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Turkey Trot 2016

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - The Shanahan Group and Family Action Network are proud to announce The 6th Annual Turkey Trot for Kids!

On Thanksgiving morning, get bundled up in your hats and mittens to support a great cause. The Turkey Trot is back and better than ever! Children ages 3-9 are invited to the race to raise money for The Bridget Brigade. Coffee and cocoa will be served to help warm your bones and your spirit as we watch the little ones race, and rest assured everyone goes home a winner. Registration is only $5 per racer, and what a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving. A great opportunity to teach our little ones about supporting charities and a small 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, which raises funds to provide support to families from Massachusetts with a critically-ill child

You can register here or in person at The Shanahan Group offices at 552 Main Street in Winchester. Registration is also available the day of the event, at Lincoln School field beginning at 8 AM Thanksgiving morning.

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    Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group - Our Next Move

    Anyone who has spent a good amount of time at the right company knows full well that companies can definitely be like families. And so our family Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group is moving from one phase of our life, to the next. 

    Here we sit in our starter home, when we first moved in, nearly ten years ago, our family was smaller. We fixed up our space and little by little, we made it our own. We’ve recently redone the floors and painted the walls again. Everyone who visits compliments us on what we’ve done with the place and how it really reflects who we are. We love our neighborhood and become an integral part of it. We’ve counseled, celebrated, negotiated, educated, and entertained from this space, and our family - our business - has continued to thrive as we’ve expanded well beyond Winchester real estate but always with downtown as our home base.

    But over the last few years, our family has grown and the space is a getting little tight. More windows would be great. We’d love a bigger kitchen. More room to be together, and more room to be apart, when we need a quiet space to work. And boy do we need more storage! 

     

    And so like all of our friends, clients, and our individual selves, we’re taking the next step! It’s time for our Move Up Home - maybe even our Forever Home - in the perfect location: about eight doors down from where we are now – there’s even a Starbucks across the street (okay, maybe that part’s a little dangerous). 

    So, we’ve called the painters, we’ve picked colors – wood tile here, new carpeting there. True admin space for Lynn, a real office for Karen, a training room for us all, conference rooms to be private, and big public spaces that will allow us to continue to do what we do best.

    We are unique in the industry. Culture, collaboration, and teamwork are paramount in everything we do. We like each other and we help each other in order to succeed. We work as a team, incorporating our individual talents to provide all our clients - our buyers and sellers, as well as co-brokers, lenders, attorneys, and the myriad other organizations we work with - industry leading experience, knowledge, and expertise. All helping you to achieve your next goal. 

    And maybe we’ll just add to our family, too.

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group Family proudly announces our change of address to 552 Main Street, in the heart of Winchester MA.

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      1. Jan Byford Foley on

        Nan, Karen and the whole Team - Best of luck and best wishes to all of you in your new office! Can't wait to see it! Jan and Bob

        Paula Russo Sughrue's Run for Lovelane

        One of the many common interests that our agents share is a desire to give back to our communities and to make a difference. And we've all certainly learned that when we do, we really end up receiving so much more! We'd like to thank Paula Russo Sughrue for sharing a recent experience she had with a truly life changing organization:

        Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of joining 500 other runners in the 9th annual Susan McDaniel Run for Lovelane. This professionally timed race is challenging enough for elite runners but welcoming and enjoyable for families, walkers, and even strollers. The 5K race starts at the Weston Town Green and makes its way along the beautiful neighborhoods in Weston, Massachusetts with friendly homeowners along the way providing much-needed water to the runners.

        Paula Sughrue, her niece, Olivia, and Paula's daughter, Madeline.

        Lovelane provides high-quality, therapeutic horseback riding to achieve therapeutic gains to children with special needs. This fun and supportive environment has been an integral part of my niece, Olivia's amazing progress over the past eight years. She thoroughly enjoys her weekly horseback rides with the special attention from the licensed therapeutic riding instructors. Some other activities present a physical challenge to Olivia, but with horseback riding she's on top of the world and so proud of herself!  It's heartwarming for her family to know that she's experiencing this much joy.

        My children and I have been part of this wonderful fundraiser for the past 3 years. Olivia's team is named Team Trots and is pictured above. Her team grows each year. Her parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all come out to show their support for her and this important program. Let me know if you want to join Team Trots next year. All are welcome!  The atmosphere of young and old Lovelane supporters is so inspiring. 

        Team Trots

        To learn more about Lovelane visit www.lovelane.org

        Welcome to Winchester's Rangeley Road

        Winchester MA Rangeley Road

        When you think of moving to Winchester, picture yourself in a home with room for everyone, where entertaining or just day-to-day living is almost effortless.  Think of big backyards for playing, gardening, or relaxing at the end of the day.  Envision picturesque strolls through tree-lined streets, past venerable, older homes to our Victorian downtown.  With our latest listing at 7 Rangeley Road, fantasy becomes reality. 

        Rangeley Park” as it was originally named, was a “romantically planned” residential park developed in 1875 by wealthy Boston lumber dealer, David Nelson Skillings.  The park was “widely praised as a model to be imitated, not only in Boston but nationally as well.”  Rangeley Park was known for its winding roads and open spaces and because of its central location within Winchester, it served the town as a public park and a residential community.[1]

        Today, the Rangeley neighborhood, just 2/10 mile from Winchester Center, retains much of its original character - winding roads, beautiful historic homes, and lovely landscapes at every turn.  This unique neighborhood continues to provide its residents with a suburban “park” feel, amidst a center-of-town location. Stroll down to Winchester’s coffee shops and browse the weekend farmer’s market on the Town Common.  Meet friends for dinner at one of our many quaint downtown restaurants.  Catch the train, where Boston is just an easy, 12-minute ride away.

        This sunny, 1936 colonial has seamlessly joined the best of the old with the new - hardwood floors and classic molding meet central AC, and a true cook's kitchen.  Relax by the fire in the formal living room.  Enjoy outdoor dining on the private back patio.  Play games in the fenced yard shaded by trees.  Entertain your guests in the open concept, gourmet kitchen.  Keep life organized in the tiled mudroom and attached 2-car garage.  There's space for everyone with four bedrooms, a sky-lit family room, and a finished lower level perfect for video games, home gym, or guests. 

        This amazing home has so much to offer, inside and out.  Don't take our word for it, VIRTUALLY TOUR 7 Rangeley Road before you join us for the open house on Sunday, June 5th from 12:00 - 2:00! Move right in and enjoy Winchester just outside your door!

         

        For more information or to schedule a private showing, please contact Louise Coakley, Listing Agent (mobile) 781-864-3455, (office) 781-729-9030, lulu.coakley@shanahanre.com

         

         

         

        [1] Rangeley, A Romantic Residential Park in Winchester, MA. By Maureen Meister

         

        The Shanahan Group and Rebuilding Together Boston

        Every day, we help our clients find their dream homes and sell longtime properties. And, let’s face it; we often do so in some pretty affluent suburbs around Greater Boston. On January 22, a team from our office will be taking a personal day from our jobs to help ensure one homeowner can stay in her home for the long haul.

        Last March, we learned that Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, under the guidance of our CEO Sherry Chris, had partnered with Rebuilding Together, a national organization that provides low-income homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades. The mission of Rebuilding Together is to stabilize neighborhoods, preserve affordable housing, provide safe and secure housing, and reduce the risk of homelessness.

        Rebuilding Together

         

        After hearing about this partnership, we knew we wanted to get involved! After months of planning, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – The Shanahan Group is very proud to be an official sponsor of Rebuilding Together Boston, the local chapter of Rebuilding Together. Since 1991, Rebuilding Together Boston has completed over 350 renovation projects for a total value of over $6,500,000 -- at no cost to the homeowners, allowing those homeowners to stay in their homes, build equity, and improve their quality of life.

        As a team, we have raised $7,500 to date for this very worthy cause. And on our build day, we will gather up our hammers, paintbrushes, and spackle knives and head to Roxbury to do critical health and safety repairs for a woman who has owned her home for more than 10 years, and is currently unemployed.

        We want to give a very special thank you to our partner in this initiative, Shant Banosian of GuaranteedRate, who made an extremely generous donation and who will also be joining us on the day of the build. We could not have done this without him and his team. A second shout out to G&N Insurance of Southborough, MA who provided that final push that brought us to our fund-raising goal! Thank you, all!

        After the build, be on the lookout for a recap of the day complete with pictures and good memories. We’re sure there will be plenty of stories to tell!

        If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Rebuilding Together Boston, please click here or reach out directly to Caroline Staudt, who has spearheaded this project for our office.

        Thank you very much to Nan Shanahan who made this possible and to the agents who have dedicated their time, money, and (somewhat questionable) talents to this worthy cause: Caroline Staudt, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Lulu Coakley, Christine Curtin, Karen Garrett, Melissa Perrone, Angela Pinette, Mary Price, Mary Savage, Dara Singleton, Kara Spelman, Paula Sughrue, Felicity Tuttle, and Stephanie Walsh.

        Midnight Madness at The Shanahan Group!

        Midnight Madness comes to BHGRE The Shanahan Group!

        Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is excited to open its doors for this year’s Midnight Madness in Winchester on Monday, 11/30/15 starting at 6 PM. We will be showcasing several local artisans, supplying a physical storefront right on Thompson Street so they can join in on this fun annual tradition – similar to a Winter Farmer’s Market right in our own office! Joining us that evening are the following merchants:

        • Kelly Bennett, Rodan & Fields Skincare Consultant: https://kellyrbennett.myrandf.com
        • Denise Konicek, Quilts and Tilework: deelightfulquilts.com
        • Checka Antifonario, Childrens’ Meditation CDs: http://www.checkayoga.com/Shop.html
        • Katy Downey, Padmala Jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/PadmalaShop/
        • Sara Brown, Sara’s Creative Costumes (homemade childrens’ costumes)
        • Debbie Taylor Smith, A Simply Sassy Design (Scarves & Glass / Wood serving pieces)
        • Lynch Elementary Go Direct Fundraising, (Cookbooks, Phone Covers)

        Just added! Preppy Personals will join us from 9-10PM. Custom printing and so much more! www.preppypersonals.com

        Come support small, local business and stop by to see us at 41 Thompson Street!

        Thank you to Dara Singleton for organizing our Midnight Madness effort!

        Gobble, Gobble!!

        It's time for Turkey! 

        It's that time of year again at Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group! Plans are being finalized now for the 5th annual Kids Turkey Trot. It's amazing that it's been five years and we couldn't be happier to organize this great event for such an amazing cause. 

        Five summers ago, Nan and I were watching my sons taking a tennis lesson (thanks, WinRec!) and talking about fall plans for the office. We knew we wanted to host an event but not sure what or when. We got talking about having a fun run on Thanksgiving, like other towns have annually. Nan suggested we start one here. Well, after a little research, we quickly realized that might be too big a task to take on for the fall. So we scaled down a bit and kept it for the kids- particularly the little ones. Through our connections to FAN (I was the current membership chair and Paula Sughrue had previously filled that role), we had the perfect audience. Our colleague Lulu Coakley has been a huge supporter of the Bridget Brigade and we knew that they would be a perfect cause for our event. And so it was born! 

        I remember standing there after the first Trot was finished and being amazed at our turnout (we really thought it might be the Sughrue, Garrett and Coakley kids that first year!). Even at the 2013 TT, when our pens stopped working and all of our balloons popped with the frigid temps, we had a huge crowd! 

        We are honored to host the event again this year and always share lots of giggles and fun along the way. Thank you again to all of our partners and sponsors for helping us make the Turkey Trot come alive every year. On a day when we stop to give thanks for our blessings, we are happy to start the morning with our friends and neighbors, supporting a cause that helps families care for their sick children. 

        Online registration is now open and... this year our Turkey is now on Twitter and Instagram #TurkeyTrot2015! Follow us to see how things come together and for race day pictures.  

        Hope to see you this Thanksgiving!

        Gobble Gobble!

        Your 2015 Turkey Trot Committee:

        Paula Sughrue

        Lulu Coakley

        Rebecca Brennan-Laird

        Molly Byrne

        Nic Gatto

        Karen Garrett

        Dara Singleton

        Felicity Tuttle

        Melissa Perrone

        Important Notice for Prospective Homebuyers

        Not the most exciting topic in real estate, but really important. 

        At BHGRE The Shanahan Group, our job is to make sure that the purchase or sale (or both) of your home goes smoothly and that your interests are protected. We have recently become aware of a rising trend in the number of scams or attempted identity theft, at both the national and local levels. In a bustling spring market, it's not a fun topic to blog about but it's something we should all be aware of. Below is a note from our broker/owner, Nan Shanahan outlining these threats and how to protect your identity and your money- even in this crazy spring market!

        A Note from Nan

        Dear Clients and Friends, 

         

        Recently there have been increased reports across the nation of a theft scheme that involves hackers stealing email addresses and sending fraudulent wiring instructions to homebuyers and tenants. Realtors®, lawyers, title agents and buyers could be affected. The criminal scheme has many variations and this notice is not intended to describe each situation. As an actual or prospective buyer or tenant, we want to alert you to the situation so that you can minimize the risk that you could be a victim.

         

        We strongly recommend that before you wire any funds to any party (including your own lawyer, real estate broker or title agent whom you know to be involved in your transaction) that you personally call them to verify the wire instructions (you should confirm the ABA routing number or SWIFT code and the credit account number). You should call them at a number that you have obtained on your own (e.g., the sales contract, their website, etc.) and should not use the phone number that is contained in any email - even if the email appears to be from someone you know. A common aspect of the scheme involves the criminal hacking the sender's email (unbeknownst to them) and sending you an email that looks like other legitimate emails you have received from that party. The email contains the criminal's wire instructions and may contain the criminal's phone number and once your funds are wired by your bank to the criminal's account there may be no way to recover those funds.

        PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION BEFORE WIRING FUNDS TO ANY PARTY

         

        It's a busy time of year in real estate where transactions happen very quickly and involve many people. Take the time to carefully read emails and documents and contact your agent and your attorney whenever you have a question or if something seems strange along the way.

        All the best this spring, 

        Nan

         

         

        This Important Notice is not intended to provide legal advice. You should consult with a lawyer if you have any questions.

        2015 Homebuyers Seminar: Have questions about buying a home? We have answers.

        2015 Home Buying Seminar!

        Are you a first-time homebuyer who is confused by the process and wondering how to get started? Are you a second- or third-time homebuyer who wants some insight into today's market?

        You have questions. We have answers.

        At 6pm on March 4, 2015, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is hosting a no obligation home buying seminar at the offices of Ligris + Associates, 1280 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.

         

        Real Estate professionals will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

        Karen Garrett and Caroline Staudt, Realtors at The Shanahan Group, will provide a brief overview of the home buying experience from start to finish and will address common questions about today's market.

        Martha Harvey of Mortgage Network will discuss the mortgage process.

        Jeffrey Shargel of Ligris + Associates will review the legal aspects of buying a home.

        Ray Jackson of Jackson Home Inspection will walk you through the home inspection and what you can expect.

        Following brief presentations from each of our experts, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you still have.

        Light snacks will be served. Space is limited.

        For more information or to RSVP, please contact Caroline Staudt at caroline.staudt@shanahanre.com. We look forward to seeing you on March 4!

         

        Can't wait to learn more?

        Visit our Buyers page anytime to understand the home buying process and The Shanahan Group's perspective on how to be successful. 

         

         

         

         

        Bidding Wars Happen. How Can Buyers Win?

        Buyers in our area have heard stories of houses selling with upwards of ten offers for tens-of-thousands (or even hundreds-of-thousands) over the list price. Many buyers have even been involved in some of these so-called bidding wars. And we expect to see bidding wars continue through this spring market.

         

        Caroline Staudt explains what buyers need to

        understand about bidding wars:

         

        Every situation is unique.

        No two buyers and no two listings are the same. Engaging a thoughtful, knowledgeable buyer's agent to represent you, and only you, in your home search an important first step. Much like the listing agent, whose fiduciary duties are to the seller, a buyer's agent owes her fiduciary duties to  you, the buyer. This enhances the agent's ability to guide and advise you and your family on forumulating the best offer on any given home.

        A seller is not obligated to, and may not always, accept the highest offer.

        Other terms and factors such as financing (e.g., a cash offer being more attractive than a 5% down offer), closing date, inspections, and even pure emotion of the seller can also factor into a seller's decision. Again, a buyer's agent can work with you to consider each of these terms when making an offer.

        Price does still matter.

        Win the Bidding War

        Sellers may not always take the highest offer, but price does matter - a lot. When considering making a bid well over the asking price, think about what the house is worth objectively by looking with your agent at comparable sales and also what the house is worth to you. Then balance those two factors. Also, depending on your financing, speak with your agent about whether there could be appraisal issues with an offer significantly over the asking price.

        There is no protocol for how a seller should handle multiple offers.

        A seller reviewing multiple offers may choose to (1) accept the highest offer that comes in, (2) go back to some or all of the potential buyers for a "Best and Final" offer, (3) counter to one of the buyers but not the others, or (4) reject all offers. Provided that Fair Housing and other applicable laws are not violated, there are no rules for how a seller can handle and respond to offers. It is the job of your buyers's agent to arm you with as much information as possible so together, you can prepare an offer that stands out from the crowd, no matter which approach the seller takes.

        Use caution when waiving contingencies.

        Buyers may hear stories about other buyers waiving mortgage contingencies and inspection contingencies. This approach is not for the faint of heart and has the potential to lead to big problems down the road. While waiving contingencies may be what it takes to ultimately get a specific home, you should be sure to speak to your agent, your lender, and perhaps even your attorney if you are considering going down this path. Your agent should also be able to work with you to formulate a strong offer while limiting your risk.

        Remember that not every listing will see a bidding war.

        Remember, every situation is unique. Many houses - whether because of price or location or some other intangible factor - will not sell immediately with multiple offers. Do not assume when looking at listings that every house will sell for over the asking price with multiple offers. Do not be afraid to enter into the market for fear of being involved in a bidding war.

        Bidding wars are a challenge for buyers. By definition, some buyers will miss out on homes that they want to buy - perhaps even dream homes. There are ways, however, that a buyer's agent can help you through the process to increase the chances of winning the bidding war. If you have any questions  about multiple offers, if you are thinking about buying or selling, or if you want to speak with an agent about current market conditions, please give us a call.