“My wife and I worked with Debby for over a year, searching for a property meeting our specific needs at an affordable price. We were somewhat specific and inflexible on several property requirements, but Debby did persevere, ultimately identifying a property under construction, meeting our specific criteria. That said, she did what was required to get the P&S completed with the sale planned for the following year, but that is not the end of the story.
“The property we agreed to purchase was a being built by a developer with a very inflexible posture. After the P&S was signed, on more than one occasion, the seller wanted to back out of the sale, offering a full deposit refund. We believe the value of the property had increased as demand was high. Debby persisted to complete this sale, working between the developer and us, doing more than should be expected, to maintain the sale. She earned her commission, but her manner was more about maintaining commitments and integrity.
“Debby demonstrated commitment to protect our interests us as buyers and I do recommend her to prospective buyers.”
-- Marvin F., December 2017
“Debby Belt got multiple offers on our Newton home the first day it was on the market and sold the house for above our ambitious asking price of close to $2 million. We had already moved across the country when our house went on the market and Debby knew we wanted a quick sale and top dollar. Debby got us both. Her thorough market knowledge — she knew and had been in every current and past comparable house in our area — gave her the nuanced understanding of the subtleties of pricing that enabled us to understand the current market value of the house. And she got that price for us by putting in an enormous amount of work prior to the house going on the market.
“Debby identified some work that needed to be done on our house in order to get top dollar, and she had relationships with a wide variety of excellent and trusted resources to get that work done. We were on sabbatical — and our house was occupied by renters — and Debby coordinated with the renters and hired and supervised the contractors and a stager, whom she wisely recommended, as our house was empty after the renters moved out. Her efforts were totally beyond anything we had expected and they made all the difference.
“Debby was very savvy about marketing the house and she began talking up the house and building up demand even before it went on the market. She had multiple showings lined up for the day our house hit the market, which led to an immediate above-asking sale.
“Debby is very service oriented and was incredibly good at communicating with us, which was a challenge as we were often out of cell range in national parks. Given our circumstances — being first-time home sellers, having been away for a year, having already bought a new home across the country, and having a house just beyond the most popular price range — selling our house could have been very stressful. But Debby’s knowledge, guidance, perseverance, excellent communication and service-orientation made the whole process relatively painless.”
--Adrienne F., December 2017
"We chose Debby to represent us for our first condo purchase because of her experience dealing with new construction. It certainly paid off. We had to overcome a number of major hurdles to complete the transaction and Debby was always completely straightforward, helpful and on top of the details. Without her experience, we would have probably ended up without a home or in a difficult financial situation. We would definitely recommend Debby as a reliable, honest and knowledgeable broker.”
-- Megan K. and Eric D., November 2017
"Thank you, Debby! We greatly appreciate all that you did to expedite and maximize the value of our home sale. You went above and beyond what we expected any broker to have done for us.”
--Allen, October 2017
“Debby is ethical and smart and very resourceful and had a network of people to help with our downsizing and the sale of our house and move to a new property seamlessly. She provided subcontractors and listened to the dynamics of us as a couple and diplomatically found us a perfect place to live.”
-- Jill C. and Michael S., October 2017
“We knew Debby in the community for years and reached out to her after a year of empty nesting. We wanted to be prepared to down-size, eventually. Little did we know that we would find the property of our dreams and be thrown into a 12-week roller coaster ride of selling and buying homes. Debby represented us on both the sale and purchase, which was wrought with challenges, and I can honestly say that we would not own our dream property without Debby’s intelligence, knowledge, connections, attention to detail and tenacity. There was rarely a moment when she did not make herself available giving our interests top priority. We unequivocally recommend Debby Belt.”
-- Andrea and David W., June 2017
“Debby casually mentioned that she takes a ‘maternalistic’ approach when working with clients, and I felt so taken care of and represented by that mama bear Realtor! Debby has her finger on the pulse of the nuanced Newton real estate markets, is easily accessible and available for questions big or small, and she gets the job done. I could not have been happier than with how Debby shepherded me through what can be a very stressful experience of searching for a new home.”
-- LCF, June 2017
“Debby represented my sister and me during a complicated condominium sale upon the death of our Dad. Debby was professional, knowledgeable, and sensitive during a difficult time. She has a sense of urgency that resulted in a quick and profitable sale. I would highly recommend Debby as a real estate representative.”
-- Annie P., January 2017
"Moving was a terrifying idea to me after a blissful 35 years in my house. I called Hammond because they sold the most homes in my area. When I first met with Debby she came with a sales plan, complete with all the homes that would compete with mine and histories of homes sold like mine. She mapped out a flexible sales strategy that made sense.
“She was honest, objective, professional and enthusiastic. I sold my house in a matter of weeks.”
-- L S., August 2016
“We were very happy with your service and the final result. We were also particularly happy with your calm and sensibility. Buying and selling a house is a big deal and it was nice having someone working with us who was unflappable and patient with us and our particular flow. I know we changed strategies with you several times (wait until spring, no don't wait, yes wait) and you provided appropriate feedback and consultation without pushing or demanding that we conform to a cookie cutter plan.”
-- John K., July 2016
“We could not have been happier with Debby Belt as our agent when we moved to Newton from Connecticut. She educated us about the market, was extremely attentive to details, listened to our likes and dislikes and negotiated the best price for the home that we finally bought. Last but not least, she has been extremely helpful since moving in with recommendations from dry cleaners to gyms in town. We highly recommend her and will not hesitate to use her again when the time comes time to sell our house in Newton.”
-- Patty D., April 2016
In the past three months I have successfully sold my home and moved into a new condominium at the Belclare in Wellesley. Debby Belt represented us in the sale of our home and was our Realtor for the purchase of condo. Besides being a delight to work with, she is very competent. She enabled us to get an excellent price for our home and was enormously helpful in negotiating on behalf of our new purchase. She couldn't have been more helpful as far as representing my interests and advocating for me at my new condo. She facilitated a very smooth move into it. Debby goes above and beyond what a Realtor does for her clients. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. In fact I have already referred many new clients to her.”
-- M. F., November 2015
“My husband and I just closed on our house of 42 years. Our Hammond real estate agent, Debby Belt, couldn’t have done a better job. When we first gave her the listing until the closing, she was always trying to make the process work for us. She is cheery, very efficient, smart and knowledgeable about every aspect of real estate. No one could have done a better job. I would be very happy to recommend Debby -- she was a joy to work with.”
-- M. H., September 2015
“Debby was very responsive. She was always available to answer all of our questions, and she was proactive in guiding us regarding items that required attention. Debby continues to be a resource to help us feel welcome in Newton and make connections with families who share our interests.”
-- Debbie and Josh F., August 2015
“As a first time home buyer I was nervous about the process, however Debby was attentive to my needs and walked me through every step. Despite an extremely competitive market she was able to get my offer accepted over nine others for the condo I wanted. I love my new home and cannot express enough how positive and painless my experience was working with Debby!”
-- Matthew S., August 2015
"Debby walked us through buying and selling our first home. She was available to answer all of our questions and helped us identify what was most important to our family. We were amazed how quickly she found us the perfect home and helped us settle in to our new community.”
-- Karin and Paul J., August 2015
"We had worked with many brokers in the Brookline/Newton area; none were as responsive as Debby. She makes it happen."
-- E. O. F., October 2013
"Debby is very thorough and has a lot of urgency for her clients. Very responsive and great follow through."
-- Charity S., October 2013