Realtor - Buyer Specialist
About Laura Pope
Your Realtor and Buyer Specialist
Laura has lived in DC for 5 years and has fallen in love with The District. Born and raised on the sunny beaches of Southern California, aspirations moved her to 4 major cities across the US and overseas to live in the Middle East. Upon returning to the states, she's lived in NOVA, Silver Spring, and various neighborhoods of the city. Above all, Laura vales the intrinsic neighborhood vibe of DC, she explains, "Once I moved to Petworth and experienced the daily stop n' chats with neighbors, I knew I'd never leave The District!".
Laura comes from the world of luxury retail, most fondly being her years at Nordstrom. Her reputation for providing five-star customer service and her genuine approach to helping others led her to win coveted awards and receive multiple promotions.
Most recently, Laura was the Studio Director at an interior design firm in Adams Morgan. This is where she grew her DC "family" to include local designers, stagers, contractors, and developers.She describes her position as "the glue for all moving parts of interior design projects; from inception to completion. My sole focus was and has always been the customer's experience.".
Laura knows The District's 131 neighborhoods inside & out and can help you select the best one for your family's needs. Being a certified in social media management, Laura also uses her expert knowledge of internet marketing tools to expose your property to the widest possible range of qualified buyers.
Why Choose Laura as your real estate agent? For one thing, she really listens to you and will work tirelessly on your behalf.
Our clients are awesome
and here is what they are saying
Lou and Chris were great to work with. They were responsive, proactive, and knowledgeable, everything you'd want in real estate agents. Lou also had great people to refer for help with all other aspects of the process once I found the right property. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the area.
We love Lou! We couldn't have hoped for a better agent to work with to sell our home and buy a new home. The process of selling and buying for a family with young children can be very stressful, but Lou helped us navigate everything as painlessly as possible. We needed to sell our house first in order to buy a new home. He helped us get a great offer on our house within days of listing it and with minimal disruption for our family. He also helped us get a rent back agreement so we wouldn't have to move twice after selling our home. Once our house was under contract, he immediately began to show us as many houses as possible within our parameters to help us find a new home. Lou knew that it was important to us to be able to move from our current home straight into our new home (without having to find a rental in between) and, due to his efforts, we were able to find a wonderful house, make a successful offer, and be under contract for our new home less than a week after we closed on our former home. All of this in the midst of the very competitive DC real estate market! At all points in the process Lou was our zealous advocate. He really had our best interest at heart at all times and rolled with the ups and downs of our home search with such grace and good spirits that we felt truly supported the entire time. Lou's upbeat attitude and calm demeanor really helped us feel comfortable along the entire process. We never felt pressured to move forward in any direction with which we did not feel comfortable. Lou acts with a lot of integrity. Lou is extremely responsive and available. Whenever we had a question or needed something, he would respond to us very quickly. He made himself available to us whenever we needed to talk through an offer or ask questions, even late into the evening at times! We really loved working with Lou. He is a top notch realtor and a wonderful person. We now consider him a good friend. We couldn't recommend him more!
I had the pleasure of working with Lou and Chris, and I couldn't be happier. They were both very professional, honest and their extensive network and resources lead to the quick sale of my apartment. I couldn't have asked for more. I highly recommend their services to anyone looking to buying or selling a home.
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 showings, 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.
UPDATE 8/7/2018: We have returned to DC! From the moment we began to conceptualize this move, we called Lou. We didn't even know if our move was imminent, but Lou took us on and provided great information for us to consider as we geared up. Lou was as awesome as ever from start to finish helping us relocate. He even went as far as helping us find an agent to help us sell our OH house. He communicated directly with our OH agent to help our transition go smoothly. We have now sold and bought a house with Lou and our opinion is the same - Lou is the best! I should also mention and Lou has grown his team in the last 3 years and he has surrounded himself with equally at wonderful people - hardworking, kind, professional, and expert!
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. 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 up sold. Lou was not overbearing and did not inject his own opinions unless asked, but also spoke 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!