Six years ago, the idea of owning my own single family home in Arlington sounded appealing. I’d grown up in the County and had always planned to put down roots there. After working long hours at the office, I dreamed of returning to my backyard oasis where I could relax while sipping my favorite beverage. However, I soon learned that spending every spare moment (or dollar) maintaining a 3BR home left me little time to enjoy it, and the dream faded. The kids grew up, moved out, and the house began to feel more like a burden than a pleasure.
I needed a plan. I knew I wanted to downsize to a friendly condominium community with options for socializing and recreating, but where? And when? If I was truly ready to kick-start my life, I needed the help of a trusted advisor and friend … someone who had my best interests at heart and would lead the charge. That journey led me to Marybeth Fraser and the team at Magnificent Manors.
I’d known Marybeth for almost 10 years – first through a neighborhood book club and later through the world of Government contracting. We quickly realized we shared much in common and developed a great rapport. Marybeth had recently joined Keller Williams Realty, a firm I’d had good experiences with in the past. There was no doubt in my mind that together, we could pull this off.
Initially, we agreed to tour neighborhoods to see which one would best suit my needs. I knew it might take time to find the right home. As a creative problem-solver, Marybeth was already steps ahead. She reasoned that if we wanted to make an offer quickly, she would connect me with Stephanie Pankewicz of Accents to Accents, a professional organizer who could swiftly pack and sell or otherwise dispose of many possessions. While several mortgage lenders I contacted were reluctant to assist with an offer based on non-contingent financing, Marybeth recommended Matthew Borgerson, a mortgage lender at First Home Mortgage, who gladly agreed to work with us, knowing full well that my house might not sell within the 30 days required under the condo contract. Marybeth and her team committed to do everything in their power to sell my house as fast as possible.
To my disbelief, I was pre-approved for a 30-year fixed loan at a competitive rate and my house sold in less than a week – above list price! I attribute this success to Marybeth’s uncanny ability to stage and showcase our house. Within one day of listing, Marybeth held a brokers’ open attended by nearly 40 agents from the Northern Virginia area. That same week, Marybeth and her staff produced a stand-out MLS listing and brochure designed to attract the right buyers. The brochure included all major updates to the house and a list of local attractions and amenities.
Marybeth possesses all the important qualities needed to be a successful real estate broker. First, she is a self-motivated entrepreneur. She has an expressed desire to control her own professional destiny and an uncanny ability to ensure her clients to share that same sense of control and confidence. Second, she knows that honesty, integrity, and transparency are keys to maintaining a reputation beyond reproach. She has a strong work ethic and the tenacity to pursue every possible lead. Her love of homes and passion to serve others shines through every interaction. Third, Marybeth embodies attention to detail. She is attentive to her clients’ needs, communicates well, and keeps her clients, managers, and other agents apprised of important changes. Fourth, she understands the local housing market and selects a pricing strategy that will generate top dollar for each client. She has a large network of contacts including other real estate agents and brokers, potential buyers and sellers, appraisers, home inspectors, and loan officers to assist her in accomplishing this goal. Lastly, she stays up-to-date on the latest topics in real estate to allow her to service her clients effectively. She is a life-long doer and learner with boundless energy.
Coming from a family of real estate agents, I thought I’d seen the best in real estate … until I met Marybeth Fraser and the team at Magnificent Manors. I’d gladly and wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking to buy or sell their home. You won’t be disappointed!
Karen Schroeder | Alexandria, VA
Without a doubt, Marybeth Fraser is the best Realtor I have ever worked with in over thirty years of buying and selling a half-dozen homes during my military and government careers. She held more open houses, had a better plan, and was a firm negotiator. No doubt, Marybeth got us top dollar with minimum issues. I give her my strongest personal recommendation to sell your home. Feel free to call me if needed.
Scott Bernard | Falls Church, VA
Marybeth was the best real estate agent we had ever experienced. She assisted us with minor renovations to enhance the property and boost the sales value, and quickly sold my house with an enormous return on my investment. She is reliable, efficient, and experienced. We trust her and are confident in her knowledge of the housing market. We highly recommend Marybeth as your real estate agent. She is the best in the area. Thanks to Marybeth for her superb job selling my home in Arlington.
Jeffrey Nelson | Arlington, VA
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Marybeth Fraser throughout our lengthy home-buying process. Marybeth’s previous corporate experience is rare and what sets her apart from so many others is a frank, quantitative approach toward buying and selling real estate which makes sense. A consummate professional, Marybeth never skipped a beat despite the challenges that arose throughout our process. While not first time buyers, we were less experienced than some, and Marybeth educated us towards becoming savvy buyers and also worked patiently throughout our learning process. Marybeth made that all the easier with her friendly, collected and patient personality to which even our skittish one year old quickly became comfortable enough to be held. We will entrust Marybeth to assist us with every future real estate transaction.
Dan | Sterling, VA
My husband and I just had the pleasure of selling our home through Marybeth Fraser. She is awesome. I had not known Marybeth before we took her on as our realtor. I have worked in real estate in the past and have seen some outstanding agents. In my experience, Marybeth Fraser exceeds them all. She is a dedicated professional, who kept our interests as her main objective while applying all her knowledge and experience to make our beautiful home sell in just 3 days. Marybeth researched and studied our particular geographical area in great depth and priced our home at the perfect market price.
She presented a detailed written plan for us to review and approve, guided us with things we needed to do, kept us informed with every detail daily if not hourly when necessary, and even rolled up her sleeves and helped lift and move boxes. She staged the home beautifully, as she is a certified stager, had the best photographer taking magnificent professional pictures, had a host of contractors to do repair work that needed to be done quickly and to perfection, worked late on our behalf and is a delight to be around. Marybeth is honest and trustworthy and most of all cares for her clients. What you see is what you get. She is a caring, honest and a true professional. Through this process, I’ve gained a friend for life. You will not go wrong if you choose to select Marybeth Fraser as your realtor.
Diane Valcourt | Woodbridge, VA
Diane and I wanted to express our most sincere appreciation and gratitude for your incredible effort to help us sell our home. Your meticulous market research, upfront coaching, and personal touch to help us effectively stage our home produced results. You sold our home in just 3 days!
After some 24 moves over our military career we have experienced the full spectrum of real estate dealings. You genuinely earned our complete trust and confidence from moment one. We highly recommend and endorse you to our friends and neighbors. You are “simply the best”!
Lieutenant General (Ret) David Valcourt | Woodbridge, VA
Marybeth Fraser was our home selling hero! She worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to listing to make sure our house was in tip-top shape and ready for this fast-moving market. From staging, to cleaning, and supervising repair work: Marybeth was with us, every step of the way. We also benefited from her amazing marketing materials, well-attended open houses, and ad placement in local newspapers. Within days of listing we had multiple offers, but Marybeth wisely encouraged us to wait and negotiate the right deal (a rare quality in realtors). We took her advice and several weeks later, settled with buyers who offered significantly more than we expected. The whole process ran smoothly and efficiently. If you’re looking for a realtor with years of business experience, pricing savvy, and marketing strategy, look no further than Marybeth Fraser!
Kate Summers and Mike Rupert | Arlington, VA
Marybeth helped me buy my first home and I could not have hoped for better support. Happy to see she is so well reviewed because she truly is an exceptional real estate agent… and best of all, person. What I like about her is that you can tell she is so good at what she does, she knows her stuff, what questions to ask, what things to look for, what to anticipate in the future. I always felt that I was in good hands because she kept me one step ahead of the game and well informed. But at the same time she is so personable and really listens to what you want and what your priorities are. I never felt like I was a number to her, or that she was just doing her job, she took the time to explain everything to me so that I felt empowered to make well-informed decisions. I truly feel lucky to have had Marybeth’s support through this process.
Renie Joie | Arlington, VA
Working with Marybeth was an absolute dream. As first-time home buyers, we were very nervous about going through the process for the first time. Marybeth kept us on track with every deadline, reviewed our contracts with a fine toothed comb and was instrumental during walkthroughs. There were so many things we never would have noticed, or thought to ask about, but Marybeth was always there, ready to hop in a crawlspace if necessary! We have recommended Marybeth to friends, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a home – first purchase or otherwise.
Katie and Maxwell | Arlington, VA
Working with Marybeth Fraser of Magnificent Manors, in selling my home in Arlington, was not only a great pleasure, but also a huge learning experience for me. Incidentally, I felt I was learning from the best. Marybeth was there with me every step of the way, from her beautiful staging of my home, to her very thoughtful open houses and all the way through closing. Marybeth always kept me in the loop at every step. During a very rare and potentially deal busting problem that arose through the title search, Marybeth’s experience and professionalism was very apparent, as she solved the issue and still got me to closing on time. Originally, I was a FOR SALE BY OWNER fan. After working with Marybeth, and seeing what a true professional brings to the table, and watching her negotiate the difficult course of selling a home, I am now a MARYBETH FRASER fan, and would not hesitate to call her again in the future.
Matthew Lemons | Arlington, VA
Marybeth is a real professional. Very experienced. Thoughtful. Great listening skills. Knows the market and works very quickly to address any issue or opportunity. We have bought 9 homes over the years and no other realtor comes close to her advice and support.
Brad Thomas | Connecticut
Marietta spent a good amount of time taking us to many places that fit our profile until we found one that was just right! She always had a smile on her face and a kind word. She made many suggestions as we went along on our house hunting journey and was very patient with us in our decision making. Fun to work with and a sincere person!”
Rick & Jane Dimsey, Buyers | Falls Church, VA
Marietta did a great job and provided excellent customer service. Please feel free to use my name as a reference.
Marie Myint, Seller | Arlington, VA
Marietta, I want to thank you so much for our discussion on Sunday. I am very impressed with your work. Should I have anyone inquire, I will definitely mention your name.
Hazel Scalia, Seller | Alexandria, VA
Marietta, you are amazing! Thank you for the welcome gift at the condo. I had my brother-in-law come over, he loved the place! Can’t wait for some changes and for having you over to see the difference.
Natasha Thomas, Buyer | Arlington, VA
Ms. Jemison, Thank you very much for all your efforts on our behalf in selling our Alexandria home.
Alois & Agnes Jokl, Sellers | Alexandria, VA
Dear Marietta, Words cannot describe how much your hard work, dedication, and compassion has meant to us. You truly have gone above and beyond to help us in our time of need. You lifted a huge burden from us. Thank you!!
Gail & William Lines, Sellers | Portland, ME