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Tips on Your Apartment Search in Boston: An Interview with Luxury Residential Group

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Luxury Residential Group is a boutique residential brokerage specializing in the sale and rental of luxury properties in and around Boston, MA.

How did you get into this line of work?

In 1999, after working in commercial real estate at Peter Elliot LLC, I decided to transition into residential real estate in Boston, Massachusetts. I graduated of Moses Brown Prep School (92') in Providence, RI, and Boston University's School of Management (96'), where I studied and mastered the skills of negotiation, management, and finance. The beauty, design and architectural details always drew to luxury real estate. After learning the business for 15 years, I opened Luxury Residential Group LLC in 2009. We now have 17 agents and do $100+ million in sales per year.

What areas do you serve in Boston for rentals?

All of Boston(Back Bay, South End, Waterfront, Beacon Hill, North End, South Boston, Charlestown) surrounding suburbs(Brookline, Newton, Weston, Wellesley, Cambridge.

Do you charge a full fee for your apartment sales?

All apartment and condo sales commissions are paid by the seller. Therefore we do not charge a fee to the buyers we represent. We do however charge a 1 month fee to rental clients.

About how many months prior to move-in date should you start your apartment search?

Apartment searches should generally start 30-45 days prior to move in. If you start earlier, you will see apartments that are no longer available the second time around. The Boston market moves VERY quickly.

In the past couple years, are there any areas of Boston that are becoming more popular than they were previously?

South Boston is now one of the hottest markets in the city due to its vicinity to downtown, new restaurants, and lower price points.

What should homeowners be looking for in a good realtor?

You always want to work with a broker who knows the market you are searching in. One of the biggest mistakes people make is having loyalty to the agent who sold their suburban home. City brokers should represent you in the city and suburb brokers should represent you in the Suburbs. If you use your suburban broker to purchase a home in the city, you WILL absolutely miss opportunities and most likely lose out on multiple offer negotiations due to the local agents relationships with each other.

What should new homeowners or inexperienced homeowners be aware of when dealing with a realtor?

It is your agents sole job to educate you to the market and look out for your best interests. An educated buyer with a knowledgable, professional agent will always have an edge over a buyer with someone inexperienced or a less than stellar reputation.

What sets your business apart from other comparable agencies in Boston? Is there anything you believe you do better/different?

I am a BIG believer in cooperation and strong relationships within the brokerage community. There are other firms that refuse to cooperate with other agencies when it comes to rentals and I strongly feel that is poor business. Luxury Residential Group agents are well respected within the high end brokerage community because they understand the importance of being kind to those they work with while always maintaining a high level of ethical business practices.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Our website or or email me directly at, 617-262-2500.

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