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Marcie Rappa Better Living Real Estate Agent Career

Marcie Rappa

Vice President

"Twenty plus years ago, I knew that I wanted to work at a brokerage that was family oriented, and about making the process seamless for the client.  It was about helping my clients have a great experience.  I've always been driven by great customer service and helping people.

The opportunity to build that vision was found when I learned more about Better Living Real Estate®.   The humble and collaborative environment is what I enjoy the most here, and it keeps me satisfied as I continue to build my career and help other agents learn a better way to do business in my role as a Support Vice President.

For a new real estate licensee, or an experienced real estate agent you'll find opportunity to take your real estate career to the next level!  The education and support at Better Living Real Estate is amazing.  When you add all the tools and knowledge of the Better Living Real Estate® Team Intranet, it’s like liquid gold!  I’m impressed by the growth of our agents weekly during our collaborative roundtable discussions.  Learning new ideas and  ways to improve real estate service for my clients has always been a focus, and we all get the best information here. There are so many ways to be successful when you have a great team behind you, and Better Living Real Estate is all about "teamwork!"  

I’ve found what works for me, and as our team grows, they’re all excited to be part of this family environment as well.  The positive feedback from our agents who’ve switched their licenses from other brokerages is humbling, and we all agree we wish we found Better Living Real Estate® earlier in our careers.  It truly is a Better Living For a Better Life!"  -  Marcie Rappa

Nick Helgesen Better Living Real Estate Broker Career

Nick Helgesen

Executive Vice President

"Prior to joining Better Living Real Estate®, I owned and operated RE/MAX franchises for nearly two decades. Wanting to simplify, and having been burnt out on the typical franchise brokerage model, I sold the company, and planned on having my own independent brokerage. 

Within a few weeks from opening my own new brand, I just happened to have a call with my old friend Bob Simone to ask some technology advice and systems for my new Fairhaven, MA office. That started a great conversation about all the technology, training and innovation that was happening at Better Living Real Estate®. It was a lot more than what I had seen during my years with RE/MAX and it got my gears turning.

A few days later we decided to have lunch together to catch up. I had no intention of changing my course as I was already well into the process of opening my new brand, but three hours later, having looked at the Better Living Real Estate® platform, I began to question my rationale for continuing in the broker/owner business. The tools, resources, and simplicity the company offered were staggering.

Looking deeper, it became apparent that the Better Living Real Estate® organization had attracted high caliber people, any of whom could have gone into business for themselves. As I compared the state of the art technology, training, mobility and particularly, the residual income potential that the company already had in place, with the prospect of trying to reinvent similar components for my own firm, my mindset quickly shifted.

After 18 years of recruiting from and studying competing real estate brokerages, I well understood the franchise models, and simply had never seen a more efficient system. And, all without risk, cost or liability! 

Consulting with another broker who worked at Better Living Real Estate® who said, "I much prefer to be signing the back of checks, instead of the front of checks" was the tipping point. I proceeded to scrap my plans (at a significant cost to myself since I had already invested much time and money into my own brand) and joined  Better Living Real Estate®

I have never been more motivated, am growing my team, expanding my social media presence and collaborating with some tremendous people. The environment that has been created here is a community of agents and brokers from diverse backgrounds who clearly find value in a holistic approach to balancing life and work. I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to our growth and cannot speak highly enough of my experience. Better Living Real Estate® is changing the way real estate is practiced,.... and for the better."  Nick Helgesen

Brooke Depot Better Living Real Estate Career

Brooke Depot

Vice President

"When I decided to pursue a career in real estate, my husband and I were expecting our first child. We had just purchased our first home with the help of a Better Living Real Estate® agent, and after a very positive experience, I decided that I wanted to work with the great people here at Better Living Real Estate®.

I received my real estate license and became a Better Living Real Estate® agent only 2 months before my daughter was born. During that time, I was able to take full advantage of the multitude of training opportunities available at Better Living Real Estate® while enjoying the final stages of pregnancy.  I attended weekly live training from the comfort of home, monthly "Lunch and Learns" which connected me with my fellow colleagues, and I was able to learn at all hours of the day using our Team Intranet and Help and Support forums (which certainly came in handy with a newborn at 1 AM!).  By the time I was ready to jump in with clients, I felt confident in my skills as a Realtor® and my ability to provide above and beyond services with Better Living Real Estate® by my side.

Two years later, I am a Vice President and play an important leadership role within our brokerage.  I have honed my skills as a Realtor® and mentor, and I enjoy helping fellow teammates through problem solving and creative thinking.  Working in an environment that is team-based, non-competitive, and 100% pro-collaboration is truly the best way to grow a career in real estate.  The associates at Better Living Real Estate® are so supportive of each other and love to celebrate one another's successes!  You don't find that in every workplace, and when you do, you never want to leave!

As a young mom and professional Realtor®, Better Living Real Estate® gives me the best of both worlds. I work mostly from home with my kids and am able to enjoy watching them grow while supporting my family financially.  I don't miss out on training or company events because I can usually attend from my kitchen or the kids' playroom.  I have a team of agents to fall back on if I need help for any reason — there is always someone willing to jump in and lend a helping hand.  It really is a "Better Living for a Better Life®," and once you experience that first hand, you'll never want to go back."  -  Brooke Depot

Susan Rossi Better Living Real Estate Career

Susan Rossi,

Vice President

"For more than 30 years, I have been involved with the daily aspects of a family owned custom home construction business.  I am also involved with buying and selling homes in need of repair, renovating them and selling them as an investor.  Having years of experience as a REALTOR®,  helping people with their dream of home ownership is paramount in my career as a Realtor®. 

Better Living Real Estate's motto "Better Living for a Better Life® " couldn't be more true in why I love what I do.  I have worked with the big "Franchises" and Independent brokerages and found that the training and human component hadn't met my expectations until I found and joined Better Living Real Estate®.  

Better Living Real Estate® gives you every opportunity to be a successful REALTOR.  With four tiers of support, and real time training from wherever you are in your daily life - whether you are away on vacation or home taking care of your family - Better Living Real Estate® gives you the tools to work from anywhere and close more business.

If you are looking for independence, yet are in need  to connect any time of the day or night for support and guidance,  Better Living Real Estate®  has every tool available to you in real time. "  -  Susan Rossi

Kate Cleveland Better Living Real Estate Career

Kate Cleveland

Vice President

"When I started working with Bob and my real estate teammates in 2005 the brokerage was then named “Buyer’s Network.” We were buyer agents and specialized in helping buyers find the right home for their needs.  During the Great Recession, the brokerage evolved to become more modern, relevant and responsive to the changing needs of both clients and agents.  We all had input into the company, and continue to provide it.  We have invested in fantastic technology, amazing support and great continuing education-training.  We also don't forget the fun, and often get together for social outings, and our now famous "Mix & Mingles! The new name became and mission became “Better Living Real Estate®.” 

What I love most about Better Living Real Estate® is the flexibility to make it work with my current lifestyle. I am able to be a stay at home mom to my two children, be a wife, work as a paralegal, enjoy my own hobbies and yet still be an active member of our company. I am able to join in our meetings from home through GoToMeeting 

and not miss out on any important information and training while still being home with my young children. When I need to take time off from Real Estate I do not have to worry about a commitment to any “up time” at the office answering phones, and there are no additional fees that I have to pay just to hold my license with a company. 

The support that Better Living Real Estate® provides is exceptional. Even the most experienced agent will have questions and need feedback from time to time. Better Living Real Estate® is able to provide that support on multiple levels, to not only new agents but also to experienced, well vested agents. I LOVE how we all work together as a team, and the office does not have a competitive structure. All the agents are friendly and always looking to help out each other.

I would recommend Better Living Real Estate® to any agent that is looking for a TEAM approach. We truly are just like a family. I love my job and I love helping friends and families find the perfect home! I also love being part of a team that provides a “Better Living For A Better Life.”  Kate Cleveland

Kevin Dumont Better Living Real Estate Career in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Kevin Dumont

Vice President

"My career in real estate started in 1974 before I was even born.  This was the year my father opened his own brokerage.  He raised me in the business, and I started working in his office at a young age, receiving my sales license shortly after high school.  In 2000 I became the Manager and Vice President of Dumont Realty.  Our mission statement was to continuously strive for improvement. To learn, educate and apply ourselves & to work together as an independent team.

We built our brokerage on grounds of respect for our agents and to assist each other by communicating and sharing our ideas, concerns, and desires thus increasing our quality and effectiveness.  Our goal was to interact with our customers, our clients, our fellow REALTORS®, consciously and professionally.

A little over a decade later we thought the best way to serve our agents and clients was to make a move to a large national franchise.  After the transition to the national franchise system, I felt we left our core mission behind and we needed to make another change.  It was soon after that, I was offered an employment position as the New England Regional Trainer for one of the largest brokerages in the country, and I brought our team to that brokerage.

After a few years, I learned that corporate attitudes and red tape were not for me.  After speaking with my family, we decided to open our own brokerage under a new franchise.  As I was about to sign a Franchise Agreement, one of my friends introduced me to Bob Simone and Better Living Real Estate®.  After about 2 hours of conversations with Bob, I decided there was no need in me recreating the wheel.  Everything that I wanted to do in a brokerage, Better Living Real Estate® was already doing.

The Dumont Group decided to make the move to Better Living Real Estate® because we felt we were returning to our original mission statement.  Better Living Real Estate® takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal interaction, win-win experiences and positive results. The motto says it all… “Better Living for a Better Life® - it is their baseline that guides everyone in the brokerage to leave a client in better shape and a better place than when we first met them.”

After an extensive search, we found a company that was once again closely aligned with our own mission statement; we also found a company that has all the tools and resources our agents need to grow their business and expertly service our clients.  From Mentoring, Weekly Face to Face Training, 24/7 On Demand Support, Weekly round-table conversations, to the technology components and tools needed to be a paperless agent, as someone who has been an “e-Agent” for over 15 years, it is great to find a brokerage where I am not the only one.  Better Living Real Estate® is built for all our agents to become e-Agents if they choose.

The Dumont Realty Group team is thrilled to have found a home that allows us a “Better Living for a Better Life®” while thriving and keeping true our original core values."  -  Kevin Dumont

Brian Hermann Better Living Real Estate Career

Brian Hermann

Vice President

"I joined Better Living Real Estate® over ten years ago when I first became a licensed salesperson. At the time, I was an experienced public servant with a local community.  After meeting and interviewing with multiple brokerages including the large franchises, I finally met Bob Simone and his team of professionals who showed true honesty, integrity, and commitment not only to their clients but, more importantly, to the team's employees. I immediately felt welcome and invigorated to learn and become knowledgeable and successful in the real estate field. 

Better Living Real Estate® is an industry leader with innovative, evolving technology systems, powerful training opportunities, and generous compensation packages. The work environment instills teamwork, companionship, and support and the company's success is built on the input of the employee's ideas, contributions, and leadership. There are real estate services and opportunities available with us that simply don't exist in other real estate brokerages. I am proud to be part of a brokerage that seeks to assist our clients with a "Better Living for a Better Life"!  Brian Hermann

Pat Arena MA Real Estate Agent for Commercial Real Estate and Residential Sales in Franklin, MA

Pat Arena

Vice President

"I've been in the real estate field for over twenty years, first as a mortgage loan officer and then as areal estate agent.  Joining Better Living Real Estate® is the best move I've made in my career.  I joined Better Living Real Estate® primarily for the opportunity to continue building a commercial real estate focused business, but I've found so much more here. 

The core values at Better Living Real Estate® are teamwork and support, and the leadership here goes above and beyond to live those values every day.  The Team Intranet is a gold mine of resources and information, and our weekly live training sessions and roundtable discussions are always a valuable source of new ideas.  Whenever I have a question or a problem to work through, someone is always available to collaborate, and the ability to co-service a client with another team member means that no one is ever left hanging if I'm unavailable for some reason. 

Real estate sales is a competitive business, but I've never believed that the way to get ahead is to be negative toward others.  At Better Living Real Estate® we all succeed by supporting each other and working together to share our complementary skills.  That culture of sharing extends to the financial side of the business too, with the company's residual income program.  As I continue to build my team, I'm building my financial future. 

I also appreciate the flexibility offered by Better Living Real Estate's industry leading mobile technology platform.  Without being tethered to an office, I'm free to operate from anywhere I happen to be, and I never have to miss out on an opportunity to learn with our online meeting options.  I look forward to continuing to grow my business and team with Better Living Real Estate®, and I'm happy to talk with anyone who might be interested in joining us too." - Pat Arena

Katie Fogarty Stoughton Real Estate agent in Massachusetts at Better Living Real Estate

Katie Fogarty


"I feel very lucky to have been introduced to Better Living Real Estate® through a mutual colleague. I was going through the licensing process when Bob Simone reached out to me. He was considerate, engaging and really wanted to know what I was looking for in a brokerage. Since this was a new career path for me, my very first thought was that I didn’t want to feel alone. The business plan that Better Living Real Estate® offers with its support systems, mentoring and technology checked all the boxes for me. The weekly team round table offers invaluable  insight into actual issues that come up throughout the buying and selling process, with honest discussion on answers and working through possible scenarios that might arise as well. Along with self training through the Team Intranet site, I can not express how valuable these round tables have been. With the 4 tier support system, I always get the guidance I need for any question I have. I have utilized the Team Intranet and Help & Support Forum many times, always with success.  

The whole team approach is what I was looking for, and I have many experienced colleagues that have gone out of their way to help me when I have questions with transactions that I am working on. There are many ways to build your business and the Support Vice Presidents are one of  many resources to help your success for years to come. All in all, we have a very positive and motivating group of great agents to help me to help others realize their real estate goals." - Katie Fogarty  

"I have increased the amount of clients, commissions and support since switching to Better Living Real Estate®.   I've seen how Better Living Real Estate® can help you achieve your real estate goals. 

During my real estate career, I have been a part of brokerages large and small, all promising the same things, "technology, leads, training, etc."  In my opinion, those brokerages over promised and under delivered time and time again.  When initially interviewing with Better Living Real Estate®, because of my past experiences, I thought it was too good to be true and where must be a  catch.  After speaking with multiple Better Living Real Estate® Associates before joining, the positive energy was evident.  This is a great company to be a part of, and what the company has to offer is really as good as it sounds.

With experience working at other brokerages, after joining Better Living Real Estate®, it was the first time in my real estate career that I truly felt that I made the right decision.  All that was promised, was true.  No monthly fees.  No franchise fees.  Residual income opportunities.  Easy to use Technology, WEEKLY training and much more!  The Collaboration is something I hadn’t seen at any other brokerage.   Also, Better Living Real Estate®  is a fully digital brokerage, which in today's times, is more relevant than ever!  The systems of Better Living Real Estate® are set up to make your life as an agent more efficient, better organized and always look like a true professional.

When changed brokerages and  I started with Better Living Real Estate®, it was at the beginning of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic.  In less than one year at Better Living Real Estate®, I have drastically increased the amount of clients, prospects, commissions and knowledge in a short period of time.  I used to feel like I was floating in the middle of the real estate ocean with no direction.  Now, after following the systems that Better Living Real Estate® offers (for free) to all its associates, I have exponentially grown my business, despite a global pandemic and a challenging year for all. I am proof of how Better Living Real Estate® can help you achieve your real estate goals."  -  Michael Giovangelo

"I decided to get my license in real estate back in 2018.  My husband and I had purchased a multifamily property and enjoyed being landlords.  We were thinking of purchasing additional properties down the road, and I wanted to know more about real estate, its laws and the business. In 2020, we purchased another multi and in 2022 we purchased our first short term rental, an Airbnb®.

As a brand new agent, fresh out of real estate school, there are many choices of companies to hang your license. As a new licensee, I started looking for a real estate brokerage that would offer me support and continue to teach me new skills year after year. I also wanted a brokerage that would help me start making money fast.  After attending a few interviews with other companies, I found that Better Living Real Estate® felt like the best fit for me. 

Better Living Real Estate's  "4-Tier Support System" is a solid system. There is help literally 24/7, in addition to having a Support Vice President and a sponsor to contact if needed. Their "Start-Orientation Program" is very structured, and began immediately.  I was able to meet my Support Vice President and attend a weekly in person review of how to get organized, branded, learn their technology and steps to be successful by developing a business plan.  The brokerage's detailed "Channels of Business" gave me a guide to follow that supports me throughout my career.  All of these resources prepared me to be a knowledgeable and successful real estate professional.

I love the collaboration throughout the brokerage.  Although we each keep our individual compensation, all of our agents support each other as one team verses the typical competition you see with other companies. The biggest take away is, you get out what you put in. Our weekly roundtable meetings are outstandingly helpful as well as our weekly "Learning Thursday" meeting topics.  I have witnessed firsthand that if you put in the work, follow the Channels of Business  Development, attend the weekly meetings and the monthly networking events, you “will not fail!"

All of the support and resources you could ever need is right here with Better Living Real Estate®.  I am AMAZED and truly thankful to this day at the amount of time Bob puts into the weekly meetings, the videos in the Team Intranet, attending most of our Networking events thereby supporting each of his agents and always being just a phone call away if we need him.  He always challenges us to “Be Better,” which pushes us to be better Realtors® as well as better people. You will never see this level of dedication from any other company.  I am honored to be on this team. “Better Living for a Better Life,” it’s not just our motto, it’s a way of life." - Gail Sebastiao

"A little back story as to why I became a real estate agent and why I choose Better Living Real Estate®.  I worked for a municipality at the time I was hired, dispatching for my local police and fire departments. I'm married with two children, and my wife works as a legal secretary for a law firm in Bedford, MA. 

With the two children, their dream was to always go to Disney World in Florida. Especially my daughter, who, like any young girl, wanted to see Cinderella's Castle.   And in my opinion, every young girl should have the opportunity to go and experience seeing that Castle. My wife Dawn and I looked at prices to go for a week from time to time, and honestly, there was NO WAY we could ever afford it.  Our goal was to save our tax refunds for a couple of years and put that towards it, but of course things came up that require money that we didn't have on hand, so into the tax refund we go.

I was introduced to Better Living Real Estate® by Brian Hermann, a Senior Associate with Better Living Real Estate®.  I've known Brian for quite a long time and I've seen how successful he's been in real estate.  In 2015, I had the thought of taking the course and giving Real Estate because I wanted to get into the business.  One of the first goals I had was to take a portion of my first few closing commissions and bring the kids to Disney. 

Once I had my license Brian sponsored me into the brokerage and the brokerage gave the me tools to be a successful agent.  

I was hired by two clients very quickly.  Like most new agents, my first few transactions weren't exactly smooth, but everyone at Better Living Real Estate® stuck by me, kept me on track and motivated.  Both transactions closed successfully with happy clients!

Do you know what I did with both commission checks?  Yup, I booked a trip to take my children to Disney!  My daughter was going to be able the see the Castle!  It would not have been possible without all the support and encouragement from Better Living Real Estate®.   The training environment created at Better Living Real Estate® is top of the line!  There are numerous tools for agents to find an answer, from the Tiers of Support on the Team Intranet to being able to reach out to my Sponsor and Team Leader with a question.  This brokerage has a true Teamwork environment, which makes agents want to help out other agents.  And, in this type of field, that's unheard of.  More than once I have been told real estate is a cut throat industry. Well, NOT at Better Living Real Estate®!

And then what does the brokerage do? At the end of 2016, the brokerage increased the compensation rate IN FAVOR OF THE AGENT!  Crazy.  And of course, there are no desk fees and agents aren't forced to report to an office.  Why wouldn't a real estate agent want to work here? 

Sorry this is so long... let me sum it up this way.... the support I received and how the management runs this company, helped make my kids dream come true. Period.  And when once I had been intimidated about being a new real estate agent, now, I can't wait for my next client.

Thank you Better Living Real Estate® " -  Christopher Sullivan

"One word describes Better Living Real Estate®:  COLLABORATIVE!

Whether it’s our twice per week company Zoom calls and roundtables in which we discuss any and all topics openly or the help and support that we each provide to one another, we are always promoting learning across the company.  

We're constantly having the opportunity to have one to one discussions and direct support provided by our Support Vice Presidents to help us get through any issue or career obstacle.  This spirit of cooperation and support within Better Living Real Estate® extends to how we help our clients and customers. We further extend this spirit of collaboration to other real estate agents in our co-brokered transactions, making it a better experience for everyone. 

One of our favorite hashtags is #BeBetter, and we live it every day by always learning how to be better real estate professionals and performing at the highest standards.  The mindset to help our agents succeed is top-down, and permeates the whole company.  For us it’s not about awards or who is the top earner in the company, it’s about making a difference in the lives of our clients, co-workers, and peers in the industry which ultimately leads to our success as REALTORS.  We are well-trained and educated through the outstanding training offered by Better Living Real Estate® and always strive to provide the utmost in customer service to our clients while achieving their real estate goals.  I personally interviewed many companies before signing on with Better Living Real Estate®, and this company perfectly reflects who I am as a person and REALTOR!" - Susan Kelley-Brian

Tom Keeghan, Hull, MA Realtor at Better Living Real Estate

Tom Keegan


"Better Living Real Estate has a robust digital footprint, innovative systems designed to serve their clients with exceptional care; and a spirit of education/training, collaboration, communication and a good old-fashioned strong work ethic baked in. I am excited to be a part of this team and helping to drive their business forward!  It is a collaborative and alive environment, one that is designed for success. If you are thinking about a change or are considering getting into Real Estate sales, contact me anytime" - Tom Keegan

Isa Helena, Dedham Real Estate and homes for sale in Massachusetts by Better Living Real Estate

Isa Helena


"I learned about Better Living Real Estate® while attending  a Better Living Real Estate® MeetUP networking event.  While there, I connected with multiple real estate agents and decided to have a meeting with Bob Simone to learn more.  After seeing all the tools, software, and unique business model that Better Living Real Estate® has to offer, I immediately knew that Better Living Real Estate® was aligned with the way that I was looking to elevate my real estate career.  

The abundance of personalized training includes in-depth orientation for real estate agents joining the brokerage,  weekly training and roundtable discussions with your colleagues, and exclusive trainings from industry professionals, deep-diving into topics such as homeowners insurance, real estate law, negotiating skills along with so many other real estate related topics that further sets Better Living Real Estate® apart from other brokerages.  

The fun part of Better Living Real Estate® are the MeetUPs and networking events organized on a regular basis, allowing you to stay socially and personally connected with your teammates, as well as opening up new opportunities to expand your network.  

Better Living Real Estate® is fully invested in their agents, providing an array of tools and first-level education needed for an agent to be a leading professional in the industry.  I would recommend any real estate agent striving to succeed in their business joins our brokerage." - Isa Helena

John Stagnone Massachusetts Realtor at Better Living Real Estate

John Stagnone


"I started my career in real estate at small local brokerage that had great ideas of creating systems, application and data bases of information for its agents to use and collaborate. After about 1½ years with the brokerage, I started looking to see what other brokerages had to offer.

I was considering two brokerages and after meeting with Bob Simone the broker for Better Living Real Estate®, I decided to move my license to Better Living Real Estate®. Better Living Real Estate® had all the systems, apps and databases that my previous brokerage had talked about building. It wasn’t just the systems that Better Living Real Estate® had that had me switch brokerage, it was the weekly round table meetings where Associates shared what was happening in the market today, as well as discussed situations that they were facing on a current listing or a purchase. The sharing of ideas, solutions and consistent offers to help when needed is something not many brokerages offer, but it is available at Better Living Real Estate.

The "tools in the tool shed" at Better Living Real Estate® are extensive, and provided at no cost to an Associate. Like our 4 Tiers of Support, Team Intranet, Help and Support Forum with a database of industry specific questions and answers, a Support Vice President providing personal mentoring and our Brokerage Facebook Group where all Associates are there to help, share and learn together. It doesn’t stop there, our weekly and monthly meetings roundtables discuss current market and economic conditions affecting our business, clients and closings. Our Learn Thursdays include guest speakers from different real estate related professions and discuss specific business topics that help us become better real estate agents. Then there is our social networking  MeetUPs, where associates and other real estate related professionals get together to network and build relationships.

In addition to all the great people I get to work with and all the tools provided, one of the most rewarding aspects of being part of Better Living Real Estate® is being able to create my own business plan that fits my schedule, lifestyle and goals." - John Stagnone

"I made the best decision of my career when I joined Better Living Real Estate® as a real estate agent working across New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The support structure at Better Living Real Estate® is truly incredible, providing an environment where I can thrive.

One of the aspects that drew me to Better Living Real Estate® is their team culture, encouraging "co-sharing" business opportunities to both learn and earn simultaneously. The collaborative atmosphere is further enhanced by the Team Intranet, a valuable resource that answers all my questions, and a support forum "hot-line" where I can pose queries and receive answers almost instantaneously from fellow agents. I use these resources frequently and it has made the transition not only easier, but genuinely enhanced my knowledge and skills for the benefit of my clients. 

What sets Better Living Real Estate® apart is the hands-on training provided by the Support Vice President, a unique approach in the industry. We also use a 4- Channel business system to obtain leads and connections including creating LSN Networks. This has been invaluable, equipping me with the skills necessary for success in the competitive real estate market, and has proven far superior to expensive advertising. 

The weekly meetings at Better Living Real Estate® are nothing short of fantastic. The Tuesday open forum allows for meaningful discussions among agents, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. I always come away with new ideas and approaches and renewed energy to pursue them. On Thursdays, we have the chance to learn from industry professionals. I love these sessions in particular because of the expertise drawn from those who have a wealth of experience and success. I haven’t heard of this level of learning in our industry with this regularity, anywhere. 

Having transitioned from a large, well-known real estate agency, I can confidently say that Better Living Real Estate® is a progressive brokerage with transactional practices that are ahead of the industry curve. This commitment to staying at the forefront of the real estate market make Better Living Real Estate® an exciting and rewarding place to work. 

Leaving my previous agency to join Better Living Real Estate® was a leap of faith, but it turned out to be the best decision I've ever made for my career. I love the people in this firm. Bob and Bebe Simone have been the ideal owners who are absolutely committed to my success. I am thrilled with my choice, haven't looked back, and am excited about the continued growth and success that Better Living Real Estate® offers."  - Diane Sullivan

Tito Ramirez - MA Realtor and Better Living Real Estate Agent

Tito Ramirez


"I left my prior brokerage to join Better Living Real Estate®. I knew I had made the right choice to be a Realtor® with this ‘Cream of the Crop’ New England brokerage.

Better Living Real Estate® is always providing me with the tools and training to help me achieve both my short-term and long-term goals in real estate. Furthermore, my colleagues at Better Living Real Estate® are amazing to work with. They are always personable and eager to resolve any questions that I have. This accommodating mentoring from the staff creates a positive and friendly working environment for all the Realtors® and their clients at Better Living Real Estate.

Better Living Real Estate® continually provides technology and business training meetings to help its Realtors® stay competitive with the ever-changing real estate markets. The brokerage holds two weekly online ‘Round-Table’ meetings, where Realtors® can share experiences, ask questions and learn from each other.

In addition, the brokerage holds monthly in-person ‘Meetup’ events where I can meet different professionals dedicated to the field of real estate. At these in-person events, we can discuss new business ideas and gain more knowledge, which creates more confidence for us as real estate professionals.

Knowing that I have a team, like Better Living Real Estate® behind me 100% is a great feeling. I really appreciate all the resources and perks this brokerage offers. While this team has helped create much real estate success for me, Better Living Real Estate also has become like family for me. It’s great to work with family!" - Tito Ramirez

"When searching for a brokerage, I wasn’t looking to be just a number in a large franchise or pushed where the focus wasn’t on my clients' needs.  I also didn't want a brokerage that focused on dollar volume or sales contests.  I wanted a brokerage that felt like I was part of a team; part of a family.  From the first day I interviewed with Better Living Real Estate®, I was welcomed in like a family member.  From my sponsor agent to our broker, you feel genuinely received by everyone you interact with at here.

The main focus at Better Living Real Estate® is to bring your client the best possible experience during a time that can be very stressful.  We all work together as a team to make this happen!  From weekly roundtable discussions to Networking MeetUps, we come together to build knowledge and relationships.  The experience at Better Living Real Estate® isn’t just about building a clientele to buy or sell, but to build relationships with other professionals that will better yourself to serve your clients." - Christie Lopes

Nick Gunter


"I began my real estate journey during the height of the pandemic, all while balancing a full-time job with a marketing agency. The realization hit me that I didn't want to confine myself to a desk job for the rest of my life, leading me to pursue a career in real estate.

During my search for a brokerage, I intentionally steered clear of the big names, seeking a more personalized and growth-oriented environment. That's when I stumbled upon Better Living Real Estate®. A pivotal moment occurred during a meeting with Bob Simone, where he provided a comprehensive overview of the brokerage's operations. He talked about the applications, tools, software, and the distinctive business model that Better Living Real Estate® offered. The innovative resources and supportive community made it clear – this was the platform where I could truly flourish.

Additionally, what set Better Living Real Estate® apart wasn't just the cutting-edge systems, apps, and databases. It was the immersive experience of their weekly roundtable meetings that truly sealed the deal for me. These gatherings weren't just about market updates; they were dynamic forums where associates openly shared real-time insights and challenges they were facing in their current transactions.

The culture of collaborative idea exchange, the readiness to offer solutions, and the consistent support extended by associates at Better Living Real Estate® were the selling point for me. In a realm where such opportunities are rare, Better Living Real Estate® stood out as a beacon of shared success and genuine support." - Nick Gunter

"My real estate career started in November 2022, when I walked out of the testing office with a license in hand and a smile on my face.  At the time I didn’t have a clear direction with where I would go next but I did know one thing; I wanted to be at Better Living Real Estate®.

Better Living Real Estate® was the company that supported me in buying my first home during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic - no easy task. The streamlined systems at Better Living Real Estate® have supported me at every step of the way, and made my experience of buying a home stress free. 

After my experience as a buyer, I wanted to support others and could personally vouch for Better Living Real Estate®. Bob Simone’s approach to new agents and his clients comes from a place of genuine care, which was what I wanted in a company. I felt that genuine care as  both a buyer and an agent when I joined the brokerage. With a focus on helping people, the company spent countless hours teaching me how to support our clients and build a better life using real estate. The information I have learned through the Better Living Real Estate® onboarding process is invaluable and has pushed me leaps and bounds ahead of other agents. As I take these next steps into my career, I feel fully supported by the mentors at Better Living Real Estate®.  

In addition to creating an on-boarding training and mentorship program, Better Living Real Estate® has built a tight knit community and collaborative environment that is fully committed to supporting each other and helping families. Unlike other brokerages, Better Living Real Estate® offers optional, collaborative ‘Roundtable’ meetings, that provide our team the opportunity to discuss real life issues we are facing in the industry. From the transfer of solar panels and renewable energy to social marketing, these conversations are team led and based in real life experiences. I was amazed to see the sheer number of agents who showed up to an optional meeting, and even after my orientation training had ended, I desired to show up to these peer led conversations for the opportunity to learn more. This is a testament to the community that has been built at Better Living Real Estate®. 

Looking back and now knowing what I do about the real estate industry, I am sure I made the right choice when I joined Better Living Real Estate®. I’m excited to continue growing personally and professionally at Better Living Real Estate® because their mission has always been about creating a collaborative team of genuine agents dedicated to helping people." - Amber Considine

"When entering the real estate career path, there are a lot of things to consider. Personally coming from a military and law enforcement background, teamwork, professionalism, organization and integrity means a lot to me. These attributes are exactly what I searched for in real estate brokerages. It's important to set your career on a strong and reputable foundation, and to work collaboratively with other motivated professionals in your field. This not only provides your clients with the best possible experience, but it also provides you with an outstanding career base.

"While a single twig breaks, a bundle of twigs are strong." -Tecumseh

From the professional leadership and exceptional organization in the company, to the friendly and helpful environment within the Better Living Real Estate® Team, or the seemingly endless resources within their comprehensive database, choosing Better Living Real Estate® was the clear choice when deciding which foundation to build my career. 

Whether you are brand new to the field or an experienced REALTOR with years of experience, Better Living Real Estate® not only provides our clients with a "Better Living For A Better Life," experience , but Realtors® find it as well." - Mike MacDonald

Holly Murphy Better Living Real Estate Career

Holly Murphy


 "I have had my Real Estate license for over fourteen years, during that time I have worked with other agencies. I then took some time off to be a stay at home mom for my children. When I was ready to go back to my passion which has always been in real estate, after meeting with Bob Simone, Owner & Broker, and learning what Better Living Real Estate® had to offer, I immediately knew I wanted to join the team. After working at Better Living Real Estate®, I can honestly say that no other brokerage could ever come close to comparing to Better Living Real Estate®.

I am extremely impressed with the Business channels, continued training, and team support that all of the mentors and management have implemented. You are not only working with one manager, you're supported by entire team!

What I truly love about Better Living Real Estate®, is the flexibility. You are able to work from the comfort of your own home or while on the road, using a robust mobile office platform. I would highly recommend anyone to consider a position at Better Living Real Estate® because of the continued support from a highly qualified experienced team."  Holly Murphy 

"I decided to start a career as a real estate agent after working in management in the corporate finance and carpentry industries.  I heard from several people who had been in real estate sales world that finding the right company to work for is key, and can make or break you as you start your career.  Because of these warnings, I made sure I did my research before choosing a company.  What drew me to Better Living Real Estate® at first was the compensation structure and the ability to grow and become a mentor within the company.  After meeting with Bob Simone and learning more about the company, the reason I decided to join Better Living Real Estate® instead of another brokerage was their organized structure, resource availability, and the atmosphere of collaboratively working to help everyone within the company succeed. 

One of the great things about Better Living Real Estate® is that they function very similar to other industry corporations, but with a mobile platform built to allow flexibility and withstand ever changing times.  We have twice a week collaborative meetings to review, discuss, question and share ideas on building our real estate careers.  We have a monthly company lunch covering current real estate industry information.  We have a question and answer intranet to search for, or ask tenured agent questions for assistance.  We have a team Facebook page to share listings, important information and continue weekly training discussions.  Each agent is assigned a sponsor and a Vice President dedicated to them to reach out to and work with as they start their career.  All of these elements are part of a 4 Tier Support system built into the company's  business plan.  Since the day I started, I have used each of these support tiers and have found extreme value in each. 

Because the Better Living Real Estate's® business plan is built to foster collaboration, the ability to co-service clients and the encouragement to co-host Open Houses helps in starting your career, getting experience and exposure to new clients. In my first 4 months I was able to build relationships with my colleagues by following the business plan and putting what I learned into action.  By attending meetings and building relationships, I was able to gain opportunities to co-service clients and co-host open houses with teammates.  Having these opportunities available to me allowed me to start building my brand, prospect for new business and gain clients. 

One of the most amazing things to me was how I was welcomed and supported since the day I started at Better Living Real Estate®. Attending some of these outings and meetings only knowing one or two other agents in a room full can be overwhelming, but because of the team building structure at Better Living Real Estate® each new agent is flooded with welcoming support from the initial announcement and beyond."  -  Jen Medas 

Denise Males


“I was introduced to Better Living Real Estate® through the resounding recommendations of fellow agents who were already thriving under its banner. The network of agents working for the company spoke volumes about the sense of camaraderie and professionalism fostered within its community. It was clear from the outset that this wasn't just another real estate agency; it was a family of dedicated professionals committed to achieving excellence in the real estate industry.

 What sets Better Living Real Estate® apart, and what I appreciate most, is the unparalleled flexibility it offers. In an industry known for its unpredictable nature, the ability to adapt and tailor our approach to each unique situation is a game-changer. The supportive environment and collaborative spirit among colleagues create an atmosphere where everyone's success is a shared victory. The commitment to ongoing training further solidifies Better Living Real Estate® as a dynamic and forward-thinking agency.

 I wholeheartedly recommend Better Living Real Estate® to fellow agents looking to elevate their careers. The company's proactive approach to staying ahead of industry trends ensures that its agents are always equipped with the latest tools and strategies. Better Living Real Estate® is not just a workplace; it's a hub of innovation and continuous learning. The resources available, from cutting-edge technology to comprehensive market insights, are nothing short of fabulous. If you're looking for an agency that is truly like no other, where your growth is nurtured, and success is a collective endeavor, Better Living Real Estate® is the place to be. ”  - Denise Males

"Better Living Real Estate® first appealed to me because of the unique business model it offers.  At Better Living Real Estate®, you are offered a terrific compensation plan, as well as the opportunity to create personal revenue within your own team.  I also was drawn to Better Living Real Estate® because of its strong market presence.

Once I finally joined in 2018 from my former brokerage, I was able to see the real differences that set Better Living Real Estate® apart.  Better Living Real Estate® has a progressive approach to providing real estate services in an ever-evolving culture.  It offers a mobile and "Green" platform, which makes doing business accessible, convenient and practical.  I am able to attend meetings and trainings from wherever I am, as well as access any needed forms and useful material.

The training is unlike any other I've seen.  The company’s internal Team Intranet is invaluable, providing endless resources, information and support.  I would say the most valuable part of Better Living Real Estate® is the overall emphasis on the TEAM.  From the top down, there has always been an open line of communication and support.  Upon joining, I had my Vice President in my corner for training, questions and as a teammate.  It made a positive difference in my working experience, and especially made it fun!

Better Living Real Estate® also provides an opportunity for each agent to build a professional LSN team, or Lead Share Network®.  It is a business team of professionals in related industries that you can trust, connect with, and share opportunities with each other.  This team approach allows us to give our clients a comprehensive support system through their transaction which makes all the difference for them.

Better Living Real Estate® is a brokerage I would recommend to anyone at any point in their real estate career. Their mission, “Better Living for a Better Life®” applies to their agents and their clients.  They truly want their agents to have a meaningful work life balance, and want their clients to receive the best service.  I am so grateful and proud to be a part of this fabulous group!"  -  Shanti Collins

Paul Helgesen Better Living Real Estate Career

Paul Helgesen


"Writing a testimonial for Better Living Real Estate® is an easy thing for me to do. The time that I have been aboard stands in sharp contrast to the sixteen years I spent with Re/Max.  There are several differences that jump right out at me: technology, training, communications, motivation and teamwork. 

Re/Max purports to be the technology leader, but somehow its satellite broadcast system and “do it yourself” education modules seem outdated. Better Living Real Estate® has blown me away with its matrix comprised of channels of opportunity, multiple tiers for problem solving, “Go-To” modules for training and lead sharing networks for tapping into new business.  In my first few days aboard, the coach who was assigned to me got my dashboard set up and I was on my way.  He helped get my customers organized in the "Drive" on my new laptop. Then he pushed me into social media - a first for me.  Now, with everything linked together, I’m getting more benefit and value than ever from my cell phone – I even threw away my Daytimer! 

My motivation at Re/Max was limited.  There were some regional events – few and far between.  There was an annual convention – expensive to participate with meals, hotel and airfare.  On a day-to-day basis there was not a lot of contact – hence, not much team spirit.  But, whether an agent or a broker/owner, the hand was always out there for another fee to be paid. 

Better Living Real Estate® is the polar opposite!  I get constant communication with emails, updates, online meetings, lunch & learns – a real sense of esprit de corp.  Thanks for the motivation and a great head start in an exciting new direction."  Paul Helgesen

Better Living Real Estate Career

Faye Hillman


"I've been with this brokerage since the early days.  Prior to joining, I was a real estate broker for one of the top three national and well know real estate companies, which had unlimited funds to advertise nationally on radio, TV, and media publications. I thought that working for one of the big three was the way to go, when in fact it lacked supervision, training, sense of family and caring for its agents. Immediately, Bob Simone, very busy with his own 24/7 schedule developing our brokerage's business systems, unselfishly found the time and took me under his wing. In spite of my prior reasonable training, he taught me the ‘golden business rules’ which he lived by, and proved to be a model for a successful career. This included building trustworthy relationships with clients, accomplished by means of diligent research of properties closely tailored to the needs of the clients at hand, the constant follow up and prompt contact with the client all leading to a successful closing, a happy buyer with a reasonable assurance of referral business. 

After sixteen years with Buyer's Network, as a top producer for many of those, much of the success I attribute to our brokerage's sharing environment and teamwork, we evolved into Better Living Real Estate®. It's been an exciting of growth into a full service agency with the exceptional training and business experience by all the managers. 

If you want a better career in real estate, and are presently dissatisfied with your present circumstance consider joining Better Living Real Estate®, where you will be part of growing family of successful brokers and agents who have found that the business models developed by Better Living Real Estate® bring not only financial rewards but equally important, personal gratification."  Faye Hillman