Selling your home is stressful. Selling when you live on the other side of the world during a global pandemic is something else entirely. Thankfully for us, we had Kara. Having worked with her when we bought, we knew Kara to be extremely detail-oriented, considerate, and great to work with; it was an easy decision to list with her. Kara managed all aspects of getting our property ready for listing — painting, repairs, staging, general check ins, etc – she did it all! She went above and beyond, even checking in on the house from time to time to give us some peace of mind. Despite a 13.5 hour time difference between us, we always felt like we knew what was happening and when. Her responsiveness and work ethic are unparalleled — you truly feel like you are her only client. We had multiple offers in less than a week and sold above asking. Kara is smart, hardworking, and gets it done!
– Kyle & Carrie (and Westley), South Australia, Bought and Sold in Kingman Park
Kara is a great realtor and person who always goes the extra mile. I’ve used her for buying, selling, and ample advice in between. These processes can be intimidating and difficult, especially when done remotely, but I have always felt confident that I am in great hands with Kara. I greatly appreciated her knowledge and patience, and her instincts were always spot on. I would recommend her to anyone.
-Lizzy, Bought and Sold in Dupont Circle
We knew we would come back to Wayne and Kara for the eventual sale of our DC condo after they went above and beyond with helping us purchase it five years ago. This time around, they again exceeded all expectations! With their help entirely it was beautifully cleaned, staged, and listed within a few days of us moving out. It sold in just 4 days with multiple offers, for above list price during a global pandemic! They quickly replied to every email and were extremely easy to communicate with during this process. We’re not sure what more we could have possibly asked for when choosing a seller’s realtor.
– Casey & Katelyn, Sold in 14th Street Corridor/Meridian Hill Park
Kara was delightful to work with on our condo sale on H Street NE and on the purchase of our new home in North Michigan Park. She was punctual, detail oriented, and walked us through some very complicated questions with patience and care. Her knowledge of the DC market is extensive and we relied on her without hesitation and with gratitude. I’d recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell – we could not have navigated it without her!
–Jen & Scott, H Street & North Michigan Park
Kara was simply wonderful to work with. She helped me buy a new condo after I’d lived in my existing one for 20 years. Then, after I’d moved, I asked her to help me sell my earlier home. She was efficient, timely, easy to work with and did an incredible job helping me navigate what was a far more complex real estate market than when I had last been in it. Kara secured a great stager, she and Wayne advised me on a few repairs to invest in prior to the sale, and her amazing marketing materials and outreach…I was almost ready to buy my old place myself! The open house was a success and I had excellent offers to choose from. I was able to buy and move from one home to the next in a jaw-dropping one and a half months. Kara kept me focused, on time and sane throughout the process. I can’t recommend her enough!
-Candida, Dupont Circle & Bethesda
Kara and Wayne were a great team to have on our side when we were buying our first home. Since this was our first time purchasing real estate, we naturally had a lot of questions and wanted to see everything. They were always knowledgeable about the properties and the neighborhoods and were always able to take us to the places next on our list. Because Kara and Wayne knew the market so well, they helped us find a steal – a beautiful two-bedroom condo with a yard (a rarity in DC). We would definitely recommend them to others.
-Hannah and Olivier, Columbia Heights
I had a big challenge in front of me since I live in Brasil and had, from my country, to deal with everything with respect to selling my mom’s apartment in the US. The laws and procedures are totally different but luckily I found Wayne Johnson, which gave me support in every way possible. He guided us through the whole process, making sure everything was right in every step we took respecting US and DC laws and standards. Afterwards, he prepared a good strategy to sell the apartment and after agreeing on the price, in less then three weeks we had a concrete offer that satisfied what we wanted. As I couldn’t go to US for the closing, he sent all the papers to me in Brazil and my wife and son went to DC to finish the deal. They said that having Wayne by their side during the last procedures made them feel more relaxed and confident of what was going on. So, to resume, Wayne is a full service Realtor that I strongly recommend.
–Carlos Eduardo Jardim, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Wayne Johnson is the best realtor I have ever worked with. I live overseas, so I really needed someone I could depend on when I decided to sell my home in Dupont Circle. Wayne was the right choice. He provided referrals to cleaners, painters, and stagers to get the condo looking its best. He had it photographed and prepared gorgeous marketing materials. He hosted multiple open houses and then he fielded the multiple offers that rolled in. In the end, I got my asking price, thanks to Wayne’s hard work and excellent advice. I recommend him highly.
–Sarah P., Dupont Circle
We couldn’t be happier that we found Kara to help us find our home! She patiently walked us through all the steps of the process and answered all our questions, and she always supported our decisions, no matter how many times we changed our minds about what we wanted. She is extremely well organized and clearly put in a lot of effort to make herself available when we needed her. We were especially grateful for her willingness to really understand what we were looking for and her ability to focus the search on places that would appeal to us. If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, we would absolutely recommend Kara. We will definitely be calling her whenever we next have the need!
-Sarah and Chris, H Street Corridor
We first met Wayne at an open house about a year before we were truly serious about buying in D.C. As first time homebuyers in the competitive D.C. market, we had little clue about how things worked, but Wayne was there every step of the way and made things go quite smoothly. Wayne was as comforting and available throughout this process as we could have hoped for. Our schedules did not permit typical weekend open house viewings much of the time, and Wayne was more than accommodating to that, taking us on numerous after-hour visits to various properties in D.C. He truly had a “24/7” mentality and was extremely responsive to our emails and calls. Case in point: when we finally found our dream home, Wayne quickly arranged a viewing and worked with us to get an offer in that same evening, despite hosting his own open house that same afternoon! Wayne has expertise, knowledge, and experience throughout D.C., and we could not be more pleased with his service throughout this new, complex, and often times stressful process. We highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy in D.C.!
-Casey and Katelyn, 14th Street Corridor/Meridian Hill Park
Kara is the creme de la creme of Realtors. Her attention to detail, professionalism and superior knowledge of the market were indispensable in my real estate transaction. With her hand on the pulse of the market, she was able to give me keen advice on how to list my property: from preparation, staging to proper pricing. Obviously her formula paid off as the house sold in only 5 days! I am very happy I chose to work with her, and I recommend that you do as well!
-Angelo, Hollin Hills
Kara was truly amazing to work with. She knew exactly what I was looking for from day 1 (a LONG 8 months ago), and she was so patient and considerate with me every step of the way. I knew finding a place would be a challenge, especially considering my endless criteria, but she never gave up on me. Her persistence always kept me hopeful and I appreciated those “we’ll keep looking” emails more than you know. And last but not least, THANK YOU for helping me find the perfect condo that really does check all the boxes!! I can’t wait to begin my new adventure. It was definitely worth the wait:)
Wayne Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. From the very first time we spoke about listing our home, Wayne’s knowledge of the market – as well as his thoughts on how best to position our home for sale – was greatly appreciated. He was always very responsive and attentive to our needs, and truly provided that personal attention that you appreciate most when making such a big decision such as this. I would be very happy to recommend Wayne to any of my friends or family, and I will personally count on seeking his assistance in the future.
–Riz, Adams Morgan
Kara was terrific to work with! Not only did she help us find a new home but she also sold my condo in six days. Kara was on top of all the latest listings and forwarded them as soon as they were available. She was patient and offered great advice when we needed it. Not only will we contact Kara again in the future but we’ve even referred some of our friends to her.
-Farouk and Lane, Mt. Vernon Square (sold) & Eckington (bought)
We first met Wayne Johnson at an open house he was holding in Adams Morgan. We weren’t ready to purchase a home at that time but a year and a half later we were and we contacted Wayne. He met with us for a Buyer’s Consultation, explained the home buying process, and listened to what we wanted in our first home. Wayne gave us personal attention, excellent listings to look at (one of which became our home) and perhaps most importantly, really good advice throughout the offer-making, negotiation, and settlement process. As first-time home buyers, this was invaluable. Whenever we run into anyone who needs a Realtor, we tell them about Wayne.
-Alec and Maria, Columbia Heights
I found out about Kara from some friends who used her and were happy with her services. Her name also received positive feedback anytime I brought it up along the way, such as people who worked at the title company or mortgage lender…typically along the lines that you could count on Kara or that she always does a good job.
She was available at all hours on all days, and made me feel like her only client even though I knew she had other sales going through. She’s pretty much a workaholic and lives to do this. Even on the initial meeting she was working with me as a partner to determine value and go forward as I was comfortable, both in price and timeline. She was also willing to go the extra mile, whether that was meeting a contractor while I was at work or dropping off something I didn’t have time for. And she continues to follow up after the sale to make sure everything is still fine and to ensure I have anything I need.
She paid off for me with her connection to contractors who could do work last-minute and her ability and accessibility guiding me through each step of the process, including selecting a buyer and simultaneously purchasing a new condo.
Although available by phone and email, Kara was also able to do a lot of work through text as well. And finally, she created an open environment where I felt comfortable discussing anything about the sales process, either positive or negative. There were a lot of benefits that I experienced working with Kara through the sale of my property and purchasing a new one, and I got exactly what I was looking for out of it.
–Cyrus, 14th Street Corridor (bought & sold) & Trinidad (sold)
My husband and I are very grateful to Wayne for helping us find a home in less than 2 months in a very tough market in NW DC. I would highly recommend working with Wayne for his excellent assistance and local knowledge of the real estate market. It was also a pleasure working with him. Wayne was very responsive and always available. We always had an easy time reaching him by phone or e-mail. He met our every demand and special requirements. He also helped us get other great professionals to work with us on the home purchase (Title Company, lending institution, etc.). At no point, did we feel pressured into making a decision. He is very honest, and we relied on his advice. This was our first buy and, without his guidance, it would not have been possible for us to sort all things out and make an informed decision.
–Aris and Madalina, American University Park
Kara helped me find my first home, and my experience working with her was absolutely exceptional. As a first time homebuyer, I had tons of questions about the DC real estate market and the home buying process in general, and Kara walked me through it every step of the way. I also travel a lot for work, so finding time to look at properties was difficult – Kara sent me emails about properties that she thought fit what I was looking for so I was able to do lots of research online while I was out of town. After we found “the place”, Kara and Keller Williams continued to be fantastic to work with – from property search through the closing, Kara was fantastic and I’d highly recommend her to my own friends and family, and to everyone else.
-Jim K., Logan Circle
Highly recommend Wayne Johnson. My situation was different in that I live in China, am not familiar with downtown DC, and had only a self-imposed two-week trip to figure out the city, look at properties, and make an offer. I got to know Wayne via email several months prior to the trip. He did a very nice job of sending me potential listings that fit my criteria. I felt he was very patient with my questions and prompt in answering them. Personally I appreciated that Wayne is a bit older. It was clear that he had a lot of experience in the region. I also felt that he was relaxed and not in a hurry for me to make a decision, which I ascribed to his maturity. Also felt that he is a very honest man – ask him a question about something, and he will explain it to you fully as he knows it, but also admits when he may not know the full answer, and was very good about following up to get answers. As a first time buyer, I appreciated all of this. With Wayne’s help, I found a great new home on Capitol Hill and purchased it. Again, I highly recommend Wayne.
-Chris, Capitol Hill
Nik and I would like to personally thank you for a job well done in selling our condo! Due to the fact that we were relocating across the country complicated this process, we probably weren’t your easiest customers. Your patience throughout the entire process was much appreciated. Your excellent service, frequent communication, professionalism and dependability, made the sale process easier for us. We really appreciate the extra steps and recommendations you made to expedite the sale of our property. Having you keep an eye on the property, coordinate vendor visits, facilitate the closing process and taking care of all the little things, such as having fresh flowers presented at the open house really made this entire process smooth for us. Additionally, the regular communication, even while you were on vacation, was quite remarkable! You consistently went above and beyond and we would certainly recommend your services to anyone that is interested in buying or selling a home. Again, thank you very much for all your hard work.
-Michael and Nik, Mt. Vernon Square
Wayne and Kara were a pleasure to work with during my condo search. They were the consummate real estate professionals. They were immediately responsive anytime I had a question, request, or inquiry. Once when I saw a property I liked and there were no listings available in that building, Wayne personally researched the tax records of the building, sent notes to every owner, and found two interested sellers. All my friends know how much I enjoyed working with Wayne. I loved the thoughtful note he sent me a year after our sale, the diligence he employed in trying to find me the exact home I wanted. I even remember how his was the only open house I visited where he actually followed up with a personal note to each contact – that’s why I decided to make him my agent! The service he provided was great and I loved how detail oriented and reliable he was to work with. I would definitely work with Wayne and Kara again.
-Sandra, U Street Corridor
My real estate agent, Kara Johnson, is fantastic and she specializes in properties in DC. She is also licensed in Maryland. She did a great job and I can’t imagine having worked with anyone else. I told her exactly what I wanted, my budget, my preferred neighborhoods and then she did all of the searching for me. My time has been super limited recently so having someone take on that responsibility was great. Then once I was under contract, she made sure that everything happened by the deadlines and made sure that I was well informed about the full process. I only ended up looking at a few places and she did a great job finding me my current place. I can’t recommend her highly enough, she is great at what she does.
-Eloise, Mount Pleasant
Being a first time home buyer is both exciting and terrifying at the same time; it’s something you’ve worked hard to save for and marks the beginning of a new phase in life, but the stakes are high and making the right choice is daunting. After taking the first step in deciding I wanted to own, my friend Caroline referred me to Wayne Johnson. Wayne made every subsequent step as clear and simple as possible. He was calm, which stilled my first-timer nerves, but tenacious in helping me find exactly what I was looking for – it helped that our tastes are similar! Working with Wayne feels like you are his only client; he is attentive, flexible, and goes out of his way to identify opportunities. Without his guidance I doubt I could have ended up here, sitting at my kitchen table in my perfect apartment, after navigating the multiple-offer competition that is becoming such a staple of home buying in Washington DC. I recommend working with Wayne to every friend thinking of buying a home, and trust completely they are in the best care possible!
-Erika, Dupont Circle
I cannot imagine what it would have been like to go through the process of buying my first apartment without Kara’s patience, guidance and responsibility. I knew nothing about the process and I was not familiar with the US buying system as I spent most of my living abroad before I moved to Washington D.C. So I made lot of questions all the time. Kara listened patiently and made sure that all my questions were answered. I really appreciate her professionalism. All the difficulties that I encountered during this process were quickly resolved due to Kara’s advice and clarity response. I was very fortunate to have met her and would gladly and enthusiastically recommend her to anyone.
-Marianela, Forest Hills
Wayne was a great partner for our first home buying experience. He was always calm and cool, and never pushy. He gave us a realistic sense of what the competitive DC real estate market is like and was able to constantly show us things we were interested in. In DC you need to move fast, and he was willing and able to give us access to listings before their open house sessions, giving us the edge in what ultimately became a great purchase for us. I recommend Wayne without reservation!
–Justin and Kim, Adams Morgan
We had a fabulous time working with Kara Johnson. We were under contract within a month of searching. Since helping us find our house, she has also helped two of our friends purchase homes in DC-one of them bought the 3rd place Kara brought her to! She is extremely knowledgeable on the DC real estate market.
Kara was extremely professional and great to work with. She returned all calls and emails immediately, making sure we were informed every step of the way from the beginning to the end. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the entire process (of which we knew nothing), and working with Kara we felt comfortable and confident throughout the purchase. We were thrilled with our experience working with Kara, and we would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone house hunting (or house selling) in the DC area.
-Dan and Alissa, Adams Morgan (bought & sold) & Petworth (bought)
Wayne and his daughter Kara are a great team to work with. They helped us find our new home, and Wayne skillfully negotiated a fantastic purchase price for us. We always felt that the Johnsons had our best interest in mind, and they represented those interests at every turn. Whenever we voiced a question or concern, Wayne or Kara responded almost immediately. We are so happy we chose to work with them, and we are just loving our new home!
-Sarah and Jedd, Kalorama
We cannot say enough good things about Kara Johnson’s service as our buyer’s agent. We were not easy clients- we were first time homebuyers, were buying from out of town, did not know the city well, and had one weekend to look at properties. When we did come into town she spent two days with us looking at condos and townhouses. We were looking at many different neighborhoods and were impressed with her knowledge of the city. Leading up to our closing Kara guided us through the process every step of the way; at the closing she even held and fed our three month old baby so we could sign the paperwork- such service! We cannot recommend Kara Johnson highly enough. She is responsive, friendly, organized, and knowledgeable and makes you feel like you are her only client.
-Jen and Dave, 14th Street Corridor/Meridian Hill Park
I first met Wayne Johnson on Trulia when he answered a question I posted about being a first time homebuyer. From the beginning Wayne provided me with just the right amount of detail that I liked. He answered every email and question I had. He was always very positive and willing to show me properties whenever I wanted to see them. It was an education for me and I appreciated having Wayne’s experience and expertise to guide me. I was working on a tight budget and wanted to keep my costs down and Wayne was always very respectful of that when sending me listings to consider. I love my new home and still call Wayne for his opinions and ideas, for example, when I was remodeling my kitchen. I loved working with Wayne. I have already referred my sister, my co-worker, and two of my friends to him and all have now bought homes of their own with Wayne as their REALTOR.
-Caroline, Mount Vernon Square
I’m writing this while sitting in the kitchen of a condo I never would have bought without Kara Johnson’s help. I knew I was in good hands from our first meeting. Buying a place is a crazy experience, and Kara was amazing throughout the entire process. I didn’t have many parameters when I started looking, but Kara really listened and found some great options. The more places we saw together, the more she was able to help me find one that I love and that is truly my home. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Kara. I would work with her again in a heartbeat and certainly will in the future!
-Lilly, Adams Morgan
Wayne Johnson was very helpful and patient in helping us find the right home. We were working with a tight deadline, and he made himself available on nights and weekends to work with our busy schedules. Even after several deals fell through, including a foreclosure we made an offer on, he continued to press forward until we found the right home. We’re glad we chose the apartment we did and are grateful for all Wayne’s help.
–Lisa and Seth, Mount Pleasant
Ms. Kara Johnson helped me sell my home in DC while I was 3000 miles away, and then helped me buy a new property in DC, again from 3000 miles away. She was always available to talk and assuage any concerns I had. I wouldn’t use anyone else to buy or sell a home in DC.
–Ricardo, Petworth (sold) & Glover Park (bought)
Wayne Johnson was the perfect real estate agent for us, and appropriately, he found us the perfect home. We never considered ourselves “seriously looking”, and Wayne struck the perfect balance of giving us space while still regularly providing options that suited us. We were first-time homebuyers, so he led us through the bidding process with care. And, once our offer was accepted, he expertly guided us through to closing, looking out for our interests every step of the way while making sure everything stayed on schedule. The result is a house we couldn’t be happier with in a great neighborhood we didn’t know existed until Wayne introduced us to it.
-Kristin and Mitch, Chevy Chase/Hawthorne
Wayne is excellent. We just completed our third transaction with him. Three and half years ago Wayne helped us buy our first lovely condo in Columbia Heights and his magic touch helped make the place feel like home from the very beginning. Because of our excellent experience in 2014, we contacted Wayne last year when we began to look for a bigger home to accommodate our rapidly growing puppy and family needs. Wayne helped us pick out a perfect house in Petworth, guiding us through the grueling process, not just with the technicalities, but by being a mentor and confidante. He also helped sell our condo and was the beacon we followed through this emotionally challenging process. Wayne treats his customers with utmost reverence, providing advice and guidance always at the appropriate time. Wayne is punctual to a tee, extremely responsive, and never pushy. His flexibility and ability to help with everything from the transaction to the inspectors, contractors, and lenders is extraordinary. We know that we can rely on Wayne for any future question about our house. We are happily settled into our new home, but should we choose to buy or sell again, Wayne is the only agent we would consider hiring.
-Mikhail & Anna, Columbia Heights (bought & sold) & Petworth (bought)
I have been a Realtor in DC for many years and have just relocated to Newport, Rhode Island, for family reasons. I am referring my business to a very talented, intelligent and trustworthy Realtor named Wayne Johnson. He works full time in real estate along with his daughter as a very productive team. You certainly are free to work with whomever you like but with my experience and interaction with other agents, I must say Wayne is one of the very best. I am confident that you will be very pleased with the level of service he will provide.
–John Loulan, GRI, REALTOR, Licensed in DC, VA & FL