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Findingfinder, Renter in Boston, MA

Need help finding rental property just outside Boston by 12/14/2010. Relo benefits incl $1500-$2000 for finder fees.

Asked by Findingfinder, Boston, MA Mon Nov 29, 2010

We are a young couple w/ 2 boys in elementary school & small dog. We need to relocate from CT for my new job in Cambridge (near MIT Red Line T stop). I would prefer commute to be less than 30 min-- probably via T. Of course we would like a good public school system for our boys. We prefer to spend a large portion of our income on vacation and entertainment rather than housing, so we would like to find a 2 bedroom rental below $2000. I had assumed that my relocation benefits would include a professional to help us find a home that meets our needs, but instead I learned that I will be reimbursed for finder fee (up to one month's rent, approx $1500-$2000). How do I find a 'finder' to help me asap? I saw a cute 2BR in Milton for $1600. What is Milton like?

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Most people that work in Cambridge end up in Belmont for its close proximity, public transportation, decent schools and lower rents than in Cambridge. Another option could be Arlington or Watertown but you will most likely need a car.
Milton would be too far for the 30 min commute.
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Milton is very nice but not quite as close as Arlington and Medford. Milton will give you a more suburban feel while Medford and Arlington are busier areas and closer too the city
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There are several areas close to Cambridge...I think if you choose Milton as your home you will find your commute will be longer than 30 minutes.

I would be happy to help you. When are you planning to make your move? When will you be available to see apartments?

Jessica Harvey
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010
We'd love to have you in Medford here. We also have some interesting rentals on the Medford/Somerville line that might work.

Our office does relocation, we're affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. We have local agents that can be of great assistance to you.

Wolfson Cutler Real Estate
366 Salem St.
Medford, MA 02155
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010
The typical agent fee for rentals is one month's rent so you should be okay with that. You might like to consider a community closer to your Cambridge workplace, possibly Arlington, Belmont or Lexington. Braintree could also be a possibility, with its easy access to the red line. Check out their school systems on My office is in Cambridge and I would be happy to work with you to help you find a rental you like--just e-mail or give me a ring.

Ellen Friedman, Keller Williams Realty, or 617-448-1542
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010
Milton is great and I can help you! Please contact me at
Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely, Mary
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010

Realtors aren't allowed by law to give opinions on neighborhoods (it's called "steering", but here's a link to help you with Milton, MA demographics; If you need to receive listings for rentals or set up showing appointments, I could help you with that.

I'm licensed to practice real estate in MA & CT so if you need any further assistance, please let me know. is my email.
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