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Carlos J. & Ricia W.
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.)
Brian & Shari O.
Lou is an engaging person. His personalit
Fast forward a year and a half, Lou was the only agent we needed to call. As first time home buyers, Lou listened and was responsive
Lou was fantastic during the home search process. Since he was representi
Lou is client motivated and he made our needs his top priority. He’s maintained
In addition to the small personal touches, Lou has a great network and connected us to many great people throughout
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!
Lou helped me buy an investment property. The seller had to stay in the property after settlement for about 10 days. Lou was not only instrumental in helping me purchase the house, but also invaluable in helping the seller to find a new home, and making sure that I could take possession of the house within the agreed upon time frame. Lou & the Viva The Life team are professional, hard-working, and fantastic. They made my purchase of this new investment property seamless!
I have known Lou as a friend for few years, but it was my pleasure to work with him as my real estate agent. From the work he did prior to the exploratory trip, great communication during the search, understanding my needs better, timely on-going communication, and them most importantly his exceptional support with the loan approval, inspection and closing process. He is a true professional. If anyone wants to get into DC real-estate, he is your THE GO TO person. Without his 100% dedication, I would have never been able to close this property on time. He also has a great team to work with. Would any day recommend him for his professionalism and real-estate knowledge.
Lou at Viva the Life is a seasoned realtor, knowledgeable of the DC market and a skilled negotiator. Lou gets most of his clients from referrals. I actually was referred to him by two coworkers who each worked with him. However, what separates him and his team from other realtors is their compassion. As a first-time homebuyer, Lou comes off as sincerely concerned that you enjoy what you buy. He answered phone calls at ridiculous hours just to hear me vent. We laughed together at properties we knew we would not put an offer on. He kept it candid about properties that had potential. I never felt pressured. During negotiations, I never felt like he was working against my interests. His insight saved me money. After I bought my place, he called to see how I was acclimating. In all, Lou does not push bad properties on good people. That is his claim to fame, and people around DC work with him simply because of that. Overall great guy, I wish him the best!
Charlie & Peggy M.
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!
It is my pleasure to write this review. I couldn’t have asked for better service. The Viva the Life team was professional, kind, and attentive to detail every step of the way. I was kept informed and Lou & Ray went out of their way to make me their number one concern. I felt loved and respected and I thank you for your great service. You are my dream team! Once again thank you both and the rest of the Viva The Life team!
Hank & Patty H.
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.
For a first time home buyer, Lou is excellent. He did a really good job educating me about the market and reset my expectations where necessary. He also explained everything in ways which were easy to understand and follow – which in turn helped me make better choices.
When it came to make the offer and work with the seller, Lou made it very simple for me with a detailed step by step plan on how to go about the various components of the process. He helped with home inspection, insurance, and even financing – by providing options and most importantly recommendations for each party I needed to work with. Lou also handled everything with the seller, negotiated a great deal for me , and handled all inspection items (punch list) that the seller needed to address. He kept me updated regularly and even met up with me as needed.
Finally, Lou was very responsive and always available for me, and I am not an easy person to schedule around as I travel a lot for work. Lou was flexible and accommodating and in spite of all my travels and holidays during the closing process, and he made it very easy for me.
I thoroughly recommend Lou. He will work with you to find you what you need, and want from your home, he has the network and support systems in place to make the process seamless and easy for you, and he will help you navigate all aspects of the process.
Andrew & Olga O.
Lou was great to work with. We didn’t even think we had a chance at getting a home where we did but Lou worked some magic! I feel we got a great deal, all thanks for Lou. He was and is amazingly responsive and extremely thoughtful and caring for his customers. I recommend him all the time to my friends looking to move.
Working with Lou was such an absolute pleasure!! My boyfriend and I were first time home buyers who were connected with Lou on a recommendation from our loan officer. He worked around our crazy schedules (I work rotating 12 hour evening shifts!) and really listened to what we were looking for in our first place. Once we found and fell in love with our now current home, he was incredible in handling the negotiations with the seller’s agent. He kept us calm, and walked us through the process from start to finish. When we had a million questions, he always responded to our emails and text messages and kept us updated on everything taking place with buying our home. He made the process enjoyable. I highly recommend Lou to anyone looking for their first or next place in the D/M/V area!
I recently bought my first house with the help of Lou Vivas, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for real estate. I shopped around a lot for a good realtor before finding Lou, and got a great vibe from him the first time we met. After that, he never let me down. f
Here are a few of the great things about Lou:
He is accessible.
I emailed this poor man a list of houses I wanted to see every day for about a year. He was always quick responding, informing me which ones were already under contract, which ones were still available and when we could go see them. Often times we would meet up within an hour of me sending him an email. Whether we were seeing 1 house, or many, he always made me feel like a priority.
He is knowledgeable.
Lou has experience managing properties, as well as renovating them, which was very helpful. He pointed out many things in the houses we saw that I never would have noticed, and it made me feel like he was on my side, trying to find me a good home to start my family in, not just to sell me a house quickly. He also knows the market well and what it is doing. That helped a lot when deciding what type of offers to put in.
He is fun.
Because the market was a very strong sellers market when I was looking, it could have been a very stressful process. But Lou and I shared many laughs, and I genuinely enjoyed the time we spent together. Given the number of houses we saw together (hundreds), and amount of time we spent together, that is very important.
He cares about his clients.
I honestly felt like his most important client when I was working with him even though I know he is very busy, and probably had many people with a higher budget than me. I must have put in 10-15 offers on different houses before the one I finally got, but he never seemed frustrated, or impatient, or anything but enthusiastic in helping me.
Picking a realtor is a big decision, and I really feel like I made the right choice with Lou. I will definitely call him when I am ready to sell this house.
We worked with Lou on both the sale and purchase of our home. He spent an enormous amount of time “shopping” our old neighborhood to help us price our home right as well as weekends and nights seeing many homes in the districts we wanted to live. He also gave us advice along the way. In our sale, we had 3 contracts within days of going on the market. Lou was great to work with and I would recommend him to anyone interested in selling or purchasing a home. He is someone you can trust.
Lou is a dynamite realtor and goes the extra mile to see that the real estate transaction goes smoothly. Basically, he puts the ball in his court and runs with it. He has an excellent list of contacts from home repair companies, appliance distributors, granite companies and much more. Ask Lou & you shall receive. Our house had a contract in no time and if you are looking for a top notch realtor with integrity and diligence, Lou is the one for you!
Lou is fantastic! I’m working with him to optimize the sale of my home. Lou is very knowledgeable, friendly and a pleasure to work with!