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I had a great experience here with Eric. He got me a great deal on a nice apartment that was under my budget and was very helpful and communicative throughout the entire process. No one in the office was pushy or condescending, and I felt that Eric really did everything he could to help us along with getting our rental application approved. I've been renting in the area for close to a decade, and this was the most respectful experience I've had in a long time.
I never actually used a realty agent before because of misconceptions I had about them. However, I've got to say, I could never have been more wrong in my life.
I've never had such a professional, pleasant, quick and dependable experience as I had with Orit Aviv from Harvard Ave Realty.
As a new comer to the Boston area which was a complete stranger to me, I never thought I could find a place that fits exactly my taste and needs in such a short time.
Orit was exceptionally knowledgeable, dependable, quick and pleasant to work with, that I knew I was in good hands from the first moment and will find exactly what I want.
I strongly recommend using Orit Aviv's and Harvard Realty services for all your Boston area housing needs.
Unfortunately, I signed my lease before I realized how unprofessional this business was. Our realtor constantly feeds us false information (costs, move in/out dates, amenities, etc) and she is extremely unreliable. They don't respond to emails and they handle things very poorly. I would NOT recommend.
I'm not sure why there are so many bad reviews of Harvard Ave Realty! My boyfriend and I were looking for a one bedroom off-campus to save money. We didn't have a big budget and I was picky with what I wanted. Furthermore, apartments were renting out fast! We worked with Dan Patzelt and it was only a pleasure. He was very candid about the apartments and seemed to know a lot about the area. He was accommodating to our student schedules and even picked us up/dropped us off at our dorm sometimes on the way to or from showings. Now that we've moved in, the process was easy. Dan answered all of our questions and concerns. I'd definitely recommend Harvard Ave to others!
Like many, I abhor the Boston housing market. And I find the brokerage system to be borderline criminal, so I'm not often warm towards realtors. But Orit Aviv was different, and tremendously helpful. She did not push an apartment, and seemed honest about its ups and downs. Those are not givens, and good signs-- but where she really impressed me was putting together the paperwork that same day and pushing the deal through. It made the hassle factor for me significantly, significantly less. If I'm ever looking in Boston again, I'd call Orit rather than look through listings. Really that good.