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I found Harvard Ave Realty and Orit by chance while looking at apartments online. Orit Aviv has been amazing in helping me find an apartment AND signing the lease in one day. She also gave me her honest opinion for each place we visited by taking my situation into account, which surprised me to say the least. If you need a trustworthy and helpful broker to help you find an apartment around the area, then choose Orit.
I was moving cross country & eager to find someone willing to work with my via FaceTime, and with my strict budget. I was impressed by my realtors demeanor & willingness to help! Once we secured a place, I was informed the apartment would not be cleaned or painted before we moved in. We agreed to doing it ourselves on the basis we would be compensated for materials / time. We had already paid for the month and had no where else to go in the mean time. So we cleaned and painted and painted... a few weeks went by and still no compensation check... somewhere within those first few weeks we ended up locking ourselves out and had to have the door handle replaced, we were told the money would just come out of the money that we were owed... it took us three months to actually see a check and when we finally did, it barely covered the cost of the paint we purchased (which was your basic white, nothing fancy) This company ripped us off... would not recommend to a friend or anyone ..
I never thought I would deal with such a horrible and dishonest realty. It was my first time dealing with brokers in Boston and I had no experience. The mistakes they made are uncountable. They deposited my money into the landlord's account before the deal went into fruition. They didn't give me any receipt and thought photocopying cash was an acceptable receipt. They modified the address and broker fee on the brokerage disclosure form after we signed the paper. They kept pushing for the deal to happen although it was clearly a complicated situation that we needed to walk away from. They didn't give us the addendum till lease signing day and then blamed us for not taking the house because the realtor worked so hard and they kept demanding their broker fee even though we ended up without a house and even though only 2 of the 4 people signed the broker fee agreement which clearly sated that: all prospective tenants must sign prior to moving forward with the application. when I went to get my money back, they didn't give me all of it, and David, the owner, was very rude to me and treated me disrespectfully and charged me a $200 application fee though only 2 people signed the applications. I am still in the process of the dealing with the landlord to get my money back. All of this wouldn't have happened had they been professional and ethical.
We were struggling to find an apartment FAST when we heard some excellent reviews about Orit. We were a bit hesitant about using a realtor at first but Orit quickly put our mind at ease as she proved to the most efficient, patient and reliable realtor we could possibly hope for. She was very informative and helpful, was candid about every apartment she had to offer, and seemed to genuinely try to find the best option for us. As we were just moving to Boston she had the knowledge and experience to steer us to neighborhoods that were right for us. We ended up finding a nice apartment that perfectly suits our needs within just a few days. with Orit the search for an apartment, signing the lease and the entire move was very smooth and easy. Thanks!!