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Celebrating a Legacy

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Dear Mark,

This is an open letter from all of us that you have touched over the years.  While you may be retiring, you will forever be the co-founder of Bulfinch Boston Realty, and your legacy will never be forgotten.

Thirty-three years ago, alongside Alicia Ingalls, you decided to rent a tiny, front facing one-bedroom apartment on Newbury Street and turn it into a real estate office.  Thirty-three years later and that tiny, front-facing one-bedroom apartment on Newbury Street is still the home of one of the most well-respected real estate offices in Boston.  Mark, you created more than a business.  You created Bulfinch, and all that name implies.  Through sheer tenacity and moral fiber, you and Lissy stayed true to your values.  Because of this, Bulfinch Boston Realty is synonymous with honesty, integrity, and veracity.

Everything that you and Lissy are is everything Bulfinch is today.  More than just owners, managers, bosses, you both instilled your own principles into everyone that worked with you.  Despite this, you remain one of the most humble people we know.  

 

Mark, thank you for motivating us to keep going every time we wanted to give up.  Thank you for treating every client with the same amount of respect, no matter their background, age, or budget.  Thank you from all of us who learned from you, who got our starts at Bulfinch, who have since started our own companies but still refer back to the advice you gave us 10, 15, 20 years ago.

Thank you for all the opportunities you’ve provided us by keeping Bulfinch’s doors open, despite the changing business and economical landscapes that Bulfinch faced over three decades.  Thank you for the laughs, the wisdom, the kindness, the time, the advice, the jobs, the chances, the life lessons. 

We truly would not be who we are today without you

  

 

Thank You Mark Pardes

 

 

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    Celebrating A BulfinchGIVING

     

     

    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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