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Introducing Wendy Matthews

At CHS, we are committed to providing a hands-on, full-service approach to your real estate needs. To provide our clients with the best possible results, we are always on the lookout for exceptional industry professionals to collaborate with or join our team. CHS Founder Irene Kerzner is very excited to announce that Wendy Matthews is the newest addition to the Concierge Home Sales team. Wendy knows the Greater Boston area like the back of her hand. She’s lived here for over three decades and worked in real estate since 1981. She specializes in servicing corporate relocation clients, empty nesters, growing families, and first-time buyers and comes with a stellar reputation for her purpose-driven approach that has resulted in many repeat clients and referrals. In addition to a successful career, Wendy has taught in the Boston Public Schools’ Early Childhood Program and has served as a Mayoral appointee on one of Newton’s Historic District Commissions for several years. We look forward to having Wendy as a valued member of our team, allowing us to provide top-notch services to even more clients – Welcome, Wendy!
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Getting Your “Financial House” in Order

By Flip Ruben, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)   For most people, buying a home may be the single biggest purchase of their lifetime. As you evaluate your housing needs, wants and wishes, it’s also the perfect time to evaluate your financial plans and get your “financial house” in order. As we approach the New Year, here are four year-end planning suggestions (if you aren’t already doing them!)   Speak to your accountant or financial advisor about tax savings. Don’t wait until after the New Year. It may seem obvious, but many people do not proactively seek advice in the current tax year. Even if you do not itemize deductions, there may be opportunities to reduce your current year’s tax bill. Make the call today and review your situation.   Start budgeting in the New Year. Do your lifestyle expenses align with your savings and long-term planning goals? Are your spending patterns consistent with your values and priorities? Budgeting can be a critical part of your financial well-being. Make an accountability pledge to yourself and begin budgeting. There are numerous excellent options, so pick one and stick with it for the New Year.   Re-evaluate your portfolio risk. Did you know that […]
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3 Organizing Principles to Make Your New Home Work for You

By Lisa Linard, Professional Organizer   Moving into a new home comes with plenty of opportunities to start anew. You get to decorate in a new color scheme. You can make new friends in your neighborhood. You can explore new coffee shops and restaurants and find new favorites. It also presents the opportunity to leave behind everything that wasn’t working for you and create new and improved “ways of working” in your new environment.   SO EXCITING! Everyone wants to lead a frictionless, unencumbered life. We want to be able to get out the door quickly in the morning, find things when we need them, and spend our evenings relaxing with the people and things we enjoy. Before you move, think about the struggles you have in your current house. Do you: Waste minutes every day looking for your keys? Have a hard time putting together outfits in the morning? Find cooking dinner overly complicated and time-consuming? Ponder over why these things don’t work for you. Do you drop your keys in a different place every day when you get home from work? Are your camisoles mixed in with your sweaters? Do you have to walk back and forth across […]
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Decluttering on a Deadline

By Lisa Linard, Professional Organizer   So you’ve decided to sell your house and you need to get rid of stuff…fast. Chances are you’ve got a deadline and the thought of decluttering in a short time frame is making you anxious. First, take a deep breath. You’ve got this! You can follow these steps to make the process less daunting, more efficient, and (dare I say it?) more fun.   1. Determine your “why” Why do you want or need to declutter? Some of your reasons might be your own, and some might be suggested by your real estate agent or home stager. Do you want to: Fit all of your belongings into your new, smaller home? Remove personal items for an open house? Get rid of a storage unit? Prepare your home for staging? Make unpacking in your new home go more quickly? Your “why” might be one of these, none of these, or all of these! Write your “whys” down so you can refer back to them if you need to refocus. They will be your North Star.   2. Prioritize and set goals Let’s face it, if you have a short period of time to accomplish your […]
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New on the Market: Hot Finds in Brookline

Much like the weather, the housing market is heating up, and Brookline is hotter than ever! These beautiful properties won’t last long, so if you’re in the market for a new home be sure to contact us for more information before it’s too late. As always, you can stay up-to-date on all our listings and open houses by following us on Facebook and Instagram! Irene Kerzner Phone: 617-731-4644 x347 Email: ikerzner@HammondRE.com   111 Bonad Road, South Brookline/Chestnut Hill $995,000 This striking contemporary-style residence with three bedrooms has a wonderful open floor plan suitable for casual living as well as entertaining. The spacious dining area opens to a large deck and a beautifully landscaped yard with a 2016 retaining wall — perfect for al fresco dining. The main level also features a kitchen with a breakfast bar, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances; a gracious living room with a large fireplace; a 2014 half bathroom; and direct entry into the two-car garage. The second level is comprised of a delightful master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a 2011 bathroom plus two other generously-sized bedrooms and a bathroom. Further enhancing this property are a finished lower level with a full bathroom, steam […]
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New on the Market: Brookline Beauties

Spring has sprung, which means that it’s the perfect time for home buying. Have you always dreamed of living in Brookline? Now is your chance! This picturesque Massachusetts town got its name from the many brooks that make up the town’s borders and is known for its beautiful parks, fantastic schools and being the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy. With such close proximity to Boston, it is the ideal town for commuter families. These beautiful brand-new Brookline listings from Concierge Home Sales won’t last long. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to contact Irene Kerzner at 617-413-3598 or ikerzner@HammondRE.com.   125 Bonad Road, Brookline $799,000 This beautiful 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home in the South Brookline/Chestnut Hill area has three floors of beautifully detailed interiors complete with crown molding, stained glass, and hardwood floors. The main level features a large living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a study/den, and a 2014 kitchen with maple cabinetry and granite countertops. French doors accessed through the mudroom open to a large deck and pretty backyard perfect for outdoor entertaining. A finished lower level, with additional storage and a one car garage, complete this special property. Minutes to Baker School, Allandale […]
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Join Us this Fall for Straight Talk: The In’s and Out’s of Selling Your Home

We’re excited to announce that Concierge Home Sales is embarking on a three-part speaker series, hosted by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Natick this Fall. The series entitled, Straight Talk: The In’s and Out’s of Selling Your Home, will focus on the different aspects of preparing you home for the market. Irene, Heidi, plus one special guest panelist will share their secrets on how to make the process as painless as possible, while getting the best result. From preparing your home for the market, to dealing with the psychology of a move, Concierge Home Sales will share how they navigate and oversee the entire process, whether it’s construction, paint, furniture placement or curb appeal. We hope that you’ll be able to join CHS for one or all three of these informative panels. Who knows, this just might be the discussion you need to help you take the step to sell your home!   Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30pm Time to Sell – How to Prepare your home for the market  To RSVP click HERE   Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm Sustainable Landscaping – Investing now for continued curb appeal To RSVP click HERE   Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30pm The Psychology […]
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Straight Talk: Is That Design Trend You Love Worth It?

Design trends can make or break a property. A style that could all the rage now, might not have a great return on investment when it comes time to sell your home a few years down the road. So, today we discuss what trends will give you the most bang for your buck, and which ones should you steer clear of.   1.       Accent Wallpaper – The trend of bold and printed accent wallpaper walls is something that has caught on fast. Typically, you can find this trend in a smaller space, like the bathroom, but it’s not uncommon to also see it in a bedroom or living room. While you might love the tropical pattern you chose, if you plan to sell, the accent wall might not be the best idea. Our Vote: STAY AWAY   2.       The Grey and White Trend – This trend has been going on for a while now and can most often be seen in the kitchen. The minimalist design is increasingly popular, and is great when transitioning your home to sell. White is associated with being clean and bright, while grey can be very calming. Our Vote: HOORAY   3.        Intricate tile – […]
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Straight Talk

Selling your home is no easy task and often some important details can be overlooked. So, we’re going to give it to you straight…if you think it’s time to put your home on the market, here are some pointers that will help with the process: Don’t Neglect Necessary Repairs: We’ve mentioned in previous blog posts and can’t emphasis enough the importance of doing the necessary home repairs before selling your home. Not only will it increase the asking price of your home, but it will save you money in the long run. Don’t Sell an Empty Home: Staging is EVERYTHING! Empty spaces take the charm out of a home and cause buyers to have a harder time connecting with the property. Take Good Photos: Having clear, high resolution, and if possible, professional shots of your home is always a great idea. In the age of the internet, most people start their home buying search online, and if you have bad photos, chances are buyers will skip right over your property. Don’t put the Stress on Yourself: The assumption that you’re the best person to sell your home is one that seems better than it is. Hire someone that knows what […]
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The Clutter Isn’t Cute

We’ve talked about the importance of curb appeal — that you only have “one chance to make a first impression” with the exterior of your home. Well, the same can be said for the interior. And one of the first things buyers will notice in your home is clutter. Clutter can be unappealing to some and can also give potential buyers the impression that your house has inadequate storage. Now is the time to start chipping away at those organization projects you’ve been putting off. Here are some tips to help you get started: Visualize what you want the room to look like — Having a goal for a space will make you feel motivated to tackle those unsightly messes. Start with the most unorganized room in the house — If you can get through that room, you can get through anything! Take it one step at a time — Remember it’s not a sprint. Take it slow, take your time, and do it right. Even if it’s only 10-15 minutes a day. Every minute counts. So if you’re planning to sell your home, take some time to get organized and give the right impression, it makes a HUGE difference.
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