Open Houses

Come by the Open Houses this weekend!

 

FRIDAY 7/21

Boston:

626 East 8th Street, Unit 1, offered for 759,900 — 6-7pm

 

SATURDAY 7/22

Wellesley:

7 Wildon Road, offered for $749,000 — 12-1:30pm

30 Old Farm Road, offered for $2,050,000 — 1:30-3pm

35 Marshall Road, offered for $1,825,000  — 12-1:30pm

Dedham:

20 Deerpath Road, offered for $969,000 — 12-1pm

Brookline:

70 Park Street, Unit 43, offered for $699,900 — 12-2pm

Boston:

626 East 8th Street, Unit 1, offered for 759,900 — 11-12:30pm

 

SUNDAY 7/23

Wayland:

12 Coolidge Road, offered for $849,000 — 1-2:30pm

47 Pemberton Road, offered for $925,000 — 11-12:30pm

Dover:

20 Woodridge Road, offered for $899,000 —  2-4pm

6 Troutbrook Road, offered for $895,000 — 11:30-1pm

Wellesley:

68 Beechwood Road, offered for $920,000 — 12-1:30pm

34 Eisenhower Circle, offered for $1,020,000 — 12-1:30pm

1 Jackson Road, offered for $1,445,000 — 12-1:30pm

188 Wellesley Avenue, offered for $1,595,000 — 12-1:30pm

35 Marshall Road, offered for $1,825,000  — 1-2:30pm

19 Indian Springs Way, offered for $1,995,000 — 2-3:30pm

8 Cushing Road, offered for $2,199,000 — 2-3:30pm

100 Hundreds Road, offered for $2,295,000 — 12-1:30pm

4 Woodcliff Road, offered for $2,945,000 — 12-1:30pm

164 Forest Street, offered for $2,995,000 —  2-3:30pm

38 Peirce Road, offered for $3,250,000 — 2-3:30pm

4 Dewing Path, offered for $3,595,000 — 1-2:30pm

22 Lathrop Road, offered for $3,995,000 — 12-1:30pm

Sudbury:

429 Dutton Road, offered for $1,265,000 — 12-2pm

Needham:

9 Ridgeway, offered for $1,299,000 — 1-3pm

Natick:

2 Woodbury Lane, offered for $1,350,000 — 12-1:30pm

Weston:

39 Kings Grant Road, offered for $1,575,000 — 12-1:30pm

7 Lawrence Road, offered for $1,895,000 — 11-12:30pm

55 Pine Street, offered for $2,495,000 — 12-1:30pm

57 Laurel Road, offered for $2,595,000  — 3-4:30pm

168 Beaver Road, offered for $3,299,000  — 11:30am-1pm

30 Black Oak Road, offered for $3,595,000 —12-1:30pm

Sherborn:

151 Forest Street, offered for $2,350,000 — 2:30-4pm

Dover:

62 Strawberry Hill Street, offered for $4,750,000 — 2-3:30pm

Brookline:

70 Park Street, Unit 43, offered for $699,900 — 12-2pm

Natick:

1 Chrislin Way, Unit 1, offered for $725,000 — 3-4pm

Boston:

626 East 8th Street, Unit 1, offered for 759,900 — 6-7pm

New Listing Brookline

70 Park Street, Unit 43, Brookline MA ~ $699,900

Brookline living at it’s best! Rarely available 2 bedroom condo in mint condition, in highly desirable complex and situated in the heart of Coolidge Corner! Oversized Living/Dining combination great for entertaining, Two very spacious bedrooms with walk-in closet in master, Central Air, hardwood floors, and generous closet space as well as an additional storage unit. Overlooking Griggs Park, this unit comes with one heated garage space. With a beautiful courtyard surrounded by lush plantings. this is a professionally managed elevator building with on-site personnel 12/day, and just steps away from Coolidge Corner and all it has to offer! A real gem!

For more information, please contact Leslee Karol Winston.

BANKER & TRADESMAN – FLY ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND?

Thoughts To Consider Before Committing To A Team
Launching A Partnership Can Be Lucrative – And Fraught With Challenges

By Debi Benoit | Special To Banker & Tradesman | Jul 16, 2017

 

Although I’ve spent my career as an individual broker, I recognize the importance of having a team of professionals behind me who embody the same work ethic and sense of professionalism that I do. In fact, I credit the wonderful assistants who back me up, enabling me the time to give my absolute best to my clients when I can’t be in two places at the same time. The Mizner and Simon of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. have spent many successful years together taking a team approach to selling real estate. Currently, we have teams working in all three of our offices – Wellesley, Weston and Needham – and our current top producer for 2017 is a team with $19 million in sales under their belts to date.

 

Although the concept of real estate brokers working in teams is nothing new, it is becoming more prevalent in today’s market. Back in the 1970s it was almost unheard of, but by the 1990s the team approach was far more common.

 

In our fast-paced 24/7 work cycle, real estate brokers often wear many hats and must make themselves available at times that are most convenient for their clients. Professionals in our business rely on support teams to provide feedback and implement innovative marketing programs to keep clients well-serviced and top of mind. A listing’s status can completely change overnight. For example, multiple counter offers and cash offers often light up your phone at midnight. You’re always on call, attached to your mobile device, and you can’t be a superstar broker without having some backup.

 

If you’re struggling with the decision to go it alone or work as a team, here’s what you need to know if you are considering taking a team approach:

 

Choose the right partner: Selecting the right person to team up with is critical to your success and can cost you dearly if it’s not the right fit. Look for someone who has skills that complement your style rather than match it. While shared values and a coordinated approach among teams is a must, seek a partner who has skills that you admire but lack and vice-versa. Are you highly organized? Don’t rule out someone who may not have that talent but is extremely creative if you’re not.

 

Your strength is your brand: One member of a team may prefer working with sellers, acting more as a listing agent. Other brokers may find their niche is showing homes to prospective buyers or may be better negotiators because of a previous legal background. Capitalize on diverse talents to create a brand that differentiates the team from the hundreds of agents out there vying for the same piece of business. An efficient, well-organized team that compliments rather than copies each other will generally close more deals than individual agents.

 

Divide and conquer: In any transaction, the client is the top priority. When taking on a new client, the team should divide and conquer for an optimal outcome. In most cases, the lead is the one who initially brings in the client and should be the primary “go-to” person for the client. Nothing can turn off a client more than having the same question asked by a team or getting the impression that the team is not properly communicating with each other.

 

Determine commission splits up front: There are no set rules regarding commission splits among team members. Some teams will go 50/50 on all transactions no matter who brings in the lead, while others may split commissions on a case-by-case basis depending on the situation. The former can be tricky because if you are not pulling your weight, the team member bringing in more business will begin to feel resentful if commissions are equal. In cases where an agent hires an assistant rather than a partner, they are most likely to have a different commission arrangement. The important thing is managing expectations by having an agreement in place.

 

Know thyself: Before you make the decision to take the journey alone or as a team, take time to think about your own goals and desires. Ask yourself: Are you able to find the right person that will help accelerate your trajectory and exceed your goals as an individual? Do you have enough business in the pipeline to support a partnership? Can you trust this person when things get tough? Can you work together to promote a sense of camaraderie instead of competition?

While working in a team has many benefits, in the end, you may decide to fly solo and that path can also be highly lucrative. As the old saying goes, you get out of life what you put into it.

 

Debi Benoit, principal at Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., has been Wellesley’s No. 1 broker for 10 consecutive years.

Banker & Tradesman WOMEN OF FIRE

Sheryl Simon | Principal, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.
By Cassidy Murphy | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Jul 16, 2017

 

After 16 years in the corporate world, Sheryl Simon was ready for a change – and she saw an opportunity to make a mark in the world of Massachusetts’ luxury real estate market.

 

“It got to a point where the three of us said, “We can do this better,’” Simon said. “There wasn’t a niche company in Weston and Wellesley, and we really thought we could do a great job there.”

 

And so together with her co-owner and team partner Amy Mizner, and third co-owner Debi Benoit, the firm of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. was born just seven years ago. Last year it was ranked #14 in the state for single-family home sales, and in the fall the firm celebrated its sixth year by opening a third branch office in Needham.

 

Simon and her partners have made good on their commitment to buyers, sellers and each other to revolutionize the industry with their own signature brand built around unsurpassed service, innovative market penetration and unparalleled access to the wealthy buyers and sellers that flock to the area.

 

“While Simon’s numbers are impressive, it’s her reputation as one of the most trusted real estate brokers in the MetroWest area that makes her a standout in her field,” said Margrette Mondillo, Simon’s nominator for this year’s Women of FIRE Awards. “Her creative finesse, sixth sense about client needs and priorities, and her ability to connect with both sellers and buyers on a very personal level are her strong suits.”

 

Simon’s success is the result of a lot of hard work, meticulous planning and an empathy for people – and yet it almost didn’t happen.

 

After graduating with a degree in early childhood education, she discovered a very limited job market and instead moved into managing insurance claims. A few years later – married, with two young girls – the time came to make the next move in her career.

 

But still “it wasn’t like I woke up one day and said, ‘Real estate is my destiny,’” she said. “I really wanted to be there for the kids, morning and evening. My most important job is being a mom to those kids. I had to find something that would allow me to be there for them. I loved real estate – when we bought the first house I was almost disappointed because I loved the process – so almost on a whim I got my license.”

 

A lot of real estate happens on the weekends, she said; the arrangement allowed her to be there for her daughters during the week, while her husband took on weekend parenting.

 

“They got the best of both of us,” she said. “I didn’t fit that 9-to-5 mold. I wanted to have it all.”

 

What followed was a period of trial and error – Simon tells stories of hardship, mistakes and struggles with dry and self-deprecating wit – but also a time of learning and growth. By the time she left Coldwell Banker to start BMS, she was vice president and ranking in the top 1 percent nationally.

 

“At the end of the day I feel so lucky to do what I do,” she said. “I have five grandkids and I’m able to be there for them. Someday I’ll wake up and I won’t want to do it anymore, and then I won’t – but I don’t think that day will be any time soon.”

 

Open Houses

Come by the Open Houses this weekend!

 

SATURDAY 7/14

Sudbury:

9 Indian Ridge Road, offered for $609,000 — 12-2pm

Wellesley:

27 Pine Plain Road, offered for $795,000 — 12-1:30pm

29 Pinewood Road, offered for $845,000 — 12-1:30pm

30 Old Farm Road, offered for $2,250,000 — 1-2:30pm

Dover:

20 Woodridge Road, offered for $899,000 —  1-3pm

6 Troutbrook Road, offered for $959,000 — 11:30-12:30pm

Natick:

11 Parsons Way, offered for $1,029,000 — 12-1:30pm

Newton:

3 Davis Avenue, offered for $1,395,000 — 12-1:30pm

Weston:

39 Kings Grant Road, offered for $1,575,000 — 12-2pm

33 Colchester, offered for $2,295,000 — 12-1:30pm

Brookline:

1035 Beacon Street, Unit 1, offered for $1,250,000 — 12-2pm

 

SUNDAY 7/15

Sudbury:

9 Indian Ridge Road, offered for $609,000 — 12-1:30pm

25 Wyman Drive, offered for $1,450,000 — 11:30am-1pm

Wellesley:

27 Pine Plain Road, offered for $795,000 — 11:30am-1pm

29 Pinewood Road, offered for $845,000 — 2-3pm

68 Beechwood Road, offered for $939,000 — 12-1:30pm

34 Eisenhower Circle, offered for $1,020,000 — 12-1:30pm

1 Jackson Road, offered for $1,445,000 — 2-3:30pm

188 Wellesley Avenue, offered for $1,595,000 — 12-1:30pm

15 Fuller Road, offered for $1,795,000 — 1-2:30pm

35 Marshall Road, offered for $1,845,000  — 12-1:30pm

260 Wellesley Avenue, offered for $1,975,000 — 2-3:30pm

19 Indian Springs Way, offered for $1,995,000 — 1:30-3pm

100 Hundreds Road, offered for $2,295,000 — 12-1:30pm

51 Old Colony Road, offered for $2,295,000 — 12-1:30pm

69 Forest Street, offered for $2,595,000 — 2-3:30pm

164 Forest Street, offered for $2,995,000 —  2-3:30pm

80 Monadnock Road, offered for $3,275,000 — 2-3:30pm

4 Dewing Path, offered for $3,595,000 — 2-3:30pm

22 Lathrop Road, offered for $3,995,000 — 12-1:30pm

Waltham:

580 Eastside Road, offered for $840,000 — 1-2:30pm

Wayland:

12 Coolidge Road, offered for $849,000 — 3-4:30pm

47 Pemberton Road, offered for $949,000 — 12-1:30pm

Dover:

20 Woodridge Road, offered for $899,000 —  1-3pm

62 Strawberry Hill Street, offered for $4,750,000 — 2-3:30pm

Natick:

11 Parsons Way, offered for $1,029,000 — 11:30-1pm

2 Woodbury Lane, offered for $1,350,000 — 12-1:30pm

Newton:

3 Davis Avenue, offered for $1,395,000 — 12-1:30pm

Needham:

359 Grove Street, offered for $1,569,000 — 1:30-3pm

Weston:

39 Kings Grant Road, offered for $1,575,000 — 3-4:30pm

7 Lawrence Road, offered for $1,895,000 — 11-12:30pm

60 Laurel Road, offered for $1,915,000 — 12-1:30pm

99 Love Lane, offered for $1,995,000 — 2-3:30pm

33 Colchester, offered for $2,295,000 — 12-1:30pm

57 Laurel Road, offered for $2,595,000  — 1-2:30pm

55 Hillcrest Road, offered for $2,999,000 — 1-2:30pm

168 Beaver Road, offered for $3,299,000  — 11:30am-1pm

30 Black Oak Road, offered for $3,595,000 —12:30-2pm

300 Glen Road, offered for $3,995,000 — 1-2:30pm

Boston:

626 E 8th Street, Unit 1, offered for $764,900 — 11am-1pm

Brookline:

1035 Beacon Street, Unit 1, offered for $1,250,000 — 11:30am-1pm

 

New Listing Wellesley

27 Pine Plain Road, Wellesley MA ~ $795,000

Picture perfect Colonial in desirable cul- de -sac neighborhood offers charm and character throughout. This meticulously maintained property features lovely living room with fireplace and beautiful built-ins. Dining room with corner cabinet opens to sun splashed kitchen and inviting family room with exterior access to deck overlooking gorgeous landscaped grounds. Second floor includes three generous bedrooms with hardwood floors and a full bathroom. Lower level playroom/office offers additional space. Pristine property has been lovingly maintained through the years. Beautiful yard is surrounded by mature trees and lush landscaping. Close to Boulder Brook reservation and elementary school. Incredible opportunity to be a part of all that Wellesley has to offer.

For more information, please contact Debi Benoit.

New Listing Sudbury

9 Indian Ridge Road, Sudbury MA ~ $609,000

In the heart of the King Phillip Historic District is a storybook Cape that could be lifted from the pages of House Beautiful magazine. This house is sure to delight the discerning home buyer. The first floor features a front to back living room with beamed ceiling and fireplace. The thoughtfully designed and renovated kitchen is complete with stone counters, stainless steel appliances, built-in pantry and opens to a generous dining area. Upstairs, sunshine and hardwoods line the three bedrooms that share an updated hall bath. The finished lower level boasts a family/playroom, built-in homework/crafts area and a bonus room. A gorgeous mahogany deck leads to a special retreat, a detached room that can be used as a home office or art studio. The private back yard is tastefully landscaped and enhanced by a stone wall. Loads of storage, new roof, and a two car garage. Excellent school system and convenient location. A bit of the old and new makes this a home not to be missed.

For more information, please contact Amy Mizner.

New Listing Dover

20 Woodridge Road, Dover MA ~ $899,000

School starts 8/30! Don’t miss this spacious home in beautiful Dover known for its commitment to top-notch public education, low tax rate and beautiful scenery incl. the Noanet Woodland’s 17 miles of hiking trails. Work from home? Teenagers in need of personal space? Frequent long-term guests? The lay-out, with over 3,400 sq. ft. of living space will have mass-appeal. Thanks to thorough tree-removal by current owner, natural light pours into every room. Host holidays in over-sized living room with street views and pretty fireplace. Dining room boasts bay window and leads to eat-in-kitchen with new LG appliances and granite counter tops. Sliders to screened porch a logical spot for coffee or cocktails. Siblings won’t squabble if sharing 1 of 2 enormous front bedrooms. Master suite with two closets, family bath, fourth bedroom and laundry nook complete the main level. Above-ground lower level offers a family room with built-in storage and working fireplace. Deep 2-car garage leads to mudrm and private office. 1/2 bath completes this level.

For more information, please contact Annie Bauman.

New Listing Brookline

1080 Beacon Street, Unit 3D, Brookline MA ~ $439,000

Bright and renovated 3rd floor condo in one of Brookline’s most classic buildings. Offered at a highly discounted price based on structural issue (exact cost undetermined) – ask agent for details and estimates. Without “issue,” asking price would have been $550k+. Due to this, only cash offers will be considered. Amazing investment opportunity! Phenomenal location between Coolidge Corner and Kenmore Square, take full advantage of the restaurants and shops just outside your door, near the park, fields, tennis courts, T, Fenway Park, etc. Pet-friendly building next to Amory dog park! Overlooking Halls Pond Sanctuary. Showcasing true “Brookline character,” with original dentil molding and beamed ceilings, oversized rooms, large windows and remarkable high ceilings. Additional features: updated kitchen and bathroom, walk-in closet, hardwood floors throughout and amazing natural light. Additional storage. Building recently converted to gas and has newer heating system and roof + high-owner occupancy.

For more information, please contact Jared Wilk.

New Listing Newton

3 Davis Avenue, Newton MA ~ $1,395,000

Completely renovated to the studs-this elegantly appointed 4 bedroom,31/2 bath home is a seamless integration of modern day amenities and the sumptuous millwork, high ceilings and period details of a bygone era. A private front porch welcomes family and friends into the gracious foyer flanked by a front to back parlor and dining room lined with floor to ceiling windows and decorative marble fireplaces. Thoughtfully designed, the eat in kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances opens to a family room with vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Three bedrooms and 2 full baths including an en suite master and laundry complete the 2nd floor. A third floor contains a 4th bedroom and full bath perfect for au pair, guests or office. Outside a newly built deck provides a private oasis for summer entertaining and relaxation. All of this nestled on a large 12,000 square foot lot just around the corner from the train, pike and all that West Newton Square has to offer! Come fall in love!

For more information, please contact Stephanie Burns.