Reviews

 
 

Paul M.


Akrum has gone above and beyond to make sure our DC rental was what we wanted and needed. After the rental was done, Akrum didn't leave us. Things came up with our rental and Akrum took control to help us. He had already made the rent and he did not need to do the things he did, but Akrum is not that kind of person. He helped when we needed it even when it wasn't required of him. If you are looking to rent or buy I highly recommend Akrum. I know that when my wife and I are ready to buy we will be returning to Akrum. Return business is the highest recommendation I can give.

Tara P.


A friend set me up with Akrum and I couldn't have been happier. Finding a place in D.C. is a nightmare but Akrum was there to make life a lot easier. He truly exceeded all expectations for what a typical realtor would do. I had a lot of particular needs and requirements (location, central air, price, pets) which weren't easy to find but Akrum kept at it daily till we found places that worked. We hit many snags due to other people's error and my own indecision but Akrum stuck by me the entire time and worked through every kink happily. I honestly couldn't believe it. We ended up finally finding a wonderful place to rent and Akrum secured the deal in a day!! I seriously am so indebted to him and you really couldn't find a more professional, caring realtor if you tried. I highly recommend him! I can guarantee you will be very glad you had someone this thoughtful and well versed in the D.C. market to guide you during what would otherwise be a daunting process.

Stacy G.


If I could give Akrum a six star I would. I've worked with plenty of real estate agents before and I would say that Akrum is by the far the most professional I've ever worked with. He listens to all of your needs, concerns, and goes above and beyond with getting answers to any of your questions. He's there working for you whole heartedly to make sure you find a place that suites your needs. He makes you feel like you are in control of the whole process and works with you to get the best possible deal. Great guy to work with and it was such a pleasure. If you're looking for VA or DC realtor, Akrum is your man! I highly recommend him. You will not be disappointed at all!

Zach F.


As a new physician moving to a brand new area, finding a balance between location and price was very important to me. Akrum far exceeded my expectations as a realtor. From day one he was able to get a feel for what I needed in a home and gave me excellent service. Most importantly he was always honest and I could tell that he is not the type of person to take shortcuts to make a quick profit. He has YOUR best interests in mind above all. I would send my brother or sister to him.

Lindsay B.


Akrum far exceeded our expectations! We were impressed with his professionalism and charismatic personality from our very first interactions with him which started a few months before our actual move. He kept us informed of market trends and properties that we may be interested in before we even arrived in DC. He had a wealth of knowledge about the area and the market and spent countless hours previewing houses with us until we found the right one. We also really appreciated his punctuality, honest assessment of the properties we visited and ability to genuinely listen to our feedback to help us find the perfect home. We have worked with several other agents over the years and can 100% say that Akrum is the BEST agent!

Meg S.


I simply cannot provide enough positive commentary to suffice when recommending Akrum Ali as a fantastic real estate agent. With two weeks to find a home to rent in a new city, we were nervous about finding a suitable home. My husband and I were moving out of state along with our 4 year old son. We had done as much research online as possible, but knowing an area and reading about it are two separate things. With a laundry list of requirements (child friendly area, good school, safe environment, enough space but not too much, minimal upkeep, near Arlington...the list does go on!) we were beginning to panic. Enter Akrum, Ali, Arbour Realty. Arbour was recommended to my husband by a work colleague. I reached out to the company by email one morning, I was contacted less than two hours later by phone by Mr. Ali. What followed was quite possibly the most pleasant experience one can hope for - stressful circumstances or not. Mr. Ali ascertained our needs, heard our concerns, and acted extremely quickly to accommodate our requirements. Within a day he had provided a variety of appropriate options for our viewing, and two days after my original contact with Arbour Realty, we were viewing houses. Throughout the process Mr. Ali was personable yet professional, and it was clear that he really understood our needs and was determined to meet them. We found a lovely home and Mr. Ali took care of the rest. At all times he was unbelievably responsive, patient, and accommodating. The phrase 'above and beyond' is insufficient to describe his efforts, and I recommend him without hesitation to anyone looking for a home in this area.

Kasey P.


Akrum did an incredible job finding me a new apartment to rent. He went above and beyond what I'd expect from a realtor, while making me feel in control of the whole process. My new property management company was, quite frankly, a pain in the ass to deal with, but Akrum made sure nothing fell through the cracks and got me an incredible deal at the end of the day. I would not have wanted to do this without him. He's incredibly professional, amicable, and a pleasure to run around the city with!


Akrum is the consummate real estate professional. Last summer I accepted a job offer in DC. I was nervous about finding a place in the area because I was on a short time frame and I had some non-negotiables, including outstanding public schools. I arrived in DC later than anticipated because of a series of delayed flights. When I arrived I texted him to apologize for missing our scheduled meeting and asked if we could meet the next morning. I was shocked when he said, don't worry we can meet tonight wherever is most convenient for you. I've never met a real estate agent at 1030 PM, but Akrum followed through and immediately began evaluating our unique (and demanding) housing needs. By noon the next day we had 3 showings booked and by the following day we already had applications submitted for two rentals. Akrum was a tireless advocate on our behalf. By the third day we were signing a lease and I left back to Texas amazed at how easy the entire process was. I highly recommend Akrum. He is a true all star. Dedicated, serious, and accommodating. Don't waste your time with anyone else. Whether you need an apartment, a condo, a row house, or a single family home, Akrum is the man for the job.

Matt G.


Akrum was fantastic to work with. He found my roommate and I an awesome place to live extremely quickly. It should have been drastically out of our price range, but he negotiated it down to a price we could afford, and was a pleasure to interact with throughout the entire process. I cannot recommend him more highly.

Patti L.


It's hard to pick which good thing to say first about Akrum. To start, he is the epitome of professionalism: always punctual, knowledgeable, goes to bat for his client(s) interests, and thoughtful about which parts of town might best suit your needs. He is a careful listener and truly attentive. His wisdom is that of someone who has been in the area for decades. Akrum helped me move to DC from TX. I didn't know anything about the market, and he could have fleeced me on any number of occasions. Instead, I found myself in trustworthy hands of someone with both good character and great knowledge. When I found I had inappropriately calculated my initial budget, he handled it with much grace and helped me start a fresh search. He never acted impatient or frustrated. He was empathetic and encouraging and patiently taught me about the financing side of real estate while helping me find the absolutely perfect place and then doggedly negotiating it down into my price range. He is a work horse. He is calm and kind and not dramatic in the least. He is easy to talk with and spend and afternoon/day looking at houses with. He has that "hunger" of a young professional; he is motivated and truly sincere. Anyone I have met moving here, I tell them about Akrum. I would trust him to pick out a home for my little sister, mom; anyone. My husband and I certainly will be using him again (we just recently worked with him for a second time to find a bigger home, 18 months after my initial move here from TX). We plan on working with him again in a heartbeat if we move again later. Go with Akrum. He is a gem.

Amanda P.


I cannot say enough wonderful things about Akrum. As a first-time home-buyer, he guided me through every step of the process. He provided my husband and me with keen insights about different areas and housing options, listened carefully to our preferences, and responded quickly whenever we reached out. His advice in helping select properties to visit and while touring them helped us to have a complete picture of the options out there and the considerations to be weighed for each place. Once my husband and I found a place we loved and wanted to purchase, he worked hard to advocate on our behalf as buyers, especially when confronted with difficult behavior from another realtor. He went above and beyond in so many ways to make sure my husband and I were comfortable throughout the home-buying process. He is incredibly friendly and such a joy to spend time with--going to showings and talking about next steps was always enjoyable. My husband and I are so happy in our new home, and we cannot thank Akrum enough for making it possible.

Vidya D.


Akrum's professionalism, promptness, and patience helped us secure the most convenient place in DC, fitting of our exact style, needs and budget. We are truly indebted to him for his work, especially given the incredible roadblocks we faced including being halfway around the world while closing the transaction, the intensely time-pressured situation, and a last minute fall out on a deal. As first time movers to DC and knowing very little about the city, we really cannot thank Akrum enough for navigating this difficult process, exhibiting the highest degree of professionalism throughout, and for always going above and beyond his call of duty. When I feared that we might not be able to move in time for Fall, Akrum assured me that he would take care of everything, and he sure did! Endless thanks to you, Akrum

Goldie P.


We're so glad to be working with Akrum. We needed help renting our DC condo and Akrum made sure everything went smoothly and by-the-book. He helped us determine the appropriate rental price, acted as a liaison between us and our tenants, made sure we completed all the required legal forms, and did it all for a nominal fee. Now that we live in another state, Akrum's gone above and beyond by delivering keys for us, inspecting handyman work on our behalf, taking care of small fixes, and helping to renegotiate/renew our tenant's lease. It's a relief to know we can call Akrum with any question or ask any favor, no matter how small, and he's genuinely happy to help however he can.

Ryan B.


Akrum was excellent to work with. He was always extremely responsive, professional, and eager to assist in any way he could. My wife and I tend to overanalyze big decisions so it took us a while to find the right home in the DC area. Akrum provided excellent advice and recommendations during our home search and was always willing to show us more homes. Once we finally found the right place, he went to bat for us in negotiations to help us get a good deal. After our offer was accepted, he invested considerable time and effort to ensure we were satisfied with all aspects of the transaction. Even with a few hiccups during final negotiations with the seller and the seller's realtor (who was borderline unprofessional and unethical at times), we heard no complaints from Akrum and were continually impressed by his attitude, emotional intelligence, and exceptional service. We can't wait to work with Akrum in the future and are happy to recommend him to others in the DC area.

Joe M.


Akrum really exceeded my expectations for a realtor. He guided us through the entire process with prompt responses to all of our questions. Our search was more difficult than some because we kept getting outbid in the crazy DC housing market. Akrum encouraged us to be patient and we eventually found a place that we liked for a reasonable price. I really appreciated that Akrum never put any pressure on us to find a place quickly or to increase our offers. His primary concern was always that we would be happy at the end of the transaction. After we came under contract, not only did Akrum arrange for an inspection and make sure that the seller made the agreed-upon repairs, but he also took the lead on a few improvements that we wanted to make before we moved in. If you are looking for a realtor, I highly recommend Akrum.


Akrum is awesome. So helpful and responsive. He's now helped is find great places twice and I wouldn't go with anyone else. He is honest with you when it's a good deal and will go to bat for you when there's room for negotiation. 10/10 would work with again.

Meghna Sachdev


I never write reviews but I have to for Akrum - he's just that good! He's knowledgeable, dedicated, and professional. More importantly (to me, at least) he is a true pleasure to work with - friendly, thoughtful, and always on your team! I don't have a single negative thing to say about my experience, and recommend Akrum to friends who even hint they're looking. Highly recommended!


On two occasions now Akrum has helped my wife and I find a rental in the DC area. Both times Akrum went above and beyond. with the 1st apartment the day after we moved in the AC broke. Akrum worked with the landlord to get in fixed and paid out of his own pocket for us to stay in a hotel. The 2nd time Akrum showed us no less than 20 places (we are very picky) and no matter how many times we said no he smiled and offered to show us another.

Jo Kodean


We recently asked Akrum to help guide us as we prepared to purchase our first home. Akrum met with us right away and helped us figure out exactly what sort of property we should target. After our meeting, Akrum has stayed in touch and kept us informed on desirable local properties. I have been very impressed with Akrum's responsiveness and knowledge of the local neighborhoods. I am very happy that we found him and that he agreed to help us purchase our first home

Jamee Lah


Akrum was the perfect realtor for my family. I met him by chance at an Open House he was hosting and I'm so glad we stayed in touch, he was very knowledgeable and patient during the decision making process. It took us about 8 months to find and like a place and Akrum stood by us and didn't push for us to make a purchases with which we didn't feel comfortable and confident. I definatly would recommend him to anyone who would like to find and settle into a new home in this tough and complicated market for buyers in the DC Metro real estate market. He also helped with finding a home inspector. I couldn't have done it without him, best decision ever!


More than a great realtor, Akrum Ali is a great friend. He helped me find my dream condo in a great location near Dupont and was successful in negotiating the price into something affordable. He went the extra mile to ensure that the everything was in order and facilitated a seamless move as well. Akrum is a gold star realtor if there ever was one!

Phillips Katelyn


Akrum made my renting experience in DC a breeze! He handled absolutely everything -- from conducting the search for available properties based on our specifications, to escorting us around from place to place on the weekend, to even negotiating our monthly rent -- ultimately saving us hundreds of dollars! During the search, he was able to find properties we would have never come across on our own. He was kind, professional, and extremely helpful during our visits -- answering any and all of our questions. As a young professional in DC, I greatly appreciated his negotiating skills! People are still amazed at how much I'm paying for my perfectly-located apartment. I have referred Akrum to several of my friends and colleagues who are beginning their home search in the area.

Teresa Kroeger


Akrum is a wonderful person and talented agent. He is knowledgeable about the market and made my move an easy transition. He found the BEST apartment in the city that I still can't believe I get to call home every day. He even negotiated to get me the best possible rate. Akrum answered my calls at all times of day and answered my endless questions with kindness and patience. He has a great personality and makes the process easy and transparent. I can't recommend Akrum enough!


Akrum is simply amazing! He is extremely professional and knowledgeable in the real estate sales and rental market. Akrum was super understanding and he would always be available to answer even the smallest question and believe me, I had questions! Akrum made my condo search a dream! He found units for me to view that I didn't even know were on the market so I was often one of the first people to view the unit. I really appreciated his professionalism and though I was only in the market for a rental this year, Akrum treated me as if I were a million dollar commissioned client. The whole search process was quick and painless and I would encourage anyone looking to purchase or looking for a rental to contact Akrum. I plan to purchase a home in the next year or two and when I do, my first call, my only call, will to the best real estate agent in the area -- Akrum Ali.


Akrum is the consummate professional. He has extensive knowledge of the DMV market and is well respected within the realtor community. Akrum went above and beyond to help my family find a single-family rental in Arlington, VA. I accepted a job offer in D.C. and was expected to move from Texas within 2 months of acceptance. My wife and I tried looking online and just couldn't get a good sense of the market. We were feeling anxious and discouraged and decided we needed a professional to guide us through the process. I flew out to D.C. to meet with Akrum. My flight was delayed twice and instead of arriving at 4PM, I did not get into the city until 11PM. I texted Akrum to let him know that we'd have to cancel, but he insisted at meeting me at a coffee shop next to my hotel at 11:30PM! I've never encountered someone so accommodating. He worked late into the night narrowing down the properties that fit our wish list. I called him early the next morning and we visited three wonderful properties. Akrum worked hard on behalf and proved to be a masterful negotiator. We were able to come in slightly under budget and he even convinced the landlord to deviate from his "no pets" policy. I have recommended Akrum to others making the move to the DMV and every single one has thanked me for connecting them.

Wayne Saward


Akrum facilitated us in getting an apartment in downtown DC. He was always available by phone or email if we had any questions. We had a lot of specific things we wanted in a new place and he strived to find apts that fit all our needs. He found places that weren't listed on conventional sites. When it comes to negotiation he saved us a ton. He negotiated our rent $200 lower than asking price and had the pet fee waived. He even convinced the landlord to allow us to pay the security deposit in increments over 3 months. After we moved in he checked up on us to make sure we were happy with the place. He even had a professional cleaning person hired after I mentioned that the landlord didn't clean that well. There is no question that he made our searching and moving experience as easy as can be!

Amanda Ploch


I cannot say enough wonderful things about Akrum. As a first-time home-buyer, he guided me through every step of the process. He provided my husband and me with keen insights about different areas and housing options, listened carefully to our preferences, and responded quickly whenever we reached out. His advice in helping select properties to visit and while touring them helped us to have a complete picture of the options out there and the considerations to be weighed for each place. Once my husband and I found a place we loved and wanted to purchase, he worked hard to advocate on our behalf as buyers, especially when confronted with difficult behavior from another realtor. He went above and beyond in so many ways to make sure my husband and I were comfortable throughout the home-buying process. He is incredibly friendly and such a joy to spend time with--going to showings and talking about next steps was always enjoyable. My husband and I are so happy in our new home, and we cannot thank Akrum enough for making it possible.


Akrum was excellent to work with. He was always extremely responsive, professional, and eager to assist in any way he could. My wife and I tend to overanalyze big decisions so it took us a while to find the right home in the DC area. Akrum provided excellent advice and recommendations during our home search and was always willing to show us more homes. Once we finally found the right place, he went to bat for us in negotiations to help us get a good deal. After our offer was accepted, he invested considerable time and effort to ensure we were satisfied with all aspects of the transaction. Even with a few hiccups during final negotiations with the seller and the seller's realtor (who was borderline unprofessional and unethical at times), we heard no complaints from Akrum and were continually impressed by his attitude, emotional intelligence, and exceptional service. We can't wait to work with Akrum in the future and are happy to recommend him to others in the DC area.

Goldie Pyka


We're so glad to be working with Akrum. We needed help renting our DC condo and Akrum made sure everything went smoothly and by-the-book. He helped us determine the appropriate rental price, acted as a liaison between us and our tenants, made sure we completed all the required legal forms, and did it all for a nominal fee. Now that we live in another state, Akrum's gone above and beyond by delivering keys for us, inspecting handyman work on our behalf, and helping to renegotiate/renew our tenant's lease. It's a relief to know we can call Akrum with any question or ask any favor and he's genuinely happy to help however he can.


I recommend Akrum highly. He's entrepreneurial, energetic, positive, polite, and responsive. I have used Akrum for two transactions, representing me as a buyer. He has tremendous knowledge of the DC market and can assist both owner occupants and investors. Real estate is his full time job and he works seven days a week.


This was my first time requiring a realtor. I had been referred to Akrum by a friend and called him. He was a top-rate professional throughout my entire experience and I felt very confident having him represent me. He was assertive, knowledgeable, and professional with the other real-estate professionals we encountered, which I felt reflect well on me and gave the property owners a positive first impression. I couldn't be happier with the arrangement, and Akrum has gained my loyalty as a client.