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About The Equity Rise Team

As Top Realtors in Northern Virginia, the agents of the Equity Rise Real Estate Group from Pearson Smith Realty serve clients who are buying and selling homes throughout Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County, including Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Manassas, Reston, Herndon, and from Arlington to Aldie and from Leesburg to Lorton.

Our team approach ensures that each step of your transaction is handled by an expert in their field, including home search, negotiation, photography, and marketing homes for sale. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation where a professional real estate expert will give you a FREE custom valuation of your home, so you'll know what it would sell for in today's real estate market. We will also give you tips on how to get the most money from your home with the least effort.

Call us at 703-539-2969 now for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Reviews from Our Clients

Testimonials

"Our experience with Mark and the Equity Rise Team was very smooth. We were extremely impressed with Mark’s professionalism and with the marketing materials that the Equity Rise Team provides. Our house sold in 5 days with multiple offers. Mark exceeded anything that we’ve ever seen from other Realtors we’ve worked with. We have already recommended him to a colleague and would certainly recommend him to anybody else we knew."

by Sherry F.

"The team at Equity Rise was my first and only contact because after walking through my home, they gave great suggestions on what my home needed to prepare it for sale. My home needed a lot of updating and the Equity Rise professionals made solid, strategic recommendations on where I should spend my money to get the biggest return on my investment. I would have been lost without them. Throughout the sales process, I really appreciated their constant communication with me and with potential buyers. I was especially impressed with their negotiating of concerns raised by the buyer of my home. They were able to work through all the issues that arose between contract ratification and the settlement date. The sale truly was a win-win for both parties and I couldn’t be more pleased."

by Judy C.

"The value that they gave us was absolutely amazing. Their advice was spot on. We had two offers in two days. It was just phenomenal. It actually surprised us just how quickly the house sold. They were always there for us and if we had any concerns, they addressed them in a very professional manner. Their customer service was “A-1”."

by Helen B.

"A lot of seller’s agents get a listing and sit around waiting for buyers to show up, but the Equity Rise team focused on selling our house every day until it was done. They made it easy to get our house fixed up, worked with us to price it attractively, staged it effectively, and promoted it heavily. We received lots of personal attention. In a down market with competing properties all over the place we had a full price contract signed only 48 hours after our house went on the market. The Equity Rise team REALLY knows how to sell houses and did an outstanding job for us."

by Bill C.

"I tried to sell my house myself at first, but I realized very quickly there’s a lot more to it than putting a sign post in the yard and hoping someone will come and buy. There’s more to it than meets the eye! It’s not just a matter of “getting a buyer.” There’s the home inspection, everything! There are so many details! It’s really amazing how many details there are in buying and selling a home! Everything has to go right. I had to settle quickly. The whole Equity Rise team went above and beyond the call of duty. I would whole-heartedly recommend the whole team. That’s the other thing that really was great, was knowing that there was a whole team of people behind it all, not just having to deal with one person – I could call on everybody there. I felt like I had a lot of knowledgeable people behind me, besides her, and I feel like that alone was really valuable. I highly recommend Equity Rise, and if anyone ever asks me for the name of a good Realtor I certainly will recommend them – in fact, I already have!"

by Sharon W.

“I have a disability called arthrogryposis. It affects people in different ways, but for me it affects my hips mostly. That’s why I need to walk with braces and crutches. I needed a ground level condo with a garage close-by and no stairs. When the building I wanted to live in didn’t have any units for sale, Leigh Anne wrote a personal letter to every owner on the ground floor asking if they wanted to sell. When a condo became available, there we had to compete with twelve other offers. Leigh Anne gave me great advice on how to make my bid stronger and I won the bid! This is so awesome! I can’t believe it’s happening! I’m so excited that I’m finally getting my own place! The level of service Equity Rise provided was so awesome! They really did a great job helping me to find this place. I would recommend them to anybody and every-body who is looking for a place to live! Equity Rise Team is #1!"

by Steve V.

"My family was in Bangalore, India. We planned to move to Washington DC due to work. I was in charge of finding a place to live, buying a house, without my spouse actually seeing it, so that was a bit of a challenge. My agent never pressured me on the houses. He wasn’t looking for something short-term. He was always looking for my best interest. I basically paid $10,000 less than what I thought I would pay for this house, just because of his help in negotiating for this house. Very unbiased, professional advice, and giving me the life cycle of services from understanding the area to going through the houses, through comparison, through negotiation of the deal, then the post-closing networking or contact with service providers in the area."

by Sunit S.

"I used the Equity Rise Team to purchase my initial investment home. I found them to be professional and thorough in the level of analysis they did, and in helping to find the right fit for my investment objectives. I was very happy with that experience, and in fact, I'm now working with the Equity Rise Team again to look for another investment home."

by Fee V.

"We found the Equity Rise Team on their special “new construction” website. At first, we were a little naive and hadn’t planned on having an agent represent us with new construction. I think from the first moment that we really met Leigh Anne and the team and getting to know what you guys do was just really impressive... just hearing how much knowledge there was to be shared and I think right away we we’re pretty much sure instantly knew that we needed somebody on our team that really help to guide us. I would absolutely recommend Leigh Anne and the entire team to anybody, new construction, resale, whatever! I would honestly work with them again anytime. It was such a pleasure, so professional, so helpful and always really looking out for us and I couldn’t have ever imagined that it would turn out as well as it did."

by Dennis and Belinda

"Our experience with Equity Rise was great! Everybody was very helpful. Everything was done on time. The communication was perfect – mostly text messages, which is the way I do most everything anyway, so that helped out greatly. We had all kinds of reminders, so we never had to worry about missing anything, any deadlines. We had some interesting things come up in this process, and they were all handled very well. It was very easy on our end."

by Dave and Stephanie K.

"Our experience with Leigh Anne and her team has been incredibly positive. From the beginning we were impressed with Leigh Anne's professionalism and her sincere interest in marketing and helping selling our home. For example, we interviewed several agents, as we were able to proactively plan for a market driven sale price. We relied on her experience and expertise many times during the process. She offered countless helpful suggestions and did a remarkable job staging our home for showings and open house events. We always felt she had our best interests at heart. The highlight of our experience working with Leigh Anne came as we got close to closing and a complicated matter arose related to the title on our home. When everyone else seemed to be stuck trying to resolve serious problem, Leigh Anne dug in and through persistent "detective" work was able to make a breakthrough that allowed us to sell our home on schedule. Without a doubt she represents everything an outstanding real estate agent should be for his or her clients. Leigh Anne exemplifies the best of her profession. We gave Leigh Anne an "Excellent" in every aspect of the service she provided but she really merited a rating about excellent. We think perhaps an "Excellent Plus, Plus would apply."

by John C. and Rosa A.

“Leslie Plata Wood is an amazing agent. She was responsive, attentive to my needs, and made the home searching and buying experience a pleasant one. I have friends who are agents, but not as good as Leslie. She went the extra-extra mile for me. She was patient and did not pressure me, which was perfect. I will recommend her to all my friends.”

by Mary S.

"Totally on the ball! Kept up to date in an ever-changing fast-paced market. Leigh Anne was incredibly responsive, and understood our vision for our future home!"

by Rob and Sarah M.

Mark and Leigh Anne and their team’s processes and expertise were instrumental in helping us sell and buy homes this year. The home selling and buying process can seem overwhelming at times but Mark and Leigh Anne were always there to answer any of our questions and provide the necessary guidance to make the best decision for our family. We have used half a dozen realtors before the Equity Rise team and they are by far the best we have ever had the pleasure of doing business with."

by Marvin and Stefanie

“We will definitely recommend Mark and the Equity Rise Team to our friends. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and throughout our home search, and really kept our interests in mind. He provided great advice and real estate insight, which was very important to us as first time home buyers. He did everything so well involving the whole home buying process, from the beginning right up through the closing.”

by Vishit and Shreya

“Mark and the Equity Rise team were able to get my home sold in just 5 days for full list price, which was frankly even higher than what I had anticipated I might get for my home. When an issue arose with the initial buyer and he had to rescind the contract, Mark had already worked to secure a full price back-up offer and the home was under contract again the same day. We didn’t miss a beat, and the whole process went smoothly. I also needed the timing of the transaction to coordinate with the dates I was moving to my new home. Again, Mark and his team knew what to do and put all the contract terms in place to make it as easy and seamless as possible for my double-move. I highly recommend the Equity Rise team for your home sale!” Leigh Anne and the Equity Rise team were able to find me a condo that was close to where I live now but without all of the upkeep of my single family home. The unit had been on the market for a while so we were able to get a lower price. Leigh Anne protected me by using contract language that allowed me to get out of the purchase contract if the home sale fell through. More importantly, the Equity Rise team was able to reassure the seller and agent of our ability to settle on time even with the dependence of my home sale on this next purchase. By keeping in constant communication with the seller side of the transaction they agreed to move forward with our offer and my kitties and I are happy to be moving into our new home!

by Wendy

“When we got military orders in early 2017 to relocate to northern Virginia we knew we wanted to buy new construction but wasn't sure where to start. After searching online we came across the Equity Rise team's site, newconstructionhomesva.com. We hired Equity Rise to be our ears and eyes since we were not able to make an "in person" home search trip. After identifying the community and floor plan we liked Leigh Anne went in person the next day to negotiate the offer. There was another buyer looking seriously at the same lot, but we were able to get our offer in first. Leigh Anne took the time to walk through each room of the house answering our specific questions so we could accurately chose our desired upgrades. As with any new construction purchase we experienced a few bumps along the way. It was a blessing to have an agent, separate from the builder, directly representing us to speak on our behalf when issues arose. All issues were addressed and resolved and we are busy making our new house our home! We would highly recommend the Equity Rise Real team to other relocation or local buyers!”

by James and Kristen

“Mark and his entire team were beyond excellent! We never dreamed we could get such a comprehensive service; staging, pictures, video, and everything of the highest quality. He completely understood our family needs and dynamics. Mark is a natural!”

by Cathy and David

"My sister used the Equity Rise team to sell their town home and purchase a single family home two years ago and were very impressed with their professionalism and commitment to customer service. When it came time for me to buy a home, I naturally selected a real estate team that came with such a strong recommendation. Leigh Anne took the time to educate me, not only on the market but on the entire home buying process which helped put me at ease. I was little apprehensive at first about putting my foot in the water, but once we started looking at home my apprehension turned into excitement. We looked at a few homes in December but nothing really fit. In January Leigh Anne followed a home NOT YET on the market called a Coming Soon listing. The very day it went active we went to see the home and it was a perfect fit. Leigh Anne worked quickly and got the offer in that night. Two other offers came in but because we were first and gave them what they wanted so we won the bidding war. In addition, the Equity Rise team connected me with a great lender at Towne Bank Mortgage" who not only handled my loan but patiently answered all of my questions and recommended the best loan for my situation. Leigh Anne's knowledge of the contract, the process, and her connections with inspectors, lenders and contractors was extremely helpful. I was very satisfied with the Equity Rise team and would heartily recommend them."

by Paul

“I had rented the same apartment for over 15 years before I made the move to purchase a condo. I really enjoyed the convenience of the Falls Church/Alexandria area and knew I wanted to stay nearby. As a first time home buyer I had a lot of questions about the home buying process including getting a mortgage, inspections, and evaluating the value of a property. Meeting with Leigh Anne I got all of my questions answered, and we saw less than 10 condos before putting in an offer. Working with the Equity Rise team gave me access to competent lenders, home inspectors, and contractors. While under contract we ran into a couple of inspection issues that made me re-think the viability of the home for my needs. Leigh Anne worked diligently with the listing agent and negotiated a higher subsidy from the seller. The higher subsidy freed up more funds so I could make the changes to the home to make it work for me. We even had a last minute issue with some information in the condo documents but Leigh Anne stepped in and got the answers I needed to move forward. I appreciated Leigh Anne's responsiveness to all my concerns and her follow up on email and text was bar none.” Now that I have the keys I cannot wait to add my personal touch to the condo with custom paint colors, wall murals, and new furniture. Thanks to the entire Equity Rise team to make my dream of home ownership possible! By working with the Equity Rise team as someone completely new to the home buying process I feel I’ve come out with a great deal of experience with the process and while I am a first time homebuyer I wouldn’t hesitate to work with the equity rise team when I decide to sell and/or buy again."

by Peter

“Mark was so easy to work with and such a pleasure! He explained everything every step of the way. This entire process was stress free! I am so happy we worked with him and would highly recommend him. If I am ever in the market again, I will DEFINITELY work with Mark. Thank you so much!"

by Quinchela and Jeff

"We first met the Equity Rise team online when we were searching for our next home to buy. We were several months out since I was still working out of state. Mikayla, the client services coordinator, called me regularly to check in with us to get the progress on our plans. Once I secured my new job in Virginia, I knew we were ready to buy, so Mikayla's next check in call proved to be very timely. We met with and saw homes that first day after our buying consultation with Leigh Anne. I think we saw 6 homes that first weekend in 4 different neighborhoods. One particular community had a large number of retired veterans, like ourselves, which appealed to us but the current homes on the market were not quite right for us. We kept looking and later that week we found a home currently owned by a veteran. They had a VA loan with a favorable interest rate! We quickly made an offer and got a ratified contract to take advantage of the cost savings when assuming a loan. The Equity Rise team worked quickly to get us an inspector, coordinate with the lender holding the mortgage, and connect us to a title company. They also were responsive to every question and proactively worked with the lender and the title company to get us to close a week ahead of schedule. Think of buying or selling a home in northern Virginia? Use the Equity Rise team, you will not be disappointed."

by Andre and Tonya

"Mark, thank you for your fabulous service. Mark is very personable and knowledgeable person. We are very pleased!!!"

by Kim and Richard

“Mark and his team were so responsive and professional throughout the home selling process. The results were exactly what we wanted, and we’ve now recommended Mark to a family member who is thinking of selling a home in this area.”

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