We just worked with Shaun to buy our first home - a townhouse in Alexandria - and the process could not have been any smoother or ended with any better of a result.
We decided to work with Shaun after randomly meeting him as the seller's agent at an open house, and he quickly stood out from just about every other agent we had come across up to that point. He is a genuine, nice, and honest guy, which matters a lot when you're working with someone on buying/selling a home, but what matters even more is how responsive, knowledgeable, and experienced he is.
Shaun knows a lot about a lot when it comes to real estate in this area, and he can also find you real-time information or schedule viewings a lot faster than most of the other agents out there because of how he embraces technology. Shaun was able to get us a viewing on our end unit townhouse the same day it was listed and get our offer in before the open house was scheduled that weekend. And I don't want to give away all his tips and tricks, but Shaun is also a savvy negotiator - he helped us win over 2 competing offers without having to raise our offer price.
He is extremely well-connected with all of the best people you could need throughout the process, especially if you're new to all of it like we were. Every one of his recommendations, from mortgage broker to home inspector, has exceeded our expectations and been just as easy to work with as Shaun was.
Shaun worked really hard for us, even fought for what we wanted, responded quickly with useful, helpful information that helped us hone our search, gave us honest, trustworthy advice, and helped us get what we and he felt was the best deal on a home we love. And, on top of all that, he actually made working with a real estate agent and buying a first home enjoyable. - Doug and Christina
Simply put, Shaun is as good as they come. Shaun just helped us complete both the sale of our previous home, and the purchase of another. He has my whole-hearted recommendation for anyone looking to buy or sell. There are more reasons for this than I can really list here, but let me focus on just a few of them.
Personal Attention - From day one, Shaun's main focus was learning about our specific needs and what we needed to accomplish through this move. He understood that our situation was unique and was completely focused on helping us get into a place that would be right for our family. In the past, I've experienced agents who are more interested in expressing their opinion than in learning the unique needs of their clients. Not Shaun. He was willing to think outside the box with us, and as a result we are literally on cloud nine in our new home.
Negotiating Skills - Shaun was not intimidated by the fact that we did not have much financial wiggle room. We were looking to make a lateral move price-wise into a more family-friendly location, and every dollar was important in making that possible. Shaun's knowledge of the market and strong negotiating skills were essential in maximizing every dollar and making what seemed impossible a reality.
Marketing - Because of our own set of unique circumstances, we were looking to complete both the sale of our home and the purchase of the next home in a very short period of time. Shaun was extremely helpful in guiding us through a a strategy to accomplish this...from prepping our home, to listing it, to shopping for the next home. Because of his guidance, our home sold the first weekend it was listed, and we closed on our new place very shortly after. In a span of a couple months, we went from talking about listing one place to fully moved into the next. Truly remarkable.
Unselfish - This overlaps a bit with the first paragraph, but throughout the entire process of both transactions, Shaun regularly considered only our best interests, and never his own. There were numerous occasions where he could have easily guided us toward an easier, quicker, or more lucrative outcome. Shaun never did that. He always focused on keeping us aimed at what would work best for our family, and what would help keep us financially secure. Of all the good things I could say about Shaun, this one is probably the most important. He is truly your advocate in the home-selling/buying process. It's fairly easy to find an agent skilled in the mechanics of a real estate transaction. It's not so easy to find one interested in being your advocate first and foremost. Shaun is both.
To sum it up, I'll be using Shaun for any future real estate needs in this area, and you should too. He's the best. - Than
WE WOULD GIVE HIM 10 STARS IF WE COULD!
I'm sure there are a lot of good realtors out there..... BUT, if you want the one that goes above and beyond the call of duty, who is responsive, timely, makes you feel like you're his only client..... who listens and brings you back to your priorities over and over again, who won't let you settle, who wants to see you and your family in the right house, in the right community, and knows how to take the stress out the process.......only Shaun Murphy will do!!!
We found Shaun on line and gave him a call back in May. We hadn't listed our home, but were considering it, and just wanted to see what was available in the Alexandria area. Shaun gave us an entire day as we researched the market, even though we weren't seriously looking. Our confidence in him was immediate, he knows his business, the areas, the market. Two weeks later we were on the market and house hunting for real, but our wish list was long, our budget limited, and our dreams too big to settle. As the process went on week after week, house after house, my enthusiasm dwindled. Was there nothing we could afford that work? Shaun assured us there was, to give it time, not to settle. And that one single point about Shaun is so important. There were times when he could have influenced us to purchase a house was "good enough". Instead, this honest and amazing man would say "this isn't the house for you, you won't be happy here. Be patient, it will happen."
And it did. Boy did it!
After over 30 houses and what seemed like hundreds of hours searching on the internet we got the call. Shaun found a house he was excited for us to see! We were one of 3 bids, but with Shaun as our representative we won! We closed on that house 2 weeks ago in a seamless and painless process.
House hunting wasn't easy for us, we'd settled once before and didn't want to make the same mistake. Shaun helped us fine tune our needs and separate them from our wants, and still we got most all of them. All of the important items for sure!!! We weren't the easiest clients, and yet he was always patient, supportive and kind. If we emailed late at night, three minutes later he'd respond. He's tireless. He was our champion, and we felt truly blessed to have him guide us through the process.
We highly recommend Shaun Murphy.
- Maureen and Jon
Straight up: Shaun Murphy is that good. My husband and I have bought and sold a few homes in NoVa over the past 20+ years and have had some very solid, knowledgeable and skilled agents help us on both the buy and sell sides. Shaun is one of the very best agents we have ever worked with because he brings both integrity and street smarts to his real estate dealings. The metro DC market is very competitive and fast-paced, and Shaun helped us by providing extensive knowledge of area neighborhoods, a calm and positive attitude, and excellent advice on pricing. We went through two rounds of negotiations on two different homes before settling on a third, which ended up with some structural issues that needed to be resolved. He steered us through all of the paperwork, and acted on our behalf as a skilled negotiator and advocate. We love our new home! And would recommend Shaun Murphy to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home in the metro DC area. - Monica
Second time clients of Shaun's this time as sellers agent. He exceeded all expectation, he did a wonderful job marketing the home we had showings for four days straight after listing and culminated in multiple offers and us getting more than list price. Shaun is the realtor you want if you are selling or buying he will put his full effort in to making sure you are happy. Would use Shaun again if we had not moved out of state. Thank you Shaun! - Rhett and Nicole