Category Archives: Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty News

2017 Toys for Tots Drop Off

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Our offices are proud to be Toys For Tots drop-off locations this year from now until December 15th. We are located at 1290A Beacon Street in Brookline, 673 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, and 767 Beacon Street in Newton for your convenience. We’re open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please stop by with gifts for children in need this holiday season. The recipients range in age from infant to 12 years old.

Toy/Gift Recommendations: 

  • Generic coloring books –- no holiday reference
  • Soft baby dolls
  • American Girl Dolls, Barbies, Ken Dolls, etc.
  • Crayons,Colored Pencils, and Markers
  • Interactive crib toys/musicals
  • DVDs, books, magazines, video games
  • Pretend play – i.e. kitchen, baby dolls (plastic), tools, etc.
  • Animals, dinosaurs, people figures, etc.
  • Super hero action figures
  • Lego’s ® and Lego kits
  • Cars and trucks
  • Craft and bead kits
  • Pop-up toys (cause and effect)
  • UNO cards and board games
  • Infant Rattles/ Teething Toys



Learn more about Toys for Tots HERE | Make a monetary donation HERE

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and cheer as we celebrate with our loved ones. Warmest wishes from our homes to yours.

Welcome Zach Christman

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We are pleased to announce that Zach Christman has joined Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. Zach will be working out of the company’s Newton Centre office located at 767 Beacon Street.

Born and raised in Newton, Zach has an unmatched knowledge of the local community, as well as the surrounding cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.  He joins the company with close to a decade of residential real estate experience.

Zach works diligently to exceed his clients’ expectations one hundred percent of the time. He is collaborative, pragmatic, patient and exhibits an unwavering commitment to his clients.

Zach now offers all of the advantages of a locally owned and operated company with the power, prestige and global network of one of the largest real estate brands worldwide.

To read the full press release, click here.

You can reach Zach at 617.821.0222 or

Newton Celebrates Halloween with Annual Window Painting Contest

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Businesses throughout Newton are getting a Halloween makeover, thanks to the budding young artists of the Newton community.

Newton’s annual Halloween Window Painting Contest kicked off on Saturday, October 28th. 180 merchants throughout six villages had their windows painted by Newton’s schoolchildren. Students from grades 3-8 excitedly created their art on a sunny Saturday morning. From the humorous to the spooky, all the Halloween-themed masterpieces brighten Newton’s numerous business districts.

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In our windows at 767 Beacon Street we have three dazzling Halloween paintings. Congratulations to Emily Sant, whose painting won third place for her grade! To celebrate, feel free to stop by our office for some Halloween candy and treats.

Special thanks to our agent Krystyn Elek for snapping the above photos of our office in Newton Centre.

2017 Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event

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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty recently participated in the 2017 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event. The event, which took place from September 25th to September 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought together approximately 2,400 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, with more than 155 of the brand’s companies represented from 34 countries and territories worldwide.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event is an extraordinary experience and provides great value to our firm, and in turn, our clients,” said Jon Ufland, Principal and Managing Broker, Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is a captivating three-day event that allows us the opportunity to learn more about the real estate industry worldwide, global residential real estate markets and the advantages offered by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as well as its vision for the future. The Global Networking Event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our talented real estate colleagues from around the world while also generating a global referral business and forming lasting friendships.”

Held at the Wynn Las Vegas, the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event was a dynamic three-day immersion into the brand, offering two general sessions and a selection of 25 breakout sessions. More than 85 Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate members volunteered to play an integral part in the sessions, which ranged in topic from sales and negotiation tactics to marketing and more, serving as breakout hosts, guest speakers and expert panelists to share advice, best practices and personal experiences with their peers.

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, was the headlining keynote speaker and addressed members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network discussing the journey of creating a global lifestyle brand, which includes a focus on authenticity, constant evolution, and a keen understanding of the consumer. In addition, Jeff Hargett, senior corporate director of culture transformation at The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, gave an engaging and dynamic speech about the power of excellence in customer service and creating unique client experiences.


Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain and Newton, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services that are designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. Property listings from Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the global website, as well as on the firm’s local website,

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, allowing the firm’s sales associates the opportunity for real estate referrals with auction house clientele as well as the unique ability to refer real estate clientele for appraisal services for jewelry, art, antique furniture and collectibles.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 21,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 900 offices in 68 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

New Campaign: 7 Million Impressions Today


Your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

That’s the message 7 million people are seeing today through LIVE, the new Sotheby’s International Realty® brand ad campaign. We are launching LIVE with exclusive placements on leading media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest.

And to amplify our reach even more, we are rolling out an exclusive advertising and syndication program on the Nikkei. Sotheby’s International Realty is the first real estate brand to showcase properties outside Japan on the Nikkei, one of the most influential business publications in the world.

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Thanks for a Great Brookline Day 2017!

Agents Dierdre O'Connor, Krystyn Elek, and Bekka Cirel at the beginning of Brookline Day

Agents Dierdre O’Connor, Krystyn Elek, and Bekka Cirel at the beginning of Brookline Day

We had a blast meeting families from Brookline and the surrounding areas at Brookline Day 2017! Some of our agents and staff represented UnlimitedSIR during the festivities at Larz Anderson Park to chat about real estate and give away some free goodies. Thank you to all who stopped by to say hi, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Agent Xiaoxiao (Sasha) Gu joined Bekka and Krystyn later on for further fun

Agent Xiaoxiao (Sasha) Gu joined Bekka and Krystyn later on for further fun



Free Solar Workshop – September 28th 6:30-7:30pm

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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Deirdre O’Connor

Welcome Dierdre O'Connor

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, a locally owned and operated real estate brokerage with three strategically located offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain and Newton, is pleased to announce the hire of real estate professional Deirdre O’Connor. Deirdre will be working out of the company’s Newton office at 767 Beacon Street in the heart of Newton Centre.

Deirdre began her real estate career in 2003, striving to make the real estate experience rewarding for buyers and sellers whilst exceeding expectations with her honest approach and relentless commitment. She had formerly worked in contract management for over 10 years. Combined with a Masters of International Management, she brings a unique blend of business, analytical and cross-cultural experience to her Greater Boston clients.

As a Newton resident with children in the Newton Public School system, Deirdre has a vast knowledge of the city and all it has to offer. Interested in buying, selling, or just curious about real estate? Contact Deirdre today, and let her experience work for you.

Deirdre O’Connor

cell 781.249.6120
office 617.332.1400

September 1st Survival Guide

Boston September 1st

If you’ve never been in Boston on September 1st, congratulations on avoiding what I’d call a circus except that would be a disservice to circuses! To say that the city is a chaotic mess is an understatement of epic (fail) proportions and if you can avoid it you should do so at all costs. This year the first is a Friday, which means the craziness may be less intense on THE day because some of the folks leaving the city started moving out as early as last Saturday and those coming from out of town with all their stuff will likely be spread out across the long weekend. What follows are some tips to make life easier for those of you who AREN’T moving…

  • If you live in a part of Greater Boston with on-street parking and you have a parking space on Thursday night, DON’T MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL TUESDAY! There will be many, many moving vans and extra cars on the streets through the 5th of September, and if you give up an on-street spot, the odds of getting it (or any space near it) back are minimal. Also, when you park your car, think about doing so on a side street if possible. Yes, it may be a little further from your front door but all those extra cars on the main streets are likely to lead to a lot more dings and dents than usual.
  • Regardless of where you park, avoid driving in the city if you can. It’s the perfect storm of bad driving – people behind the wheel of vehicles (U-Haul’s, moving vans, trucks) they don’t usually drive navigating tricky neighborhoods  they aren’t familiar with – and you don’t want to be stuck behind them. Maybe take public transportation to work for a couple of days and think of it as an adventure!
  • Do your shopping now. While you may just need a few items, all these new people have entire kitchens, pantries, and dorm rooms to stock with food, drinks, and various household items, so supermarkets, Targets, CVS, and Walmart are likely to be overflowing with customers and light on inventory. Stock up now so you don’t have to do battle with someone who’s got two full carts.
  • If you are going out to eat over the long weekend you should stick to locally owned establishments. Again, there will be 10’s of thousands of new-to-the-city folks plus the friends and family that have come to town to help with the move, and those people are much more likely to go with national chain restaurants they are familiar with than the neighborhood places you already know are much better.

Busiest Zip Codes for September 1st Move-In — Courtesy of

  • Remember, it’s only this bad for the first weekend, and hopefully enough current Bostonian’s will leave town for Labor Day so as to at least somewhat offset the influx of newbies. Sure, traffic is going to be much worse with school back in session (and if you think driving is bad then, wait until the first snow of the season, which for some new Bostonian’s will be the first snow they’ve EVER driven in) but overall things settle down and people start to learn the ins and outs of the city and wrap their heads around the concept that cars in the rotary have the right of way.

This post was written by Al Norton, Rental Manager

Al NortonAl Norton is in his 14th year as the Rental Manager at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty and his 23rd year working in the Greater Boston housing market.
You can speak to Al at 617.699.3811 or