Roslindale Open Studios

2011 ROS at Roslindale House

As if I really need to convince you that Roslindale is an amazing place to work, play and live, another great event is coming up the first weekend in November: Roslindale Open Studios. The Roslindale community is always coming up with ways to bring people together to experience something extraordinary, and ROS is no exception.  This event is a perfect way to get acquainted with people and places, especially if you’re new to the area or are considering buying a home in Roslindale in the near future.

Favorite teapot by Pate Ceramics

Roslindale Open Studios is a weekend event taking place on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th where local artists show off their talent and connect with each other and the public. This year, over 113 artists will be showcasing their work, with items ranging from jewelry to mixed media photography to textiles. The artists will have their pieces for sale which gives you the opportunity to stimulate the local economy while sneaking in some early holiday shopping. Remember: the first official shopping day of the season (Black Friday) will be here in 4 weeks. Avoid the last-minute shopping mania and pick up a few unique pieces for your loved ones at Roslindale Open Studios next weekend.

The event is free to attend so come and explore for the afternoon. Besides, you’ll get the opportunity to catch up with me if you stop by the School of Modern Languages on Saturday from 11 to 2!  Even if you can’t take in the whole event, swing by to pick up a Roslindale Open Studios brochure and look on page 3 for my sidekick, Moses,  pictured to the left.  And if art alone is not enough of a draw (pun intended!), did I mention there are prizes? There will be raffles and Home Studio Bingo to keep you on your toes and entertained all afternoon.

In addition to volunteering on Saturday, I’m looking forward to taking in as much art as I possibly can between open houses on Sunday.  I’m passionate about the Roslindale community and love my work here and in the surrounding neighborhoods because of the wonderful local treasures, such as Roslindale and Jamaica Plain Open Studios.

I hope to see you at Roslindale Open Studios, but if you can’t make it I’d still love to connect with you! I’m always out and about the neighborhood whether I’m running errands or helping clients sell or buy amazing homes in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain or West Roxbury. Let me know if I can help you in your home search!

Linda Burnett

Jamaica Plain/Roslindale Real Estate Maven
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The Boston Book Festival 2011

Whether you’re a voracious reader or not, The Boston Book Festival was the place to be this past Saturday, October 15th. Taking place at Copley Square, the Boston Book Festival is the largest literary event in all of New England. With over 100 world renowned authors and literary leaders, the event caters to all ages and areas of interest.

Among the group of inspiring presenters and guests was Richard Russo, a Pulitzer Prize Winning author who has written seven novels, including Empire Falls, for which he was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. He has also published a short story collection,  dabbled in the art of writing screenplays and has had several of his novels made into films.

Can you tell I’m a fan? The Rabb Auditorium at the Copley BPL was filled to capacity as Russo discussed his work, “The Whore’s Child”, in the presentation of One City One Story on Saturday. I had always wanted to hear Mr. Russo speak, and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, my participation stopped here, as my busy schedule took over most of the weekend. Even with my fabulous marketing team behind me, client service is a full-time commitment. It’s been busy (with several new listings on the horizon) but my time spent at The Boston Book Festival was well worth it!

If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of Russo’s fiction, bound copies of his short story have been being distributed at bookstores, libraries and other venues throughout Greater Boston.

If you missed out on the Festival this year, don’t sweat it. The Boston Book Festival will be making its return in 2012, and there are more ways to get involved in the event than just attending. The Festival is always looking for volunteers, donations, sponsors and exhibitors. They always expects to attract thousands of visitors and every contribution counts!

Special features include book signings, kid-friendly presentations, live music, and of course, a ton of delicious food!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know there are plenty worthwhile events that take place throughout Greater Boston year round. Stay in touch with my blog or subscribe to keep up to date on everything and anything, including buying a home, selling a home, and local events in and around Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury.

Real estate moment: many of my home-seekers, as well as those working with other brokers, seem to be professionals in the medical and academic fields and are relocating to Boston from other areas. This demographic,  combined with steady prices, are what keep Boston real estate healthy and resilient even in a less than perfect economy.

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, your timing is great! More sellers are hoping to sell sooner rather than later, especially with the holiday season approaching, and this is motivating buyers to intensify their search as well. Get your home sold or find your new abode before 2012 with my real estate expertise.

Please contact me if you’re ready to begin your next (or first!) real estate transaction.

Linda Burnett

Jamaica Plain/Roslindale Real Estate Maven
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Holiday Weekends are No Holiday for Sales

The temperatures might be cooling off but upcoming holidays do not mean the same for the Boston-Metro real estate market. Along with the chillier weather we’re met with holiday weekends which many may initially think of as a challenge when trying to sell or buy a home. This may come as a surprise, but serious home buyers and home sellers who choose to stay in the Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury areas this season have a great opportunity to see their efforts to  buy or sell finally come to fruition.

The notion that the real estate market slows down over holiday weekends is a misconception that could prevent buyers from finding the perfect home in one of Boston’s fabulous neighborhoods before the year’s end. While interest rates are low and there’s a strong inventory in the Boston-Metro real estate market, there’s still an element of competition among serious buyers. To keep a competitive edge, serious home buyers are going to be staying in town and attending open houses over holiday weekends.

Sellers are often surprised that agents stay in town and hold open houses while many people take the opportunity to hit the road and spend the holidays elsewhere. As an experienced real estate agent, I can tell you that letting a holiday weekend slip past is a missed opportunity for sellers to expose their home to a host of serious buyers. Not convinced? Believe me, it will pay off! Though it seems unlikely, Thanksgiving is a time when a lot of properties go under agreement. Negotiating a transaction between courses at Thanksgiving dinner seems to have become one of my holiday traditions – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. A property under agreement is something for buyers, sellers and brokers to feel thankful for.

Staying in the Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury areas this fall won’t only boost your chances of achieving a successful real estate transaction; you will also be able to take advantage of all the festive fall activities in store. The Roslindale Farmers’ Market is open through the end of October and is an excellent way to get outdoors and experience the area. Use these last remaining weeks in October to pick up some fresh fruits and veggies or just walk around and enjoy the live acoustic music and kids’ activities.

If you feel like your home’s curb appeal could use a boost this season, consider scooping up some pumpkins and gourds at the farmers’ market to make your front porch welcoming. This is a great way to enhance your home’s exterior without the natural beauty of summer’s greenery and blossoming flowers. With vendors selling handcrafted gifts, you might even find a pretty fall wreath to hang on your front door. What a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers and artisans while making the most of the fall real estate market here in Boston!

I often hear sellers becoming discouraged as summer turns into fall and as fall turns into winter here in New England. I’m committed to my clients year round and would love the opportunity to talk with you about getting your home exposed to as many serious buyers as possible in the upcoming months. Please contact me to get started in what I promise will be a stress-free – even fun – adventure into the Boston-Metro real estate market.

Linda Burnett

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