Why Work With Us?
Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about us:
"We recently bought a condo in Newtonville that we stumbled upon, so we didn't have our own realtor. Brenda was the listing agent for the property, but went above and beyond to advise and guide us through the process. There were multiple delays and at times, this was challenging, but she persisted and stayed on top of every detail and continued to push the process forward. She's incredibly knowledgeable of the local real estate market as well as the process and paperwork. From inspections, permits to city hall Brenda has it covered. I'd highly recommend her to any seller or buyer."
Tricia C., March 2021
"Meeting Brenda was the best thing that happened to us during the search for our new home. As first time buyers, we required a lot of guidance during the process, and Brenda walked us through every step of the way. We had very limited availability to view homes and were immediately impressed by her efficiency (we saw 6 homes in one morning) and how responsive she was to our needs. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and pays attention to important details of a home. During the whole home search we really felt that she was advocating for us and our needs. She helped us strategize to put down exactly enough to win our first offer, and we couldn't be more pleased with our new home. From a professionalism standpoint, there is no one better than Brenda. She is super organized - she helped us stay on top of deadlines amidst our hectic schedules. She also always responds to emails and texts right away. We cannot give Brenda a stronger endorsement!"
Ted G., March 2021
"We can't say enough about Brenda. We wanted to buy a new house and then sell our old house which seemed like a risky endeavor. Brenda was confident our house would sell and had a calming influence when we brought up our various concerns. Brenda's orchestration of the entire process of preparing and selling our house was very impressive, including outdoor and indoor fix-ups, recommendations to make the house shine, drone video/photos of the house and yard, lovely staging, etc. We took advantage of Brenda's connections with excellent tradespeople to do the work. Anytime there was an issue she was there in person to make sure it was resolved. Brenda's strategy for putting the house on the market was ingenious. She showed the house to about 100 people in 10 days, we received 15 offers and the house sold well above asking price. Brenda made a spreadsheet of all of the offers and helped us evaluate the merits of each one. When we found a house we wanted to purchase, Brenda's experience and attention to detail made the entire process run smoothly for us. She knew how to craft an offer that was attractive beyond the price."
Sue and Ravi C., February 2021
"Brenda was extremely competent, knowledgeable and very helpful during all the process- from P&S, inspection and getting information about the mortgage and having a right attorney! Buying a property is a major transaction and Brenda was always there for me during this journey Thank you for everything!!! I have and will continue to recommend Brenda to anyone looking to buy or sell"
Aza R, November 2020
"We would absolutely recommend Brenda to anyone thinking of buying or selling a property. Throughout the whole process she instilled a sense of confidence. She priced the place we were selling correctly and arranged everything for the sale with care and precision. It was the same with the purchase. She was tenacious when necessary and reassuring as needed. She was extremely responsive to all our requests and anticipated in advance questions and issues that might arise. She followed up quickly on all queries and worked well to coordinate with all those involved in the purchase, including the local town authorities. She did not let anything slip and kept the whole process on track even when we encountered unexpected problems. Not only is she a first-rate professional but also a warm hearted, considerate person to work with. We cannot recommend her any more highly."
Anthony S., October 2020
My partner & I worked with Brenda to purchase our first home (2-bed, 1 bath condo in Jamaica Plain), and we are so grateful that we connected with Brenda. Brenda was incredibly responsive and available throughout the process, and made the search incredibly easy. She led us through a challenging Covid environment (summer 2020) and persevered through rain, sleet, and hail (literally) during one of our several touring sessions. In addition, we are incredibly thankful for Brenda's cool-headed advice on buying / bidding strategy. We were eager to win on our current apartment after losing a bidding war on our first offer, and were prepared to go well above ask in order to be successful. Brenda, however, gave us good counsel and helped us figure out exactly what it would take to win, saving us ~$30k-$40k. Ultimately, the best testament to Brenda's value is that we viewed Brenda as an advisor and consultant. She listened to our needs and provided helpful advice and guidance throughout the process. I have worked with other realtors on investment properties and Brenda is the first agent I've worked with who takes an advisory role rather than transactional one. We recommend her unreservedly and will be passing her information along to friends & family in the future.
Michael M., September 2020
We were so fortunate to have found Brenda van der Merwe when we moved to Newton. As our Realtor, she helped us find the right house in the right neighborhood for the right price. The best part about working with Brenda was that she was always giving us good advice, and finding homes that met our needs. We would highly recommend her to anyone.
Ruby and Krishna K., September 2020
Our experience with Brenda was the best possible.
From the very beginning she was very helpful in every step of the process, including helping us connect with the right people to understand the process of buying a house in Massachusetts. From understanding the pros and cons of every town, to the differences between one house to the other, she helped us look for things we didn't even know about and that were crucial in our search.
As foreigners to the U.S., the whole process was very new for us, but she understood from the very beginning our needs, and adapt to what we were discovering on the way that could be the best match for us.
She wasn't only a key part the search of our new home, and a key negotiator and guide through the whole process, but also a very kind and resourceful person to have along our side in this important moment of our lives.
I would recommend her 1000% to anyone looking to buy a place in Massachusetts.
Nicolas E., September 2020
We had a positive experience with Brenda. This was our first time buying a home, and Brenda patiently guided us through the entire process! Brenda was extremely responsive - even on holidays and in the evenings - and was patient with all of our questions. We felt confident that Brenda had everything under control as we moved from the offer to closing. Thank you, Brenda!
Megan Z., June 2020
We are first time home buyers and Brenda was incredibly thorough, informative and most importantly patient throughout the whole process! Brenda is very responsive and always provided answers in a timely manner. We toured multiple condos with her in Boston and finally settled on a place we love! We will definitely recommend to friends.