Carlos & Ricia – Sellers
Choose Lou and you will be so happy you did. Lou worked with me and my husband for about a year helping us prepare for the sale of our home. At first, we thought we would keep our house and rent it out. Lou helped us with the initial process for that, but after he walked us through the process and some of the tax issues, we decided selling was a better fit for us.
I never thought I would say this about an agent, but he probably deserved more than the standard commission agents take when you divide out the number of hours he spent with us. I honestly am not sure if the man sleeps. We were preparing for an out of town move and my husband moved there 1 year before me and my children. I was flying solo trying to get the house ready. Lou helped coordinate contractors, cleaners, the stager, etc. He also made great recommendations for help in all these areas (believe me, I took multiple bids for services).
Everyone LOVES working with Lou. He has a very loyal and talented group of people he calls on to help his sellers prepare their homes. Lou is very good at helping people make decisions about how to use their money best to leverage a great sale price for their home! Lou knows the market very, VERY well.
Lou is also bilingual (Spanish/English). We lived in a very diverse neighborhood in DC, which we absolutely loved. We needed to replace a fence in our backyard. Our neighbors, who we always got along with well, spoke mostly Spanish thus communicating on a technical matter was not possible. Lou helped draft paperwork in Spanish and English and spoke to the couple on our behalf. I think when all was done, they had (not surprisingly) invited him in for dinner!
I could go on and on with examples of how Lou goes above and beyond for his clients and with a smile and a shoulder shrug as if to say “this is just what agents do.” Since this was not our first dealing with an agent (we have not had any bad experiences with agents, per se) we know he is a true gem! You will not be disappointed to have Lou as your agent. (As a bonus and in case this matters for your family, he is absolutely great with kids.)
Lou is an engaging person. His personality, experience, and knowledge of the local market are why my wife, Shari, and I chose Lou as our real estate agent. We met Lou at a local first time home buyers course he led in our neighborhood. The information provided was relevant and we felt no pressure talking with Lou about the process. We were not ready yet but we made a connection. Fast forward a year and a half, Lou was the only agent we needed to call.
Brian & Shari – Buyers
As first time home buyers, Lou listened and was responsive to our needs. He answered every question we had, and we had a lot as I’m sure he can attest. Lou was fantastic during the home search process. Since he was representing us as buyers, it’s important not to feel like you are being upsold. Lou was not overbearing and did not inject his own opinions unless asked, but also spoke up if anything was overlooked. You should feel comfortable when home shopping and Lou put us at ease. Lou is client motivated and he made our needs his top priority. He’s maintained regular communication throughout the entire process and adapted to our needs. We’d communicate via phone, email, or text depending on our schedule. Lou’s relationship-centered approach is what sets him apart in the real estate industry. One day, while out together house hunting, he asked me what kind of music I liked. I told him how much I loved John Mayer’s music. He put it on immediately and there wasn’t a time after that when John Mayer wasn’t playing in the car when we were together.
In addition to the small personal touches, Lou has a great network and connected us to many great people throughout, from our mortgage lender, to our home inspector, to our title company. This made the entire process was smooth and because of his relationships, we got great service and saved money! Lou is tenacious and hard working. He guided us through what seems like a daunting and arduous journey. Even after closing, Lou continued working on our behalf to ensure the seller met agreed upon details in a timely manner. We always felt like we had a champion in our corner and now we’re living the life Many thanks Lou!
Hank & Patty – Buyers
Before we chose Lou Vivas, we interviewed several realtors. Now, he’s the first person we’d call! Lou went above and beyond. He worked diligently over five months to find us the right house, in a competitive market, with a limited budget, and complicated financing. Lou’s sound advice helped us make decisions with confidence, as he kept the process moving. Lou is attentive and organized. His honesty and work ethic demonstrate he genuinely cares about his clients. Lou is super responsive—no matter what time of day or night. Lou rapidly helped us submit several offers, and even prepared one on a Saturday night! Lou’s knowledge and expertise helped us surmount obstacles related to house showing, bidding, inspections, repair negotiations, contractual details, and closing. Lou is a problem-solver and successfully negotiated on our behalf with: sellers, lenders, and contractors. His insistence on a second inspection—to confirm work had been done right—netted us a great credit at the closing table! We trusted Lou and he made it happen for us. We wholeheartedly recommend Lou Vivas to those looking to purchase or sell a home in the Washington, DC area.
Charles & Peggy – Buyers
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 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!
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