Maureen is a fabulous agent. She has many years of local experience and knowledge of the area in JP, Roslindale, Boston and beyond. We were first time home buyers and Maureen was continually patient and helpful, guiding us through the process. My husband and I also highly value dealing with a local agent and a local business. Jamaica Hill Realty is locally owned and a positive neighbor in the JP area. I very strongly and without reservation recommend Maureen!
Bought a Condo home in 2013 in Roslindale, Boston, MA.
Our experience with Maureen was exceptional. She was very knowledgable about the local market. She understood our needs and only showed us properties that fit. She was extremely responsive at all hours. We were able to complete most of the process via email and phone. She provided excellent recommendations for home inspection and mortgage services. Her negotiation skills were strong.
Maureen is professional, courteous, patient and meticulous. Further, it's clear she is a caring, trustworthy person of high integrity. I would recommend Maureen to anyone.
Maureen made the selling process easy and delightful. She was a knowledgeable and experienced guide in helping my husband and me rehab our rental condo for sale. She brought in someone from her office to choose paint colors, referred us to a stager, and even went shopping with me to select lamps and lighting fixtures for the new and improved unit. She also sold our property in less than a week after it was listed! Her understanding of the JP market enabled her to find the right buyer. In short, Maureen was terrific! Anyone would be in good hands with her.
Sold a Condo home in 2005 for approximately $350K in Roxbury, Boston, MA.
I can not recommend Maureen highly enough. She helped me with the purchase of 2 condos in JP and the consequent sale of the first condo. None of the transactions were straightforward and she was supportive, insightful, accessible, thorough and extremely professional every step of the way. I bought my first condo with a friend and we started off picky to a fault considering the realities of our budget. Maureen figured out what we wanted, sent us listings specific to what we were looking for so we wouldn't waste our time, and found us the perfect condo. She also represented us when we sold that condo and bought our own places a few years later. The seller of my new condo failed to follow through on everything he promised to do during the inspection, including asbestos removal, and was very confrontational at the closing. Maureen was a voice of reason, explained us our rights and worked with our lawyer, and got us a significant credit for all of the work he didn't do. Even though the deal was done, she gave me the names of contractors and kept in close touch to make sure I was happy with their work.
What I quickly came to realize is that there are a lot of realtors out there who stretch the truth or lie outright to get a sale. Maureen couldn't be more the opposite of this: she is one of the most honest people I have met, she researches the facts and is an expert in her field, and she won't give her stamp of approval to any property you're looking at unless she truly feels it's a good match for you and your budget. Buying and selling property is an intimate process in which you share your financial information and make the biggest purchase of your life. I appreciated Maureen's quiet yet confident and respectful way of carrying herself through every step of the process. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her and one of the unexpected benefits was the gaining of a friend.
Sold a Single Family home in 2003 for approximately $350K in Roslindale, Boston, MA.
Maureen was extremely helpful when we sold our home. She was always available to answer our questions knowledgeably. We recommended her as a buyer agent for our children and she was equally helpful to them throughout the process.
Bought a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $250K in Roslindale, Boston, MA.
Being a former teacher, Maureen brings with her a calm presence in an otherwise frenetic process. She know the JP/Roslindale market quite well and is able to hone in on properties that match what a buyer is looking for. Maureen is not like other realtors; she makes you feel like a person. When I've worked with other realtors, I didn't trust that they were looking out for me...just their bottom-line. Maureen is invested in making sure that you end up in a home that is the perfect fit. I've worked with Maureen twice and each time she was responsive, strong, and generous. You can't go wrong with Maureen!
Bought a Condo home in 2010 in Roxbury, Boston, MA.
I have worked with Maureen for over 10 years, buying and selling 2 places. Her quiet, yet strong presence is such a refreshing difference from other realtors. She knows when to be quiet and reflective, and she knows when to push and be aggressive. I always felt safe, secure and in such good hands with Maureen. I have and will continue to recommend her wholeheartedly. And, she will always be my realtor and friend.
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $300K in Roslindale, Boston, MA.
Maureen McElroy was my realtor, and sold my house in Jamaica Plain. I had lived there for 20 years, and had to move out of state on short notice due to my parent's poor health. The house had been in fairly rough shape to begin with, but then was occupied by a slovenly friend, and then stood vacant for 2 years.
I interviewed realtors on a visit to Boston in December, 2011. Maureen's presentation stood out - with her soft-spoken, but genuine enthusiasm for the house, and with her idea to fix it up (acting almost as general contractor, since I was out of state) on a small budget (less than $6500 - including walls and ceiling repaired, paint, 2 rooms of wallpaper removed, a stairwell painted, floors sanded and refinished, new flooring in kitchen, minor electrical, and staging), price it correctly, market it widely and well, and sell it QUICKLY!
Her enthusiasm infected ME, and for the first time I looked forward to the prospect of selling. this was really the turning point, for me. The only question in my mind was whether she could deliver, it seemed impossible, but she gave me a recent reference who confirmed her approach - her house had sold on its first day on the market. The other realtors were downbeat about the condition of the house, saying that it would probably sit for a long time, waiting for the right buyer, someone with cash. Once we had a buyer, the deal could fall apart with the inspection, or again during the appraisal. I'd be paying these realtors the same percentage (5%), and they weren't offering nearly as much. There was a termite issue of unknown extent, and some asbestos tape in the basement. I dealt with these issues myself depending heavily on Angies List, and discovered that I still needed a local general contractor. (it doesn't seem right to send someone a check when you're not able to see their work). I'd been calling Maureen during this time, and asking her advice which she freely gave, as well as for contractors she knew, and she never hesitated to give me names. Other realtors refused to divulge the names of contractors, for fear that I'd cut them out of the bargain. I am grateful for Maureen's generosity.
In late March, I was ready to sign the Exclusive Right to Sell agreement with Maureen, and she went to work. She had the contractors she already knew, in her rolodex, come to the house, met them, told them the scope of the work, got their proposals and sent them to me. When I agreed to the proposals and would send half the amount up front. She met them at the house and they would do their work, she'd inspect the work, and let me know that I could send the final payment. I was happy to cede control of these decisions, and I was delighted with the results! I think she would have adjusted to whatever level of input I wanted, and we did have one disagreement. She works for you, she will give you the benefit of her experience, she's probably right, but you have the final say. Her (legally mandated) goal is to get the best price for the house. The house was charmingly staged, and professionally photographed. Maureen's office prepared a really beautiful brochure, and we had our first open houses, both Saturday and Sunday, third week in April. We got an offer from the first open house, and the buyer seemed just right for the house, just right for the neighborhood, and financially solid, so I accepted it.
I didn't realize that accepting an offer is nowhere near the end of the journey, it's just the end of the beginning. We had the inspection, which required a negotiation over the old wiring. The buyer's home insurance balked at the knob and tube wiring. I knew there was some, but didn't think it was involved in the major circuits, The buyer had an electrician evaluate it, and it WAS involved in the major circuits. He gave an estimate for re-wiring, which Maureen sent to me. By the time I looked at it and got back to her, fuming, she'd already arranged for a second opinion, if I wanted one. I ended up splitting the cost with the buyer, with a credit at closing. We sailed through the appraisal, no problem. Maureen referred me to a RE lawyer as well, who did a good job, and it turned out there were a couple of problems with the deed, and with a new parking easement, which caused me much anxiety. Meanwhile, Maureen continued to fulfill her many obligations; arranged the final water reading, and got the smoke detector certification, keeping me informed.
I never thought I could pay someone that much money and feel that they deserved it, and I really think Maureen was underpaid for her work selling my house, considering what the other sales agents were offering to do (ie wait for the right buyer) for the same percentage. Maureen's office donates a percentage to a local charity, as well. She was always available for questions. The house sold for 30 or 40K more than I ever thought I'd get for it.
Maureen was not only knowledgeable, honest and committed in the sale of my home but she went out of her way to ensure a successful, timely and pleasant real estate experience. Which is why I chose her and her company for both a sale and purchase over my expanse of living in Boston. She worked extra hard in a tough real estate market and made it happen for me.