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“As one of the top real estate offices servicing Reading, Wakefield and the surrounding communities for nearly 45 years, no one understands how to sell or buy a home in this area better than Boardwalk Real Estate Corp!”

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Our Mission Statement

Trust the Experience of Boardwalk

At Boardwalk Real Estate, we pride ourselves on our market expertise as well as the training and experience of our agents. Our standard of service to our clients is unparalleled; we understand that selling or buying a home is a process that needs to be handled with care and professionalism. We strive to help people realize their real estate goals as easily as possible.

Every real estate market has its unique attributes and challenges. Our longevity in and understanding of this local market gives us a competitive advantage that has produced real results for our clients, time and time again. We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you!

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Real Estate Insight

How to Prepare to Buy Your First Home

So you want to buy your first home, but where do you start? It can seem overwhelming, but we are going to help steer you in the right direction! The first thing you need to do is start to get your financing in order as soon as possible. You’ll need to find a mortgage...

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Do I Need a Realtor to Buy or Sell a Home?

The short answer to this question is yes. Now, of course we are a real estate brokerage firm, so you may think we're just saying that to serve our interests. The fact is, greater than 95% of homes and properties are successfully sold through licensed real estate...

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How to Prep Your Home for Sale

So you've decided to sell your home! This is a big decision to make, and of course one of the biggest factors is the question of how much you can get for it. There are a few best practices to get your home in tip top condition so it presents well to buyers, and gets...

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What Our Clients Say

Cheryl G.

“We bought our home in 1993 through Jim Joly & Boardwalk. He made it seem so simple and easy. We really felt the he was looking out for our best interest. We told him what we wanted and he showed us that and others that we thought we would like. He always kept us up to date what was going on and make the entire process so memorable. When we closed on the house he gave us a beautiful drawing of the house that we cherish to this day.

With that being said when we went to sell my husband’s mothers house on Linda Rd in Wakefield in 2017, there was no one else that we could think of or wanted to list the house with. Jim Joly and the entire staff at Boardwalk are extremely professional while being personable at the same time. Jim walked us through all the steps and then listed our house. The house was sold literally within a week of it being on the market. The inspection, walk through and everything else went through without a hitch. Although it was hard to sell the house my husband grew up in Jim helped find the perfect family and put all our worries about selling the house at ease. Knowing this was my husband’s childhood home he gave us a drawing of this house as well. These are thing that we will always cherish.

We honestly can’t say enough about working with Jim and Boardwalk. They are so knowledgeable about the market and areas that they list in. They walk you though everything so you don’t feel lost and overwhelmed.”

James P.

“Couldn’t have been happier with Boardwalk and James Joly throughout our recent home buying experience. James’ deep industry knowledge and familiarity with local communities was very helpful when establishing a foundation for our search. He was virtually always available to meet for a private showing or open house and showed genuine interest answering our endless list of questions. His home construction knowledge steered us clear of potential money pits and his honest feedback proved to be accurate and more than appreciated.

My wife and I were able to find the perfect home thanks to James. Highly recommend Boardwalk if you’re looking for a team that puts the extra effort in for their clients.”

Kim S.

“My husband and I had the BEST experience working with Boardwalk Real Estate for the sale of our house in Beverly as well as the purchase of our new home in North Reading. Buying and selling at the same time can be super stressful and overwhelming, especially when building new construction, which is what we were doing for the purchase of our new home. Working with Jim and Renee made the process for selling our home incredibly easy, from the moment they came to assess our property straight through until close, we didn’t hit a single bump in the road. Jim and Renee took great time and care to ensure we got the very most out of the sale of our home, recommending which home improvements would increase the value and which ones weren’t worth us spending the time and money, and taking show-stopping professional pictures of our house for the listing, extremely valuable and greatly appreciated benefits to attracting buyers to our listing and also to ensure we weren’t putting additional money into our property that we wouldn’t get back in the sale. Boardwalk had a comprehensive marketing plan in place once our house was ready to be listed and set us up with a super convenient process for scheduling private showings. Two days after our house hit the market, we had an offer OVER ASKING! As for the purchase and building of our new home, Renee was a true professional answering the hundreds of questions that we had about the building process all while seamlessly juggling the endless number of tasks associated with the construction process. There’s so much that goes into it and big decisions need to be made fast, bringing the level of stress and pressure to a whole new level. Renee has us feeling calm and confident throughout, ensuring we were well informed about what was happening, when it was happening, and why it was happening, allowing us to focus on making the right decisions for our new home and enjoy all the exciting aspects of building our dream home. My husband and I lovingly dubbed Renee Real Estate Agent of the Year many-a-time throughout the process because she was constantly and consistently exceeding our expectations. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better overall experience working with Jim, Renee and the Boardwalk Real Estate team. They are top notch professionals who really know the in’s and out’s of buying and selling in this crazy Boston market. Giant THANK YOU to Jim and Renee for everything you did to make our DREAM HOME a REALITY! We are forever grateful for your help during this process. We can’t wait to have you over to our new house soon to celebrate!”

Anne H.

“Boardwalk sold our home very quickly. Jim was not only professional but was always available for any questions we had. It was a pleasure working with him and I would highly recommend them. If you want an outstanding experience selling or buying…call Jim Joly. You’ll be happy you did. I know we are.”

Katie C.

“Anne MacDonald was fantastic. She patiently helped me search for a house this past winter and offered value advice about points to consider regarding the condition of the house or location in each house we visited. When I found house she was right there to guide me through the entire process. Thank you Anne for helping us find our first home!”

Samer O.

“Jim Joly was our real estate agent last year when we sold our condo and bought a house, both in Wakefield, MA. Jim was incredible from the beginning to the end of both transactions, guiding us through the complicated process of buying and selling at the same time, answering all of our questions, patiently waiting as we paused our search for a few months, and helping us understand potential renovations at our new house. He worked very hard for us and we appreciated it. I highly recommend Jim and Boardwalk Real Estate.”

Chris D.

“There’s no one better than Jim Joly. I’ve known Jim for many years and he helped me through every step of my first home purchase. He understands every aspect of the property business and I know I can always count on his honest, straight forward advice. If you’re looking for a company to help buy or sell a home, look no further!”

Linda K.

“Anne MacDonald was my real estate agent when I sold my home in Medford and purchased a home in West Newbury. Throughout the year prior to conducting these transactions Anne would send me updates on the Medford sellers’ market as well as homes for sale in my preferred areas. I had many questions; she responded quickly and in a way that I understood. Anne visited homes for sale in the Medford area so she could give me an accurate home evaluation. My house showed beautifully in the professional photographs due in part to Anne’s excellent staging ability. Multiple offers and requests for private showings were made at the first open house. Anne went over each offer with me some of which were over asking price.

The house I purchased in West Newbury was new construction. Anne consistently provided me with the critical knowledge needed when purchasing new construction. She inspected the quality of the construction, appliances, painting, etc.

I was most fortunate to have Anne handle the time consuming administrative aspect of both sales. I would highly recommend you have Anne by your side whether selling or buying. Anne MacDonald commits to achieving the best outcome for her clients.”

Darrell N.

“Met Jim Joly 11 years ago as the seller’s agent, last week he was my agent selling the same property in Wakefield. Jim is extremely knowledgeable about the area and the market. Boardwalk is a full service organization, they are the “go-to” realtors for North Shore properties!”