Currently, I'm the Associate Director of Sales and a senior sales associate at Gibson Sotheby's International Realty in Boston. I sell and specialize in real estate in all the downtown Boston neighborhoods such as the Back Bay, South End, and Midtown-Downtown and others, as well as the inner suburbs. I've worked with hundreds of buyer and seller clients over the past 25+ years.
Since the beginning of 2015, my listings have gone under agreement in an average of under a week and about 104% of asking price. I've also saved my buyers hundreds of thousands of dollars by helping them target the right properties and employing effective negotiating strategies.
I've also found that it's not just about helping my clients find the perfect property or to sell their current one. It's about identifying, pre-empting, and solving potential pitfalls in the process. It's about using my experience and building the best team to help my clients manage the transaction of their home and investment, and to see it through to a successful conclusion.
It's also about building a relationship based on the confidence that as you move through life, from home to home, you have a trusted real estate resource that you, as well as your family and friends can turn to.
I can truly say that in my 25+ years in Boston real estate I've developed an extensive knowledge of the streets, the buildings, the neighborhoods, the people, and the issues involved in the local real estate market. I try very hard to make my service to my clients reflect that commitment. I also believe that my market reports, my blog, and my website also reflect my commitment to passing along my accumulated knowledge in service to my clients.
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Joe not only helped us find the right home, but he was a trusted adviser and friend along the entire process through closing. Joe is a great analytical resource when it came to valuation and experienced in the nuances of the Boston market trends. He was able to help manage us through the negotiating and closing process including being a patient sounding board on a laundry list of first home buyer question. We were able to see dozens of places and Joe helped manage our expectations, scrutinize properties, and plan for the remaining process. Joe helped us find the perfect home that satisfied our unique (and tough to satisfy) preferences. Thanks Joe!
Chris H. — Nov 13, 2016
We love working with Joe. This was our second transaction in Cambridge, MA. Joe is well connected with other real estate agents in the area, and has a good understanding of the market, neighborhoods, and available properties. Joe also has a network of other professionals to help with all aspects of the transaction. He will help you narrow down your criteria and help you find whatever you are looking for. He is very patient with showings and not pushy at all. Once you have found your perfect home, he will help you with the negotiation process, and can work around tight deadlines and follow-ups that are all too common in today's market. Joe will help you purchase your next house!
Sam and Emma A. — Oct 23, 2016
Joe Wolvek went above and beyond the call of duty as a real estate professional and acted as my eyes and ears as we put my condo unit on the market while living 3000 miles away. Joe was always available and responded to my emails and calls quickly. He has a friendly manner and injects humor into a process that can sometimes be stressful. Joe knows the Boston market. He told me that if we made some fairly low-cost improvements, and if we timed our listing just right, he could possibly sell our unit in 2 days. I was skeptical, but followed his instructions. We had it under agreement in 2 days, just like he said. Go with Joe, he is fantastic!
Susan L. — Mar 23, 2016
I got lucky. I found Joe on a web search and was taken with how professional and informative his web site is. As soon as I made contact, Joe was on the ball and ready to help. Yesterday we closed on a great condo in the Back Bay. Full service building, valet, etc. Joe found this unit when no one else could and moved on it with lightning speed. He counseled me terrifically on what to offer, understanding all of the dynamics at hand. And with his counsel and negotiating skill, we got it and it is a dream come true. All the while Joe was managing everything (including finding me the right inspector and the perfect closing attorney) - always with a great wit and a deep commitment to my goals. Joe is the ideal of what brokers should be and I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Felicia G. — Feb 09, 2016
Joe has helped me four times total - twice as a buyer and twice as a seller. Each time he has been knowledgable, professional, and has helped make the process as stress free as possible. His connections in the area were invaluable. I only wish I could bring Joe with me to my new state!
Sara M. — Aug 24, 2015
I worked extensively with Joe as I searched around various neighborhoods in Boston for the perfect condo. Not only was Joe extremely knowledgeable about each neighborhood we visited, he was willing to use extreme patience and take the time to show me many units until I found the one that felt just right. Joe was great about asking for feedback as to what I liked / did not like about each unit we visited and using my feedback to hone his search a little finer going forward, which meant ever listing he sent me met my defined criteria and was a strong candidate to look at. He was very honest in identifying the pros/cons of each unit and helped me, as a first time home buyer, through the process identifying the important questions to ask and making sure we did not miss anything throughout the process. Joe has always been very responsive and helpful with any questions I have and could not be a more enjoyable guy to work with.
Wes L. — May 21, 2015
The real estate gods have finally answered my prayers in the form of Joe Wolvek! Not only is he the consummate professional and a great person, he performs miracles. My condo had been listed for almost a year before I signed up with Joe. He was able to close the deal quickly! I was very satisfied having Joe as my seller's agent and would highly recommend him to my friends and colleagues. Thanks again Joe, for making this upcoming summer a very happy and relaxing one for me and my family! May 2016
Shih Chi Chang — May 16, 2015
Thanks very much for your support in finding and buying our Whittier condo. Your able assistance helped us wrap up the purchase without a hitch. We will certainly look you guys up when we are ready sell and buy another. And, of course, you will be invited to the housewarming party. April, 2015
Jack L. and Anne F. — Apr 15, 2015
Joe has worked tirelessly for us on two home sales and one home purchase. Most recently, he helped us get a great return on our South End condo and ensured that the deal got done even in the midst of bumps presented by financing issues. He is proactive, engaged, professional and a pleasure to work with!
Christy and Daniel R. — Nov 20, 2014
Joe was fantastic to work with. He is easy to reach, has a lot of experience and knows the market very well. He helped us sell our place extremely quickly and well above asking. We were very glad we listed our condo with Joe
Christine Liang — May 17, 2014
I've had the pleasure to work with Joe as both a buyer (2005) and seller (2013). In both situations, he was professional, and brought a level of expertise and knowledge about his field that I found invaluable. I always found him readily available to answer any questions and offer guidance. Buying and selling real estate can be overwhelming, but Joe's strong work ethic and warm personality made both experiences smooth and successful! I would recommend him again and again!
Melissa M. — Dec 18, 2013
We used Joe's inside knowledge to buy a great condo in 2005. In 2013, when it came time to sell, Joe helped us time the market perfectly and price our condo right. We were under agreement in less than a week. Great results!
Jay M. — Oct 02, 2013
I hired Joe to sell my condo after my wife and I struggled to sell it on our own. We engaged Joe during the winter, typically the real estate "slow season" and asked a lot of him as we needed to consummate a sale in short order. Joe moved quickly and successfully solicited a fair offer within several weeks. The fair offer became a strong offer after some negotiation. He did a great job managing the process from start to finish to ensure the transaction closed on time and went above and beyond the call in several situations where we needed his help with logistics. I give Joe my wholehearted recommendation and would gladly work with him again.
Robb M — Jan 29, 2013
Joe worked for my wife and me as a buyer's agent, searching for a home in the Boston area. He had extensive knowledge of the area and was very capable in helping us identify our needs, narrow our search, and target the best properties for us. He spent a lot of time with us on our search and always made us feel like we were his only clients. We ended up buying a great home in a great location at an affordable price (in Boston, that's saying a lot!). Thanks, Joe! 2008, rehired in 2012 Source, LinkedIn"
Andrew G. — Aug 20, 2012
I worked with Joe to purchase my first home in the South End in summer/fall 2009. From start to finish, the experience was exactly what I needed. At every point of the process, Joe's knowledge, attention to detail and responsiveness were evident, and especially helpful for someone new to real estate like me. In our first showing, Joe made sure I got a more complete perspective of my options and the tradeoffs I'd have to consider. When I hadn't seen the right place, Joe was patient and clearly kept my interests in mind. Eventually when a great opportunity did emerge, he was immediately on top of it and his judgment was spot on. And finally, when I wanted to close as quickly as possible, Joe helped me manage it perfectly. Results are what matters and I'm extremely happy with my home and confident that I paid the right price. Ultimately, that's the best reflection of my experience with Joe.
Nick L. — Mar 21, 2012
I've worked with Joe since 2001, when I moved to Boston from San Diego. He promptly answered a cold call e-mail asking about his approach to real estate, how he could help, and was very willing to work with us through all the issues of such a long distance move. He always made time to get together, and I felt as though I was always #1 on his list of clients. In the intervening time, we have bought and sold two properties in the South End, so he has been involved in 4 transactions with us. Each time he has shown himself to be very knowledgeable about the area, about the current price trends, and reasonable target listing prices. Finally, Joe was always willing to listen to our concerns and ideas, and was honest enough to say whether he thought our ideas were reasonable or whether they were off the mark, and why. If/when we move back to Boston, we will certainly look him up again for help with real estate issues. In the meantime, here's wishing him continued success for the next 10 (and more!) years! You can't go wrong with Joe. (2001, 2005, and 2012)
Doug V. — Mar 21, 2012
Working with Joe was a pleasure and I would highly recommend Joe to any of you looking to sell or buy a place in Boston. First of all, I gave Joe an improbable task of selling my condo in Back Bay in less than a month. He turned around quickly and got the place on the market within the week and he sold the place within less than a month (in probably the worst market conditions we have seen in a while). Not only is Joe an incredibly talented broker, he is also the kind of person you would like to work with when you are selling your home. He keeps you up to date at all times, he is reliable and hard working, and he is selling hard without being a "hardcore" overly aggressive sales person. I don't recommend people very often, but if you are buying/selling a place in Boston you should have Joe take care of the business. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. (2010)
Andreas S. — Feb 21, 2012
Joe worked for my wife and me as a buyer's agent, searching for a home in the Boston area. He had extensive knowledge of the area and was very capable in helping us identify our needs, narrow our search, and target the best properties for us. He spent a lot of time with us on our search and always made us feel like we were his only clients. We ended up buying a great home in a great location at an affordable price (in Boston, that's saying a lot!). Thanks, Joe!(2009 and 2015)
Rachel A. — Jan 21, 2012
I have used Joe both as a buyer's and seller's agent. His patience and depth of knowledge are second to none. Whether you are buying or selling for the first time or a seasoned real estate adventurer, Joe can provide the expert guidance to get you where you need to go. (Thanks, Joe! 2002 and 2009) Source, LinkedIn
Bryan E. — Jan 01, 2012
"I'm so glad to be able to forward this recommendation for Joe Wolvek. I live in Los Angeles CA and had been interested in purchasing an apartment/ condo in the Boston Back Bay area. I needed someone who knew the area well and could realistically educate me on the nuances of the market. Initially, Joe and I e-mailed particular ideas and property interests and fairly quickly Joe had arranged several properties for me to view when I made arrangements to visit Boston over a weekend. He never hesitated to educate me about the pros and cons of each property. I finally identified a property that satisfied my criteria as to location, price and amenities, Joe researched the particulars and I decided to make an offer. The bidding process went smoothly with Joe's help and advice, always maintaining MY interests as a priority. Within a few days, a purchase and sales agreement was signed and here were are. My relationship with Joe has continued as he has helped me with his professional network of lawyers, insurance agents and contractors to facilitate all my needs to make this property ideal for my interests. I truly recommend Joe Wolvek, without reservation and am so lucky to have found him. I will surely use his services going forward as I will probably trade up and or be looking for a second property in the not to distant future. If anyone needs a well seasoned and qualified real estate agent, run, don't walk to Gibson's Sotheby's agent, Joe Wolvek." Thanks Joe 2011 Source: LinkedIn"
Clark M. — Jan 01, 2012