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Featured Listing: Elegant 3 Bed Brookline Condo

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Exclusive Listing: 9 Doran Road, Unit 1 – Brookline

Offered at $1,299,000

This classic Brookline dwelling was completely renovated into a stunning condominium home. The unit features three bedrooms, two full and one half bathrooms on two levels of living space. Some of its special features include a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a cheery breakfast bar. The home also has a graciously sized  living and dining room with a stately fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. The first floor master suite, with a beautiful bath and large walk-in closets, complete this level. The front and rear porches make for two pristine places for relaxation and enjoying a New England summer.

The lower level features two wonderfully sized bedrooms in addition to a gorgeous second bathroom. The family room is great space for entertaining and movie watching. There is additional space suitable for a home office. Central air, two car parking with one garage space, an in-unit laundry room and immediate access to the Heath School and neighborhood playground are just a few other reasons to call Doran Road your next home. It truly is a must see!

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

View more information on this Brookline condo 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. Its major retail centers are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Featured Listing: Two Charming West Roxbury Condos

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Two condos at 10 Dent Street have just come to market in a grand location. Enjoy the amenities of city living from the comforts of West Roxbury in one of these admirable homes. Their excellent location near the West Roxbury commuter rail stop offers a sensible way into downtown Boston in roughly fifteen minutes. Take your pick of some of Greater Boston’s most picturesque green spaces – including the Arnold Arboretum and Millennium Park – that are all in close proximity. Easy access to Boston’s colleges and universities. Additionally, find Routes 1, 128, and 109 nearby for further commuting or travel options.

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10 Dent Street, Unit 1 – West Roxbury

Offered at $450,000

This cheery home is close to the West Roxbury Commuter Rail stop, with an estimated fifteen minutes to Back Bay or South Station. All the local feel of the suburbs with the convenience of living in the city. This large three-bedroom condo has been updated with refinished floors and granite counters in the extra-large kitchen. Freshly painted and ready for your personal touches. Enjoy exclusive use of the front and back porches and off-street parking, with a washer and dryer in the building for further convenience.

View more information on Unit 1 here or unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

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10 Dent Street, Unit B – West Roxbury

Offered at $250,000

A garden-level unit by great shopping options and vibrant greenery. Great value as a starter condo for first time home buyers. Buy for less than the cost of renting! The kitchen includes granite countertops and stainless appliances. An extra-large living room can also be a living/dining room combo. Includes one off-street parking space and a very low condo fee. Ready for its next owners to begin building real estate equity.

Listing Agent: Rose Cullen, 617.755.0932, rose.cullen@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on Unit B here or unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in West Roxbury

West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury. It was once home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by the notable writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Today, West Roxbury is known for its civic activism and youth programming. Its tree lined streets and mostly single-family homes give this city neighborhood a suburban feel. Centre Street anchors the neighborhood’s business district, which consists of restaurants, banks, and shops. Residents flock to Millennium Park, a former landfill that has been converted into 100 acres of trails, ball fields, and picnic areas.

Featured Listing: Dreamy Cape Cod Style Single Family in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing: 44-C Burroughs Street – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $950,000

Dreamy setting tucked off of tree-lined Burroughs Street, centrally located in Jamaica Plain’s Pondside neighborhood. Well cared for 1960 Cape Cod style single family renovated 2011 – 2015. First floor flows from living room with wood burning fireplace to dining room through to sun splashed cook’s kitchen, stainless appliances and granite countertops, perfect for entertaining. Good sized bedroom/den and full bathroom. Second floor has 2 large bedrooms with ample closets and a full bathroom. Walk out of the kitchen to a fenced outdoor area, welcoming you to a private city oasis. Tree shaded patio perfect for grilling and lounging while surrounded by beautifully maintained landscaping. Keep your tools in the shed. Full basement with laundry and tons of storage. 2 unobstructed driveway parking spaces directly out front. Ideal location in the heart of JP Center, easy access to Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping all along bustling Centre Street.

Listing Agent: Josh Brett, 617.543.4185, josh.brett@unlimitedsir.com
Susan Scheele, 857.472.4653, susan.scheele@unlimitedsir.com

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About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

Featured Listing: Parkside Two Bedroom Condo in Jamaica Plain

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155 Forest Hills Street, Unit 1 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $445,000

Parkside two-bedroom with in-unit laundry, parking + carport roof rights. With tall ceilings and vintage details––restored gumwood, honeycomb bathroom tiling and built-in ironing board – this home offers bright space and charm. Off a spacious foyer, the living room opens to a dining room with a wall of windows, appointed by a handsome hutch. Unpainted gumwood adorns these rooms for a refined feel. The large kitchen offers multiple work spaces, and leads to a rear deck. Bonus: exclusive rights to the carport roof provides the option to extend the rear deck. A rear bedroom; front walk-through bedroom; and linen closet. Laundry in foyer, adjacent to a deep hall closet. Assigned driveway parking. Pet-friendly, proactive association. Part of neighborly Lourdes Ave Block, with annual parties. Under half mile to Green Street T. A few short blocks to Franklin Park’s wooded trails. Under a mile to Ula Cafe and Chilacates; blocks to the new Turtle Swamp Brewing. Showings begin by open house.

Listing Agent: Melony Swasey, 617.971.7080, melony.swasey@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 155 Forest Hills Street, Unit 1 here or visit unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

Featured Listing: Comfortable Two-Family Home in Coveted West Roxbury Location

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Exclusive Listing: 72 Garnet Road – West Roxbury

Offered at $770,000

This is a well maintained, two-family home in a coveted West Roxbury location. The first floor unit features a large living room, dining room, two bedrooms, and an enclosed porch. The second floor unit features an over-sized living room with home office alcove, separate dining room, fully renovated bathroom, updated kitchen appliances (including induction stove), two bedrooms, updated window, and another enclosed porch. The building has been equipped with very cost effective solar panels from Solar City, which will transfer to the new owner. The building has countless recent upgrades to see!

Listing Agents:
Jesse Gustafson, 617.642.4787, jesse.gustafson@unlimitedsir.com
Phil Smith, 617.513.3749, phil.smith@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 72 Garnet Road here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in West Roxbury

West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury and home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by such notable writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Today, West Roxbury is known for its civic activism and youth programming. Its tree lined streets and mostly single-family homes give this city neighborhood a suburban feel. Centre Street anchors the neighborhood’s business district, which consists of restaurants, banks, and shops. Residents flock to Millennium Park, a former landfill that has been converted into 100 acres of trails, ball fields, and picnic areas.

Featured Listing: 2 Bed Condo Near Roslindale Village Centre

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Featured Listing: 67 Walter Street, Unit 2 – Roslindale

Offered at $469,000

Conveniently located near the Roslindale Village Centre and Arboretum, this condominium home is a must see. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit features an open floor concept that flows beautifully. The kitchen features beautiful cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast bar at which to enjoy the morning cup of coffee. There is also a porch right off of the kitchen on which to relax. Both bedrooms are graciously sized while the master features its own well appointed bathroom. The second bath is perfect for family and guests as well. Additional features include hardwood flooring throughout, central air, private storage, washer/dryer and a garage parking space. Located between Jamaica Plain and Roslindale with easy access to Boston, this home truly is a must see.

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

View more information on 67 Walter Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Roslindale

Once considered a “garden suburb” of Boston, today’s residents of Roslindale are still attracted to the neighborhood’s natural beauty. Locals walk and bike in the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis that is part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Many of the neighborhoods’ large colonial homes are being converted into condos to accommodate the influx of young professionals and families. Roslindale Village is the city’s original Main Street district and now one of the city’s most vibrant, featuring several bistros, unique shops, and wireless Internet access. The MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail provide commuters with easy access to downtown.

Featured Listing: Courtly 1 Bedroom Condo in the South End

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Exclusive Listing: 9 Appleton Street, Unit M-2 – Boston

Offered at $739,000

Rarely available, large one bedroom condo at prestigious 9 Appleton, ideal for owner or investor. An absolute A+ location, this loft-like unit is close to everything that the South End and Back Bay have to offer. Come see this fully renovated, upper level unit complete with exposed brick and beam, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, great closet space and more. This professionally managed association has recently completed massive updates to the building including a new roof, extensive repointing and lobby work. They continue however to have considerable reserves and have managed to keep the condo fees very low.

Listing Agent: Phil Smith, 617.513.3749, phil.smith@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 9 Appleton here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in the South End
Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, in recent years the South End has become one of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods. It has attracted a diverse blend of young professionals and families to this Boston Landmark District. You will be sure to notice the South End’s renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes as you walk along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Small business owners also enjoy the amenities of the South End and are supported by the national award winning Washington Gateway Main Streets Program. Some of Boston’s finest restaurants, a thriving arts community and nearly 30 parks also call the South End home.

About Life in Back Bay
It’s easy to understand why the Back Bay is one of America’s most desirable neighborhoods. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are lined with unique shops, trendy restaurants and vintage homes, making the Back Bay an extremely fashionable destination for Boston residents and visitors. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spot celebrities strolling up and down these picturesque streets. This bustling neighborhood also houses the two tallest members of Boston’s skyline, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower, in addition to architectural treasures such as Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.

Featured Listing: Single Family Colonial Home Near Allandale Farm

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62 Risley Road – South Brookline

Offered at $859,000

Best priced single family in Brookline. This Colonial in South Brookline near Allandale Farm has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. From the foyer, enter a grand living room to the right and a formal dining room to the left. The sunny kitchen has a breakfast dining area that opens to a large deck. With the floor-to-ceiling slider doors and newly replaced skylight, you’ll feel outdoors. The full-sized deck overlooks an expansive fenced-in backyard with space for a garden. Completing the first floor is a den/family room or a 4th bedroom/guest room and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a full bath with shower and tub. The basement has a finished studio/office, plus storage, laundry, and utilities area. Wood floors throughout with ceramic tile in kitchen and baths. A wall a/c keeps the first floor cool in summer. The gas fireplace keeps the living room cozy in winter! Walk-up attic provides storage and expansion possibilities. New roof! Garage and driveway parking.

 Listing Agent: Andrew Brilliant, 617.694.9759, andrew.brilliant@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 62 Risley Road 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.

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: 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.