Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer
Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer
Your Somerset Team & Neighbors! (425) 941-4229
2731 77th Avenue SE #205 Mercer Island, WA 98040  |  Direct: 425-941-4229   |  Email: mary@maryleerealestate.com
Here Is What Your Somerset Neighbors
Are Saying About Mary & Jeff...


 

We are happy to relate our experience in working with Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer to anyone considering the momentus decisions involved with the sale of your home.

Selling our house was very scary for us after the 2008 economic meltdown.  We purchased in the heat of the 2006 market and were not certain that the market had recovered.  We selected Mary Lee after interviewing several agents.  We were impressed in our first meeting with her record and knowledge of our neighborhood.  Furthermore, we watched her video presentations that followed up on the business model she had presented in our meeting.  We were impressed on two levels - one, we were absolutely convinced by the logic of her model, and two, we were impressed by her passion for transforming the industry to match her vision.
 
Mary suggested a price that would give us our choice of buyers, price and terms.  Her process worked beautifully and we ended up selling our house above our asking price and had our choice of several well-qualified buyers.
 
Mary Lee is incredibly gifted in assessing Somerset home values and has an excellent marketing strategy.  Jeff is wonderfully supportive in getting everything ready.  They know what they are talking about - we decided to trust in their wisdom and are very, very pleased with the outcome.
 
Ann Marie Borys and Daniel Friedman
 

 
Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer are amazingly good sellers' agents.  They worked hard to minimize my effort.  Through their marketing skill, my house received many offers.  And through Mary's negotiation skill, the house sold for 13% above asking price.  This paid their fee and a lot more.
 
Before selling my house, I bought a house with Mary and Jeff as my buyer's agent.  So I got to see what other sellers' agents do.  The answer is, not much.  It seemed to me that most sellers' agents just picked a price, listed the house on MLS, and hosted a couple of open house events.  Houses were often not in ideal shape to show, and marketing material was a simple type-written page.  Not much value for a big fee, I thought.
 
By contrast, Mary and Jeff invested a lot of effort every step of the way.  They arranged a seller's inspection, to avoid an inspection contingency.  They reviewed the inspection report with me, to help me decide which fix-ups would make my house more sellable and which were unnecessary.  To help with the fix-ups, they found inexpensive contractors who did great work on short notice.  They arranged for staging, to highlight how a buyer might use the space.  They produced attractive signs to post all over the house, each one highlighting a feature that a buyer might not notice.  And they produced gloss high-quality marketing materials for buyers to take home after a viewing , to help them remember what they saw and to keep them excited about it.
 
Moreover, Mary and Jeff were great to work with.  They were very responsive to phone and email.  They kept me posted about showings and buyers interest, and after we had a deal, about events leading up to the closing.  They were always upbeat and pleasant to talk to, which is important given the amount of time we spent interacting.
 
In a word, Mary and Jeff are outstanding.  They worked hard for their fee, and their work paid off big.  Hiring them as seller's agents was one of my best business decisions.  I recommend them very strongly.  Hire them.  You'll be glad you did.
 
Philip A. Bernstein
 

 
Rod and I would like to thank you both for all of your hard work on our behalf in the selling of our house.  As original owners, there was much emotion in deciding to sell and in determining who to best sell our home.  Our first choice was both of you because of your mailings on selling homes in the Somerset area that demonstrated your knowledge of our community.  You did not disappoint in any way.  From our first meetings, what were our concerns became your concerns in facilitating the sale of our home.
 
Your professionalism and kindness permeated the selling process.  We bought in to your program because it made sense to us.  To have a formal inspection, correct any things lacking, and provide a narrative to prospective buyers of what was done were most beneficial to getting the home ready for the market.  Professional staging allowed potential owners to envision how their possessions may fit our home's floor plan.  We were proud to sell our home as these steps were completed.
 
We appreciated all the helpful material you gave us.  Both your Seller Guide and your Pricing Guide with your price analysis and market study were most helpful to us as we cooperated in the process.  Caring about our future relocation, you referred us to an excellent Windermere agent in our destination city.
 
Your expertise in pricing our home, keeping us informed all along the way, working behind the scenes for our best interest, and encouraging us in many ways will not be forgotten!  We have already recommended you to neighbors and relatives and will continue to do so.  Thank you again for selling our home in such a timely manner.  We are honored to know you both and appreciate your efforts on our behalf.  Continued success to you, Mary and Jeff!
 
Roderick and Janet Kelly
 

 
 Dear Mary and Jeff,

 Pam and I want to express the warmest “Thank You” for the sale of our Bellevue Home. Your expertise was very professional and you are highly knowledgeable on market value and buyer expectations. The process of your evaluation of our property, the pre-inspection and staging was especially beneficial to us as sellers and helped us to understand what buyers are looking for in today’s market.

Your frequent updates regarding your marketing efforts and buyer’s interest, and your persistent follow-through gave us great peace of mind and made it a pleasure to work with both of you. Your innovative approaches and initiative in securing the sale of our home was an eye-opener to us as to just how excellent you are as realtors.

We have unconditionally recommended you to our Bellevue neighbors and wish you both much continued (and well-deserved) success. You are always welcome in our new home in Bend, Oregon!

 

John and Pam Womack


 

Because of Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer's expertise in real estate, my Somerset home sold quickly—even in these tough times. Their excellent knowledge of the market was extremely helpful in establishing a price for my home and in ultimately getting me the best price I could hope for. Their recommendations for getting the home ready for the market were very helpful and their suggestion for investing in professional staging was backed with statistics about the increased selling price of "staged" homes vs. "unstaged" homes. 

 They spared no expense when it came to advertising and the marketing brochure they created was beautifully photographed, well-written, and expertly printed. They exceeded every expectation I had for market exposure, with frequent open houses and over 100 buyer showings. 

When offers came through they proved to have strong negotiation skills and always had my best interests at the forefront of the negotiations. Additionally, they were able to keep my house on the market during the offer/counteroffer process because of their unique business model for removing contingencies prior to getting under contract with the buyer. 

Throughout the marketing, negotiation and escrow process, Mary and Jeff kept me updated

every step of the way via frequent emails and phone calls. I am very grateful for the job Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer did to sell my Somerset home and highly recommend them and their amazing team.  
 
Scott Price
 

 

We have been residents of Somerset since 1969 and we recently sold the home in which we raised our family and enjoyed for more than 40 years, and purchased a smaller house in Somerset.

We hired Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer as our agents, as their professional expertise and knowledge of the Somerset housing market are evident to us. They advised us on every aspect of preparing our home for sale including a home inspection, repairs, staging and marketing.

We received a very high level of hands-on personal service from them, which resulted in us selling our home at a price that exceeded our expectations. We have greatly enjoyed the experience of working with them and have become friends in the process.

We would highly recommend Mary Lee & Jeff Shaffer to anyone who is thinking of selling their home. Their business model is by far the best we have seen and we are very happy with the results they achieved for us.

Bruce and Brigid Laing


 

Thanks to you two, my mother is settled in her new home with no worries this winter!  We appreciate all the work you did to sell her house in such a shaky market.  It's still hard to believe that it sold within 24 hours!  I believe the staging, doing a pre-listing inspection, your pricing expertise and your unique selling strategies made all the difference.

On top of that, your willingness to help us set up all the cleaning, landscaping, repairs, etc. was an extraordinary help.  Add to that, Jeff taking a day to offer a garage sale and then CLEANING the garage afterwards left us speechless (and that's not easy!). It also meant so much to me that you were willing to drive to Seattle for meetings with mom.  

We truly appreciate all your kind support in this life-changing move. Please feel free to share our names with anyone who would like to talk with us about our great home selling experience! 

 
Susan and Betty Nelson
 

 

Just a note to thank you for the fast and easy sale of my home in Bellevue.  I certainly did not think that in 8 days, I would have a mutually accepted agreement at full price with no inspection contingency. Your exclusive business model worked beautifully!

I truly appreciate all the help and advice you and Jeff provided from the professional staging to preparing the home for sale. Not many realtors will come help move furniture, trim the lawn and meet vendors to get the house market-ready.

Without a doubt, the quick and smooth sale through closing would not have happened without your attention to detail and top negotiation skills. I definitely give you ‘five stars’ and highly recommend your services and expertise.

Thank you once again for such a smooth selling transaction!
 
Sharon Newtson
 

 

In today's buyers market, selling a home is challenging to say the least.  We offer our highest recommendation to Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer for their masterful job in managing every aspect of the selling process of our Somerset home with care, professionalism, commitment to client satisfaction, and a quality result.  

They know the Somerset neighborhood very well, understand cultural issues of buyers who seek to live here, and are very steady and focused toward achieving a quality result with every phone call, email, and step they take.  From staging the home, creating quality marketing materials, and managing all elements of the selling process -- including negotiating, attending to the home inspection, and navigating closing -- we offer both of them our glowing thanks and our hearty endorsement. 

Any seller who wants a quality result with caring, professional, attentive to detail, and market savvy professionals would be wise to engage Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer.  We are very glad we did.

Steve and Nancy Juetten


 

I don’t know how to thank you enough for all of the effort you put in to getting my home sold! I knew I had made a great choice, in working with both of you, right from the beginning with how thorough both of you were in setting my expectations in a market that was very challenging and in assisting me in staging my home to get prepared for the market.

You both continued the same high level of energy throughout the time that my house was on the market by consistently holding open houses, plus additional advertising, and in helping me balance my work (travel) with the requirements of selling my home – you both were always there for me and I really appreciate it! Your level of communication was amazing and I always felt that I knew exactly where we were at and our potential next steps.

The closing process was challenging for me (as I’m sure it is for most people selling their homes!), and both of you, yet again, helped me through the process and went above and beyond in your level of communication to reassure me that we were going to get to our end goal!

Your level of professionalism and expertise is amazing and was critical in getting my home sold!

Thank you both!

Laura Montoya

 

 

To Prospective Clients of Mary Lee & Jeff Shaffer,

We had the privilege of working with Mary and Jeff this past summer.  We could not be more pleased at the service we received, and the results they obtained for us. 

The current real estate market presents incredible challenges, for those buying as well as selling.  In our case, we found a specific home that we loved, and with Mary and Jeff's help, we were able to get our offer accepted despite adverse circumstances.  We then turned around, and in a very compressed period of time, put our existing Somerset home on the market.        

With their expert guidance and sheer hustle, our home was beautifully staged and priced in a period of a week.  Over the next two weeks, the home was marketed, drawing some 50 families to view the home.  Several offers were tendered, one of which met our criteria. We were of course thrilled, but the process was not over yet! 

As we moved towards closing on both properties, Mary and Jeff stepped in and overcame some big obstacles, smoothed over communications between all parties, offered wise strategies, and provided moral support amid the pressure.  They gave up nights and weekends, even spending both of their birthday evenings with us, to make sure every detail was covered and we had the most up-to-date communication.  The icing on the cake was that Jeff was a perfectionist at getting photos of the house, and Mary even came over one night to help us clean when she heard we were behind schedule on getting moved out.  Service like this is extraordinarily rare, but it serves to show how deeply Mary and Jeff care about what they do!       

In the end, we moved into a new home that we love, in the time frame we were hoping for, while meeting our financial goals for the transaction.  When asked why things worked out so well for us, when there are so many stories about homes that won't sell or deals that fall apart, we respond with two answers: faith ... and the best realtors in Bellevue!    

We strongly endorse the work of Mary Lee and Jeff Shaffer.  They combine their expert salesmanship and very intelligent business skills with experience, dedication, and integrity.  They exhibit grace under pressure, are relentlessly positive, and get results!  We hope that you choose to work with them, and are absolutely confident you will have the same professional, high-quality experience that we did. 

With Sincere Appreciation,

 John & Sandi Adami   


 

You and Jeff have been, and continue to be, amazing. This has been an excellent experience for us and, amongst the many I know who have sold a house, very few have found it to be a positive experience. This is even more true with the current weak economy. You have made the sales experience efficient, successful, quick, and easy. Your professionalism shows in all you do. We've seen it and potential buyers and their representatives see it.

Thanks for selling the house so efficiently and thanks for the million extra things you have done along the way. We really appreciate it and feel lucky to have been working with the best team in the area. Superb job!  

James & Jennifer Hamilton


 

You are amazing real estate professionals!  We want to thank you for your hard work and superior dedication to selling our home.  Your expertise in today's market, your superb analysis of our property, and your willingness to listen to our concerns made us feel very comfortable in listing our home with you.  You also developed colorful, well-prepared flyers, held timely open houses and kept us well-informed throughout the whole process.

Thank you so much for your hard work!

 
Gil and Ann Graham
 

 
We are writing to you to thank you both once again for the outstanding job you did in the sale of our home. We chose the two of you to list our home because of your professionalism, your knowledge of the Somerset market and, most importantly, we felt in very capable hands. Needless to say, you exceeded our expectations.

As everyone knows, selling a home can be a very stressful time. It was very reassuring to know you had a “team” working for you. Our questions were always answered and we never felt alone in working to sell our home; we even had a few laughs along the way.

Mary and Jeff, as difficult as it might seem, I hope your future clients listen closely when you tell them your best exposure is when you first list your house and that they follow your suggestions to make their home ready for the market; after all, isn’t that why we turn to the professionals!

Again, thank you. We would recommend you both over and over again.

Roberta and Glenn Carlson

 

 
2731 77th Avenue SE #205 Mercer Island, WA 98040  |  Direct: 425-941-4229   |  Email: mary@maryleerealestate.com
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