Hancock Real Estate was established in January of 1990, and
first operated as a home-based business at the Hancock family
home at Quenames in Chilmark. Hancock Real Estate moved to its
present location in Menemsha in April of 1994. The office is
located in a small building that was originally built by the
owner's grandfather, and then renovated by her father to accommodate
From day one Hancock Real Estate has been a brokerage based
on honesty and integrity. Although we are based in Chilmark,
we concentrate on spectacular water view and waterfront properties
all over the Island. We are committed to continuing education,
and constantly participate in workshops and classes so we can
stay informed in todayís ever changing market.
Hancock Real Estate is a member of LINK, the multiple listing
service on the island. Through LINK we can show you any property
for sale on the Vineyard using our computer database. Hancock
Real Estate cooperates with all brokers and can introduce you
to any property available on Marthaís Vineyard. We will make
a sincere and conscious effort to match you with the perfect
spot for your vacation, new home or investment, be it land or
Hancock Real Estate is also happy to show you any property,
in any price range. If we do not have the listing, we will do
our best to find what you are looking for. We have established
a reputation for personal attention with each of our clients,
as well as the utmost in discretion. References will be supplied
upon request, to verify our claims.
Hancock Real Estate offers both the traditional Sellerís Brokerage
and will represent Buyers upon request. Please call or e-mail
us if we may assist you in buying, selling or renting. We look
forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Deborah Hancock is the principle broker, and owner,
of Hancock Real Estate. She was born on and is a lifelong resident
of Martha's Vineyard, where her family has a long and involved
history. Her ancestors originally settled on the island in the
1600ís, and Debbie is a direct descendant of Thomas Mayhew (one-time
owner and Governor of Martha's Vineyard in the 1600's), John
Hancock (first signer of the Declaration of Independence),and
Hardy Bodfish (a famous whaling captain). The Hancock family
owned large tracts of land all over the Island, the most noteworthy
being the Hancock Farm in Quenames, which dates back to the
1800ís. The Hancock family has long been involved in Island
politics. The first legal town meeting in Chilmark took place
on December 16, 1861, and by 1863 Ms Hancock's great-great-great
grandfather, Samuel F. Hancock, was one of three selectman in
Chilmark. Carrying on the tradition of fine Yankee craftsmanship,
Debbie's father, grandfather and great grandfather were contractors
and builders. Both of her parents were also very active in Island
politics, her father a selectman in Chilmark for 37 years, her
mother a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Both were involved in helping create the important Martha's
Vineyard Commission (MVC).
Ms. Hancock grew up in Chilmark - riding horses, beach combing,
fishing, swimming, fossiling, and exploring. She originally
got into the real estate business because her family owned many
small homes on the island that they rented year-round or seasonally.
After obtaining her real estate broker's license in 1979, she
ran her fatherís construction business, Herbert R. Hancock Contractors
and Builders, until 1986. From 1987 through January of 1990,
she worked as a broker in Edgartown. Then in January of 1990
she founded Hancock Real Estate in Chilmark.
In addition to her practical and historical knowledge of Martha's
Vineyard, Ms Hancock has a wonderful working knowledge of the
Vineyard. She has been on the Chilmark Finance Committee for
eight years and was Corporator of Dukes County Savings Bank
for many years. She was elected to the Dukes County Savings
Bank Board of Trustees in 1995, and soon after becoming a Trustee,
she was asked to be on the Board of Investment for the bank.
The Board of Trustees is comprised of fourteen members of the
Island business community that run the Bank, and the Board of
Investment makes decisions on loans, mortgages, investments,
contributions, etc. Her association with these organizations
offers her many points of reference for her real estate business.