Recent Client Testimonials
Navy Yard, Washington DC
May, 2020 Debbie Leyba is a true professional - knowledgeable, courteous, and well respected by her wide circle of colleagues. We purchased our first home in Washington, D.C. in a competitive part of town. Debbie was essential in locating ideal homes in several neighborhoods that fit our interests. She went above and beyond to meet us at open houses in addition to scheduling private viewings. The icing on the cake is that when we narrowed in on an ideal town home community, she learned that a unit we loved was going on the market. Debbie got us in the door to see the home the day after the sellers moved out, before the home was staged and posted online, and we made an offer that night. No one else even had a chance to see the home!
Debbie also ensured the entire process for us was smooth. I never needed to ask Debbie for updates, she was so organized and completely took the burden off of us for tracking time sensitive items. As a busy professional, I especially appreciated that I could leave the details to Debbie and focus on my own work.
Debbie is also full of grace. Buying and selling a home can be stressful (i.e., "is this the right home?," "what if they don't accept our offer?," etc.). Debbie knows what to say, and how to say it, in a way that is kind and respectful to everyone at the table. Since this is our first home I have not worked with a lot of agents, however, I highly doubt that many agents are so skillful with their words.
Thank you Debbie for working so hard for us! We are so grateful and happy with our new home.
QO Knolls, North Potomac, MD
Seller /Buyer Testimonial:
My husband and I decided to put our house on the market and buy a new home this past year (2020). With our two young children growing fast we were ready to move out of our townhouse buy our forever home. We couldn’t be happier with the services, knowledge and honesty Debbie brought to the table. This is the first time we sold our beloved first home of 5 years (Debbie was our agent 5 years ago), so naturally we had plenty of questions on how to get the process started. We had our house to sell and a new house to buy, so as stressful as the transition of buying selling can get, Debbie was honest, caring and professional every step of the way. She had the knowledge and expertise in helping us with any in home projects to help sell our house quickly and easily. The weekend our house went on the market we had 5 great offers well above asking price! With the multiple offers on the table we were able to put an offer our new dream home. On the buyers end we were one of multiple offers, and even though we had a home sale contingency, she still made our offer possible as it was accepted the week our house went on sale. I still can’t believe the selling and buying transition happened all in the same week of each other, but Debbie made it happen! Thank you so much Debbie for all your hard work. We will be forever grateful in our new forever home!
Bradley Manor, Bethesda
Debbie did a wonderful job of guiding us through the process of marketing and selling our parents' home. Because we live hundreds of miles away from the property being sold, we needed a Realtor who would take on a lot of responsibility and initiative in marketing and taking care of our property. Debbie was always on top of the details, from giving advice on and overseeing the renovations to tirelessly making sure our property was in good shape and "out there" to be noticed by potential buyers. We received three offers in less than three weeks! During the final negotiations and settlement, we were comfortable that she was taking care of us and representing our interests, always with the utmost professionalism. Throughout the process, Debbie made sure to communicate frequently so that we were always up to date, and she was readily accessible to answer any questions we had. Thank you Debbie.
Highland Stone, Potomac, MD
Seller /Buyer Testimonial:
Debbie is the most professional real estate agent I have ever worked with. She provided us with wonderful service this summer when we were looking for our 2nd home. She has a very good grasp of the market and made a stressful situation fun and enjoyable. I looked forward to attending open houses and was impressed with the daily updates provided. You made an effort to keep in touch and that was important to us. You led the way with the details of buying a house and it was easy to take your lead. You are graceful and thorough in your communications and when it's time to buy our next house you'll be the ones we'll call.
Alta Vista, Bethesda, MD
Seller /Buyer Testimonial:
Debbie Leyba worked with us for over a year while we looked for our new house in Bethesda. Her understanding of the different neighborhoods helped us narrow our search. She was always available whenever we needed her, whether it was to show us a house or answer questions about the buying and selling process. She was also always patient with us, never rushing us or trying to force us into making decisions. Once we found our dream house, she guided us through the bidding process and helped us make the winning bid. At the same time, Debbie helped us sell our townhouse in Gaithersburg. She offered suggestions on improvements that needed to be made to get the townhouse ready for the market. With her help we were able to sell our townhouse in a day for more than our asking price. Debbie was with us every step of the way during the purchase of our new home and sale of our townhome. She was organized and kept both transactions stress-free. We would highly recommend Debbie Leyba. Tracy & Bill
Lone Oak, Bethesda
We are in the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood for our family, and we owe it to Debbie. Being new to the area, we had a lot of questions, and Debbie's extensive knowledge of the area made us feel comfortable and confident in our choice. Debbie is professional, enthusiastic, and worked so hard for us, truly going above and beyond in every way. We are so grateful to Debbie and love our house, and highly recommend her.
McAuley Park, Potomac, MD
Seller /Buyer Testimonial:
Debbie is the epitome of a savvy real estate agent. She is equal parts kind, patient, knowledgeable, and firm. If you want to get things accomplished, call Debbie. We searched high and low for a larger house to accommodate our growing family. Debbie, who has lived in Potomac for decades, knew the area inside out. We did lots of neighborhood scouting until we finally narrowed down our search to a handful of neighborhoods in Bethesda and Potomac. In the heat of the early spring market, Debbie was great at finding info on houses that weren't even on the market yet. Simultaneously she was watching houses that had been on the market a while and weren't selling. She was very very good at using data to help "educate" sellers in an effort to drive down stagnant prices. And also good at advising us on how to present a strong offer when we knew we'd be one of multiple offers. In the end, we found a beautiful home in a dream neighborhood. A neighborhood we thought we'd never be able to afford to buy into. Debbie sure worked her magic!
Her savvy tactics also helped us sell our old house in Bethesda in just a few days for $20k over the asking price! As a young family with two toddlers we simply weren't interested in prolonging the process. Debbie brought all her data to the table and used multiple techniques to make sure we priced our old home just right. We listed on a Thursday, had an open on Sunday, and received multiple offers after. It could not have gone any more smoothly! In addition to helping us buy and sell, Debbie provided many wonderful recommendations along the way-- a cleaning crew, a storage company, moving company, a structural engineer, and a great inspector. Anytime we weren't sure who to call, Debbie always had a great recommendation.
We would highly recommend Debbie Leyba to anyone!
S Glen, Potomac, MD
Call Debbie if you want to buy or sell a home! Debbie is true professional in all aspects of real estate, and it was a pleasure to work with her. The professional and diplomatic way that Debbie negotiates with buyer agents and contractors is a joy to listen to, and she was very understanding and patient to help us with situations we did not understand. We had a somewhat difficult property to sell, it was unique and historic listed, and in the end we had four offers all well over listing price. For war stories, in the initial phase of negotiating with our four potential buyers, we were blindsided with a septic tank issue that needed to be corrected. Debbie took over and educated herself about county septic code, made contact with the people in charge, and coordinated the necessary repairs, which was a chaotic balance between county personnel and contractors. While this process was going on, she kept the potential buyers interested during the wait. All four buyers waited and we received four offers all above listing price.
Bedfordshire, Potomac, MD
Seller /Buyer Testimonial:
We sold our home with Debbie, coming in about $20K more than the market would have reasonably expected we'd get away with asking, and we bought our new home with Debbie, and the house assessed for $25K more than we paid for it by the loan assessor. Debbie was helpful in ways that are hard to put into words, which won't stop me from trying. In every respect she was fabulous, responsive, caring, and there, we never had a problem getting a hold of her, she was always there when we needed her, and when sometime wasn't quite how we thought it should be if she didn't have the answer to a question/problem she was able to get it quickly and correctly. So again, this was a twofer, going and coming, she was there on both ends, patient, knowledgeable, and helpful, and I can't imagine anyone providing better service or are doing this as painlessly as we did. If you're looking for the best, if you're looking for a straight shooter who'll help you to get to where you want to go, if you want someone who knows the ropes and how to climb through, under or over them, if you want the consummate professional, this is the person you want; call Debbie now!
Carter Hill, Rockville, MD
Debbie acted above and beyond the call of duty to get my house ready to sell, and then to sell it for me at a reasonable price in a difficult market. My family and I had called it home since it was new some 45 years ago. Debbie first offered many helpful suggestions on how I should go about emptying it and moving out. After overseeing renovations in the kitchen and baths, she monitored the repainting of the house’s entire interior. Meanwhile, she had the grounds and patio spiffed up and truckloads of abandoned possessions taken from the garage to the dump. She also negotiated on my behalf with the buyer on the repairs he wanted to drywall, siding, and masonry. She found and hired contractors to do the work and made sure it was done properly. She did all of this while I was occupied with establishing my new home five hundred miles away. Finally, she attended the closing for me and saw to it that I received the funds from the transaction. Debbie’s service was exemplary in every regard. She could not have done a better job.
West End Park, Rockville, MD
The thought of a move was “overwhelming” to us both....We could not have sold the house without Debbie working so very closely with us from day one. Ron and I were very lucky to have Debbie leading us through the exercise of selling our home. She was a pleasure to work with at all times and a true friend to the very end. Long and Foster is most fortunate to have Debbie Leyba on their team. Thank you, Debbie!
River Falls, Potomac, MD
We are extremely pleased with Debbie’s service. We were not in a rush to buy and had some specific requirements. She eliminated a great deal of hassle with her ability to really understand what we were looking for and stayed on top of the situation. When “our home” came up, she stayed loyal to our closing requirements while working extremely well with the selling agent to make the purchase happen. We would recommend Debbie to anyone seeking a loyal, insightful, and competent real estate agent.
Versailes, Potomac, MD
Debbie is an excellent real estate agent, very professional and knowledgeable. She was recommended by the seller agent who was listing the house we bought. We started working with Debbie when we decided to put a contract on the house. From preparing the contract, going through the contingencies and to the settlement, Debbie made our purchase process a winning and hassle- free experience. She worked very hard to cover all details and made sure everything is done in our benefit. We definitely recommend Debbie!!
Potomac Woods, Potomac, MD
Debbie and Dillon are a terrific team to work with. Their extensive experience and focus on customer service is top-notch. It is wonderful to know you have a partner in the process. Thank you!!
Farmlands, North Potomac, MD
Buying our first home was a great experience. Naturally, we had lots of questions and needed someone with great patience and experience. Debbie was there for use every step or the way. We felt in good hands. Most importantly, we found the perfect home for our family.
East Village, Gaithersburg, MD
Debbie did a stellar job in selling our house – we would recommend her and Long and Foster to anyone looking to sell their home in these difficult times. Debbie, please accept a visit to our villain Treasure Key as a small token of our appreciation for all your hard work.
Rivers Edge, Potomac, MD
Buyer /Seller Testimonial:
Debbie and Dillon were a pleasure to work with. They are exceptional in our experience -- bright, diligent, detail-oriented and just wonderful people.
Potomac Woods, Potomac, MD
Working with Debbie was a wonderful experience and she helped us find the perfect home. We would recommend her to anyone.
Clarksburg Square, Clarksburg, MD
Debbie was always helpful with ideas, very professional and attentive, and extremely responsive throughout the process, plus a lot of fun to work with! We would not hesitate to use or recommend her services, in particular, or those of Long and Foster in general. Thanks again, and congratulations on having such a terrific member of your team!
RIVER FALLS, POTOMAC, MD
Debbie was a pleasure to work with and did a terrific job representing us. We truly believe that we would not be in this house but for your hard work, tenacious follow-up and fantastic negotiating skills. Without a doubt we would have settled for a lesser home but for your help.
CLOPPERS MILL WEST, GERMANTOWN, MD
Debbie made the process of selling my house, painless. She helped me every step of the way and even helped me to sell my piano. She gave me great suggestions, but was never pushy and priced my house perfectly. Best of all, my house went on the market in July and was under contract in August! I have already recommended her to several people. She is a true professional.
STEDWICK, GAITHERSBURG, MD
This is the best, most thorough, most helpful & most professional person in the business in my personal opinion. The house that I’ve been jumping up and down about this morning – that we’re waiting for the house inspection which will take place next week – we would not have, much less made the correct bid, were not for her.
I could sit here and go over accolades for the next six months but to be succinct:
- She was able to work extremely well with our budget
- Found several houses for us to visit
- Set up automatic reports of houses in the area that matched our criteria
- Also included any houses that we found
- Has always been very open with her communication
- Understood and worked with us as first-time buyers
And her professionalism – attention to detail, understanding of the market and familiarity with how the process of bidding for a house *actually* works – made all the difference in the world between us and the other bidder for the house that was #1 on our list.