New Listings & Open Houses

See these wonderful homes at the Open House this weekend – Sunday March 1st!

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Open House: Sunday March 1st 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

2 bedroom / 2 bath condo

Offered at $369,900



Extformls1 150x150 New Listings & Open Houses70 Montebello Road #3, Jamaica Plain

Open House: Sunday March 1st 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

2 bedroom / 1 bath condo

Offered a $328,000



Extformls2 150x150 New Listings & Open Houses101-103 Green St U1 Jamaica Plain

Open House: Sunday March 1st 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2 bedroom / 2 bath condo

Offered at $599,900



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79 Southbourne Road, Jamaica Plain

Open House: Sunday March 1st 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

2 bedroom / 1.5 bath single family home

Offered at $425,000



We look forward to seeing you this weekend. If you have questions about these homes, or are interested in learning more about current market conditions, we would be happy to speak with you.


Ellen and Janis



We have a cure for winter blues

Keshet Cabaret We have a cure for winter blues

After weeks of shoveling and hibernating, we all need a little break from winter.  Please join us for an evening of laughter, community and cocktails as we celebrate the groundbreaking work of Keshet, one of Jamaica Plain’s leading non-profit organizations. Keshet Cabaret is a night of amazing entertainment to raise funds for Keshet’s work for LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.  Don’t miss these amazing performers:

Julie Goldman:  As a headlining stand-up performer, Julie Goldman has three TV comedy specials under her belt. You can find Goldman on Bravo’s new show, The People’s Couch.

Jessica Halem: Comedian and activist, Halem was trained at the famed Second City in Chicago.

Sirlesque:  Boston’s premier male burlesque (or “boylesque”) troupe.

Save the date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Club Café

209 Columbus Ave, Boston

$36 per person (includes 1 drink)

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm

Purchase your tickets here!

We’ve got a cure for the winter blues – Keshet Cabaret!


Ellen and Janis

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Lower Down Payments Are Back

Andrew Magill 150x150 Lower Down Payments Are BackIf saving enough for a 10-20% deposit has been a barrier to owning a home, new lending terms may make it easier for you to close on the house of your dreams. The trend toward lower down payments increased when key players, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, lowered the minimum down payment they will accept to 3%. As the Wall Street Journal reported, “some lenders also are waiving mortgage-related fees, and more are allowing down payments to be made by other parties, such as the borrower’s family”. Changes to the minimum down payment will make home-ownership available to a larger group of buyers. When shopping for a mortgage, carefully evaluate interest rates and terms. A seasoned mortgage professional can guide you through the lending process. We work with some of the best in the industry. Contact us for details.

Photo Credit: Andrew Magill / Flickr

Gracious Newton Single Family Receives Multiple Offers

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Congratulations to our clients Kelly and Kristi on the sale of their magnificent single family home in Newton. Their sought-after grand 1880 Victorian had been renovated for 21st century life while retaining rich period details. The 3 bedroom home was made for gracious entertaining with a wonderful layout, beautiful yard and parking for guests.  Newton is a wonderful community with great schools, shopping,  and restaurants. Only a couple of blocks from Newton Center and just 4 minutes to Chestnut Hill’s newest shopping centers, the home received multiple offers after the open house and sold for over asking price.  We’re always happy to work in Newton, our team member Josh Muncey’s home town!

Congratulations Kelly and Kristi!

Jamaica Plain Condo at a Reasonable Price

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At last, a two bedroom condo in Jamaica Plain with many amenities at a reasonable price.  Please join us at our first open house of 2015! 38 Woodlawn Ave U1, Jamaica Plain, is a gardener’s delight. You’ll love the open kitchen/dining/living concept which is perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the convenience of off-street parking and close proximity to the Forest Hills Orange Line T Station. Other features include in-unit laundry, gas heat, hardwood floors, separate basement storage, and a rear deck. The home is freshly painted, has newer stainless steel appliances and is situated on a double lot, which offers a generous, lush side yard. The condo association is 100% owner-occupied and pet-friendly. Lots of updates – ’08 roof, ’03 gas heating system, and more. Located in a fabulous neighborhood close to parks, restaurants, and coffee shops. A true gem!

Offered at $299,000

First Showings at the Open House:

38 Woodlawn St U1, Jamaica Plain

Saturday January 17th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sunday January 18th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

For more information, or to schedule a private showing, contact us today!

Lower Your Tax Bill With a Residential Exemption

bostonseal Lower Your Tax Bill With a Residential Exemption  For the first time in history, the value of Boston’s taxable property exceeds $100 billion.  In December the city set the FY 2015 residential tax rate at $12.11 per thousand in assessed value. For current home owners, 2015 assessments, tax rates and residential exemptions appear on your 3rd quarter tax bill. Tax bills issued in the 3rd quarter reflect the actual value and tax rate for the fiscal year. The preliminary tax bills provided in quarter 1 and 2 were estimates based on the prior fiscal year.

Taxpayers who owned and occupied their home as their principal residence may be eligible to have a portion of their tax bill exempted from taxation. The principal residence is the address from which you file your state income tax return. Qualified home owners can expect to save $1,879.53 on their 2015 tax bill.  Homeowners who believe that they may be entitled to a residential exemption must file an application with the assessing department by April 1. For more information on eligibility requirements, contact the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center (TRAC) or the City of Boston Assessing Department.

Happy New Year!

We want to thank you for supporting our business this year as we established our new home at Re/Max Destiny in Jamaica Plain. We would not have had such a successful year without your help, support and friendship. Not only did you contribute to our success, you made the process enjoyable. This year, we are especially grateful to those friends who contributed to our Community Servings fundraiser and Toys for Tots drive. With your help we were able to give back to the community in a meaningful way. We’re grateful for your support and for the trust you placed in us.

Wishing you, your family and friends a safe, happy, healthy and successful New Year!

Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate Team

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A Jamaica Plain Real Estate Success Story

Janis and Corey A Jamaica Plain Real Estate Success StoryWhile buying and selling real estate can present many challenges, we love this business because it provides us with an opportunity to help people realize their dreams. Due to the very limited inventory in Jamaica Plain and throughout Greater Boston, the 2014 market was extremely competitive.  Despite difficult market conditions we helped many buyers find their dream home this year. We are grateful for the clients who who trusted our advice and kept an open mind during the challenging buying process. As our client Corey noted:


Dear Janis, Ellen and Josh,

I just wanted to extend my gratitude and appreciation for all your help and support in the search for my home in Boston. When I first started looking for a home in the Boston area I quickly found out how competitive and difficult the market was as a buyer. The approach I took in my search was to find an old, colonial style single family home close to Boston with a fenced in yard at a reasonable price—looking back at this now this was quite the lofty goal! I was pretty discouraged when I finally found the house I wanted and the sellers had ultimately decided to take another offer. As that offer fell through, I am confident that it was the hard work and diligence of your team that allowed me to close on my house at a better price than what our initial offer had been and I thank you for that! Working with all three of you was such a wonderful experience. 

Thanks again!

Corey O’Connor

It is very satisfying to work with wonderful clients like Corey. This is why we’re in the business. We would be happy to help you find your dream home. Feel free to contact us for an update on market conditions or to discuss your real estate goals.

Ellen and Janis

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

Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate Team

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Refinancing to Increase Home Equity

Cash Register 150x150 Refinancing to Increase Home Equity As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to assess accomplishments and set new goals. Reviewing your mortgage is an important but often neglected aspect of year-end goal setting. Six months ago, many financial professionals predicted that mortgage rates would be much higher than they are today. Due to recent changes in market conditions, current mortgage rates and terms could significantly impact your year-end financial planning.

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

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