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Vineyard Open House Real Estate is your guide to buying and selling real estate on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and in the surrounding area. For more information, call David Lott, Principal Broker/Owner, at 203-270-9357 (cell) or 508-338-2405 (office), or email.

You’ll find information on Martha’s Vineyard amenities, Martha’s Vineyard golf courses, Martha’s Vineyard homes and rentals, the towns of Martha’s Vineyard and the lifestyle that comes along with living on this 100-sq. mile island off the coast of Massachusetts. In addition, you’ll be able to investigate country club communities on Cape Cod and the surrounding area.

To receive free information about acquiring a home or renting a vacation property, then complete the easy request form linked to each Martha’s Vineyard home or rental feature page. You will receive your requested information directly and promptly from a qualified real estate broker or agent eager to serve you. Your request is free, and you are under no obligation.

David Lott

Principal Broker, Owner, REALTOR®

David Lott, REALTOR in Martha's VineyardVineyard Open House is an outgrowth of Principal Broker/Owner David Lott’s nearly 30 years marketing resort real estate and master-planned golf and water view communities.

He worked in various editorial and marketing positions at CBS and the New York Times before starting his own marketing firm Lott Custom Communications in 1990. At the NYT he wrote special sections on golf and resort real estate and was marketing services manager for the company’s seven magazines, including Golf Digest and Tennis. He launched Golf Course Home, a consumer guide to golf real estate and master-planned communities, as a special section for INC. Magazine before migrating the concept to the internet in 1999 as GolfCourseHome.com. 

Golf Course Home eventually became the Golf Course Home Network with the addition of WaterViewHome.net and other Network websites.

Lott has long held an interest in real estate. He is a Martha’s Vineyard resident where he built his first house on the island at the age of 22. His fascination with homes and real estate continues to this day, most visibly in the founding of Vineyard Open House in 2013.

Island Roots

Lott first visited the island with his parents, Jeri and Schuyler Lott, back in the 1950s, when they stayed at John and Emma Daggett’s at Cedar Tree Neck. He eventually joined the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club where he became the Tennis Professional during his college years at the University of Pennsylvania. He also spent four years at the West Chop Club where he was the Tennis Professional for four years.

But the The Lott family ties go back much farther with family members having been coming to the island since the 1890s. Lott’s grandfather, Harris Crist, retired to Vineyard Haven in 1936 from his position as co-owner of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper and commissioned a 5-BR residence to be built overlooking the harbor at 93 Main.

His wife Addie Crist became an organist for Grace Church while he followed his passion for golf at the Oak Bluff’s Country Club (now Farm Neck Golf Club). Addie Crist’s greatest legacy is the Red Stocking Fund, which she started in 1938 with a few friends who knitted six red Christmas stockings and filled them for needy island children. The Red Stocking Fund has since grown exponentially and each year distributes toys and clothing to more than 400 islanders.

Real Estate Connections

Vineyard Open House Real Estate is a member of the Golf Course Home Network which includes a Luxury Real Estate Referral Network built on the GCH Network’s nearly 20 years of serving as a consumer resource for master-planned resort communities. Current members of the GCH Referral Network include brokers and agents serving resort communities in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Contact David Lott at 508-338-2495.

Kristin Zern

Sales & Rentals, REALTOR®

Kristin Zern, REALTOR in Martha's Vineyard“After a long career, holding executive positions in travel & hospitality marketing firms, I am thrilled to be a part of Vineyard Open House, and especially excited about directing the rental division. We specialize in white glove concierge services. Once you rent a house through Vineyard Open House, you will go nowhere else.”

Early Beginnings

Kristin has been passionate about real estate since the age of 6 when she started regularly reading the Sunday New York Times Real Estate Section. She cut out listings and ads that included floor plans and kept them all in an empty candy tin that she carried around with her wherever she went.

After getting married, graduating from college and having two daughters, she continued to pursue her passion for real estate. She and her family lived in Westchester County near New York City. She held a real estate license and worked primarily as a real estate investor and serial renovator. Along the way Kristin learned how to spot a diamond in the rough, how to renovate a house for maximum return, and how to market a property using crucial staging techniques even before there was such a word in the industry. As a result, her houses always sold quickly and often generated bidding wars even in weak market conditions.

In travel, Kristin has been the Executive Director of the Association of Travel Marketing Executives for the past 20 years. She has been responsible for all events, membership, fund raising, conferences, education, publications, marketing, technology and social media for this highly respected professional association.

Putting Down Roots

Martha’s Vineyard holds a special place in the hearts of the families who vacation here year after year. For many, the idea of owning a summer or year-round home here remains only a dream. But others, like Kristin and her family, gradually realize that it is a realistic and attainable goal.

Eight years ago they moved from New York to West Tisbury. Their house is a valuable financial asset – especially because they sometimes choose to rent it to summer vacationers, defraying the costs of ownership.

Whether you are a buyer, seller or vacationer Kristin will strive tirelessly to put her real estate acumen and deep knowledge of the Vineyard to work to help you turn your Martha’s Vineyard dream into a marvelous reality.

She looks forward to meeting you and helping you and your family share the incomparable rewards of Vineyard life.

Contact her on her cell at 914-439-2047 anytime.

Benefits of a REALTOR®

A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade group in the country. Every agent is not a REALTOR®. If you’re unsure, you can ask your agent if they’re a licensed REALTOR®.

REALTOR® are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

A REALTOR® is a client advocate, the market expert and the negotiating tiger all wrapped up into one independent contractor. Because REALTORS® are usually solo practitioners, they wear many hats. They are sales people, but they are also marketing directors, social media managers and data analysts all in one.

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Memberships

All Vineyard Open House Real Estate Agents & Brokers are Members of:

NAR – National Association of REALTORS®
CCIAR – Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®
MVCC – Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Link MV – MLS Service of Martha’s Vineyard
Licensed Sales Agents and Brokers – State of Massachusetts

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