About The Dana Schaefer Team

About Dana

Top-producing Greater Boston realtor Dana Schaefer has built her success with equal measures of technical know-how and compassionate people skills. With great reverence for both the weighty financial and emotional investment the buying and selling process requires, she acts as an empathetic listener and an utterly collaborative partner. Her 20 years’ experience, meanwhile, make her a competent and confident guide. Above all, as leader of The Dana Schaefer Team at Compass, she’s dedicated to earning her clients’ trust and nurturing the loyalty and referrals that are the cornerstones of her business.

Dana has carefully built her real estate expertise from the ground up. She earned a degree in interior design and architecture, and she worked with several of the area’s top developers on multiple high-profile loft-conversion projects. This means clients benefit from both her encyclopedic knowledge of Greater Boston neighborhoods, including Cambridge and Somerville, and her ability to advise on building plans, renovation ideas, and impactful staging.

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dana lived in the South End for seven years and has resided in Cambridge since 2003. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, road biking, and snowboarding.

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About Sam

Sales and Rental Agent

A Los Angeles native, Sam brought his experience in sales and property management to the East Coast in 2009. Prior to relocating to Boston in 2014 from New York City, Sam worked as a realtor in Brooklyn, New York, helping many New York newcomers navigate the complex and fast-paced real estate market. Sam brings his experience and passion for real estate to The Dana Schaefer Team at Compass.

Whether working with individual buyers, sellers or developers, Sam is committed to building on his comprehensive knowledge of Boston area real estate to help each client navigate the market confidently and effectively.

Sam’s honest approach, commitment to his clients’ interests, sharp negotiating skills, and expertise in Boston area neighborhoods are apparent in every conversation. Sam loves being an active member of his community in Porter Square, Cambridge, where you can find him outside cycling, playing basketball, or seeking out the area's best cup of coffee. He supports the Joslin Diabetes Center and serves on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Young Leadership Committee.

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About the Team

The Dana Schaefer Team believes in building loyal, long-term relationships by earning a client’s total trust and respect. This starts with careful listening, empathetic understanding, and an unwavering focus on exceeding expectations.

With nearly 30 years' combined real estate experience, team leader Dana Schaefer and associate Sam Rotenberg offer clients thorough and self-assured leadership coupled with a deep desire to make real estate goals a reality. Never pushy, their approach is well-informed, collaborative and client-led. There's a soul and a conscience behind everything Dana and Sam do, and each interaction is anchored by the understanding that homes are a tremendous investment, both financially and emotionally.

"We want to work closely with our clients to achieve their goals," Dana explains. "And we always want them to feel as committed to us as we are to them."

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  • "I would recommend Dana to anybody searching for a home. I recently closed on a house after 6 months of searching with Dana as my Real Estate agent. She is very knowledgeable, diligent, extremely nice and pleasure to work with. The closing process with the bank was pretty rough, her assistance and involvement during that time was invaluable. She never let me down."

    "I would recommend Dana to anybody searching for a home. I recently closed on a house after 6 months of searching with Dana as my Real Estate agent. She is very knowledgeable, diligent, extremely nice and pleasure to work with. The closing process with the bank was pretty rough, her assistance and involvement during that time was invaluable. She never let me down."

    - Sean s.


1073 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
617.797.5293