Doreen Grossman

I am a single fairly recently divorced woman who has 3 adult daughters and two young granddaughters. One of my adult daughters lives with me, the other two live nearby. We are emotionally close to each other and see each other frequently. I am an Occupational Therapist who works at several day programs (six programs at two different human service agencies) that support adults over 22 years old who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. My hobbies are walking for exercise, hiking, reading, going to the movies, and traveling. My interests are advocating for LGBTQ rights, racial justice work, social justice work and advocating for those people who have disabilities. I volunteer at my synagogue on several committees (Social Justice [LGBTQ], Racial Justice Action, membership, and Disability Inclusion), Greater Boston PFLAG as a 1:1 peer support mentor, and volunteer with the Greater Boston Community Hevra Kadisha.

Why MA Properties Real Estate?

I have known Rachael for years as we are both members of the same synagogue. She told me what her real estate agency could do to get the house ready for the market. She had names of contractors ready to come to the house and get it ready to sell. I knew that Rachael would do a great job representing me as the seller’s agent. I trust her.



What surprised you the most about the selling process?

I was surprised that I was able to find out how many private showings there were via the MA Properties website. It was a good time to sell with it being a seller’s market so I was hopeful that the house would sell quickly.

Since I wasn’t living at the house, I didn’t have to leave when people came to look at the house. That made it much easier! I enjoyed seeing the house staged, it looked so much better than when I lived there with my ex-husband.

How did Rachael help you to sell your home?

Rachael told me when I was getting ready to put the house on the market that we should take down all the wallpaper in every room (my daughters’ bedrooms and family room were the only rooms that were painted, all other rooms had wallpaper). She and her colleague, Susan, also said that the carpeting should be removed from the living room, master bedroom, on the stairways and in the upstairs hallway, which is something that I thought would be a good idea to do. Rachael and Susan recommended that we take down the dark brown paneling and put-up drywall on the basement walls. Rachael knew contractors who could get the house ready to sell. She told me that MA Properties would stage the house at no cost to me. Rachael bends over backwards for her clients.

We received 6 offers after having the house on the market for 6 days. Rachael and Marcus met with my ex-husband and I via Zoom on the 6th day to discuss the offers and offered their opinions as to which offer(s) they thought were the best. That was so helpful to me!


Listing Photographs and Video

What is the most challenging part of the selling process?

I was stressed trying to get my ex-husband’s belongings removed in a timely manner. I was also stressed by having to spend a lot of money to fix the house after buying myself a condo (with Rachael’s assistance)

What is your top selling tip?

Use MA Properties!!! Rachael and her colleagues were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and supportive during the ‘getting the house ready’ phase, selling, and the closing process. They made sure the house had smoke detectors, arranged for the smoke detector inspection, took care of paying the last water bill (I left them a blank check made out to the Town of Lexington) and more!



Staging Video

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