When our daughter decided to return to Washington, D.C. after several years in California, my wife and I offered to begin scouting for a potential apartment purchase for her in the Petworth neighborhood. We first ventured to open houses one Sunday afternoon to view properties that sounded promising in our general price range. An agent was present in each unit, and we told each one we were testing the market and also possibly looking for an agent who could represent us and our daughter. As our daughter planned a week-long trip to Washington to view properties, we recalled the four agents, all of them very nice, and decided that the agent who had appeared most helpful and congenial was Lou Vivas, who had been showing an apartment at 3900 14th Street NW. We called him and made arrangements to meet to make sure our instincts were correct. They were. We signed an agreement and learned quickly that another unit in the same building was on the market. Lou took us to see it right away, our daughter (and her parents) fell in love with it, and we quickly put in a successful offer. Lou was at our side for the whole process, representing our interests to the seller, guiding us on an appropriate offering price, even introducing us to a good mortgage-loan company. The truth is, he is still at our side even after closing, working to make sure all the small things are taken care of as our daughter prepares to move in. We learned we could trust him implicitly and that we could count on his assistant Min Lin as well, and be confident that we are getting solid, helpful advice on every aspect of the transaction. And we feel that we made a good friend in the process. My wife and I have bought and sold a few houses and apartments in the Washington area over the years. We have never been more pleased with and grateful to an agent than we are with Lou Vivas. Good man!