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Kimberly was wonderful...

Kimberly was wonderful-- she took time to answer our questions and helped with a particularly challenging negotiation at the 9th hour before closing! We couldn't have done it without her and truly appreciate everything she did for us. Kimberly is very professional and if we were to buy in DC, I'd definitely use her-- and would for sure recommend her to anyone looking to sell their property, especially in Cleveland Park-- she knows her stuff!”   ~Meredith Tomatore

 

Kimberly is a true professional...

Kimberly is a true professional. Unexpected circumstances required the sale of our house rather quickly and Kimberly's professionalism, expertise and grace under pressure made it happen. From the get go, Kimberly had a "can do" attitude. She helped get the house ready for an open house that we didn't end up having because she found a buyer even before the planned open house! What a relief! Then, she navigated the many details required to get the house sold, including necessary work on the house, and working with the buyer's broker up until the day of closing to sort through some documentation red tape that needed to be cleared up. "I'll take care of it" were the five words I knew I would hear any time I called her with any question or issue. I keep Kimberly's number on speed dial because when I buy a new home, I'll definitely be calling on her. She is a true ceSTARi. Although, I think she is also ceZENi, since she is so calm even under stress”~Anonymous

 

Sold in 6 days...

Sold in 6 days for $825 over 4th of July - now that is good work. Kimberly had great advice for staging, preparation, good contractor referrals and brought solid knowledge to the table pre-sale. But, it was in the post offer stage that she proved that she is the best in the area. A tough negotiator, she got us to a good price while keeping the buyers at the table. Finally, she is also pragmatic and gets things done - for example, our house was vacant and the AC backed up on the eve of the inspection. Kimberly, herself, blew out the line clog, wet-vacced the drip tray to re-start the system. Above and beyond? Well, the best always are. In simplest terms, it doesn't cost you more to use the very best - the percentages are the same, so call her!”  ~ ~Hamish Hay

 

Kimberly made the house selling process for me so easy...

Kimberly made the house selling process for me so easy.  She is very professional, knows the market well, and created beautiful marketing materials, both in print and on the web.  She also patiently kept me informed and answered my questions every step of the way.  She did an excellent job educating the other agents in the area on the selling points and value in my house, and as a result, I received an offer at the first open house.  I would highly recommend Kimberly Cestari to anyone in DC looking to sell their home.  ~Kathleen Healy

 

Thank you so much...

Thank you so much for being so easy to work with and so helpful throughout the buying process.  Brian and I both enjoyed working with you and felt like we were in good hands.   Thanks for being prompt, answering all our questions and providing us with good advice and counsel.  ~ Lori Finch.

 

Kimberly Cestari is superwoman...

"Kimberly Cestari is superwoman! The best real estate agent anyone could ever hope to find. We had a terribly difficult Seller. Kimberly was at our side every step of the way with calm, smart advice. She went way beyond the call herself to solve problems and get us to closing. We could never, ever have done it without her. You will never, ever find a better agent.” ~Bob Carr

 

how pleased we were to have you as our real estate agent...

Just a note to let you know how pleased we were to have you as our real estate agent in the sale of our DC Chevy Chase home.  In the midst of a challenging market, you explained clearly and concisely what we could reasonably expect from the market, other agents, and potential clients.  I was particularly pleased with your thoughtful exposition of the progression of a home-sale in a buyers' market.  The information and assistance which you provided buoyed our spirits and carried us through all of the little hassles of keeping the smiles on our faces while vacating the house for potential clients.  You really showed you mettle when we moved to Florida and left you de facto in charge of the house.  Your concerted efforts to make sure the house remained kempt and move-in ready for the buyers took an enormous weight off of our shoulders.  It was gratifying to realize that every time you advised us of an issue, you already had at least one solution readily available; occasionally solutions which put you to some trouble on our behalf; solutions which saved us time, worry, effort and money.  Indeed, your professionalism is exemplary!  Thank you for everything you did on our behalf!  ~Meg Phillips

 

Kimberly is tops in this area...

No mystery why Kimberly is tops in this area and L&F nationwide. She makes a very positive immediate impression that does not fade. She is all business and a pleasure to deal with. She is totally focused on results and achieves them in a most efficient manner. I went through the due diligence motions of interviewing a few agents. Believe me, there is no need to talk to more than one if you interview Kimberly. I give her my highest recommendation. ~John Miller

 

Absolutely lives up to her reputation as a top agent...

Kimberly Cestari absolutely lives up to her reputation as a top agent in DC. Working with her was as painless as it could possibly be given the stresses that come with buying or selling a house. She handled what could potentially have been contentious situations, with straightforwardness and respect, and she not only did everything she said she would do, but she went above and beyond the duties of a real estate agent to ensure that me and my house were well taken care of throughout the entire process. I would recommend her to anyone buying or selling a house in the DC area.  ~Ariane Boult

 

What a difference the right realtor can make...

Today we closed on the sale of my house. In retrospect, it seems like the fates conspired to make the selling of my house as difficult as possible. I had put this house on the market a couple of years ago, using 2 different agents over a period of almost a year. The market was bad at the time, of course, but even for that time period the interest in my house seemed unusually slight. I eventually gave up on selling and moved away, renting out the house for a year to wait out the bad economy. This spring I put my house back on the market with an entirely new agent, Kimberly Cestari. What a difference the right realtor can make! Kimberly is a dynamo. Even though the economy has not improved by that much, suddenly interest in my house was explosive. Kimberly advertised my house in every avenue possible and got it a lot of attention. Evidence of her success was everywhere: the 1st open house was visited by 80 different groups; two more open houses quickly followed, with 40 groups coming through each time. Further, my listing received about 1500 hits on one website alone, all within the first few weeks. Most importantly, the number of actual showings was off the charts-- it seemed as though there were several showings almost every day. Obviously all of this traffic was a major source of work for Kimberly, but unfazed, she handle it all with complete professionalism and savvy response. Just to make this tougher for her, Kimberly was also up against an unusual number obstacles with this sale. For one, she was dealing with a seller (me) operating from long distance and, as such, totally reliant on her to deal with everything that came up. 2nd, there were tenants in the house when it was initially listed, and these were people who made the process as difficult as possible right down to the bitter end. Finally, Kimberly had to contend with the last-minute discovery of a leak in the water main by DC water, after we had an accepted contract. Despite everything thrown at her, Kimberly managed to get me 3 different contract offers in a little over a month. There was even a bidding war for my property, a rare experience in today's economy. I can't thank Kimberly enough for all her amazing talent and hard work, and I recommend her without qualification to any seller lucky enough to attract her attention. Now that I think about it, maybe the fates were on my side after all, since they send Kimberly my way! ~ Susan Solomon

 

A true professional...

Kimberly is a true professional. We had a very unusual experience buying our first home--she navigated the bumps and instilled us with confidence at every turn. She knows Washington, DC and the surrounding area incredibly well and was able to give us valuable information about our desired neighborhood and realistic view of our options. I've been recommending Kimberly to everyone I know! ~ Matt Carr

 

Offers a level of attention...

Selling your home is likely the most personal transaction you will ever make. Kimberly Cestari offers a level of attention, thoughtfulness, and energy that lets you proceed with confidence. Her cutting edge marketing techniques and creativity brought our property a lot of meaningful exposure and ensured our success. Her patience and clarity helped us to make the right choices throughout the process. Our first and only open house was extremely well attended, and we had multiple offers right out of the gate. Throughout the course of selling our home, we were confident that we chose the right person for the job. It was a pleasure to work with Kimberly Cestari and we would definitely work with her again to buy or sell real estate.    ~ David Uy

 

Knew about homes on the market before we did...

Kimberly knew about homes on the market before we did, advised us honestly on pricing and held our hand while we looked at over 30 houses before finding the "one." When we had found our home Kimberly was there again managing a difficult and very extended offer process and ultimately helping us to close the sale when we were over 2000 miles away at a family event. We're very grateful to Kimberly for her hard work and dedication during our very long search for the perfect home! If you're going to spend as much time with your real estate broker as we did, you get to know them pretty well...Kimberly is creative and fun to work with as well as being incredibly honest and forthright. In addition to those qualities she is exceptionally responsive, she was available to us on weekends and evenings and was a great resource for us during both our moves.  We have referred Kimberly extensively to our friends and family and will absolutely return to her should we decide to buy or sell again in the Washington DC area, I highly recommend her. ~ Sarah and Archie Smart

 

Thank you for the excellent job...

Kirstin and I would like to thank you for the excellent job you did in selling our house.  In a tough market, you were able to achieve a great result.  Your advice and counsel as to what improvements we should make to the house were especially appreciated. Best regards, Dan

 

You are one of the best agents I have ever worked with...

Being a former mortgage Banker, I have met a lot of realtors but you stand out as one of the best.  I have to say that you are one of the best agents I have ever worked with; I will recommend you to everyone with out a second thought. It is refreshing to have someone so professional and hard working in this industry. I like someone who does what they say and executes flawlessly. ~ Ken Maher

 

She helped us navigate through one of the biggest transitions...

We lived in our DC home for 10 years and decided to sell and relocate to another city for an employment opportunity.  From the start of the selling process, Kimberly was very detailed in helping us stage the home, market it, and deal with the additional steps required by the relocation company.  We appreciated her communicating with us almost daily and keeping us abreast of market changes.  She helped us navigate through one of the biggest transitions a family can go through.   ~ Torod & Sabrina Neptune

 

Could not have gone more smoothly...

The sale and settlement of our family home could not have gone more smoothly.  I appreciated the good advice about how to fix up the house beforehand.  Your website was excellent and the photographs of the house were beautifully taken.  The early offer and final price evidenced your negotiating skills.  You explained all the paperwork to me clearly, and were available at odd hours for me to sign.  The settlement was thoroughly efficient, thanks to all your background work.  Finally, though, your settlement gift to me was so touching.  That tells me how you understand what homes mean to people, that you have those feelings yourself about the business you are in.  The memento means quite a lot and am sure it will to my mother as well. ~ Carol Campbell

 

What we valued most was her responsiveness throughout the entire process...

We listed our house on a Friday, and it was under contract at full listing price by the following Tuesday (after receiving multiple offers).  Due to Kimberly's extensive knowledge of our neighborhood (including market supply and demand and recent housing trends), wide-ranging local contacts, and vast expertise in buying and selling houses in DC and the surrounding areas, she was able to recommend the right listing price for our house, initiate a whirlwind of excitement and interest from other agents, and even bring in a few potential buyers on her own.  As important as all of that was, what we valued most was her responsiveness throughout the entire process - from reviewing and signing the contract to home inspection to closing.  She was very involved every step of the way and always available by phone (and responded quickly to e-mail as well). There is a reason why she is the number one ranked agent - she is truly top notch. ~ Andy and Liz Bentzinger

 

It couldn't have been easier...

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for making the home-buying experience so painless. It couldn't have been easier or more pleasant, and that's all because of you. Thanks for everything. ~Tim and Quincey Grieve

 

Highly recommended by close friends...

I listed with Kimberly Cestari after she was highly recommended by close friends. We met at the property and did a walk through, at which time Kimberly suggested a few simple improvements. Once the improvements were completed the listing was activated. We held one open house on a Sunday and by the following Tuesday there were four offers on the table. We settled on the property one month later with the house selling for $18,000 over the listing price. Throughout the entire process, Kimberly was the consummate professional. She was readily available and her expertise and experience proved an invaluable asset. The improvements she suggested undoubtedly played a large part in the house selling for far above the listing price. Kimberly was a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. ~ Brett Walton

 

Thank you again for all of your hard work...

Josh and I wanted to thank you again for all of your hard work in helping us get into our first home.  From writing the offer letter in a way that elevated our offer among the other 5 that were submitted, to helping us deal with the termite situation, the phantom air conditioning units, and then of course responding to the last minute changes on the seller side so that we still get to closing on time - we honestly couldn't have done it without you.  We appreciated your attention to detail & responsiveness throughout the entire process.  We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know in the area looking for a real estate agent, and look forward to working with you in the future when we outgrow our new house. Thank you again! ~ Katie and Josh Wilson

 

Heartfelt recommendation...

We recently used Kimberly Cestari as our realtor in the sale of our home and I want to express our heartfelt recommendation of her. Beyond being a great person, Kimberly is extremely knowledgeable of the neighborhood, the market and the process. She was always available to us by cellphone for any question and she is a great listener. She came with a plan for the sale of our home and worked hard from listing date right up to, and including, the closing date. She provided helpful advice for staging our home and arranged for professional photography that really helped us to show our home in the best light possible. She was always prepared for the next step and kept us informed and on track. I just can't say enough to sing her praises. ~ Chris and Raul Figueras

 

We had a wonderful experience...

I am writing to let you know that we had a wonderful experience working with Kimberly Cestari when we needed to sell our house quickly.  To make a long story short she put it on the market and sold it in 4 days.  My  husband excepted a job offer in Florida the two days before thanksgiving. I called Kimberly and she came over immediately to discuss selling our house quickly during the holidays. She made me feel confident that she could do it.  Her advertising and pricing strategy are excellent. In fact, she even made it possible for our house to be one of two best open houses for the weekend on the Urban Turf website. We used a painting crew to get the houses ready to sell. They came immediately and finished in 1 1/2 days. Then our house went on the market with an open house on Sunday. We had a huge turn out and got two great offers. We were thrilled and relieved that we could move with no loose ends. We closed in 14 days and were on our way to Florida before New Year’s Eve.  I highly recommend Kimberly as your real estate agent. She is the hardest working person I have ever met and working with her is a pleasure. ~  Rhoda Simkins

 

Professional in every way...

When we decided to sell our home in Northwest Washington we knew that a real estate professional who was knowledgeable of that area was just what we needed.  We chose Kimberly Cestari.  She did not disappoint us. Kimberly returned our telephone call the same day and also came to our home. The contract was signed on Wednesday. She then waved her magic wand, took pictures of our home, had the flyers printed, advertised in the Post and we had an open house that Sunday.  Our house sold in just five days with three firm offers. It also sold over the asking price.  We recommended Kimberly to our neighbors who were also moving. Their home also sold in just five days. Kimberly is professional in every way and we highly recommend her real estate services.  Barbara and John Santangini

 

Great insights into the marketplace...

Kimberly, thanks for your great insights into the marketplace, which proved invaluable in helping us as to when and how to sell our house.  We hired you because we heard you know the D.C. and Chevy Chase market and I am happy to say that we were right. ~ Stephen Weissman

 

You were truly a delight to work with...

Anyone we know looking for a buyer's agent we will highly recommend you with pleasure.  You were truly a delight to work with.  Again, many, many thanks for everything.  Susan and David Theis-purchased in Chevy Chase, MD. We recently sold our house in DC and wanted to recommend Kimberly Cestari to anyone considering listing their home.  We were very impressed from the start when she came to our first meeting fully prepared with the latest local market research and statistics, and a clear sense of how she would like to market our home.  Kimberly offered very specific advice as to improvements and room staging we were considering in preparation for the listing, with an eye towards ensuring maximum market appeal.  Finally, Kimberly’s marketing was very impressive from the professional photography of our home to the design of the on-line listing presentation.  The result was a huge open house, interest from as far away as Europe and California, multiple offers, and the final sale to a family that will clearly love the house and its uniquely beautiful property as much as we did.  We could not have been happier with how smooth the entire process was from our initial meeting, to the actual listing, to reviewing the offers, to the final  closing, and we would recommend Kimberly to anyone. ~ Scott Ellison and Michal Dees

 

Truly understand your needs as a buy...

Kimberly makes it an effort to truly understand your needs as a buyer. She respects your comfort level during contract negotiations while also giving you a sense of the seller’s needs as well.  Kimberly’s knowledge of the market and follow-up during the buying process is unmatched. We had looked at a home in Chevy Chase DC that had just arrived on the market. Due to the current market conditions, we waited. For the few months the house was on the market, Kimberly kept track of it for us until she finally advised us to consider the home once again after the asking price had been adjusted. Under her guidance, we were able to present a contract the sellers could not refuse with other offers on the table.  Kimberly’s resources for the inspections, the move, title company and handyman work were of great benefit to us. Her comprehensive approach and positive attitude reassured our decision in purchasing the home and having Kimberly as our realtor.  In this tight market, you need the best. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had Kimberly on our side. She always looked out for our bests interests. We highly recommend her services.  Rolando & Ana Irizarry

 

What you wish all your realtors were like...

Kimberly is what you wish all your realtors were like!  She is exceedingly knowledgeable about the market.  Within moments of meeting her, her dedication to you and your house is clear.  Her impeccable attention to detail pleases even two Type A physicians!  And to top it off, she is genuinely a wonderful person.  In a challenging market such as this, it is imperative to find the best person.  Kimberly Cestari is that person.  It is easy to see why she is the #1 agent.  By the way, our house was under contract in 3 days above list price.  Travis and Britney Frazier

 

Our hearty endorsement...

We are delighted to give you our hearty endorsement.  As our agent in the sale of our home in Washington you served us extremely well.  You were professional from start to finish, and carried out your mission for us impeccably.  We can say with total confidence and absolute assurance that you provided us with the best possible advice, and guided us expertly through our sale to its conclusion.  We doubt there is a better real estate agent in the Washington area.  We certainly have not observed your equal.  We would recommend you without hesitation to friends, family, and colleagues, knowing that your representation of them would be as stellar as your representation of us.  Thank you again.  Robert and Natalie Humphreys

 

A fabulous job...

Kimberly Cestari did a fabulous job representing me in the purchase of my new home in Maryland.  After helping me locate the perfect property, she offered expert advice in strategizing an offer and then negotiating the contract.  Not only is she superb at her job, she is fun to work.  I am grateful for her able assistance and recommend her with no hesitation.   Lexy Devane

 

A professional of the highest order...

Kimberly Cestari is a professional of the highest order. I highly recommend her to anyone who has a property to sell and who wants someone who can price it well, show it to its best advantage, and to represent you in negotiations with purchasers. Patricia White

 

You have found the right professional...

Since you are examining this e-mail, you have decided to sell your home or purchase one.  You are looking for a real estate agent who can listen and understand your needs, organize and motivate you and others to accomplish your goal and then make it happen.  You have found the right professional to do the job.  Our experience was in a downward shifting market.  Our son and daughter-in-law purchased and sold a home with Kimberly's able assistance.  We interviewed several other agents whom we were told had impressive results, including one who has sold many properties in our area and lived on our block.  We chose Kimberly because of her professional analysis of our selling environment, her candid advice about improving our property for sale preparation, and her campaign plan.  Kimberly took seriously the pricing strategy, knowing that we wanted to sell our property, not retain it in the uncertain times ahead.  Within five days of the sale announcement, we had multiple bids.  Kimberly's experience with the negotiation gained us over $30,000 on the sale price. which paid for a sizeable chunk of our closing costs.  The closing went smoothly.  Kimberly prepared us well for what we needed to make it so.  I wish you success in the adventure you have ahead of you.  Choose a professional who can help you make it as easy as possible.  For us Kimberly Cestari was that professional.  Gail and Donald Kohn (Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve)

 

Extremely knowledgeable of the market...

Kimberly recently helped us buy our home in Chevy Chase, and we had a very positive experience with her.  She is extremely knowledgeable of the market and provided helpful guidance regarding pricing and pros/cons of different neighborhoods.  She presented us with options but was never pushy.  Her pragmatism, honesty, and professionalism was very much appreciated.  Additionally, she was so responsive to our questions and concerns, that it was easy to forget that she was representing other buyers and sellers…it was like she was working solely for us.  We are very thankful that we found Kimberly and would not hesitate to recommend her to others.  She was a joy to work with! David and Alison Ottenbreit

 

Extremely satisfied...

Paul and I were extremely satisfied with the realtor services provided by Kimberly Cestari to assist us in selling our home on 32nd place, nw in Washington D.C.  Kimberly was very professional throughout the entire selling experience and was able to offer excellent suggestions to improve the appeal of our home with minimal expense.  Additionally, her high level of familiarity with the real estate market in Northwest DC enabled her to attract potential buyers in a slow real estate market.  We were very pleased with how quickly she was able to sell our home at a price that we were very happy with.  During the selling process she did a wonderful job at creating minimal disruption to our household which was very important as we had a newborn and two other young children.  I highly recommend Kimberly Cestari to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the DC area.  Monica and Paul Peddrick

 

A top-notch real estate agent with a great eye for design...

Kimberly Cestari is a top-notch real estate agent with a great eye for design. She sold our home in record time with multiple offers. She has incredible energy, is extremely professional and willing to go the extra mile. I would definitely recommend her to anyone considering selling their home, especially in a tough real estate market.  Phoebe Woll

 

Please to recommend Kimberly Cestari...

We are please to recommend Kimberly Cestari.  Kimberly has a solid understanding of pricing, offered us some key recommendations regarding proper 'staging' to sell, has creatively utilized media resources, and has held several open houses to showcase the property.  Most importantly, Kimberly has consistently been available to promptly and professionally respond to any questions or concerns we had.  We would not hesitate to recommend her as a fine real estate professional!  Rosalyn and Alan Hantman (the 10th Appointed Architect of the US Capitol)

 

Great marketing and neighborhood knowledge...

After 42 days on the market with another broker and no offers, the Heifetz family listed with Kimberly Cestari.  Due to her great marketing and neighborhood knowledge, they had 2 offers after the first open house!  Stephen and I want to thank you for providing such professional, sure-handed service.  You put us completely at ease in a tricky market and you delivered results quickly.  We will certainly recommend you to anyone who asks!  Kimberly and Stephen Heifetz

 

Accomplished the impossible...

Kimberly Cestari accomplished the impossible.  In a tightening housing market, Kimberly was given an extremely tight deadline and sold our house in 5 days.  Her fine attention to detail, keen approach to staging and savvy marketing were the keys to our success.  Kimberly was selected as our agent after observing her performing extraordinary feats for a neighbor who achieved stunning results.  Once we listed with Kimberly, she did not disappoint.  True to form, she not only brought in her own staging furnishings, but also threw on her garden clogs and staged the outdoor space by planting a stunning showcase of flowers and planters.  I enthusiastically recommend Kimberly Cestari.  Michael Corbett

 

Our sincere appreciation...

We’re writing to express our sincere appreciation for your help in selling our home.  We first interviewed you 6 months prior to listing our house.  From the outset, you were professional & knowledgeable of the process and the local market.  You know the NW DC market extremely well and that was evident immediately.  The succinct “To Do” list you provided after our initial meeting along with a proposed marketing plan helped immensely in preparing our house. As you know, over the ensuing 6 months, the market changed, but we always felt as if you were staying on top of it.  You kept abreast of the market forces in the area and how they affected us.   Throughout the listing period, you stayed in close contact, answering every e-mail and phone call promptly and providing the necessary reassurances to help us through what could have been a stressful process.  Remarkably, we had 2 offers after the 2nd open house.  Moreover, you went above and beyond with negotiating the final contract.  We never felt abandoned or that you were just looking out for yourself or your commission.  You have a knack for the market and knowledge of the area which would lead us to recommend you without any reservations to any prospective clients.  Lance Sullenberger MD and Nicole Monserrate MD

 

Grateful for your 1st class service...

Both Francisco and I are truly grateful for your 1st class service.  When we met you, I was so impressed by your professionalism and integrity; now I am doubly convinced!  Throughout the home buying process, you were attentive to our interests and responsive to our questions and concerns.  Your strategic thinking and timely action were instrumental to the success for the contractual phase and resulted in us being able to purchase a solid home at a very reasonable price.  We are fully aware that had it not been for your outstanding skills we may not have become the happy owners of our new home.  Grace and Francisco Solares

 

Terrific from start to finish...

We just wanted to send a few words of thanks for all your help with selling our house. You were terrific from start to finish -- from pricing advice, to bringing over rugs to dress up the house, to marketing the house (leading to 8 bids before the open house!), to providing help at a moment's notice, to shepherding us through closing. Thanks for everything!  Warmest regards,  Ted and Rachel Gayer

 

No hesitation in giving Kimberly the strongest possible recommendation...

Dear Friend: I’m writing this letter on behalf of Kimberly Cestari, who was the listing agent for me when I sold my home in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, DC.  I have absolutely no hesitation in giving Kimberly the strongest possible recommendation. I selected Kimberly after interviewing several agents, including those who are most active in the neighborhood, because of her professionalism and because I was convinced that she would work harder than the others.  I’m certain I made the right choice.  Even before she had secured the listing, Kimberly took several steps that impressed me, including contacting my neighbor who had a floor plan identical to mine to see how they had finished their attic since mine was unfinished and had a difficult access issue.  She also contacted the local newspaper about writing a feature on my house, an effort that was clearly a benefit to the sale of the house. After I listed with Kimberly, she really got to work.  She was instrumental in staging the house beautifully, including transforming my junk room into a lovely bedroom.  She bought and installed drapes, hung a light fixture and even brought towels and bedding from her own home.  There were countless examples of her energy:  I came home one night after work and found Kimberly in the front yard, trimming a dead branch out of a tree so that the house would photograph better.  And on the day she was holding an informal brokers’ open, I awoke at 7 and found Kimberly in the back yard in her blue jeans, planting some mums that I wanted to put in the flower beds but didn’t have time to get around to. She found a painter and handyman for me who was reliable and very reasonably priced.  I can't speak highly enough of her work.  I've sold houses in DC before with other agents, but I'd never met anyone like her.  She had a great work ethic and got great results. Kimberly was very savvy about contacting brokers in advance of the listing and getting them and their clients interested in the house even before we went on the market.  In the end, we had multiple offers at or above the asking price and in record time. When it came time to evaluate offers, I thought Kimberly was very thorough and smart in assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each offer, and she communicated to me about them clearly and intelligently.  We worked out and agreed on a strategy for counteroffers that she executed very well. As an attorney for a private company in DC I’d done a number of very large commercial real estate transactions, so I’m not an easy sell.  But working with Kimberly was a very positive experience.  If I were to sell a house in DC again, I wouldn't even interview other agents, I'd just hire Kimberly. I think you'd make a wise choice in choosing her to be your agent.  Feel free to contact me if you’d like more information.  Best of luck to you!      Mary Ann Werner (former VP/Counsel of the Washington Post)

 

She was the clear choice then, and now...

After interviewing several realtors, we had the good fortune to spend some time with Kimberly. She was the clear choice then, and now looking back on the process we simply could not have found a better partner. I use the term, “partner” knowingly, for that’s exactly how our experience with her felt. She was a fantastic guide through the preparation, marketing, and selling of our home. Her advice was always clear and provided real structure for our decisions. Her work ethic was second to none as we prepared our home for sale and negotiated with the ultimate buyers. Her sense of the market was impeccable as she priced and marketed our home to great effect, creating real interest in our home during an historically slow part of the year so mush so that our home was under contract before the open house. Most importantly, her sense of professionalism and honesty were ever-present.  In short, she was the perfect individual to represent our interests in the marketplace. My wife and I recommend working with her without reservation.  I would be hard pressed to think of any way that Kimberly might have improved our experience with her. Hank Boye, Publisher Harvard Business Review

 

Thank you for all that you've done...

We wanted to thank you for all that you've done for us.  It's been a crazy time in our lives and it's been nice to know that you've got everything handled.  You've been really responsive and proactive; we wanted you to know that you've done a great job.  Don't know if people tell you thanks enough, but we really appreciate you.  There is no way we would have been where we are without you.  Brian and Karin Churchey

 

Above and beyond the call of duty...

My wife is a licensed Miller agent, but when we decided to sell our house, we opted to list with Kimberly. What an excellent decision that turned out to be! She went above and beyond the call of duty from the very beginning.  However, one of the most impressive aspects of our dealings was her impeccable sense of timing-she was constantly available by phone or e-mail. (One night she even came by after 10pm to ensure that our sign was lit properly). Despite the fact that she is a very busy agent with several other active listings on the market, we always knew that if we needed anything, Kimberly would get it done.  She always made us feel as if selling our house was the most important thing she had to do. Kudos to Kimberly for her efficiency, knowledge, patience and ability to roll with the punches. She was a tireless worker on our behalf and toiled for hours behind the scenes, yet she was always pleasant and professional. We could not be happier with her work and highly recommend her to anyone who needs a Realtor. Roger Dennis

 

Whenever I had any questions she always responded promptly...

I recently sold my house on Worthington Street in DC.  My agent was Ms. Kimberly Cestari of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors. The house was under contract after the 2nd open house and the sale was successfully completed at close to the asking price. Ms. Cestari’s advice in determining the asking price, making preparations for open houses, and negotiations with the eventual buyers proved to be sound in all respects and led to what I think was an excellent result in today’s market. I particularly appreciated the fact that whenever I had any questions she always responded promptly to my phone calls and email messages and kept me informed of any new developments. I would strongly recommend her services to anyone who is considering selling or buying a home in DC, MD or VA.  Tom Jabine

 

Thank you for all of your hard work...

I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in reaching closing today.   I also appreciate your patience in working with us without at seller's agent.  I'm sure at times, it would have been much easier for you to have had an agent on the other side and it must have been frustrating at time to essentially complete this transaction on your own (although you made it look easy!).  You were courteous and professional in all of our interactions and I truly felt that you were fair and straightforward with us.  Additionally, I wanted to thank you for keeping us informed as things progressed towards closing.  We always felt confident that you were making every effort to ensure that the purchase/sale worked out.  I am certain you are the reason that everything went so smoothly at closing.  Again, I appreciate your time and effort and I will certainly recommend you to any of my friends that are buying or selling property in DC, MD or VA.  Brittney Campbell

 

An unsolicited testimonial for  Kimberly Cestari...

One of Kimberly's clients was so pleased with her work, she paid for an ad in the local newspaper (the first paid client ad in the newspaper's history) stating:  "This is an unsolicited testimonial for  Kimberly Cestari. Over the last 15 years I have bought and sold 10 homes here and in Los Angeles,  for personal and investment purposes. I have never dealt with anyone better, more professional, responsible and hard-working than Kimberly. She took care of everything from cosmetic updates to helping out with my 15 year old dog with great taste and a smile. And the house sold in 3 days for my asking price. Great, great job! Thank you again Kimberly."  Ronnie Cavalluzzi

 

What a terrific real estate agent you have...

Dear Mr. Hunnings: We are writing to let you know what a terrific real estate agent you have in Kimberly Cestari.  We would absolutely recommend Kimberly to anyone looking for an experienced, dedicated, and professional real estate agent. We hired Kimberly to list our house in Northwest DC, after an unsuccessful listing with another agent.   Kimberly immediately restored our faith in your profession and consistently went above and beyond the call of duty.  She quickly re-designed our house to sell.  She brought over her own wicker furniture to create an inviting setting on our front porch, created a nursery in our smallest bedroom to make our house attractive to our target buyers – young couples, and made every room look larger and brighter.  She held successful open houses, filling our house with fresh flowers from her garden, setting out homemade cookies, and treating everyone with the utmost respect – and as a potential buyer. Kimberly has a thorough knowledge of the neighborhood, helped us price our house appropriately, and provided sound advice.   She was always prompt in responding to our telephone calls or emails and was proactive in communicating with those who showed interest in the house. Ultimately, the proof is in the results.  With Kimberly, we had two offers in two weeks (during a weakening market) while we had none during the previous three months with another agent.  After we accepted an offer, Kimberly even found and coordinated contractors to fix several home inspection issues while we were out of town, demonstrating, again, her resourcefulness and dedication to her clients.  No matter which profession, it is rare to find someone who takes as much pride in her work as Kimberly.  She is a real asset to your office and the community. Sincerely, Mike and Alison Firgeleski

 

Extremely lucky to have found such a motivated professional...

We worked with Kimberly during the past summer and fall and consider ourselves extremely lucky to have found such a motivated professional.  Kimberly helped us obtain our first single-family home in Washington, DC by using her exceptional market knowledge, strong communication skills, and consistent flexibility.  Kimberly truly found us an exceptional home in an amazing neighborhood.  We are so grateful for her expertise and grace under pressure. Kimberly has many qualities which enable her to excel in her profession.  One of these qualities is her keen sense of urgency.  She knows when to quickly act and effectively communicate with all parties and when to follow through, as timing is everything!  Additional qualities include her professional insight and market knowledge.  Kimberly is generous with offering tips and sharing her insight throughout the home buying process which helped us understand all aspects of our purchase. Finally, one of the most important traits we felt Kimberly displayed was patience.  She was patient with us throughout the search process and she ensured we were comfortable with our final decision. We have worked with many realtors in the past with buying and selling our previous residences and investment properties, and Kimberly is by far the most effective and knowledgeable realtor we have had the pleasure of working with.  We highly recommend Kimberly for your real estate needs, whether buying or selling, because as we experienced, her market knowledge, excellent communication skills, and flexibility enable her to be the best! Sincerely, Robert M. Kuklewicz, CPA; Keri L. Stockland, CPA

 

Tons of great advice...

Thanks to Kimberly, we sold our house in just 10 days in a slowing market.  She provided us with detailed market information that enabled us to set the right price, and tons of great advice to get our house ready to sell.  She also did a fantastic job marketing the house, pulling out all the stops in developing and publishing ads and house tours.  Most importantly, she was a pleasure to deal with – always available, and both professional and warm at the same time.  Maite & Evan Leo

 

Extremely savvy offer...

Kimberly, I wanted to reiterate that I really appreciate your help yesterday. I think you put together an extremely savvy offer for us!  I know you worked hard - and quickly under pressure - to get the offer together by early afternoon. We believe your guidance on taking the offer to $900k was good business advice, so thank you!! Keri Stockland

 

 

Kimberly Cestari

Chevy Chase Miller Sales
5518 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
202-966-1400
202-253-8757
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