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From the Burbs to Boston

 

We are thrilled to announce the closing of our luxury single family listing in Newton last week for $2,225,000. While we celebrate each client’s successful sale, this one marks the culmination of a transition that not only involved the purchase and sale of two homes, but a strategic Compass partnership that was instrumental in transitioning a couple empty-nesting from the suburbs to Boston. Over the course of the past year, we have been privileged to be an integral part of this transition and we highlight a few key practices that helped successfully transition our clients.

Moving back into the city, people are generally familiar with the different neighborhoods and have their favorite restaurants and/or destinations. Deciding where to purchase is often a different story. The nuances of each neighborhood or street have a greater impact on a resident than someone visiting to go out to dinner or catch a show in town.

As you narrow your criteria, it’s important be open to additional neighborhoods due to the low inventory levels or restrictions based on price-point.

For example, 2500 square feet in the South End may have a much different final price than if it were in Charlestown or a Downtown high-rise, which could easily be a million dollars different in each direction, respectively.

The desire to not have significant maintenance efforts required on behalf of the owner is often a goal of those moving back into the city from a single family home. This is generally achieved through living in a condo building where the association takes care of maintenance for common elements of the building. This can present a challenge however, as many people are accustomed to doing as they see fit with regards to their property.

You will have to be open to working together with your neighbor(s) (in your association), to handle items as they come up for the building.

 All associations will have condo documents outlining the structure of the association and responsibilities however these can vary from loosely drafted ‘catch all’ condo docs to very specifically outlining the order of operations for decision making. Review of the condo documents is an important part of the purchase process as this allows you to vet the association and decide your comfort level with how things are run.

What is some of the value Compass can bring during this process?

Let’s fast forward to the second portion of the transition: the sale of the buyer’s current home. This sale was the result of buyers moving into the city after spending a few decades in the suburbs. The kids are off to college and after a nine month search, a new home was located, negotiated and purchased. It was time to unload the suburban home.

Our approach was that of providing maximum value and exposure to the market through a strategic Compass partnership. The decision was made to co-list the property with an agent in my office who is an expert, and lifelong resident, of Newton: Margaret Szerlip. Through extensive marketing to my Boston based Network, and Margaret’s Newton based network, we achieved twice the exposure and hyper-local expertise. It’s no secret Boston is a pipeline for suburban purchases. The South End alone houses a significant portion of buyers for Wellesley, Weston, Newton. Another dynamic of local markets is the inter-agent relationships and networks. Margaret was able to assist in directing the property to key players in the local brokerage community. It also doesn’t hurt to have to excellent agents on your team, listing one property.

We came up with a tailored marketing plan, positioning this property as the diamond in the rough it was, amongst all the cookie cutter new construction. The end result was an amazing first week of showings and open houses resulting in a strong offer, with favorable terms, that was within our initial price-recommendation range for the property. Did I mention the to-go bags including property brochures and homemade blueberry or strawberry hand pies we gave out to every open house attendee?

 

IndyCar Boston

Boston has been going through a trend over the past few years. We’re starting to have more community oriented events and event spaces; Boston team-building of sorts.  As Mayor Walsh has been implementing his city-wide strategic development plan, we’ve seen a conscious focus on more public events and spaces dedicated to one goal: Bringing Boston together as a city. This is great.

The Lawn on D in Seaport is an excellent example. It’s a public space, designed to host events of various natures, primarily stemming around arts and entertainment. I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve gone.  The bid for the Olympics is one of the biggest examples of the push for city-backed events. It didn’t quite play out (and seldom benefits the host city in the long run) but I commend the spirit for throwing our hat in the ring.

Most recently, Boston has decided to host IndyCar racing. As if the Seaport needed any additional press, it’s been decided that during Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands will converge to hear V6 engines whine at 12,000 rpms as 15 teams compete for open-wheeled glory. It’s no easy task to host an event of this nature and despite details still being finalized, tickets recently went on sale. Phone lines were downed from heavy traffic. If you’ve never been to a race like this, do yourself a favor and at LEAST get a day pass to the event. As an avid motorsports fan, I personally couldn’t have been more excited and I bought four 3-day passes. I’ll be bringing a few friends. Overall, it’s great to see how Boston is progressing with the community events. I recently read we’ll be hosting a massive food truck event. More to come!

Insider tip: I’m thinking of a contest to give away a couple of Grandstand 1 day passes  – stay tuned!