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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We have known Barbara slightly for years. Over the past 35 yrs or so she has successfully sold 90% of the homes in the Kemp Mill area. Working with her has been a very pleasant experience. She has been very helpful in solving some problems with the property. I recommend most highly her services and team. ~Bernard Hillig, M.D. High Point, N.C.
Barbara’s Response: 90%
is an over-estimate but, we do a significant number of the sales.
Barbara Ciment was everything and more I could have asked for in a Realtor. She gave great advice for pricing and preparing our home for showing. Marketing materials were fabulous! All aspects of our sale went quickly and smoothly due to Barbara’s experience and professionalism. Thanks for doing such a great job for our family! Sincerely, Rachel Powell
Barbara, You know we think you are the greatest… Barbara has a thorough knowledge of the real estate market. She cares about her clients and assists in pricing the property, establishing a marketing strategy strategy, preparing promotional material. She screened buyers, reviewed offers and helped negotiate the sale price. We recommend her without reservation. ~ Sonia and Wally Daniels
Even though it took longer to sell our home than we anticipated, Barbara was there for us whenever we needed. She kept us up-to-date on showings, open houses, and was always available by phone. She worked especially hard during our negotiations with a very difficult … and got the deal done. We would recommend her to anyone looking to sell a house. ~ Darlene and Jay Schwartz April 2015
Montgomery County sales volume in March 2015 was 15.6% above March 2014 (860 units versus 744 units). Average price was essentially unchanged. However, there was a decided difference in Days on the Market (DOM) which was much higher in 2015 than in year before, 75 DOM versus 55 DOM in 2014. This shows that the pace of sales is taking longer in this year’s market. If we look at the preceding 90 day period (Jan 11= April 11) for each year than sales volume was up 6.8% while average sales prices were down 2.4%.
For a full instantaneous report check out www.ciment.com/monthly-market-snapshot
It was a pleasure to work with Barbara – she was always responsive when needed!; she was practical about suggestions for showing the house; she was patient and calming when time seemed to stretch out and creative in working with me long distance after I moved. What a delight!
11208 Bybee Street: Represented Abbotts in Sale
Although this comes a little late we do not want to be remiss in thanking you for all your help in the buying and selling of our home this year. It was definitely a good move for us. We just want you to know that We count you among our many blessings of 2014
People Like You HAVE A WONDERFUL
Patrick and Lisa Abbott
2410 Hunters Chase Ct Frederick, MD 21702: Represented Abbotts in Purchase
(Sellers Sold above House and Used the Ciment Team’s Buyer’s Agent, Emily Lurie, to Purchase home below)
4608 Olden Rd
Thanks again for selling our property in Rockville. You are just outstanding, very professional, responsive, realistic, reliable and capable.
Another great job for us!
David Lo and Tzee Nan Kuo Lo
11201 Healy Street
I lived in the Kemp Mill neighborhood for 46 years. During that time, I did not know Barbara Ciment personally. During those years, I only saw her picture and name one the “For Sale” signs. Also, I would receive her newsletter in the mail regarding other homes being sold and being on the market.
When I decided to put my own house on the market, I contacted her. As the saying goes – “first impression on meeting someone” – well, when we started talking, I could see how knowledgeable and experienced she was. My decision to use Barbara Ciment was the right decision. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to put their house on the market. If you call her on the phone and she is not available at that moment – it does not take long time for her to return your call. She was even out of the country and called me. ~ Dorrit Greber
11201 Healy Street
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