Sellers Speak

Hear What Sellers Say About
Their Experience of Working With Barbara Ciment

Dear Barbara: We are truly pleased with the effort you and your team put forth on the sale of our home in Silver Spring. From our first meeting you were the consummate professional while maintaining that personal touch that let us know our goals were yours as well. Your knowledge of the area, experience and guidance in a difficult sellers market were invaluable.

The listing and the photos showed our home in the best possible light. No doubt this played a significant role in the request for showings of the house. We are extremely pleased that we were successful in closing a sale in the time frame we projected and in our price range. We were delighted to work with you and appreciate your attention to detail and your personal follow-up with the smallest issue. Thank you again for your outstanding service. Sincerely,
Sellers: (Ambassador) Barry and Winsome Wells January 2012

Carolyn and I wanted to thank you, Barbara, for the incredible professionalism you demonstrated throughout this lengthy transaction. You really know your business. It’s no wonder you’re the “go-to person” for real estate in Kemp Mills. I seriously doubt we’d have sold the house were we being advised by anyone else, and our being remote made things even more challenging. Our faith was not misplaced. … Again, thank you so much for everything. All the best for the holidays and a successful and healthy 2011. ~A. Jeffrey Skorneck 12/12010

Well, we did it! The house sold in a relatively short time in an extraordinarily tough market, and everyone was satisfied with the final deal. Of course, that was always our ultimate objective, but being an absentee landlord, I want you to know how much I appreciate the extra effort you made behind the scenes to help us prep the house for sale. Being able to rely on your experience-based suggestions as well as your recommendations for all of the trades that worked on the house in our absence, gave us a sense of security and confidence that we were doing the right things with the right people for the right prices. Please also extend my appreciation to your husband for the excellent photography that was used to market our property on your Web site. Feel free to use me as a recommendation for any of your potential clients, particularly those that need to conduct business long-distance.
Best regards, ~Ian Hellman Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 11/2010

“Thank you for your help in selling our home of 22 years in Kemp Mill. You made the onerous task seem so effortless from the beginning. Your advice onwhat renovations would benefit us in an eventual sale and whatneeded to be spruced upwas right on target. The brochure you prepared, describing our home and displaying thepictures taken byyour husband, Mel, almost made me want to put a bid in on our own house. Your pricing advicewas right on target as well as a contract came in after only two days in this dismal economic market. Throughout the process you became another member of our family, a long lost sister, who lovingly gave of herself to make our lives easier in a stressful time. Thank you again for your time and effort in selling our Kemp Mill home.” ~Susan and Jack Baer 7/2010

“Thank you very much for selling our Silver Spring house. Over the past three years, we have experienced over 35 residential and commercial real estate transactions in several states. Among the many real estate professionals we have dealt with, you are the most efficient, reliable and with high multi-task capability. You have managed to provide quick responses even during your busy schedule.
We have no hesitation in recommending you to any friends who need services in your area.”
~Jeanne & T C Cheng

“From the moment we engaged Barbara’s services we felt an incredible sense of relief and confidence … when we saw the degree to which Barbara dealt with every aspect of our house sale in a personal and thorough manner. When we initiated the sale process, there were still tenants renting our house. Barbara arranged the times to show the house with them and kept us informed of any issues that arose with them. She did a walkthrough of the house to let us know the condition the house was in after the rental and recommended needed repairs. When we found a contractor, Barbara was in touch with him to arrange times to get in the house, and kept us up to date on the status and quality of the repairs…. It was these, and a host of other big and small things, that made us feel that Barbara always had our interests in mind with everything she did. It gave us an incredible amount of peace of mind throughout the sale, knowing our broker was looking out for us.” ~Jeffrey and Elyssa Aftel

“Caroline and I wanted to write and thank you for your help with the successful sale of our property on Arcola Ave. You have been terrific and we greatly appreciate your assistance with a complex and difficult transaction involving a property unlike most in the Kemp Mill area. This sale would not have been possible without your deep understanding of the local marketplace and your ability to properly package and position our property. Your willingness to address client concerns is exceptional and we were delighted with the results of our transaction. “ ~ Peter G. Miller: Noted Real Estate Expert, Broker, and Founder,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I sincerely appreciate your professionalism, attention to details, consideration of all parties, and your support during the sale of the Dunkirk property. It has been a wonderful experience despite some of the setbacks that we endured. You kept it all together. I sincerely wish you the best in everything that you do.
Diane C. Hyman, MBA: Acting Assoc. Dir., Agricultural Experiment Station (September 2006)

“Ben and I are deeply grateful to you for all of your part in the process of selling our house…. You guided us in the repairs that needed to be done. Whenever one of us called you, you never seemed to be too busy or impatient to answer whatever question we had. Your confidence that our house would sell quickly and your experience in dealing with prospective buyers gave us complete piece of mind. I feel that you were our friend, as well as our realtor. I’m so glad we chose you to be our agent in such a stressful situation” ~ Jane and Ben Givens

“A long-overdue thank you for your stellar performance on our behalf this past summer. You are a remarkable agent and we were thrilled with how you handled the marketing and sale of our home. ….We handed you an extremely difficult challenge. You were amazing. From locating painters and repairmen when everyone was unavailable, to pulling together a beautiful marketing brochure, to patiently answering our many question and ultimately, to getting the house on the market quickly, you were consistent, thorough, available and patient. We cannot compliment you enough on a job well done. Lucky are the people who have you as their agent! Please do not hesitate to give potential clients our phone number as a reference. We would welcome the chance to tell them to look no further.” ~ Kim and Jeff Morales

“Just a note to say THANK YOU for making the selling & closing of our home of 33 years so easy for us. It was a comfort to know that you would always respond to our inquiries and that you would make sure that everything in the selling & closing process would move along smoothly. Your interest in us, the property and your professionalism certainly make you the number one agent to have.” ~ Bill and Betty Gay

“I would highly recommend Barbara Ciment to friends. She was great to work with–knowledgeable, efficient, kept time schedules, personable.” ~ Jim Aquino and Gail Zimmerman

“Thank you so much for the expert advice and assistance in the sale of our home in Silver Spring, MD. We did not expect our house to sell as quickly as it did. Your guidance safeguarded our interests. We appreciated your kindness, charm and efficiency. If anyone asks us to recommend a realtor, you will certainly be named. We wish you continued success professionally and a very happy, healthy private life.” ~ Pauline and Abe Balak

“I want to comment on what we liked the best about the whole move, and that was having you as our real estate agent when we sold our house in Silver Spring. We interviewed four potential agents, and we chose you for several reasons. First, you were extremely knowledgeable about real estate in Montgomery County and were able to assess the character of the house and how it should be priced in the dynamic Montgomery County market. The second reason that we had for choosing you was that you were very familiar with the Federal Government relocation program, could guide us through this program, and would do most of the paperwork required by this program for us. The third and final reason was that we both liked you very much and felt that we could trust you to do the best possible job in marketing our house. All three reasons proved to be true, and our only regret was that we could not bring you to New Mexico and use your talents to assist us in the purchase of our new home. We also appreciated the little things you did like working with some of our repair people while we were away before the house went on the market…Choosing you as our real estate agent was the best decision we made in the whole process of moving. We greatly appreciate your professionalism and interpersonal skills.”

~ Dr. Al and Jo Rango, Las Cruces, NM

“This is a true thank you note from a client who has been impressed by the intelligence, the warmth of heart, and kindness toward humanity manifested by one of your real estate agents, namely, Barbara Ciment, who has handled my real estate needs in selling the condominium to someone in such a short period of time while the seller was out of town, taking care of her personal mail in such precision and care at the same time. Long and Foster Realtors is lucky to have someone like Barbara Ciment on their team.” ~ Michelle M. Yun, Liberty, NY

“Thank you for the outstanding job you did in selling my house. You really went beyond what a typical agent does in your supervisory work in the renovation of my home… The fact that my home sold relatively quickly saved me paying mortgages on two homes for an extended period of time… Your professionalism helped very much, too. Again, thank you for the extraordinary job you did in helping me sell my home. ” ~ JohnH.Young, Chicago, IL

“I knew from the first day that you walked into my home that I had chosen the BEST REALTOR – and not even once did I call or consider another. I felt you realized the emotional sentimentality – and apprehension- attached to my having made this decision to sell after 39 years of living here on Clara Street, where I am one of the 3 original owners still here. You have gone well over and beyond what even the best of Real Estate agents would do for their clients, taking such a personal interest and so close – through the good and bad, “through thick and thin”, with my daughter, Sue, and me.” ~ Martha Barth

“We are writing to praise Barbara Ciment and the work she did in selling our house at 1617 Hutchinson Lane earlier this year. She is truly the best agent working in Silver Spring and did a great job marketing our home, getting a contract, and then—when the buyer walked away three days before settlement–finding a new purchaser within days. Her advice, hard work, and insights were the best we have experienced over the past 16 years, and we recommend her without reservation.” ~ Dan Craig and Celia Nogales, Bethesda MD

“Barbara Ciment was wonderful. She is a very knowledgeable and ethical salesperson. Her experience made the difficult task of real estate transactions palatable. Agents like Barbara are what strong real estate companies are made of. [Long & Foster is] lucky to have her in [their] organization.”~ David Cohen & Nancy Eickel, Kensington, MD

“As a person who is proud of my own efficiency, I am often disappointed in my dealings with others, However, in the case of Mrs. Ciment I was absolutely delighted with her service. She kept me completely informed and was altogether a delight to do business with.” ~ Rosemary Rees, North Bethesda, MD

“Barbara expertly handled the sale of our home in a very professional, but equally caring manner. Several challenging problems arose during the sale of our home, but prior to our actual move. Barbara very capably handled each situation promptly and provided us with the necessary information and resources. The most troublesome situation occurred when we had to delay our move. Barbara personally guided and counseled us through a very stressful predicament, to a successful outcome. She made a personal commitment to us and followed through on every issue. Barbara’s very warm and caring approach is very unique and very much appreciated. We felt like old friends, instead of clients.” ~ Sandra E. Robertson

Barbara Ciment, Realtor