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Real Estate Agent - Century 21 Commonwealth
I've been doing quite a bit of thinking recently about what agents expect from Sales Managers, and how that matches up with the business needs of the brokerage as a whole. It's a fairly established fact in most of the "major" brokerages (a regional, or at least multi-office firm) that the primary...
A Buyer’s Perspective on the Pitfalls of FSBO | Redfin Boston Sweet Digs Pam Reynolds, one of the bloggers for the new Redfin website here in Greater Boston, posted a refreshing perspective (link above) on FSBOs (For Sale By Owners). Her points are the arguments that many of us in the brokerage c...
Did I miss a memo? Every day, on my way to and from the office, I drive down Dean Road between Beacon Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue. Recently a few houses have had little signs popping up on the front yards. Always one to see if these happen to be new listings I have closely followed the change...
Best places to live 2008 - Brookline, MA - from MONEY Magazine Brookline has made the annual Money Magazine list at #87 in the Top 100 places to live for 2008. Obviously you all know I like to live here, and pretty much anyone who reads this either lives here, is planning on moving here, or also...
We've all seen them, the lovely 6, 8 or 10 button combination lockboxes that many listing agents throughout the country use. Well, guess Brookline they're the sign of an agent who does not work in our market. I personally don't get the lockbox thing. The premise is you hire me to sell ...
Increasingly I see agents offering home appointments by text message. Mainly these offers are broker to broker, but as a home buyer would you feel comfortable texting to set up an appointment? As a seller's agent I'd want to have a phone conversation with the person coming to visit to make sure t...
One thing that is coming out of this "new" market we're all experiencing is a new wave of empowerment from buyers. In so many ways this is a good thing as it's brought balance back into the housing economy. In the past so many buyers acted out of a slight fear that negotiating on a house would le...
I've put together a side by side analysis of what has happened to the Brookline Condo market by square footage. We always break down pricing and how much each price range has shifted, but none of us live in a price range. We all live in a condo or home that is a defined (we hope) square footage. ...
In the last 20 days the Brookline market has seen the following: New (not reactivated) property on Market: 9 Single Family Homes - average list price: $1,393,333 27 Condominiums - average list price: $651,174 1 Multi-family house Property Under Agreement:9 Single Family Homes (2 still taking back...
It is amazing how many conversations about real estate start with that question. It baffles me to this day that this is the one field in which people think they can make a decision simply by how much money the professional practitioner will "charge" them. It gets asked other ways, like "what's yo...

Greg Kiely

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