Welcome Edana Spicker

We are pleased to announce that Edana Spicker is now affiliated with our soon-to-open                                   RE/MAX Destiny office in WebJamaica Plain’s Hyde Square. Edana is a licensed Realtor who has specialized in helping people buy and sell homes in Jamaica Plain and nearby communities for over ten years.

She chose to be one of the first agents to affiliate with the new branch of RE/MAX Destiny in Jamaica Plain for several reasons. According to her,  “I am attracted to the collaborative and supportive culture and the powerful, yet accessible marketing tools which will help me to handle my client’s needs even more effectively. Plus, I am excited at the practical matter of being able to serve customer’s from the brand new, conveniently located office in the vital Hyde Square neighborhood. Edana can be reached at agentedana@gmail.com or by calling 617-821-1102.

Client Comments:

Edana,

“HOO-RAY! This week has been so hectic–I am still absorbing the reality. You have been so wonderful though–we really can’t thank you enough. We will certainly refer anyone who’s at any stage of the home-buying process to you!!

Thankyouthankyouthankyou,

– R.H.

Edana,

Thank you soo so sooooooo much for all of your above and beyond help getting me this beautiful home and studio. You are a friend for life.

– F.M.

We have worked with Edana over the years buying and selling several properties.  Edana is a very diligent, responsive and organized real estate professional. I especially appreciate her meticulous eye for details – especially handy with all the contracts and paper work. I have been more than happy to refer Edana to several of my friends over the years. 

– E.K.

Cambridge Condo Trends

Cambridge Condo Trends Jan. 2013

Cambridge Summary: Inventory is slightly lower than a year ago by 2% and remains a challenge for buyers.  Demand remains high and inventory low. ~ condo Listing $ Volume is up 27% from $ 49 million to over 62 million in total condo listing market value as is the median list price. ~ The days on market dropped 66 days to 71 days before going off market. ~ Condos that went under agreement for the month are up sharply by 88%. Cambridge condo sales, month to date, are also up by 12% as we begin 2013.

Cambridge Condo Sales Chart

Sold $ Volume is starting strong up 49% from $5.6 million in 2012 to $8.4 million in 2013. The median sale price increased by 10%. ~ The average square foot price in January was $508 per square foot up 16% from last year with the average living shrunk by 111 square feet.

Paul’s Condo Trends – January 2013

Somerville Condos

Somerville Summary: January condo inventory is at record lows, down 43% from a year ago. ~ Listing $ Volume was down by 40% from $33 million to nearly $20 million in total market value. ~ The median list price increased by 6% with the active days on market shrinking 30 days to just over 2 months. ~ Condos going under agreement improved by 26% from a year ago.

Somerville Condo Sales Chart

The number of condos sold for January went up by 26%. ~ Somerville condo Sold $ Volume for went up 16% from $15 million in sales to over $17 million. ~ Sold average days on market improved by 48 days and the median sale price  improved by 13%. The original price to sale price ratio jumped by 7% of the original list price due to competitive bidding. ~ The average square foot price was up by $60 per square foot with the average condo living area remaining about the same.

While also on Broker Tour !

Several of the RE/MAX Destiny agents were treated to a great tour of the NorthPoint complex in East Cambridge. Amy Clements & Clare McDermott were wonderful hosts, in addition to our tour they shared the larger plans for the complex still yet to come. A big Thank You to Amy and Clare for their time and to Terrie Hayden for arranging the broker tour.

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Join Us In Welcoming Our Newest Member !

Please join us in welcoming Joe Fallon to RE/MAX Destiny. Joe will be                                                                     joining us at our soon to be open JamaicaWeb Plain office where he has been a resident for 10 years. Joe started his career in real estate as a rental department manager and has grown into a top producing real estate consultant.

Prior to real estate, Joe’s professional background consisted of Business Management and Special Event planning and marketing. From budgeting and forecasting to operations and logistics, Joe’s resume seems to have been preparing him for his current role in real estate.

Joe is very active in the Jamaica Plain community as a neighbor as well as a business person and is often quoted by local media outlets like NPR, JP Gazette, and JP Patch. A strong supporter of the arts, he also curates many shows in the area and has been known to perform as well.

When asked why he joined, Joe said “I have always thought that RE/MAX had a great presence in the market, as well as a very well done Television ad campaign that reminds people of why. But another important reason for my joining the RE/MAX team is because of the many RE/MAX agents I have been lucky enough to work within the past on the other side of transactions I have been involved in. They have always been professional, competent and friendly, showing strong relationships with their clients. These are all attributes I like to maintain for myself as well. All of these reasons, in addition to how well RE/MAX agents speak of their experiences with the company made my decision to join and easy one.”

 

Contact Joe
Cell: 617-594-0761
e-mail: jpfallon@gmail.com
907 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-576-3800

 

Home Sweet Home!

My New Desk

Written By: Elizabeth Bolton

In October, after 12 years at 171 Huron Ave – first at DeWolfe and then Coldwell Banker – I moved across Cambridge to RE/MAX Destiny.

I’m thrilled by the move – and now that I’ve finally unpacked I thought I’d introduce you to my new office.

Over the years many of my favorite agents had moved to RE/MAX and I’m delighted to join them.  Coincidentally, all four of us in my room were formerly at DeWolfe.  The admin and marketing staff at RE/MAX Destiny is top notch and such a pleasure to work with.  The office has all the real estate bases covered with a property management division, commercial real estate agents, a super rental department, and close to 50 residential real estate agents.

My new office address is 907 Massachusetts Ave.  It’s a very different feel than Huron Ave with lots of foot traffic well into the evening and easy access to the Red Line at Central or Harvard.  The convenience of being just down the street from City Hall and the post office can’t be beat and I love walking around Mid-Cambridge when I leave the office.  I’ve yet to find a nearby place for a slice of pizza (where’s my new Armando’s?) but there are plenty of restaurants to explore.  Come join me for lunch when you’re in the neighborhood!

Before I packed up I made sure to photograph my old desk:

This was my desk at Coldwell Banker

This was my desk at Coldwell Banker

And here’s my new space.  It’s really sweet – you can’t see the wide board floors or the wall of windows overlooking Hancock Street and Mass Ave.

My new desk at ReMax Destiny

My new desk at RE/MAX Destiny

If you’re in the neighborhood stop by RE/MAX  at 907 Mass Ave and say hi!

Join Us In Welcoming Our Newest Member

Welcome Rose Wright wright,Rose

We are very pleased to announce that Rose Wright has joined RE/MAX Destiny. Rose is a lifelong resident of Boston and a graduate of Cambridge College with a master’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as a graduate of Boston College with a Master’s in Social Work and Administration.

She is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and has been matching buyers and sellers with the right properties since 2004. Rose is honest, ethical and dependable and committed to her field. When Rose isn’t working with her clients, she spends her time with her 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren and is very active within the church community.

When asked why she joined, Rose said “I found the company’s philosophy and practices that focus on agents to be refreshing. I experienced agents, managers and staff to be very knowledgeable, welcoming and supportive. I also believe the tools, training and mentorship will be extremely beneficial to me at this time in my career.  I am very optimistic about my decision to join RE/MAX Destiny.

Pie it Forward raises over $32,000 to help those in need

We are so proud to work with agents that give back to the community in such a positive way. GREAT JOB Tamela and Juan and the Pie it Forward Team for working with the Pie in the Sky fundraiser at Community Servings. They were the #1 pie selling team and raised over $32,000 to help those in need.

 

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TEAM PIE IT FORWARD SOLD OVER 1,100 THANKSGIVING PIES

FOR COMMUNITY SERVINGS

 

Cambridge, MA (Jan. 15, 2013) – Eleven volunteers of Team Pie It Forward sold 1,191 pies and raised $32,451 for the 20th Annual “Pie In The Sky” Thanksgiving bake sale which benefits clients of Community Servings.  Team Pie It Forward raised an additional $2,400 for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to help those still struggling to survive the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Team Pie It Forward includes members Mike Bavuso, President, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.; Brian Jurgens, Sr. VP, W.T. Kenney Company, Inc.; Karen Coleman, VP, Advance Restaurant Finance; Patrick F. Dwyer & Assoc. LLC; Kathleen Wentworth, Sr. Loan Originator, Leader Bank; Joseph Aceto; Juan Murray, Realtor®, RE/MAX Destiny; Mary Dean McKee, Gordon Brothers Group; Rich McKee, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc.; Gabriella Innella, SurfaceWorks, Inc. and Tamela Roche, Realtor®, RE/MAX Destiny, Team Captain.

The 20th Annual “Pie In The Sky” Thanksgiving Pie bake sale was a huge success with over 16,000 pies sold and more than $565,000 raised for Community Servings.  Hundreds of volunteers sell and deliver Thanksgiving pies baked by Boston’s finest chefs who donate their time, culinary expertise and ingredients.

“The exceptional fundraising success achieved by Community Servings is a testament to leadership steadfast in their mission; from farm to table at every level of the organization possible.” said Team Captain, Tamela Roche.  “Very few non-profits can return 93 cents of every dollar raised in a fundraising event.  Even fewer foster the kind of loyalty and enthusiasm for volunteering the way Community Servings has for twenty years.”

Team Pie It Forward helped box thousands of pies and delivered over 500 to several local companies including Ariad Pharmaceutical, William Gallagher and Associates, Cambridge Offset Printing, Patriot Financial Group, The Appraiser’s Group, Sirois Electric, Inc. and RE/MAX Destiny thanks to Mike Bavuso, President of Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. who generously donated crew and moving trucks.  Mike Bavuso is once again named “King of Pie” for the team, selling 395 pies and raising over $10,000!

Community Servings is a free, home-delivery meals program for the acutely ill, their families and their caregivers throughout Massachusetts who are battling 35 types of critical illnesses including HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Lupus, Diabetes and MS.  Since 1990, Community Servings’ founding goals are to help clients maintain their health and dignity, to provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, to preserve the integrity of their family and send the message that someone cares.  For information about Team Pie It Forward contact Tamela Roche, Team Captain, at 617.245.4072 or visit www.pieitforward.com.  For more information about Community Servings visit www.servings.org or www.pieinthesky.org.