Blog :: 06-2016

5 Events You Don't Want to Miss in Boston This Summer (part II)

Are you looking for fun things to do in Boston this summer??  There is no shortage of them.  Whether you’re interested in family events, concerts, adult activities, or another type of event, you can find it in Boston (or surrounding communities).

Greenway Carousel
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
185 Kneeland St.
Boston, MA 02110
From now until October 31, the whole family can enjoy the Greenway Carousel seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Don’t miss your chance to ride a historic carousel this season.

Beat’s Midday Eats
Beat Hotel
13 Brattle St.
Cambridge MA 02138
From June 1 all the way to May of 2017, Beat’s Hotel will open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have ever enjoyed breakfast, brunch, or dinner at Beat’s, you will love new selections like eggs shaksuka and slow pork roast tacos for lunch.

Boathouse Friday Summer Series
Spirit Cruises
200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02110
Ever Friday from June 10 to September 30, you and your friends can enjoy a dinner and cruise for less than $30. Spirit Cruises allows guests to board and depart the boats at their leisure, making this a completely relaxing evening.

Boston Harborfest
Faneuil Hall Marketplace 
4 South Market Building
Boston, MA 02109
For the 35th consecutive year, Boston Harborfest will take place from July 1 to 4. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, July 1 at noon at Faneuil Hall. There are fireworks, plenty of food, artist and architecture displays, history tours, and much more.

Live Music at Barlow’s
Barlow’s Restaurant
241 A Street
Boston, MA 02127
Customers can enjoy live music at Barlow’s every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from now until April 2017. Visit http://barlowsrestaurant.com/events/ for a performance schedule.

Mike Tinsley: Meet the Realtor Spotlight

I recently had a chance to talk with Mike Tinsley, Managing Partner at Longwood Residential to get his insights on how his experience selling and renting real estate has been an exciting trip, in order to help his clients achieve their dream of home ownership.

Here's what he had to say.

How long have you been selling real estate? 

I’ve been in real estate since 2008, and selling real estate since 2011.

What is your background? 

Prior to forming LR, I was a property manager for a luxury mixed-used development in the Fenway. Before that, I was a restaurant manager. Both jobs helped teach me how to deal with people, which I believe is the #1 skill in real estate.

How does your background help shape your approach to selling real estate?

When I managed the mixed use property, it was a lot of problem solving. As a property manager, people come to you with their problems all day long. So you learn to think outside the box and creatively solve problems, which is certainly a great skill in the world of negotiating real estate, where solutions to problems may not be in front of your face. You might have to think creatively to make everybody happy in any given deal.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to run and watch documentary films.  I also follow boxing pretty closely.

How long ago was Longwood Residential founded and what's your mission?

We started Longwood Residential in April of 2011, and our mission from day one has been to simplify the real estate process for people. It can be a very messy world to navigate, so we try to make it as easy as possible for our clients to achieve their real estate goals.

Where is your office located and how many associates work from that office?

We have one office, in the heart of Coolidge Corner, in Brookline, on Beacon Street. We have 8 total associates; we’re a small boutique office.

How would you encourage an agent to become involved with Longwood Residential? 

We’re always open to growing our team with hard working, enthusiastic agents. I’d say we’ve got a very fun and collaborative culture in the office.  If someone is interested in joining LR, we’d be excited to sit down and talk.

How is Longwood Residential & yourself personally, involved in your local community?

I volunteer with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of MA.  As a company, Longwood Residential has a great relationship with the nearby hospitals in the Longwood Medical Area (LMA).  We’re always looking for ways to donate and help out through different fundraisers and non-profits affiliated with any of the many medical institutions in the LMA. Contact us if you’d like to inquire.

How do you market properties online? 

We do all the traditional marketing methods; posting to MLS, Zillow, Trulia.. But we recognize that the old way of doing things isn’t enough in today’s fast-paced environment, so we invest heavily in our Social Media presence, website, SEO and other online marketing channels.

Are you hosting/attending any exciting events over the next couple of months?

We’re celebrating one of our founders’ 40th birthday party this Saturday, but keep an eye on our Facebook page, where we’ll be posting details for our next Homebuying Seminar!

Is there one thing you can do for buyers/sellers that nobody else does?

I’d say that all real estate agents really provide fundamentally the same services, but what sets us apart is our local market knowledge and our focus on implementing cutting edge technology.  We compete against a lot of older, traditional offices (especially in Brookline), so we try to stay ahead of the curve.

If you were to give your readers one insider’s tip they wouldn’t get anywhere else, what would that be?

I would tell people to keep in mind that buying and selling real estate is a highly emotional ordeal and to not get bogged down with small details. Keep your eye on your long term goal of either buying or selling your home, because once the deal is over, you won’t ever think back to the negotiation or the details of the transaction. Stay focused on the big picture, and try not to let the small details of the negotiation become too overwhelming.

Contact Mike to schedule an appointment today.

5 Events you don't want to miss in Boston this summer (part I)

Boston Summer Events

Boston and the surrounding communities are busy and exciting places to be this summer. Whether you’re a resident or planning your summer vacation, you won’t want to miss these activities:

Chelsea Art Walk
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
100 Pearl St.
Chelsea MA 02150
Take in music, art, theater, and various exhibits in open studios, galleries, and alternative venues. No charge.

Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Topsfield Historical Society
1 Howlett St.
Topsfield, MA 01983
Enjoy fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and shortcake as you shop for homemade arts and crafts made by local residents.

Harpoon BBQ Fest
Saturday July 23, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Harpoon Brewery – Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden
336 Ruth Carney Dr.
Windsor, VT 05089
Teams compete for the chance to be BBQ Champions. $15 fee covers beer but not food. Children under 12 admitted free.

Kid Rock with Jason Aldean Concert
Saturday, 9/9, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Second show added for Sunday, 9/10, hours not yet announced, due to sold out first show.
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02115

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
Sunday, 9/24, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Lansdowne and Ipswich Street (next to Fenway Park)
This event gives you the chance to sample 100 of the Phantom’s favorite foods. Must be 21 to participate. Tickets are $30 to $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Rain or shine.

Three Reasons Why Sellers Should Work with Longwood Residential

When it comes time to sell your home, don’t settle for just any realtor. Longwood Residential has the local knowledge, unparalleled marketing, and dedicated support staff to sell your home quickly at the best price.  As you will soon discover after working with us, nothing beats the expertise of a hometown team.

Selling Local Homes is All We Do 
Other realty companies claim to know the local market, but no one can come close to the experience that Longwood Residential has with selling homes in this area. For over 20 years, we have drawn on our knowledge of what buyers are looking for to effectively position homes, regardless of the real estate market.

Marketing That Can’t Be Beat
Longwood Residential leverages traditional methods of advertising along with social media to ensure that your listing receives the exposure it deserves. We place your listing on sites like Trulia and Zillow as well as local sites like Boston.com. Before selecting websites for your home listing, we make sure that each one is optimized to deliver high-ranking results with all of the search engines.

We understand that what worked to sell homes in the past is no longer enough. That is why we take advantage of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter to make your listing viewable to as many people as possible.  Our goal at Longwood Residential is for people in the Boston area, nationwide, and around the world to have instant access to the details of your home. 

Support You Can Count On
The professional contacts we have made over the years are happy to help clients with every aspect of selling a home. Whether you need home staging, an inspection, or help with drafting a legal document, a member of our extended support team is always available to assist you.

Interested in selling?  Contact us today!  info@longwoodresidential.com  •  617.396.3100

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The Brookline Area is Hopping This Spring and Summer!

Spring is in full swing near Brookline, and that means never having a shortage of things to do. Below are some events coming up that you’re sure to want to check out:

  • The Kids Bowl Free program started on Thursday, May 12 and runs all the way to August 31. Check this website and scroll to listings for Massachusetts to see all bowling alleys participating in the program near Brookline and statewide: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/all_centers.php
  • Together Boston 2016 started on Sunday, May 15 and runs through Sunday, May 22. It takes place at MMMMAVEN in nearby Cambridge. The event is free and emphasizes the unity of art, music, and technology. It includes professional and educational discussions, installations, demonstrations, screenings, and live performances. 
  • The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure takes place at Boston Common on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Patterned after the Amazing Race, participants work in teams and use their smartphone to solve clues and complete challenges. The goal of the event is to learn more about area history and gems you may have forgotten about near your own city.
  • The Samuel Adams Brewery Pig Roast happens on Saturday, May 20 at the Samuel Adams Brewery on Germania Street in Boston. Tickets are $25 and the event goes from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Your fee includes a full barbeque dinner with homemade sauces, five beer tokens, live bluegrass music, and a sample of Rebel Raw Double IPA.
  • Opening Weekend of the Lawn on D starts at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. Nothing says summer like relaxing on those iconic swings or playing lawn games with your family and friends.