" Leslie exceeded our expectations! She was thorough and responsive. "
– James Sefcik
" Leslie is an absolute delight to work with! She's right for all phases of the buying process: she's patient when you want to window-shop, informative when you're gathering data and moves swiftly when its time to put in a bid. We relied on her insight on the investment aspects of home-buying and her eye for the potential of a fixer-upper -- if that's what you're looking for, Leslie is the PERFECT agent! And if you're in a bidding war of any kind, Leslie is the realtor you want to have on your side. We won on the first house we put an offer on due to her insider knowledge on how to set yourself up to be the most attractive buyer in a pack."
– Saleha and Faisal Mohsin
" Leslie helped us purchase our first home. She is highly professional, very talented and knowledgeable in finding and showing homes with our time schedules in mind. She clearly understood our budget, our must haves and location preferences.
Since this was our first home buying experience. Leslie took the time to sit down with us and walk us through each step. She went through every document, page by page to help us fully understand what we were signing and why.
Leslie, not only met us at every open house but she also showed us houses privately and drove us around to get to know the neighborhood. Leslie went above and beyond and we truly could not be happier with our experience and our first home.
We 100% will use Leslie in the future for any other purchasing needs and we would recommend Leslie to any home buyer that wants an experience like no other and to feel completely satisfied with the end result of owning your new home.
– Christina Cronin and Zack Castenada
" We've worked with Leslie twice to list our home for lease. Each time she has been extremely accessible, attentive to our needs and has provided sound advice on pricing. As remote owners, we have full confidence in her ability to represent us when showing the house and dealing with prospective tenants, including one "non-standard" tenant -- a foreign embassy. This tenant was much more demanding than typical: they required an inspection and then also had a decorator come to take measurements for furnishing the home. During this process Leslie was great to serve as our liaison with all of the different entities involved.
She has also advised us on contractors whenever an issue has come up related to maintenance or repairs, and she adds a keen design eye (for example, when painting a room) to ensure the home looks its best.
We also find it especially helpful that Leslie is our neighbor:she has a vested interest in a good buyer or tenant! Her long time as a resident of the neighborhood is another asset, as she knows the area down to the block level. This is very helpful for a prospective buyer or renter, particularly if they are unfamiliar with the neighborhood.
– Jim Sefcik and Tammi Schroeder
" I highly recommend Leslie as both a buyer and seller's agent. I have had the pleasure of working with her in both capacities. Leslie and I scoured NE Washington DC for months searching for affordable housing no further than a 15 minute bicycle ride to Union Station. Leslie helped me locate, negotiate and close on a house in Ivy City in 2012 that had multiple offers and was below my budget. When circumstances changed in 2016 and I needed to sell my house, Leslie, with her keen eye for interior design (my girlfriend wanted to take the house off the market when Leslie staged it like a magazine cover with things we already owned), wonderful marketing and perfect pricing and timing sold my home in a week (at more than double what we bought it for). Leslie has always put my best interests first, treated me like family and gave me a free education on buying and selling along the way. Leslie knows what it takes to buy and sell in the very competitive Washington DC market. I look forward to working with her again soon."
– Michael S. Johnson
" Leslie was great to work with - from our initial meeting to the final closing of the sale. I was moving away from the area and wanted someone who could take care of all the details in my absence. She was always attentive and easy to reach - email, phone, text - even with a three hour time difference. She accommodated my schedule and made the entire process incredibly easy for me. She was honest and frank about the process and what I could expect. She answered my questions and always brought up the ones that I had not thought of. The entire process was transparent. She never pushed me in a direction I was not comfortable with - instead laying out the options in a pro and con manner so I could decide. I definitely would work with Leslie again and wholeheartedly recommend her services.
– Bridgitte R.
" We are so happy with the house, the neighborhood, the YARD, and our experience home shopping with you. We both feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with someone who was patient with us in learning about the market but open-minded enough to understand what exactly we were looking for. You are very good at your job and it was a pleasure working with you. Mike and I have a stronger sense of home and happiness in DC thanks to you! Thank you again, Leslie. You’re wonderful!
– Michael Johnson and Ashley Barnes
" Working with Leslie Dembinski, Dwellings By Design, in my search for a condo/coop in SW DC, and the purchase process that followed, could not have been better in any way. Leslie clearly knows the market thoroughly, was always immediately responsive, had excellent ideas, input and advice and the entire process was smooth, without any hitches and a real pleasure. She also was able to assist me with the minor renovations I wished to make, recommending an excellent, reasonable and responsible contractor to do the work.
– Elinor Bacon
" Leslie did an outstanding job in selling my Southwest D.C. studio. When we started, I was in the process of decluttering my unit and Leslie was a terrific help in determining what to keep and how to stage everything. She also was knowledgeable about paint colors and everything that was involved in preparing for sale. We put it online on a Friday at 5pm, had the open house that Sunday, and got a full price cash offer on Monday! The sale processed in the time-frame I needed without a hitch and I could not have been happier. I would recommend her highly to anyone selling a house in D.C.
– Sharon Campbell
" Leslie did an outstanding job in selling our D.C. house. I brag to everyone about her professionalism, hard work, and a successful sale in 4 days. I learned so much about all the intricacies involved with preparing a house to go on the market. She was a partner in every step of the process.
#1. Her initial walk through was thorough and honest. Leslie had a great network of handymen and stagers who were all able to work within a reasonable budget and in a very timely manner. Leslie oversaw many of these projects, which was beyond her responsibilities.
#2. The same held true for all all the necessary inspections and work needed to pass the inspections. Leslie was willing to open the house for this work at inconvenient hours.
#3. Leslie was brilliant in pricing the house. The asking price was less than I wanted, but in the long run it generated more interest in the property during the open house period. There were 4 offers for asking price which resulted in a sale far beyond asking price.
#4. Leslie took care of every little detail when it came to the closing and prepared me for the process. I feel most fortunate to have worked with such an honest realtor who is puts 100% into a sale.
I would recommend her highly to anyone buying or selling a house in D.C. "
– Joan Eliot
" Thank you so very much for your help, your guidance, your hard work and sage advice and your knowledge in helping us sell Nora’s home. From start to finish you were such a great help to me as I tried to shoulder the large charge of Executor. Your knowledge of the area and market really helped us price the home to sell. The staging was essential and marvelous and I always felt comfortable with you and how you kept all of the details in order. Whew! That day the offers came in still stuns me. Thank you again for all your help. It was a great pleasure to meet and work with you.
– Kathryn Flaherty
" I would highly recommend Leslie Dembinski for home sellers and buyers in the Washington DC area. Leslie was extraordinarily hard-working, professional, and pleasant in managing the process of preparing and presenting my Tenleytown home for sale in October 2015. I was living in Minnesota throughout the sales process, adding some significant complexity and logistical challenges. Leslie stepped up to play a leading role in recommending a number of facelift projects, and served as my representative in dealing with a small army of contractors who were in and out of the house in the weeks prior to the sale. In the end, the house was transformed into a sparkling and cozy gem. Many of my friends reported back that they were wowed by the results, and at how well the house was presented.
Beyond providing me with a game-plan and being the point person on the ground with the contractors, Leslie also prepared and implemented a thorough marketing plan for the home, ensuring that the home was highly visible through both public and professional channels, and soliciting feedback from her realtor peers to confirm her recommended pricing for the home. Another factor in Leslie’s effectiveness was the fact that she lives nearby, and so could speak from personal experience about the convenience of the location, the quality of the schools, etc.
The end results speak for themselves. I received 10 offers for the home on the first day after the open house, just one week after the home was first listed, and sold the house for a price well above my asking price to a wonderful young family who are settling in quickly, beginning the next chapter in the history of this lovely Tenleytown home.
– Chris O'Brien
" Alan and I wanted to thank you again for all your efforts in helping us secure a rental property in Georgetown. As you will recall, we were preparing for a posting to the British Embassy in Washington from London in the summer of 2007. When we visited Washington in July 2007, we had less than a week to find a suitable property. As the Embassy-recommended realtor had been completely non-responsive, we arrived in Washington with no properties scheduled to view and a growing sense of panic!
You were recommended to us, and that recommendation proved to be invaluable. You were very quick to understand our requirements, and in a short time, produced a list of suitable properties for us to view. We very much appreciated your flexibility in clearing your schedule in order to drive us around Washington, especially as we had only a few days in which to find something. We were surprised at the number of viewings you managed to squeeze into each day, as well as being very grateful for your patience as we dithered over the pros and cons of each property.
Even after we had settled on a rental property in Georgetown, you continued to work on our behalf, coordinating discussions between the owner and the Embassy to progress the legal aspects, even managing to chivvy the Embassy housing office out of their usual unhurried pace. I'm confident that without your help, we would have arrived in August and been homeless.
We continue to be very happy in the house; it is perfect for our needs and the location is fantastic. We'd be very happy for you to share this letter with potential clients, and we will continue to recommend you whole-heartedly to friends and family."
– Alan Lovell and Jo Eltzeroth
" Leslie is a pleasure to work with! She really takes the time to get to know you and figure out what you need in a house and neighborhood. She knows the area and works hard to find just the right fit. We love our new home-it's the perfect match for our family. Thank you Leslie!"
– Debbie Elliott-Taylor and Steve Taylor
" We met Leslie after we had sold our home in order to downsize. We asked her to assist us in renting a suitable condominium in Northwest Washington. Leslie spent as much time and effort for this task as if she were representing us in buying a home. She was creative, proactive,tireless and helped us greatly in finding a great condo and then negotiating the terms of our lease. Her telephone and emails were etched into our minds!
It is our pleasure to recommend Leslie without hesitation. We had used other agents many times before we met Leslie, but we only want to work with her from now on!"
– Barry and Gayle Schochet
" My wife and I found Leslie to be a complete pleasure to work with. We found her to be extremely professional, diligent and a great resource in selling our home. On countless occasions, Leslie went above and beyond the call of duty and given the current market environment, you need someone that pushes the envelope to get the job done. She will be your complete advocate and we have no hesitation in recommending Leslie for any real estate listings or sales in the Washington, DC area."
– Mike and Catherine Sahakian
" Leslie was wonderful to work with. We were in the market for a condominium with a great locale and we ended up buying in the first building she suggested we look, though she very diligently researched and showed us everything in the market in which we were searching. We have conducted many transactions in Washington D.C. over the last decade and Leslie was by far the most efficient and proactive realtor of those we dealt with. Her professionalism and pleasant demeanor are great assets and make the process as enjoyable as it can be. I would highly recommend you turn to Leslie for your D.C. area housing needs. She will get the job done, and done well! AND Our last agent certainly didn't do the things you are doing! Glad I am working with the right agent now!"
– Pamela Khinda
" Andrew and I also wanted to thank you for being so fantastic at your job. We appreciated not only your organization and thoroughness, but also your emotional support, educational sessions, and general candidness about the process. We had heard nightmares upon nightmares about the difficulties of buying a house, but honestly, you made the process painless! And, we were so grateful for your constant flexibility, willingness to meet us as much or as little as possible, and patience with our "is this all there is?" attitude. You kept a very level head and an evenness that prevented the two of us from going off the deep end when it looked like we might have to post-pone the house hunt yet another year. Honestly, we cannot thank you enough for preventing that!"
– Anna and Andrew Tush
" My wife and I are so lucky that we decided to work with Leslie on finding and purchasing our house. We moved into the area from out of state, didn't know a lot about the area, and didn't have a lot of time to find something. While other agents tried to push us towards purchasing homes that didn't fit our needs, Leslie helped us find exactly what we were looking for. However, she really took care of us when the owner of the house we were purchasing began to drag their feet. Leslie stayed on top of things and kept us up to date with every development. I would recommend that anyone who is looking for a home in the area work with Leslie. She is hands down the best!"
– Doug and Amanda Yopp
" Leslie is a thoughtful, responsive, and professional agent. She expertly guided my wife and I through the difficult process of purchasing our first home, and we could not be happier with the result. Leslie took the time to understand and discuss our preferences and worked tirelessly to find our future home. Given our busy schedules, it was a great help that she was consistently available on short notice and at odd hours. In the end, we were able to find a home in the area we hoped to live. I don't think we could have done it without Leslie, and she will be the first person I call the next time we are in the market."
– Jake and Christy Kramer
" "We heard rave reviews about Leslie from colleagues who had recently bought in DC. At the time we were living in Boston and planning our move down here. From the beginning she was extremely helpful over long-distance phone calls and quick to guide us through the competitive market that is American University Park, Chevy Chase and Bethesda. Leslie was very perceptive as to exactly what type of neighborhood, house and price range we were interested in and we always felt as if she was looking at property critically and honestly. We flew down twice to see several houses with her, and found our dream home on a quiet street in American University Park on the second visit! Within a couple of weeks we had signed a contract (with an overseas seller) and closed exactly when we wanted to. In addition to her warmth and savvy as a realtor, she has truly gone above and beyond to make sure our new home is everything we had hoped it would be! We have already recommended her highly to several friends.""
– Ainsley MacLean and Igor Helman
" “Leslie has been a great agent. We chose Leslie to be our realtor after interviewing several big name realtors in our area. She came in with her homework already done on our area and with local comps. Leslie led us through our house and talked to us about it as if she was the buyer and afterwards gave us a concise plan and suggestions for getting the most out of our house. Leslie delivered! We were under contract in 9 days!!!”"
– Kell Killian and Fleming French
" “Working with Leslie made the whole process of buying a new home seem very easy. We were 1st time home buyers and really didn't know what to expect. Leslie was not only great at listening to our personal needs and wants but was extremely flexible and understanding as those "needs and wants" changed. She quickly understood what we were looking for and was readily available at all times of day to show us properties. We highly respected her input and really appreciated her honest approach and opinion on each property. We highly recommend Leslie to anyone who is looking for an agent who is hard working, honest, and a down right nice person to work with. Thanks, Leslie! It was great working with you!”"
– Alexandra and Agustin Silvani
" “When we began working with Leslie last March, we needed to buy a house by June. Leslie had a great sense of the areas in and around Washington, D.C. and guided us efficiently. When we saw a house that fit our budget and our personalities, she helped navigate a difficult bidding process. We won the bid because of Leslie's intuition and clear thinking. Leslie is observant, honest, and smart. She will be our realtor for life!”"
– Catherine and Tom Cummings
" "Leslie really wanted us to find our perfect home. When we began to grow weary from the search, she remained optimistic and refused to let us settle or compromise. She wanted us to be truly excited about our first purchase and I believe that she was genuinely excited for us when we finally found “the one.” Leslie is a fantastic realtor - knowledgeable, aggressive, inventive and available, but she is an even better person and she has become a great friend. When you buy a house, you end up spending a whole lot of time with your realtor. We can honestly say that we enjoyed every minute of riding around the MD suburbs in Leslie’s car. Thank you so much Leslie!"
– Sunshine McBride and Jon Nee
" “We really enjoyed working with Leslie in our successful quest to purchase a brand new home. In particular, we found Leslie's insights and knowledge of the housing market in the area very helpful. During what turned out to be a very long and exhaustive housing search, Leslie always remained patient, determined, professional, accessible and provided great advice! We were particularly impressed with her assistance during a somewhat difficult closing. For anyone looking to buy a home, Leslie is a great agent with whom to work.”"
– Keith Ranta and Monique Nolan
" “Leslie quickly zeroed in on the qualities I was looking for in a neighborhood and apartment. After only two outings to view properties, she suggested a condo complex I hadn't heard of before. I knew the minute she unlocked the door that I wanted this to be my home. I don't know that I ever would have even known about this corner of the neighborhood if it weren't for Leslie's knowledge of the area and her thoughtful consideration about my likes and dislikes.
Leslie is patient and dedicated. (She is also very funny and good natured, which makes the house-hunting process an enjoyable one.) As a first-time buyer and as someone purchasing a place on my own, I was in unfamiliar territory. Leslie walked me through each step, providing guidance, explanations and reassurance along the way. I speak from experience when I say she is tenacious in her pursuit of the best deal for her client -- she got me an even better deal than I'd hope for.
Leslie made the process of buying my first place as calm and straight-forward as it could possibly be. I truly appreciate the fact that I was buying a one-bedroom condo and Leslie gave me all the time and attention one would expect when buying a seven-figure home.
In short, I've recommended Leslie to every friend in the area who is looking for a new home. Leslie did such a fantastic job finding the ideal condo for me that I can't imagine moving, but, if that day comes, I have no doubt that Leslie is the person I'd call.”
– Suzanne Presto
" “Leslie is a consummate professional. She is extremely hard working, honest and forthcoming with information. Her experience and knowledge about the real estate market is invaluable to both buyers and sellers. As our listing agent, Leslie did a fantastic job marketing our home and keeping us informed every step of the way. Because we were out of town and it was an estate sale, we really counted on Leslie for local information about clearing out the house, preparing it for sale and then providing local comparable information for pricing purposes. In a down market, we were under contract quickly at a good price. From listing to closing, we knew were in very capable hands. We would highly recommend her to anyone who has a home to sell.”"
– Tracy Shea
" “Working with Leslie Dembinski was exceptional. Thanks to her, buying my first home was a wonderful experience. From beginning to end, she made the process accessible and, even, fun. After learning what I was looking for, she wasted no time finding places that met my criteria and fit my budget. She is an invaluable resource for anyone trying to navigate the home-buying practices of DC-MD-VA. I found her to be the epitome of a professional with excellent attention to detail.It is clear that Leslie really cares about her clients and ensuring that they find a home they love...and still love years later!”"
– Melissa Joseph