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Realtor (12 years experience)
We bought our house with Lynn McDonald, she did an impressive research of the market looking for the possible options within our needs. Soon we had a list of Open Houses to visit.<br/><br/>She was helping through out the process, just until we sign. It was my first house and she really helped us.<br/><br/>I really recommend Lynn!
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $300K in Framingham, MA.
As a first-time home buyer, I found Lynn's knowledge, patience, responsiveness and professionalism to be of such great assistance during a sometimes overwhelming process. Lynn was extremely knowledgeable as to property values and the general market trends, and she was always candid in sharing her assessments as to the homes we viewed and their price points. Lynn possesses a keen eye for detail and has great knowledge about many aspects of home maintenance and aging features that may cause issues. She was always quick to alert us as to potential issues, but was also wonderful in pronouncing the charm and potential of some "diamonds in the rough" that we viewed. Lynn displayed such great patience with us as we changed our house hunting needs and search towns, and was always super responsive and available on short notice to show us a property. When we found the home that we wanted to purchase, Lynn moved quickly in submitting our offer and negotiated all weekend on our behalf, utilizing effective tactics in order to help us obtain the home significantly below the listing price. Lynn's practical advice, kindness and honesty serve her well in being an excellent agent and one that I recommend to all of my friends and family.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $650K in Watertown, MA.
When we needed a larger home for our expanding family, we turned to Lynn - and she found us the property of our dreams. We were looking in Arlington Heights and Belmont but found the prices extremely high, so Lynn suggested Watertown. We did not know much about the town, but she educated us in depth on the different neighborhoods and schools. Lynn grew up in Watertown so she is incredibly knowledgeable about the area. She proactively scouted out a property in the best part of town that was under-marketed and poorly staged. The few potential buyers that found it took one look at the first floor (yellowing floral wallpaper, thick layers of dirt and dog hair, piles of clutter, heavy dark curtains that blocked out the natural light) and ran in the other direction - so it just sat on the market. But Lynn had the vision to see through those things to the wonderful bones beneath (gorgeous crown mouldings, a gourmet chef's kitchen, tons of extra square footage including a fully renovated third floor with full bathroom, mahogany deck, easy commute into the city, etc.). She handled the negotiations masterfully and helped us purchase the property well below asking price and below market value - and squarely within our budget. Throughout the entire process, she was super-responsive and often flagged issues we would have missed. She also built protections into the P&S agreement that we never would have thought of on our own. After we closed, she went above and beyond in helping us choose a color palette, prioritize repairs & decorations, and find professionals that fit our budget such as paint, flooring, tree removal, dumpster, electricians, asbestos removal, and even discount rug/furniture outlets. We would have been lost without Lynn. She did so much more for us than negotiate a purchase. She brought us market insight, laser-sharp instincts, trusted connections, a tireless work ethic, and an unflagging commitment to finding us an AMAZING property for our budget and needs. Lynn is definitely one of a kind.
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $750K in Belmont, MA.
We were very fortunate to work with Lynn when looking to move to Belmont. Not only very professional and very pleasant to deal with, Lynn's command of the local market - property valuation, intimate knowledge of the current supply and demand dynamics, skillful and balanced negotiations, extremely high lever of responsiveness to customers' needs made us beleive she is one of the best and dedicated real estate professional.
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $2.125M in Belmont, MA.
My wife and I were looking to buy in Belmont which is a low turnover town. We were renting a house in Belmont, so we were in no hurry to choose the first house to come along. Lynn was never rattled by our long search or our indecisiveness. She was prompt in alerting us to each and every home that she thought might fit our needs, arranging times to view, and pointing out the quirks of each new neighborhood. We ultimately landed in our dream home in no small part thanks to Lynn's ability to negotiate with both other agents and the builder/renovator. We couldn't be more pleased with how things turned out.
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $775K in Belmont, MA.
Lynn is the ultimate real estate professional! From listing, staging, showing, selling, and closing, she is an expert! Our buying and selling experiences with Lynn over 10 years have been a positive experience and expertly handled!
Bought a Single Family home in 2007 for approximately $1.075M in Belmont, MA.
Lynn was instrumental in our search for a home in Belmont, MA. We were coming from out of state and her deep knowledge of the Belmont market enabled us to feel confident that we had full transparency into the housing inventory and she made sure we focused our attention on the best houses for our budget and family needs. She was very helpful in getting our offer accepted by the seller--who understandably had second thoughts about selling her beautiful home when the offers started coming in. If we needed to buy (or sell) another house, we would use Lynn in a heartbeat!
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $1.4M in Belmont, MA.
We had the great pleasure of working with Lynn to sell our house.
Her professionalism and expertise combined with her knowledge and outstanding skills made for a wonderful experience. She was very responsive, organized and helpful through the whole process... start to finish. We can't thank Lynn enough for the excellent service she provided. We highly recommend using Lynn MacDonald for all of your real estate needs.
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $750K in Natick, MA.
We had the good fortune to work with Lynn 3 times. Twice to purchase a property and once to sell a property. The fact that we have used her 3 times should say enough about our recommendation of her.
We have found her service prompt, courteous, knowledgeable and, at all times, friendly.
When selling, we found her advice and negotiating skills valuable. And when looking for property to purchase we found her understanding of what we wanted to be spot on. And when it came time to buy, her keen eye was always on the lookout for the usual pitfalls.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Winchester, MA.
My family moved to the Boston area from the midwest so we were very unfamiliar with the process here in MA. Lynn was very helpful and patiently answered our questions. She was very knowledgeable about the area north of Boston -- and when we considered looking at homes in an area that she was less familiar with, she got the help of another agent who also knew lots! The best part about working with Lynn was her practical advice - she quickly spotted issues and challenges with houses that allowed us to make a very informed decision. She helped us navigate an extremely frustrating mortgage and bank experience -- accurately let us know when things were not a big deal and when they were. The house we ended up with is absolutely perfect for us - and Lynn saw that too.