" Rina Kunk served as my Real Estate Agent in selling my home at 4329 Van Ness St, NW, Washington, DC and in finding and purchasing a condominium. She was extremely helpful with finding a variety of help to assist in the sale of my property. She assisted in finding movers, cleaners, a staging company, a company to discard unwanted items from my house and an excellent plumber for my new apartment. Rina was extraordinarily helpful dealing with a termite problem at my home prior to the closing. She found help to eradicate the termite problem and located a company to deal with the complicated repair of the damaged ceiling joists. The business relationship with Rina was complicated by the fact that I no longer live in Washington and I was out of the country for almost a month during which the termite issue required attention. I found Rina to be very responsive, patient and a very pleasant person with whom to work. I would recommend her highly to any buyer or seller."
– Jocelyn Hicks-Brody
" My wife Mariko and I are very glad to have worked with Rina Kunk on the recent sale of our home in AU Park. She was exactly "our style" -- practical, unflappable, and utterly professional.
Her approach to our discussions about determining a listing price and choosing among offers exemplified these attributes. She carefully reviewed all the pertinent facts, but always made the final decision clearly ours. She offered her opinions but never urged them on us.
Rina was also very thoughtful in helping me attend to the final details of emptying the house and maintaining it in the run-up to closing, as I moved out of the country immediately after accepting an offer. She sent frequent updates indicating that all was well or reminding us of various items that we needed to address. I find it impossible to imagine anything slipping through the cracks with Rina. She always has everything fully under control.
We are, again, delighted to have worked with Rina and would indicate as much to others."
– Stephen Guerra
" Absolutely amazing service. Rina guided us through every step of a six-week, start to finish successful sale of our home. Everything Rina suggested paid off... exactly as anticipated. We happily endorse Rina to anyone seriously interested in selling -- or buying -- in this market. She provides professional service at a level that that is most rare in today's business setting. You will treasure your professional and personal association with her. We still do."
– William Leap
" I would definitely recommend that anyone go to Rina with your real estate needs. I began my search while still living across the country and only had a quick weekend window to see many places in person. Rina had everything organized so that we maximized our time and yet, was patient and professional in letting me make my decisions. Even once I found a home she was very involved in ensuring all my questions were answered and needs were met. She really made finding a home an enjoyable experience.
– Samantha Olafson
" Rina was the agent for one of our grown children and previously for us as prospective renters. So, quite obviously, we think highly of her work.
In the last year, she handled our search for a house or condo and the sale of a Logan Circle condo. Rina was right on top of the market while we were searching for a new place, alerting us to prospective properties in time for us to be the first to view them and, when the time came, to make a timely offer. She is a skilled, thoughtful strategist which worked well for us in a tight buyer's market.
Both of our recent transactions involved close questions,such as the amount of work to be put into the condo we were selling, and some unique circumstances. At one point a complication arose in the sale of the condo while we were overseas for a conference. An issue arose on the day of settlement for the property we purchased. In both instances Rina rose to the occasion and smoothly, effectively worked with us to reach solutions, not missing a beat despite difference in time zones in the case of our travel.
Rina is a superb negotiator, and when the issue arose on the day of settlement, she moved amazingly fast and on the spot to obtain information from experts among her contacts that enabled a favorable, fair resolution. We closed the deal as scheduled despite the last minute surprise.
Rina is pleasant to work with, almost understated and very patient. But when the crunch comes, we found her to be on top of the situation and well ahead of the pack."
– Malcolm & Robin Young
" We recently worked with Rina on the sale of our home in D.C. She was easy to work with and provided expert guidance for everything involved in our transaction, including updates to increase appeal, pricing our home, and even resolving an issue with neighbors that came up a few days before close. Rina was always readily available for any questions we had, and willing to talk through any decisions we needed to make in the process. We had multiple offers within days of listing our home, and ultimately closed with a sale over asking price within a month of listing. Given that this was our first home sale, Rina set a high bar. We look forward to working with her again and strongly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in D.C. Thanks Rina!
– Jessica & Jorge Maceyras
" Rina was fabulous to work with when I bought my house. She really listens to what you are looking for and doesn't pressure. It was refreshing to work with an agent who wants the client to be happy. She has a broad knowledge of the real estate market in this area, which is very helpful. I have already recommended her to several friends."
– Maureen "Mo" Hood
" I wanted to thank you very much for your professionalism and effectiveness. Your high standards and good advice on how to best prepare the house for showing were great. I am delighted that with only one weekend on the market the house was rented!"
– Paulina Gonzalez-Pose
" I was lucky to have selected Rina Kunk to sell my house in AU Park in 2011. She did an exceptional job. Her list-price recommendation was spot-on. Other agents I interviewed suggested a significantly lower list price and I believe that had I not hired Rina the final sale price would have been lower. She also gave excellent advice about what upgrades would enhance the house's value and how best to get the work done.
Rina went above and beyond what I expected of a real estate agent. I was a bit overwhelmed moving a 5-bedroom house. Rina would frequently ask what she could do to help me. One day she came to my house with boxes and helped me pack. And she was always available to answer my questions.
In short, I couldn't have asked for a better agent."
– Joyce Bartoo
" Rina frequently kept us informed about the status of our home sale at 5121 Manning Drive, Bethesda, during the traditionally slow days of July and August. When the Kunk family decided to use a weekend as their vacation, the AC in our house stopped working. Rina immediately made contact to have it in working condition for the agents and buyers who wanted to see the house. At all times, Rina was attentive and sensitive to our needs, keeping in mind always that there can be a buyer somewhere. Her enthusiasm and efforts resulted in not only one but two bids. It has been a pleasure to do business with her.
– Dr. and Mrs. Vincent DiFrancesco
" Rina, You were very helpful, always made time for us, moved your schedule around to accommodate us even if it meant putting your family in the car and taking them along. You were helpful and made it very easy on me, especially. You were honest, forthright and down to earth. Thank you.
– Stacey Saunders
" “Rina Kunk helped us sell our house in American University Park. Rina is a forthright, enthusiastic and competent agent. We have unreservedly recommended her professional services to all our interested friends and acquaintances. Valeriano and Estela Garcia, 4246 Warren Street, NW Washington, DC, 20016”"
– Estela and Valeriano Garcia
" Rina was a great help during the sale of our home as part of a corporate relocation. Our sale presented more of a challenge given all the extra requirements involved in a corporate relocation. Rina rose to the occasion. At the time we put our home on the market, she had been achieving quick sales when other homes for sale in the neighborhood were languishing. That is one of the reasons we selected her to be our agent.
Sure enough, our home received an offer at the listing price a few days after the first and only open house weekend. She has a good sense of a fair price and how best to accentuate the value. She also went the extra mile, for example, turning our house alarm on and off each day, running faucets to protect against the cold weather, and even shoveling snow when we needed to be away on a relocation trip. In addition to her professionalism, she is a very nice person and a pleasure to work with, which helped lessen the natural stress of selling and moving away from home. Thanks for doing such a great job!
– Ana Suarez and John Graetz
" When our 90-year old parents finally decided to sell their Bethesda home last spring and move to a Retirement Community, our mother knew immediately whom she would ask for help. Rina Battiata Kunk was the daughter of family friends, and came highly recommended. From her first meeting with them, Rina showed kindness and compassion. Her gentle manner and professionalism reassured my parents that they had made the right decision in choosing her as their realtor. In spite of the house needing work, it sold within two months. Our parents were quite happy with the price they received, and the timeliness in which it sold. After our parents moved, Rina visited them in their new home. Rina is a wonderful Realtor and friend. We will always appreciate what she did for our parents."
– Pat DiFrancesco Bender, Maria DiFrancesco Christman, Rosa T DiFrancesco Lee
" Rina B. Kunk has been my agent in the recent sale of my residence. I wanted you to know how pleased I have been with her work.
She was not only effective in securing a contract in a remarkably short period of time, but also was a pleasure to work with. I have not hesitated to recommend her to others in my American University Park neighborhood.
– Richard G. Dinning
" I wanted to write and commend our agent, Rina B. Kunk in helping us with our recent home purchase in Frederick, Maryland. As someone who is in the customer service industry, I know we sometimes can receive more complaint letters than the well deserved complimentary ones. I felt it imperative to let you know of our outstanding experience of buying our first home.
Most importantly, I wanted to commend Rina Kunk. She was professional, calm and supportive throughout the entire purchasing process. My husband and I felt she was extremely efficient. She carefully followed up on all needs we had. It was evident that Rina is a conscientious person. We found her to be very particular and careful while going over our contract and also our home inspection requests. She was always prepared and often spoke to us after hours, even during the holidays!
Overall it has been a great experience and we have told everyone we know how impressed we are. We have full confidence in Rina and would certainly ask her to help us again if we ever find ourselves in a position to do so.
– Jocelyn Rock
" “Rina, We think you did a great job working for us to sell our place. We know that selling in this market is difficult and think you did a great job in that we got the price we wanted. We are obviously very happy with the results. You were professional, focused and easy to work with as well as always available when we needed you through the entire process, which is essential. We would be happy to recommend you to other clients. Best regards, Ken and Daphne Robinson, Chevy Chase”"
– Ken and Daphne Robinson
" Your calm and supportive nature, your professionalism and knowledge of the field; your general conscientiousness and focus on client needs/concerns. Basically you're a nice person who cares about others and shows respect to all! Thank You Rina!"
– Brenda Bickel
" Rina, I am extremely pleased with your professional handling of the sale of my house on Albemarle Street, particularly your pricing strategy that resulted in much higher offers than I had anticipated. Your attention to detail was impressive. The advice you gave me on making the house ready for the public to visit on open house days contributed a lot to the successful outcome!"
– Ken Bailey
" It was an absolute pleasure to work with Rina through the sale of our home and purchase of a new home. We chose Rina as our agent based on the overwhelmingly positive recommendations of friends.
We purchased a new home, and then needed to quickly sell our old home, during the fall of 2008 as both the stock market and housing market plummeted. Needless to say, it was a stressful time for our family, and Rina was unfailingly calm and supportive throughout the process. She expertly guided us through the purchase, and was of tremendous assistance as we sought financing during a time when financing became unusually difficult to obtain.
Perhaps more important, however, was Rina’s expertise and support throughout the process of selling our home, in which we had lived for fifteen years. She and her team masterfully transformed our home into a showplace. She went above and beyond expectations as we prepared the house for sale, even personally delivering packing boxes and tape, and offering her personal assistance moving furniture and boxes. She was completely understanding of the challenges of staging and selling a home with children and pets, and was a full partner in the process of getting the house ready to sell.
Rina did an amazing job marketing the house prior to listing and in creating the on-line virtual tour. The first morning on the market she had several calls from buyers who were interested in seeing the house. She worked tirelessly throughout this process, and was available at any time of day to address our questions or concerns. Her diligence paid off for us, as the house went under contract just days after the first open house. Rina’s hard work, guidance, and support continued through the closing.
The economic climate and housing market, the approaching holiday season, and the fact that we were first-time sellers combined to make this a challenging time for our family. However, working with Rina was a complete joy. Her warmth and calm, her dedication and determination, and her exceptional knowledge and expertise, reassured us every step of the way. We wholeheartedly recommend her to friends and would not hesitate to call upon her again.
– Cheryl and Barry Ohlson
" Dear Rina, Now that we have moved into our new home, we want to thank you for the Herculean efforts with which you worked to help us find, negotiate, secure the funding for, and close on our new home. The process was relatively smooth owing to your professionalism, deep expertise, quality referrals, and grace with which you worked with us. We can't thank you enough for everything."
– Drs. Karl and Andrea Reid
" Excellent in all categories. Interesting, knowledgable and efficient agent. We would recommend you to others. Thank you!"
– Jeanne and Markley Roberts
" Dear Rina,
Thanks so much for representing Jeff and me in the purchase of our new home. We’d be happy to serve as references for you for potential clients. Here are some of the things we’d tell them:
We interviewed several agents and chose Rina because we appreciated her calm demeanor and forthright answers to our offbeat questions. It took us a while to focus our search in Northwest DC, and we were glad that Rina had multiple licenses and could have helped us outside of DC, had we needed that. Rina assured us in our interview that she could recommend to us several different inspectors, closing companies, etc., which she did once we settled on a house. We were pleased to have choices and never felt pressured to use one company or another.
During our search, Rina was readily available to show us houses and was knowledgeable about the neighborhood and market. When Jeff and I had different views about things, Rina found the common ground between us. During negotiations, she was a strong and steady advocate and a calming influence on us. She showed great attention to detail and follow through. Between the negotiations and closing, she kept us on track so that the final sale went smoothly. Rina has continued to offer us advice on contractors and services and we’re happy that we can now call her a neighbor!
Thank you again, Rina. We’re really enjoying the house. When the kitchen is done, we’ll throw a party.
– Farleigh Earhart & Jeff Stensland
" We appreciated your flexibility and personable approach, and being educated about the process. You were patient and understanding with our schedules which was great. You were helpful in many areas of the process that were unfamiliar to us (1st timers). You were easy to reach and responsive. Overall it has been a wonderful experience for us to work with you. Thank You."
– Jodi Emch and Noyan Eyigor
" Rina, We felt that our interests were your top priority. You were wonderful, don't change a thing. You were consistent, thoughtful, great use of technology to make the process smooth (text, email, docusign etc), patient, responsive, thorough, knowledgeable. Rina is a true advocate for her clients."
– Alisa and Matthew Curry