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Bushari Welcomes Robert Collins

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Bushari is happy to introduce our newest team member, Robert Collins! Robert is a multi-faceted real estate professional with a strong background in sales marketing and business management. His knowledge and unique skill set make him an asset to those who work with him.

Having spent a lot of time around commercial real estate, Robert decided to pursue a career in the industry, with a focus on the Boston residential market. Having grown up around the city, he was always fascinated by its unique architecture and all of the little details that it has to offer. He has an intrinsic knowledge of the area that he passes onto his clients, helping them find their perfect homes.

Robert currently lives in North Cambridge and is an avid art collector. He is a member of the Young Collectors Council and Photo Committee at the Guggenheim in New York City, as well as a member of the Founders Circle at the ICA.

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Download our 2016 First Quarter Boston Real Estate Market Report

 

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free-download---2015annualmarketreportWith the first quarter of 2016 now behind us, it’s a great time to check in on the Boston Real Estate Market. As predicted, the market has continued heating up! Sales are up 8% over last year and the average selling price of a home in Boston increased by 12%.

If you are a homeowner curious about the value of your home or someone looking to make a move to the city, our 2016 Q1 Boston Real Estate Market Report will be a valuable resource to you.

For your convenience, the report is broken down by neighborhood. If you follow the links and save the PDF to your computer, you may quickly access any neighborhood via the hyper-linked Contents page.


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Bushari Welcomes Walter Pawlowski

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Bushari Real Estate is happy to introduce Walter Pawlowski as the newest member of our team!

Walter is a real estate professional who uses his dedication, responsiveness, and positive attitude to ensure that the needs of his clients come first. He is prepared to go above and beyond when delivering services to his clients and is eager to take on any challenge.

Hailing from the South Shore, Walter gained a passion for real estate at a young age, frequently visiting construction sites with his father, who was a general contractor for over two decades. Walter graduated from Suffolk University Law School and takes to heart the core values of being an attorney, acting as a trusted advisor to his clients and acting in their best interests at all times.

Walter currently resides in the up-and-coming Mission Hill and has enjoyed watching the neighborhood’s transformation. When Walter isn’t concentrating on his clients, he likes to remain active and enjoys playing basketball and golf.

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Bushari Welcomes Jerome McBride

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Bushari Real Estate is happy to welcome Jerome McBride to the team!

Jerome is a Boston real estate professional who has flourished upon his interminable commitment and effort, ensuring the best interest of the client’s aspiration is executed down to the smallest component. Jerome believes in building relationships based on trust and fidelity.

Jerome was born in Honolulu and raised on the South Shore of Boston. Prior to his career in real estate, he worked as a personal trainer, helping his clients reach their ultimate mental and physical goals. His diligence, competitive spirit and ability to remain patient and understanding of his clients’ needs have helped him successfully transition into Boston’s exciting real estate industry. He has spent the past two years working with buyers and sellers, persistently working to surpass his clients’ expectations.

Jerome currently resides in the Back Bay with his wife Melissa and his two children, Elijah and Sadie

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Elad Bushari Named Chair of GBAR’s Professional Standards Committee

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Elad Bushari, co-founder of of Bushari Real Estate, is honored to be appointed as the 2016 Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS. Elad served as the Vice Chair of the Professional Standards Committee in 2015 and as Chair and Vice Chair of the Grievance Committee in prior years.

The Professional Standards Committee impanels ethics and arbitration hearings with experienced, well-trained members, and provides fair, ethical and consistent decisions. The committee is also tasked with implementing and assessing performance of the associations mediation and ombudsmen programs to ensure timely processing of professional standards cases.

Elad looks forward to serving the Greater Boston Association in this broadened capacity.

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What ~$2500/Month Gets You in 5 Greater Boston Neighborhoods

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Boston is a city of diverse neighborhoods. Each of its districts, streets, boroughs, and buildings reflect a unique history and boast a distinct personality. From the rows of grand brownstones in Back Bay to the chic apartments of the SoWa district, Boston’s diversity is the strength of the city. Is one man’s hovel another man’s loft? What kind of home can you find around the city for around $2,500 per month?

Brighton

9 Bronsdon St #19B-B: $2,490/mo

Just one of the many townhome-style apartments in this building offered by Bushari agents at 617Living, #19B-B is an 800 sq. ft. 2 bed/1 bath second level unit. The home features all utilities and includes an eat-in kitchen with gas cooking, a manicured courtyard with grilling stations, and 1 on-site parking space. All residences at 9 Bronsdon are smoke-free, pet-friendly, and include a private balcony or patio. Convenient access to I-90, Storrow Drive, Boston University, Harvard, and the #86 bus route.

Approx. Living Area: 800 sq. ft.

Beds: 2

Baths: 1

Unit Level: 2

Contact Information: 617Living / 617.500.9900 / email here

North End

4A Prince St #5: $2,400/mo

Ah, the North End. Its thin, bustling streets waft the smell of fine Italian dining and a sense of premier elegance. Finding a suitable home in this area isn’t always the easiest task. This rare 2 bed+/1 bath lies right off the fashionable Hanover street. The 1000 sq. ft. unit offers an eat-in-kitchen and hardwoods throughout. This is certainly a unique opportunity in an extraordinary neighborhood.

Approx. Living Area: 1000 sq. ft.

Beds: 2+Office

Baths: 1

Unit Level: 5

Contact Information: Daniela Cafaro / 617.797.0056 / email here

Waterfront

386 Commercial St #4_B: $2,300/mo

The many blossoming homes along the historic Boston wharfs are always overflowing with character and charm. Residences in Boston’s Waterfront offer prime real estate, with a variety of restaurants and entertainment options right outside of your door. Nothing says charm quite like an open studio with exposed brick design right along the harbor. 386 Commercial St #4_B has an updated kitchen and bathroom with closet space, and an additional storage unit in the building. Directly across from the Battery Wharf and Exhale Gym and Spa, residents can enjoy easy access to the North End‘s unique dining, shopping and nightlife. This oversized studio is great for those who want to be close to Downtown and the excitement of the Waterfront.

Approx. Living Area: 500 sq. ft.

Beds: (Studio)

Baths: 1

Unit Level: 4

Contact Information: Matthew Diozzi / 617.413.8188 / email here

South End

40 Saint Botolph #41: $2,700/mo

The South End, North America’s largest Victorian residential district in existence, proudly showcases a mixture of old and new styles in its stunning residences. The Back Bay neighborhood has quickly become one of the most affluent and prestigious neighborhoods in all of New England; exhibiting high-end boutiques, a plethora of bustling bars and restaurants, and truly top-of-the-line shopping. 40 Saint Botolph #41 is conveniently nestled between these two exciting neighborhoods, proving convenient access to the best that Boston has to offer. The spacious one bedroom residence offers hardwood flooring throughout, large windows that stream in ample natural light, a spacious living room and open kitchen. Real estate is all about location, and 40 Saint Botolph’s position in Boston is unmatched.

Approx. Living Area: 654 sq. ft.

Beds: 1

Baths: 1

Unit Level: 5

Contact Information: Andrea McDonough Team / 617-733-1238 / email here

Medford

618 Boston Ave #7F: $2,550/mo

With easy access to Tufts University, Ball Square, and Davis Square, 618 Boston Ave #7F is convenient for those interested in enjoying the best of Medford while having a quick route to the rest of Boston excitement. This spacious penthouse unit is situated right by the Medford/Somerville Line and the proposed Green Line Extension. The home features 5 rooms including a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and private entrance and exit, a second bedroom with its own full bathroom, and private updated balconies off each bedroom. Entertain your guests in your spacious living room or front porch overlooking the city. In-unit laundry and a garage parking spot complete this charming space. A rare opportunity in a growing area!

Approx. Living Area: 1015 sq. ft.

Beds: 2

Baths: 2

Unit Level: 3

Contact Information: Joshua Stiles / 734.474.3940 / email here

100 Station Landing #1103: $2,600/mo

The coveted Skyline Condominiums at Station Landing offers luxury living in Medford with a wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment moments from your door. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and amazing river views from your private balcony at 100 Station Landing #1103. This unit features spacious living and dining rooms opening to the den/home office. Gleaming hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen-black granite counters/breakfast bar, cherry cabinet, stainless appliances, and in-unit laundry take this home to the next level. Station Landing features concierge, secured entry, elevator, a club room and an exercise facility.

Approx. Living Area: 976 sq. ft.

Beds: 1

Baths: 1

Unit Level: 11

Contact Information: Diane Giacobbi / 617.293.1240 / email here

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10 Must-Have Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2016

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As smartphone apps become more prevalent, they also become more personalized, niche and contextual. Apps have evolved to serve a countless range of purposes, from recording a list of groceries to helping you debone the duck you brought home. When you consider just how many tasks and errands a real estate agent needs to complete on a daily basis, personalized applications can only serve to boost productivity. Disregarding some of the more prominent apps such as Zillow and Google Maps, let’s take a look at the Top 10 trending apps for real estate agents in 2016.

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If you’re living in a city, parking is no easy feat. SPOT helps users find unused private parking spaces in various cities across the country. Advertised by its creator as “the Airbnb of the parking industry”, SPOT has been successful in extending its reach from Boston to many other major cities such as New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle. If you have a parking spot that you’re renting out behind your building, you may only be there for 30 to 40 percent of your time. You can then rent your spot out to people looking to visit the city, or those who need a monthly spot. Those offering a parking space can set the price, length of stay, and other conditions. A South End resident proclaims, “Since I sold my car last month, I’ve made $225 literally without getting out of bed. Pretty awesome”.

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Available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Store.

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Toss out your Google Maps/Apple Maps navigation system, because Waze helps get you the best route – updated in real-time – to wherever you’re headed. Like other phone mapping apps, Waze offers voice-guided GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions. When you use the app, you actively report to the community on traffic, accidents, police traps, blocked roads, and weather conditions. This data is analyzed and provided to other Waze users so that everyone can receive the most optimal route to their destination. Waze also includes additional features in which users can see live updates of their friends’ locations who are using Waze as they travel towards an event or meeting spot.

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Available on iOS, Android and on computer/tablet systems.

If-This-Then-That is a free web-based service that allows its users to create chains of “recipes”. Let’s say you want to spread news about your newest listing across your social media pages. It’s a pain to post it on Facebook, cut it down to 140 characters for Twitter, and then upload it to Instagram separately. With IFTTT, you can create a recipe that says, “IF a photo is posted on Instagram, THEN post the photo on Twitter AND Facebook”. You can even create a recipe to send you a text whenever its your past client’s birthday! Instantaneously, your social media pages will be connected and the hassle of logging in and out of each profile is no longer an issue.

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Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone Store, OSX, Windows OS, Amazon Appstore, and Chromebook OS.

Wunderlist is an easy-to-use cloud-based task management application. It allows users to manage their tasks and errands anywhere at anytime from a smartphone, computer, tablet or smart watch. These lists can then be shared with other Wunderlist users; perfect for those who have a collaborative group project that follows a set of steps. As it’s synced to the cloud, Wunderlist is ideal for real estate agents who do most of their work on their computers, yet can also check up and check off their tasks while on-the-go.

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Available on iOS and Android.

If you have a client new to town, you may want to take them out to dinner so that they feel more comfortable with the area. Localeur helps you find the best spots in your town via social recommendations. Unlike review sites like Yelp, Localeur uses an exclusive community of local insiders who share authentic recommendations on restaurants in the cities they live in, not the ones they visit. When you are looking for a dining recommendation, you should trust those who’ve already been to all the eateries around town. Show your client that you have a good eye for the best local restaurants with Localeur.

Properties

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Available on iOS and Android.

If you’re in the National Association of Realtors, chances are you’ve used Realtors Property Resource. RPR offers exclusive access to analytics and custom branded reporting tools that can be printed, emailed or texted from anywhere at anytime. With access to over 160 million properties, RPR collects invaluable information including from school reports, demographics, tax data, foreclosures, flood zones, historic data and much more. If you are part of NAR, RPR Mobile is a must-have application.

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Available on iOS and Android.

If you’re hosting an open house, make your life easier with Open Home Pro. This application collects your clients’ contact information in one spot from the time they sign in. Take advantage of it on mobile while you’re walking your clients through the house. Set follow-up emails to automatically send out after visitors tour your open house. All of the data provided from your potential clients is then stored in a CSV file for you to easily scan through at home!

Finance

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Available on iOS, Android, and Amazon Appstore.

Mint makes it easy to keep track of your daily finances. As a real estate agent, you’re in charge of finances 24/7. Mint consistently updates to offer new integrations with bank accounts, loans and other financial records. Mint is perfect for beginner real estate agents who are still keeping a close eye on their finances and debts.

Paperwork

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Available on iOS.

Dotloop values “peoplework” over paperwork. The application allows the paperwork associated with a multiparty real estate transaction to be completed easily and effectively. Dotloop allows you and your client to edit, complete, sign and share real estate transaction documents without ever needing to print, fax or email. It also functions as secure storage for your important documents. In addition, as its a cloud-based service, you can access your documents at anywhere and at anytime.

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Available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Store.

DocuSign makes it easy to add your eSignature to any document, form, or contract. Real estate agents can use this application to upload important transaction paperwork and email it to relevant members for their signatures before encrypting the data. DocuSign syncs with cloud-based storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, so you don’t have to worry about getting your paperwork lost. Sign anything, anywhere, anytime.

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Step Inside: Millennium Place – Penthouse B

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Enjoy 2,313 square feet of elegant living in this 3-bed/3-bath corner penthouse in one of Boston’s most-desired luxury residences. Surrounded by walls of glass, this spectacular corner penthouse features floor-to-ceiling views down Avery Street, to the Boston Common and beyond. An elegant foyer greets you as you enter this home and awaits your private art collection. The main level of the home features an open-layout, ideal for entertaining or relaxing. The spacious living room has a built-in marble gas fireplace and is located adjacent to your gourmet chef’s kitchen and dining area.

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The beautiful upper level of the home features a 22’ x 15’ rooftop solarium room as well as an 800+ square foot rooftop terrace with private hot tub.

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Built in 2013, Millennium Place has become one of the most coveted addresses in Boston. Located in the thriving Midtown neighborhood, the 16-story building is surrounded by the best dining, culture and nightlife the city has to offer. On any given night, you can catch a show across the street at the Paramount Theater or the Opera House, wine and dine at world-class restaurants such as Blu and Artisan at the Ritz Carlton, and shop at the finest high-end retailers in Boston. A few short blocks away, enjoy high tea at the Four Seasons or Taj Hotel, with coveted seats offering views of Boston’s beautiful Public Garden. Offering the best in amenities, including exclusive access to Millennium Partners’ signature LaVie® Social Club, residents-only fitness center, theater-style screening room and in-home service from Legal Crossing, Millennium Place is the place you will need to live.

List Price: $4,599,000

Millennium Place, Penthouse B is exclusively listed by Diane Giacobbi of Bushari Real Estate. Viewings by appointment only.

To schedule a viewing, please visit www.millenniumplaceph.com or contact Diane at diane@bushari.com or 617-293-1240.

 

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The Art of Staging: DIY Tips to Ensure Your Home is Sold for Top Dollar

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Before you’re ready to show off your home to a potential buyer, you’ll want to make sure that your home makes an outstanding first impression. While staging may be optional, sellers should take advantage of any possible opportunities to make their homes more presentable.

Staging can be performed by professionals or by the individual who is selling the home. When comparing the amount of time and money involved, it can be one of the most lucrative projects a seller may undertake. Many sellers, especially those with lower-priced homes, are uninterested in staging because it can be costly. While staging may require updating and moving furniture, cleaning thoroughly and hiding away a few personal belongings, it’s much less costly than repainting, renovating and updating fixtures. Below are a few low-cost staging tips that any seller can easily take advantage of, regardless of the price on his or her home.

The Living Room

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The homebuyers will be spending a lot of time in the living room, and they’re looking for two things – a room with maximum space and a room that is conducive to conversation and entertaining.

  • Angles, Angles, Angles. – When looking through listing photographs, the first thing that will catch your eye is the placement of the furniture. All furniture should be drawn to a focal point. While this becomes more important when camera shots are involved, you should still strongly consider angles while moving furniture. Below are two shots illustrating good and bad furniture placement. On the left, furniture is placed at a number of angles, making it difficult for the reader to find a single focal point and comprehend the room layout. The image on the right has a single focal point, making it much easier to envision the design and “personality” of the living room.

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  • Declutter – This should be a no-brainer, but it’s shocking how much junk you can find in listing photographs. Rooms should be neutral, inviting and not include any personal belongings. Remember, buyers are looking to envision themselves in your room and they cannot do so if there is a family photo on the table or children’s toys strewn across the floor.
  • Furniture grouping – Rooms will feel easier to navigate if furniture is kept away from the walls. Position furniture in the living room so that it reflects a space that is ideal for having a conversation. You wouldn’t want to entertain guests on opposite sides of the room, so make your staging reflect that.
  • Pillows – Throw pillows on the couch add some liveliness to the living room. Bring along a steaming iron to help remove some of the wrinkles. A deep red pillow in the winter is perfect for the holiday season.
  • Accessorizing – The old vase lying around your house? That bowl of fake limes that you’re wondering why you ever bought? Those can come in handy to make your room feel more livable. Keep in mind that odd numbers are preferable when it comes to these accessories. Vary your accessories by scale; making sure that the largest is placed in the back when the picture will be taken. Tall flowers will add a touch of color and flair to any room. Grab some fresh cut flowers from your local florist and match the seasons by adding holly branches in the winter, tulips in the spring, colorful dahlias and lilies in the summer, and sunflowers or fall foliage in the spring. Remember – do not over-accessorize. This is staging, not decorating.

The Kitchen

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We highly recommend having the kitchen professionally cleaned. This can be one of the best investments you can make when preparing for an open house or for photography. If you want to clean it yourself, here are some tips to consider:

  • Countertops – Get rid of every kitchen appliance that’s not a toaster or a coffeemaker. Fresh fruit bowls and fresh cut flowers will bring life to your kitchen. If you have a vase of bright yellow daisies, add a row of lemons next to it to compliment the color. Add a few bright and colorful cookbooks as accessories along the countertops to make the kitchen look appealing and useful.
  • Clean and organize – Countertops and sinks should be clear of pans, dishes, silverware etc. It’s shocking how many kitchen photographs just leave dirty plates in the sink. Remember that the rooms are neutral, and dirty plates only make prospective clients imagine the past tenant rather than envision themselves living in the room.
  • Be aware of odors – Garbage and pet-related items will need to be removed before showing off the kitchen. The kitchen should be gleaming and odor-free, and it doesn’t hurt to carry around a fresh can of Febreze. Run a few slices of lemon through the garbage disposal to clear up sink odors.

The Bedroom

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The bedroom should be a tranquil and spacious area for your buyer. The biggest elements to focus on in the bedroom are lighting, color and decoration. A few small changes to liven up this room may be the key factor in selling your home.

  • Cleaned and Rearranged – First, decide which furniture should be left in the bedroom as to make it impersonal but welcoming. For the most part, the (neatly-dressed) bed, bedside tables, and a dresser should be the major pieces of furniture left in the room. Bring in a full-length mirror if it doesn’t already have one. Mirrors and windows should be spotless to make the best impression possible.
  • Lighting and Decoration – Place lamps on the bedside tables and flip them on to add a bit of ambient light to the room. This will add more to the sunlight pouring in from the open windows. A dresser or end table is the perfect placement for some floral decoration to bring some color into the room. Hang one or two art pieces on the walls that reflect the colors and style of the bedroom layout.

The Bathroom

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Bathrooms are the trickiest rooms to fix up and impress your buyers. It’s bound to be a cramped space that is difficult to photograph and too restricted to lead an entire group of people through. With just a bit of cleaning and some useful tips, you can make this cramped space appear larger and much more graceful.

  • Clean Up – Dirty bathroom tiles are easy to spot in photographs and are a major red flag to prospective buyers. Mix a spray bottle with one part water and one part bleach to take care of moldy tiles. Also of note, when you’re getting ready for a showing or photography, make sure that the toilet seat is always down.
  • Declutter – Remove ALL items from the bathroom. This includes toothbrushes, shampoo, hairbrushes, etc. Place them in a cabinet or box until the showing or photography is completed. A fresh bar of soap in the shower and new bottle of hand soap next to the sink should be the only bathroom accessories (save for a single plant if you so choose). Clutter makes the bathroom appear smaller and the goal here is to make this cramped space feel as spacious as possible. Don’t forget to empty any waste baskets and remove laundry hampers from the room.
  • Lighting – Install high-wattage bulbs into the light fixtures to bring about a more bright and lively bathroom. Lighting is another key to making the bathroom appear larger.
  • Matching colors – A new shower curtain or new towels can help add to the atmosphere of the bathroom. Keep the tones of these neutral that blend rather than pop; allowing the buyer to imagine his or her own items in the bathroom.

 

In summary, the goal here is to keep your rooms neutral. When you walk into the average hotel room, the staging and interior design is welcoming, yet impersonal. While the rooms may exemplify an atmosphere of style and grace, the colors, furniture and tones blend together in a neutral manner. Your objective is for your buyer to be content with imagining him or herself living within the room. When a buyer is comfortable with the thought of living in your home, you are one step closer to having the sale concluded.

Photographs courtesy of Bushari Exclusive Listing – Millennium Place Penthouse B.