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Making the decision to sell our house in AU Park that had been in the family for over 40 years was one of the most difficult decisions that my father and I have had to make.  Yet once we came into contact with Jane Shell, who was highly recommended by a friend, in early 2006 the process unfolded almost magically. 


Jane really listened to the concerns that we had – after all, selling a beloved family home isn’t a mere financial transaction.  Jane’s judgment was impeccable throughout, as was her honesty about things as they were unfolding.  She brought in an excellent photographer and the promotional material she generated was extremely well-written and tasteful.  I had some concerns about how the open houses might be arranged and she was creative in coming up with a solution that both met my needs and facilitated maximum viewing opportunity for serious prospective buyers.  


Her ability to set an asking price that met our expectations and yet were in line with a market that was in considerable flux (spring 2006) showed the depth of her experience and her innate ability as a real-estate agent. Finally, it was her persistence and sense of timing that brought us 3 serious offers when we were only expecting one.  When it came time to pick an offer, she gave us expert counsel and understood when we chose the offer that was most aligned with what we wished for the house and also had the best terms even if it wasn’t the one with the highest dollar amount.  Everything continued to work smoothly, and as the lawyer at the settlement commented, it was one of the most congenial settlements in which he had ever participated.


My father and I were able to feel totally at peace about handing our home over to the new buyer and we both felt that we owed much of this to Jane’s diligent and yet caring approach.  We could not recommend her more highly.


Sincerely,    Margarita Crocker



Dear Mr. & Mrs. Murillo:


We were delighted to read your letter regarding the professional service you have received from Jane Shell in the sale of Victor’s parent’s home. In recognition of this, we are pleased to send Jane a special Long & Foster service award.


Integrity, honesty, and good old fashioned service has always been our goal and is the cornerstone of the success of Long & Foster.


Thank you for taking the time to write us about your experience. W e would all appreciate the opportunity to serve your real estate needs again in the future.



 P. Wesley Foster, Jr.                                                                                       Brenda B. Shipplett

Chairman / CEO                                                                                                                President / COO



To Whom It May Concern:


 In the Spring, my brothers and I contacted Jane Shell of Long and Foster Realtors, to sell our late parents’ house located at 3806 Veazey St. N.W.; Washington, DC. We found her most knowledgeable and helpful in preparing the house for sale. Although the home was built long before she was born, we found her very knowledgeable regarding the builder (Wardman) and the history of the home and the development. She provided us with many suggestions relating to the appearance of the house and its landscaping as well as many behind the scenes phone calls and research to find us competent contractors, cleaning services, and refuse removal services needed to best prepare the house for sale.

 After we signed the contract with her to sell the home – and before it was actually placed on the market – she conducted at least two pre-showings of the house to different groups of realtors. These actions and her pricing strategy enabled us to sell the house within a few days of its being placed on the market. Best of all, it sold for 150% and 138% respectively of the price obtained for two other houses in the same block within 6 weeks earlier.

 In summary, we feel very fortunate to have selected Ms. Shell to sell our house. Her performance was exemplary in all respects.


 Carol Shouse Yoder



SUBJECT: The Sale of our residence at 6008 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

 To Whom It May Concern:


We recently completed the sale of our home of 44 years at the above address, an experience made easy and pleasant by the excellent and experienced services of Jane Blomquist Shell.


In preparation for this sale – our first ever in the Washington area market, we talked with a number of real estate agents from several different agencies doing business in the area. From this series of interviews, undertaken over a period of several weeks, we selected Jane Blomquist Shell, of Long and Foster to represent us in this important undertaking. We could not have been more delighted with the results that she produced, or with our association with her during this most successful process.


Not only did she suggest important steps we should take initially in order to enhance the appeal of our home; she also recommended and arranged for many of the craftsmen and suppliers of these services to do the work required. These included repainting the interiors, refinishing the hardwood floors, washing many windows, along with upgrading the landscaping, with exterior maintenance specialist to show the wooded lot to its best advantage.


This being our first home since we left Pittsburg in 1958, and of course our first ever in Montgomery County, we would have been adrift without the skill, experience and interest of an agent thoroughly familiar with the unique opportunities and challenges of selling a home in our area. Mrs. Shell more than met these qualifications. She counseled us at every step and made what could have been a wearing even exhausting experience pleasant.


The fact that her able preparation and showing of our home led to a price beyond our expectations was icing on the cake! We would not hesitate to recommend Mrs. Shell to any homeowner(s) hoping for a successful preparation and presentation of their home for sale.

 Sincerely yours,

 Dr. Donald M. Ross,  Martha J. Ross


Dear Jane:


Victor and I want to thank you so much for the outstanding job you did in marketing and quickly selling (in four days!) Victor’’s parents’ home (and at the asking price!!)


What can we say? You were most kind to Mr. and Mrs. Murillo and showed such compassion concerning their beloved home of 45 years. It was the best decision to let them stay in the house and move withing their own time frame. We all agree that fixing the walls, painting, and refinishing floors did indeed get them a better price in the end. Your knowledge of the Clevelsnd Park area was a huge advantage in marketing the property. You certainly went above the call of duty taking care of all the workers while we were 250 miles away and last but not leaaast, mowing the lawn so the property showed good curb appeal.


Jane, if we can every recommend your services, we would be honored to do so. You are one of the most professional and accommodating agents we have every worked with. You are the best! Thanks a million!

 Cordially yours,  Carole and Victor Murillo





I am writing this letter concerning the services provided to my husband and me by Jane Shell, a real estate agent with Long and Foster. We sought the services of Ms. Shell to help us find a home to accommodate our expanding family. As first-time home buyers, we were relatively unfamiliar with real estate processes and procedures, and really needed someone who could not only find us a great house, but who could also walk us through every step in the process of finding a home, writing a contract and securing financing. In every respect, and at each step in the process, Ms. Shell exceeded our expectations.


Ms. Shell was extremely responsive to our needs – we were on a tight time frame, and she gave us what seemed like her undivided attention. She very quickly ascertained both our taste and our price range for houses. She was then able to direct our attention to the neighborhoods that would best suit our needs. Because we were comfortable in trusting her to preview houses for us, and to eliminate those that were unsuitable, she saved us a lot of time and energy. Ms. Shell really helped educate us “smart buyers.” We were able to find a house we liked within 10 days of looking.


Ms. Shell was invaluable asset to us during the process of writing and negotiating the contract on the house that we wished to buy. The house had been listed at below market value, so there was a bit of a “feeding frenzy” when it went on the market. We therefore had to act quickly in writing a contract, getting pre-approval for our financing and having the house inspected. Ms. Shell had numerous contacts who helped us at each stage of the process, and who did not flinch at having to accomplish various tasks at a moment’s notice. There were some “tense moments” during the contract negotiation period, with the sellers wanting us to provide extensive additional financial information and asking us to re-draft our contract at a set price (eliminating an escalation clause). Ms. Shell gave us excellent advice during the “heat of battle,” and truly held our hands through a very unpleasant process. Thanks in large part to her experience and skill as an agent, the sellers accepted our contract and we were able to purchase the house for some $50,000 less than if we had buckled to the sellers’ demands.


Ms. Shell helped us during the weeks leading up to the closing. She was able to put pressure on the mortgage banker when we needed her to and she made sure that we were fully prepared at the closing. As we prepared to move into our new home, Ms. Shell was a great resource for home repair companies; she always had a great reference for us when we needed work done.


In short, we could not have been happier with the services Ms. Shell provided us. She was responsive, knowledgeable and intuitive. She helped us at every stage in the process – there was never a point at which she was not happy to assist us in any way we needed. We would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.

Sincerely, Elaine Gravatt


To our wonderful Real Estate Person,

Cathy and I just can’t thank you enough for taking us through three, count ‘em, three Real Estate transactions.

Your constant attention to detail and caring thoughtfulness were above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

We really appreciate all you’ve done for us in the last few months. You made a stressful process bearable and even enjoyable.

Tom Snowden

NBC News


--Jane Shell with Long and Foster Real Estate was very diligent in helping me find houses that were in my price range and taste. We worked together about three months and she always called me with new listings, especially in the neighborhood, Chevy Chase, I liked and where I purchased.

She really was a pleasure to work with, not pushy, and she really listened to my needs in a home and found ones with good options to look at. She was wonderful and professional.

I would happily recommend Jane Shell and Long and Foster and I look forward to working with Jane again in the future!

 Susan Rucci

Producer, CBS News


--When we needed to sell our house in Silver Spring to buy another house in Chevy Chase, we gave our listing to Jane Shell, who proved to be an outstanding agent for us. We needed to sell our house in a relatively short time frame and were counting on the best possible price, so that we could use it for the purchase of our Chevy Chase house.


Jane understood our needs and did a terrific job of pricing our house and recommending to us what we should establish as the sales price. She went to work immediately on it, and found a buyer at our one and only Open House. The new buyers were first time purchasers and were very anxious about all aspects of the buying process. Their anxiety was also affected by the fact that they were planning not only to obtain financing, go to the settlement, and physically move, but also hold their wedding ceremony in the house, on the first weekend they took occupancy! Jane guided the new buyers throughout the entire period between making the offer to completing the settlement. She did an excellent job in meeting their needs and addressing their worries and concerns. Her responsiveness and good service to us as well as to the young couple made the whole experience very positive for all parties involved. By the time we reached settlement, all issues were resolved, spirits were high and everyone shared in the excitement of the bride and the groom starting off their marriage together in their new house.


I would highly recommend Jane Shell as a listing agent, as she proved to us that she has the exceptional ability to serve as a strong advocate to the seller, and at the same time facilitate a climate of cooperation among the buyer and seller resulting in good will.


Jill E. Filipczyk

Chevy Chase, MD

Dear Jane,

I want to thank you for helping Kristin and I find the perfect house to meet our needs. You listened to what qualities we were looking for in our new home and enabled us to find the right match. We have worked with other brokers in the past that wanted the quick transaction. Your patience and professionalism made an extremely stressful process enjoyable. Buying a house today is a daunting task, particularly in Potomac, but with your help we found the right situation for us. We will definitely recommend your services to our friends. Thank you again for all of your help.

Sincerely,  Ed Treacy




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