“I loved having Kathy as our agent when we were looking for a home in Brookline. She worked hard to help us submit a winning bid under less-than-ideal, highly competitive circumstances. She took time to understand our priorities and needs from the beginning. Kathy is bright, energetic, a creative thinker and a terrific listener, and, on top of it all, fun to be with! I highly recommend her.”
-- Elizabeth D., January 2019
“Our tremendous admiration and gratitude for your expert handling of the sale of our house continues and always will. Your plan of how to proceed reflected your expertise, and your ability to guide everyone through the plan was such an impressive combination of skill and thoughtfulness. You saw that the house had gotten to be more than its senior citizen, empty-nester owners could handle, and because you have such fine and long-established working relationships with the recommended contractors, you were able to rescue it and us and ‘get it all together’ in the depths of winter to be ready for the very opening of the market season, with such impressive results.
“The contractors were so terrific that we even enjoyed the chance to know them despite the chaos of our exit. In addition, you were wonderfully responsive to our complicating wish to reach out to the friends of our fine neighbors. The upshot of it all is that you not only maximized our earnings from the sale so we can afford our retirement, but you also benefited the neighborhood by attracting residents who will strengthen it and by seeing that a worthy old house is getting the new lease on life that it deserves.”
-- Ann C. and Frank H., October 2018
“I met Ezra Stillman during a prolonged period of tremendous change in my life. Throughout this time, he was unfailingly helpful in offering sound advice on selling my old home. And when it finally came time to buy my new one, he helped me quickly narrow the options, negotiate the offer, and secure a great deal – one better than I could have imagined, and for a house I love. Ezra is professional, kind, and expert, both in real estate and in understanding what clients really need. I can’t imagine a better broker.”
-- Louise K., September 2018
“We know Kathy well in her Realtor role, on both the selling and buying sides. Kathy helped us buy our first home in 2011. In 2018, she helped us sell it, and she also helped us buy a new, larger home. Real estate transactions can be such personal experiences that at this point Kathy feels like family.
“In a hot seller’s market in which most buyers worked for months without scoring, Kathy helped us score our new home on our first try. She got us in right away, advised us accurately on what we would need to offer to seal the deal, and we landed it. By the time we were selling our previous home, the market had shifted. Although we eventually walked away with a significantly nice gain on our investment, the market response wasn’t as robust as we had expected. Kathy helped us understand the shifting market and recalibrate our expectations, which was really important in getting the deal done in a timely manner. Kathy's guidance about how to prepare our place for maximum effect was quite helpful, too.
“We had initially mulled over the idea of buying our first home without hiring a Realtor, but that idea seems insanely misguided to us at this point. Our 2018 transactions, in particular, were not simple ones. Kathy, along with her impressive network of professionals (lawyers, bankers, fix-it guys, painters, you name it), always knew exactly what to do. Most impressive is Kathy's breadth of knowledge and skill, and how deeply her expertise runs across that entire breadth. She's a master in reading, negotiating with, and coming to productive resolution with buyers, sellers, and their agents. She's equally impressive at identifying a property’s areas of concern and calling in appropriate experts to evaluate them. The net effect of this skill set is that I had this sensation that all I needed to bring to the table was the desire for a deal to happen and the resources to support the deal. The rest was just magically taken care of by Kathy.
“There are very few professionals that I would recommend wholeheartedly to anyone at all, but Kathy is one of them. It is honestly shocking that Realtors as good as Kathy exist. There should be another name for all the things she does that go beyond where other Realtors seem to stop. If New England real estate could be described like the English legal model, Kathy would be the barrister and all other agents solicitors. (Only barristers are allowed in court.)"
-- Jesse G., July 2018
“Buying a new home is something that we do so infrequently, yet as it is such an emotional decision, it is easy to get so caught up in the moment that there is a risk that you won’t make good decisions. Or, conversely, you might go in with so much caution that you’ll miss a really wonderful opportunity. Having somebody as experienced as Kathy made me feel simultaneously at ease and confident! She kept me from making decisions out of panic in a competitive market, yet knew – perhaps better than I did - what I actually was looking for. Through fantastic communication, an aggressive yet disciplined process, and sound analysis, she helped me find a condo in a great neighborhood. Now that I’ve lived in this home for over a half year, I am impressed with what a great fit it is. I deeply appreciate Kathy’s help in identifying this property and knowing how well it would fit my needs. It was delightful working with her and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home in the Boston area."
-- Gary C., June 2018
“By way of background, I’ve been involved, both as a buyer and a seller, in many real estate transactions, both residential and commercial, over many years, so I’ve had occasion to work with a number of brokers. Prior to selecting Ezra to handle the 2017 sale for me in Newton, I also first obtained recommendations in that area and then interviewed several highly regarded brokers from different agencies.
“During the selection process, Ezra impressed me as being far and away the most creative and personable individual with whom I met. He was the only one who came up with an alternative and value-enhancing sales and marketing approach beyond just putting the home immediately on the market ‘as is.’ Once selected, his style was incredibly hands-on and diligent; he was quick to make course corrections as might be helpful; he timed and carried off very successful open houses; he was smart and helpful during the bidding and negotiation process and I am convinced that the result was a very fast sale that added a great deal of value to the rather uncreative approach proposed by the other brokers. He was also accessible and easy to communicate with throughout the process.
‘If there were any negatives to dealing with Ezra I would tell you. There weren’t. He was absolutely first rate.”
-- Peter J., April 2018