Richard was the seller's agent in our first home purchase and we were impressed by his professionalism, personality and knowledge during that transaction. When it came time to sell that home eight years later, we knew Richard was who we wanted to represent us. We worked with Richard to simultaneously sell our home and purchase our new home, and he did an excellent job on both ends. He listened to what we were really looking for and recommended properties accordingly, and he had no issues with adjusting the plan of attack when we changed the towns we were looking in. We always felt that we were a priority to him, even though we knew he was helping other clients at various stages of the process at the same time. He is also very connected to the local real estate community and related vendors, and we appreciated his quality recommendations of mortgage brokers and inspectors. Thanks to Richard, after a few well-managed bumps along the way, we were able to smoothly sell our home at a price above our expectations and purchase a new home that we couldn't be happier in. In addition to being a great realtor, Richard is also a great person. Highly recommended.
Ashley & Bill, Acton, MA
When we asked Richard to help us with real estate we were planning on buying an investment 2-family house. We saw many places and Richard accompanied us each time. He was clearly also getting to know what we really wanted and what we would not need to bother to look at. All went well, until we decided that No, in fact, we did not want an investment property, rather we were going to move. Richard lost no time in switching to that project and never made us feel we were wasting his time. For him this was clearly just part of the process. We made several offers that did not net us a property, and in the end bought something from friends off the market. Here too Richard offered his advice even though he wasn’t going to make any money. However, he also helped us to sell our current home and was extremely diligent and detailed about getting it ready and showing the place. BUT the thing that exemplifies Richard the most, was his outright pleasure at the thought of our buyers getting their FIRST HOME. He seems to have retained, after many, many years in the business, a sense of the magnitude and wonder of people finding places to live. (That did not, however, stop him from getting us a good deal.)
Ann & Tony, Watertown MA
I recently had to sell a property in Arlington MA. I called on my old friend for the job, and we signed a standard contract. Within 7 days of going on the market, we had an offer for $40k more than we expected. The closing was quick and easy despite a wrinkle or two with signatures and titles.
When my job was managing employees, my motto was 'hire good people, let them do their job'. If you want to hire a good agent, Richie's the best (I get to call him that because I've known him for 50 years).
Richard Marcus is the best realtor in the Boston area.
My partner and I worked with Richard to sell our condo and purchase a single-family home in Watertown this summer. He was incredibly helpful through every step of the process, which was complicated, arduous, and full of twists and turns, as these things tend to be. In particular, he did a remarkable job marketing our condo - the pictures, postcards, listing sheet, and website showcased all of the best features of the property. I am not sure how he manages to do it, but Richard almost always answers his phone. He is expert in the real estate market and knows the area like the back of his hand.
We love our new home and don't plan to leave it in the foreseeable future. If we did, however, we wouldn't work with anyone but Richard.
Bevin C. Watertown, MA
Richard helped us buy our condo in the spring of 2014. We worked with him in the fall of 2013 but were unable to close due to a VERY competitive market. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone. He walked us through the buying process and made everything as painless as possible. He knows the area and the other agents very well which was a great help. We had a very fast closing and he worked with the sellers agent, the bank and the attorney to get everything pushed through very quickly. All in all we had an excellent experience and he'll be the first person I contact with any future real estate related business.
Areth F., Somerville, MA
I highly recommend Richard. First off, he is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable, not only in general but also about the area specifically.
On top of that, he went above and beyond to understand my situation and to be as helpful as possible throughout what can be a daunting process. As a first time buyer, I never could have done it without someone so reliable and with so much integrity.
Erik D., Cambridge, MA
Hiring Richard Marcus was the best decision we made for our listing and move.
Richard possessed all the qualities you look for in an agent, and then he takes it to the next level.
He was personable. His demeanor was calm, yet professional. He put us at ease during the stressful time of selling our home. He respected our wishes throughout the process. Most importantly, he was honest with us and told us what we needed to know. (And the fact that he dropped by with boxes and tape at the last minute before our closing was just one simple example of how much he cared.)
He was tech savvy. His web listing was professional and informative. He posted a great video tour of our home. He was constantly updating postings to bring in interested buyers.
He was knowledgeable both in terms of the local market (which did not have a lot of comps to work with) and the Boston-area more generally. He knew how to appropriately price our home. He gave helpful feedback on showing our home and staging it for interested buyers. His method in preparing our home for sale also demonstrated the integrity he had as we went through the bidding and eventual sale.
He communicates well and often. Richard is available by phone, text, and email. He was in constant communication. He respected the fact that we were still living in our home while we were selling, so he provided ample warning in advance of a showing or other visit. He also let us know when he would not be available (not often), which meant we were never surprised on the rare occasion he could not take a call. He provided weekly updates on our sale and potential prospects.
Richard is dedicated on more than a full-time basis. He staged frequent open houses. He put up signs and circulated postcards. He saturated the relevant internet resources. As a seller, we could feel his constant presence in the process and his dedication to the result we were hoping for.
In today's market, our expectations were surpassed by both the experience we had with Richard and the result we achieved. We recommend him every chance we get. It was truly a pleasure to work with Richard.
Daniel V., Allston, MA
My wife and I have known Richard for 6 years, when he assisted us with our first home purchase in Somerville. Richard was a huge help to us as novice home buyers, and went the extra mile with his time and energy to find our family what we needed in a home. Richard not only helped with the housing search, but gave us great advice regarding lawyers, inspectors, financing, etc.
We have kept in touch with Richard over the years and he again offered up his time to help us with a recent home refinance. I highly recommend Richard to anyone, as a realtor, and a great person in general.
I was a first time buyer and had been looking for nearly a year prior to teaming up with Richard. Before that i worked with one agent from zip realty who (lets just say) did not make me see much of the benefit of getting a buyer's agent. :) But i decided to try a different agent and Richard was referred to me by a friend. It turned out to be a nice collaboration. Richard is not only professional, experienced, sharp and efficient but also warm and genuine. I was a first time buyer who was inexperienced but had a strong opinion on what to like and dislike but Richard was patient and made effort to understand my preference and agenda.. It was a great learning experience for myself as well in terms of how to work with the agent and the rest of the team (this is how i see it) including the inspector, attorney and the lender.
Anyways i just wanted to share this here.. Thanks for reading.
la plage en hiver e., Cambridge, MA
My wife and I are very fortunate to have worked with Richard Marcus for our first home purchase and then the sale of the home 7 years later.
Richard helped us find a property that we really loved, and could afford. He helped get the best price for the market, and really guided through a process in which we knew little about.
Seven years later, after moving to California, we needed to sell our property in MA. I tried to do it myself, and then I tried to call a few brokers--terrible. Thought to myself why don't I just call Richard again; I trust him, I know he will fight for us, and he is really pleasant to work with.
A couple of weeks later, Richard sold our house, and helped us navigate numerous hurdles--all the while we were in California. Can't say enough about Richard; it was a real blessing that we ran into him.
We got a great deal on both ends. And we loved the place when we were there. Richard is also a fantastic guy with a lot character and integrity.
When we were in the market for our new house our apartment burned down in terrible fire. My wife, 1 year old son, and I were in a bit of bind. Richard helped us by getting the closing date moved up and helping assemble our furniture when we all stressed out. Will always be very thankful for that.
Now only if he can get these Silicon Valley prices down...
Hired Richard as a Real Estate Agent in 2007, and hired Richard more than once
“I would happily recommend Richard. I found him extremely patient and helpful as my Realtor. His drive in completing the home sale made me feel i was his only / most important client.” April 17, 2009
Clifford C., Cambridge, MA
Hired Richard as a Real Estate Agent in 2008
“Richard helped us find a great place that was in our budget and did everything he could to make both the home buying and selling experience as easy as he could. He was great about showing us a long list of places until we found just the right place. I recommend Richard highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a place in the Boston area.” April 13, 2009
Darren M., Somerville, MA
Hired Richard as a Real Estate Agent in 2006, and hired Richard more than once
“Richard is an extremely patient and dedicated professional. Richard stood by our family through and extensive and often exhausting home search. He then helped us through the purchasing of our current home at a below market price. Great to work with, and is an outstanding contributor to the community.” March 4, 2009
Ben R., Dorchester, MA
Hired Richard as a Real Estate Agent in 2008
“RIchard is well-informed about the real estate market in the Boston metro area and is responsive and thorough.” February 25, 2009
John “Jack” S.
Hired Richard as a Real Estate Agent in 2008, and hired Richard more than once
“Richard is very understanding, and easy to work with. He doesn’t add pressure to the situation, or put unrealistic expectations on situations.
Richard is friendly and a pleasure to work with.” February 25, 2009
Hired Richard as a Real Estate Agent in 2005, and hired Richard more than once
“Richard is an outstanding professional and a true team player. He combines enthusiasm and positive energy with knowledge and skill every day. He is consistent and a real pleasure to work with. I am very proud of him and give him my highest recommendation.”February 23, 2009
Managed Richard at Re/MAX Destiny
“I have worked with Richard on many transactions over the past few years and I am always impressed with his level of dedication to his clients. He is a zealous advocate and I have seen first hand how Richard puts his client’s interests above his own, which is increasingly rare in his field.” February 16, 2009