In addition to our staff, we have identified thought leaders and experts in various real estate related fields who serve as regular contributors to the Boston Real Estate Observer in an effort to bring our readers a comprehensive content portfolio.
We are currently seeking authors in all areas of real estate, including commercial, residential, lending, real estate law, and ancillary real estate services. For more information on becoming a regular contributor to the Boston Real Estate Observer, contact us using the link at the top of this page.
CPM & Master Lecturer BU School of Management
Keith Munsell’s Article Archive [Click Here]
W. Keith Munsell has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, spanning various disciplines from lending to development. Currently, Keith is a faculty member at Boston University’s School of Management where he teaches several real estate courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Keith is also a Senior Loan Officer at Leader Bank. He holds a CPM, a Construction Supervisor License and a Broker’s License. Keith has co-authored two books on construction management and sits on various community boards, including the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s Real Estate Finance Association Board of Directors.
Dean Charles’ Article Archive [Click Here]
Dean is a seasoned thought leader across a number of disciplines, including real estate, technology, and investments. Dean is the spokesperson for Entry Only New England, the most advanced local Massachusetts flat fee MLS entry only listing platform. Well traveled, entrepreneurial, and with a keen eye for identifying new trends and succinctly articulating them in easy to understand language, Dean brings a wealth of knowledge to the Boston Real Estate Observer.
|Robert R. Pellegrini, Jr., Esq.
Real Estate Attorney
Robert Pellegrini’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Attorney Pellegrini has over 18-years of experience in real estate, land use and zoning and has steadily grown his practice across the Northeast region including office locations in Bridgewater, Stoughton, and Westwood. A Boston location is planned for 2015.
Prior to starting his private practice in Bridgewater, Attorney Robert Pellegrini served as Senior Attorney for Cumberland Farms, Inc. and Gulf Oil, where he was primarily responsible for permitting and real estate, including site selection and acquisition, project team selection, schematic design, construction law, contracts, and related litigation. He has represented clients before the Architectural Access Board (ADA issues) and with respect to the Petroleum Marketers Act.
Pellegrini currently serves as a Corporator for Bridgewater Savings Bank, and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) and the Bridgewater Business Association. Rob also remains an active contributor with the American Society of Civil Engineers (Boston and Southeastern MA) and with the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers, and most recently contributed to the May/June edition of Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine.
Pellegrini enjoys outdoor activities with his two sons, Sam and Max, that includes boating, fishing and hiking. He is also an avid blogger on real estate matters.
Realtor® and Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®)
Mark Strickland’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Mark holds a Massachusetts Broker’s License and is also a Realtor® and an Accredited Buyer Representative®. Mark works diligently and thoroughly on behalf of people who are looking to buy or sell a home or investment property within the greater-Boston area (including Cambridge and Brookline). As a former social worker, Mark brings a unique blend of empathetic listening skills, knowledge of current real estate market conditions, professionalism and integrity to each client he serves. And, as a prior benefits consultant for Fortune 500 corporations, Mark has developed strong negotiating and customer service skills to be put judiciously to work on your behalf. He is also a member of the distinguished Top5 Real Estate Network. Mark also helps people moving out of the greater-Boston area by referring them to a pre-screened, reputable Keller Williams broker in the city to which they’re relocating. Mark offers each new client a complimentary counseling session to explain the market nuances within each Boston neighborhood, clarify the concept of Buyer Agent versus Listing Agent and where a Realtor’s fiduciary responsibilities lie in relation to a buyer versus listing client.
Author & Consultant
Robin Madell’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Robin Madell has spent over two decades as a corporate writer, business journalist, and communications consultant for a wide range of industries, including real estate, health, finance, technology, and public-interest issues. She serves as a freelance copywriter and blogger for Furnished Quarters and as a content provider and ghostwriter for executives, entrepreneurs, and corporations across diverse industries. Robin has interviewed over 200 thought leaders around the globe, and has won 20 awards for editorial excellence. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in both New York and San Francisco. Robin is also the author of Surviving Your Thirties: Americans Talk About Life After 30—which addresses national perceptions about issues including work, family, and home ownership—and co-author of The Strong Principles: Career Success.
Short Sale Specialist and Realtor®
Kimberley Kelly’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Kimberley Kelly is a short sale specialist located in La Quinta, CA. She started her career in Kauai, HI, where she received her license over 11 years ago. She has been living in La Quinta over the last 10 years and selling real estate in the Palm Springs area of the desert. Kimberley was a top producer in the New Homes Industry for 4 years before transitioning to Resales. As a previous female professional polo of 18 years, Kimberley uses her drive and focus to help her clients through to the closing table. She uses her polo career success techniques and applies them directly to her real estate career. She specializes in short sales and never gives up. She does all of the negotiations on her listings and follows through on every detail. She learned in Polo to always have a backup plan in-case something doesn’t work, and uses that attitude as a way to ensure real estate deals are successful.
Realtor® and Certified Buyer Representative
Vivian Zottola’s Article Archive [Click Here]
As a residential real estate specialist in Boston, Vivian is known for developing quality relationships with people based on mutual respect, integrity, and trust. A Realtor®, Certified Buyer Representative and a Council of Residential Specialist member, she began her real estate career in 2001 as a Mortgage Loan Originator before overseeing business and sales operations for a local mortgage brokerage.
Vivian has personally bought, sold, developed and managed property. She is a native of Boston and has personally lived in multiple Boston neighborhoods including the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, and South Boston. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economic Policy from Suffolk University and graduate degree in Communications Management from Simmons College. She is both an Italian and US citizen and has studied international economics at Scuola Di Amministrazione Aziendale – Turin Italy and University of Shanghai China.
Bobby Quinn’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Armed with an honors degree in Economics from Boston University, Bobby has been involved in real estate for over four years. Prior to joining the Boston Brokerage Group, Bobby spent time with several financial firms including Merrill Lynch and Robert W. Baird and with a real estate syndication group at RSM McGladry. His experience building syndication models in excel and analytical skills practiced at financial firms enable him to bring a very precise level of analysis to all real estate transactions. Additionally, Bobby is passionate about the environment and sustainable building practices and is Ecobroker and Ecosociate certified. He is qualified to assist buyers, sellers, and builders in an advisory role to help minimize environmental impact and household energy use. In his most recent endeavors, Bobby has taken over the property management division at the Boston Brokerage Group and is pursuing a graduate degree. Coupled with the experience and resources of the Boston Brokerage Group, Bobby is able to bring an enhanced level of customer satisfaction to his clients and deliver the results they desire. His past clients regard him as a strong negotiator and leader, helping deals go smoothly and efficiently.
Real Estate Broker and CEO myCityApartment.com
Jay Alberino’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Jay is a real estate broker, outside-of-the-box thinker, and entrepreneur. Since 2006, he has obsessively read, written, and thought about the future of real estate agencies only to eventually found his own; Eleven Park Realty and myCityApartment.com. myCityApartment.com combines the web with real face-to-face service, and gives its clients the unique ability to take charge of their apartment search while earning rewards and commission rebates renting apartments. Jay’s expertise in the Boston rental market has grown through his clients and first hand experience as a North End resident.
President of 2mrealty
Mark Martin’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Mark W. Martin is President of 2M Realty, holds a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University, and has been a Texas Real Estate Broker for over 20-years. 2M Realty is an independent firm providing development, brokerage and marketing throughout the Greater Houston real estate market. 2M Realty is Houston’s Internet leader in real estate web traffic, time on site, and pages viewed from unique visitors.
Mark is also CEO of NetMass, The Safe Data Company. NetMass specializes in online data backup and recovery solutions for small and medium sized businesses and individuals. As a pioneer of the online backup industry, NetMass began leveraging the power of the internet for online backup in 1998. NetMass quickly gained a reputation for the best technologies combined with the best service. NetMass provides backup and data storage services for over 5,000 businesses worldwide.
Real Estate Broker & Founder of VIP Realty
Richard Soto’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Richard is a real estate broker with multiple offices across Texas. Having moved into real estate from a career in marketing, he developed VIP Realty’s unique marketing strategy, utilizing emerging technologies and search engine optimization. Richard envisioned a firm where sellers would be able to sell their homes fast and for top dollar, while saving thousands in real estate commissions. Home buyers would have access to the hottest and newest listings before most other buyers even knew about them. Richard’s real estate consultants assist home buyers in negotiating the best possible price and terms – all at no cost to home buyer clients.
Freelance Real Estate Writer
Veronica Davis’ Article Archive [Click Here]
Veronica Davis is a freelance copywriter for businesses online. She works extensively with a host of real estate related entities and Realtors, helping them with their website content, blogs, social media and marketing. She has worked with a large range of clients over the years, from helping small site owners establish a profitable presence online to blogging for Planet Green.
Broker & Team Lead
Brian Kinkade’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Brian Kinkade is a Colorado real estate broker and lead of The Home Cart Team with Brokers Guild – Cherry Creek Ltd. His team services the Denver Metro area and beyond, from luxury homes, to mountain retreats, to equestrian property and International sales. With a passion for excellence Brian takes great pride in delivering exceptional service. For nearly a decade and a half, Brian has been a Colorado broker, servicing the Denver Metropolitan area, taking pride in full service representation of buyers, sellers and families relocating.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, emphasis on Real Property Development and Management, Mr. Kinkade has nurtured an invaluable working relationship with both his peers and other professionals in the industry. His eagerness to learn has earned him many designations and certifications some of which include CIPS, CRS, GRI, ABR, and TRC. Brian is also a proud member of FIABCI-USA, The International Real Estate Federation. Though, it’s the people he meets along the way which brings Brian the greatest personal satisfaction.
Mark Matyanowski’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Mark Matyanowski is the broker / owner of Indianapolis real estate boutique ICON Realty Partners, LLC. Mark consults national new home builders on large-scale land purchases and advises investors generating income through local rental properties. Mark utilizes the most advanced search technologies for home buyers and embraces the power of the internet to offer sellers a unique and powerful way to sell their home.
Prior to starting ICON Realty, Mark spent over 10 years as a sales and management leader with one of the nation’s largest builders in some of the largest markets in the country. Separately, Mark started and sold a handful of small businesses related to human resource management in the homebuilding / construction industry. Mark received his undergrad degree from Michigan State and a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt.
Broker & Owner Platinum Real Estate Group
Lisa Udy’s Article Archive [Click Here]
Lisa is a real estate broker with Platinum Real Estate Group, a boutique real estate company located in Northern, Utah. With more than 10 years of real estate experience and a small business owner of more than 26 years, Lisa is dedicated to her clients by providing excellent service. Prior to her real estate career, Lisa owned and operated a number of small grocery stores including the Island Market, a local landmark in the area. Lisa believes in building her business through referrals as more than 90% of her real estate business comes from previous clients. With a strong emphasis on integrity, she is constantly a top five producer in Cache County.