Every Child Deserves a Little Joy

Pony vector open stock photo Every Child Deserves a Little JoyThe holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, to be thankful for everything that we have, and to support those in need. This year along with our team members Josh Muncey and Beth Maguire we are partnering with Toys for Tots to bring a little holiday joy to the children in our community. For more than 60 years, the Toys for Tots program has been collecting new unwrapped toys and distributing them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our community. The program sends a message of hope to youngsters that will help them grow into responsible and productive adults.

We encourage friends, clients, & neighbors to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Re/Max Destiny Jamaica Plain office at 363 Centre St before noon on Wednesday December 17th. Please no religious items, anything reminiscent of a weapon or stuffed animals. On the 17th we will deliver your donations to the local drop-off center for wrapping and distribution. Every child deserves a little joy and a little toy at this time of year! To learn more about ways to support Toys for Tots this holiday season, visit www.toys.org

Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate Team

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Is it time to refinance your mortgage?

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As several lenders recently reminded us, mortgage rates are near record lows and have dipped in recent weeks. While mortgage rates are far from their historic highs in the 1980’s, even a slight reduction could have a significant impact on monthly expenses. Depending on when you purchased your home, rates may be lower and terms may have changed. Even home owners who closed in the past 18 months may see a cost savings. Mortgage rates are only part of the equation. In some cases, your home may have appreciated since closing. As the New York Times noted, since 2012 home equity has increased by $3 trillion. Appreciation in value may have a favorable impact when you refinance and may eliminate monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI) payments.

An annual review of your mortgage may identify ways to benefit from recent market changes. A seasoned mortgage broker can provide you with the most current market conditions and suggest an effective course of action. We work with some of the most experienced mortgage brokers in the industry. Please contact us today so that we can introduce you to a seasoned mortgage professional and perhaps start saving money on your monthly mortgage bill in the new year!

Please contact us if you have any questions about the current real estate market. We would be delighted to hear from you!


Photo Credit: Sean McNenarny

Roslindale Real Estate – A True Gem

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This home’s working fireplace and welcoming outdoor space make it a true gem!  Wonderful 4 bed 2 bath single family home. You’ll love the spacious living room complete with hardwood floors and a wood burning fireplace. The eat-in kitchen has sliders that lead out to a patio and terraced yard. Plus, office, garage parking, semi-finished basement space, and great storage. The flexible floor plan allows for a formal dining room or a 4th bedroom. Well maintained – Newer heating system! Close to transportation and shopping. Home sweet home!

First showings at the Open House:

Sunday November 16th from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

65 Cornell St, Roslindale

​Offered at: $379,000​

Please contact us for more information or to schedule a showing.

Help Us Support The Greatest Pie Sale in History

Pie in the Sky Squaregraphic 150x150 Help Us Support The Greatest Pie Sale in HistoryThanksgiving is almost upon us and we would like to Thank You for working with us, referring friends and family, and reading our blog. You not only contribute to the success of our business, you also make our work a pleasure.  We are certainly grateful for your support and friendship.

Since 2003 we have supported Community Serving’s Pie in the Sky by selling Thanksgiving pies prepared and donated by more than 150 of Boston’s top restaurants and caterers. Community Servings is a Jamaica Plain based nonprofit organization that provides free, home-delivered meals to acutely ill individuals, their families, and their caregivers in 18 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. For every pie sold, Community Servings will be able to feed one client for 5 days. Each day, Community Servings delivers a nutritious lunch, dinner and a snack to 800 men, women and children too ill to shop or cook for themselves. Last year we helped to raise $600,000 to feed individuals and families who are ill with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with 93 cents of every dollar raised going directly to providing meals. We are inspired by Community Servings commitment to helping those in need. To order your Thanksgiving pie, visit our Pie In The Sky website here: Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Ellen, Janis and Josh

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: 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 Stately Landmark in Dorchester’s Melville Park

DSC 0011 150x150 A Stately 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.

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