Testimonials

We had been renting in Winchester, and were gradually becoming interested in buying and putting down roots. Sven and David were extremely patient and gave us wonderful guidance and support as we began the home buying process. They were extremely attentive to our wants and needs, showing us our current house before the open house and helping us put our best foot forward in our offer, which was accepted, under list price. Sven is not only a trustworthy, reliable real estate expert, but he shows time and time again, through his generosity and community building, his commitment to Winchester and its families. In real estate, which has a stigma of underhanded, dishonest dealings, Sven rises above all of that and commits himself, and his team, to do right by his clients. We are thrilled to be in Winchester, and are grateful for Sven, David and his team for helping us get here. We couldn’t have done it without them, and will never buy or sell without The Andersen Team behind us. - Josh and Amy Shapiro, Winchester
I don’t know where to begin with my recommendation of Sven and the Andersen Team. They went above and beyond their responsibility. Let’s start off with Sven. When first meeting Sven I knew I could trust him to sell my home. He spent a considerable amount of time explaining the process and assuring me that things would go smoothly (which they did). Along came Danielle. I can’t say enough about her. She was with me from the beginning to the end making sure everything was in place for showings. I couldn’t have managed without all her help; she was there every step of the way. After Sven negotiated the sale of my home, Prescott stepped in and made sure all necessary things were in order and taken care of for the closing of my home. He went above and beyond with all the snags that came along that were not expected. The Andersen Team is professional, genuine, friendly, knowledgeable and gives 100% every day. - Linda Galbraith, Formerly of Stoneham
After 38 years in our former home in Winchester, we decided it was time to downsize and move to a smaller home that would serve us comfortably in our senior years. After asking several friends for recommendations, we decided to sign on with The Andersen Team. We have been totally pleased with the services we have received from Sven and his team. Throughout the search process, David provided expert problem-solving advice. Within a relatively short time, we found the right place. Meanwhile, Sven, Elaine, and Prescott were working their magic to market our old home. That process also moved quickly, and both sales were completed on June 25. We are totally satisfied clients of the Andersen Team. - Paul and Lynne Rahmeier, Formerly of Winchester
We feel so lucky to have worked with Marie Montieth to find our dream home. As first-time buyers in a crazy market, we were a bit daunted by the entire home-buying process. Marie immediately put us at ease with her incredible knowledge, patience, and positive attitude. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, and we couldn't be happier with our home! We contacted Marie after some friends of ours referred her after their great experience, and now we can't wait to recommend her ourselves! - Jessica Hunter and Matt Carbone, Melrose, MA
Sven Andersen accepts nothing but the best and gives nothing but the best. We worked with Sven to sell our home in Winchester. I truly felt cared about our situation and making sure that we were "taken" care of by his team.  We met with one agent when making our decision, Sven, and immediately we knew that he was the right person for us.  If you want someone that will do everything he can to sell your home for the highest price while also caring about your best interest and making the process easy, then there is no need to consider anyone else. Sven met with us (at our convenience) late Sunday evenings to speak with us about our questions and concerns. When we got nervous about the notion of leaving Winchester, he said "then you don't have to."  He had already dedicated several days of himself to this sale and he still did not pressure us to do something just because it was in his favor.  He provided us with the best resources to make sure that we were fully prepared to put our house on the market.  He helped us to price the house correctly and created just the right amount of anticipation and excitement with marketing, broker meetings, and buyer walk-throughs to create a frenzy of offers.  Besides the prep work, which everyone has to do, he made the selling process easy and exciting.  Sven is one of the best agents, a stand up-guy, and in my mind the only choice. I would recommend Sven without hesitation and I can't imagine working with any other team to buy or sell our home in the future. - Leah Klein, Formerly of Winchester
As you look over the reviews - most are long and thoughtful and very positive on the Andersen team. This will be an exception - I am keeping it brief and positive.   Sven and his group - sold our home in record time and his team worked to make the process as smooth as possible.   Any issues were addressed promptly and everyone was very professional.  We evaluated other agents and it was like comparing techniques form the 1960's to Star Wars in terms of tools used to get exposure for our home.  It could be a very costly mistake not to at least call their office and get an initial evaluation - compare that to what other agents deliver.  In our case the final price was 70 K over what other agents thought they could get for the house. Sven personally evaluated and developed with his team a plan for improving the property and marketing to major positive points along with a knock out online presentation that came through!  Harold A. - Harold Altvater, Formerly of Stoneham, MA
My name is Adel Moussa and I have lived in Burlington MA since 1995 and my current address is 9 Chandler Road. In November of 2014 I hired an experienced real estate agent to sell the house I owned at 34 Newbridge Avenue in Burlington MA. The house is a split entry that was built in 1984 and was very clean and in a great move-in condition. To my surprise, we did not get a single offer from November 2014 till June of 2015. There has been a good deal of frustration and disappointment and we could not understand why we did not get any offers for such a clean house that is in a nice town!! Early July, my daughter told me about the Andresen Team Realtors. She was impressed by seeing many houses sold by the Andresen Team in short periods of time. I decided to call Sven Andresen to see if he and his team can help selling my house. Sven was very responsive and quickly met me at the house and gave me his very intelligent and assuring guidance. He was so focused, knowledgeable and confident. I agreed on signing a contract with his team to sell the house. Sven and his team were able to get 4 offers in 8 days!! Two offers were even higher than the asked price. They knew what they had to do and that was very impressive. What happened next was outstanding!!! The Andresen Team did an excellent job coordinating all the steps required to successfully move forward with the sale.  I did not have to attend or exert any efforts during that intense period. They kept me informed with all the steps and gave me good guidance. I was certainly lucky to learn about the Andresen Team and have them sell the house in days after 9 months of serious frustration. I can't say enough about the Andresen Team's unparalleled experience, skills and commitment. - Adel Moussa, Burlington, MA
Before selecting Sven and the Andersen Team we interviewed two other realtors.  It was very evident after the interview process that his team was above the rest. We had put a lot of work into our home over the years and decided it only made sense to use the best team to sell our home. Now that our home is sold, there is no doubt that we made the right choice. Sven and his team were excellent through the whole process. They are professional, highly motivated, transparent, personable and very responsive. They are very experienced in selling homes and have a vast amount of tools in their toolbox to help sell your home at the price it is worth. It was very apparent when working with the Anderson team that they worked for us and not themselves or their commission. Sven is excellent at negotiation and he demonstrated this when we received 11 offers. Our home sold over asking price and Sven negotiated a lease back to give us time to find and purchase a new home before having to vacate our old home. We highly recommend Sven and his team to anyone looking to sell or buy a home. - Dominic Zazzaro,Woburn, MA
I can sum Marie up in two words: Patient and Reliable. We worked together for 2+ years before finding the home we bought. And she stuck by us, never dismissed us, and always kept our wishes in mind. By the time we reached the purchase stage, she managed the process for us with the confidence of an experienced and well-connected real estate broker. Honestly, she made the process less stressful. And now, months after purchase, she remains someone we can turn to for real estate issues. The best thing we ever did was sign up with Marie and The Andersen Team. - Betsy Kelly, Winchester, MA
Marie Monteith helped my husband and I with our recent home purchase in Winchester. We both were very satisfied with the help Marie and the whole Andersen Team gave us and would enthusiastically recommend her services. Marie is so warm and friendly, a person its nice to spend time with and that's only the start. Marie had great patience with us and our slow fits and starts home search process. Marie knows Winchester well and through her questioning and experience with us developed a very good idea of the type of house we were looking for and even pointed out pros and cons we hadn't factored into our thinking. She was very aware of what soon might be on the market and arranged for us to see properties quickly. She helped us with every step of the process, including some drawn out negotiations of the offer. Marie is a gem! - Ellen Torres, Winchester, MA
I had an excellent experience with Sven Andersen in the recent sale of my townhouse and move out of state. He and his team members -- Elaine, Marie, and Prescott -- always kept me informed and provided excellent recommendations on everyone from electricians to movers to lawyers. Shelly Walsh, the stager, was also prompt and helpful. The team moved everything along quickly, and we got a good closing date. I highly recommend Sven and his team. - Rosemary Pye, Formerly of Winchester
We were - from the very start - skeptical of much of the information that Sven and his team gave us. From their estimate of how long our condo would be on the market to what the right selling price was. We were stubborn about staging. We we difficult when it came to viewing times. We had a dangerously brief window in which to sell our house, due to an impending move from Boston to Los Angeles. All the logistics and scheduling were going to be tremendously challenging, and we needed a partner whose interests were aligned with ours, whose capabilities were up to a daunting task, and who could communicate clearly along the way. Sven was so personable and so considerate we figured that it was all for show. This wasn't our first sale. Sven and his team had not handled a sale in Somerville in a couple of years. We were about to be very impressed with what the Anderson team could provide. Throughout the process Sven did give us very accurate information. Despite our high level of stress Sven, Elaine, Prescott and the others on the team delivered high quality services and along the way they reduced our stress. They each offered very useful assistance. Sven helped us to re-position mid-sale and delivered seven (7) offers within three (3) weeks. The offers were well beyond our expectations for value and quality. Prior to having spoken with Sven we would have thought the lowest of these offers was tremendous. Sven accurately saw what could be and helped us aim even higher. Elaine was there to help ease all the of the pain points from setup to removing items prior to closing. Along the way she handled requests for documents and helped iron our scheduling concerns. Prescott provided excellent services in helping us with some real difficulties with water bills and Fire Protection certificates. He also helped to ensure closing went smoothly and happened on it's scheduled date. Even the lawyer, Joseph Ruotolo, was pleasure to work with. To make a long story short, we are in California now, with a lot less stress, our condo sold for a price we felt very pleased with and a buyer who we expect to fit in well with the other condo owners in our building. The Anderson team marketed our place well, provided valuable help along the way, and the cost of their services were precisely what we expected. Sven's team is extraordinarily talented and our experience was very positive. - Anthony Beck, Formerly of Somerville, MA
Sven was extremely professional and creative through the entire process. Great business mind that understands the market (and a true gentlemen). - Ed Uhl, Formerly of Winchester
Sarah Amico is an excellent buyers agent. We recently purchased a home in Arlington and she made the process very easy. Unlike many other realtors, you could tell she really had our interests at heart and provided very open and honest feedback about the state of the homes we looked at. Throughout the closing process, she frequently called to check in about how things were going and offer general assistance. She is a very knowledgeable and friendly individual and highly recommended. She is especially knowledgeable about everything related to Arlington and was able to offer numerous insights into the general area and housing market. We used her based upon a friend recommendation and would now recommend her to all our other friends! -Tricia See, Arlington MA
When I was thinking about selling my house (which had been in the family for 65 years), I contacted Sven to get a market analysis. I had already moved out of town and Sven was very accommodating to my schedule, including meeting with me on New Year's Day to walk through my house. That first meeting lasted about three hours. He walked through the house, pointed out a few areas I should consider addressing before listing the house and pulled comps (current listings and recent sales). Sven even offered me resources to address any issues I wanted to fix before listing the house (painter, plumber, cleaning company, stager). It was clear from that first meeting that Sven knew Winchester and in particular my neighborhood. We discussed the importance of pricing the house and the timing of listing it. I finally decided to list the house about six weeks later. Sven and his team worked around the clock getting everything set to 'launch' the house. They promoted the house through several media channels and it was well received. Sven offered advice and suggestions over the next few weeks as his team continued to work hard to sell the house. Sven was truly my advocate during negotiations. Five weeks later I accepted an offer for the exact price Sven told me it should sell for. Even after the P&S was signed, Sven was where there to assist/advise me. Sven's team, especially Elaine, was fantastic. Having already moved, Elaine took care of all the little details for me before closing' “ having the required smoke and CO2 detectors installed, fire inspection, final water reading, etc. She saved me hours and hours of time. I would recommend Sven and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell in Winchester. He knows the town, is attentive to your needs and is honest and professional. He was always accessible, even when he was on vacation. He makes you feel like you are his most important client. -Christine Murphy
If I could give more than five stars, I would, because Marie Montieth is truly a phenomenal real estate agent. In our case, Marie was a key reason we were able to score this deal in this hot market. Marie told us step by step went through whole process, also help when you have questions, and a big reason she went to bat for us when trying to convince the sellers to accept our offer. All in all, Marie has a lot of integrity, and was always responsive and diligent. I wouldn't recommend anyone else looking to buy real estate in Boston area. Marie is the best of the best. -Dahai G.
Since you sold my Uncles home last summer in Winchester, I have worked with other realtor's in selling a million dollar home south of Boston, and in purchased additional shore front land in Maine. Through these further transactions, one thing has been made crystal clear to me, and that is that you are totally in a league of your own. Your professionalism and commitment to making the transaction seamless is without a doubt the pinnacle that all realtors should strive for. As with my Uncles home in Winchester, and knowing that I did not live in-state, you and your team handled every facet of the transaction from landscaping, house cleaning, donation of furniture and household items, mold mitigation, and a plethora of other tasks that I simply would have been unable to do myself. In contrast to my recent experiences, you are absolutely the best, period. Please keep up the outstanding work Sven! -Rob Blake (Formerly of Winchester, MA)
Thanks for all of your help with the sale of our house. I know that our home, with its few bedrooms and many stairs, is a difficult one to sell. Ned and I contacted you because you had a proven high-volume sales record, including during what was for most people an economic downturn and real estate slump. We needed to sell our house quickly, and figured you were the agent that could make that happen. Happily, you did not disappoint and our house was sold in half the time it sat on the market when we bought it at the peak in 2005. It was very clear to Ned and I that you work very hard for your clients and I really appreciated being able to reach you easily at any time. I had never thought much of the videos that people make of homes for sale, but we absolutely loved one you made for us. Instead of thinking it was goofy, when I watched ours I thought "who wouldn't want to buy this lovely little Colonial!?!?" I was also very impressed by your team - you all work like a well-oiled machine; sending out frequent updates, making sure we never ran out of marketing materials, handling all kinds of details that I didn't even know about. Elaine seems like an incredible resource; she is always right there with everything you need, before you know you need it. - Kristen Goodell (Formerly of Winchester, MA)
Marie Monteith and the entire Andersen Team provided my family with exceptional service with the sale of my home and the purchase of a new home. Although each team member had a defined role with each transaction, I was always able to reach any member of the team with any question. In addition, Sven Andersen would always follow-up with me personally to ensure that my question or issue was resolved to my satisfaction. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism and expertise of the Andersen Team with the sale of my home. I appreciated the dedication of the The Andersen Team, who explained each step of the process in advance. I was also fortunate to have worked with Marie and Sven as they listened to my needs to ensure that I found the right home. I enjoyed working with the Andersen Team and highly recommend them to anyone in the market to purchase or sell a property. - Jill Bond, (Formerly of Winchester, MA)
When a friend or relative needs real estate assistance, we point them in the direction of the Andersen Team. More than any other broker, we have received personalized attention and counseling that has extended well beyond the purchase date. This has been the case with other members of my family as well. So far, Sven Andersen and his team have sold 3 homes to members of my family, and another is currently working with him today. Sven raises the bar when it comes to service. He's professional, highly knowledgeable, patient and extremely helpful, especially when guiding you through complicated processes. We know that we can always count on Sven and the Andersen Team. - Kendra Ahern
Sven did an absolutely fabulous job both helping me sell one house, and buy another. Moving is an incredibly difficult experience. Sven did everything he could to make the process a little bit easier, and I'm not sure how I would have coped without him! He absolutely went way above and beyond what I would expect from any realtor, helping and advising on resources for innumerable details of the move”from boxes, to painters, to handyman help to negotiating with the builder. He did a great job advising me on how to prepare my house for sale, and in positioning the house on the market. It sold very quickly, which greatly reduced my stress over the selling. While doing all the work to sell my house, Sven simultaneously started helping me look for a new home. He was very respectful of my budget and my preferences, and it took a while but I eventually found a wonderful new home in the price range I could afford. I would 100% recommend Sven with my highest confidence, for any of your real estate needs! - Margaret Higham, Winchester MA
Initially, we contacted Sven Andersen to give us a comparable market analysis for our home as we had already spoken to another realtor. After his initial visit, it was clear that we should consider him to take on the sale of our house. His manner is friendly and professional and we were impressed by his confidence and genuine interest in helping us to prepare for this big move. Sven came back and gave us his undivided attention as he presented a very detailed market analysis. He explained to us the realities of the market and then priced our house accordingly. Once we decided that Sven was the right realtor for us, we knew that he would guide us through the process well. We were right, the sale of our house has gone incredibly smoothly. Sven has been there at any point that we have had questions or concerns and it is clear that he is our greatest advocate in this process. We would highly recommend Sven to anyone buying or selling a home. We feel fortunate that our friends recommended Sven to us as we don't think anyone else could have done a better job. Thanks Sven! - Stephen and Mary Ellen Noble (Formerly of Winchester, MA)
We relocated to Winchester from Atlanta and Sven handled every circumstance of a complex sale like a pro. We had only one visit to see homes, he assessed our needs in advance and showed us only what we wanted...We had sticker shock coming from Atlanta and he negotiated an outstanding value...We had three kids and lots of "needs", and he never tired....We closed two months before moving in, and he took care of just about everything in our absence...thanks Sven! - Jonathan Colehower Winchester, MA
We give Sven our highest recommendation. His goal, which to us says it all, was to find the right house for our family-at the right price. Sven worked tirelessly to this end. He took the time to get to know our family, assess our needs and learn what was important for our new home. He helped us better understand the Winchester real estate market and was incredibly responsive and proactive on our behalf while at the same time being accommodating of our busy schedules. In fact, the day we found our new home was Winchester Town Day, his busiest volunteer day of the year. Despite his significant commitments, he helped us prepare a winning bid, and secure its acceptance, that very day. Sven's services were invaluable to us and his company a pleasure. Buying our first home was a daunting task made much easier by Sven's knowledge and commitment. Now we are settled into our new house and could not be happier. - Bryn and Charlie Buck Winchester,MA
When we decided to sell our home of over fifty years (and which had been in our family for over eighty years), it was a very emotional experience. By a stroke of luck, we managed to find the perfect realtor for us: Sven Andersen. Not only was Sven professional and knowledgeable but he was also sensitive to the fact that giving up a family home was not an easy decision to make. Since we had not been through the process of selling and/or buying a home recently, his ability to explain the process in laymen's terms was a real plus for us. In addition, he was always available to answer our questions and did everything he could to facilitate the process for us. His sound and thorough research provided us with realistic expectations about our property. He was candid and forthright throughout the process. We were extremely pleased with the results and would not hesitate to recommend Sven Andersen to anyone looking to sell his/her home. - Tom & Betty O'Doherty Winchester, MA
Whether you're looking to buy or sell your house in Winchester, we'd recommend Sven Andersen for several reasons. First, he's genuine, easy to work with, and extremely organized. For example, a typical house hunting tour with Sven includes a well planned and well mapped route from house to house with key information on each house and neighborhood collected in a convenient binder. Second, Sven's technologically savvy and makes excellent use of the rapidly growing capabilities of email, the web, and digital photography. Third, he "knows" and is committed to Winchester as both a resident and "salesman" for the town itself. His enthusiasm about the town, its schools, its public facilities, and its other conveniences is catching. - Michael & Meg O'Leary Winchester, MA
We would definitely recommend Sven in a second!!!! Sven is genuine, friendly, easy going, knowledgeable, and gives 200% every day. He was always accessible when we needed him and always was there to help with anything. The sale of our condo was somewhat of a difficult process and Sven made it go so smooth. He truly cares about you as an individual and not just a sale. If you are looking for someone who is personable, honest, and looking out for your best interest then we would recommend Sven. We can't thank him enough for all the hard work that he put into the sale of our condo. Thanks Sven! - Kim & Don Robbins (formerly of Winchester)
Sven's enthusiasm, energy and organizational skills are the qualities that he brings to the table and make for smooth transaction whether in buying or selling one's property. He is very thorough in his preparation and research and very knowledgeable in all areas of real estate. He is very direct and focused and guides you through the process smoothly and efficiently. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking to purchase or sell their property. - Glen Victor Doyle Winchester, MA
Working with Sven took the mystery and pain out of the home selling process. His comprehensive marketing plan allowed our house to be seen through many venues. He was able to generate a lot of interest, and several offers. Throughout the process he kept us informed of developments, referred us to a good lawyer, and helped us through the various details until the closing. I wish he could help us on the west coast with our next house. - Robert & Amy Ackroyd Medford, MA
I really enjoyed working with Sven. He had an excellent sense of what kind of place I was looking for and took a lot of the stress out of buying a home. We had fun looking at places and he walked me though the sale of my new home. If I hadn't found Sven, I think I'd still be looking for a home. A lot of the agents I talked to seemed interested in quick sales. Sven was interested in me. He took his time, got a great sense of what I was looking for and worked around my schedule to show me some great places. When I found the house I wanted, he did a great job of making sure the sale went smoothly. He's the guy you should turn to when you need a home. - Ian Ruderman Arlington, MA
Sven was a wonderful realtor for us! We had to move fast in finding a house, which he did and more. He has such a great optimistic attitude which really helped when you are under such stress as moving your own home. We had hurdles and Sven assisted us in keeping us informed and moving through them in order to get the house we wanted. He was like a team member of our Move Team and together we made it happen. I would recommend him to anyone! - Angelique & Mark Swingle Lexington, MA
As a first time home buyer, Sven took the time to learn about my lifestyle, goals and priorities before beginning our search. Sven's level of commitment and knowledge exceeded my expectations. He made sure I clearly understood the entire process of purchasing a new home from start to finish. As a result, I now own a beautiful home I once dreamed of and gained a trustworthy friend. - Meredith Scott Melrose, MA
We were faced with the challenge of finding a home in Boston from out of state. This meant our time in Winchester home shopping required efficiency, local experience and an understanding of our needs to best utilize the time we had available. Sven took the time to fully-understand what type of home would suit us and used his knowledge of Winchester and our requirements to ensure we didn't waste time during our visits. As a result, we found a perfect home in a short period of time. Importantly, during our review of homes, Sven displayed his knowledge of homes, construction and architecture by pointing out nuances that less sophisticated brokers wouldn't notice. As a first time home buyer, this was particularly helpful as many people we know have been exasperated by brokers pointing out the obvious. We would and do recommend Sven to anyone looking for a home in Winchester. - Pete and Stacey Day Winchester, MA
It was a pleasure to work with Sven and his team. They were professional, courteous and caring and most importantly I felt great knowing I was working with a team that had my best interests at heart. I would happily work with them again on my next real estate transaction. - Mo and Sandy Chanmugham Winchester, MA
Our experience with Sven Andersen and each member of his team was outstanding. The advice he gave us for preparing our home for sale was perfect. We were especially impressed with the photographs Sven took of our home for the listing. Sven was always professional and knowledgeable. We felt like we were in very capable hands during the entire process of listing and selling our home. - Mark and Kerrie Cruickshank
We recommend Sven to anyone in the market for a home. Sven took the time to find the house that was RIGHT for us! He is extremely knowledgeable and pointed out all the little things that we did not know about. As first time home buyers, all that went into buying a house was overwhelming, but Sven made it easy for us. My wife and I wholeheartedly reccomend Sven (and Elaine was great as well!). - Rob B. Wakefield, MA
Sven and his team helped sell our home in 5 days! We worked together to price it right and they moved quickly to have an open house and get us set up for showings. Sven is fair and honest and works diligently to get the job done. Together with Elaine, they were easy to contact and always willing to lend a helping hand. I highly recommend using Sven at Remax Leading Edge to help you with your real estate endeavors. - Colleen M. North Reading, MA
Sven faced a difficult task when it came to helping us, as ours was a high-stress move with a young family across the country in a very short time frame. He handled the whole transaction professionally and made himself available around the clock throughout the process of selling our home. Sven is very knowledgeable about what does and does not sell a home and is willing to do whatever it takes to be the best representative he can be for you during the high-stakes transaction of selling a home. My husband and I highly recommend Sven and his team! - Alexis R. Winchester, MA
We highly recommend Sven and his team. Our house was on the market for months and we decided to give Sven the business after our prior contract expired. Our house was sold in a week and for above asking. Sven is a savvy marketer using the latest technology not only to reach a wider range of potential buyers but also to make sure the house shows well online. He also understands pricing and is a shrewd negotiator. He and his team go the extra mile for his clients. We ended up selling our home after we moved out of state - and felt so at ease having Sven handle the transaction. All the details were taken care of and he often went above and beyond to make sure our closing went smoothly. - A.M. Menlo Park, MA
We feel very fortunate that we were referred to Sven and his team to help us sell our home. Sven brings a wealth of ideas and experience to the table. Do not hire Sven if you merely want someone to unlock doors for you. He was like our business partner in the venture of selling our home and guided us through the entire process - marketing, legal & emotional. When I had reservations about selling, Sven did not push me. In fact, he refused to list the house until I was fully committed and emotionally ready. He was patient, and he listened. Sven and I are both business-minded. In fact, it turns out that he and I attended Bentley University together. My background is accounting and not real estate, but I was able to challenge Sven with my views and questions about approach to the transaction, including the possibility of listing the house on my own. Sven was honest, up front, and was able to articulate the value that he brings to the table. We listed with Sven, and our house had multiple offers the first week. Selling that quickly allowed us to put an offer in on a house that we really really wanted which came on the market that same week. Even though Sven was our selling agent and not our buying agent (we bought outside of his area) - Sven helped us with our offer to purchase the new house. Above and beyond! He gave us tips to write a strong offer that would have a better chance of being accepted in a multiple offer situation - and it worked! We are now in a home that is exactly what we were looking for. We are so happy, and it would not have all fallen into place if we did not have the help, expertise, and caring of Sven and Elaine. Simply put, Sven is a professional with no ego who wants the best for his family and his clients.
Working with David Proch-Wilson made our home buying process a pleasure. David's vast experience both as a builder and buyer's agent was tremendously helpful throughout our search. He was able to point out both the pros and cons of each of the homes we looked at, putting both of us at ease throughout the process. David combines his knowledge and skill with a kindness and civility that made our home buying experience as delightful as we could imagine. Without reservation we recommend David and the rest of the Andersen team if you are considering buying or selling a home. Good luck! -Geoff and Michelle
6/23/2014 My husband and I have been looking for a home to buy since beginning of 2012. We were tired of working with RE agents who are not patient, not knowledgeable enough to point out things to watch out, or the style doesn't fit us. So we decided to look for a house without an agent.We eventually made some unwise decision and I think partly is not having a knowledgeable agent with us. So come around 2013 we wanted to spend time to find an agent that really suits our needs.We started with Yelp, immediately the Anderson Team popped up along with many. We looked into teams and individuals and called up a few to interview. When we met Marie Montieth from The Anderson Team, we were welcomed by a big smile and the most warm welcome. Marie patiently sat us down to talk about what we are looking for and talked about each possible neighborhood. She was very knowledgeable, personable, and very professional. We decided to go with Marie, and we are so glad we did, she is the best buyers agent we've worked with.  From small things like schedule to see a house, to pointing out pros and cons of a house, to more major stuff like getting down to do all the paperwork to buy a house. All the way she is on top of things, super efficient, and knows her stuff. Even when problem arise she's confident and effective to communicate and solve any issue or talk us through it. Even though within our budget we are far from many of the clients she work with, she never make us feel less important or that we are on the waiting list for her to get back to us.Marie is incredibly focused, dedicated, professional, yet never loses the warm approachable manner. She doesn't push us to get what we don't want, and she went over strategies and tell us what we need to hear as well. The market is so crazy right now, we settled on something, but hope to look for a more permanent one in the future, and we will call Marie again, she's the best! A.C. Andover, MA
12/10/2012 I recently sold my house with Sven Andersen. He is amazing and helped me get top dollar. When he presented the price range during the analysis I nodded at the low end of the range, but my eyes popped at the high end. I knew how much houses went for in my Winchester neighborhood and they didn't go that high. Well, now they do! Was it easy to get top dollar? No, I had to put quite a lot of effort into it, but Sven helped me to put together a team to move out the bookcases and clutter, paint, stage, clean and video the house.  It went from an average looking house to something straight out of House Beautiful. I enjoyed living there for the very short time I still owned it.  I kept shaking my head - I can't believe this is my house! I invested over $5,000 in doing everything Sven Andersen and the stager Shelly Walsh suggested.  After we turned the house into a showcase, we bumped the price up by $20,000 from the bottom of the suggested range and put it on the market. I saw an incredible return on that investment. Sven and his team posted the 24 beautifully lit photos and video on the internet and paid to promote the listing. We had over 1,000 views. He sent me regular updates on the activity. I felt sorry for the folks who used other realtors that posted a few dark photos and only got 100 or so views. We had 20 showings booked the first week. Sven uses an online booking system so I could easily confirm appointments online or by phone within minutes of finding out about them. We capped off the week with a one hour open house on Sunday.  42 people came to look. We set a deadline of Monday evening for offers.  We received 4, several were over the asking price - by a lot!  They had seen how many people were interested and put forward their best offers.  We had achieved the eye popping top of the range in 7 days after putting it on the market. You can't argue with results - Sven is the best! All along the way Sven asked if there was anything else he or his team could do to help.  His team, including Elaine and Robyn, were great at getting me all the information I needed with a very rapid turn around time.  The Andersen team smoothed over some bumps that were introduced by the buyers and their agent.  The Andersen team helped me to prepare for and pass the house inspections. They arranged for an electrician to install new smoke alarms and CO detectors for a reasonable price. On moving day I used the movers Sven recommended and things were going smoothly. My neighbors came to pick up my gas dryer which I no longer needed. I had not realized I would need a plumber to disconnect the gas.  Sven to the rescue! He found a plumber that answered the phone on Saturday of a long holiday weekend and was there in under an hour to disconnect it for $75.  That worked for me. On closing day the buyers agent showed up early for the walk through and frankly I was not ready.  I was still trying to clean out the house. In short order Sven had connected with a junk removal person to take care of the rest of the basement and the house cleaner we had been using. We had the house empty and sparkling by that afternoon for a second walk through. At all times I felt Sven and the team were on the ball and doing everything they could to make the house selling experience comfortable and productive. I give the Andersen Team my highest recommendation. Barbara B. Winchester, MA
4/1/2011 Sven is not your average Agent, and if you are looking for a buyer's agent or seller's agent, I suggest you look no further if Winchester, Lexington, or the surrounding towns are your areas of interest. Why settle for anything less than the best? Real Estate is something of a family business in my clan (although I thankfully have nothing to do with it). So, I know that most realtors are dodgy people who know nothing about the areas they cover and are only out for their commission. Quite seriously, it is a business over run by amateurs and people without commitment to service. Not Sven! Sven and his team don't waste time, don't push visits or showings on people, and don't try to talk you out of what you want to sell you what they have. They do give you all the time you need, will do copious amounts of research for you, and won't rush you out the door once your transaction is complete. I don't know if it is his motto or where he came up with this, but I remember Sven driving me all over North Boston saying over and over again, "it's gotta be right, Ken!" He wanted to find the house that I liked best, not the house that he thought he could sell me the best. Sven was our buyer's agent on our most region home purchase, which was in Winchester. Not only did Sven help find a house (which was a great find, not on the market, but very hot), but he helped us find the right landscaper, waste removal, handyman, and much more. Even though it has been nearly a year since our home purchase, Sven still checks in¨from time to time. Last but not least, Sven is an avid user of technology, and brings that to bear on his work. In short, he leaves nothing wanting, and should be your next real estate agent. Ken F. Winchester, MA
12/31/2008 First to Review Sven is hands-down cream of the crop when it comes to Mass. real estate agents. In our 7-month house search we met many, many agents and I can confidently say he is the most knowledgeable and thorough around. He worked tirelessly to get my family the perfect home close to the center of town and walking distance to some of the greatest public schools in the state. During our time with Sven, he was friendly and helpful and, most importantly, he knew when to step aside and let me and my husband brew in our indecision. Sven is NOT the kind of pesky agent who leaves too many voice mails and sends too many emails. On the other hand, he always responded to my messages promptly and he used technology the way it should be used, knowing when a text message was the best form of communication." Throughout our transaction, it was clear that Sven was paying close attention to all details and had our interests covered. Even after we purchased our house, Sven continued to help us settle by providing recommendations for reasonably priced, high-quality painters, plumbers and furnace repairmen. Before meeting Sven, we bought and sold our first home in California with the help of a good friend who was also an agent. Sven's service was on par with the star treatment we received then. If you are looking to buy or sell a house in or around Winchester, Sven is absolutely the guy to call. Liz F. Winchester, MA
9/26/2013 Sven, Sarah, Robin, Elaine were instrumental in helping my wife and I sell our condo and purchase a single family home within a few short months. There were many highlights throughout the process that I could write a book about in how helpful they were, but I will list a few for you to get the idea. From the selling side, Sven made himself available (on short notice) to pay us a visit in the evening to walk us through the research his team had done in setting the best price to sell our condo as well as Staging recommendations. Sven smoothly dealt with several headaches presented to him in terms of setting up the open house and showings. In the end, we had several competitive offers that were significantly above list price. That wouldn't have been possible without Sven and his team. From the buying side, before working with Sarah, I had doubts as to how we can pull off a purchase of a single family home given our situation. But she recognized it and helped us put together a plan to overcome it. She spent several weeks with us viewing homes and quickly adapted to what we're looking for and what we want to avoid. Once we secured a property we had wanted to place an offer in, I knew she was really looking out for us because she actually recommended going in at a price that was significantly lower than what I had thought to be the price we should go in at. I feel this is really important to mention because often times I feel the agent would just want to set a higher price so they can get a higher commission, but Sarah is definitely not one of them. In the end, we got the property with the price Sarah suggested and we couldn't have been happier. She also recommended a mortgage broker and a real estate attorney that worked very well together to get through the "dreaded" loan process. I also couldn't have been happier with those recommendations as well. Robin and Elaine were very helpful operating behind the scenes to make sure that both the selling and buying process went without issues. They quickly got us the documents we needed to sign. They provided us with a checklist to make sure we keep track of our timelines and tasks. They answered all my questions in a timely manner. We're certain that there were many other tasks they helped us with that we weren't aware of. I would without question recommend the Andersen Team to anyone who's looking to buy and/or sell their homes. J.W. Stoneham, MA
4/3/2011 My wife and I came to Sven for a new home and he delivered! We had a specific list of things we had to have and he patiently made sure to address each and every one. I think he is among the hardest working people you are ever going to meet. He is the first person to call if you are looking to buy or sell in his area. He is so well connected with the community and knows great people for anything else you could need like moving services, repairs, staging, inspections, and the like. Simply awesome and highly recommend to all! K.G. Boston, MA
2/4/2012 Sven has a great marketing program that helps your home show to it's greatest potential for your first showing online by the virtual staging. Makes you want to have a second showing by walking through the front door. He is a national realtor who trains others to succeed for their clients by showing the best marketing options and high level service programs. Char M. Olathe, KS
3/27/2011 Sven is awesome! Throughout the entire process of selling our house, we felt like we were in the best possible hands. He gave us great advice for staging our home, took beautiful pictures for the listing, and kept us completely informed during each step. Our house was sold the day that it was listed, and we know having Sven as our agent had a great deal to do with our success in selling. Kerrie T. Marblehead, MA
1/23/2013 Speaking as a professional, what makes a superlative colleague is cordiality, practicality, thoroughness, and efficiency. Sven and his team embody these traits. I could not have had a better experience selling my house. I had gotten the run-around from a few realtors when I turned to Yelp and found all the glowing reviews of Sven's operations. I contacted him and he assured me he could help me, even though my house was small and "rustic" compared to most suburban standards. Sven and Elaine were with me all along the way, listening carefully to my needs, making essential decisions and helpful recommendations, and basically just holding my hand. The Team helped set up painters, trash collection, landscaping, and - going above and beyond - moving. Shelley Walsh was brought in to stage my house for a quick sale at a price I could be happy with. We started a little high, but had lots of activity both online and in person. Knowing I was under time restraints, Sven suggested lowering the price a little and it ended up selling in just a little over a month from its first listing. Can I say that selling my first home was actually a pleasant experience? For certain, thanks to The Andersen Team. Karen N. Winchester, MA
Boston, MA 8/20/2014 Updated review My husband and I purchased a home with Marie Montieth, and once again, she went above and beyond! This was the second home that we purchased with Marie and we are thrilled that we have such a dependable, hardworking and understanding realtor on our side! She is upbeat and such a joy to work with! She handled any and all potential issues that occurred with ease and assurance, as well as answering any questions we had with full knowledge of her field. We began looking for a single family home right after our wedding and as soon as we hit the market, we were on a serious hunt for our perfect home. We were looking at multiple homes per week, some of them we looked at several times when we were trying to decide if it was the right fit for us and no matter how many times we asked Marie to show us a home, she was right there for us. After a only a couple showings, and listening to our comments as we walked through the homes, she really got a feel for what we were looking for and as a veteran realtor she gave us great advice. Needless to say we found our home and we move in next month! Thank you so much Marie for making our home buying experience such a great, easy process!! Malissa M.
6/28/2013 I purchased a two family home from Marie and I could not be more pleased. She was knowledgable, trustworthy and patiently walked me through the entire process. She negotiated for me with my best interest in mind, making the entire process stress free. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking realtor in the winchester and surrounding area. Melissa G.
3/11/2014 I Recently purchased my first home which was a single family. After looking at many homes and finding the exact home I wanted, Marie was able to negotiate and get us the accepted offer even though they were many many other attractive offers on the same home. She held our hand the whole way through and picked up the phone to call and settle any speed bumps that came up in the process. I will more than recommend her to all of my family and friends!  Even once we closed she continued to check up if we needed help with anything else. Brian G. Saugus, MA
7/5/2013 I was spoiled by working with Sven Andersen as my seller's agent. When it came time to look for a new place he put me in touch with Marie. I am very glad he did. Marie brought me to quite a few places and asked a lot of questions, made observations and helped me assess whether each was a fit or not. Marie brought me to places in my price range that were a good fit. Some were even at the very low end of my range and still acceptable. Given there weren't many places on the market this was amazing. It was telling when we bumped into some other potential buyers in the lobby of a building where there was one unit on the market. I was surprised when the other couple did not show up at the same unit. They went to one that had gone under agreement the day before, while Marie was on top of the latest listings and brought me to see the one that had just come back on the market.  It was a good deal and a good fit so I made the offer that day and ended up buying it. In this market timing is everything and Marie has it. She answered my questions by email or phone, day or night. I am confident I did not miss out on anything. When we finally found the right fit, it was a short sale. So Marie prepared me to be patient with the process.  She pushed all the right people behind the scenes to keep the process in motion while giving the old owner some leeway in getting clear. I was very pleased with how it all turned out. I got a bargain that met all my criteria for commute, number of rooms, ease of maintenance, etc. Even after the sale Marie continues to help me find the people that will help me fix the place up on a shoestring. I highly recommend Marie as a real estate agent. Barbara B. Winchester, MA
3/11/2014 My fiance and I just purchased our first home and had the absolute pleasure of working alongside Marie Montieth who helped us find our dream home.Marie was always punctual, ready and willing to help us in any way possible, answer the many questions that we had and always did so with a huge and welcoming smile on her face. She is extremely knowledgeable about her profession and it shows by the pride she takes in her work and the manner in how she presents herself and treats her clients. Marie's professionalism is remarkable and my fiance and I could not have been any luckier to experience purchasing our first home with anyone other than Marie Montieth. She is truly amazing and talented at what she does. Thank you so much, Marie! Cassie M. Revere, MA
6/16/2014 My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Marie as we purchased our first home. It was an exceedingly tough market, with little inventory and many buyers. Marie really went to bat for us during the offer process, keeping in constant contact with us throughout, and advising us on how to make our offer stand out. I can say with certainty that, if not for Marie and all her hard work, we would not be living in our beautiful new home! I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone in need of a realtor. Thank you Marie! Theresa G. West Medford, MA
7/17/2013 Although only one month live in Winchester but we've found much more surprising here, such as beautiful pond, lovely park and many friendly people. Without Marie's professional work and warm heart we can't move here so fast. She is a very good listener , catch the point and always think good for customer . Also she is quite patient and try best to dig the what customer really want, never stop search the suitable house till we satisfied. If you need a agent really consider your benefit and always found proper solution to every problem Marie is the one . ¨We are so lucky have Marie as our agent and wish all the best for her . Selina L. East Cambridge, MA
10/7/2013 We lucked into having Marie as our agent in our search for a house in Winchester.  A number of friends had recommended the Anderson Group as a good starting point, and from the very first time we met with Marie as our buyer's agent, we knew we were in great hands. Marie is responsive and diligent - not to mention patient. We must have looked at over 30 houses with her (or on her recommendation) and throughout the process, she never gave the impression that we were being difficult (which I'm sure we were at some points in the process). In the end, I have no doubt that Marie was a big reason as to why the sellers accepted our offer, and her assistance and support continued through the P&S Process, closing and even after as she has helped us find competent contractors. Through all of her hard work, Marie set us up for success in what is a difficult process compounded by a highly competitive market, and there is no one else I would recommend as an agent in Winchester. Nate A. Winchester, MA
7/1/2013 I recently moved to the area and had only 2 months to find a home and couldn't have found a better realtor than Marie - I would highly recommend her!! She was professional, attentive, asked all the right questions and knew exactly what we were looking for. Kimberly J. Waltham, MA
6/28/2013 Marie was by far the best real estate agent I've ever worked with. She was always professional, friendly and gave great advice without being pushy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone either buying or selling a home in the Winchester area. Outstanding! Jennifer B. Winchester, MA
Dear Sven & The Anderson Team, I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for making one of life's biggest "moves" as easy for me as possible. Selling my townhouse was the first time I had sold or listed a property. I could not have done it without the help of you and your team. From guiding me in the staging of the house to providing a stellar photographer to market the house, additional marketing information for prospective buyers, to ensuring open houses were conducted, to providing me a check list of items I needed from the condo association - the tools and guidelines were instrumental in ensuring a quick and smooth sale and closing. Ultimately it was these things that led to a very positive experience for me. The house moved quickly - thanks to the Anderson Team. In fact, the house moved so quickly I was not ready to make the emotional move ofactually leaving. In comes in your selling team. Working with Sarah Amico was truly a pleasure in every way! Sarah was flexible and accommodating in helping me find a house that I could make a home. She was always available via phone, email or to meet in person to see a house of interest day or night. I know that I am not Sarah's only or biggest client - however during the time she spent working with me she made me feel as though I was. I know finding a home that was perfect for me was her first priority and her sincerity was evident. Sarah went above and beyond what I perceive the role of buyer's agent to be. At showings she pointed out things that I was not aware of (both positive and negative facts about my prospective home) at offer time she was honest, creative and worked hard to represent me in deals where multiple offers were being presented to sellers. Sarah was honest, forth right and flexible. It is without question that Sarah would receive my highest recommendation as a realtor representing buyers such as myself. (Truthfully, we also had some fun!) The depth ofyour team; from scheduling, showings, providing me insight was invaluable. I felt at ease in what can otherwise become a very stressful transition. I truly believe your firm cares about their clients and realizes that moving is a major transition in life. To be surrounded by experienced helpful people made the process comforting for me. In closing, I am happy to say I found the home that was meant to be mine. move again soon I know who I will be calling if I do. Thank you again for all of your time - from your entire staff. Best regards, Jessica French
We wanted to thank The Andersen Team. Sven, Elaine, Robin and Marie were so helpful during the sale and purchase of our new house. We want toespecially thank Sarah for all of her hard work and dedication.  We sold and bought a new house in 7 days, both transactions were done by The Andersen team. We purchased a new house in our preferred neighborhood and are so happy in our new home. Sarah was with us every step of the way, and she answered all of our questions. You are definitely a team and we would recommend The Andersen Team to everyone. D A Winchester
Marie and team were great. It seemed like I had her full attention even though of course she had other clients. She would meet me anytime and anywhere and got the job done with seeing houses that were not yet even on the market. She was open and enjoyable and a good coach/counselor as to what to consider and options available. Helped point out things that were serious and things that maybe would not match my lifestyle or needs to help avoid those things. She finally got the listing agent to show me a house on Mother's Day that was not yet even open for viewing...on a holiday! And we got the job done that day. She was also most comforting through a very rough mortgage process that I hope never happens to anyone else. Great job, good person, a keeper. I definitely recommend her and the Andersen Team and will use them again myself. Dwight P, Winchester 7-8-14
As a consumer, I am fair and reasonable but I do have high expectations when it comes to service quality, knowledge and professionalism. Marie EXCEEDED my expectations! I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend Marie. She took the time to truly understand my house needs and worked tirelessly to find the right situation for me and my family. When it came time to make an offer we were in a competitive bid situation with numerous other offers on the table. Marie was calm, thoughtful and thorough.  Her advice, negotiation strategy and skills were very impressive: I could not have asked for a better realtor.  The offer she helped me package together won the day and now I am moving into a wonderful home in a great town. I could not have achieved this dream without Marie's help and guidance. Marie is wonderful to work with and is just a stellar realtor! Michele G, Winchester MA 6-10-14
We recently moved to Winchester thanks to Marie's wonderful support. The whole process went so smoothly that I can't believe we bought a house this easily! It was all because of Marie Montieth who has 20 years of experience in real estate! She was beyond an agent. She truly "cared" and was there at every step of the process to answer questions (and lots of them!), and guide you through the process. She is extraordinarily professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I wish I could give her more stars even! We simply love her. I highly recommend Marie to anyone who is looking to find a 'home'. Marie can find you one! She is AMAZING! Nas M, Winchester 2-8-14
Marie Montieth not only sold our previous home, she found our new home for us, our dream home! She took care of every detail and poured her heart into making sure everything went smoothly and was in our best interest. We couldn't have found a more dedicated hard working agent. She made what is usually a stressful experience for most a completely stress free experience for us. She's amazing! Blakely F., Winchester MA 1-14-14
Marie did a great job for us during the recent purchase of our home in Winchester. She has a very detailed knowledge of the local area and was able to give us lots of background information on the areas / homes we were considering.  Once we picked a house to make an offer on, she worked tirelessly on our behalf to make the deal go through. It was a very difficult transaction, but she represented our interests well.  We could not have done it without her.  Of all the realtors we have worked with over the years, she was by far the best. We would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a home in this area. David B, Winchester MA 7-31-12
Sven is THE MAN! We are still reeling at how quickly Sven got our house on the market and sold. It has taken us several months to write this review as we wanted to take time to express how thankful we are for meeting Sven and his team.  After interviewing other realtors we went with Sven. We felt comfortable with his style and presentation, felt he would do his best for us, and felt we could trust him. His use of high technology in presenting the Victorian essence of our home was impressive. We first met Sven the middle of February and he counseled us to jump on the bandwagon due to the lack of inventory in Winchester. He asked if we could get the house ready in two weeks, which we had to expand to three as we were out of town for one week. Twenty five years of accumulated "stuff" and raising two children in a three story Victorian with a large carriage house was quite the feat. During this time Sven also helped and advised us over a few other issues that reared their ugly heads. Never could have done this without Sven and his dedicated team! We had decided to downsize. Sven was very help in providing us different strategies to attack this enormous undertaking. Sven walked through the house as if he were a potential buyer, making great recommendations as to how to present the house for sale.  We fixed what absolutely needed to be fixed to make the house more attractive to potential buyers (painting and minor carpentry), decluttered, and spruced up. We didn't have to spend a lot of money to do this. The house was state-of-the-art in 1990, decorated in the Victorian fashion, which we didn't change, and it turns out, didn't need to change. During this time of prepping the house for sale, we actually had  potential buyers come to look at, as my husband said, the demilitarized zone.  Word had gotten out that the house was going on the market. The time-table for selling the house is still staggering to us. It was officially listed March 17, the realtors' open house March 18, the public open house March 23, with many prospective buyers viewing the house during that week. Sven agreed with our wish to entertain offers on Monday, March 26. We accepted an offer that week, for over asking (!!!), went on to sign the P&S, and passed papers April 30. Can you believe that basically the house sold in a week (and I didn't pay to do drastic staging)?  Sven lived up to his promise (made in February) to sell the house in a week for over asking. What more can we say? He and his team also provided valuable referrals for storage, moving, and finding another place. We had decided to downsize to Southern New Hampshire and he readily recommended a great realtor from the Winchester ReMax office who was licensed in New Hampshire. The same service that Sven provided us was also provided by Lorrie Gould, who thought outside the box and found us a great new home. We very much appreciated the continuity of ALL services that Sven and his team provided during a very stressful (as only selling a house can provide) time. The Sven Anderson team has always made us feel part of their family, even after the sale was completed. David and Carol - Winchester, MA and NH