Why Work With Us?
Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about us:
We interviewed A LOT of real estate agents over a period of almost a year but when we met Cathy, she had a wealth of knowledge, had strong arguments about why we should choose her, and we decided to go with her on the spot. I should say my wife did, I thought this woman was crazy- she was talking about getting multiple offers over and over. We've bought and sold a few homes, not a lot, but a few, and we've never had a real estate agent talk about multiple offers. I couldn't understand her focus on multiple offers and I didn't until the end. We just wanted one offer, in the price range we were looking for, but within three days of the house being on the market, we had three offers, all with escalator clauses and ended up with significantly more than our asking price! And I really thought that our asking price was too high!
I'm convinced the reason our house sold so quickly and at such a good price is because we listened to Cathy's suggestions about how to make the house look great. She has a great handyman, Arlin, and I'd encourage anyone to use him. She also had great landscape people, again very reasonably priced and very quick. Everyone she recommended did outstanding work at a reasonable price, and worked quickly. We met with Cathy, she made A LOT of suggestions. We followed most, but not all of them. And the house looked so nice, we almost felt bad moving out. She staged the house in a way that my wife and I didn't particularly care for, which we told Cathy and her stagers, but they were insistent they knew what they were doing and were adamant that we let them do their thing. We weren't happy about it, but in the end we agreed. And we did make significant, but not outlandish investments to make the house look good. I balked a lot, who wants to spend money on a house you're selling. But in the end, I'm so glad we listened to her. She has her pulse on what buyer's are looking for and even if I didn't think that's what buyer's were looking for, she knew. And I'm so glad we listened!
One thing I know about myself is that I can be a really difficult person. I'd go as far as saying that I'm likely the most difficult person Cathy's ever had to work with. When I don't like or agree with something, I say so. And honestly, I didn't like a lot of Cathy's suggestions at first, I didn't want to spend money on a house we were selling, and I didn't always agree on the things that should be done. And I wasn't shy about saying so. But in the end, we listened to her (not about everything, but about most things) and we couldn't be happier with the results.
Who can argue with the results- on the market for three days! Multiple offers (as she'd kept talking about although I thought it was ridiculous)! And our house being sold for well over our list price- which, again, I thought was too high to start with.
We would recommend Cathy to anyone. We did butt heads at times (as I said I can be difficult), but one thing I know is that when I listened to her, it paid off. She knows what she's doing and I'd trust her with the sale of our house anytime. I can't think of how Cathy Poungmalai could have done any better of a job for us!
Mark and Kazuko
We found Cathy after previously listing unsuccessfully our townhome with our property manager. We quickly realized that the expertise that Cathy brings to selling a property and the resources and networks she has in the area for repairs, upgrades, connections with other agents and the included bonus of staging a home would be a great asset to getting our home sold at the market's best price. We took Cathy's advice about almost all of the improvements she suggested and the work was done quickly. Our house had multiple offers, sold above asking price and looked beautiful. We now have a wonderful family living in our previous townhome and we couldn't be happier with our experience. She is professional, has an excellent team working with her and is an expert in her field. She is positive and responsive.
Beth and Sean
Cathy and staff are the best realty company that I have ever worked with. They’re professionalism and expertise far surpass any other company that I have worked with in my 30+ years of buying and selling homes. My questions and requests were answered with precision and promptness. They made sure that every detail of selling my old home and buying my new home was effortless and did not cause any “late night sleeplessness”. If you are looking for the “complete” realtor, call Cathy and staff. I am sure that your experience with them will be as pleasant as all of mine have been.
We cannot say enough about Cathy and her team. From the beginning, we were a bit reluctant about selling our home, as it needed renovations and decluttering. With Cathy and her team’s help, we were able to sell our home in 2 days! Cathy knew exactly what renovations were needed and her contractor was very professional and his team did an excellent job on the renovations. Cathy’s team also staged our home and we know that made the world of difference when the buyers came to view our house. Throughout the process, Cathy and her team were always in communication with us. They reminded us of important dates and important actions we needed to take during the sale of our house and then when we bought our new house. If it hadn’t been for Cathy, we would probably still be sitting in our house, dreaming of being able to sell it. Cathy and her team are the best!
Kim and Ray
Cathy is a fantastic realtor and Frankly Realty is a great company. My family made a cross-country move from California to Virginia. Hoping to expedite the process and have a home waiting for us when we arrived, we contacted Cathy and Frankly Realty months before our move. Cathy listened to our requirements and quickly forwarded us a list of homes that might meet them. From that list we were able to better determine what kind of home we were looking for and what neighborhoods we wanted to consider. About three months before our move, I traveled to Virginia to meet with Cathy and look at some of the homes we'd been considering. While we weren't able to find the perfect home on that visit, we were able to nail down the type of home and neighborhood we wanted. Shortly after my return to California, a new home appeared on the Frankly MLS site. I called Cathy and asked her to preview it for us. Cathy quickly made a detailed video preview of the home and the neighborhood in which it was located. It was almost like being there in person. After viewing the video and discussing the property with Cathy, my wife and I decided that we wanted to make an offer. In the two days that the home was on the market, four other families made offers on it as well. Cathy provided us with great advice on our offering, including some flexible terms that we're sure contributed to our offer being the one the sellers accepted. We bought the house without ever seeing it in person. A number of our friends thought it was a rather risky thing to do. We, however, didn't doubt it for a minute. Cathy knew precisely the type of home we were looking for, and we had complete confidence in Cathy's advice and ability to represent our interests. We've been living in the new house for about three weeks now. It's the perfect house for us. I'd like to say I couldn't be happier, but everyday we're here I am more pleased with our home. We're grateful to Cathy and Frankly Realty for helping us find our new home.
Cathy helped us to sell our last home and did a phenomenal job! She staged the home and created beautiful brochures and a customized sign outside the house. We had multiple offers within 48 hours of putting the house on the market. I would highly recommend her services if you are looking to sell your home.
Ashley and David
We recently used Cathy on both the sale of our existing house and the purchase of our new house. Although she was great on both of these, where she really shone was on the sale of our existing house. She provided us with substantial guidance on what work needed to be done on the house to maximize our proceeds, hooked us up with a contractor, helped us oversee the contractor -- all the while respecting our budget. In addition, she owns a staging company which helped transform our house when the work was done. We ended up with multiple offers well within the time frame that we had estimated for the sale of our home. One thing I especially appreciated about Cathy was her team of assistants. Although we primarily dealt with Cathy, when necessary they were responsive and very helpful. It was clear to us all the work they were doing in the background and how good they were in helping Cathy ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish.
Leta and Eric
Great Falls, VA
Ask Cathy to be your agent - you won't regret it. Cathy is born to do what she does and is very good at it. We met her at one of the properties she was selling and were blown away by how beautiful her staging was. I think two major things that set Cathy apart from others is: 1) Her negotiation skills and 2) her staging company (which is free if you list with her!!). She has a very successful strategy for getting you the offer (or the house) that you want. I plan to recommend Cathy to anyone and everyone I know trying to sell in the Northern Virginia area. Also, I rarely ever write reviews so it takes something pretty spectacular to get me to log-on and sing praises.
Cathy did a great job of selling my house. She ensured it had the proper aesthetics and furnishings before putting it on the market. The house was so gorgeous that it sold before going to market. Cathy is smart, hardworking and professional. I highly recommend her.
We are pleased to strongly recommend Cathy to be your realtor. She and Inspired Home Design work together as a terrific team, staging your home beautifully, pricing it accurately, posting it strategically, negotiating for you honestly and aggressively, and closing the deal. It was clear from the first time we met her that she would be our strongest advocate. Cathy is the consummate professional, yet compassionately understands the personal side of staging and selling a home that is near and dear to your heart. She uses the latest technology to get your home in front of as many people as possible, plus some traditional tried and true methods to steer traffic to your home for an open house. She also uses a terrific photographer who is artistically skilled in capturing and enhancing the look and feel of your home and producing stunning brochures and flyers. We couldn¹t be happier with our experience working with Cathy and Inspired Home Design.
Steve and Kim
Falls Church, VA