|TITLE:||Sales Associate, Office of HRL Partners|
My wife and I recently purchased a house in Washington, DC, and Mr. Micah Smith of HRL was our agent. We were extremely impressed with Micah’s professionalism and that of his team throughout the transaction. Micah was extremely helpful, making sure we understood the process and following up with questions we had for the sellers to get us the right answers. He was also proactive in making recommendations for our readiness to ensure a smooth closing. We are extremely appreciative that we worked with Micah and his team and would recommend HRL to any home buyer. For all the work they have done, we give them five stars in this review.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Micah, Robert, Adam, and Chris at HRL Partners in the sale of my home in McLean, Virginia. They truly have their fingers on the pulse of the market, and they are a well-oiled machine! I can’t underscore how they are constantly available and super-responsive by phone and email. Once I hired HRL Partners, they immediately got to work implementing their "Six Steps to Success" program and quickly producing their “ABC Punchlist,” which includes their best business advice for getting the property ready for market. Once the house was for sale, they launched their aggressive marketing campaign to find my buyer, and the results – they sold my home in 3 days! But their services did not stop there. They continued to communicate with me and guide me to a successful and smooth closing. And since the sale, they have always been available for any real estate-related questions. It was a very personable transaction, and I quickly understood that they truly know everyone in the entire residential real estate sphere. I was confident that my house would be marketed to every agent and buyer in the marketplace. They leave no stone unturned in their marketing approach – they are known for having the “best-of-the-best” professional photography and marketing collateral, social media advertising, print advertising, direct mail, agent networking, and so on – not only at Washington Fine Properties, but throughout the entire Capital Region agent network! They have a curated and historically successful strategic analysis and approach – they don’t just install a for- sale sign and hope the house sells!
I highly recommend HRL Partners to anyone looking to sell their home in the Capital Region! Thank you, Micah Smith, Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe, & Christopher Leary!
Our recent experience with HRL Partners in selling our home was exceptional. The interaction with all of the Partners from start to finish was very professional, informative and extremely helpful. Their statistical data and client network were very impressive. They provided a great level of communication throughout the entire process and were able to secure a close to full price offer on our house. We would highly recommend them for any future real estate needs.
Brian and Lori Abt
A neighbor recommended HRL Partners to me. I asked them and several other real estate agents to compete for the listing.
HRL Partners won the listing. They carefully answered each written question asked and did several walkthroughs of the property, so they could be sure that they understood the scope of and expected cost of improvements to prepare our home for sale.
They also agreed to shoulder the responsibility of recommending and mostly managing the bids and contractors who prepared my home for sale. HRL Partners' many sales in the area meant strong relationships with affordable vendors. These contractors (painters, carpenters, floorers, carpet layers, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, and others) were, because of their relationship with HRL Partners, responsive, available, and fast. They knew how to ready a home for sale—quickly fixing scores of defects that had accumulated over 55 years.
HRL Partners delivered on their promises. I am grateful for their efforts and extremely satisfied with their services. They made sure that my next steps were clear and that I had plenty of time to prepare for them. They provided a calendar so I could keep abreast of events and gave me regular updates to keep me informed and on-schedule throughout the process.
Because HRL Partners is a partnership, one of the partners was always available to manage the contractors, answer questions, and promptly respond to emails. They were friendly and dependable, answering calls immediately and quickly enlisting experts if they could not answer questions themselves.
Their attention to detail resulted in a sale that was swift, smooth, and concluded successfully.
I strongly recommend HRL Partners.
We recently completed the sale of our home in Northwest DC and are extremely happy with the professional support we received from Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe, Christopher Leary, Micah Smith, and the entire HRL team. The process went smoothly, and we were well advised and informed every step of the way.
This is not the first time we have worked with the HRL team, as our relationship spans over 12 years. During that time, they helped us sell our home in Bethesda, sell a condominium we owned in DC, and purchase and sell our home in DC.
All the transactions with the HRL team have exceeded our expectations. With this sale, the team’s knowledge of the market, professional advice on staging the home, data-based approach to setting the listing price, expansive marketing platform, expert and professional negotiating skills, and pro-active follow-through to the closing were quite impressive. In addition, you get the complete attention of the whole team. They all are informed of each stage of the transaction and work together seamlessly. I believe they are the best real estate partners and advisors in the Washington, DC, area.
Steve & MaryBeth Swad
We cannot say enough positive things about our experience working with the entire HRL team. It is without a doubt because of their market intelligence and strategy that we were able to win our dream home in what was a very competitive listing. They were clear with what we could expect from the competition and offered multiple strategies to help our offer stand apart. Robert and team worked above and beyond to over-communicate with the various parties involved in our closing. It gave us comfort to know they were on top of the entire process to ensure we were able to close on a very competitive timeline. This was much appreciated, since we had a newborn and toddler at home making it challenging at times to stay on top of everything. Overall, working with them was a wonderful experience, and we are eager to recommend them to anyone looking for a team that is going to bring deep market knowledge, high organization, and hustle to get the home of your dreams. We are thrilled to be able to raise our family in the exact neighborhood we had our eyes on from the beginning and thank HRL for making that possible.
Adela & Jon Bateman
I was tasked with selling my sister’s house. I researched all of the agents in the area, and HRL Partners stood out in every respect! From their first presentation to the end of the process, everything went smoothly. They helped me find all the vendors I needed to get the house ready for sale, which included everything from window washers to cleaning, and structural repair. They were available every time I had a question and always responded promptly. In the end, the house sold above asking price in 5 days. I could not have been happier!
HRL partners helped us sell our house, and we could not be happier. Their level of professionalism and knowledge of our market were unparalleled. From the excellent market analysis with input from almost a dozen agents in their network, to the detailed knowledge of every house for sale, they exuded confidence and provided us with cogent advice and set expectations perfectly. It’s especially important to have someone like HRL represent you when market conditions are uncertain, and you need real experts who can read things in real time. They were incredibly responsive and helpful. They would be at the house in minutes if we needed anything. Hats off to these guys. We can’t imagine you can find someone better.
Katarina & Thomas Charuhas
I have just completed the sale of my apartment with the assistance of HRL Partners and want to express the complete satisfaction I have with their work. Satisfaction does not adequately express my reaction to their professionalism. They exceeded my expectations in every respect. I felt as if my particular listing had their constant attention. Communication was easy and rapid with one of the partners always available and ready to do whatever was needed. They kept me informed of every interaction with prospective buyers. Their advice regarding pricing and staging was right-on. Their frequent written reports on the local real estate market were very informative. They were personable, easy to work with, and are consummate pros.
Dr. William Kramer
I just completed a home purchase and home sale with Chris here in Northwest DC, and I could not have been more impressed with him and the entire team. From start to finish, they were strategic and effective, providing valuable counsel at every turn. They brought a positive, pragmatic, problem-solving approach to every question I had. My purchase and sale both went incredibly smoothly, and I attribute all of that to Chris’ management of each transaction. They were responsive, hard-working, and unflappable. I am so glad I worked with this team, and I will forever be grateful for all of their counsel and support!
Because of work, we moved back to Europe after having spent nearly a decade in Washington, DC. We had come to love our house and worried a bit about the complexities of putting a property on the market while living in another continent. When we first met the HRL team we were impressed by their knowledge of the market and their vast experience; literally, there was not a question we posed for which they did not have a well-formulated reply and the data, charts, and figures to back their answer. In those rare instances when there was a slight difference of view (e.g., should we repaint the window shutters a darker color than the beige we had grown used to?), they pressed their case with firmness and solid arguments which led us to defer to their judgment with the confidence that we were in the hands of true professionals. Once the house was on the market, we would be kept informed regularly about visits and open houses and were given other useful statistics about developments in the market for properties like ours. We were particularly impressed that they did not operate with a lockbox; for every single visit to the property, one of the partners would be present, arriving to the property beforehand to make sure that it showed well, that the lights were on, the house spotlessly clean, and that they would be on hand to answer any questions that might come up from potential buyers. The HRL team used its contacts with the editor of the Washington Post´s Real Estate supplement to get the paper to publish a full-length article with photographs about our house, its interesting history, and superb location. This is an example of what we would call “above and beyond the call of duty” and reflects a dedication to their job and a degree of professionalism seldom seen in dealings with people working in areas that involve the provision of services to clients. If work takes us back to Washington in the coming years, without hesitation, we will go to the HRL team to help us locate a new property.
Augusto & Mirta Lopez-Claros
Our out-of-state family needed to find a new home in the DC area quickly. Not only were we in a time crunch, we also wanted to love what we’d buy. During one of our short trips to the area, we made an appointment with HRL to lay out what we were looking for and see if we were a fit. Our initial meeting with Robert and Adam was exceptionally informative—we were blown away by the level of attention and detail they provided, given this was an introductory meeting. The team pulled up scores of recent listings that they believed might be of interest and spent almost two hours walking us through the details of each property and sharing with us their assessment of each sale to help us begin to understand the market better and to customize our property search. From that day on, they kept us in the loop about every relevant property that came on the market, was about to be listed, and even several off-market properties for which they facilitated contact with the seller and a private tour. They put together an extensive itinerary of properties for us to view each time we visited (often on short notice) and really listened and responded to our feedback.
Having been in the industry for many years, they are true experts with a keen sense of the DMV real estate market and its ever-changing dynamics, an asset that cannot be overstated, especially in the pandemic times and in this highly competitive market. Their professionalism, sophistication, and breadth and depth of knowledge are truly unmatched. They are also exceptionally connected, meaning you’ll get the inside scoop on properties you won’t get from your average real estate agency. While working with us, they were able to accurately estimate how fast a property would sell and at what price. They shared their thoughts on quality, pricing, and value, and devoted many emails and phone calls to helping us develop a strategy once we were ready to make an offer. Robert, Adam, and Chris dedicate themselves fully to finding the perfect home for their clients and we grew to really trust their expertise. When Robert conveyed he was unenthusiastic about a property we liked, we listened and ended up with a much better home a few weeks later, as he had predicted. Once we put an offer on the house that is now our home, the sale negotiation that HRL mediated was beyond smooth, and the team remained engaged and helpful well past the closing date.
Bottom line—with HRL, you’ll get undivided attention and intel you’re unlikely to get elsewhere. They will find you the home you’ll love and work with you and the seller to negotiate the best possible price, while making sure your offer is still the winning offer.
Magda & Safi B.
The entire team was fantastic. This was not an easy home sale or situation, as it involved a trust account, a tenant, and a number of updates to the home. Adam ran point on a lot of this, and he deserves a lot of credit. He was patient, diligent, and amazingly organized. The entire team is always professional, friendly, and very direct. We were able to achieve multiple offers above our asking price. Every time we hit a bump, they knew exactly what to do and how to maneuver through it. I couldn't have asked for a better group to work with and a better experience and outcome. I began working with Robert nearly 20 years ago, and there is no reason to look elsewhere. Thanks to the entire HRL Team!
Rick Del Sontro
We are blown away by the level of service, savviness, and knowledge Chris and his team (specifically Adam and Micah) have demonstrated. We came to Chris after relocating from out of state with just a vision of our next chapter. From the moment we spoke, Chris was laser-focused on understanding our lifestyle and committed to delivering a home that was perfect for us and not just any client. HRL left no stone unturned and kept a close eye on properties that might be of interest but had not hit the MLS.
Ultimately, this market knowledge resulted in our purchase of a beautiful and highly sought-after home in Wesley Heights. From offer to close, Chris aggressively negotiated and anticipated every turn in order to secure this home within 24 hours of the MLS listing. I thought I was meticulous but then I met Chris. He has a superb attention to detail, top-notch communication, excellent follow-through and an impeccable fashion sense. It would be a complete oversight on my part not to mention the latter! Joking aside, to this day (three months after close), Chris has not forgotten about an open item and is still following up on our behalf. One word – AMAZING!
This wonderful home will be the place our baby daughter will spend her childhood, and we are grateful to the HRL team for finding such an incredible place to create lifelong memories. You guys truly are the best!
Jennie & Mike Radu
As a developer, I spent a lot of time researching and thinking through who to hire to help sell our completed, high-end homes, and also help buy properties to develop. I am so happy I decided to work with HRL partners. They have exceeded all of my very high expectations. Their ability to understand the neighborhoods of interest, the competitive landscape in each, the pricing, and also differentiate a home’s value beyond the comps was truly remarkable. In acquisitions, their guidance was spot-on and lead to my ability to successfully beat other competitive offers. I felt their expertise has been critical in my success to both buy and sell homes. They are data-driven and do the detailed work and analysis to make sure they are ahead of every decision that needs to be made.
Beyond being experts on market data, their recommendations and ability to negotiate real estate contracts successfully come from their many years of experience helping their clients successfully buy and sell homes that span a wide range of prices and neighborhoods. I love that they have great relationships with their peers and that they know and work in many different locations. For me, the benefit is that I always know that I am not missing out on any opportunities, even beyond the neighborhoods I am looking at. In this competitive environment, I loved knowing that they had their finger on the pulse of the entire area, not just where I was looking. Every transaction I have done with HRL Partners has been smooth, and their process was always impressive and detail-oriented from start to finish.
Lastly, I love how HRL Partners has a fully staffed team, always available to take a call, answer a question, get right back to you, and help take care of your needs. It always feels like a full-service, VIP experience. They really care about their clients, and you can tell by their desire to get every detail right. They are incredibly professional and work with you like your transaction is their sole focus. You would never know how much is on their plate at any given time because they have the coverage and expertise internally to take care of all of their clients to 100%! I have had the pleasure of doing several transactions with HRL Partners. I am very happy with their work and look forward to working with them moving forward. Whether for a one-time purchase or sale, or a long-term partnership, I highly recommend HRL Partners!
My experience with the ENTIRE HRL Team far surpassed my admittedly high expectations. At every turn of the process, there was no detail which the team missed, whether major or minor. Truly notable was the team's consistent communication, from the moment I began looking for a new home for my family in earnest up to, through, and post closing. In a very active market wherein the HRL team has countless clients, I received as much attention and support as if I were buying a home 10x the price. As with all transactions, there were multiple parties involved, and the HRL Team provided invaluable insight on what to expect from each (mortgage lender, appraiser, Seller Agent, etc.) and worked closely to manage each aspect to ensure that closing was completed in 24 days from contract to closing. This is truly a TEAM effort where you get the BEST at all levels of the organization. I am eternally grateful for each member of the team for all of their time, effort, and care in finding my family a new home!
We came to HRL Partners with a task we thought would be quite challenging: navigating a relatively quick relocation from NYC to the DC area as first-time homebuyers in a red-hot housing market. However, we purchased our dream home in Bethesda after just one (very packed/efficient) day of showings—and just six months after we contacted Adam & team, we are settled and so happy.
It was a genuine pleasure to work with Adam & HRL Partners on our search—they were quick to show us new potential properties of interest and also quick to respond to our numerous inquiries about properties/the process. Adam & team were also clearly in our corner as we bid for the house and provided sound advice to strengthen our offer, putting us in a position to "win." We also felt taken care of up to and on closing day—the process could not have been easier, despite the challenges of today's market.
Thank you Adam & HRL Partners for helping us find and secure our first home! If we ever feel the itch to make a move again, you'll be our first call.
Nicole DeBlase and Rob Moore
Robert and team have been a real pleasure to work with. I was thoroughly impressed with their level of service and professionalism. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy luxury property in the DC area. I'm considering buying another property just so I get a chance to work with them again!
Amanda & Ari Litan
We were extremely pleased with HRL, selling two cooperative units almost simultaneously, one of which got the highest price per square foot in the building.
First, in selecting a broker, we found them to be the most knowledgeable about the market and the most detailed in their assessment of our property.
Second, their listing activities were both prompt and thorough.
Third, their market assessment and strategies were carefully developed and eventually resulted in a sale price very close to our original ask.
Fourth, they provided regular and timely feedback on the process and the prospect, so that we were never waiting for information.
Finally, they personally assisted in getting all the relevant information to the closing agent.
Susan & John Magee
We liked Robert, Adam, and Chris so much that 10 years after they helped us sell our family house in Cleveland Park, and upon our return to Washington, we called them to help us purchase the perfect house for the next phase of our lives. They not only found us that house, they were critical in educating us to a new/different market by being patient, keenly savvy, and by always providing useful, thoughtful, and unvarnished advice. They are also as plugged into the local market as it gets, so at all times we felt we had the "scoop" on everything we saw, what else was out there and what was coming. As demanding, very picky, and opinionated (lawyer) buyers, this to us was a special and invaluable service. The three of them also work seamlessly in coordination with each other. At least one is always at the end of a phone call or email with a quick substantive response to any question. Each was fully versed in our search, interests, and personal proclivities, so we felt we had 3x the attention and brainpower of the average agent at our disposal. Plus their super assistant (the very tall) Micah, helped to run their operation with what felt like Swiss-watch precision. While there were certainly the expected kinds of bumps and disappointments along the way, we always felt 100% supported and attended to—and that has continued, full-on—even after the contract for our new home was ratified and now beyond the closing period. Plus, they are all really nice, fun, and good guys who were a total pleasure to work with and who always made us feel that we were their most important clients. Hire them!
Milica Mitrovich & John Missing
Terrific team. Couldn't ask for a better selling experience. Really appreciate walking us through the entire process, being honest and fair about feedback, and walking us through a complex process.
Erin & Tom Cochran
I highly recommend HRL Partners! The HRL Team displayed consistent professionalism, determination, attention, and kindness throughout the sale of my home. Data-driven and extremely knowledgeable about the market, the HRL Team guided me through the sale process with graciousness and attention to every detail. I never worried about a thing, as HRL was always five steps ahead of me, anticipating next steps and immediately responding to requests. The HRL Team functions seamlessly, a quality that instills confidence and security in a client.
Dear Robert, Adam, Chris, and Micah,
I want to thank you for working with me and selling the house! It was a pleasure to work with you—and I am certain you were frustrated with me at times. You are a superb group of professionals covering all the bases—good judgment, knowledge, experience, personal skills- (and still soooo young). And not to mention your superb administrative skills, Rolodex, team spirit, hard working 24/7 ethic, and willingness to go the extra mile.
I wish you all the success you deserve in the future. And thank you again for delivering on 3701—and during a pandemic. I owe you guys. Don’t hesitate to call me if I can ever do anything for you!
Nancy Hogan Dutton