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Awards

Wall Street Journal’s Real Trends Best Real Estate Professionals List

Boston Magazine Top Producers - 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Top 50 Women Leaders in Real Estate - 2023

Top 100 Women Leaders in Real Estate - 2021, 2022

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★★★★★
"If the review process would allow it, we would give Lara 150 stars, not just 5! Lara assisted my wife and I recently in the search for a suitable property in Boston. She really took the time to get to know what we were looking for and she was a miracle worker at arranging showings, comparing properties and providing keen insight into the Boston market. When we found a property that we were ready to purchase, Lara represented our interests with skill, humor and a relentless attention to detail. She was a seemingly inexhaustible resource in managing the offer, inspection and closing and her efforts have continued even after we bought the property. No problem or concern was too big or too small for Lara to resolve gracefully and in our best interest. Lara Shuqom is star professional and we recommend her without qualification to buyers and sellers of real estate in the Boston area." - Stuart S., Back Bay

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"We were so impressed with the level of service overall, from recommendations on staging to pricing and timing of the listing, which made a huge difference in the success of our sale. We really think we could not have done better with anyone else as far as marketing, pricing, expertise, and overall sales success. We are so happy we used The Collective Compass and were thrilled to work with such masterful realtors." - meganedolan

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"We worked with Lara and Kevin to buy our first home in the South End. Lara possesses the perfect mix of client service skills and keen market insights. She got to know us and could anticipate what mattered most to us even before we knew it. She was also patient and extremely communicative throughout the hunt and the negotiation with the seller. She knows the Boston market very well and was even able to find us off-market listings! I could not recommend Lara and The Collective at Compass highly enough. When the time comes for us to "trade up" we will definitely be giving Lara a call!." - Ryan Bash

★★★★★
"Lara was exceptional in every way during this process and transaction. She was super responsive to all my emails texts and calls and very easy to schedule with. She knew every step of the process perfectly, predicted exactly what would happen like an oracle and anticipated and planned for all the next steps and tiny details that I knew nothing about (smoke alarm inspections?!). She was so warm, friendly and kind and very patient with me, a first time seller with about 1 zillion questions. Her extended team is filled with professionals as well. She knows the Boston and Cambridge market in great detail and was a trusted advisor from start to finish.." - zuser20150508100842680

★★★★★
"Kevin did a wonderful job helping us find our new apartment. He proactively found us an off-market listing that met all of our needs and helped us negotiate a 2-year lease within our budget. Additionally, when I had a medical emergency crop up before our lease started, Kevin helped us negotiate an earlier lease start and helped in our search for temporary housing. We are so happy in our new home! We highly recommend Kevin." - mschroed00

★★★★★
"The Collective at Compass was efficient, effective, knowledgeable, approachable, helpful, friendly, reachable, confident, beyond capable.. they made my home sale as important as a Beverly Hills mansion!! I want to thank each and every one of them: from my first meeting and showing our happy home with lots of STUFF and feeling relieved in her capable hands; to Lara Shuqom, who got to visit our home when all that stuff was gone to see the roomy, cozy place it always was, and give another level of me being in good hands; and Jenn Demaio's help was invaluable & appreciated guiding me through the process and always reassuringly; she happily whisked me through all of those "have to get" documents & such with great ease and assurance. Thank you to Team The Collective Compass for the steadfastness throughout - comforting me, reassuring me, guiding me, supporting me, and keeping me informed and educated.... Please accept my heartfelt thanks, it has made all the difference!!" - Deekiilee

★★★★★
"Lara is an absolute professional with a lot of experience. Her passion and dedication to her profession is evident in all that she does. As a single woman purchasing my first home all on my own, I had so many questions and worries. Lara was always incredibly responsive and proactive. Not only did she negotiate me a great deal, she held my hand through each step giving advice and calming me down when I was stressed. Every time I had a problem, Lara had a solution. I never knew all the things a Real Estate Agent does to help you through the buying process. I learned how important it is to work with someone you trust and who truly cares about you as a customer. The team of people Lara recommended was amazing and all of them were so patient with all my questions. From the inspector, to the lender, to the lawyer to the lovely man (Ray) who painted my very dark cabinets white, Lara has great connections and contacts. She also has a great eye for detail and design. Even after I purchased it, she went back and forth with me on paint colors and gave great advice on improvements I could make. I had a wonderful experience working with Lara and I look forward to working with her again. I highly recommend Lara to anyone looking for an amazing Realtor who is 100% going to go the extra mile for you." - jessijackson1

★★★★★
"Working with Kevin was an honor! He made my first home-buying experience, something that is generally confusing and stressful, a thoroughly enjoyable process. He is caring, knowledgeable, and so detail-oriented that I knew I would never have to think twice about missing something. He also clearly always has his clients best interests in mind. Would recommend him to anyone and everyone." - Audrey Vonraesfeld

★★★★★
"I moved from an awful situation to a great one all because of Kevin. I can’t recommend him enough and couldn’t be more pleased with my place. He made it fast, easy, got what I was looking for and even recommended a great moving service after I had a disaster of one a few months earlier. I recommend Kevin to everyone I know who are looking for a place." - grizlies98

★★★★★
"This was my second real estate transaction with The Collective at Compass, and once again they came through for me in a challenging market made more challenging by the COVID-19 pandemic. I received excellent advice about the market and my (then) relatively uncertain situation during an initial consultation with Lara Shuqom, after which my home was expertly and creatively marketed and shown by Kevin Gehl. Through several ups and downs, Kevin provided sound advice and negotiated a fantastic sale - the price and terms were ideal. I went into the sale confident and supported by a team of consummate professionals who were never more than a text of phone call away. Thank you, The Collective at Compass!" - lap1326275

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"When I asked The Collective if they were interested in selling my parents' home, they of course said "yes." I then said there was one caveat. They had to treat this sale as if they were selling their own parents' home. They didn't flinch. Selling this type of property is never an easy task, but it was obviously only made that much more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Loren and Lara made multiple suggestions to make the property more attractive for buyers, which we agreed to...and it worked. Despite all the challenges of finding a buyer in this market, they came through...and for that I will always be grateful to them." - TheSon1d

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"I was referred to Lara and The Collective to sell my mother's home in Hyde Park. They came to the home and was so helpful and hopeful from the get go. She and her team gave me advice about how to clean out and prepare the home, and they helped keep the whole project on track by regularly sending me updated to do lists with deadlines. Most importantly, they took the reins and managed to work with the City of Boston to close out all of the open permits on the property. They updated all of my smoke detectors and ensured that the home would pass the smoke detector inspection. Best of all, the home received multiple offers (I could not believe it) and we had an offer within the first week of listing, and we closed within a month over asking. The Collective was a pleasure to work with, and I would recommend them to anyone selling in the area." - salcat171

★★★★★
"Kevin & Lara were great, responsive, professional, patient & receptive to our needs & questions. Without the Collective our search was stalled. But with Kevin's help we landed our new place in weeks. Would recommend and will work with them again." - Robby Bitting

★★★★★
"We worked closely with Lara Shuqom and Kevin Gehl over a period of about six months searching for our first home in the Boston area. The multi-family house we purchased is the first investment property in our portfolio. Lara and Kevin work together seamlessly and are incredibly knowledgeable, available, and patient. Not only did they use their expertise to find us our home, but they listened and responded to us as we pivoted on locations and buying strategies. Throughout the process, they provided helpful feedback and insights while visiting properties and also at a higher, strategic level. Lara, Kevin, and Company have a deep portfolio of contacts, ranging from contractors to structural engineers and more; they put us in direct contact with their network as needed. We always knew that we could reach them for time-sensitive matters, as they made themselves very accessible. We enthusiastically recommend this team and plan to work with them for future investing. We were concerned about searching for a property during COVID, but Lara and Kevin made us feel physically safe and very welcome with their kind and professional interactions. The team at Company is absolutely fantastic—look no further for your real estate investing needs!" - meredithdost0

★★★★★
"Kevin is an amazing real estate professional who understands the market and how to put together a competitive offer to secure the house or condo of your dreams." - zuser20150311172852296

★★★★★
"The Collective are miracle workers. We engaged them for their concierge service and it was wonderful. We were relocating for work and one of us was already on the way to California when we engaged Compass to help us get the house ready for sale. They were extremely helpful, providing great guidance, and arranging all of the work to get the house ready for sale. Within 2 months of first contacting them, we had a house that we had lived in for 14 years fixed up, staged, and had full price offers the first weekend it was on the market. Most of the work was done while we were both already in California. The Collective are extremely knowledgeable, very easy to work with, and provide excellent service for a reasonable price. We couldn't have been in better hands!" - rkunin3


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Specialties

Don’t forget to ask us about:
  • Compass Concierge
  • Working alongside divorce, trusts, and estates attorneys and financial advisors
  • How we support major life transitions
  • Leasebacks
  • Navigating the sale through divorce
  • Supporting International individual and institutional investors with our exclusive and confidential global network
  • Commercial Real Estate services
  • New development sales and marketing
  • Leasing
About The Collective
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Time is the last luxury. Make the most of yours by working with experts that show you all options, especially those you never knew possible.

The Collective provides individuals, families, organizations, and investors with strong, ethical, discreet, sophisticated, and solutions-oriented real estate advice. They are consistent leaders in the industry by sales volume and are often featured and quoted in industry publications. The Collective has provided more sellers than any other team in New England with the services of Compass's signature program: Compass Concierge.

Lara Shuqom hails from one of the founding families of Massachusetts that includes an author of the Commonwealth’s First Constitution of 1780. Born abroad and raised in Atlanta, Lara returned to her New England roots for business and art education at Simmons University before quickly ascending in Boston as one of the top agents in residential and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Compass, Lara was a member of the Capital Markets Investment Sales Team and the Equity, Debt, and Structured Finance Group at Cushman & Wakefield and built a portfolio of international individual and institutional investors. Lara was named a Top 50 Women Leader in Real Estate in 2023, consecutively ranked a Top Producer by Boston Magazine and WSJ,  recognized as a “Dynamic Woman of Boston” by Boston Common Magazine, and appointed to the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s Global Council. Lara is the founder of the Harvard Club of Boston Real Estate Group, a board member of The Boston Public Library Fund of Emerging Leaders, an advocate for the Boston Preservation Alliance, and resides in Back Bay with her husband, Kevin Gehl.


Loren Larsen is a top producer at Compass and considered among her clients and the brokerage community as a highly skilled negotiator, driven by ethics and a commitment to thinking outside the box and delivering the best possible results. Before real estate, Loren was a litigation attorney in New York City and Chicago. She is active in several professional groups, leading the Seaport chapter of Provisors NE, and she is on the leadership team of Vesta: Redefining Divorce where she trains realtors throughout MA, RI, and CA on how to best represent divorcing clients. Through her work with Vesta and prior experience with divorce law, Loren developed a key niche representing couples selling during divorce and present on this topic frequently to attorneys and other organizations. Loren has marketed new development projects in Boston and the surrounding areas, and in 2015 she was selected to sit on Compass’ first New Development Council. Loren and her husband are alumnae of Boston University, and they live in Newton with their 3 children.


Kevin Gehl specializes in the distinct real estate needs of athletes, coaches, and media personalities with his industry knowledge and experience as a professional sports broadcaster, reporter, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Through his connections at Compass, Kevin taps into a nationwide network of elite agents to assist his clients in coast-to-coast relocations including buying, selling, and leasing. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kevin graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, lived and worked in Manhattan, then later called a handful of other real estate markets home; from Detroit to D.C. Kevin lives in Boston and his current work as a play-by-play announcer and sideline reporter airs on NESN and ESPN networks.


Lisa Vieira a native Canadian living in the United States for the past 14 years, proudly calls Boston home. As a resident of the Roslindale community for over a decade, Lisa understands the importance of the intersection of finding not just the right house but also the best community for her clients. This stems from her appreciation for the vibrant community in which she lives. Her prior work as a dental hygienist for 20 years helped her hone her meticulous attention to detail, intuitive listening skills, and proactive problem-solving abilities. Lisa prides herself on her trustworthiness, loyalty, and dependability. 

The Collective at Compass

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The Collective’s Listings

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$2,700,000

Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
2
Square Feet
2,539
Acres
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$2,700,000

Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
2
Square Feet
2,539
Acres
0.07
1/30
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$995,000

Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2.5
Square Feet
1,908
1/18
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Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Square Feet
564