“We met Bernadette as a buyer of a property last year. We were so impressed with her that we decided to work with her again this year to help us sell our home. She was professional from the beginning, had great market knowledge, and was very well prepared. Throughout the process, including preparing the property, disclosures, and market pricing analysis, she was excellent. What was even more impressive was her professionalism in dealing with potential buyers, other agents, and managing 36 showings and 24 offers in two days. The end result was a sale 30% above our asking price and a two-week cash closing, which we couldn’t have done without her. I highly recommend Bernadette for any transaction in the Lakes Region, I haven’t met a better real estate agent!”
-Greg & Cindy
"Buying a house is very exciting but also stressful. From the moment we decided to purchase our house Bernadette's knowledge of the property and experience with the process greatly reduced our anxiety. She was responsive to all inquiries while providing assurance throughout that any concerns could be worked out. As a result the selling of one home and purchase of another was a surprisingly smooth process. We are really pleased and feel lucky to have worked with Bernadette."
-Bill & Judy
"Any agent can sell a house, but when it comes to getting absolute top dollar, selling quickly, and having a stress-free listing, Bernadette is the best of the best. It is clear that with the continued success of her business and satisfaction of her clients, she is doing everything right. When it came time to sell our first house, Bernadette was extremely kind, responsive and professional with us during the process. She gave us professional tips on staging and finishing touches for showings and we were able to sell our house in only 3 days for over our asking price. We want to thank Bernadette and her team for being so hard-working and respectful during the whole process, we feel as though we have gained a good friend. We look forward to working with her again to find a forever home for our young family. If we could give more than 5 stars we would!"
"I cannot say enough about how phenomenal an experience my husband and I had with Bernadette. We worked with her on selling our home, and buying a piece of property. When we decided to list our home, she was right on top of scheduling the photographer, and being very clear on what we could expect from the process. Within HOURS of listing our home, we had 4 showings scheduled for the same day, and our house was under contract the following day. It was a total whirlwind, and I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else to help us. Her communication and responsiveness is unparalleled, and within seconds of meeting her, you know that she truly cares about her clients, and works for you as if she were working for herself. When we were going through the process of buying our land, we hit roadblock after roadblock. There were times where we didn’t think it was going to happen, but Bernadette took charge and made sure it happened. Now we are building our dream home, and it wouldn’t have happened without her. If I could give her 10 stars, I would. If I ever need to buy or sell another home, there’s no doubt who I’m calling. Thank you, Bernadette! I started this process with a realtor, and left it with a friend."
"We placed our home on the market with Bernadette McIver at the end of July and we never thought it would sell in 3 days! Bernadette helped us every step of the way, with all our many questions etc. We always felt very at home with her! If you’re thinking about selling your home call her, she did her best for us! Thank you Bernadette."
-Mike & Luanne
"Many thanks to Bernadette at The Lakes Real Estate in selling our lakefront property... easy to work with and professional in all aspects of the sale. Bernadette is very knowledgeable in putting together the right team of people to get the job done. Highly recommended!"
"Bernadette was an invaluable resource for us in our decision to sell. Her experience, honesty, and down to earth personality gave us the comfort and confidence we needed. It was a wonderful experience working with her."
"Bernadette was an absolute pleasure to work with. She arranged two showings for us and her communication was excellent and fast. We put our offer in and she was able to arrange a rapid closing. We love our new house and highly recommend Bernadette and The Lakes Real Estate!"
-Deb & John
"Thank you again for your very hard and professional work in selling our two parcels. As a real estate broker with a national platform, I have had the opportunity to meet some very talented and competent real estate brokers and you are absolutely one of them. The “Right of First Refusal” encumbering both parcels posed some very significant challenges that most real estate brokers could not have dealt with, however, your experience and professionalism prevailed. Your attention to detail and keeping us informed on a very regular basis was extremely important to us and closing the second parcel in three weeks from the signing of the P & S has to be a record. Once again, Jeannie and I really enjoyed having you represent us and we look forward to recommending you to potential buyers and sellers that we know in the Denmark area."
"Bernadette was extremely helpful and informative! Made our home searching and buying process so easy! We will be looking forward to her services in the future!"
“Bernadette was our real estate agent. She was a pleasure to work with and a true professional with a wealth of valuable experience to offer. We were continually impressed by her responsiveness, helpful insights and impressive follow-through on questions we had and issues that arose throughout the process. We would recommend her services to anyone interested in selling or purchasing in the area.
-Travis & Amber Ripley
-Barbara and Gene Bourque
"This year my family decided to sell our summer home in Naples. I contacted Bernadette McIver of ‘The Lakes Real Estate’ because several years earlier she handled my purchase of some land in the area and she had been very helpful. The house we were selling needed improvements in several areas to make it more attractive. Bernadette guided us in deciding which updates made sense and which should be left to the preferences of the buyers. She recommended reliable professionals who did great work. She made a number of changes to the house’s décor which made it look great to prospective buyers. And she hired a photographer who also did a great job of showing off the cottage. I would recommend Bernadette and ‘The Lakes Real Estate’ to anyone looking for a real professional to sell their home with great results."
“Thanks to Bernadette, we have one of the best vacation homes in the area. Her knowledge of the area and access to local contacts is invaluable. I highly recommend that anyone even considering a second home to contact The Lakes Real Estate”
“Bernadette, we want to thank you for all your help in selling our Mother's home. Start to finish you made the process easy and efficient. Your proactive communications and updates ensured we were current throughout the process. We appreciate all that you did and the extra steps you took to make sure we were able to close on the house quickly. If we have an opportunity to sell or buy a home in the lakes region we will certainly give you a call.”
Gunville & Jones Family
“I want you to know that from the very beginning of this venture, you made it very easy for Dennis and I. You were very attentive to questions and concerns. We found that your knowledge of the property and your good relationship with the sellers helped this process also. You couldn’t have been any quicker with your response to our calls and questions. Thanks Again.”
-Phyllis and Dennis
“I would like to take a moment to give high praise to Bernadette McIver at The Lakes Real Estate for the fantastic service she provided making our real estate dream a reality. From the get-go she was warm and professional. She was very thorough and promptly followed through on all her promises. She coordinated the myriad players and details seamlessly, with nothing but a good word from all. I used to think that real estate agents just sucked money out of the deal, but after working with a "real" professional I have a new found appreciation and standard of expectation. Bernadette is our real estate professional in Maine, she should be yours too!
With Much Appreciation,”
-Tim and Connie Neelon
“My wife and I decided to sell our vacation home in Harrison, and purchase a larger property in a more remote area. We listed our property with Bernadette. We did not expect a quick sale. Our home was a small cabin in a log cabin only association. We knew that some of the neighboring properties had been for sale for years. We listed our cabin with Bernadette and she did an amazing job staging, and photographing our place. The result was a quick sale at near our asking price, with a back- up offer at the asking price. We were so pleased, we asked Bernadette to assist us with our land purchase. In a relatively short period of time, we viewed several parcels and purchased two adjoining properties in another county. Bernadette’s assistance during the search, negotiating, and purchasing process was invaluable. We have recommended Bernadette to friends, and would not hesitate to use her services again.”
- Kevin & Michelle
“Bernadette McIver is one of the finest realtors my wife and I have ever worked with. She understands the market in her area exceedingly well, is extraordinarily attentive to details and is tenacious in closing the deal and serving her customers. In addition to this she is extremely pleasant to work with and cool under pressure.”
- John & Chris
“After 2 years for sale by owner, we did not sell our lake home and were very discouraged. Being proactive as Bernadette had proven to us time and time again, she contacted us to broker our home. She was flexible and confident that she could sell our home within the year for a fair marketable rate. Upon our agreement, she got to work creating a listing, staging our home, and getting professional photos and a nice walk through video. Within the first few months of listing, we had several inquiries. At the time we had to rent our property to make things work but that did not deter or distract Bernadette from the end result; a sale. She was willing to take the extra step and overcame obstacles with our tenants and never once complained. She responded quickly to every question of issue that would arise. She prides herself in answering her phone either upon the call or within the hour most anytime during the day or evening. The end result: Bernadette followed through on the sale of our home and exceeded what we expected on our return on investment. This is what you are going to get from Bernadette if you use her as your real estate broker: Great communication, a very easy-going yet confident demeanor, organized, thoughtful, flexible, and a true professional who will deliver what they say they are going to deliver. I highly recommend Bernadette as your real estate broker.”
-Alex & Susan M.
“After a couple of recent difficult dealings with other real estate agents, the openness and level of detail shown by Ms. McIver was refreshing to say the least. She remained a step ahead of me throughout the entire process, anticipating the information I may need and offering constant updates through closing. Whether it was with a phone call or email, there was never a time I had to guess where I was in the process. Based on the level of professionalism and personalized service performed, I know I made a wise choice. Thank you Bernadette.”
“I tried to sell my Father's house on my own with no luck at all. I decided to list with Bernadette McIver of The Lakes Real Estate because I wanted someone local who knows the area and also because I had heard good results from an acquaintance. Within the first week, the property showed four times to three different buyers. Three weeks later, the house showed two more times and we received offers from both showings. Bernadette was very prompt and professional, and had a natural sense of what people like to see. She dressed up the house with some shutters and staged the inside with curtains, pictures and baskets. It didn't even look like the same house.
We were very satisfied and will now be listing another house we have for sale with Bernadette.”
“When we were looking to move to the Bridgton area, a new area to us, we were very fortunate to find Bernadette McIver. When we first met at the real estate office, she greeted us like we were old friends. Learning that we knew very little about the area, she took us out and about showing us what the area had to offer. She got to know us and learned what we were looking for and found us just what we wanted in no time at a great deal. Years later we were looking to sell and move to another part of the state. Naturally we called Bernadette. With her true professionalism, she found out what our thoughts were and took care of everything. The sale of our home went smoothly and best of all, the house was sold in four days. Thank you Bernadette!”
-Ron and Gael
“After vacationing in Maine for many years it was a natural choice to move from Connecticut to Maine upon retiring. We searched the internet for houses and locations that we felt would suit our needs. When we found several homes we felt we would like to see we contacted one of the listing agents to set up a meeting. It was sheer luck or destiny that brought us together with Bernadette McIver. At our first meeting we found her to be professional, knowledgeable and friendly. After taking time to listen to our wish list for our new home, our concerns and budget she immediately set out to find homes to satisfy our needs. When it became evident that new construction would be the right course for us she was able to guide us in that direction and had gotten to know us well enough to connect us with a builder that we would be comfortable with. She scrutinized and helped us negotiate the contract. When she realized that a better communication between us and the builder was needed she facilitated that to bring us to an equitable and satisfying outcome. Because we were from out of state, she recommended an attorney specializing in real estate and assisted in our communications with him. We are now happily anticipating the completion of our dream home. We know we would not be at this point without the help of Bernadette. Through all the trying times we always had complete confidence in her and her abilities. Early in our association with her it was apparent that she worked for her clients not her commission. Her compassionate attention to her client’s needs was always her foremost concern. Because we were traveling from out of state she always made herself available and made our visits as productive as possible. She was always available by email or phone and always gave us the time and attention that was needed and sometimes it was just to listen to us vent. We are so thankful that we were lucky enough to have found her. Even though we have a special relationship with her, we know that she works just as compassionately and tirelessly for all her clients. That's just the way she is.”
-Sam and Oksana
“I'm so thankful for Bernadette's professional and friendly help when I recently sold my property in Raymond, ME. Everything on the deal went so quickly and smoothly - largely because of Bernadette's efficiency and her knowledge of local real estate. I'll always choose Bernadette for my housing and land ventures!”
“My husband and I decided after visiting Bridgton several times that we wanted a vacation home there. We live out of state and it is a 3 hour drive for us to get there. After a couple of failed attempts to find a house that fit our criteria we were referred to Bernadette McIver. We were able to tell her what we were looking for and what style home we were looking for. She was able to find us exactly what we wanted for exactly what we wanted to spend. The first trip to look at homes was our last trip to look. Bernadette was very focused on our needs and made the whole transaction very easy with minimal travel for us. She knew that it was a drive for us and went out of her way to meet people at the property for us. I highly recommend Bernadette to anyone looking for any real estate she is very knowledgeable and treats her clients as though they are family.”
-Crystal & Chad
“Bernadette assisted us in purchasing our first home. Being new to the whole process we had many questions and Bernadette always took the time to answer us immediately. She was also upfront and honest and proved to be very trustworthy. She went above and beyond and with all the generosity of her time and knowledge she made our first home buying experience amazing!”
-Lindsay & Erica
“My husband and I had a great house selling / buying experience working with The Lakes Real Estate. My realtor- Bernadette McIver took interest in my needs instantly. We had two houses to sell and were looking into every option as it came our way. Bernadette was very professional, courteous and understanding. We were able to sell our houses and purchase the one we wanted with her help.”