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What Clients Say About Richard Watson


We want to let you know how much we appreciated the help we received from Richard Watson, our "buyer's agent," in searching for and finding our new home in Clarksville. Richard's knowledge and expertise were the best - he went way above and beyond what other realtors do to help find just the right house for us. Our granddaughter called him "Mr. Realtor Man" - and as far as we're concerned he is "THE Mr. Realtor Man". Our sincere thanks to Richard Watson and Long and Foster.

We just settled on our home… The home was only on the market for 35 days, and the buyers wanted a 30-day settlement, which worked out great for us.  Richard Watson was our realtor.  We chose him because friends of ours sold their home a couple of years ago and hired Richard after interviewing several other realtors and because we've listened to other neighbors' stories about their not-so-great experiences with other realtors. Our friends saved us a lot of homework.  Because of their experience, we chose Richard.  We are thrilled with our experience selling our home.  He listens to his clients, pays attention to details, is a great communicator, is realistic on his recommendations for selling price and staging, and in general made us feel very confident in the whole process. There is no doubt that Richard has integrity, takes his profession very seriously, and will take good care of his clients. We will highly recommend him when the opportunity arises.

I'm sorry I'm just getting around to sending this. Things have been very busy at work and around the house since we've moved in, and now we're getting ready to go on our long-planned vacation on Friday. It's definitely needed after everything! I did want to say how much we appreciate all the hard work on your behalf in getting our deal done. We really couldn't be happier with how things turned out. We're so happy in the new house, and we're amazed with the deal we got (although I think we should have negotiated that someone else rake the yard - I swear those trees had a lot more leaves on them when we were first looking!). You definitely made everything very easy for us, and your knowledge and experience definitely got us a great deal more savings and inclusions in the contract than we anticipated. I definitely don't know my way around real estate, and you made the entire process so easy on Elizabeth and me so that we could focus on the rest of our selling and moving process. You also taught me a thing or two along the way. Thank you again for everything. We'll definitely keep you and Long & Foster in mind in the future, and I'll definitely be providing you as a reference when our friends in the area are considering a move. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future. Wes, Gary, Suzy - you sure have a great agent working for your team. Take care everyone, and happy holidays.

Recently, my wife and I had the pleasure of working with Richard Watson on the sale of our home... in Ellicott City, MD.  Richard was incredibly professional and attentive in the listing and sale of our home.  He allowed us to have input into the listing and sale of the home while at the same time providing his guidance as we moved through the process.  Having sold several homes in the past, while we have been pleased with previous realtors, none was as well-prepared to market our home as Richard.  From the initial meeting when he presented his ideas on marketing to the final settlement, Richard was always extremely well-prepared. During the process of attracting buyers to our home, Richard maintained frequent contact with us.  We never had to call or email him for updates as he was always ahead of the curve on keeping us up-to-date.  Richard conducted a number of open houses for us and reached out to other agents who had shown the home to secure their impressions and the level of interest of their buyers.  Even at the point when an offer was coming, Richard made another round of inquiries to see if there was any competing interest in making an offer. Richard went out of his way to take care of "little things" after we had moved out of the house including spraying for bees when a hive was discovered.  His level of service and commitment to us was unsurpassed. In summary, anyone who has the good fortune to have Richard Watson list and market their home is very fortunate.  He is wonderfully professional and goes beyond expectations to make the selling of a home a positive experience.  Thank you Richard.

Thank you for all your work in getting that place sold so quickly. I appreciate honesty above all things in the people I work with, which made you such a pleasure to work with. Everything went well afterwards with the buyers also... If Ashley and I ever do relocate back up to MD we now know that we have a great realtor on tap!

I recently sold my house in Columbia, MD and had the pleasure of working with Richard Watson as my realtor. Richard was utterly professional and efficient in all his work. Within a day of contacting him about putting the house on the market, Richard had researched the local comps and analyzed the sales for the last year to figure out the proper asking price of the home. Richard's advertising practice of using both electronic and local print mediums worked amazingly well. Through his efforts we were able to go under contract within 2 weeks and ultimately close on it about 3 weeks later! Richard was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy/sell a home in the area.

Dear Mr. Detwiler, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Foster - I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much we appreciate Richard Watson and what a great job he did selling our home, in such a difficult market.  Richard was always professional, told us what we needed to know in order to get our home sold, and at the same time being careful to consider the fact that selling a home can be a very emotional and difficult process to undertake.  Richard gave us excellent advice and by following his advice he was able to secure a contract on our home in three months.  We are now living in South Carolina and due to Richards’s expertise our family has been able to move on with our lives.  Richard was available to us if we had a question, and assured us that he was taking care of things and we didn't need to worry.  I would not hesitate to recommend him as a realtor to any person trying to sell their home.  I am extremely grateful that he was the realtor to guide us through this process.

Dear Mr. Foster - We think the world of Richard Watson and the Long and Foster team! We have relocated five times in the last eighteen years, so we have worked with quite a few good realtors.  Richard Watson is the best of the best! Richard was tireless in showing us several dozen properties over a wide geographic area, and he was amazingly patient in helping us work through our challenging search criteria. He guided us through negotiations and settlement with a steady and practiced hand. He kept us sane through some tense moments and he saved us money at closing. He was a dependable, responsive and trustworthy advisor every step of the way.The bottom line is that Richard found us the perfect home in the ideal location at a great price.  We recommend him enthusiastically and without reservation.

I wanted to write a note of appreciation and recommendation for our real estate agent Richard Watson. Richard has done an outstanding job from beginning to end in the process of selling our home...greatly appreciated given the current economy and the fact that our house was on the upper end of the market. Right from the beginning we appreciated Richard's relaxed style along with his admirable professionalism which continued throughout the process. There was no question he could not answer and we were confident our house was very well advertised. He held numerous open house events all at his own initiative. He advised us carefully based on current market comparisons (which he explained in detail) how to price the house, lower the price etc. We always felt comfortable we were doing the right thing. In the end, in this current economy with upper end houses piling up on the market and difficult to shift....there were 2 offers on the same day and we ended up with 50K extra because of it! Richard's services also extended to finding a beautiful rental condo! Richard is capable, experienced and professional and it is without hesitation that we recommend him to anyone wishing to sell their home.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Richard Watson. We needed a quick sale but were not prepared to give our house away. Our house was not expected to go very quickly and we were concerned that we might have a long wait for a buyer. Richard advised us on choosing a good sell price, how to prepare the house for showings, and kept us informed throughout the process. The house went under contract in less than 2 weeks. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone. His professionalism is outstanding.

I can only say great things about my Long and Foster realtor Richard Watson. Having lived in my first and only house for 29 years (townhouse in Columbia, Maryland), and having never sold a house, I was very anxious about the impending process.  I found Richard through local friends who last year moved to Florida and sold their house through him.  This couple interviewed three well known realtors in Howard County Maryland and chose Richard for his marketing strategy, knowledge of the market and calm professional manner. Richard kept me calm through the whole process and obviously knew how to market the house. We had several offers on the first day it was on the market which ultimately led to an exceptional contract offer.  I have mentioned his name to anyone I know who may be remotely in the real estate market in the near future.  You have a great realtor associated with Long and Foster!!!

I recently purchased a home in Columbia, MD with the help of Richard Watson of Long & Foster as my agent. I am grateful to Richard for his expertise, professionalism, and dedication in dealing with me, especially as a first time home buyer.  Richard was very courteous as he worked diligently to ensure that I understood everything about the process ahead as we developed the initial contract.  Richard continued to exceed my expectations during the negotiation process and throughout settlement.  I am a delighted customer. If I make another purchase in the future, I would absolutely want to work with Richard Watson. Thank you for all of your help.

We wanted to express our appreciation for the way that you handled the sale of our home at 11019 Doxberry Circle, in Woodstock.  We were so pleased with the flyers that were distributed, and the printed ads of our listing.  They showed off our home very well and really contributed to the continued interest in our property.  We were very happy with the amount of showings that our home received, and the short time that it took to sell. We found your interest and help in selling our home to be exceptional.  You were honest with us, very easy to work with, and always available for questions!  It was a very smooth and pleasant process. Thanks again for your assistance.  Our very best wishes for your continued success.

Just a quick note to let you know that Richard Watson has once again pulled through for us with a QUICK, EFFORTLESS, and WELL EXECUTED sale!  By pricing our properly we were able to get our property under contract in under 10 days and at a price that was equal to 98.6% of the asking price...a real accomplishment these days! This feat is matched only by Richard's sale for us several years back Of another Ellicott City home that still holds a RECORD for price paid per square foot in the 21042 zip code of Howard County.  He got that home under contract in 4 days and still talks about it as a landmark event in Howard County real estate. We have moved to St. Michaels, Maryland where we are the neighbor of one of Long & Foster's top agents... It is a lot quieter in St. Michaels, and we are looking forward to many happy years in our new surroundings. Richard is truly an asset to your organization, and we hope that he will have many years of continued success with Long & Foster.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Richard Watson regarding the sale of our home in The Enclave at Ellicott Hills in Ellicott City. Before choosing Richard, and signing a listing agreement, we interviewed five different realtors.  His initial presentation to us was very thorough and indicated that he not only had done his homework regarding market value, but also included an extensive marketing plan. He was realistic about the market and didn’t over promise what couldn’t be delivered in this climate.  He was also the only one of the five that bothered to follow up with us the next day! We were fortunate to find a buyer for our home in a short time (13 days), and that is where Richard’s experience and professionalism worked best.  He helped negotiate the Purchase Contract, and was present for the appraiser appointment, which, as you know, is very important today. He monitored every detail from the contract to the closing, and kept us well informed along the way.  Selling your home can be stressful but Richard’s calm demeanor and attention to detail was reassuring to us. We have recommended him to several neighbors, and he has since signed another listing in the Enclave, and will likely get at least two more. He’s a great agent and a true professional!

Richard is an extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and honest agent that I would highly recommend to anyone entering the housing market. He was sensitive to my needs and interests and was extremely patient and helpful through my first-time home buying process. I never once felt pressured and he went above and beyond the call of duty on multiple occasions. Richard showed true integrity and made sure I received a good deal at a fair price during the negotiation process and fought for me even in the final minutes before settlement. It was a pleasure to work with Richard and I would not hesitate to use his services again in the future.

Things are finally starting to settle down here a bit--even the heat (but not the humidity) is giving us a break today. Most of the boxes are unpacked, but there will be significant clutter until I find places for all our "treasures.' Just wanted to reiterate how grateful we are to you for the way you represented us during the sale of our house in Ellicott City. When we interviewed realtors, we were looking for someone with experience, maturity, knowledge, and the ability to help us weather the emotional stresses of the home-selling process. We couldn't have chosen anyone better suited to represent our interests and to keep us grounded. Because we trusted your judgment and your abilities, we were able to remain calm (for the most part!) during what can be one of the most difficult experiences for the average homeowner. This one was complicated by the turbulent economic conditions the country is experiencing, but your perspective and skills kept the process on track to a successful conclusion. Thank you again for all that you did on our behalf.

I am surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap; but wanted to take a minute to tell you (and potential clients) how much David and I appreciated your professionalism and attention to detail.   We interviewed several real estate agents and investigated selling our home “by owner” or through Mr. Lister.  We are glad we made the right decision in choosing you. We are confident that you not only helped us get the top dollar for our home; but also helped us obtain a speedy closure.  You were especially good at marketing our home and ensuring we went to settlement quickly and accurately.  We would rate you:  A+. Please use us as a reference at any time. We think you are, without a doubt, the best!

We just wanted to thank you for all of your help, time, persistence, etc. helping us find and purchase a home. We are truly grateful.

Richard has helped me buy and sell twice now! He’s very knowledgeable, personable, and professional. Will recommend highly.

Richard did an excellent job – no pressure, very knowledgeable, easy to get along with, very professional!

Richard Watson was a professional, educated, and trustworthy salesperson. We will highly recommend.

We had only five days to find a home, and Richard gave us his full attention to us and helped us with difficult negotiations.

Richard Watson was always available and did everything to assist us and to answer our endless questions and concerns. I credit Richard for helping us find our dream home, a home we never before imagined we could own.

Richard Watson was a pleasure to deal with, a true pro with outstanding attention to detail. We have and will continue to highly recommend.

I’m a great believer in word-of-mouth advertising. You will have very positive comments in that dept. Again, thanks to Richard for a job well done.

Richard Watson was extremely helpful and professional, never pushy or unresponsive. He was always available to answer any questions or concerns. We will recommend him to everyone.

I wanted to let you know about the outstanding effort of one of your agents out of the Columbia office, Richard Watson, in assisting us in the purchase of our new home. Having been relocated from Dallas, TX, we were familiar with the real estate market here in Maryland. Richard’s guidance and assistance was invaluable in the purchase of our home. Since I have moved several times with my job, I have had the opportunity to work with several real estate agents. I can honestly say Richard is by far the best agent with whom I have worked. I know in my business customer service is vital to the success of an organization. Richard exemplifies customer service for the real estate business. Because of my experience with Richard, I have recommended him to our company for any future relocations. If all of your agents will go the extra mile for their customers as Richard does, your agency will know nothing but success. Thank you.

Anne and I want to again tell you how very pleased we are with all of your efforts on our behalf. From our first meeting up through closing, you have been totally professional, dependable, pleasant and, most importantly, effective.  Despite the market/ economy working against us, you continued to give us good advice, to make valuable suggestions and to execute effectively and on time. Evert time you told us something, we knew we could believe and depend upon what you said. Without exception, you did what you said you would when you said you would do it. You had to perform a number of “more than normal” tasks given our bring relocated out of the area: everything from sending us mail that the USPS had failed to forward, to arranging for various subcontractors to fix various items over the past several months and those which arose as a result of the buyers’ inspection and final walk-through. We have bought and sold several (way more than we would have wanted to) homes over the past decade and you are number 1 on our list of realtors. As we indicated, we would be delighted to serve as a reference for you should the opportunity arise. Again, thanks for everything.

We want you to know how much we appreciate the truly professional manner in which you handled the listing and sale of our property in Ellicott City, Maryland. From the first contact you demonstrated a very positive attitude and a high level of confidence in the way you pursued listing, advertising, and support of the sale of the property. We gave you very short notice on the listing following three wasted months with another firm. You took the initiative to secure all necessary data and to get the property covered in several advertising sources in just a couple of days. This approach was just what was needed to give the property exposure and to reach the right person for our quiet, remote location. You also kept us well informed by calling when it was appropriate to update us on the status of the sale as well as providing copies of the many advertisements you had placed. When you were out of town you even went to the trouble to have an associate stay in touch and keep us informed. You also took charge of a number of items that needed attention prior to the closing to satisfy the issues of concern to the potential buyer. Your efforts saves us time, avoided the necessity of us making a trip to resolve issues and kept the potential buyer satisfied. Your approach, which demonstrated the desire not just to list the property, but to both list and sell it, made the difference in this case as it should be in all cases. Again, MANY THANKS for your professional approach in selling a property that required location of “just the right buyer” in a very slow market. Good luck in your future challenges. We would be pleased to be uses as a reference at any time.

Well, it’s been a long haul but we finally made it. At times, I thought I wouldn’t. Thanks for hanging in there with us. It was a pleasure meeting and working with you. You laughed with us about things nobody else thought was funny. You took our concerns seriously; I always got a kick of you representing our home in comparison to most of your other properties. I’ve said you were slumming it with our house with us. But, you know what, you never made us feel like that. You always treated us with respect and professionalism, as if we were a top priority contract. Most amazingly, you dealt with us for 10 months and you never got an attitude (at least not noticeably). We really do appreciate you and all you have done for us. Thanks again to your wife and family for their patience. See you at the pool.

... want to thank you for everything you did for us. When I first spoke with you, I knew you were the realtor that could do the best job from our home to the settlement table. We are still living in a hotel (it’s on the beach) and going stir crazy. The builder is paying and our furniture in in storage down here. Hopefully we will be in by Labor Day. We hope things are going well for you. Again, thanks you for everything; you are a very professional and knowledgeable agent; one of the best.

I wanted to write to you regarding our recent experience in selling my father’s home subsequent to his death. As you are more than well aware, these can be complicated and time-consuming. Your realtor, Richard Watson of the Columbia, Maryland office, was exceptionally helpful. The level of service he gave me I’m sure is in the top percentile. There were so many times when I would call to get his opinion, ask a question, or need to visit regarding the transaction and he was always there. It was as if mine was the only home he was selling, yet as you know, he has many homes listed all the time. When I first met Mr. Watson, I was in the process of interviewing several realtors to represent the estate for the sale of the home. After having visited with several of your competitors, I was pleased by his no-nonsense approach in telling me exactly what to expect in the sale of this home. In fact it was short on hype and high on reality therapy. It was as a result of his frankness, what I perceived to be straightforward and honest dealings, combined with his competence that caused me to sign the listing agreement with Mr. Watson. Everything he promised to do, he did and more.  The placement of the ads and timing of the ads were just as he said they would be. The time he spent in doing things that I requested were just as he said he would. Even to the fact of having an open house which he warned me would probably not be productive, but if I felt we wanted an open house he would hold it. Indeed, it turned out just as he said. It was not overly productive but he did hold it as we requested. When it came time to do the inspection and walk-through, Mr. Watson was there the entire time to make sure everything proceeded as it should. Because of the unique nature of our transaction and the financing arrangement, it required an above average amount of time on his part to help us with the completion of the negotiations. He was always there. The realtor on the other side of the transaction became less and less involved. As Mr. Watson did more to help consummate the transaction ne never complained. As I reflect back, I even think to some of the work that was being completed on the home as it was new construction. His willingness to go to the home to let workers in that needed to finish various aspects of the construction to make the home complete and ready for sale was much appreciated. Doing commission-based sales myself, I was sensitive to the timing of the payments of commissions. I don’t think it ever occurred to Mr. Watson. His advice was always in my best interest, no matter how long it might have delayed settlement. As a result of my experience with Mr. Watson in selling this home, I can say I would heartily endorse him to anyone looking to buy a home. I felt like I had a friend in the transaction.

We are writing to express our appreciation for Richard H. Watson in the Columbia, MD office of Long & Foster. Richard was the agent representing us in the sale of our home… in highland, MD. This home sale was our first, so we were critically dependent upon Richard for advice. Also, we moved out-of-state before the house was sold. In our absence, Richard continued to aggressively market the house by a variety of approaches (e.g., open houses, brokers’ opens, and advertisements in the Washington post as well as in the usual real estate magazines). He also provided us with weekly status reports and kept watch on our house to make sure it wasAs it turned out, we were fortunate that we found an agent as competent and conscientious as Richard representing us since the first two contracts on our house failed for reasons unrelated to either Richard or us. In each case, Richard provided excellent advice as to how we should deal with the idiosyncrasies of the potential buyers. The third contract was the charm, and again Richard represented us extremely well and helped us negotiate a good deal on our house. In addition, due to our move out-of-state, Richard was more than willing to take the lead in getting the repairs done that we needed as a result of the home inspection. We told Richard at our closing last month that we would highly recommend him to friends in Maryland who might need to sell their home. We hope that you will use this letter to convey our strong support for Richard to any of his potential clients.

How can we ever thank you sufficiently for all your efforts in the successful completion of the sales of all four of our Howard County properties—and all before out tax deadline! Despite a horrible real estate market from a seller’s point of view and despite the endless problems that occurred regarding both the house and the lots, you maintained your confidence that we would accomplish our goals—and we did! We thank you for your knowledge willingly offered, no matter what the question might be; your thorough research when necessary; your availability while even on vacation; your excellent written presentation of our home in a most complete and attractive brochure; your efficiency and thoroughness in following through with every detail and requirement for each contract; your willingness to advertise our properties on a regular basis until settlement even though we had signed contracts; and your consistently pleasant manner in solving all our problems. It was, indeed, a pleasure to work with such a professional! If you ever are in the Hilton Head area, we should be most happy to have you and your family visit with us.

I am writing to commend the outstanding performance of Richard Watson of your Columbia, Maryland office, during our home search in western Howard County. Richard worked with us over six months searching through existing homes, new developments, and custom home lots and builders. Throughout this period, Richard was knowledgeable thorough, and responsive. He informed us immediately of all new listings which met our criteria and arranged showings which were convenient for us. He always had comparable data available and helped us assess the properties we were considering. He made sure we moved quickly when necessary but was never overly assertive. Richard really shined, however when we decided to buy a foreclosure property. He helped us evaluate the risks and provided excellent advice as he guided us through a complex series of negotiations with the owning bank and its agents. It was an unusual transaction in several respects and Richard brought in a lawyer and title company which would ensure our interests were protected. We appreciate Richard’s hard work and give him the credit for finding us the home of our dreams. We were very fortunate to have been recommended Richard. He is the best salesperson we’ve ever dealt with and is a credit to his profession and your firm.

We would like to extend to you our sincerest gratitude for enabling us to find “just the house we were looking for”. We have been met with warm greeting from neighbors and already feel like this is home, a place that we look forward to raising our son in. You were so instrumental in the rapid purchase and sale of our homes and the smooth transition between the two properties. We truly appreciate your professionalism, honesty, organization, and dedication to us… It was such a pleasure working with you and since we plan to stay here a long time, we have instead recommended your services to several friends and will continue to do so. Once again, we thank you.

We wanted to let you know what a positive experience it was to deal with Richard Watson. He listened to us and was always cognizant of our needs and choices, He was dependable---when he said he would call, he called. He kept us constantly aware of the market and didn’t waste our time with unnecessary showings. He did not push us at any time, but, rather encouraged us to present our views and offered timely and valuable advice. He was honest and accurate with his price estimates and in that way guided us to the right house at the right price. Because he made our search such a pleasure we will recommend Richard to everyone we know who might be in the market to buy a home. Your office and the Long & Foster organization are fortunate to have an agent of his caliber working with the company.

Richard’s guidance was invaluable. He made the experience enjoyable by educating us & providing sound advice.

Everything exceeded my expectations!!! Richard Watson was a 100% professional, went the extra mile, never let the ball drop. He made the experience of selling and purchasing my homes a complete carefree pleasure. I would highly recommend him & I do, frequently.

We first worked with Richard Watson 7 years ago at the recommendation of a friend. Since then, Richard has helped us buy homes twice and sell homes twice. His responsiveness and professionalism are superb!