I am writing with my highest recommendation for Isabel Smith. It was a pleasure working with Isabel over the course of 3 months while my husband and I bought our first house. Isabel was incredibly knowledgeable about home buying, DC real estate, and architecture and she always, ALWAYS had our best interest at heart.
After several bad experiences with real estate agents, I found a charm with Isabel Smith with the purchase of my condo. I highly recommend her. It was very clear that the three things I needed from a real estate agent were (1) that they represent my best interest, (2) great negotiating skills, and (3) great communication. Isabel exceeded my expectations in those three areas, plus more.
I learned so much about the home buying process from Isabel. She kept me on target, informed on what things to expect, she's very diligent, and shared complete information when we encountered some issues during the inspection. I really appreciated her style of providing me the facts, so that i make informed decisions, after which she'll give me her feedback. We were on the same page most if not all the times. She gets things done and she gets them done quickly.
What sets Isabel apart from other agents i worked with is that her objective was that i find the place that i love and that fits my bill. She emphasized she didn't want me to have buyers remorse. And i don't! I'm so happy with my purchase. This was my first experience buying a home and the process was smooth and closing was actually pleasant! I feel very lucky and grateful that i found Isabel.
It is with utmost gratitude that I write this acknowledgment of Isabel Smith as my professional buyer's representative. I was a first-time homebuyer, and couldn't have hoped for a better experience. In a short amount of time Isabel was able to learn what type of property I was looking for, and walk me through the homebuying process while remaining available to answer all my questions and address my requests. She was also very helpful in describing the differences between a condo and a co-op, which was something I knew nothing of before my search began.
She shared her broad knowledge of the District as we drove around, which I found both interesting and helpful. There was immediate rapport and nearly instantaneous trust established - an essential key for any business relationship.
I was lucky to find my new home on the very first day I started looking; some people might feel cheated without he "thrill of the chase" but I don't feel that way at all. It was such a positive and enjoyable experience, and I am so very happy with my place.
I also must point out that because I'm new to DC Isabel was kind enough to provide me with recommendations for a home inspection company and a mortgage loan originator - and both were absolutely fantastic.
Isabel communicated by phone, in person, and in writing at each step of the way. She composed clear and poignant documents for me, and at every turn was an advocate for a fair and accurate settlement. I would highly recommend her and will come back to her for any future real estate transactions. Isabel Smith is a jewel!
Bought a Townhouse home in 2012 for approximately $450K in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.
To whom it may concern
Dear Sir and/or Madam:
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation on behalf of realtor, Isabel Smith.
I recently moved back to the Washington, D.C. area and was renting in Alexandria, VA to start. To make a long story, short, it was a very sudden and exhausting move and I had already been living out of bags and boxes in temporary “flux” since 2010. I was obligated to my rental situation for the immediate future but, suffice it to say, was anxious to start looking for a more permanent residence.
Normally, one would seek out recommendations from others as to finding a good realtor. I had not yet networked enough and/or did not obtain references in such a way. I simply found Isabel representing one of the properties in the neighborhood I was looking to move into and called her up. I’m sure we were checking each others’ legitimacy out at the first meeting, but by the end of it I was quite well-assured that I had found a capable, ready and willing realtor.
Within the first week of agreeing to work together, Isabel was taking me out and showing places to me. She signed me up on her search site that provided additional details of the properties and encouraged me to get out to open houses, as well. All along the way, I had questions every day. Isabel never failed to have intelligent and thoughtful answers along with additional considerations I should keep in mind. She constantly “mined” information from me, as well, so that she could, as she put it, “get a sense of what (I) wanted” for a living space. She never pressured me into any certain area or place but monitored my interest so she could tell when I needed more (or less!) feedback. She has a certain innate ability in this way, of assessing one’s interests and personality traits that can affect their home-buying choices.
I was also new to the U.S. market so was essentially a first-time buyer here. I had no idea how I would ever get a loan in this market having just arrived from a foreign country. Isabel introduced me to several options for brokers and, eventually, to a building inspector and other contractors contacts that I would need. All were of top-quality, professional calibre.
In short, I hope all of the above explains at least somewhat of the great admiration I have for this outstanding woman, but what makes Isabel even more special and goes beyond her incredible knowledge and skill is her very lovely personality! Never would I have thought that searching for a home could be such an utterly entertaining and fun activity. When my exhaustion from work and moving and LIFE was overwhelming, I still looked forward with pleasure to going out to properties with Isabel. These treks were simply that much FUN.
Sold a Townhouse home in 2010 for approximately $550K in Sixteenth Street Heights, Washington, DC.
In 2010 Isabel Smith assisted us in selling our home of 19 years in northwest D.C. She did an outstanding job of finding prospective buyers and had three offers within a very short time. The process was quick and easy after we agreed on a fair price.
We will not hesitate to recommend Isabel to anyone selling their property.