North End real estate agents have got to start protecting the golden egg laying goose that is the North End. North End real estate agents live or die by the reputation of this neighborhood, the reputation that the North End is a community, a community in which we know each other by name, we care about each other, we care about the neighborhood and care about how it looks, how it feels, how it is. North End real estate agents live or die by the reputation of this neighborhood as a village that helps raise happy children safely, the reputation of this neighborhood as a village we care about, and care about each other.
North End real estate agents have to stop killing this goose. How are North End real estate agents killing the golden goose that’s their livelihood? When North End buildings were all family-owned apartment buildings, tenants wouldn’t dream of partying loudly into the night, urinating off the fire escape into the street, pelting police officers with beer cans–the landlord lived in the building, with kids, and sometimes, Mom–the really old lady dressed in black.
Now, lots of those apartments are condominiums with unit rented by an absentee landlord. There’s no longer a landlord in the building, no Super. And so because tenants can, they often do. There’s no shame the next day, no relationships with the landlord’s children, mother–the old lady dressed in black.
So how do North End real estate agents stop killing the golden goose?
Simple. They stop showing North End condo units to investors, to people buying units only to rent them. A condo owner who has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase the home in which s/he lives cares differently than a tenant who only pays a couple thousand dollars a month to someone s/he never sees—the money just transfer from bank account to bank account.
What if North End real estate agents made a pact to show condo units only to buyers looking for homes to live in — and not just while they go to school.
Can you imagine an owner peeing off the fire escape? Tossing beer cans at cops? Partying loudly and abusively on the roof? Putting out trash irresponsibly? Letting the property deteriorate? Neither can I.
Tommye-K. Mayer, North End condominium unit owner of 27 years
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