Testimonials

Seller and Buyer in Cambridge

188 Upland Rd Cambridge and 51 Montgomery St, Cambridge

Dana was recommended to us by a friend, and we could not be happier with the advice and service we received from her while buying one condo and selling another in the competitive Cambridge market. She is the consummate professional; calm, kind, extremely knowledgeable, and very responsive. On the buying side, we had very specific criteria for location, size, parking, etc., which did not leave very many potential properties. Dana really knows the local market and gave us a good sense of what would eventually become available and how much it would probably cost. She was also very creative on finding and recommending cheaper properties that could potentially be renovated to meet our criteria. We eventually saw a condo that interested us, and we followed her guidance on making an attractive offer that would “get us to the table” for final offers and then how far we had to go to get our final offer selected. We are very happy in our new place and grateful that Dana was able to close the deal for the first property on which we made an offer. For selling, we were worried about finding someone to fix up our unit for sale, but Dana very efficiently coordinated the repair, painting, staging, and photography to make our place shine. We followed her advice on pricing, and we received multiple excellent offers in the first weekend of listing. She kept us calm during the closing process and made sure everything was getting done as it should.

Seller in Cambridge

47-13 Cogswell Ave, Cambridge

Dana is a gem! I was intimidated by the prospect of selling my Cambridge house where I had lived for 23 years. But she walked me through every step in detail, set up a timeline, and managed the whole process including organizing and managing the preparation work from minor repairs to staging. She was careful about setting a good asking price, based on her deep expertise in the market. At the end of the day I got 5 excellent offers within a week, truly exceeding my expectations. I can't recommend her highly enough!

Seller in Arlington

83 Scituate, Arlington

Dana delivered above and beyond on the sale of our home in Arlington, from expertly handling the entire process to getting a price well above what we expected. We were living out of state and needed a realtor who could act as project manager for all the repairs and prep required to put the house on the market and Dana really came through. Her enthusiastic positive attitude, prompt attentiveness to detail, and getting things done made working with Dana an outstanding experience. When she finished getting the repairs, painting, and staging done, we couldn’t believe how beautiful she made the house show. Dana also used her years of experience in selling houses in the area to skillfully price the home to attract a lot of attention and ultimately bring in multiple solid offers and a price significantly over asking. If you want a white glove, turn-key experience and exceptional results, Dana is the realtor for you!

Seller in Cambridge

8 Mullins Ct, Cambridge

Dana is the absolute best! She's an expert communicator--professional, kind, and worked tirelessly to help me sell my condo. She's also an expert in the real estate market landscape of Cambridge and the Boston metro area, someone who really knows comps, and helped me find and price out the right people to get my place ready for the market. And super fast!!!! I only wish all real estate agents were as wonderful as her!

Tom Wyche

Dana was extremely helpful in helping me buy a condo in the Boston area. I was moving in from out of town, which was challenging not knowing the real estate market there very well, but Dana helped make the transition very easy.

Ryan H.

Dana was great. She sold me my apartment 7 years ago and it was my pleasure to have her sell it for me seven years later. She's smart, persistent, has a firm grasp on the market, and is reliable and easy to work with.

Alice Vogler

It is without hesitation that I give Dana Schaefer a 5 Star rating! Nearly 10 years ago she helped us find our first home and recently helped us sell it. She was generous with both her time and her knowledge.

Maria C.

Dana is truly professional and has a great knowledge of the local real estate market. She made the sale of our house less stressful, and the selling process was impeccable. We were truly happy with the sale outcome.

Robyn K.

Dana was very professional. She was knowledgeable and kept me informed throughout the whole process of selling. She kept track of the timeline and made sure everything was meeting its deadlines. Would highly recommend her.

P. Herring

We worked with Dana during the purchase of our first home. Dana was amazing to work with. She was always available via e-mail and phone as well as very good at responding to our inquiries.

T. Ozzy

Seller

Dana was awesome to work with! She was our seller agent for 2 properties this year. She understands the market and will give you the best advice possible. She is very reliable. I would recommend her to anyone as well as use her in the future.

JoLeigh G.

Buyer

We couldn’t have navigated the home buying process without Dana. She has an endless supply of energy, knowledge, and patience that helped us find a home we love. We had complete trust in Dana and always believed she had our best interest at heart. I can’t recommend her enough!

Sean S.

Buyer

I would recommend Dana to anybody searching for a home. I recently closed on a house after 6 months of searching with Dana as my Real Estate agent. She is very knowledgeable, diligent, and extremely nice and a pleasure to work with. The closing process with the bank was pretty rough, her assistance and involvement during that time were invaluable. She never let me down.

Mario M.

Developer

As a developer, I can honestly say Dana is one of the best agents in the greater Boston area (if not the best). She did a tremendous job for us and was able to sell our units in one of the worst economies ever. Easy to work with, precise, and willing to go the extra mile to guarantee units are sold. She was readily available and always called back immediately (one of my biggest pet peeves with previous agents). I would highly recommend Dana to anyone interested in condo sales, etc.

Buck S.

Buyer

What great luck we had finding Dana! She was able to expertly and patiently navigate us through the many neighborhoods of Boston, taking care to select only those properties that actually aligned without interests. Dana also has a great network of mortgage brokers and attorneys that have a long history of working together. We were so surprised how smooth this process was and love our new home in Jamaica Plain. Thank you, Dana!

Stephanie Altavilla

Seller

Dana is an incredible real estate professional. She takes pride in her work and it shows! She knows the Chelsea and surrounding area very well and therefore knows how to market the real estate. She took beautiful pictures of our condo and was able to sell it in less than a week even with blizzards and terrible weather. I've worked with her twice and both times have been seamless and enjoyable

Gustavo M.

Seller & Buyer

I’ve used Dana as my realtor on several occasions and in different roles, representing me as a buyer’s agent, as a seller’s agent, and as landlord’s agent for renting out my property. Dana was extremely effective every time, always delivering her very best to get me the most positive outcome. She’s in tune with the real estate market in the same way that she is with my personal preferences and desires. She is a diligent worker and extremely responsive. I’ll certainly keep on counting on Dana for all my future real estate needs.

Owen B.

Seller & Buyer

Dana Schaefer is a consummate professional. She is always available to help with any questions I may have. At every stage of the process of the sale, I was fully informed and as relaxed as possible. (Selling a home is only so relaxing of course) She guided me through the process with care and due diligence. At no point throughout the process was I left to want more from her. Her service was as amazing in 2015 as it was in 2004 when she was my agent for the purchase of the very same home! I cannot say enough good things about her!

Sarah Springer

Owner

Dana did an amazing job with finding tenants for our townhouse. She gave us excellent and thorough advice about cosmetic fixes that would help turn things around quickly at an off-peak time of year and was able to deliver a signed lease in record time. We are sure that much of this was due to her knowledge of the neighborhood and the advantages of this area. Dana was a great communicator and keep us informed at every step of the process. We would recommend her 100% to anyone needing either a buyers’ or sellers’ agent. Thank you, Dana!

Thomas H.

Developer

Just wanted to write you a quick note thanking you. There isn’t a noted writer alive who could put into words in this card the gratitude I have for the tremendous job you did at 950 Broadway. I truly believe that without your hard work, perseverance, and overall dedication to this project we would not be even remotely close to the 100% sold that we are today. You were the only constant positive in the project from day one to today. I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for a job very very well done! With the greatest admiration,

Gabriel C.

Buyer

Being new in the US and US house market we were very pleased to work with a very qualified and patient agent. We expended months looking for the ideal house that could fulfill all our needs (not easy!) and was within our budget. She did not fade down a bit and kept helping us find the home we wanted in the area we wanted. She helped us from the search to the loan until we finally got the keys on our hands. Dana always was there helping and explaining every step and hesitation we had. I strongly recommend her services, honesty, and tirelessness. She is a very good agent that we were very lucky to find!

Matt R.

Seller & Buyer

Dana assisted my wife and me in the buying of our new home. This was the home we had been talking about as a family for quite a while and when it came on the market there were 11 other bidders for the home. Dana managed to negotiate with the sellers and to keep us within our price range, albeit at the max. We were awarded the home and really feel like it wouldn’t have happened without Dana’s help. Additionally, she managed to rent our current apartment out in just three days at a very competitive monthly rate. Overall we really couldn’t be happier to have had Dana’s help in the process. We would have been lost without her.

Peter D.

Seller & Buyer

Dana is awesome! She helped us negotiate the turbulent waters of the Boston Real Estate Market. We found a single-family home in West Roxbury that we loved. Unfortunately, many other couples loved it too, and a bidding process began. We consulted with Dana, and through her steady guidance, our’s was the winning bid. She was invaluable in working with us from the beginning, and she never flagged or tired, or lost patience with us, even when we had to pull out of a deal where we had already made an offer. She was a friend and an advocate, and we are so grateful to her for her steady hand. Dana also helped me to find tenants for my loft condominium in JP. Without that, the deal for the single-family home would’ve fallen through. Dana located tenants in less than 1 week, making sure we get to move into our dream home. We cannot thank her enough, and highly recommend her as both a buyer’s and seller’s agent. Believe me, you will not be disappointed with Dana!

Derek Kalchbrenner

Seller

I recommend Dana without reservation. From beginning to end, Dana guided me through the process of selling my home with a high level of professionalism. She knew the market well and priced my home accurately. She then pulled out all the stops to get my listing advertised, and the result was we had a huge turnout for our one and only open house. Soon after she secured a fantastic offer and guided me through the process of selling the home. I really didn't have to lift a finger. I still can't believe how simple the whole process was, thanks to Dana. Throughout the process, I knew I could rely on her to be accurate, thorough, and hard-working on my behalf. I always had complete confidence in her and knew that she was just a phone call away whenever I had questions. I would absolutely work with her again.

Lee B.

Buyer

I was a first-time homebuyer and began working with Dana after ending my partnership with another agent. I had been searching for a home for 7 months and had become a bit discouraged. Dana was recommended to me through good friends and she was more than I could have hoped for. She is very knowledgeable in the area I was looking for (South Boston), she provided me with all the information I could need without being pushy. Dana really makes you feel like she is working for your best interest and not for a commission. Dana gets to know you and what you are looking for and helps to narrow down the vast list of homes on the market. She actually convinced me to view the home I ended up purchasing – I was against it because although it had everything I wanted it was right outside of my preferred location. However, she really thought I should at least take a look. I really have to thank her because once I saw it I fell in love. And in reality, it’s less than a 5-minute walk from where I wanted to be – it’s actually perfect for me! The negotiation process was so smooth. Dana provided an entire report with 6 comparables and really broke down why she choose them and what that means for the home I was looking to purchase. The information was in-depth but very easy for a non-real estate expert like me to understand. She walked me through the negotiation process and was always in contact with me every step of the way. She explained everything to me so I never felt like I was out of the loop. I have moved in and am very happy with my new home. Dana also represented my neighbors when they purchased their home, and they had a similar experience to mine – nothing but good things to say. After working with another agent who didn’t do half of what Dana did for me, it was nice to work with someone that made a potentially stressful process a comfortable one.

Judy W.

Seller

Dana helped me sell my house and was able to get over the asking price! My situation was particularly challenging because I had a tenant in my house who was a bit difficult to work with and Dana was key in helping me navigate that situation. She produced a very thorough analysis of recent sales in the area and clearly explained the rationale for the proposed asking price. I also have a very busy work schedule and Dana was extremely helpful in getting my house ready for the showing. and keeping my stress level to a minimum. I received an offer after the first open house, which I believe was due to Dana’s expertise and diligence. Dana is also very personable, easy to communicate with, and very patient. I will recommend her to anyone I know who is buying or selling property and I would work with her again in the future!

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