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Featured Listing: Exceptional Custom Home in Waban

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130 Beethoven Avenue – Newton

Offered at $2,495,000

Exceptional custom home in Waban. The thoughtful design with an open layout includes tall ceilings and warm finishes, including black walnut and custom tile floors. The home features large windows and skylights, allowing natural light to fill the space. The sophisticated, chef-style kitchen includes exotic wood cabinets, a large island with second sink, and a gorgeous granite and natural stone back splash. The lovely eat-in-kitchen area has panoramic views of the private yard; and the large family room contains a modern gas fireplace and tray ceiling. The living room includes an additional fireplace and provides privacy for deluxe entertaining or leisure.

The first floor has a formal dining room with a grand tray ceiling, an elegant powder room, and a bedroom with a private bath. The second level features four bedrooms, two that share a bath, a guest room with a private bath, and a laundry room. The spectacular master suite holds a spa-like bath that includes a steam shower, radiant floors, and an air jet tub. The lower level includes a bedroom, full bathroom, TV and game room, craft room, and gym. Its professionally landscaped fenced yard is perfect for outdoor fun or entertainment on the stone patio, making this home in Waban a rarely available opportunity.

Listing Agent: Linda Brennan, 617.840.3247, linda.brennan@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 130 Beethoven Avenue here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as a top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after Boston community. Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community. It’s comprised of thirteen distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Featured Listing: Quintessential Brick Colonial in Newton Centre

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20 Overlook Park – Newton

Offered at $1,275,000

A quintessential home in Newton for sale! This nine room, brick Colonial with a slate roof is located on a beautiful cul-de-sac among five other homes. The sun-splashed, south facing kitchen opens to a large dining area and direct access to the generous wrap around deck! There is an additional separate dining room with back yard views, along with a front-to-back living room with built-in bookcases and a fireplace.

The den/office has an exposed brick wall and gracious cathedral ceiling. The second floor houses four bedrooms with two full baths (4th bedroom closet was captured by another bedroom). Walk-out finished lower level holds a family room and half bath for relaxation or entertainment. A stone’s throw to the Ward School in the coveted public school district. A home to treasure!

Listing Agent: Margie Kern, 617.939.7800, margie.kern@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 20 Overlook Park here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after community in the Greater Boston Area.  Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community. It’s comprised of thirteen distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Newton has a lot to offer its residents when it comes to the outdoors. This includes many public playgrounds, parks, and a swimming pool that is open in the summer, as well as the most noteworthy Crystal Lake. The homes in Newton for sale are coveted and never last long in the market. When it comes to eateries, Newton Centre prides itself on a lengthy list of dining establishments: restaurants of all types of food and ethnicity are found scattered throughout the city.

In It to Win It: Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding These 7 Mistakes on Your Offer

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You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet!

Slow down there, dear buyer. As you know, you still have one giant hurdle to overcome: You’ve got to make the offer that wins the house. And in a highly competitive housing market, that can be easier said than done. Don’t blow your chances with any of these common home offer mistakes.

  1. Dragging your feet

If you love a property, the worst thing you can do is wait to make an offer. Of course, you’re allowed to have some feelings of uncertainty—after all, this is likely the biggest financial decision of your life. But the longer you vacillate, the greater the chances you’ll set yourself up for failure.

“Time kills deals,” says Andrew Sandholm of BOND New York Properties, in New York City. “Dragging your feet means you could wind up paying more in a bidding war situation or missing out on the property all together.”

Not only should you be emotionally ready to pounce, but be logistically ready as well. That means pulling together all of your paperwork—bank statements, pre-approval letter, and any documents supporting proof of funds—while you’re house hunting.

“Get everything ready so we can act fast when we find a home you love,” Sandholm says.

  1. Offering your max pre-approved amount

Today’s sellers are often besieged by multiple suitors, and the successful buyer will be one who’s prepared for a bidding war. The best way to arm yourself for battle is to make sure you’ve got a strong financial arsenal. That means getting pre-approved (do this now, if you haven’t already) to show a seller you’re financially prepared to buy a home—their home.

But when you make an offer, beware of submitting a price that exactly matches the amount you were pre-approved for, says Chuck Silverston, principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Brookline, MA.

“Many buyers come in with a pre-approval for the exact offer price, but when you’re competing against other offers, including cash offers, you want to show financial strength,” he says. “An exact pre-approval could make a listing agent nervous because not only does the buyer not have any wiggle room to negotiate, but they might no longer qualify if interest rates rise.”

“In this market I often advise buyers to look at homes under their max loan amount,” echoes Denise Supplee, a Realtor® with Long and Foster Real Estate in Doylestown, PA. “When you have to bid against multiple offers, they will need some room to go up, and if they are at their maximum amount, that may not happen.”

  1. Using an obscure lender

Also consider using a well-known local mortgage lender or bank, suggests Realtor Megan Tolland, with Realty Executives Boston, who often sees online pre-approvals from out-of-state lenders or unknown online entities.

“Agents, and therefore sellers, are generally more comfortable with a local lender they know,” she says.

  1. Lowballing

Trust your agent and bid accordingly—even if it means offering a little more than you think you could get away with. If you lowball the seller in the hope that it’ll spark a negotiation, it could backfire—especially in a seller’s market.

“A lowball offer that isn’t backed up with math or comparable sales data is disrespectful and could turn off the seller and possibly mean you will miss out on the property completely,” Sandholm says.

  1. Waiving the inspection contingency

“I don’t care whether it’s new construction or even your mom’s house you’re buying from her—get it inspected,” says Joshua Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty in Duluth, GA.

An inspection is the only way to uncover potential flaws that could cost major cash to fix. And if you waive the inspection contingency in your offer, you stand to lose your earnest money if you back out.

  1. Letting outsiders sway your offer

When you’re buying a home, you probably want a second opinion. And probably a third, fourth, and maybe even 10th. We totally get it. But beware of letting these people—who mean well but haven’t seen the many, many other homes you’ve seen—influence your offer.

“The ‘adviser’ does what they think is best and tries to protect the buyer and usually slams the home,” Jarvis says. “Unfortunately, they don’t have the education in seeing the other 10 homes or understanding the market.”

If you’re going to rely on outside advice, Jarvis says, then ask that the person accompany you through as much of the process as possible.

  1. Not selling yourself

Wait, isn’t it the seller who, you know, does the selling? It might not sound quite fair, but in a seller’s market, you want to make sure you—the buyer—look as good to the seller as that picture-perfect house looks to you, Silverston says.

And it’s not just about looking good on paper. In fact, Silverston says, the offer process begins the moment the buyer steps through the door at the open house or showing.

“In today’s highly competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to deal with,” he says.

That’s why buyers should avoid pointing out defects, asking a lot of nitpicky questions, or even insulting the owner’s taste by discussing changes they want to make.

“Basically buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers,” he says.

And, don’t forget to help seal the deal with a love letter—a personal touch could be enough to boost you to the top in the seller’s mind.

Interested in speaking with Chuck and his real estate team? Let us know or contact him directly on our website.

About Chuck Silverston

Chuck SilverstonChuck has been a top agent for over ten years and even earned the designation by Trendgraphix as the number one buyer’s agent in Brookline. Chuck is a Principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. He has owned the Paris Creperie Cafe for over 15 years and has lived in Brookline for 20 years. Chuck has one daughter, Lilli, that attends Brookline High School. He served as co-chair of the Pierce School PTO from 2010-2012 and currently serves on the Board of the Brookline Education Foundation.

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Featured Listing: Stunning Renovations in Brookline Luxury Condo

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39 Fuller Street, Unit 39 – Brookline

Offered at $2,175,000

Located in the heart of Coolidge Corner is this fabulous five bedroom, three full and one half bathroom condominium home. This two-level luxury condo was completely renovated in 2015 and is larger than most houses. The home features more than 3,500 square feet of impeccable living space. The first level features an open living room/dining room floor plan with a lovely fireplace. The chef’s kitchen features high-end appliances and thoughtful finishes. Steps away is an additional family room leading to a private outdoor deck.

Outback are both the garage and outdoor parking spaces, along with the cozy yard area perfect for a swing set. This level also has a guest suite and an additional bedroom with potential as a home office, nursery, or gym. In addition, the second level features three more bedrooms, including a stunning master suite with a beautiful master bath. Additional features in this luxury condo include second floor laundry hookups, central air, hardwood flooring throughout, a security system, and an irrigation system to keep the grounds looking beautiful.

Listing Agent: Scott Goldsmith, 617.529.2434, scott.goldsmith@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 39 Fuller Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Brookline:

As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Along with offering both a city atmosphere and a feeling of being in the country, there is a wide mix of people in Brookline. It is also the home of many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Brookline has an overnight on-street parking ban which is unusual for such a dense area.

Among its many unusual resources, Brookline has its own working farm (with farm stand), the oldest country club in the nation, a town golf course, a park on a hillside overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink and transportation museum, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the town. Its major retail centers, including Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Featured Listing: Beautiful Three-Unit Multi-Family in Roxbury

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30 Edgewood Street – Roxbury

Offered at $825,000

Rarely available,  three-family home sitting on a beautiful double lot (7428 sq.ft). The extra lot of land is 3712 sq.ft. It is nicely landscaped and features a large paved drive way and patio.This building is well maintained and clean with many updates. Including a new kitchen on third floor. All of the units are spacious with high ceilings. All have separate utilities. Apartments two and 3 have washer/dryer hookups in unit. Apartment one has a washer/dryer in the basement. Each unit has ample closet space and a very nice layout.

Listing Agent: Celdra Allen-Harding, 617.283.8375, celdra.allen@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 30 Edgewood Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Roxbury:

Once a farming community, Roxbury is home to the historic Shirley Eustis House, the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial Governor. Today this neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance. Hundreds of new business and housing initiatives have revitalized the neighborhood’s Dudley Square, Crosstown, and Grove Hall areas.

The dramatic transformation of Blue Hill Avenue from a street lined with vacant lots to a dynamic business district is one of former Mayor Menino’s proudest achievements. The Roxbury Center for the Arts, Culture, and Trade, which opened in 2005, celebrates the cultural richness of the community through the visual and performance arts.

Featured Listing: Victorian Beauty near Crystal Lake

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1008 Beacon Street – Newton

Offered at $1,749,000

Victorian beauty near Crystal Lake, and the heart of Newton Centre! Elegance abounds with original architectural features from the turn of the century. Highlights include a gorgeous staircase, stained glass windows, window seats, handsome wood mantles, tall ceilings, oversized windows and impressively sized rooms. Renovated kitchen includes recessed lighting, excellent counter space, and a built in microwave. Stainless steel appliances include Sub Zero refrigerator, 5 burner gas stove with griddle/grill, electric double ovens, and Bosch dishwasher.

Kitchen is open to the large dining room with French doors leading to the back deck and yard. Four bedrooms, two baths and laundry on the second floor. In addition, the third floor holds two more bedrooms, family room, and bath, accented with a lovely Palladium window. The finished Lower Level includes a bonus room, full bath and kitchen with family room. Excellent closet space and storage. Within minutes to Whole Foods, Newton Free Library and City Hall. Close to Mason Rice Elementary. An absolute gem!

Listing Agents: Margie Kern, 617.686.0981, margie.kern@unlimitedsir.com
Maureen Kelly-Fromm, 781.214.0565, maureen.kellyfromm@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 1008 Beacon Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after community in the Greater Boston Area.  While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Newton has a lot to offer its residents when it comes to the outdoors. This includes many public playgrounds, parks, and a swimming pool that is open in the summer, as well as the most noteworthy Crystal Lake. When it comes to eateries, Newton Centre prides itself on a lengthy list of dining establishments: restaurants of all types of food and ethnicity are found scattered throughout the city.

Featured Listing: Top Floor, Urban Chic Condo in Porter Square

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28 Holyoke Road, Unit 3 – Somerville

Offered at $569,900

Renovated top floor, urban chic home in A+ Porter Square location. Light filled condo highlighted by vaulted ceilings and skylights. Fantastic kitchen for cooking with ample counter space, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Sought after open floor plan with two good sized bedrooms. Want outdoor space? Enjoy your own deck and a private fenced-in patio. Additional amenities include central air, in-unit laundry, recessed lighting, private storage and a pet friendly association. In addition, the location offers easy access to the Red Line subway, commuter rail, supermarket, pharmacy, book store and restaurants within a few blocks. Walk Score 92.

Listing Agent: Cathleen Lane, 617.943.9980, cathleen.lane@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 28 Holyoke Road here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Somerville:

It’s the city known for zany festivals, hipsters, and arguably more artists per capita than most of the East Coast. Meet Somerville, one of the most densely populated cities in the country with just over four square miles to work with. Its enviable location is only two miles from Boston’s city center close to Cambridge.

Named Best-Run City in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, Somerville packs an urban-planning punch. It’s won the All-American City award three times since 1972 for its ideal walking and biking routes, and cities throughout Massachusetts and New England look to become “the next Somerville” in terms of its roaring success in residential initiatives.  From its roots as a revolutionary hotspot to an industrial juggernaut, it’s now setting into its status as a vibrant, community-centered location with a bright future ahead.

Featured Listing: Marvelous Manhattan Style Condo in Coolidge Corner

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1272 Beacon Street, Unit 6 – Brookline

Offered at $1,750,000

Come see this rarely available Manhattan style floor-through condominium home conveniently located in the heart of Coolidge Corner. This south facing unit with natural sunlight flooding in is a wonderful single family alternative. This home features an expansive living area encompassing both a fireplaced formal living room and dining room perfect for entertaining and has plenty of space to spare for children and grand children to play in. This home features a beautifully updated double sink kitchen with new granite counters. The bedrooms are all graciously sized including the master with its owns bathroom. In addition, there is an additional bedroom with its own half bath that could easily be used as an Au Pair suite or nursery. Conveniently located off of the master bedroom is a marvelous sun room waiting to be used as an office, workout area or just a space in which to relax. This wonderful home is located in an elevator building with private storage and a common area roof deck with unsurpassed city views.

Listing Agent: Scott Goldsmith, 617.529.2434, scott.goldsmith@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 1272 Beacon Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Brookline:

If Brookline, MA is on your radar as a potential place to live then it’s clear how much it has to offer for a quality lifestyle. In fact, a report conducted last year by Niche ranked Brookline as the best suburban community in the entire country based on livability. The high grade was based on things including safety, weather, schools, access to activities, jobs, transportation and housing.

The charming town of Brookline is hard to beat with its amenities, character and close proximity to Boston. From popular villages with great restaurants and shopping to grand homes in the shadow of The Country Club, Brookline makes for a great place to live.

Featured Listing: An Elegant Tudor in Brookline Hills

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89 Welland Road – Brookline

Offered at $1,799,900

Located in Brookline Hills, this updated, well maintained Tudor home offers over 3,300 square feet of living space. The first floor boasts a chef’s kitchen with oversized island, stone countertops, stainless steel – high end appliances (Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele), including two dishwashers, ovens and sinks. Through the sliding glass doors awaits a beautifully landscaped oasis complete with patio and Koi pond. The first floor also offers a formal living room complete with fireplace, wet bar and a separate dining room with built in china cabinet. The second floor has three plus bedrooms including a master suite with en-suite bathroom and office/sitting room.

Other highlights include a fully finished lower level with family room, laundry room and Au-Pair Suite with kitchenette, newly updated master and family baths, central air, storage galore and a two car detached garage. This property is conveniently located close to schools, public transportation and highway access.

Listing Agent: Sean Preston, 617.901.9977, sean.preston@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 89 Welland Road here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Listing: City Living at its Best in this South End Condo

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83 Dartmouth Street, Unit 1 – South End, Boston

Offered at $1,099,900

Unbeatable location on the South End/Back Bay border, at the corner of Dartmouth Street and Columbus Avenue is this spacious 2 bedroom condo with 2 full baths, 1,205 square feet with a private, fenced-patio in a brick Victorian era row house. The unit provides separation between the master bedroom/ensuite bathroom and the living area. Open kitchen and living room concept with a breakfast bar and dining room area. Entertain and enjoy your summers out on the patio area with your BBQ grill. In-unit laundry. Central Air Conditioning. Great storage space. City living at its best! Only a short walk to the Prudential Center, Back Bay Station, restaurant row in the South End, Boylston and Newbury Streets. Easy access to the Mass Pike and 93, Logan airport is 15 minutes away. Pet friendly. Would make a great long term investment to add to your portfolio.

Listing Agent: Jon Ufland, 617.901.9977, jon.ufland@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 83 Dartmouth Street in Boston here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.