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I can't praise Sean from Harvard Ave Realty enough, he is the best!! He was professional, efficient, and helpful. I hate it when realtors show apartments outside my criteria for the sake of showing it. Sean never did that, and was very realistic about my options. As a result, I love the apartment he found for me. The entire staff was also pleasant in general, though I don't have much experience working with anyone else.
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.
I cannot praise Orit Aviv highly enough--she was exactly the type of broker I didn't know I needed to secure the housing I wanted. I'd contacted Orit regarding a listing that had already been rented, but she was incredible in helping me find other options. She was transparent and honest about the apartments we saw, incredibly easy to communicate with, and proactively sent me listings that fit what I was looking for that weren't available online. I can't say enough good things about Orit: she knows what she's doing and she's good at it. Because of her I found exactly what I was looking for: she helped me navigate an ever-changing, fast-moving housing market swiftly and successfully. A process that would have been stressful and headache-inducing was made easy and painless thanks to Orit. Best broker I've ever had, hands down.
We just signed a lease today on an apartment with Sean Paine (Champagne Sean Paine). My roommates and I were apartment searching for months with other agencies and backed out of a place with another agent just so we could give our business to Sean. Everyone at the office was incredibly friendly and helpful and we couldn't be happier about our new place. I really couldn't have asked for anything more from Harvard Ave Realty.
I had a great experience working with David. He was on time for my appointment and even stayed a little later than he normally does to show me a place and accommodate my schedule. He was honest about both apartments that he showed me, both the positive and potential downside, but I loved one and ended up signing a lease that night. I was lucky because the building works exclusively with him. He wasn't pushy like most other realtors that I've dealt with. It was a really pleasant process, and I will be recommending him to anyone that needs a realtor.