I am writing this letter to express my unreserved opinion that Beth Lane, Associate Broker with Metropolitan Real Estate, is by far the best real estate broker I have ever worked with. I have, to date, purchased three houses and sold two. Beth was my agent in the sale of my last home, and the process could not have gone better, especially considering the circumstances.
I reached out to Beth in the beginning of May to discuss the sale of my home. Beth immediately made time to see me. This was not easy, as I work and my schedule is intense, so we met over the weekend. In talking things through, we both decided that I needed to put the house on the market the weekend before Memorial Day in order to anticipate any upswing in the market that weekend would bring. This gave me two weeks to prepare my house and yard to be show-worthy. I could not have done this without Beth, both in terms of the emotional as well as the practical support she provided.
Beth’s connections allowed me to bring in the requisite professional painters and yard service providers to ensure optimal conditions inside and out for our open house. In addition, in record time, she brought a specialist in to stage the house so that it would look its best for the open house. Beth proposed paint colors, embellishments, and even furniture removal that truly transformed my house into a showplace. She is not only an idea person, though. During a particularly rushed time, she rolled up her sleeves and worked alongside me to help me pack and move ten years’ worth of accumulated memories so that potential buyers can come in and see a fresh house full of potential for them to build their lives around. At the end of that day, my house was staged to perfection but still retained its character and reflected the ten happy years we spent in it. This was not easy to accomplish. By the end of the next week, my yard had also been trimmed and spruced to the point that the house presented an excellent picture inside and out.
Beth provided us with a very professional breakdown of the price comps in the neighborhood and I know she worked hard to get us the best price possible for our size house and our neighborhood. Most importantly, the house was sold within three weeks to a young couple who had come to the initial open house. To me, this means that Beth provided excellent advice on the strategy we were eventually to adopt. Her quiet and thoughtful support throughout the entire process was crucial to making this such a good experience.
In short, I very highly recommend Beth Lane and Metropolitan Real Estate for any real estate transaction. She is smart, personable, professional, highly ethical and extremely knowledgeable. She will work with you to provide you exactly what you need in the most expeditious and effective way possible and her connections to a high-quality cadre of professional technicians provides a great support system for anything that needs to be done to prepare for the sale or the purchase of a home.
Afroditi V. Filippas, Ph.D.
Vennie Filippas Ph.D.
Beth is the model of a professional. She is truly expert in the technicalities of the real estate transaction, but many agents have that skill. What Beth offers is absolute expertise in the market in Western Henrico County and most importantly, the understanding of the stress and strain the selling a home and relocating puts on a family.
Moving across the country, selling a house, and being separated geographically creates a great deal of stress. Beth understands that, and was very focused on making everything easy on our family. With all the emotional twists and turns of selling our house of many years, Beth was the calming influence. We will always be grateful, not just for her expertise, but for her friendship.
Mike & Cheryl
I first began working with Beth when she was the sellers agent for the new home that we built with Colonial Homecrafters in 2011. We were so impressed with Beth during this process that we knew right away that we wanted her to be on our team when we began the process of selling our home.
Once we entered the phase of selling our home, her knowledge of the market, thoroughness, and attention to detail was amazing. Not only did she provide a detailed market analysis, but she spent time with my wife and I prepping for the potential sale leaving no stone unturned and providing important guidance to “show the house to sell.” When the big day came, she helped us to set a fair market price and we were able to get a binding offer on the house in just three days. She worked closely with us until the closing date, guiding us through every step of the process and offering her services and advice whenever and wherever she could. She was always available and always willing to help.
Beth was a trusted business partner and adviser throughout the process. If our home ever goes on the market, Beth will surely be the first and only Real Estate agent that we will call.
Steve and Vanessa
From the onset, Beth was patient, listened to our needs/wants, and was always responsive and available when we needed her. Beth’s keen eye during walk throughs of houses helped us to see many positives and negatives of potential homes and very often you saw things that we had walked right past. It really is hard to compare her services and efforts to those of any other realtor we have worked with in the past because in every way she greatly surpassed our expectations. Beth is genuine, extremely ethical, and incredibly knowledgable.
We would very highly recommend Beth and absolutely will want her on our side for any real estate sales/purchases in our future.
Scott & Marjorie
Beth Lane has assisted us with buying and selling several homes over the last 12 years. Most recently she helped our son buy his first home! Beth goes way beyond the description of “Realtor”. She brings a different perspective to the table when walking through a property; whether she is making a value-adding recommendation to you as a seller or pointing out overlooked issues to you as a buyer, her knowledge and experience become apparent very quickly.
She always takes the reigns and has the connections to make things happen from getting contractors for home repairs to helping you find a great lender. Personally helping us from areas ranging from the fan district to the Far West End, we know from experience that Beth can help you find exactly what you are looking for as a buyer. When selling a home, you’re also in good hands as she is very familiar with the market and knows how to you make your house a “must see”. She is always professional yet friendly and is a great negotiator. She is dedicated to helping you from the beginning of the process to the end. You can’t go wrong by choosing Beth as your Realtor.
Robert and Denise
You kept a cool head while negotiating which saved me tens of thousands of dollars when I would have given in. You knew what to look for, what to ask, and what I needed better than I did. You protected my interests like you were family. You could have easily sold me just any house but you held out for the perfect one, my house! Even after the sale was done and over with you still helped me out when I had questions and you were happy to help.
You are a true professional and an incredible asset to your profession. Although I try, I still cannot find the words to convey my gratitude and thanks to you. Truth be told, I am ultimately the fortunate one because I stumbled across you.
Irene and Konrad
We are pleased to offer our highest recommendation to Beth Lane as a Realtor in the Richmond area. We had our first opportunity to work with Beth in 2005 when she handled our purchase of a home in Fox Hall. In 2013 we asked Beth to represent us for the sale of our Fox Hall home, and our subsequent purchase of a cottage home in Kinloch.
Beth is great to work with, has a keen attention to detail, and is focused on ensuring that every transaction is conducted in an efficient, professional manner.
George and Darcy