An energetic professional, Barbara Alavi naturally pivoted to virtual showings when the pandemic hit.
In March 2020, Alavi, an agent with William Raveis Real Estate & Home Services, assisted a military family relocating from Alaska. She first connected with them via FaceTime, which led to over 15 video showings in three months. They lost out on four properties in bidding wars, but Alavi was not deterred. They all finally met in person when the family moved here in June. “After several ‘real-life’ showings and an accepted offer, we were successful in finding their dream home,” she says.
Having grown up in Milton, Alavi returned to her hometown several years after graduating from Boston University. “My husband and I purchased the home I grew up in from my parents in 1994, renovated it and raised our two children there,” she says. “You can call me a ‘townie.’”
A hometown agent for 14 years but a lifelong Milton resident, Alavi has witnessed four decades of real estate growth, movement and transformation in the area. She also does a significant amount of business in Boston and the surrounding suburbs, assisting buyers, sellers, developers and investors. “As an investor and owner of a successful Boston development firm for over a decade, I am able to provide expert advice and firsthand knowledge to my clients,” she says.
In 2020, Alavi achieved President’s Club status, an honor bestowed upon agents in the top 14% of the company. Not surprisingly, her business comes mostly from repeat and referral clients.
To give back, Alavi supports Boston’s Epiphany School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Friends of the Blue Hills, Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse and Milton’s fire and police associations. She also volunteers at Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church.