I am a home builder and real estate developer with nearly 30 years in the business and I rate Russell at the very top of all agents I have worked with over the years. As a former home builder himself, Russell understands the pressures and concerns of the business. And as a former attorney Russell knows in depth the legal requirements underpinning his real estate practice. Most importantly, Russell Arkin is honest and reliable- these are the most crucial and valued traits in a real estate agent.
I have bought and sold houses since 1972, when I bought my first home on Capitol Hill. I've dealt with many people during this time, but I found working with Russell to have been the best of all my experiences. I highly recommend him! He knows the market and provides excellent advice- I have never done better! He gave me the best assessment and advice on the sale of my property and a deal was found quickly and everything went through smoothly. He was always available to answer my questions or solve any problem. This was a happenstance meeting through a friend of my wife. What a joy! I was really impressed and I'm not new to the business. He's truly one of the best in the business and certainly the top in the metro area.
This was our first time buying a home, so we weren't very familiar with the process. However, Russell helped make the process much less overwhelming since he has a ton of experience. Russell was very flexible and responsive--he made sure to quickly get us showings at the houses that we wanted and would generally answer messages immediately. Russell was also a valuable asset in pointing out potential problems with homes, such as basements that could be prone to flooding, for example. Given his experience, he was also able to give estimates for how much various issues might cost to fix, which was helpful in evaluating the true value of the homes. Also, when looking through houses and talking about home improvement projects, Russell had knowledge about various codes that could prevent us from doing them. For example, when talking about building a garage, he informed us of the various ordinances and processes needed to build one. Lastly, Russell has a great network and pretty much knows someone for everything. He was able to set us up with a lender, lawyer, contractors, locksmith, etc. which all helped make the process really smooth. Overall, Russell was very informative, responsive, and respectful and I would strongly recommend him to any buyer.
We had some real challenges with the process which Russell helped sort out, ensuring we got the home and a good loan as well. He is smart, responsive and fun. We would highly recommend him to anyone buying or selling in our area!
Russell’s experience helped hold the deal together despite many obstacles we had to face such as the purchaser’s financing almost blowing up twice and an inexperienced buyer’s agent. Russell is skilled, patient, analytical and understands the market. He is a great asset to have in your corner. We plan to have Russell list our home in two years. My wife and I highly recommend him to both buyers and sellers.
I was in my ideal home within 3 months of my contact and them locating prospective homes for me see in the surrounding areas of my preference. Although I know they had other clients they made me feel as though I was the only one. They were there to answer any questions I may have had. The thing I liked most was the Arkin Group always told me what steps were next and never leaving me to wonder. That really put my mind at ease. The Russell Arkin Group is one I would recommend to friends and co-workers.
Six years ago, he helped us look for homes in Great Falls. I know him as a neighbor and a professional. He is honest and ethical, and works hard to all of his clients who are selling their home or are looking for a home. I will not hesitate to engage him in the sale of my home when the time comes.
Your advice with regard to preparing the house for sale coupled with expert marketing materials and Internet exposure assured that we would sell our house quickly, and it did indeed sell virtually immediately. The volume of traffic in response to your marketing was astounding.
We wanted to stay in our neighborhood and Russell did an excellent job keeping track of upcoming listings. Great agent! Responsive and knowledgeable.
He was with us every step of the way. His recommendations and marketing strategies helped sell our home at asking price in just 14 days! We are very happy and thankful for all his help.
I was impressed by the diversity of how you went about marketing homes to bring about a sale at the best possible price in the least amount of time. Your use of multiple websites, your 24 Hour Hotline, the Talking House which let anyone drive by and hear a detailed description of our home and your professional color brochure brought about the sale of our home at 100% of the list price in 12 days on the market. My thanks to you and your excellent support team for a job well done.
Every weekend, we visited multiple sites across the Northern Virginia area to help with my decision process. When I finally decided on purchasing a brand-new town house, Russel and his team coordinate the quick purchase of my new home. Having a professional realtor at my side provided me with wide selection and a well-informed decision to pick the home best suited for me. Thanks to him and his team, moving was fun and exciting.
We were very impressed and thus placed at ease when we realized the depth of his knowledge in area communities, Real estate law and contractual services. Thanks to Russell we are able to structure our offer contract with contingencies. What was most appreciated about working with Russell was his patients. We looked at 25+ homes with Russell’s support and feedback throughout the process. He never complained or pressured us to decide. In the end we found the right home.
Things went wrong in the house: a flood, a painter slopped paint over the interior and exterior and it took a month to clean. Then there were cracks in the chimneys, caused by fires, that had to be repaired. And rotten wood that the first painter was paid to replace. He found another contractor to do it correctly. Russell was patient and helpful all the way through the 10 month process. I am glad it is almost over and I am sure he is also. He made creative suggestions for remedies so that the buyer could close on time and still get the repairs specified in the contract. I am glad I didn’t try to sell on my own.
helped us find our dream home. The process was succinct, and I didn't feel we wasted time once we were able to communicate what we were looking for.
Trustful, knowledgeable and very responsive. He contributed in a great deal to get the house we always wanted. I would highly recommend Russell without hesitation.
Little did we know how welcome Russell’s skills were in ensuring that the sale of our home and the purchase of our new home all came to pass. We were delighted that we received multiple bids for our home and that the contract price exceeded the asking price by $10,000. However, when our purchaser failed to show up at closing, threatening not only the sale of our home but also the purchase of our new home, Russell’s legal skills were invaluable in doing everything that was necessary to get the contract deposit released to us, finding alternative financing for the purchaser and staying on top of things until the closing finally occurred. Our thanks for a job well done.
Over the years I had asked several realtors to keep an eye out for a special lot for me to purchase. After meeting with him, viewing some homes and describing what we were looking for, Russell found our lot. Our process did not even take six months. If you decide to use Russell you will be in good hands.
From day one when we met Russell with the lending officer, to determine our needs & requirements, our wish lists, our financial situation to making an offer, getting the loan, helping us to rent the other property. RA & his staff made sure that we understood each & every step by supervising the milestones as well as keeping us up to date regarding every step. Even after the purchase they were there for any issues that we had during the settling period. I would love to recommend this RAG to our family & friends when they need help with buying, selling or renting their properties. Thanks sooo much RAG, we owe you a Big Thank You :) Keep up the great work.
Russell listened to our needs, including the importance of finding a house on a large lot that is close to DC. We have been at the same address for 16 years, which speaks volumes about our happiness in the location and in Russell's services.
He has the unique qualifications of patience and listening that set hi and his company, The Russell Arkin Group, above the rest.
Russel Arkin Group helped me and my wife to get our beautiful house with the best deal we can ever have. I highly recommend them if you're planning to sell or buy a house. Couldn't be a better team to work with.
Russell did a fabulous job in finding the place we were looking for. He did a thorough job in pre selecting the houses based on our specifications. The whole house buying process was very smooth. I strongly recommend his service.
During negotiations he secured us a home warranty, saving us a lot of money after move-in! Oscar and other team members at the Russell Arkin Group were courteous and professional and delivered a home buying experience that was memorable for all the right reasons.
He knows the area and the pricing like the back of his hand and brings a wealth of experience and skill to negotiating as transaction.
Russell and I were able to make trips out to a lot of different properties, and he made himself highly available during my search process. The entire process was made very simple, as Russell has many groups that he works with that he put me in touch with to ensure I covered all of the bases during the process. All of the groups that I worked with were very responsive and helped make this new, daunting process as simple as possible. Russell was also able to push the timeline along, so that I was able to get into my new condo in a very short timeframe so that my current lease would not expire without me having a place. The entire settlement was closed very quickly, and Russell was a huge part of the reason the timeline worked out so perfectly in my case. I'd highly recommend Russell and his group based on his experience, flexibility, and insight as both and investor and owner himself!
3% of the list price. Your team did a terrific job in making sure that all of the many elements that go into the marketing and sale of our home were at the right place and at the right time.
Russell is a former attorney, a former builder, and is himself currently a remodel / renovation specialist.