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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

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

The Sivel Group provides outstanding service to their clients, whether buying, selling or renting! Highly recommend them!

- Mark Malfara

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