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June 15, 2012

David asks…

What can I expect to spend on a luxury apartment near Boston College?

I just finished grad school and got a job at a decent consulting firm here in Boston. I have two roommates and we’re looking for a nice apartment near BC because they’re still in school. What are reasonable prices on a 3 bedroom for something that’s considered “luxury“? Something with nice interiors, maybe city views, a fitness center, etc. I’m used to having decent living quarters but now that I’m done with school I’m ready for something more comfortable. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

Congrats on the new job! I went to Northeastern for undergrad and lived only about 15 minutes from BU/BC area. I didn’t live in anything luxury for undergrad, but err..I do now in Quincy. My buddy (from NEU) is a realtor in the area and has a good website with pricing and info. You’ll be spending about $3200-3600 for a luxury three bedroom. If you accept a few less amenities you’ll be looking at $2800 maybe $3000. Good luck finding a place if you have dogs. I searched forever and finally my buddy found a nice place that accepted them.

Charles asks…

How can I rent a luxury furnished apartment/condo with close proximity to downtown for 3-6 months?

I have a consulting job in Boston and would like to get out of hotels and find a place that would encourage my wife to come and spend some time with me.
Saji and PennyLeeD2, your answers were unexpectedly good and very helpful. I will have to flip a coin to determine a best answer. Thank you both.

Administrator answers:

There are many corporate rentals, chances are you can find one within a few blocks of your client.

Google Boston Corporate Apartments, there are a number of companies. You can contact any real estate agent for recommendations. Or the HR department of your client might be able to help.

The Devonshire often has corporate rentals, but I don’t know if it’s directly through them or a separate company. Fantastic location and views. I’ve had friends live there, and we almost moved there. Only a block from Faneuil Hall.

Sandy asks…

finding apt in Boston!!!!!please help!!!!!?

I currently go to school in Boston. I was looking for an apartment for almost 20 days but I could not get it yet! Why is this so hard to find an apartment in end of September.. I could not even get a broker who I can really trust T.T..I want to live in Allston, Brighton, Brookline, and Boston area but I do not know which apartment is safe, and reasonable price for me. My Maximum money budget is $1600 for one bed room. I just want it to be safe..that is all I need..I am not looking for the extremely luxury apartments…Could you please recommend any apartment which is in Allston, Brighton, and Brookline area?? Currently, I am in Malden but I really want to get out from here…Please help me..guys..Also, it would be great if you let me know about the apartment website that I can trust and look at them. THANK YOU!!

Administrator answers:

Try putting up notices on bulletin boards at school. You need to find someone who dropped out.

Ken asks…

Don’t feel like settling down in a city?

I graduated from college in this January and started a full-time job in Boston. Since I came to Boston, I’ve moved several times. I’m always searching for apartments for move into.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I don’t feel like settling down in Boston. It’s not as good as I thought, and the weather changes too much. Meeting with a realtor or signing a year-long lease simply intimidates me… So I stay at friends’ places or hotels every week, and so far I haven’t had a place of my own.

The problem is, I know I need an apartment, but I don’t feel like moving into or having an apartment. You know what I’m saying? I don’t mind staying at others’ places, but having my own place seems a disgusting idea to me.

My job isn’t as challenging as I thought, although it pays so well that I can afford a luxury apartment downtown. I think I’m looking to relocated for a more challenging job in a year, but right now I don’t know what to do with my life in Boston

I don’t have an apartment and have been living a nomadic life for the past few months. I don’t know why I don’t want to settle down and start having a life… I’m feeling really confused… Any tips or advice? Thanks in advance!!

Administrator answers:

Try moving to new york city

Mary asks…

Is it a good time for a young professional to buy a condo?

Hi guys,
I recently just move to Quincy (right below Boston) and I’m looking for a place to move into. I’m a 24 years old single male and I’m earning about 75,000 pretax. I looked around the rental market in the area and it’s about 1200~1500 for an OK 1BR, and 1500~1700 for a luxury apartment. I then look into the condo market and to get a luxury 2BR I only need to pay about $1500 a month at a 30 years mortgage rate. (property is $255,000)

So I thought, if renting and buying are almost the same cost to me, why don’t I buy instead of rent? I am pre-approved for mortgage (I have no debt and I have good credit) and my parents are willing to lend me money enough for 20% down payment.

Before I make the big decision, I would like to see what you guys think, as I got some people telling me that it’s a bad idea to buy condo as a single right now, and they suggest me that I should just rent and keep looking for a while. Please let me know what you guys think!


Administrator answers:

Buying is a long-term commitment and you have to make sure the property will still fit you in a few years time. You’ll end up in the red if the market value on your place doesn’t increase enough to cover the costs of selling (yes, you gotta pay to sell too). Now, if you decide buying is the route you want, note that your mortgage is only a part of home ownership costs. You’ve got taxes, utilities, maintenance fees, repairs, and insurance, plus lawyers fees and commission right off the bat. My best advice is find yourself a real estate agent that has experience in your desired area. They’ll not only be able to help you find the right place to purchase or lease, they will help you figure out if buying is both feasible and practical for your situation by going over all the numbers and variables with you.

Paul asks…

Starting a business vs. working for a company?

Hi. I have just been offered a job as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. I would work in NYC. My goals in life is to become rich really early, have a family, have a mansion, and have a luxury NYC apartment. I got an MBA from harvard business school. This job at BCG would pay six figures each year, and after ten years, I would hopefully be promoted to partner and make 1 plus million a year. I would stay another 5 years with the firm after being promoted to partner. I would then take my business management skills I learned from BCG, and go to a fortune 500 media company like viacom international and apply for a senior position. I would then hopefully be promoted to an executive and make multi millions a year. I would the retire at around 55.

If I were to start a company, I would start a consulting firm that consults it’s clients on what they need to do with there websites or web companies to acheive specific goals. I am great with determining what a website needs to get traffic, revenue, etc. Or, I would start a website where users could pat questions about their website and how they could do better. Other users would then post replies. The winning user who posted the best reply would receive points that can be used to ask a question, or turned into cash. I would charge a user cash to get points in order to post a question.

Many people tell me that the only way to get rich is to get a good paying job and climb the corporate ladder to riches. I strongly believe this and plan on doing so. However, other people say start your own company because you worm your own hours and get as much cash as you want, even though it is an expensive startup and has huge potential risk.

Although I would tell someone making a poor income to quit their job and start a company, in my position where I have opportunities to have super paying jobs that could easily make me super rich, I am not sure if I should either bother starting a business. Maybe when I’m retired, I could start it as a fun project, because then I will have the time and the money to start up the company.

Any ideas?

Administrator answers:

I would SO take the job. With the money earnt, spend it on your side project company. If it goes well ditch the job and start making more money with your company instead.

Susan asks…

Which job offer should I take?

Hello. I just got my MBA from harvard business school. I got my undergrad from Yale. Currently, I am being offered 5 jobs that are really good jobs. My goals for life are to become very rich, but have time to start a family, have a mansion, have a luxury NYC apartment, and have time for my family.

1. I recently interviewed for an associate job at Goldman Sachs Group. I got the job. The job would require me being in NYC, and working FULL time.

Pros- Compensation is around $600,000. Work in NYC.
Cons- Normally working all day and night. Work 120 hour work weeks. No social life. Very bad job growth. Very bad job security.

2. I interviewed and have a job offer at McKinsey and Company which is s management consulting firm. They don’t require too long of hours. You work in NYC. Also, at first you get to travel which is s good experience, but as you move up, not as much travel.

Pros- Pay starts at $100,000 and goes up every year. After ten years, if they promote you to partner, you can be making millions a year. Great job growth. They recognize you need a social life. They give you time for a social life. Great opportunities after you leave. Most people either are rich from being partner, become rich from starting their own company after, or become rich by going on to a bigger company and becoming CEO. Many CEOs of fortune 500 have come from management consulting firims.

Cons- none.

3. Viacom International (paramount pictures, MTV, Nick, vh1, tv land). Since my dads friend is an executive of viacom and is super rich, he helps me out.

Pros- Know executive really well. Once in senior management, your making millions a year.
Cons- Horrible pay for starting salaries.

4. Boston Consulting Group. Another management consulting firm. Same pros and cons as McKinsey.

5. Start my own record label.

Pros- can make tons if done right
Cons- Very competitive.

What I would like to do is join McKinsey and stay until I reach partner. After partner I would stay for another 5 years. Then I would leave McKinsey and go to a media company like viacom, time Warner, news Corp, etc. I would apply for a senior management position. I would then make my way up to an executive level. Then after being with a media company for a while, I would then start my own private equity firm. Then I would retire.

Does this sound any good?


Administrator answers:

I’m not sure where you heard that about McKinsey and Company… But it’s wrong. Look around on the Internet… and sites like that. Nobody is making millions unless they are really good friends with the executives at the top. You don’t get there by working your way up… Sorry.

Pretty much all of what you said sounds like lies that the human resource department likes to fill your head up with. Yes, anywhere that you’re going to be “super rich” working for someone else is going to consist of 100 hours per week, no social life, and no family. That’s just how it is. I’m not entirely convinced that you even have the degrees you’re claiming. Someone with this much of an education should be able to make some educated decisions on the job market. Good luck with that, I guess.

Lizzie asks…

$1.3 Million To Pay For Male Escorts how much could this money of helped Mexico with urgent food supplies MEX?

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Rev. Kevin J. Gray was a popular priest who appeared to live humbly, forgoing a car and walking to Mass from another parish where he lived so that a Catholic charity could use his space at the rectory. Parishioners thought he had cancer and admired how he helped immigrants in his largely poor parish in Connecticut.

But after a routine audit of the church’s finances turned up discrepancies, authorities began a criminal investigation that they say unraveled a secret double life of male escorts, strip bars and lavish spending on the finest restaurants, luxury hotels and expensive clothing, financed with money stolen from the parish.

“About a million,” Gray told authorities without hesitation when asked how much he took from the church account, according to his arrest affidavit.

Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, accused of stealing $1.3 million over seven years from the church, police said. He was arraigned Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court and was being held on $750,000 bond, court officials said.

“Up until this investigation he had an excellent reputation,” police Capt. Christopher Corbett said. “The life he was leading in New York City was much different than the life he was leading in Waterbury as a priest. He’s certainly an example of someone who was leading a double life.”

Gray told church officials and others that he had cancer, but police found no evidence of that, Corbett said. Saying he was undergoing treatments in New York may have been an excuse to explain his absense from the parish, he said.

Gray, 64, used the money to stay at such hotels as the Waldorf-Astoria, New York Palace Hotel and Copley Square in Boston, and on expensive clothing labels including Armani, Saks 5th Avenue and Brooks Brothers, police said. He dined at Tavern on the Green and Arturo’s restaurants in New York, Union League Cafe in New Haven and Abe & Louie’s Restaurant in Boston.

One man Gray met in New York’s Central Park told police that Gray paid for him to attend Harvard University, bought a piano and dogs, and paid for his piano lessons and veterinarian bills. When the man asked why he always paid him with checks from Sacred Heart, Gray told him he had won big cases as an attorney and placed his life savings into the church account, according to the arrest affidavit.

As police interviewed the man, Gray arrived at his apartment. Gray admitted he was not an attorney and did not have colon cancer, police said.…_n_636342.html

$1.3 Million To Pay For Male Escorts how much could this money of helped Mexico with urgent food supplies to MEX for the millions they say do not eat for weeks or even months ?

Administrator answers:

This Church has more legal problems. It is almost like it is a criminal origination instead of a Church

Linda asks…

Please Read this, and tell me what you think??

Its been here before, but I didn’t get enough criticism for it.

Be HONEST.. compliments are really not any help Please note that this is not the beginning, but the second small chunk. Search for my other questions if you want to read the beginning. It’s not crucial.
Read part of a story, and tell me what you think.?
Be HONEST.. compliments are really not any help Please note that this is not the beginning, but the second small chunk. Search for my other questions if you want to read the beginning. It’s not crucial.

Rose hung up without properly saying goodbye. It was something the sisters had dispensed with once they moved away from the house, Virginia to Cornell and Beth to… well, away. Away meant as far from stuffy old Boston as she could get. A stint abroad, several waitressing jobs which paid abysmally, a (very) brief stay in a commune, and one quite serious boyfriend with whom she had lived in an apartment which had seemed romantically Spartan at first and turned out to be just plain old small and dirty. And now, she lived in California. That was what her parents told their friends when anyone asked what Rose did for a living. “She lives in California now,” her parents would say, and everyone would exchange knowing looks. Rose didn’t care in the least, which was what distinguished her from Virginia and their two brothers. Rose was in fact happier than she’d ever been, working at a Waldorf day-care center and even occasionally seeling a painting or two. She was paying the bills with even a little to spare for luxuries like shampoo and fresh fruit.
Rose looked at the clock the floor beside her bed, did some quick math and decided to call her brother Jim in New York. His full name was James Joyce Llewellyn, and their second brother’s name was Thomas Jefferson Llewellyn. The three oldest were all named after various people the Llewellyn’s admired, and then there was Rose, the baby. Just plain old Rose. The child of her parents’ middle age and diminished brain cells. Virginia, the oldest, had always introduced herself first, and someone, thinking themselves clever, would invariably turn to Rose and say, “and I suppose you’re Georgia,” Rose usually said, no, she was New Jersey. Sometimes she was Delaware. It depended on the day.
She got up and put on a pot of coffee, as there was little chance she was going back to sleep. Virginia had awakened her, but also given her much too much to think about to sleep. She punched in Jim’s number and waited as a phone two and half thousand miles away rang.
Jim answered, groggy from sleep.
“What are you doing home?” demanded Rose as soon as he picked up, again skipping niceties.
“What?” Jim said foggily.
“I said what are you doing home? Don’t you have classes? It’s a Wednesday.”
“Thanks for the update.”
“You didn’t answer my question. You sound like ****. You sound hungover.”
“I do not. I mean I am not. I mean I am, but I don’t sound it. Whatever. It’s what, four-thirty out there? Who died?”
“Nobody, but I’ve got something to spill.”
“Well, okay. Dish.”
“Dad’s got a new girlfriend, a young one, young enough to be our sister- that’s verbatim from Ginny- and he’s bringing her to the wedding.”
“Well, good for him, the old dog. Why is this waking-someone-out-of-a-sound-… news?”
“You just don’t get it, do you?”
“Get what?”
“He’s bringing her to the wedding. To meet all of us, and mom, and all our relatives, and all of Ginny and David’s friends. He’s bringing her to the wedding, Jim.”
“Yeah. And?”
“God, you are such a man. Don’t you have any loyalty for Mom?”
“Well, I guess, but it’s not like they’re getting back together. Irreconcilable differences.”
“Yeah, but she’s like nineteen,”
“You’re exaggerating. You think that the wedding is going to be an opportunity for you to pull some kind of a Parent Trap maneuver, but trust me, it’s not. They can’t stand each other. End of story.”
“I wouldn’t care if…” Rose trailed off.
“You’d care no matter what. I’m not saying I don’t care too, but he’s fifty-seven years old. We can’t tell him what to do.”
“Why do you have to be so goddamn rational? Why can’t you just be on my side, on mom’s side?”
“I’m not on anybody’s side, I just-“
Rose dropped the phone back onto the cradle with a clatter of plastic and metal.
Jim tossed the portable phone across the bedspread and scowled fiercely at the sunlight streaming through his uncurtained windows. Stacks of books glowered at him disapprovingly from the dresser. He pushed a hand through his dark hair and pulled his Fordham sweatshirt on over his head, and shoved his glasses up over his nose. He looked at his watch, and decided there was no way he was making it to Contract Law at nine-thirty. Instead he dialed his brother Tom’s number in Boston.
Tom was having the worst morning of all the Llewellyn siblings. He’d awoken to find the half of the bed which belonging to his girlfriend Claire cool and unrumpled. Alarmed, he’d run to the bathroom to find that her toothbrush was gone, and linen closet emptied of exactly half their towels. She’d taken the coffee, the peanut butter, two apples, a banana, the Saltines, and half the loaf of bread.. She’d been nothing if not democratic in the way she’d wrecked everything, thought Tom as he absorbed the state of the apartment which they’d shared until four-thirty six that morning. And so Tom was sitting dazedly at the kitchen table, staring at nothing in a particular, when the phone rang
“Guess what?” demanded Jim
Tom sighed.
“Dad’s having a full-out, clichéd midlife crisis, complete with a nubile Playmate, who is reportedly young enough to be our sister, ”
“Well, that’s just Fantastic, isn’t it.”
“You’re sunny this morning. What’s the matter?”
“Nothing. Everything is perfect.”
“How’s your lovely, leggy graduate student doing?”
“Claire is fine. Claire is perfect.”
“Okay. If you say so. I hear that Dad’s bringing this new girl to the wedding, and believe me, Virginia and Rose are about ready to-“
“Look, I really have to go. I’m about an hour late,”
“Well, so am I,”
“Well, at least I’m not paying forty-five thousand a year to get drunk and over sleep.”
“Don’t be so-“
“So what? Responsible?”
“So uptight. So, anyway, I was wondering if maybe I could have your plus-one for the wedding. I’ve been seeing this girl for a couple months now, and I was just thinking that since-“
“No, Jim, I—“
He was going to say “I need it,” and remembered that he didn’t, not anymore. Instead, he hung up and got dressed for work.
It is easy to forget, when one is upset, that other people cannot intuit your every thought, nor see the elephant which is occupying your headspace. And so it wasn’t until he was pulling out of the tight parking spot which he’d fought tooth and nail for that Tom realized he hadn’t said a word to his brother about what had happened with Claire

Administrator answers:

I went back and read the first paragraph you submitted, but there were still a couple of wholes. The first: who are dot and beth?
The second: If it’s 430 in California, why would it be too late (except for sheer laziness) for Jim to get to a class in 2 hours.
The third: If dad is 57 and Melinda is 36, he is old enough to be father (earlier you said not old enough)
Basically, watch for continuity errors. Try to tighten some of the information. The ages for the children also seem to be a little off.

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