Two Make The Top 25 Individual Agent List For July

We are very proud to announce that two of our members made the                                                                    RE/MAX of New England Top 25 List for July.

Sandrine Deschaux
David Shorey

Sandrine Deschaux receives high honers for being #4 out of close to 3,000 RE/MAX Agents in New England.

David Shorey came in at a very respectable #13.         David was the #1 producer at RE/MAX Destiny for all of 2011.

Great Work…Her’s To Your Continued Success!

 

Cost Of Renting A Home On The Rise

Tim Schmidt, our rental manager was interviewed by WBZ-TV about the cost of rentals in the Boston area.


 

By Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent

August 15, 2012 12:01 AM

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a question that frustrates tenants across the state:  why are rents so high?

In fact, rents in the Greater Boston area are among the highest in the country.

By one estimate, it takes $1,700 to get a unit in the suburbs and $3,000 in downtown Boston.

“This season has been extraordinary.  Rents are super high.  I think the vacancy rate is 3-percent right now,” said Tim Schmidt of REMAX Destiny in Cambridge.

That vacancy rate is second only to San Francisco.

Schmidt believes one reason for the high rents is good news.  The region’s job market is stronger than most other cities.

“You see a lot of start- ups, a lot of bio-tech,” said Schmidt.  “There are people starting jobs in the $70,000-$100,000 range and moving to Boston.”

Although there have been new units added in unconventional areas like adjacent to Fenway Park, inventory cannot meet demand.

Cambridge Condo Trends – June 2012

Cambridge Condo Trends June 2012

Cambridge Summary: Lack of inventory continues to tighten the market down 38% compared to June last year. ~ Condo listing $ volume remains down by comparison by 28% from 141 million to 101 million in market value. ~ The median list price is up by 8% or $39K with days on market dropping to an average of less than 2 months before going off market. ~ Condos that went under agreement went up by 12.5%.

Cambridge Condo Sales Chart June 2012

Cambridge condo sales, month to date, are up 4% with year to date number of sold condos up by 5%. Sold $ volume YTD increased by 2% from $161 million in 2011 to $164 million this year. The median sale price improved by $5,000 with the ratio of sale price to original price at 99% due to multiple offer bidding and reduced time on market. ~ The average square foot price for April was $469 per square foot with the average living area at 1,088 square feet.

Welcome Lisa Doherty-Santana

There is nothing I enjoy more than working with people that are passionate about the business and always looking to improve.  Lisa is such a person, so I am very excited about working with her on building her business.

Lisa started her career with the enviable task of being a real estate agent on the Caribbean island of St. John for two years, where she lived directly after college.

She moved to Cambridge in 2006 and has been representing buyers and sellers through through an  independent and smaller company in the Cambridge Area for over six years. Lisa quickly became a top producer. Last year alone she was involved in the sale of 26 homes. Lisa is a natural who quickly connects and establishes meaningful long lasting relationships with her clients. Lisa’s success is in no doubt due to her energetic and enthusiastic commitment to outstanding service.

After living in the Caribbean, the love of traveling compelled her to explore new grounds and she moved to Latin America for one year where she studied the language and culture of Guatemala and Argentina. She currently lives with her husband Hudson just outside of Boston.

Celebrating Success 2012

What a successful event.  We have indeed come a long way in the last couple of years.  After lunch at Bertucci’s, we got started by introducing our new members: Eithne Johnson who was returning after being away since 2008, Ann Sabbey, Tamela Roche, Tom Von Zabern, Lisa Santana, Anna Calderone, Simonida, Juan Murry and our first rental division manager, Tim Schmidt.  Wow! We have never added on so many new and talented people in such a short period of time. That is very exciting.  What a great way to start the year.

Following the introductions, we reviewed our overall success last year and set our goals for 2012 in residential sales, rentals, luxury sales,  and property management.  We discussed how measuring what you do is the first step in improving it and the upcoming launch of our shared assistant program, which will be starting mid March.

Dave Shorey took the #1 spot as our top producer for 2011, Tom Sheehan, rookie of the year, with Joe Kobialka once again taking our community service award.

I am so proud of every one.  Our staff continues to excel in providing the very best in service to our entire team.  Service for which I am very grateful.

After the program about a dozen of us went bowling where I continued to maintain my ranking as the company’s worst bowler.

 

 

Tom Von Zabern Joins The Team

Tom Von Zabern has joined RE/MAX Destiny as the newest member of our team. Tom brings to the office over 31 years of experience in real estate and specializes in Historic Home Preservation. Tom is also a licensed builder with considerable experience working with local wood frame developers.

Tom is a native of Germany with a long interest and involvement in social activities, including years of volunteer AIDS work. He is the Founder and President of The African Great Youth Education Initiative, Inc. (AGYEI, Inc.). A charity dedicated to assisting young African males of promise who are too old to qualify for local assistance yet determined to overcome the grip of poverty once and for all.

A 21 year resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tom divides his time equally between the charitable work of AGYEI Inc, and his real estate practice of sales, design and home renovations.

Welcome Tamela Roche!

Tamela Roche

We are very excited to have Tamela join our team.  She has been, and is an outstanding leader in the Cambridge Real Estate Community.  She has high standards and it shined through as one of the best Presidents to lead The Community of Real Estate Professionals and in her top “Pie in The Sky” fundraising team.  Tamela is a dedicated and committed professional as well as a wonderful and positive person.

Welcome Tamela!

Tamela was first licensed in 2001 and quickly became a valued member of the Cambridge Real Estate Community. She has a B.S.B.A. from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and designations that include CNS, Certified Negotiation Specialist and ABR, Accredited Buyer’s Representative.

Tamela is an active member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, REBAC, The Real Estate Buyer Agency Council, The Greater Boston and Massachusetts Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors. Tamela is very active in the community. Her volunteer work includes: Our Place Center for Homeless Children, Community Servings “Pie in the Sky”, Everybody Wins! Boston, and Breakthrough Cambridge.

“What a gift it is for me every day to help Clients realize their dream of “finding home”; joining the RE/MAX Destiny team I finally feel “at home” too!”

Eithne Johnson Rejoins Our Team!

We are pleased to announce that Eithne Johnson has rejoined RE/MAX Destiny in Cambridge. Eithne first joined the company in 2002 and quickly became a top producer. She left in 2008 to undertake a writing project as well as a major home renovation project.

Since 1999, Eithne has been involved in nearly 150 residential sales. In addition, she brings to her work extensive personal experience successfully buying, improving and selling several properties in Greater Boston as well as two vacation properties
in FL and MA.

“We are very excited to have Eithne back with us and so too will be her past clients” said Broker Owner Paul Turcotte. “I cannot recall an agent that pays more attention to detail and is more professional than Eithne. In addition she is also an excellent communicator, trusted advocate and adviser who has all the skills needed – and more – to proficiently manage even the toughest of real estate experiences. Simply put, we are thrilled
to have her back.”

Eithne is a member of the Cambridge Community of Real Estate Professionals, has been a major sponsor both of Our Place Homeless Children’s Center and Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund.  She also donates a portion of her proceeds to Children’s
Hospital through an affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the National, Massachusetts, and Greater Boston Associations of Realtors. As a professor of film and media studies, Eithne has taught courses at Babson, Emerson, MIT, and Wellesley. Her training as a professor is a natural foundation for a successful real estate career.

Contact:
Cell: 617-320-0748
Email: ejohnson@yourguidehome.com

Look Who Has Joined Our Team!

Welcome Ann Sabbey!

We are pleased to announce that Ann Sabbey has joined RE/MAX Destiny in Cambridge. Ann is a 16 year veteran of the real estate industry, and although she lists and sells in many communities, she has concentrated on the Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington and Medford markets for most of her career.

Ann is a charter member and founder of the Cambridge Lions Club.  She is also a past president of the Somerville Lions Club.  Ann is a member of the Cambridge Community of Realtors which, sponsors Our Place Homeless Children’s Center and a member of the National, State and Greater Boston Association of Realtors.

“Ann is a terrific agent and a wonderful person,” remarked Paul Turcotte, Broker Owner.  “We are all very excited to have her finally join our team.  I have known Ann for many years and look forward to helping her business flourish to new heights as she utilizes our powerful marketing tools, systems and support in the service of her clients.

Welcome Ann!