Client Testimonials

Gigi OtarMy goal is to make the process of buying, selling, or owning a home efficient, enjoyable and rewarding for you. See what my clients have said about my real estate services…References from past clients upon request.
Gigi Otar, Broker Associate, Realtor®, ABR, GRI
RE/MAX Allegiance
Cellular# (703) 863-9044

You want this agent!
She’s really fantastic! I am a first time buyer, and went through a couple other agents before a friend recommended Gigi to me. She is the “ideal agent” that the first time buyer guide books talk about. Here are some qualities I really like about Gigi:
• She’s extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and straight forward
• She’s friendly, personable and easy to talk to
• She excellent with walk-throughs and providing observations, options and considerations on potential properties
• She makes herself very available to you and is always prompt in her responses, night and day, but is not constantly bugging or pressuring you like some agents
• She listens closely to your preferences and helps you search daily for properties that meet your criteria
• You really feel like she has your best interests at heart and is as excited about finding you your perfect place as you are As a first time home buyer, I was nervous about finding a good agent and feel lucky to have found Gigi. She was exactly what I needed. She really helps make what can be a very complicated and stressful process (especially for a first-time buyer) so much easier! She asks questions that I would never think to ask, and in a go around with an almost-purchase, she was pointing out issues in the house that even the inspector did not notice, and ultimately identified a deal-breaking issue that I likely would have never caught myself. In this day and age when the burden is on the buyer to find faults, this is the kind of agent you want in your corner! She knows her stuff, is on top of things, and is not going to let you get a bad deal.
Meghan. Alexandria, 22304-2015

My family is in the real estate business in CA and so we have a lot of knowledge and know-how when it comes to selling and purchasing property. Usually we handle most sales and purchases ourselves but I recently needed to sell my home in Virginia quickly while out-of-state. After evaluating several potential real estate agents, I selected Gigi and could not have been more pleased with the results. First, she is very high energy, friendly, approachable, and instantly put me at ease. She explained the main things I needed to fix to get the house ready for sale and helped me accomplish all of them by connecting me to contractors and repair people and staging of the home. Second, she outlined a strategy to ensure I got a fair price for my home. She was straightforward about the market in my area and developed a strategy to ensure a timely sale while maximizing the sales price. Within minutes of listing the home she was showing the property and I received several offers within days of listing the home. Third, she was a take-charge agent who was able to find solutions for problems. For example, the air conditioner motor broke the day of the open house because it was constantly running with all of the people coming to see the home. She quickly turned on the ceiling fans and called a few repair people. We were able to fix the problem immediately in time for the home inspection. I could not have sold the property without her support and give her my highest recommendation.
Arya-Arlington, 22204 to California-2015

We moved here from out of state. To assist us, we wanted someone with an abundance of experience and that can get us settled as soon as possible. Gigi, is extremely efficient and knows her areas very well. All we had to do was describe her the kind of area we wanted to live in and she directed us to it. She replied to all messages as soon as she could and updated us with all new steps along the way. We are very pleased and grateful. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a professional and effective agent.
Jackie/Raymond-NYC to Woodbridge, VA-2015

Gigi was very helpful and responsive in getting us a home. She worked quickly and had a lot of suggestions and helpful tips. She is very knowledgeable about the local area.
John/Catherine McMahon-Arlington Village, 22204-Aug 2015

We met Gigi through her website when we thought we wanted to buy a condo in Georgetown, in DC. We quickly realized that the inventory was low and that the pricing was most always out of our range. Gigi introduced us to the surrounding neighborhoods, she gave us the routes we would have to take to get to work, she explained the different pros and cons, and overall did an excellent job at showing us that living right outside Georgetown, at a fraction of the price, was just as nice if not better in terms of transportation. (metro access). We will always be grateful to Gigi for her input and astute negotiation skills and we will definitely recommend her services to all our friends.
Santino, Palisades, 20007 in June 2015

I met Gigi in 2014 when I was curious about buying a town home. I was very impressed with her right off the bat (a cut above the other realtors I had dealt with) and even though I did not use her services at that time I came back to her many months later because of how enthusiastic, professional, honest, timely, and helpful she had been throughout the whole process. She is very flexible and responsive as well, which are required traits in busy markets! I highly recommend Gigi, she will help you get the result you are looking for and she cares deeply about representing her clients’ interests successfully.
Craig Blackburn, Arlington, VA 2015

Gigi helped me negotiate and purchase a new condo in Arlington from the developer, and three years later (2013), market and sell that same property for a profit–in 30 days no less!
We had some unique challenges with the transaction. Our buyers had to close the sale of their unit with a foreign buyer before we could close on my unit. After the first slip of the closing date due to problems with the lender, Gigi took the reins and made sure the sale closed! I can honestly say it was due to her persistence, expertise, and contacts in the mortgage industry. She’s top-shelf! No need to look anywhere else when you need a Real Estate Professional. I’m referring all my friends who are relocating to the DC-VA-MD area to Gigi!
SEtakis, Arlington, VA 2015

Gigi Otar helped us find our new home and we have been so happy with it. We found Ms.Otar online and were delighted with her responsiveness. She began by sitting down with us and listening carefully to our needs and wishes for our new home. The homes she pulled from the listings for us to view were spot on! This saved us a great deal of time. We were so pleased with her energy and knowledge of the market that we also asked her to sell our old home. Working with Ms. Otar was a very positive experience. She is a true professional, generous with her time and expertise, and an advocate for her clients.
Pterphan09, Alexandria, VA 2015

Gigi was wonderful to work with. She’s knowledgeable, proactive and dedicated. She was there for me in every step of the process of both selling my house and purchasing my condo. I highly recommend working with Gigi.
LizMirtin, Rockville, MD 2014

Gigi, thank you so much for a job well done! We love our new home and would love for you to stop by and see us soon! We’ll miss driving around with you looking at Georgetown’s beautiful rowhouses.
Allen and Peggy
Glover Park, DC 2012

It took a while but I am so glad I found this condo, it’s comfortable, and I love the quick walk to the waterfront. Thank you again Gigi for all your efforts.
Sue Jane Millford, DDS
Georgetown, DC 2012

Thanks Gigi – as always – for your help! My faith in you is never misplaced.
Warm wishes,
Riz, Falls Church City, VA 2012

Thanks so much, Gigi. You should see what we are doing to the condo on Grace Street we just bought. EVERYTHING has been taken up and out. Another month and I would love for you to see it. Wishing you well and thanks again for being a great agent!
Denise, Georgetown 2012

Great work Gigi, Many thanks!
Monica, Georgetown, 2011

My new home is exactly like I pictured it! THANK YOU for a job well done with this builder Gigi. I will certainly recommend you to all my friends!
Franz A. Woelenbeek, Bethesda, MD 2011

Selling my house in 6 days in this market was unbelievable, thank you again and again for all your efforts Gigi.
M. A.
Arlington, VA, 2011

I gave you a very good recommendation as someone who will be 100% on their side. I wouldn’t be here without you Gigi… I’m sticking with you as long as I’m in DC and you will always be my reference to those shopping around for a great agent!
Charles
Logan Circle, 2011

Gigi, thank you for all your hard work in finding me the best home in Washington, DC! I love my new backyard and my dog Lucy is just as excited when we both sit and watch the sunset. Your patience and expertise were unmatched!
Michelle Rahmoudy
Capitol Hill, 2010

My wife and I just relocated from Afghanistan and Gigi was instrumental in narrowing down properties online for us. I would recommend her services to anyone in the same situation. Purchasing property from a distance is no easy task, but Gigi worked tirelessly and made it really easy for us. We will definitely call her up again soon when we are ready to buy our investment property!
Robert & Anita Sparks
Arlington, VA 2010

Thank you so very much for all your help Gigi. Your contact with the County helped tremendously. I moved in just last week and everything is perfect! I can’t believe I am a homeowner!
Diana Meyers, M.D.
Georgetown, DC 2010

I was dreading my move because of my bad back. Gigi worked so hard at selling my home and finding me just the right condo with an elevator. I could not be happier. Thank you Gigi! You turne what could have been a real challenging experience into a pleasant one. I recommended you to two of my friends already!!
Edith Ignatius, CPA
Georgetown, DC 2010

Dear Gigi:
Linda and I are strongly convinced that you the VERY BEST realty agent, certainly the very best we have ever had. We will most enthusiastically recommend you to anyone.
Dr. Peter C.P. 2009
Georgetown University

Thank you so very much Gigi for everything you have done for us!
This has been a truly great experience and it was all possible because of how wonderfully great you are.
I am already singing your praises to everyone I know 🙂
Mike and I both hope to see you soon in our new home.
Oksana & Mike, 2009
College Park, MD

Gigi — I LOVE my new home!! We are so happy here. Thank you for all you did to find this place, and get us into it in record time.
We are still unpacking and turning on the internet, etc…but
everything is beautiful and I can’t believe it is mine.
Thank you thank you for your excellent efforts on my behalf. We would love to have you come over for dinner.
Kim P.-Octavian, 2009
ARLINGTON, VA

Hi Gigi,
Thanks for your nice wishes on my new home! I am very happy with the house and the neighborhood, and so are my parents. We could not have hoped for a better outcome. If any of the other new professors need a house, I’m sending them to you.
Thanks again,

David T. 2009
Georgetown Business School

“Gigi is extremely responsive and goes out of her way to be available to fit a busy person’s schedule. Her knowledge of Capitol Hill and her contacts went a long way to making our purchase easy and successful.”
Cynthia R. Capitol Hill – 2007

“I had the benefit of seeing Gigi in action as a Realtor for a friend of mine years ago and was impressed by her research, depth of knowledge of the area and keen attention to detail. Just before I got married last year, I sought Gigi’s help at the last minute on a few properties. She was very responsive and went out of her way to learn more about the property than what I thought was even available. My wife and I decided to use Gigi not only to sell my home (I got exactly what I wanted for it), but also in locating a new place to buy. I expect a lot for my dollar, and Gigi earned every cent. Very pleased with her work ethic and scope of knowledge of the industry along with some of the “tricks of the trade.”
Greg C. – Arlington, VA -2007

“As the son of a Realtor, my expectations were very high. Needless to say, Gigi went above and beyond to help me find the perfect home. It was a pleasure having her on my team, and when it’s time to buy my next home, Gigi will certainly be the first person I call!”
Bradfrod S. Capitol Hill – 2007

Gigi was instrumental in guiding me through finding and purchasing my first piece of real estate. Buying my condo was a huge personal accomplishment for me and having Gigi’s patience and expertise was exactly what I needed to make it happen.
Gail V. Sept. 2006

“Gigi was referred to me by a close friend and she turned out to be a perfect match: she new exactly the type of buyer to target for my place. After interviewing a few other agents, I chose Gigi over the others because she took the time to meet me in my home and felt very confident about her ability to sell it. With her winning personality, professionalism, and expertise, my 1964 530 sf studio sold within 30 days in June 2007. That was AMAZING considering the state of the real estate market at the time. Without a doubt, I would recommend her to anyone looking for an agent and I would work with Gigi again.”
Danny M.2007-Arlington, VA

“Dear Gigi,
I enjoyed working with you. Thanks for helping me solve my real estate needs when selling my Georgetown townhouse. You were always there when I needed you, very responsive and most importantly, till the end of the transaction at which point, a detail oriented professional like you is needed the most.Thanks again”
Leonardo B.-2007-Georgetown

“I loved working with Gigi to buy my first home in DC. She has such incredible energy, a great knowledge of the business and was such a joy to work with. I feel lucky to have found her.”
Valerie B.-2007-Capitol Hill

Dear Gigi: I want to thank you for all your help in simultaneously purchasing and selling our DC homes. You probably don’t know this, but I had informally stated our wishes for a Condo to replace our Capitol Hill House to several Realtors at the same time I told you. We had stated our specifications for size, amenities, location, and price. You were the only one to follow up and stay on the project for the six months it took for our current Condo to come on the market. You never gave up and finally focused right in on the right apartment, negotiating the price to fit our requirements. You then put our Capitol Hill house on the market (December-January) and worked incessantly to get it sold within the time frame we needed to close on the Condo. We truly appreciated you and your efforts on both sides of the buyer-seller experience. You made it all feel so easy. It’s great knowing you.
Arlene and Al-2006/2007-Watergate, Foggy Bottom, DC

Dear Gigi,
Brad and I would like to thank you for the outstanding work you did to sell our condominium. When we first met with you, Brad and I were a little worried that it would be difficult to sell the condo because it was going on the market in the middle of December just before the holidays. But, you put all our worries to rest with your positive outlook and a detailed and aggressive marketing plan. You predicted that despite the slow real estate market the condo would sell in 30-60 days. Gigi, your prediction was right on the money. Thanks to your hard work, the condo sold in five weeks! Brad and I are extremely grateful that we had you in our corner throughout the sale of our condo. You were easily accessible and returned our calls and emails promptly. You were thorough and detail-oriented when it came to the piles of paperwork required to list and sell a property. But the thing that impressed us the most was your outstanding work ethic and dedication to helping us sell our condo. We really appreciated the fact that you accomodated our busy schedules. Gigi, thank you for making the sale of our condo run so smoothly. We truly enjoyed working with you and would be honored to work with you again in the future. Thank you.
Chrissy and Brad J. Jan. 2007