What Colleen's Clients are saying:
Colleen is a fabulous agent. She helped us get ready for the sale, going out of her way to expedite the renovations required for a full value sale and organizing the staging to show the home to its full potential. We received our asking price in the first week. She clearly knows the old town market, replied fully and helpfully to every question and handled a minor delay in closing with expertise and diplomacy. Five stars without question.
- Claude Stansbury
August 25, 2014
Colleen is the best (not an exaggeration) real estate advisor we've ever come across. She is very knowledgeable about the local market, very patient, a great listener, very smart, and one of the most driven/focused people we've ever met. Anyone looking to purchase or sell a home would be lucky to have the opportunity to work with Colleen!
- Nickolay Bochilo
August 9, 2014
Colleen is extremely knowledgeable and knows the local market inside and out. She is smart, attentive, and patient. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell!
- Cari Steiner
August 10, 2014
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity “There are a lot of qualified real estate agents out there. But Colleen Coopersmith is much more. She had a deep understanding of the local and regional market and the underlying financial trends that have an impact on those markets. And perhaps just as importantly, she is a walking welcome wagon, who makes her Rolodex available to clients, whether it is for home repairs, making introductions to neighbors, or babysitter recommendations. There is no problem too small -- or too big -- for her to handle.
- Catherine Collins
January 30, 2013
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert “Colleen has an intimate familiarity with almost all historical homes in Old Town Alexandria where she has lived for almost 20 years. She is very close to the community and well known within it. She has raised her children there and has extensive knowledge of everything the area offers in terms of education, recreation, cultural events, history, and social opportunities. She is also a licensed interior decorator and has the perfect eye for elements of staging homes and renovating them stylishly. An extremely hard worker, she is completely dependable in meeting all her professional commitments, friendly, and is very well respected by other agents with whom she has constant interaction about the market. Although Old Town is a natural area of emphasis for her, she is equally at ease in the Belle Haven, the West End, and Rosemont communities of Alexandria as well as North Arlington. For anyone looking for real estate advice relative to buying or selling a home in these communities, Colleen would be an excellent choice as either a seller's or buyer's agent. She has personally sold me two homes in Old Town and has given invaluable advice and assistance in both transactions, which were conducted smoothly and efficiently by her in all respects.
- Jim Cottrell
January 31, 2013
We interviewed five prospective agents for selling our home and were immediately impressed by Colleen Coopersmith. Whereas the others treated our home as if it was a standard model no different from others in the neighborhood, Colleen recognized that it was on a choice lot with exterior and interior upgrades that made it distinct. Together with Margaret Benghauser, she conducted a detailed market comparison and recommended a listing price, which a buyer offered on the first day that our home was on the market. Amazingly, the time between our selection of Margaret and Colleen to represent us and the receipt of this full price offer was just one month, which included the holidays.
Their marketing strategy centered upon the relationship among the upgraded interior, unique landscaping features, and the woods backing the house, and emphasized a serene, relaxing setting. This was visually captured in stunning interior and exterior photos supported by a narrative capturing the features that we believe give our home a unique personality. Colleen and Margaret provided sound advice for, and assisted with, home staging preparations that created a warm, welcoming environment that virtually all of the nearly sixty visitors at the open house highly praised. Because of their direct participation, the preparations for staging were simple, short, and inexpensive. What we most appreciated was their hard work, attention to important details, and continuous personal involvement at each step of the process. They kept us fully aware of the competition and precisely timed the placement of our home on the market, achieving maximum sales advantage to us. Colleen and Margaret made multipe visits to our home to advise on options for staging, to monitor the progress of painting and the placement of furniture and furnishings, and to ensure that the photographer captured the unique features of our home. In addition, they were in continuous communication with us, demonstrating a tremendous sense of commitment to selling our home at the best price and with the least complication.
Their responses to our questions were nearly instantaneous. We knew that they were working hard on our behalf and felt completely at ease entrusting them with the sale of the home where we have happily lived for over 23 years. We recommend them without hesitation and feel very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of their customer commitment, work ethic, and sound judgment. They were completely professional, yet the their warm personalities and sense of humor made working with them a true pleasure. You can do no better than chosing Colleen Coopersmith and Margaret Benghauser — a superb team.
- Jeff Subko and Margot Gee, Alexandria, Virginia
January 14, 2013
I watched in awe as Colleen Coopersmith and Margaret Benghauser, two McEnearney agents who work as a team, rearranged my furniture, re-hung artwork, brought in accessories, and directed the clean out and organization of every closet in the house. Both women have a background in design, their taste is impeccable, and their standards for my house are much higher than my own! Part coaches, part construction workers, and part interior designers, these women have transformed my home. I feel like I’ve lived through an episode of HGTV and my house has evolved from “pretty good” into the kind of house I would like to buy! It was a slight bruise to my ego to learn that my furniture placement was all wrong and the paint color I had painstaking selected for the powder room was unacceptable. I thought the quilts and expensive bedding in our master bedroom were gorgeous but apparently they didn’t match the bedroom furniture and paint at all. Who knew?
There is now a whole new set of linens that have been approved by the realtors, otherwise known as “the bosses of me.” My husband had to take some things on the chin as well; the entertainment stand he has steadfastly refused to replace for years is no more. The dining room light fixture I’ve been complaining about since we moved in has been replaced with something new and fresh and absolutely perfect for the space. Best of all, the granite countertops that have been on my wish list for the next house are now taking up residence in my kitchen! Of course, there’s not much else in the kitchen besides those lovely countertops since functional items are not on the approved list of décor. Yesterday my sweet five year old said, “I really want to draw a picture, but there’s no paper in the house.”
We are practicing the art of simple (or some might call it austere) living until our home sells. Until then, we will be dining out often and trying to remember why we are moving.
- Tara Maglio
March 1, 2012
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity “Colleen is a super-woman realtor, who both sold our home for over asking price AND found us the perfect new home. She gave us all the right advice on how to get our home staged and ready for listing and then gave us insightful guidance through all of the steps to closure. If, or when, we are ready to sell or buy again, we will definitely call Colleen!
- Sheri Bango Cavaney
January 30, 2013
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity “Colleen did a great job in selling my Condo in a difficult time. She was a real partner and helped us navigate some difficult waters. She is a great agent and would be happy to engage her again
- Marty Pozesky
January 31, 2013
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, On Time “If you are looking for a property in Old Town Alexandria, Colleen is your agent!
- Tracy Ward
January 30, 2013
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity “Colleen is a consummate professional. She was the agent on the purchase of our home in Virginia. She spent hours showing us properties, emailing attractive listings as quickly as they came on the market so each visit was productive. However, she best demonstrated her expertise by helping push our agent on the sale of our home in New York. Best of all, she was truly fun to work with!
- Joan Porter
January 30, 2013
My wife and I met Colleen during an open house in Alexandria and were highly impressed with her professionalism, knowledge of the Northern Virginia region and her dedication to supporting her clients. Since then we have worked with Colleen to sell one home and most recently to purchase our primary residence. Buying or selling a home is often one of the largest investments we’ll make during our lifetime. Having Colleen on our side has provided us the confidence that we’re being well represented and allowed us to thoroughly enjoyed the process." Service Category: Real Estate Agent Year first hired: 2010 (hired more than once) Top Qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity
- Steve Padgett
January 30, 2013