My husband and I had a remarkably wonderful experience selling a condo and buying a SF home with Spencer’s assistance. Spencer’s ideas for marketing our condo yielded quick offers – he knew the local market and knew exactly where to price the condo. He helped us to keep our cool when a particulalry difficult set of buyers made life rather unpleasant for us. Spender is a superb negotiator; he knows his facts but he also knows how to read people.
When looking for and buying a SF home, Spencer impressed us with his knowledge of construction and system problems, and he knew how to get estimates from vendors on short notice for negotiation purposes. As a result, we were able to buy a home at a fair price for our market at a time when the inventory left much to be desired. While we were lucky to find sellers who were reasonable and polite, we don’t doubt for a second that without Spencer, we’d still be looking for new home.
We never doubted Spencer’s ability to get results, and our confidence in him and his knowledge allowed both the sale and purchase transactions to proceed smoothly. While we won’t be looking to sell our home any time soon, the only person we’d call to list it for us would be Spencer.
Spencer Lane sold our house in Cambridge. It took about a week to set up the web page, set a price, schedule the open house, etc. The house was on the market less than a week. We received eight competitive bids and sold the house for 10% more than the asking price. We had thought the original asking price to be a fair valuation. Spencer was very helpful throughout the closing process: recommending a lawyer, negotiating inspections and solutions to potential problems.
We purchased a condo in Arlington this past November with Spencer helping us from start to finish. When we first met Spence, it was apparent he knew the area and was well educated in the real estate business.
We had a list of things we were looking for in a condo, as well as a location that was convenient to the T and work. Spencer not only met but exceeded those expectations.
Early on in the process we looked at and liked a property that Spencer thought was overpriced and not the right fit for us. Although it would have been a quick easy sale for him, he convinced us that there was a condo out there that would meet our wish list.
We looked at many properties with Spence, he was always accommodating to our schedules and when that right condo came along, he guided us through the process without a hitch.
We will definitely use Spence again and highly recommend him.
We worked with Spencer for nearly a year as we searched for our future home in Somerville and got to know each other quite well during the process. From our very first meeting, we knew that Spencer really “got” us. We trusted him, his opinion and his expertise. Throughout the process, he alerted to homes coming on the market that suited our needs and wishes, always getting us in to see properties ASAP. And it was that quick action that eventually landed us the home that we bought. When we did eventually decide to purchase a home, Spencer helped us write a strong offer that was accepted the same day we submitted it. From that point on, Spencer provided us with detailed guidance on the rest of the home-purchasing process, from recommending an excellent inspector to making sure all our paperwork and financing were in line prior to the closing, Spencer was with us each step of the way. We are so pleased with Spencer and the home-buying process we experienced with him. It’s a stressful time, but he alleviated much of that with his expert knowledge of the area, homes in general and the process. And most of all, we’re so happy that Spencer found us our dream home in our dream location. We really cannot thank him enough!
I have just purchased a condo in Cambridge and I can honestly say I could not have done it without Spencer! Anyone out there currently looking to buy will know that it is a very tough market, with few options, but Spencer was proactive and went above and beyond to find the specific property that worked for us. My search was complicated by the fact that I was conducting it long distance — so many times I would see something on the internet, and relied on Spencer to pre-screen, so that the limited time that I did have in Cambridge was well spent. He understood what I was looking for and I quickly learned to trust his judgement and respected his in depth knowledge of the area. In the buying process he was very attentive to detail and seemed to think of everything. A real ally!
We just purchased our first home in Roslindale with Spencer as our agent. We started looking at homes in Cambridge two years ago and Spencer stuck with us through the craziness that is the current market. We can’t imagine having gone through this incredibly stressful experience without his expert guidance and calm, knowledgable attitude. Not only did Spencer know the local market, he’s continued to help us with contractors, mortgage companies, etc. All of his recommendations worked out and made our lives so much easier. We trusted Spencer and know that he helped us find the right home for us. We can’t recommend his services enough!
As first time home buyers, it was a relief to have someone like Spencer on our team. Not only was he knowledgeable about the market, he was patient and explained each step of the way to us in detail. We bought during a tough time (high demand, low inventory) and it was a long process for us, but we appreciated Spencer’s guidance through it all. Even when we asked questions outside of his knowledge, he would find the answer for us with no hesitation. He made the process easy for us to navigate, had references on hand to use, and has a positive reputation in the industry, which is key in a competitive market. If you are looking for a strong player on your team, pick Spencer.
Spence demonstrates all the skills you should look for in a buyer’s agent: + deep market knowledge and relationships with agents, builders and service providers + patience and willingness to understand your goals as a purchaser or investor + ability to stay on top of deals and approach opportunities tactically and thoughtfully + candor, coupled with strong instincts on the direction of the market and insights into specific opportunities + the 3 essential “P”s – professionalism, punctuality, and pride in work product! He was a tremendous resource in my purchase, and I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for a home in the Cambridge area.
Spence is the balls. I was a first-time homebuyer, and while I understood the process on a theoretical level, Spence was invaluable in walking me through the practical details– for example, considering what layouts of a condo would work well for my family, how important a parking space would or would not be for resale, and so forth. He walked us through what eventually became a very drawn out, complicated purchase, and flagged all sorts of issues that I never would have known to consider, or that I could get the seller to address before I became the owner. You cannot go wrong working wit him.
Spencer was great. He helped me find the house I wanted and really took the time to understand what I was looking for and why, and fit into my schedule and and made the process simple and fun. He was really easy to communicate with by email, text, phone, and I especially appreciated his use of technology like e-signing documents and emailing me PDFs of important paperwork so I didn’t have to deal with printing and filing paperwork. I loved working with Spencer and highly recommend his buyer-brokering. 🙂
I recently worked with Spencer to buy a condo in Cambridge and it was truly a wonderful experience. His knowledge of each neighborhood, attention to detail and desire to cater to my needs was remarkable. Spencer was exceptionally responsive to every request and worked tirelessly around my difficult schedule. In collaboration with his team, Spencer negotiated a great deal and made the process, through closing, as easy and stress-free as possible. He genuinely sought to close the deal in manner that was extremely advantageous for his client. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as his client and would highly recommend him to anyone involved on either side of the real estate market.
Spencer has handled 3 transactions (two purchases, one sale) for us over as many years and he is FANTASTIC.
We bought a condo from him in early 2012 and sold it in mid 2013. He negotiated great deals for us on both ends enabling us to make a huge profit, selling it for 25% more than we bought it for in a span of 18 months. He also got us our wonderful current home at a fair price. We are very happy with Spencer and wouldn’t use anyone else.
Spencer and Mary were both super professional, genuine, kind, patient, and most importantly excellent at their job.
If there is a realtor as knowledgable, personable, skilled and professional as Spencer I have not met them in my 25 years of purchasing homes. He is a walking architectural encyclopedia, has an uncanny feel for the market, exceptional design vision, thorough knowledge of structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems and is an master negotiator. He spent the time to get to know me and understand the specific features I sought. I have never felt so confident that my best interests were the sole priority. I completely trusted Spencer to find the home we sought in the price range we required and he surpassed my expectations. I would work with Spencer again and probably never need to visit a property or attend a closing. Simply, he is the best.
We hired Spencer after watching him sell a few neighborhood houses, and I can’t say enough good things about him and his team. They were incredibly responsive – answering e-mails and texts within minutes if not seconds. They were supportive when we were anxious – but didn’t just tell us what we wanted to hear. They got to know us well, encouraging us to get to know the market, but not wasting our time with properties they knew we wouldn’t like. We found Spencer to be impressively smart, incredibly savvy about the market and loaded with personal integrity. We hope not to be in the housing market again for a LONG time, but hopefully he’ll still be around then so we can work with him again!
Spencer and his associates helped me list and sell my condo unit. I do not live in the area and was able to complete the process without needing to worry or travel back to Somerville. His responsiveness to emails and phone calls was impeccable and he was polite and courteous with me and the tenants that had been living in the unit prior to listing. I could not have asked for a better outcome to a process made easy by Spencer Lane and his team.
We cannot say enough good things about Lauren and Spencer Lane. We chose to work with Lauren after she responded to one of my inquiries on Zillow about a property. She was the only agent to write back a professional email that answered my specific questions, and she also offered extra information about the property and location. Her thoroughness and attention to detail continued during our entire home buying process. Both Lauren and Spencer are extremely knowledgeable about the Cambridge/Somerville and Greater Boston area. Lauren viewed every home that we put an offer on and advised us on bidding prices as well as potential problems that might come with the home. While we were in escrow, Lauren coordinated with our mortgage lender and attorney to keep everyone on track and meeting deadlines. We felt like she was our most reliable point of contact throughout the whole buying process. We highly recommend working with Lauren and Spencer.
Spencer helped us buy our home in Winchester in 2011. We so enjoyed working with him that he was our 1st call upon contemplating a move out of town three years later.
He and his team (including his lovely wife, Lauren) came in, gave us very specific, actionable and efficient advice about how to prep the house and how to price to optimize for multiple bids.
He was able to negotiate a deal that was well above our expectations, and even a bit beyond what we’d hoped for. We’ve done several real estate transactions over the past decade and Spencer was by far the most professional, astute, and effective real estate guru we’ve encountered.
Would hire him again without hesitation, and would highly recommend him to all friends and family.
– Dmitri & Laura Joukovski
We are first-time home-buyers and just bought a house with Spencer Lane as our realtor. He was recommended to us by a friend who has bought and sold two places with Spencer, and we would not hesitate to give Spencer our highest recommendation to our friends and family. In fact, we have already have, as one of our friends is currently working with him to buy a home. It is hard to say enough good things about Spencer, as he really earned the five stars on each of the dimensions above. I think that everything he writes in his self-description is accurate. I suppose the point that I would want to add and emphasize here is that he really took the time to get to know us, our preferences, and our needs. He responded very skillfully, meeting us exactly how we needed to be met at each point along the process. We felt like he was a very good fit for us. However, I have come to recognize that this was not a chance match, but due to Spencer’s skill and flexibility in knowing and relating to a wide range of clients. Our friends (both those we referred and those who referred him to us) are quite different from us in many ways, and they have had just as good an experience with him. He has a rare combination of real estate knowledge and relational skill that will be of huge benefit to his clients. He has a lot of experience and a lot of business, which does not surprise me because of his level of skill. However, I would NEVER have known how busy he’s been until I saw this page of his transactions in the past year. We were working with him the whole year, and he was exceptionally responsive, reliable, patient, and straightforward in his approach. He gave us as much time as we needed, and we never would have know how busy he was. I am glad that we found him on our first try. He will be our first call for anything real-estate related in the future.
I had the great pleasure of working with Spencer and his wonderful wife Lauren on buying my first house just recently. They held my hand through the entire process, offering advice where it was needed and letting me utterly freak out when that was needed as well. Spencer’s knowledge of the area is astounding and he was able to answer every question I asked of him without thinking twice.
I genuinely can’t say enough good about these guys. You’ll just fall in love with everything about them.
Spencer works as a team with his lovely wife Lauren, and his mother Mary. The whole team, with multiple years of experience pooled in, works professionally, takes all aspects of the client’s needs, wishes, and resources into consideration, handling the deal openly, honestly, and fairly. In fact the team goes out of the way to facilitate the processing and successful conclusion of negotiations. I am 100% satisfied and would recommend them to any eventual investor in the real estate market.
My husband and I were fortunate to find Lauren and Spencer Lane after making an inquiry through the Zillow website. Lauren and Spencer work as a team and we primarily worked with Lauren when she responded to our message. We read their reviews, which were great, and felt we could not go wrong. Turns out we were correct and their work impressed us throughout the process.
Lauren was extremely responsive and pleasant to work with from our first meeting to closing. We are first-time home owners and had many questions along the way that Lauren answered quickly. Her knowledge of different markets was especially useful as our search evolved from condos in Cambridge and Somerville to single family homes in Arlington. We were impressed by Lauren’s fast, thoughtful responses and excellent organization. She and Spencer were very flexible with scheduling meetings and went out of their way to make everything easier for us. Lauren’s hard work and patience helped make buying our first home simple and even enjoyable and I would recommend she and Spencer without reservation.
One thing I’ve learned making four moves in the past 10 years is that using a real estate pro will ALWAYS make you more than it costs, financially and emotionally. That’s especially true of my experience with Spencer. His expertise in the Somerville market and his advice on staging my condo drew the right buyers in droves. In less than a week I had mutiple strong bids, all over asking price. His fair and honest negotiation skills meant both I and my buyer feel good about the final deal. In the end, Spencer’s knowledge, skills and responsiveness covered his costs and made my sale a painless and happy experience. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Lauren was our main contact for the purchase of a home in Cambridge. She definitely knew the area as well as the market forces at work and counseled us well in sorting through all of the factors leading to our decision on this property. Once the offer was submitted, she very professionally steered us through the purchasing process. I would highly recommend Lauren to anyone considering a purchasing a home in Cambridge/Somerville.
We worked equally with Spencer and Mary, both of whom made the process easy all the way through. One or the other was always right back to us, checked in on the house when we couldn’t be there, arranged for cleaning, snow removal and whatever else needed to be done. The best part..Spencer, keeping us informed the whole way through, pushed for and got us more than we expected. Great people.
I worked primarily with his partner, Lauren Lane. She by far is the best realtor I have dealt with over the last 30 years. Knowledgeable, responsive, goes the extra mile..and more. She represented my interests better than any realtor, even when I was selling a home. I would recomend her not only to my friends but also to our corporate partners who are relocating people to Boston.
Spencer had a condo listing that we were interested in, but by the time we contacted him, there was already an offer on the property. Spencer was however very helpful in describing the Cambridge market, and arranged showings of a few properties for us. He was extremely knowledgeable about the specific properties we saw, and the market in general. Once we decided to make an offer, Spencer helped us through the process. He was very responsive to our questions/issues and we were able to close on the property we were interested in with his help. We would strongly recommend Spencer as an agent to anyone.
Lauren and Spencer Lane make a remarkable team. The Cambridge area RE market demands RE Professionals that manage in a very competitive environment. Lauren and Spencer’s success is evidence that they work hard for you and earn your respect. Lauren provided tremendous insight when viewing properties: architectural, improvement recommendations, parking issues, traffic, maintenance, inconveniences, and nuisances. Nothing gets past her sharp eye and she is very accommodating to all concerns, showings, and requests from a weary prospective buyer. Spencer provides added value in negotiations and building structural issues that would go unseen by many a “Home Inspector”. Watch him transform into “Sherlock Holmes” as he crosses the threshold…. I highly recommend Lauren and/or Spencer; you will have the best team in the business.
Working with Spencer made the home buying process a truly great experience. Spencer, Mary and Lauren went above and beyond at all steps to help us find the right home for us. At one point, Lauren came out to meet me in an epic rain storm on a moments notice so that I could assess basement flooding in the home we ended up buying. We never felt pressured. As first-time home buyers, Spencer was very patient and took the time to help us navigate the process. We are extremely happy with the house we purchased.
Lauren Lane helped me find and purchase the right home for me in Cambridge. What really stood out to me about Lauren was that she took the time to understand exactly what I was looking for and helped me work towards that goal rather than steering me away from it. Lauren knew all the right people in order to push the deal through and had all the industry knowledge to help me figure out what I needed to do during all phases of the looking and closing process. It was real pleasure working with Lauren – I would highly recommend her to anyone. Big shout-out to Spencer as well for teaching me what to look for in a property. *Update* I worked with Spencer and Lauren a second time in order to sell my condo. I had to move to California for work and, after a year of renting my place out, decided I wanted to sell. I worked with Lauren and Spencer again, since they did such a good job guiding me through the purchase. Spencer’s negotiating skills were amazing – he expertly advised me through the negotiations and was able to help me sell the condo for more that I would have ever thought I could get for it. I can now say I would recommend Both Spencer and Lauren for either real estate purchases or sales.
Spencer recently helped me purchase a unit in Cambridge MA. The whole process took about 2 months. Throughout the process Spencer was always available, helping me put together offers in the evening, or walking me through the mortgage process over the weekend. Spencer also displayed impressive knowledge of the Cambridge market – my offers (even those that weren’t accepted) were always competitive, he could usually give me the basics of a property just based on the address, and he knew all the major developers in the area. Finally he knew a lot of local legal, mortgage, and other property professionals. On the property I ended up purchasing he was able to arrange an inspection in < 24 hours.
Spencer was very cognizant about our new house requirement, and showed us properties accordingly with suggestions on pros and cons. Once we finalized the property, he was very pro-active in gauging a disagreement between 2 occupants of the building, part of which we were going to occupy. He organized a meeting of the neighbors with us which convinced us that we were moving in the right direction. He was very quick in responding to our calls. Very professional, yet friendly. I would strongly recommend him to family and friends.
I used Spencer and Lauren Lane to sell my 1BR condo in Somerville in the fall of 2015. It was a seller’s market, so I was not concerned about being able to sell the condo, but I was looking for someone who could add value in the following ways: set an appropriate asking price that maximizes my return; negotiate with potential buyers after offers come in; provide excellent input and assistance in staging the home for sale; and taking great photos and writing a good listing. Spencer and Lauren excelled in all of these areas. Spencer’s expertise was in price-setting and offer negotiation, while Lauren’s background in design was quite valuable when staging the home for photos and the open house. I have already recommended them to a friend in Somerville who is looking to sell. I would happily work with them again if I were selling or buying in Somerville or Cambridge.
It was a long property searching process for me and Spencer cannot be more helpful! He was extremely patient, responsive as well as with tremendous knowledge around town. If you are also a new resident around this area, you definitely need someone who has that knowledge. Buying a property is sometimes life-time thing, so you want to be extra careful and have someone professional to give you honest advice and all the “secrets”. I was so grateful to work with Spencer and saved so much trouble. Highly recommended!
As first time home buyers, Lauren and Spencer helped us learn the local market and to develop a successful strategy. They are patient, responsive, know the local market, and worked with us to find a home that was affordable and in our ideal location! This is a challenging real estate market, especially if you want to live in Cambridge, Somerville, or Arlington. It is important to work with an agent who knows the neighborhood, pricing strategy, and new inventory that comes on the market. You need to move quickly in this market, and Lauren/Spencer facilitated the process and served as our trusted advisors. They are well respected among the real estate community and were a pleasure to work with throughout the process. We will definitely recommend to our friends and hope to work with them again in the future.
My husband and I recently worked with Spencer Lane to sell our lovely condo in Davis Square. Spencer and Lauren were exceptional throughout the entire process. Straight, honest, knowledgeable, timely and a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thanks!
We couldn’t be happier with our choice to go with Spencer. He knows the area so well (in fact, he’s probably already been involved with the previous sale of the properties you want to see). We used him for the house we bought in Somerville and condo we sold in Cambridge. He was able to negotiate a tremendous deal for the house we bought, so much so, that we could probably turn around and sell it at a profit without doing any work. He also negotiated an unbelievable deal in selling our condo, way above what we could have imagined. Beyond the awesome deals he was able to negotiate, Spencer was with us at every step of the way, letting us know what to expect and when so we were never caught off guard. He kept us in the loop and was always available. He was steps ahead of everyone else involved, so we were always prepared. In buying a property, he was with us at every open house, to provide his expert opinion on the condition of the house. This is key in such a competitive market, since we had to make offers right away, it was like having a general contractor by your side. I can’t emphasize this enough, since in this market, you may not have the luxury of an inspection contingency when buying and it’s so important to have as much information you can in such a compressed timeframe. He was able to quickly assess any potential issues and give us a ballpark of how much it would be to fix, so we knew when making an offer, if we were dealing with some minor repairs or some potentially big issues. In selling our property, he and Lauren were able to masterfully stage our property to get it the best appeal. The listing was gorgeous and really made our property stand out. He positioned our sale in the best way and the offers came in beyond what we could have ever hoped for. He handled the negotiations brilliantly. He was also able to tailor the negotiations of the deal to our particular circumstances that made the process so much easier. I don’t think you could find a better agent and get the full-service that Spencer and his team provide. He does whatever it takes to get the deal done and has access to great people and contacts. We were able to use his recommendations in the remodeling we’re now doing on the house we bought, so his involvement doesn’t end with the sale. He still checks in on us and provides great ideas for the remodel since we’ll definitely be using him again if (or when) we sell our new house, which hopefully won’t be for a while! In short, go with Spencer, in any market his skills and knowledge are invaluable, but in such a competitive market, he’s crucial.
Top notch professional with outstanding knowledge of all facets of the real estate market in Cambridge. Spencer was reliable, forthcoming, and accommodating. He went above and beyond expectations. Not only was he helpful with the search and purchase, but he was also very helpful in identifying valuable resources needed to move the process forward in a timely manner. If you are looking for an outstanding professional Spencer Lane is your man.
We worked with Spencer to buy a single family home in Arlington Heights. With the hot market in our desired neighborhoods (Somerville, Cambridge, E. Arlington/Arlington Heights) it took us around 8 months of looking before we landed the right one. Spencer stayed invested in this process with us and was always responsive, knowledgable, and encouraging throughout. Spencer kept us focused on properties that would be good investments and ultimately got us a great deal on a place we loved. We had such a great experience with Spencer– his negotiating skills, knowledge of properties and their conditions, and handling a swift and smooth closing… It really made the process as un-scary and painless as I imagine purchasing your first home could be… Spencer is the man, we would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone.
Spencer was the third realtor we worked with on our home search. He was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of a deep understanding of the market, knowing about listings before they came on the market, acting as a trusted advisor, and general responsiveness and professionalism. In a few short months since finding our dream home, we’ve enthusiastically recommended him every time the subject of realtors came up and, while we plan on being here for many years to come, I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else should the need arise again.
Spencer was great to work with. The area is very difficult for buyers, and he met with us at numerous properties, and helped us put together the winning bid of the perfect property. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
Spencer is very responsible and knowledgeable in his field. Suggestions that he gave made a big difference. We never used staging in previous transactions but that was the best advise anyone can have given us. He made this transaction fast and easy.
It was a real pleasure to work with Spencer Lane, who is not only personable but excellent at what he does. He is very knowledgeable, rigorous, organized and really smart. My wife and I were first-time buyers, so we needed the help of someone who would be ready to take the time to explain to us the intricacies of the purchasing process and to visit properties with us. Spencer did exactly that. His calm, confident demeanor and his impressive expertise were very reassuring all along. We have already recommended him to several people, and if one day we decided to sell our property, he would be our first call.
We had a great experience with Spencer. He wasn’t afraid to tell us if he thought a house wasn’t right for us. We ended up finding a great place that we’re very happy with. Spencer is also knowledgeable about local contractors for home renovations.
We had recently moved to the Boston area and did not have knowledge of the real estate market here, although this is not the first time we had purchased a home. Spencer was extremely helpful in giving us advice on neighborhoods, schools, future investment potential: for each property that we were interested in, he gave us a full breakdown of how much the property should cost, how much renovations would be, and how much we would get back from the property should we decide to sell in the future. He is also a great negotiator when it came down to putting in an offer. We are very happy with our purchase and have recommended Spencer to our friends (who are also very happy with their interactions with Spencer to purchase their first home).
Spencer handled the sale of our large (six-bedroom) house in Arlington MA. We had lived in the house for forty years and it needed updating. He gave solid suggestions for things to be done and who could help us. (The staging consultant he recommended was very good.) We ended with three bids over the asking price, two of which had no inspection required. We were pleased with the sale price.
We were 1st time home buyers in a tough market, and Spencer did a great job guiding us through the process. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a home in the greater Boston area.
Spencer, Lauren and their team were a pleasure to work with and we recommend them in the highest possible terms. The Cambridge market is complicated, fast-moving, and highly competitive, and Spencer was phenomenal in helping us prepare and market our property to get the best price and smoothest escrow possible, which made our subsequent purchase (nearly!) worry free.
Spencer was incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the entire process. It took us a while to finally find a home, and Spencer was always available to answer any questions, give advice, and prepare and submit offers. Once we had an offer accepted, Spencer was able to provide everything from recommendations for home inspectors and attorneys, what to requests from the seller following the inspection, suggestions for finishes, and guidance throughout the entire closing process. As first time home buyers, it was invaluable to have someone so knowledgeable about all aspects of buying a home. We are thrilled with our new place and would highly recommend Spencer to anyone looking for a home.
Working with Spencer has been a real pleasure. He has been able to transform what is a really complicated and stressful process in something manageable. His knowledge of the area and market we intended to buy (Cambridge) was extensive. Spence gave us lots of good advice as to where to direct our search and that’s something we really needed. Our feeling is that he always had our best interest in mind as opposed to getting a “quick closing” that might have been not satisfactory in the long term. He is been always eager to response our questions and needs (including weekends and off work hours). Last but not least, Spence proved himself to be a seasoned professional during the negotiation of the deal getting something for us that was beyond satisfaction. It’s for all that that I would definitely recommend Spence as a Real Estate agent professional, serious and committed to get the best possible deal for his customers. Best regards.
Spencer is an excellent broker who really helped us navigate the tough Cambridge/Somerville market. Great insights and access. He was patient with our process and helped us get a great place for a price we were willing to pay. Highly recommended!
I had done a lot of house-hunting, and realtor-hunting, prior to meeting Spencer, and after working with him for a week, I dropped all other relationships. Spencer is hands-down the best professional I worked with over my long search. His detailed property-level knowledge of Cambridge and Somerville far exceeded anyone else’s, he was honest and candid in his feedback of each property, and he had amazing negotiating advice that helped me win a competitive bidding process. Even more, Spencer was always available when I got nervous or needed questions answered, and there’s no way I would have ended up with my amazing new home without him. I couldn’t endorse Spencer more strongly, and give him 5 stars across the board.
Spencer was great to work with. My wife and I told him what we were looking for in a house, and about a month later we put in an offer on the house that we now live in (it also happened to be the very first house that he showed us). Not only did Spencer help us find our house, but he has also connected us with multiple service providers so that we could be up and running in our new home in no time.
I am so glad that I ended up working with Spencer for my first condo purchase. Throughout the process, he was patient, responsive, helpful and humorous when the occasion called for it! He helped me put together an offer-even giving input on the offer letter–that helped me get my first offer accepted, even though the property had multiple offers in the competitive market. Although I had no experience in the real estate market and asked a lot of questions, I never felt pressured to go higher than I needed to. Spencer provided a great balance of perspective and straight facts that enabled me to move forward in my comfort level while understand the realities of the Boston area housing market. After the offer was accepted, Spencer went above and beyond, giving me recommendations for home improvements and general advice. I am very grateful to him and would recommend him without hesitation!
Spencer helped us buy a home in Winchester, MA. We were relocating from CA, and Spencer did an excellent job of showing us through various small towns north of Boston to find the right fit for our family. The whole house-hunting experience was both efficient and fun. Spencer did a lot to support the process from end-to-end, as we were still living in CA during the bidding, inspection and purchase process. He worked really hard to make it easy for us. I would highly recommend Spencer to anyone looking to buy, or sell, a property in the greater Boston area.
Spencer helped me and my wife buy our first home. He did an excellent job, and I’ve given him 5 stars in all categories. Above and beyond that, a few things stand out: he is super helpful — always had advice and suggestions for vendors; he is objective — always provided good and sensible input when visiting listings; and he is very down to earth and communicates well with sellers, vendors, etc. In summary, I highly recommend Spencer.
Very prompt. Diligent and disciplined. Caters to specific requests and goes out of the way to accommodate anomalous needs. Is flexible most times and appears well connected.
I started working with Spencer well before I was even in a position to move. He knew I was a ways from selling my place in NY but he would still email me periodically with suggestions in my target area based on my stated preferences, just to try to hone his understanding of my needs and wants in a new home for when I eventually was ready. When I was finally able to seriously look at apartments in the Cambridge area, Spencer was indispensable. He showed me places all over town, often on short notice because I wasn’t living in the area yet, and he really helped me get a sense of what was available in my price range. Spencer was also super honest about his knowledge of the Cambridge/Somerville market; there were actually a few instances in which I quite liked a place, but he’d suggest against it for reasons I later found out were rather important. Keep in mind, not all brokers do this! Some brokers just want to make a quick sale and move on. Spencer, on the other hand, really looks out for you. It also bears mentioning that I’m somewhat picky and looked at quite a few places before settling on one…Spencer took this all in stride. The bottom line is: I would totally recommend him to anyone – he’s a consummate professional, easy to work with, and overall a superb broker!
Spencer has been extremely helpful in finding the right home for us. He knows the area very well, has been exceptionally responsive to the questions we had for him and managed to negotiate a really good price for the home we ended up buying.
Spencer is great. For me, a first-time home buyer who was really new to the area and the process, his knowledge, attention to detail, and honesty was very much appreciated. Not only was he willing to drive me to not only showings but every other related errand, he was incredibly responsive throughout the entire process 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. I was actually very surprised when he would respond to my emails or text messages in the odd hours of the night within minutes. He was also incredibly organized, providing me with a binder of all the relevant information (and lots I didn’t even think to ask about) in a tidy booklet along with an online site where he recommended places that suited my taste (which he quickly learned).
I also felt that even if I really liked a place, he would not hesitate to tell me what was wrong with it and what he felt was a reasonable price to pay for it. His judgment always turned out to be right on the money, no pun intended 🙂 He also was excellent at negotiating the asking price down about $25K without being rude or pushy to the sellers.
Spencer is totally down to earth, professional in every way, and so on the ball. He was also very patient with me as I had no idea what I was doing and he would help me organize the tasks in front of me so that they did not feel overwhelming. He walked me through each step of the process, and helped me with the inspection even though I was remote by filming the entire process — which was quite time consuming. He just went above and beyond.
Now, when I have friends over to check out my new place, they are all so impressed with how quickly I found one and with how much we got for our money. When I compare notes with other friends who have been house-shopping, none of them have had such a great experience with their realtor. I didn’t even fully realize how awesome Spencer was until I heard about my friends’ experiences. I really feel like he took great care of us and I have absolutely no complaints.
I would strongly recommend Spencer Lane, as I would not be the happy new owner of this beautiful house if it weren’t for all his patience and attentive help! You might not expect a guy as young and charming as Spencer to be such a trustworthy professional, but he absolutely is and I would not go to anyone else when I purchase my second home.
Spencer is the most professional agent I have ever worked with. From start to finish, he was fully engaged in the process and was extremely helpful in identifying, analyzing and ultimately closing on the property. He has continued to diligently work through any and all follow up issues. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a highly professional real estate agent to assist them in the Cambridge area.
Spencer helped my husband and I buy a home in the Boston area. I took a chance and found Spencer on Zillow when we were planning to move to Boston, and was incredibly lucky to have found him! He even recommended a short-term apartment building that worked out very well for us while we took our time to find the right home.
Spencer is always extremely professional and responsive. He is also very honest about any flaws with the properties that we saw, and we felt like he was trying to find us the best place for us instead of trying to make a sale. We looked at a lot of properties and made a couple of different offers before the final one, and he was always very patient. We felt like he was a trusted partner throughout this whole process, which is really so important since we were buying a home for the first time and really needed all the help we could get!
I would highly recommend Spencer to anyone. Buying a home is stressful, but he makes it so much easier.
Spencer called me back almost immediately after contacting him on Zillow and he quickly scheduled us to start seeing some homes the next day. Interestingly, Spencer didn’t waste our time showing us hundreds of houses. After seeing the first couple of houses with us, Spencer quickly understood and got a sense of our priorities and what mattered most to us in a home and the subsequent showings significantly got closer and closer to what we wanted. One time we saw a house that we were very excited about and wanted to put an offer on, but Spencer advised us to wait because he believed we could do even better – and he delivered! Spencer found us this amazing newly-renovated 1920’s house (1700+ sq. ft., original hard-wood floors throughout the house, and a garage. Yes! A garage in Cambridge) on a beautiful tree-lined street in a quiet Cambridge neighborhood that was not even on the market yet – we couldn’t believe our eyes.
Spencer helped us negotiate with the Seller to a comfortable price point and we quickly put in an offer that was accepted (almost begrudgingly by the Seller 🙂 Spencer’s negotiating skills was particularly helpful here since we definitely would have been outbid had we opted to wait for the house to go onto the market before putting in an offer. Spencer is a very diligent and responsive agent – he responds to emails, text messages, and phone calls almost immediately and his office is easily accessible. All the other professionals Spencer recommended to us (inspectors, buyer’s attorneys, etc.) provided us first-rate reasonably priced services. Spencer even recommended to us the mortgage lender who eventually financed our loan – we got a better deal than my local credit union.
I could write an entire essay on our home buying experience with Spencer but the summary is that Spencer is not only an expert at what he does (providing us detailed guidance at each step) but he is very honest and sincere, and working with him as our agent was very much like a partnership since he had our best interests at heart during the entire the process. Spencer definitely helped make the home buying process much more pleasant and easier than I had originally anticipated and we highly recommend him to any prospective home buyers.
Spencer was great to work with, the consummate professional. Very knowledgeable about the market in both Brookline and Cambridge. Never pushy, but able to help move along our transaction when needed. We highly recommend using Spencer.
Both my fiancee and I work pretty demanding jobs, so we knew that we needed to find a top notch agent to help us stay on top of the market. We interviewed many real estate agents before we met Spencer. At the very first meeting it was clear that he was head and shoulders above every one else. Spence came to the first meeting with a bound book full of interesting potential properties tailored exactly to our search criteria. No other agent was even close .
Once we hired Spencer he did a great job monitoring the market and sending us only relevant property matches. Most agents typically just set you up with a data feed and let you figure it out.
Once we zeroed in on the house we wanted, Spencer was instrumental in the negotiation process. I work in finance and am accustomed to negotiating prices, but Spencer was incredible at the process.
In short, we were glad that we picked Spencer as our agent. He hit the ball out of the park at every step of the process. We would 100% recommend him to friends and plan to use him if we buy or sell a home again.
When we met Spencer, we had been living in Cambridge for several years, but needed to move to a house that could accommodate our growing family. Spencer was very quick to understand our needs and alerted us to exactly the kinds of properties that were looking for. Even though we were familiar with the area, we found his connections and knowledge indispensable. He helped us find a uniquely desirable property, helped us negotiate successfully through an intense bidding war, and connected us with a range of helpful professionals including contractors, architects, mortgage lenders, and even a locksmith.
We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy property, whether they’re a veteran to the area or a newcomer. He’s exceedingly knowledgeable, reliable, professional, and pleasant to work with.
I’ve worked with a number of very knowledgeable real estate agents over the past thirty years, but what made Spence the best of the group is his passion for buildings and his willingness to use technology to help a client secure as much information as possible about a local market and the best real estate choices within it. As we were working from Washington, D.C. and trying to find a home in the Cambridge/Belmont area, Spence helped us enormously by videotaping key features of properties and sending them to us through Dropbox. Clear and timely communication, often in hourly iphone responses, helped us move quickly in a fast paced market that often featured multiple above asking price offers before an open house had occurred. On site, Spence shows a real interest in properties and a knowledge of everything from mechanical systems to key features of location. Even though our home inspection was not a contingency of our sale, Spence came and showed as much interest in the inspection as we did. He clearly loves investigating buildings and finding out what makes buildings work. Before our closing, he was able to supervise many of the last minute details we could not be in town to see. With a strong work ethic, honesty, and a very personable manner, he is a pleasure to work with. We recommend him very highly.
With no orientation to the Cambridge area, we chose Spencer randomly off the web. We are glad that we did! Moving from New York City, due to a job relocation, we had a long weekend to chose housing. After a day of looking at places with Spencer, we had a good idea of the local market & we placed a bid on a place the next day. Spencer made all the right moves to secure the place for us through the bidding process, giving us guidance all along the way. Through the mortgage, negotiations with the owner, all the way through to the final inspection & walkthrough — Spencer was there, making sure that everything met our highest expectations. He was very professional & knowledgable. Responsive viea email & phone all along the way. Highly recommend.
I chose Spencer for a long-distance move for my son who was living in Queens while I was helping out from eastern PA. It was a more than la ucky choice as Spencer was perfect for us and helped us make a difficult decision under pressure of a weekend shopping spree. His advice was always honest and ergo helpful. He was crucial in negotiating a competitive marketplace and in making it all happen. Could not recommend him any higher!
Spencer helped us buy a condo this past summer. He remembered key information from our first conversation and was responsive and on top of things without being aggressive. I really enjoyed working with him and highly recommend him.
Spencer really listened to my somewhat eclectic needs and helped find the perfect place –perfect house, perfect neighborhood. Not only that, he and his team worked with me through the whole process-. I ended up with a fantastic mortgage rate as well. I can’t recommend him more highly.
Spencer has been extremely helpful in finding the right home for us. He knows the area very well, has been exceptionally responsive to the questions we had for him and managed to negotiate a really good price for the home we ended up buying.
I worked closely with Spencer Lane on buying a home and had a wonderful experience. Spencer was very responsive in scheduling regular trips to see possible places and also did a great job guiding me to different areas I initially had not taking into consideration. This was my first home and I had no idea what to expect in terms of pricing and other issues one has to take into account when buying a place. Spencer was really helpful in thinking about longterm value, what I could afford, what other houses sold for in certain areas, etc. The place I finally settled for had been on the market for a while due to overpricing and the enormous amount of work it required. I’d fallen in love with the place at first sight. making it difficult to remain objective. Spencer’s expertise and negotiating skills helped guide me through the process and allowed me to get comfortable buying a complicated place and also settle for a better price. I’ve been in this place now for over 3 years and couldn’t be happier. I love the house, it’s location, the community around me, and see myself live here for years to come!
From the moment we met Spencer at an open house, my husband and I knew he was trustworthy, professional, knowledgeable about the market and territory. He’s full of energy, a creative problem solver and he knows how to negotiate the hell out of bid. We bought our loft in 2006, remain friendly with him and refer him to friends and family looking to buy in the Cambridge, Watertown, Belmont, Somerville. Another thing worth mentioning to buyers and sellers, he does his homework. He knows exactly what the comps are selling for in the neighborhood and will tell you how to price your property to avoid uncomfortable bidding wars. He’s efficient, responsive and hardworking and we really can’t say enough about him.
Spencer Lane helped me purchase a condo in Cambridge in Fall 2010. Spence is exceptionally responsive and hard-working. Whenever I called or emailed, he replied immediately. He quickly set up appointments for me to see properties so I could be one of the first viewers and was ready to help me place an offer right away. Spence did not, however, push me into purchasing a property. In fact, when I really liked a particular property, he cautioned me that it was over-priced; he instead encouraged me to consider alternative properties that were arguably a better financial investment, even though his commission would be less. Spence proved to be a very ethical agent, genuinely advocating for my best interests. If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in Cambridge, call Spence!
I cannot highly enough recommend Spencer Lane and would surely work with him again if I would wish to purchase another home. Spencer and I must have looked at 200 + homes together, in a great number of towns and over nearly 2 years- everything from single family to condos; I was all over the map. Spencer never once betrayed any sign of being impatient with me and was always upbeat. Spencer greeted me at each encounter with a cheery disposition, a quick smile and full attention to what we were setting out to accomplish that day. He is punctual to the second, organized to the degree that I was given a beautiful folder with full photos and all information about the properties we were to see each time, knowledgable about the systems in homes which would otherwise elude me – always had a comment about the age of the water heater, the kind of boiler and how good they are meant to be… Spencer is very positive, but does not simply ‘yes’ his clients. I often had crazy ideas about wanting to rip out walls and completely reconfigure houses and Spencer took each one of these seriously and discussed the structural ramifications of my ideas and let me know when I was in the realm of children’s fantasy. Spencer is highly competent and a joy to work with.
I had a great experience with Spencer. I was a first-time home buyer and he was very helpful through every step of the way. He had good recommendations for attorney, locksmith, floorplan people, and was always helpful… always on my side, always re-assuring and calm, and always reachable on his cell phone.
He knows the Cambridge and surrounding areas very well, and he’s got a great balance of being a shrewd negotiator and being level-headed and reasonable as things come up during the process. Another advantage is that he’s been around the business the long time, both on his own and as the son of a longtime real estate agent in the area.
Highly recommend Spencer!
Spencer was outstanding in representing my interests in my recent home purchase. He has wide ranging knowledge of the cambridge area and was always responsive to my questions. We made an offer at the end of November and closed less than two months later. We were lucky that the seller was very reasonable but Spencer definitely looked out for me in that I wanted to make sure there was complete honesty from the seller and a reasonable price that is fair- I wasn’t looking to low-ball the offer; and Spencer completely understood that and made it work. I would highly recommend him.
We worked with Spencer as first time buyers during the purchase of our Cambridge condo. in 2007 and could not have been happier with the level of service and professionalism he delivered throughout our buying experience.
We connected with Spencer at an open house in December 2006 and went on to view countless properties with him until we bought in August ’07. Spencer quickly developed an understanding of the genra of properties we were interested in and consistently selected properties to view that were a fit with our interests. We were extremely impressed with Spencer’s availability, honesty, local knowledge, unwaning enthusiasm and commitment to placing us in the ‘right’ property. During negotiations Spencer provided a high level of professionalism and guidance and just the required amount of ‘hand holding.’ Spencer negotiated enthusiastically, kept our interest in his sights, and was with us up to and including our closing.
Looking back, we could not have asked for more.
We are currently using Spencer for our new real estate needs.
Spence did a great job in helping me as a first-time buyer. I’d been looking for a townhouse for some years; I saw one I liked at an open house in the middle of January and, with Spence’s help in negotiating, closed and moved in by mid-March. He recommended a great inspector, helped navigate a complex financing situation worked closely with my lawyer, and recommended a moving company that turned out to be excellent. And he’s a really nice guy who loves his work.
Spencer means well but lacks experience and couldn’t pick up on what was important to us. He followed my instructions, but didn’t guide me the way an expert would. I’m sure he will improve as he matures and gains experience.
Spencer knows the Cambridge area inside and out, and is consistently responsive to inquiries. I would not recommend him, however, because he failed us in two key areas: (1) Although we repeatedly asked for guidance in the process of purchasing our condo, he was unable or unwilling to provide what we needed. As a result, we muddled through the largest financial transaction of our lives without a clear roadmap of what the process would entail. (2) The lawyer Spencer strongly recommended to us provided poor service — most notably, by failing to provide HUD (or any other) papers to us prior to closing.