Buyer Agency Client

My wife (Melissa) and I recently closed on our dream home in Natick with the help of Lynda Hughes.  After having previously worked with a horrible agent at one of your competitors, our experience with Lynda was completely refreshing.  She genuinely cared about helping our family settle down (Melissa and I have 2 little boys and 3 pets).  Our previous agent was simply interested in “closing a deal.” Lynda, on the other hand, stayed in touch with us constantly throughout the process, made herself available at all hours and was simply great to work with.  She helped us weigh all of our options, provided her own recommendations and advice when we needed it.

I would absolutely recommend any of our friends who are in the market for a new home to Hawthorn Properties, based on our wonderful experience with Lynda.  In our opinion, she is the type of person who differentiates one real estate company from the others. We’re glad we found Lynda!

“We would absolutely recommend Hawthorn Properties.


– Kazi & Melissa


Seller Agency Client

From start to finish, Ryan was a valuable resource. The Market Analysis report he provided was spot on and he priced our home competitively. His experience in home construction was helpful as he was able to recommend competent people to prepare our home for the Open House. We were especially impressed with Ryan’s competent knowledge of the current Needham market. Additionally, Ryan’s professionalism was evident in his strong client relation skills and Ryan was a pleasure to do business with. All in all, we could not have asked for anything more as our house sold in just 4 days and above the asking price!!!

“We could not have asked for anything more.


– Richard & Jennifer


Buyer Agency Client

My wife and I hired Ryan to help us find and purchase our first home in Natick. We found him to be thorough, quick to respond to inquiries and a pleasure to work with. Ryan’s patience and experience were instrumental in helping us navigate the local real estate market, narrow our search and settle on our new home. As first-time home buyers, we relied on Ryan’s experience as a broker and contractor to identify problems we could have overlooked and estimate the scale of post-sale fixes and modifications. We have already recommended Ryan to friends and coworkers and will continue to do so. 

“We have already recommended Ryan to friends. 


– Evan & Van 


Seller Agency Client

We listed our Natick home with Mathew Roth. Despite a tough seller’s market, we were under agreement within hours of our first open house!  Mathew’s knowledge of the market is incredible, at a level way above most brokers.  In addition, he has the unique ability to understand what our goals and priorities were and made sure every decision echoed them. Mathew used his vast experience to determine a fair and competitive list price for our home, negotiate offers, and worked very closely with us through each step of the process right up to and during the closing. He was always available to answer our questions and give sound, helpful advice. In addition to being skilled in the business, Mathew is extremely likable, so all players: our buyers, their broker, our mortgage broker, our attorney, etc. enjoyed working with him which resulted in seamless transactions each step of the way. Mathew even helped us out behind the scenes on the buying end, even though we didn’t officially use a “buyer broker”.  Throughout the entire buying and selling process, we relied on Mat’s expertise to respond to countless questions and negotiations, and the results spoke for themselves. We have since referred Mathew to a couple of friends/colleagues who are looking to buy business space or make a personal move. We will certainly continue to recommend Mathew’s services and will undoubtedly call on him again if we make a move.

“Despite a tough seller’s market, we were under agreement within hours of our first open house! 


– Jeff & Julie


Buyer Agency Client

I had the pleasure of Mat Roth’s representation during my search and acquisition as a first-time home-buyer. Mat was incredibly helpful and on-task throughout, staying ahead of the game and providing constant input and advice. He is also very trustworthy and a genuine person, which instills confidence during a process not always easy to maintain trust. At the time I was very unfamiliar with the step-by-step process of buying a home, and really needed someone who wasn’t simply going to go through the motions, but was going to provide patient consult and direction. Mat not only did that, but challenged me with questions and scenarios about the properties we observed, as a means to ensure we ended up w/ the best possible home for our needs. He wasn’t trying to simply finish a deal as quickly as possible. Moreover, he was also invaluable in helping secure a terrific home inspector, a very competent attorney, and a handyman after the acquisition was complete. He has the experience and connections to provide more than a mere brokerage experience. The next time I need work done, or embark on a new real estate transaction, Mat will be first person I call.

“The next time I need work done, or embark on a new real estate transaction, Mat will be first person I call.


– John


Brokerage & Custom Home Client

We loved working with Hawthorn!! We decided to partner with them based off of Mat’s knowledge of the Needham market place and his expertise in both the real estate and construction market places. Ultimately we decided to build a custom home with him and we were extremely happy with the end product. During the project he was knowledgeable in every aspect, was very easy to work with and patient when it came to making all the important decisions. We were especially thankful for his excellent communication on a daily basis in regards to where the project stood, what upcoming decisions needed to be made, and multiple recommendations of sources for our needs. We have recommended Mat to friends and family and if we ever decided to build another home we would never use anybody else except for Mat and Hawthorn!!

“We loved working with Hawthorn!!


– Elana & Allen


Brokerage & Custom Home Client

Hawthorn was there with us throughout the entire process, from identifying and purchasing the property, to designing and planning the home renovation, to construction and finish work, and obtaining the certificate of occupancy.  Hawthorn’s expertise in the Needham real estate market added significant value, by allowing us to find a property before it went on the market and understanding the nuances of the town permitting process.  Mat is an extremely reliable person, always responding to our questions and requests in a timely manner and providing us with honest, accurate information.  We were very satisfied with the quality of the work, and would recommend Hawthorn to anyone looking to purchase, renovate or build a house in Needham.

“Hawthorn was there with us throughout the entire process


– Joel & Dawn


3 Times Brokerage Client

My husband and I have worked with Ryan on three separate transactions; the purchase of our first home in 2008 and the sale of that home in 2011, as well as the purchase of our new home in 2011. Ryan’s insight, knowledge and opinions were invaluable in each of these transactions. He is deeply committed to making sure that you are happy with the results of each transaction, be that the proceeds from a sale or making sure that you are getting the house that fits your wants and needs. We love working with Ryan and recommend his work often to our friends and family. His ability to not only act as your real estate agent, but also provide his thoughts and opinions as to possible renovations, all while being genuinely kind and supportive throughout the process makes the home buying/selling experience pleasant. Finally, Ryan is great at managing the negotiations with the other side and making sure that you know whether something is a big deal, or something that can be worked out easily. We cannot sing his praises enough!”

“We cannot sing his praises enough!


– Erica


Brokerage & Custom Home Client

Ryan- We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and to tell how pleased we are with our project at South St. Building a home from the ground up is such a daunting task and having you steer us through it from start to finish with such organization, attention to detail, and professionalism, really made this a rewarding experience.  From our very first meeting, until the last punch-list item was completed, your effort and commitment never waned, and we can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the work you put in; the finished product lived up to and surpassed all expectations.  Furthermore, throw in your broker abilities in selling our previous house, we truly feel like we couldn’t have navigated the last year any better.  Hawthorn Investments has certainly set a high standard, not only the way they conduct their business, but in the final product as well, and we feel lucky that you were our builders. Thanks again.

“We feel lucky that you were our builders.


– Erica


Home Improvement Client

Ryan’s knowledge as a contractor was invaluable in helping us make an immediate rough assessment on what needed to be done to bring the house up-to-date. He gave realistic appraisals of each house we considered but never pushed us towards a commitment. He provided the guidance we needed without making us feel rushed or pressured. After deciding to purchase our house, we asked Ryan to be our general contractor and generate a plan that would meet our aggressive timeline. His team worked conscientiously and was available to discuss specifics with us, to ensure our specifications were understood and followed through. We never hesitated in contacting Ryan about any concerns and were always confident that he would attend to the matter. He promptly returned phone calls and emails. In addition to the high level of professionalism he brought to the table, he was also extremely personable. His authenticity and genuine enthusiasm for what he does provides his clients with a sense of trust that is crucial to any successful real estate transaction. 

“Ryan’s knowledge as a contractor was invaluable.


– Matt


Buyer/ Seller Agency Client

We started working with Ryan 1.5 years ago when we decided to sell our townhouse. From our initial meeting, we appreciated his candidness about the market and trusted his assessment of our property. He was thorough in his research of comparable properties and developed a plan to move our place as quickly as possible. Having an intelligent and rational representative like Ryan went a long way in keeping a complicated process from unreasonably escalating. He represented our interests and advocated on our behalf in an ethical and judicious manner and never pushed his own agenda. As his client, we believed he not only listened to but also appreciated our concerns and did his best to assuage our fears and frustrations as the stakes grew. We continued using Ryan as our representative in the purchase of our next property. We trusted his instincts in directing us towards properties that would be the place for us to start our family. He never wasted our time on houses that didn’t meet our criteria while simultaneously introducing us to places that helped us expand our search.

“He not only listened to but also appreciated our concerns.


– Matt 


Assistant Vice President/ Professional Advantage Mortgage Group , Eastern Bank – Professional Colleague

I have been working with Ryan for the past few years. Ryan brings a professionalism and intensity to Real Estate. He understands the current environment and with hard work, research and a very analytical approach he produces high quality results. He supports his decisions with current market data and is spot-on each and every time. His hard driving approach is coupled with his excellent customer service levels. Ryan is a huge asset to my business, whether it’s handling customers or giving sound advice.  As a fairly new home buyer, Ryan and his team at Hawthorn Properties were the ideal partner in both our home search and condo sale.

“Ryan brings a professionalism and intensity to Real Estate.


– Craig


Buyer/ Seller Agency Client

Ryan’s knowledge of real estate, property, and the housing markets enabled us to both set a realistic price on our property in Cambridge, fix it to the optimal sales readiness using his network of trusted contractors, and ultimately sell it very quickly (offer accepted in less than 2 weeks from listing in a down market!)

In parallel Ryan helped us locate the ideal home for our growing family in Needham and again with his network of contractors moved our new home from fixer-upper to fixed in a short time and very reasonable cost.

I hope to not have to move again for a long time, but if I did, I’d certainly engage Ryan to help us out again and I recommend him to everyone I know that is considering buying, selling, or re-modeling their home.

“I recommend [Hawthorn] to everyone I know that is considering buying, selling, or re-modeling their home.


– David 


Morgan Cohen, Owner, Home Inspector, Morgan K. Cohen Home Inspection 

Since I met Ryan (when working for a client that was buying property from him, to working for his clients, to working for him on property he needed inspected), I have been continuously impressed by his high level of service and professionalism. He is extremely knowledgeable, hard working, cares about his clients, loves what he does, and has a real-world approach to his work and to his clients that is refreshing. I highly recommend him.

“I have been continuously impressed by [Hawthorn’s] high level of service and professionalism


– Morgan 


Adam R. Goldberg, M.Ed. – CEO – The Goldberg Center for Educational Planning – Leasing Client

Let me first be clear that I just about had to hold Mat at gun-point to incorporate my unsolicited testimonial… but that’s just how he is – a humble professional and friend.

Just over a year ago when our educational consulting business began to bust at the seams, I launched into a search for office space in the same way many ‘bootstrapping’ entrepreneurs do – calling random phone numbers listed on office complex banners.

Needless to say, I ended up right where I started after a couple months of run-around, deceit, and miscommunication. Then it hit me – Mat typically does residential, but couldn’t he help in the commercial space as well? After all, he’s a finance guy by trade and has banked years of successful consultation in valuation… a far cry from the mercenaries who grace the underground of an oft-nasty trade.

When I gave Mat the go-ahead to launch the search and due diligence, he spent a good amount of time and energy really trying to understand what we needed. Then, he conducted negotiations like I have never experienced in any past real estate initiative, with a balance of savvy and analysis. The net result was a nicely structured lease arrangement that has helped us bring the business to a whole new level.

It is without hesitation and actually with great urging that I tell you to dispose of the notion that you should not rely on friends for professional assistance. Whether for future commercial or residential real estate assistance, Mat’s my guy…   

“[Hawthorn] spent a good amount of time and energy really trying to understand what we needed.


– Adam


Buyer Agency Client

Having worked with other real estate agents in the Boston and Phoenix areas, I have to say it was quite a relief to work with Ryan. His professionalism, integrity, and experience were appreciated every step of the way. Ryan guided our search in Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge, Medford, Lexington, Concord, Needham, and Newton; we ultimately settled in Winchester. I highly recommend Ryan to anyone looking in the Greater Boston area – we look forward to working with Ryan in the future. 

“We look forward to working with Ryan in the future.


– Sarah


Partner, Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP – Professional Colleague

Ryan is a dedicated real estate professional who provides excellent service to his clients, whether buying or selling their home. He has particular expertise in Needham, Massachusetts, but also has extensive experience in many other area communities. I would highly recommend him.

“I would highly recommend [Hawthorn].


– Robert