Why Work With Us?
Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about us:
"Buying a home for the first time is not simple but for the very first time we met Brenda, we understood that she had the expertise and the resources to guide us through this first acquisition. Brenda is available virtually anytime. We can not recall a time where we had to wait for replies or feedback. Her knowledge of the market made us very confident about buying the property at the right price. But most impressive is her ability understand our needs and walk us through the entire process from visits to closing. Brenda is a pleasure to work with. We would definitely recommend Brenda."
Ben B. and Denise D., August 2016
“Brenda was a pleasure to work with. She has her hand on the pulse of the market in Newton, she is a great advocate for her clients, she works 24/7 for her clients, and she is always available via phone, text, or email throughout the selling process. Brenda made the selling process very easy for us, and helped us maximize our home value.”
Gregory L., June 2016
"I cannot recommend Brenda enough.
Firstly, she was pretty much the key reason we were able to make a winning offer. Not only did she understand all the nuances of the offer strategy (downpayment, time commitment, contingencies, etc.) but she also had a good instinct about the target price range. This is crucial and was missing in a few other brokers I worked with. Brenda demonstrated a good sense of the home value and communicated it with her rationale while at the same time never being pushy. For me this was a critical asset of Brenda and is only possible in a complex neighborhood like Newton if the broker has real local expertise - which Brenda did.
Once the offer process was over, Brenda was with us every step of the way and was patient with (my million) questions. She was extremely professional, e.g., she would come to meetings with a summary of the last 10 emails I sent her to discuss everything item by item!!!!
After the home closed I had another 10 questions!! I was not sure if Brenda would be as responsive - but her professionalism was still quite there even after the closing date.
Brenda brings a touch of personal care and concern that is genuine and its hard to miss. Overall, she had everything I wanted from a real estate broker, local knowledge, commercial knowledge, process understanding, honesty, responsiveness and a genuine care and empathy that is hard to find.
Sidhant J., February 2016
“The highest compliment I could give Brenda would be to recommend her to a friend who really needs the skills and abilities that Brenda has and this is exactly what I did. I would also highly recommend her to anyone who is selling their home. I'm sure that Brenda has not had many sellers as nervous and insecure as I was and I can only say that she has enough great reserves of patience that she kept me from having daily meltdowns throughout the entire process. Brenda also had the resources and knowledge to wade through the ridiculous amount of red tape that Newton throws a seller up against and to reduce them to manageable proportions. She knows the markets; she understands the buyers and she's unflappable. Brava, Brenda!"
Paula C., June 2016
"Brenda recently assisted me in buying my current home as well as selling my first home (which she had assisted me in buying seven and half years ago). All three transactions went smoothly. The sale of my first home and purchase of my current home closed on the same day and at each step of the way Brenda kept the process moving forward by making sure that all parties had completed the necessary steps on time. It is because of this that come closing day everything went very smoothly and we were able to move into our new home that we love. I would highly recommend Brenda to anyone seeking a real estate broker in the Boston area."
Adam P., September 2015
"Brenda van der Merwe is the Real Estate Agent you have been looking for! It is our pleasure to write this review on her behalf.
We have been working with Brenda for more than 6 years now. Brenda helped us purchase our first home and now we are in the process of working together again in the search for another one.
During all these years, Brenda have developed even more skills, knowledge and professionalism in her area of expertise. We are always impressed with her quick responses and updates about neighborhoods and properties. Brenda is a great advocate for her customers and works in their best interest. If you are first time home buyer she would walk you through the whole process of loan approval to closing on your dream home. We highly recommend Brenda to anyone there who is looking for a Real Estate Professional!"
Krasimira P., January 2016
Brenda helped my mother sell her condominium and she was extraordinarily patient, knowledgeable, and reliable. At the time, my mother was in a nursing home for rehabilitation, and Brenda took care of a number of the loose ends that my mother was unable to address - and there were some highly significant loose ends, including critically important missing documents. Brenda put on her detective cap and found the missing documents AND tied up every loose end. The entire family was under a great deal of stress, but Brenda was calm, cool and collected! I cannot say enough positive words about Brenda.
K. Doyle, January 2013
Since I met Brenda, she took care of all my needs. She went straight to the point, when I was selling my condo in Newton. she was always on the top of everything. she is really a great seller/agent.
Maria E., December 2012
"I worked with Brenda van der Merwe on completing the purchase of my condo in Newton. It was a very complicated transaction and not very high dollars. Brenda was fantastic to turn every obstacle that I had to get to closure. She is efficient, skillful in her negotiations and most importantly thorough during the whole process. She anticipated obstacles and was able to guide me in the process. I would not have gotten to closure without her help and professionalism. This is the only broker I will use on any future real estate transaction."
Siobhean F., December 2015
"Brenda is one of the most thorough, honest and loyal service providers we have met. She helped us buy a house in Arlington, MA in 2013. Her ongoing and prompt guidance was crucial in making the deal and us finding a place we could call "home." Even after the deal was made, she was always eager to help us with follow-up questions, which underscored her commitment to her clients and not to that one business opportunity. Buying a house could be an overwhelming experience, so many a times she was confronted with frantic calls from us, but she always responded with calmness and logic. We are looking forward to engaging her in the future, and highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy/sell a property in Boston and the Metro area."