Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group Presents:
First Time Homebuyer Seminar
Are you a first time homebuyer? Do you have questions? We have answers.
Be ready for a dynamic and exciting spring real estate market! Join us Sunday March 2nd from 3:00PM- 4:00PM for a discussion with local professionals about the home buying process. We are proud to have Martha Harvey of Mortgage Network and attorney Patrick Hall of Hall & Sullivan, as well as a discussion with a few of our experienced buyer agents.
Visit the Sunday Open Houses, then come stop by and learn from the best. No obligation, just an opportunity to get smart about the home buying process. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to email@example.com or just show up on Sunday!
In the meantime, we offer our insight about what makes a buyer successful in finding the right home in The Shanahan Group Approach to Homebuying: Key Success Factors.
This recipe came from the original West Chop Little Cookbook (Martha's Vineyard). One of my favorite aspects of the recipe is that I can ALWAYS remember what to get and how much even when I'm standing in the grocery store without my list! Any recipe you can put together without a list automatically shoots higher on my list of possibilities. You know you won't get home and say, "Oh, no! I forgot the kumquats again!" or "Gracious, I'm out of articulated mini-quail!" Because it's hot, I actually rarely do it in the summer even though it came from a "summery" publication; but once the leaves turn orange, there's a nip in the air, or the snow is flying, I turn to this one again and again.
- 1 cup real mayonnaise
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 8 oz can artichoke hearts in water
- 1 box thin crunchy crackers
- Fresh ground pepper
- 3-5 grinds of fresh black pepper
- 1 tsp of mustard
- 1 tsp creamed horseradish or rough horseradish (if rough, use a tad less)
This Thanksgiving, we organized our third annual Kids' Turkey Trot! Every year, this event is heart-warming -- which was more important than ever with our fingers and toes frozen! Its a great hometown event, with so many local groups involved and contributing to The Bridget Brigade, the Winchester-based charity founded in the memory of Bridget Marie Dobbins, that raises funds to provide needed support to families from Massachusetts with a critically-ill child.
Community organizations like FAN (The Winchester Family Action Network) and Rotary Club support the event with volunteers and publicity. Every year, fellow businesses like Kids Footstop, Petersons Party Center, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks donate time and goods. Local professionals like Beth Locke and Alyssa Suffredini helped us behind the scenes this year with our new logo and banners. WinCam generously loaned their equipment to an awesome team of McCall Middle School students who are producing a Turkey Trot video for us this year (we can't wait to see it!). All this happens at Lincoln School field, in the heart of our town on a day when we give thanks for all of the things that we hold dear.
Over 115 children, ages 3-8 participated in this years races. Their parents bundled everyone up in coats and hats and mittens and came to Lincoln School early on a freezing Thanksgiving morning. It was truly special and our honor to lend support to an organization that does so much good! Every dollar that we raise, from admissions and other donations from the Turkey Trot goes directly to the Bridget Brigade to support families caring for critically ill children. What better way to start a Day of Thanks?
Frankly, we're can't believe this is our third annual! The first year of the TurkeyTrot, we werent sure how many people would show up. We even joked that it might just be a few of us and our kids! That day, I remember looking around and thinking about how the people I saw represented so much of what makes our town great. The second year, the event grew even larger and there was a sense of tradition and community as parents, organizers, and all of the kids lingered for coffee and snacks well after the races were over. This year, there was less lingering given how cold it was (17 degrees thank-you-very-much!) but there was a growing feeling that this was something our community would be doing for many Thanksgivings to come. Finally, a very special thank you to the Turkey Trot committee at The Shanahan Group. This group of agents has been organizing the event for the last three years with great enthusiasm and dedication. We have such fun putting the Turkey Trot together every year. Thank you to Paula Sughrue, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Lulu Coakley, Felicity Tuttle as well as Jacqui Curtin and Mary Savage. Thank you, ladies! Gobble, gobble!
- How soon do you need or want to be in a new home?
- How do you plan to finance the purchase of a new house?
- Have you been in contact with mortgage lenders in your area?
- What price range are you looking?
- How much had you planned to put down?
- What are your top priorities?
- Are you familiar with the home buying process?
- Survey findings show that technology is evolving the role of the real estate agent, but certainly not discounting the personalized connection they provide. Ninety-six percent of luxury homebuyers today are leaning on their real estate agent for more acute information than ever before. They are looking for insight into neighborhood lifestyle (65%), advanced new listing notices (64%), advice on housing trends (55%), and support on a personal level throughout the buying process (53%).
- Multiple Properties and Lifestyles: As the real estate market comes roaring back, a new vote of confidence is apparent among luxury buyers. Investing in more than one home has become a trend in today's luxury market. A majority of luxury homeowners surveyed (53%) prefer owning multiple "lifestyle" homes to support activities like skiing or theater-going. In fact, more than half (58%) of luxury homebuyers already own multiple homes to support their lifestyle activities.
- Fabulous Lifestyles Meet Fabulous Amenities: Bigger isn't necessarily better -- or more luxurious. In fact, 60 percent of luxury homebuyers surveyed would rather have as many upgrades as they can afford in their home, rather than more square footage. Similarly, nearly all (94%) luxury homebuyers surveyed would be willing to give up 1,000 square feet of living space from their next home in order to get a lifestyle amenity they desire, such as; living in a better neighborhood (54%), living in a house with "character" (51%), more land (44%), access to dining and entertainment (39%), and a shorter commute (38%).
- Wired for Luxury: When it comes to their dream home, a majority (66%) of luxury homebuyers surveyed said a "smart" home is more important to them than a "green" home. When house hunting, 87 percent of luxury homebuyers surveyed would not consider living in a home that isn't tech-friendly.