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!


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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!

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