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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 to,
with their permission, I will gladly give you their contact
is what some of my Buyer Clients think of my Inner Circle e-Newsletter
Weekly Martha's Vineyard Market Report.
A Seller's Agent would say this
and "Only needs a little TLC", but an Exclusive
Buyer's Agent will tell you it's a SHACK
and you'll need a BULLDOZER!
Inner Circle e-Newsletter's are like Christmas to me! I
love getting them and opening them up to see what's inside
-- Joy and Excitement!"
A.O., Bedford Hills, NY
and I wait for your weekly newsletters like it was Christmas morning
every Saturday. Whoever notices that it has arrived first, "It's
here" is exclaimed and then we sit down, he with the ipad,
me with the laptop. (alas, we are unable to share you..each of
us must have you to ourselves)."
M.K., New York, NY
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.
"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
Satisfied Client tells me why he believes the decision to hire
an Exclusive Buyer Agent on Martha’s Vineyard is a ‘No
an Island homeowner, I find that friends often ask about our home
buying experience with the hope that we will provide guidance
to facilitate their search. My first and only recommendation:
Hire an Exclusive Buyer Agent. They will represent you throughout
the process from start to finish. Although I am not a real estate
professional, I feel the lessons learned and the experience gained
during my own home purchase with you by my side provided me the
unique perspective to offer advice to others seeking the Martha’s
Vineyard lifestyle experience.
I sense more people today contract for the services of Exclusive
Buyer Agents than in the past, many home buyers still just don’t
think about it or don’t believe they can actually have someone
passionately represent their best interests at all times. This
was certainly my friend’s mindset. In part, I think it is
because people believe it will be more costly. They think there
has got to be a catch. I thought you might be interested in how
I describe the benefits of your type of service to my friends.
you should engage an Exclusive Buyers Agent:
the playing field. The seller has professional representation,
why not you? I read that phrase on your website and it made sense.
I note that seller agents have ethical responsibilities to consumers
on both sides, but understand seller agents are contracted by
the seller to promote their best interests. As a matter of law
in Massachusetts, consumers are asked to sign an agency disclosure
form acknowledging the fiduciary relationship of the agent showing
them property. If the agent has identified themselves as a seller
agent they are not working for you. If the agent has stated they
are a facilitator, they are not working for you. But if they check
the box marked buyer agent are they working for you? After all,
this is just a disclosure and not a legal contract. I tell my
friends everything is explained in detail on your website including
that fuzzy area called ‘dual agency’.
I understood how it worked I realized I would feel more confident
dealing with an Exclusive Buyer Agent with whom I had a direct
contractual arrangement. An agent who answers to me alone, not
the seller, thereby eliminating any potential conflict of interest
at any time. That’s another point I make; I explain that
I was glad to enter into a written contract with Peter and I found
it reasonable and even validating to give him what he indicated
would be a refundable retainer. Frankly, I was shocked when I
received my rebate. My search lasted well over 9 months and I
received significantly more value than the amount of the retainer
given the amount of time spent dedicated to my search. I had forgotten
all about it when he pushed the rebate check across the table
to me at the closing. So it really did cost me nothing to be represented
--- a no brainer! And now I did not have to worry about how I
was going to pay for lunch after the closing.
Demystify and Guide you through the Entire process.
There are a lot of different things going on during the home buying
process and it is imperative to have someone with experience and
“local” knowledge by your side. This “insider”
perspective provides value throughout the process to benefit you
during your search, the bidding process, the price negotiation,
the discovery period, the retention and coordination of service
providers required to close, and closing logistics. It became
clear to me early in the process that having “local”
advice is a prerequisite to succeed. As a result of the care I
received, I had a seamless and uneventful close.
Close Services. As a non-resident Islander, we often
times have a need for various concierge services. Now I’ll
admit this is not typically part of a real estate agent’s
obligation, but Peter always said he would not leave me after
the closing, so I knew I could count on him when I needed something.
Over the last few years he has provided me with contacts to help
with things like caretaker services, electricians, plumbers, exterminators,
landscapers and house keepers. You will at some point need at
least one of these. Trust me; it’s best to have a reference.
Peace of Mind. I was not on Island for much of the day-to-day
dealing leading up to our closing. Nonetheless, I was as informed
and involved as I wanted to be and learned very quickly that I
was dealing with and relying upon a safe pair of hands. Very simply,
I can’t imagine that we would have maintained the same level
of comfort relying exclusively on the seller’s agent.
generally end with the assertion that I don’t know why anyone
in their right mind would elect to go it alone, especially on
an Island characterized by six very different towns with distinct
rules and idiosyncrasies. The bottom line is that to me it is
a no brainer and makes total sense to have a buyer agent, but
not just a buyer agent, an Exclusive Buyer Agent, and not just
any Exclusive Buyer Agent, SplitRock Real Estate and Peter Fyler.
am sure that there are many reasons to retain the services of
an Exclusive Buyer Agent beyond those I pass along to my friends.
I hope you find my description of the benefits mildly interesting,
if not entertaining.
Pound Ridge, NY
What do my Clients think about my Inner
must tell you again how much I look forward to and enjoy viewing
your web page and reading your Inner-Circle 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 estate market.
"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
"Peter was instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of
buying property on the Vineyard. He possesses all the right qualities
to assist a homebuyer in making the proper purchase: Knowledge
of the island, experience, work ethic, and superb communication
skills and easy to work with.
knew right away after meeting with Peter and sharing our goals
with him that he was the perfect fit. He understood exactly what
we were looking for and knew which properties to show. We always
knew that he had our best interests in mind.
we signed our purchase and sale contract, Peter continued to work
on our behalf as we were not able to be on the Island to handle
certain details. His commitment to his clients truly extends after
the sale...and we will continue to lean on him for advice as our
process goes on.
Gary & Susan R., Wayne, NJ and Martha's Vineyard
"When preparing this testimonial to the outstanding services
and character of our Exclusive Buyer Agent, Peter Fyler, we thought
it would be useful to read those shared by some of his other clients—primarily
for “format”. We already knew what we wanted to emphasize:
Peter’s organizational and preparation skills; his incredibly
broad knowledge of Martha’s Vineyard; his integrity and
honesty; his instincts about human nature (especially where a
married couple is involved!); his unwavering commitment to his
clients--the buyers; his timely outreach and follow-up; his broad
network of knowledgeable home inspectors, mortgage bankers, insurers,
and contractors; and his demonstrated commitment to keep in touch,
well after the closing and execution of the sale.
"So, after reading many glowing testimonials by Peter’s
other clients, two things jumped out at us; first, that to virtually
every compliment paid to Peter, we could say “We echo that”.
And second, it occurred to us that we could offer an additional,
enormously important accolade—namely, that Peter is a professional
of well-demonstrated consistency; that he obviously brings the
same commitments to the table with all his clients and that he
follows through with great passion for his mission. In short,
Peter not only says what he will do, but does what he says.
nearly twenty years, we have been blessed with wonderful vacations
on the Vineyard. Each August, we had rented lovely homes offered
by generous families. But in the summer of 2013, the year of our
20th wedding anniversary, we decided to “make it official”
so to speak, and purchase our own home on the Island. A friend
referred us to Peter, and over the course of just several months
we moved from “wishful thinking” to a remarkable new
reality in the legacy of our family—owning our own MV home.
all the professional and personal qualities about Peter noted
above, there was a particular instance in our home quest with
Peter that spoke volumes about the wisdom of retaining Peter.
We were touring a home that had a lot of appeal—price, size,
location. But Peter would not let go of the fact that there was
persistent musty odor. He insisted on getting on his knees, with
a small flashlight clenched between his teeth, and dropping down
into the crawlspace. After about 30 minutes of hunting around
in that space, he located the source of the problem, advised the
sellers’ agent that her client had a serious issue, and
drove us to the next home on the tour list. We were deeply impressed
by Peter’s tenacity to literally get his knees dirty on
sum, we are forever grateful to Peter and look forward to seeing
him on Martha’s Vineyard in the months and years ahead,
socially. We highly commend his work to anyone serious about buying
a home on that glorious island."
Broderick J. and Michele N. J., Washington D.C. and MV
"When Ali and i decided we wanted to buy on the vineyard,
we were terrified. But we knew we had to give it a shot. We could
settle for off-island if and only if we tried, and failed, to
find a house we could afford on-island.
course, Peter found it. He made the arcane seem easy and helped
us through a fairly serious problem that cropped up. His dedication
to to his clients is every bit as superlative as portrayed in
these testimonials. His knowledge of nooks and crannies and how
do get things done is staggering.
mess around with some ham-and-egger, call Peter."
Alisun A. and Chris P., Martha's Vineyard (First Time
"We can’t thank Peter enough for the assistance he
recently provided us in acquiring our vacation home on the island.
While we are no strangers to the Vineyard (this is our 2nd purchase),
this was our first experience with a buyer broker. While we were
a bit apprehensive about executing a buyer broker contract, this
apprehension was quickly dissipated by his professionalism and
overall knowledge/advice of both island properties and the acquisition
process in general.
is extremely responsive and always kept the process moving, while
making sure that we were informed during negotiations and contract
timelines. Even while tending to some highly sensitive personal
matters that came up during the contract period, Peter was right
there for us and never missed a beat. Moreover, what makes Peter
both unique and a valuable advisor is his ability to be honest
and upfront during negotiations. He truly cares about the buyer
and what is best for them when acquiring what in most cases is
a very personal and important investment.
after the closing, Peter continues to assist us in dealing with
some minor matters related to the property. His continued support
after the closing leads us to conclude that our next realty purchase
more than likely will be executed with the assistance of a buyer
broker and if the purchase is another island property, he would
be the first and only person we contact. Lastly, I highly recommend
Peter to others seeking to buy realty on the island.
– Thanks so much for all of your help….We truly appreciate
and value your advice and support!!!!"
Rose S. & Joe H., Guilford, CT and Martha's Vineyard
"With a year-round residence in mind, and a host of requirements
on what is considered a shoe-string budget on the Island, as well
as a tight time line; we charged Peter with a difficult task. He
catered to our schedule and wish list and provided professional
service and advice. With an initial setback due to an unsatisfactory
inspection on our first property choice, Peter was able to recommend
a great alternative and helped us make our dream a reality within
three months from start to finish.
"If you need solid buyer representation on the Island, look
Peter, Allison & Holden G., Martha's Vineyard
"Dear Peter, I hope this letter greets you well. Somehow,
“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough to say for all
that you have done and continue to do for us.
Of all the Buyer Agents on the Island we were very fortunate to
be with you. I enjoyed our conversations, though often provocative
and even confrontational, but always respectful.
The older I get I am dismissing the adage that after your 30’s
you really don’t make new friends, just business relationships
and casual acquaintances. I look forward to sharing coffee, wine
or something with you in the very near future."
Ala and Mathew F., Jenkintown, PA and Martha's Vineyard
"While it is definitely true that Peter Fyler is a
consummate professional who puts the needs and values of
his client above all else and executes his job with rare
integrity and dogged efficiency, what amazed me the most
was the discovery that his “job” was really
a “calling” to him. He may disagree, but it
certainly felt to me as if he was on a sacred mission to
ensure that I found my own peculiar little piece of heaven
in which to rest my weary head from the daily struggles
"Peter is an artist, with an artist’s instinct,
eye and intuition. He listens, reads you and then discerns
which little patch of his blissful little island would bring
you the most joy...which then of course makes his joy complete.
If this kind of passion on your behalf, moves you, then
you could find no greater gift from the gods.
"Thank you my darling Peter. Bless you. I just love
my little house!!!
Anne E., Mount Vernon, NY and Martha's Vineyard
"Peter is extremely well informed about the lay of the land,
in Island terms. From the types of homes, villages and rural areas,
ponds and beaches, he can tell you what town is right for you
and find you the right house.
"We live in New York City, so coming to the island to view
houses was not an easy jaunt. Peter orchestrated a series of appointments
for me to see over 10 houses in just one weekend, complete with
a comprehensive booklet that included a complete set of pictures
and information. My husband never saw the house we bought until
the day we closed because Peter's pictures were so complete.
"It was important to us to could find an agent who would
really listen to our needs. Nobody ever listens to me. Having
summered on the Vineyard for many years, I was very specific about
my wants and needs, I wanted my dream house. Once we found it,
Peter was tirelessly determined, working on just the right terms
so that we could make a deal. We are now proud owners of the house
I have dreamed of for years.
"One thing I learned quickly is that Peter knows EVERYBODY...
I mean everybody! From Attorneys to Inspectors before you buy,
to trades, caretakers, housekeepers and all the other people you
will need after you buy.
job doesn't stop for Peter once the house is bought. His dedication
includes concierge service to get you acclimated to Island life.
don't know how we would have done it without him."
Maggie K. & Scott S., New York, NY and Martha's Vineyard
"This letter comes to sincerely thank you for the EXCELLENT
job you did in representing me in purchasing my vacation
home on Martha’s Vineyard.
"At first, I was so excited about this venture, but
soon realized that the possibility of owning a home could
be somewhat problematic in terms of finding just the right
location, house and all that goes along with financing a
property (bank, lawyer, appraisal, dealing with the seller…).
However, Peter, you provided excellent advise, leadership
and guidance. You never once left me standing ‘out
there’ alone. Mostly, I appreciate your honesty and
ongoing communication with me that kept me well informed
of the purchasing process. Even now, you continue to advise
me of house-related matters, such as, referrals of quality
plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and caretakers.
Wow! You are such an ADVOCATE for the buyer… thank
you for that!
"Now, I am a happy New Yorker who owns a little piece
"Once again Peter, thank you… thank you."
Ellen C., Saint Albans, NY and Martha's Vineyard
helped us locate, buy, and settle into the vacation home of our
dreams after many months of searching. He knew every neighborhood
on the island and took the time to find out which one would best
support our lifestyle by taking the time to understand our wants
and needs. He was incredibly responsive and supportive throughout
the process. We would not have purchased a second home without
his help. He makes the process enjoyable and does the research
required on each property to give the buyer a feeling of comfort.
His straight talk and great sense of humor helped us get through
a process which can at times become stressful. Since moving in,
Peter has continued to help us navigate the island He is recommending
contractors and service providers along with being a friend. Partnering
with Peter absolutely sold us on buying a home with an exclusive
buyers agent. If you are considering buying on Martha’s
Vineyard, Peter is the buyer’s agent for you. Peter, thank
you for always having our best interests in mind."”
Sean H. and Suzanne G., Glastonbury, CT and Martha’s
write the following to commend Peter Fyler for his exemplary
work as our exclusive buyer’s agent. He exceeded our
expectations in just about every way imaginable.
"After I initially reviewed Peter’s online materials
and first spoke with him over the phone, he appeared to
be a professional who worked hard and took his job fairly
seriously. But as we all know, one first has to experience
working with an individual before one can draw firm conclusions.
Well, my wife and I have worked with Peter directly and
we have first-hand knowledge of the exemplary work that
he has done for us.
"We never felt pressure from Peter to buy a property.
He is the most patient realtor we have ever worked with.
We appreciated this characteristic of Peter. At times, I
almost felt guilty about all the work that Peter would do
for us when we would ask him questions. I cannot recall
a time that Peter ever declined to assist me with a Vineyard
real estate matter. Second, ask Peter a question, and his
responses were always very timely, and, more importantly,
incredibly thorough. Peter is a master of email communications,
and likewise, a very effective communicator by phone and
in person. I would be highly surprised if anyone is ever
disappointed with the comprehensive way that Peter goes
about responding to his clients’ email inquiries.
Many of his emails are gems filled with helpful information
that I expect to occasionally refer back to during our home
ownership. Also, be ready for a treat when Peter shows you
properties on the island. With minimum lead time, he provided
us with a professional looking portfolio containing each
house listing with tabs, photos, property information, tax
records, and an itinerary! A nice take-home item for future
reference as you reflect on all the houses you viewed.
"Peter really does “know the Vineyard”
as he claims. His knowledge about real estate, the island,
the other realtors, the neighborhoods, the towns, contractors,
attorneys, moving in logistics, etc. has a tremendous value
in and of itself that should not be overlooked. One of our
highpoints each week prior to our purchase was receiving
Peter’s weekly property Inner Circle newsletter and
looking at Peter’s Picks. (We ended up purchasing
one of Mr. Peter’s Picks!)
"Peter does not hesitate to offer his opinion about
real estate, and we valued this very much. In my general
experience, it is common for dual agent realtors make an
effort to understand what their “clients” hot
buttons are, and then downplay them to try to make a sale.
Not so with Peter. No sugar-coating. He speaks his mind,
even if it will turn you away from a property you are interested
in. I never sensed an ounce of selfishness on his part.
There is no doubt in my mind that Peter had a genuine concern
that we find the best house for us. What more could a home
buyer ask for?
"At times I disagreed with Peter, yet it was always
in a mutually respectful manner. Peter stands up for what
he believes in and he has a true passion for real estate.
When someone has a passion, you need to expect that passion
to show through from time to time. Buying a property is
serious business, and Peter understands this fact. His passion
has the effect of making sure you make the right purchase
not only represented our interests in the most loyal manner,
he also stepped up to the plate when we ran into difficulties
jeopardizing the purchase of our dream house. When the going
got tough, Peter, who was already “going” full
steam from when we first engaged him, next kicked it into
overdrive. He was our warrior; he put our interests first
and foremost, and we were able to achieve our goal. He followed
my directions to a T, he offered his own advice, he exhibited
good judgment, he never gave up, and we succeeded in achieving
even after we successfully closed on our house, Peter remains
ready, willing and able to assist us, and in fact does still
assist us as of the date of this writing. Peter remains
a valuable resource to us, and, aside from this, we hope
to have the fortune to stay in touch with Peter indefinitely
sum, we feel very fortunate to have engaged Peter as our
exclusive buyer’s agent -- he is a true professional.
"It is without question that I will refer each of my
friends, colleagues, clients and acquaintances who are interested
in a Vineyard real estate purchase to Peter Fyler of SplitRock
Jason & Silke D., Bala Cynwyd, PA and Martha’s
Fyler, where do you start, when you have been working with someone
on one of the most important decisions of your life? Yes, buying
a home whether it’s your first or second is still a very
big decision. So having someone by your side that you can trust
is so important. We started the process 3 years ago and it has
taken many trips back and forth and a great deal of patience to
get where we are now. That is to be proud owners of our dream
home on the Vineyard. Peter throughout this time has been a friend,
confidant and advisor that we could not have done without. I think
his position to only work one side of the deal is both smart and
comforting. I could not praise him more in all of our dealings.
Peter, thank you…."
Ian & Margaret S., Ridgewood, NJ and Martha’s
Fyler is far and away the best realtor with whom I have worked,
and I have worked with several realtors in the past and am not
the easiest person to please. He was diligent in the real estate
search, knew each property, helped me define what I wanted and
had clear opinions about each property. He is extremely trustworthy
recommend Peter particularly for off-island purchasers, as he
does alot of legwork both before and after settlement and will
make the process as easy as possible for you. He also has an extensive
list of reliable and honest contractors and island resources to
help you before and after settlement. I would not even think about
buying on Martha’s Vineyard without an exclusive buyer's
agent, and Peter Fyler is definitely the one to choose."”
Mark R., NYC, NY and Martha’s Vineyard
first visited Martha's Vineyard in 1994 at the suggestion of a
friend and we have returned almost every year since. We had been
looking at real estate recreationally for about 10 years when,
last year, we came upon Peter's web site. We liked what we read
so we arranged to meet with him during our vacation and decided
that his unique services were exactly what we needed to move forward
comfortably and leisurely, without pressure. We hired Peter and
eagerly anticipated his weekly Inner Circle newsletter. Reading
it thoroughly became a Saturday morning ritual. Over the following
year, we would occasionally write with a question and Peter would
consistently respond with his insight immediately. We thought
we knew the island well but Peter provided us with invaluably
relevant, critical back stories on every property that we never
could have known or would have received from a traditional seller’s
agent. We were fully prepared for this process to take years,
but he very quickly sized up our needs and our lifestyle so our
time was not wasted with a shotgun approach to finding a place.
last summer, while there on vacation, we asked if he could show
us a few places that interested us. He quickly arranged for the
showings but also suggested a house that had just come on the
market which he thought would be perfect for us. Immediately upon
seeing it, we knew that this was the house we had been looking
for and, with Peter's input, constructed a bid. He then arranged
for a "buyers" home inspection, the kind no seller wants
to see. When the inspection revealed issues, Peter produced craftsmen
to provide assessments and estimates for repair, and issues were
resolved to our satisfaction. He spent countless hours at Town
Hall researching records to insure that we would minimize any
unpleasant surprises after taking title. Issues were uncovered
and subsequently cleared up. He provided an edited selection of
attorneys, bankers and insurance companies for us that he knew
were reliable. We had many questions and Peter responded to our
incessant e-mails immediately.
we have now successfully closed, Peter continues to follow up
with us regularly providing recommendations for plumbers, landscapers,
electricians, carpenters, housekeepers and caretakers. His service
did not end at closing. We have bought and sold a half dozen homes
over the years and can state without qualification that we have
never experienced such extraordinarily professional, competent,
candid and friendly service from a realtor.
simply cannot recommend his services highly enough and we will
never buy a home again without using an exclusive buyer broker
Phillip & Deborah W., Darien, CT and Martha’s
has been said about Peter's professionalism, but perhaps not enough
has been said about his kindness and generosity with his time.
needs were incredibly specific: I needed a house very near my
father, at a price so low that few properties were within my budget,
and the house had to be one that I could quickly modify to accommodate
my son's wheelchair. After an initial search I went back to Boston
in despair, but Peter found my house. He then spent a full day
taking measurements and emailing diagrams so that I would be sure
a wheelchair could pass easily.
top of all that, not only did Peter help me accomplish every one
of my specific requirements, the house is in a lovely green setting,
minutes from VH, well built, and beautifully maintained."”
Linda G., Martha’s Vineyard
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your services
and tell you how glad my wife and I are that we chose you as our
Exclusive Buyer Agent.
to the Island full time was no small task, especially given that
our particular purchase was no “cut and dry” matter.
Having you on our side with real estate matters as well as some
other incidentals that popped up alleviated much stress and made
the transaction that much smoother. Thanks again."
Christopher & Tara S., Martha’s Vineyard
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 New York.
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 fly.
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
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 our list.
“ 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
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
Chris S. & Mary Jane A-M., Martha's Vineyard (First
Time Home Buyer)
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
Paul and Rebecca T., New Orleans, LA and Martha’s
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.
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.
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.
we have our dream home in Edgartown as well as a great friend.”
Aurora & Nicholas H., Pound Ridge, NY and Martha’s Vineyard
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
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
"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
"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
"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 occasions.
"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 and lender.
"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
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
"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 Vineyard
"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 Real
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 come first.
"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 (First Time Home Buyer)