Making History: 1st LGBT Real Estate Conference

NAGREP ELLEN AND JANIS 150x150 Making History: 1st LGBT Real Estate ConferenceHome ownership is part of the America dream but LGBT home buyers encounter a unique set of challenges that only a team of skilled REALTORS can address. Last week, we attended the first national LGBT real estate conference. Founded in 2007, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is a mission driven organization that combines business, and advocacy for equality, to advance sustainable home ownership in the LGBT community. With 35 local chapters, including Boston, NAGLREP is the most credible online source for LGBT consumers who want to work with LGBT real estate professionals. We are founding members and Janis is on the board of directors.  Just a few years ago, this type of event would not have been possible. Today there are new opportunities for the LGBT community.

The NAGLREP conference brought together leading experts, nationally recognized LGBT personalities and 400-top producing agents to inform, inspire and engage the community. It is the most important networking forum for LGBT professionals in real estate. The average NAGLREP member closes 40 transactions per year with a gross sales volume of $6.5 million. This year’s program included an inspiring keynote from Billy Bean, the only living LGBT former major league baseball player to come out. His courage and leadership are an inspiration for all. In the last 18 months the LGBT community has gained more rights and protections. We are actively engaged in the community and are committed to expanding services and support to LGBT home buyers and sellers. Home ownership is a basic right and organizations like NAGLREP ensure that the community is represented by the most skilled and committed professionals. If you have questions about home ownership, visit our LGBT resources page, or reach out to us for more information. We would be happy to help you find your dream home.

Thank you to The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals for a fine conference. We can’t wait for next year!

Brookline 2BR Condo Sells for $60k Above Asking Price

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Congratulations to our sellers of a sunny and spacious 2 bedroom condo in Washington Square’s coveted Regency Park – a full service building.  This home sold for significantly above the asking price with a closing date that worked well for the buyers and seller. This is a beautiful home in a wonderful location. The open and airy living/dining room layout is perfect for entertaining and naturally bright from over-sized picture windows with sky-filled views.  This home features  a generous-sized master bedroom complete with walk-in closet and a good sized second bedroom with bonus alcove space.  A tastefully updated kitchen has stainless steel appliances and maple cabinets. Plus, garage parking and private storage.  Building amenities include year-round pool, gym, club room, sauna, roof deck, 24 hour security/concierge, and on-site management with maintenance staff.   Easy urban access – steps from the “C” and “D” Green line MBTA,  Dean Park, and many of Brookline’s best new restaurants! If you’d like to learn more about local market conditions, we’d love to speak with you! 

Limited Real Estate inventory in Jamaica Plain and Greater Boston

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Limited inventory in Boston’s neighborhoods made the spring market extremely competitive. While inventory was tight, we had great success helping our buyers purchase new homes – several in multiple offer situations. Our team has over 35 years of combined expertise representing buyers and sellers in an increasingly competitive marketplace. If you are in the market for a new home, we’d love to help you to make a strong offer and successfully buy the home of your dreams. Contact us for an update on market conditions in Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods.

Extraordinary Home Sets Jamaica Plain Record

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Congratulations to our clients Diane and Dave on the sale of their extraordinary single family home on Jamaica Plain’s historic Sumner Hill. This home received multiple offers and was the most expensive single family home sale in the history of Jamaica Plain*. This 14 room Victorian offered exquisite detail and elegance. Set atop Greenough Ave, the home features a meticulous European chef’s kitchen, stunning private gardens complete with bluestone patios, stone walls, mature plantings and a discreet lap pool. Custom mahogany library, beautifully crafted built-ins, 5 fireplaces, sweeping cherry staircase with stained glass and stunningly elegant living, dining & garden rooms are perfect for entertaining and modern living. Radiant heated floors, central air-conditioning, Whole House Audio, Smart Home technology & wine cellar provide luxury amenities, modern sophistication and an incredible location. Our team is proud to have been selected as the agents to successfully market and sell this gorgeous home!

In the competitive Boston housing market, we can help you find your dream home. Whether you are interested in an historic property, townhome, bungalow or 1 or 2 bedroom condo, we would be happy to speak with you about market conditions. Contact us to determine the value of your home before the fall market is history.

*per MLSPIN as of 8/25/14



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:

Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2014

Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22

From 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

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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.

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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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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

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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!

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