I would like to highlight the exceptional work of Rob Thomsen in our quest to find and buy our home - we met through a mutual friend. We moved to the United States three years back from India and were on the lookout for a home close to the Vienna Metro station. We decided that any home in a 3 mile radius from the Metro was one we could potentially evaluate.
At that time, the market was hot and houses were flying off the shelves and going into bidding wars - it was disconcerting. This was all new to us and we turned to Rob to help us with the entire process.
I was getting settled into my role at work and was not free to see all the houses so my wife had taken on that challenge. The problem was that she didn't have a driver's license and couldn't drive out to see homes. Rob didn't hesitate to help. Without much ado, he drove to our apartment, picked up my wife and drove her to see myriad homes. There wasn't the slightest hint of annoyance - he was affable, friendly, and ever cheerful.
The search took nearly 3 months but Rob didn't pressure us or make us feel us though we had to settle for a house that didn't meet our requirements. We realized that every turn in the road seemed familiar to Rob which was reassuring. From neighborhoods 2 miles from the Metro to those 8 miles away, Rob knew his way around. Clearly, we had the advantage of dealing with someone who was at home in this part of Northern Virginia.
I remember an instance when Rob offered to drop our kids at his home to spend the afternoon with Sonia and their kids while we spent the day looking at many options.
When we couldn't find a home that suited our tastes and budget in Vienna, Rob suggested an older neighborhood close to the Metro - in fact less than 2 miles by bicycle. On our first visit to this location, we fell in love with the distinctive old brick houses and the charming wooded neighborhood and instantly found a house to call home. From outlining strategies, negotiating the deal, getting the house off the market, and finalizing the contract, Rob was exceptional. I have the privilege of stating that we are no longer associates but friends. I highly recommend Rob Thomsen and his services as a realtor.
Your advice to sell at the time we did was spot on. I know that was something we debated for a while before deciding to sell. Your research and analysis of the market though indicated pre-Spring would be a great time to sell a home like ours instead of waiting until the Summer. Again, your advice really paid off, and I am grateful for it.
Being first-time home sellers, we wanted an agent we could trust. Working with Rob far exceeded our expectations of what our home-selling experience would be like. Rob conducted a market analysis of similar homes in our area, which helped us to decide the best time to place our home on the market for a quick sale. His creativity and knowledge helped us spend our money wisely to make the right improvements to the home so it appeared most appealing to a buyer. His analysis also allowed us to price our home correctly, and we received interest immediately. We received an offer for more than the asking price within 1 week! Even once we received an offer, Rob made sure to conduct his due diligence to determine it was strong and guide us through the next few weeks through closing. Rob is an excellent communicator, and we were always aware of the steps in the process. I highly recommend working with Rob as your agent. You will not be disappointed!
Rob and Sonia helped us buy our new home recently. They are wonderful agents and we were lucky to have them by our side through the home buying process. Right from the beginning, the depth of their knowledge of the whole process was impressive. But more importantly for us, they were patient with our requests and made every effort to help us find a home that met our requirements within the relatively tight timeline that we had. They worked with us right through to the end of the process, answering all of our questions and advising us along the way. We are thankful to them and would strongly recommend Rob and Sonia as real estate agents to anyone looking to buy or sell property.
Rob and Sonia took care of all the fixes the buyer asked for. They took the initiative (and paid the expense) in some very creative marketing. They were very responsive at all times - evenings and weekends included. Their knowledge of the market was spot-on. Rob and Sonia are very pleasant and professional, a real delight to work with.
We were new to this country and were looking to buy a house but weren't really sure how to go about it. We got lucky when a friend vouched for a Realtor he knew -- that Realtor was Rob. From our first meeting, we knew that Rob was someone we could trust to find a home best suited to our family. He took time to understand what we were looking for, monitored the market closely for suitable homes, and offered practical advice on issues that would not have occurred to us. It was on his advice that we looked at a home in a neighborhood that was not on our list -- the house (and the neighborhood) turned out to be a perfect fit for our family. Rob and Sonia (who has now joined him as a licensed Realtor) helped us with our move and their gift to us when we moved in was a housewarming party. We would recommend this wonderful Realtor team to anyone wanting to find just the right home. P.S. We love their monthly newsletter which is full of home-enhancing tips.
Sonia and Rob were such a delight to work with. They always had our best interest at heart and never rushed us into making a decision. They also had such great knowledge of the NOVA area. We wanted to stay in a school district so they made a spreadsheet of all the neighborhoods that were in our newly-zoned district. They also would vet houses for us a lot. Like, "I went and saw this one but it's on a busy street" or "it doesn't have the yard space you want." To me, that's valuable time they saved us. On top of that, they are just great delightful people to spend time with. Rob and Sonia have kept in touch post home purchase to make sure everything is OK and ensure we are settling in well. I've worked with a lot of agents before and I would highly recommend these two if you are seeking a consultative, collaborative, informed and low pressure approach to real estate.
ANIL AND SHOBA M.
Rob and Sonia are very dedicated professionals who do their best to ensure client satisfaction. We spend about 7 months to find the right house for us in Vienna, VA. Rob and Sonia were very patient throughout the process and never rushed us into something sub-optimal. They also go a step beyond and will try to get you early preview into houses coming up for listing, which is great in a competitive market like Vienna. We were also referred to excellent home inspection and lender contacts. Our search criteria got refined mid-way during the search to focus on only single family homes in one particular school zone. They were able to work with that narrow criteria and still able to find a house in good condition within our budget. We also had to void couple of contracts due to inspection related issues. Rob and Sonia understood our concerns and priorities, and helped ensure those contracts got closed out in the appropriate and timely manner. Rob and Sonia are very responsive and you can except to get any of your questions answered within a short time - by email, text or call. They are willing to be challenged and are open to incorporate feedback as appropriate. They will let you make your decisions but are willing to provide guidance and advice when they feel you may not be making the best choice. Rob and Sonia work well together as a team, and it has been an excellent experience for us to work with them. For anybody looking to buy/sell real estate, we would definitely recommend talking to Rob and Sonia and see how they can meet your objectives. You will not be disappointed!
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