Marc and Bobby,
I want to thank the two of you for the patience and professionalism you displayed during this transaction. At times I didn't think we'd get there but thanks to the two of you we did.
Anytime you need anything from me please reach out. It's good to have friends outside of my area and I now consider the two of youfriends.
I worked with Meghan at Marc Roos Realty and thought she was the *only* good broker I've ever worked with in Boston. I was looking for a 9/1 move in mid July.
Unlike other brokers, she told me it was a fine time to have great selection. And she didn't lie! Although I was disappointed to pay a full fee (I did get an awesome deal!), they definitely earned it! I was shown about 10 places in my price and location range. I was happy in my current place, so this was a complete "make-me-move" sort of apartment search.
I'd recommend everyone make her your first call. She's not like your traditional, hard close agent. I really feel like I was able to make a relaxed decision.
I met with broker Linda A. Ruggiero pretty much on whim. I hadn't read any prior Yelp reviews (a rarity for me). I live around the corner from the office and just walked in on whim. It was fate.
Linda and I had trouble meeting because of schedule conflicts, but she always responded very promptly to my emails. In the meantime, I met with many other realtors in my apartment search. They alternated from excellent to a little pushy, but I couldn't find anything decent in my price range due to the college rush and my after-September-first move in date. I was getting panicky.
After several weeks, I finally managed to meet with Linda Ruggiero, and she had only one apartment to show me. This wasn't her fault -- I had waited too long, and the selection was bleak with all the realtors I met with prior. Many had literally nothing to show me. But Linda had listened to me carefully, "knows her properties," and took me to my dream apartment. It had everything on my checklist -- it was like she literally read my mind. I was blown away, as was my boyfriend.
Only when Linda was fully assured I loved the apartment and wanted it 100%, she went into super-high-gear to ensure our application would beat the other people who had already seen it and were showing strong interest in the listing. She went out of her way and picked me up IN HER PERSONAL CAR to save time (she actually stowed my boyfriend's bike in the back of her station wagon!), rushed me to her office, and, while feeding me copious amounts of miniature chocolate bars, personally helped me fill out the paper work. She photocopied everything for my files and painstakingly explained everything to me. She moved with the lightening speed and thoroughness of a practiced professional.
She also went out of her way to negotiate both the rent (fail) and move-on date (win). She's a charmer who knows all the management companies and obviously has an excellent rapport with all of them.
After the paperwork was completed around 5:00pm, she then rushed off AGAIN downtown to ensure our application would be in front of a competitive line. And thanks to her speediness and extra care, we got the apartment.
I was looking for apartments in Boston that I can afford with roommates. Price and quality was our only concern (what else would matter). After going seeing several apartments with other companies & being completely turned off on almost everything we saw, we decided to give them a try.
I originally met with a woman named Linda who got my info and told me she would check what she had. Many companies would get upset with us because we didn't care where we lived as long as it was a good deal. I thought this woman was just going to brush us off as many others have. Linda told me about a few units she had and would be glad to show them to us. We agreed and wanted to see them all (maybe 6 or 7 units).
When we were getting ready to go see these apartments a bigger guy (i think it was the owner) called over a guy named Bobby to take us. We were really worried why Linda wasn't taking us but we decided we had nothing to lose. We went to commonwealth ave in brighton, harvard st in allston, and boylston st in fenway. Bobby told us the truth about every unit, if there was a fee or not, if it was heated or not, and told us his opinion of the landlord and area. He was a very nice guy to talk to (younger guy ) and we decided to rent the boylston apartment.
After living hear for almost 4 months we couldnt have made a better choice. We only had to pay a first month and last month, it comes with heat, and it was cleaned very well before we moved in.
Next year I will be going back to Marc Roos Realty to see if the Linda & Bobby team can find us something nicer.
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