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Achieving Real Estate Dreams is What I Love to Do

In my three decades working in Boston real estate, I've helped hundreds of clients sell homes and investment properties. I help my clients meet and exceed their real estate goals while minimizing the stress that can come with the process.

For my seller clients, selling your Boston condo or home is my number one business priority. This is what I do and what I love. My strength is in maximizing demand for your property, as well as in negotiation and transaction management. I can also give you good advice on pricing. Here's how I approach pricing a Boston home or condo for sale. My goal is to help you maximize your chances of a best-price, best-terms, best-timeline real estate sale.

Here are some of my recent listings and sales.

For my buyer clients, I honor my duty to advocate for you and you alone, to help you find the correct home or condo for you, and not advocate for any other entity. Here are some of the ways a buyer agent is legally obligated to you, the buyer.

I'd love to help you achieve your real estate dreams. The first thing I do is have a preliminary consultation with you in order to form an action plan according to your needs. Please get in touch so we can begin!

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You can call me at 617-584-9790, or email joe.wolvek@gibsonsir.com.

 

 

 

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    Boston Grilling Rules for Fire Safety

    One of the joys of summer in the city neighborhoods is enjoying dinner and drinks on our condo decks, balconies, or patios. This time of year I like to share the City of Bostons fire safety rules for these outdoor spaces. These rules exist for the sake of everyones safety. In addition, knowing and following them helps safeguard your legal and financial liability. So lets all stay safe and stay legal!

    Boston has fire safety rules to be aware of if youre planning to cook in your outdoor space.

    What follow below is a simplified list of the rules.

    Plumbed gas grills:  These are permitted on the exterior of any building level. The gas line must be installed by a licensed plumber who has procured the required permits.

    Electric grills are permitted on the exterior of any building level. As with the gas grills, the line you are using has to be installed by a licensed electrician, and has to have a permit and be up to code.

    Charcoal grills are NOT permitted at all on or within a building structure, or on roof or rear decks. Regulations do not specify whether they are permissible on an outside patio, but the regulations highly discourage them, and you may be legally and financially liable for any damage or injury you cause from flying sparks, fumes, etc.. *Read the regulations in full for charcoal grill safety recommendations.

    Liquid propane (LP) grills: Permitted by the City of Boston except:

           are not permitted inside the building.

           are not permitted on balconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation.

           are not permitted on balconies or decks on any level that are covered or enclosed. This includes a first floor deck with a deck above it.

    I highly recommend that homeowners read the regulations in full.

    Remember Im here to help if you have any questions about Boston real estate matters. You can call me at  617-584-9790, or email me by clicking the blue button below. If youd like to find a beautiful new home in Boston with a deck upon which to grill (legally, of course), you should definitely get in touch!

     

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      New Boston Doctors, Residents, Med Students! Welcome to Boston

      If youre a medical student who is graduating medical school in May and beginning your residency in June/July, youll want probably to get settled in somewhere around June 1st.

      While your new job may have a substantial salary, your debt-to-income ratio may be a bit high and you may think you downt have a sufficient down-payment. Plus, you may not be starting your job for 60 days or so. You probably want to get into your new home with low or no money down, and also to keep your payments low. There are mortgage programs especially for doctors, medical students, and residents prior to starting a new job.

      I have the lenders for you to speak with for these special doctor's or physician's mortgages; they have successfully helped many of my medical clients. There are several different programs. Each one will have specific features and benefits.

      I am a 29+ year Realtor serving the Medical areas of Boston. As a certified DRS-Agent, Im a vetted agent who will provide you with the very highest level of experienced service. Using a certified DRS-Agent, approved by the AMA, AOA, AMSA, and SOMA, is the quickest, easiest way to find a trusted professional real estate agent for the purchase or sale of your home. Ill help get you oriented to the city, neighborhoods, and Bostons real estate buying process.

      I am also an Accredited Buyer Agent a trained professional REALTOR who has earned the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). I know the neighborhoods around and accessible to the medical facilities and can help you manage the intricacies of searching for and visiting appropriate properties. I will help you manage your transaction to a successful conclusion with as little stress as possible and as little drain upon your time as possible.

      Heres a bit about real estate transaction basics. But remember, Im here to help through each step!

      Heres more about special mortgage programs for residents, doctors, and medical students.

      Please reach out to me with any questions you may have at 617-584-9790 or joe.wolvek@gibson.sir.com. The sooner we can started and get you situated, the more time youll have to focus on your new life and work here in Boston!

      And congratulations! I love Boston, and I know you will, too.

      Beyond Boston: Iconic Chicago Park Tower Condo $2,495,000

      This 3,200+ square foot east facing Chicago residence at the iconic Park Tower is listed by Natasha Motev at one of my Sotheby's affiliates, Jameson Sotheby's International Realty. It has an open floor plan with lake and city views from every room, and high end finishes throughout. A grand master suite offers gorgeous all marble spa bath, immense shower, and substantial walk-in closet. A secondary en-suite bedroom on the southeast corner has an all marble bath, ample closet space, and spectacular views of the lake and Chicago's skyline.Located atop the famous Park Hyatt Hotel offering conveniences that include a luxurious spa, health club, indoor pool, 24/7 room service and renowned Nomi restaurant with outdoor terrace. Park Tower is a full amenity building in the heart of the Magnificent Mile with 24 hour door staff/security and on-site management. A prime parking spot and storage are included.Here are more details and photos for 800 North Michigan Avenue, #2901, Chicago, IL.I can handle your real estate needs here in Boston as well as globally. As always, if you have questions about buying or selling homes in Boston or beyond, please call me at617-584-9790, or send me an email via the link below. Boston real estate 

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      What Interest Rate Increases Could Mean for Home Buyers

      Boston's South EndWith interest rates likely to increase soon, I thought I wouldshare aBoston Globe article about how upcoming changes may affect home buyers.Written by Paul Anastos, a frequent national mortgage speaker and an authority on residential home loans, the article explains how the Federal Reserve works in regards to keeping the nation's financial system safe.Home loan rates tend to stay in step with Treasury Bond rates. These bonds serve as a way of funding government operations by providing a way for the nation to borrow money.The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committeeregularly reviews the market to make decisions about interest rates, securities, and other conditions that may affect interest rates and how easy (or not) it is to get home loan financing.As Anastos explains, a shift in interest rates might be felt eithernegatively or positively depending on what it is you're looking to accomplish:

      High interest rates make borrowing more expensive, so you end up paying more for home and car loans. On the other hand, your savings and money market accounts will earn higher interest. When interest rates are kept low, the opposite occurs. People earn lower interest on savings, but they can more easily borrow money.

      If your goal is to buy a home soon, you may want to consider his advice to speak with a local lending officer to lock in a rate while they are still low.Read the Boston Globe's How Fed Rate Changes Affect Home Buyers.Are you thinking about where to livein Boston?If you have questions about buying or selling homes in the Boston real estate market, please call me at617-584-9790, orsend me an email via the linkbelow. Boston real estate 

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      Boston Real Estate: The Mortgage Commitment Process

      Boston Living: An Overview of Boston Neighborhoods

      Boston Real estate #BostonRealEstate #BostonCondosBoston's many unique downtown neighborhoodseach having its own particular look, feel, and charm make the city an exceptionally appealing place to live. Thecity's neighborhoodsare highly walkable, and most are within close proximity to one another owing to its compact layout. Here's a condensedlook at some of themorecentrally located downtown Boston neighborhoods.For an old World Italian-European vibe, theNorth Endcan't be beat.With its many traditional produce, meat, and cheese stores, in addition to an abundance of stellarrestaurants and bakeries, this neighborhood won't disappointeven the fussiestgastronome. Street festivals are a tradition here in the summer months. Bordered by the historic wharves ofBostons Waterfrontand the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, there is easy access to natural settings. The many historic homes of the North Endhave been divided into condominiums.For a village feel,Beacon Hillis a perfect choice. This is another neighborhood with old world charm. With its many narrow cobblestone streets and homes that lookvery much like they did in the 1600s, walking this area can be like stepping way back in time. Antique shoppers know Charles Street Beacon Hill's main thoroughfare as the place to go. Many newer clothing boutiques and gift shops have also found their way onto Charles Street in more recent times. Near to theMassachusetts State House,the Boston Common,the Boston Public Garden,and theEsplanade, Beacon Hill is also within short walking distance of Back Bay, Midtown, and the theatre district. While many Beacon Hillhomes and condos have undergonerenovations, they retain many traditional details first installed by the affluent founders of the Beacon Hill neighborhood.There are alsoluxury and full-service residential buildings in Beacon Hill suchBowdoin Place, The Tudor, The Claflin Building, The Lincolnshire, and45 Province.Created in the latter half of the 19thcentury, Boston's Back Bayneighborhood drew the wealthiest members of society, with many of its homes and public buildings designed by some of the most noteworthy architects of the time. This was a big move forwardfrom its humble beginnings as a swamp the neighborhood was built onlandfill. It is home to theBoston Public Garden, the countrys first public garden, with its colorful andmeticulously landscaped flower gardens, majestic trees, and pond. Modern dayBack Bay is a high-end shoppers destinationand a mecca of fine dining, but also retains some of its favoritelow-brow shops and restaurants.Homes in Back Bayincludesplendid Victorian row houses, as well as Gothic, Queen Anne and Romanesque styles. There are also a good share ofrecentlyconstructed full-service luxury condo buildings,includingThe Mandarin-Oriental,the Clarendon Back Bay,The Belvedere, The Ritz Carlton Towers Boston, Trinity Place,360 Newbury,One Charles,Zero Marlborough,The Four Seasons,The Heritage-on-the-Garden,Carlton House andLe Jardin.Bostons Midtownwas not even thought of as a neighborhood ten years ago, but it has since evolved into a hubof luxury high-rise condos. The area isattractive to city dwellers cravingnightlife such as theater, cinema, and high end dining and drinking venues. Midtownis home to a multiplex cinema and directly adjacent to the Theatre District.The newest residential building, Millennium Tower, has just joined the otherfull service luxury condo buildings such asThe Ritz-Carlton Towers,Millennium Place, The Residences at the W and 45 Province.Bostons South End neighborhood hasan arts community that includes the SoWa (South of Washington) Art + Design District and the Boston Center for the Arts. With a friendly demeanor, a pet-friendly attitude, a wealth of green spaces, and and many popularrestaurants and bars, the vibe here is particularlylaid back for a city neighborhood. Tree-lined streets, red brick sidewalks, andbeautiful oldbrownstone homesadd to its abundantcharm. The SoWa section of the hood (South of Washington) has an open market for six months of the year withan outdoor farmers' market, artisans tents, a vintage market, food trucks and beer garden, and open artist studios. In addition to the many 1850s-era attached brownstone homes here (many luxuriously renovated), there are plenty of modern residential buildings. Recently constructed luxury condo buildings in Bostons South End include 285 Columbus Lofts, Wilkes Passage, D4, The Penmark,Atelier 505, 700 Harrison, SEPIA, Penny Savings Bank and others.Probably the most common thread running through all these neighborhoods is availability of good food. But asI mentioned, the layout of the city iscompac, and that makes it very easy to access art, theater, nature, music, and shopping from anywhere in the downtown neighborhoods.Are you thinking about where to live in Boston?Ifyou have questions about buying or sellingBoston condos or homes, call meat 617-584-9790. Orsend me an email via the blue link below.In my 24+ years in the Boston real estate market, Ive made it my priority to develop anextensive knowledge of the city, neighborhoods, buildings, people, and the many issues involved in the local real estate market. I have helped hundreds of people buy and sell homes, and I can help you, too. Boston real estate 

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      Boston Living: Rooftop Grilling Laws

      Boston Rooftop Grilling Rules#BostonCondos #BostonLivingIf you're aBoston resident with a rooftop deck, balcony or patio, you know the joy of dining or cooking outdoors in summer months. Every year around this time I like to post the laws for grilling in theCity of Boston, so you'll know how tokeep yourself and others safe.If you plan to cook on your Boston deck or patio, you should become familiar with the City of Bostons fire safety rulesforthe safety of you and your neighbors, as well as to protect yourselffrom legal and financial liability.Here's a simplified listof the rules.Plumbed gas grills:Permitted on the exterior of any building level, but the gas line must be installed by a licensed plumber who has procured the required permits.Electric grills:Permitted on the exterior of any building level, butthe electrical line has to be installed by a licensed electrician, and has to have a permit and be up to code.Charcoal grills:NOT permitted at all, on or within a building structure, or on a roof or rear deck. Regulations do not specify whether they are permitted on an outside patio, but the regulations highly discourage them. Remember: you may be legally and financially liable for any damage or injury you cause from flying sparks, fumes, etc.Liquid propane (LP) grills: Permitted by the City of Boston except:

      • are not permitted inside the building.
      • are not permitted on balconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation.
      • are not permitted on balconies or decks on any level that are covered or enclosed. This includes a first floor deck with a deck above it.

      Here arethe regulations in full.See Boston real estate and neighborhoods.If youd like to find a beautiful new home in Boston with adeck upon which to grill (legally, of course), call me at 617-584-9790. Or you can email me viathe button below. Boston real estate 

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      Outdoor Grilling in Boston: What you Need to Know

      Boston Rooftop Grilling Rules

      With outdoor grilling season upon us, I wanted to share the City of Boston's fire safety rules for rooftops, patios, and balconies.Urban dwellers love getting the most out of outdoor spaces while the weather is warm. Dinner and drinks on your condo deck, balcony, or patio is one of the joys of summer in the city. Heres what you need to know to stay safe and legal.If you are planning to cook on your outdoor space, first learnBostonsfire safety rules.There are many good reasons to be aware of the rules, first and foremost being the safety of you and your neighbors. But knowing and abiding by the rules also helps to safeguard your legal and financial liability.Below is a simplified listof the rules. Or you can see theregulations in full.Plumbed gas grills:Theseare permittedon the exterior of any building level. The gas line must be installed by a licensed plumber who has procured the required permits.Electric grillsare permittedon the exterior of any building level. As with the gas grills, the line you are using has to be installed by a licensed electrician, and has to have a permit and be up to code.Charcoal grillsare NOT permitted at all on or within a building structure, or on roof or rear decks. Regulations do not specify whether they are permissible on an outside patio, but the regulations highly discourage them, and you may be legally and financially liable for any damage or injury you cause from flying sparks, fumes, etc.. *Read the regulations in full for charcoal grill safety recommendations.Liquid propane (LP) grills:Permitted by the City of Bostonexcept:
      • are not permittedinside the building.
      • are not permitted onbalconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation.
      • are not permittedon balconies or deckson any levelthat are covered or enclosed. This includes a first floor deck with a deck above it.

      As always, Im here to help ifyou have questions about Boston real estate matters. Please feel free to call me at617-584-9790, or email me by clicking the blue button below. If youd like to find a beautiful new home in Boston that has a deck upon which to grill (legally, of course),definitelyget in touch. Boston real estate 

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      Boston Lifestyle: A City Rich in Outdoor Pleasures

      Boston LifestyleIn addition to the rich arts and cultural climate that the Boston lifestyle has to offer, the city is also abundant with opportunities for splendid outdoor experiences.Did you know that the City of Boston oversees 217 parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields? Or that it is responsible for two golf courses, 17 fountains, 16 historic and 3 active cemeteries, 65 squares, 75 game courts, and 2,346 acres of parkland trees? They are also responsible for more than 35,000 street trees. This is an abridgedlist from the city's Parks and Recreation page.Add to that some of the features on its many public parks, such as public art, wi-fi, stages and amphitheaters, sports facilities (basketball courts, swings, baseball fields, soccer fields), and playground play structures, and you've got quite a network of park services and amenities. There is even a park on Spectacle Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands, offering a gazebo (pictured above), a shelter, and scenic vistas. It could actually be argued that you canenjoy parklike settings with scenic vistas almost anywhere on the Boston Harbor Islands.Are you planning onrelocating to Boston?Are you looking to buya condo or home inBoston?Here's myoverview of Boston real estate byneighborhood.If youhavequestions about buying or selling Boston condos or homes, please call me at617-584-9790, orsend me an email via the linkbelow. Boston real estate 

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