(Ambassador) Barry and Winsome Wells

Dear Barbara: We are truly pleased with the effort you and your team put forth on the sale of our home in Silver Spring. From our first meeting you were the consummate professional while maintaining that personal touch that let us know our goals were yours as well. Your knowledge of the area, experience and guidance in a difficult sellers market were invaluable. The listing and the photos showed our home in the best possible light. No doubt this played a significant role in the request for showings of the house. We are extremely pleased that we were successful in closing a sale in the time frame we projected and in our price range. We were delighted to work with you and appreciate your attention to detail and your personal follow-up with the smallest issue. Thank you again for your outstanding service.   Sincerely,      Sellers: (Ambassador) Barry and Winsome Wells January 2012

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George Wollner, Investor

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Barbara offers a unique combination of professional characteristics — deep real estate expertise, service excellence and attention to high customer satisfaction — that consistently translate into both a great sales experience and a great sales result. Whether buying or selling, Barbara is my number one “go-to” person for residential real estate. George Wollner, Investor
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Sara Schwartz and Bruce Wood

“Dear Barbara, We want to thank you for all the careful attention and continued support you provided while we were selling our house. Your advice about how best to prepare the house, the excellent brochures, pictures, online listings, and strategic open houses were instrumental in the attracting potential buyers in this difficult market. Your excellent advice and guidance during the contract negotiations and the follow-up leading to closing helped us obtain the highest possible price and that everything went smoothly. We also want to thank you for all the personal support that you and Mel provided to us. … We moved out of state a month before the property sold. We are very grateful that you took the time to check up on the house to make sure that all was well while we were gone. We will certainly recommend you to all our friends who are seeking to buy or sell their property. It’s been a pleasure working with you and your team.” Sellers: Sara Schwartz and Bruce Wood, 7/2011
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Sue and Jacque Gorlin

Dear Barbara, Now that we have closed on our house, w would like to thank you for your extraordinary assistance in selling the house during these difficult times.  We do not know of any other real estate broker in the Kemp Mill area who would have demonstrated the degree of devotion to his or her client that you demonstrated on our behalf.  We especially valued your knowledge of the local real estate market.  The only comment that we can make to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Kemp Mill area of Silver Spring if that he or she would have to be negligent not to use your services. As you know, our situation was particularly stressful: we moved overseas with our house unsold.  At that point, you assured us that you would not only continue to do everything that a real estate broker does to get our house sold but that you would also make sure that the house was properly maintained, something that, … would have been our responsibility. Our confidence in you was not misplaced.  You kept your word: you worked overtime to find a buyer and were an effective intermediary and advisor during the negotiations on the sale of the property.  More importantly, however, you handled all of the necessary paper and other work leading up to the closing.  Prior to our leaving …, you made sure that we left a Power of Attorney so that the eventual sale would not be dependent on our coming back to the area.  You also found us contractors to fill in the few shortcomings that the home inspection revealed and took the lead in making sure that the house was in final condition for the handover at the closing. Because of your efforts beyond the call of duty, we always felt that we were in control of the situation, notwithstanding that we were in a different time zone 6,000 miles away.  Thanks and take care,    Sellers: Sue and Jacques Gorlin
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Susan and Jack Baer

Thank you for your help in selling our home of 22 years in Kemp Mill. You made the onerous task seem so effortless from the beginning. Your advice on what renovations would benefit us in an eventual sale and what needed to be spruced up was right on target. The brochure you prepared, describing our home and displaying the pictures taken by your husband, Mel, almost made me want to put a bid in on our own house. Your pricing advice was right on target as well as a contract came in after only two days in this dismal economic market. Throughout the process you became another member of our family, a long lost sister, who lovingly gave of herself to make our lives easier in a stressful time. Thank you again for your time and effort in selling our Kemp Mill home. Susan and Jack Baer 7/2010
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Michael and Leah Bandler

This is a note… to convey to you, our deep appreciation for all you did so many months ago….You were – and continue to be – an invaluable resource. Agent, adviser, assurer, advocate- you’re the quintessential operative. Your counsel in each and every regard – from price and contractual conditions to selection of personnel needed to complete the transaction, and then negotiations on 1101 – was impeccable. And of course it was accompanied by your inherent intelligence, savvy, grace, charm and – where necessary – gentle firmness. You dealt with our uncertainties, our procrastination and our need to prioritize as we juggled several landmark life events at once. In a nutshell, you came through for us mightily. But we had no doubt whatsoever that you would.    Michael and Leah Bandler
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Peter G. Miller

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Caroline and I wanted to write and thank you for your help with the successful sale of our property on Arcola Ave. You have been terrific and we greatly appreciate your assistance with a complex and difficult transaction involving a property unlike most in the Kemp Mill area. This sale would not have been possible without your deep understanding of the local marketplace and your ability to properly package and position our property. Your willingness to address client concerns is exceptional and we were delighted with the results of our transaction. Peter G. Miller: Noted Real Estate Expert, Broker, and Founder, www.OurBroker.com
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Team Update March 18, 2014

This has been a productive week for the Barbara Ciment Team

Helping Sellers, Buyers and Renters:

1. My Listing just went Under Contract 11317 Crescendo Place Silver Spring 20901

2. My Listing is going to closing Thursday 10414 Huntley Ave, Silver Spring 20902

3. Represented Buyer in closed sale 10730 Horde St Silver Spring 20902

4. Listed Beautiful Condo in Leisure World Vantage Point East #108

5. Represented Buyer going to closing Friday 8552 Pineway Ct, Laurel MD 20723

6. Settled My Listing 1111 University Blvd W #1015

7. Helped a Renter 11019 Oakwood St 20901

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Despite a colder winter, Montgomery County sales volume was up 6.9% and Days on the Market was down in Jan ’14 versus Jan ’13. Prices were also up 6%. For more details see my Monthly Market Snapshot Report or, you can wait until April for the Washington Post Report.

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You are so experienced, intelligent, intuitive, honest and full of integrity

“Dear Barbara,
Alan joins me in thanking you for everything you have done to sell and settle my Mom’s condominium. I cannot even imagine going through this without you at the helm of the ship or by my side. From the very beginning you were my professional advocate and my friend.
You are the absolute professional in every way. You are so experienced, intelligent, intuitive, honest and full of integrity. You really set the gold standard for who a real estate agent should be. I feel very lucky that you were our agent, helping us make decisions every step of the way, always knowing the right thing to do. I looked to you for advice and guidance at every step and you were always there, day and night. Thank you for everything you have done. I will never forget the support and understanding that you gave so selflessly to me.
Love,  Betsy Chanales”  Dec 2013

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The entire sales process was smooth with guidance provided

“When my sisters and I decided to sell our mother’s Turnberry Court condo in Leisure World, Barbara Ciment helped by providing suggestions to help sell it quickly. She suggested what the condo should be listed at, what should be fixed, and how furnishings should be placed. Her team took lots of photos, showing off the condo in its best light. The webpage that she set up was fantastic. Within 5 days of listing the condo, we had 3 cash offers, with 2 at the asking price. The entire sales process was smooth with guidance provided as needed. Thanks Barbara.
Ellen Merwitz” Dec 2013

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“You are so experienced, intelligent, intuitive, honest and full of integrity”

Dear Barbara,

Alan joins me in thanking you for everything you have done to sell and settle my Mom’s condominium. I cannot even imagine going through this without you at the helm of the ship or by my side. From the very beginning you were my professional advocate and my friend.

You are the absolute professional in every way. You are so experienced, intelligent, intuitive, honest and full of integrity. You really set the gold standard for who a real estate agent should be. I feel very lucky that you were our agent, helping us make decisions every step of the way, always knowing the right thing to do. I looked to you for advice and guidance at every step and you were always there, day and night.

Thank you for everything you have done. I will never forget the support and understanding that you gave so selflessly to me.

Love,

Betsy Chanales

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Montgomery County MD Sales: All Positive Signs for Sellers

I just used my proprietary software to compare the recently closed out 3rd Quarter 2013 (July-Sept) to 3rd Quarter 2012 and the results are very informative of the new market condition in Montgomery County, MD! Montgomery County (MoCo) Sales Volume for this third quarter is up an amazing 20% while prices are also up 6.9% and Days on Market (DOM) has dropped from 61 Days to 39 Days. MoCo Sales Volume (units) is up so dramatically that inventory has sold out and inventory has dropped by 37% from last year at this time. DOM is down even more sharply for Silver Spring from 69 Days in 2012 to 41 Days in 2013. This is a leading indicator that the Silver Spring Market has improved. This is all good news for sellers and interest rates are still quite low. The tables seem to have turned into a seller’s market.
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Market Rising Steadily

The monthly Case-Schiller residential sales report that spans 20 major metropolitan areas showed that home prices had risen at the fastest pace in over 7 years at 12.4%. Their data reports on May-July 2013. For a good summary and a worthwhile article see, Wall Street Journal

My web site provides even more current analysis of August 2013 just for Montgomery County, see My Monthly Market Snapshot ReportIt shows that in that month alone prices increased by 9.9%.

Even more current, I am now working on my October Newsletter and looking at early returns of Montgomery County for the Third Quarter ’13 (July-September 2013). With 5 more days to go in September, volume is already up 9% and prices are up over last year’s 3rd Quarter by 8.7%. The market may be cooling from May-July pace but, it is rising steadily now.

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“helping me sell my mom’s condo”

Dear Barbara:

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for all your assistance in helping me sell my mom’s condo recently. I knew when you handled the rental of the property that you would be the realtor that could sell it as well. You went out of your way to make it easy for me since I did not live in the area by handling all the details necessary prior to the closing; … I never worried about anything leaving you in charge. Again, thank you for making the sale so seamless and easy. With all of the many things I had to handle with her estate, it was one less thing that I had to worry about. If I ever have a need for any real estate dealings or know of anyone in the area that might be looking for a realtor, I will definitely recommend you.

Sincerely,

Franny Stewart

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Automated Alerts on Ciment.com

We are in the process of automating listing alerts so that any Registered User of ciment.com can Save a Search and associate an Alert for that Saved Search. We apologize for some transition traffic that may have sent you extra alerts for listings that were actually unchanged. This happened because it was hard to transfer log-ins along with their history.

From this point on you should only see alerts when Updated listings are either New or had a Price or Status Change in accordance with your personal saved search parameters.

Alert Feature Added

  • The Most Informative Alerts in Real Estate
  • Drill down to Subdivisions or Expand to City

Register on our our web site and save a search you like and then just click on Alert and you will be updated on changes.

You will receive an alert when listings in your search area are New or had a Price or Status Change from last alert!

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