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Women in Real Estate: A – C

Amanda Armstrong
The North Shore’s Happy Warrior

Amanda Armstrong of Compass Real Estate

Since 2005, Amanda Armstrong has distinguished herself on Cape Ann and the North Shore as one of the region’s top-performing real estate agents. As one of four sisters, she attributes her success to a lifelong desire to prove herself the best. “The best agents work in real estate because it channels their natural competitiveness and drive for success into something tangible—buying and selling a home,” she explains. “There can be few things more satisfying than knowing my hard work has enabled someone to finally move into the house of their dreams.”

In a field where excellence stands out and reputation matters, Armstrong’s combination of skills sets her apart. She can read the market accurately, which allows her to price her homes to sell quickly at full value and to present offers that win bids in this competitive environment. Her prowess in negotiating contracts is widely admired, as the client testimonials on her website will attest. Armstrong commits everything she has to a listing to make it stand out in the marketplace, from writing engaging copy to using the best professional photography, video, and staging and bringing in contractors and landscapers as needed to ensure a property will shine.

As a 20-year resident of Cape Ann, Armstrong brings an insider’s knowledge of the North Shore real estate market. She has sold homes in practically every neighborhood from Rockport to Nahant, and her extensive network of buyers and fellow Realtors keeps her in touch with what is happening on the ground. With her commitment to making deals happen while protecting her clients’ interests, Armstrong is the logical choice for any homeowner or home buyer.

Armstrong in her own words: “I’ve come to see that the best agents in this field are happy warriors. They relish competition because the battles along the way only make them stronger.”

You can contact Amanda at [email protected] or 978-879-6322.


Betsy Cornell
Delivering Outstanding Results

Betsy Cornell of Compass Private Brokerage

A Q&A with Betsy Cornell, one of the South Shore’s top producing agents:

Q: What drew you to a career in real estate?

A: I always respected the deep relationships that my mother and fellow Realtor, Joy Cornell, continually developed and maintained with her clients. In my previous role as an executive director at JP Morgan Chase, strong relationships were integral to every gain. I knew that by leveraging my commitment to exceeding client expectations and combining it with my passion for real estate, I’d be positioned for great success.

Q: Tell us about your recent affiliation with The Private Brokerage

A: The Private Brokerage, led by Brian Dougherty, is committed to providing incredibly personalized and sophisticated client service, which aligns deeply with my core values. We leverage tremendous resources for our strategic marketing efforts, and that’s exactly what I see as the key to keep my business growing. As director of the South Shore for The Private Brokerage, I’m better posited to represent my clients via our network of agents and resources throughout Boston, the South Shore, and the Cape.

Q: To what do you attribute your success?

A: What drives me most is the constant need to evolve in today’s market, to stay ahead of the curve for my clients. I excel in a dynamic environment. The current market and the way we write competitive offers is drastically different now than it was two years ago, pre-Covid. I’m extremely motivated by my relationships, being equal parts analytical and engaging, and thrive on being a trusted advisor.

To learn more about Cornell or The Private Brokerage, visit or call her directly at 617-571-4668.


Cheryl Cotney
Passionate and Connected

Cheryl Cotney of Compass Real Estate

Cheryl Cotney has an inspiring and infectious passion for real estate—and for all things Boston. With over 20 years living and working in the Greater Boston area, she has the in-depth knowledge of schools, neighborhoods, and nuances that only a local can provide.

She comes with a wealth of resources to address any situation. “I believe that people want someone they can trust completely,” says Cotney, “someone who has their best interests at heart, who can help them successfully address the many questions and concerns that arise during the process.”

With an MBA and decades of marketing experience, Cotney has a high-level understanding of the financial aspects of every transaction and can be strategic in a competitive market. A tech-savvy agent, she offers her clients the latest in Compass tools to ensure a best-in-class real estate experience.

As Cotney’s many clients will attest, she consistently exceeds expectations in service of her clients.

Contact her at [email protected] or 617-872-5539.


Christine Tierney
Every Listing Has a Story

Christine Tierney of Compass Real Estate

Christine Tierney’s previous career as an advertising broadcast producer lay the foundation for her current success in real estate. Like producing a commercial, ushering a real estate transaction to a successful close requires meticulous attention to detail, a passionate advocate for the client, and a fierce commitment to service. Every listing has a story and Tierney’s online marketing strategy and use of social media—paired with traditional outlets—enables her to target that story to the right audiences.

Tierney’s sales cover the breadth and depth of the North Shore market, whether it be a $90,000 lot or a $7 million waterfront enclave. She can do it all with a level of attention that leaves her clients with a memorable experience for all the right reasons. Great skill, expertise, care, quality, respect, and empathy are the qualities she brings to every transaction. In 2019 and 2020, Tierney was named one of Boston’s top real estate producers.

Tierney resides in Swampscott with her husband, two children, and an adorable yellow lab. Since community giving is very important to her, she is patron to a variety of local and national organizations, including the Marblehead Food Pantry, Swampscott’s Anchor Food Pantry, Northeast Animal Shelter, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and Susan G. Komen.

This year, Tierney joined forces with Compass, which provides a skilled team of experts to aid in the design and marketing of properties. To maximize sale prices, Compass fronts the staging, flooring, painting, and other services for clients with no upfront cost to sellers. In fact, Tierney will open a new office for Compass on Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead in January 2022.Tierney is thrilled at the prospect of bringing a new way of doing real estate to her North Shore market.

You can contact her at [email protected] or call 612-860-6446.


Coldwell Banker Realty
The Real Estate Company That Shines Like No Other

Coldwell Banker Realty

The Coldwell Banker® brand is the North Star of the real estate industry. Guiding people to the homes of their dreams and leading affiliated agents to successful and fulfilling careers has been our calling for well over a century. It’s a passion and pursuit we take deep pride in, creating and executing impeccable standards in every aspect of the real estate experience.

We are a brand devoted to the service of our clients, the success of our network, and the remarkable power of home. We’re committed to creating dominant winners in every market we serve. It’s something we call the Coldwell Banker Way.

We believe our depth of care, our suite of production-boosting resources and our inspiring culture make Coldwell Banker Realty an extraordinary home for real estate professionals.

 For more information on joining Coldwell Banker Realty’s team of successful real estate agents, visit


Courtney Durkin
The South Shore’s “Walking Rolodex”

Courtney Durkin of Compass Real Estate

Born and raised on the South Shore, Courtney Durkin brings a local’s perspective to her work with Compass. As a fourth-generation Realtor, she combines her enthusiasm for buying and selling with the joy she finds in helping clients secure their forever home. Durkin’s business acumen and strong organizational skills are foundational to her success.

Described as a “walking Rolodex” due to her deep South Shore connections, Durkin’s close community ties help her expedite sales on and off market. She is hardworking, creative, and prides herself as being on-call for her clients.

Durkin is often viewed by homebuyers as a voice of reason when they need it the most. Specializing in the Cohasset, Scituate, Hingham, and Norwell markets, Durkin especially enjoys working with first-time homebuyers and those relocating to the South Shore.

If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate on the South Shore, Durkin brings transparency and experience to every transaction.

Get in touch with Durkin today to get started at [email protected] at 781-733-1208.

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