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Kira Epstein Begal

Sales Associate

240-899-8577

 

About Kira Epstein Begal

LICENSED IN:
DC
Maryland

MARKET/NEIGHBORHOODS SERVED:
All of DC
All of Montgomery County, MD

EDUCATION:
University of Rochester, 2004

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Kira is a third-generation Washingtonian, originally growing up in Chevy Chase, attending high school in Rockville, and now living with her husband and son in Chevy Chase, DC. Being local has contributed to
her vast knowledge of every corner of the Montgomery County and DC markets. After graduating from the University of Rochester in 2004Kira immediately began her career with one of the premier real estate firms in the Capital Region, quickly becoming the #1 Regional Agent and #22 over all among that company’s 13,000+ agents.

Since joining Washington Fine Properties in 2015, Kira has continually increased her annual sales volume year over year, with her most recent 2017 volume exceeding $55,000,000 in 65 transactions. In 2017 Washingtonian Magazine named her as one of "Washington’s Best Real Estate Agents" as well as one of the "Top-Producing Agents." Additionally, she was also ranked as one of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents“ by RealTrends as featured in The Wall Street Journalfor the third year in a row.

Her business model is based 100% on referrals, which translates to selling to and for clients in all price ranges from just under $200,000 to over $7,000,000. She prides herself on personal relationships and communication with her clients/friends, which lead to repeat transactions.

Kira and her husband have been long-time supporters of the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. They, in fact, suggested donations in lieu of gifts for their wedding in April 2017. Kira and Billy have helped raise over $51,000 with approximately 1650 active donors and have helped facilitate three bone marrow recipient matches (i.e., lives saved)! Kira believes so strongly in charity that, as a thank-you for sending her a referral, she makes a donation to the charity of choice of the person who referred the new client.

 
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We were recommended to Kira from a friend of a friend, and it proved to be an outstanding choice. We had a specific set of criteria when looking for a house in the Maryland suburbs, and Kira was very helpful in accommodating our requirements. As first-time homebuyers, her overall knowledge of the area and industry, her contacts, relationships and insight helped us very quickly find a house that was a perfect fit. She made the overwhelming process of being a first time homebuyer much more manageable and easy to handle. She was always very responsive to our emails, calls and many questions throughout the process, which we truly appreciate. She was a pleasure to work with, and we would recommend her to anyone in the area.

Sarah F.

My husband and I whole-heartedly recommend Kira as a realtor, and we have referred many friends to her. Her knowledge of the local market is amazing and was the reason we were able to find (and buy!) exactly what we were looking for in a very competitive market (Logan/Dupont). She's also great to work with personally, and we love her client appreciation happy hours.

Julia L.

I write to give Kira Epstein my highest recommendation as a buyer’s and a seller’s agent. In 2014, Kira helped my husband and me sell a condominium and purchase a house in Washington, DC. We were happy with Kira’s performance in every respect. In the sale of the condo, Kira’s guidance was spot-on. At our first meeting, she offered valuable advice about how to prepare the space for showing and she accurately predicted the price we would ultimately obtain for the condo. Throughout the sale process, she was always available to answer questions and always practical in her counsel. I had lived in the condo for 12 years and felt that Kira respected any sentimental connection I had to the place. At the same time, Kira was skillful in guiding me towards the best outcome for us both financially and with respect to practical considerations, such as timing our move-out to facilitate moving into our new house. In the purchase of our house, Kira also shined. She offered excellent up-front advice about how to prioritize our wish list and how to manage our expectations. When we found a house we loved, Kira guided us through the difficult path of negotiating the purchase. Above all, she always listened to us. We never felt that she was pushing us towards the purchase in order to benefit her or speed things up. She helped us procure our dream house in very short order — but if it had taken us nine months instead of one month to do so, I know she would have been just as patient through the entire process.

I want to especially highlight the excellent service Kira provided after the consummation of our house purchase. Unfortunately, the seller and his agent fell short of fulfilling their contractual duties and important repairs were left undone. Kira’s assistance was invaluable in remedying the situation. It is plain to us that the necessary repairs would not have been made without Kira’s help. That was true both of an unfinished repair that was immediately apparent and one that did not become apparent to us for several months. Kira said repeatedly, “I won’t disappear” — and she did not. We will certainly use Kira for our next real estate adventure and I encourage you to do the same.

Sarah H.

Kira was incredible in helping me and my husband purchase our new home. She went to many houses with us, answered all of our questions, and helped make the (new and scary) process smooth and seamless. Kira has continued to answer our questions as they relate to our new home even three months after purchase. We couldn't ask for more! I highly recommend Kira if you are looking to purchase a home in the DC area.

Tamar L.R.

Kira is an extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and efficient realtor. She helped my wife and me pull together everything we needed to buy our dream house when we had a very tight time frame, and walked us through every step of the way. She knows the market very well, ensuring that we got a fair price, and her good relationships with other realtors, home inspectors, title attorneys, etc., made the whole process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Whether you're buying or selling, I can't recommend Kira highly enough. It's obviously a stressful process for anyone, but Kira's charm, experience, and deep knowledge of the housing market mean you're in very good hands.

Michael O.

My wife and I highly recommend Kira Epstein. Kira has an extraordinary work ethic and was always available to talk to us when we had a question during our relocation to the DC metro region. She has a keen understanding of the local real estate market, and her contacts with other realtors, lending companies, and builders were invaluable in our successful move. She was an asset throughout the process and was an advocate on our behalf in the many transactions and discussions that one deals with in purchasing a home.

Nate B.

My wife and I engaged Kira to assist us in finding a new condominium in D.C. as we are expecting a baby this summer. Kira's deep expertise and understanding of the D.C. housing market is second to none, and she ably guided us through this difficult and sometimes trying process. She fully understood our needs, was pro-active in her approach, easy to work and communicate with, and incredibly responsive. I wouldn't think twice about recommending Kira to those who are looking for a reliable and seasoned real estate agent.

Matthew C.

Kira and I worked together on a mutual client's home purchase. Kira is a top realtor for multiple reasons: knowledge and negotiating skills, availability and somebody who just "gets it." She is easy to talk to and is very helpful when asked for something. If I was going to buy or sell in Maryland or DC, I would 100% hire Kira to represent me. She's the best!

Jeremy W.

I can easily recommend Kira Epstein as the Realtor you want to consider! Kira represented us for both our recent sale and purchase, and she was a true professional at every turn. She is highly talented technologically and made excellent use of the search engines, social media, printed materials and real estate databases to quickly find us a variety of homes for sale and to get our house to market. Kira was honest about some minor changes that we needed to make in our townhouse to attract buyers quickly, and her advice worked like a charm. She managed to sell our townhouse for an excellent price, in a short amount of time, and negotiated great terms for a much-needed rent back. For our purchase Kira was a master with the contract negotiations, coming up with a deal that was good for us and made the seller happy as well. She guided us through the purchase process, including some of the unexpected bumps along the way. She returned all phone calls and emails the same day, usually within the hour! We never felt neglected or unimportant. There is nothing that escapes Kira’s attention when it comes to property for sale in this area. She knows the real estate and comps in the Metro DC area like the back of her hand.

Joshua H.

Kira is absolutely wonderful! After interviewing several agents, I met Kira and knew I wanted only her to help me become a homeowner. Kira is professional, organized, tech-savvy, and clearly knows her stuff. Her command of the home buying process left me with 100% confidence that I could rely on her to properly advise and guide me each step of the way. I also had great peace of mind because I knew I could reach Kira at any hour. I appreciate that Kira respected the conservative financial parameters I was comfortable operating in. I never felt Kira was pressuring me to buy any property. Most importantly, when push comes to shove...Kira delivers!!!!!!!!! My condo went on the market October 23. I viewed it an October 24 open house, beat out several bidders, was under contract by 3 pm on October 26, and went to closing on November 22!!!! Fourteen months later, I feel I could not have ended up with a better home or agent. Thanks, Kira!!!

Joyce N.

Kira was a pleasure to work with and guided me through the process of first-time home buying with ease. She is clearly an expert in her field and knows the DC market very well. Kira was a great advocate for me during the bidding process, and I don't think I would have secured the sale without her! I highly recommend Kira and would not hesitate to use her again. **Fast forward 2 years later** I had the pleasure of working with Kira again. Not only did she help me buy my first condo, as mentioned above, but she was there for me again. This time she assisted in both the buying and selling process. Kira was great to work with—extremely professional and made what can be a complicated and stressful process actually simple and efficient. What really sets Kira apart from other agents is not only her professionalism, but her phenomenal knowledge of the DC market. You can't go wrong in choosing her to represent you in any real estate transaction. I will definitely work with her whenever I have to buy/sell again.

Rachel S.

Kira's knowledge of D.C. real estate is impeccable. Her expertise and professionalism make her a very talented agent and an indispensable asset to anyone in the market to buy or sell property. While acting as my real estate agent, Kira was persistent, personable, available, and always happy to answer my questions. I couldn’t have done it without her, and I won’t do it without her in the future either.

Sarah G.-A.

Kira is very knowledgeable, hard-working and focused. She helped us buy a new house in Chevy Chase and sell our old one in Glover Park for more than the asking price in less than a week. Would definitely recommend Kira.

David M.

Kira gets the job done—professionally, quickly, honestly. She is trustworthy and cares greatly for her clients. Best real estate agent in the city!

Sara P.

Kira helped us sell our apartment in Washington, DC. She was proactive and was able to deal with a challenging situation. We recommend her highly.

Bernice P.

We bought our house with Kira this year;mdash;we are first-time home owners, and it was truly a pleasure working with her. She spent so much time patiently explaining (and reexplaining) each step of the process, which we really needed. She was very patient with us, even when we had to bring our toddler with us to see homes and was great at focusing us on what was on the market Kira was also very flexible about scheduling time to see houses and was always very punctual. Kira was great at helping us see the potential in our house and helping us figure out what renovations we wanted to do. We love our house and were so happy with working with Kira. Kira is a wonderful and honest agent, and I highly recommend her. There is no question we would use her again.

Shuli T.

Kira made home buying easy and not at all scary. She walked us through each step and helped us find a house we wanted immediately. She has great relationships with lenders, home inspectors, settlement companies and other real estate agents. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and completely reliable. I would hire her again in an instant and can provide a more detailed recommendation to anyone considering hiring her.

William D.

A friend of mine highly recommended Kira when I started asking people about real estate agents, which is why I went with her. She was great. We quickly found the perfect condo, in an awesome area, at a reasonable price—and it was a place that wasn't even on the MLS listings. She walked me through the entire process and patiently answered all my questions. When it comes time to sell the condo, she'll be the first person that I go to!

Eric C.

My wife and I interviewed real estate agents to help us sell our condo in Rockville, MD, earlier this year. A friend recommended that we speak with Kira, and we were sure that she was the one after speaking with her for only a few minutes. She was well-versed in regard to the industry, was very personable, confident and thoroughly knew our community. She made sound recommendations throughout our transaction and negotiations and helped us sell our condo for top dollar in less than 30 days, despite being in the middle of one of the worst home sale environments in more than a decade. We'll contact Kira again without question the next time we're in the market to buy or sell a home or investment property.

Travis S.

Kira helped me find a gorgeous condo in my price range and area very quickly. Once the contract process began, Kira guided me every step of the way and provided very sound advice. Everything from contract to closing went extremely smoothly and efficiently. Also, she was able to provide me with trusted and reputable contacts from inspectors to interior design to household cleaning. Kira is the full, complete package when it comes to real estate agents.

Kimberly S.

Kira helped us find our ideal apartment. She is a great agent who really knows the city and the market. We quickly found the place we wanted and were able to settle on a price and close without any major hassles. I would highly recommend her as agent.

Justin R.

Simple: I hired Kira to sell a house, and it sold fast for a good price. Then I hired Kira again to sell a house, and it sold fast for a good price. And now I've hired Kira again, and I know I'll get the same results. She's my agent.

Barry F.

Kira helped us find our new home in DC. Through a very long and, at times, challenging process Kira was steadfast in working with us until we found the house that was a perfect fit. Since starting to work with her, we have recommended Kira to anyone (and everyone) we know listing or buying a home. In an industry whose practitioners often have less-than-stellar reputations, Kira shines as an outstanding professional. She has an amazing wealth of knowledge and a superlative grasp of the home-buying process. Kira was often available to answer our questions late into the night and worked tirelessly to seal the deal once we finally found the home we wanted. Probably the greatest testament to how we feel about Kira’s services is the fact that we moved two days ago, and while everything we own is still in boxes, we are taking the time to write this endorsement.

Nathan L.

I've now worked with Kira two times—first when she acted as our agent to sell our property, and most recently when she represented us in a home purchase (both properties were in Washington, DC). Both times Kira was a true pleasure to work with, always available, always professional and always friendly. On several occasions as we went through the home-buying process, Kira went to bat for us in our negotiations with the seller and made sure that we got the best deal possible. Given her familiarity with the DC area, she also was a useful sounding board when we had question six months ago, I've gone back to Kira with follow-up questions and she's always responsive and helpful. I would definitely recommend Kira as a real estate agent for home buying or selling transactions.

Ariel G.

As a first time homebuyer, I felt at times overwhelmed with the process. Kira really took the time to explain each step and helped me weigh my decisions so I purchased with confidence. More importantly, she was on top of every single detail of my purchase, whether getting the process moving along with my mortgage broker or reassuring a nervous seller. Thanks to Kira, my homebuying experience was a positive one, and I would not have been able to do it without her! I highly recommend Kira to anyone in the DC condo market.

Shawna B.

Kira helped us see that an apartment we were looking at had great potential and advised us on how to make it live up to that potential with relatively modest renovations. We are thrilled with our new home.

Ethan L.

When it came time for my wife and me to buy our first house, we were basically clueless about the process and were apprehensive to sign up with any realtor for fear of being pressured into situations that were not good for us. Kira was recommended to us, and we decided to take a chance, are extremely lucky to have done so. Besides being very knowledgeable about the housing market and the home-buying process, there were two things that stood out the most to me about Kira. First and foremost, she is a very hard worker. It did not matter what time of day it was, Kira would be there to answer any question or solve any problem that we had. Second, Kira is very detail-oriented. There were absolutely no slip-ups from our side during the negotiation and final purchase. You might expect this from every realtor, but the seller’s realtor we were working with proved otherwise. Every slip-up can cost a day or two, which could ultimately affect the closing date. Kira made sure that everything stayed on track and was very good about getting answers from the people who were slacking. Both my wife and I would highly recommend Kira to any friend or family in need of a realtor.

Daniel B.

Kira is a very customer-focused realtor. She understands the challenges and stresses of buying a home and works very hard to make the transaction as smooth as possible for the customer. She is always available and has a strong knowledge of the market and the process. I highly recommend her as an agent.

Asher E.

My husband and I hired Kira and her partner to help us sell a one-bedroom condo and buy a two-bedroom condo in Washington, DC. Throughout the entire buy-and-sell process, Kira and her team were amazingly helpful, knowledgeable, and provided excellent advice, especially during what became a somewhat difficult patch dealing with potential buyers. She was there to hold our hand throughout the process, keeping us informed, and always keeping her eye on the ball. Her persistent optimism but yet realistic perspective helped get us through the rough parts of buying and selling real estate, especially in what was still a relatively tough market at the time. I would (and already have) recommend Kira and her team to anyone looking to buy and/or sell in the Washington, DC, area. You won't regret it.

Elanit J.

Kira is a detail-oriented agent who puts her clients' needs first. She and the other members of her team are reliable, responsive and extremely knowledgeable about the metropolitan DC real estate market. Kira's creativity and persuasiveness are demonstrated time after time as properties sell or rent rapidly under her supervision.

Edward H.

Kira has a passion for her work. She always goes that extra step to make sure that she has covered all of her bases, explored all of the options, and is providing the best service she can. Kira is dependable and one thing you can be sure of when you work her is that she will always follow through. And if the unexpected does happens, Kira will find a way to make things right. In addition to the obvious joy and pride she takes in her work, Kira has that unquantifiable quality that makes her not only a pleasure to work with, but also a fun person to be around. I, without reservation, would and do recommend Kira to anyone who is looking to invest in real estate or buy a home in the D.C area.

Asaf N.

My husband and I just bought our first home, thanks, largely, to the efforts of Kira Epstein. While our search for the perfect home was long, Kira made it a much easier endeavor for us, and we are thrilled with the end result. Throughout our long search, Kira never pressured us to settle on anything less than the perfect home for us. We had worked with other agents who tried to sell us every house that we looked at, but Kira was always very quick to point out both the strengths and weaknesses of each house for our particular needs. She pre-screened houses for us at times and only had us see the ones that she thought were strong contenders, and we always ended up agreeing with her reviews. Kira very quickly developed a good sense of what we were looking for, and at times it seemed like she had a better idea of it than we did. The house that we ended up buying was one that she saw on her own and thought was perfect for us. At first we weren't sure that we were interested in the location, but a few months later we remembered it and asked her to show it. As soon as we saw it, we knew immediately that it was the one.

While working with Kira, we were always impressed by her professionalism and her availability. She always responded to phone calls and emails immediately, she was extremely flexible with her schedule and was great about working around our odd work hours. Kira also always answered our questions accurately and honestly and was happy to investigate questions she couldn't answer. Since we are relatively new to the DC area, Kira's knowledge of DC and Maryland was a huge asset. During the course of our search, we looked in a number of different areas, including a large part of Northwest DC, Bethesda, and Silver Spring. Despite the fact that we were looking in rather disparate geographical locations, Kira was able to provide insight into each neighborhood we considered. Furthermore, since she has always lived in this area and has a large local family, she was able to give us a lot of information from a variety of perspectives that we otherwise would not have had access to. Because of her ties to the area, she has recommended several people for us to work with (contractors, housekeeping services, and local businesses) and we have been thrilled with each one we have used. Kira made buying our first home a much easier experience than we could have expected. Because we were so confident in her ability and in her commitment to us, we felt much more comfortable going through the home-buying process, and it was much less stressful than we anticipated. Ultimately, we loved working with Kira, we are really happy with our new home, and we will definitely plan to work with her again in the future.

Lisa O.