Marcie Sandalow has been selling houses since 1999, though her immersion in the world of real estate goes back a lot longer. Her mother was an agent, and in fact, co-owned Chambers-Cross, a real estate office in the Chicago suburbs (Winnetka). After spending her post-college years on the west coast and in couple of earlier careers, Marcie (who rarely talks about the fact that she has a degree in Asian History) eventually found her way back to her real destination: real estate.
As the mother of two teenage boys, governess to Willie the Dog and the wife of a journalist, Marcie is outnumbered by strong-minded males in her personal life–her colleagues are convinced that these circumstances have further shaped her calm, down-to-earth and no-nonsense, yet often motherly approach to business.
Marcie’s area of expertise is concentrated in Bethesda/Chevy Chase, where she lives, though she is well versed in the overall DC market. She is actively involved in the community and schools, having served as membership coordinator for the East Bethesda Citizens Association, and a two-year term as PTA Co-president at Chevy Chase Elementary School. She recently served as co-vice president for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School PTSA. Marcie’s got great contacts and a wealth of information about the region.
Marcie has chronicled life and real estate happenings in her own neighborhood for several years in her popular BCCDCRealEstate blog and will continue to do so in addition to her contributions to the DCHouseSmarts website.
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Why in the world would you want to work with Marcie?
Here’s why: She’s professional, organized, will keep you in the loop on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis, and has a wonderful roster of past and present clients. She knows the schools, transportation, running trails, dog parks, restaurants, sports leagues, neighborhood clubs/pools, etc… She’s got a long list of tried and true vendors who will provide you with assistance on mortgages, inspections, home repairs, landscaping, under-ground oil tanks, mold remediation…. you name it! She can walk you forward and backward through a contract. She’s got great connections AND she’s connected.
My husband and I worked with Marcie to purchase a single family home in Bethesda. Having worked with almost a half dozen realtors in the past ten years (bought and sold two other properties), we highly recommend Marcie as a knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated professional.
Our main criterion for selecting an agent was expertise in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase market as we were looking for a house within walking distance of a Bethesda-area metro stop. Marcie did not disappoint! Her extensive knowledge of the characteristics of the various neighborhoods and the quality and value of the housing options within the neighborhoods were invaluable in setting our expectations and helping us buy the best house for us. Marcie is easy to talk to and is a good listener, which ended up being critical for us as she found us our house before it officially went on the market.
Marcie’s experience and professionalism really shine when it comes to getting from the contract to the closing. For us, the process was almost painless with Marcie. She was always on top of the deadlines and details, she negotiated title company fees on our behalf, and she took care of several items that were not her responsibility but made life easier for us (for example, arranging for the removal of the freezer left behind by the seller).
Marcie’s dedication to real estate and to her clients goes beyond the transaction at hand. She has generously shared with us many of her contacts: from hardwood flooring vendors to pediatricians. And her website and blog continue to provide us with useful information about Bethesda and the surrounding community.
Marcie has an easy-going personality and is a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend her to home buyers.
-Rosemary & John, 2011 Purchasers
I am pleased to write a review about Marcie Sandalow. I was a first time home buyer and found Marcie on the internet while I was inquiring about a property. Though I ended up not pursuing that particular listing, Marcie suggested we still meet and I could give her my wish lists for a home. She was extremely flexible and was able to show me several properties around my schedule. Being from the area, Marcie has extensive knowledge about the Washington, DC metro area, and has many great connections in financing and home repairs. Once I found the property I knew I wanted to pursue, Marcie was very diligent and thorough in making sure I got what I wanted. Not to mention, she showed me the property several times at my request so I could make sure it was perfect. I really felt that she was looking out for my best interests during and after the sell. I would recommend Marcie to anyone looking to purchase a house from a first time home buyer to a veteran.
Melanie A. (Washington, DC), 2011 Purchaser
We worked with Marcie to sell our house. We really enjoyed the experience (as much as you can enjoy selling your house). We felt well matched with her. She was easy to work with, well organized and personable. We were confident in her knowledge of our neighborhood. We agreed with the price range that she suggested and sold the house in just a few days. One of the most important factors for us in choosing someone was their integrity. Marcie has a great reputation in our neighborhood and we felt like she was following good business practices and treating us fairly. We would freely recommend her to anyone who asks.
Heather & Greg, 2010 Sellers
I have been a real estate owner and investor in the DC area for ten years. I’ve worked with several agents, but always keep coming back to Marcie. She has several qualities that make her both an excellent agent and a pleasure to work with.
First, Marcie treats your priorities as her own. This is a rare quality among real estate agents as most of them frankly are after a commission and don’t make their decisions based on the client’s needs and wants. Marcie in contrast makes important decisions (such as recommendations for offering price) based on what the client’s bottom line priorities are.
Second, Marcie is patient and has a pleasant personality. This is important because real estate transactions can often be somewhat of an emotional roller coaster and its good if someone on the team is grounded and willing to deal with the back and forth of the shopping process. Buying or selling real estate can take a long time, and it’s a real bonus to work with someone who is likable.
Third, Marcie is organized, efficient and follows through. The process of buying or selling real estate in DC often has a lot of moving parts, for example you need to draw up lists of open houses to visit, often there is a need to coordinate with four or five different individuals or organizations (buyers, sellers, agents, bankers, closing attorneys, inspectors, contractors, etc.). Marcie is also great about keeping her word. If she says something will get taken care of it, it gets taken care of. No need to monitor or follow up, she gets the job done and moves the deal forward.
Fourth, Marcie works with a good outfit. Evers and Company is a good real estate agency with a great reputation for honesty and excellent service. This is important because there are synergies that come along with working for a better company – for example you get more local knowledge about which properties have problems, which closing attorneys are to be avoided, where good deals can be found, etc. This is important for reducing the overall amount of stress in the transaction as well as maximizing your profit and minimizing your hassles.
All in all I give Marcie an A+. Give her a call, you won’t regret it.
-James H., Multiple Purchaser and Seller 1999-Present
We’re all really enjoying our new house – love the space inside and out. The boys have been tearing around the gardens in these lovely warm and light evenings. Thank you for helping to make it happen. Without your confidence that our house would sell and your good advice about finding the house we really wanted first, I don’t think we would have had the courage to do it.
-Amy B. (Bethesda buyer and seller 2012)