What our clients say about us...
"The Corus Team was great to work with. They are very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of excellent information.
They were great with our negotiations, making it possible to get the perfect house for us.
They were responsive throughout the entire search, negotiation, and final purchase process."
My wife and I were thrilled with every aspect of Mike Gorman's performance in our house-buying experience. He knew every answer to every question we had. I'm breaking this review down according to the four ranking criteria that Zillow provides: local knowledge, process expertise, responsiveness, and negotiation skills.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Mike knew our search area (Purcelliville, VA, Loudoun County) in detail. He had a good idea about what we would find in each house based on the year it was built, the type of house it was (e.g., Rambler vs Colonial), even down to the zoning rules in the area of the county the properties were in. What he didn't know, he found out quickly.
PROCESS EXPERTISE: Mike knew everything. He made this part particularly easy for us (first-time home buyers). The Title company that Mike recommended was also very easy to deal with and clear about the process.
RESPONSIVENESS: Mike is quick with email to answer questions. We learned that IF Mike didn't answer, it was only because there was no news, and we quickly learned that calling him to ask for updates was pointless: if there was ANY update, he was going to call on his own. Great communication, all the way through the process.
NEGOTIATION SKILLS: Mike's ace in the hole. We got every single little thing we wanted, and Mike even tried to get us more than we wanted just because he knew it was possible. Also, every time, without fail, that Mike recommended a negotiation position (e.g., the amount we should ask back from the seller for various repairs that needed to be done), the seller ended up going for the number Mike presented. There were several of these instances throughout the negotiation, and Mike's initial estimate of *how much* we could get from the seller turned out to be the exact number each time.
Five stars, A++, Best Possible experience...anything you can think of that is extremely positive, is what I'm saying.
- P. Jones, Purcellville
"We have used the Corus Group through buying and selling our prior home as well as buying our current home. They gave us great insights into value drivers in the neighborhoods and homes we considered, good staging and pricing advice when selling in the difficult market of 2010, and were very helpful in all aspects of the transactions."
- G. Steele, Arlington
"I would highly recommend the Corus Group to anyone looking to purchase a condo in the northern virginia area. Michael and his team are incredibly respectful of budgets and provide extremely sound advice to a first time home buyer. There was absolutely no pressure to look at or purchase anything outside my stated price range. They really knew the market and which condominium associations are well run. He and his team were extremely responsive providing multiple listings the same day they were first listed. They were always available to take me out to look at places even at the last minute. The team made the closing process extremely smooth, almost effortless I would say. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a thoughtful agent who really knows the market and will work very hard to find you the perfect place."
"Michael and his team were very professional and very prompt. My wife and I worked primarily with Michael and felt he provided sage advice and did not attempt to encourage us into an il-advised deal. With Realtors, there is always a natural conflict of interest - it is in their best interest to close quickly, so they get paid sooner. From the buyer's perspective, buyers don't want to rush into a deal (especially with the inflated home values in Northern Virginia). So, with any Realtor, I suggest you take your time. Michael and his team strike a balance with this conflict of interest - they are focused on the buyer and respects the buyer's likes/dislikes - if you want honest feedback, you need to ask - otherwise they tend to focus on the positive attributes of the house. That said, once you find a house you like, they work very hard and very quickly to seal the deal to make sure you get the house you want. I've bought three houses in the past, and feel Mike was the best Realtor I've worked with"
- Mike K., Manassas
"The team was great and super responsive, which was very important for me. I must have emailed or called them about every day over several weeks and they either called/emailed personally within a few hours or had someone else get in contact with me to answer my questions. They were very knowledgeable of the McLean area (where we were looking) and did a great job finding exactly what we wanted in a neighborhood that we never thought we could afford (but they found us a great deal)."
"Mike is a very pleasant agent to deal with. Very experienced, knows his stuff. Very attentive, has a good client-orientation. Provides helpful advice. What I liked about him in particular was that he, unlike some other agents I dealt with, was not pushy "just buy it - this is a perfect place!". He really gives you his honest opinion, tells about pluses and minuses (which you might not be aware of) about the place. Overall, I would confidently recommend Mike."
"We moved into the complex expensive northern Virginia community without a clue about neighborhoods, home styles and commuting avenues. Mike Gorman was incredibly helpful and patient helping us sort out the many options, figure out what we like and what we could afford. We ended up in the nicest home we have ever lived in. He is fantastic!
- S. Ott, Herndon
"The Corus Group helped me buy my first home in the US. They were professional, friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They patiently helped us evaluate our options, explaining how the housing market was evolving, and offering exceptional local expertise. We must have seen 50+ houses with them over a three month period, before we found the one we wanted. Our agent was there for the entire excercise. I am happy to recommend them."
- N. Naqvi, Reston