Reviews

 

The Pearl Team exceeded our expectations for selling a property that had been in our family for over 50 years. From an initial consultation with Deborah and Laurie about the marketability of the property through the process of selling it, we were amazed by their communication and hard work. They  gave beyond 100% to understand our needs, investigate multiple possibilities, and to guide us as we decided how to proceed. Deborah answered all questions quickly and thoroughly. We had planned to list the property mid-week, but the team even generated interest in the property before we could get it officially listed. Deborah worked tirelessly over the weekend, and in just four days we had 14 offers to consider and ended up selling for nearly 25% above our asking price! The skill the Pearl Team showed in understanding the market and pricing the property, creating the listing write-up, and working with us through the offers was unsurpassed. Thank you to Deborah for her professionalism, positive attitude, and diligence all the way through closing. We had worried that selling this property would be difficult since we no longer live in the Northern Virginia area – the Deborah and the Pearl Team made sure it was easy and enjoyable. They are the BEST!


We cannot even begin to thank the Pearl Team enough for their expert advice and unwavering assistance through the entire home selling and buying process. Every time we hit a bump in the road Laurie and Michelle were there to offer a solution and words of encouragement to get us through. We are  looking forward to starting the next chapter in our new home and none of this would have been possible without the Pearl Team’s caring and professional support and hard work.


The Pearl Team just sold my Reston Townhouse in the first weekend bringing me 5 contracts for consideration at over $30,000 above our asking price! I've purchased or sold 12 homes in my lifetime and this was by far the best experience. It you are buying or selling, give them a  chance! Rob, Arlington, VA


We absolutely love Laurie. Buying a home is already stressful, but Laurie treated us like her own and made the process as smooth as it can get. Within the first day of our conversation, she sent us multiple homes to look at and worked with our budget. Moreover, when we did pick homes to look at,  she went an hour before us to look at the houses on her own. Laurie has a background in architecture, which she puts into use when showing us houses. We learned a lot from her and she made sure she answered all of our questions. I would 100% recommend her to anyone who is buying a house. She is awesome!


Very knowledgeable about condos in the downtown DC area. Always felt like Deborah was working for us, not to make a buck--if something wasn't right for us, she always told us.


I interviewed two other real estate companies before selecting the Pearl Team. I chose them because I felt they were the group most likely to be responsive to my needs. I also felt the most comfortable with them, like part of their family. My house never even made it to the MLS before it sold  (mostly due to the lot and location) but that did not phase anyone for following through on what needed to get done once I vacated the house. The Pearl Team was right there on top of renovations, negotiations, etc. I wish I could transport them down to NC when I buy the house for my daughter.


My husband and I worked with Laurie and the Pearl Team to purchase a new home and sell our former home, both in Northern VA. Laurie is an outstanding realtor - she quickly learned and always kept in mind our goals and preferences, gave us sound advice on countless aspects of the buying and selling  processes, and always went the extra mile to help us. In the buying process, Laurie’s skills as an architect were immensely helpful as she saw things we would never have noticed – good things, bad things, and possibilities. She also helped us quickly connect to a wide range of quality service providers as we needed them – everything from sewer line inspection to renovation contractors. Laurie was also incredibly patient and supportive as offers were not accepted and we worked our way through the process until we found the right house for us. On the selling side, we were facing a tough situation – selling a townhome in a recently constructed community with several other townhomes that were exactly the same floorplan also on the market. Laurie was realistic with us about setting the price, helped us find a great stager, created excellent selling materials, and sold our home before any of the others sold. Throughout both the buying and selling processes, we felt that Laurie was giving us 110% of her time, energy, and creativity. She is frank, thoughtful, and resourceful. She asks the right questions, always makes herself available when you need her, negotiates effectively, and knows houses and the Northern VA market really, really well. Laurie also brought in her Pearl Team partners strategically to help on specific issues, and I just think it’s very cool to see a team of mother and daughters doing outstanding work. We had excellent outcomes on both the buying and selling sides and are hoping to stay in our new home for many decades. However, if for some reason we had to move again, without a doubt we would ask Laurie to be our realtor.


Laurie helped me through a long search process for the perfect house at the perfect price point in a very competitive market. She was flexible as my requirements changed, responsive at all hours and on weekends, and was both knowledgeable and patient throughout the process--especially for a first  time buyer with lots of questions! Laurie went the extra mile through multiple offers until I found my dream home in Virginia. I definitely recommend working with her!


As a military family we have hired many realtors across the country during our home buying, selling and renting. The Pearl team is hands down the best. We felt very confident that Deborah was going to look out for our best interest. Deborah worked very hard to make sure everyone understood  what was needed in order for the buying process to go as smoothly as possible. The communication was phenomenal and quick. She was able to schedule us in for showings quickly and always arrived on time. Thanks to her we were able to find our dream home and put in an offer before the open house. She worked extremely hard to make sure we given deductions for work needed with a no nonsense attitude. We can't say enough wonderful things. Thank you Pearl team!


I loved working with Deborah. She was always super fast in responding to my emails, texts, and phone calls. She always took as much time as we needed to explain every small detail and help guide us to make the best decisions throughout the process. She went way above and beyond what we could have  asked for - she truly was our trusted advisor. She found the perfect first home for us - we could not have done it without her. We will absolutely work with Deborah in the future and I would highly recommend for others to do so as well.


Laurie Perl was our realtor related to the purchase of our home located in the Uber-competitive Old Town Alexandria, VA. Laurie's background as a Residential Architect is such an asset for anyone that works with her. Her eye for the design and style elements that makes a house a home is invaluable.  She skillfully balances the needed objectiveness with the ability to be honest with you when needed - when perhaps one contradicts themselves about whats a "deal breaker". It was an absolute pleasure to work with Laurie. Laurie is the ultimate professional that can share per personal side as well when pulling from past experiences to make the home buying process more enjoyable. I could not provide a higher recommendation for Laurie. 


Deborah was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. Her professionalism was evident every step of the way. I was impressed with her ability to get things done quickly, her timely communication and the professionals she uses as a part of the service. A particular skill, Deborah's ability to  stage, was evident in the pamphlet, video, feedback of viewers and .... the quick sale! I was confident in Deborah's abilities and knew that she took her responsibilities serious. Her integrity and hard work ethic is obvious. Deborah's attention to detail, customer minded attitude and likeability made a very busy and hectic time enjoyable.


Working with Michelle was a great experience! From the onset, we could tell she was going to be a great advocate for us and she proved so when she went to bat for us time and again during the whole process. She was committed to making sure we got the best house at the best price. She was very responsive even on questions post closing. We would highly recommend her as an agent.


Deborah was incredibly easy to work with. As first time home buyers, she exercised patience, walking us through the process, and calmly answering all of our many questions. In a competitive market like Arlington, we would not have been successful without a realtor like Deborah. After going to visithomes with her just once, she knew exactly what we were looking for. After putting in a few different offers on homes with multiple bids, Deborah took us to see a home that was about to go on the market, and were instantly sold. She listened to what we wanted and, boy, did she deliver! Deborah was professional and responsive throughout the process. We would definitely work with her in the future!


Laurie P represented us in the sale of our home in Vienna and did an outstanding job. We were not surprised, of course, as she handled the buy side of our current home in Falls Church City. Laurie brings just the right balance of aggressiveness, diligence, maturity, market knowledge, andunderstanding of personal circumstances, topped off with—what is truly unique amongst real estate agents—an experienced architect’s eye and sensibility. That latter attribute allowed her to quickly size up any property we were considering and assess the challenges or potential. Other agents simply lack the training and experience to do that. She was always on top, and kept us informed, of the many details of our transactions. She also raised three kids of her own and so knows the needs of families in Northern Virginia. In short, she’s smart, and she cares. I highly recommend her on either the buy or sell side.


This real estate team is superb!! Michelle assisted us with finding our home in Northern VA in 2012. Being military and new to the area, we counted on her expertise to land us in the right house at the right price. Our goal was to be postured well, as we knew we would have to relocate in 4years. Needless to say, she found us a great house at a great price that we have truly loved. It's now four years later and we just sold the home over the asking price. We couldn't be happier. If you are looking for a team that has the knowledge and dedication, while offering the best customer in the DMV......This is the team for you.


While sitting to have some tea as the first sunlight beams appear in our new home, I am reflecting on how everything worked out to bring us here. First of all, I am thinking about Buddha who always bring us what we really need. The ambassador of Buddha in thisworld is a human being, our agent, Deborah Davis, who brought us this ideal new home. We worked as real estate agents in CA before moving to Fairfax, VA. We were not familiar with this new area so we searched properties online and called the number provided. Fortunately, we met Deborah who then helped us buy a nice home in March 2017. It was not really a good time to purchase a home because the market was very hot but we really needed a house for our family of four. When we viewed listing properties at site, we came across many people who were also looking for a home. There were usually multiple offers for each houses. It was not easy to get a nice home with the best price without Deborah’s help. Before we sent out each offer, Deborah provided us crucial information and helpful advice. I am working in customer service so it’s not easy for me to rate excellence for anyone. But without hesitation, I rate Deborah 9.9/10. Actually I could rate 10/10 for Deborah but this is the first home I purchased so I want to keep a little point for the next time. We really trust Deborah Davis. I told her that I travelled around the world and had several ups and downs in life so I am confident to say that Deborah will be very successful in the career of real estate. Purchasing a real property is not as easy as I thought before I really bought this home. Thanks to her knowledge and experience, Deborah gave us good advice on making offers and especially during the inspection negotiation. Despite the home having a backup offer and multiple offers, Deborah was able to negotiate the sellers to address almost all the inspection items including providing credit for a new HVAC/heating system. We really got a nice, move-in ready home at the right price. My wife appreciates Deborah’s patience and curtesy, especially during tense moments of negotiation. I was most impressed with her bravery when she fought to end to protect our benefits interests instead of compromising which would have been much easier for her. In summary, Deborah is enthusiastic, responsive, trustworthy and never takes her eyes off the ball. If you are looking for a real estate agent in Northern VA or DC, I strongly recommend Deborah Davis to you without any hesitation. Respectfully Yours, T. Nguyen


My wife and I worked with Laurie Perl in the purchase of our new home. Outstanding, patient, and respectful -- Laurie was a great representative for us and always our advocate. We highly recommend her and would certainly would recommend her if others are moving to the area.


As first time home buyers, we were so grateful to have worked with Michelle! For several months, my husband researched and met with numerous realtors to no avail before we thankfully found "the one". Michelle's personable, yet highly professional nature and expertise truly set her apart from therest. She went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable and satisfied with each step of the process. Initially, we were looking at older town homes in the Ashburn area per our request. After seeing a few properties, we were quite disappointed that we would have to settle on several of our "must-haves" (e.g., garage, updated kitchen) in keeping with our budget. In the end, Michelle utilized both her extensive knowledge of Loudoun County as well as solid local and professional connections to find us a phenomenal deal on our dream home, a new construction townhome in Aldie. We never felt pressured to go in a different direction. Any request we had (e.g., closing cost assistance), she was prepared to back us up 100%. While maintaining great professionalism, it is evident that Michelle does not take no for an answer when it comes to her clients' needs. We really appreciated her assertiveness, which helped alleviate the natural stress that comes along with purchasing your first home. Michelle accompanied us to our pre-construction meeting, appointments to select cabinets, countertops, and flooring, and many walk-throughs. She has great knowledge and experience of the construction process. Michelle maintained prompt and consistent communication with both my husband and I and served as a phenomenal liaison to our builder and project manager, particularly when we had questions or concerns during construction. While we are in love with and enjoying our new home, we are certainly not leery to enter the market again in the years to come and will once again seek the guidance and expertise of Michelle.


Deborah went above and beyond to help me find my dream home! As a nervous first-time home buyer, I appreciated her market knowledge and patient explanations throughout the home-buying process. Deborah's prompt responsiveness and professionalism reassured me every step of the way - from findinglistings to closing the contract. I strongly recommend working with Deborah - she's an excellent realtor!


Laurie helped us with the purchase of our first home, and we had a wonderful experience. She was always quick to respond and she has a great deal of knowledge about the area. Buying a home can be a stressful process, but working with Laurie made it smooth and easy. She kept us in the loop theentire way and advised us when we needed it. Thank you, Laurie!


Met Michelle Perl back in March of 2010. At the time we were genuinely interested in purchasing the condo in Arlington, VA. The economy was questionable and therefore we decided to postpone the purchase. Michelle Perl was the consummate professional from Day-1. We were never pressured and she wasable to intuitively identify all the condos we wanted to purchase. She's a natural in the business. Her knowledge of the market, her acumen in mortgages, and the comprehensive know-how of the process to work in our best interest is unparallel. When we decided to buy back in 2012, we rush to contact Michelle Perl. She picked up where we left off and was steadfast step-by-step always positive and refreshing while maintaining the level of excellence common in trailblazer Realtors with infinite years of experience. Michelle Perl has the highest integrity. We are sooooooooooo fortunate and profoundly grateful to have met Michelle Perl and have her work with us; will always work with her and will always recommend anyone and everyone to work with her as she is the 'real deal'. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.


Laurie Perl was our agent. The sale of our house was very a complicated short sale. She found the perfect buyers and negotiated very professionally through maze of problems. It was a difficult deal but Laurie Perl made it as painless as possible and she made a potentially stressful event easy. Shewas always curtious, professional and knowledgable. Without Laurie Perl being the sellers agent I doubt the deal would have gone through.

Because this sale was so complicated various experts had to be accessed and she was able to provide people with huge expertise and experience. I would only go to Laurie for my Realestate needs.


Michelle Perl offered me the best service that I could have dreamed of as a first time home buyer. She was very professional, kept me informed and stayed on top of everything when it came to dealing with the seller. I wasn't nervous about the work that she provided me and she was always positiveand honest. You cannot go wrong with Michelle as your realtor! She will always give you five-star service! If you are looking for a realtor, you won't and cannot go wrong with Michelle! She is awesome!


Laurie is very attentive and can negotiate with the other buyer agent to make sure you get what you want. She is honest and knows the importance of making her customer happy vs simply making a sale. In this crazy DC market, it's nice to have some sanity on your team.


You won't find a better realtor than Michelle Perl. Her work ethic and reliability is what sets her apart. She is efficient, knowledgable and trustworthy. She always answered our questions in a timely manner and spent many hours helping us find just the right property.


My husband and I had a very good experience with Laurie Perl. She was very engaging and made us feel comfortable with this rather annoying process of listing and selling a house. She was always available when we needed her. She gave us great advice about what we needed to do to get the most out ofour house, and helped us find reasonably-priced, reliable experts to make the repairs we needed. Most importantly she did a great job of getting the buyer to come up significantly to meet our sales price requirement. We would definitely recommend her to others.


We worked with Michelle for almost a year to find just the perfect house. She was patient and detailed in finding only listings that matched our very specific criteria. I did not feel pressured to buy at any time and Michelle always came to the showings with more information than we could havegathered ourselves. When the perfect house came available, Michelle worked all hours at negotiating and handling the natural back and forth process to close the deal. In the end, we moved into a home that matched all of our must haves in our dream location. Couldn't be happier.


After an unanticipated job transfer forced us to move across the country, Michelle stepped in to ease the transition. She was unbelievably patient as we worked through all of the nuances associated with a cross country move and adjusting to an unfamiliar area. She never hurried us to make adecision, and I believe that is what led us to the perfect house in the perfect location. Her experience and savvy negotiations landed us a house above our expectations. Thank you, Michelle! 


I would strongly recommend Michelle for any of your real estate needs. She was very helpful and available to answer my real any estate questions at any time of the day or night. She is a hard worker and does not give up easy when it comes to negotiation, she is not afraid to fight for your bestreal estate deal. I would recommend Michelle to anybody looking to buy or sell a home in NOVA.


Michelle is the best realtor around! She is great with negotiating a sale and really knows her stuff. She is very helpful through the whole process. She is willing to go that extra mile with all of her clients. She makes sure you are happy and comfortable with all of your decisions. I wouldrecommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.


Michelle Perl Stanko is fantastic. “Best Real Estate salespersons I've ever had! My condo listed, sold and closed in less than 18 days ABOVE LIST PRICE. Michelle had 3 showings the day I signed a listing contract with her . No one will work harder for you. She knows the market and will expendendless energy for you to sell your property. Uses technology (texts, emails etc) to stay in near constant contact with you. I had no previous business with her, I simply responded to a postcard (which I almost never do) and the rest is history . She was great!!!


While Michelle did not handle the initial steps of my buying/selling, she did step in to handle both closings as they happened right after the holidays and my original agent was out to town. She held my hand for the entire day and got me through both closings with ease. It would not have been aseasy a process without her beside me. Plus we laughed a lot during the day and that helped make the whole process be less stressful.