My husband and I recently became first time homeowners. As if the process wasn’t daunting enough, it was made even more challenging by the fact that we were trying to navigate the high-tempo, high-dollar market in Alexandria, VA. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to have found Century 21 Redwood Realty’s Shazia Begin. Not only was Shazia an extremely professional and knowledgeable realtor, but she was genuine and relatable. She carefully worked with us to establish our non-negotiable and our flexible criteria for a prospective home, and she scheduled viewings that best matched our requirements. Along the way, Shazia took the time to educate us on the basics of homebuying and helped us dig into the peripherals of potential properties (school districts, property values, community feel, etc.). Her intimate knowledge of the area and diligence in navigating the local market was invaluable, especially since either my husband or I would have to make a 10-hour round trip from North Carolina in order to view any houses in person. After several weeks of searching, we were finally able to find the perfect home for our family. Shazia continued to be our advocate throughout the closing process, continuing to offer advice and recommendations that proved invaluable. When we were finally handed the keys to our new home, we knew none of it could have been possible without Shazia.
Lisa & James Lee, Alexandria (Buyer) 10/14/2018
Shazia Begin is extraordinary! She was attentive to each and every detail in both the purchase of our new home and the sale of our previous one. She was a pleasure to work with, and we definitely recommend her to other buyers and sellers. To our great relief, our home sold quickly and at our target price, and we did not have to carry two mortgages at any point.
Bill and Raul, Alexandria (Seller) 7/31/2018
She is the best real estate we have ever had because of her professionalism, knowledge of the market and compassion for our needs for a home. 90% of responses were within 30 minutes of contact. The extra personal effort taken mean a lot to us.
Richard Alexandria (Buyer) 4/11/2018
Jerome Harig (Seller) 12/27/2017
We had to put our house on the market at the last minute due to an immediate out of state move. We hired Shazia Begin because she knows the market in Del Ray and she is intelligent, proactive, business-minded, and professional. She researched the market, recommended needed home improvements and de-cluttering/staging, discussed market timing, and recommended an action plan. Our house was under contract, above list price, in less than 2 days. This was not due to under-pricing. I was amazed that our house appraised. She recommended home improvement, plumbing and electrical experts who were fantastic. Her communication was terrific and she was able to deal with difficult situations when my husband and I were at wits end. She went above and beyond to help us. I would highly recommend her.
Jon & Francesca, Del Ray, Alexandria (Seller) 10/9/2017
She really knows what she's doing and made the process extremely easy on me. She's the best agent I've ever met.
Dane Hixson - Alexandria Va. (Seller) 7/28/2017
I started my home buying process about 3 years ago. I realized at that time that I did not qualify for the homes I really wanted and decided to save more money and wait a few years. During those couple of years, Shazia took me to see other homes as I browsed online listings, but I ultimately decided to wait until I was able to afford exactly what I wanted. Over 3 years, Shazia was never impatient with me and never pushed me to purchase a home I didn't love. Once I was finally able to get into the market I wanted to be in, I was on the lower end and the town houses were going fast and over asking. Shazia was able to negotiate a town home that needed a little cosmetic work to my price range, under asking, which is unheard of in the neighborhood. Shazia helped me understand the steps in the purchasing process. She reached out to the mortgage company on several occasions whenever I was unsure of fees or wording related to my loan, she was even able to get me a lender credit through her discussion with the company. There is no way I would have been able to sort through the home buying process without her help!
Rachel Boertlein, Alexandria (Buyer) 6/29/2017
Shazia is the BEST! She was extremely helpful and attentive during our entire home selling process. Any time we had questions about the process she took extra care to explain it to us in a helpful manner. We always felt like we were her top priority. When we move back to Northern Virginia we will definitely be contacting Shazia!
Clyde & Sarah - Arlington (Seller) 5/13/2017
Shazia Begin assisted me greatly with the recent sale of my condo. As an active duty military person who travels often, she spent countless hours ensuring that no step was missed during my travels. Her compassion shows in shows in her work. She genuinely wants to ensure that the person she is representing is happy with their transaction or even property. Even from the beginning of the sale, she tirelessly spent hours in 100 degree heat, ensuring that the condo was presentable for the listing photographer . I highly recommend Shazia.
Jeremy May Alexandria (Seller) 10/28/2016
Shazia provided exceptional customer service - she sent our offer letter at 3 AM! She provided excellent detail on the entire process, and patiently explained every step in the process. We are first time homebuyers so we had a lot of questions! I could not think on how Shazia could improve - she made everything so smooth. I will highly recommend her to other buyers.
Alexandra Griffin, Alexandria (Buyer) 8/4/2016
Shazia was absolutely pivotal and instrumental in this successful home sell. She went out of her way to help me coordinate and supervise renovation works, staging, liaised with contractors and cleaner. She took care of everything to the very last bit of details and ensured target price is met and close on time. Her expertise in the market as well as strategic sales approach ensured my property received maximum exposure, which helped solicit the highest dollars at the top market price. Shazia's communication has been impeccable. Any last minute question I have was always answered in a timely, knowledgeable and helpful manner. She is the most professional and simply the best realtor I have ever worked with and definitely look forward to work with her again in the future if I'm buying in Nova again.
Tao Chan, Alexandria VA (Seller) 7/30/2016
In selecting Shazia forom the contact provided by USAA, her preparation and engaging style were clearly superior to her competition. She was able to relate to my 96 year old mother, the client and gain her trust very quickly. Shazia was very respectful and professional in talking with my mother. There was no condescension or talking down to her. Shazia goes well beyond excellent in these areas. Shazia is one of the most professional people I have worked with in any field over a 50 year career. It speaks well of your company that she is on your staff. Although I was out of town and my mother, the owner of the property is in a retirement community in Alexandria, Shazia kept all of us in the loop with visits to my mom and email, text and phone contact with me. Just outstanding in every way.
Margaret Small, Alexandria and Asheville NC (Seller) 7/8/2016
Shazia is very good at her job, very knowledgeable, very helpful, very flexible, and very reliable. Shazia combined these attributes with a detailed and timely follow through on every element of the home buying process. Shazia is incredibly proactive in working with all partners of the home buying process from the very early discussions, through the home purchase, and even after the purchase to make sure certain issues are resolved. Further, Shazia's local knowledge and relationships with partners in the home buying process ensures that I, as her c customer, will work with people who are just as reliable, honest, and competent at their jobs as herself. For example, the home inspection company Shazia recommended had gone above and beyond both during the inspection and even afterwards as I followed up on some matters with them. I am a first time home buyer, and am writing this from inside my new home that I do not believe I could be in without Shazia's service. I recommend Shazia strongly without hesitation to any friends or family. As mentioned in my previous comment, Shazia is knowledgeable, experienced, and had a reliable network of high quality service providers that can help with the escrow, closing, title, house inspections, repairs, financing, insurance, and relationship with the seller agent (in my case as a buyer) that facilitates a successful negotiation for me.
Tahir at Falls Church (Buyer) 12/24/2015
Shazia Begin is a top-notch agent who blew me away every step of the way! I first met Shazia during an open house (she was the listing agent). At that time, I had been non-committal and fairly nonchalant about a purchase and intentionally seeking out open houses in order to avoid overbearing agents (from several past experiences). When Shazia and I began speaking, I found her to be extremely easy to talk to, not at all overbearing, and a straight shooter. I asked her to show me additional units, and 2 days within meeting her, I had found a home I liked and placed an offer that same week! Everything about working with Shazia seemed flawless. She was extremely attentive and always made herself available. Working with her was like walking through the journey with a friend by my side. She advocated for me, educated me of the different processes, and always listened to my concerns and requirements. I called and texted her several times throughout the day, and she was always quick to respond and advise. She earned my utmost respect and trust through it all. Shazia also keeps top-notch networks around her. With every step of the way, she pointed me to the right resources (financing, inspection, etc.) that made everything go smoothly and quickly. Even after obtaining second opinion to compare prices, I found her networks to be competitive and with integrity. Even after the closing, she continued to assist me with contacts for renovations, equipment installation, carpeting, painting, etc. Shazia is not only an outstanding agent but she’s an overall wonderful human being. It has been my absolutely joy to work with her, and I consider it an honor to have crossed paths with her. I cannot be any happier with my purchase (just moved in yesterday), and when the time comes for me to shift seasons again, I’ll be sure to call Shazia as my listing agent. Thank you, Shazia!
Jennifer Kim, Alexandria VA (Buyer) 11/1/2015
Shazia was exceptionally courteous and attentive to our needs. She was always quick to respond to an email or phone call whenever we had questions and was always willing to walk us through the entire home buying process. We will definitely go through Shazia in the future and recommend her to all our friends!
Clyde Cargill, Arlington Va (Buyer) 1/15/2015