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Tue Mar 21, 2017
Denisetwilkinson answered:
I have requested my review to be published on your website, however for reasons unbeknownst to me, it was deleted. According to other consumer complains it appears to be the practice of your company to randomly erase reviews by people who spend their entegy writing positive reviews for professionals that helped them with their real estate purchase. As a customer I feel this treatment of the consumers of your website is ridiculous. So no, I was not satisfied by the outcome of your support and since my positive review of legitimate services has not been published I feel confident that my negative review of your company will be published soon to reflect on business review sites. Thank you, but not really. ... more
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Mon Jan 23, 2017
Allpointsproperties answered:
Hi Mindy,
The rental property I listed at the Brook House, in Brookline, is a high rise condominium building. Each "apartment" is owned by a separate individual as a "condominium". Each owner BUYS their individual unit.

An apartment building is usually one in which you have one landlord, or entity, that owns the entire property ie. owns the whole building and all the apartments. The people living in each apartment are all renters who all pay rent to one landlord. None of them (renters) can own their own single apartment in the building.

In a condo building such as the Brook House, each individual owner may live in their own unit. Or they may decide to rent their condo apartment to a tenant.

Such is the case with the two bedroom, two bathroom condominium that I posted for rent. The owner purchased the single unit, and the tenant will pay rent to him as their landlord for that particular unit. The next door neighbor may live in the unit they bought, and therefore that condominium will be " owner-occupied" and not a rental.

It might be easier if you gave me a call to further answer your question about townhouses and communites. The definitions have nuances that differ in various locations.

Please let me know if I can help you further.

Jacqui K.
All Points Proeprties
617-566-7000
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Tue May 12, 2015
Greer Swiston answered:
There is a price differential as well as the less tangible "desirability" factor/perception of less hassle. However, let me be clear that it would most likely you cost you more to install the central A/C than you would recoup by sale price alone, but if you factor into it the cost savings in perhaps selling the property faster ... it may be worth it. ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Tristam Bielecki answered:
The best thing to do is find a company that has real organised training in place, rather than the "promise of coaching".

Some offices will even have a orientation training that covers all the fundamentals in 1-2 weeks of training. Those work really well to get yourself off to a flying start. ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Your friend may 'Not want to pay a commission" but you might pay if your rights are not represented and it ruins your friendship with your neighbor. Why do without? If you do not use a Realtor, you are best to hire a Real Estate Attorney to oversee the process. ... more
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Mon Feb 9, 2015
Joshua Stein answered:
Until there is a written Buyer Agency agreement in place, you are technically not bound to anyone. It would be good form to inform any agent you contact that you have been in contact with many others. Since we work on contingency (not paid for services rendered up front), it is always appreciated to know what we are getting into.

That being said, may I play Devil's Advocate for a moment? Did you only have one, very specific time you were available to view the property, or was this agent unavailable at any time proposed. Agents do have other appointments and are not always available at the drop of a hat. At the same time, most sellers do require some lead time (as much as 24-48 hours) prior to showing, so going out immediately may not always be an option.

That's a long way of saying that successful agents tend to be busy agents. An agent who is always available may not have the experience necessary to do the best work for you.

Food for thought.
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Sun Jan 11, 2015
The Graveline Group answered:
Trulia merely presents 3rd party information and would not necessarily have the ability to take down a listing. We recommend that you contact the Realtor on the property directly and flag it everywhere you see it. ... more
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Mon Dec 1, 2014
Gary Birtles answered:
It depends on the size of the home and the heating system. I know that some heating systems run more efficiently than others, and that can save money. It also depends on your climate. If you use the heater a lot, it will definitely effect cost. http://www.mclaughlin-air.com/heating-installation.html ... more
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Tue Aug 5, 2014
Richard Shapiro answered:
The seller will be 50% share holder of the condo trust. Condos have an extra layer of risk due to the cooperative nature of common areas and maintenance fees. While a two unit condo may not have major condo fees if one party gets into financial distress you might have to pick up the slack from that other owner. I think you have stumbled upon a red flag and should pass on this property. ... more
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Sun May 4, 2014
Sharon Felton answered:
Individual owners do not post their homes on Trulia. You should find a local Realtor and work with him/her to get your property advertised on Trulia. Good luck.
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Wed Oct 16, 2013
Kara Blader answered:
At least where I am it's not too hard to do porch repair in Chicago IL. Just make sure you find a good contractor and they'll have it done in no time.
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Sat Oct 12, 2013
Perrystokes786 answered:
Wherever you go, Mr. Silverston,
stay away from Juniper Trust Condominiums !!(Located on Juniper street in Brookline,MA 02445)
I have lived here for over 35 years!! There are actual low income apartments, directly across the street where these units are located, I have seen drugs sold in broad daylight, Suspicious, Nefarious characters, attempting to break into resident's car, unsafe parking area especially at night!! (because criminals know that there are no security cameras watching any of the parking areas throughout our complex!!) And Brookline police are very poor response time!!


Also, if you have the misfortune of renting anything on the 2nd,3rd ,4th or 5th floors....There are no elevators, so if you were to break your leg or are confined to a wheel chair, you are out of luck!! Because there are no handicap accessible ramps!! No central air conditioning(Which means, You will fry during the early spring and summer months, unless you buy a air conditioning unit of your own!! And freeze during the winters...Because the windows are drafty and all units are poorly insulated!!) These apartments are very expensive & have costly condominium fees, usually passed onto the renters.

There are also very greedy owners, that charge outrageous amounts of rent to the families, parents and sometimes directly to poor college students!! These unit are basically low income apartments from the late 1960's , disguised as condominiums!?! The highlight of living here, is having access to public transportation, that's about it!! The trustee, do nothing about the flagrant problems of residents that secretly allow people to live with them. There are some owners that have 3-6 people living with them, in their tiny 2 bedroom units!! Storage rooms, are located in the basement near the laundry areas. They are usually cluttered and cramped full of trustee's family belongings, that do not even live here! The police in Brookline are so obsessed with writing parking tickets( Over $15 Million in revenue generated annually!! )They pretty much are useless!! They do not care about theft, violent attacks, vandalized vehicles, or drugs being sold right on Juniper Street or Brookline for that matter!!

I live on a fixed income and do not have the money to leave Juniper Street condos..Because if I did, I would have left this antiquated place years ago!! This place has become a dump and a money pit!!
Now it is just a place for "suckers from out of town" and "gullible college students" writing rent checks out of their poor parent's check books!!

Live here at your own risk!!!
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Lea Cohen answered:
For questions on local building code it's always best to check with the town's Building Dept..you can reach yours at 617-730-2100. If you'd like to discuss how adding a bath can add value to your home please contact me. ... more
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Sat Mar 7, 2009
Zelda Kohn answered:
When it comes to residential Real Estate the only option most people ask about is the opportunity to rent with an option to buy. The purpose of this option is to give a prospective buyer the time to come up with financing (whether it is simply accumulating a down payment, getting a salary increase, waiting for inheritance, selling another property, etc.). Such option, typically, does not have too many guarantees, yet it requires you to think through and agree on the rental terms, the timeline for the decision to "buy or not to buy", the purchase price and possible outcomes of yes/no decisions by Seller and/or Buyer. Yes, it can get complicated, yet an Attorney can help you though so it wouldn't look too difficult. The real challenge, of course, would be to find a willing and able Seller... ... more
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