Boston Broker Joe Schutt Named Greater Boston REALTOR® Of The Year 2016

BOSTON, July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On June 14, the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) named Joseph Schutt, a Broker with Unit Realty Group in Boston, as the 2016 Greater Boston REALTOR® of the Year during the association’s Annual Awards Breakfast at the Wellesley Country Club in Wellesley.

Robert Harrington presenting Joe Schutt with the Greater Boston Association of Realtors' Realtor of the Year 2016 award on June 14 at the associations annual awards and networking breakfast.

Robert Harrington presenting Joe Schutt with the Greater Boston Association of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year 2016 award on June 14 at the associations annual awards and networking breakfast.

The REALTOR® of the Year Award was first presented locally in 1957, and it honors members for their volunteerism and industry work over the prior 18 months in three specific areas: participation and service to the REALTOR® organization on the local, state and national levels; community involvement, including volunteerism in community service projects and membership and support of civic and charitable organizations; and outstanding business and real estate industry accomplishments.

Schutt has been actively involved with the REALTOR® organization since 2003. He is currently serving on the GBAR Board of Directors and is the chairman of GBAR’s Roadshow Task Force, as well as on the Professional Standards Committee. He is also an active member of the GBAR Young Professionals Network, and served on the committee last year.

On the state level, Schutt serves on the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Professional Standards Committee and Government Affairs Committee this year. A member of the MAR Board of Directors this year, Schutt is also a graduate of the MAR Leadership Academy and served as an REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)Trustee in 2015.

Schutt is also active on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) RPAC Participation Council and has previously served as an NAR Director and on its Diversity Committee. Active as an Ambassador for Inman Connect the past two years, Schutt has also served as President and as a Director for the Northeast Chapter of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS).

Schutt’s civic activities include his longtime involvement in the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay as well as the Beacon Hill Civic Association. He is also involved with the Animal Rescue League of Boston and HomeStart, which aims to provide housing for homeless families.

The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® is a private trade association with more than 8,500 REALTOR® members who specialize in residential real estate in Eastern Massachusetts. GBAR is the largest of five divisions of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), and a local chapter of the Massachusetts and National Associations of REALTORS® (NAR). REALTOR® is a federally-registered trademark reserved exclusively for members of NAR.

SOURCE: Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®

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"I believe local real estate market knowledge, the ability to understand customers' needs and tireless effort on their behalf to achieve their goals make for the best client relationships." Erik Schubert, Realtor® and broker, strives daily to earn your business. A twelve year resident of Boston and real estate licensee since 2007, he brings an energetic spirit and fondness for the local area which makes buying/selling, or renting a home a rewarding and positive experience.

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371 Hanover Street #3 Boston MA 02113 (New Listing)

Address: 371 Hanover Street #3, Boston MA 02113
Offered at: $500K

First Open Houses:

Saturday, November 15, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Monday, November 17, 2014 — 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

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371 Hanover Street #3 is a charming one bedroom condo in the heart of the North End convenient to all the great restaurants and the waterfront. Granite stainless kitchen with breakfast bar opens up into a large living area great for entertaining. Form and function abound with exposed brick walls, crown molding, gas fireplace, abundant closet space with built out closet systems and in-unit laundry. Central AC, deeded private storage and a common roof deck with amazing city views round out this great home.

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"I believe local real estate market knowledge, the ability to understand customers' needs and tireless effort on their behalf to achieve their goals make for the best client relationships." Erik Schubert, Realtor® and broker, strives daily to earn your business. A twelve year resident of Boston and real estate licensee since 2007, he brings an energetic spirit and fondness for the local area which makes buying/selling, or renting a home a rewarding and positive experience.

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1 Beacon Hill’s ADA Accessible Curb Cut Ramps Brouhaha: A Slippery Slope

In case you’ve missed it, there’s been a long simmering debate about how to bring the historic Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill and its curbs into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Beacon Hill ADA Accessible Curb Cut Ramps 1

An example of a curb cut ramp proposed by the city featuring poured concrete and plastic tactile strip

Beacon Hill ADA Accessible Curb Cut Ramps

An example of a first generation Beacon Hill curb cut ramp which everyone agrees needs updating

Last year the City of Boston proposed to remove thousands of square feet of sidewalk bricks and replace them with poured cement and contrasting plastic tactile warning strips at hundreds of modern wheelchair-accessible sidewalk curb cuts it’s planning to construct over the coming years throughout Beacon Hill.

The neighborhood’s response to reject the city’s plan came through votes from both the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors and the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC), a body established in 1955 to monitor Beacon Hill renovation and development projects.

Concisely, the BHCA and BHAC rejected the plan because the city’s proposal calls for historically inappropriate materials to be used within the National Landmark District of Beacon Hill where they contend those materials will adversely impact the character of the neighborhood in violation of the Historic Beacon Hill District’s enabling act and BHAC Guidelines.

What’s important to understand, and something many following this story are missing, is that as it stands now first generation brick and granite curb cut ramps are present almost universally at Beacon Hill intersections. Further, both the city and the neighborhood agree with the “what” of the city’s proposal to improve the curb cut ramps, they just differ on the “how.”

The BHCA and BHAC have stated time and again that they wholeheartedly support handicap accessibility for Beacon Hill. They merely wish for the city to use historically appropriate materials like durable wire-cut bricks for the curb cut ramps and concrete pavers for the tactile strips.

City officials have rejected the neighborhood’s counterproposal to use historically appropriate materials citing reasons ranging from cost to citywide uniformity and durability to not wanting to create “exceptionalism” where the treatment of one Boston historic district (Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District, Back Bay Architectural District, Bay State Road/Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District, Bay Village Historic District, Fort Point Channel Landmark District, Historic Beacon Hill District, Mission Hill Triangle Architectural Conservation District, South End Landmark District and the St. Botolph Architectural Conservation District) differs from another.

As a resident of Beacon Hill I’m very disappointed to learn that the mayor, on behalf of the city, has ultimately decided to sidestep the BHCA and the BHAC via a suspiciously timed Inspectional Services Department mandate for ramp improvements citing “public safety.” Further, I am concerned that with the precedent of going around the neighborhood set, the city will nibble away at Beacon Hill’s unique character unchecked over time.

Let me repeat, we all support handicap accessibility for Beacon Hill. This said, I have to wonder if the mayor and other proponents of the city’s proposal have spent anytime on the Hill? I contend that the city can construct as many modern wheelchair-accessible sidewalk curb cuts as it wants and the underlying access issues will remain. The Hill will remain arduous. The sidewalks will remain tricky and uncomfortably narrow owing to the neighborhood’s zero lot lines. And everyone will continue to travel (on foot and by wheelchair) in the street the way the people of Beacon Hill have done for centuries.

So what’s this brouhaha about? I think State Representative Jay Livingstone said it best in his comments to The Boston Courant (7/25/14), “… the mayor has decided to forgo all process and accountability and do what he wants.”

Erik Schubert

"I believe local real estate market knowledge, the ability to understand customers' needs and tireless effort on their behalf to achieve their goals make for the best client relationships." Erik Schubert, Realtor® and broker, strives daily to earn your business. A twelve year resident of Boston and real estate licensee since 2007, he brings an energetic spirit and fondness for the local area which makes buying/selling, or renting a home a rewarding and positive experience.

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