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Off-Season Rentals Offer Good Deals

The peak spring and summer rental market season can be quite hectic.  Fast moving inventory, top dollar market pricing, and competing with qualified applicants.  All of this makes the stressful moving experience even more so.  After September 1st, however, there are deals to be had if one can wait to move.  The rental market tends to slow down during the fall and winter, and sometimes this leaves landlords with vacant apartments.  Great deals are available for those who can move quick, or fill odd dates.  This is also an opportune time to ask for some painting or touch up before move-in when typically there wouldn’t be time.  

Call us and speak with a qualified rental agent to find out more.

 


Current Fall Specials (click for more info):

Dartmouth St, South End - 2+BR/2BA Penthouse Duplex with Private Deck - $4,995

M St, South Boston - 1+BR/1BA Renovated Penthouse - $2,625

Marlborough St, Back Bay - 2BR/1BA Penthouse with Central Air - $3,450

Warren Ave, South End - 1BR/1BA Renovated with In-Unit Laundry - $2,375

 

 

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Boston Landlords: 10 Tips for Renting an Apartment that is Still Vacant

September 1st has come and gone. Boston’s prime rental season is over and the number of renters out there has decreased sharply. However, all is not lost. Here are 10 tips to help get that apartment leased:

1.  Make Necessary Repairs.  If something is clearly broken (e.g. cracked windows, doors that do not close, etc.), many prospective renters will see that as a red flag. 

2.  Deep Cleaning.  Has the apartment been cleaned since the last tenant moved out? Prospective tenants this time of year generally have more options and are more likely to scrutinize unclean apartments.    If the apartment windows have not been cleaned (inside and out), that is a must-do to help maximize the natural light.

3.  Freshen Up the Paint and Floors.  Without furniture, scuff marks become focal points.  Not only will a fresh coat of paint help the apartment show better, but now is the best time to get that done since there are no tenants to work around. The same is true with the floors – refinishing hardwood floors and replacing carpet (with new carpet or hardwood flooring) can make a world of difference.

4.  Improve Curb Appeal.  Depending on the type of rental that you own, there may be limits to what you can do to improve the curb appeal.  However, for prospective renters, their evaluation of your apartment begins even before they step into the unit.  Put yourself in their shoes and walk-up to the building – how does the landscaping look, is the mail in boxes or scattered in the foyer, are the common areas clean, are the hallway lights working?

5.  Take New Pictures.  Nearly all renters’ searches begin online, so pictures will make the first impression. If you have been using the same pictures, take new pictures to give a fresh look.

6.  Consider Going Pet-Friendly.  For renters with pets, they will ONLY look at pet-friendly apartments.  If you have been advertising your apartment as not accepting pets, then there is a new audience of tenants that you could reach. However, careful consideration needs to be given here – for instance, some condo associations prohibit pets.

7.  Change the Lease End Date.  Consider entering a lease until June 1st, rather than doing a lease until September 1st. September 1st has tended to be the biggest turnover date in Boston, but June 1st is a popular lease turnover date too. Additionally, if you miss a tenant for June 1, then you still have several months of “prime” rental season to work with.

8.  Maximize Your Listing Exposure.  Working with a real estate broker can help maximize your exposure.  For instance, here at Cabot & Company we utilize a number of listing and advertising platforms in order to reach tenants.  Not only does the tenant typically pay the brokerage fee, but we provide a credit check and manage the lease signing and collection of upfront payments.

9.  Offer Incentives.  Agreeing to pay all or half of the broker’s fee can help alleviate a renter’s upfront moving costs.  If the renter needs to come up with the first month’s rent, last month’s rent, month security deposit and a broker fee, that can work out to a sizable amount. Foregoing the requirement for the last month’s rent and/or accepting a lower security deposit can also help.

10.  Consider a Rent Reduction.  This is the last tip, but probably the most important.  If you have already tried some/all of the tips above, then the market is saying that you are asking too much.  It is also important to consider the impact of missing an additional month’s rent as opposed to reducing your asking rent – generally, you find that the numbers work out that you are better off agreeing to a lower rent for a sooner move-in date than missing out on a few months of rent while chasing a higher rent.

 

 

Important Utilites Contact Information for Move Ins

When moving into your new home you need to establish service with the following Utility companies:

Boston Utilities

National Grid
Gas (800) 732-3400

Eversource
Electricity (800) 592-2000

Verizon
Phone (800) 870-9999

Comcast
Phone, Cable, Internet
(617) 279-1958

 

 

Helpful Boston Numbers

 

Boston City Hall
(617) 635-4000

Boston Police Department
Non Emergency
(617) 343-4200

Boston Fire Department
Non Emergency
(617) 343-3550

Emergency Storm Center
(617) 635-3050

Poison Control and Prevention
(800) 222-1222

Animal Control (Dog Licenses)
(617) 635-5348

 

We recommend you reserve a parking spot for your moving truck by going to City of Boston Website

If you live in Boston and your car is registered in Massachusetts you can get a resident permit parking sticker to park on the street.

 

For more information please contact Cabot & Company at (617) 262-6200

 

Boston Apartments that Take Pets... And You Can Come Too!

It’s that time of year again searching for a rental in Boston, however this year with your new addition of a puppy you are finding it more challenging to rent.  Don’t despair! There are plenty of pet friendly buildings with all the amenities your precious pet would need.  The plethora of luxury buildings that have sprouted up in the past few years welcome wet noses. 

Does your French Bull dog need to shed a few pounds or your new puppy has endless energy?  The Waterside in the Seaport offers an outdoor dog run. How do you keep up with your Yorkshire Terrier’s haircuts? No need to leave your building while residing at One Canal in the North End that offers a pet spa and dog park.  Wondering where your overly friendly Golden Retriever can make fast friends, no problem at 345 Harrison in the South End, they have a Paws Pet Park where your playful pup can find fast playmates.  Want to live downtown close to work and come home to check on your pets at lunch? The Kensington conveniently located on Washington Street offers a Pet Spa and lots of other amenities. 

Many of these buildings pay the broker fee so you can work with your favorite broker to help you navigate the rental process, but you don’t have to pay the broker fee. Win win situation. Call Cabot & Company and one of our rental experts can set up showings and provide information on Boston apartments at one of the many pet friendly apartments. 

For amenity lists, pet friendly apartments and location ideas contact Cabot & Company at (617) 262-6200 or visit our website cabotandcompany.com.

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Great windows in your new home?

Renters:
When renting a condo you may expect to have some kind of window treatments. Most landlords put the basic blinds or roller shades which might not be attractive enough for you. You can customize your apartment by adding color with curtains. Simple, inexpensive and easy to install curtains can be found at many different stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Pottery Barn, West Elm or even on Amazon.

Buyers:
Choosing the right window treatments for your newly purchased condo can be overwhelming.  First, make sure to check with the condo association’s rules to know what are the dos and don’ts. Many managed buildings have scheduled window cleanings during the year. If you are interested in getting as much light as possible, select a window shade that allows light to come through. Being on a lower floor you might want to consider having a top down bottom up shade, so you can cover the bottom of the window for privacy yet allowing light into your place by having the top portion of the window completely open. There are many options, therefore you may want to have a window expert come and explain all the different possibilities; many of them offer a complementary consultation for new home buyers.

Shopping for a new home? Check out all our listings, the spring market is going strong and many new listings are added every week.

 

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Beat The Rush!

Looking for an apartment in Boston for your new job?  Or looking to relocate to a new place?  Thinking of moving when your lease is up?  If you have said yes to any of these questions, we are here to help!  If you have rented before in Boston you know that the market is extremely competitive, especially if your looking for rentals beginning in June or September.  You might find the perfect rental early in the game that checks all of the boxes, ultimately beating the rush, the competition and for you to stop worrying about the stress that goes into apartment searching.  Check out a few of our rentals below.
 

Back Bay | 86 Saint Botolph St. #13 | 1 BR 1 BA | $2,100


Top floor, one bedroom apartment that gets an abundance of natural sunlight and views. Located on Saint Botolph St. in the Back Bay, bordering the South End. Close to transportation, restaurants, shops and the grocery store; close to everything! Open kitchen with gas stove-top, and all utilities included in the rent. Very convenient location!

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!

 

Back Bay | 11 Marlborough St. #42 | 1 BR-Alcove 1BA | $2,395


Junior one bedroom on the 1st block of Marlborough St. No better location to live in the City than this block! Spacious studio / one bedroom with updated kitchen and bathroom, hardwood floors. Heat and hot water are included in the rent. Close to Green Line, Red Line, Newbury shops, Back Bay restaurants and the Boston Common and Public Gardens!

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!
 

Back Bay | 141 Beacon St. #5 | Studio 1 BA | $2,195


Spacious studio located off Berkeley and Beacon St. features hardwood floors throughout, classic Back Bay detail, high ceilings, kitchen w/ dishwasher/disposal. Plus, heat, hot water, AND electricity included!!

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!
 

Watertown | 31 Irma Ave. #3 | 2 BR 1 B | $2,175


Huge, sunny and spacious 2 bedroom with hardwood floors throughout. Renovated kitchen, private deck, central air, and laundry in building. One parking spot included in the rent. Ideal location with easy access to public transportation, restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios and much more. Must See!

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!
 

South End | 220 West Springfield St. #1 | 1 BR 1 BA | $3,000


Parlor level, one bedroom with renovated open kitchen, Bosch and Fridgidaire stainless steel appliances and granite breakfast bar, high ceilings with lots of detail, in unit washer and dryer, and split-system wall AC. Heat and hot water included. Close to public transportation and the South End's famous restaurant scene.

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!

 

Back Bay | 271 Dartmouth St. #4M | 1 BR 1 BA *Furnished* | $2,700


Furnished one bed in Prime Back Bay location between Boylston and Newbury on Dartmouth St., steps to Copley Plaza. Elevator building with laundry on every floor and common roof deck. The unit boasts hardwood floors, dishwasher, and high ceilings. Heat, hot water, and WiFi/basic cable included in the rent. $50 per month towards electricity.

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!

 

Back Bay | 209 Newbury St. #2R | Studio 1BA | $3,150


NEW on Newbury Street!  Just renovated studio with enormous private deck between Exeter and Fairfield Street.  This apartment has all the bells and whistles; satin-finish white oak floors, central AC/hydro air, washer/dryer in unit, walk-in closet, video/voice intercom, and recessed LED lighting.  Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and gas cooking.  Modern bathroom with tub.  Be the first to live in this gem!

Please contact Andrew Bemben with any inquiries or to set up a showing this weekend!

 

 

 

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Apartment Spotlight: Looking for Rentals in Vibrant Areas in and around the City?

Jamaica Plain | 96 Seaverns St. #PH | 2 BR 1.5 B | $2,995 *Reduced Price*

Sumner Hill neighborhood, in Jamaica plain. Two bedroom plus study, one and a half bath penthouse. Steps to Green Street T, and all the shops, cafés, and restaurants on Centre Street, this sun splashed home doesn’t disappoint. Central air conditioning and heat, in-unit laundry, and an oversize private deck. Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 2/2 from 10:00A.M.-3:30P.M. 

 

Watertown | 31 Irma Ave. #3 | 2 BR 1 B | $2,175 *Reduced Price*

Huge sunny and spacious 2 bedroom with hardwood floors throughout. Renovated kitchen, private deck, central air, and laundry in building. One parking spot included. Ideal location with easy access to public transportation, restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios and much more. Must See! Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 2/2 from 10:00A.M.-3:30P.M. 

 

 

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Apartment Spotlight: Available Now

Need an apartment in Boston?  Here are some spotlighted apartments that are available NOW:

Back Bay  |  185 Beacon St. #5R  |  1BR  |  $2,450 

AVAILABLE NOW!!!  Great views of Boston's historic cityscape, with all new appliances.  Facing South, this one bedroom unit receives an abundance of natural sunlight. This professionally managed building also features a walk-in closet and hardwood floors. Hot Water is included in the rent!  Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 11/10 from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

 

Back Bay  |  719 Boylston St. #303  |  2BR  |  $3,750

AVAILABLE NOW!!!  Be the first to live in this BRAND NEW, two bedroom, professionally managed unit on Boylston and Exeter St.  New hardwood floors throughout, brand new kitchen with dishwasher and new bathroom's as well!  There is even an extra room for storage or office space, central air and washer/dryer in the unit!  Location is great - close to the Prudential Center and right on the Marathon/Parade route.  Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 11/10 from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

 

 

 

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Apartment Spotlight: Quick Move-In and Half Fee

In need of an apartment?  Here are a few featured apartments that are available for immediate move-in and at half of the broker's fee!

 
South End | 614 Massachusetts Ave, U10 | 1 Bed | $2,295
 
 
AVAILABLE NOW!!!  Wonderful, completely gut-rehabbed, with all new appliances.  One bedroom unit with large, sunny windows, refinished hardwood floors and an abundance of closet space.  Electricity, Heat and Hot Water included in the rent!  Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 10/20 from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

 
Back Bay | 247 Newbury St., U3F | 1 Bed | $3,100
 
 
AVAILABLE NOW!!!  This spacious, sun-filled one bed is a great space for being in it all! As Back Bay maintains to be the neighborhood loaded with entertainment, food, shopping and anything you can fathom. Nestled in a superb location, located on Newbury and Fairfield St. This wonderful unit has a very open living room and large separate kitchen with granite counter tops. Heat and hot water included in the rent as well as a washer/dryer combo in the unit!  Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 10/20 from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
 
 
Bay Village | 10 Church St., U3 | 2 Bed | $2,595
 
 
AVAILABLE NOW!!!  Live in this freshly painted, floor-thru two bedroom in Historic Bay Village! Right in the middle of the South End, Back Bay and Theatre District.  Location cannot be more convenient to transportation, the grocery store/markets, entrance/exit ramp to I-90 and laundry services.  This spacious unit has a very open living room with two, equal, large-sized bedrooms.  Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 10/20 from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
 
 
Back Bay | 475 Beacon St., U9 | 2 Bed | $3,200
 
 
AVAILABLE NOW!!!  Newly renovated, two bedroom, garden floor-thru on Beacon and Hereford St.  New hardwood floors throughout, brand new kitchen with dishwasher and a new bathroom as well!  There is even a private outdoor patio to enjoy the Southern sun!  Location is great for being so close in proximity to the Charles River Esplanade.  There is common laundry right near the unit with hot water included in the rent!  Please contact Andrew Bemben with any questions or to set up an appointment for this Saturday, 10/20 from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
 
 

 

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Relocating to Boston?

There are still some great apartments out there. 
 
Whether moving for a job transfer, new employment opportunity, or trying to get off a friend or parent’s couch, there are a variety of apartment options to explore.  Decide what you want your commute to be - walk, transit, bike?  What is your budget?  How much space do you really need?
 
Benefits:  Live in one of Boston’s many desirable neighborhoods and walk to cafes, parks, music events, and join local community happenings to meet people and get involved!
 
Benefits:  Usually a shorter term lease and flexibility, just bring a suitcase and a toothbrush! This is 
perfect for consultants, grad students and the undecideds!
 
Benefits:  Guaranteed elevator, central air, most times a doorman, gym, common outdoor space, and many other unique life experience perks!
 
Search our website and contact an experienced rental agent for the most up to date listings and location advice.
 
 

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