“Ask Toni & Maria” is a real estate column written by Toni Gilardi and Maria DiTullio from Elite Boston Landmark Realty. Have them answer your questions in an upcoming column by emailing email@example.com.
1) Dear Toni and Maria,
It has come to my attention that the rents in the North End and surrounding areas have gone up and availability has gone down. I need an apartment starting in April and can’t find one … HELP!
This is not new. We have been experiencing low inventory and high prices for a couple of years with no end in sight. We suggest finding a local Real Estate agent and have them put you on their “high priority list”. Or you may want to consider buying since the interest rate are the lowest they have been in 30 years.
Toni and Maria
2) Hello Toni and Maria,
I remembered a few months back you sent out a flier “My house is worth, What?” in Italian. My mother loved it! My family was wondering if you would still come to our property with the Italian Attorney/ Translator to give us an opinion of value? This way my mother will understand what is going on.
Saremmo lieti di. Yes, this offer still stands. Please feel free to call us anytime with the details of your property so we can prepare an evaluation. Tell your mom to start the gravy!!! We look forward to meeting your family.
3) Hello Toni and Maria,
My boyfriend and I broke up recently. We both signed a year lease which ends in September. I really don’t feel comfortable living in the apartment. I was wondering if it is possible to leave without having to continue to pay my portion of the rent?
The answer to your question is “No”. When you sign a lease you are responsible jointly and severely. However, we advise you ask him to leave and get a roommate because finding an apartment is difficult.
Don’t be shy…We would love to hear from you! Send in your real estate questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to check out our website at www.bostonlandmark.com or call 617-227-1000 or 617 523-5400.