After having a not-so-great experience with another highly-rated agent, I was referred to Elizabeth by a friend who had previously bought and sold multiple times in Hoboken. She is, simply stated, the best. This review cannot do her justice but here are a few things that I think really separate her from the pack: 1. Extremely personable and responsive: Elizabeth takes what could be a stressful situation and makes it pleasurable. She gets to know her clients needs/interests/tastes and she shares hers openly. She’s available 24×7 and extremely thorough and productive. 2. Represents her client’s interests, always. There’s an immediate sense of trust with Elizabeth and never once did I get the feeling she was just pushing properties on me to make a quick buck. She realizes that it is far better take to the time to find the right place and establish a relationship rather than just hawk properties. 3. Whip smart: She graduated from Penn and while they may not have such a great football team, they do churn out some pretty bright alumni. Her intelligence is evidence in her witty banter and carries through to her thoroughness and quality of work. 4. She’s local: she knows not only the market, but also the players (agents, brokers, etc.) and they all know she’s in it to win. That’s a huge advantage to have in a particularly hot market. 5. She delivers: bottom line is that she knows what it takes to get the job done. She does and she will. I cannot recommend her enough and will surely be using her to list my place when/if I ever sell.
We’ve had the privilege of working with Elizabeth on both the sale of our apartment and the purchase of our new home and have found her to be at the top of her field in every sense. She had a very thoughtful and thorough approach to the pricing and presentation of the property we were selling enabling us to have a signed contract within weeks of listing in what was a very difficult market. She happily puts in the time and energy necessary and warranted for an individual situation and is incredibly responsive. She knows her market well and has developed very strong relationships throughout town which enables her to have terrific insight and recommendations. Her intuition is spot on. She is smart and naturally personable. While I never found her to be pushy with her clients she is comfortable and effective being aggressive on her client’s behalf where appropriate. We would and do recommend her without reservation to anyone who is looking for a buyer’s or seller’s agent.
Tim & Amanda B.
Elizabeth’s unique insights proffered during the hunt for a home were invaluable and reveal her breadth of experience in real estate, from fit to financing. She was able to quickly, accurately assess our needs and cull and customize our search accordingly to make what can be a harrowing process a pleasant one instead. She is also a very skilled and compelling negotiator – absolutely someone you want on your team. Utterly prompt in her responses to even the most mundane or granular of inquiries, Elizabeth went above and beyond typical broker duties.
Kevin & Kate G.
My husband and I recently hired Elizabeth Rakela as the selling agent of our condo in Hoboken. We have nothing, but good things to say about Elizabeth. Right from the beginning, Elizabeth was prepared and professional. She did her research on comps in the area, which provided us with the information we needed to feel comfortable when listing our condo. Elizabeth helped us stage our apartment, which was a great help since we have three young children. She kept an open line of communication throughout the entire process; providing feedback from showings and keeping us informed. Elizabeth is a hard worker and sells homes!
Kristine & Nick S.
We purchased a home in 2009 and Elizabeth could not have been more helpful both in our search to find the home and throughout the closing process. Her honestly and commitment to her clients is unmatched; I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor.
Elizabeth was an integral part of our search for “the perfect home.” This was our first endeavor in the real estate domain and we had ALOT of questions. Elizabeth was patient and responded promptly to our constant queries. Her commitment to her clients as well as her knowledge of the Hudson county area real estate made working with Elizabeth a pleasure!
Elizabeth is the best agent to have on your side, she encourages her clients to keep an open mind by showing varied properties, she works hard though the completion of the sale and all along she is quick to respond to all of her clients’ questions and needs!
Mark & Erin S.