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Since my review (3 years ago I might add) - I've been contacted multiple times being asked to remove my review. One even going so far as to say my review was the reason someone was fired. This place clearly has issues far beyond one employee. Stay away. They don't deserve business if they can't even manage their own.
Also since some of the people who have messaged me have also posted 5 star reviews - I would take those with a grain of salt. They are clearly having their own employees lie and write positive reviews.
My two roommates and I had a great experience with Maurika. Seems like the one-star reviews concern other realtors, so I'd recommend asking for her when you call! My two roommates and I got a really cute and affordable 2-bed with a roof deck through Harvard Ave.
Maurika was very flexible with timing, and organized both a viewing and a lease signing after work hours, making it really convenient for us. She put us in contact with the current tenants, and we were able to negotiate over taking some of their furniture. She also helped us negotiate with the landlord about having an extra roommate when he originally only wanted to rent to two people. Additionally, she gave us her phone number and was happy to take calls outside of work hours. Maurika was able to meet us right at the apartment to get the keys instead of the office.
The only issues we had were that we only got one set of keys, which was inconvenient, and we weren't entirely solid about move-in time until the day before. It was a Sept. 1 move, though, so that's how those things go. Anyway, that's why Harvard Ave is 4, not 5, stars.
Overall a great experience! Would definitely work with Maurika again for housing in Brookline/Allston.
I would totally recommend Dan Patzelt, or as my roommates and I call him, realtor Dan. He was extremely helpful in our apartment hunt process and definitely gave us the insider tips to truly find what we all wanted. The best part was that he was very accommodating, being able to meet with us and answer our questions quickly and efficiently.
I do not know about havard ave realty as a whole, but I can tell you choosing realtor Dan will not be a mistake.
I worked with Tom and David at Harvard Ave Realty and both were great. I appreciated their honesty, professionalism, and that they didn't try to sell me on or show me apartments out of my price range. Tom was very responsive, professional, and worked hard to show me apartments that met my criteria. This was by far one of the more pleasant experience I've had with a realty company in Boston. I'd gladly work with them again if I need to find another apartment in the Boston area.