(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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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

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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Her professionalism, expertise … caring, ethical approach in all interactions ..

Barbara Ciment is the best! Her professionalism, expertise, many years of experience, attention to detail, and caring, ethical approach in all interactions combined to make the sale of our house a timely efficient and pleasant experience. ~ Carl & Tina Chan of Grand Junction,  Colorado (Former owners of 11101 Bybee St, Silver Spring, MD)

(Barbara notes: This sale was concluded after two prior accepted contracts were suddenly withdrawn because of buyers’ personal issues. These sellers were dragged through these two unsettling experiences and yet called it a ‘pleasant experience’! I was very upset for them but, you can not avoid these situtaions. You just need to deal with them.)

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Barbara knows the area real estate market ..

1121 University Blvd West

Barbara knows the area real estate market and helped me set an excellent advice on pricing my condo unit and it was sold very fast! She is professional and dedicated to her clients she answered my questions promptly. I fully recommend her. Thank you so much, Barbara! Seller of 1121 University Blvd, Unit 401, Suwalak Chokechaitanasin

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Would Definitely Use Again

2300 Parker Avenue

2300 Parker Avenue

Good service, knowledgeable as to area, negotiations, real estate laws, etc. ~ Lucy Wells, Seller

 

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Barbara is professional organized, efficient and friendly, and … her experience and thorough knowledge of the local real estate market

Barbara is professional organized, efficient and friendly, and she made the process of selling my condo very smooth. With her experience and thorough knowledge of the local real estate market, she set a reasonable price for my condo, and we had a contract within days. She is super familiar with the forms and their intricacies. Barbara went out of her way to meet me at my convenience and promptly responded whenever I contacted her. I highly recommend Barbara Ciment. Prior Seller 1121 University Blvd W #316, Judy Stern

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She is very honest, professional, thorough and dedicated to her clients.

Barbara was by far the best real estate agent we’ve ever worked with. She is very honest, professional, thorough and dedicated to her clients. She kept us abreast every step of the process. She answered/responded to our questions in a timely matter. We had full confidence in her ability to seal the deal. Carolyn Briel ~ Former Owner 710 Sonata Way  Silver Spring, MD 20901

 

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I am Pleased to Recommend Barbara

1111 University Blvd W Unit 704

I am pleased to recommend Barbara, she handled the sale and myriad details for me and my father professionally &completely – all while I was at home 5,000 miles away! She even arranged to refund condo fees in property charged several months after the closing. Thank you for everything Barbara.

~ Craig Prescott, Former Owner 1111 University blvd. W. #704

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Barbara was terrific in assisting me in every aspect

I was appointed Personal Representative of an estate and Barbara was terrific in assisting me in every aspect, including getting the unit cleaned, painted and sold quickly. She updated me frequently throughout the process and was always available to answer questions. Jonathan Goldberg Attorney for 1111 University Blvd W Unit 1108

1111 University Blvd W Unit 1108

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Delightful experience working with Barbara Ciment.

It was a delightful experience working with Barbara Ciment. She brings years of knowledge and experience to the table in addition to her courteous manner and prompt response to every correspondence. She’s extremely positive and relentless in her approach to real estate. Even being late in the year we had a quick sale. Thanks Barbara,  it was a pleasure and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you. ~Linda Donellan, 2207 Henderson Avenue, 20902

 

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Radon Testing Now Required in Most County Sales

As of October, 2016, Montgomery County law requires that a detached single-family and townhouse located in the County must be tested for radon before completing a sale of the home. The law does not apply in the sale of certain home sales, e.g., REO sale, tax sale, and administration of a decedent’s estate.  The law requires the seller to perform the radon test, or permit the buyer to perform the radon test. If the seller offers the buyer the opportunity to do the test, and the buyer chooses not to, the seller must perform the test to meet the statutory requirement that a test be performed. Both the seller and the buyer must receive a copy of the results of the radon test.  The test may be done by the seller, buyer, or third party (for example a home inspector or radon testing professional) using a testing device approved for use by the County. This law requires reporting radon results, but does not impose contingency requirements in the contract.
In drafting sales contracts, care and thought must be given to the implications of this law. For example, if a buyer neglects to make the contract contingent on radon inspection, the buyers may end up with a radon report with bad results but, have no recourse against owner to remediate the problem! For more details call me, or see Radon GCAAR Article

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Barbara Ciment and Emily Lurie are Now a Team … That Worked Very Well

15107 Interlachen Dr Unit 802
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Barbara Ciment and Emily Lurie are now a Team. Barbara Ciment referred me to Emily and that worked very well. Barbara had sold 2 properties for me earlier….. ~ Dietlinde Dasch, Buyer of 15107 Interlachen Drive Unit 802, Silver Spring 20906 (Leisure World of Maryland).

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