“I have been working with Jeff to purchase my first home, and would wholeheartedly recommend Jeff as a buyer’s agent. He knows the area like the back of his hand, and has been incredibly helpful at listening to my criteria, helping me select a home, and explaining every step of the process along the way. I’ve been very impressed with his diligence, communication, and speed, all of which is critical in such a competitive market.”
– Meryl T. via Trulia
“We found Jeff’s expertise in the local market was invaluable in our buying search. I don’t often give full stars but, in all honesty if I could add a few more I would. The Cambridge market is tough and without an expert like Jeff we’d still be frustrated and looking.
Jeff was ever diligent. Something you want in a realtor. Our needs were always first and foremost. He worked with us at odd hours, night, day, and weekend to help us get what we wanted. That level of stamina and tenacity I’ve rarely experienced with any realtor.
Interestingly enough Jeff’s deep rental experience proved invaluable in our search. We looked at many homes, some with rental units some without, but, regardless the knowledge Jeff was able to provide about the area, area makeup, and value trends was invaluable. We’ve never seen a realtor with such a deep knowledge of the rental market and would highly recommend him if you’re looking to rent, looking to buy, or looking to sell.”
– Steven K. via Trulia
“Recently Jeff helped my family purchase a new home. We had been in Cambridge for 3 and half years and it was a nice experience except for the poor condition of the apartment that we rented out. My wife and I decided to purchase a house as the rent is so expensive but mortgages are historically low, so we felt that buying a house was less risky than ever. We contacted a few agents and they were kind at first then became less responsive to our many questions and requests. However Jeff is different from others. He is so patient and responsive to every single tiny questions which arises when you purchase a home, especially when you are the first time home buyer. His answers are very quick and accurate and his network of lenders and attorneys were also greatly helpful. Our transaction was complicated, but he was so nice to help and assist through the whole thing. I’d recommend Jeff to my friends and others who are considering a home purchase. He’ll help you find a right place for you and your family! Thanks Jeff again for your help and I’ll definitely be back to you when we come into the market again.”
– Yun J.
“Jeff Stephens (ePlace) was amazing. Being a first time buyer, Jeff made a very daunting process very smooth from beginning to end and I now reside in an amazing apartment that meets all of the many requirements I was looking for (not an easy task).
A year ago I moved to Cambridge from Kansas looking to rent an apartment. After dealing with a number of unreliable agents, I came across ePlace and in a short period Jeff had found me the perfect apartment to rent in a very stress free and efficient manner. With the experience of how smooth real estate can be with the right agent like Jeff, it was a no-brainer to work with him in finding an apartment to buy.
From day 1, a trusted relationship was built with Jeff were he always had my best interests in hand and never made me feel like just another sale for the year. It was very reassuring having a agent that gave a honest evaluation of a property, talking about the pros and cons, guiding me away from the wrong properties and towards the right ones. In addition to the ins and outs of each property, Jeff always drove me through the surrounding area using his in-depth knowledge of each neighborhood to point out all the features from public transport, bars, and restaurants to groceries. I now realize how important these features are as Jeff pointed out you’re not only buying a property but also part of a neighborhood.
Jeff truly gave me personal service. He was always available via phone/txt/email (very tech savvy) whenever I had a question and advised me through the entire process: from viewing houses and comps, to making an offer and the entire process through to signing with the lawyer. It is worth noting, not only do I highly recommend Jeff (and would work with him again) but I have already referred Jeff to other friends and colleagues seeking a realtor agent and like me, they were very impressed with him and his work.”
– Alan R.
“ePlace have been great. Jeff Stephens was really good at helping my wife and I (1st time buyers) find somewhere we really liked and helping us navigate everything from the first offer to the final closing. We’re very pleased.”
– James B.
“Jeff assisted us finding a larger place and then subsequently listing our 1 bedroom. What stands out about Jeff above all other agents we worked with was his professionalism and responsiveness. Jeff responded to our inquiry on a listing immediately and was incredibly flexible and punctual with scheduling showings to fit our schedule. After finding the ideal place for us, Jeff turned his attention to listing our 1 bedroom. Jeff’s professionalism and open communications continued through this process. Jeff was open with us and took the time to answer all our questions and concerns. It was a pleasure to work with Jeff both on a professional and personal level.”
– Jonathan F.
“I am happy to recommend Jeff Stephens as an excellent, responsible rental agent. I first met Jeff last summer to list my apartment in Davis Square. He suggested a rental price and within a week had interviewed a couple who have proved to be really great tenants. Jeff is easy to work with, a good listener, and someone who clearly knows his business and the market.
Recently, he rented another apartment for me during the worst part of the winter. My new tenant will move in this month (February) and seems to be a perfect fit for the apartment. Jeff has access to many marketing tools and can “get the word out” pretty quickly about a good property. But most important to me is having tenants who appreciate the property and will take care of it. Jeff gets that and finds great people for my apartments.
When my next unit becomes available, Jeff will be the first to know. I should mention that communication skills are one of his strengths along with an extremely likable personality. He emailed me regularly with thoughtful and detailed updates. I appreciate his perseverance, persistence, and his always positive attitude.”
– Pat E. via Trulia
“Jeff has help fill several vacancies that occurred at odd times in the rental cycle. He is always attentive to my concerns, well versed in the market and provides effective and useful strategies for finding and landing solid tenants. I highly recommend Jeff and ePlace for your rental needs.”
– Larry S. via Trulia
“I see that Jeff Stephens already has a fan club here and I’m more than glad to join it.
In the dead of winter, in the midst of multiple snowstorms, I needed to find new tenants for the other half of my Cambridgeport house. More than a month went by with no promising results. With so few people coming out to look, it was a very stressful time. I had already listed with several Cambridge realtors before a friend suggested I try ePlace. I’m grateful that I stopped in and had the good fortune to meet Jeff.
From the start, I thought his communications skills were exceptional; that he really listened, understood my circumstances and what I was hoping to find. With my owner occupied house, it’s always been important that my tenants be people who are mature, respectful and friendly –- not just people who are good for the monthly rent. Jeff wasted no time springing into action looking for people who would accurately fit my needs.
During this challenging time of the year, Jeff was reassuring and remarkably available whenever I needed his advice or moral support. An extraordinary fast responder to phone calls and emails, Jeff’s messages were also generous and clear. I appreciated his excellent writing skills that never left me trying to decipher a few obscure words. He’s simply an enormously attentive guy to work with. And in the process, he proved to be a great stress-defuser for me.
In the end – after a few promising renters oddly dematerialized – Jeff and his associates brought me the perfect couple for my place and just a few nights ago we happily signed a lease! I feel a true debt of gratitude to Jeff and ePlace. I will look forward to working with this extraordinary guy again in the future.”
– Marty O.
“I am a landlord of a 3 family near Inman Sq, Cambridge.
2 apartments recently became available within a week of each other and Jeff, who I had never worked with, found tenants for each within 2 and 3 days of listing them, two very solid tenants who will be respectful of the apartment and the other tenants.
I am delighted with his turnaround. He was attentive to my wants and desires. His followup made sure every detail was discussed and agreed to.
He is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I would certainly go to him the next time I have an apartment to rent.”
– Steve Zecher, Cambridge
“I worked with Jeff Stephens and he was awesome. The first place he brought me out to was the one we wanted but as we were there another realtor was there with other family who actually were signing the check on the deposit.
We left defeated, but Jeff kept tabs on the apartment and it turns out that the family went with another place. He made his calls and secured the spot for us and now we’re going to move in less than 3 weeks!
Jeff was really easy to work with, and is very attentive and available to his clients. I highly recommend him and ePlace if you’re looking for a place up in Cambridge.”
– Karl S.
“I’ve had an awesome experience working with Jeff from ePlace.
Jeff goes above and beyond the job of a typical real estate agent. Six months after my roommate and I moved into our apartment in Central Square Jeff came to my rescue when I locked myself out. I called Jeff to see if he had an extra set of keys and he came within 10 minutes to let me back in.
Jeff is friendly, responsive, and assertive. If you are looking for an apartment in the Boston/Cambridge area I highly recommend calling Jeff from ePlace!”
– Brittany H.
“I am very pleased to leave this testimonial for Jeff Stephens. I had a challenging situation that Jeff handled professionally and compassionately. He was easy to work with and made a stressful situation a breeze. I would not even think twice about working with him again on any future housing needs. I highly recommend him. Other agents I talked to just told me that nothing was available and to call them back in a couple of months. Jeff actually cared about what I wanted and got it done. Nothing speaks louder than results!
You can contact me directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-698-6893 for a reference if you want to talk to a live person :)”
— Diane Johnson, Somerville
“Jeff was, above all, organized and competent which was really refreshing after dealing with so many agents who did not listen to our list of requirements or showed us places that were already rented. We ended up finding the best possible fit for all four of our needs in a very short time period. And, contrary to other posts, it was actually less expensive than other places WAY out on the green lines (Allston, Brighton, and Brookline) Granted the property just happened to be amazing. Jeff was on time, very responsive, always carried out what he said he would, and on top of his business. I would certainly recommend him and EPlace 100%. Thank you!!!”
– Jonathan C.
“The E stands for Excellent! If you’re looking to rent in Boston, look no further than ePlace.
My partner and I recently visited Boston for the first time earlier this month with the intention of viewing apartments in readiness for our forthcoming move to America. Having visited several Realtors offices in the city, it quickly became apparent that renting an apartment in the US was going to be a very different experience to renting in our native UK. The ePlace office is a bright and contemporary outfit located on Mass Ave and was by far the most professional and welcoming of the Realtor offices we managed to visit during our week. Our real estate consultant was Jeff Stephens, who quickly set about appraising our requirements while answering any queries we had regarding apartment rental in Boston (of which there were many!). We were promptly given a shortlist of apartments which were ‘right up our street’ and viewed these the following day. Once we had finally settled upon our ideal apartment, Jeff went above and beyond what was expected in processing our application, keeping us posted of any developments and eventually helping us secure our contract. Five stars! For an informed and professional service – speak to Jeff Stephens at ePlace.”
– Brent R., Cambridge
“I would definitely recommend working with Jeff Stephens at ePlace again. I was in a serious time crunch as I had to move out of my apartment in a week, and was having problems finding a new one under the time constraints (it’s a long, ridiculous story). The vast majority of people I had contacted about apartments either didn’t get in touch with me again, became unresponsive after several calls back and forth, or told me right after we had set up a viewing that the apartment had been rented. I called Jeff asking about an apartment listed on Craigslist, and he said he could be there in an hour. I saw the apartment then and told him that I liked it. As we left the apartment, there was another woman waiting for a broker, so Jeff said we had to hurry. We got back to his office as soon as we could, he contacted the landlord, we filled out all the paperwork, and he faxed it over as quickly as possible. Literally 5 hours after I first called Jeff, everything, including the landlord’s signature on a faxed form, was set. I can’t imagine getting better service than I got today, and would call up ePlace and Jeff in particular in a heartbeat whenever I want to move again.”
– Ned W., Somerville
“I moved to Boston from Chicago in the middle of winter, and with the help of ePlace, found a great apartment and roommate!
Jeff Stephens showed me the place, and then helped with everything I needed! He negotiated the contract with the landlord, and helped me to secure the deal in a timely manner. He also went above and beyond in creating an ad for me that ensured I found a roommate–in the middle of February, which is more difficult than summertime! The ad looked professional and before I knew it, I had tons of people wanting to check it out!
He also gave me great suggestions, like setting up a paypal account for monthly payments, and took me through the technical portion of the lease so I knew just what to expect! He not only dedicated lots of time to me and made sure everything happened quickly, he trained me along the way so now I feel like I have a better understanding of how the whole process works!
Since the space is technically Lorrie Korba’s, I have been working with her since I’ve moved in. She delivered the keys right to my office so I wouldn’t have to go downtown to get them, and she fixed all the things in the apartment that needed fixing. If we have any questions, we simply email her and she is super quick and efficient in getting us answers in the same day! She is fabulous to work with, and makes you feel like you’re her only client!
Thanks to Jeff, Lorrie and eplace, a big transition felt simple and easy!”
– Julie B.
“ePlace was absolutely terrific for us. We had tried finding an apartment through two other realtors and Craig’s List and were becoming very discouraged. A friend suggested ePlace, and we gave them a call. Right away, we were connected with Jeff Stephens. He was supreme every step of the way. All of the apartments that he showed us were by far the best that we had seen. It was the first one, however, that we immediately fell in love with and took. Highly recommended; no reservations.”
– Lynn S.