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AvalonBay Communities Inc. is at it again! The luxury apartment developer is currently hard at work putting up the Avalon Exeter, at 88 Exeter Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of downtown Boston. The sleek new construction project is underway, and expected to deliver an additional 187 rental units to the Boston market in the fall of 2013. The residential tower will be an impressive 28 stories, and will offer studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and penthouse floor plan units.
Avalon Exeter boasts the state-of-the-art resort-style amenities that clients have come to expect from the Avalon brand name:
• Fitness center
• Swimming pool
• Lounging decks
• Garage parking
• LEED certification
The Avalon Exeter will also include high-end finishes, typical of the Avalon name, floor to ceiling windows, and panoramic views of Cambridge, Back Bay, and downtown Boston.
As if these luxury amenities weren’t enough, Avalon Exeter, along with all AvalonBay luxury rental communities offers its tenants its prestigious Avalon Access website portal; where tenants can make maintenance requests, set up utilities, and make rent payments online.
The future luxury building will be located on Exeter Street next to the Lenox Hotel and opposite the Prudential and Copley Malls; which, given the immediate location, tenants will enjoy open access to the malls.
As noted, this luxury building is scheduled for availability starting in fall 2013. Alternatively, if you or need housing immediately please call me, Jonathan at 617-320-6548 or email@example.com.
The Avalon at Prudential is a luxury apartment complex located just down the block from this project, and the amenities and units are not only very comparable, but practically identical.
The Fenway, one of Boston's more notable areas, may soon be holding the title of the state's first Cultural District.
If given the support at today's November 14th, City council hearing, the Fenway Cultural Districy (FCD) will be able to apply for the designation; which is given to areas rich in cultural institutions. The idea of Cultural districts were introduced during a state legislature vote last year as part of an economic development bill. Due to the newness of the program, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission (MCC) has not deemed any other Boston areas as "Cultural Districts."
The hope is that marketing the Fenway neighborhood as a cultural district will bring about increased tourism, public improvement projects, and higher property values. Which in turn has promise to help boost the local economy by helping to keep businesses afloat and appearances up to par.
Unfortunately, funds have not yet been set aside by the state to help this program get on its feet. So for at least a year most of the funding will be done by local organizations and fundraising. "It's in a dream phase...We'll hopefully see see a lot of concrete things come out of this (hearing)," said Kelly Brilliant, executive director of the Fenway Alliance. "We would really like to think of this as enhancing the entire neighborhood."
If supported by the local elected leaders, the application will hopefully be filed with the MCC by the end of the month, says Brilliant.
According to the National Association of Realtors Q3 report, Boston metro showed improvement in median home prices while most others were down.
Condo median prices are up 1.9% and single families are up.3% over Q2. We say that means it's a good time to sell your home!
You can read more context in this article on Bloomberg.
As I am sure many of you have read, Boston is undergoing several transformations throughout several of its neighborhoods. Some are undergoing new additions, while others are getting renovated.
Here is an inside look with David Manfredi, principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, whose firm happens to be one of which that is highly involved with several current/upcoming projects.
We’re very fortunate, planners and architects especially, to be in Boston. There is activity here, and there are large parts of the country where there’s not nearly as much activity. What’s exciting is that we have this incredible waterfront that sits right next to our downtown, and there is a lot of development there now. It’s not like we’re building at the edges; we’re building so close to the heart of everything." ...Read more HERE (photo credit boston.com)
Citybizlist.com recently featured Boston Realty Advisors (BRA) in an article about the realty company's announcement that the owners of the historic Brownstone at 86 Commonwealth Avenue have decided to use BRA to sell the property.
One really could not ask for a more beautiful building in downtown Boston. 86 Commonwealth is a four-story (including the basement) French, Academic style, brick brownstone with tandem parking for six cars. Designed and constructed by acclaimed architect T.P. Briggs in 1877, this building is rich with historic detailing that is difficult to find and gives residents and visitors a feeling of deep, historic luxury. How often do you come across hand carved marble mantels, wainscoting, mahogany staircases, and ornamental crown molding all in one home? You'll find all of that and even more ornate touches at 86 Commonwealth.
According to Jason Weissman, BRA Principal and Founder, "86 Commonwealth has so many potential uses, it could be an incredible condominium conversion, or potentially a single family." Boston Realty Advisors is currently offering tours of the property by appointment to qualified buyers. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Boston Realty Advisors.
View the original article on citybizlist.com
Boston Realty Advisors (BRA) was featured in the July 15th, 2011 issue of The Real Reporter because they are currently handling two exciting listings in Back Bay that will prove to be great rehabilitation projects.
493-497 Commonwealth Avenue
Formerly the JS Waterman Funeral Home, BRA's listing at 493-497 Commonwealth Avenue has been out of use for several years, and is finally going to be brought back to life. It is a 19,500 building currently in "shell condition." This makes the building a blank canvas. It may possibly become a residential space, but the central location could make for great offices or other forms of commercial space. The building is right on the edge of Kenmore square, which is a great area and will soon benefit from major improvements to Boston's Green Line. Boston Realty Advisors has not announced any definite details of a deal, but whatever happens, Kenmore square will soon have a new great space.
463 Beacon Street
Just a few blocks away, this beautiful building is currently a 20-room lodging house offering nightly and weekly rates. This property may stay as is, but according to BRA founder Jason Weissman, it is possible that the space may work as a single household. He also told The Real Reporter that converting the space to condominiums could be a viable and possibly more valuable solution. The building has 2,400 square feet of frontage on Beacon street, easy access to Massachusetts Avenue and a slew of prestigious Universities, and six parking spaces in the rear.
...and interest rates and housing prices are rising!
The American Dream..."Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and..."
Work hard, and have a family. The government and banks will help you buy a home that's affordable. Live a good wholesome life, retire and leave your debt-free home to your kids.
The American Nightmare...
Work hard, and have a family. Buy a home you may not be able to afford, then have your wages drop or worse - lose your job, and lose your home! Then realize you will have little or nothing left to give to your kids when you're gone.
The tax law subsidizing home ownership has and does help us have and enjoy the American Dream, the 'Apple Pie'. Now, some say we've had too much pie, that it costs too much, it 'makes us fat' or worse, it kills us...
Recent propsals to remove ingredients from our Great Americal Apple Pie Recipe would result in loss of a fixed rate mortgage and removal of the IRS tax deduction of mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your primary residence..both are no better than a plain baloney sandwich!
The Obama administration released a proposal this past Friday that would make major changes to the U.S. housing finance system; restructuring it to reduce its dependence on federal subsidies. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration currently finance more than 90% of mortgages.
The plan is to slowly put Fannie and Freddie out of business by gradually reducing the value of the loans they can guarantee and raising the prices they charge lenders. Plans will also require larger down payments from borrowers. The Treasury secretary, Timmothy F. Geithner, has indicated he expects these changes to take 5-7 years to fully implement, stressing that the housing market will dictate how slowly or quickly the agencies close.
So do we have to dream a new dream? Go on this kind of fiscal diet? Will we ever eat Great American Apple Pie again?
Don't worry! Home ownership has been and should be the engine that helps drives this country. History has shown that in the long run, property values increase.
Housing, like many other businesses, is cyclical- and despite the fact that there have been some bad patches, no one should change this system without either coming up with an alternative plan, or make changes over a long period of time and include some protections for certain situations/owners. If not, housing will devalue once again, and this time, there will be many who will be "under water" who would not have been of these changes dp come about. At best they may have to change their lifestyle, be locked into staying in their homes that they cannot afford and worse yet, they could lose their homes.
We do not want to see people on the street trying to find the Great American "Apple Pie" that is no longer available to any of us.
Here is more of what may be coming:
Karl Case is a noted Professor of Economics at Wellesley College and founder of the research firm Fiserv Case, Shiller, Weiss Inc. The S&P Case Shiller Indexes are the most widely accepted measure of home prices in the U.S.
He has been addressing the Realtors in Boston for years and for the first time in a long time, he has positive things to say about the housing market. He said "the bust was a huge affordability program." The Bubble was inevitable and the correction was needed - just like the correction we had in the late 80s and early 90s which was a precursor to the run up again in the early 2000s.
The above chart shows the now more affordable homes in Massachusetts based on the comparison of income to home values. In addition, the combination of historically low interest rates and what he calls imputed value of owning due to tax advantages - mortgage and real estate tax deductions compared to renting.
Housing is one of the leading economic engines. With home prices down and interest rates down which in combination lead to a lower cost of owning the same home, we now need confidence that tomorrow will be better than today.
The "Spring Market" seems to have arrived early.
Earlier this year, renowned economist Karl E. Case wrote a summation of the housing crisis and the 'Great Recession' in the form of a poem called, 'Reflections on the Housing Market'.
Dr. Case is the Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, a Founding Partner of the real estate research firm Fiserv Case Shiller Weiss, Inc., and he also co-developed the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which is the most widely referenced source of housing market prices in the U.S. today.
Dr. Case was one of the economists that predicted the current collapse of the U.S. housing bubble. In his poem below, he writes about the early indicators of the troubles to come, the crisis as it unfolded, the effects the collapse is still having today.
He closes the poem by acknowledging that markets will correct themselves in time, no matter what, and calls for politicians to work towards a solution to the problems created by the housing bubble collapse.
Do you agree with Dr. Case's summation? What do you think politicians can do to 'help find solutions'? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Reflections on the Housing Market
By Karl E. Case
"For the last few years, we have shed many tears
Living through a recession.
The economy's broke and it's not a joke,
When we talk of another depression.
Fifteen million without a job,
Foreclosures and banks that fail,
401K's became 201K's,
And everything's up for sale.
How can it be? What didn't we see "
That led to all of this trouble?
There is little doubt that the proximal cause
Was a bursting housing bubble.
But other than that, who can we blame?
And what do they lament?
Millions of people contributed to
This hundred-year event.
Read the full poem by Chip Case.
The collapse of the housing bubble really emphasizes the importance of investing in a home that has intrinsic value to you and to future buyers. If you need help finding a Boston property you can feel confident in investing in, you can rely on the experience and knowledge of a Boston Realty Advisor to help you find the ideal Boston real estate to meet your needs.
Bed bugs are back, and may even be living in Luxury Buildings in Boston!
- Receive a thorough inspection by a qualified exterminator, who will confirm the identity of the pest.
- Seal cracks & crevices in walls and floors.
- Secure loose wallpaper and eliminate other areas of insect harborage.
- Properly treat or remove infested furniture.
- Mark infested items that are thrown away so others will know not to bring them into their home and spread the infestation further.
- Frequent laundering of bedding and clothing during extermination process.
- Frequent vacuuming of carpets and steam cleaning of furniture and mattresses during extermination process.
- Never pick up free roadside furniture (it may be tempting, but it isn’t worth the risk).
- When traveling, make sure to keep your clothing in your luggage and your luggage in the bathtub (this may sound strange, but bugs have a hard time crawling up slippery surfaces).
- Bed bugs like warmth, they have even been known to enter laptops and DSL ports.
- When looking for bed bugs pay more attention to wood and upholstered furniture. Bed bugs seem to prefer wood and fabric over plastic and metal. Pull back the sheets from the mattress and look for bugs along the seams or tiny blood spots on the mattress. Also look along the edges of the box springs and in the seams of the bedding. You might also smell a strong musty smell.
- Many pest control services employ the trained nose of a rescue dog (often a beagle) to sniff out live bugs and viable eggs. Make sure that you check out the dog’s credentials, however. There have been a few instances of people trying to pass off the family pet as a super-smeller.
- Bed bugs are not known to transmit any infectious disease. The bites look very similar to that of a mosquito or other blood-sucking insect. Some bites may be unnoticeable while others might turn into larger sores.
- To treat a bed bug bite, treat the area with antiseptic soap to reduce the infection. Don’t scratch! If it becomes infected, contact your health provider.