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The Good Stuff: One in a series about Real Estate...in real life

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During the weeks (months?!) where the days tend to blend together, we need bright spots. They might not be big, momentous events, but just small victories, happy connections, or just a moment of peace. But we need to see them and acknowledge them to remember that they are there. 

Here are two from my work week:

  • Today, Nan and I received an email from a client that just closed on a property and was represented by one of our agents, Lynne Russo. This client had served in the military and moving was not a new process for him and his family. It’s not often that clients take time to send us an email, so it caught our eye instantly. This client wanted to make sure that we knew how impressive, tenacious and caring Lynne was throughout the entire process (which was really challenging for so many reasons that would test any agent’s skills!). Taking the time to send that note was so kind and meant so much to Lynne, but also to all of us that work with her. 
     
  • Yesterday, I received a video from clients that Dara Singleton and I worked with recently. Along with the property that they purchased, these new homeowners became (ecstatic/thrilled/super excited!) adoptive parents of two goldfish. While the fish summer in a really cool whiskey-barrel-with-a-cover set up in the backyard, it was time to bring them inside for the cooler months. Our clients sent us this video to share with the sellers to let them know that their fish were loved and that they were so incredibly happy in their new home. 

(Turn sound up!)

While we are really proud of the work we do, I share these more as examples of small actions that make a difference to other people. The little things matter, big time and especially now. 

 

~ Karen Shanahan Garrett

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    Introducing: Shanahan By The Sea - Waterfront Collection

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is excited to announce the launch of
    Shanahan by the Sea -Waterfront Collection,
    a new extension of our services covering the vibrant Cape Cod real estate market.
     
     
    For over 13 years, we've had the pleasure of building a community of clients, agents, neighbors, and friends in Winchester and the surrounding suburbs, and we're thrilled to open a new door to a community where we can help familiar faces and meet new ones. Our team has deep roots - both personal and professional - on the Cape, with the knowledge and experience to not only help find your new home, but also point you in the direction of our favorite ice cream shop or coffee spot.  
     
    We look forward to expanding our services and offering the knowledge and expertise of familiar Shanahan agents to help you feel at home in a new market. We know the New England community extends beyond your hometown - let us help you find your next perfect spot. 
     
    Please reach out to info@shanahanre.com for more information.

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      Our Response to COVID-19


      A note to our awesome clients and community:

      In uncertain times, we come together. While we miss seeing all of your faces, our business is ready to help you in any of your real estate needs.
       
      Active Buyer & Seller Clients:
      Even in the pandemic environment, our local real estate market is very active. Virtual tours, curbside closings, electronically-signed documents, and other remote tools are key right now. If you are in the market but want to keep your distance, we are with you. We have the tools and the skills to show homes safely, if you are ready. 
       
      Our Office & Operations:
      Our team has embraced virtual work and we continue to collaborate as an office and with our clients to navigate the real estate process in a new environment. We've operated remotely since the beginning and our office recently re-opened for our Staff in-person with social distance best practices.
       
      Our Community:
      We’ve always been here, right with you in our communities. We will continue to take an active role in supporting our business neighbors as well as our clients. If you need advice or just some perspective, we are here for you.
       
      "In It Together From Start To Finish"

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        Don't let COVID-19 Stall Your Sale

        Home for Sale

        Technology that Brings Your Home to Buyers - Wherever They Are 

        If you’ve been thinking about selling, only to be blind-sided by recent market instability, your instinct might be to hold off and stay put. That's understandable, but consider this: interest rates are at an all-time low and inventory remains short. As a seller, this puts you in a unique position and I’m ready to help you maximize your return in a market that’s more complicated than ever. 

        We have the technology and marketing expertise to get your home sold, even if potential buyers are stuck at home. With dedicated property websitesvideo toursdigital listing packetsvirtual open houses, targeted email, and social media marketing, we can leverage our technology to reach today’s highly motivated buyers. 

        Contact us today and we can develop a custom marketing plan exclusive to your home. We'll be here with you for the entire process, from list-to-close, with your health and safety first and foremost.

        We Believe In Communities

        We believe in building communities and we stand with the town of Winchester.

        We believe in communities. We believe in building communities. We believe that everyone deserves a community where they feel safe, supported and respected. It's why we are in the business of residential real estate. We understand that we have a role to play.

        We are committed to Fair Housing policies and beyond them, we also strive to foster a warm and welcoming community which recognizes and values diversity and inclusion.

        It is why we stand with the Town of Winchester, The Network for Social Justice and others in supporting this Joint Statement on Police Brutality and Systemic Racism, released June 2nd: "We condemn hate crimes, police brutality, and the systemic and pervasive institutional factors that have led to the recent violence and trauma impacting communities of color across the country."

        Click here to read the full statement.

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          Are You Home Buying from Home?

          Searching for Homes Online

          Buying a Home, From Home 

          You can take advantage of all-time low interest rates and do much of the home buying process from the comfort of your home. As our nation continues to deal with the threat of COVID-19, I'm offering the following services to maintain your health, safety, and peace of mind. 

          Virtual Tours
          I'm happy to preview homes you are interested in by offering a virtual tour. Ask questions during a live video tour or I can send you a recording. 

          Email Notes, Seller Disclosures, Digital Listing Packets
          Often, there are seller disclosures, notes, and digital listing packets associated with a listing that are not available to consumers. I can email you details about your top listings which you can easily view from your computer or smart phone. 

          Private Showing
          With regard to social distancing, we can set up a private showing to ensure no other potential buyers are viewing the home at the same time. 

          With interest rates at an all-time low, it is a great time to buy. And with today's technology, much of the process can be done safely from your home. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  

          In It Together: Nan and Karen

           

          Nan & Karen, The Shanahan Group

          Last January, my mom and I met the wonderful and talented Theresa Johnson of Johnson Photography at my house for a photo shoot. We were marking the beginning of a new decade at BHGRE The Shanahan Group with my new partnership in the company. The announcement to the public was to be made in the early spring, but well...more important things came up. 

          As we celebrated Mother's Day this weekend (while socially distancing), Nan and I decided that now was the time. Below is the official press release. Thank you to our team, the agents that make up our group, our clients and our business partners for your support over the years. We are incredibly proud of the work that we do together and look forward to bright days ahead. 

          From Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group:

          Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2020, Karen Shanahan Garrett became a partner and co-owner, alongside her mother and longtime real estate broker Nan Shanahan. Since its beginning in 2007, The Shanahan Group has been led by Nan as broker owner and supported in its leadership by Karen. Through the years, both women have worked together to build a successful, reputable and local brand, bringing together the best professionals in the real estate industry to serve our clients.

          In 2019, we adopted a new mission statement to reflect our culture as a group, but also our approach to serving our clients.  In recent weeks, this mission statement has guided us and has never been more important as we pave a path forward. 

          “In it together, from start to finish”

          -BHGRE The Shanahan Group

          Mission Statement 

          Especially in uncertain times, strong and consistent leadership is critical to our business. We will continue to support our agents, clients and our communities as we navigate the challenges of a post pandemic environment. The future is strong and The Shanahan Group will be part of our collective recovery. 

          Karen & Nan Shanahan

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            Turkey Trot for Kids 2019

            Turkey Trot for Kids

            The Turkey Trot is back this year and is better than ever! Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is proud to announce the 9th annual Turkey Trot for Kids!

            On Thanksgiving morning, bundle up in your warm hats and mittens to support a great cause. Children ages 3-9 are invited to race to raise money for The Bridget Brigade. Coffee and cocoa will be served to help warm your bodies and your spirit as we enjoy watching the little ones race. Rest assured, everyone goes home a winner! Registration is only $5 per racer, and what a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach our little ones about supporting charities and a good way to show how thankful we are for our healthy rambunctious children.

            The Bridget Brigade is a Winchester-based non-profit founded in the memory of Bridget Marie Dobbins, raising funds to provide support to Massachusetts families with a critically-ill child.

            You can register here or in person at The Shanahan Group offices at 552 Main Street in Winchester, MA. Registration is also available starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving, November 23rd, at Lincoln Elementary School Field.  We hope to see you!

            Spring Cleaning Checklist

            Spring CleaningSpring is almost here, so it’s time to review your checklist and stock up on cleaning supplies. Here are some ideas to freshen up a musty house and bring in the new season.

            Kitchen

            • Clean your cabinets, especially the outside, to remove grease and grime.
            • Wipe down your countertops, sink, and faucet.
            • Clean your refrigerator, inside and out, including all surfaces and shelves. Check expiration dates on condiments and other items that may have been forgotten.
            • Wipe out the inside of your microwave and wash the turntable.
            • Remove any food particles from the bottom of your dishwasher, and clear the filter and spray arm of any residue. Run an empty cycle on super soaker with a specialty cleaner.
            • And don’t forget the oven...break off and remove any loose burnt pieces of food and clean thoroughly with a specialty cleaner.

            Bathroom

            • Clean your cabinets to remove dirt and grime.
            • Wipe down your countertops, sink, and faucet.
            • Change out, or clean, your shower curtain.
            • Remove soap scum in the shower and tub with a specialty cleaner.
            • Scrub the toilet bowl and rim with a disinfecting cleaner; wipe down the seat and lid.

            Bedding

            • Check your bedding and see if it needs to be washed or aired out. If it just smells musty, hang it outside for a day to let it air out.

            Windows & Coverings

            • Try using old carpet scraps to clean window screens.
            • Clean the inside and outside of your windows.
            • If your drapes need a cleaning, check the fabric care label first. If they just need freshening up, try air fluffing them in the dryer.

            Vents

            • Vacuum loose dust out of your HVAC vents, then clean off any stuck on residue with a damp cloth. Wipe the vents down with a microfiber cloth and a little car wax to help prevent dust from building up.

            Flooring & Baseboards

            • Hire a professional to clean your carpet.
            • Sweep and vacuum tile floors.
            • Use recommended specialty cleaners for your specific type of floor, whether its hardwood, tile, or carpet. Each type needs a little different TLC.
            • Use a whisk broom or a vacuum brush attachment to remove loose dust from your baseboards. Wipe them clean with warm water, liquid dish soap, and vinegar, and then dry with a clean cloth. Go over them with a dryer sheet to help prevent dust from sticking to them.

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              Winter Moving Tips

              Winter HomePlanning to move this winter? Winter is the off-season for moving companies, so this is a great time to plan a move. You’ll get a wider selection of dates and lower prices. Here are some tips to make your winter move easier.

              Be weather flexible

              Winter weather can be unpredictable, so check the forecast. You may decide to postpone your move if there is a good chance of severe weather. Be prepared to allow extra travel time if needed.

              Check in with your movers to confirm any last minute details a day or two before the move to make sure everything is still on schedule. Listen to any of their concerns about the weather or hazardous road conditions.

              Clear your driveway and walkways

              If your driveway and walkways are icy or covered with snow, clear them off before the movers arrive. This will make it safer and easier for the movers and help prevent damage to your belongings. Lay down plastic sheeting or blankets to protect the flooring on the inside of your home.

              Pack your car

              Electronics and cold weather do not mix well together. Move your electronics in your own car so they can stay warm. Put them in your car right before you leave to minimize their exposure to the cold temperatures.

              Also, put any winter essentials in your car, like extra clothes, coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and an emergency blanket. Include anything you might need in case of travel delays.

              Turn off the heat

              Since people will be going in and out of your home most of the day, make it easier on your furnace and your electric bill by turning the heat off. Use a space heater in the main floor bathroom with the door closed to keep that room warm.

              Take good care of your movers

              Cold winter moving is hard on movers, so have some hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or apple cider ready for them. Be sure to thank them for helping with your winter move and tip them well.

              If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact The Shanahan Group today!

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