Changing lives, one lake house at a time
Good morning, My family bought a house on Highland Lake a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to send you a note of thanks. We attended your lake house buying seminar this year and the most valuable thing we learned was to write a personal letter to the seller. I remember writing down “tug at heartstrings” and we had a story that would do just that. A $3 Etsy letter template and our story got us this house. The sellers didn’t even show it to anyone else, even though they had a full slate of bookings to show it. They took our offer of $100 over asking price. So, thank you for that invaluable tip. I’ve attached the letter below in case you want to see it. Also, I needed to write to sing Ed Richman’s praises. First of all, what a great guy. Secondly, he’s an awesome agent. He walked us through the whole process step by step and went above and beyond when dealing with a challenging issue with the bank. I cannot say enough good things about him. I know this is just his retirement gig, but for your sake, I hope he doesn’t truly retire anytime soon! Thanks again and have a great day!
I just purchased a home on Bantam Lake with your realtor Ed Richman. I wanted to let you know that Ed was so wonderful and supportive throughout this process. I've never worked with a realtor as conscientious as Ed. I'm sure this comes as no surprise but I felt I should let you know. My husband and I are so grateful to have found him. Thank you!
Ed was a pleasure to work with. He was tenacious on our behalf. He was great at communicating and following up on every detail. He was so helpful and patient with all our questions as first time lake homeowners. Highly recommend him and Lakefront Living Realty.
~Gary & Jo-Ann R.
Hi, I just want to tell you that I attended your seminar and found it interesting, enjoyable and educational. You made a nice presentation and the info we received is very helpful. I know time was limited but I wish we had the time to touch on any major pitfalls or benefits in the other states besides MA where you list. I have been dipping my toe into the idea of buying a lake house for almost a year and when I found your site it really put every tool I needed in one place. I didn't fill out a feedback paper, so I thought I would send you an email. Great job, and thanks for making these resources available to us.
We chose Lakefront Living Realty for their expertise in selling lakeside homes and their website and marketing plans. We were completely satisfied. Scott treated us and our home with complete respect. He was always honest and available. Scott's hustle, guidance, organization and attention to detail was the defining difference that sold the home.
~Kathy and Harry
We knew that Ed was a special kind of guy when he was was willing to wait for an hour in an unheated home in December as we were delayed due to a highway accident/closure. Ed provided us with information but also concerns if applicable about a lake which might affect its future status vs just looking for a quick sale. We feel he truely had our best interests in mind and made the buying process as smooth as possible. We highly recommend Ed to anyone looking for a lakefront property. He would be the first person we would call if we planned on selling our lakefront cottage.
~Peter & Karen B.
Ed Richman - Outstanding agent! You will be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, hardworking, or knowledgeable Lakefront Specialist than Ed. From the outset, Ed took the time to gain interest in what we were looking for and what we weren't. And, when we stumbled upon what was eventually to be our dream home, Ed provided amazing service to ensure we were informed of what we needed to do and when. Many thanks to this great guy who really knows his market!
~Grant and Paula Frazer
Ed Richman was our Lakefront Specialist. He was very knowledgeable and forthcoming. Ed gave us the time we needed to contemplate lake front living. Ed really enjoys spending time with folks and offering his expertise. He shares his lakeside experience frankly and he doesn't make you feel the least bit pressured. Buying a lakefront cottage was a dream for us, and not a dream we ever expected to come true. Mr. Richman was very diligent in his efforts to answer our every question. He even sought additional information for us and exceeded our expectations! With Ed's encouragement and support, we realized that we could pursue our dream. He was always on our side as a Buyer's Agent. He kept us informed and was always working on our behalf. We enjoyed his sense of humor and his relaxed, friendly personality. He was very patient with multiple emails and he always responded promptly with accurate information and good sound advice. Ed believes that buying and selling lakefront real estate should be a pleasure for all parties. Mr. Richman was a great realtor to work with and we highly recommend him. Ed helped us to purchase the property that was perfect for us in every way. He really does change lives, one lak e house at a time. Thank you Ed! With heartfelt gratitude and appreciation, we begin our lakefront journey.
~Alan & Susan Lavallee
We are writing to tell you how much we valued having Ed Richman as our real estate agent in our recent lake house purchase. When we were first interested in purchasing a lake house in Connecticut, we were going into the process without knowing the lakes or the areas around the lakes. Luckily, Ed was our agent. He had a wealth of information and is someone that we felt was always looking out for our best interest. He is honest and trustworthy – and this was important to us knowing that we were moving to a new area. Ed listened to what we were looking for, did his homework, and helped us find and put an offer on the house of our dreams. Ed also goes the extra mile. When UPS lost our deposit check, Ed made sure the replacement check was hand-delivered. Based on our experience, we would highly recommend Ed to anyone who is looking for lakefront property.
Hello Scott, I just wanted to write in regard to our experiences with Ed Richman. We closed on a property in North Stonington, CT yesterday and couldn't have been happier with the quality of service that we received from Ed. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was incredibly professional, helpful and responsive. He always made us feel like a priority. I have previously worked with other agents and wasn't nearly as impressed. I would highly recommend him to friends and family. I wanted to make a point to reach out to you to share our thoughts. Lakefront living, both the website, and staff were incredibly helpful in making our dream of owning a lakefront home a reality. Thank you so much.
I met with Rick Stockhaus yesterday afternoon to tour 4 properties on Hamilton Reservoir, MA and greatly appreciated his familiarity with the lake, surrounding area and the locations of the homes. His expertise and honesty when viewing each property further demonstrated his knowledge and experience in lakefront transactions. Rick is an affable and humorous gentleman, and I just wanted you to know that he is an exceptional representative of your Lakefront Living brokerage, and a true asset to your team!
I wanted to take a few minutes and thank you all for one of the more meaningful, informative and resourceful seminars (Keys to Buying Lakefront Property, 2016) I have been to in a long time. In 2 words...refreshingly informative! And Scott, I appreciate you defaulting to the experts in their field in the back of the room. It was definitely a team win today. Everyone's time is valuable and more and more we all get pulled in so many directions. This is one of those rare times when I was happy to commit. Thank you again for everyone's contribution. My only take away today that I thought was more important than the information was the fact that I feel I can trust all of you when it eventually comes time to work with us on our behalf and in our best interests. Best regards!
Hi Rick, We are at 35,000 feet on the way back to CA. We had a great time in our new home this past month. Can't wait for our next trip. Got lots of projects in mind, but most fun is being close to our family. Thanks again for everything you and Lakeside Living have done for us.
~Maureen and Gary S.
Scott, it likely goes without saying but you have a complete rockstar working with you. My fiance and I cannot say enough about how much we appreciate how great the LakeFrontLiving.com website has been for us.
Good morning Rick. I must thank you again for lining up and taking time out of your Saturday to show us four Lake Congamond properties. I'm sure you would have rather been home on your lake or boat. Unfortunately, none of them sparked any interest. I can't get over how pictures can be so deceiving. We left you feeling a bit down but as the four of us conversed in the car, your personality and sense of humor, cheered us back up. You are a delight and an asset to Lake Front Living for sure!
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help in acquiring our family vacation home, you have more than done your job. Your efforts and caring nature are very much noticed. My wife and I love you!
We live in California and are hoping to buy a waterfront house near our son and his family who live in Framingham, MA. We can quickly and easily find homes for sale in theneighborhoodswe are looking at and we get periodic updates about NEW homes that come on the market. Since we live so far away, the photosof the houses and information about the lakes and fishing are an invaluable help to us. We look forward to meeting you in person when weare visiting around Christmas time.Thank you so much for this site!
~Maureen and Gary S.
I just love your website! It makes lakehouse hunting so easy. Not having to look through hundreds of listings to find waterfront property is such a time saver. Also like being able to look at listings for only the lakes we are interested in.
Scott was great. Sold our house within 2 weeks and 3k of asking price. Honest, professional and hard working. Great to to work with. Thanks Scott
Your agent was simply put…The Best! Her low key, non-aggressive manner was just what we were looking for. At the same time, she was thorough, persistent, and relentless when we needed her to be during negotiations. She gave us accurate and honest info all the way through. Her communication skills were top notch and she coupled that with her wonderful people skills. We have raved and bragged about her all along and would quickly recommend her to anyone at any time! Running out of glowing adjectives!
~Linda & Peter M.
My wife and I just wanted to thank you for having helped us tremendously with the purchase of our lake home on Webster Lake. With the housing market in the area picking up quickly now with the warmer weather, we were able to submit a bid on our lake home the same day it came on the market. And our bid was accepted. They were meticulous about following up with our lawyer and setting up a home inspection for next Wednesday. Researching set back laws and maximum size of storage shed I can have on the property with the Town Planning Board. All good. We are very excited to become lake residents in the town of Webster and so happy to have you as our buying agent. We found the house of our dreams!
You were awesome from the moment we met her at the first house we looked at till the closing yesterday.
A co-worker recommended you when they heard we were looking for lakefront property. We loved the website and our experience with Fern. Scott was involved in the offer negotiations too which was great! We are recommending Lakefrontliving.com to anyone who asks about our purchase!
~Gretchen & Mark D.
Hi Fern, I hope this note finds you well. Since we closed on the house in August, time just flies by so fast...hard to believe it is already just about seven months! Thank you so much for the party set and for thinking of us at the holidays. The pattern fits the house perfectly - and we have been doing quite a bit of entertaining, so it has come in very handy! I think Mark and I can count on one hand the number of weekends we haven't had company (and I think we have only had two weekends where we haven't been down for at least one day) since we closed. Already made some wonderful memories here. Mark has fished more in the last seven months than he had in the previous 20 years - and he is in second heaven (and has caught some really nice fish too)! This winter we actually have had quite a few ice fishing gatherings - one especially large one with Mark's whole family right after Christmas which was wonderful. We are slowly decorating but still haven't decided if/when we will move there full time, so we are trying not to buy too much. We love the area and find it so relaxing to be "at the lake". Thank you for helping make the dream a reality!
~Mark & Lee C.
You were incredibly helpful and responsive through this process. You and Terri were easy to talk to and understood our situation and there was no pressure at all. We were fortunate that we found a property right away! We have definitely enjoyed the kayak! What a generous and thoughtful gift.
~Patti and Mark S.
Spent the first weekend in my new Lake House and attended a BBQ sponsored by the lake association. All my neighbors welcomed me and made me feel very much at home. Felt bad about leaving on Sunday night. Thanks again to Terri Godin for making my dream a reality.
~M. La Lena
We would like to send a special thanks to Terri. We understand that our particular home buying project was much more complicated than most and, if it were not for Terri's dedication and commitment in seeing the deal through, we have no doubt, it would not have closed. Terri was, hands down, instrumental in getting us into the house we ended up choosing to purchase. Due to the unforeseen complications and legalities associated with the particular property we chose, we were, on many occasions, ready to give up in buying a house at all; we were so discouraged: But, Terri brought us through, thick-and-thin! If it were not for Terri we would have given up the house buying process altogether! Yours Truly Now Very Happy New Homeowners, Richard and Jennifer Gorman Thanks for all of your hard work and tireless efforts Terri.
~The Gorman's: Richard, Sr., Jennifer and Ricky Jr.
"Hi Scott & Terri, I just thought I would drop you a note saying we are enjoying the house and love our lakefront view. Mary has her binoculars and bird identification books and enjoys the bird watching. I am getting ready to put my boat in and have my fishing tackle in good shape. We had Mary’s family for Easter and they loved the house and we had a nice fire down at the beach on Easter that everyone enjoyed. Everyone is looking forward to coming back to see us. I am about to get started on adding a deck to the house and I know that will add to our enjoyment this summer. I am certain this was a good decision and thank both of you for all your help in getting the house".
"Hi Scott, I am a Realtor in Fairfield, CT and have been vacationing on various lake front homes for years. We have also been looking to purchase one for years. Your website is fantastic! I happen to come across it by accident and have spent hours on it weekly since. Just wanted to let you know what a great service you're providing to those like me….those of us that live out of state and have spent way too many frustrating hours going from one site to the next to research lakes and properties. Great job!"
"Thanks Rick..this land looks great. I am at the very early stages of putting a proposal together to create this project. The zoning may be the hurdle... I am not sure. This particular property has the exact look and location I desire. As I am working on putting this together it would be great knowing that Lakefront Living will be the company to work with...thank you!"
"The easy way to navigate so many properties. I felt like I ramped up quickly in my understanding of lakefront property. The website is amazing. Lakefront realty is the go-to group to buy lake houses. They are both knowledgable and enthusiastic, which makes them fun to work with. Rick did several extra things for me, like getting a contractor to price an upgrade on the property before I made the purchase. I would definitely work with them again."
"Fern was fantastic. She handled all of our many issues promptly. I would recommend your company and Fern to anyone I knew who was interested in a lake house."
“We only wanted a lakefront property and you are experts! Loved your website and the criteria-selected email updates to the MLS.”
~Mary and Tom R.
“Scott and Terri did a great job of helping us find the perfect lakefront house. The Lakefront Living web site is the best tool for locating waterfront properties. Terri spent a lot of time showing us houses and ultimately found just the right house on a lake I did not even know existed. Scott provided important advice while I was making an offer. Finding a good waterfront house in MA can be a challenge and The Lake Team can provide a lot of help.”
~Rob and Mary H.
“Scott provided the utmost in service, answering all of our questions and helping to negotiate the purchase of our lake house. He was superb in acting as a buyer’s agent for us and provided helpful insight into the property and the owner’s motivations for selling. We felt comfortable and confident with Scott representing us.”
North Attleboro, MA
“Just wanted to let you know how well your Realtors are working for you. Theresa Godin and Rick Stockhaus have helped us locate a lake front home! We are in the process of getting documents ready to close by September! Love your website and having the updates emailed on our specific interests. I have recommended this site to many and will continue to do so. Wish us luck that everything goes well!”
~Mary Beth R.
“We both wanted to thank you for everything you did yesterday - from the phone calls, e-mails and running around to get everything put to bed! You are a top notch agent who anyone had property to sell would be at home and comfortable with you at the helm! We mean that! If you ever need any sort of reference (although your work speaks for itself), you can use us for anything.”
~Tina and Steve S.
“I wanted to take a moment and tell you how wonderful it was to work with your agent, Terri Godin. I have been subscribed to the Lakefront Living e-mail list for some time and when the property in Chepachet, RI showed up, it seemed to be what we were looking for. My wife and I contacted Terri and she was very attentive and flexible, even offering to meet us for a showing on Easter! Even though there were some issues with the property, Terri went above and beyond to work through those with us. Thank you for all your hard work.”
“Terri & Rick,
First, thank you both for all the knowledgeable lakefront information you have shared with Patty and me these past few days. Patty and I have spent many hours researching, talking and investigating lakefront properties in three different states. The 2.5+ hours we spent with you yesterday were some of the most informative and effective hours we have spent to date, thank you for your time!”
~John and Patty K.
“Terri, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for all your hard work. I was told when I entered the world of foreclosures that so much could go wrong. You might have even been the one to let me know that. Miraculously, even though we never heard from the seller’s agent and even though I still have people stopping by my house now to check it out, we did it! This was in great part to you, your attention to detail, our calming conversations, and your ability to place appropriate pressure when needed to execute and stay on task.
Thank you again, I can't wait to start sending you before and after pictures to show you just what my house in Norton is turning into. I am confident in saying, if a need arises from myself or a friend for a waterfront property your name will be the first to come up.”
“Scott, Keith and I wanted to thank you for all your hard work for our lake property in Hopkinton, MA. As both a property manager for us when we rented the house and now as the seller's agent, you were there for us every step of the way. We couldn't have done it without you! We'll miss working with you and wish you and your family all the best!”
“I wanted to take a minute to commend the job that Lakefront Living did on getting me my lake house. Rick Stockhaus was the quintessential Realtor® and was always there for me throughout the arduous process. In an industry where it seems like no one picks up their phone or responds to messages, Rick was incredibly responsive and took the time and care to touch base with me each day, even if there wasn't any news to report. I'm not sure I would have been able to get through how long it took to close without his help.
Terri was incredibly helpful for me at the beginning of the search process and was an excellent adviser for me before my property search brought me out of her geographic range.
You can be sure that if anyone I know is searching for lakefront property, I will be sending them your way. Thanks again, guys!”
“Having The Lake Team represent my lakefront home sale turned out to be a wise decision.
Using several marketing techniques to directly expose my property to thousands of lakefront buyers got it sold quickly and for top dollar.
Thanks for your help.”
“The best part about LakefrontLiving.com sites is that they display DIRECT lakefront property only... from the entire MLS database.
I grew tired of finding homes online that were across the street or only had lake rights. What a time saver!”
North Attleboro, MA
“I spent hours online trying to find direct lakefront properties in New England.
With LakefrontLiving.com, it takes me 30 seconds to locate any home matching my needs...and the detailed lake pages help me zero in on my dream location.”
Saratoga Springs, NY