After looking at houses in the middle-of-nowhere Massachusetts for several months with a different realtor, my boyfriend and I started looking at condos in Boston. We reached out to Jeff because he seemed to have a great deal of knowledge about the Boston area and East Boston in particular.
I believe it was a Wednesday evening that we met at the first listing and after the showing Jeff spent about 2-3 hours driving us around East Boston and explaining the pros and cons of each part of town. Since we had never spent time in Eastie, this was incredibly helpful. He grew up and still lives in the area, so nobody can know this area better than a local.
Unlike the review below, I found him incredibly responsive. He typically responded within an hour (even when we emailed him late at night, which was often) and the only time we couldn't get a hold of him it was because his car had been demolished that day - a pretty good reason if you ask me!
Jeff was always very optimistic and positive, and that is a really key component when you're spending a bunch of time looking at homes with a realtor. He was patient as we explored each place (we went through quite a bunch) and knew the ins and outs of each listing.
I would definitely recommend Jeff as a realtor to my friends. Not only is he knowledgable and professional, but also fun to hang with! Great sense of humor. The only reason I opted for 3 stars for negotiating is because our condo was already under agreement by another couple and when we had the opportunity, we just scooped up the property - there wasn't much wiggle room for negotiating in this unique case. But to that point, Jeff would always let us know which properties he felt were overpriced or a great deal.
Overall, Jeff Bowen is a fantastic realtor and I highly recommend him.
OMG, I love you guys. Thanks for saying all those nice things about me. After the last review from someone I have never met, this made me feel very good. I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to do this.
The East Boston market will peak in 3-5 years in my estimation of what is taking place in South Boston, Charelstown, Somerville and Cambridge real estate markets right now. I am happy that you got to purchase such a beautiful condo in East Boston, while the prices are still reasonable.
Thanks - Jeff