Hugh M. Eaton, III - eaton's run, nh | In 2006 my wife and I decided to donate a conservation easement on a large tract of land surrounding our farm in Southern New England to a local conservancy. Our farm consists of five contiguous parcels of land and numerous out buildings.
As part of the process we needed advice about how to structure the easement to achieve multiple family planning goals. In particular, we wanted the easement to provide maximum protection for the land we planned to conserve, while at the same time assure us flexibility in our inevitable future family planning of the farm. We also needed an IRS Qualified Appraisal.
Earth Asset was one of several firms recommended to us. After our due diligence and interviews with the candidate firms we selected Shawn Smith, Founder & Owner of Earth Asset, based on the impression she made in our interview, recommendations from her previous clients, and her extensive background in this area.
Throughout the nearly year-long process it took to complete our project, Shawn demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and integrity. She was easy and pleasant to work with, was always on time for meetings and always totally prepared, and delivered the project on time and on budget.
In the final stages of our project we retained one of the country’s leading law firms specializing in Conservation Easement Law to make sure that all applicable rules, regulations, and document filing requirements had been complied with. After their review of Shawn’s report they told us that her work was of the highest quality and completeness in every respect.
We are completely satisfied with the job Shawn did for us.
Our family owns and manages a large property which combines a historic homestead, iconic rolling hills and extensive managed forest tracts for which Shawn has provided a variety of real estate services. Shawn brings an unusual suite of skills and high level of professional qualifications in valuation, legal documentation, conservation and brokerage. Trained as a lawyer and an expert in valuation and land planning analysis, she possesses a professional toolkit that supplants hiring a number of experts to fill the role she handles alone: attention to contract detail, a keen and accurate assessment of property and timber assets, impressive writing and presentation skills to showcase your property from perspectives that brokers of narrower background would be inclined to overlook. By virtue of this deep professional bandwidth, Shawn creatively and collaboratively can develop financial, legal, and conservation options with property owners seeking not simply to market their land holdings but to do so in responsible and beneficial ways. Shawn also has a strong network of brokerage colleagues at Earth Asset and outside specialists that she does not hesitate to engage when circumstances require. What is however most remarkable about Shawn is the passion, integrity and energy that she dedicates to her work and the sense of responsibility she brings in representing the interests and objectives of her unique clients. She has treated every aspect of involvement in our property as if it were her own.
We speak with confidence because our own family has been involved in real estate land, development and management for more than 50 years. We know of no other real estate professional that could bring more skilled and thoughtful engagement to the table for our Vermont property than Shawn Smith. We highly recommend her and Earth Asset to prospective clients as a go-to real estate expert.
Rob Sennott - seaver hill, vt | For the past almost 10 years I have counted on you for terrific counsel and advice. The appraisal and consulting work that you have done has been expertly delivered and proven to be very valuable. Your knowledge and passion for real estate consulting, brokerage and appraisal continues to impress me. Because I trust that you will do a good job I have referred several new clients to you, and you have served all of them very well. I look forward to working with you on another project soon!
Linda M. Bland - huntington land, vt | Shawn represented the buyers for our long-held family property. Our contact with her over 4 months was always respectful, professional—and fun. Shawn has the contacts to coordinate and move properties with satisfaction by both parties in the transaction. I have recommended her to two families since our sale because of her diplomacy and dedication. The morning of the closing, Shawn went to extraordinary lengths to ensure we were able to finish the sale. We felt fortunate to have someone as professional as Shawn involved in our family property’s future.
Ted Blood - huntington land, vt | Shawn Smith was instrumental in finding and securing our property. Her real estate experience was an asset in evaluating the land and also in negotiating with the sellers. Shawn is without question one of the best real estate advisors I've worked with because she quickly understood my needs, thoroughly evaluated the property, carefully documented her appraisal of its value, and was very responsive to my needs and questions. If I am in the market again, I plan to work with Shawn. She is exceptional in her work.