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“I had been introduced to Martha a few years ago, and when we decided to sell our home in Gloucester, she was the first person we thought of who we believed would be honest and open with us concerning what was realistic in today’s market. We were living out of state at the time, and having a Realtor who we could trust was the most important factor in our decision making process.

Upon receiving our call, Martha quickly made an appointment with us to walk the property and begin her assessment of our home. Not only did she do a great job providing us with area comps for our review, but she also suggested a few things which she felt would improve the ability for us to sell quickly. Martha was then able to use her network of brokers as well as her regional knowledge of Cape Ann, to reach out to other area Realtors and identify individual buyers who were looking for a home which matched up with what made ours special. Martha literally “pre-sold” our home so that when it was actually listed on MLS, it went under agreement in just 24 hours of the public listing.

Our success with Martha was a direct result of her hard work, thorough planning and attention to detail. She kept us posted with every step in the process and was there with us all the way through the closing. If you want to sell your home, you had better be serious, because Martha sure is!”

Doug Pietrafetta

“Now that we’ve had a chance to settle into our new home, Gary and I want to thank you for all you did to help make this dream come true. We continue to wake to each new day dazzled by the ocean views out our windows and marvel at the good fortune that is ours. We appreciate all you did for us, down to the smallest details. We really felt you ‘had our backs’ in a process that can sometimes feel overwhelming. It was great to have a realtor that was able to help us not only with the purchase of our new, full time home but the sale of our weekend place here in Rockport. You were a calm, kind voice at times when we needed some support. We really appreciated the fact that you are knowledgeable about the community and were able to refer us to the best building inspector, contractors, etc. It made us feel very confident that we were making good, sound decisions all along the way. We can’t thank you enough!”

Gary & Sandy Simon

“If we didn’t get a chance to tell you before, we had a great experience with Martha in selling our house. Martha was—and is—extremely professional, personable, and accommodating as well as a lot of fun. She made everything go smoothly and calmly (especially in light of our special circumstances!). We couldn’t have hoped for a better experience. She’s a keeper.”

David Bergmann

“Herewith I would like to thank Martha for all her kind help in selling my family’s property. Despite being a slightly more complex transaction than usual as my family is based in Europe and the property was located in the Gloucester area, Martha helped us to assemble all the documentation required to list the property and organized a photographer to take pictures within only a few days. Within one week she had managed to find us a buyer and secure an offer very close to asking price. Martha coordinated the negotiations between the buyer and us sellers in a timely, prompt and seamless fashion, and has been an invaluable help in leading the transaction to a successful closing. In addition, Martha has proven to be a very pleasant and friendly person to work with. She made a process that sometimes can be aggravating seem like a breeze. I would not hesitate to engage Martha again and can only highly recommend her to anyone interested in buying or selling a property.”

Carola S.

“From start to finish, Martha proved to be a valuable asset in helping me locate and purchase a home in Gloucester. My process took over a year, since I needed to research the area, sell my home, and narrow down a location, then a property. Martha’s patience, gentle guidance, and professionalism consistently displayed itself. In addition, Martha always got back to me promptly when I emailed, called, or texted her. She was thorough; she remembered to answer questions that came up as we reviewed properties; she always followed through. Martha has the skills to broker transactions with a variety of people in a pleasant yet business-like manner. I would say she has been the most efficient and professional buyer’s agent I have ever worked with, and I’ve bought 3 other properties before this one. She’s the best. I recommend her with no reservations.”

Lenore B.

“Martha proved to be a very thorough Buyer’s Agent. She demonstrated firsthand knowledge of the greater North Shore real estate market, and was aptly able to discern what community and location would work best for me. She helped me find, and then negotiate a great price on, a waterfront property. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy a home North of Boston. She is professional, diligent, thoughtful and responsible- and a pleasure to work with!”

Barry Garvin

“I would like to take this opportunity to relay my recent experience purchasing a new home! I met Martha Anger last year, while searching for a rental unit, and her hard work and attention to detail impressed me. When it was time to start searching for a permanent home, I immediately turned to her for guidance. Martha worked with me for several months, and with her expertise and forthrightness, we found the ideal home for me. While I did not always get the answers that I wanted to hear, more importantly I received honesty, combined with her sense of what “fit” with my lifestyle and needs. I have already recommended Martha to a friend that is house hunting now, and will continue to refer her services. I feel that you will get 100% customer satisfaction, which is very important with today’s economic struggles and uncertainties!”

Susan Gleason

“My wife and I recently purchased a townhouse condominium in Ipswich, MA, that we had found listed on the Internet. As Martha Anger, of By The Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, was an acquaintance of ours, we asked if she would be willing to help us through the process. We had not worked with Martha prior to this transaction, but once we came to an agreement that she would represent us, everything went VERY smoothly in every respect. She guided us not only with the “bidding” process, in getting a building inspector (that was very trustworthy), in facilitating the Purchase & Sales agreement, but also in all the little (and large) steps leading up to the closing. Not only is she a true professional, but is also a person with a very pleasant personality. Throughout, Martha had a good rapport with the seller’s realtor, so the entire 2+ month long process became much easier for us than it could have been. We credit Martha with much of that process—it actually became a relatively positive experience! Therefore, we would not hesitate at all in recommending Martha Anger to anyone seeking advice or representation in purchasing (or selling) real estate.”

Robert and Melissa Sievert

” It was July 27 when we first met with you at the Lone Gull, the closing was on September 27, today is October 27 and we are officially done! Three months, to the day, from starting the search to being closed and remodeled; there is no way that could have happened if you weren’t so good at what you do. Especially doing this long distance with no local connections we really counted on your help; and it couldn’t have gone better!”

Mike & Allison Atchley

“I wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for representing my wife and I in the sale of our home. I knew from the start that attempting to sell our home in today’s market would be a daunting task to say the least, but you were confident that you and your team at Sotheby’s would be able to connect us with a buyer and you did just that. To close on our home in 4 months at a time where houses are staying on the market for far longer without even so much as an offer, far exceeded our expectations. This was clearly a result of superior advertising and the impressive number of showings that you did starting the very first week that you listed our home. I won’t forget your personal touch either. Answering all of my questions and concerns, sometimes the same ones over and over again, keeping me informed every step of the way with showings and prospective buyers, and just taking care of so many of the countless details that I would have never expected. Simply put, we truly could not have asked for a better agent. Thank you.”

Matthew & Cynthia Richard

“My husband and I would like to thank Martha in helping us locate and purchase our dream home in Gloucester. We were not familiar with the area but were interested in finding a weekend home in the North Shore within an hour from Boston. We contacted Martha about one of her listings that unfortunately had already gone under agreement. Subsequently, we exchanged emails and calls and described what we wanted. She very quickly identified a number of properties that fit with our interest and arranged a time for us to visit. We saw our dream house on the first visit and closed on the property within 6 weeks. Throughout the process, we found her to be very perceptive, efficient and honest. Her knowledge of the local market and community is a big plus, particularly for people like us who are not familiar with the area. We would strongly recommend her to anyone who is interested in purchasing a home in the North Shore of Boston.”

Robert and Chi-Chi Millman

“We were referred to Martha by another local agent, and it was immediately easy to understand why she had the respect and confidence of her peers, clearly enough to prompt a recommendation to us. She is extremely professional, thoughtful, and sensitive to the lows and highs of emotions that are packaged in with selling your home. She was a wealth of resources for the various needs that we encountered, and was always accommodating of our schedules. Her honesty and straightforwardness enhanced her communication skills, and her prompt response to our calls and emails was always appreciated. Her knowledge of the area, as well as the market and real estate business, made her a genuine asset. Martha was both our selling and purchasing agent, and proved repeatedly to be very thorough, giving every effort to the many details and time constraints that often presented themselves. We appreciated our relationship working with her, and would definitely recommend her as either a listing or buying agent!”

Mike & Cheryl Sullivan

“Martha showed us over 15 homes and explained all the nuances of each home and their respective neighborhood in Gloucester (including excellent recommendations for restaurants). We have lived in New York for over 40 years and her knowledge and guidance were extraordinary. I would not hesitate to refer her to a friend or family member interested in purchasing a home in the Cape Ann area.”

Nancy Warny

“I would like to thank Martha for everything she did for my children and I. We were ready to make a transition after 15 years of owning our wonderful home. Martha helped me with marketing of the house in the best ways possible, she had incredible pictures of my home, she said all of the right things in the listing description and had everything on MLS in a short period of time. She also scheduled showings when it was the most convenient time for us, which was greatly appreciated. Martha had our house under agreement within the first week of having it on the market. I had to make a lot of decisions in a timely manner and Martha was with me every step of the way. She, at times, was even one step ahead of me when it came to researching, planning, moving, contacting the best professionals, and making thorough decisions. I never felt stressed or unsure of the decisions that were made regarding all of the things that go into selling a home, because I knew I was working with a true professional that had the knowledge along with the compassion that I needed. I truly could not have made this transition without her dedication, support and professional commitment to my family and I. Thank you so much!”

Amanda Jylkka-Mattson

“When you decide to sell your home, its a big deal. When you get multiple offer on your home in 4 days, its a huge deal and that’s when you know you have the right agent! Martha Anger is the best o f the best. She sat down with us and gave us her honest feedback on our property, and let us know what we could do to sell quickly and get top dollar. We took her advice and as I stated before, within 4 days of listing we had multiple offers. Throughout the entire process she was responsive and professional. Even after we had accepted an offer she continued to work with us to negotiate our best outcome. There is a lot that can go wrong when buying and selling property, but when you have the right agent, who knows the market, is honest and full of integrity, you won’t go wrong. Martha Anger is that agent on Cape Ann.”

Caroline Minneci

“We worked with Martha to sell and buy. During the sale of our house we had some unexpected property line and other issues arise. Martha stayed on top of all of it, stayed organized, spent a lot of time helping to resolve the issues and got the property sold. Martha was great in the search for our new house as well. She payed attention to what we liked and did not like so that she knew what properties we might be interested in as they came up. Martha’s responses were timely and thoughtful. I recommend her to my friends.”

Shelly Sevinor


“Martha provided great service during my recent condominium sale. She has been a total professional throughout the years we have worked with her. Martha has Focus, Energy and Great knowledge.”

Stephen Rainford

“Choose Your Realtor Wisely

My wife and I have bought and sold several homes over the years. And as everyone knows who’s gone through the process of buying and selling a home, it can be a nerve-racking and sometimes challenging experience. However, if you choose your realtor wisely, the process can be much less stressful. A home is often one of your largest financial assets, and putting the trust in somebody to handle the purchase and sale of that asset should be of utmost importance. You want a realtor who possesses the experience and knowledge of a complex and ever-changing industry.

We recently sold a home and purchased a new one under the superb guidance and professional salesmanship of Martha Anger of By The Sea Sotheby’s International Realty. Buying and selling a home can often be a long and tedious process with many decisions to make along the way. Martha guided us through the process assuring our trust and confidence in her. She listened to us, our needs, respected our situation, and very thoughtfully acted accordingly . . . the little things like promptly returning phone calls, emails and texts. Martha embodies professionalism in concert with a caring and calm demeanor. With Martha at the helm handling the myriad of details, my wife and I never questioned her skill-set and ability to work under pressure and making sure that all aspects of the process were handled properly. Martha Anger is truly a pleasure to work with and I am certain that we made a very wise choice.”

Stephen and Dicsee Bridges

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