Johanna moves to Arlington


Johanna was referred to me by clients who had recently completed their own transition out of a longtime family home. During our first meeting, she explained the sensitive nature of this move just a year after the passing of her beloved husband. 

We spent the fall together searching for a condo that would satisfy Johanna's craving for urban convenience in a quiet neighborhood near green space where she could explore with her terrier, Pepa. We found just the place and our offer won over half a dozen others. (A real nail biter!)

Johanna closed just before the holidays, and we recently celebrated with Champagne in her new home!

Johanna sent me the moving testimonial below. I was deeply touched by her gratitude! 

"Lizzy Flanagan’s professional tasks and responsibilities with me are done, but I know I will never forget her. As I find myself, though still surrounded by boxes, extraordinarily happy in the home that she patiently helped me locate, I cannot help but remember some of her many wise words: “you should look forward to coming home, your residence should make you happy.” And indeed it does. Very much so. Thank you, Lizzy!

I contacted Lizzy at the recommendation of old friends who had just relocated to the Boston area, as they modestly said how pleased they were to have worked with her. Yet for me, Lizzy was beyond any expectation I could have had of a realtor. As an older, first-time buyer, a child of immigrants, raised in the wonderful rent-controlled Manhattan of the 1960’s, I was entering new terrain, as I considered purchasing a home after losing my husband of 32 years just a year earlier, and thus having a small inheritance. And Lizzy was undoubtedly the best person to enter that stage!

My personal information here is important, as Lizzy is both a superb professional and a very warm, personal consultant. Most likely at Gibson Sotheby's her clients have had other profiles, yet Lizzy listened to me and for one (yes, only one!!) month, we ran the Fall open house scene in Cambridge, Somerville, Belmont and Arlington, and by the end of the month, well, all was settled. I had found the perfect home, and then came the cataclysmic move, after 27 years, with 3 generations of belongings in tow. Lizzy, naturally, recommended the moving company, and helped with all other details along the way. 

None of this would have been so simple with anyone else. Lizzy’s eternal patience, congeniality, persistence, and sensitivity, plus enormous amounts of common sense and creativity, created an experience for me that was manageable while working full time and trying to understand all the steps and terminology involved with purchasing and owning a home. Lizzy provided useful advice and was my most valuable spokesperson for the entire experience. Why work with anyone else?"