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Blog :: 08-2013

Annette Given makes Top 10 Realtor for June 2013

This summer has been a record-breaking season for everyone here at the Charles Realty.  Our Principal Broker, Annette Given brought in $5,815,000 in closed residential sales for this past June.  Our luxury boutique agency has made a mark on the real estate market in Boston Proper and beyond.  After working in the business for 33 years, she has been able to lead a successful team that has paved the way in Boston real estate.

Boston Top 20 Realtors is an organization that aspires to recognize the hardwork of successful realtors in the Metro Boston area and in surrounding suburbs.  The realtors total sales volumes are collected by a third party, which are then compiled into the top 20 highest grossing realtors.   The following is the goal for the Boston Top 20 organization:

"to celebrate the hard work of local agents by featuring them in a consolidated online resource for consumers, allowing them higher visibility while providing consumers a more personal introduction to talented agents in the Metro Boston area."

We are grateful that a reputable organization, such as the Boston Top 20, exists to recognize hardworking realtors at the current state of the market.

To stay updated on monthly realtor rankings, follow the Boston Top 20 website here!

To learn more about Annette Given, her accomplishments, and the best way to touch base with her, check out her full biography on our website!

4 DIY Home Improvements to Try Before You Move Out

Don't feel like spending your whole weekend with home improvements?  Here are some quick and easy DIY fix-its you can tackle around your home.

Squeaky Door Hinges

Just a little WD-40 can go along way!  Spray a bit on the problem hinges for easing the squeaky noises. Petroleum jelly also does the trick.

Peeling Wallpaper

For those pesky, curled-up corners try smearing a dab of wallpaper paste onto a separate piece of paper. After rubbing the wallpaper paste against the peel, press the wallpaper against the wall. Troublesome bubbles can be smoothed out with a clean cloth!

Tangled Extension Cords

The bane of our high-tech existence, tangled electrical chords.  Plastic buckets are the perfect solution to keeping your extension chords knot-free and at the ready.

Stained Bathtub

Combine equal parts of cream of tartar, baking soda, and a dash of lemon juice to make a paste.  Rub the mixture on with a cloth, let it sit for 30 minutes, then voila!

For Rent: Gorgeous One Bedroom Overlooking Commonwealth Avenue

Even though September is around the corner, we still have apartments available for September 1st. Check out this exclusive rental listing on one of Boston's most coveted streets.

This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom home offers all of the necessary amenities for a city-dweller. The frontward facing living room boasts hardwood floors, oversized bay windows, working fireplace, and custom built-ins all enclosed in French doors.  Adjacent is the recently renovated chef's kitchen that features gas stove, stainless steel appliances, marble backsplash, and skylight for added natural light. There is no shortage of storage space with custom built-ins throughout the home. The master bedroom is no exception. With elevator access, laundry in the building, and easy accessibility to the best of Back Bay, this is your opportunity to rent!

For more pictures, check out our Pinterest board here!

For showings, feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our stellar rental agents over here!