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BOWES is Proud Sponsor of Arlington Town Day!!

BOWES is Proud Sponsor of Arlington Town Day!!

Join us at Arlington Town Day next Saturday, September 17, 2016. On this wonderful day celebrating Arlington, you will find us on the corner of Water Street and Mass Ave. where you can browse through Arlington homes for sale, ask us questions about the Arlington real estate market, or just stop by and get a free backpack, clip magnet, ruler, pen, coloring book and other goodies!

We’re also excited to sponsor free pony rides behind the Robbins Library. We’ll take complimentary photos and upload them to our website. Visit our homepage on Tuesday, September 20th for a link to download your photos!

For a complete schedule of Town Night and Town Day Activities:  Click for Complete Arlington Town Day Schedule.

See you there!

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MA Home Prices Set Records in June

The Boston Globe

A powerful combination of low mortgage rates, high demand, and few choices have pushed home prices in Greater Boston and across the state to record highs.

The median sale price of a single-family home in the metro region was $585,000 in June, and for condominiums it was $505,000 — both records for the month, the Greater Boston Association of Realtors said Tuesday.

Statewide, home prices cracked new levels, as well, hitting $372,000 for a single-family home, breaking a record set in August 2005 during the last housing boom, according to data from the Warren Group. June’s $345,000 median condo price was also a record.

Prices in Greater Boston are also increasing at a much faster rate. The median sale price for a single-family home in the metro area was 4.5 percent higher than in June 2015, compared to just 1.9 percent higher statewide. Condo prices, meanwhile, were up almost 10 percent in the region, compared to 4.5 percent statewide.

“Unsatisfied demand drives up prices. It’s probably more acute in Greater Boston,” said Deborah Heffernan, managing partner at Avenue 3 Real Estate in Cambridge. “Our housing stock and pool is more expensive, so our median is pulled up.”

But even at these levels, according to Warren Group’s chief executive, Timothy M. Warren Jr., the housing market is not in a bubble. Rather, Warren said, prices are reflecting strong demand and a very limited supply.

“Median prices are rising slowly. We’re not in a situation where prices are skyrocketing — at least not statewide,” he said.

Moreover, a separate index that follows housing prices around the country shows home values in Greater Boston are not growing as rapidly as in other major cities. The S&P/Case-Shiller Index, looking at sales recorded in May, found housing prices rose 5.6 percent year-over-year. That was slightly above the national average of 5 percent, but much lower than in Portland, Ore., where home prices increased 12.5 percent over the year, and in Seattle, at 10.7 percent, and Denver, at 9.5 percent.

“Most of the places seeing severe gains are mostly tech hubs; that’s what’s driving a lot of the significant increases,” said James Gulden, a Redfin real estate agent in Boston. “Boston has well-paying tech jobs, but there’s low inventory; that’s what’s going on in Boston.”

Gulden said he expect prices to continue rising steadily.

“I haven’t made a bid in the past year that has sold for what it previously sold for,” Gulden said. “Every time it’s for a next higher price than what the previous buyer bought it for.”

Sales activity remains heavy: The 7,387 single-family homes sold statewide last month marked the third-highest number in a single month since the Warren Group began tracking the data in 1987. At this time last year, there were 6,430 single-family homes sold in the state.

“There’s talk of rising interest rates,” Warren noted. “Just the talk of it makes people anxious and eager to get into the market and take advantage of those lower rates.”

June marked the 13th consecutive month of increases in condo sales statewide, with 2,828 sold. In the first six months, there were 10,673 condos sold in the state, compared to 9,337 in the first six months of 2015.

Phil Chaves, regional vice president of the metro Boston region for Coldwell Banker, said he is not surprised by the numbers, given the persistent shortage of available properties.

In 2005, “it was easy to have 50, 60, 70 homes available in a month, and now you’re lucky to have 10 to 15 active single-family homes. That’s huge,” Chaves said. “We bring it out on a Thursday, have the open house, then we’re looking at offers Monday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at noon. That’s not unusual.”

He said he expects the market to level off soon and that there is “no indication,” given more stringent lending practices, that a housing bubble is happening.

“The whole process is so different now than it was 11 years ago,” he said. “We just don’t have as much inventory to keep up with the demand.”

By GLOBE STAFF  JULY 26, 2016

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Looking for a Great Part Time Job in Arlington?

Job Description

BOWES Real Estate Office is looking for Part-Time Help

Flexible Schedule:

15 Hours/Week, times can be flexible. Great job for high school student or stay-at-home parent looking for a convenient part-time job.

 

Job Description:

Busy Arlington Real Estate office on Mass Ave needs a part time helper (must be at least 16 years old.)  We are a small, busy office of 20 real estate agents that are dedicated to maintaining a consistent high level of service for their clients. There is no previous experience necessary, but the right candidate must possess a positive attitude and the initiative to learn new office skills in a fast-paced environment. Candidate needs to make at least a 1 year commitment.

 

Requirements: 

  • Excellent attitude and willing to learn
  • General computer knowledge
  • We will teach computer programs if necessary, but knowledge of
    Microsoft Office, Publisher, Social Media, and Photoshop is a plus
  • Strong spelling and grammar skills

 

The Position Consists of Various Tasks Including:

  • General support/assistance to busy, Arlington sales office
  • Maintaining various office logs
  • Preparing flyers for Open Houses
  • Weekly updating of Websites
  • Keeping inventory and ordering supplies for the office
  • Maintaining an upbeat, helpful, friendly attitude

 

Compensation:

  • Pay starts at $11/hour, with increases for performance available

 

 

Please send email or call to:

Marissa Center, BOWES Real Estate Administrative Assistant

781-645-0557  or  bowes@bowesre.com

 

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Who should you pick to sell your Arlington home?

The first day of summer is here and the market is HOT! Who should you pick to sell your Arlington home?

Who Should You Pick to Sell Your Arlington Home

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Real Living Real Estate Named ‘Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year’

Real Living Real Estate Named ‘Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year’ and ‘Most Loved’ Real Estate Brand in 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

Brokerage network receives top honors in survey of more than 97,000 consumers

most-loved-real-estate-brandIRVINE, CA (April 20, 2016) – Real Living Real Estate, a real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced it was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Most Loved” real estate brand in the 28th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study.

Real Living Real Estate received the highest ranking in the Real Estate Agency category based on consumers’ perception of its brand familiarity, quality and usage consideration. Additionally, Real Living Real Estate was rated the “Most Loved” real estate brand among those considered in the Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, underscoring respondents’ emotional connection to the brand. The study was based on opinions of more than 97,000 U.S. consumers surveyed online earlier this year.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by consumers in the venerable Harris Poll EquiTrend® study,” said Gino Blefari, CEO of HSF Affiliates, which operates Real Living Real Estate. “It’s certainly a tribute to the strength of the Real Living Real Estate brand and the service provided by its top-quality professionals.”

Added Robert McAdams Jr., president of Real Living Real Estate: “This recognition truly reflects the strong, sustained progress our brand has made over the past years,” he said. “It tells us that consumers nationwide recognize the innovation and excellence in quality service that are characteristic of Real Living Real Estate.”

The brand received the highest numerical Equity Score among real estate brands included in the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, which measures and compares the brand health of more than 3,800 brands across nearly 500 categories from airlines and apparel to retailers and real estate. The key measure used in the study is Nielsen’s twice-validated measure of brand equity. Consumers responded with their brand perceptions, gauging their emotional connection to the brand, plus brand awareness, influence and familiarity.

Harris Poll EquiTrend® honors add to Real Living Real Estate’s momentum as judged by consumers. Earlier this month the brand announced an impressive 97% satisfaction rating from buyers and sellers as tracked by Quality Service Certification, Inc., an independent research firm. The mark set a record high satisfaction rating for Real Living Real Estate agents, following seven consecutive years of 96% customer satisfaction.

“We are humbled by the ongoing recognition we’ve received from clients, and we’ll continue striving to provide our home-buyers and sellers with a premium service experience,” said McAdams.

About 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

Real Living Real Estate received the highest numerical Equity Score and the highest numerical score relating to Love among real estate agency brands included in the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 97,120 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online between Dec. 22, 2015 and Feb. 1, 2016. Your opinion may differ. “Highest Ranked” and “Most Loved” are determined by a pure ranking of a sample of real estate agency brands.

About Real Living Real Estate

Real Living Real Estate is a full-service real estate brokerage franchise company with a comprehensive and integrated suite of resources for franchisees and their sales professionals, as well as for consumers who work with them. The brand and its innovative concepts were recognized by Entrepreneur magazine; have won Inman Innovator Awards, and been named “the Most Promising New National Brand” by the Swanepoel TRENDS Report. Real Living Real Estate is a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, majority owned by HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. For more information, visit www.RealLiving.com.

 

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BOWES is Looking for Administrative Assistant

BOWES Real Estate in Arlington is looking for a friendly, efficient administrative assistant. We are a small, busy office of 20 agents that are dedicated to maintaining a consistent high level of service for their clients. The right candidate for the role will possess a positive attitude and the initiative to succeed in a fast-paced environment. Strong verbal and communication skills, as well as excellent computer office skills. Candidates that reside in Arlington or nearby communities are preferred.

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm with 45 minute lunch break

Required Skills:
– Excellent verbal and communication skills
– Very strong computer skills: Microsoft Office, Publisher, Photoshop, trouble-shooting printers, installing software, etc.
– Familiar and comfortable with posting on Social Media
– Strong spelling and grammar skills
– Very good at multi-tasking

The Position Consists of Various Tasks Including:
– General support/assistance to busy, Arlington sales office
– Good, general customer service
– Some answering office telephone calls
– Learning new computer systems when necessary
– Maintaining various office logs
– Preparing and editing ads for advertising
– Weekly updating of Websites
– Keeping inventory and ordering supplies for the office
– Keeping office tidy and office equipment functioning properly
– Offering and implementing new ideas to improve office
– Maintaining an upbeat, helpful, friendly attitude

Compensation:
– Compensation range $35K-$45K, commensurate with skill and experience level
– Paid vacation, sick and holiday days

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