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Featured Rental: 3+ Bed Unit Overlooking the Charles River

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Exclusive Listing: Pleasant Street – Watertown

$2400/month, Available Now

With a shared backyard that overlooks the Charles River, this sunny 3+ bedroom condo has wood floors throughout the majority of the unit, central air, full living and dining rooms, a fully applianced kitchen with pantry and a study/office plus tons of attic storage. There’s a big front porch and two car parking included in the rent! Free laundry in the basement, too. Easy access to many stores, restaurants, highways, and bus lines. Available for an immediate move-in.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton), 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), or rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Want to see more rentals in Watertown? View our exclusive listing here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Watertown Two Bed in Idyllic Setting

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Exclusive Listing – Angela Lane, Watertown

$2,700/month, Available April 1st

This 1400+ sq.ft., 2 bed, 2.5 bath rental is a three level townhouse with a modern, fully applianced kitchen, working fireplace, in-unit laundry, central air, and 2 car parking, including 1 garage spot. Master suite has walk-in closet and full bath. Easy access to Watertown Square, bus lines, and the Mass Pike. Spacious, like a single-family, in an idyllic setting!

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Angela Lane rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

In The Press: Jamaica Plain Gazette Features Affiliation News

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It’s Almost September 1st & You Haven’t Found an Apartment/Tenants Yet?!

As we approach July 15th, just about six weeks until the biggest move-in day of the year in Greater Boston, here’s what you need to know…
Apt4RentIf You’re a Landlord

Our standard advice is to list 8-10 weeks before occupancy, and that means the ideal deadline for a 9/1 apartment has already come and gone. Does this mean it’s not going to rent? Of course not, and you’re quite likely looking at an increase from your previous rent. However, keep in mind that there will be less people looking two weeks from now then there are now, and so on and so on, making this not a good time to take the “list at outrageous rent and terms and then come down if nothing happens” approach. Just remember that while the market is still in your favor, there is a faint ticking clock that’s only going to get louder.

If You’re a Renter

See above. The rental timelines are the same – people should be looking no less than 8-10 weeks before they want to move in. If you’re looking for a 9/1 apartment now, you may need to be more flexible than usual. Before you begin looking, set your list of priorities to make the process go faster and smoother (e.g., price, location, # of bedrooms).

Also, don’t waste time looking at places that you know aren’t a good fit just to see them. If you really can come up $200 in rent, or live with no parking, or can take the bus instead of the T, great, let’s go see the place right now! Otherwise save your time and energy for places that are actually a potential new home for you.

I know some renters think they may have an hand-101003advantage because it’s getting close to September 1st, and while it is true that the big deadline is approaching for everyone, landlords aren’t anywhere near desperate because they still know there are more of you then there are of them and also because given your choice of worst case scenarios, everyone would chose having an empty apartment over not having any apartment at all. This means if you are going to try to negotiate a deal, be smart about it and pick one thing (price, deposits, move-in date, fees). Also, if you don’t have great credit and/or you need a co-signer, you’re not really in a position to negotiate since accepting your application in the first place is in and of itself a negotiation.

If You Are Either

Both parties need to remember that this is the START of a short term relationship – unlike on the sales side where your decisions can be more long term – so you want to project as low-maintenance an image as possible. Remembering that this process can be stressful for everyone will be a good way to get things off on the right foot.

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Al Norton, Rental Manager, Prudential Unlimited Realty
Al Norton can be reached at 617-669-3811 or rentals@prudentialunlimited.com

Featured Rental: Stunning Townhouse in Great Brookline Neighborhood

257 Cypress Street, Brookline

Modern 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhouse, 2300+ sf, garage parking. $4300 a month include 1 garage parking spot plus a second outdoor space! Available September 1st

Learn more, contact us at 617.264.7900 or rentals@prudentialunlimited.com

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Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Fourth of July to all the friends and families of Prudential Unlimited Realty! We hope everyone has a fun and safe fourth!

20 Interesting Fourth of July Facts:

1. Initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, the revised version of the Declaration of Independence was not adopted until two days later.
2. The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
3. The Declaration of Independence was penned by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies.
4. One of the United States’ patriotic songs, “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British military officers prior to the Revolution as a means to mock the disorganized American colonists who fought alongside them during the French and Indian Wars.
5. France, Greece, Poland, Russia and several countries in South America used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom.
6. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.
7. Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
8. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, the nation’s estimated population in July 2013 will be 316.2 million.
9. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.
10. Both the Philippines and Rwanda celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”
11. The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
12. Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.
13. In 1870 Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday; in 1938, it was changed to a paid federal holiday.
14. Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade and a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks.
15. To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
16. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are responsible for the bald eagle as the national bird; Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey.
17. Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.
18. The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.
19. Two of our nation’s great national symbols were made overseas. The Liberty Bell was cast in England, and the Statue of Liberty in France.
20. The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at age 70, and Edward Rutledge was the youngest at age 26.

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9 Ways to Make Your Small Space Look Bigger

Moving into your first JP or Brookline apartment? Or buying your first Boston condo? As a city dweller, here are some helpful tips to make your cozy space look bigger.

  1. Space it out– A small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. Try angling your bed or float the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it. Breathing room around your furniture lends the appearance of more space.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-interior-modern-apartment-image24354603
  2. Use multifunctional pieces– Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a simple way to streamline a room. Try a vintage steamer trunk or an ottoman with built-in storage to tuck away blankets and books for a clean look.
  3. Use mirrors– Mirrors are the quickest way to make a room appear larger. While you may not want wall-to-wall, lean an oversized full-length one against a key wall or hang multiple ones salon style to create a statement wall
  4. Fold it up– Dining tables that are small or that have drop leaves, which allow it to become smaller when not in use are ideal for small areas, meaning you can make the most of your eating-slash-living area.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-amazing-modern-living-room-image11857429
  5. Go monochromatic– Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one color, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room. You can also try pairing gallery white walls with a very pale gray on trim and detailing for an open-air French-inspired room.
  6. Get perspective– Skip the dark-inducing drapes and leave your windows uncovered. This will trick your eyes into thinking that your pad’s got depth — and reveal the natural landscape outside. If your room requires some privacy, try gauzy sheer white drapes for an airy feel that will keep prying eyes out.
  7. Think big– It’s easy to assume that you should decorate a small space with small furniture, right? But one prominent furniture piece such as a statement armchair will keep the space uncluttered and open.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-living-room-interior-design-image24141192
  8. Pop your ceilings– While bright white opens up a room (on walls), going for a dark ceiling creates depth while fun fixtures draw your eye upward, creating the illusion of height.
  9. Color code– Give your favorite items a little structure by arranging by color and height. This will turn a potential clutter disaster into a streamlined display with personality.

Source: MSN Living

Survey: Spring Confidence to Heat Summer Market

More buyers are saying that summer is the best time to purchase a home, according to the latest Prudential Real Estate Q1 Consumer Outlook Survey.

Overall, 77 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed report having a favorable view of housing, a 12-point jump from one year prior. Millennials show the most optimism, at 85 percent.

Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed say they are committed to buying or selling a home now, a six-point increase compared to Prudential’s survey at the end of 2013.

Also among the survey’s findings:

  • 78 percent of potential buyers say it will be easier to buy a home this spring, since “home owners want to sell.”
  • 63 percent of sellers say the improving economy and their perception of motivated buyers are increasing their optimism.
  • 76 percent of consumers say pent-up demand will create more competition for existing homes this season.
  • 83 percent of buyers say they plan to buy a home sooner rather than later because they fear interest rates will rise.

Source: Realtor Magazine Online

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Mortgage Update: Why do mortgage companies care about your large bank deposits?

Update by Jarred Alexandrov : Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

If you’re like most people applying for a mortgage, or getting pre-approved for a mortgage you will be asked by your mortgage company “to source your large bank deposits.

(A large deposit is generally considered any non payroll deposit over $1000. This includes simple transfers from checking/savings accounts.)

Why Do Mortgage Companies Care About Your Large Bank Deposits?

  1. Mortgage companies are required by law (USA Patriot Act) to source deposits in order to combat money laundering. If we do not source the deposit we could be held liable if money laundering is determined to have taken place.
  2. Mortgage companies want to determine that you have the funds available to pay for your mortgage. More specifically they need to know that you are not relying upon one-time sources of funds such as gifts, gambling winnings, etc to qualify.

If you have large deposits in your bank accounts, you will need to “source” those deposits by providing evidence of the check and/or origin of the funds.

Of course, you can also avoid having to provide evidence for sourcing large deposits by not depositing or transferring funds until your mortgage is finalized.**

**If you are receiving gift funds for a purchase of real estate, get those funds transferred or deposited at least 2 months before you apply for a mortgage so that the “large deposit” won’t be reflected in your most recent bank statements.**

When you are asked to “source a large deposit” now you know why!

Jarred Alexandrov
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. Marketing Director and Loan Coordinator
617-456-1700 ext.115
jarreda@fairwaymc.com

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Prudential Unlimited Realty Virtual Food Drive: $1000 Goal Nov. 6-21


Prudential Unlimited Realty
, through the Greater Boston Food Bank is holding a virtual food drive from 11/6/2012 to 11/21/12!

Our goal is to raise $1000 and this can only happen with your support, whether it’s $1 or $100 every bit counts.

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All of the proceeds & food collected will go to the Greater Boston Food Bank to benefit hungry families across eastern Massachusetts. This is a wonderful opportunity to help those less fortunate in these difficult times. We encourage you join in our efforts and make a difference in someone’s life today.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is New England’s largest hunger-relief organization and is working hard to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. They distribute over 30 million pounds of food per year to more than 600 hunger relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts. Once the food you donate is collected by the Food Bank, it is checked for compliance with food safety guidelines and then sorted into about 20 food categories. Hunger-relief agencies, such as pantries and soup kitchens, then order the food by category. This allows the agencies to order exactly what they need, whether that be juice, protein products, or canned vegetables.

Here are some hunger facts about Eastern Massachusetts:

  • 320,000 people or 7% of the population uses emergency food programs annually
  • More than one in three households served has a child under the age of 18
  • Over 10% of those who receive emergency food assistance are 65 or older
  • 57% of the people served have to choose between food and rent, medicine, or heat
  • 84% have a place to live but cannot get the food they need

Short list of most desired food items:

  • Dairy: Milk – dried, evaporated, and boxed (such as Parmalat)
  • Protein: Beef stew, nuts, peanut butter, beans, and peas (dried or canned), chili, tuna fish, chicken, salmon (canned)
  • Vegetables: Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, vegetables (canned), tomato juice
  • Fruit: Raisins and other dried fruit, applesauce, any canned fruit in its own juice
  • Grains: Crackers, oatmeal, whole grain rice, all types of pasta, ready to eat low sugar/high fiber cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, etc.)

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Again, our goal is $1000 over the next 2 weeks. If you’d like to donate CLICK HERE and visit us online for more information about Prudential Unlimited Realty or the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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