Client Testimonals ("The Belt Team Experience")
Client Testimonals ("The Belt Team Experience")
"My wife and I recently worked The Belt Team, and in particular with Tom Reilly and Beth Dadisman. As this was our first home purchase, we had no idea what to expect going in, but we really couldn't have had a better experience. Tom and Beth helped us every step of the way, from narrowing down our search to finding the right home to guiding us through the closing process. Tom is a Northern Virginia native and is extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhoods in the area, which helped us greatly to focus our search. We always felt like Tom and Beth were on our side--they never pushed us toward a specific house or neighborhood, but always provided honest answers to any of our questions and added value by pointing out things that we, as first time home buyers, wouldn't think about when looking at homes. We looked at a decent number of houses, and Tom and Beth were readily available whenever we asked to tour a home--we would always get a response within a few hours and they were always willing to work around our schedules to show us a house. After we found our home, Tom and the team helped us navigate the closing process--daunting for any home buyer--and prepared a checklist of all the things that needed to happen between signing the contract and closing, which was fantastic. Even after signing the contract, Tom worked with the sellers on a few issues that popped up before closing, resolving all of them in our favor and within a day. Finally, Tom attended our closing and even brought us a bottle of champagne to celebrate, which was truly a nice touch. If you're thinking of purchasing a home in the Northern Virginia area, there's really no other choice than The Belt Team." Ian & Lauren Forbes (Nov 2015)
"I know that buying and selling a house can be enormously stressful. We have used Terry Belt in two separate buying/selling transactions. We first met The Belt Team in 2006 when we sold our home and purchased a new home both in the Vienna area. Terry worked as our seller agent and a different Belt Team member acted as our buyer agent. Both agents did a great job and the transaction went extremely smoothly. Our house sold in less than a month.
In the summer of 2014 I called Terry out of the blue to look at a house with us. We told him that we believed that the home was overpriced and that we were thinking about putting in an offer significantly below asking price. Terry could have told us that we were crazy and that he wasn't interested in playing games, but he patiently went to the house with us a couple of times and waited for us to decide that it wasn't right for us. Our buying interest calmed for a bit and Terry played it cool. He called a couple of times but appreciated that we were being patient. Early in 2015 we called Terry again to look at some houses and he jumped into action. We looked at many houses and because he knew exactly what we were looking for, he called whenever he heard about something coming on the market that might be of interest. So, we were often among the first to see a home. On the flip side, when I showed interest in a property and asked to see it, we were generally in the home within an hour or two.
When landed on the home that we knew was 'the one' Terry patiently waited for us to make the decision and then immediately moved into business mode. We had a strong offer into the builder within hours and a ratified contract by midnight. We immediately set our minds on the selling side. We moved into high gear and prepared our old home to go on the market two weeks later. The Belt Team took beautiful pictures of our home, put together a seamless packet for potential buyers and used their broad system of connections to market our home. Our house went on the market Friday, February 20 and we were under contract (in the middle of a snowstorm) on Saturday, February 21. The contract was contingent on appraisal of our home which, was a bit of a gamble. Terry worked behind the scenes with the realtors and the people he had connections with in the business to give us peace of mind as we moved through the process. Every issue that came up as we moved towards closing was immediately rectified. We really were in good hands. Closing was quick and seamless.
While you cannot take the stress out of buying and selling a house, when you work with a full service team like, The Belt Team, you cannot go wrong. I sound a little bit like a commercial, but I really must say that the whole experience really went as well as it possibly could. I wish you luck as you progress through the selling process. I know that if you choose Terry and The Belt Team you will be happy. Good luck and please let me know if you have any other questions." Tina Wickham (Nov 2015)
"Going into the home purchasing process my husband and I both felt very overwhelmed trying to find a good reliable buyer’s agent to guide us through the process as first time home buyers. Given the number of realtors in the area the process of finding a good reliable agent was daunting. We lucked out in the end and were referred to the Belt Team by CU Realty. Words cannot express how lucky we both feel to have been referred to the Belt Team, most especially to Tom Reilly. We got not only a realtor but an adviser with incredible knowledge about not only the buying process but the local area. Tom also took a keen interest in our specific needs and from the get go it was very apparent that we were more than just another set of faces. He was always honest with us, and never tried to push or rush us. When we didn't get the first house we put an offer on Tom was extremely fast to get us back to looking at homes, and this is where the Belt Team really shined. Even though he was busy Tom was able to have Beth Dadisman meet with us to view a few more houses. Beth was just as knowledgeable and attentive as Tom. Once we made a decision on the second house, the process went smoothly. Tom provided great information on putting the offer in and in guiding us through the home buying process. Tom, Beth, and Patty Schuebel did an amazing job of answering all of our questions, advocating for us, and ensuring the entire process went off without a hitch. The Belt Team absolutely made the process, even as a first time buyer, seamless and smooth. I can't imagine how much harder this would have been without them. They have earned our business for life." Mary Wheeler (Oct 2015)
"I want to give my highest recommendation to Kevin Kleifges for his work in selling my house. It ws not an easy sale, as it had a pool and was listed in late summer. Every issue that rose up, Kevin was able to deal with and keep the sale alive. Patty Schuebel also helped the settlement go smoothly. Thanks to you both." Kyle Whitney (Oct 2015)
"Worked with Tom Reilly and Beth Dadisman and couldn't have been more pleased. Both were very responsive and professional and helped me become a first time home owner. From first meeting to signing all the paperwork at closing, I would highly recommend this Team." Rich Sibly (Sept 2015)
"When we decided to put our house up for sale, we looked at the "sold" signs in nearby neighborhoods as well as our own. It was obvious that The Belt Team was very successful at selling homes. We were delighted when we spoke to Kevin, a seasoned realtor at Terry Belt & The Belt Team. He quickly answered every question we had, revealing his professionalism and expertise in knowing the nuances of the housing market. Kevin displayed his experience throughout each step of the process, and his office manager Patty provided timely help during the sales process. We are very happy we chose the Belt Team and Kevin. " Frank & Pat Van Roten (July 2015)
"If you want to sell your house quickly, at the right price, and armed with an expert negotiator and advocate, you need the services of Kevin Kleifges and the Belt Team. I trust that most realtors can lead you through the pro forma processes and procedures for selling a house, but I believe that very few have the knowledge of real estate laws and practices and the wherewithal to fight for your rights and equities like Mr. Kleifges has. If you know that your real estate transaction can be handled by virtually anyone licensed to do so, any realtor will probably do. However, if you want to be prepared for any eventuality, difficulty, or challenge that may unexpectedly arise while trying to sell your house, you need the professional services of Mr. Kleifges and the Belt Team. We unhesitatingly signed with Mr. Kleifges to sell our house in northern Virginia based on the outstanding reputation and track record of the Belt Team. He proved to be the consummate real estate professional – fully knowledgeable about the marketplace, pricing, and selling techniques. The staff of the Belt Team regularly supported Mr. Kleifges and provided us with additional information and help throughout the selling process. Mr. Kleifges was always available to my wife and me and promptly answered our queries and offered guidance as appropriate. Unfortunately our buyer was ostensibly ignorant of our real estate laws, culture, and mores and tried to extort thousands of dollars from us at the closing table. On our behalf, Mr. Kleifges expertly handled this challenge – tirelessly throughout a very long day – and negotiated an acceptable settlement to both parties, which enabled my wife and me to purchase our new home in a different location on time. During the selling process, we encountered numerous unprofessional, incompetent real estate agents so we are very grateful that we enjoyed the ultimate in service from Mr. Kleifges and the Belt Team at all times." Vienna Home Seller, July 2015
"Tom and Beth were phenomenal in helping me purchase my first home. I was working on a very short timeline (less than 2 days) to see properties, and they went above and beyond to help me see as many properties as possible. I am very satisfied with my experience with the Belt Team, and will surely use them again in the future.” Kerry Tucker (July 2015)
"This past weekend we moved into our townhouse and wanted to take this opportunity to thank your team of Beth Dadisman & Tom Reilly, for the exceptional service and experience we had working with them in finding our new home in Vienna, VA. When we decided to move to this area, my wife registered with a few of the local realtors. Beth was one of the few who called quickly. A few never called back which was disheartening at first. Some who did call wanted to know if we were hoping to purchase sooner than later. We even had some referrals but they soon stopped following up since we weren’t quite ready to make a purchase. Beth persisted but with no pressure. She took time to understand our needs and then once we were ready to start looking, we met Tom. Both of them spent a good amount of time understanding what we were looking for and also gave us a detailed description of the market and the various areas which met our criteria: proximity to the metro, townhouse versus a single family home, a good neighborhood for our kids. They were also kind enough to introduce us to local lenders for our mortgage needs. Over the fall, we saw a few houses and the process began. Beth was cognizant of our needs and we fine-tuned our search as we went along. They always helped answer our questions and provided timely information. Winter was slow but your team kept in touch and in early spring, we found a house that we liked and that’s when Tom took over and helped negotiate the terms and take care of all the paperwork and there was plenty of it. Finally, we closed and both Beth and Tom were there in support. We also wanted to send a shout out to Patty Schuebel for providing a lot of the information we needed for closing. Not once did we feel pressurized to decide on a house and were consistently supported by both, Beth & Tom. They provided us the help and information we needed to make the purchase and waited until we found something that we liked and wanted. Thank you Beth & Tom for your help in helping us find a home and we look forward to working with you and the Belt Team again in the future." Swati Patwardhan and Ash Athawale (June 2015)
"As first time buyers we really appreciated that Tom Reilly respected all of our questions, no matter how elementary. If he didn't have the answer, he got it for us, ASAP. We worked with another agent earlier in our home search, and Tom was much more attentive and helpful!" Heather & Doug Roemer (June 2015)
"After interviewing several real estate agents in the area we elected to go with Tom and Beth of the Belt Team. While all of the agents we interviewed came highly recommended we felt that Tom had the best knowledge of the area and that the larger Belt Team would have more resources to provide us valuable insights in a competitive market. Tom and Beth took the time to understand our housing needs and then worked with us to identify neighborhoods in the area that fit those needs. They were proactive in identifying and previewing properties for us and were very responsive to our calls and emails throughout the entire process. They ultimately helped us to close on a house before it officially listed, thus avoiding a potential multiple offer situation. Tom artfully negotiated with the seller's agent and determined what offer would be mutually agreeable. Overall, they made a stressful process easy and straightforward. We love that we were able to find a house in our ideal neighborhood, and we highly recommend The Belt Team." Cara & Ben Libby (June 2015)
“I listed my house with Terry Belt and the sale went extremely smoothly. Terry was very knowledgeable about the local market, very easy to deal with, communicated well, and my house sold in 12 days for very close to what he thought it would. I would not hesitate to use him again if I was selling or buying another house in this area.” Jeff Hyman & Elly Bookstein, June 2015
"The Belt Team, with Kevin Kleifges guiding the sale of my home, could not have been more satisfying. His knowledge and personal experience of the local community were valuable in marketing the property. He explained every detail in the process, arranged for staging, inspections, and conducted an open house presentation. There were no surprises. Most importantly, the house was sold in a very few days at the agreed sale price. Thanks Belt Team for a job well done.” Wes Kriebel (April 2015)
"Tom Reilly was awesome! I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a buyer's agent! Everything was thoroughly explained as we went through the buying process. If an e-mail or cell phone call was sent, it was answered immediately. He truly provides a valuable service and most definitely makes the daunting process of home buying much easier." Mitch Curling (February 2015)
"Kevin and Patty rock! They've done an excellent job marketing and selling our house. We were impressed with their knowledge of market and professional skills. Many thanks to them and to the whole Belt Team for excellent service!" Inna Dubinsky (Feb 2015)
“I bought my first home with Kevin and his team several years ago and now have sold my first home with them as well. I had a great experience working with them and highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Kevin and Patty produced quick results and made me comfortable through the whole process. They were very knowledgeable and helpful the entire time. All in all, it was a very positive experience for me. ” Paul Meszaros (January 2015)
"Kevin Kleifges, Patty Schuebel, and the rest of The Belt Team were outstanding when we sold our Reston house. We were nervous about the market, but Kevin, our listing agent, was confident about the house. It sold in a few days at the price we wanted, and closing was much faster than we'd expected. Kevin recommended Victoria Stratman to do the staging, and she did a great job. She really saw the beauty and strengths of the house and emphasized them. The team put together a great brochure and were attentive and responsive throughout a very, very smooth process from listing to closing. They basically walked us through each step (we needed it) and gave us great advice on finishing touches, i.e., what was important. They made what can be an unnerving experience a comfortable and positive one. We recommend them very, very highly to anyone getting ready to sell a house." Drake & Jackie Byrum (December 2014)
"Terry and his team exceeded our expectations on every level. They made what is typically a very stressful process very smooth and painless. The Belt Team truly provides one stop shopping from listing to staging and photography; to buying and moving and even including excellent title company and lender referrals! We wouldn't change a thing and are grateful for their outstanding customer service and responsiveness." April Carroll, December 2014
“Kevin Kleifges was absolutely outstanding to work with. This was our first time looking for a home to own and he really guided and took all of our requests and preferences to heart. he made sure all of our worries were alleviated from day one and we couldn't have asked for a better agent to work with!” Ben & Lara Kaplan ( November 2014)
“Terry is extremely knowledgeable about the market and trends. He's savvy, and a great negotiator. Terry is definitely on top of his game. He's not one of the best...he IS THE BEST Realtor I've worked with and and his team is awesome and on point.” Gloria Dutch, October 2014
“I would highly recommend Terry. He recently sold our house in 9 days. He's very accessible and knowledgeable, and we really enjoyed working with him. Patty is also wonderful--very nice and quick to answer all of our questions, big or small !” Kristin Dillon, Sept 2014
"Terry and The Belt Team worked closely with our corporate relocation team and sold our home within days of listing. The listing strategy was well thought out and resulted in us actually selling above asking price and at the top end of the range we identified as target value based on relevant local comparators. Terry and the team managed a complex set of contract coordination issues between our relocation services company and the buyer, and were very attentive throughout the process. Would not hesitate to recommend Terry and the Belt team for real estate services in the Oakton area." Pat & Wendy Brown, August 2014
"Kevin and Patty were wonderful throughout the whole process. We appreciated Kevin's expertise, his straightforward manner, his accessibility, and his willingness to listen to our perspective as sellers. Patty was amazing behind the scenes, always answering any and all inquiries in a knowledgeable and timely fashion and making sure we were well-informed what to expect next in the process." Erica Wanis (August 2014)
"My husband and I had a very positive experience with the Belt Team - specifically with Kevin Kleifges, our agent. We were new to the area and did not have an agent to work with. We met numerous agents at open houses over the course of a couple of months until we met Kevin and felt that he was a great fit for us - professional, knowledgeable on the neighborhoods we were looking at and a good listener (not trying to push us into homes above our budget or not a good fit for us). He was patient and reliable throughout the entire process of finding our new home. Kevin was a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend him and the Belt Team." Jennifer Gelosa (July 2014)
"From the moment we began working with Kevin to the day we closed, he was amazingly dedicated, impressively knowledgeable and truly a pleasure to work with. He was also patient and adept at coaching us through our various thought processes, supportive of our viewpoints and delicately contributing his superior industry knowledge to the decision. We had some substantial challenges in getting the house in listing condition under extreme time pressure. He recommended resources and helped us work with those resources, which really saved the day several times. During the final stretch dealing with the buyer's proposal, he was instrumental in coming up with solutions to satisfy both parties. We sold the house quickly and for a price that we were very happy with. The Belt Team approach also was wonderful: we were fully supported when Kevin had out of town commitments and Patty was a great help with logistics." Mary Pat Denney (July 2014)
"The Belt Team, with Gail Belt and Ann Page in the lead, and Patty Schuebel and many other outstanding folks on the Belt Team in the background, performed an absolutely difficult and herculean accomplishment in closing for us the sale of a corporate office suite asset at 1801 Robert Fulton Drive in Reston Virginia this past May. Normally a property of this nature, during the real estate market at the time, might have taken much more that a year to conclude, we were told, but these marvelous ladies and their support associates accomplished the task in just over six months. The sale was part of an estate liquidation operation which had many complications. They were undaunted in their assignment. I initially contacted Gail at Keller Williams because she had served as our family real estate expert for over 20 years, and at least six successful residential and commercial transactions, much to our great mutual benefit. For this commercial requirement, however, Gail teamed with Ann Page which certainly proved to be an extremely winning combination. The difficulty in closing on this Reston property can only be appreciated by experts. They made it happen after many long, late, and overtime hours when others probably could not have done so. I cannot provide a stronger or more positive recommendation for these ladies than to propose that in my estimation they should be identified as the Magic Real Estate Team of the Year!" Bob Gadd, July 2014
"The listing was handled very well and Patty and the team made a great brochure. We were able to get advice on the 2 offers we received the first day and make a good move. They also helped us with the paperwork for our unlisted purchase of a home. Thanks!" Sally LaBonte, June 2014
"Terry Belt and his team were exceptional. From the first meeting, I recognized the expertise in knowing the area, pricing, comps, advice on what to do to get the most for our house, and true professionalism. Terry is highly knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. There is so much to do and it can be very overwhelming to the seller. Terry's team, particularly Patty, was on top of everything, keeping us informed, and moving us along in the process. On top of the fact that Terry sold our house before it even went on the market, he is a wonderful person who was a pleasure to work with." Denise & Bob Ford, June 2014
"Gail and The Belt Team did a fantastic job selling my parents home of 40 years. I work in the sales office of a home builder in the same town as my parents home. I understand the process of selling a home and as their daughter I also relate to the emotion that is involved with leaving a home of 40 years. Although I have not had the opportunity to work with Gail in a professional realm, this was a delightful experience. I did not hesitate to have The Belt Team list the home based on their stellar reputation. Unnecessary as it was professionally, I remained hands on throughout the process (as a daughter) to ensure every detail was attended. I've seen a lot of agents "wing it" on home purchases/sales. This is NOT how the Belt Team approaches real estate. The entire team is involved so calls are answered, attitudes are professional, details are clear, leaving no gaps in the process what -so -ever." Patty Hanley, June 2014
"Aime and I had lived in our home for 40 years but it was time to move on. From the time we called Gail Belt, I could not have been happier. Gail is very detailed oriented and she was very sensitive to our situation but professional and right on with her decisions. I told her from the beginning, you are the "expert" and we will go with your suggestions. Whatever she suggested, we took her advice and she listened to our needs. I wanted to have Easter without realtors going through the house. Thursday after Easter, the house went on the market. It had a lot of traffic because you can walk to Dunn Loring Metro. It not only sold in 4 days at the price Gail set but it was sold with no contingencies at $25,000 above asking price and they gave us free rent back for 30 days again at Gail's suggestion. Gail does not work alone in this process she has a great team called the "Belt Team", if Gail is not available you will hear from Patty Schuebel a very dedicated Team member and the rest of the " team" works behind the scenes. In all our sadness of leaving our home of 40 years, we are delighted that a young family with 3 small children will now occupy this lovely home. Thank you Gail and the Belt Team. You are the best "Team" ever!" Claire & Aimee Fountaine, June 2014
"My home buying experience with the Belt Team could not have been more favorable. Kevin and the rest of the staff did a great job keeping me informed throughout the process and I would definitely recommend their services to family and friends looking for a professional, dedicated and trustworthy team of real estate service providers." Pat Naher (May 2014)
"My wife and I were looking for a family house in Vienna and although we had a very precise idea of what we wanted, I am not sure we were very good at describing it. Kevin Kleifges at the Belt Team was an absolute pleasure to work him. Kevin was always in a good mood, friendly and punctual. My wife and I couldn't be happier with the service we received. Kevin found us the dream home in no time and negotiations over the couple of issues found with the new house went so smoothly thanks to Kevin's skills. We also dealt with Patty Schuebel as the Belt Team at the end of the process and she was also excellent." Fred Ulmer & Clare Plaisted (May 2014)
"Working with Gail meant working with a consummate professional. She was tireless, detailed, expert. I was an out-of-town seller, and among her standout qualities were: - Constant and thorough communication. - Knowledge of the market and our direct competition. - Instinct about buyers, their agents, their perceptions, their positions. - Superior negotiating ability. I'd also like to recognize the contributions of Patty who exhibited the attention to detail, focus, and excellent communications which are hallmarks of The Belt Team." Tom Cline May 2014
"Your aggressive, highly professional and proactive marketing approach served us very well in the sale of our former home and the purchase of our newly constructed home. We appreciate your exceptional service, your ability in networking with other agents, your advice in preparing our home for sale, and your wise counsel that served to keep momentum during a declining market."
James and Donna Andrews
"We have moved eleven times and bought or sold thirteen houses during our thirty-four year marriage. In working with Realtors, we have never worked with a better Realtor than you. Your thoroughness, follow-through and attention to detail were absolutely mind-boggling. You are without a doubt in a class by yourself. It is not hard to understand why you are so well thought of by your peers."
"The Belt Team is the A # 1 Best! You took care of every detail from the first day to the last, and you made the hurdles a skip in the park. You did all this with professional expertise, enthusiasm, can-do attitude and sensitivity. We will recommend you to anyone who wants the very best!"
Judy and Milt Sokoll
"In record time you sold our rental house, led us to settlement of our new dream home, and listed our old house for sale! The professional way that all transactions were handled really impressed me. I was impressed even more, however, by your honesty, kindness, and strong sense of values. The Belt Team is wonderful. I loved getting to work with your husband and children, Christy and Terry. It is the small touches that make your team so special. I know you have been honored with many well-deserved real estate awards. Your greatest accomplishment is the wonderful family that you and your husband have raised, and the values you are living and passing on in your work and family life."
Laura S. Armitage
"Your superb tenacity to every detail, fabulous follow-up with advice, information, and counsel in the sale of our home was phenomenal. We felt totally involved, confident and proud to have you as our team. Your attention to detail coupled with an ability to see through any problem with a solution meant so much to us."
Jolene and Joel Tornabeni
"When we began our search for a new home, we were looking for someone we could trust in every sense of the word. You far exceeded our expectations. You were always professional and represented our interests with integrity. You demonstrated a command of real estate trends and the local market; and explained complicated issues and procedures in a language we could easily understand. Lastly, you taught us patience. With your help, we found the perfect home."
Jim and Mariclaire Rourke
"We are writing you to extend our sincere appreciation and words of praise for your first-class services in buying our new home. We believed we would get first-class service from you, but what we ended up with was much, much more! We are grateful to have benefited from your expert analysis and extensive knowledge of the market. We reaped the benefits of your good old-fashioned professionalism! Your exceptional service during this very special time in our lives will be in our hearts and memories forever."
Lisa and Joseph Thomas
"The Belt Team’s unique combination of professionalism and “personal touch” made the purchase of our new home very bearable in a very high-pressure environment. Your professionalism, trustworthiness, positive outlook and thoroughness made it a pleasure to work with you. We feel The Belt Team concept works extremely well. Having purchased four houses in the last 13 years, we can say that The Belt Team provided us with the highest quality service yet."
Vic and Janis De Paola
"The feedback you’ve gotten from past customers is outstanding. You’ve definitely created a positive lasting impression on them – not surprising! I’m well aware of the professionalism and service you provide the people with whom you work. It’s such an up-beat and refreshing reminder to see their letters myself. I am proud to have The Belt Team as a cornerstone of the Stevens family of real estate."
2006 President, National
Association of Realtors
"Your service to me was superb! Your professionalism enabled me to trust in your integrity and competence; and you continued to assist me beyond the making of the sale with details that were not directly related to that sale. I feel very well served and I wish there were more people in this world who applied professionalism with the same understanding and commitment as yours."
Phoebe K. Baker