True Home Partners: We Partner With You
True Home Partners is a partnership of six full time Coldwell Banker real estate professionals, Lisa J. Drapkin, Nancy Dixon, Debbie Lewis, Dave Wood, Laurie Crane, and Jennifer McDonald. Our combined 57 years of experience provides our clients a wealth of knowledge, expertise and resources. Integrity is our guiding principle, earning your trust is our goal.
Our honed negotiation skills, innovative marketing, knowledge of current market conditions and a good sense of humor set us apart. We have a lengthy, proven track record that has inspired confidence and years of repeat business, a testament to the exceptional service we provide. We look forward to meeting you!
Born in Boston, Lisa Drapkin owns and resides in a 2-family in the Riverside area of Cambridge. Shortly after earning an MBA from Babson College in the late 80’s, she began in real estate by managing the rental division at a local Cambridge real estate firm. At this company, she was responsible for hiring and training agents as well as renting a wide range of properties.
She left real estate in 1991 and joined a direct marketing agency called CPS Direct as a Senior Account Executive. At CPS, she worked on both consumer and business-to-business marketing campaigns with organizations such as Harvard Executive Education, BayBanks, Lotus Development and Brandeis University. After four years, she decided to return to real estate and joined Hunneman-Coldwell Banker.
In her first eighteen months back in the business, she earned the Carlton Hunneman award for the highest gross sales for a new agent in the company. In her second year, she earned a vice presidency, which is awarded to those in the top 2% of the company. In 1998, she achieved the prestigious 1929 Club, which is awarded to the top 29 agents in the company. Since 1998, she has continued to earn her vice presidency and has been a consistent member of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Council. In 2010 she was ranked #14 out of 3,500 Coldwell Banker agents in the New England.
Lisa has been invited to speak on regional real estate panels and has been a trainer in the Coldwell Banker training school. On occasion, she has also been invited to be a guest presenter at Coldwell Banker branch offices. She is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Greater Boston Business Council, and is a Certified Buyer Representative and Trained Mediator. Lisa has a well deserved reputation for her knowledge of real estate and is renowned for her high energy level and enthusiasm.
In her spare time, she is a Board member for MassEquality, a member of the Federal Club of the Human Rights Campaign, a top Pie Seller for Community Servings and a member of Arlington Street Church.
As a full-time REALTOR®, Nancy Dixon is committed to delivering professional, personal service with the highest integrity. Over the last 25 years she has lived in six different neighborhoods of Cambridge, watching the changes through the end of rent control, the shifting populations, and the increase in property values, as well as following the evolving decorating styles, which has been entertaining.
Nancy has 25 years experience in sales, marketing, and advertising, working as a TV commercial producer and business manager in the advertising industry. The combination of satisfying her client’s artistic vision while staying within their budget (and the law!) has translated to helping buyers and sellers approach the market with realism and positive expectations.
Nancy's project management approach to marketing homes ensures that every transaction is organized and effective. She takes advantage of every tool available to move your property to the forefront – using both traditional and unconventional marketing methods. You can trust her to market your unique property, to present your property in its best light, and to negotiate on your behalf. Your interests will always come first.
Listening to her buyer clients is one of Nancy's greatest strengths. What are you really looking for? Her goal is to shepherd you through this most important process as effortlessly as possible. And she loves “the hunt.”
Nancy has taken a number of courses in law at Bentley College and is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the National Association of Realtors, the Multiple Listing Service, the Cambridge Council of Realtors and Coldwell Banker Cares.
She graduated from Tulane University with a B.A in Music, picking up the violin at 35. Nancy has found an entire underworld of amateur musicians who love to play chamber music and she plays and performs regularly with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.
What drew Debbie Lewis to real estate was her love of houses and design, a desire to work with people, and the fast paced, stimulating nature of the job. Debbie's career leading up to real estate had been quite diverse and she has been fortunate to have always done work that she felt personally and passionately committed to. This includes working as a social worker, a community educator, and an organizational consultant/trainer specializing in the area of diversity and civic engagement. Debbie's focus has always been on relationship building, collaboration, and education, all of which are valuable skills in her work as a Buyer's Agent. And most importantly, she is committed to having fun while she works!
For many of us, buying real estate is not simply about finding a place to store our "stuff.” It’s about finding a place to call “home.” And this is not always a short and easy process! Debbie was a first time homebuyer in 1991 and remembers clearly how monumental the event seemed. She also remembers how invaluable it was to work with someone who could educate her about the process and help manage the emotional ups and downs leading up to the moment she walked away with a new set of keys. Whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned participant in the real estate market, Debbie looks forward to partnering with you to make your home buying process a smooth and enjoyable one.
Debbie is a Certified Buyers Representative and a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the National Association of Realtors, and the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.
In her spare time, she continues to pursue her interest in civic engagement as a volunteer for PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) and The City Wide Dialogues on Boston's Racial and Ethnic Diversity, where she facilitates awareness seminars for schools and community organizations. And for fun, Debbie loves to take flying trapeze classes!
As a life-long resident of Cambridge, Dave Wood has a depth of knowledge and perspective of the City and its surrounding communities that is unique among Realtors. He has deep roots in Cambridge real estate. His mother was an agent in the early 1960s and his grandfather built a two-family house in North Cambridge.
Dave’s careers in journalism, public service, marketing and corporate public relations have provided him with a wealth of skills and experience to interact with people from all backgrounds and from all over the world. As a result, you can be assured of timely communication from a professional who is a good listener and an advocate for your best interests, whether you are buying or selling a home.
Having worked in many fast-paced and deadline driven environments, Dave is well suited to manage his clients’ transactions skillfully and smoothly, removing as much stress and worry from the process as humanly possible. His goal is to provide his clients with a buying or selling experience that allows them to concentrate on moving their household and family rather than worrying about the details of the transaction.
As a former reporter covering transportation, Dave enjoys keeping up with development issues and projects in and around the City that could affect property values and the demand for housing in the neighborhoods. But one of the real fun aspects of the job is showing a client a property that they become excited about and watching them start to plan their lives in a new home. It’s gratifying to know that you’ve helped someone enter a new phase of his or their life.
Dave is involved in the Cambridge community as a member of the Agassiz/Baldwin Neighborhood Council and a volunteer with the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities.He is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and the National Association of Realtors. He was a member of the 2010 Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society.
Dave graduated Northeastern University with a degree in Journalism and is an avid skier, thanks in part to a two-year stint in Colorado where he worked for a large telecommunications company when not on the slopes.
Laurie Crane joined our team from the Arlington Coldwell Banker office. Laurie had great success in Arlington; in 2013, she was listed as one of the top 25 Arlington agents. Laurie holds a B.S. degree in Management from Lesley University and prior to beginning her real estate career, Laurie managed a house cleaning company in Cambridge. After learning all of the facets of running a business, Laurie started her own cleaning company, building her customer base to 80 clients and five full-time employees. Many of the skills that contributed to her company’s success, Laurie now uses in her real estate business - she listens carefully to her clients, puts her clients’ needs first and foremost, and fosters relationships that are built on trust, integrity, and honesty.
Laurie joined True Home Partners because she wanted to work in a successful team environment. Laurie enjoys working with a range of buyer and seller clients, whether a First Time Home Buyer or an Investor, or a First Time Seller or someone wanting to downsize. Laurie’s primary goal is to always make her clients feel comfortable with the home buying or selling process. She takes the time to explain each step of the process and communicates directly with all stakeholders for a smooth closing. She handles all the paperwork and strategically negotiates for her clients. Laurie’s past clients describe her as focused, honest, patient, and knowledgeable. Many have said they appreciate Laurie’s attention to detail and friendly demeanor.
In her spare time, Laurie enjoys coaching her son’s basketball team, helping the PTA at her son’s school, hiking in the Middlesex Fells, visiting with friends and family, and keeping up with community events.
Jenn believes that buying real estate is about much more than simply finding a place to live, it’s about building a foundation for our lifestyles, creating a home with our loved ones, and making prudent choices when investing in one of our largest financial assets. For these reasons, enlisting a skilled agent can be the most important step you take to ensure you have the right information and strategic insight needed to move fluidly through all stages in the buying or selling process. Nothing excites Jenn more than the opportunity to act as your personal guide and advocate in this endeavor.
Jenn entered the real estate field in order to combine her professional skills and service based approach to helping others with a love of homes. Prior to becoming a REALTOR®, her 15-year career in educational technology was demanding, creative and diverse. She mastered the skills needed to develop award-winning, effective products for K-12 schools, meet complex customer needs, and enable teams of sales, customer service, and technical support personnel to excel in supporting optimal product use long after the sales were made. Jenn’s greatest aptitudes in this career path carried over into real estate, and include innately understanding client needs, creating innovative marketing campaigns, collaborating with partners to orchestrate smooth transactions, and applying strategic approaches to deliver the best possible results for her clients.
Outside of real estate, Jenn contributes to local educational communities as a Board Member for the Smith College Club of Cambridge and as a Communications Committee member for Raising A Reader Massachusetts. She also enjoys rowing the Charles River and nearby waterways.
Aileen grew up on Long Island and attended Northeastern University in Boston where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Music Industry. After graduation, Aileen worked as a casting and extras casting assistant on several film and television projects in the Boston area. She also worked at the NRT corporate headquarters in Waltham as the Production Coordinator in the Visual Imaging department. She currently lives in Watertown with her husband Jesse and their cat Sawyer. In her spare time she enjoys TV and film, practicing yoga, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
The very talented Janet Picinich has obtained more than one degree in Fine Art, and has owned Picinich Photography for 12 years; she shoots architecture, interiors, portraits, product advertising, and events. She displays her fine art photography nationally, as well as in local galleries.
Teaching is a passion she continues through photographic walking tours.
She also teaches sewing skills to a group of immigrants who have recently arrived in Charlestown. Her newest creative endeavor is designing jewelry, and has recently begun showing the designs at small venues around Boston.
Janet has two grown daughters, who are scientists. One lives in San Francisco, while the other lives in Lake Tahoe. These California destinations provide Janet with the perfect excuse for a very long, road-trip adventure!
Janet also really enjoys interior design – in her own life, as well as in the staging of properties. She also had this to say, “Lisa Drapkin was my first real estate client. We go back twelve years, and we’re still going strong! I am happy to call her my friend.”
YourPlans Floor Plans
Mike Hunter's spatial design background with his architecture and graphic design twist is the secret that brings a unique style to all of our solutions. He has over 25 years experience in architecture, computer aided design, graphic design and marketing. Holding a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse New York, his undergraduate work was also in Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, College of Natural Resources & the Environment in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Mike is committed to making the floor plans for True Home Partners' marketing materials both functional and beautiful. He effortlessly conveys room dimensions and square footage, while clarifying confusing home layouts. His ultimate goal is to help Buyers/Users visualize the important characteristics of the property.
Greg Touhy, Owner
My name is THE JUNK HUNK, aka Greg Tuohy. My company specializes in the disposal of all household items, old furniture, appliances, electronics, tires, construction debris, even yard waste. And we ensure your junk gets recycled, donated, or disposed of properly. I specialize in clean outs for properties getting ready to be put on the market, or ones that have recently sold, and have worked with True Home Partners/Coldwell Banker on many projects. I appreciate all the work that True Home Partners has given me, and look forward to continuing to serve their needs and the needs of their clients in the future. Call me or visit me online because I may not be able to leap from tall buildings, but I can make all your junk disappear.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
By Carl Sandburg