This was our first home-buying experience, and we couldn't ask for a better realtor than Bob Johnson. He was referred to us by a friend and immediately felt connected with our first conversation. Being an active duty Air Force officer, and knowing that Bob was a retired AF officer, I immediately knew that we could trust him to do the best job for us. From the minute we contacted him, he was always very quick to respond to all of our calls, texts and emails. As we visited various properties, he was quick to pick up on our personal preferences and was honest in his opinion of certain properties and wouldn't steer us in the wrong direction. He would advise to go forward or not make offers on certain properties based on his expertise. We moved from California and didn't have the opportunity to view properties, and Bob would visit them for us, facetime and provide photos and videos of each place. We ended up putting an offer down on a For Sale by Owner property that Bob found for us without even seeing it in person because that's how much we trusted him. He helped us negotiate below full price in a time when escalations are common. He also developed a good relationship with the owner who ended up offering many free furniture items to us. We ratified the contract, completed the home inspection and everything else that comes with home-buying all from California and came to a home that was as we expected it, if not better. On top of all of Bob's great work, he offered a military discount and even helped pay for things in advance and we'd pay him back. And to even top that, he put all of our settlement documents into a PDF file for us (even highlighted tax-related items!) and placed it on a USB drive for us to keep to avoid carrying around a large stack of papers. To say the least, Bob was the perfect Realtor and we are so thankful for his hard, detailed work. We can even say that we've made a good friend in the process. I would highly recommend his services to all my friends and family as you won't be disappointed. Thanks so much again for everything Bob!
Aug 7, 2019
-Conducted the listing, negotiation, transaction while I was overseas; always available, even during strange hours
-Sold home at 99.4% of list price
-Excellent negotiations on home inspection items
-Provided new HVAC filters before listing
-Repaired some home inspection items himself: installed door latch; extensive touch-up painting; adjusted the garage door opener so the auto-reverse upon hitting an object would work
-Even helped the buyer's side; programmed new garage door openers and garage keypad for them
-Always quickly available--responses to phone/text normally within a few minutes
-Honest--my second transaction with him because I knew I could trust him
-He would pay for items and we'd reimburse him which made overseas coordination much easier
-He also paid the $295 brokerage transaction fee for me
-Prepared a single PDF file with all related documents, even highlighting the tax related items which weren't on the settlement statement
-And more...did much more than I would expect from a realtor!
Mary Ann Mongillo
Jul 2, 2019
Thanks so much for your help in the recent sale of a rental property of mine. There were many obstacles to preparing the property for sale as well as getting the property to closing but you smoothed the way for me. You recommended four vendors to do a variety of repairs and clean the property which really needed it. They all did great work. You even personally did some repairs and hauled away quite a bit of trash (40 cans of partially empty paint cans) saving me quite a bit.
You brought a full price offer after just 2 days on the market and then helped me clear some HOA violations so that we could close in a timely fashion.
You went above all my expectations and always in the most professional manner!
I'll recommend you to anyone buying or selling on the Northern Virginia area.
Thanks again for making this sale a lot less stressful for me.
David and Sara
Jun 18, 2019
We highly recommend Bob Johnson to anyone interested in buying a home from a fantastic agent who puts his clients' interests first. Bob exceeded our expectations and stayed positive and helpful during our long 8-month long search for our family home in Northern Virginia. Bob was knowledgeable, personable, patient, and generous with his time. Throughout our long search, he was always responsive and accommodated our inconvenient schedule. We can't say enough good things about Bob! The process of home buying in the Northern Virginia market was more difficult than we anticipated but Bob gave us excellent guidance and worked hard to make things as painless and straightforward as possible. We would recommend Bob to anyone looking for peace of mind when buying a home.
May 28, 2019
I had a very positive experience with Bob. I was a first time home buyer without much knowledge about how things worked, and Bob made everything as easy to understand as possible. Whenever I had any questions or concerns, he was very helpful and usually responded within minutes. He was someone who I definitely felt I could trust. If he saw any potential issues with a home, he made them known. He went above and beyond throughout the entire process. Even though he didn't have to, he read through and gave feedback on the 280 page condo resale package, gave great advice on vendors, provided a new smoke detector and other housewarming gifts, and made it clear that he’ll be happy to help if anything else comes up in the future. I'm probably missing a few things, but just know that I'm happy in my new home and I have Bob to thank for that!
Apr 29, 2019
Bob Johnson went above and beyond in helping me sell our property. He is extremely dedicated in providing the best service as well as being very knowledgeable, honest, and prompt in his responses. He provided the best guidance in our favor and was meticulous in preparing and reviewing any documents related to the sale of our property. He made the process very smooth and easygoing. He took the best steps in getting the place ready for open house and it only took one open house for the property to be sold.
I spoke with Bob in letting him know what our end goals were and he provided objective feedback and guidance with his expertise. I am beyond pleased with having Bob as our realtor and would highly recommend him as a realtor. I think you would be hard pressed to find a better realtor out there.
Apr 28, 2019
5 stars isn’t good enough to rate Bob Johnson—he’ll earn 500 stars every day he works with you! First, Bob is a retired AF Officer and former commander. His integrity and ethics are beyond reproach. He is loyal, sincere and has an insanely strong work ethic—he’s extremely hard-working, for you, to help you. Bob’s advise is spot on and he will earn your trust from the moment you meet him. Bob doesn’t just do his job—he does so much more—to help you!
- Bob saw us through contracts on 3 houses over a year and a half and we had to void the contract on two—not his fault—and he recommended voiding—achieving a sale was not his goal—meeting our needs was.
- While viewing homes, Bob highlighted the negative aspects to ensure we saw the faults—he has a great eye for finding such things.
- One void was with a new home builder who was not meeting expectations—he was with us every step of the way over a 9-month process that ultimately culminated with a full-refund from the builder.
- For every vendor recommendation he made, he stressed he had no business arrangements with any—his sole concern was getting the best deal for us.
- Bob is a great negotiator.
- While viewing homes, highlighted the negative aspects to ensure we saw the faults.
- Response time was normally minutes (and often seconds) through it all.
- We appreciated the substantial military rebate he provided.
- Bob did much work outside of his responsibilities—all of which was greatly appreciated!
- He arranged for a great Veterans Administration loan rate from out of town lender which beat all the local lenders—nobody believed our rate.
- He shopped for settlement companies and saved us money.
- Bob made multiple trips for home inspections, mold inspections, structural engineering inspections—when we couldn’t be there, he even met with contractors for us at the house we finally bought.
- He helped us shop for a loan—Bob queried multiple lenders and highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the offers—amazing outcome!
- He read the homeowners association documents (hundreds of pages) and gave us notes on them.
- When I needed to go to the county to research set-backs, easements, zoning ordinances, etc., Bob offered to do it—when I said I wanted to go, he offered to accompany me, to not only assist me, but to record contacts and learn the process to help future clients.
- Bob had recommendations about contractors to use and he obtained our input, then made the calls.
- He scheduled the inspector to come to the house when we were available. He just did it. On his own. For us.
- Bob took photos of the broken window cranks and model numbers. He researched the window vendor ... he spoke with the vendor and obtained pricing on replacement parts to repair the 25 year old windows. Without our asking. He just did it. On his own. For us.
- Bob recommended several masons—he had recommendations about who to use and he obtained our input, then he made the calls, scheduled the mason to come to the house when we were available, and performed all of the follow-ups with the mason. Without our asking. He just did it. On his own. For us.
- Bob recommended several deck builders—Bob had recommendations about who to use and he obtained our input, then he made the calls, scheduled the deck builder to come to the house when we were available, and performed all of the follow-ups with the builder. Without our asking. He just did it. On his own. For us.
- And this repeats over and over, for the structural engineer, roofer, and many others I’m not even thinking about ... Bob handled it. Without our asking. He just did it. On his own. For us.
Bottom Line: this review doesn’t do Bob the justice he deserves for the amazing effort he put it. He’s an incredible realtor and he'll be our agent for life! If you hadn’t figured it out yet, we both highly recommend him for your family! Thank you Bob!
Mar 15, 2019
This was my second transaction with Bob and the level of service he provides is far greater compared to all other agents (outside of McEnearney) that I have had experience with. Throughout the entire process, he made things as easy as possible for me. He helped to increase the show-value of my unit in a number of ways including matching and buying paint to touch-up certain areas and fixing a nickel sized on the tub. He researched and ordered the matching touch-up kit – making four trips over a week to add the layers needed for a strong repair. He also washed my enclosed balcony exterior windows, sliding glass doors, and side windows. Most importantly, his advice on list price and time to place on market led to multiple offers that resulted in selling well over list price. He also continued to help following the sale. At my request he posted and donated my section couch which saved me a 2-hour drive and removal costs. He even made extra keys for the buyers without being asked to make things easier for the buyers and their agent. It was always clear that my interests were foremost – he never made recommendations based on selfish interests. This combined with this deep knowledge and understanding of the market made him a true adviser. I strongly recommend Bob!
Sep 1, 2018
I had sold my condo with Bob, and was looking to purchase a larger one a few months later. I didn't realize what a different perspective it would be, and Bob was instrumental throughout the process. It took a long time, and Bob was very patient. We looked at several properties the first couple of months, and I discovered I really didn't know what I wanted. Bob took each viewing personally, reminding me if a condo was "just ok" or too small or overpriced. You almost had the feeling he was purchasing the property for himself! His perspective helped me tailor my "must have" requirements. From that point forward I had confidence in when to make offers. Even then, when the price was too high given the neighborhood and comparables, Bob would step in and give a recommendation to not offer asking price.
Our offer and desired location were finally accepted, and Bob's value as an agent was just getting started. Bob worked with the condo association to access documents, and went back and forth when items were missing. He read every document, and pointed out the health of the HOA based on his time as a condo board president. He also noted owner action items that would be needed once we finished closing. When a closing date was decided, Bob went to task on suggesting lenders. He obtained quotes from 8 lenders; one of them was the clear winner, saving thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. I admit I would not have been as thorough. A friend of mine was also closing and was floored at how much better the rate was than his own research. Thanks to Bob we both got a great deal.
During closing, Bob managed all the documents and provided a digital copy for easy record keeping. He also provided unexpected care packages for me, helping me make a smooth transition into the home. He provided a fire extinguisher(his standard gift apparently), made copies of keys that were missing, replaced burned out LED lights in the kitchen, and provided new flapper valves for each bathroom toilet. He must have seen the need for those at inspection and was just waiting for the property to turn over before acting on them. That's just the kind of person he is; he really wants to make sure you’re satisfied with your new home, and that he’s provided great service to get you there. I highly recommend Bob Johnson.
Jul 8, 2018
I can't say enough good things about my experience working with Bob on my recent condo purchase. I was stationed on the West Coast and getting ready for an overseas deployment when I found out that I would be transferred to the Washington DC area after just a few months on deployment. I reached out to Bob on the recommendation of a close friend and Bob delivered! My schedule prevented me from visiting the DC Metro Area but Bob gave me the knowledge, insight, and confidence to buy a condo sight unseen. Because of his talent and effort, I was able to move into my own residence immediately after arriving at my new assignment!
Bob expertly used pictures and videos to show me potential properties. He was generous with his time and provided me the opportunity to "visit" several properties in real time with him via FaceTime. Once I had selected a property that I liked enough to consider making an offer Bob worked with me to allow one of my close friends to meet him at the property for me to get a second set of eyes on the property in the form of a long time friend. I was grateful for the opportunity to have a close friend see the property and it was especially reassuring when my friend telephoned to tell me how knowledgeable Bob had become on the condominium property and nearby neighborhood. While I was preparing to make an offer Bob did the detailed research for me...he read more than 500 pages of condo association resale package materials and helped me understand items of interest, he provided a list of utility providers, and helped me determine the parking, public transportation, and storage options at the residence. All those little details made my transition so much easier! He even mapped out a timeline for me to ensure a seamless transfer of utilities and other condo specific requirements. Bob went above and beyond when he noted the age of the smoke detectors and recommended the appropriate replacement options to ensure my safety immediately upon occupancy. He closed out the transaction by offering me a Military Rebate at settlement and packaged up all the transaction documents into a single PDF for my review while I was overseas.
In summary, Bob was my most trusted agent throughout this entire process. He was knowledgeable, effective, and responsive to my individual needs. Bob will be my first choice for any future realtor needs I may have!
Feb 23, 2018
To say that Bob did an outstanding job is to understate it! He went above and beyond my expectations and indeed set up a standard of excellence. It was my first time selling and here I really understood the value of a real estate agent. On the buyer side, of course it is important to have a diligent agent who can help you appraise and execute the transaction, but when you sell, it's a whole different animal and here the agent can bring a tangible value-added, which Bob absolutely did. He made this whole experience predictable and stress-less. He did an exceptional job preparing the unit for market: arranged for painting and all necessary repairs, which were multiple; supervised and tracked progress himself; dealt with payments and ensured quality of service. He always sought my approval before proceeding and made sure the job was executed with an acceptable quality. He even did some work on the apartment himself - scraped errant paint all through unit; re-hung blinds; ordered blinds parts and fixed blinds; washed floor to ceiling windows; bought tub spout and disposal for contractors to install; ordered and escorted locksmith repairing 2 door locks; ordered and escorted maids and did cleaning himself to maintain it after that. He really saved me tons of time, headaches and money and at the same time, I never had any "surprises" with Bob - everything went as agreed. Bob held an open house - which was successful - I signed a contract on day four. Bob provided invaluable support and demonstrated excellent negotiation skills - I was happy with the full price offer! Closer to the settlement, Bob detected and corrected errors on the draft settlement statement. He kept excellent records and at the end of transaction provided me with a summary of works performed, receipts, etc.
Overall, A+. I'll recommend Bob to all my friends who are buying or selling!
John and Mencit Thomas
Jan 28, 2018
We were looking to downsize from a multi-level townhouse to a single-level condo, with specific preferences as to location and size. It had also been years since we bought or sold a house. We needed someone to guide us through the process, look out for our interests, and be our trusted advocate. Bob Johnson was the perfect agent - everything we were looking for and more. He took time to understand our needs, give us honest advice, and stuck with us for as long as it took. As a condo owner himself and past President on two condo boards, he knew exactly what to look for in reviewing HOA documents (which he read thoroughly) and assess the viability of HOA management. Bob’s professionalism and counsel reduced our anxiety. He was impeccably honest and forthcoming, giving us the necessary information to make decisions on our timeframe, and always returning our calls promptly with answers to our questions. His thorough research on comparables enabled us to negotiate a deal quickly to our advantage in a competitive market. He went beyond our expectations. When discovering after the home inspection that one of the blinds did not work, he gave us the funds to purchase a replacement. Following the condo purchase and our move, we trusted him to sell our townhouse and get the best deal possible. He knew exactly what buyers were looking for and how to prepare our house for market, taking the initiative to do small repairs himself to save us time and money (touch up painting, caulking, replace outlet covers), negotiate with and oversee contractors for major repairs on home inspection (electrical & plumbing work, radon remediation), and visiting frequently to keep the house tidy and fresh (cleaning, sweeping, and removing snow from patio). Our house actually sold before listing it on the MLS, and at our full asking price thanks to Bob’s marketing strategy and negotiating skills. When we began our home search we contacted Bob on the recommendation of a neighbor. If you are looking for an honest and capable agent who will shoulder the stress of home buying/selling, go all out for your needs and get you the best deal, Bob Johnson is your guy.
Dec 9, 2017
As a first-time home seller with little knowledge of home repair and staging, I was concerned and overwhelmed with the process. My condo had aged, and I wasn’t sure what needed to be done to ready it for market. Bob performed his own home inspection of the unit and created a plan for repairs. Recommendations came with detailed reasoning and cost, and always required my approval. He oversaw multiple vendors to repaint the unit, replace the hot water heater, service the fire place, and replace the garbage disposal. Bob researched new appliances that added value to the unit without going overboard. He oversaw the purchase and installation of appliances, dealing with bumps in the road such as scheduling Arlington County to inspect the gas line. To save money and time, Bob took care of some repairs himself: fixing a hole in the bathroom door, installing a new towel hook, and ordering warranty parts for the plumber. Bob took care of everything; I didn’t need to visit my unit during the entire process! His efforts created a listing that showed in exceptional condition with reasonable costs. After repairs, Bob provided daily updates on showings, document retrieval, and back and forth with the buyer. It was a level of involvement I had not expected, but greatly appreciated. My condo sold 12 days after listing at 98% of list price. I plan on using him to purchase my next home.
Janice Yun and Eric Blomstedt
Aug 15, 2017
Bob was our landlord and we'd heard good things about him as a realtor, so we trusted him to help find our single family home. We couldn't be more pleased with his dedication, ethics, and thoroughness through every phase of the process. He repeatedly demonstrated he had our best interests at heart, saving us time and money.
Emily Gann and Irena Farlik
Jun 26, 2017
There are simply not enough words to convey how wonderful Bob is! We had to move from California to the D.C. area within a short amount of time for a military relocation. From the moment we first contacted Bob, we were incredibly impressed with his professionalism, resourcefulness, diligence, and commitment to helping us find a great home. Every step along the way, he helped to ensure that our house hunting and buying process was the least of our concerns during what was already going to be a stressful endeavor. He was very quickly able to identify our preferred house style and the part of town that would be most beneficial. When we could not be readily present for the home inspection, he was right there, giving us step-by-step updates regarding the inspector's findings. When it came time to find mortgage and settlement companies, he helped us shop around for some, both of which companies saved us money in the end. As if all of that wasn't enough, he even helped us find some furniture options when we mentioned that we would need more furniture to fill our new home. The man does not rest until he feels his clients are 110% satisfied. We will be using no other realtor for our housing needs from this point forward. He knows his business and is a tireless advocate for his clients. Selecting Bob as your realtor will be the best decision you will ever make.
Jim and Leslie Saenz
Jun 8, 2017
Bob Johnson is the absolute best realtor in northern Virginia. We have used him as our realtor twice now and we remain completely satisfied with all aspects of our home buying experience. Having worked with numerous realtors all around the country, Bob stands head and shoulders above all of them. He took the time to fully understand our desires, needs, and limitations while searching for properties. He recently helped us discover our “forever home” in the right neighborhood, at the right price, and in very quick order. As new construction, Bob negotiated add-ons that completed the home and matched our dreams; something we just couldn’t have done on our own. He also made sure we had top quality and timely home inspectors, including his own, very tough final walk-through inspection that caught several details for the builder to address. Always friendly and always available at a moments notice, Bob is expertly knowledgeable about home construction, the home buying process, and all the surrounding neighborhoods. We couldn’t have been more satisfied with Bob and our experience.
Michelle and Andrés Roch
Mar 27, 2017
Bob is THE realtor you need - especially if you are a first-time home buyer. After conducting an extensive realtor interview process with several different firms, we both knew Bob was the perfect fit. Now having won a seven-offer bidding war on an open-concept, single-family home with a 10 minute walk to the metro, we're even more sure of our decision. He was patient (never once did we feel pressured to consider a home that didn't exceed our expectations), a fantastic resource (he should really teach a first-time home owner course), always available, proactive/thorough (researched energy efficiency of windows, gas line availability, roof replacements costs, and talked to neighbors at multiple properties), and an all around stand-up guy. Since closing, he's continued to surpass our expectations by providing us with a comprehensive list of quality vendors and visiting on move-in day with a welcome present. Even when plumbing issues arose after settlement that were impossible to detect before closing, Bob ensured they were dealt with by the seller in less than 24 hours at no cost to us. We actually miss our weekend outings with him. Not only did we find our dream home, but we also gained a friend in the process!
Nedim Kirimca and Jeanne Morrissey
We highly recommend Bob Johnson for your real estate needs. We asked him to find a home with a large yard in a specific school district. Thanks to Bob's diligent work, we'll enjoy watching our children walk the 150 yards to the school.
Throughout the search, buying process, and afterward, he was extremely responsive (within minutes), always accommodated our schedule, and went above and beyond what we expected from an agent including spending several days working neighborhoods and talking to residents to find leads on people that might be looking to sell their home. Bob gave us excellent advice in structuring our bid to maximize the probability of getting the property without overpaying. We only put an offer on one house and we got it thanks to Bob.
Bob always had our best interest at heart. Prior to purchasing our home, we considered bidding on a couple of other homes. Bob fully investigated these homes and even though he would have made a very large commission very soon after we started searching, Bob pointed out the reasons why we shouldn't purchase these homes.
Bob is also great with kids! Our three-year old and one-year old both quickly took to Bob so he was able to lend a hand when we looked at homes This was very helpful because we didn't have to find a baby sitter every time we wanted to see a home. Our three-year old would regularly ask, "are we going to see Bob today?"
Bob had our complete trust and we couldn't be more pleased with his assistance.
Bob Johnson is an extraordinary real estate professional who exceeded my expectations in every way. I highly recommend Bob to anyone interested in buying real estate from an experienced agent who knows how to find value and goes the extra mile to make sure the property is what it appears to be. From interviewing potential neighbors to reading every page of the HOA documents Bob was there for me. There is no other agent I would buy or sell from in Northern VA . Based on my recommendation Bob found my brother an apartment he is thrilled with and is selling his single family home in the suburbs. Bob is my family’s realtor and I will continue to recommend him to family and friends.
I have purchased a number of homes and in doing so have worked with a variety of different realtors. Bob knows the Northern Virginia Real Estate market and he knows his clientele; his understanding of the right property to fit my needs allowed me to find the perfect home at the right price. In every aspect of the purchasing process and even after I closed and moved in Bob has been my resource for answers regarding my new home.
It is with genuine pleasure that I recommend Bob Johnson for realtor services in Northern Virginia. Bob is the perfect embodiment of what you seek in a realtor – professional, knowledgeable and informed, coupled with the aspects you admire in a good friend – concerned, caring and supportive of what you need and want in your purchase/sale. He helped me understand everything I needed to know to sell my house, and assisted with all the areas I needed to get done before closing. As we all know, this experience can be and usually is stressful, but Bob has the right demeanor to help you stay calm throughout the process. I wish I could take him across state lines to help me with my new house purchase, since he’s the best realtor I have ever worked with.
May 8, 2016
Bob did an extraordinary job helping us sell our property. Thanks to his extensive networks in the real estate sector, we found a buyer almost immediately after our property went on the market. He was resourceful and went above and beyond his call of duty to help us with the preparations and paperwork to close the transaction. Finally, he was professional, always responsive and has a pleasant disposition.
Bob Johnson was professional, prompt, and helpful during the combination purchase and sale of two properties. His advice and knowledge of the local market meant we succeeded in transitioning from one property to the other without delay or dual mortgage payments for months and months. Aside from this, Bob is a great guy. – I feel he genuinely was concerned about all aspects of our transaction from the closing down to the small details – such as taking care of our cats while the unit was listed and we were out of town, or offering to fix minor things on the property to improve the presentation or even assisting in returning old paint to hazardous materials disposal. Trust me – you just don’t get this level of involvement from just any realtor. Thanks Bob!
Shelly and Zach H.
Aug 18, 2019
We are first time home buyers and conducted the search for a N. Arlington home while my husband was working overseas for the year and I had a newborn baby and elementary age child. To say this was not the normal home buying experience was an understatement. Bob, however, made the process seamless. We chose Bob because he helped us get a rental home a few years ago and we have since referred him to two friends who have purchased home with him and were very happy. Bob conducted multiple showings and helped with multiple offers in what has been an extremely competitive market. He provided advice on how to structure the offers to be most competitive that we would have never known to do as novice home buyers. The home we ended up purchasing we negotiated for well under list price (unheard of in this market). There were homes he even recommended that we not purchase because they were overpriced.
Bob's most important characteristic is his timely responses, at all hours, normally within a few minutes. He was also always early at showings and, while I would look at the areas that were more aesthetic in nature, he went straight for the HVAC, electrical, plumbing structural components to examine their conditions. He's very knowledgeable about those areas. He helped us find a lender and has provided multiple recommendations for contractors, inspectors, attorneys, etc. We didn't have to look for any of these people ourselves. He didn't forget about us after we closed on the house, brought my family lunch during the moving day and loaded us up with bottled water to get through the move in August. On top of everything, he provided a large military discount and will be donating to a charity of our choice.