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Featured Listing: Prime Needham Location on Nearly Half an Acre

115 Newell Avenue, Needham MA

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Exclusive Listing: 115 Newell Avenue – Needham

Offered at $1,599,000

Beautiful home, in prime location, on a gorgeous piece of land! Custom details and upgrades throughout. Built by well known builder, Hillcrest Development, in 2012. Gorgeous kitchen featuring a Wolf six-burner stove with griddle, Miele warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator and super white granite counters. Handsome dining room with tray ceiling, a lovely focal point! Beautiful living room with coffered ceiling, a family room with fireplace flanked by custom built-in cabinets is adjacent to the kitchen. First floor office off main foyer. Direct access to the two-car garage. The 2nd floor offers 4 bedrooms (including master bedroom), 3 full baths and a laundry room. Luxurious master bedroom with walk-in closets and sumptuous bath. The 3rd floor features an awesome bonus room, bedroom and full bath. The backyard is one to behold!

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

View more information on 115 Newell Avenue here, or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Needham

The Town of Needham is located on rocky uplands within a loop of the Charles River, bordered by Wellesley on the west and northwest, Newton on the north and northeast, the West Roxbury section of Boston on the east, Dedham on the southeast and south, and Westwood and Dover on the south. Needham is 10 miles southwest of Boston, 29 miles east of Worcester, and about 208 miles from New York City.

The town of Needham has easy access to Boston and an emphasis on family life, making it a great suburb to live in for years to come. WalletHub ranks Needham #1 in their small-town Education and Health category and #8 in Safety – designations well-earned for this peaceful and vibrant New England community.

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Krystyn Elek

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 About Krystyn Elek

Connecting personally with clients and understanding their individual needs, Krystyn tailors the process of buying or selling while keeping it straightforward and efficient.  She is passionate about building and maintaining relationships with her clients by putting their needs and satisfaction above all else, all while operating with integrity.

Krystyn possesses a unique blend of experience, having worked with buyers and listings in Brookline, Newton, Back Bay and the South End, and as a top-producing leasing agent in the Greater Boston area. In addition, Krystyn was an integral part of the successful sell-out of a 19-unit building in Porter Square.  Pairing local expertise with global outreach, Krystyn garners top dollar for sellers and provides distinctively supportive representation for her buyers.

With a life-long passion for ice hockey, rugby, and softball—as both an athlete and a coach—Krystyn blends a team approach and provides hands-on consultation and education for new and experienced clients.  The combination of her personal and professional experiences make Krystyn an asset to all with whom she works.

Krystyn served as the head coach for the varsity hockey team and the middle school softball team at The Winsor School in Boston as well as head coach of the women’s rugby club at Amherst College.  She graduated with honors from Amherst College with a degree in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Psychology before earning her Masters of Science at Smith College.  Krystyn currently resides in Watertown with her fiancée.

Krystyn can be reached at 843.209.5044 or krystyn.elek@unlimitedsir.com

2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” Rankings

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category in REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report for Second Year in a Row

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” for the second year in a row. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2016 annual sales volume and transaction sides, and the top 50 agents and top 50 teams on average sales price—making it a ranking of the top 1,100 nationwide.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category.

“Having a leading number of sales associates represented in two categories of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal rankings is a testament to the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In 2016, the average sales price accomplished by Sotheby’s International Realty was among the highest of any national real estate brand as evidenced by its achievement of $95 billion in global sales volume. This accomplishment is made possible by having top sales professionals affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and I am so proud of the companies and sales associates represented on this list and their contribution to the power of this brand.”

Click here to see the Sotheby’s International Realty brand affiliated sales associated represented on “The Thousand.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

The complete Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals list can be found on REAL Trends’ website, realtrends.com.

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New Developments Along the Massachusetts Turnpike

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Land along the Massachusetts Turnpike is seeing a surge in new developments, especially within the Allston-Brighton area.

A major catalyst for the accelerating new construction is New Balance, the $40 billion shoe company that’s been at the forefront since the beginning. New Balance has been part of the Boston area since its founding in 1906 and the Allston-Brighton neighborhood since the 1980s. They submitted proposals in March 2012 for building a massive new complex on the same street as their old one, with over 250,000 square feet making up their corporate headquarters and 650,000 for additional office space along the Mass Pike. However, construction plans with New Balance didn’t stop with their HQ opening day in 2015; their new offices were only the beginning of a grand revitalization project that would see much more come to the area.

One of the most anticipated projects for Boston sports fans was the opening of the Warrior Ice Arena, a facility for the Boston Bruins to call home in the city. It serves as the training and practice facility for the Bruins and as a complex for college, high school, youth and amateur level hockey. When there isn’t a game scheduled, there’s skating, drop-in, and ice times open and available to the public, with over 600 spectator seats and parking to boot. Plans to build the Celtics training facility over the turnpike are already well on their way as well.

Both the new headquarters and ice arena are part of the bold Boston Landing project on Guest Street. Other impressive additions include a 175-room hotel over the Mass Pike, holding air rights over the highway that could make it similar to the overhanging Star Market in Newtonville. Although the Boston Landing Hotel has yet to be built, it could signal an overhaul of the neighborhoods alongside the Pike.

Already the city is taking note, adding infrastructure improvements to the neighborhoods best known for their diversity and high student populations. The new Boston Landing commuter rail stop on the Framingham/Worcester line opened last month, which is a service that this community has lacked since the 1960s when three rail stations had closed. This stop offers another option for commuting or otherwise getting into downtown Boston with ease.

The transportation development enables more residential development, an initiative sorely needed in Boston’s current housing shortage. Besides the Residences at Boston Landing, which will add almost 300 luxury apartment units, there are plans from The Michaels Organization to build a 262-unit residential complex nearby the new Boston Landing commuter rail stop. Closer to the city center are plans to build over the pike in Back Bay, which will potentially add another 300 or more,  condos and/or apartments. More towers are coming in Fenway and Back Bay, with hundreds more business and residential units in the works.

The success of Boston Landing could see a ripple effect in development throughout Boston in the coming years. Some very exciting growth is unfolding within the Hub.

 

Featured Listing: Rare Coolidge Corner Single Family

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6 Elba Street – Brookline

Offered at $2,390,000

Ideally located on a corner lot between Coolidge Corner and Boston University, this Greek-Revival, brick Colonial home has been lovingly maintained and artfully blends classic details with modern comforts for today’s living. Surrounding the house is a generous brick patio, flower gardens and other mature plantings including a majestic Copper Beech tree. The first floor boasts a chef’s kitchen with high end appliances, oversized island and bountiful storage, a front to back living room and formal dining room, both with fireplaces. The second floor offers three nice-sized bedrooms, including a massive, front to back master bedroom with en-suite bath and fireplace. The finished lower level houses a home theater, kitchen, full bath, large laundry room and a workshop. Other highlights include high ceilings, central air and vacuum and one car garage.

Listing Agent: George Wood, 617.504.5433, george.wood@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 6 Elba 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.

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day 2017

Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving, as your sacrifices have made it possible to live our lives in freedom today. We hope your Memorial Day weekend is spent relaxing with loved ones in the home and country you’ve worked to protect.

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.

See the original article on realtor.com.

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.