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When Dad decided to sell his home of 65 years, Mark Malfara was recommended to him by a friend whose house Mark had also sold. The friend was pleased with how smoothly the process went.

We also found Mark to be professional, knowledgeable, patient, accommodating, easy-to-reach and helpful, even with things not directly related to the sale. For example, he suggested a reasonable bed-and-breakfast for us when we came from Ohio to help with the move. The house sold quickly and relatively effortlessly. We were not savvy about the costs of dual agency, but were satisfied overall and would recommend Mark to others interested in buying or selling a house.

- Zillow

Christie was pleasure to work with. She was incredibly patient with us while we endured a long search for a new home. Not only was she knowledgeable, but we also really appreciated her honesty and sound advice along the way. She knew exactly what we were looking for in a house, and was quick to think of us when houses that met our criteria came on the market. We highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home in the Philadelphia area!

- Zillow

I had such a great experience working with Christie! She made the process so seamless and always was available to answer all my questions. She is very knowledgeable about the local area and an expert on the home buying process. Would love to work with her again in the future!

- Monica Odonoghue

Mark, Thank you so much for helping and guiding us through this process! I would not have wanted anyone other than you, to manage the sale of my personal home.

- Tony Carey

This being our first ever home, Siobhan was extremely helpful and walked us through every step flawlessly. She was always available at the drop of a hat for any questions or showings that popped up. She is incredibly knowledgeable and personable and we definitely feel more at comfort knowing that Siobhan was our realtor and helped us find our beautiful first home!

- Mike and Abbey Gau

Though we didn't meet Siobhan in person until our Philadelphia-area home search culminated in a settlement, she was with us all the way. She patiently answered all our naive questions; made a concerted and continual effort to understand our  preferences and identify properties satisfying them; FaceTimed us into property showings; and was a voice of calm, competence, and compassion when we more than once got overwhelmed by the new-to-us process of purchasing real estate. As we told Siobhan as we pocketed the keys to our first ever home, we couldn't have done it without her!

- Sophia Merow

Dear Jenn,

We want to send our sincere appreciation for guiding us  seamlessly on our house - sale journey. We felt fully supported, but never pressured throughout the entire process. You are a time professional and we are so happy you could represent us! If our journey ever brings us back to Philly, you'll be our first call for housing!

Thanks again, Anthony & Josh

- Anthony & Josh

Siobhan and I met at a networking event a few years back. I could have never anticipated then what a valuable person she would be to have on our team when it came time to buy a home. Working with Siobhan made us realize how a GREAT realtor wears a ton of hats: salesperson, therapist, HGTV host, financial advisor, and event coordinator all while wearing a smile. Siobhan is all of this and more! We liked that while she was our singular realtor, she also has a clear support system with her team at The Sivel Group. We ultimately experienced what I would call a “rollercoaster” of a home-buying process and we felt supported in every step. We will be singing Siobhan's praises to anyone we know who is looking to buy or sell their home!

- Stephanie Harvey

We met Siobhan 10 months before we settled on our home. She provided excellent guidance and advice and was always available to take our calls and schedule showings.

We would recommend reaching out to Siobhan if you need to buy, sell, or rent in Philly or the Philly burbs!

- Steve Salomon

When my daughter told me that she was interested in buying a house in the Philadelphia area I immediately recommended Siobhan. Siobhan had worked tirelessly the previous year to help me get into the condo I wanted. I knew she could help my daughter and her partner. They are now the proud owners of a home in Philadelphia. I recommend Siobhan to those I love most--what more can I say?

- Craig Merow

Christie was an amazing realtor - we met her at an open house as first-time home buyers, new to Philadelphia and she could not have been more helpful. She was always available and super responsive, and went above and beyond helping us not only find a home, but also explain everything we should be looking out for. She was great with contract negotiations, and really knowledgable about homes in general, which came in handy multiple times! Would highly recommend working with Christie!

- Elizabeth Eun

Christie was amazing from the beginning. I was a first time buyer and she made the experience easy and effortless. My list of wants in a home were pretty specific and I was picky in what I liked and didn't like. Christie was extremely patient with me and gave sound advice when I reached out asking about certain neighborhoods and areas to live in. She responded quickly to emails/texts and did not hesitate to answer the same questions multiple times to ease any concerns I had. I can't recommend Christie enough, whether this is your first time buying or your 5th time buying!

- Genna Miller

Mark was recommended through a friend of a friend, and that sort of distant connection makes you wary- ya know? But boy was I happy I went with Mark. From beginning to end I felt supported and appropriately guided through the process. From finding a mortgage company to signing the final docs, Mark was there. He felt like family the way he made recommendations on inspectors and title companies like he was looking out for me. He advised me on the offers I was making and suggested inspection services but was never pushy or persuasive- the ball was always in my court. I can't express just how important it was to have someone with his patience and expertise while not feeling pressured or stretched thin. I bought my house in the middle of the massive spike in home prices and he was STILL ABLE to accommodate my budget. Which by the way, was a very low budget for the area and required the approval of a picky carpenter father who was destined to help with any repairs. He found a home that wasn't even listed yet and ended up representing both myself and the seller. He went with me on every home tour in the heart of Germantown- an area which at times can be dangerous- without hesitation. I have already recommended his services to my own family and I hope he is still active when I want to sell the house or buy another. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Mark! Your guidance and time helping this first time homebuyer was unmatched.

- Madeleine McCarren

Amin and Trident made my process seamless. Amin and I have looked at at least a dozen properties or more over the past two years and believe me we have a few stories. Amin was very patient with me and every house we looked at he acted as if it was the first. I bid on at least five properties in the past but was either outbidded or another buyer came with cash. Finally, I came upon this house, and I knew instantly it was the one! I told Amin “ I have to get this house”!!! That same day he drew up an agreement, advised me on what kind of offer I needed to make to be competitive and two days later I was under agreement. Amin is the best!!! Im feeling so grateful and blessed and couldn’t be happier! By the way...The concierge was very helpful and added a nice touch! Warmly, Robin Reid

- Robin Reid

We wanted to work with Mark because he is local the areas where we were interested in moving - Lafayette Hill or Flourtown and he has a lot of experience. With the market being a hot seller's market with very low inventory, we wanted someone who could get us in to see properties right away and who knew the local (seller's) agents. Mark helped us get into to see the home we bought within hours of it coming to market (we were the first buyers to view it). This was huge for us because we had time to consider our offer. He helped us make a strong offer that we were comfortable making and to negotiate with the seller's agent, who he knew very well. In the end our offer was chosen over multiple offers on the table. Mark's knowledge, experience and relationships helped us get our new home and we couldn't be happier. When we sold the home we were leaving, we had nine offers and Mark helped us sort through them when there wasn't one that stood out. Through every step of both buying and selling, Mark advised us with confidence and expertise. Thanks, Mark!

- Zillow

Mark came highly recommended to us by multiple friends, and we are so thankful that we decided to work with him on the sale of our Philadelphia home. He is both highly professional and relatable, hard working and kind. We knew from our first meeting that he was the right agent for us. He was thorough but balanced in his approach to what needed to be done to make our home as appealing as possible. Because of his guidance and expertise we accepted an offer on our house within three days in spite of our listing going active during a huge snowstorm! He patiently walked us through every step of the selling process, and when it was time to start looking at new homes he continued to work diligently on our behalf. Buying in this current market is intimidating, but Mark’s up to date knowledge and advice about what sellers are looking for helped us get into a wonderful house that meets our wants and needs. We will enthusiastically recommend Mark to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

- Melissa Tomko

Christie was awesome to work with. She is always responsive and works tirelessly. She knew the market well and helped us navigate some of the trickier aspects of our sale like an assessment from the HOA. She sold our house in Fairmount for over ask and much higher than we had originally thought we might get so we were very happy!

- Dario Baldoni

Mark is a professional through and through. He took me to over 20 different properties and helped me to find the house that was not only right for me, but also fit in my budget. Mark's flexibility and responsiveness allowed me to see houses that were on the market for only a short period of time. Mark knows the best tricks to making an offer enticing for the seller while still respecting the wishes of the buyer. His ability to navigate the market in these tough times is a testament to Mark's connections. Speaking of his connections, Mark helped to connect me with properties that were not even on the market yet and set up showings for the first day possible. If you are looking for a motivated, reliable, trustworthy agent, Mark is your guy.

- Colin Quinn

Mark helped us sale our multi family building. Through his excellent negotiation skills and his knowledge, we received the price we were looking to get. We currently are working with Mark on additional sales and would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or sale property.

- Cristy Michaels

Christie Jones is a hard working and very professional agent!! We do a lot of work for her. She always makes our life easier when dealing with getting a house ready to sell or if it’s a new home owner. We always recommend Christie!!

- Shaun Bacon

Dear, Mark

Thank you for finding our perfect home. In 2010 when we were new to Philadelphia from Illinois, you helped us find our first apartment; and we appreciated your patience, advice, neighborhood knowledge, access to public transportation and pet-friendly rentals. You helped us then to find an architecturally interesting, environmentally friendly place in Chestnut Hill near the scenic Wissahickon Creek trails. This year, when we were ready to purchase a home, we did not hesitate to contact you. 

 Beginning with our wish list, you guided us through the home search process. You were always available to answer questions and coordinate with the home appraiser, home inspectors, the mortgage company, as well as the sellers. Now after renting for the past ten years, we look forward to the joys and challenges of home ownership with a lovely sunroom and a pleasant garden in our desired northwest neighborhood.  

We find you to be down-to-earth, easy to access, professional, and knowledgeable of Philadelphia’s real estate market and neighborhoods. We would highly recommend you to friends, family, and acquaintances.

 Thank you

- Victor and Daisy Juarez

Jenn’s knowledge of local neighborhoods, older houses, current market trends, surrounding comps and negotiation process is unparalleled. Without her expertise of intricate negotiation clauses and offers we would have never settled on our forever house.

- Zillow

During my three score and ten years on this little blue planet I have purchased and sold 5 properties and worked with dozens of realtors, some quite good, some not so good. Without question, however, Siobhan is the best. Siobhan places the needs and goals of her clients above her own financial considerations. She worked as hard to help me find an apartment as she would have to sell a million dollar home. She put my needs first. Siobhan is bright, extremely hard-working, and very personable. She puts her scholarly skills to good work investigating properties and analyzing options. She was always quick to answer emails and to make time for me at a moment's notice. She is the perfect realtor to have in this uncertain real estate market. I trust Siobhan. I'm not sure I can say that about any other realtor I have worked with.

- Craig Merow

"Absolutely great! Was there with us every step of the way as we sold our old home, and purchased our forever home! Guided us through each step of the process with ease, and was in constant contact no matter when we needed him. Highly recommend!"

- Jeffrey Farrell

Jenn is knowledgeable, responsive, and strategic. Great attention to detail and listens to exactly what you need. She also knew the market inside and out to help us understand value. HIGHLY recommend.

- Matthew & Jill Maiorino
I want to call out Tom Brummett's management and support of the sale of my home. Tom was a remarkable and trusted partner. I am a first time seller. Tom took the time to explain the process, re-explain the process, and guide me to a successful set up for sale. He patiently explained and walked through comps and the intricacies of a house sale in Philadelphia. When I received multiple offers on my home, Tom was there to guide me through how to review and analyze each offer. He was always available to me -- all day and night and into the weekend. The successful sale of this home is entirely due to his leadership in action. I would have made multiple missteps had he not been there to guide me to success.
Tom has a remarkable ability to think in an almost spherical or 3-D sense. He can quickly process multiple points of data and provide clear recommendations and next steps. It's a quality that I admire and relied upon greatly. He's quick to process, quick to respond, and has a sense of how a buyer and seller will respond and interact.   
I've recommended Tom to my friends and I can't wait to work more with him on the purchase of a new home. Tom set me up for success and the quick sale of my house is a testament to his skill.
- Melanie

Christie was an awesome real estate agent to work with and I would 100% recommend her to anyone looking to sell/buy a home in the Philadelphia area. I relocated to Boston and Christie handled everything while I was 300 miles away. She was VERY responsive and flexible, and talked us through any questions we had (in detail!). Her advice/experience was also really helpful and a huge asset to us. I was also super impressed with her marketing of our home which helped sell our home at asking and quicker than anticipated. Again - HIGHLY recommend working with Christie! She was so easy to work with and made the process very seamless.

- Zillow

Jean was recommended to my husband and I by a co-worker/friend and even though our situation was a little unique (moving across country to an area we had only been to for work related purposes, but never actually visited), she was extremely accommodating and did everything to help us find a good home in a great neighborhood. She answered any questions we had regarding which areas to look in, why certain areas were priced the way they were, recommendations on which areas to focus on, what houses were not worth our time, etc. She video called us for all of our showings, took lots of pictures when necessary, and provided tons of detail about what she was seeing, including asking about things we wouldn't have even considered even if we had been present for all of the home showings. 100% would use Jean again if we ever sell our home and would recommend her to anyone we know looking to purchase a home in the area.

- Zillow

Mark acted as our seller’s agent on the sale of our house and buyers agent on the purchase of our new house. He did a superb job representing us in both transactions. He did an excellent job negotiating and communicating and efficiently handled all the details and issues that arose in our transactions. We strongly recommend him. You will be delighted with your choice of Mark as realtor.

- Zillow

Mark helped us to sell our home after only living in the property for a short period of time. He gave us good, down-to-earth advice about how to make our home look more appealing to buyers without going overboard, which was important to us since we were selling after such a short time in the home. He also helped us to get connected to people who could help with the projects and came over multiple times to walk through the home. The pictures and video were great and we had tons of showings in the first few days an accepted a full price offer after just 48 hours after. We interviewed several realtors and are happy we chose Mark!

- Zillow

Jean is a very professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy realtor. Throughout the process of selling our home, Jean answered our many questions quickly and fully. She recommended exactly what needed to be done to our home before putting it up for sale. Her suggestions were cost effective and not financially burdensome. Jean explained the process and all the documents that we needed to sign. She explained technical information in simple, understandable terms. Jean was fantastic at negotiating a sale price with which we were very pleased. Jean was wonderful to work with and helped the whole selling process to go smoothly, even through the COVID19 pandemic. We highly recommend her to anyone who is in the market to sell or buy a home.

- Zillow

Looking for a house in the middle of Covid-19 could have been more difficult and painful. However, Mark knew how to transform this strange time into a smooth and pleasing experience. Being new to Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, my husband and I appreciated Mark's deep knowledge of the the area, which made us fall in love with some Philadelphia neighborhoods and towns nearby. In less than a year Mark helps us finding two houses, a town house in Mount Airy and a house in North Wales. Serge and I were so fortunate to have found Mark Malfara when we moved to Philadelphia. As our realtor, he helped us find the right house in the right neighborhood that fits our budget, personality and needs. He was so patient as we traveled from Upstate New York to look at homes over several weekends. We enjoyed the ride from the beginning to the end. We appreciate his patience and his discretion. He was always on our side working to make our house purchase as simple and successful as possible. We would recommend him to anyone.

- Zillow

We spent time with Mark getting to know him and how he works a few moths prior to entering into a transaction. He encouraged us to make a few adjustments to the home for image and appeal. No pressure at all. We were patiently working and then waiting and so was he. We knew we would in due time move to the next step, but we had a bit of a waiting period. We were ready and able when the lull in the pandemic appeared during the late spring months and we knew we needed to respond quickly. We called Mark and it was as if he was waiting with his BHHS sign, a pad to take notes and the photographer. They worked carefully with us in staging the home for pics and it went very well. 50 buyers visited and were thoroughly impressed with the feel of the home, while others appreciated the location. 10 offers were made within a matter of 8 days. But for one customer this was "her ideal home". It fit her situation perfectly and she knew that she had to have it. Mark diligently worked with the Buyer's agent to create the win-win that we felt was in order throughout this whole process. It really did matter to us "who we were giving our home to". Mark saw that and crafted a suitable deal. It was a very pleasant day for us to get the chance to pass the keys to the new owner and talk with her and the family about their plans. I didn't know this kind of transaction could be so emotional, but 17+ years of growth- that entailed the birth of a child, the death of parents, the graduations, holiday celebrations, so much laughter and so many tears- what we just said goodbye to was not a house, but it was our home. Mark- thank you for assisting us in the process. We are grateful for all your work!

- Zillow

This was our second time working with Mark. He was referred to us back in 2015 for the purchase of our first home. We did not hesitate to call Mark again when we decided to list our property in August 2020. Mark is no nonsense, gives straightforward & honest advice and helped us get our property sold fast & over asking. Additionally he was very patient with us during our buying process. It has a been a tough market for buyers, but he once again offered great advice and we ended up in the absolute best home for us. Highly recommend Mark for buying or selling, he’s a solid agent all around.

- Zillow

Before the pandemic, Amin started discussing with my girlfriend and I the potential to buy a home and stop renting. Unfortunately our plans were delayed due to changes in our jobs. Amin would contact us from time to time without being pushy about what was popping up in the community that we might be interested in. Late in the summer we were finally ready to look again, Amin patiently took us to many homes in 5 different towns. He always knew details of the home, showed us items that might be of concern or things that might make the house even better than we thought. Amin coached us during the crazy market in how to make a competitive offer. He negotiated with the listing agent to get us the best price for our dream home when we finally found it. Amin walked beside us during inspections pointing out details that we might have over looked. Every step of the way during our transaction Amin would text, call or email with little and big details. A week after closing and Amin is still reaching out to make sure we are still just as happy as we were when we got our keys! Amin made our first time home buying experience one of ease, our entire process was smooth thanks to his hard work and dedication. We highly recommend working with Amin!

- Zillow

Jean has worked with us now to buy 2 homes and sell 1 home. Jean is a high touch, smart, partner in the home buying and selling process. Over the course of 2 home purchases, Jean has probably taken us to see 50+ homes. Jean was always incredibly responsive to our requests to see homes and she gave her honest assessment of the home and provided us considerations or watch outs to think through. When we made offers on home, she guided us along the way and gave us sound advice based on her local expertise to make sure we were submitting competitive offers. In selling our home, she worked with us during COVID to willing get us to a place where we were able to put our home on the market the day it opened up, and she sold it within days. She is very considerate, always available and incredibly responsive. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a hard-working, collaborative partner who knows how to navigate the real estate market on or near the main line!

- Zillow

We chose Michael Sivel for his reputation for representing the finest homes in our area. Michael was incredibly responsive and professional. Further, his team was supportive and pleasant. Michael's investment in our home's marketing with magazine quality photographs, buzz worthy virtual and printed exposure and a robust network of contacts, sold our home faster than we ever imagined. Michael went one step farther and found us the perfect next home, hitting every one of our 'must haves'. He truly listens to his clients.

- Eileen O'Neil Reilly

Michael Sivel and his team at The Sivel Group did an excellent job marketing and selling my luxury property. They planned and executed a cross-platform marketing campaign that really set the home apart from the competition. Michael understands what high-end home buyers are looking for and positioned the home perfectly. His team is also a pleasure to work with. Thanks again for all your hard work

- Dennis Cook

I have used Michael Sivel twice as an agent, once as a buyer and once as a seller. I had a fantastic experience on both occasions. On my recent home sale, Michael was my agent and I had a short time to sell the house as I was close to being in a two mortgage situation. Michael did everything possible to sell my home, including three plus open houses. He was very communicative through the entire process and very present. Thankfully my home sold before I had to begin paying on the new property. I am very grateful that Michael was my agent. Would highly recommend!

- Lynne Mastrilli

Michael provided an exceptional experience in listing, and selling our home. He has a deep understanding of the market, and provides relevant counseling on how to prep and present the property. His focus, commitment, and willingness to spend dollars on marketing drove visibility and a steady stream of qualified buyers. I have no hesitation in providing a recommendation for Michael and his team!

- Mark Davies

Michael is a terrific combination of professionalism and caring. He knows the market thoroughly, had innovative ideas about the marketing of my house, and his suggested price realistically reflected the market. His entire team is responsive and delightful to work with. I would happily recommend Michael to anyone.

- Betsy Gemmill

Michael Sivel was an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a strong work ethic and follows through with every last detail. Michael is incredibly quick to respond, which I appreciated very much. I would most certainly recommend working with Michael.

- Chris M

Jean was amazing to work with. She helped us purchase our first home, and went over everything in an easy manner making sure we understood everything. Would highly recommend to anyone!

- Joshua Decker

Our sales process could not have gone smoother. Michael and company identified an appropriate buyer immediately and we were able to sell our home with a minimum of hassle. We could not be more pleased.

- Peter Randall

Jean is an outstanding agent, and person, who helped us since the very first day we moved to PA. We couldn’t have been in better hands, we truly recommend her services. Thanks to her local knowledge and experience we had an efficient time management finding our new home. She was always responsive to our questions or needs with a proactive and constructive approach. When negotiating terms and conditions she was diligent and meticulous. It’s been a pleasure working with her!

- Maria Ureynal
Mark did a great job in helping my fiancé and I find our first home! He was very helpful in all aspects of the buying process and was attentive to all of our questions and concerns. Mark was very accommodating of our schedules and made sure we were always taken care of. We would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking in the Philadelphia area, he is a great guy!
- Kathleen Boyle

Mark is an excellent real estate agent. He was extremely patient with us while we were looking for the right home, and we appreciated that while he would point out the advantages of each house, we never felt rushed or pressured. When we found the home we wanted to purchase, he was a great advocate for us with the sellers and helped navigate us through the process of buying the house (e.g., obtaining the mortgage, arranging the inspection, etc.) and was always available to talk and answer questions. We highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for a home in his area!

- Matthew Feldman

Absolutely amazing. Mark helped us sell our parent's house, where they, and we, lived for 48 years. It was emotional and, like any wonderful but old house, had various issues arise during the process, and Mark deftly guided us through all of them. He has amazing contacts for contractors who were able to quickly remedy what we needed. On closing day, when one room ended up still having a lot of junk in it, Mark personally carried it all out on a hot day. I can't promise he'll always do that, but man do we appreciate it.

- Isaac Haroff

Christie was able to stage and sell our home within a tight time frame even during Covid-19. Very responsive over text and email and from what we could tell, was good at negotiating and providing advice throughout the whole process.

- Tracy Quan

Mark is a professional. He represented our sale of a Multi-use residential/commercial property. I worked with him remotely as I was not in the area and the whole process was very easy. Mark is easy to get in touch with, very knowledgable, quick to act upon changes, uses data and explains his ideas and advise well. We listed just before the pandemic began, and Mark was able to get us a very good sale. Mark I think is an excellent negotiator.

- Fredrick D Marin

Christie was super responsive and helpful with getting my home ready for sale. She was great coordinating with painters and plumbers and the process could not have been any smoother!

- Sarah Poulle

Jean's mastery of the real estate industry is evident in all that she does! With every challenge, she had a solution! With every question, she had an answer! Jean's dedication and perseverance, her passion for and knowledge of all aspects of real estate, and her boundless energy (can we bottle that?) lead to a constant drive to go "above and beyond" for us! We feel privileged to count ourselves among her clients! Thank you Jean!

- Deb. Lincoln

I was a first-time homebuyer and working with Christie made the process smooth. She worked with me to identify a realistic set of features to prioritize when looking at homes and then identified homes that fit those features. She was super reachable and flexible to schedule house showings around my schedule. She provided candid feedback after each showing that allowed me to adjust my process as well. While I intend to stay in my new home for years to come, if the need ever arises to move again, I would certainly work with her again!

- Robert Kacergis