Jamaica Plain Events: Open Studios & Book Sale

JPOS 09.18.14 Jamaica Plain Events: Open Studios & Book SalePeople are drawn to JP for its greens spaces, tight-knit community and funky artistic vibe.  Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) brings our diverse and creative  community together to converse and deal in fabulous art! Often called one of the most Family Friendly arts events, JPOS takes place in artists’ homes and studios as well as group sites and businesses throughout Jamaica Plain that provides a personal behind the scenes look into local artist’s creative process.

Even seasoned JPOS veterans will find something new. Make the rounds of studios on foot or on the bicycle tour that runs Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Both days will begin with a free brunch to get the bicycle tour(ists) ready for the tour, sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.  Local Bikes Not Bombs youth bike-tour leaders will also be on hand to inspect bicycles and give any last-minute tune-ups.  Participants will be guided on a leisurely afternoon of biking and studio visits. For more information: http://jpopenstudios.com/news/group-site-registration-0

Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2014

Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22

From 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

For more information: http://jpopenstudios.com/

8617405809 08aa84c862 q Jamaica Plain Events: Open Studios & Book SaleWhether you’re an artist, writer, art aficionado or reader, there’s something fun and creative for you in Jamaica Plain this weekend. For book lovers, the Friends of the Egleston Square Branch Library will hold their third annual book sale on Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the library 2044 Columbus Ave.

All proceeds will benefit the library.

For more information: http://www.bpl.org/branches/egleston.htm

These events demonstrate that Jamaica Plain offers something for everyone. We hope to see you at one of these events or around our community this fall.

- Ellen and Janis


Photo credit: Edward Blake


A Sately Landmark in Dorchester’s Melville Park

DSC 0011 150x150 A Sately Landmark in Dorchesters Melville ParkCongratulations to our clients Azin and Larry who are the new owners of a fabulous Victorian home on Melville Park a pocket of Victorian splendor in the heart of one of Boston’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The 5-bedroom Terhune House was built in the late 1800’s for the owners for the Boot and Shoe Recorder. The gracious open floor plan and attention to detail make this home perfect for entertaining. The Terhunes lived in the home from 1885 to the early 1900’s.  The homes of Melville Park include unusually ornate residences that were constructed in the late 1870’s and early 1880’s by some of Boston’s best known 19th century architects. For the homes of Melville Park, wood was the building material of choice. Homes in the area feature fine attention to detail and amazing woodwork inside and out.  As the Boston Globe noted, “if the South End is a sonata of brick, the Back Bay a symphony of granite and brownstone, Dorchester is a concerto in wood”. This home’s stunning columns,  and abundant architectural detail make it an stately landmark in beautiful Melville Park.

Boston GreenFest August 2014

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Thank you for your support!

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We are honored that our team, Ellen, Janis & Josh Real Estate has been recognized for sales success during the busy spring 2014 market! Our team ranked in the Top 20 Boston brokers for the months of May and June. We were also recognized as the top producing Remax team in all of New England for the month of June. We are grateful for the recognition and are thrilled to serving such a connected and supportive community. Thank you to our buyers and sellers and everyone who supported our move to Remax Destiny in hip Hyde Square. We couldn’t have done it without you!

If you’d like to learn more about the value of your home, or discuss your real estate goals, we’d be happy to speak with you.

- Ellen, Janis and Josh

Summer Happenings in and around Jamaica Plain

Young Couple Sam Blackman ok for commercial use Summer Happenings in and around Jamaica PlainThere’s nothing quite like a New England summer filled with community events! While it feels like summer is passing by much too quickly, there still time to enjoy activities with friends and family in and around Jamaica Plain. Whatever your plans, we hope to see you at a community event this summer!

Summer Concerts at Pinebank:  The Summer Sunday’s in the Park Series at Pinebank in Jamaica Plain and Olmstead Park in Brookline includes top-notch entertainment that features brass, strings, opera and big bold sounds of a 50+ piece orchestra!

First Thursday Art Walk: On the first Thursday of each month from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm enjoy local artists displaying their work in storefronts specifically in the Centre and South St commercial districts.

JP Historical Society free walking tours: Each Saturday at 11:00 am during the summer free 60-90 minute walking tours explore the history, geography and architecture of our urban village.

Thursday’s on the Lawn: The Loring-Greenough house hosts a local farmers market, musicians, food trucks and special events each Thursday from 3:30 pm – until October.

Screen on the Green: On the first and third Thursday’s of the month at 8:00 pm, watch feature length movies on the lawn of the Loring-Greenough house.  See The Fifth Element on August 21st and The Royal Tennnebaums on September 4th. Bring a blanket, have a snack and watch a film with family and friends.

Roslindale Farmer’s Market features a range of fresh produce, fruit, meat, honey, cheese, preserves, local baked goods, and handcrafted items. With live music and kids’ activities every week, the Farmers’ Market offers a vibrant community gathering spot throughout the summer Saturdays until November 22, 2014, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

The Jamaica Plain Music Festival – The annual music fest provides JP residents with an opportunity to showcase their talents on their home turf. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Sunday September 6th from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

While the warmer weather may inspire people to head for the shore, the variety and quality of summer activities in our community may encourage you to save the beach trip for another day. What are your summer plans?

Photo credit: Sam Blackman

Top Rated Sales Team at Remax New England

New Team Photo 150x150 Top Rated Sales Team at Remax New EnglandWe are thrilled to be recognized as the top producing ReMax team in all of New England for the month of June. We couldn’t have done it without the support our community and a great group of motivated buyers and sellers.  ReMax of New England has over 220 offices and 2,800 sales associates in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. We are thrilled to be part of this team!

The Greater Boston real estate market continues to produce results. Our team has over 35 years of local combined real estate experience offering exceptional service to buyers and sellers. If you are interested in learning more about the current market, or would like to discuss your goals, we’d be happy to speak with you!

Summer Concerts at Pinebank in Jamaica Plain

Pinebank 150x150 Summer Concerts at Pinebank in Jamaica PlainFrom live jazz on the common to world music under the stars, there is an abundance of live music in the city this summer! The Summer Sunday’s in the Park Series at Pinebank in Jamaica Plain and Olmstead Park in Brookline includes top-notch entertainment that features brass, strings, opera and big bold sounds of a 50+ piece orchestra! Concerts are 60-90 minutes and wrap up before sunset.

At Pinebank, Jamaica Plain 

Co-presented with Friends of Jamaica Pond | Co-sponsored by BostonParks and Recreation.

July 20      5:00 pm                 Metropolitan Wind Symphony

July 27     5:00 pm                  Boston Classical Orchestra Brass Ensemble

Access to the park is off the Jamaicaway, directly across from Moraine Street.

At Allerton Overlook, Olmsted Park, Brookline

Co-sponsored by Brookline Parks and Open Space, with support from the Free For All Concert Fund

August 3      5:00 PM                Musicians and Friends of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra

August 10     5:00 PM              Boston Opera Collaborative

Collect friends, bring a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer in the heart of the city!

For more information visit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy website.


Boston’s Top 20 Agents

image001 150x150 Bostons Top 20 Agents​We are thrilled to be recognized by Boston’s Top 20 Agents website for achieving sales success in the Boston region for the month of May. Boston’s Top 20 determines their rankings based on monthly closed residential sales volume within each geographic region. We are grateful to the Greater Boston community for supporting our business during the busy spring market.  Our team has over 35 years of local combined real estate experience offering exceptional  services to buyers and sellers. If you are interested in learning more about current market conditions, or to discuss your goals, we would be happy to hear from you!
Ellen, Janis and Josh

Green Living is Smart Living

Solar Panels Green Living is Smart LivingIn the past year, several leading real estate developers, in collaboration with the City of Boston, launched projects that feature cutting edge energy efficient features and sustainable design. These state of the art properties use the newest energy saving technology, super-insulated shells and air tight construction.  What does this mean for home buyers? It means greater energy savings during the cold New England winters and the hot summer months. These homes are designed to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer – you will be able to maintain an optimal indoor temperature – without relying on large mechanical heating and cooling systems or fossil fuels.

These homes use state-of-the-art energy efficient building materials such as ductless mini split air conditioning and heating systems, and high performance triple glazed windows that provide fabulous visual appeal with great insulation against the winter’s cold harsh winds. Ductless heating and air conditioning systems avoid energy losses that are prevalent in traditional systems. High efficiency, Energy Star appliances cut down on the long term operational costs while helping to reduce the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas effects on the environment. Solar panels harness the sun’s renewable energy and use it to heat the domestic hot water and capture the sun’s energy to produce electricity.  Many of these homes are designed to produce more electricity than they consume and the surplus will be sold back to the grid. A smart way to live!

While the Boston real estate market has been strong, there is very little “new construction”, and the new construction that does exist is not necessarily “green” or “energy efficient”. We have been involved in sales and marketing of several energy efficient and energy-positive homes, and are becoming the experts on this type of construction. Our team recently sold:

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64 Catherine St and 66 Catherine St: Jamaica Plain’s first E+ Energy Positive homes. These homes have been designed with cutting edge technology and are super-insulated. The “E+” homes or energy-positive townhouses are being constructed according to the U.S. Building Council’s strict LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for designing, building and maintaining properties and using sustainable materials.

226-232 Highland Street: Another E+ Energy Positive attached townhouse that is environmentally efficient – conforming to U.S. Green Building standards for platinum certification.

55 Marcella Street: This super insulated green single family was designed to use 90% less heating energy than a comparable home and is one of only a few passive energy home developments in Massachusetts.

Ideally, these homes will serve as a prototype for future residential developments.

In the last few years, buyers have expressed more interest than ever in reducing heating costs and decreasing the size of their carbon footprints. If you are interested in learning more about smart energy efficient homes, we’d be happy to meet with you. Please contact us to learn more about energy efficient home ownership.

Smart living is green living!

Ellen, Janis and Josh


Navigate the Mortgage Process Like a Pro

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Will you be starting a new job while looking for a new home?

Keep in mind that you’ll need 30 days of payroll records from your new job before you can qualify for a mortgage. A paystub from your new job may be required.

Are you self-employed?

Buyers who are self-employed can verify their income by submitting two years of federal tax returns and a letter from a CPA verifying a business license and business history. The lender will also require verification of the business name, address, phone number or website.

Will you be using a gift from family for the deposit or closing costs?

Gifts must be documented with a gift letter form signed by all parties. You’ll need to include a copy of the cancelled check, and must be able to show that the gift has been deposited in your account.

Have you opened new credit cards or have you obtained new lines of credit?

Lenders will conduct a final review of your credit report the week before the closing. Any changes will need to be verified. The lender will evaluate the impact on your credit score. The verification process could delay your closing because it cannot be done until a few days before the closing date. If you’re aware of any changes to your credit, please contact your mortgage broker immediately.

A seasoned mortgage broker can streamline the mortgage process and add value to your real estate transaction. To learn more about the mortgage process, and review our preferred mortgage professionals, visit the financing page of our website or reach out to us with any questions you might have.


Photo by Daniel Catt




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