What Clients Are Saying

“Hilary, we were beyond happy with the entire transaction. I hope this brief depiction helps to encapsulate all that you did for us!!! Selling in a tight timeframe and moving so far away can be so stressful!!! You helped us so much and continue to provide support.... for that we are so grateful. Thank you Hilary!! Please let me know where i can post this testimonial because we really want to get the word out about your fantastic customer service!! Our family recently needed to relocate across country and hoped for a quick sale. Thankfully, Hilary Foutes was able to work within tight time parameters and make our move a reality. She provided detailed feedback, was extremely organized and used clever marketing techniques to help facilitate a rapid sale. Her knowledge of the market is unparalleled and our entire transaction was seamless and stress free. We felt 110% secure with all facets of the selling and moving process due to her wholistic and effective approach and would therefore gladly recommend hiring Hilary.”

The Stout Family, 1099 Humphrey Street, Swampscott

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The Stout Family, 1099 Humphrey Street, Swampscott

"Even during the best of times selling a home can be a very stressful event. My house went on the market right as the Covid19 pandemic revved up and the stay at home order went in to effect.  I was fortunate to have Hilary Foutes as my realtor. Hilary moved quickly and efficiently to list my house. She offered helpful tips to getting the house 'sale ready' and assisted with staging the house for showings. Hilary created a detailed brochure for prospective buyers and listed the house in record time. Hilary kept current on the restrictions placed on realtors in respect to the Covid Pandemic and was respectful of the health and safety of my family and the health and safety of perspective buyers and their agents. 
This was my first experience selling a home. Having lived in my house for 27.5 years and loving my house, my neighbors and the neighborhood made the sale of the house very emotional for myself and my family. HiIary was cognizant of this, she spent countless hours communicating details regarding the sale and educating me regarding the sale process. I attest to the fact that selling a home is a stressful event, but I assure you that Hilary can make the experience a positive one.
My best,
Jane Cassidy, 24 Crosman Avenue, Swampscott

Jane Cassidy, 24 Crosman Avenue, Swampscott

HILARY is exactly the realtor you want to sell your home for so many reasons but to list a few: 1) she always answers your call or calls you back right away; 2) there is no question she does not know the answer to; 3) she is extremely organized and prepared whether it be for the initial meeting to set price, an open house or a private showing; 4) when you get information or signatures to HILARY, she immediately forwards them to where they need to go - there is zero lag time; 5) she keeps tabs on every aspect of the sale and will remind any party (buyer’s agent, appraiser, etc.) involved of their outstanding piece of the puzzle until it is complete; 6) she is so friendly to your family and pets! I could go on but in summary, I would recommend HILARY as an agent to anyone selling their home.
~Valerie and Christopher Smith (and Josie the dog!)

Valerie and Christopher Smith (and Josie the dog!)

Hilary did a wonderful job handling the sale of our home. Beginning with her suggestions on preparing the home to go on the market, staying steadfast through the tough winter months to finding the perfect buyers.
Hilary is very knowledgeable about the selling process and usually had answers to our questions or found the answers in a timely manner. Hilary has a wealth of knowledge regarding the surrounding areas and holds an arsenal of contacts for any/all services necessary to close on a home.
We are happy to have had Hilary representing us in the sale of our home.
Thank you,
Whitney & Heather Thomas, 8 Sampson Avenue, Swampscott

Whitney & Heather Thomas, 8 Sampson Avenue, Swampscott

"I’ve know HILARY FOUTES now for nearly ten years and she is one of the most honest, dedicated and hardest working people I know. I first met HILARY when my family moved to Swampscott. Since then she’s acted as both a seller’s and buyer's broker for us on two different properties and we were very happy with the service, advice and excellent results she provided. When making a major decision like moving it is a tremendous relief to know that you can put your trust in HILARY to get things done right, on time and as efficiently as possible. I have referred her to everyone I know who is looking to buy or sell a home in the area. Her experience and instinct are exceptional, and she truly goes above and beyond the call of duty. From following up on the little details that could easily slip thru the cracks, to putting you in touch with the best contractors, mortgage brokers, or movers, to negotiating the best purchase or sale price, HILARY is a one woman show you can’t afford to be without."
-Marc Eichler, VP Business Development & Sales for Durant Performance Coatings, Inc

Marc Eichler, VP Business Development & Sales for Durant Performance Coatings, Inc

"Choosing someone to sell your home or find one for you and your family is so important. My wife Susan and I chose HILARY feeling that she would always have our best interests at heart and most importantly never felt she put her own before ours. She has a great balance of being personable and at the same time most professional. We could not have chosen a better person to work with and never for a moment did we feel like we were not her most important client. Selling or buying a home is a stressful experience and having HILARY represent us and oversee everything from beginning to end brought such comfort. Her knowledge of the Northshore is impeccable and most importantly is her ability to listen and communicate. To say she is excellent at what she does is an understatement. I have and continue to recommended her to friends and colleagues with the glowing endorsement of, "HILARY is the best and there isn't another Realtor I would use!" She will have your interests at heart before her own. She not only sold my home but also found the home that we happily reside in now. I was fortunate to have chosen her to work with and I can only hope my words will help you make the same choice we made." -Matthew Bergeron, Global Commodity Manager

Matthew Bergeron, Global Commodity Manager

We recently sold our home of 32 years in Marblehead. We have worked and known the Sagan Agency for many years and wouldn't think of using anyone else.
We had a long standing relationship with Joy Goldstein and reached out to her when we decided to put our home on the market after speaking with Phyllis. Joy introduced us to her partner, HILARY.
Both had great suggestions for us as to how to prepare our house for viewing, what steps needed to be taken, and when to put it on the market. Their knowledge and aptitude for the marketplace were outstanding.
We know when selling a home, you need to work with professionals who not only understand the market, but can also work with you on a personal basis, as well as be your advocate. Both Joy and HILARY are outstanding in this regard, and we highly recommend them. They are wonderful to work with!!
Bill & Judy Mishkin, 29 Gerald Road Marblehead

Bill & Judy Mishkin, 29 Gerald Road Marblehead

"Choosing HILARY Foutes as our selling and buying agent was the best decision!! Moving is one of the most stressful and emotional life events and having Hilary by our side was invaluable. HILARY is savvy, astute, tenacious, and always has her client’s best interest in the forefront. As a buyer agent, she is attuned to current market inventory, pricing, value and has great negotiation skills. In a competitive market where inventory is low, having HILARY abreast of upcoming inventory was essential in getting our new home. We looked at many properties over the years, she was always patient and keeping us focused — we never felt pressured. In fact, one point out of frustration we considered a home that now looking back didn’t suit our needs. Putting her personal gain and interests aside, she strongly advised us against settling and reassured us a perfect house would eventually come along. As a selling agent, HILARY was instrumental through the entire process – from getting house sale ready to the final stages of closing. In preparation, Hilary was extremely quick and resourceful with a network of inspectors, attorneys, tradesmen, etc. as needed. As a recommendation of HILARY’s, tradesman and professionals would respond promptly - one tradesman came in ten minutes just for a minor fix. We are most grateful for HILARY’s professional and sensitive handling of the contract negotiations of the home sale. With the buyers being our long time friends, she made what could have been an awkward situation into an easy and non-eventful process. We are so glad to have had HILARY through our entire process and without hesitation strongly recommend HILARY as your broker!!" Camay and Matt Pascucci, Morton Rd. & Bradlee Ave.

Camay and Matt Pascucci, Morton Rd. & Bradlee Ave.

"Dear HILARY, Now that we are settled into our house and able to reflect we wanted to send you a note of sincere thanks. As anyone who has done it will testify, buying and selling a house simultaneously is stressful and hectic. During our recent experience with this it was great to have you help us all along the way. Having you represent us as a seller was truly impressive. All the advice you gave us for getting ready to list, calming our nerves once listed and anxious for traffic, and finally counseling us through the negotiation and execution of the sale was invaluable and always spot on. However we would be remiss if we did not also commend you for the job you did on the other side of the table. As the seller agent on our purchase you were equally impressive in representing your clients while also being fair to us and helpful where appropriate. We purchased our home from a close personal friend you were representing and I am confident we all appreciated your sensitivity in the process that helped to even strengthen our friendship. In summary, we made a great choice in selecting you as our agent and you took care of the rest."
Our Sincere Thanks, Kristen and Matt, 29 Norfolk Avenue (sale) & 41 Morton Road

Kristen and Matt, 29 Norfolk Avenue

"Hi Joy and Hilary, Well the closing could not have gone better from our perspective. I was glad I was able to keep my emotions in check and it helps that the Clousers are such lovely people....Thank you again for keeping the stress to a minimum and the attention to detail to a maximum." Warm Regards, Cris Miller

Cris Miller

“Outstanding results!

I first met Hilary when I was buying my house in Swampscott.  She represented the seller but I appreciated her energy and her knowledge of the area.  The transaction went smoothly and she even assisted me in finding insurance and services like pet care.  I decided then and there that when it was time to sell, I would want her to sell my home.  I knew her knowledge of the community and market would expedite the transaction.  Five years later I called Hilary and she agreed to be my agent.  She gave great advice, and helped me figure out how to best prepare the house for showing.  She made showing as painless as she could by completing all the visits in just four days. I was impressed by the fact that we got multiple offers.  Clearly, she had priced the house right!  Hilary is great at communicating!  And she is scrupulously truthful.  I am so glad that I asked her to sell my house – I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

-Donna Palmer,62 Farragut Road, Swampscott 

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Donna Palmer

Partners HILARY FOUTES and Joy Goldstein worked beautifully as a team to help my husband and me with BOTH of our moves last year. They made excellent suggestions about staging our home in Marblehead, and 6 days after the house went on the market in February, 2017, we had a buyer and an agreement! We were interested in moving into a condominium in the Vinnin Square area; shortly after our home sale, we saw a condo that we liked. However, HILARY advised us against the purchase because the unit was overpriced for the market with some under-par workmanship. When your real estate agent tells you to wait, it is a good idea to listen! Seven months later, she recommended a condo for us in the same complex that we absolutely loved! We made an offer that was accepted the next day, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision.
We greatly admire HILARY's integrity, honesty, and work ethic. She is a consummate professional who cares deeply about her clients’ satisfaction with a sale and/or purchase, and truly does everything to facilitate a move. It is easy to see why she is a top performer. Thank you, HILARY, for your wise counsel during our hectic 2017!
~Judy and Bill Mishkin

Judy and Bill Mishkin

HILARY FOUTES was the calm in my crazy life. Deciding to put ourhome on the market after 43 years was a very difficult decision. Hilary was fabulous. She was constantly in communication with us and beyond helpful. Available and resourceful whenever we needed help or guidance, she was there without question. We would definitely recommed anyone looking to sell their home to call HILARY.
~Dr. Sanford and Mrs. Rosalyn Levy

Dr. Sanford and Mrs. Rosalyn Levy

"Hilary has great instinct and is committed to working hard for her clients. She hit the ground running as soon as we met and tirelessly continued to show us properties until we found our amazing gem of a property in Marblehead. We are comfortable and happy in our new home and we are so very grateful to have worked with a pro Hilary Foutes. "
Scott and Abby L, 4 Park Lane, Marblehead MA

Scott and Abby L, 4 Park Lane, Marblehead MA

"Choosing HILARY FOUTES as our selling and buying agent was the best decision!! Moving is one of the most stressful and emotional life events and having HILARY by our side was invaluable. HILARY is savvy, astute, tenacious, and always has her client’s best interest in the forefront. As a buyer agent, she is attuned to current market inventory, pricing, value and has great negotiation skills. In a competitive market where inventory is low, having HILARY abreast of upcoming inventory was essential in getting our new home. We looked at many properties over the years, she was always patient and keeping us focused — we never felt pressured. In fact, one point out of frustration we considered a home that now looking back didn’t suit our needs. Putting her personal gain and interests aside, she strongly advised us against settling and reassured us a perfect house would eventually come along. As a selling agent, HILARY was instrumental through the entire process – from getting house sale ready to the final stages of closing. In preparation, HILARY was extremely quick and resourceful with a network of inspectors, attorneys, tradesmen, etc. as needed. As a recommendation of HILARY’s, tradesman and professionals would respond promptly - one tradesman came in ten minutes just for a minor fix. We are most grateful for HILARY’s professional and sensitive handling of the contract negotiations of the home sale. With the buyers being our long time friends, she made what could have been an awkward situation into an easy and non-eventful process. We are so glad to have had HILARY through our entire process and without hesitation strongly recommend HILARY as your broker!!"
Camay and Matt Pascucci, Morton Rd. & Bradlee Ave. 

Camay and Matt Pascucci, Morton Rd. & Bradlee Ave. 

"Writing you from our awesome deck. We're loving our house, thank you again so much for everything. HILARY helped us buy our last two houses and we can’t imagine ever buying a house in the future without her. Our first home purchase was in a competitive market in Boston, and HILARY did everything in her power to make our offer standout. She is passionate, reliable, honest, and always puts her client first. For our second home she was able to find us the house of our dreams. We were buying and selling on a tight schedule and would not have been able to get it all done without HILARY walking us through each step. She is well connected and extremely knowledgable, so anyone that is new to home buying she is the perfect agent. Thank you HILARY, we are forever grateful."
- Max and Yulia Solomon, 30 Longview Drive, Marblehead MA

Max and Yulia Solomon, 30 Longview Drive, Marblehead MA

"All we can say is WOW! We were very impressed with HILARY Foutes’ professionalism, personal attention, and marketing strategies. HILARY is a first class, high caliber, real estate professional. We received her personal attention almost on a daily basis. She was always available for questions, and made us feel like we were her only client. She is gifted, talented and knows her market. Our home sold in just 1 day and sold at asking price. We were totally impressed and would recommend HILARY to anyone who wants to sell their home quickly and not leave money on the table. HILARY, you have made our selling experience extremely easy and pleasurable. You were always available when needed and willing to please. So, we thank you again for all your hard work and for being able to get us our asking price. It would be a pleasure to do business with you in the future and we would definitely recommend you to friends and family.”
The Zisa's, 8 Sampson Avenue, Swampscott

The Zisa's, 8 Sampson Avenue, Swampscott

Anyone who buys or sells a home can tell you that it is difficult to find an agent who is truly in your corner. Well, HILARY is. She advocates for you to get the best deal possible, provides sound advice along the way, listens to your needs and concerns and acts upon them, and importantly, makes certain that everyone involved in the transaction are performing their obligations so that the deal goes through. We used HILARY to buy and sell a home and would use her time and again!" Tara Swartz and John Kortikoski, 62 Farragut Road, Swampscott

Tara Swartz and John Kortikoski

"HILARY did a fantastic job selling our house. From the beginning, we were impressed with her breadth of knowledge and commitment to us, as her clients.Throughout the entire selling process, she surpassed our expectations. HILARY was very detail oriented and always a step ahead with what needed to be accomplished. She kept us informed at all times and was expert in negotiations. As an added benefit, whenever we asked she had go-to resources available. We would highly recommend HILARY as a seller's agent."
Claire and Craig Venezia, 16 Lawrence Road, Swampscott

Claire and Craig Venezia, 16 Lawrence Road, Swampscott

This was a letter I received from buyers upon making their offer to my sellers. I represented the sellers in this transaction, which is why this testimonial/letter means that much more to me.... "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Clark, My husband David and I moved to the Boston area from San Francisco with our 1 year old son James about 4 months ago. Since arriving , we have been searching for our new home pretty much nonstop. We had been focusing our search near our office (we both work for Google in Cambridge) until we discovered Swampscott and Marblehead. We quickly realized that this area is the reason we made this big move out east, and that this was where we wanted to live and raise our family. As native Floridians and Californians, there was something so familiar and welcoming about the water, the town and the people we have met thus far. We toured your house yesterday and absolutely fell in love with it. It was the first time since we move doubt there that we truly felt "at home". We feel so fortunate that we met HILARY and discovered your gorgeous home. We are excited to make you an offer and hope to meet you both soon. Thank you so much for considering us. Sincerely The Halloran's

The Halloran's