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Tall Ships Coming to Boston

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Calling all history buffs and nautical fans – the Tall Ships are on their way to Boston!

The Tall Ships will be docking in Boston Harbor now through next Thursday. This massive event is part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a transatlantic race over 7,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. With Boston’s extensive ties to all things maritime, it may come as no surprise that it’s the only American port part of the Regatta this year. The festivities began earlier today during the opening ceremony at noon, and family-friendly events will continue throughout next week, including sunset salutes, parades, and much more.

Sail Boston’s main event will be the Grand Parade of Sail tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The tall ships will sail into the Harbor’s main channel and along the waterfront before turning to Charlestown and settling in to their berthing areas. Furthermore, over a million people will come to enjoy Sail Boston’s festivities and watch the tall ships, with popular spots including Castle Island and the Charlestown Navy Yard for front-row views of the ships.

After the Grand Parade wraps up and the tall ships are docked at their designated piers, it’s your chance to board the ships free of charge! If you can’t board a ship on Saturday between 4 and 10 PM, they are also open to the public on Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM.

This is also a perfect outing during Father’s Day Weekend, with fun for the whole family as part of Sail Boston. For a schedule of events and more information, visit Sail Boston’s website here.

Photo Credit: Sail Boston

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Featured Rental: 8th Floor Unit at The Warwick in Coolidge Corner

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Exclusive Listing: Beacon Street – Brookline

 $2,300/month, Available Now

Located on the 8th floor of The Warwick (yes, there is an elevator!), this south facing 1 bed, 1 bath unit is among the brightest and sunniest in the building. High ceilings, wood floors, updated bath – entire building was renovated in the last 10 years – and quality closet space. There’s a laundry room plus a shared court yard and roof deck. All that Coolidge Corner has to offer is minutes from the front door, including stores, restaurants, movies, and green space. Easy access to the Longwood Medical Area (via Longwood Avenue and the 66 bus), Downtown Boston (the green line), and Harvard Square (66 bus line).

To learn more about this Coolidge Corner rental, contact our rental department at: 617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton) or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

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.

Want to see more rentals in Brookline? Check out 1450 Beacon Street, Unit 841 here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

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 Rental: Novel Apartment Near the Mass Pike

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Exclusive Listing – Mansfield Street, Allston

$2,400/month, Available June 1st

The first floor of a two unit house on a tree lined residential side street, this sunny Allston rental is newly painted and is available for occupancy as soon as June 1st or as late as July 1st. Wood floors, two good sized bedrooms plus living and dining rooms and a study – lots of space! The two full baths have both been updated. Private back porch with a shared front porch, plus there’s a shared yard/patio, and laundry in the basement.

The rent includes two car (tandem) parking. Very easy access to the Mass Pike and Memorial Drive along with Harvard Square and Cambridgeport. Under a mile to Brighton’s Packards Corner and the Green Line, one mile to Harvard Business School, and just a couple of blocks to the Honan Branch of the Boston Public Library.

To learn more about this Allston rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Allston:

Allston is a radiant neighborhood best known for its student population, due to its proximity to many colleges and universities. In recent years, an influx of immigrants and young professionals has taken an increasingly active role in the neighborhood. This varied mix of people creates one of the most energetic and diverse populations in Boston.

Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and Brighton Avenue host many ethnic restaurants and popular watering holes, such as Lulu’s on Cambridge Street and Dolphin Bay on Brighton Avenue. The Honan-Allston branch public library, named after the late Boston City Councilor Brian Honan, is a treasure of information and genuine resource for the entire community.

Want to see more rentals in Roslindale? Check out the Walter Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

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.

Featured Rental: Sophisticated Roslindale Rental

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Exclusive Listing – Walter Street, Roslindale

$2,400/month, Available Now

This two bed, two bath apartment underwent recent renovations for an improved living experience. The Roslindale rental holds a strategic location, only minutes from all the shopping, dining, and public transportation options that Roslindale Village has to offer.

The kitchen includes gleaming wood floors, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Additionally, the rest of the apartment houses bay windows, high ceilings, and a great open layout. There’s in-unit laundry, a private porch, and one garage parking spot included.

To learn more about this Roslindale rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Roslindale:

Once considered a “garden suburb” of Boston, the neighborhood’s natural beauty attracts today’s residents of Roslindale. Locals walk and bike in the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Many of the neighborhoods’ colonial homes are being converted into condos to accommodate 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.

Want to see more rentals in Roslindale? Check out the Walter Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

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.