To Whom it May Concern,
"If you're thinking about listing your home and you're not sure which agent to list with, may
I suggest that you list with Karen Earnest of RE/MAX Partners. While it might not seem that the listing agent matters, let me tell you - it does.
Not all situations are alike. You may need to sell quickly, you may want to get the highest price even if it takes a bit longer, you might want to do improvements to reduce sales time but aren't sure what will matter. Trust Karen. We listed our home with another agent prior to her who wasn't as knowledgeable about our area. This realtor used the same strategy they had used with every other client when the real estate business was easier, and didn't really invest the time to get our house sold.
Karen was patient. We worked the game plan together, and she gave wise counsel along the way. We did some judicious updating, tweaked the plan as we went along and we hit our goals. Most importantly, we sold our home for what we were asking.
The experience at each phase of the sales effort was superior, such as useful insights on pre-listing renovations/staging, effective showings and proactive facilitation during the sale negotiations/due diligence. All of these tasks, whether business-related or interpersonal, were accomplished with a noticeable degree of competence, humility, integrity and grace.
If you are looking to buy or sell a house or property in the Groton and surrounding area, Karen is it. If you want a listing in the MLS and a sign in the yard, you can get that anywhere. If you want a trusted partner, you want Karen."
~ Sincerely, Howard & Rose Brink
"When deciding on a broker, it was very important that my husband and I felt at ease with the broker we decided to work with because nothing was more personal or stressful for us than the sale of our family home of 26 years. In addition, we wanted someone who knew the Groton Market.
Six months before actually putting the house on the market, I asked Karen Earnest if she would come over to just look around and help me make a list of what needed to be done to prepare the house for sale. At that point, I was unsure as to whether or not I was even going to use a broker. I had this wild idea that I would do "for sale by owner" and, even though I told Karen that up front, she still gave me a couple of hours of her
We spent 4 months getting the house ready for sale and after doing a lot of research, my husband and I decided that selling our own house with the minimal knowledge we had would not have been prudent. We called Karen and she came out the same day to sign papers and tell us how to set the house up. She staged it beautifully and the photographer came to take professional pictures. A week after the house went on the market, she had an open house. A couple who saw it on that first day ended up buying it.
After experiencing the entire process, from start to finish, we can't imagine having done it without Karen by our side. She knows this business inside and out, especially in Groton, having been in real estate here for
To add to the normal stress associated with selling a house, after our house was under agreement, we found our next house which multiplied the stress exponentially. Karen has seen it all and was the calm in our storm.
I can't remember calling Karen and going to voicemail even once. She always answered the phone each and every time I needed her. Regarding texting and email, her responses were extremely timely, usually in under half an hour, if not instantaneous.
An added bonus was that Karen referred us to a buyer broker in the town we were looking to move to and, it must be a Remax thing, perhaps Remax looks to hire agents with similar skills and core values, but this agent was amazing, as well.
We cannot say enough about Karen Earnest and the positive experience we had with her as our broker. It is unfortunate that we will not be able to use her again, but because of my experience with her and the Remax agent she referred us to, I will always try to stay with the Remax family."
~ Sincerely, Linda Beneke
"We have had the pleasure of working with Karen Earnest a number of times. We first met Karen when we were purchasing a new custom built home in Groton. She was very knowledgeable as she represented the developer and at the same time, brought a buyer for the home we were selling. We maintained a very friendly relationship over the next 15 years, and when it came time to sell our custom home, we enlisted her professional help.
The home sold in less than a week, having been well maintained, beautifully photographed and marketed and priced very fairly. Karen has also been able to connect us with a wonderful realtor in non-local area that helped us purchase our present home. This is one smart, knowledgeable and professional woman, and I highly recommend her."
~ Joy & Ken
"Karen has been with us through 3 moves and 4 houses, she is the best. We do not sell or list without calling her first, she has found us amazing professionals to deal with in 3 states so far."
~ Kim C.
To Whom It May Concern:
"During my recent move to Florida from the Groton, MA area, Karen Earnest performed as my realtor. Karen provided us a strong work ethic, a common sense approach and most of all - piece of mind. I highly recommend her to serve as an agent for a prospective home buyer or seller.
In my career I have been moved eight time due to job change through corporate relocations. I have experienced both good and bad relocations with the current one being the hardest by far for my family and I. My family and I have recently relocated from MA to FL due to a change in job. The process to move started in November of 2009 when my new company requested we use an assigned corporate realtor and thankfully ended in August of 2010 when Karen Earnest sold my house.
Due to a down economy and an unprecedented declining housing market in the US, the ability to sell the house seemed bleak and the fact that we were a family living 2500 miles apart added to the pressure. A new job, a split family , no one looking at the house and no end in sight seemed to extinguish the light at the end of our tunnel. The process and the economy seemed to be failing at every step. Our first realtor seemed to go through the motions and did not bring in potential clients for my home. My wife and I started to believe that we would have to either foreclose or walk away from a property that we had built with twenty years of sweat equity.
During the process we had only one true bright spot - Karen Earnest. Karen came in and aggressivlely marketed our home. She brought in clients to show the property. She got us a fair offer. But that's not all.....during our move, Karen assisted us with the home inspections and the dealing with our town on issues that almost blocked our sale. She definitely went above and beyond.
In reality she was much more than a realtor - she was a true professional, a confidant to my family and friend. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home."
~ Regards, John & Eva Spead - Groton
"Jan and I want to thank you for all the help you gave us throughout the process of selling our house. We chose you initially because of your obvious experience and knowledge. As we worked together we also came to appreciate your thoughtfulness, your warmth, and above all your great competence. Whenever we called you, you were always gracious and friendly and you never made us feel like we were bothering you. You made selling the house during a tough housing market both manageable and relatively painless. I think you were as happy as we were when the house sold after just three days on the market. Karen, you are good at what you do! I couldn't imagine anyone doing a better job. Thanks so much again, Karen."
~ Sincerely, BB & JB
"As one of the oldest law firms west of Boston, we have had business relationships with numerous realtors for many years. Such realtors vary widely in their expertise and knowledge of the real estate market. They also vary greatly in their dealings with customers, both on the business side, in honesty and fair dealing, and on the personal side, in customer satisfaction and appreciation. Karen consistently delivers all of this with a high level of professionalism, concern for her clients and attention to detail, making the transactions smooth and simple."
~ Randal S. Barron, Esq. - Groton & Concord
"My wife and I hired Karen Earnest in 2009 to sell our home in Groton, MA. Karen knows the Groton market extremely well and her expertise served us well in preparing the listing and marketing our home. She is very organized and professional in her approach. She kept us informed throughout the process; providing immediate feedback on showings, promptly responded to all of our questions and remained closely engaged all the way until closing. We strongly recommend Karen to prospective real estate clients."
~ J & T Callahan
"I am pleased to recommend Karen Earnest as a realtor, whether you are in the process of buying a home, or selling one. I sold my home in this difficult market by following Karen's wise advice about many issues. For example, what work needed to be done in my house and how to best stage the home for maximum sales price.
Another point I would like to make is how reliable Karen is. she ALWAYS got back to me promptly whenever I called her. I can't tell you how important that is when you are going through the often stressful selling process. it helped me so much that I felt I had a sympathetic ear to answer all my questions, and quickly too!
Karen has many years of experience as a realtor and you can tell! She does the necessary legwork to get the real estate comparisons you will need to price your house appropriately. She understands the market as a whole and knows when to make changes in the pricing of your home. She basically is there to work with you and advise you in all matters relating to the sale of your home.
In closing, though selling a home can be an emotional experience, when you have an experienced realtor guiding you through the process, there can even be times with the process is fun! Karen is that experienced realtor."
~ Judy M. - Groton
"In February, 2009, Karen Earnest sold our home in Groton and assisted us in the purchase of another. Our home was on the market intermittently for nearly two years with other brokerages. Karen was the agent who finally secured a buyer - within an extrememly challenging real estate market. She fully leveraged her internet presence and strong connections with the local community and other real estate professionals. The transaction went smoothly from the outset and all parties were pleased with the outcome. Karen was available 24/7 and always made us feel we had her full attention.
Karen also assisted us in the purchase of our new home, which was a very difficult process with a very difficult seller. At several points along the way, the deal threatened to fall through, but Karen kept things moving despite unusually trying negotiations. At the eleventh house, it appeared that our closing - scheduled for just days away - should have to be pushed back due to problems with the deed. Karen took it upon herself to make dozens of phone calls and drive all over creation in order to secure the necessary paperwork and signatures - something that no one else (not even the listing agent) was prepared to do.
Thanks to Karen's Herculean efforts, we were able to close as scheduled, saving us many thousands of dollars in having to move our household into storage and stay at a hotel while the lawyers took their time in sorting things out. Even our closing attorney remarked that Karen's dedication, creativity, and willingness to go "beyond the call of duty" were soley responsible for enabling us to pass papers as planned. When it comes time to sell our house again, there's only one agent we'll be calling!"
~ Sincerely, Miranda & John H.
"Thank you for all you did to help us sell our home. We interviewed a few realtors. We were certainly impressed by your knowledge of the market and your experience, but, as important, we found you genuine, personable, and very competent. Having chosen you to be our agent, we were most satisfied with your efforts on our behalf.
You were courteous, professional, and upbeat during every encounter, and we appreciated your integrity and insights. You kept in frequent communication with us and your promptness in returning calls and emails was greatly appreciated. We listed our home in the dead of winter at the height of the housing downturn. Thanks largely to your efforts, our house sold in six months-this despite a couple unforeseen and unusual problems. In resolving these problems, you worked with our attorneys and represented us at town meetings. We are grateful for your conscientiousness and your commitment.
We look forward to the opportunity to heartily recommend you to anyone who has a house to sell. Please do not hesitate to give our name and phone number to families who are considering listing their home with you.
Thank you again for a job well done."
~ B & JF Hugot
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for the spectacular job you did in helping us to sell our house. In the midst of a declining market, we were able to succeed while other homes continued to sit. We'd like to mention the things that we were the most impressed with. As out of state sellers, we were at a disadvantage in not having geographical access to our home during the selling process. You recognized our needs and came to the rescue at every opportunity. Not only did you come over to our house to vacuum up our dead lady bugs when there didn't seem to be enough time to get cleaning people in time for showings, you went out to buy a new battery for our smoke detector at your own expense/inconvenience, you ran out to the hardware store to save the day during our Fire department certification to buy us some carbon monoxide detectors in order to save us money on having another inspection.
You also helped the buyers with getting their mortgage documentation signed by us at the last minute via Fed-ex at your inconvenience. Might I add that the presentation on Realtor.com was lovely.
We feel strongly that we could not have done this without you. Thank you for everything!"
~ Ed & Elvira K.
"Buying a home is for many a life long commitment as well as a life changing event. In 2005, my husband and I were relocating to Groton, MA and had 7 weeks to purchase a home. Through our local realtor, we met Karen Earnest whom was able to aide in this extremely sensitive decision. She was very knowledgeable about the area as well as the home we were interested in. Her in-depth knowledge about the builder and her ability to point out distinguishing features between homes was remarkable. Karen stood by us and gave us advice as we undertook the LONG process of deciding on the "perfect" house. We purchased our Dream Home!! She was very trustworthy and her assistance through the whole process was greatly appreciated.
In 2007, we were tasked with relocating out of state and needed to sell our home in record time. We put our faith in Karen and assigned her with the task of selling the home in less than 30 days. Through her meticulous knowledge of the home, the neighborhood, and her aggressive marketing plan, Karen was able to bring in a full price offer within 10 days of listing. At a time when the housing market was suffering, Karen's professionalism, integrity, patience and honesty made a stressful event, bearable for the whole family.
Once again, we thank you for your dedication, professionalism and outstanding service. We hope that if we were ever to return to Massachusetts that we would be able to count on you, once again to help us in finding our next "dream home."
~ Tom & Rita B.
"Don and I would like to thank you for all of your hard work in selling our home. This is the third time we have utilized your services and we have been very pleased each time with your professionalism and with your personal attention to every step of the process.
You assisted us in the purchase of our first home in Groton and introduced us to many of the wonderful aspects of our new community. You sold this residence several years later in four weeks and helped us negotiate a fair offer on our new residence in Groton. You sold our second residence in Groton in three weeks; a truly remarkable achievement in this soft-sales climate.
We have been impressed by your vast knowledge of the real estate market and by your professional insight. In addition, all phone calls to you were promptly returned. We have been pleased with the referrals you gave us for home inspectors, lenders and repairmen. You truly are a full service realtor. Please do not hesitate to give our name and phone number to families who are considering listing their home with you. Thank you again for a job well done."
~ Sincerely, Maureen F.
"Based on our experience selling our home, we would like to recommend Karen Earnest to you as a diligent and effective real estate sales agent, who is very results oriented.
We selected Karen Earnest as our agent following a fairly extensive due diligence process. Our decision involved a search of Realtors who had sold homes in our neighborhood, and in our town. Following a detailed internet comparison, we narrowed down our choices to the three market leaders and brought each of them in to discuss why we should choose them and how they would market our home. Each of them presented us with a market analysis, price estimate and marketing plan. We were particularly concerned that there was another house in our neighborhood in the same price range and that we did not want to close for three months. Based on the proposal Karen provided for us, we felt she had the most realistic estimate of price and the most specific marketing plan.
Following our selection of Karen, she followed through with all the plans she had laid out for us and sold our house in only three weeks! We had expected our house to be on the market for six weeks at a minimum. Also, our house sold several weeks before the other one in our neighborhood, which had been on for several months. Karen sold that one too, within a couple of weeks of the owners switching agents."
~ Sincerely, Bill E.
"I am pleased to highly recommend Karen Earnest to anyone searching for a home in the Groton area. We knew little about Groton when we first began, except that it looked like a quaint new England town. Fortunately, we met Karen who knows the properties, the developers, the builders, the schools and the organizations in the area. Karen gave us in-depth information because she has lived and worked in Groton for many years.
Karen got to know us and showed us early on that she was tuned into our particular needs.
As we visited homes, she helped us to ask the right questions and get additional information if needed. Her many years in the real estate industry is beneficial because she clearly understands home construction, repair, abutter issues and town regulations among other topics.
We especially enjoyed Karen's open, honest and warm personality. It was easy to put our trust in her."
~ Sincerely, Michelle E.
"Russ and I really appreciate your professional help and guidance during the successful listing and sale of our Groton residence. From our first meeting onward, we felt very comfortable with your integrity, guidance, resourcefulness and dedication. Your professional assessment of the local market, the regional economy and your thorough knowledge of the community and its vast resources certainly helped us to realize the full market potential of our home.
You always returned our phone calls and emails quickly and attended to each detail as challenges arose. You gave us frequent and accurate feedback after showings and inquiries. Finally, you were there to encourage and reassure us as we made important decisions. Thank you."
~ Russ & Lynn S.