Brooks & Crowley December 2017

Review Brooks & Crowley

December 2017


439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026

*Services Throughout Massachusetts

in real time, not just by watching it on TV. We have noticed, for example, many people are refinancing to put additions on their current homes, instead of moving. In this real estate market, people find this to be an economical way to accommodate their need for more living space. In our personal injury practice, Neil was able to resolve many people’s claims with hard work, diligence and by utilizing relationships developed over more than twenty years of experience in the courts. Some of these were large and tricky cases, and some got resolved at the 11th hour. When working with people on important life events, you develop a relationship. Many of our clients have become friends. Neil and I have had many conversations this year about how getting to know our clients and their families has enriched our lives. At the end of the day, it reminds us these big decisions — such as buying or selling a home, having to make an insurance claim, or opening a court case because of a significant injury — are always made around family. Of course, the lawyers help navigate the waters, but family provides the support to make it through until the end. For now, it’s a great time to focus on family. It is the holiday season, after all, and I’ll be in town for Christmas and NewYear’s with my family. But at some point soon, I’ll be heading south to see my dad and brothers in Florida and Texas. There are worse places to go this time of year! Wherever the holidays find you this year, I hope you are similarly surrounded with loved ones, and I hope you are enjoying our final newsletter of 2017.


In our real estate practice, Andy, Matt, Roberta, and I were able to help a lot of people navigate through their real estate issues. Now that we’ve been at it for over 20 years, we have seen many technological changes that allow us to be more efficient in helping get their deals closed. We have sophisticated software programs that not only manage all of our closings, but also allow us to electronically record documents all over the state from our desktops. We have been able to help people buy homes down the Cape without dragging the buyer and seller across the bridge, when both parties live in the Boston area. We handle dozens of real estate closings every month. We really enjoy seeing “cycle of life” closings, where the sellers are trading their bigger home for a condo in town or a place in Florida, and a young family is moving in to start the cycle all over again. Sellers love to share their memories and give advice to these folks just starting their journey. It can be bittersweet for the sellers as they begin the next chapter of their own journey. But the sellers are heartened by seeing a reflection of their earlier days across the closing table. The one thing everyone agrees on is time goes by very fast when raising a family!

We also make house calls, which we like because it gets us out of the office. We know clients appreciate it because it takes into consideration the busy schedules of borrowers and buyers, where both spouses work outside the home.

When folks are selling their homes, we often attend the closing in their stead, under a power of attorney (POA). Sometimes, the sellers have relocated for work or have moved out of town already. The POA allows them to close without having to travel back or miss a day’s work to sell their house. We also meet folks relocating from out of state and enjoy seeing their fresh perspective on the greater Boston area. Their thought process does not have any of local preconceptions that many have built up over the years by living here. This is always eye opening to us, and we enjoy picking their brains about our area. Talking with and meeting all of our clients gives us a window into the world most people do not get to see. We see trends as they unfold

All the best to you and yours,

–Steve Brooks


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