Boston waterfront home offers an urban oasis

•March 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Experience this URBAN OASIS. Whether you enjoy gardening, grilling, entertaining or just “people watching,” this enormous private deck, overlooking Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway is calling to you. Experience unparalleled views from this

Boston Waterfront loft

Boston Waterfront loft with views of the Rose Kennedy Greenway

A true gem, this home offers a fabulous floor plan, 11+ ft. ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, exposed brick and beam detail. The open chef’s kitchen has granite counters, custom birch cabinets, and gas cooking. A private sleeping area with custom built-ins, separate home office and full tile bath with soaking tub complete this home. The building offers deeded covered parking, elevator, common roof deck and off-site professional management. This loft style building has been the destination of choice for many upwardly mobile local professionals and athletes. 26 Stillman Street offers the very best in city living.

To see how a Boston Bruin recently decorated his place in the same building, go to Boston.com.

For more information on Boston real estate sales, go to Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston’s real estate experts.

BOSTON REAL ESTATE FIRM SEES UPWARD MOBILITY

•March 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is finding conventional successes in unconventional ways

BOSTON: Only a few weeks into the spring market, one Boston real estate firm is seeing tremendous success. Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty recorded 80 Under Agreements and over 100 sales transactions in January and February (source: MLS). The firm is ranked #5 in the state and has the #1 office in Boston’s Back Bay for 2010 sales-to-date. But their recent success is not just measured in sales figures. The firm has made some strategic moves over the last few years, making them the top-ranked Boston-based firm in the state. They expanded with office acquisitions in the Waterfront, Charlestown and Westwood areas. They also invested in the firm’s infrastructure, including additional marketing and relocation services for their clientele. “We saw the importance of offering the finest services to each client,” says Michael Hansen, President and Co-Owner. “We knew our clients would appreciate the special efforts we now provide.”

All the improvements have attracted highly successful sales associates. Once again, Gibson Sotheby’s recognized Beth Dickerson as their top agent in 2009, having sold the highest volume of sales. Dickerson’s average sale price was more than $3 million last year and she recorded the most expensive sale in Boston, a condominium on Beacon Street in the Back Bay that sold for $9.25 million. Co-Owner, Paul McGann, meets regularly with agents who are considering the firm. “Most often, agents who join us are already successful – but they are looking to go to the next level; to grow their business.” It is that growth potential that brought agents like Tammy DeWolfe to the company. After years in the business, she joined Gibson Sotheby’s Westwood office last month, citing the company’s support as a major motivating factor.

CEO and Co-Owner, Larry Rideout, continues to look for new ways to offer service to an expanding clientele. This month, the company launched a text-to-MLS service offered by Kwkly. This allows home buyers to text the address of any property for sale to get MLS information in seconds. They also have added an iPhone application and a GPS-based search function. “The percentage of Gen X and Gen Y home buyers is growing and they want immediate access to information,” says Rideout. “Our goal is to continue to find new ways to provide exceptional service.”

Boston real estate smoke detector regulations

•February 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment
boston smoke detector rules

boston smoke detector rules

The Boston real estate smoke detector regulations will change April 5, 2010. The Greater Boston Real Estate Board has released a guide to the changes and frequently asked questions.

To see more details, go to Boston smoke regulations.

For more information on Boston Waterfront real estate sales, go to Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston’s real estate experts.

Boston Real Estate Firm Goes Mobile

•February 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Local agency uses new technology to give clients MLS access on-the-go

BOSTON: Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that it is launching a new mobile service for Boston. Kwkly is a service provider that offers MLS access via text, GPS searches and an iPhone app – all allowing people to search for homes for sale by simply using their cell phone. This brings market information right into the hands of the user, no matter where they are. CEO, Larry Rideout, was very excited to be the first to offer this service in the Boston area. “Our clients are very savvy about real estate and technology. When I first saw how Kwkly worked, I knew our clients would love it. Now we can share this service with everyone in Boston.”

The text service works like this: the user texts the word “Gibson” to 59559. They are then prompted to give an address of a property that is for sale. The MLS info will be texted back to them in a matter of seconds. They will also receive a link to Kwkly’s GPS search service. If their cell phone has GPS abilities (as in Google Maps), they will be able to find the five nearest properties that are for sale and comparable recent sales. Lastly, iTunes App Store has two applications MA Homes and Boston Homes that users may download for use on their iPhone.

Rideout says that Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is always looking for the best way to offer assistance to their clientele. “We pride ourselves on our quality of service. This is one more way that we can provide what our clients want – immediate access to information.”

For more information on Boston Waterfront real estate sales, go to Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston’s real estate experts.

Boston real estate ranks fourth for international investors

•February 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Boston Hancock building

Boston Hancock building

The Boston real estate market was ranked as the fourth best, behind Washington DC, New York and San Francisco in the 18th annual survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. And the market seems to be expecting a boost, as 2/3rds of the respondents said they expected to invest more in the U.S. in 2010 than they did in 2009.

To see more details about this survey and its findings, go to AFIRE.org.

For more information on Boston Waterfront real estate sales, go to Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston’s real estate experts.

Charlestown real estate: Waterfront penthouse with views

•January 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Flagship Wharf penthouse

Flagship Wharf penthouse

This spacious Charlestown penthouse offers 2+ bedroom, 3 bath, in a duplex layout with unobstructed waterfront views of Boston harbor, the islands and the city skyline from private balcony. This home offers over 2000 sq feet of flexible living space. Richly detailed kitchen and marble baths, den with fireplace, open living and dining with ocean views! First level bedroom and bath; spiral staricase to master bedroom suite, spa bath, walk-in closet and adjacent sitting area-perfect for at-home-office. 2 garage parking: 1 deeded, 1 valet , 24 concierge & close to airport/downtown.

To see more details about this home, go to Charlestown penthouse at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, your real estate experts.

For more information on Charlestown and Boston Waterfront real estate sales, go to Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston’s real estate experts.

Boston home sales rise in November

•January 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Boston home sales shot up in November of 2009 – especially in comparison to last year’s dismal numbers amidst the financial crisis. But, not solely based on 2008. November of 2009 was the best November since 2005. Some of the boost was due to the tax credit deadline, which had been in November – it has since been extended to April, 2010. But, it is most likely a combination of factors. Many experts have been suggesting that the Boston real estate market and several others have already turned a corner, making this a great time to buy.

To see the complete story, go to Boston.com. Search Boston homes for sale at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Boston’s real estate experts.

 
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