James is amazing. I was a first time homebuyer with a long list of requirements and a pretty low budget. Buying your first home is a big deal - and a huge investment so you want to make sure that you are working with someone who 1) knows what their doing and 2) makes you a priority.
James has so much experience in this industry, and was always making really well thought out suggestions about how to best position myself as a buyer. DC is a competitive market. Lots of cash buyers, low on inventory, pretty expensive. You need someone who has knowledge of the markets your looking in and creative ideas for how to stand out in a pool of like-buyers.
He helped me find something in logan circle, exactly where i wanted to live, for an extremely reasonable price. Not saying everyone will find such a deal, but I am telling the truth when I say that I don't think the seller would have accepted my offer if it were not for James. There were other offers coming in when the seller was considering my offer. James made a call and somehow I got the property I really really wanted for $5K below list - and the other offers had not even come in yet! Unreal.
He was persistent leading up to close - and checked in with me regularly after I had a ratified contract. He worked around my schedule and not the other way around. He has contacts to leverage (inspections, titles, lenders, etc.) - and keeps you on track with your financing time tables.
It doesn't take long to know if an agent is committed to you or not - give James a call - I'm telling you he will make you feel like you are his only client (and I know that sounds cheesy, but it's true!).
So happy with my new purchase - and was delighted to have James at the closing table!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Michigan Park, Washington, DC.
I was getting no where fast in the competitive DC market until I started working with James. He is proactive knowledgeable agent you want on your side. In addition to his knowledge of the marketplace, he is a life saver in a pinch and will go the extra distance for you.
When an offer was due in less than 24 hours, James spent his Saturday evening working with me to get my offer into the sellers agent. And, when my finance person flaked hours before the offer due date, James quickly tapped into his network and connected me with a new finance person that could complete the offer package just in time.
Because of James, I now have a home. I highly recommend working with him.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $600K in Edgewood, Washington, DC.
James guided us through the sometimes frustrating, often confusing process of buying our first house. What I appreciated most about James's style is that he listened to what we thought we were looking for, provided suggestions when appropriate, and gave us the tools to make good decisions. We both tend to be data people, so James hooked us up with automated internet searches and other information sources on houses that met our criteria and in which we were interested. He gave us the tools and space we needed, but he was always there when we had questions or needed guidance. He helped us narrow down our list, weighing pros and cons to settle on a prioritized list of houses.
When we found a house we ready to go for, James helped us through the process of making an offer and negotiating with the seller. He was a rock that we could depend on, answering questions and reassuring us when we had the inevitable first-time buyer nerves. When there were bumps in the road, he was there conferring with us but also working on our behalf. There were many issues he settled that we never even had the opportunity to stress about them. Once it was all said and done, we sailed into closing completely calm and at ease. I knew I would be anxious, but James did such a great job that buying our first home was actually an enjoyable experience. I have and would continue to recommend him highly.
Sold a Townhouse home in 2012 in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
We trusted James to sell our house, and his strategy was spot on. We received multiple offers within 24 hours and sold the house for significantly over list price. James also was a trooper as we searched for a new home in a hot market – taking us on innumerable house tours. He even got us in the doors of some homes that were in final stages of renovation that hadn't been listed yet.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $800K in Sixteenth Street Heights, Washington, DC.
James helped us buy our home in Spring of 2013. This was not our first home buying experience and based on our other experiences with other realtors we knew the process could be stressful. James was professional, very easy to work with, and sensitive to our requirements. At one point our deal nearly fell through, and it was James that saved it. James made what can be a stressful experience less stressful; with the result being a beautiful home at a great price. We highly recommend James and look forward to working with him in the future.
James helped my family sale our condo in DC and purchase out home in Fairfax, VA. He was always responsive to my questions and concerns about everything from purchase and sale prices to window treatments. He was able to negotiate a complicated situation when the house we bought had a leak and water damage only a few day before sale. James is truly a professional in his field.
Sold a Condo home in 2005 in Logan Circle, Washington, DC.
I was a first-time home buyer and James did a terrific job walking me through the process, always very patiently, explaining every detail along the way. I also had a very specific type of condo in mind, and James, again, very patiently, took me around the whole city until we found exactly what I was looking for. I come from a family of realtors, and James ranks among the best. I've recommended him to several friends, who have all purchased homes with James as their agent and have been just as happy with his service as I am.
Sold a Cooperative home in 2001 in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.
James Braeu is a rare find in the world of real estate agents...a professional, who listens to your interest and need. I have bought two homes and sold one, with the help of James' extraordinary skills. After he had researched and shown me practically every home in NW DC that met my requirements...he found me the perfect home. He had become so cognizant of my tastes, that often I would send him a listing to visit...and he would know that it either was, or wasn't something I would be interested in.
When I decided to sell my place....James created a gorgeous flyer, staged my place and created such a buzz that my place sold in 10 days, for more that I was asking.
I have been buying/selling homes for over 30 years....James Braeu is the best agent I have ever known. He talked me off of bad decision cliff on several occasions.
James did a great job simplifying the difficult home-buying process. He was responsive to my needs and showed me homes for several months before I was able to decide. Most importantly, James helped me connect with mortgage brokers and other financial experts to get it all taken care of.
Bought a Condo home in 2012 in Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC.
James was my agent when I purchased a coop last year in Foggy Bottom. He was extremely knowledgeable in general and in particular about the coop board approval process which can be quite cumbersome. His attention to detail and knowledge ensured a quick and painless transaction. I would highly recommend James to anyone looking to buy or sell in the DC area.