Paula & Karen are exceptional! They were the realtors I used to buy 4.5 years ago and I just worked with them again to sell. Both times they were incredibly informative and responsive. They also provided excellent advice and guidance. The recent sale of my condo could have been disastrous, but it went more smoothly than I could have ever imagined and I am very happy with the outcome. I had to move out of the area shortly after listing my condo and I had no trouble working with Paula & Karen remotely. If you are looking to buy or sell, Paula & Karen should be the realtors you choose.Kimberly M
I have been working with Bryan Szela at finding a new home.... What a joy to work with him!! Not only does Bryan listen to what I've been looking for, but he also understands my budget and what matters to me. This is a really fun process, but it can also be intimidating and confusing because it is such a major decision. I feel so supported by Bryan and I've been so confident in his advice and guidance. He has helped me to better understand what I really want and what I can truly afford.... I finally found the right home and I look forward to finalizing things with Bryan by my side!!! I highly recommend Bryan as a Buyer's agent. He's a great guy! You will enjoy chatting with him about your future home and needs. He makes the process fun but you can always trust that he has your best interest at heart....
I also had the pleasure of working with Karen McCormack and Paula Callaghan to sell my condo... This had been my home for ten years and I was ready to find something that better meets my needs now. Karen and Paula were always so respectful of me and my home. They really helped me still comfortably live in my home while having it on the market. We worked so well together! They guided me through the selling process and helped me make key decisions to get my place sold. I trusted their advice. They knew my building and the circumstances of my particular condo association and because of this, they understood what type if buyer would be best suited. I was very pleased with their advice - from staging to price point. They, like Bryan, were a total joy to work with!
McCormack and Scanlan has guided and supported me through selling and buying..... This is a knowledgable bunch who also makes you laugh along the way.... A+ rating and huge thanks.... You can't go wrong if you choose to work with this group...Marianne T
Karen and Paula are simply the BEST. They were thoughful, thorough, on top of all details, and really know their stuff. They made a scary process soooo much easier. I could repeat everything Kate G. said in her review as it was all true of our experience as well. I highly recommend them to any buyer or seller.Lisa P
Bryan Szela is an amazing Realtor at McCormack & Scanlan, and helped my partner and I buy our beautiful condo in Boston. He advised us without ever being pushy, his organization when viewing homes was extremely impressive, and his availability by phone, text or email was unparalleled. He bent over backwards to deal with a really difficult seller's agent (and his first instinct about him was correct--we did not end up with that property), and saved us so much work by communicating directly with the team of people involved in our buying process (inspection, broker, lawyers, realtors etc). He navigated a market that had very limited inventory (December 2015), and he negotiated so skillfully that our offer was accepted, despite it not being the highest bid! He was creative, thought outside the box, was there every step of the way, told us what to expect next and got us from first viewing to closing in record time!
I really can't say enough good things about Bryan, and give his service my highest recommendation.Allison H
I worked with both Bryan and Paula to buy my first house. It was an awesome experience from start to finish. They were great at explaining the process to make sure I understood everything. They were also always willing to share their frank opinion, which is so important when you are going through the process for the first time. I also appreciated that they were able to recommend a home inspector and real estate lawyer who were also great to work with.Amy T
Paula was an absolute dream to work with when it came to purchasing my first condo. I wish Yelp had more stars to give! I knew the JP market pretty well before making the decision to buy a home. However, I knew absolutely nothing about everything involved in buying a home. Paula made the whole process as smooth and easy as it could possibly be. She gave excellent guidance when we made an offer, was very involved during the inspection, and helped me deal with some unplanned headaches leading up to closing. Since I was a first time buyer, I really appreciated her constant communication with me during the entire process. Paula went above and beyond the call of duty for me. I truly felt like she was my advocate. And for that I am eternally grateful.Katie M
My husband and I cannot say enough positive things about Karen McCormack and Paula Callaghan of McCormack & Scanlan. They were absolutely fantastic. Beyond fantastic. Truly.
We moved to Boston a year ago and decided to start looking for our very first home in February. When we met with Karen and Paula for the first time, they spent so much time with us, answering every question and walking us through the home buying process without making us feel dumb or silly. It was clear that they wanted us to feel comfortable and informed, and we knew right off the bat that we were in good hands.
And man, we absolutely were!
The Spring market of 2013 was absolutely ridiculous. Inventory was at record low, so there were bidding wars left and right. Houses were going for well over asking price, people were dropping home inspections, and waving mortgage contingencies. As first time home buyers, it would have been so easy to get carried away and do something we'd regret later, like wildly overpay for a house. But thank goodness for Karen and Paula! They had our best interest at heart the entire time and would not let that happen. We feel SO lucky we had them in our corner.
They are also a really good team, each woman bringing her own unique strengths. Karen was born and raised in JP, and has seen the neighborhood change and flourish like nobody else. She has a really good sense of a street's and home's value. She knows what's a real find, what's up and coming, what's loaded with possibility, and what's best to walk away from. Her experience is really invaluable.
Paula has x-ray vision! She is passionate about understanding how a house works and really is an expert. Every time we'd go to an open house, Paula would head to the basement and could tell us if the place was solidly built or if there were red flags. This was so important because as first time home buyers we had no idea what to be on the look out for and she was so good at not letting us get attached to a place that in the end was going to cost us way too much in structural repairs.
When it came to bidding and negotiating, they were awesome. They didn't push us at all but they gave us their honest opinion and advice, which we appreciated so much because we really needed guidance. They really did feel like our trusted advisers.
At our home inspection, they didn't leave us alone for one second. They asked tons of questions and clearly wanted to be informed for no other reason than to help us make a good decision and be clear on what we were buying. They have so much integrity and we always felt that the most important thing to them was that we found a place we loved and would be happy in.
We close on our dream house this Friday. We absolutely could not have done it without Karen and Paula. My husband and I say that to each other all the time. They are just SO good at what they do. I could go on and on and on about them, but the bottom line is they are amazing women who are full of integrity, hard work, and wisdom who will make what could be a stressful experience a real joy.
Thank you, Karen and Paula!Kate G
Bryan Szela helped my husband and I buy our first condo this year, and he is AMAZING. Professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and low-key, Bryan was always accessible and ready with gentle guidance for us new homebuyers. We were able to buy a condo with everything we wanted, for a great price!
Every single person Bryan recommended to us, from mortgage broker to mover, was as professional and reliable as he is. We felt like we had an superstar team working on our behalf! I should mention, too, that we went from offer to closing in about three weeks, so it was no small feat to make everything happen in such a short timeframe. I cannot recommend Bryan enough!!Allie P
I worked with Paula and Karen at McCormack and Scanlan on my home purchase over a year ago. I appreciate how much of an advocate they were for me, particularly dealing with a miserably uncommunicative seller's agent. During the home inspection, I really felt like Paula was my ally - it was a great feeling like we were in this together and I will never forget it.
I'm very pleased to recommend Karen and Paula to anyone who asks.Bernadette S
We randomly walked in to McCormack and Scanlan when looking to purchase our first home and we couldn't have been luckier! Although I have to admit the neighborhood feel to their office and the purple sign are what drew me in, the professional and personal care we received was beyond anything we could have hoped for! Karen and Paula took the time to really listen to what we wanted and always had our best interests at heart. They advocated for us, they informed us, and they were prompt, professional, kind, and caring. Paula is a fighter who you will love to have by your side in making the punch list....She won't let anything slip by the seller's agent, the home inspector, or or the developer...whether its the circuit breaker that does not have enough amps, a tile that may be cracked, or a pipe that is not covered. Together, they had strong knowledge of the current market conditions and familiarity with the JP/Roslindale area. They guided us through the process of making an offer, having an inspection, all the way through to negotiation and finally the home purchase....and then they even follow up to make sure all is well after the closing..a time when most agents don't care anymore.
Throughout the whole process, they took great care of us and we felt we could really trust them in our first home purchase process -- by the end of our brief search we felt we had not only discovered the best realtors ever, but that we had made friends. We couldn't have been luckier to have found them - I love where I live, but I can guarantee should we ever sell, they will be our agents! I highly recommend you call them for your own home search!Dave V
We recently were referred to Karen and Paula for our first home/condo search. From our first meeting, they took the time to really listen to what we want and had strong knowledge of the current market conditions and familiarity with the JP/Roslindale/West Roxbury area. They guided us through the process of making an offer, having an inspection, all the way through to negotiation and finally the home purchase. Throughout the whole process, they took great care of us and we felt we could really trust them in our first home purchase process. We couldn't have been luckier to have found them - I highly recommend you call them for your own home search!Cheryl M
My wife and I used Byran Szela to sell our house in Quincy this May. At our initial meeting we were impressed with Bryan's marketing plan to sell our house and his professionalism. Throughout the selling process Byran was very considerate of our schedules and worked to minimize the disruption of our daily routines all while making sure our house was marketed to a wide audience of buyers. His marketing plan worked brilliantly! Our house was on the market for only five days and we had five strong offers to review. He took the time to review each offer and helped us to determine which was the strongest and in our best interest to accept. After accepting the offer Byran, guided us through the home inspection process and all the documents we would need for a seamless closing.
If you are looking for a professional realtor who understands how to provide great customer service and getting your property sold quickly at a good price, you want to call Bryan.Keith C
Complete dedication to customer service from all members of the McCormack & Scanlan Team. Superior knowledge of the Boston market and great advice to the clients resulting in successful sale at best price.Bonnie R
My husband and I had a great experience working with Bryan Szela to buy our first home. We met with Bryan a month before we were getting married, but also needed to have a home to move into before our lease ended two months after the wedding. Bryan was incredibly accommodating and patient as we transitioned from crazy wedding mode to frantic house-hunting mode at a time when inventory was slowing down. We always felt taken care of, and the lenders and lawyers Bryan recommended were equally reliable. Despite our short timeline, Bryan was always available to talk us through some tough decisions and made sure we felt confident in the choices we were making. We ended up closing on an amazing condo in Savin Hill in 3-4 quick weeks!Andrea S
We started looking for a house with Paula over 2 years ago. In retrospect I realize were were terrible clients: we knew the area we wanted to live in but that was it. Other than that we had no clear idea what we wanted, we would hum and haw, go off the radar for months, the come back all guns blazing, provide inconsistent, imprecise feedback on what we were seeing....2 years of this! And always Paula was wonderful: patient, not at all pushy, bearing with us.
And then our house came on the market and we knew we wanted it the moment we saw it and then we saw Paula come into her own! She guided us through all our manic questions and sudden serious interest and through the fraught bidding process (estate sale). During that time we got to benefit from both Paula & Karen's sage advice and contacts. We trusted them both from the off and really valued their objective, realistic advice. And all that is completely aside from the fact that spending any time in their company is a genuine pleasure!
When I look back on the process I realize how lucky we were. We never for a moment second guessed their advice. And it just made the complicated process of house buying so much easier! Cannot recommend them highly enough.Una F
My wife and I worked with Paula and had a wonderful experience. She was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and energetic. She listened well to our needs and wants for a new house, which allowed us to maximise our time by only viewing homes that fit our profile. She was responsive, timely, and very approachable. This was our first home, so we knew nothing about the process. Paula was able to minimize our stress in the buying process by walking us through it step by step, answering countless questions, and providing us with contacts and resources. Her in-depth knowledge of the neighborhoods that she covers was very helpful as well in considering a home. I would definitely recommend McCormack & Scanlan for your home buying needs!Wendy S
We worked with Bryan Szela at McCormack & Scanlan to buy our first place, a condo in Roslindale!
Bryan was great - he listened, he was there for us, he was knowledgeable when we had questions and best of all he let us take our time to decide what we wanted. Bryan is awesome because he never pushes you to make a certain decision, he asks good questions and helps you decide things for yourself. I was very pleased with the deal he negotiated for us as well! We had a rough couple of spots at closing with our lender but Bryan stayed in touch and helped us understand what was happening throughout.
All in all a great experience and I would recommend Bryan to anyone!Greta H
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