Working with Lauren was a pleasure. She was responsive, reassuring and resolute in her efforts to sell my house. First, she had access to a fine general contractor who took care of all the minor repairs, etc,. Second, she had a design vision of how my house should be staged and provided furniture to help realize her vision. Third, she and Sandra spent hours doing a market survey to determine the asking price. I had a number in mind and she exceeded it. Finally, and most important, my house sold in 8 days at a higher price than I expected.
When it was time to sell our home, we interviewed a number of realtors to determine who would best understand our needs, and who would be someone we felt comfortable with. In the end, we chose to work with Lauren Kolazas, and we are delighted that we did. Lauren made the whole process so easy from start to finish. She was always available, and responsive to any questions we had. She and Sandra staged our house to perfection, and we had a buyer within 4 days. If you want a hassle free selling experience, I highly recommend using Lauren and her team.
-Damian & Tricia
We were so fortunate to have Lauren as our agent when we were selling our home. We were overwhelmed with the entire process of selling, and Lauren came in and put us completely at ease. She is incredible at what she does and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. To put it succinctly- After an incredible amount of online and in person traffic and one open house, Lauren had three above asking price offers for us to choose from. Within 6 days of listing, we were under contract. We had only dreamed of something like that being a possibility, but Lauren made it a reality. In more detail- Lauren has extensive market knowledge and experience, a keen eye for detail, staging expertise, an amazing assistant, and a pool of trusted contractors willing to do quality work for reasonable prices under a timeline. Lauren brought all of this and more to the table. She was always available to us via phone/text/email and came by several times in person to help with decision making and to review and make sure that we understood any paperwork that we had to sign. Lauren made us feel that we were her only clients and was always patient with our questions. She is a genuine person with a straightforward, yet low key demeanor, and has incredible negotiating skills. That bit cannot be discounted. There is much work behind the scenes between the agents to hammer out the best offers for both parties. Lauren clearly understood our needs and was able to seamlessly handle the transactions so that we were never burdened with the details. We are moving to the MidWest due to an unexpected job change and are saddened that Lauren won’t be our buying agent. Thank you, Lauren! The service you provide is invaluable and beyond compare.
– Mike & Taylor
We truly enjoyed working with Lauren throughout our home search! Her friendly and personable manner seemed to make our journey more fun and satisfying. We found Lauren to be very knowledgeable and professional. She was consistently thorough, diligent, and thoughtful about all parts of our home buying process. Lauren took the time to understand exactly what we were looking for and did everything she could to help us get it. Perhaps the best word to describe her is conscientious – she never left a stone unturned that could result in something positive for us! She frequently suggested things to us that we would never have thought of (like beneficial clauses in our offer), took the initiative to set up appointments for home showings, and utilized her particular experience to execute a win for us. All of this greatly contributed to our present success and happiness. Thank you, Lauren.
– Joe & Rachel
Lauren is an incredibly professional and organized realtor. She found a house for us in a much-sought after neighborhood, and she sold our old house for us for well-above asking. Highly recommend her.
-Jeff & Erin
Lauren was our agent for the sale of our old home and purchase of our new home. She is awesome to work with and really got to know my whole family and understand our needs. Her local market knowledge is impressive and we ended up buying a home in an area that wasn’t even on our original radar. What we liked best about Lauren was her desire to make sure we were happy and her flexibility in working with us. We did not feel like we were dealing with a somebody just trying to make a sale. Go with Lauren – Trust me, you will be happy!
– Matt & Katie
…[Lauren] is a truly an outstanding realtor! She is calm, smart, intuitive and really knows her stuff! Throughout the entire process, Lauren was always accessible, answering every question, explaining every step of the buying and selling process and constantly staying on top of us to make sure we were taking care of everything related to selling and buying our house…. She even went to see a house with us 3 days after major knee surgery! Talk about going above and beyond!!Her negotiations skills are impressive, she expertly helped us navigate negotiations on buying and selling our house ultimately getting us over asking price on the house we sold and under asking price on the house we bought! … In addition to her expertise on the business side of things she is also a fabulous interior design consultant – she staged our Fairlington house so beautifully (I hardly recognized it) and gave great advice on selections for our new house.
We couldn’t be happier with the process or with Lauren – she is very special! If you’re buying or selling or doing both – I’d highly recommend working with Lauren!
– Kinsey & Phil
We had a GREAT recent experience buying with Lauren in Fairlington. We had been talking with Lauren since 2014 while we sat on the fence for A LOOONG time about whether or not to buy and whether or not to buy in Fairlington. I always really liked and appreciated her low-key, but very professional approach.
A few things I really liked about working with Lauren:
1) During three years of occasional interest, she never pressured us about buying now, or buying more. We were looking at a somewhat broad range of home prices before settling on our sweet spot. She was always willing to set up MLS searches and run comps for us – over 3 years! She was also a good “sounding board/therapist” helping to talk through our interests and priorities as we considered different neighborhoods without ever pushing us to buy more.
2) Even though I knew she had other clients, it always felt like we were her only clients. Which was pretty impressive in that 30-40 day period between going under contract and settling where we were talking with her ALOT.
3) We had a pretty easy purchase overall, but when one almost deal-killing issue did come up, she was on top of it and helped us resolve it to our satisfaction. Someone else in the neighborhood affectionately described her as a “shark in nice person’s clothing.” She has a low key approach (IMO) but definitely is tough if she needs to be.
4) The people she works with: We liked everyone she worked with. We ended up using her mortgage broker, we liked the title company, my husband wants to have a second career as a home inspector because he liked the inspector so well. I think it speaks well of Lauren that she works with good people. Finally, if you are thinking of selling your Fairlington home, you really owe it to yourself to at least talk to her. Her mom’s club discount (mentioned in her email) is pretty amazing. And there is nothing in it for me in giving her this review!
– Jennifer & Jason
As first-time homebuyers we were really nervous about the process of buying a home. Luckily, we were referred to Lauren and felt like we were in good hands from the first time we met. Lauren explained how the whole process would work up front and then patiently guided us through each and every step along the way. We could not be more thrilled with our new home & our experience working with Lauren!!
– Josh & James
Lauren Kolazas from Dwell did a fantastic job preparing us and our home for sale! She had great tips to declutter, added design elements where needed, and even had profession photos taken for the listing. We almost didn’t want to move out after we saw the finished product! After receiving 5 offers, she helped us determine which was the best option for our situation (and no, it wasn’t the highest price). She’s very responsive and did an excellent job communicating with the buying agents and settlement team. Would recommend her to anyone looking for a personalized and professional approach to home sales.
-Gillian & Corey L.
Lauren Kolazas with Dwell Residential Brokerage did a wonderful job helping us stage and sell our house in Fairlington Villages and then find our new home. She did a great job introducing us to the Fort Hunt/Mount Vernon area and identifying neighborhoods that fit our needs. With her help, we found a house that was the right fit for our family in a wonderful neighborhood. We would highly recommend Lauren to anyone looking for a new home.
-Andy & Katie V.
We were first time home buyers and uneducated about the entire process. Lauren brought us up to speed pretty quickly.
What I appreciated most about Lauren was her constant availability and responsiveness. In this market nowadays, timing is everything and as soon as we found something we liked, she would be ALL over it without any delay. We made several offers and Lauren helped us keep our cool throughout the process. The contracts are online and we even filled one out over our smartphone. Lauren is available via text/email/phone and was never bothered by the constant interaction we required! With Lauren, we bought the deal of a lifetime due to her attention to detail and promptness, and it is evident that she thrives and is enthusiastic over helping her clients get the most bang for the buck at the opportune time. On top of all this, she does everything with extreme grace and coolness! She was very easy to work with and I’d definitely recommend her services!
-Jennifer & Swapnil
Lauren was a tremendous help navigating the complexities of first-time home buying and staying calm in the process. She keeps it real and isn’t trying to sell you on just any house, she truly wants you to find exactly what you’re looking for.
– Joe & Stacey Gross
Lauren is a master of homebuying in the DC & northern VA area. She’ll quickly help you set the parameters of your search & then find a perfect selection of homes to chose from. She won’t push you into anything you aren’t comfortable with, and will provide helpful suggestions to make sure you find the right home. Would highly recommend her to anyone in the area looking to purchase or sell a home fast!
-Justin & Carly K
As first-time home buyers, working with Lauren Kolazas was exactly what we needed to guide us from starting point to closing (and beyond!). When we began working with her, we laid out our expectations very clearly — and she exceeded them!
At every point in the process, Lauren provided expert, professional guidance that was personalized to our specific needs. She always kept our interests at the forefront — we’re eternally grateful for our partnership with her.
-Brent and Anne M
New to the DC metro area and a first-time home buyer, I was very fortunate to meet Lauren and have such a wonderful person and professional helping me through the home-buying process. Recommended by several friends, it is easy to see why Lauren is such a well-liked and a trusted realtor- she really understood the type of home/location that I was looking for and best suited me; she was always honest with me and gave sound guidance so I could make the best possible decisions; and she took the time to explain every detail and answer any question I had. Lauren really cares about her clients and she made the entire experience an enjoyable one. I love my new home and owe a lot to Lauren for making it happen!
Lauren put me at ease throughout the process of buying my first home. With her by my side I felt like I was in a position to make the best decision possible. Due to her understanding of my needs, I found and purchased my home faster than I ever would have expected!
– Brian M
Lauren graciously met with us, talked about the buying process, showed us properties, etc.. I very much liked her style and low-key, but professional approach. So whether you are looking to rent, buy or sell in Fairlington (or elsewhere!), I would recommend reaching out to Lauren.
– Jennifer & Jason W
Lauren was so pleasant and professional! Lauren was wonderful – she let us tour at our leisure, answered all of our questions, provided useful information and didn’t make us feel cornered. She is such a breath of fresh air!
– Brooke V
My husband and I were incredibly impressed with Lauren Kolazas. It was difficult for us to decide to sell our beloved condo in Fairlington, but the timing seemed right. Lauren stepped in and worked so hard for us. She gave us ideas on staging, , helped us price the condo fairly and got our condo on the market in record time. After just one very successful open house we sold our condo! My husband and I continue to say we could not have sold our condo without Lauren. She is an excellent agent to have on your side!
– Stephanie & Jason B
We were fortunate to have been referred to Lauren by a good friend. She was highly recommended for her professionalism. Since I trusted my friend’s opinion, I contacted Lauren to be our realtor. Lauren loves what she does and is the best buyer agent I have had the pleasure to work with. She listened carefully to our preferences and regularly provided me with updates and guidance. I had full confidence in her decision making at all times. Were it not for Lauren’s hard work and commitment to satisfying her client, we would not have settled on our new house from overseas. I have no reservation in referring Lauren to all my contacts.
– Zak G
Lauren came to us highly recommended and we did not hesitate to use her, seeing how much all of our friends loved the homes she helped them find. We were complete real-estate novices and Lauren patiently explained the process from beginning to end on more than one occasion. She was always able to fit us into her schedule and she made us feel like we were her most important clients. With her help, we were able to find our dream home after only 4 short months of looking. We will enthusiastically recommend her to everyone we know. We are so pleased with our new home and how smoothly the entire process went. It is so easy to see why she came so highly recommended to us. We truly can’t say enough wonderful things about her and her professionalism. Thanks again for our housewarming gifts. I can’t wait to start gardening and then relax around our new firepit!
– Heather & DJ H
Like many other first-time home buyers, I was intimidated by the process, from start to closing, and heard many stories of dubious real estate agents working in a bad market, but I must say, I was lucky to have Lauren. Lauren really helped calm my nerves and took the time with me and my small budget. I feel she took the time to find out what I needed and helped me think strategically about home buying. With her honest insight and opinion, she has given me a positive outlook about the home buying process. I will surely recommend her to my friends and family who are in the market to purchase or sell a home. Thanks again for your dedicated help and fantastic follow up. I look forward to working with you in the future!
– Robert C
Thank you so much for all your help in selling my condo. Your expert advice and hand holding was so appreciated every step of the way. You really went above and beyond and made this come together so quickly. I am beyond thankful!!
– Lindsey C
Lauren was our agent. She was fantastic, professional, fun and always available. She worked with us to identify the best property in our price range and market. Through multiple offers and 4 months of looking, she always had our best interest in mind. Our first home buying experience was excellent!
– Jim and Courtney S
As a first time home buyer, I was very happy to have worked with Lauren Bailey. I began my real estate search process with another realtor who didn’t really want to help me due to my conservative budget. Fortunately, I was referred to Lauren and she was excellent to work with. A few of her traits that I found most helpful were her patience and down to earth, realistic advice. She showed great effort in meeting my needs and I appreciate all the time that she devoted to my case and for all of her support. After multiple bids, a contract was finally ratified. I felt more overwhelmed than cheerful, but Lauren promised me everything would be ok, and she was right. She is the perfect realtor to work with and really puts forth a lot of effort in helping her clients understand the real estate transaction.
– Russell W
We were referred to Lauren from friends who had good experiences with her and couldn’t have been more pleased. She was straightforward with us about what to expect and gave us her honest opinion of the places we looked at. When we decided to make an offer, Lauren made sure we were well informed and well-prepared for the process. We are extremely pleased with how it all went and would gladly recommend Lauren.
– Jen P and Dave K
Lauren was great. Thoughtful and professional, she very patiently worked with me in order to not only find the absolute right new home for me but also to secure the requisite financing through the Veteran’s Administration. Notably, even post-closing we have still kept in regular touch. This is my second home purchase, and I have not been disappointed. I would recommend Lauren to anyone wanting to either buy or sell a home in the great DC area.
– Ralph T
I decided to look for my first home and had no idea where to begin. Luckily, Lauren Bailey was recommended by a family friend. She has been an invaluable resource throughout the entire home buying process. Whenever I had a question, Lauren had a knowledgeable answer and was available whenever I needed her. Lauren was a real lifesaver during the closing process, helping me to understand everything I was signing and also making sure the bank had everything correct. Thanks to her expert assistance, I never felt overwhelmed and am now enjoying my new home.
– Russell B
Lauren Kolazas was professional, optimistic, dedicated, encouraging & always available to assist us with our Washington, DC Condo sale. We were dealing with a difficult market, but Lauren always provided honest advice. She helped us remain positive and ultimately led us to a successful settlement. Lauren went out of her way to meet with us in person several times when other agents would have just handled things via phone, e-mail or fax. She is reliable & wonderful to work with. She did an amazing job staging our small space, she took beautiful photos and created a fabulous brochure to help market our home.
– Amanda and Dave M
I bought during the midst of the credit crisis when the banks and the FHA seemed apprehensive to provide anyone with a loan no matter how good their job or credit. This was certainly my experience. Despite having excellent credit, a decent down payment, and a well-paying job, obtaining a loan was not easy. However, it would have been impossible without Lauren to guide me through the process. Lauren has many fantastic attributes as a buyer’s agent. Her greatest strength, however, is her positive outlook and dogged willingness to make closing a reality. When all seemed bleak, Lauren frequently called to offer reassurance. Her positive outlook an how things might unfold kept me motivated to continue my home search and prepare for closing in the home I selected. But even before there were difficulties in obtaining a loan, Lauren held fast to making sure I found a home that fit my needs and my somewhat colorful personality. When I felt that obtaining financing for the home would be difficult, Lauren assured me that she would get the deal done. In fact, this is exactly what she did.
– Timothy F
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! It has been a pleasure to work with you – you made everything so smooth and easy!
– Carly & Justin K