“I am so happy to have had Kate as the agent in the sale of my home. From day one, she was proactive regarding of the details and preparations. For example, she didn't wait until a septic system glitch became a problem, but rather made multiple trips to town hall to educate herself, and then found the best service team to have everything ready for the listing. The photos, marketing and floor plans were excellent. We got large turnouts for the open houses, and multiple offers! I was very pleased with how she handled things both ethically, and in a way that brought the offer prices up as high as possible. I cannot recommend her more enthusiastically; she was a great agent in what could have been a much more stressful time.”
-- Frona V., February 2021
"Kate Vicksell was a recommendation from a friend. In our first meeting we were very impressed with her approach to selling our home. She didn't over-promise or over-sell which made the process much less stressful. She gave great advice about how to stage our house for sale, Her photographer took beautiful photographs that were effective in attracting buyers. Kate planned hour and a half Open Houses on Saturday and Sunday during COVID. When a large crowd turned up, she extended the Open House to accommodate the interested buyers through the entire afternoon both days. We received 10 bids which resulted in selling our house for more than we ever expected. From beginning to end, Kate was on top of all details of the process. Throughout the preparation for sale through the closing, Kate was a pleasure to work with."
-- Elise H. and Don E., February 2021
"We first met Kate when our son and daughter-in-law were looking for their first home. We were impressed with Kate’s knowledge, professionalism and genuine care in guiding them through this emotional milestone. When we decided to downsize, we immediately thought of Kate. She went above and beyond, met contractors and utility people at our house while we were out of town, referred us to great resources and really listened to our concerns and goals. Kate’s integrity and kindness made buying and selling a pleasure, so we happily recommend working with her.”
-- Liz S., February 2021
"My family had the pleasure of working with Kate when she sold my Mom's home. Kate was on top of things from the beginning, first discouraging us from taking an initial low bid from a developer! (Even though she would have earned a quick and easy commission that way.) In the end we made hundreds of thousands more than that initial offer.
“The marketing that Kate and Hammond did was first class all the way, and we got so much interest that the two long open houses were packed. When multiple offers came in, rather than having us choose one, Kate advised a ‘best and final’ round which raised the top bids significantly. Other issues that came up during the sale were taken care of so quickly by Kate that she made it seem effortless, although we knew she was working hard behind the scenes. We strongly recommend Kate as a smart and trustworthy ally."
-- Peter M., January 2021
“I just wanted to send you thank you so much for all of your help with both the purchase and the sale. For the purchase, I really appreciate your ability to read where we wanted a home. I know this changed a few times and you stayed with us throughout. We love our new neighborhood and home. And for the sale, it looks like we made it out just in time. I appreciate your ability to be level-headed about things especially when we would become frustrated with the buyers/sellers. And I appreciate that you continued to help us out when things became increasingly difficult -- i.e., the fire inspection. We are very happy here; thank you for helping add to that.”
-- Natalie W., May 2020
“Working with Susan and Kate on selling my home and purchasing a new one could not have been a better experience. They are the perfect professionals and did not miss a detail in the planning or execution of both properties. This included smart pricing, leadership through the process, an abundance of patience and good cheer, and perfectly staging and photographing the home I sold. It could not have looked better! I recommend them without hesitation.”
-- Douglas Z., April 2019
“Kate was fantastic to work with when we were shopping for our new home. She took the time to discuss our needs and wants and then used that information to guide us through the multiple properties that were on the market, helping us narrow things down until we found the place that best suited us. Once we found the right place, she then shifted gears to help us with the negotiations, inspection, and the rest of the actual purchase process. No matter what issues arose, she helped us every step of the way. We've worked with her for both buying and selling property and if we are ever in the market for another place, she will be the first person we call.”
-- Patricio A. and Teri K., December 2018
“Kate is absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend her for any buyer or seller. I worked with Kate purchasing my first home, and again when selling that home. Her knowledge of the local market in Burlington was fantastic. She was always so supportive, patient and willing to explain the answers to my many questions. She seamlessly coordinated all the moving pieces with staging, photographs, visits to the home, and the whole financial process. I remain grateful for her knowledge and compassion as she was able to keep me calm during two very stressful times.”
-- Mona D., May 2018
“Just wanted to reach out and thank you again for all your hard work to sell our house. You are such a great Realtor -- we could not have done it without you.”
-- Erika and Mike G., January 2015
"We have worked with Kate twice to buy condos in Watertown and Stoneham. Kate went above and beyond in both cases. We started each purchase with an idea of what we wanted that was nowhere close to what we ended up with. Kate very patiently guided us through the process. Kate was always available for showings, got us into houses on extremely short notice and never made us feel that we were being unreasonable. She reacted quickly to any request for information and always came through.
“We could not have worked with a better Realtor.”
-- Ruth and Dennis L., January 2015
“I first met Kate at an Open House two years ago and was immediately impressed with her local knowledge of residential markets near Boston. Fortunately, I kept her contact info because Kate was at the ready when I needed to initiate simultaneous real estate searches for both my Mother and my Aunt. They had both decided to move to the area but with separate and specific requirements for their respective new homes.
“Kate’s experience with a wide range of negotiation scenarios and purchase agreements was quite valuable to us as was her ability to drill deep into transactional databases for valuable history pertaining to properties, neighborhoods, etc. Kate is also an accomplished ‘listener’ - an attribute I found particularly valuable. Because by listening carefully to our assessment of each listing we visited, she quickly narrowed down the list of prospective properties for consideration and saved us endless hours visiting homes which would never quite ‘fit the bill.’
“I’ll always be appreciative of the time she saved us by listening carefully and asking astute follow up questions.”
Fred R.. January 2015
“Simply put, Kate Vicksell is phenomenal. As first-time buyers, my wife and I loved working with Kate as she proved to be an invaluable resource throughout the home-buying process. She was a true professional, knowledgeable, very organized, attentive to our needs, and most importantly, a trustworthy agent to represent our interest. In an industry where many agents ‘push’ listings to their clients, we never once felt pressured or rushed by Kate despite testing her patience on more than one occasion. We strongly recommend working with Kate for potential buyers/sellers -- she's the best!”
--Matt and Kate S., December 2014
"I would highly recommend Kate as a real estate agent. She helped me navigate the process as a first-time buyer, was extremely patient and explained everything clearly so I could understand what my responsibilities were as well as what my rights were as a buyer. She had great advice about how to protect myself from landing in a bad situation which turned out to be very handy and I would absolutely retain her services again in the future."
--Eric T., December 2014
“I would highly recommend Kate Vicksell for a first time or seasoned home buyer. Kate handled my real estate needs professionally and courteously from day 1! As an out of state buyer with very tight time restrictions, Kate was able to find us a home in a seller's market that met both my budget and our housing needs. She guided us every step of the way through negotiations, inspection, financing and the closing. She quickly (within less than one week) was able to direct me to an alternative mortgage broker who expedited my financing so we could close on time. She has been available since the closing to answer every little question regarding my relocation. We could not be happier with the outcome of what is usually an arduous process. Kate took extremely good care of all my needs with consideration of us as a family. She is trustworthy and competent in every aspect of real estate.”
-- Mary Ann L. and Patrick S., December 2014
"Kate helped us with a sale and purchase during a highly competitive, low inventory period in Brookline. She helped us navigate an overwhelming competitive bidding process on both ends successfully. She was patient with our numerous viewings and most importantly never pressured us to make a purchase although it took us a long time to find our ideal home. Kate is truly exceptional in her ability to work in this sales, commission-oriented environment without ever seeming pushy. She was honest and trustworthy, and we have unreservedly recommended her already to friends. We would be delighted to work with her again.”
-- Caitlin R., November 2014
"We bought a condo about six months ago and Kate was our Realtor. She was extremely helpful and patient since we were out of the country during the purchase. She was great.”
--Petro and Dorothy A., November 2014
“My encounters with Kate over two real estate deals were exemplary! Kate was incredibly understanding, knowledgeable and insightful. She was always accurate in her understanding of the marketplace and what would be expected from either the seller's or buyer's perspectives for a successful settlement.”
-- Barbara H., August 2014
“I can't say enough good things about Kate's thoroughness, patience and drive. Her calm demeanor, understanding of the market and honest appraisal of my property immediately impressed me. Throughout the process she made me feel at ease, kept me informed, and because her pricing instinct was accurate, my condo sold quickly despite a tough market. And though she has a calm, patient personality, she was firm, even tough, during negotiations, always keeping my best interests at the forefront. I have recommended her to friends, and would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.”
-- Valerie S., November 2012
“Kate Vicksell is the best agent I’ve ever worked with. She is knowledgeable about the market, sensitive to her clients’ needs, and is always on top of the process. It’s always easy to reach her, and she’s willing to work, ready with suggestions, and ahead of the curve. When our deal seemed sure to fall through, she came up with a creative and ingenious solution that revived it and we ended up in a very happy situation. Kate is so easy to work with--always calm and pleasant to be around.”
-- Margaret C., September 2011
"We met Kate by chance during one of the many open houses we had been to before buying our new condo in Brookline. We clicked almost immediately with Kate and her calm, listening, almost low-profile style. She will give you the immediate impression that she is really listening to you rather than just trying to sell you something. And she does listen to you, and you don't feel she is wasting your time (actually you end up thinking how patient that lady was with all your questions and talk).
“She provided us with valuable advice both when buying and selling, smoothed the negotiation and paperwork processes and, at the end, made us feel very good about both our own buying and selling decisions. I would recommend Kate to any of our friends who are serious about selling or buying a house.”
-- Mario and Rute S., September 2011
“When you first meet Kate you know she's a lovely person but when you work with her you find out that behind that calm and kind exterior is a steel will and a thorough knowledge of the real estate market. Kate will use her patience, tact and finely-tuned powers of persuasion to get you a great price, and you'll completely enjoy the experience!
“I would recommend her without hesitation. She's great!”
-- Anne and Steve, September 2011
“Kate was an invaluable resource and support to us when we purchased our first home. She was a huge advocate for us during a very tumultuous time, and when we bought our second home, she continued to be as helpful and available as ever. We would highly recommend Kate to anyone looking for a home in the greater Boston area--we can't say enough good things about her.”
-- Dave and Joanna N., August 2011
"We used Hammond Residential for both buying our condo and selling our home in Brookline. Kate Vicksell was our agent in both transactions. Kate is the ultimate professional. She knows fair market value and is very knowledgeable about the Brookline housing market. She was excellent in preparing and marketing our house for sale. In purchasing our condo Kate tried to match the buyer with the ‘right’ property for our needs, tastes, and pocketbook."
-- Linda W., August 2011
“Upon our first meeting, my husband and I were very pleased with Kate's enthusiasm and professionalism. She walked us through every step of prepping our house for the market, the open house, and the sale of our home and she was always available for communication and feedback. Kate's immense knowledge of the real estate market, intricacies of selling a home and the details of negotiating made this a very positive experience for us.”
-- Jen S., August 2011
“Kate Vicksell worked with me in 2010 to buy a condo in Needham. I don't like to be sold something, I prefer to feel like I made the decision to buy it. As a Realtor, Kate was the perfect fit for me because throughout the process she provided objective information without trying to push me in one direction or another. Whenever I was interested in a house I asked Kate what she thought the value was and she provided answers that helped me avoid overpaying for several properties that seemed promising. When the condo of my dreams appeared, Kate gave me her opinion that it was also priced too high. She suggested that I put in an offer at a price that we both agreed was fair, although it was considerably below what the seller was asking. A month or so later the seller realized that Kate was right and accepted my offer. Now I am living in my dream condo and have the satisfaction of knowing I purchased it at a fair price. Thanks, Kate!”
-- Jerry F., July 2011