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
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
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
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
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
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
Barbara is a total pro! and a real pleasure to deal with. She gave us excellent advice on pricing our house and it sold quickly in an “off” time of year. Not content with just getting a sale, Barbara was there for us as we moved, too, and has even forwarded mail that the Post Office missed. Thanks, Barbara! ~ David and Nancy Finkelstein ……. formerly of 11113 Lombardy Rd Silver Spring, MD 20901
Barbara had the first real homeowner’s analysis that I received during my three attempts to sell the condo. It showed trends like prices & inventory over time that helped us understand Leisure Worlds real estate. i highly recommend her since she gets the job done. ~Bob Kline
This Testimonial is One of The Best Descriptions of the Range of My Activities!
“We recommend her highly.”
Well over a year before we put our house on the market, we needed help getting the biggest bang for our buck for making the house appealing to buyers, Barbara had marketed to our neighborhood over the years, so she was familiar to us and we started by calling her for advice. She met with us promptly at our home, walked through with us, and explained “de-cluttering.” She also made recommendations for Improvement projects that would make our home sellable. Her suggestions for contractors to do work on the house and even for a mover were immensely helpful. Her advice helped us prioritize projects and organize our move to take out clutter and stage the house. Barbara also effectively advised on all the real estate procedures, timing, and paperwork, and negotiated the best deal when three offers were made on the house within days of its going on the market. Finally, Barbara helped us through complications from inspection requirements and appraisal repercussions. Our house sale brought us more money than we had hoped and on an optimal schedule. There are many factors Involved in selling a house that a Realtor cannot control – economy and appraisal for just two of those but Barbara’s guidance helped us get the most out of our house as quickly as possible. We recommend her highly.
1457 Casino Circle, ~Jim Klumpp and Yvonne Carignan, Mars Hill, North Carolina, Nov 2016
Service was excellent. Agent kept me informed personally of progress. Samuel Titelman, Nov 2016
Very positive experience start to finish; highly professional, organized, efficient, knowledgeable, accurate, a true pleasure to work with Barbara & this professional team. I would be happy to serve as a reference. ~ Janice Wherry
Note; My father’s house needed significant work and Barbara and her team did a truly outstanding job getting the house into saleable condition
~ Ian Jack Gural/Janice Wherry , August 2016
Kemp Mill Urban Park, located at the entrance to Kemp Mill Shopping Center at 1200 Arcola Avenue, is about to undergo major planned renovations.
A focal point of this 2.7-acre park is the water fountain in the center of the pond. Other features include a play area, a gazebo, a basketball court, and an area to play ping pong.
The reconstruction of Kemp Mill Urban Park will begin the week of February 15th with the installation of a tree protection fence and a construction fence to close the park off. The reconstruction is planned for 13 months.
M-NCPPC Staff Contact: Aaron Feldman, Project Manager; Aaron.Feldman@MontgomeryParks.org ; 301-650-2887
For planning background on this project and its relation to the neighborhood, see Park Planning Documents