Lenore G. Rubino
We would like to highlight the outstanding efforts on our behalf by Lenore Rubino of Washington Fine Properties (WFP) in selling our home. After living in our home in NW Washington, DC, for 25 years, we were out of touch with the real estate market, and Lenore spent many hours educating us on what sells a house these days. While we lived in a very desirable zip code, our location was compromised by a busy street and lack of adjacent on-street parking, which created substantial obstacles to finding a buyer. In addition to helping us find ways to overcome these challenges, Lenore guided our sale through a period of turmoil for real estate when interest rates rose dramatically and mortgages became more expensive. She also helped us understand the desirability of staging our home after we had moved to our new home in Baltimore. Once our home was staged and we completed other fix-ups that Lenore recommended, it sold within ten days. In addition to her diligence and creativity, she was easy to work with and very pleasant company. Finally, the backstopping by other Washington Fine Properties staff was flawless and much appreciated. This was easily a five-star experience.
Kristin and Leonard S.
As out-of-town buyers, we depended on her wealth of knowledge of the area. We were guided to a great home. Lenore is professional and shows great attention to detail during the contract negotiations.
As a first-time home buyer, I am so grateful that I was able to work with Lenore. She’s communicative, flexible, and knows a lot about the local market, providing me with much-needed perspective. She educated me on what I was getting myself into (i.e., buying property) and gave me the confidence to do it. She genuinely cared that I find the right place, and thanks to her I found an incredible home (and below list price!) If you can, definitely work with Lenore!!
Lenore is amazing. We moved to New York recently and had to sell our condo in Georgetown during Covid. She organized the entire sale by long distance, carefully reviewing the apartment and telling us what needed to be improved. Lenore directed the remodeling of the entire kitchen and partly the two bathrooms, paying scrupulous attention to detail and making sure the price was reasonable. The result was stunning, and the sale went smoothly. Lenore was always on top of every issue. We were pleased with the price. In addition, she is an incredibly kind and pleasant person. We couldn’t recommend her more highly.
We had very good success with Lenore in our hunt for the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood. She is hard-working, diligent, and honest. She succeeded in finding us our home in Glover Park. It is a very competitive market, and she was able to help us stay closer to budget and still find the right home in the best location for us.
We engaged Lenore to help sell our Petworth row house that had been remodeled just a few years before. Lenore helped us learn a very great deal about the market, so different than before, and about our property's potential and how to reach for it. Lenore is driven, incredibly resourceful when things absolutely need to get done, and a great communicator. Her insights on our home and the area made a big difference.
I used Lenore for the sale of my Burleith home in 2021. Lenore's skill and knowledge were evident from the very first conversation we had regarding the sale of my home. Lenore carefully walks you through the sometimes frustrating and stressful process of selling a home. She understood how difficult the process was for me, having recently lost my husband, and was there every step of the way. She is an excellent negotiator, and was also very helpful with suggesting simple but impactful changes to my home that really made for a quick sale. She is very responsive and available from beginning to closing (and onward if you need her!). Lenore is capable and works hard for her clients. I highly recommend her!
Thank you so much for your help! Working with you for the rental and sale of our home was such a positive experience. Your knowledge of the market and years of experience were beyond apparent through the way you helped prepare our home for selling, the way you conducted negotiations, and how you guided us through the process. With your counsel and hard work, we were able to sell our home in a very fast manner. You are true to your word, and you put forth 100%+ through the whole process. If/when we decide to purchase another home, we will definitely ask you to represent us again!
Thank you again for everything!
Linda and Stephen B.
Lenore Rubino was of infinite assistance and support to me as I bought one new condominium and sold another in the summer of 2021—all within the amazingly brief period of five months. While searching for a new condominium she was able to quickly show me the range of available options in my price range and geographic focus area. Once I had narrowed my focus to a particular property, she was able to provide me with key advice and expertise in making a successful offer to the seller. Lenore was also of great help in listing and selling my old condo, making important suggestions and give key advice to help make the condo sell quickly and at a price I was very happy with. Beyond the strict services normally provided by a real estate agent, Lenore also provided me with a wide range of assistance and advice in finding other related services, such as painters, electricians, moving companies. She even helped me choose paint colors for my new condo. Throughout my experience of working with Lenore, she has always been an insightful and supportive friend as well as a superb real estate agent. I am so thankful that I found her.
Working with Lenore has been a bliss. As a first-time home buyer, I was clueless and full of questions about it all. Lenore was not only extremely professional and cognizant of the whole process, but she took the time with patience and kindness to educate me about it all, prior to looking for properties that matched my criteria. Lenore was always ahead of the game in spotting potential long-term problems in certain properties; she was absolutely hands-on and available throughout the process. Her vast knowledge of the market and her exquisite sense of aesthetics made it possible to find my ideal place to live in. I couldn't think of a better, most fitted realtor—and warmest person—than Lenore Rubino.
Lenore Rubino was our realtor for a home purchase in January 2021. She was extremely professional and thorough in all details throughout the entire process. She was very knowledgeable about the neighborhood and was very sensitive to pandemic protocols.
Tanya and Jason N.
We worked with Lenore on three transactions starting in 2019 and into 2020. Having worked with a few other brokers in other previous transactions, I can say that Lenore is by far the hardest working, most dedicated, and genuinely kind and sincere agents we've ever worked with. She worked tirelessly to assist us with renovations, staging and other pre-market work to ensure that our homes presented in the absolute best way they could. Lenore not only offered valuable counsel on how to prep our homes, but she rolled up her sleeves and put in hard work herself to help secure and manage contractors and construction, selecting renovation finishes like lighting, bath fixtures, and cabinetry, and getting professional decorating advice. I cannot say enough that would sufficiently represent just how unique and valuable Lenore is as an agent.
Lenore patiently worked with us for years until we finally found our dream home. She always remained positive, yet realistic, as we moved through the process of finding a property. When it came time to list our home, she surpassed all expectations in terms of driving potential buyers and negotiating contracts.
I think that "masterful in process expertise" is one of the most suitable descriptions I could think of for Lenore, who was one of the two agents who helped us find and get our home. She was always very open about her opinions based on her experience and expertise. We appreciated that, especially one time when we thought we wanted to continue pursuing one house that Lenore advised us not to. It turned out she was right, and her instincts were correct, too. She is courteous and resourceful. We were glad to have her patience and her negotiation skills as well! I warmly recommend Lenore to everyone!
I have worked with Lenore Rubino on several real estate transactions during the last few years, as both a buyer and a seller, as the needs of my family have changed. Each of these interactions has been handled very successfully. Most recently, Lenore assisted me in preparing and selling a house in N. Arlington and moving into a Burleith rental. The house sale required skillful negotiations and a deep and thorough knowledge of construction issues and contractors. Lenore was readily available at all times and saw the sale through to a fruitful completion.
Lenore offers the full package and portfolio of services. She understands the market extremely well and avails herself to serve in whatever way needed. She is outstanding in responding quickly to phone calls and emails. She is sensitive, caring, and extremely professional. Whether a buyer, seller, or potential renter, Lenore will get the job done in a totally expeditious manner. This is why I return to Lenore over and over.
We have worked with Lenore Rubino for over 12 years for the sales and purchases of two homes in DC and Montgomery County. For the sales, Lenore provides an eye-catching marketing packet, in addition to her refined staging recommendations in order to achieve top dollar. For the purchases, Lenore is always available to show you a property. She excels at networking and strives to find your home before the competition. Lenore knows the market and continues to educate herself in order to share her knowledge with her clients and colleagues. Lenore's style is professional, straightforward, positive and warm, and she truly wants the best outcome for her clients.
Lenore represented me as a Buyer's Agent and did a fantastic job! She is knowledgeable about DC's many neighborhoods and has an excellent network of contacts to assist in evaluating properties. After working tirelessly to help me size up numerous properties over several months — always responding quickly to calls and working well into the evening to do showings — we found the perfect place in Georgetown. Once the property was under contract, Lenore was a smart negotiator and she diligently handled the many small details involved in the home purchase, making my life much easier. I have bought and sold multiple homes in the past, and I can say with confidence that Lenore is a top Realtor. I look forward to working with her again on future real estate purchases and highly recommend her as an agent.
We bought a house in Burleith, Washington, DC, with Lenore. Lenore was very responsive (she answers messages at all time of day and night); very attentive to our needs (she quickly identified what we were looking for and found us houses that were in our price range). She is a master of the process of buying a house in Washington DC, (this was the first house we are buying and were very stressed) — Lenore was very patient and took time to explain all the steps to us) and her knowledge of the Georgetown-Glover Park/Burleith market has no equal. In short: If you need an agent in Washington D,C, do not hesitate, go for Lenore.
I have known of Lenore Rubino’s stellar reputation for over 20 years. This past Summer, I worked directly with Lenore to sell our home in Burleith, which we originally purchased in 2002. It quickly became clear to our family that her skills, contacts and knowledge in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area housing market were even stronger than I had previously heard. Lenore was a pleasure to work with because of her honesty, integrity and ability to navigate this city’s complex real estate market. Her client list and deep reach in the real estate market made selling our home a painless experience. Moreover, her ability to artfully negotiate with clients yielded significantly more profit for us than was predicated by some of the other real estate agents whom we spoke to until we formally contracted with Lenore. I certainly can recommend her without hesitation or reservation to anyone looking for a top-notch real estate professional with whom you can feel comfortable and know you are in the best hands to get top dollar from your investment.
Lenore managed to make selling my rental property an amazingly stress-free and successful process. She had great painting and staging teams to prepare the condo and excellent taste for showing it at its best. It had multiple offers and sold over the asking price in less than a week. Thank you, Lenore!
Lenore is wonderful to work with and we would not have landed in our home if it wasn't for her. She is extremely organized, efficient, and her thought process is steps beyond the rest. She puts her clients first and responds no matter the day, hour or on vacation. For as sweet a person she is, her negotiation skills are appropriately aggressive for the DC market. I was very impressed with her professionalism and wanting to do right by her clients. Lenore not only helped us purchase a home but sold our other one, all within the exact timing we needed. I would recommend Lenore to anyone in search of buying or selling a DC home.
Lenore Rubino is a true professional. When you list your home, it is natural to wonder if you will get the value you are agreeing to pay for when you sign the listing agreement. Our experience is she and her staff were well worth it. They went above and beyond what was expected. Would I recommend her? Yes. Absolutely Yes.
Lenore and her team are very responsive and have experience with marketing and selling a property quickly. Her suggestions made to prepare the house for sale were thoughtful and effective.
Within the first few minutes of meeting and talking with Lenore, you will know she is the one!!... You can trust and have total confidence!! She listens first and puts together a plan and continues to listen as you review homes. Her deep experience and knowledge combined with her responsive search plans and negotiation skills are second to none... She makes it happen for you! ... And she's fun to work with! A+++++ in my book.
We highly recommend Lenore for any real estate needs. We bought a house in Georgetown and sold our condo in Arlington with her help. She is very knowledgeable, thorough, reliable, and in general, a very nice person. She helped us navigate the real-estate market and was incredibly patient as we were figuring out what type of place and where we wanted to buy. She accommodated our hectic schedules: she or her assistant were available whenever we needed them for numerous house tours. When it came to offers and bargaining, she provided invaluable advice and steady guidance. She was always on top of the things, followed through with the documents, checking things and reminding us what needs to be done. Lenore is also a warm and caring person and forthcoming with useful information and advice even when it goes way beyond the buying/selling process per se. It was a pleasure to work with her. In sum, she went above and beyond and provided an outstanding service!
There is no way to say enough positive things about Lenore. She did so much more than any reasonable person could expect an agent to do. When there were issues, she dealt with them. When things went wrong, she found solutions. I owe a great debt to her services and her friendship.
Lenore is a patient, creative, flexible, and highly successful realtor. She undertook a painstaking study of recent sales in our neighborhood and helped us pinpoint the attributes and features of our house to highlight in order to get the price we wanted, which we got! She counseled us about staging, got bids from different companies, held open houses as well as parties for realtors, placed ads, convinced a local newspaper to write an article about our house, responded to potential clients quickly, and provided them with answers to ALL their questions, even getting a childproofing proposal in response to one potential buyer's concerns about our house. Like a good midwife or doula, she also managed tensions and differences between us (we're a married couple) about the sales process. She is one of the hardest-working agents I've ever known, but she never lets you see her sweat: always gracious and fun, but tough when she needs to be. The proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. I give her an A+.
My husband and I owned a house in Georgetown, DC, for many years, and Lenore was our agent for ten of those years after our former agent passed away. She handled the renting of our property in a very thorough and professional way. I recently lost my husband and decided to sell the property as I no longer wanted to be burdened with rental property. Since there were tenants in the house, it was a more complicated sale, and Lenore was right there with me every step of the way. I highly recommend Lenore to anyone looking for a top-notch real estate agent in the DC area.
We recently listed and sold our home with Lenore Rubino and Peggy Patshak in Frederick, MD. We had worked with Lenore twice in the past when we sold two properties in DC, in Burleith and Foggy Bottom, and had been very impressed with her knowledge, her willingness to help and her ability to see what needed to get done to showcase the house. Lenore worked with us, not just making suggestions but helping us implement them, and we felt that the service that she provided us was above and beyond what we expected. We recommend her highly! Even though the Frederick market was new to her, she worked tirelessly and made sure that the transaction was very smooth. We consider ourselves lucky to have had her help, and after our many interactions together we consider her as a good friend.
Lenore Rubino was an absolutely wonderful agent to work with. She provided constant information updating us with changes in the market, as well as practical information on how to stage and prepare our home for sale. With her advice and insights into our local market, we had multiple offers within the first 48 hours our home was on the market and an impressive offer that we accepted. Lenore was on top of the entire process, very responsive and always available and listened carefully if we had questions or concerns. I would highly recommend Lenore Rubino for anyone looking for real estate in DC or looking to sell. Without exception, she exhibited professionalism, wide experience and knowledge, patience, and grace under pressure. With Lenore's guidance we were able to have an exceptional real estate experience!
During 2016 and the early months of 2017, I engaged in three separate real estate contracts with Ms. Lenore Rubino. Each of the contracts dealt with distinct projects and required different skills and expertise. Ms. Rubino excelled in all three projects and exceeded all of my expectations.
The first sale, a condo in Dupont Circle, was to be a home for my son. Lenore had spent many hours showing us potential apartments and townhouses in different areas of town. Once we decided upon the Dupont Circle unit, Lenore was most helpful in assisting me to understand the best way to develop a contract, since the apartment had other interested potential buyers.
The second sale was the result of the need for a different living arrangement. Lenore spent hours researching possibilities and showing us many of them. When the appropriate house presented itself, Lenore moved quickly to guide us in making a successful offer.
The final project, the preparation of our house of thirty-three years in NW Washington, DC, for sale, required a tremendous amount of energy on Lenore’s part. This was a very challenging time for all concerned. I became so confident in Lenore’s advice and abilities that I concurred with all of her recommendations for renovation, staging, and strategy to prepare the house for sale. The result was most successful.
Lenore was at all times professional, pleasant, patient, kind, knowledgeable, and tireless. She is the consummate professional, and I would highly recommend Lenore for any real estate concerns.
Lenore Rubino is a professional realtor above and beyond compare. The level of service that she and her team provide is astounding. She helped us with both a D.C. sale and a Bethesda, MD, purchase. On the sale side she had fantastic recommendations about how to prepare the home. If your home needs repairs, Lenore has an extensive network of high-quality contractors that respond immediately to her calls. Lenore prices properties appropriately to attract a competitive scenario, and when the offers come in she understands how to help you manage your risks and maximize profit. Once the offer has been accepted, Lenore and her team follows up on the process to ensure the deal is completed.
On the buy side Lenore referred us to a great bank that provided excellent service. Subsequently, Lenore kept us well informed about available inventory. When we decided upon the right home to purchase, Lenore helped us design an offer that was attractive to the sellers in a competitive bidding environment. Our offer was NOT the highest dollar offer by a 6 digit margin! Only through Lenore's professional experience in crafting offers were we able to purchase our dream home.
There are many critical and challenging decisions to make when considering your real estate needs, deciding who to work with is now quite easy. Do yourself a favor, work with Lenore. We are incredibly grateful for what she was able to accomplish for our family.
I would recommend Lenore Rubino with great enthusiasm. Over the course of approximately four months, she helped me find a residence in the D.C. area. As we viewed over a dozen properties, she was an excellent listener and worked tirelessly to guide me. Without exception, she exhibited professionalism, wide experience and knowledge, patience, and grace under pressure. Real estate transactions can be a rocky road, but I barely noticed the bumps. In a gentle, down-to-earth manner, she was able to balance my needs with straight-forward assessments of what was possible, and not possible. She will get you to where you want to be, and you would do well to hire her.
Lenore gave me insightful, practical advice regarding the market and how to prepare my house for listing. Her knowledge of the Burleith market enabled us to set a price that was spot-on for the market. Our listing drew multiple offers the first weekend that it came on the market, and Lenore was even able to negotiate a rent-back provision in our contract with the purchaser. She was responsive, knowledgeable and a complete professional throughout the entire process, which was very smooth from start to finish. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to list a house for sale in DC.
Lenore represented my wife and me in the purchase of a historic home in Georgetown. The home was caught up in a number of technical issues on the sellers' side, and the process was quite complicated. Throughout the buying process, Lenore was a gem - always on the ball, helping us through every complication, and going above and beyond in every way. Besides being a talented professional, she's incredibly friendly - and we are now happy to consider her a friend. We most highly recommend Lenore Rubino to anyone looking for a Realtor in the DC area.
Lenore was recommended to me by her former colleague, who was no longer practicing, and I did not know much about Lenore before meeting with her to discuss purchasing a home in DC. But I have to say that working with Lenore was one of the best decisions out of the whole process, and I am so happy and grateful for it.
From the get-go, Lenore was easy to get along with and made me feel very comfortable. I was a little behind on the DC market and how things would play out, but she explained every required step very patiently and guided me well from beginning to end. When visiting properties, she would give her honest opinions and offered sharp insight that I would overlook. She wanted me to be happy and respected my desires and needs - she was on my side and demonstrated distinct care and friendliness. When I zeroed in on a home that I wanted, she negotiated with the listing agent with my interest close in mind and made sure that I got a negotiation I was happy with, while still making sure I got my foot in the door. She is tough and persistent at the right times. And she is quick. When things need to move along fast (i.e., offers, addendums, agreements), she operates at all hours of the day, and I could rely on her. Another benefit to Lenore was that she has great contacts with home inspectors, roofers, etc., so I did not have to bring on external people all on my own. She has done this for a long time and works with the best of the best.
I would recommend Lenore to anyone interested in buying a beautiful home that they are completely happy with, at a price that is fair, and wants someone friendly, reliable, experienced and strong to represent them. Working with Lenore was a pleasure and she really helped me purchase a home that I am beyond happy with. I won't forget my experience working with her and I'm very grateful for it!
It is our pleasure to recommend Lenore Rubino for your real estate needs. First and foremost, Lenore knows the real estate business from all aspects (listing, selling, and renting). We enlisted Ms. Rubino's services to help us rent our townhouse as well as to navigate the hiring of a property manager. We found Lenore to be extremely professional, diligent, very knowledgeable, and approachable. She was able to answer every question along the way as well as make great recommendations that helped us to quickly secure tenants for our rental property. Lenore knows the area of Washington, DC, well, and she has a keen knowledge of what her clients can expect from perspective tenants.
Lenore is an amazing partner in the real estate "adventure" in the DC area. Always quick to respond and thorough in her guidance, she is incredibly knowledgeable about the DC market. She can envision potential in a property and has suggestions on how furniture would fit, how updates might be made, where problems may lurk. Lenore is creative, energetic, and just-plain fun to work with—we've strongly recommended to several of our friends that they work with her when looking for a house or condo.
Lenore Rubino is the best realtor I have ever worked with, and I have worked with many through the years. Lenore has helped me sell my home quickly and buy the next one. Nobody has ever worked as hard for me as Lenore! Very professional, knowledgeable, and extremely hard-working, Lenore Rubino gets results!!!
Lenore is, quite simply, the best. She found us a buyer even before our house went to market; she catered to our every need (and we were demanding clients); she was highly efficient; her wide-ranging experience showed its worth at every turn; and in personal terms she was a delight to work with. From start to finish she was professional, reassuring, and expert. I do not see how anyone could have done better. The classiest touch of all was to buy me and my wife dinner at one of the best restaurants in town when the sale was concluded. I recommend Lenore unreservedly.
Lenore has helped my husband and me to buy and sell multiples properties in the DC area starting in 2005 and going through 2015. Her professionalism and work ethic impress us every time. She knows the market cold and is very detail-oriented. She is also an incredibly hard worker and routinely sends emails late, late at night to make sure she is being responsive. For our most recent sale, we had already moved to CA, but our townhouse needed a significant remodel to make it competitive in the Glover Park neighborhood. Lenore oversaw the design and remodel of the property and did a fantastic job. We more than doubled the amount of money we put into the remodel with the final sale price. Not only is Lenore a wonderful agent, but she is also someone we consider a friend. I never doubt for a second that she is doing what is best for us. We no longer live the in area, but there is no one we would use other than Lenore if we move back, and we recommend her to all of our friends who still live in DC.
Lenore is highly knowledgeable about the workings of real estate in general and the specific issues of Washington, especially Georgetown. She is hard-working, attentive to detail and incredibly available to clients. Lenore often takes on tasks to help make the sale work that would not normally be considered her role, but does so in collaboration and makes sure they are according to one's wishes. Lastly, we were impressed with her ethics and sense of integrity. Lenore brought the sale of our home to a most positive outcome, several hundreds of thousands of dollars more than we had originally hoped for. Trust Lenore's judgment and expertise. She will surpass your expectations!