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Donna Henshaw
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5 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
32 user reviews.
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It’s 2022 and the housing market is crazy! It’s times like these that you especially need a seasoned realtor to help make the most of your limited opportunities to buy or sell a home. Donna has helped my family do both this year and we were thrilled with the results! What made working with Donna so special was her level of customer service and her level of expertise. There were so many decisions through out the process that I was grateful to have Donna guidance, but three decisions really stood out to me. First, when it came time to sell my parents home, Donna knew just what type of renovations that would have the best return on investment. She setup everything with her personal list of preferred contractors to do the work, which was completed on-time and on-budget. This is no easy task in 2022 with all the challenges that global supply chain issues bring. Second, Donna was able to perfectly price the home based on the comparables in the neighborhood as well as her understanding of how the current market was trending. She even predicted the final sale prices of homes in the area that were still in the process of being sold with remarkable accuracy. Third, Donna was able to help my parents evaluate various offers by explaining the nuances of how the best offer isn’t necessarily the highest one. The decision to buy or sell a home is an incredibly important both financially and personally. With so much at stake and sometimes only hours to make a decision, it becomes all the more important to have a person who is a subject matter expert available to help make the best decision for you and your family. For me and my family, that person is Donna.

Henry L
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Donna Henshaw is the real estate agent that I dreamt about finding. Donna helped my wife and I find the perfect home for us despite a somewhat rigorous list of preferences. She worked worked diligently during the pre-purchase presenting us only with homes that were possibilities. During the  contract phase, she was both kind and firm at the appropriate times to obtain the best possible offer. After the sale when agents disappear, Donna remained by my side during an extensive renovation. She offered advice, shopped for granite, found subcontractors, and became a true friend. Donna Henshaw is Godsent and more interested in your happiness than in your commission.

Bill M., Alexandria VA
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Excellent experience - both buying and selling! Donna provided expert advice and patient assistance in selling my condo in a market where prices were rising rapidly. She actively engaged in the marketing of the unit and held numerous open houses. Donna listened carefully to my requirements for a  new condo and found the perfect unit just as it hit the market! She was extremely helpful in answering questions about the market, the buying/selling process and financing options.

Cynthia Slater, Old Town Alexandria VA
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I've worked with Donna to buy two houses. She's very knowledgeable about the market and insightful about where to buy and how best to structure an winning offer. She's very easy to work -- patient and responsive. I've proudly recommended Donna to both family and friends for their real estate  transactions.

Sarah Gustafson, Reston VA
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I have twice used Donna's services to rent my condo. Her real estate skills were readily evident in: favorable photo presentation of the apt, establishing amount of the rent based on the current market, selection of the suitable tenants and digital advertising. Donna is also a pleasant person to  work with, hence I am highly likely to call upon her services again.

EOH, Vienna VA
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Donna helped us buy our first house 35 years ago. We have owned 3 homes since then, and my husband and I will still say that our experience with Donna was the easiest, and our favorite. She is very knowledgeable and genuinely cares.

Barb LeFaivre, Ashville NC
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Donna saved us from the sad rut our house selling process had fallen into. She breathed in new life and positive energy into the house and got things in tip top shape fast and at low prices through her own known providers. Once we put our home sale in Donna’s hands we felt relief and it was a  pleasure working with her all the way to closing. Her knowledge on how to get your house sold ASAP is HUGE and her genuine kindness to us was hugely appreciated!

Giselle Sundwall, Annandale VA
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Donna Henshaw is an outstanding realtor. We wouldn't be in our home today without her excellent guidance in every step of the process. She goes above and beyond and listens to her clients in directing them to homes that suit their needs. She knows the Northern Virginia market exceptionally  well!!

Reverend Ray & Jane Brill, Vienna VA
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My family has a long history of working with Donna Henshaw. When my grandmother passed away she helped my father and uncle sell her house and got them top dollar. Fast forward to 2015-2016, I finally decided to move out on my own and I went to Donna to help me find my first home. Even though it  took sometime (mainly cause I was somewhat picky for my first home, I wanted it to suit me), Donna worked super hard to help me find a place I could call home. I closed on my house in June 2016 and finally had a place to call my own. When it comes time to upgrade to a bigger home I will without a doubt return to Donna to once again help me with the process. If you want a realtor that will tell you how it is, then Donna is the realtor for you. She is excellent at what she does and for a first time buyer of a new home she was 100% helpful throughout the process. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor

Kyle Gibson, Woodbridge VA
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Donna is very knowledgeable about Northern Virginia and the real estate market. She helped me immensely with staging my house and with obtaining Service Providers quickly. She is very responsive and generous with her time.

Kathy Litwin, Vienna VA
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Donna is terrific! She has detailed knowledge of Northern Virginia and it’s neighborhoods. She is straightforward, thorough and no nonsense. Donna is a true honest broker we’ve worked with as we plan a transition to a condo. She has a true sense of what is important to us. She’s great.

Greg and Jade, Arlington VA
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Donna Henshaw was absolutely incredible to work with and my husband and I cannot recommend her strongly enough. As home buyers with a busy schedule, we began the home search with some anxiety. Donna made the entire process seamless and as stress free as possible. She was great at talking us  through the entire process and what to expect; and she was incredibly responsive, at every stage of the process, to answer any and all questions we had. She took the time to really understand- and deliver- what we were looking for. She was great at asking questions that really helped prioritize the features most important to us; and every property she showed us reflected those priorities- meaning none of our limited time was wasted. When the time came to make an offer, Donna was a fantastic advocate. She was great at talking us through various options at each offer/counter; and she negotiated strongly to get us an incredibly competitive purchase within a very tight timeline. We've already recommended her to the majority of our friends and again, can't recommend her strongly enough.

Diva and Sanjay Kulkarni, Sterling VA
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My husband and I cannot recommend Donna enough! She helped us find our condo a few years ago. It was the perfect condo for us! She even gave us many recommendations for contractors, even years after the sale, as we had minor improvements done on the house. We enjoyed working with Donna so much  that we recommended her to two of our close friends. They both ended up purchasing with Donna as well. When we started to consider buying a single family house, we went back to Donna. The market we were looking in was very competitive and we were very picky. Donna was patient with us for the entire year we looked for a house. She never rushed us and always stressed that she wanted to find the right house for us. We ended up purchasing a house we love and for a price we were happy with, despite the competitive market! After finding the new single family house, Donna helped us sell the condo quickly and for what it was worth, right in the middle of the holidays. We will continue to recommend Donna to friends. Donna knows a lot about the housing market, both selling and buying. She will alert you to items about houses that you would never notice on your own. She will point out the pros and cons for you, though most importantly you can trust what she is telling you. She honestly cares about her clients and wants to help you find the best thing for you and your needs. We learned a lot from Donna during both of our housing searches with her and during selling our prior condo. She is a pleasure to work with and I whole heartedly recommend her.

Bree & Alex Cumana, Arlington VA
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Donna worked with us on a corporate relocation. She did a fantastic job understanding our family’s needs and quickly helped us identify house options. Donna has great knowledge of the area and was a great resource in helping us identify painters and others we needed to get the house ready. She even helped coordinate all the work as we were still living in our previous city.

David and Martha Sylvia, Oakton VA
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I hired Donna as my agent when I was ready to buy my first property. I was looking for a 2 bedroom condo in the Fairfax area. She immediately took me under her wing and started showing me different places to figure out exactly what I wanted in a condo. I felt comfortable asking her any questions and always answered everything thoroughly. She actually found me my place within 2 weeks of starting my search. The condo she found me (which I still live in today), is amazing! It was way more than I asked for, and still at my price! She really found me a great deal! I also really liked how she was able to help me figure out prices. She broke down the prices to show me how much I would roughly be paying each month in comparison to something that might be lower in price, and it made me feel more comfortable. This was especially helpful because it was my first time ever buying a property, so I was clearly very nervous about money. I would absolutely recommend Donna if you’re looking for new place! She made the process extremely easy and much less stressful than I would have anticipated!

Joanna Vadala, Fairfax VA
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My husband and I worked with Donna as first time home-buyers and had an excellent experience. We entered the process with no idea what it entailed. First she met with us and taught us how to evaluate houses and neighborhoods and some of the things that are important to consider when looking at a house. This may seem simple/intuitive but she taught us some really important things that helped us figure out what neighborhoods we liked. We then began the fun part of looking at houses. We were working in a down market so some of the houses we looked at really needed a lot of work. No matter the condition of the property Donna was always able to provide good information on what work would need to be done and had contacts who we could use if we chose to move forward with the purchase and wanted to make changes to the house. Fortunately we found a house that was in our price range and in excellent condition. She was able to help us navigate the process of submitting an offer, making revisions/adjustments as needed, and closing on the propery seamlesssly. Working with Donna was an absolute pleasure. She took our needs into account and quickly figured out exactly the type of home we were looking for. We are still living in our amazing house she helped us buy. We do plan to move at some point in the future and will be using Donna again as we couldn't imagine working with anyone else.

The Mann Family, Fairfax VA
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Donna helped my wife and I buy our first home in 2015 and was fantastic throughout the process. She has been great after we bought our place with questions on upgrades and really anything we've asked of her. Would highly recommend!

Tom and Leah, Arlington VA
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My husband gets moved a lot for work so we have worked with may real estate agents. I can honestly say Donna Henshaw is by far the best agent we have ever worked with. She sold our house in Alexandria in 2011. We interviewed many agents and she suggested the highest listing price. We went with her and sold the house at the full listing price the first week it was on the market! She helped us stage the house, advised on minor improvements we should make and managed all our paperwork (work move) and contractors. We relied on her for everything and she took all of the stress of the sale off of our shoulders while selling fast and getting 100% of the listing price. Fast forward 6 years we moved back to the area and she helped us buy a house this time and she was equally amazing . She got this house we currently live in for us for $35K below the listing price! She then managed all of our renovations for us before we moved in (we lived out of state), again taking all the stress off of our shoulders. Her contractors were extremely inexpensive and dependable (we shopped around and her guys got us the best price on everything). She responds to all texts, emails, and phone calls within hours if not immediately. She understands the market, understands home renovations, takes care of all paperwork, and will truly go to bat for you when negotiating with buyers, sellers, or contractors. I cannot praise her enough. She is in a completely different league than any other real estate agent I have ever worked with!

Taemi Evans, South Riding VA
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I have been purchasing homes for over 20 years and Donna is by far the best real estate professional that I have ever dealt with. After negotiating several offers for us, Donna was right there helping out with smaller details long after our closing to include updates that we wanted. Donna even  helped us with professional networking. Not just a great real estate professional, but a great person.

Brian B Coleman, Alexandria VA
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Donna is an amazing realtor! She was able to easily sell the house under some very difficult conditions. Conditions which caused several other realtors to politely decline the offer to get it listed. Donna is the ultimate professional. Got the house cleaned in record time and had it on the market  and sold within days.

I. Cahill, McLean VA
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I have used Donna to help sell my previous home and buy my current home. She is one of the most professional, knowledgeable, honest professionals I've had the pleasure to work with. I will use Donna when it comes time to sell and buy again.

Mark Burns, Reston VA
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We've purchased and sold five homes over the years and Donna Henshaw was the realtor to beat all realtors. She gave great advice on a few cosmetic improvements that made all the difference in the speedy sale of our home in Reston, Virginia. It sold in one day at $10,000 over the asking price.

S.D., Reston VA
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FANTASTIC AGENT....extremely knowledgeable and prompt in her responses. She offered great advice and key insights....and she knows the best service providers in the industry!

Carl M, Sterling VA
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Donna did a nice job developing a thoughtful marketing plan that helped us sell our house in challenging market conditions. We were pleased with her assistance, and the results. All things considered, it was a painless process.

Steven Skwara, Vienna VA
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I would highly recommend Donna to my friends and colleagues on their next real estate purchase or sale. Donna's expierence and ability to stratigize yielded a positive outcome in the recent sale of our home. Her aggressive yet realistic approach resulted in a Top Dollar sale of our home located in Falls Church, Virginia. The line of communication was superb throughout each stage of the process making us feel like we always had the most up to date information. Lastly, her extensive list of home contractors made complying with the inspection repair requests easy as they were quick, reasonably priced and finished with quality work.

Patty Kenney, Falls Church VA
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I have moved a few times, dealing with other real estate agents. Donna Henshaw by far is the best real estate agent I have worked with. I didn't know what I was missing with the other agents when I started working with Donna. She assisted me in selling my house in Alexandria, VA while I was relocating to Chicago, IL. It was a stressful time, Donna made it so easy. A customer-first attitude, willing to go above and beyond in everything. She is knowledgable, professsional, and a great personality. On top of all that, she gets results and is realistic about the market and what price you can get. My house was sold in less than a month, and right about at the price expected. I would be a lifelong client of Donna's if she serviced the Chicago area. However, she'll be the first I call when I move back to DC.

Stacey Sweeney, Alexandria, VA
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When I wanted to sell my home and move to a condo I interviewed three realtors, and it was a no-brainer to choose Donna. She came to the initial meeting with detailed information on similar listings to my home. She was the only one of the three to present a personalized marketing plan. And she had feasible ideas for changes I could make to my home to increase its appeal and obtain top dollar. Donna was proactive in finding condos that fit my criteria and objectively pointed out pros and cons of each of the ones we viewed. When it became clear that moving to a condo would not be a wise move -- I would be paying more per month for a lot less space -- Donna recommended that I refinance instead. She put me in touch with a mortgage lender who provided competitive rates and who made the refinancing process a breeze. She was always professional and pleasant, and she was very gracious in accepting my decision to stay in my home. Whenever I do decide to sell my home, I will definitely hire Donna.

Donna Vaswani, Reston, VA
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Donna did a fantastic job helping us sell our house. I'd recommend her to anyone.

Jeff Wadlin, Great Falls VA
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Donna Henshaw is a gem! First she helped me get my house ready to list -- recommending upgrades and finding trustworthy professionals to perform the necessary work, thus minimizing the hassle for me. Because of a family situation, I had to put my house on the market at a time of year that is  normally very slow: September. She listed my house on September 20th; I had a contract by October 18th; and closing was November 13th! Throughout the process, Donna was constantly in contact with me and oversaw the contractors who were performing the work to get the house ready. She then "staged" the home for potential buyers, held open houses that generated a lot of traffic, and got things done in a professional and friendly manner. Anyone who is looking for a realtor to list or buy a home should contact Donna Henshaw. She will not disappoint!!

Donna S., Reston, VA
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My sister Carol and I were referred to Donna after a couple of disappointing episodes with real estate agents not experienced in our specific area of Arlington.  Oh my goodness!  It was such a relief to work with Donna who is experienced, very knowledgeable and professional. She attacked the project of selling our condo with a zeal we have never seen before in a real estate professional. She got things done! She stuck with us when we resisted doing painting and further furniture clearing. Donna eased us through the process of ceasing to think of our property as a home and instead viewing it as the most valuable asset we will ever sell. She ran productive open houses and brought us multiple full price offers. We highly recommend her.

Anne Batershell, Interior Designer, Chicago IL
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The hardest thing in Real Estate to ever do is to recommend an agent to a family member, the closer the relationship the longer the recommendation could haunt you, and my sister is a tough customer. So after interviewing many agents, doing my homework on Donna's statistics, her style of advertising then speaking with Donna myself, I happily, without reservation sent her to my sister and brother in law! And oh...how happy they were with her professionalism, manner, and straightforward no nonsense approach. Their townhome was sold within weeks. The settlement a total success! If you need a great agent in Virginia - you have one with Donna!

Amy Juras, Realtor, Annapolis, MD
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Last fall we made the decision to sell our home and subsequently contacted Avery-Hess, Realtors. In the months prior to putting our home on the market their team spent time assessing what was necessary to best showcase our home, facilitated all the various vendors and contractors needed to accomplish this and followed up constantly to ensure all was satisfactory to us. They took the time to answer all our questions, provided accurate data to assess the best possible price for us, gave us a well thought through marketing plan, then negotiated and brought us a full price contract with a well qualified buyer  from another agency and we sold our house within 24 hours. The follow up and communication on all details from contract to closing was great and alleviated all our concerns about meeting a short settlement. We can’t thank them enough for making this as stress free as possible during this transition in our life.

Henry and Debbie, McLean VA

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