125K in Gaithersburg, MD.

I can't say enough good things about Samer Kuraishi who guided me through the successful selling of my condo. Real estate transactions are inherently nerve wracking, but with Samer I knew from the beginning that I was in very good hands. He allayed my concerns and was always very responsive to my questions. Samer is the best person anyone could have representing them because he excels at what he does and he really cares about his clients.

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/20/2015

Thank you so much Barbara! I really enjoyed working with you in selling your condo! We got over list price and got it done in less than a week! You are a pleasure to work with and hope you have a safe trip to your new home out west! Always here for you!

 

  

07/13/2015 - deborah yenser
Helped me rent a Multi Family home in Buckingham, Arlington, VA.

This was my first time using a realtor and I was amazed at how easy and convenient it was! Zach and Areej went above and beyond for us in finding our apartment. They know the area well and were honest with us about our options and timing. I would recommend them to anyone! And never again will I try to find an apartment myself. Samer Kuraishi will be my first stop!

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/14/2015

Congrats on your new unit in Arlington, VA! It was our pleasure to work with you to make it happen! We appreciate the confidence you had our team to make it happen for you!

 

  

07/13/2015 - jamie mera89
Helped me rent a Condo home in Buckingham, Arlington, VA.
Primary point of contact: Areej Kuraishi

I primarily worked with Areej Kuraishi and would strongly recommend her as an agent. This was my first time using a realtor to secure a rental and I was BLOWN away by how great Areej was to work with. Not only was she extremely fast with giving us property options to choose from and answering our questions almost immediately, but acted as our advocate with our property management company to negotiate repairs and lease terms on our behalf. She really made things happen which I don't think we would have been able to do on our own. Areej really went above and beyond in answering any of our questions and advocating for us even after we had completed our move. Having moved five times in the past four years, this was the smoothest and most stress-free transition I have ever had and I definitely credit that to Areej!

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/14/2015

Regardless of a rental or a sale we treat every client the same as your goals matter to us! Service is a top priority to us at A-K and we are hear not only to listen to you but to accomplish your home needs! Congrats on the new place!

 

  

07/13/2015 - vy ma
Helped me rent a Single Family home in Ellicott City, MD.

I highly recommend Areej Kuraishi, she is so kind and wonderful! I was looking to rent a property close to work and was able to find it without hassle after looking at a few properties. She was also very professional and worked really hard to get exactly what I wanted. Her attention to detail is also very helpful in finding the best place. I am very happy that Areej was able to help me and I look forward to working with her again in the future!

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/14/2015

Congrats on your new rental unit! Thank you for trusting us with the opportunity to find you the right home!

 

  

07/10/2015 - amal matar
Bought a Townhouse home in 2015 for approximately $400K in Fairfax, VA.

Areej was awesome! We were first-time home buyers and had absolutely no idea on how the process goes. She was there for us in each and every step, explained everything in details, was always engaged and responsive, answered every question we had anytime and was knowledgable, friendly, honest, reliable and simply amazing. Thank you very much, Areej! I'll definitely recommend you for my family and friends. All the best!

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Response from Samer Kuraishi on 07/13/2015

Congrats on your purchase! It is a hot market in Fairfax, VA and having an Agent like Areej Kuraishi on your side will get you what you want! Competing against multiple offers and knowing how to put your offer together to be the strongest of the group takes skill and experience! Nothing is better than seeing your client happy and know they are in a good place after their recent purchase! Always here for you!