Saundra epitomizes the qualities that really made a difference in the sale of my Georgetown townhouse. When you engage with Saundra, you benefit from her being a clear communicator, very patient, knowledgeable of the local market/submarket within Georgetown (East Village/West Village), ambitious, hands-on and accessible. Finally, and importantly, she calls them as she sees them.
Her catchphrase of “You only have one chance to make a first impression” held true. The property showed well, thanks to her active hand in organizing and staging the house, resulting in the property going into contract within five days and closing more than $100k over the asking price.
Georgetown Home Seller
Selling a house normally takes significant time — but not if you hire Saundra Giannini! In a 14-year period she has sold two of our homes, each in three days or less, both at the asking price! The last sale was so fast it didn’t even get listed on the MLS! Additionally, Saundra is a skilled home stager with your furnishings, at no extra cost to her client. In each case, we followed her advice exactly, removing numerous pictures, adding floral arrangements and rearranging furniture, which resulted in outstanding compliments from potential buyers of how impressive our home looked, as they signed on the bottom line!
Saundra is extremely competent and knowledgeable about the real estate business, is always at least one step ahead of her competition and in her clients' best interest, whether being a seller or buyer. Her exceptional skills of working with the photographer, both for still photos, a home video, and arranging the For Sale Brochure are unmatched. She is quietly aggressive and willing to help in any way to close the sale. As a client, you are always kept up to date on the current situation, either by email, text or phone. Your personal recommendations are welcome, discussed and used if applicable.
The bottom line — where time and dollars count — Saundra Giannini is an overachiever who will help make your dreams come true, both as a buyer and seller!!
Buzz and Carolee Hefti
To put it quite succinctly, Saundra Giannini is the best real estate agent I have ever dealt with, by a long shot. I have bought one property with her and sold two. If I had any properties left, I would use her again without thinking about it!
Once you sign up with her to buy or sell, she is super-directed to carefully price the property and then assess realistically any issues which might hinder a sale and recommend steps to neutralize them. Once you have a contract, she leaves no stone unturned to timely resolve any conditions which might delay or negate settlement. She is not the least bit reluctant to get “into the weeds” if necessary, all with the purpose of moving steadily ahead to a favorable conclusion.
You always feel like she is completely on your side and will make sure you, the seller, don’t make any mistakes in the process.
Finally she is smart and a lot of fun to work with! My wife and I think very highly of her for many reasons. Do yourself a favor and use her!
James E. Botsford and Margaret de Galffy
Saundra has been our real estate agent for the purchase of two properties and the sale of one. She was exquisitely thorough and the consummate professional throughout all three processes. Her understanding of the real estate market is impressive and her insight very valuable to her clients. She is keenly intelligent and organized as well as positive and gracious. Saundra followed up with us on every detail of our transactions and kept us apprised every step of the way; there was never a time when we couldn’t reach Saundra if we had a question.
Saundra is the gold-standard of real estate agents!
Carol and Dick Brigleb
When the time came to place our family home on the market, one of our friends highly recommended Saundra Giannini. Saundra came with a wealth of real estate experience and a list of skilled contractors who have worked with her for years. This was indeed very valuable when we were preparing our home for market under a tight deadline. Saundra was professional, extremely organized, very responsive, and she did an incredible job managing the plethora of details surrounding the sale of our home. Saundra also had the experience needed to anticipate potential issues which she skillfully addressed ahead of time. It was a joy to work with Saundra, and we had a strong partnership throughout the entire sales process. Her thorough market analysis ensured that our home was priced properly the first time, and therefore it sold very quickly.
I highly recommend Saundra Giannini. If you are looking to sell or purchase a home in the DC metro area, call Saundra … you’ll be glad you did!
Clifton, Virginia, Homeowner
My husband and I highly recommend choosing Saundra Giannini as a real estate agent for any home purchase or sale in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia metropolitan area. Saundra has the rare qualities of being a consummate professional while still treating her clients like family. While we were first-time homebuyers trying to navigate the “hot” market in a post-Amazon-HQ2-announcement era, I received many recommendations for Saundra from friends and colleagues who were more experienced real estate buyers and sellers. Saundra is wonderfully organized, moves quickly, has significant experience, and knows how to get the deal done. Saundra assisted us with viewing our home quickly after it was listed and making an offer that was accepted in a little more than a day. Saundra was very patient with my unconventional questions and always had the answer. She performed a neighborhood analysis that assisted us with deciding where to purchase a home and she was very thorough with important documents. Saundra was physically present every step of the way and widely accessible at all other times. Additionally, Saundra has a network of professionals in related industries that helped with our financing, inspection, refurbishing, and renovation needs, etc.
We would be pleased to avail ourselves of Saundra’s wonderful customer service for as long as she will have us as clients.
Falls Church Homebuyers
My husband and I retained the services of Saundra Giannini to assist us in purchasing an investment property in the Washington, DC, Metro area. Saundra came highly recommended to us by our daughter and son-in-law, who had used her services for their home purchase.
Upon contacting Saundra, she returned our phone call almost immediately. We had a very small window in which to look at properties, and we weren't really sure where we wanted to purchase. She lined up a number of showings in one day, in different areas. After looking at various properties, Saundra spent the night doing a cash flow analysis of each property, and suggesting the positive and the negative attributes of each listing. We were so impressed with her diligence, considering we weren't even sure we were going to purchase a property. Furthermore, when none of those properties quite fit our desires, she continued to search for properties that might better suit us.
At every showing, Saundra was prompt, incredibly cordial, and she seemed to have excellent rapport with all the agents and property managers. When we finally found the right property, she was extremely helpful in ensuring that we had the proper inspections and warranties, and that the closing went smoothly.
We can't recommend Saundra highly enough. We have purchased many properties over the years and have never had a Realtor as excellent as Saundra. Any buyer or seller should consider themselves fortunate to have her as their agent.
Tom and Dana Riccard
Saundra Giannini is an excellent, intelligent and hardworking realtor. My husband and I were nervous and excited to purchase our first home but were overwhelmed by the intensity of the DMV market. Saundra took the reins and led us through decisions — all while providing us enough information to make those decisions quickly and feel confident in the offer and negotiation process. She was always in our corner and listened to what we were looking for in a home. We highly recommend using Saundra and will definitely use her for our next home purchase — sometime in the future!
Saundra Giannini was highly recommended to us by several neighbors and friends. She helped us with the sale of our home recently and proved to be extremely professional and thoroughly knowledgeable in every aspect of the entire process. She is very organized and returned phone calls and emails promptly. She is a very lovely lady and will work with you with your best interest at heart.
Jan and Pete Erikson
Saundra came highly recommended to my wife and me by both family and friends. As first-time home buyers, we were overwhelmed trying to navigate the Northern Virginia real estate market on our own. Saundra's extensive knowledge of the Arlington area helped us narrow our search to match our budget and must-haves.
When we found a house that met all our requirements, she had us touring the house within 12 hours and making an offer within 24. We followed her advice about the offer and are firmly convinced that, because of Saundra's experience and persistence, our offer on our dream house was accepted. We highly recommend Saundra. In fact, we have already recommended her to friends who have used her to purchase their first homes as well!
Matt and Dani Poliner
It is finally done and we are the proud new owners of a beautiful little cottage on Maxwell Avenue at the Chesapeake Bay.
To say that this was a difficult transaction would be an understatement. Between negotiating the contract amongst rather passionate sellers and buyers and the back and forth of the boundary issue, a lesser person would have thrown in the towel ten times over. Yet you prevailed with tenacity, minute attention to detail, persistency and a never-fading cheerful attitude.
Saundra, there is no question in our mind that your professionalism, attention to detail and diligent work to anticipate any potential hurdles are truly unsurpassed.
We very much appreciate it and wholeheartedly recommend you to any future seller or buyer.
With much appreciation and our very best personal regards,
Jan & Susanne
Quite simply, our realtor Saundra Giannini is the reason we were able to get our house, and we could not be happier with our choice to work with her. Saundra’s impressive knowledge, unmatched drive to succeed for her clients, and dynamic personality set her apart from any other realtor we have met and enabled us to win a competitive bidding process on a house that was only on the market for a single weekend. She was upfront, honest, and candid with us – all characteristics we appreciated when making this major purchase.
In 2015 we were first-time homebuyers with little knowledge of how to navigate mortgage applications, contingencies, and addendum agreements. Saundra was extremely responsive to our many questions and patiently provided recommendations. She personally attended every interaction with the sellers, ensuring we were thoroughly satisfied with each decision. What’s more, Saundra continues to be an invaluable resource to us in providing referrals for various contractors as we turn the house into our home. Our trust in Saundra has directly translated into terrific experiences with her network of vetted service providers.
We enthusiastically encourage potential homebuyers to reach out to Saundra, and we continue to recommend her to our friends and colleagues. It has been a pleasure getting to know Saundra, and we will confidently work with her in the future.
Brian and Kristen Klesh
To All Those Interested in Locating the Best Real Estate Agent in the Area:
Wow! We were lucky. We met Saundra Giannini by chance when we began our search for a downsized home in DC. From the first day we found her to be a person with whom we wanted to work. She was direct, generous and personable.
We learned much about Saundra in the weeks following in that she had worked for many years in several executive positions in a large energy company. She has splendid negotiation skills. Her timing and rhetoric are superb.
Our large Potomac residence had outgrown us, and we wanted to be closer to the center of the action in the region. Saundra was terrific from the start. We found the place we wanted, and she wrote an attractive offer which the sellers agreed to overnight. She then put our Potomac home on the market. She has a keen sense of art and architecture. She hired a professional photographer and printed a glamorous brochure for the first open house, which was scheduled for less than a week after we signed the contract for our new place. Saundra brought about $400 worth of flowers to the event that August Sunday and presided over the opening. By the end of the day we had a full-price contract on the property.
We are very happy Giannini customers and have become social friends. We had an exceptionally fine experience with her in what could have been a rather trying six weeks. Saundra handled things extremely well, was always available... night and day, seven days each week. It was great business to have her on our side. We know she is busy and held in high esteem by many who call upon her frequently. If you need a great agent we suggest you contract with her. We enjoyed working with Saundra and are confident that others will also find the experience both fulfilling and enjoyable.
Lee and Susan Fritschler
I am pleased to provide this letter of recommendation for Saundra Giannini of Washington Fine Properties. I met Saundra in 2013 and she has represented me in several real estate transactions since that time.
In the spring of 2014, Saundra represented me in the sale of a single-family home in Alexandria, Virginia. Saundra visited the property, quickly developed a strategy for staging and marketing, and had multiple competing buyers within days of the listing. The transaction closed in our target price range within six weeks of signing the listing agreement with Saundra.
In 2015 Saundra represented me as a buyer broker in connection with a search for a row house in DC or northern Virginia. Saundra analyzed each potential property on a daily basis and presented me with options; provided sophisticated advice with respect to the condition of the property, the value proposition, and the strategy for submitting an offer. When we decided to buy a new city home in Old Town Alexandria, Saundra developed a strategy for the offer, prepared the contract and an extensive addendum covering additional work that we wanted the builder to complete, negotiated the price and options with the builder's broker and remained heavily involved in moving the project along until we closed on the property. Saundra's advice and guidance were invaluable to us, and we could not be happier with the outcome.
During the entire course of both of these transactions - and an extensive search for the perfect home in between - Saundra was strategic, professional, and extraordinarily responsive. Her positive attitude, firm but friendly style, and unwavering patience made what could have been a stressful process run very smoothly - even enjoyable.
Saundra's unique business sense, her negotiating skills, and her in-depth knowledge of the DC-area housing market make her the perfect agent, whether you're looking in the District, northern Virginia, or Maryland. I have recommended Saundra to numerous friends and would recommend her for anyone pursuing a sale or purchase in the metro area.
Saundra served as my real estate agent in the sale of my home and the purchase of a new home. She is a consummate professional who goes above and beyond for her clients. Saundra made sure to really understand what I was looking for and worked patiently with me as I searched for the right place. Saundra knows the market well, has great instincts and is a strong advocate and negotiator. I was extremely please with Saundra's services and I would recommend her enthusiastically and without hesitation.
When our company decided to sell a residential home that we own in Arlington, Virginia, we signed a listing agreement with Saundra J. Giannini.
Saundra coordinated a visit to the property and afterwards forwarded me interior/exterior photos that she had taken. Before the home could even be listed, she had the overwhelming task of overseeing its necessary repair and renovation.
Saundra did a masterful job acting as our Virginia proxy. She contracted with workers on our behalf and kept immaculate records relating to each repair or purchase. She methodically guided us through the process, handling each new challenge with professionalism and grace. The results of her efforts were amazing. I didn't even recognize the property!
The property was listed for sale, and within a few days we had 6 offers on the home. The final price received was almost 15% above our listing price. There is no question that her actions greatly added to the amount that we received on this sale.
It would be difficult to overstate our appreciation for Saundra's efforts. I have been involved in a great many personal and business transactions. NEVER before have I been so impressed with an agent's efforts on behalf of their client.
We acknowledge Saundra for her special efforts as our general contractor, decorator, stager and landscape designer. She truly is a gem.
John R. Bair
President and Chief Operating Officer
World Publishing Company
I am pleased to offer this testimonial for Saundra Giannini. In the spring of 2014, Saundra represented me as the seller in connection with the sale of my condominium located in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Virginia.
After deciding to move abroad, I needed to sell my condo in a relatively quick manner. I contacted Saundra, and she was immediately on board. In almost no time, we were able to prepare the condo for the market, develop the advertising materials, schedule the open houses, and go live with the listing. Within a week of placing the condo on the market and after holding two open houses, Saundra received several offers. After reviewing those offers and engaging in additional negotiations, we reached agreement with a buyer and closed a month later. With Saundra at the helm, the process was seamless and caused very little disruption to me or the tenants living in the condo. I am very pleased with the outcome and Saundra’s work on my behalf.
Saundra’s extensive experience and knowledge of the market was evident throughout the process. Her pricing strategy was aggressive, but justified and reasonable; her interactions with other agents were professional and friendly; her negotiations on my behalf were courteous, but firm; and her guidance throughout the process was responsive, informative, and extremely helpful. As a first time seller, I was nervous. Saundra always made me feel like her top priority – returning my calls quickly, keeping me informed every step of the way, anticipating and answering my questions before I even asked them, and always being extremely patient. Moreover, Saundra is very friendly and upbeat, which certainly made the whole process more enjoyable.
I highly recommend Saundra to anyone looking to buy or sale in the Washington D.C./Virginia/Maryland area.
We are pleased to offer this testimonial for Saundra Giannini. Saundra came highly recommended to us when we moved to the area in 2001-2002. She has represented us as both buyers and sellers.
Saundra has a strong work ethic and goes above and beyond during all aspects of the buying and selling process. She made valuable recommendations during the building process and assisted us in finding the best possible mortgage rates.
When we decided to put our home on the market, the market was still in the process of recovering from the downturn. After holding a broker's pricing tour to obtain her colleagues recommendations, Saundra presented a sound, sensible pricing strategy. Saundra also personally assisted me in the staging process. She spent a full day in our home helping us to re-arrange furniture so the house would look most appealing and loaned us many of her staging items to put the finishing touches on the house.
Her communication skills are excellent, and perhaps Saundra's most impressive strength is her negotiating skills. She is a savvy, skilled negotiator which enabled us to get the price we wanted for our home.
Bill and I would recommend Saundra without hesitation and have done so on many occasions during our time in the Washington, DC, area. She is a true professional dedicated to her clients and getting the job done.
Mary Ann and William Kwiatkowski
To Whom it May Concern:
I am delighted to provide this letter of recommendation in support of Saundra Giannini of Washington Fine Properties. I met Saundra in 2006 and have had several real estate transactions with her as my broker representative. I consider Saundra to be a person of the highest integrity with a strong work ethic and engaging personality. I hold Saundra in the highest regard and would not hesitate to to recommend her to my closest friends and family.
I would welcome the opportunity to provide further or more detailed information with respect to Saundra and her considerable ability and dedication to her clients.
Tyrone C. Fahner