I'm a licensed real estate broker who takes a comprehensive approach to servicing my clients, fully understanding the importance of finding the right property that best fits the client's lifestyle, family, current and future goals. I have degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Concord Law School, and the University of Colorado.
I started in the business as a real estate investor myself. Having the mindset of an investor helps me understand the viewpoint of my clients as home owners, investors, and developers.
In addition to my experience in the residential markets of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Somerville, I also have extensive experience with business transactions. I'm a former technology management consultant and investment banker, having worked all over the US, parts of Asia, and Europe. I am also an avid athlete (rower, boxer, ice hockey, ski, volleyball), a certified scuba diver and have even gone sky diving, although I am a golfing hacker. You'll often find me listening to NPR or watching CNN or CNBC for business and financial market news.
HOW DOES ALL THAT RELATE TO HELPING YOU FIND A HOME? My Engineering background helps me understand the underpinnings of how things (inside/outside a home/building) works - my financial background helps me help you traverse the complex world of real estate finance (do you know the difference between warrantable and non-warrantable condos? you will need to if you plan to purchase a condo - I can explain it) - my legal background can help you avoid some painful and expensive mistakes.
I've closed over 300+ purchase and sale transactions over the past several years - everything from the lows, to the peaks of the market, and the rebound that we're currently in. This means that I've experienced just about every issue that one could ever expect in a transaction - and how to head it off before it becomes a real or bigger issue. Of course, as with Life, issues will "evolve", and my goals are to try to discover them a best and early as possible, to protect both my buyers and sellers - don't get me wrong, there will still be bumps along the road, but my goal is mitigate and minimize them for you.
Of course, before I get my clients into a transaction - it must first be negotiated. Those same 300+ transactions - many unique (and standard) solutions have been achieved for my clients. The definition of a "good deal" will mean different things to different people - it could mean the best price that takes into account a market inefficiency, or the best timing, or beating out the competition, or just the "right fit" for your circumstance - again, as with Life, it's not always perfect, but I will do my best and you can be confident about that. Having taken many negotiations classes and trainings in the past (MIT, management consultant, investment banker), certainly doesn't hurt as well - but nothing replaces my plethora of actual and practical experiences.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MBA - Finance University of Colorado - BS Electrical Engineering Concord Law School, Juris Doctor Notary Public Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers License National Association of Realtors Massachusetts Association of Realtors Boston Association of Realtors MIT Alumni Club of Boston
SOME COMMON QUESTIONS I GET OFTEN AND MY ANSWERS. The way I answer them will give you an idea of how I operate.
Q: WHAT AREAS ARE THE BEST TO PLACES TO LIVE? AND INVEST IN?
A: Different people like living in different areas. It comes down to your personality and likes/dislikes. I have clients that swear by their areas and wouldn't consider any other. I suggest you pick a neighborhood, find a coffee shop, and sit there watching people come and go - those people will be your neighbors if you lived there - can you see yourself enjoying the interaction and feeling at home? Do that for a variety of neighborhood that you can afford to live in. Consider distance to transportation, need for parking convenience, distance to work, friends, etc. Some clients need to be close to a subway stop and can give up parking, whereas others need specific subway lines, and others want proximity to the financial district, or will pay for a water view but give up space for it, etc. There is no one "goto" because everyone situation is different. Boston Magazine's website is also a great resource - with their annual best cities to live in, in their real estate guide.