For over thirteen years, Chris Thoman has been an active member of Boston’s thriving real estate community. With hundreds of real estate transactions under his belt, throughout each and every neighborhood in Boston (and beyond), Chris has been around the block a number of times. When he’s not in the office, he’s meeting up with clients or touring and inspecting his listings. A proud father and loving husband, he spends much of his time with his wife and two children in their brand-new Dorchester home. It’s been a busy week balancing his recent move and his several homes on the market. We hit the road with Chris to see what it’s like to live a day in his life.
Early Morning: Up and At ‘Em
5:00 AM, Thursday morning. By the early dawn, Chris is ready to start his day. Up first is a quick run to the gym before breakfast with his wife and kids. Even though he’s continually running around to meet up with clients, an early trip to the gym is sometimes the best way to get a little morning motivation.
Early Afternoon: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
In between client calls and conferences, Chris makes a quick stop at Tiffany’s to exchange a few rings for his wife. He’s picked out a beautiful pair from their T collection. We’re sure she’ll love them.
Mid Afternoon: A Walk Through in Chestnut Hill
By the mid-afternoon, Chris is previewing a new sales listing in Chestnut Hill. While the property is not quite yet on the market, you can inquire about the opportunity through email. Interestingly enough, the seller of this home is the mother of one of his current clients. This goes to show just how important it can be to market yourself and communicate regularly with your network of clients. You never know when the cousin or friend of one of your clients may be looking for his or her own home. Check back regularly at BostonRealEstate.com for updated information on when this home hits the market.
Late Afternoon: Under Agreement
In Brookline, we made a stop by 90 Babcock Street. This lovely and contemporary home consists of two separate units, each of which Chris is representing as the seller’s agent. Just moments from Coolidge Corner, this neighborhood is known for its award-winning restaurants, schools and parks. The old adage of “Location, location, location” certainly rings true. At long last, he’s able to switch out the yard sign as both homes are now under agreement, representing $4.125M in sales. Congratulations to Chris and his clients!
Early Evening: A Walk in the Park
After a quick bite to eat at one of his favorite stops, Pret A Manger, Chris winds down on his home tours with a walk along the beautiful Commonwealth Ave. A gorgeous environment for making a few client calls, Commonwealth stretches along the Back Bay neighborhood and connects the lush green of the Public Garden and Back Bay fens. Finally, Chris will be heading back to install furniture in his new house, negotiating on behalf of his clients along the way.
Prospective real estate agents should always remember that it’s a 24/7 business, even in late August which can be the slowest two weeks of the year. While Chris is running errands and moving furniture, he’s still on-call with several of his clients. Are the hours worth it? “The gratification of my clients makes it worth it,” he said. “When buyers call me up after a deal and send me their thanks for a smooth transaction, I feel I’ve done my job.”