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Testimonials

“Mike and I had three requirements which needed to be met when we selected a realtor to handle the sale of our Wenham property. The agent needed to have an in-depth knowledge of the market, be able to bring prospective buyers to the table, and finally to negotiate the terms of the sale. We are delighted to say that Julie Smith did all this, and more, in the most professional way with special attention to detail.

When we met Julie she shared her years of experience as a realtor on the North Shore and provided us with an update about the current market inventory and recent sales comparisons. She knows the market! She also quickly understood the features and important aspects of our home which would make it more attractive and unique to potential buyers. With this information we were able to determine a competitive sales price.

Julie arranged to have beautifully professional photos taken of our home and created a virtual tour which was accessible via the Sotheby’s website. She also arranged for local and exclusive print exposure for our property. These things provided the market exposure that we knew would generate the necessary interest to sell our home. Equally important, Julie was alway available to meet potential buyers to show the property and represent our interests.

As potential buyers showed interest in purchasing our property, Julie did an excellent job navigating and negotiating on our behalf for a agreeable sales price. For Mike and me this was the most important part of her responsibilities and she did all this professionally and with utmost attention to detail. We were alway confident that Julie had our best interests in mind.

We do not believe that we would have the same success in selling our property in a timely manner or with the same financial satisfaction if we had chosen a different realtor. Julie Smith did a fabulous job! We would recommend working with Julie to anyone interested in selling their home and having a successful result. Thank you Julie!”

-Amy & Micheal McGowan


“Pat and I want you to know how happy we are with the relationship we have developed with you. Starting with the purchase of our dream home in Newbury and ending with the sale of our antique home in Beverly, all along the way you were a joy to work with. On the ‘buy side’ – we have fond memories of the trips we took with you to see many many homes before we selected the one we bought. There were times when I thought to myself – how many more will Julie be willing to show us before she throws up her hands and says “you people are impossible”. But you didn’t. You continued your research, you guided and coached us as we looked at properties, and in the end you helped us find our dream home. On the ‘sell side’ – in a very difficult market, you sought out and used every resource available to find just the right buyer for a very unique property. You know how much that property meant to us and we are thrilled with how it all turned out.

Through it all you showed us not only how much you love what you do, you showed us how good you are at what you do. You are a joy to work with and anyone looking to buy or sell a property would be wise to work with you.”

-Bob & Pat Swisher


“I was skeptical to list my condominium during the time of an uncertain market. At the time, people said to me, “You will never sell it in this market, You should wait.” I was discouraged with this kind of attitude. I really wanted and needed to sell and downsize for many reasons. When I talked with Julie Smith at Sotheby’s International Realty, she was confident and assured me that “there is always the right buyer for every home, and we will find them!”. This kind of confidence, and the many professional strategies Julie presented to me, was relieving to hear. I trusted to list it with Julie because of her knowledge and analysis of the market as well as her many progressive and creative ways to generate and target the appropriate buyer for my specific home. Moreover, I felt reassured by her strong enthusiastic and optimistic views of how to approach the situation. She was always prompt and respectful while showing, whether it was an Open House, broker showing or client showings. Julie was honest, and communicated clearly the entire process from the beginning of listing to the final steps of closing. In the end, Julie did find the perfect buyer and I found the perfect broker. I am truly grateful and happy I chose to list with Julie Smith and I would highly recommend others to list with her as well.”

-Janet Shapiro


“Working with Julie was a great experience from start to finish. My wife and I met her at an Open house and she took time to truly understand what type of property appealed to us. Weeks later, she had identified a house that was not formally listed. She was able to work with the seller to negotiate a deal on our behalf. Without her, I have no doubt that we would still be looking or would have settled on something that was not quite right. She definitely went above and beyond what I would have expected out of a real estate agent.”

-Jon & Carolyn Porter


“Julie Smith deserves a huge thank you for her assistance in marketing our home. Julie’s positive and realistic approach to our needs made all the difference in the world. Our home received premium exposure, including our very own web site complete with flattering professional photographs. Her guidance and support in the face of a volatile marketplace was invaluable. In a business where information is crucial, I always felt informed by Julie and her marketing team. It will be my pleasure to work with Julie again in the future, and refer her services to friends and relatives.”

-Robert Gamble


“Jeff and I have worked closely with Julie Smith for about a year now. We have found her to be knowledgeable, professional, pleasant, and most of all, patient. Because Julie is well known and well-liked in and around Manchester and the North Shore, She has been able to find homes for us to tour quickly and efficiently. Her knowledge of the area has also been a real benefit when marketing our home to new customers coming to town. She has been extremely flexible, fun to work with and a tireless advocate on our behalf. In a market where smart, professional and hardworking people will get the job done, we highly recommend Julie to do it for you.”

-Carole & Jeff Mastendino


“Newly relocated, and looking for a home here on the North Shore for the first time, Julie Smith at By the Sea Sotheby’s was an unbelievable resource. Not knowing where to start we turned to her for guidance through the many homes and estates available on the coast north of Boston. She worked endlessly side by side with us until we found the perfect home to one day start a new family. Without her our lives would never be the same.”

-Ryan Swisher


“We recently moved our family from New Orleans, LA to Manchester and, naturally, the process of finding a home was our biggest concern and worry. Not only was the entire area unfamiliar, but also the real estate market was far different from what I knew in Louisiana. This was definitely the most intimidating item on our long list of to-do’s! Luckily, Julie Smith was there to guide us all the way from the planning stages months prior to our move and all the way through our arrival, search and final purchase. Her knowledge of this area was such an amazing resource – she knew so much history of each property we looked at and was extremely informed about local market values and transactions. Every question or concern we had, she was able to address. She also had a very quick sense for what our family needed and was always thinking of that first and foremost.

Throughout the search process, Julie did a wonderful job of keeping us focused, informed and positive. She was always one step ahead of us, which was an incredible relief. Just knowing that she was thinking of our next steps and monitoring the market gave us such confidence in the outcome. She was always there to prompt us to return paperwork, call inspectors, schedule appointments, etc. which kept us on track during a very stressful period following our move. She never lost her focus on her energy on our behalf. Throughout each offer and negotiation, Julie was an incredible asset. She was informed, balanced and honest. She always had our best interest in mind and was an endless source of guidance and encouragement all the way to the final closing.

Professionally, Julie was a life saver and her talents in the field of real estate were a gift in so many ways. It was an especially daunting task for us given our situation and logistics and she made the process manageable and, most importantly, successful in the end! And, personally, Julie is a joy to be around. She’s warm, funny, easy to talk to and so helpful and gracious. We definitely gained a wonderful friend along with our new home.”

-Sally & Russ Davis


“We are so pleased to be celebrating the successful sale of our antique home thanks to the wonderful work of Julie Gamble Smith. Julie met this challenging realty market with a great balance of optimism and realism, urgency and persistence. She truly understood the value in our unique property and tapped into all of the innovative resources in her Sotheby’s toolbox to help us find just the right buyer. With her warmth, humor and professionalism, she went above and beyond to make this such a nice experience.”

-Amy & Nathan Swisher


“We were lucky enough to use Julie Smith over a two year period. She helped us to search for our next house as well as to sell our home. While we engaged in our never ending search she was patient, quick to respond, attentive to the market and as always fun to work with. We never felt that she was pushing us or expecting more from us. On the sell side she was amazing. She knows the area and was able to price our house for a quick sale. She handled the entire deal with professionalism, grace and a sense of humor. We feel extremely confident that anyone would have an excellent experience when selling or buying on the North Shore if they used Julie Smith. We highly recommend her and although we hope we don’t move again, if we do we would call Julie to handle all the details.”

-Carole & Jeff Mastendino


“Julie Gamble Smith did a truly remarkable job selling my house. It involved many, many showings and she was always diligent, informative and energetic. Moreover, she helped me locate a suitable apartment, as I didn’t care to immediately purchase another property. I would strongly recommend Julie to anyone seeking a knowledgeable and highly professional realtor!”

-Larry Young


“Once you meet Julie Gamble Smith you immediately learn a few things: Julie is a  dedicated professional who knows the North Shore of Boston and who cares about helping you find the right home .  This was certainly our experience and it could not have been more pleasant. Julie is very likeable.  Her sense of humor, patience, knowledge of the market and responsiveness made the entire experience enjoyable.  Today, we consider her our friend and would highly recommend her to others.”

-Joe & Cathy Sherer


“I highly recommend Julie Gamble Smith as a realtor.  She recently represented me as I purchased a new property.  During the search process, Julie listened to my needs and skillfully presented properties for consideration beyond my thinking.  By doing so, I arrived at a clearer understanding of the current market and gained the knowledge needed to evaluate properties as they came up.

As my seller’s agent, Julie presented my home professionally, bringing in many potential buyers.  She communicated clearly when scheduling open houses and showings, and I always felt confident in her ability to relay specifics about the property.

Throughout both closings, Julie and her recommendation of attorney made the process seamless, efficient, and left me feeling confident that each step was completed with fidelity.

I would highly recommend Julie as an agent and will use her services again when I buy my next property”

-John Adam Hickey


“I highly recommend Julie Smith as a realtor on the North Shore. She sold my home for an unprecedented price for my area, in less than a week, and in the dead of winter. I hadn’t planned to sell my home – the timing wasn’t right (Thanksgiving and Christmas time), my home wasn’t ready to put on the market, etc. etc…. However, the perfect home for me to move on to came on the market and I jumped on it which necessitated a quick sale of my home. Julie guided me expertly every step of the way – from recommending people who could help me quickly prepare my home to sell, to giving me advice on creative marketing strategies. Julie did not passively offer my home for sale, she actively SOLD it.. She researched special items in my home that she thought were of value on the market and highlighted them to brokers and buyers. She’s good.. very very good! again, highly recommended!”

-Karen Swanson


“Not sure if I wanted to sell or continue to rent my condo in Manchester this year, I spoke with Julie in the spring about my options. Not sure where to start, I turned to her for guidance in determining what might be the best option. In the end, I decided to sell and Julie made the process so easy.   Her knowledge of staging, effective showings, and proactive assistance during the sale negotiations was a tremendous help. Given the fact that I had a tenant living in the condo, she always kept me informed and was extremely flexible in working around difficult schedules to show the unit. During the few months my unit was on the market, Julie always had my best interest in mind. She is professional, personable, honest, and clearly takes pride in doing a great job. I highly recommend her for your real estate needs.”

-Bryan Gubbins


“I would like to thank Julie Smith for her outstanding work in selling my house. Julie Smith was such a joy to work with from my first consultation, until the closing, Julie handled EVERYTHING that needed to be done. Her attention to detail is incredible, and I never had to worry or question anything that was being done. Her photography and marketing scheme created a tremendous “buzz” around town, with two hugely successful open houses. Julie got my house under agreement in about 58 days. For this, I am very happy. I can’t imagine trusting anyone else with the sale of my home.”

-David Digby


“How lucky were we to have the good fortune to have someone give my husband and me Julie Smith’s phone number at Sotheby’s when we had decided to sell our house. Choosing the right real estate agent is so important.  From the minute my husband and I met her we were impressed with her professionalism and enthusiasm for the real estate process.

Every step of our home sale was made easier and more efficient with Julie’s help. Julie supervises magazine worthy photographs taken of your home, produces gorgeous flyers, and delivered thoughtful and detailed comps of the current market to us. She  provided excellent advice on how to market our  home.  Julie sold our house  for full asking price in record time.

No attention to detail is too small for Julie with your home sale. She was extremely prompt for every showing and Open House.

Julie is unobtrusive but markets the property thoroughly so that you have the maximum amount of showings you will need to get exposure for a home sale. Plus, Julie is a masterful negotiator, focused on the business at hand. We couldn’t be happier with our choice of Julie Smith as our real estate agent.

Julie Smith made what can be a difficult experience a pleasant one through her professionalism and commitment to the process. We could not have been happier with our choice of Julie Smith as our real estate agent. How happy I am that I made the decision to pick up the phone and call Julie Smith to sell my home.”

-Sharon & Jeff Brown


“Julie Smith was the realtor for the sale of my home in Manchester.  I cannot recommend her work enough. Julie is a meticulous and knowledgeable realtor.  She helped me through all stages of the sale from advice on preparing my house for showing to negotiating with the buyers.  The marketing materials she produced were top notch and the photography she had done was outstanding.  Julie is extremely organized and kept me apprised of all aspects of the sale. On a personal level Julie is a pleasure to work with. She is warm and engaging with highly effective communication skills.  I highly recommend Julie Smith.”

-Sarah Graves

 

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