The purchase and sale of 11 Dorr Street, Randolph closed on Wednesday at $260,000. Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC represented the buyers, Doodnauth “Dicky” and Ganwattie “Rupa” Lalbehari. As most real estate transactions go, it was a relatively smooth transaction but it still had its bumps along the road to the closing table.
Bumps along the road can turn into potholes which, in turn, can cause serious accidents and damage. Rupa, I think she’d tell you herself, had some serious anxiety issues throughout the process. I don’t blame her. Buying a home is a huge deal for most people and Rupa was a first time home buyer. Some of those bumps in the road were, for her, almost catastrophic. I won’t go into the particulars of the situation but the most pressing issue didn’t rear its head until two days before the closing which only added to Rupa’s anxiety.
Some people like to complain that real estate brokers make so much money and that they don’t actually do anything for that money. They complain that real estate brokers simply show a property and collect a huge check, again and again. It’s true that some real estate brokers do make a ton of money but most don’t so there’s a bit of a misconception out there. Most real estate agents only close one or two deals a year.
Having a real estate broker that can navigate those bumps along the road to the closing table is invaluable. Those bumps along the road can be insurmountable to buyers like Rupa. They ask: “What can we do?!” And there’s sometimes no clear answer to most of those questions but relying on the advice and counsel of an ethical and experienced real estate broker can help. Hiring an ethical and experienced real estate broker, in my biased opinion, is usually worth every dollar.
A good real estate broker can also help to assemble a great team… Avengers assemble!!!
Okay, fine. You’re right. The team I helped to assemble wasn’t quite The Avengers but they were a damned good team.
I referred Dicky and Rupa, because of the particulars of their situation, to Mark Zarse of Blue Hills Bank and to Gilbert “Gil” Schipani of Tempus Fugit Law, LLC. Mark helped my buyers at 48 Charles Street, Hyde Park with their mortgage back in 2012 and he did a nice job. I met Gil earlier this year after he reached out to me, I think, because he liked this blog. We both have an affinity for Galleria Umberto but, of course, the damned arancini was already sold out by the time we got up to the front of the line; we did have some of their pizza at his office so I was able meet his team and I liked what I saw. Mark and Gil had worked together in the past and I had worked with Mark in the past so it was a good fit. I think Dicky and Rupa would agree that both Mark and Gil did a nice job.
I didn’t refer Dicky and Rupa to the home inspector, Herbert “Herb” Riggs of Advanced Building Inspectors, LLC, but I have to say that Herb and his team did a nice job. I met Herb, although I might’ve met him before then, through Dicky and Rupa during the home inspection of 12 Bullard Street, Dorchester earlier this year. Herb found some knob and tube wiring that was still actively in use so, in my opinion, the entire house may have needed to be rewired. Where there’s smoke there’s fire, right?
I’m glad that Dicky and Rupa ended up getting away from 12 Bullard Street because I thought that the issue with the electric along with other issues that were identified during the home inspection and the general condition of the house could’ve cost them a lot of headaches and money.
So the closing took some time but it went smoothly. Gil and Andrew took the extra time to explain most of the important information to Dicky and, especially, to Rupa. I hope they’re happy with their new home for many years to come.
Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC wants to help you with the purchase or sale of your property in Randolph. Below is the complete list of condominiums and single family properties in Randolph. Like one? Contact us so we can get started on your road to home ownership. We’ll keep the bumps to a minimum.