Hilary Dunlavey

Hilary Dunlavey

Sales Associate, CLHMS™, SRES®

Specialties

Buyer's Agent
Listing Agent
Certified Luxury Real Estate Specialist
Investors and 1031 exchange
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®)
Marketing / Staging

Education

LaSalle College, Montreal
Ryerson University

Client Testimonials

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★★★★★
“As someone looking to upgrade from a condo to a single-family home, Hilary Dunlavey navigated me through the ins and outs of buying and selling my home. In this highly competitive market, she provides a hands-on concierge service that was immensely helpful. Her level of professionalism and knowledge allowed me to beat out 32 offers to purchase my dream home. Using lots of market research, Hilary pulled together an offer that positioned me as one of the seller's top 5 offers. Using her negotiation skills, she aligned with the seller's agent to position me as the winning offer. With an accepted offer, Hilary helped me to get my condo on the market quickly. She hosted several well attended open houses and was able to get me under agreement with a well above asking offer within days. Working closely with my mortgage broker, Hilary helped me line up the closing of my house and condo perfectly. I am eternally grateful for all of Hilary’s guidance and support for this double transaction. In this crazy real estate market, you need someone like Hilary Dunlavey in your corner and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy and sell real estate.”
-Catherine

★★★★★
SIMPLY STELLAR! Hilary was a joy to work with and she has my highest recommendation! Her level of professionalism is exceptional and she is extremely responsive, always replying promptly with answers to my many questions. She makes you feel like you are her only and most important client and she does so with integrity and a positive attitude.

Hilary really worked hard to find us a house that we love in a great location. But it didn’t end there, she continues to provide recommendations of service providers and other professional resources. Hilary is absolutely the person you want and need to have by your side when venturing into the real estate market! - Laura S.

★★★★★
"I switched to Hilary after being frustrated with a buyer’s agent that wasn’t engaged in helping me through the process of buying my first home and I am glad I upgraded! Hilary took the time to answer all my questions and followed up with me every week even when she couldn’t attend open houses herself. She proactively came up with ideas to position me as a strong buyer in this tough market and helped me set realistic expectations to stay on track. She has a strong network and I was able to discuss questions with the potential lender and closing attorney early on in the process. After the offer was accepted, she continued to be a resource by giving me recommendations for contractors or other vendors for items that came up in the home inspection. I highly recommend her for anyone going through the home buying process!" -Caitlin C

★★★★★
“It was a pleasure working with Hilary to find a new home for us. We highly recommend having her as a buyer’s agent. We met her at a first-time homebuyer event, where she and her team explained the buying process. We learned a lot and had the opportunity to meet her team which consists of everyone involved in the buying process (lawyer, home inspector, representatives of the lender and insurance) – a great start for our house-hunting time and the best that could have happened to us. After a first meeting, Hilary knew our priorities and what we were looking for. She gave us access to the convenient Compass Collections app in which we were informed immediately if there were any new listings matching our search criteria. We could add interesting houses to our favorite list and write comments. Hilary was very responsive, answering quickly to our questions and sending us any additional information she could get. She also recommended us houses we had not considered at first, and which were interesting at a second glance. During the pandemic when there were no open houses anymore, she always managed to get us an appointment to see a house – even if it seemed impossible as there were no free time slots left! Hilary supported us through the whole buying process, answered all of our many questions, and if she did not know the answer, she found it out for us. With her knowledge and experience, expert advice, helpfulness, brilliant ideas, recommendations, kindness, great cooperation with everyone involved, good organization, patience and empathy for our worries and concerns, she helped us to find and get our dream home. We’re so happy and looking forward to moving into this fantastic house. Thank you so much for everything, Hilary!"
-Andreas and Sonja

★★★★★
"Hilary has a very proactive approach to getting the job done! I first received a call from Hilary as a result of my listing expiring with another agent. We met, discussed some critical changes and updates that needed to be done in order to get top dollar for my home and to ensure it sold quickly. Hilary then set out to make all the arrangements for the various vendors to perform the work in a timely fashion. Her professional approach to staging, pricing and marketing resulted in multiple offers and an over asking price in just one weekend! Hilary was extremely efficient and worked diligently to make my home sale a priority. All while remaining calm and very pleasant throughout the whole process. I knew she was the right choice to sell my home. I could not have been happier with her. I highly recommend calling Hilary whether selling or buying your next home!"
- Charlie

★★★★★
"I highly recommend Hilary. We bought our first home from Hilary this year and were impressed with how smooth the process went as first time home buyers! Hilary's professionalism and exceptional interpersonal skills really made the difference in representing us to the seller and successfully having an offer accepted on our dream home. Hilary was a constant source of support and industry knowledge, including providing us with guidance and access to a network of resources for all other services we needed throughout the closing process. We could not be happier with our decision to have Hilary represent us, she was an excellent advocate for our best interests and truly made the process of buying a home for the first time enjoyable."
- Brianne

★★★★★
"I cannot recommend Hilary enough! She went above and beyond in assisting my husband and me in finding our first home. On the day we found our home, Hilary joined us as we bounced around to a total of 3 open houses that day. When we came upon 15 Emerald Court we knew that we wanted to make it our home. Hilary assisted us in putting together the best possible offer that would be attractive to the sellers and within our comfort zone. She reached out to the seller’s realtor and found out what was important to them. There were a few lingering items that popped up after we closed on our home and Hilary was willing and available to assist. She is more than just our realtor. She is our friend. She made the home buying process as stress free as possible knowing she was on top of everything and able to answer any questions that we had….which were many."
- Malissa

★★★★★
"I cannot recommend Hilary enough! She did such an incredible job helping me find my dream home. I would never have been able to survive this process without her. She was thoughtful, personable, responsive, efficient, caring, knowledgeable, I could go on! If you need any real estate help, take my advice: call Hilary and don't look back. It'll be the best decision you've made in a long time."
-Bill

★★★★★
"Hilary helped me sell my house in 2019 and she was great - not only friendly but very professional, hard working, and organized. She doesn't play silly-small-games, but she is transparent and set realistic expectations and kept all parties well informed. She introduced me to her 'A-team' who has helped me update and sell the house - this was helpful to me as I was a first-time seller and I didn't know what I was supposed to do. I couldn't successfully sell my house without her help for sure."
-Keiko

★★★★★
"As an investor, it's important to have the right agent working alongside you to help make the best choices. Over the past year, I have utilized Hilary to assist with my rentals, help purchase my primary residence and most recently close on another investment property. This time it was a little trickier as it was a 1031 Exchange, as a result of selling another property from out of State and reinvesting the capital. Each and every time, she takes the time to walk me through the process, explain in detail the next steps and guide me every step of the way. I simply don't have the time it takes to micromanage, so knowing Hilary has my back and is doing the leg work behind the scenes takes a big load off of my mind. I trust her implicitly as I know she has my best interest at heart. Hilary has an entire team working with her (lender, closing attorney, home inspector, insurance broker) and they are amazing!!! I highly recommend Hilary for any of your real estate needs."
- Derek

★★★★★
"We are first-time homebuyers and working with Hilary enabled us to buy a dream home that we absolutely love. Hilary is very knowledgeable about the Boston area market and current real estate trends. She was able to point us in the right direction of understanding what to look for in a home, as well as connect us with a whole suite of wraparound services. From helping negotiate the sale to suggesting great providers/businesses involved in home purchases to cleaners and contractors, Hilary went above and beyond. She is also very skilled at letting her clients lead the process while providing valuable input. Hilary is organized, generous and professional at every step. We are very thankful for her assistance! The stressful process of buying a house was made that much smoother thanks to her. Thank you, Hilary!"
- Samantha

★★★★★
"My husband and I worked with Hilary to buy our first home and she was awesome! We were very particular with what we were looking for, and on top of that, ended up looking during the pandemic (which has made the housing market crazy). Hilary was extremely patient and kept finding us homes to look at, until we found one that was right for us. Hilary is a true professional and she knows the market very well. She guided us through every step of the process, including coaching us through different options that would make our offer more competitive (which is very important right now). Now that we are in a home that we love, she continues to be a resource for us on all things home related. On top of that, Hilary is a very kind and personable person who is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend working with her!"
-Kerry and Elliot

About Hilary


As a REALTOR® with the Livingston Group of Compass, licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Hilary has successfully built her business by fostering and maintaining relationships through communication, dedication, and transparency. Her passion for both real estate and service excellence is unparalleled. She is your trusted adviser, exceptional negotiator, savvy home-stager, skilled house- hunter, and neighborhood expert. Not only has she been specially trained as a Pricing Strategy Advisor and Senior Real Estate Specialist, but Hilary has also earned The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS™) designation in recognition of experience, knowledge, and expertise in high-end residential properties with proven performance in the upper-tier market. The specialized training and ongoing membership with The Institute provide Hilary with the knowledge and tools to better serve her clients. The CLHMS™ designation provides evidence of the successful commitment to service at the highest level.

Hilary’s hospitality background contributes to her reputation as a high-touch realtor known for her extensive market knowledge, and unmatched devotion to her clients’ satisfaction, Hilary's success is based almost exclusively on positive referrals. Together with the tech-driven innovation of Compass, and her reputable referral network of lenders, contractors, and home improvement resources, Hilary offers you a full-service package from start to finish.

Born and raised in Bromont, Quebec, Canada, Hilary attended LaSalle College in Montreal, where she graduated with a degree in hospitality and began her long-standing career in the industry. From there, she moved to Toronto to start working for a luxury global hotel company. In 2003, she accepted a position as a sales executive and transferred to a prominent resort in Southern California. It was during a business trip to Boston in 2005, that Hilary realized Massachusetts was where she was meant to call home. Hilary officially became an American citizen in 2018 and proudly holds dual citizenship. Today, she resides in Reading, MA, with her fiancée, Bill. In their free time, she and Bill can be found relaxing with their pug, Gus, in Newport, RI, cooking, playing golf or tennis, and tackling one of her many home improvement jobs.

Spending almost 20 years living and working in Greater Boston has given Hilary her own unique and intimate knowledge of the area that she will use to help guide you home. Some neighborhoods in her real estate portfolio include South Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Winthrop, Reading, Upton, Holliston, Framingham, Quincy, Weymouth, Acton, Hingham, Woburn, Peabody, Middleton, Revere, Dedham, Saugus, West Roxbury and more. Whether you want to sell in the city and buy in the burbs, are in need of more space, are a first-time home buyer, an empty-nester, or anywhere in between, Hilary will work diligently throughout your journey, guaranteeing your stress levels remain at a minimum.