39 Englewood Ave Brighton

New Listing, 39 Englewood Ave #16, Brighton

Two bedroom condo in Brighton’s Cleveland Circle in excellent condition.  Brookline line home just steps to Beacon Street, C, D lines.  Second floor condo with two spacious bedrooms, good closet space, plenty of sunshine.  Features include recent stainless steal appliances and new windows, hardwood floors, open kitchen-living room and a private porch.  City lifestyle with restaurants and […]

How I help sellers

Buying a new home or condo is incredibly overwhelming, especially in Boston’s complex real estate market. Most of the buyers who come to me do so because they’ve been having a hard time finding someone who will give them clear, solid guidance. As a result, they feel stressed out and confused. They’re also prone to […]

Brookline Condo Market

Advice for Home Buyers in a Seller’s Market and Chart of the Week

Late last week I had a call from the Boston Herald to give some advice for home buyers in a sellers’ market.  The focus was the Brookline market.  The Brookline MA real estate market has been a sexy story for a couple of years with the tight inventory and skyrocketing prices.  It has been made […]

New Listing in Brighton: 70 Strathmore Road Unit 3B

Beautifully renovated one bedroom condo on one of Brighton’s prettiest streets! Quiet first floor unit with gleaming hardwood floors, sophisticated custom kitchen, and comfortable layout. Highly desirable location, just steps to B, C, and D line and Cleveland Circle. Perfect for first time buyer or investor. 1 Bedroom condo High first floor 440 sf $235,000   […]


BUYER TOOL:Chart of the Week: Agent Commission on Brookline Houses

Sometimes I really love looking at statistics and charts.  Sometimes they just confirm what you know in your gut to be true. This week I am looking at a table using data provided by my broker’s website, Raveis.com.  This table compares the status of houses on market by the compensation of the agents. The compensation is […]

Brookline Real Estate Market Update

Brookline Condo Inventory

The Brookline condo market is tight.  Even as Spring market starts and it seems more and more condos are popping on market, the chart below gives us a three year perspective of a tightening market. February 2015 inventory of condos is at the levels of previous Decembers, notoriously quite months in real estate sales.  The […]

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38 Orkney Road #2, Brighton MA

Beautiful and Comfortable Two Bed in Cleveland Circle Bright and sunny two bedroom condo in the heart of Cleveland Circle.  Spacious home full of classic Bostonian charm.  Period details include arched window, high ceilings, built-in shelving, and oversize windows.  Master bedroom features large closet and bow windows.  Updated eat-in-kitchen with plenty of counter space. Washer / dryer […]

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276 Corey Road in Brighton MA

Brookline line condo.  276 Corey Road #14 is a one bedroom home ready for a new homeowner.  The condo features an open floor plan with great flow.  Plenty of storage including two double custom built Elfa closets, extensive kitchen cabinetry.  Direct outdoor access where you will find a pool and patio.  Peaceful unit, facing the back. […]

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19 Colliston #10 in Brighton

If you’ve ever spend an evening driving around Cleveland Circle looking for parking, you may have come by a quiet  corner you didn’t realize existed.  What a treat to find such a picturesque spot in Brighton, where Lanark and Colliston meet.  Just on the Brookline line, steps from Beacon Street, a hop and skip to the […]

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6 Larch Street in Brighton: Boston Single Family House

6 Larch Street in Brighton is a single family house in Boston, rarely available.  The neighborhood around Chandler Pond in Brighton sees little turnover.  Frankly, if I lived here I would never leave. This neighborhood is situated between the beautiful Boston College campus and lively Brighton Center.  It is a perfect location for a commute to Boston, Cambridge, […]

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Should I Do a Condo Conversion for My Multi-Family House in Brookline?

If you own a two or three family house, I am sure you thought about the option of converting the house into condominiums. It is a tempting prospect, especially in a booming real estate market. Since the sum of condo values will exceed the house’s value, it is an idea worth exploration. But just because […]

Renovate or Sell As Is?

Should I Renovate or Sell As Is?

When prospective home sellers invite me for a consultation, the most common question is not,”What is my home’s value?” but, “Should I renovate or sell the house as is?” Several considerations are made to answer the questions of renovating or selling as-is.  At the top of the list is the local real estate market conditions. […]

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35 Independent Coffee Shops in Boston

With a large young population of professionals and graduate students, Boston has considerable demand for hip independent coffee shops.  As Bostonians, we need both our regular caffeine fix and a place to hang out with our gadgets. Below find a list of 35 Independent Coffee Shops in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and the area.  Some are great places […]

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Home Prices in Newton Center, 02459

Houses in Newton Center come in diverse sizes, ages and styles. Zip code 02459 covers a large residential area, from the historical Victorians on Beacon Street to the late 1940’s ranches of Oak Hill. From splendor to tear-downs, we have it all.  And with Newton MA so desirable, prices are rising with the large jump […]

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Brighton MA 1933 Commonwealth Ave Unit 606

Brighton condo for sale, on market this week!  Listing price $329,000. One bedroom condo located at the Claridge house, 1933 Commonwealth Avenue.  Unit 606 faces front, where you find excellent views of the reservoir.  Cleveland Circle location, just a short walk from shops, restaurants, and the B, C and D lines. This unit comes with […]

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3 Tips to Negotiate Real Estate Commission

It’s a common situation all real estate agents experience. We are discussing the benefits of our services with a perspective seller, and the commission bomb is dropped: “Is the commission negotiable,” the homeowner asks. “Some agents will do this for 4%,” is another comment I hear often in Brighton. While most agents fear the commission […]

Brighton MA Realtor Ruth Lerner

1933 Commonwealth Ave Brighton MA Unit 503

Elegant, sunny and renovated two bedroom condo on fifth floor of The Claridge House. This home features many stylish upgrades including new baths, Indian marble kitchen counters, hardwood floors throughout, and two custom cedar closets. Garage parking included! 1933 Commonwealth is a modern elevator building located near Cleveland Circle and across from the Reservoir. Common […]

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Luxury Houses in Chestnut Hill MA: Days on Market Getting Shorter

Chestnut Hill MA houses come in a wide variety of styles and prices.  The most obvious reason is Chesnut Hill is not a municipality, but a zip code including parts of several towns: Pieces of  Brookline, Newton, West Roxbury and a nibble of Brighton.  Houses in West Roxbury will be priced lower than Brookline, even […]

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Brookline Condominium Market: Will Buyers Remain Powerless?

The Brookline MA condominium market has been tight and getting tighter for a couple of years now.  Buyers compete for properties in any price range, and inventory remains low.  The number of buyers increase as the inventory has steadily decreased. The graph below shows peak inventory in 2013 is lower than off-season inventory in the […]

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300 Allston Street Unit 514, Brighton

Built in 2002, 300 Allston Street in Brighton (aka The Monarch), is a 100% owner occupied building.  Situated on the Brookline line, next to Wholefoods, the Monarch condos come with  parking and in unit washer and dryer. Unit 514 is now on market, priced at $399,900.  You’ll enjoy great light at this penthouse corner unit.  […]

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Three Most Important Contingencies When Buying a Condo

Are you working with a Realtor on your home purchase in Boston? I certainly hope so!  If you are going at it alone, you may overlook the most important contingencies when buying a condo.  In Massachusetts there are two contingencies written into the offer to purchase paperwork.  But what’s not in the standard offer is […]

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How to Pick Your Mortgage Broker?

The next three scenarios are real evens which happened last fall during home buying transactions. Imagine this.  You are buying your first home, you are full of excitement and anticipation.  Then you learn the mortgage company hasn’t approved your loan by the deadline.  Deadline is renegotiated with the seller, extended, you wait a few more […]

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Median House Price Brookline MA

Median house prices in Brookline MA are on the rise again. Brookline’s market for single family houses is only 22% of the total number of properties sold in the past twelve months.  But in dollars, the Brookline market for houses had $246.5 million in closings, worth 42% of the dollar volume of real estate sold […]

Brighton Townhouse for Sale

Townhouse in Brighton MA: 22 Abbey Road #3

22 Abbey Road #3 is a young Brighton townhouse for sale, offering a rare opportunity minutes from Harvard Square! SOLD $452,000.  Brighton MA is often overlooked by home buyers searching for a condo in Cambridge MA.  Sometimes we forget how Brighton and Allston border Cambridge separated only by the Charles River.  Some people don’t know Brighton used […]

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Brookline, MA Real Estate Question: What’s Going on On Englewood Ave?

New construction is a rare but welcome occurrence for Brookline, MA real estate.  Behind 1842 Beacon Street, on Englewood Avenue, there is a construction site.  Home buyers and those who are simple curious ask me about this spot regularly. But home buyers and condo searchers will be disappointed to learn this building is all rentals for now. […]

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Brighton Condo: New Listing at 137 Englewood Ave

SOLD $230,000. Pre-war architecture associated with ornamental details, high ceilings and thick walls.  Cleveland Circle is known for pre-war low rise brick buildings, built in the 1920-1930’s.  And even though the buildings  always catered to modest (1-2 bedroom) households, you can still find period charm in these solid homes. Now available is 137 Englewood Ave, Unit […]

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Negotiate prices Like a Pro

Interested in negotiating a   I was ten years old when the Saturn cars were introduced.  All the excitement was over how you didn’t negotiate the price, it was the “no haggle” brand. Even thought I was just a kid, it sounded like a rotten deal to me and all the fun was taken out of […]

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Modern Luxury Condos in Brookline: Perfect Alternative to Back Bay Condos

Three brand new luxury condos are tough competition for Back Bay condos!  Here’s a rare opportunity of brand new construction condos in Brookline, just a few blocks from the City.  The three condos available at 163 Kent Street will have you reconsidering the Back Bay condo market in a flash. Offering ultra-modern and sleek design, […]


Should I Renovate My Home or Sell It?

One of the most popular question I get these days is “Should I renovate my home or sell it.”  Everyone’s situation is different so everyone comes to a different conclusion.  It’s a loaded question because it involves many variables and a big undertaking whatever you choose. Speak to your real estate broker about your options.  […]


Boston Next Real Estate Bubble? More Fluff from the Globe

Last week the Boston Globe’s real estate blog called Boston Real Estate Now published a post called, “The Next Housing Bubble?”  This small piece is jam-packed full of nonsense, misleading information and irresponsible journalism. The first problem with this post is the title, “The Next Housing Bubble?”  Bubbles are a conclusion made in hindsight, and […]

Condo or Single Family?

Buyers sometimes shun the idea of a condo when they can find a single family in their price range.  I can understand that.  There are so many advantages to a single family!  Privacy, control over the house, your own yard and driveway, etc. Boston real estate prices are comparatively high.  Thus I suggest, for those […]

The Truth About Open Houses

Home sellers: why are you pinning high expectations to open houses?  Is this your idea or your agent’s?  It is a mistake to think open houses are an important marketing strategy for your home to sell.  Open houses are not so important.  They haven’t been for years, since about 2006 in my opinion. The real […]

Brighton Feels Like 2004

Looking at the Brighton real estate market numbers I feel like I’m time traveling back to 2004.  Not enough inventory!  Instead of anecdotal stories I will give you actual multiple listing service statistics. In researching the difference in our local Brighton, Brookline and Newton trends versus the National real estate trends, I came across these […]

Housing Affordability

The housing market’s affordability index is at an all time high, since the tracking started in 1970. The index measures the relation of the median household income to median real estate prices. Here is a full article on the subject. http://www.realtor.org/press_room/news_releases/2012/03/hai_record This is great news if you are considering buying a home. But remember that […]

Finding the Balance

One of my favorite clients was buying a home with her husband while she was finishing law school, studying for the bar exam, and expecting her first child.  Talk about a stressful time.   It would have all been enough without looking for a new home, but sometimes you just have a lot on your plate […]

How to Sell Your Home’s Most Important Feature

A recent survey of 1,000+ homeowners and future buyers confirmed the old adage, “Location, Location, Location.” The result of the survey showed that the top priorities for buyers are:  Ease of commuting by car: 38%, Access to health and safety services: 34%, Family-friendly neighborhood: 33%, Availability of retail stores: 32%, Access to cultural activities: 21%, […]

Why Hasn’t Your Home Sold?

In the market of exasperated and exhausted home sellers, I hear a lot of great stories about why homes are not selling.  They usually divide into two categories: the real estate agents not doing their jobs or the sellers are uncooperative. Either type of story leads to the same place: how are you marketing and […]

Homebuyers Make Lifestyle Options Priority

The adage when it comes to real estate has been “location, location, location.” A recent survey, though, shows that lifestyle options are a priority.  These include health and safety, access to cultural activities, and family-friendly neighborhoods. Today’s buyers are looking for a sense of belonging in a community as well as creating a desirable lifestyle […]

Minimalist to Homeownership

Things have really chance since the recession started and from small or no down payment, we now need a minimum of 20% to make most sales work, sometimes even more.  With the tighter budgets in American households, saving up for the down payment is a daunting thought. But here’s a tactic that will help you […]

Summertime Selling Tips

Summertime can be a great season to sell your house. Why? During these hot months, your landscaping and outdoor spaces come alive. Today’s buyers are looking for extended living areas and love usable outdoor space. According to HGTV, outdoor spaces can bring in big bucks. Jon Seppala, president of Action Builders, notes, “Backyards and outdoor […]

Top Five Reasons to Own a Home

A soft real estate market that is ripe with all the conditions that should entice people to purchase a home still has some renters asking, “Why own my own home?” Low interest rates, lower home prices and an improving job market still have some buyers sitting on the fence fearful of an uncertain real estate […]

It’s Not All About Money

When I just started in real estate years and years ago, I had a mentor.  I’ll spare you the details of that relationship but tell you about one piece of advice I remember well.  We were working on listing presentation in the hopes of getting a couple of different home owners to list their home […]

Never Accept the First Offer

That’s great advice I heard from a great agent many years ago.  I’ve used this advice in my whole career and always share it with my clients. I don’t care what the economy is doing…Never Accept the First Offer! That sounds like crazy talk when considering the current housing market.  But remember that the offer […]

Buy or Sell a Better House

What’s in?  Efficient, green, and useful. What’s out? Big, fancy, and….well, frivolous.  (I think they called in luxury in 2005). No one wants to heat unused rooms, drafty windows, and poorly structured homes anymore.  The economic downturn has made it difficult, and the trend of environmental consciousness has made it very uncool. A few years […]

Home Sellers: Make Your Voice Heard!

You’ve been trying to sell your home for months…Keeping it clean and organized, staging it, maintaining your landscaping, fixing every little thing…Your constantly hear about the terrible housing market conditions….Your agent rarely has an interesting update and you feel like a sitting duck. It’s not fun lingering on the market.  It’s hard to make long […]