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Client Stories – The Bailey/Olstad Family

“Mary is a top-notch Heights Realtor and she and her team have remarkable knowledge of the luxury home market.”

of Mary’s clients

Read the stories of a few clients who have recently worked with Mary and her team of marketing professionals. You will see a common theme: Hard Work, Dedication, Friendship, and Expertise. Ready to join the success stories? Contact Mary Wassef Today

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of Mary’s clients

Read the stories of a few clients who have recently worked with Mary and her team of marketing professionals. You will see a common theme: Hard Work, Dedication, Friendship, and Expertise. Ready to join the success stories? Contact Mary Wassef Today


Mary Wassef has many repeat clients, and the Boyd family is no exception. “The Boyds were referred to me from past clients. Our first transaction was in 2016 with three more to follow,” she said. Mary’s expertise in the Heights real estate market made her an asset in the purchase and sales of their homes.

“Over the last 3 years we have worked with Mary and her team on several home buying and selling transactions,” the Boyd family said of Mary and Circa Real Estate; “We have had a great experience and would thoroughly recommend them.” The Heights is a unique neighborhood in that it contains many luxury and historic homes, requiring not only knowledge of the community at large, but expertise in the purchase and sale of these types of homes. The Boyd family said, “Mary and Mark are very knowledgeable about specifics of the Heights real estate market, and when hiccups occur, they give expert advice in a calm and stable manner.”

Client Stories - The Boyd Family - Mary Wassef Client Testimonials - Houston Real Estate
Client Stories - The Boyd Family - Circa Houston - Local Brokerage

The Boyd family continues to be active in the Heights community. “They’ve attended Heights Association events with us, and frequent events at Circa Real Estate’s office. They always stop by to say hello when they are on 19th Street!” Mary said. “They and their staff are all generous, thoughtful, and professional, and are strong supporters of their local community,” the Boyd family said, explaining their continued relationship with Circa Real Estate. “We have so much fun at Heights events, dancing and enjoying the local community,” Mary smiled. “The Boyds never let anything get in the way of them having a great time! They’re truly wonderful to work with. They have become good friends and I am honored to also call them my clients.”

The Boyd family knows they have pros at the ready should they choose to sell their current home. “I would not sell my house without them!” they said. Mary, always observant, never forgets a home and its strong points. “I love their current house,” she said. “The floor plan is fabulous!”


When JJ and Jason began their home search, they knew they wanted to work with a real estate agent with experience with the Houston Heights neighborhood. They asked their friends, who have sold and purchased a few homes in the Heights, for help finding a qualified professional to get started with. Fortunately, their friends happened to be past clients of Mary Wassef and were happy to refer the Bailey/Olstad family to her. “Mary is a top-notch Heights Realtor and she and her team have remarkable knowledge of the luxury home market,” the Bailey/Olstad family said. “We are so happy with our home purchase and are extremely thankful for Circa Real Estate. Mary, Mark, and their incredible team made the often-stressful process of searching for and buying a home a breeze. With their expert advice and calming influence, we found our perfect home.”

Since Circa Real Estate’s office is on historic 19th Street in the Heights, Mary knows all about community happenings. In fact, community involvement has always been a big part of the culture at Circa Real Estate. “They’ve remained present in the Circa community!” said Mary about JJ and Jason. “They’ve attended events, and I’ve watched their daughter grow up. I’ve even sponsored her softball team, the Lady Bears.”

Circa Real Estate’s love for community inspired JJ and Jason to keep in touch long after the purchase of their home. They said, “They remain a valuable resource for neighborhood information and we appreciate their continual support of the local Heights community. Thank you, Mary, Mark, and the Circa team!”


“The first time we met Mary Wassef, we were purchasing a gorgeous new construction Craftsman home built by Renovo Homes in the Heights. Mary was not actually our agent, she was representing the other side of the deal, Renovo Homes. Mary was tough, yet accommodating and easy to work with. We also found her to be very knowledgeable about the Heights. We left this negotiation and closing process very impressed with Mary and I remember my husband and I saying to each other ‘when we sell this home, we need to use her.’ Fast forward 4 years and we decided it was time to downsize. We wanted to stay in the Heights, we just needed less space and less property to care for. So, we reached out to Mary at Circa Real Estate.”

In the four years between buying and selling, Mary and Caroline kept in touch. Caroline had gotten involved in interior design and had developed quite the eye. Mary began referring her own clients to Caroline for her amazing interior design services. Circa Real Estate often refers its clients to local professionals. “They helped with anything I needed,” Caroline said of her experience with Circa. “Plumber, HVAC, home inspection – you name it, she’s got a name and a number to give you.”

Houston Real Estate - Client Testimonial - Caroline Bower
Mary Wassef - Client Testimonial - Caroline Bower

Like many of Mary’s clients, Caroline is impressed by Mary’s specialized knowledge in high-end real estate. “There are lots of choices for real estate agents in town, but we wanted someone who really knew the area,” Caroline said. “I felt they really knew how to best market this house for top dollar in this market. She actually had buyers in mind before we even put the house on the market… The house sold in one week’s time, for asking price!” Mary insisted that the job was easy: “One could only hope to have a house show as beautifully… Sheer and utter perfection!”

Caroline continued, “We also worked with Circa Real Estate on purchasing our current home. We knew we wanted new construction within a specific area, and Mary has relationships with lots of builders… She was able to get us info on houses before it was publicly available.” Indeed, Mary’s close relationships with renowned builders like Renovo Homes makes her an asset to anyone searching for a fresh build.

“Mary Wassef and her team at Circa are talented problem solvers who can get things done. They have a strong network of people to help you with whatever you need. They are very responsive and make things happen quickly. They are local and believe in supporting the community we live and work in. For us, these are the best reasons to choose an agent of Mary’s caliber,” Caroline said. “We had a great experience and have remained friends. We would strongly recommend Mary Wassef and the team at Circa Real Estate.”


Mary Wassef met Elbert when he purchased a house in Houston Heights in 2008. “When I decided to start Renovo Homes, LLC. to develop luxury homes in the Heights soon thereafter, I knew where to turn,” he said. Mary’s experience in new construction gives her unique value as a real estate agent, and her close work with businesses like Renovo Homes, LLC. further positions her as an expert. “Elbert decided that building was a great career for him. I’ve represented him on every house that he has done. We’ve helped him build his site and really love our partnership with Elbert and his team,” Mary said.

Elbert Johnson - Renovo Homes LLC - Preferred Builder - Houston Texas Real Estate
Renovo Homes LLC- Mary Wassef - Preferred Builder - Houston Real Estate

Elbert’s homes are so gorgeous they could sell themselves, but Elbert insisted on giving Circa Real Estate some credit. In addition to selling homes Renovo develops, Mary works on finishes and floorplans as a project consultant. “Mary’s knowledge of the local market and customer trends is crucial to my decision-making from selecting lots, to architecture, to interior design.”

Circa Real Estate also prides itself on providing marketing for each and every home as a courtesy to agents and clients to aid in the sale of homes. Elbert said, “With Mary and her team, I feel like my listings are a high priority with consistent photography updates, events, and more to help my homes and business gain awareness.”

“I would not do a residential real estate transaction without them,” he said.


Mary met Johnny at an open house. “I was working on a holiday and he was looking at someone else’s build… We hit it off and I started representing him thereafter,” Mary said. Her expertise, patience, and care stood out to Johnny, and he remembered her as he prepared for subsequent sales and purchases. Their professional relationship has lasted for more than 12 years, and Mary has represented Johnny in numerous transactions ever since their fated open house meeting in 2008.


When Jacquelyn prepared to move to the Heights from San Antonio, she worried that the process would be complicated and frustrating. “She was also searching for a new job at the time,” Mary said with a sly grin. “I referred her to an employer who then hired her! She is now an interior designer and I love collaborating with her… She’s so easy to work with and her home is always stunning! Beautifully decorated and just absolutely every single thing done that would be needed to show the home.”

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