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!
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.
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.