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Buky Delle
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Buky Delle
Exceptional 5.0

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Exceptional 5.0

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Offers remote services
Quartez J. says, "Buky was amazing! She was my agent for both the sale of my previous home which was a short sale, and the purchase of my current home, both in 2018. My first home purchase (Not with Buky) was in 2006. It was a 3br condo, and I paid the pre-market crash inflated price of 450K for it.. Little did I know the market would completely crash less than two years later, leaving me with a huge adjustable rate mortgage for a home that was now worth around $200K.. I had no hope in refinancing into a lower fixed rate mortgage because it was so under water. Fortunately between 2008 and 2018 I faithfully paid my mortgage on time and continued to build my credit. By the time 2018 rolled around I had went from a family of 2 (Me and my son) to a family of 5 by marriage. There was absolutely no way that it was feasible for us to remain in my small condo. What made matters worse, was that current comps suggested that if I rented it out and moved, the rent I would receive would still not cover my mortgage! Not to mention a pending balloon payment I had upcoming. I honestly felt like I had no options, and my situation really began to take a negative toll on me. In comes Buky. After explaining my situation she was able to tell me that I actually did in fact have options. She thoroughly explained all of my options, as well as the pros and cons of each. She was very up front and knowledgeable about every facet of the processes involved with both buying and selling homes in a variety of situations (including short sales). She didn't sugar coat anything, but assured me that no matter what, she would be there and guide me through every step of the way. That couldn't have been more true. Buky successfully helped me not only find and purchase the perfect new home for myself and my family, but also helped me short sale my original home. The short selling process has to be one of the most difficult and stressful experience's ever that I would never wish on anyone. Both for the seller and the agent.. She handled it with such grace, poise, and professionalism. There were many times during the process when I was at the point of struggling to hold it together emotionally, and she was always there to provide reassurance and advice that everything would be ok. I think one of her biggest strengths in addition to her overall knowledge of real estate and attention to detail, is her resourcefulness and her professional network. She literally referred or provided every resource we needed for both the sale and purchase from cleaning people, to short sale negotiators, to photographers for my listing, to home inspectors, to the lender/loan officer! I really just can't put into words how really thankful we are for everything that she did. My family would not be where we are today without her and I will always appreciate her and everything she did for us. She really is just an amazing person in general. I would definitely refer and work with her again."See more
Avatar for Lisa Plushnick Remax Realty Group
Avatar for Lisa Plushnick Remax Realty Group
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Lisa Plushnick Remax Realty Group
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Lisa Plushnick Remax Realty Group
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Lisa Plushnick Ranked in top .01% of Real Estate Agents Nationwide, selling over $100+ Million in Real Estate in MD and DC. Born and raised in Montgomery County, MD. I grew up in the heart of Potomac, MD. As of now, I currently reside right outside of downtown in Bethesda. As a child, I had a fascination with numbers and the value of homes. Have always had a deep interest in design and renovations to beautify homes to look pristine. Real Estate is a profession in which you are not only a person whom people need to count on, but an individual which needs to understand the needs of each and every person. I treat all my clients as if I am their best friend and person in their corner. Making sure that every decision we make is in their best interest. Building life long relationships are something that is of utmost importance in my eyes. I love all people and feel that a friendship that last a lifetime means the world to me. I am not looking to just help a client buy or sell a home and move on. I find satisfaction in remaining in everyones life indefinitely. In the time we spend together finding/selling a home, I have footprints that remain in my heart for every client I have shared individual time with. A huge passion of mine is Investment. Even though every home is an investment, there are ways in which you can maximize the value of a home to its peak. I help make that happen with my knowledge of expertise. The small fine details make the difference in many home buying decisions. Having a plan for each client is imperative in order to get to the very best result. Whether the task is to sell a property or purchase a property, the guidelines are very much the same. We want to increase the value to receive the best price or find that needle in the haystack which outshines the rest. I work tirelessly to make sure every client has the tools to get to their final goal. I am always available and ready to take on any task given to me at any time. I find enjoyment in a Challenge and am always ready to take it on. My strategies in creating a plan that will cater to your needs is my ultimate goal. Whether looking to create monthly income or flipping homes for profit, my expertise will not disappoint. Contact me with any and all questions anytime. I am never too busy to take your call personally.See more

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

What should you look for in a real estate agent?

When you’re hiring a real estate agent you want to find a qualified pro who can negotiate the best deal for your home — whether you’re buying or selling. Reading reviews will help you weed out obvious bad operators; you want to work with someone who treats their clients with fairness and respect. That said, you also want someone who can play hardball and maximize your real estate deal. Ask for references from recent clients, and be sure to call them.

Experts encourage you to interview more than one prospective real estate agent before hiring. A home sale or home purchase is a big deal — sometimes the biggest deal in a person’s life — and you want to find an agent who will work hard for you. In today’s market, having a real estate agent who is social media savvy and has an attractive online presence is critical. Ask the agent how they plan to market your house. Review their listings, and ask yourself if they have professional photos with homes that are professionally staged. If the answer is no, they might not have the marketing savvy you’re looking for. Ask what price they would list your house at and why. Pay attention to how they communicate with you during your initial interviewing phase. Are they too busy to respond for several days? Are they clear and helpful? This information is a clue to how they’ll engage during the entire process.

What do real estate agents charge?

Real estate agents typically don’t charge a set rate to their clients, but rather earn a commission on the price of the final home sale. In traditional real estate, there is a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent. The two agents receive 5 percent to 6 percent of the final home sale price and split it evenly, meaning they each earn roughly 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the total home sale. If you are a home seller, you may have fees associated with the sale that are above and beyond the commission the agents earn. The real estate agent may have you pay marketing fees, MLS fees, early cancellation fees, or more. Always ask pricing details before signing a contract so you clearly understand your financial obligations. Here are some of the average (and common) costs that can arise when selling a home:

  • Home inspection: $200-$350 or more, depending on region.
  • Home appraisal: $250-$400 or more, depending on region.
  • Professional real estate photography: $275-$550 or more, depending on photographer, square footage of house, and special requests like sunset shots.
  • Closing costs: Often split between the seller and buyer. An average range for the buyer to pay is between 3 percent and 4 percent, with the seller paying a lower fee at 1 percent to 3 percent of the home’s price.
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