Happy Holidays from Benoit Mizner Simon & Co! Have a wonderful and safe holiday season from our family to yours!
(Boston, MA.) – Jared Wilk, a broker with Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. in Wellesley has been elected a director of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors® (GBAR) for 2015.
As a GBAR director, Wilk will serve as an elected representative of the association’s general membership in governing the association’s policies, programs and business activities. He will act as an association ambassador promoting REALTOR® initiatives and communicating directly with members on behalf of GBAR leadership. This will include appearances at office meetings of local real estate firms and other industry forums to educate agents and brokers on GBAR programs and benefits, assess membership sentiment and convey concerns to association leadership, and inform local Realtors® about industry trends, public policy issues, and the organizational activities of the association that are relevant to members’ business. In this elected position, Wilk also will serve as an association spokesperson and serve as a liaison between GBAR and state legislators through participation in “Calls-for-Action” on legislative and regulatory issues important to the real estate industry.
A Realtor® since 2004, Wilk currently serves on the GBAR Professional Standards Committee and Membership Benefits Committee this year.
Previously, Wilk served on the GBAR Young Professionals Network Committee, Professional Standards Committee and Membership Benefits Committee last year, and has also been a GBAR Director since 2013.
The Greater Boston Association of Realtors® is one of five real estate specialty divisions of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014. The GBAR membership currently totals more than 7,200 residential real estate agents and brokers working in over 800 offices throughout Metropolitan Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. A local chapter of the Massachusetts and National Associations of Realtors®, GBAR is the largest local REALTOR® association in New England.
Located in the premier Highland Meadows 55 and over community. Rarely available and ready to move into. This home with 3,200 plus square feet has been enhanced by the current owners. A gracious foyer that leads to an extraordinary entertainment sized dining room, first floor office with full bath, large open eat in kitchen that leads to a 2 story great room. First floor master bedroom and bath with walk in closet and convenient first floor laundry room. Second floor includes 2 large bedrooms, 1.5 full baths and fabulous loft. Basement is finished with accessory kitchen including refrigerator and wolf stove, bedroom, full bath, recreation room and bonus exercise/second office. This incredible offering also includes fabulous amenities including a club house with various social activities, yoga studio, fitness room, and tennis courts, 2 doors away from unit.
Come by the open houses we have showing this weekend, Sunday December 21st!
A fantastic opportunity to live in desirable Wayland in an updated, bright and chic three bedroom bungalow. Located in the Claypit school district, this one-story home is situated in a very convenient neighborhood, on a dead-end street with easy access to Route 20 and the popular new Wayland Town Center. Stunning updates include trendy dark hard wood floors, a gorgeous kitchen and bath. With features like a living room with fireplace, dining room with built-in china cabinet, a flat, level backyard, central air conditioning, a four bedroom septic system, walk-up attic and a full basement, this home has everything you’re looking for.
Sunday, December 14th:
Amy Mizner is a Principal of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. in Wellesley and Weston
Your home is probably the most important and expensive purchase you’re ever going to make, and it’s not only a big undertaking, it’s often an emotional experience, too. There are lots of highs and lows. You need a broker by your side that you trust; to guide you through the process and make sure you don’t let anything negatively affect your decision. Trust is also important when going through the lending process, especially for the first time. Your broker should be someone you feel comfortable sharing your financial information with — and overall like being around. Interview brokers until you find one you connect with, and who clearly has your best interests in mind.
Compare the Listings He or She Has Online to What You’re Looking For
It’s crucial to find a real estate agent who knows the area you want to move to, and is used to dealing with the type of properties you’re interested in. He or she should be part of the community — familiar with the different neighborhoods and acquainted with many of the residents. After all, you really hire an agent for his or her network. Find out about your broker’s working history in the business, check reviews on him or her and make sure they have had success with their buyers in the past. Typically it’s best to find someone who works full-time and has been in the business for several years.
Experts say that more than 85% of potential buyers find their listings on the internet nowadays; so having a broker who knows how to navigate the new technologies and real estate tools is a must.
If you have friends or family members who recently bought or sold their home; ask if they would recommend their agent. Referrals are a great way to ensure your broker is professional and knowledgeable about the market. Another way to find a broker is to go to an open house. It doesn’t have to be the specific property you’re interested in, but it will give you an idea of their experience and work ethic. Take a business card and follow up on your own time if the broker was someone you would like to work with.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Asking a broker a list of important questions before deciding to work with them is perfectly acceptable. You should interview whoever is handling this major transaction, and there are certain things you need to know when jumping into the real estate market. A professional broker will be able to help you through the process, so be sure to ask them the following:
1. How will you communicate with me?
Communication is essential for real estate brokers; a missed phone call can be a missed opportunity, so ask if they’re available to text or email throughout the day. Make sure your agent will touch base with you in a way that works for your schedule.
2. Are there any Costs with the sale; who pays the broker commission?
There are several fees to consider when buying or selling a property; so make sure your agent is upfront about all commissions and closing costs. They can differ slightly, depending on the property, agency and market, so always know what they are before you sign on.
3. Do you have references?
An honest and successful broker won’t mind letting you contact past clients, so asking for references is a great way to make sure your broker is really working for you.
There’s a well-known quote in real estate that “20% of the brokers sell 80% of the properties on the market.” Make sure your broker is part of that 20%, to ensure a seamless buying experience.
Debi Benoit is a Principal of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. in Wellesley and Weston
Sunday, December 7th:
Last night we had our Benoit Mizner Simon company holiday party at Seasons 52 restaurant in Chestnut Hill. It was a fun evening celebrating another great year for all our agents!
The top 10 sales associates were announced. Our 2014 BOLD Achievement Premier Associates are: Traci Shulkin, Burns & Karpowicz, Donahue & Maley Team, Tanya Tanimoto, Jared Parker, Betsy Hargreaves, Jane Wemyss, Wilk Greenbaum Team, Jessica Allain and Alice O’Connor.
Here’s to another happy and prosperous new year!