My husband and I cannot recommend Ruth Krishnan highly enough!
With Ruth as our agent, we recently sold our Glen Park home for much, much more than we’d imagined possible. You might think that other realtors would get similar results – it’s all about good market timing, scarce supply, and low interest rates, right? But having just gone through the process, we now understand how much impact a realtor can have – and Ruth’s impact was tremendous. Specifically:
— Ruth helped us strategize and prioritize pre-sale upgrades to our home. She then managed the agreed upon improvements from start to finish, and we were amazed at the transformation. (Afterwards, some of the same buyers that had passed on an early, pre-improvement off-market showing came back with offers much, much higher than the original off-market asking price.)
— Ruth and her team put an incredible amount of time and money into the staging and the marketing of the house. The website, the high quality staging that matched the aesthetic of our house, the neighborhood party, the glossy brochures – these all transformed a nice, modest home into a high-end gem.
— Once we we were showing the house and continuing throughout the contract phase, Ruth remained in daily contact on how things were progressing and what we could do to help the process.
— We were particularly impressed with how she handled the appraisal. Our house was at risk of not appraising, due to the high offer price and a lack of direct comps. But Ruth pulled together a wealth of information for the appraiser derived from her own painstaking research (comps in similar neighborhoods, etc.) to help ensure that our house did indeed appraise.
— Our first contract fell through on the buyers’ end very late in the process. This was a stressful moment for us, but Ruth immediately got things rolling again, all the way through a second listing, which was even more successful than the first. Ruth’s tenacity really shone through here – I can imagine a lot of agents might scale back their investment once the sale becomes at difficult, but Ruth did just the opposite. (And mind you, she did all this with a two-week-old newborn at home…)
At first, we didn’t understand how a realtor could invest so much extra time and money without passing the fees directly to us, but we realize now that it’s because Ruth knows she has skin in the game. That is, she knows from experience that her up-front investment more than pays for itself in the impact it has on the final price.
In retrospect, we truly believe that had we gone with a realtor any less tenacious, market-aware or invested than Ruth, our sale price would have been significantly lower. As an added bonus, we just really liked her – she was always honest and up-front without ever being curt, and even as the expert in the arena, she regularly sought (and welcomed) our feedback, questions and opinions.
We feel so, so lucky that we chose to work with Ruth over any other possible agent! If we could make these five stars sparkle and shine, we would!