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Eric Tam Places #3 Among All Agents in Brookline for November 2015

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Congratulations to Eric Tam for placing #3 on Brookline’s Top 20 list of real estate professionals for the month of November 2015, with $5.2 million in sales volume, according to MLS-PIN!

Eric is a sales specialist who strives to exceed client expectations. He seeks to build lasting relationships with his clients and utilizes his sales skills to help his clients achieve the best value for their home – whether they’re buying or selling. From the savvy investor to the first time homebuyer, Eric believes all home owners should have the opportunity to build wealth through real estate.

Born and raised in Newton, Eric has studied the art of negotiating and majored in sales and marketing at Babson College. Before turning his attention to the real estate market, Eric was a successful sales professional; managing his family’s residential and commercial properties. Eric’s sales background and negotiating skills have helped him to become a strong advocate for his clients and close countless real estate transactions.

Eric speaks Cantonese and Taosanese and his family’s roots in the local Asian community run deep. Eric now resides in the South End and enjoys spending time with his family.

 

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Bushari Group Real Estate in Boston’s Top 10 For Year-to-Date Sales

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We are very happy to announce that Bushari Group Real Estate has entered the Top Ten Real Estate Firms for residential transaction volume year-to-date in Boston, according to MLS-PIN. Our agents have participated in more than $110 million worth of real estate transactions so far in 2015, with almost $84 million of that in Boston proper. The Boston real estate market is highly competitive and we would like to thank our agents and clients who have helped us become the strong, independent company we are today.

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Take a Deeper Dive into Boston’s Pools with Our Free ebook

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The dog days of August are upon us and, even though Labor Day is just a few weeks away, the summer isn’t quite over. In fact, Boston is experiencing another hot weekend and people all over the city are looking for ways to beat the heat. A little bit of research revealed that there was no comprehensive list of Boston’s residential pools available to the public. So, to make your search a little easier we have compiled The 2015 Bushari Guide – The Residential Pools of Boston, a free ebook now available for download.

Boasting the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of Boston properties where you can live and swim, the book provides full-color photos and descriptions of each pool, as well as the amenities and services available at each. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in the city, our ebook will give you the scoop on the hottest properties to cool off.

 

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Copley Place Tower Given the Go-Ahead

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Artist rendering of the newly-approved Copley Place Tower, courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority last night approved several projects with the aim of fulfilling Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plan to greatly expand the city’s housing inventory by 2030. Among the projects approved by the BRA’s Board of Directors was a revised plan for the expansion of Copley Place, which includes a new skyscraper that will deliver 542 new residential units to the heart of the city.

The residential and retail expansion of Copley has been on the table since 2006, but the project has been held back due to various issues, most recently that overhangs from the building were encroaching into “non-approved spaces.” With last night’s approval, however, those issues have been resolved and Simon Property Group, the project’s developer, can move forward with their $500 million construction.

According to the project summary, the forthcoming Copley Place Tower will rise to heights of 569 feet and plans to “successfully meet the needs of Boston and its residents.” Simon Property Group and their development advisers have carefully studied Boston’s evolving housing market.

The developers want to ensure that their project will improve the lives of all Bostonians and not just residents of the tower. Plans call for “carefully executed design strategies” with the goal of improving the location’s overall pedestrian experience and aesthetic. Some of the expected benefits include improved public transit and a reduction in the number of commuters in single-use vehicles, as well as the creation of 1,477 construction jobs and approximately 250 permanent jobs.

The residential tower at Copley Place will follow the likes of the Millennium Tower and One Dalton as the most recent additions to Boston’s quickly transforming skyline.

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RENT ME: 154 Newbury 4AR

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If you were paying attention to the previously posted arcticles, you would’ve noticed that the Back Bay Newbury Street rental I posted just below this one looks practically identical in title (and pictures) to this one. Well huzzah! That is because there is yet another available unit just one floor up and  the one below. How tremendously exciting. Now you can get three of your friends together and live in the same building. Obviously pick your favorite of the three to live in your apartment with you.

The stats are exactly the same as 154 Newbury Street 3AR. In case you don’t feel like opening that article, here they are again for your convenience 😉

Quick Stats

  • Price: 3,100
  • NO FEE
  • Size: 718 sq ft
  • 2 Bed / 2 bath
  • Available September 1, 2012
  • Laundry: In building
  • Elevator in building
  • Included: Heat/hot water
  • Pets allowed on case by case basis

For more information on this rental or to schedule a showing, contact: rentalteam@bushari.com or call (617) 615-9999

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Now for Sale: 38 Hillside Ave in Malden

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Here we have a beautifully maintained  and naturally well lit home located on a corner lot off the dead end street of Hillside Ave in Malden It’s a pleasant 15 minute walk to Malden Center T stop and a ten minute drive to route 1. Every room is tastefully painted in a different pastel color to give it a uniquely distinct feel. The home features a new kitchen with custom wood cabinets, stainless appliances and a tiled floor. The lovely and spacious floor plan lends itself to whatever creative design ideas you may have and allows you to explore plenty of options. There are hard wood floors throughout, a new wood burning fire place and a fully renovated bathroom. Your yard will be distinguishably yours as it is a fenced in refuge complete with hot tub, patio, grapevines and garden area.

 

Quick Stats

  • Price: $389,00
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1 full/ 1 half
  • Size: 1500 sq ft
  • Parking Spaces: 1
  • Area includes: finished basement
  • Exterior features: porch, patio, hot tub/spa, fenced yard
  • Areea Amenities: Public transportation and T access,, shopping, tennis court, park, medical facility, laundromat, highway access, public school

 

For more information and to schedule a showing, contact exclusive listing agent Chris Thoman at: 617.669.5847 or email: chris@busharigroup.com

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Better Know a Neighborhood: North End

Full of cafes, restaurants, and gelatarias, Boston’s North End has to be one of the best places in the city to wine and dine.

Originally one of the oldest parts of Boston, it has been the destination for immigration and cultural exchanges.

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Condo For Sale: 10 Museum Way Unit 2122

Yet another example of fine luxury living, this condo on the East side of Cambridge is an ideal place for city living, with the best views of the city just outside your windows.

This 2 bed/ 2 bath spacious unit is located on the 21st floor, so a great view is practically guaranteed. The home features a double sink in the master bathroom, California Closets, a high-end kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances, Brazilian cherry floors, and extra storage. The unit also has central heat and air conditioning for that tricky Boston weather. Just as luxurious as your home, is the building. The amenities include concierge, doorman, a business center, clubhouse, a gym, indoor pool, movie theater, and playground. Phew! And if you’re a pet lover, you’ll be happy to learn that they are pet friendly.

The location is quite convenient, with three T lines close by. It is just across the Esplanade park along the banks of the Charles River. Shopping, dining, and entertainment is never far since you’re so close to the city, but you’re also well placed near the Cambridgeside Galleria, one of the largest malls in the area.

To get more information about this property, check out the listing page here. If you have any questions about the property or are looking for a home for your family, contact us at Bushari Group Real Estate. We’ll be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.

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Better Know a Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

Tucked away alongside of the Charles River stand the tall golden dome of the state’s capital building and the busy area surrounding it. Yes, Beacon Hill is a central part of the city, so why not live here?

Beacon Hill retains many of its old-world charm in cobblestone streets, narrow alley ways, and home entrances without a stoop opening up strait into the side walk. These are remnants of a bygone era, although many colonial structures have been retrofitted to fit modern time needs. There’s a few Victorian gems here too, as Boston grew, so did its wealthiest citizens. Historically, Beacon Hill has always been a hive of political and entrepreneurial power.

On the upper side of the hill stands one of the pioneering beacons of medicine, Mass General Hospital, still on its original place from when it was first built. Of course, it’s expanded since then. Even the original jail next to the hospital has been reconverted into a posh hotel named the Liberty Hotel (ironic, isn’t it?). In addition to the statehouse and a myriad of government buildings situated on Beacon Hill, is the Boston Commons and Public Gardens, our answer to Central Park. While not as big in scope, the park does provide for year-round attractions like a skating rink, swan boats, tennis courts, a baseball field, and several statues of famous Bostonians. The neighborhood also includes the famous Bull and Finch Pub from the TV show “Cheers.”

If you would like to learn more about the Beacon Hill, please check out our neighborhood page. Thinking about moving to Beacon Hill? At Bushari Group Real Estate, we can help you with your search. Contact us, and we can get you into the home that’s right for you.

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Now with High Demand, We Need More Homes

Perhaps you learned about the relational concept of supply and demand in high school or college. For the most part, it is an inverse relationship, meaning when one side gains the other side loses. This model is seen in everyday economic decisions to what clothes are on sale to what food are in supply. It is the rule of supply and demand that balance out the economy.

We’ve noted the continued trend of a spike in home purchases in the state of Massachusetts, but what if the supply stops coming into the market?

In the last month of January, there was a reported increase of 3.7% in home sales in the state. But many people are still holding on to their homes, so the inventory levels have yet to catch up with demand. This could potentially cause a shortage for the spring season, when the housing market is most active. The uptick in demand is of course, great for sellers because they can increase their asking price from the previous estimations from the past months.

Experts agree that foreclosed homes won’t add much supply here in Boston, but it is safe to say that come spring, there should be a bit more activity in the seller’s market. It’s still too early to tell what the situation will be. But one thing is for sure, that this will be a season of change.

And if you’re feeling the need for change, let us at Bushari Group Real Estate help you with your buying or selling needs. Contact us anytime, and we’ll be glad to help.

You can read the rest of the article here.