As a lifelong resident of Marblehead, I have a strong understanding of the town and its subtle neighborhood distinctions. I've personally bought, sold and built multiple houses here, and understand how stressful, yet rewarding these transactions can be. I strive to provide clear communication, quick response time, and skillful negotiation, all on a solid ethical foundation. My background as a commercial appraiser helps me understand what creates "value" and how to achieve it in selling your property. I also recognize when listings are effectively priced, thereby ensuring you get the maximum home for your dollar as a buyer. Ultimately, my goal is your satisfaction.
Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES):
As a Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I'm aware of the financial and emotional challenges seniors face when they sell a long-held family home. I also recognize that in many cases, it's a seniors' adult children who take the reigns. I understand the peaks and pitfalls of selling a family home, from both perspectives, and have written a guide to help seniors more fully understand the process. The guide offers insights into working with a financial planner, understanding a CMA report, selecting an effective Realtor, and protecting assets from Medicaid. I can create a customized approach to marketing and selling a family home and also assist families in exploring "next move" housing options. As an SRES, I have certain knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages and the importance of universal design, to the uses of pensions, 401k accounts, and IRAs in real estate transactions. I also work closely with a team of local professionals to ensure my clients obtain reliable information about these complicated issues. My network also includes movers, contractors, cleaners and other service providers to soften an often difficult transition.
Licensed Commercial Real Estate Appraiser for 15 years
Special Education Advocate
Volunteer Legal Advocate for HAWC
Trained Mediator - MWI Boston
Mother and Stepmother of 5 grown children!
Education and Licensing:
Licensed Mass Real Estate Salesperson
Member National Association of Realtors
Member of Greater Boston Association of Realtors
Member of Massachusetts Association of Realtors
Appraisal Institute - General Real Estate Appraiser (expired)
Trained Mediator - MWI ,Boston
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Marblehead High School Graduate
International Presidents Circle (Top 5% of all CB agents worldwide)
Communities I Serve:
Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem
"Emily was there for us every step of the way. She answered every text, email and call and always listened to our concerns, understood our needs and the difficulties facing the decision to sell a family home. She could not have been more respectful or helpful. Emily understood what we considered the unique aspects of the property and worked hard to help us realize our sales goals. We are extremely satisfied. The transaction involved sale of a family home, and it could not have gone more smoothly." -Barbara W.
"Emily face-timed us from different open houses to help us narrow our search. She went above and beyond in every way to facilitate our purchase. She brought a contractor through prior to our offer and gave recommendations for trades people. Sh arranged everything for our convenience. Thoroughly delightful at all times!" -T K P
"Emily Gaffney far exceeded expectations in selling my home of many years in Marblehead. She was focused, extremely organized, creative and calm. These characteristics were greatly appreciated as I was trying to manage the sale while living in Vermont. I trusted her judgement 100% and as a result we completed the transaction seamlessly. We have bought and sold a number of homes over the years and I can easily say working with Emily was the most positive experience we've ever had." -Lexi C
"I was blessed to have Emily be the person behind the desk when I walked into the office that Saturday afternoon. Her professionalism was outstanding. She had great suggestions on showing the house and made sure the uniqueness of my momrsquo;s house stood out. I would highly recommend her to anyone selling or buying a home! Coldwell Banker is lucky to have her on their staff. A job well done by Emily." -BJ Shaw
"Emily was on top of every aspect of the sale. I was thrilled with her efforts and resources. Emily did an outstanding job staging the condominium and in marketing the unit." -Ellen P.
"My husband and I both felt Emily went above and beyond for us. She seemed to always be available or let us know when she had another commitment. She put in enormous effort helping us to sort out an offer on a property that did not work out and then reached out to pursue the property we did buy when it looked as if it was off the market. Always upbeat and extremely knowledgeable, we would highly recommend Emily." -Theresa K.
"Emily treated us like family. So so grateful!!" -Jennifer and Michael C.
"She was knowledgeable about Marblehead, helped us immensely as we were relocating across country and made the process seamless. She was always available for questions and was our eyes and ears during the various stages (home inspection etc.)" -Michael P.
"Emily Gaffney was exceptional. I was traveling a lot prior to and after the listing and after the sale, and Emily Stepped in each time to meet with contractors, resolve issues, recommend other professionals I needed, and so on. She was fantastic and made the process easy while I maintained my sanity. Truly a wonderful experience. The whole transaction was smooth and easy. Each step was explained thoroughly and thoughtfully." -Ellen P.
"Emily Gaffney did a great job coordinating the details of our purchase. She was cheerful, professional, and paid attention to detail. All in all a great job!" -Ellen P.