Thomas D. Burns, JD


Thomas D. Burns, JD

Thomas D. Burns, JD

Phone: M: 202.838.7355 (mobile) 202.838.7355 (mobile) mobile
Phone: O: 202.387.6180 (office) 202.387.6180 (office) office
Office: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
1617 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4334

Thomas Burns reviews  


About Thomas Burns:

Thomas Burns is a sales associate in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dupont/Logan office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Geography from the George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

After law school, Thomas worked in Atlanta for a boutique real estate law firm reviewing title exams and resolving title issues, assisting partners with tax deed and quiet title litigation, and worked with firm management to develop and launch a subsidiary tax lien servicing company.  In 2013, he joined a boutique real estate brokerage and became Director of Business Development, revolutionizing the way the firm marketed properties and its services. Thomas moved back to DC in 2015, and has quickly established himself as a rising star among District real estate agents.

Thomas takes a very holistic approach to real estate, understanding that a home purchase is not just one of the most expensive decisions a client will make, but also one of the most emotional. Clients describe him as knowledgeable, trustworthy, and efficient, always willing to go the extra mile in order to ensure total client satisfaction. Around the office, Thomas has chaired the Coldwell Banker Capital Pride committee, and facilitates a weekly roundtable discussion among newly-licensed agents.

Thomas lives in the Logan/Shaw area of Washington, DC, where he is an active member of the Westminster Neighborhood Association.  Autumn weekends find him on spontaneous road trips to Charlottesville, VA, to cheer on his beloved Cavaliers. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, collecting old maps, and exploring the ever-changing DC urban landscape.



University of Virginia School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2010

The George Washington University
B.A. International Affairs and Geography, 2007

In Thomas' Words:

As an agent with experience in all aspects of the real estate transaction, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my clients above and beyond the typical real estate agent. With my extensive real estate litigation experience, I have seen the worst case scenarios of when deals go south, so I am always working proactively to ensure my clients' interests, and money, are protected. I want you to be confident in your real estate purchase or sale, and I won't rest until you are. I have the experience, education, and energy to help you reach your real estate goals.

Here are some of the things I can do for you:

Find Your Next Home
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home.

Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.

Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.

"I cannot recommend Thomas Burns more highly- I felt like I had a true partner from the day we went to our first open house to now (2 months after closing). Tom was always extremely honest with me and encouraged me to be a logical first-time homeowner, guided me through difficult situations during the closing, and even came to the rescue when I had questions after move-in. He took the time to understand my priorities, my budget, and my timeline. I looked forward to his feedback and diligent guidance. What I valued most about working with Tom was clear, effective, and efficient communication. He consistently worked around my schedule and was replying to emails and phone calls after 10pm and frequently on the weekends. I had tons of questions about the process of bidding, negotiating, hunting for the right mortgage, and closing and Tom took the time to ensure I understood everything at play. I always felt like Tom's priority, and like his friend. "

  -Jacqueline H., Client

"As a mom, I felt so comfortable that my daughter was working with Tom Burns from Coldwell Banker to purchase her first home. I truly felt that Tom was there to hold her hand every step of the way through the process; nothing was too much trouble. He welcomed any/all concerns either of us had, so for this I am forever grateful. I must say that I found Tom to be a person with integrity, honesty and someone who cared about his client and her best interest."

  -Eileen H. , Client

"Tom is the BEST real estate agent I have ever worked with (out of about 8 or 9 experiences). He was everything you could want - knowledgeable, informed, responsive and most of all interested in really understanding what he buyer wants, even when the buyer isn't real sure. I will explain. Tom helped my daughter buy her first ever home. I worked with Tom during the day to sort through listings he identified and then we went back to many of them in the evenings with my daughter. He was incredibly patient and an excellent listener. Only after showing her different styles and properties and listening to her reactions did he add his observations. He did an excellent job at helping her learn and decide what she really wanted without slanting it or driving her towards generic answers... In a business that has a wide variety of quality, Tom sets the standard for other realtors to match. "

  -Mark L., Client

"I cannot do justice to my experience of working with Tom in the space I am given to write this review. From before I was even his client to after I owned the home, Tom was responsive, efficient, effective, informative, and just an enjoyable person to be around. For any first time home buyers unfamiliar with the process... it is important to choose a realtor who is not only good at his or her job, but who you simply like, because you will spend a ton of time communicating with this person. Tom was both - great at his job and easy to communicate with! I initially chose Tom as my realtor after meeting him once because he displayed his knowledge of the market and eagerness to work hard on my behalf without being pushy in any way. He continued to live up to that throughout the entire process. Most importantly, Tom was my advocate. He gave his honest opinion while giving me the tools I needed to make the best personal decision. He made sure that I got an amazing home at a fair price."

  -Michelle L., Client

"It has been a privilege to have worked with Tom in real estate for years. With this experience, I can testify that his knowledge and expertise of contracts and real estate law make Tom the most valuable asset in choosing him as your realtor. I was fortunate to be Tom’s broker when he first started out in real estate. To this day I still refer to him for advice. He is a patient listener and always available to answer questions quickly. His ability to communicate clearly make him an effective negotiator. His organization skills make deals go through quickly, effortlessly and without drama. I highly recommend choosing Tom to represent you, for all your real estate needs."

  -Trent Aldridge, CityMax Realty, Colleague

"As a first time home buyer, I can say that I was very anxious about this process. Tom was the absolute best and not only got me everything I wanted but was extremely thorough, patient, organized and kind to me throughout the process. He answered questions I didn't even know to ask and really was just a stand up guy the whole time. I am so happy with my purchase a year later and couldn't have done it without him. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone."

  -Michael, Client