"Thank you for your expert guidance in shepherding us through the amazingly complex yet exciting process of the recent sale of our home. From the beginning, instilled confidence in managing the many details, from the skillful analysis of the market to the planning and management of getting our home ready to show at its most appealing, to helping to determine the optimal date to go on the market, all leading to an impressively short time to "closed sale."
Throughout the process, you provided positive and steady reinforcement of goals and deadlines. More importantly, you anticipated potential problems and quickly recommended viable solutions to keep the process moving forward and keeping stress levels to a minimum, often adding a necessary and much-needed dose of humor.
Finally, Courtney's more youthful approach obviously appealed to younger first-time buyers while Bonnie's years of experience and knowledge of the more seasoned buyer were key to reaching the broadest cross-section of potential buyers.
We could not have been happier working with Bonnie and Courtney or more grateful to The Rivkin Group for their amazing partnership and we could not have imagined a more satisfying outcome in the successful sale of our home."
- J&E Taylor.
"When I started looking for a home in Alexandria to move closer to my daughter who lives and works in Washington D.C., Bonnie and Courtney swung into action and helped me find the house of my dreams. Whether it was scouring the market to find a historic townhouse in Old Town that fit my specifications or conducting virtual tours so that I could preview houses while I was traveling in Italy, Bonnie and Courtney were there for me every step of the way. Since my own house in New York was already in contract, I had no time to waste. Once I got back from my trip and went down to look at houses in person, Bonnie and Courtney expertly guided me through the properties that most interested me until I found the one that captured my heart. I'm so glad that I trusted Bonnie and Courtney to help me find the beautiful historic townhouse in Alexandria that I know will be my forever home."
- Rosalind R.
"Courtney and Bonnie are the best, they were available whenever we needed and truly are the reason we got our house. They have the connections and experience needed to quickly scoop up your dream home. Would recommend them to everyone!"
- Laurel F.
"Courtney and Bonnie were amazing to work with during the entire process. They did a great job hearing what both my partner and I were looking for and really helped to blend our tastes. Courtney really has a listening ear, picking up on subtleties in our needs we didn't even realize we were communicating. For example, outdoor space, walkability, community, quality, style, what we could and couldn't compromise on, etc. The communication and logistics were always timely and scheduling was very accommodative. They found us a place in a new neighborhood we wouldn't have looked into on our own, and now we are so happy to call it home. We are so thankful for them!!"
- Tom P.
"Being a first-time homeowner is the most stressful thing. Period. But you know what makes it better? A really competent and personable agent. Courtney Rivkin is that agent. She knows the area insanely well, and she's great at sharing opinions without pushing you in one direction or another. She's responsive, direct, and takes care of her people. It was obvious from day one she was working "for" us. Could not recommend her more. 10/10."
- Isabelle S.
"Courtney helped us purchase our first home and was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process. She took the time to explain the process to us and introduced us to a great mortgage agent who was also very patient and helpful. Bonnie was also very helpful with our negotiation and closing. We would definitely recommend working with the Rivkin Group!"
- Liz V.
"Bonnie and Courtney were extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout the process of buying our first house. They are very familiar with the area and were able to advise us on how to navigate this hot market. We love our new home and would work with them again."
- Corey & Liz M.
"Bonnie and Courtney Rivkin helped my family buy the home of our dreams AND sell our current home during a very unpredictable housing market (spring 2022 in Alexandria, VA). We are SO grateful to them for their expertise, strategic thinking, kindness and hustle throughout the process. They were a pleasure to work with. Bonnie and Courtney are locals with a tremendous knowledge of the area (22301 and 22302, in our case). They know all the nuances to every neighborhood and are extremely well-connected with other realtors, which came in VERY handy when we bought our home. Having a duo also meant more communication, availability and expertise. I'd recommend the Rivkin Group to anyone!"
- Madeline V.
"Five Stars, highly recommend! We were new to Alexandria, and had little knowledge of the area. We received exceptional service from Bonnie and Courtney. The Rivkin Group was extremely knowledgeable, communicative and available for same-day showings. They worked within our budget and educated us on the best parts of town. All “coming-soon” listings were immediately sent to us, day and night, and they customized a plan for showings around our schedule. Their attentive communication and responsiveness made this nerve-wracking process more than comforting.
Bonnie and Courtney are active members of the community, which added to their invaluable expertise and professional network with listing agents. You need and want agents who have an established rapport in the area, and these ladies have all the connections!
Superior experience start to finish. They also come with amazing recommendations for contractors, lawn service, moving companies and more. Full-Service!"
- Natalie P.
“We had a wonderful experience working with Courtney and Bonnie! Throughout the process they were professional, warm and very responsive to our questions/concerns. Despite some minor hiccups along the way, they addressed and resolved them immediately. In addition, they provided us with great connections to contractor services that helped us in our move and getting settled. We would definitely contact the Rivkins again in the future and highly recommend them!”
- Kati D.
“We absolutely recommend Bonnie and Courtney, the mother-daughter dynamic duo, as your next Realtors! They were always accessible, professional, and patient with our many questions. Their combined expertise and strengths enabled us to do what now seems an incredible feat . . . sell a home, buy a home, and move in all in the span of a few weeks.
The Rivkin group expertly helped us navigate purchasing our perfect home – despite a competitive market, a coveted neighborhood, and sellers who initially did not want to sell to us as we had a contingent-based offer. The Rivkin group made it happen. And with only two weeks to get under contract on the home we were selling, Courtney and Bonnie sprung to action to ensure our condo was sale ready, expertly advising about how to “stage” our home using our own items (as we were still living there) – spending hours helping strategize how to make our furniture work for us . . . the place looked amazing! With the Rivkin Team’s expert help and sage advice, we then managed to go under contract to sell our condo in only four days, receiving multiple offers and accepting an offer tens of thousands of dollars over our list price!
Despite the tight timeline, competitive market, and multiple moving parts, Bonnie and Courtney remained calm throughout it all, and we could not be happier with how everything turned out. We cannot thank Bonnie and Courtney enough for their thoughtfulness and expertise throughout this process!”
- Katie C.
“First things first -- we wholeheartedly recommend Rivkin Group for your future home sale.
This was our first time selling a home, and the market was going through wild swings. Bonnie and Courtney kept the ship steady and managed the process smoothly from start to finish with numerous personal touches along the way. After painstaking preparations, we had multiple strong offers above asking price within 5 days, and closing was a breeze.
Thanks again, Courtney and Bonnie!”
- Josh B.
“We cannot recommend Bonnie and Courtney more highly as your next Realtor! They have helped us both buy and sell a house, and we couldn’t have been happier with their outstanding service and professional expertise. They were always accessible and easy to work with, and their advice was consistently proven invaluable. As buyers, we were fortunate to have been given a referral to The Rivkin Group from a friend who had worked with Bonnie to buy their dream house in Old Town, and she did an amazing job helping us purchase our home in Fort Hunt. When it was time for us to sell, we knew we had to call The Rivkin Group -- and Bonnie and Courtney exceeded our very high expectations. They were extremely informative, insightful, patient and responsive throughout the entire process and thanks to their great recommendations and strategy, we received competitive offers and sold our house within 1 week for $70,000+ above the list price! Needless to say, we could not be happier with this outcome and owe it to Bonnie & Courtney’s diligence, successful track record and Alexandria expertise. If you’re looking for an agent to help you buy or sell, we strongly recommend you call them today!”
- Jeff W.
“Courtney and Bonnie at the Rivkin Group helped my wife and I purchase a fantastic single family home in Alexandria in Dec 20/Jan 21. They were superb in their market knowledge of the area. They were incredibly responsive and easy to communicate with. Every one of their recommendations provided a first class service to us (i.e. Mortgage Lender, Title Company, Home Inspector, General Contractor, and other key home suppliers). We highly recommend this team to help buy or sell your home. As first time home buyers, we couldn't have asked for a better experience.”
- Matt S.
“My husband and I purchased our first home (condo) from Bonnie and Courtney and feel so lucky to have gone through the process with them. We initially reached out to them to look at a single property but after meeting them decided we wanted to work with them exclusively. They were extremely transparent throughout the whole process and made us feel very comfortable making such a big decision! They're both extremely knowledgeable and always made sure to follow up on any questions they didn't readily have answers for, and provided great resources for us to do some of our own research as well. We love our new home so much and plan to be here for many years, but will absolutely be working with Bonnie and Courtney again when the time comes. They were so patient with us as we looked at different properties and figured out exactly what we wanted, and it was clear that they wanted us to be somewhere we really loved. Working with The Rivkin Group was so lovely and I cannot recommend them enough to anyone looking to buy!”
- Emily R.
“There cannot be enough positive things said about Bonnie and Courtney Rivkin and The Rivkin Group. My husband and I started looking for a house in Old Town, Alexandria over three years ago, when Courtney was engaged to be married - now she has two kids, and we have just moved into our dream home. Bonnie has the patience of a saint, as we had a very detailed list of what we were looking for in our search, and house after house, we came very close, but nothing 'hit the mark.' Finally when we found 'the one,' Bonnie made sure that every detail went smoothly during the buying process - she actually went above and beyond what she should have been asked to do as our agent, but not once did she bat an eye or question anything. She provided us with tons of useful information during the move to help acclimate us into Old Town, and she continues to check in to see how we're doing. If anyone is looking for a house, The Rivkin Group would be the only recommendation I would give - no reason to look any further.”
- Maria B.
“I have relied on the Rivkin Group for two separate home purchases and regularly recommend them to friends and family. Tremendous service & very friendly!”
- C. Wallace D.
“I selected Bonnie Rivkin, based on outstanding reviews, as my agent when I bought a property in Old Town Alexandria three years ago. I was very impressed with her professionalism, responsiveness and work ethic so, of course, I went back to her when it came time to sell that place and find a new one. She and her daughter Courtney are the absolute best. I recommend them most highly.”
- Alan S.
“Bonnie helped us to find and purchase our first home ten years ago. When the time came to move again, she guided us through the process of selling (including fielding more than a dozen offers!) while also buying and renovating our new home. She was helpful and knowledgeable, with a great familiarity of the area and a keen understanding of our needs, wants, and budget!”
- Christina K.
“We are writing to share the excellent experience we had with the Rivkin Group! The dynamic mother-daughter team were patient and easy to work with, which was super important to us as we found our way through the maze of buying a house…during a pandemic…with a newborn. From the outset, Bonnie flagged ample options for us and often refined the search based on feedback she got from us. Based on her knowledge of the area, she gave recommendations about areas to look that we were not even aware we wanted! During house visits, Bonnie and Courtney made sure everyone wore masks and that we were the only visitors in the unit at a given time. This made us feel incredibly comfortable and able to continue the home search even during uncertainty with the pandemic. We were delighted to know that Courtney was a mother of young kids as well. This gave her perspective, which she shared with us in spades, about “toddler-proofing” the house and where we might see challenges or opportunities with certain locations. Once we made the decision to pull the trigger, we were nervous that our offer would not win because of the rumors of rampant bidding wars in our desired location.. The Rivkin Group’s advice ensured that we only needed to put in one bid on one house without any bidding drama. Finally, during the inspection Bonnie and Courtney were incredibly thorough seeing issues that didn’t immediately appear to the amateur eye. Their professional lens found a few last-minute items that weren’t up to the Rivkin Group snuff and we were offered a credit for repairs. We cannot recommend the Rivkin Group enough and can’t wait to work with them in the future…just hopefully not too soon.”
- Kate M.
“Bonnie was extremely helpful and attentive during my home search. She was thoughtful in finding properties that matched my exact needs and wants. Her decades of experience were invaluable when it came to knowing what DC neighborhoods were best to focus my search around. During the buying process, Bonnie guided me through step-by-step - addressing all questions and concerns in a timely manner. As a first time homebuyer I couldn’t have asked for more! Would definitely recommend Bonnie and Courtney to any friends or family searching in the DMV.“
- Andrew V.
- Carolyn L.
“Bonnie listened to me and developed a very good sense of what I was looking for — she was always available and very patient. She also helped to keep me balanced and temper enthusiasm with reality. Bonnie was such a professional who really went the extra mile — she found me a great house and a great deal."
- Mary G.
“Liked your honesty; your ability to think and move quickly; your tenacity to get the deal done fairly, and with care for my interests...”
- Brenda C.
“Bonnie was always there for us, she was never pushy and she shared her knowledge and always thought of our best interests. She always kept in touch with us throughout the entire process.”
- Erich & Gabriela S.
“Bonnie was extremely knowledgeable about the various Alexandria communities, she was very patient, and followed through with everything.”
- Catherine & Kevin R.
“Very helpful, knowledgeable, available, friendly, professional. You’re the best! Thanks!”
- Steve & Libby L.
“One of the very finest Realtors® in our long experience of buying and selling properties.”
- Bill & Sharon C.
“Knowledgeable, business oriented, friendly, informative, and flexible. Communicated regularly and clearly, worked very hard. Many thanks, for a job well done.”
- Bob H.
“Straightforward, thorough and very knowledgeable. You always found answers about anything we wanted to know. You were friendly and supportive throughout the entire process.”
- Dean & Sherry E.
“Friendly, thorough, efficient and always available.”
- Robin S.
“Friendly assistance! Thanks for always being available, responding to questions quickly & thoroughly, and making me feel like this deal was important to you! You were terrific! Thanks for making this process run smoothly! I’m very happy I found you!”
- Jill A.
“Very professional and thorough job of creating brochures and general “buzz” on our property. Got the job done.”
- C. Pirtle
“No pressure regarding buying a particular home; hands-on throughout purchasing process. You were invaluable to us in the purchase of our new home and sale of our current home!”
- Susie & Eric L.
“The outreach and advertising was great! Excellent job. I would recommend you to friends and family because you get the job done.”
- L. Greeneisen
“Very friendly & responsive to our needs. Not pushy or aggressive, which we really liked. Patient and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to deal with Bonnie. I would definitely recommend Bonnie to friends — she knows the area well!”
- Steve & Elisabeth D.
“Bonnie did a great job marketing our house! She developed a plan and it worked like a charm. The house sold in 3 days for over asking price! The marketing pamphlet was great too! Thank you for all your hard work!"
- Jeff & Maggie J.
“Thank you, for all your perseverance & patience. You have been an angel to me! Bonnie is a very pleasant person, very easy and a pleasure to work with. I especially appreciated her patience. She is great!!! She made it so easy for me.”
- Chantal F.
“I loved her! In this commission driven business, I really felt like Bonnie protected my interests and goals, even from a long distance. I would recommend Bonnie to others in a heartbeat! “
- H. Dholakia
“I would like to take this opportunity to express our satisfaction to the outstanding job that Bonnie did in helping us find our first home. She was very patient during the process of choosing listings and never hesitated to share her extensive knowledge and experience with us. During this time I always felt as if I was talking to a friend that genuinely cared for our well-being.”
- G. Schoof
"Over the course of the year+ we were looking for our first home, Bonnie showed us so many houses and really strove to find one that would exactly fit what we wanted. She was very patient and guided us throughout the whole process. We were very happy with her recommendations for other services (mortgage, title, home inspection) too. Enjoyed working with her and are thrilled with our new home!"
- Christina K.
“Bonnie did an excellent all around job, but particularly proved invaluable with her staging abilities. She was so knowledgeable about the market and specific neighborhood in which we were selling and we’re so pleased with how quickly and smoothly the entire sale went through.”
- Aaron & Stacie M.
“I am writing to let you know how pleased we were with Bonnie Rivkin’s expertise during our recent home selling and buying experience. We were initially referred to Bonnie through USAA Movers Advantage Program. They gave us a couple of names, but I could tell immediately that Bonnie was a good fit for us and I recognized her from her signs and ads in the Alexandria community.”
When Bonnie first came to meet me in April, our house was a typical kid-filled mess in need of preparation for selling. We weren’t ready to list at that time, but she gave me good advice and contractor referrals. Months later, she helped us stage the home and negotiate the purchase of our new home and take care of countless details. She proved to be a true professional and advocate for our best interests. (We had some very interesting last minute blunders!) Even months after our move she has checked in to see how we are doing and how our home warranty are has served us.”
“I am happy to be a reference for Bonnie. After speaking with acquaintances who have had less favorable experiences with their real estate agents, my husband and I are even more appreciative of Bonnie’s talents.”
- Patti W.
“Bonnie Rivkin was an absolutely amazing professional to work with me in my home buying process. She is top-notch! Her website is informative and a very useful tool. She is the only Realtor® I will use or recommend for DC or Virginia."
“Bonnie’s knowledge of the area was impressive and she guided me to areas I didn’t even know about. Also, she honestly answered every question I had, not matter how silly. Without Bonnie’s assistance the entire home buying process would have been much more daunting.”
- Kevin D.
“Awesome knowledge of local area, good research and flexible scheduling. Worked hard to get us into properties. We always felt she wanted the best possible outcome for us. Thanks for the great experience, we love our new home.”
- Gregory B.
“What I liked about Bonnie is how professional and knowledgeable she is. She treated me wonderfully even though I am not a high end client. Working with Bonnie was an incredible experience. She has a great website with helpful tools.”
- Kathleen L.
"Bonnie was incredibly responsive, friendly and helpful throughout the home search and closing process. I feel very fortunate to have found Bonnie. Bonnie went above and beyond in every step of the home buying process. I would be happy to provide a reference to future clients!"
- Gina S.
"Bonnie provided constant communication, fast action and did a great job of staging. Thank you for everything!"
- Brett G.
"Bonnie’s level of expertise about pricing, negotiating and the marketplace was outstanding. Ease of communication and immediate response whether by email or phone call. Very professional coordination of closing details and referrals to the right professionals. Thank you Bonnie for your guidance during the entire selling /buying process. You really know what you are doing and always go the extra mile.”
- Joe W.
"1) Bonnie gave good advice on pricing. 2) Did way more to help with sales than usual. 3) Very tenacious 4) Very pleasant and easy to work with. Could not have done a better job - my respect and my thanks."
- Dan B.
"We put a contract on 5 acres in Lorton. By the time Bonnie and our settlement attorney were done we had 11 acres for no additional money. Bonnie worked above and beyond on this particular property and there were a lot of issues that came up and had to be worked out and talked through. She handled every aspect and kept us in the loop the entire time. We will use Bonnie for our real estate needs again. Trust is a huge issue with us and we trust Bonnie and very much appreciate her work ethic."
- James & Valerie A.
"I loved, loved, loved working with Bonnie. She never, ever made me feel as if I was a nuisance - which I know I was, as I'm a Technophobe! She just called me in and got everything going so that I could choose and ultimately find a great house. She is fun and professional and made sure I saw everything that was available and then some! This was our 26th move and working with Bonnie was our easiest and smoothest transaction!"
- M & K Stentiford
"Bonnie was extremely responsive at all times. I would absolutely work with her again. I was very happy with Bonnie's timely responses and informative contact lists. She is a professional and very well informed."
- Betsy Anne H.
"From the minute I met Bonnie, I knew that she would be the perfect person to lead us through this complex process."
- Ellen K.
"Bonnie is always available and accessible - an excellent Realtor®. Two years ago Bonnie helped sell our home of twenty years. She was so helpful, we asked her to be our agent again when we found our new home. Hiring Bonnie is always a win-win situation - she is exemplary!"
- Catherine P.
"Bonnie is congenial, responsive and hard working. Just a superb real estate experience."
- Allen C.
"Bonnie is dependable, practical and caring. She worked with my husband and I, via internet for a month prior to us visiting Virginia to look at housing. She chose the perfect portfolio of home selections for us to view. Bonnie helped us purchase our dream home in Old Town!"
- Catherine & Stephen U.
"Great job working through "long distance" challenges. I truly appreciate and valued her opinion on listings since my only perspective was through the internet."
- Douglas M.