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Martha's Vineyard Real Estate Buyer Client Testimonials
|Most real estate agents offer glowing
testimonials on their websites from satisfied homebuyers.
Maybe you have thought to yourself, "I'd like to speak
directly with those 'satisfied homebuyers'." Well,
you can! Although I am protecting the personal information
of my clients, if you contact me and tell me which
ones you would like to speak with, I will gladly give
you their contact information.
"Your Inner Circle e-Newsletter is extremely
interesting. Really wonderful. I especially like that you
permit a lot of your personal opinions to seep through, you
humorously point out the foibles of overpricing and price
reductions, and yet you simultaneously identify good opportunities
in all price levels.
A Seller's Agent would say
this is "cute", but an Exclusive Buyer Agent
will tell you it's a SHACK!
"It seems to me almost anyone, from a young family with
modest assets, to a buyer looking for a very substantial property,
would find your e-Newsletter very helpful."
M.G., Greenwich, CT
Fyler found my house for me and provided all of the contacts
for services I needed to settle in at the Vineyard. I appreciated
his honesty when he deterred me from looking at some houses
he considered inappropriate for my needs.
the closing he was still helping me organize all of the
details for my new home. Peter made an incredibly stressful
process much easier for me, especially because I live in
I hope to maintain my relationship with Peter because he
is a responsible, dedicated, and capable real estate broker
in addition to being a very nice person.”
Penny & Daniel T., Rye Brook, NY and Martha’s
decided that we wanted a house on the Island – easy
peasy, so many realtors it’ll be a doddle –
just pick one and off you go – yeah right and pigs
set about finding a representative – we had spent
hours pouring over the real estate freebie guide that resembles
a phone directory and too many hours on the web looking
at sites and listings. It was during one of these research
journeys that Stephen looked at the SplitRock Real Estate
website, he was impressed. He said to me I think we should
chat to this guy he has a lot of information on there, not
the usual blurb either. I’d never heard of a buyers
agent before but it makes perfect sense to me – I
mean what realtor that you know of has pictures of the water
heater and breaker box that he’s going to send you
in an e-mail.
we made a list of our requirements – some essential,
some wishes. Arranged to talk with Peter over the phone
and see if we thought he was as good as his website (some
times people can have a wonderful website but be as thick
as two short planks and be completely wrong for your needs)
Anyway we talked to him and arranged to meet when we went
back. We had already decided to go back to the island for
another 2 weeks and do some house hunting.
the meantime he sent us e-mails of houses that he thought
we may be interested in because of our previous discussions
along with tons and tons of pictures to help narrow down
“ We scheduled 2 days of viewing – some we had
requested to see and that Peter agreed with and some that
Peter suggested and also some that we wanted to see that
Peter didn’t think were what we needed but took us
anyway just to prove his point.
Found a house, Peter helped us organize an inspection, a
very thorough inspection. Lawyers, electricians, engineers,
organized the Radon test and then basically fought (I mean
negotiated with) the seller to the end to get everything
corrected and adjusted. Peter took as much time/effort and
care as he would if it was going to be his house. Throughout
the process he made sure that we were informed of the progress
or at times lack of it. So much so that he understands our
English sense of humor now and some of our slang phrases.
“ Now we are looking forward to our first trip to
our new home – in time it may become our only home
- if we ever buy another home on the Island we would use
Peter again in a heartbeat. If we ever buy a home anywhere
else I would only ever use an exclusive buyer’s agent.”
Stephen & Kerry T., Houston, TX and Martha’s
Fyler, our exclusive buyer’s agent, was our biggest
advocate during our home buying experience. He didn’t
try to sell us a house. Instead, he helped us find a home.
quickly realized that Peter’s services included more
than just informing us about properties. At times, he was
our motivational speaker, voice of reason, handyman, and
father figure. Peter offered his professional opinions on
properties – good and bad.
was always prepared and knew who to speak with to get our
questions answered. Peter paid close attention to every
detail of the sale. We wholeheartedly recommend SplitRock
Real Estate to every home buyer.”
Chris S. & Mary Jane A-M
(Happy first-time home owners on Martha’s Vineyard)
I was finally past window shopping and ready to make a purchase
on the Vineyard, I looked into the two buyer brokers on
the island. I perused both web sites, called and talked
to both and for reasons to my advantage, chose the best.
One was a little too full of too many people and too little
information and the other was just one bold guy who knew
what he was talking about. Being from the South, I wasn't
too trusting of Yankees in general, but logic and an innate
curiosity had me sign up for his general mail list, and
was I ever impressed!
that was just the beginning. Get to the second level and
sign him up as your agent and you get a real education.
When you read his Inner Circle e-Newsletter, you have a
wealth of information to work off of, straight talk about
the housing market and what to look out for. And what does
it cost you to get all this? Absolutely nothing! He works
off the normal commission of the real estate sale, if and
when it happens.
and I whittled down the list over email and telephone. I
asked a lot of questions and he answered them all. My wife
was on the Vineyard attending an artist’s workshop,
so I asked her to spend a day with him. The great thing
was I hadn't been there for five years, and between them
both, I had two sets of eyes with diverse viewpoints. I
was definitely there in spirit and was able to visualize
everything happening. They looked at fifteen properties
on that day. Out of the fifteen, there was only one I considered
buying from a distance, as the location and neighborhood
just felt perfect for us.
thing about this dude is that he's not just happy to get
a sale; he's happy to get the best deal for his client.
When we found the one property we wanted on that day and
after some initial negotiating, he couldn't help himself,
as he successfully eked out a couple more grand for me.
He would rather lose a sale than put you in the wrong property.
It boils down to decades of experience in the housing market
on Martha's Vineyard, coupled with integrity. You will not
be steered wrong.
“ And after the sale, whether you live on the island
or off, his newsletters keep coming if you so wish, not
only keeping you abreast of the market, but keeping you
entertained as well. Thus, another reason I don't need television!
“ At the risk of stating the obvious, I will recommend
the only knowledgeable buyer-broker on MV, Peter Fyler's
SplitRock Real Estate!”
Paul and Rebecca T., New Orleans, LA and Martha’s
“We recently closed on a wonderful home in Edgartown. Peter Fyler’s professionalism, expertise and knowledge about Martha’s Vineyard’s real estate made for an overall first rate experience.
“From the beginning of our relationship, Peter took the time to understand our requirements and focused his search to meet these requirements. He was always available to answer our questions and spent the time researching information for us.
is objective, measured and balanced in offering his opinion
and insight, which was very much appreciated and welcome
given the recent turbulence in the real estate market. Peter
was well prepared for our visit, as he greeted us with a
comprehensive book detailing the homes he arranged for us
to visit. The value of that book was not completely appreciated
until we returned home and used it as Bible over the next
several months as we continued our search.
“Peter went to great lengths to be sure our every question was answered and every need met. The purchase process was handled professionally from the initial bid right through a flawless closing. Peter’s recommendations for an attorney, bank and insurance company were also key to a successful close.
“Our relationship with Peter did not end at closing. He made sure we were well acclimated with the area and continues to inform us of items important to Island living. We recommend the services and experience of Peter Fyler and SplitRock Realty without any reservation.
“Today, we have our dream home in Edgartown as well as a great friend.”
Brad, Aurora & Nicholas H., Pound Ridge, NY and Martha’s Vineyard
"In looking back, I know there were countless
times throughout the process that I told you how valuable
you were to Dave and I, but I'm not sure I ever conveyed to
you that there is absolutely no way we would have ever
bought a house on Martha's Vineyard had it not been for you.
had wrestled with the idea many times before. Dave and
I became discouraged because anything that looked interesting was
"gone" before we got to it. And then an acquaintance
suggested we meet you. You took the time to build a relationship
with us and were well aware of our parameters. You gave
us a much needed "heads up" when something
you believed met our criteria became available, and then provided
us with more photos than we could ever imagine plus a complete and
accurate written description of the property.
"We had NO time to waste to come and preview the house.
We had to trust you. Let me say again our family are not risk
takers. Buying something sight unseen was unheard of.
But by now we had come to appreciate your judgment, your knowledge,
your thoroughness and your quick wit. We
knew it was NOW OR NEVER.
"I think what amazed us most in this process was that
you didn't disappear once the deal was made. Your "concierge
service" was truly memorable. You were the "go to"
guy for EVERYTHING. To this day we still scratch our heads
and wonder what our attorney did. We have NEVER encountered
someone as professional as you in any real estate transaction we
have made in the past.
"We wish you all the best and hope that others are lucky enough
to work with you."
Dory, David & Ben R., Montclair, NJ and Martha's Vineyard
am one of that group close to retirement, but far from tired,
who has been searching the coasts of the planet for a place
to buy. I looked at St.Lucia, Blue Hill, Caye Caulker, Devon,
Kerikeri . and one day found myself at the SplitRock Real
Estate site. Within 2 days I had made an offer on a place
I had seen only through Peter Fyler's eyes.
"All that endless searching and anxiety has turned
into euphoric expectation. Peter with great aplomb and competence
has made my future feel like the greatest of adventures.
Everything about the sale and follow-up has been handled
smoothly and with delightful humor. I highly recommend using
the services of Peter Fyler, it just makes it all so wholesome
and fun... not to mention astute."
Amy V.G., Los Angeles, CA
"I must tell you again how much I look forward to and enjoy viewing
your web page and reading your e-Newsletter reports. In
all my years of dealing with real estate, I have not experienced
such a positive, constructive and valuable approach. Of course,
I understand that your commentaries are "the 'soul' opinion of the
author". However, I trust your judgment, motivations, experience,
and of course your many years of getting familiar with the MV real
"The wording in your commentaries cuts through the chase and
provides real usable information that can benefit your clients.
Observations like "there is a fire siren that sounds" or there may
be "unfavorable smells", or "heavy traffic" etc., etc., etc., are
great pieces of information that allow the buyer to make an informed
decision. When I read your comments I always come away believing
you are unbiased, objective, fair, and absolutely working on behalf
of the buyer.
"In the short time you have been producing your reports I feel
like I have gotten to know a lot more about the MV market. I have
learned a tremendous amount and have gotten a much better perspective
on how property value is assessed / determined in MV. As you once
told me --- you believe the best buyer is one who is educated about the MV real estate market. You are certainly doing your part
to try to make that happen, but you are also serving as a proxy
for the entire industry where traditionally there is a limited track
record in "telling the unvarnished truth". I only wish you could
have been doing this service in Wellesley when we purchased our
home in 2000.
"Please keep up the great service to your clients. I believe
your approach is one of truth and transparency to buyers, and it
flies in the face of the old axiom of "buyer beware". Being a change
agent isn't always popular or embraced by everyone. However if your
goal is to help people and act in their best interest, you are most
certainly accomplishing this objective. My best regards and thank
you for the time you invest in your research, commentaries, and
communication to clients. "
Donald V.S., Wellesley, MA
"When we initiated our search for our Vineyard home, we
thought we could do some homework online, make a few calls
and choose our spot without the assistance of a professional
on the island. We were completely wrong.
"Luckily, before our frustrations boiled over, we met
Peter Fyler. Peter helped us to find the perfect spot, but
more importantly to navigate us through the headaches and
peculiar intricacies associated with buying on Martha's
Vineyard. Most telling, Peter never acted as if we had to
buy a house; he made us feel as if he was more interested
in us achieving our dream. I can say without any hesitation,
that we could not have succeeded in the buying process without
Peter. Thanks Peter, and we look forward to having you over
as soon as the last brick is laid."
Brendan & Susanne T., Washington, DC
"For anyone considering buying property on Martha's Vineyard,
I strongly recommend using Peter Fyler as your buyer's agent
on the Island. We recently purchased a home there and Peter
was our representative.
"Peter was much more than just an agent showing us listings
off the computer - he was an invaluable consultant throughout
the entire process of searching out, evaluating and purchasing
our new home. Peter took the time to get to know us thoroughly
and assess our needs and preferences, and then showed us a
range of properties to compare and helped us understand the
pros and cons of each. He previewed several houses before
we arrived for our first and only trip to look at property,
which made our time spent on the Island very efficient.
"Once we had identified the house we wanted to buy, Peter
provided important counsel and advice through each stage of
the process. Our deal was very complex, with a difficult seller
and several contingency issues, and Peter's guidance and insight
was extremely important from the drafting of the initial offer
through the closing months later. He has intimate knowledge
of the Island's quirky politics and regulations, and was able
to steer us around potentially deal breaking issues on several
"Moreover, Peter is well-known and respected by other
professionals on the Island, and through his relationships
we retained a top flight attorney, surveyor, contractor, inspector
"I had never used a buyer's agent before, but after my
very positive experience with Peter and his firm, SplitRock,
I cannot imagine buying a home without one, especially from
long distance. Thanks to his professionalism, skill and constant
diligence, the challenging process of buying a home in a distant
market was made much easier."
Phil & Lynn A. , Washington, DC and Martha's Vineyard
"Sharon and I wanted to express formally our great appreciation
for all your help in our West Tisbury home purchase. Your
patience, attention to detail and zealous advocacy of our
interests made this a comfortable experience for us, especially
considering that it was done mostly from 3000 miles away.
"We are especially appreciative of your willingness to
"go the extra mile" to insure our peace of mind in what can
be a nerve-wracking experience.
"We feel that not only have we acquired a house that
will bring us great pleasure, but that we have made a valued
friend. Please feel free to use this letter and us as reference
in your work."
Michael & Sharon K., Los Angeles, CA and Martha's
"I've bought several homes over the course of my life,
and Peter Fyler is the first broker who truly listened to
me. He didn't waste my time with houses that I wouldn't like
or couldn't afford. Peter worked tirelessly for me. We both
knew it may take a while to find the right second home for
me, but Peter was willing to stick with me as long as it took.
Because I was remote, on the mainland, but wanted a Martha's
Vineyard home, I needed a trustworthy agent to do the legwork
for me. I never felt out of touch.
"fault", if he has one, is that he is very honest.
If a house wasn't in great shape, he didn't sugar coat it,
he told me the honest truth. This saved me time and money
- I only visited the Vineyard to see properties that really
matched what I was looking for. As a result, I visited properties
twice with Peter and the second time his phone call to me
had excitement - he claimed to have found the perfect house
for me and said I must come see it. Boy did he hit the nail
on the head - the house wasn't yet on the market, and I
got the first look and scooped it up. Peter found my dream
home within my price range (and I don't have millions, not
even one). I would highly recommend Peter and SplitRock
John P., Westford, MA and Martha's Vineyard
"We shared our search criteria and objectives with Peter
and he took it from there. We had a limited amount of time
to view properties on the Island so Peter helped us plan and
organize our search. We started by narrowing the scope of
our search by exchanging information about property listings
over the Internet. Then on our first day of our arrival on
the Island, Peter met us with a well thought out plan. For
example, he provided directions and maps that organized properties
geographically so we could drive around quietly by ourselves
and not waste any time trying to locate a property. Peter
combined his knowledge of the Island property and our criteria
to help us be more effective in our search. He also reviewed
his role as a Buyer's Agent making it clear that our interests
"Once we narrowed our choices to a manageable amount,
Peter took us to view each home. As we toured each home, Peter
always provided his opinion with our interests in mind. It
was comforting to know that someone was in our corner. We
found a home we loved and made an Offer on our last day in
the Island. So with some trepidation, we returned to Los Angeles.
However, our concerns about conducting such a significant
life transaction from coast to coast were soon alleviated
--- Peter Fyler was on the job! He served as our "eyes and
ears" on the Island throughout the process. For example, after
the standard house inspection some corrective work was required.
Peter was very much involved and helped to coordinate with
contractors. After the work was done, he sent us digital photographs
so we could "inspect" the completed work. Peter did a wonderful
job! He followed through when he said he would and was always
available to address any questions/ issues.
"We could not have done this without the help of a true
professional, Peter Fyler. Knowing Peter always put our interests
first made the process of purchasing our new home from such
a distance so much easier. Yes, he served as our buyer agent
and made us feel confident in his abilities to help us meet
our goals, but he also made us feel at ease with him and we
consider Peter much more than a buyer's agent but a new found
Island friend. The personal touch makes such a difference!
Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Peter Fyler."
Joan & Marcos C., Martha's Vineyard
"Buying a house is not easy, especially on the Vineyard!
It began as a very stressful experience. I remember saying
that I was not going to use my heart to make any more decisions,
and Peter would remind me that the heart is the most important
thing to use. I was ready to give up on the purchase, and
Peter told me: "Don't worry, if it is a rose it will bloom"!
It did bloom and now everyday I stand on its petals and thank
God for it. I am very thankful to Peter Fyler for all his
support and services. He was not just a real estate agent
he was a good friend."
Danubia C., Martha's Vineyard