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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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          Characteristics of Home Sellers and Buyers in 2017

          Real Estate TransactionHome Sellers

          Real estate agents help sellers get the most money for their home in the least amount of time. Agents also help smooth the home selling process. The National Association of Realtors (NAR), recently released an annual survey that provides some characteristics of home sellers in 2017.

          • A historically high 89% of home sellers used a real estate agent.
          • For three years now, the lowest recorded level of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home sales was at 8%.
          • FSBO homes sold at lower prices than homes sold by a real estate agent. FSBO homes sold at a median price of $190,000 and the median price for homes sold by an agent was $250,000.
          • The average homeowner lived in their home for 10 years. Historically, homeowners have lived in their homes for six to seven years.

          Home Buyers

          For many home buyers, buying a home is one of the largest financial transactions they will make. Real estate agents help buyers find the best home for them. Here are a few of the home buyer trends from the NAR survey.

          • A historically high 87% of home buyers used a real estate agent.
          • There was a decrease in the number of buyers who purchased directly from previous owners.
          • Finding the right home remained the hardest part of the home buying process.
          • The amount of time a buyer searched for a home was 10 weeks.
          • A large 85% of buyers purchased previously owned homes.

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

           

           

           

           

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            Benefits of Buying a Home in the Fall

            Fall Home Buying

            The best time to buy a home ultimately depends on your unique circumstances and goals, but there are several benefits of buying a home in the fall.

            • Fall is the second-best time of year to sell a home, which means there are still plenty of homes on the market.
            • The weather is pleasant, so you can take your time house hunting and exploring neighborhoods without extreme temperatures. The hot summer months are over and the cold winter months haven’t arrived.
            • The kids already started school. Most home buyers with little ones are out of the picture, which means less competition.
            • The holidays aren’t here yet and home sellers usually want to sell before the holidays arrive. The fall is a great time to make offers and negotiate, especially if the home is a spring or summer leftover.
            • Mortgage lenders, title companies, real estate lawyers, and moving companies can give you more quality time and quicker responses during the fall since their busiest months are during the spring and summer.
            • You can shop year-end sales on appliances, TVs, furniture, carpet, paint, and more to save money on home improvement projects and home furnishings.
            • You can take advantage of property tax breaks, mortgage interest tax breaks, and other qualifying tax breaks for the following year.

            Our realtors live work and play in greater Boston and we would love to help you find your new home. Contact us today!

             

            The things that matter- Helping After Harvey

            Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

            Everything that we do at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is about home and family. It's the passion of every one of our agents and at the core of who we are as a company. When there is a crisis like Hurricane Harvey, it hits at the nerve of who we are, personally and professionally. 

            As we all know, water in a home causes wide spread damage not just to the structure and systems of a home, but can pose health risks as well. With the catastrophic flooding in Texas, there will be so much work to do in the coming weeks and months for our friends and colleagues in Texas, as they try to put their lives and homes back together. Imagine how many contractors will be needed to make these repairs and how difficult it will be to find a good one! Those will be challenges that homeowners face as the flood waters subside and people return to safety. Today though, we can help in our own small ways. 

            Help Disaster Relief Efforts: At The Shanahan Group, our parent company Realogy is coordinating donations to the American Red Cross to support their disaster relief efforts in Texas though their charitable foundation. Through this effort launched this week, the Foundation has already surpassed its initial fundraising and matching goals. Donations can be made using this link: http://bit.ly/RealogyRedCrossFund

            We also know that in addition to supplies provided by the Red Cross and other organizations, there is a serious need for diapers for families displaced by the storm. Disaster relief agencies do not supply diapers and there is critical need among families that have been displaced by the storm. The Texas Diaper Bank has issued an urgent request for donations, so that they can continue to provide diaper kits to these families. To donate to the Texas Diaper Bank, use the following link: http://bit.ly/HarveyTexasDiaperBank

            Finally, we are thinking of our colleagues at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in Houston. Many of their agents and staff have lost so much- homes, cars, clothing. They have also established a fund to help their agents and staff begin to rebuild. (http://bit.ly/BHGREGG)

            These are just a few of the ways that our agents have chosen to help. The important thing is that we help- pick a good, well-respected charity and give what you can.

            At the end of the day, families and homes are what's most important, the foundations of our health and happiness. It's why we are in this business and why it's so important that we support the process of recovering and rebuilding in Texas. 

             

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