Thanks to Sebastien, our home buying experience was faster, easier, and more enjoyable than we ever could have imagined. We were completely new to the process, and from the first meeting Sebastien took the time to get to know us and understand what we wanted. He patiently explained - often more than once! - the ins and outs of everything from different DC neighborhoods to earnest money offers to what to expect on closing day. He always struck the perfect balance between providing helpful inputs and stepping back to let us decide for ourselves how to proceed. He's highly quotable and full of little nuggets of wisdom we found ourselves repeating - from "homebuying is an emotional process" to, perhaps paradoxically, his zenlike mantra that "there's no good news and bad news, only news." Sebastien put in extra time to make sure we were satisfied at every stage in the process and has even helped with loose ends after closing. To top it all off, driving around and looking at properties with him is great fun, and if we had an complaint it might be that it was all over too soon - we went from our first meeting with Sebastien to closing on our condo in less than 7 weeks. (Your mileage may vary of course, but we referred another couple to Sebastien and their timeline was similar.) We can't recommend Sebastien highly enough and look forward to working with him whenever we are in the DC housing market once again.
We worked with Sebastien upon the recommendation of friends of ours who had bought a house through him. We were impressed from the very first meeting with him and Lauren by their professionalism and understanding of our needs. Within hours, they were hard at work compiling listings for us and providing their insights and advice on the options. We appreciated even more Sebastien's depth of knowledge of the real estate market once we started visiting homes. Thanks to his advice, we managed to secure our first choice house and his insights were invaluable during the transaction stage. His energy, enthusiasm and availability made the home purchase process so much easier for us. We were also pleasantly surprised by how much he continued helping and advizing us even after we had completed the purchase and moved in. We feel lucky to have found such a talented and wonderful agent and would recommend him warmly to any other buyers.
My experience working with Lauren and Sebastien was unmatched. From the very beginning, I knew they were going to help me find my home. I had tried working with other realtors before and found the experience frustrating and less than productive. Sebastien, right from the start, listened to what I wanted and told me we would find the home for me. My customized real estate search engine was useful and user friendly. It was exactly what I needed. Lauren is the best! She was extremely responsive, attentive, knowledgeable and always available. They are true advocates for their clients. They worked diligently for me and helped me find a home that fit all of my qualifications without compromise and in a timely fashion. Sebastien and Lauren made this process easy and pain-free and I would work with them again.
Sebastien Courret is an excellent realtor. He is on point for any and all questions in a moment’s notice – from what color of paint to use to how taxes work in the paperwork processes. He is very knowledgeable about multiple neighborhoods in DC, and he will push your house to the next level to get a high listing price. Sebastien has a great demeanor, presents polished materials, and creates a high-end atmosphere to help buyers see the potential in the properties he represents. He also moves quickly on any timeline, even under difficult circumstances, and he is always incredibly responsive. Sebastien is an upbeat, high-performing individual who works hard to excel in his field. We enjoyed working with him and trusted his advice.
I cannot image working with any other agent and I wish I could employ Compass and Sebastien for all of my future real estate deals. Sebastien’s wide breadth of knowledge of the market landscape and how to design a house for sale is incredible. With his help we were able to get more than asking price for our home, which was more than we could have asked for. Sebastien was ALWAYS available and incredibly responsive, returning every call missed and was never not just a phone call away. He made an incredibly stressful situation less so by constantly communicating with us and working so hard to get us the best deal possible. What an amazing experience, I can’t imagine working with anyone else.
I enthusiastically give Sebastien my highest recommendation. As a first time home buyer in an unfamiliar region with only a few weeks to find a place to live, I presented a trifecta of undesirable client qualities. Yet, Sebastien went above and beyond at every step to make the process easy, understandable, efficient, and FUN. Communication was open and reliable, he constantly sought feedback and adapted accordingly, and he helped find an ideal house within budget in very short order. I couldn't have been more pleased with the service he and his team provided. He has a true passion for real estate and helping his clients.
Lauren and Sebastien were truly a dream team. They worked swiftly and efficiently on my behalf, really going to bat for me when I found the home I wanted to buy. Their knowledge of the local real estate, previous and upcoming trends, they were able to put together a winning offer. They offered suggestions and their support throughout the closing process, and were always available when I needed them. Moreover, they did everything with grace and professionalism. Thank you, Lauren and Sebastien, for facilitating my first home purchase with such expertise!
Sebastian helped me purchase my first home and I'm grateful for his guidance through the whole process. i was a nervous buyer and he was always very patient with me and super responsive, even when he was out of the country! He is savvy and knowledgeable about the DC market and has a long list of reliable contacts to help every step of the way. And last but not least, he's fun to work with. When you know what you're looking for in DC, let Sebastien help you find it.
(Daniel) is a pleasure to work with. Kept on top of the process, communicating frequently. He listens and intuits the kinds of places that would work for you, and he stays completely pleasant as well as professional, even through very long days and hectic document signings. He knows Washington completely, and advised without pushing (he would not rush you into a purchase you wouldn't be happy with). And he has excellent taste.
Shari is more than an outstanding realtor. There are no expectations too high! She is completely fluent in the intricacies of the neighborhoods in DC, the DC real estate market, and the personalities of her fellow realtors. She helped me find and purchase the perfect condo in the perfect neighborhood and then helped me sell it 8 years later. Every detail was a breeze thanks to her, and she made both the buying and selling experience a pleasure!
We could not be more thrilled or grateful for Sebastien and Lauren. They walked us through selling our house (very quickly and for above asking) and purchasing a new house... all within a month! It did not end there. We hit multiple speed bumps, to say the least, and they have supported, and still are supporting, us through them all - even a month later. We would recommend them to anyone and everyone!!!
Sebastien's team is great. Lauren is straightforward and honest and Sebastien is patient and reassuring. They helped me purchase my first place when offers are competitive and walked me through the entire purchasing process. They connected me with very helpful and highly knowledgeable experts. Very glad that they were the ones to get me through the purchase!
Daniel was fantastic! He really knew the area and had great advice on how to "clean up" the house to make it sell faster (all together, his suggestions took us less than a day to complete). He had open houses 2 weekends in a row -- both days -- and sold the house for list price at the end of the 2nd weekend. By far the best agent I've worked with in the D.C. area.
Daniel was so attentive and diligent about selling my condo. He always went above and beyond in terms of service, delivering documents to me at home, keeping me informed about negotiations, and giving great advice along the way. He really knows the neighborhoods of DC and if we ever sell our home he's the first one we'll call."
Shari was great - really helpful in navigating a tough market for buyers. I really appreciated her candid advice. She was always very gentle but honest in her assessments of different properties we considered, and she always kept my interests front and center (even when I sometimes migrated!)
Shari is the best! She knows the market and educated us with facts, staged our house and priced it so we had multiple offers within days. She is a great negotiator and was with us all the way thru and beyond closing. I highly recommend working with her!
Daniel did a great job for us. He guided my wife and me through a complicated home purchase and helped us negotiate a very good deal. We could not have bought our dream house without him.
Daniel knows the neighborhoods of D.C. inside and out. He is incredibly responsive (to the point where I wonder when he sleeps!). He'll really go the extra mile for his clients. I highly recommend him!
Very helpful and knowledgeable. Lauren always available to help show us the houses we wanted to see and gave us a lot of great insights into the process. Would definitely recommend.
Shari Gronvall was simply the best.
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