Real Estate

If you’re buying or selling a house, wouldn’t it be nice to work with an agent who knows “the product” inside and out? My 25-year background gives me insights into structures–their pros and cons, pitfalls and potentials–that other realtors can’t provide to their clients.

I’m backed by the most dynamic name in real estate, Compass, whose agent network, interactive tools, and marketing prowess are second to none. I’m happy to meet you to discuss the sale of your current home or the search for your next—contact me here or visit my page.

Here’s an example of the service I brought to a recent sale.

A New Job, an Old House, a First Home

Marta and Jake had been renting for years, knowing that someday they and their two young sons would find their dream house–“the one they carry me out of,” as Jake put it. When Jake got a job offer that meant a move, they knew it was time.

With me as agent, chauffeur, and advisor, we toured many a town and many a house, finally settling on a c. 1720 saltbox colonial. Such a property isn’t for every first-time buyer, so I arranged for the right inspections and professional input to give my clients the confidence they wanted before bidding on the house they’d fallen in love with.

Together we put together a solid offer; after it was accepted and issues around the septic system arose, I worked hard with the local Board of Health and the seller’s broker to resolve them. My experience and insights helped Marta, Jake, and their boys become the proud new stewards of this old house—and at 88% of the asking price.

“Working with Bruce was a pleasure from start to finish. He has the knowledge, patience, and humor to make the overwhelming process of finding and buying a house painless and (dare we say?) fun. He’s intelligent, insightful, and down-to-earth. In other words, everything you want from an agent.”

—Marta and Jake, Hamilton, MA

Other client comments:

“I first worked with Bruce as a consultant after buying an unrenovated worker’s cottage in a historic district of Cambridge. I appreciated his experience and insight very much, but we really connected on his wit and enthusiasm. When it came time to list my house for sale, Bruce was the obvious choice. His appreciation for the property and deep understanding of its provenance and meaning made a real difference in marketing and selling the house. He was very professional throughout and made good use of his colleagues in the office to round out the team. I highly recommend Bruce as a consultant, broker, and comrade-in-arms.”

— Adam, Cambridge, MA

“We recently used Bruce to purchase a home in the Huron Village neighborhood of Cambridge and have nothing but praise for him.

“As a seller, he knows how to get you the price that you truly deserve. As a buyer, he works hard to ensure you don’t pay a dollar more than you need to. When making an offer, Bruce knows when to hold back and when to step on the gas. In short, he can recognize both a good value and a money pit, even when a house is both at the same time. Very few real estate brokers are capable of ‘undressing a house with their eyes,’ as the saying goes. Bruce is one of the few.

“He is also a creative thinker who can find a clear way forward when transactions turn difficult (which they invariably do in a city like Cambridge). In our case, the sellers had owned the house for 60 years and were slow to move ahead–Bruce kept the deal alive and successfully saw it through to the end.

“We have worked with many Realtors over the years. Bruce is the one that we recommend to friends.”

–Doug and Dee, Cambridge, MA

“Bruce Irving: for me, a life and lifestyle savior. He and I recently came up triumphant, against all odds, in a long real estate transaction that spelled out to the world, ‘This sale will never happen.’

“No one should ever encounter the obstacles that we faced. Without Bruce’s knowledge, experience, character, intelligence, and sense of humor, the half-year ordeal could never have been overcome. But his empathy, exceptional judgment, and strong intuitive sense made it happen; despite the difficulties, he knew this was the property that should and would belong to me. Without him, I would not be happily situated in my wonderful new home.

“Fortunate is anyone who obtains the second-to-none professional services of Bruce Irving. He is among the most honest, trustworthy, and competent individuals I know. Let him do his magic for you.”

— Julie, Somerville, MA

“Thanks again for your expert guidance along our long, hazardous road to closing. We couldn’t have asked for a better ally in our search for the impossible: a small, affordable, single-family fixer-upper in Cambridge.”

— Ebony and David, Cambridge, MA

“Bruce helped us find a condo in Cambridge. It was great to work with him because he listened and responded to our requests and interests, making sure our checklist was complete. He was great on the follow-up items too, even providing nearby restaurant recommendations and bus routes for getting to work. He was able to give a perspective on neighborhoods as well as personal knowledge of the building and other owners. It was a pleasure working with him and we would absolutely work with him again.”

— Joan and Mike, Cambridge, MA

“We searched independently for our home for a long time, but when we started working with Bruce things really fell into place. His passion for architecture, knowledge of local real estate, and expertise in renovation projects all proved invaluable. Our home-buying experience went smoothly, and we greatly benefited from Bruce’s guidance each step of the way. Bruce not only helped us find the right home, but he was determined to make sure we had fun in the process.”

–Mark and Janelle, Cambridge, MA

“Bruce Irving was for us more than a real estate agent. He was a guide and advisor in ways we never expected. His knowledge of Cambridge is encyclopedic, and newcomers can expect to know the neighborhood of any property they find attractive. More than this, he had a psychologist’s way of helping us through the process of learning what it was that we really wanted. He was patient and a good listener, giving a sense of working with us as well as for us as we gradually clarified our thoughts. He was willing to take chances, and tell us if he thought a property wasn’t good for us, or even if he simply didn’t like the property himself. In a word his expertise, judgment and good humor made our search a pleasure, indeed a privilege.”

–Bob and Jayne, Cambridge, MA

“We enjoyed working with Bruce on our successful home search. Bruce brought his considerable knowledge of home construction and the Cambridge area to each viewing giving us an immediate insight into positive and challenging aspects of each home. Bruce listened to our feedback on properties to guide and narrow our search to find our perfect home. We found Bruce to be patient, affable, informative and extremely helpful in our search. I am happy to be able to recommend him to others.”

–Cathryn and Steve, Arlington, MA

“Bruce and his team were incredibly helpful in the search for our new home.  Bruce’s patience and diligence during the search helped us narrow the focus of where we wanted to look and what we truly wanted in a home.  Since we were attracted to older homes, Bruce’s knowledge of construction and renovation was particularly reassuring and helped us avoid hidden costs.

Once we found the right house, we immediately found ourselves in a competitive situation.  Bruce and his team strategized with us and recommended the right process that helped us submit the winning bid without over-paying.  Our success was a direct result of the guidance and advice we received from Bruce and his team.

Most of all, Bruce’s humor and quick wit through out the entire process made it far more fun and enjoyable than either of us expected.”

–Dave and Sara, Belmont, MA