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Welcome James Daniel
We are very pleased to announce that James Daniel has joined RE/MAX Destiny. James is a well respected professional and a graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI). He is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR). James is a member of a number of professional associations including: Greater Boston Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, The Real Estate Buyer Agent Council and the Council of Residential Specialists. James has also been a recipient of the International Diamond Society Award and he is also a Quality Service Agent Award Recipient.
James has been successfully matching buyers with the right homes and has assisted sellers in moving up to their dream home since 1989. He consistently receives recognition for his expertise and commitment to his customers.
“It’s exciting to have James join our team. We have history having worked in the same office for years. It’s feels a little bit like a family reunion, ”said Paul Turcotte, Broker Owner.
James grew up in Boston and currently lives in Medford, MA.
When asked why he joined, James said “Simply put…RE/MAX Destiny is the fastest growing real estate office in Cambridge and I like to be where the action is.”
RE/MAX Commercial is coming on strong and we are in the game and growing. Learn more about the big picture, get insight into our commercial growth and get introduced to the new RE/MAX Commercial Website that has just been launched.
The thing I enjoy most is watching the children gaze in amazement at this seven story balloon as it floats up and down with the flames of the gas jets blasting away.
We are very happy to announce that Elisabeth Bolton has joined RE/MAX Destiny. Liz was first licensed in 2000 and quickly became a highly valued member of the Cambridge Real Estate Community. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and received her M.S. from Simmons College.
She has obtained a number of designations and specialized certifications including Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certification by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Historic Property, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) – a designation held by fewer than 1 in 20 real estate agents. Liz is also a Certified Negotiation Specialist, Certified E-Marketing Specialist and has obtained the Loss Mitigation Certification.
As a lifelong New Englander Liz combines local expertise and knowledge with the experience gained from several home renovations which means she has contacts and advice to share with clients contemplating improvements, renovations or additions. Liz quickly connects and establishes meaningful long lasting relationships with her clients. Her considerable success is no doubt due to her energetic and enthusiastic commitment to outstanding service.
We are very excited to have her become a member of our team.
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 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!
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.
Housing Recovery Brings Agents Back
DENVER, July 30, 2012 – PRNewswire via COMTEX/
With an improving housing market, real estate agents are returning to the industry. But they’re being very selective about where they’ll have the best chance of success. While other national real estate franchises are still experiencing agent losses, RE/MAX has seen an increase of over 1,300 agents year to date – the first such increase since 2010.
“RE/MAX has always attracted top-performing agents, and that’s especially true after everything we’ve been through in recent years,” said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO. “Because of the many innovations we’ve put in place, the best agents know that RE/MAX is where they want to be in this new market environment.”
RE/MAX is not just adding new agents, the company is attracting the industry’s top-performing agents. In 2012, the average years of experience a RE/MAX agent has is 15.1. That’s an increase of 23.8% from 2007, positioning the organization for even higher levels of success.
Two national surveys of the country’s best performing real estate brokerages demonstrate that RE/MAX agents outperform agents at the other national franchise organizations. In the REAL Trends 500, RE/MAX brokerages took 44 of the Top 50 positions when ranked according to agent productivity, and the RIS Media Power Broker Survey showed RE/MAX agents averaged 15.6 annual transaction sides, the highest average of any national franchise.
“The many resources and tools RE/MAX offers our agents are second to none, and the comprehensive education from RE/MAX University prepares our agents to provide the highest quality service to the consumer,” Kelly added.
Additionally, RE/MAX has experienced significant success in the sales of new franchises. In the first half of 2012, nearly 300 sales have been recorded. In the United States, Florida led all regions with franchise sales 30% higher than the first half of 2011. Internationally, South Africa saw an increase in sales of 75%, Canada was up by 21% and Europe was 13% higher. Increased franchise sales will lead to a greater number of offices and agents in the near future.
International growth has also continued at a strong pace, with the addition of three countries in the first half of 2012: Morocco, Thailand and the Philippines.
RE/MAX Broker/Owners will be gathering in Washington, D.C., from August 12-14 to mark the many achievements so far in 2012. And the global real estate franchisor will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the annual RE/MAX R4 convention to be held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas next February.
About the RE/MAX Network: RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, real estate industry visionaries who still lead the Denver-based global franchisor today. RE/MAX is recognized as one of the leading real estate franchise companies with the most productive sales force in the industry and a global reach of more than 80 countries. With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $120 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and other charities. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.
SOURCE RE/MAX International, Inc.
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We had so much fun at MayFest this year! We started out the afternoon at the booth, handing out balloons to the children. It was so much fun to see the turn out and talk to all the wonderful people. We even had great weather, so we were able to get the RE/MAX hot air balloon up this year. We had so much fun working as a team manning the balloon. Our agents got their hands dirty and helped out so much. The office raised $600 in rides, for a great charity (Our Place Homeless Children Center & Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund). We look forward to doing it again in October!
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.
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.