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It’s true what they say about that tryptophan coma, I haven’t been the same since I ate my weight in turkey.  Now that I’m finally awake (just in time to start preparing for more holiday meals), I’m getting around to this blog post.  As many of you know, Bulfinch had another event at our new office, this time to raise money for the Greater Boston Food Bank.  Thanks to an overwhelming amount of support, we were able to more than triple our goal donation amount!  So here’s the recap of what can be considered a truly epic night of food, music, and great company

 

Strips of raffle tickets were snaking their way across the floor while guests shimmied around the gift table.  Why buy just one when gifts such as weekend stays at the St Butolph Inn, Patriots tickets thanks to Ace Tickets, a Tea Forte tea assortment, and a certificate for two at Grill23 were just a few of the options?!

 

DJ King H set the mood with energetic beats while Patricia Gallagher from One Hope Wine and Down the Road Brewery kept glasses full

 

While adults conversed, the kids had their own party going on, complete with caramel apples (because FALL) and dance circles

Zechariah Cook, Co-Owner of Bulfinch Boston Realty, and Morgan Franklin, an agent, are always on the clock

Alicia Ingalls, Co-owner of Bulfinch Boston Realty, catching up with old friends

Lauren Hammer, an agent at Bulfinch, posing with friends and family

 

Mark Pardes and Alicia Ingalls, the original owners of Bulfinch, discussing how much real estate has changed in Boston over the last 30+ years

 

Taryn Smith, Director of Operations at Bulfinch Boston Realty, leads the raffle while Morgan Franklin realizes he is a jack of all trades as he winds up the crowd during the auction

 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to our friends, family, and clients for helping make this event such a success.  Every dollar donated feeds three meals, which means that thanks to all of your donations, we helped the Greater Boston Food Bank give 10,800 meals to those in need in our community.  Special thanks to the following individuals and companies that made all this possible:

Rogaris Law

Ace Tickets

Maverick Empire

St Botolph Inn

Tea Forte

DJ King H

Patricia Gallagher of One Hope Wine

Nift

Grill23

Jeff Chalmers

UMass Dining Club

Down The Road Brewery

Visions Restorations

Heather Prohaska Photography

All of the winners and contributors to the raffle and auction

2017 Holiday Events Around Boston

Boston MABoston is a wonderful place to celebrate the holiday season! There are lots of holiday festivities and events going on in the area. Here are some of the holiday happenings to enjoy this year.

Blink
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
November 29 - January 1

This show will light up the Marketplace for five weeks beginning November 29th. Faneuil Hall Marketplace has the largest tree in the northeast at 85 feet tall and beautifully decorated with sparkling lights that dance to music. Click here for more information >>

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular & Boston Common Tree Lighting Celebration
Boston Common
November 30

The Skating Club of Boston presents a free figure skating ice show at Boston Common Frog Pond featuring national and international competitive skaters. After the show, join the Mayor for the tree lighting ceremony with refreshments, music, and a special fireworks display. Click here for more information >>

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Tree Lighting
November 30

Enjoy this festive gathering and beautiful white lights with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Committee to Light Commonwealth Avenue and residents of Back Bay. Click here for more information >>

Sparklefest
Harvard Square
December 1 - December 31

The Harvard Square Sparklefest is a five-week holiday celebration with beautiful holiday lights decorating the trees and street lamps. This is a festive place to shop and dine through the holiday season. Click here for more information >>

Boston’s First Night
Copley Square
December 31

Boston’s First Night is the biggest event in December with up to a million people joining in the festivities. Copley Square and Back Bay will host most of the entertainment and special attractions featuring ice sculptures, light displays, arts, music, a family fireworks show in the evening, and the famous Copley light show at midnight. Click here for more information >>

A Bulfinch Evening with Brigitte Livet de Sautels

Thank you to all that came to Bulfinch Boston Realty’s very first event at our recently renovated space!  On Thursday October 12, 2017 we hosted “An Evening With…” our very first art show dedicated to a featured artist.  Since July, we’ve proudly showcased paintings by Brigitte Livet de Sautels at our office on Newbury Street.  Brigitte’s art is based on impressions of images, unique objects, buildings, and unusual faces all rendered, recast and recreated through her talent as remarkable works of art.  She is well recognized for her unique sense of color and her innate ability to translate “from mind to media”.  To see more of Brigitte’s work, feel free to stop into the Bulfinch office located at 255 Newbury St Boston MA or Brigitte’s studio located in the Bradford Mill on 43 Bradford Street in West Concord MA. brigittedesart.com

 

Last Thursday’s event brought in a delightful mix of Back Bay residents and professionals, with the new and improved Bulfinch office (implemented by the extraordinarily talented Anthony Richardson, owner and creative force behind Visions Restorations) only happy to accommodate them.  Cortez Martinez lured art aficionados in with the smooth sounds of his saxophone, while Heather Prohaska of Heather Prohaska Photography was quick to pose them in front of the step and repeat created by Ansy Chevalier of Studio 24.  Beer and wine flowed freely thanks to Gianni Mazzotta and Bauer Wine and Spirits.  Since the artist we were all there to pay our respects to originates from Clermont Ferrand, France, it seemed only fitting to include macarons on a (silver) dessert platter.  

 

Brigitte de Sautels stands next to her latest piece, Sensationnel

 

The food, as always, did not disappoint

 

Party goers and Bulfinch agents mingle over drinks

Patricia Ranahan and Lucian Estevez discussing their latest listings, no doubt

 

Zech Cook, co-owner of Bulfinch Boston Realty with Anthony Richardson, owner of Visions Restorations

A guest filling out our sign in book in order to stay in the know of future Bulfinch events

Cortez Martinez with Brigitte de Sautels and Zech Cook

Our youngest art critic

That's a wrap!

Boston Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is right around the corner, so this is the perfect time to start thinking about preventative maintenance projects to keep your home in top condition. Whether you are buying, selling, or both, keep these important tips in mind.

Yardwork

Late fall is one of the best times to trim trees. Trees start to enter a dormant stage in late fall, so you can keep your trees healthy and ready for future growth by trimming during this time. Fall is also a great time to fertilize your grass. In the fall, your grass is busy absorbing nutrients to prepare for the dormant winter months. If you need to plant trees or shrubs, add them to your to-do list. Fall usually has more good planting days than spring. The ground is still warm from summer, but the cooler fall temperatures are easier on the gardeners and the plants. And don’t forget to rake the leaves!

Gutters

Once the leaves have fallen, help protect your home from water damage by making sure your gutters are clean and clear of leaves, twigs, and debris so water, melting snow, and ice can flow smoothly. Clean gutters also help prevent critters from nesting in the debris and making their way into your attic.

Furnace

Change your furnace filter and schedule an appointment to get your heating system checked out by a professional. Be proactive with an annual cleaning and inspection to help prevent carbon monoxide leaks and other malfunctions. It can also help your system run more efficiently and help avoid those expensive winter furnace emergencies.

If you want to buy, sell, or rent property in Boston, contact Bulfinch Boston Realty today!

 

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    Boston Real Estate Ranked 3rd In U.S. For Foreign Investment

    Boston skyline at night

    A recent study from the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), has Boston behind only New York and Los Angeles as the best cities for foreign real estate investment in 2017. Boston is up two spots from number five on the list a year ago.

    The Top 5 Cities For Foreign Real Estate Investment in 2017:

    1. New York
    2. Los Angeles
    3. Boston
    4. Seattle
    5. San Francisco

    About the Association of Foreign Investors In Real Estate

    AFIRE consists of many of the largest investors in real estate in the world. Members of this organization are not homebuyers, but rather investors in industrial, multifamily, office, retail, and hotel real estate. Boston remains a very popular city for residential buyers as well.

    Future of Real Estate Investment in Boston

    The future of foreign investment in the United State is a little bit uncertain according to James Fetgatter the CEO of AFIRE because of things like Brexit, for example. However, Boston is expected to remain among the top markets in the U.S. Also, experts suggest that investment from China could slow somewhat in 2017. Domestic spending is expected to continue at a healthy rate, especially in Boston which boasts one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.

    To learn more about real estate opportunities in Boston, contact Bulfinch Boston Realty today!

    Exciting Times at Bulfinch Boston Realty!! We are Renovating . . .

    Dear Brokers, Clients and Friends,

    After 32 Years of business on Newbury Street, working out of a 400 sq/ft office, it is now time to Expand and Renovate! We are Excited to ANNOUNCE that Bulfinch has Leased additional space at our same location, 255 Newbury Street! We love our walk in's and client visits and would like to invite you ALL to visit us at our temporary office located at 31 Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay. 

     

    A couple of Pictures of our office space before the Demo

    If you are looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Just chat about anything Real Estate Related THINK BULFINCH!

     

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