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Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Lorton, VA.
I know I will never find an agent as good as Colin Johnson. I have dealt with a few Real Estate Agents before - but Colin is in a different ball park as the rest. He impressed me from the get go and continued to do a better job with each situation that arose until our house had sold. We did it together but I heavily replied on his expertise and opinion. He knows what he's doing, and despite me being a control freak, I trusted him and with a lot of patience and hard work, we sold our house to the right buyers for the best price in a good short time! There were a lot of things that happened out of our control, but taking his advice, the situation worked out above and beyond what I hoped. He did a lot of conversing and negotiation on our behalf and i'm not sure anyone else could have gotten us a better deal. He knew exactly what we needed and wanted out of this - we told him the first time we met - and he never forgot. It was like he had a database of our info from every conversation and was able to recall it as needed. I have never had a realtor show up with statistics on selling houses as to know what to expect - he did which made it so much easier to know what to expect. Colin was clear, upfront, direct and truthful. He never falsified anything, he wasn't vague, he said what needed to be said , when it needed to be said. When he came over before the professional photographer showed up to take the pictures - he came 2 hours early, in shorts prepared to mow our lawn and vacuum the house. Who does that? Who helps buyers like that? Colin did and Colin does! This guy was amazing and restored our faith in good honest hard working people! He comes HIGHLY recommended by my husband and I.
Response from Colin on 12/19/2014
Colleen it was amazing to work with you on the sale of your home. Having a great partner to get you the best outcome is key. Selling your property involves juggling your move, family needs, and property value. I pride myself on listening to those components and achieving the best I can for you and your property. I am glad we didn't settle on the WRONG situation and we were able to line you up with the RIGHT win!
Helped me rent a Single Family home in Shaw, Washington, DC.
Our house caught fire and we sustained catastrophic losses. We needed to find temporary housing, and fast, while our house was under construction. Colin helped us find the perfect temporary house for us in record time; we were able to move into our new place in under 72 hours from when we first contacted him. We couldn't be more grateful.
Response from Colin on 12/19/2014
Moving is stressful enough and moving when you are tragically force out of your house and home. I am glad I was able to coordinate all of the pieces between you, your insurance company, property management company, and owner to make this unfortunate situation a little more reasonable.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $550K in Barney Circle, Washington, DC.
We enjoy working with Colin and look forward to working with him again. We began working with Colin this spring, looking for potential places to live in and eventually use as an investment potential. One particular property caught our eye that had a lot of potential, but some complications regarding an estate. Colin advised us throughout the process and informed us of the concerns he had with the situation and we continued to look. Colin brought us to many properties on and off the market. In fact, the house we bought wasn’t even on the market. He managed to bring in contractors to provide estimates before we began negotiating. He's very consultative in his approach, providing great advice on how to build wealth through real estate investments.
Response from Colin on 12/19/2014
Joel it was amazing to work with you as you grow your personal investment portfolio. It is unique in this market to partner with an agent who is not just looking for the CURRENT value, but consider the FUTURE value. Many opportunities exist in all kinds of markets whether it is increasing or decreasing and creating a strategy for the specific situation is what sets me apart from many of my peers. I look forward to many more opportunities and exciting discussions in the years to come regarding your real estate needs.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $475K in Edgewood, Washington, DC.
Colin is excellent. His diverse investing experience really helped us as we sought investment properties for ourselves. He also has experience renting properties so that once we completed the purchase he could advise us on how to best prepare the property for rent. He had a list of contractors available and also advice on how to market the property. Very helpful.
Response from Colin on 10/29/2014
Mike I am glad I was able to help you purchase your investment property and guide you through TOPA, rental requirements, and landlord risks and considerations. I look to listen to all my clients goals and bring the right team together for your needs.
Colin did a great job selling our condo. He was instrumental on everything from pricing to minor repairs to staging logistics. Our condo sold in 10 days for full price. I would highly recommend Colin.
Response from Colin on 09/15/2014
It was great to work with you and to help resolve the inevitable hurdles along the way to make the process as smooth and streamline as possible. As always the key to success is LISTENING to your needs and getting the right partners to assist in your Goal, thanks again for the opportunity to work with you.
Colin was enjoyable to work with, extremely knowledgeable, and really responsive. He was able to answer all of my questions, and as a first time home-buyer, I really appreciated his thoughtful explanations as I got up to speed on all of the ins and outs of the process -- from the search, to the negotiation process, to closing. I would and have already recommended Colin to others.
Response from Colin on 08/06/2014
Sam it was great to work with you; my goal is to always listen to my clients and not dictate the home buying process. In a tight inventory market it is key to have all of the components of your real estate team in place and I am glad I was able to help you achieve YOUR GOAL of home ownership!
Bought a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Falls Church, VA.
Having a good real estate agent helps tremendously in finding a desired home, to state the obvious. I worked with many agents in the past and I do realize what a big difference it makes when you work with a great agent. Colin Johnson walked me through every single step of house shopping and buying. He explained to me how house shopping and loans work. He subsequently made a list of my needs and wants. He narrowed down my search, which was a huge help because I did not know where to start. Once I found a place, which I am very happy with he sent me a list of companies I had to contact and things I had to do before my settlement. I'm a very busy professional and didn't have the time to do everything myself. Colin coordinated and made all the phone calls on my behalf. It was very easy and great working with him. He is very responsive and awesome! You will not be disappointed working with him. He is very knowledgeable and caring. When I was being impulsive and was about to make a wrong decision he was patient and would tell me his honest opinion. Also, he negotiated with the seller until he got the price of the house down to meet my budget.
Colin was prompt and punctual, easy to talk to, and very open about the whole process. He was also flexible and down-to-earth and my move was the easiest it has ever been, and I found a great place that fit my needs because of it. Thank you, Colin!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $525K in Silver Spring, MD.
When we were informed that the owner of our DC rental wanted to sell, we turned to Colin after our friends had a positive experience with him. Colin helped us understand and assert our tenants' rights so we had time to look and he was wonderful in answering all our questions as first-time buyers. His advice was instrumental in putting together a winning offer on a larger house and he helped us close in short order with the assistance of a mortgage broker he recommended. I was impressed by Colin's responsiveness and even-keeled counsel throughout the process. Navigating the crazy DC market was much easier with Colin!
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $1.225M in Chevy Chase, Washington, DC.
Colin is an excellent agent and we can't recommend him enough. We recently moved from the West Coast to Washington DC and we came on several house hunting trips. On one of the house hunting trips our scheduled agent had a conflict and contacted Colin to show us around. He cleared his schedule with less than 24 hours notice and spent an entire Saturday showing us DC and Maryland homes.
From that introduction, he became our partner in finding a home. He showed us innumerable houses across DC and metro areas, educated us about neighborhoods, future development potential, transit corridors, places to visit, etc. etc. He was very patient with us, understood housing contracts very well, assisted on numerous failed offers, and was willing to negotiate aggressively and persuasively on our behalf.
If in the future we have a need for a real estate professional we will contact Colin first and I suggest you should as well.