Karen Garrett

On the Move: American Moving Patterns since Pandemic

For so many reasons, homeowners are rethinking where they need to live and what spaces they need in a home. Whether it’s down the street, across the country, or somewhere in between, people are on the move. So where are they going, and why? This article from Bloomberg gives us insight into the migration patterns that have occurred over the past year. 

A map of the united states showing migration paterns during the global pandemic

Back at home, we are seeing a unique spring market unlike any other in recent history. Low inventory levels coupled with sky-high demand have driven our median sale prices to historic levels in our core markets. The demand is coming from typical sources (buyers moving from city to suburbs) but also from homeowners who have re-thought where and how they live since the beginning of the pandemic. We also continue to see homeowners that would like to downsize and sell their larger homes, but struggle to find options for that move as well. Our group has been working hard this spring to help both buyer and seller clients navigate this challenging market- no easy task, for sure! 

No matter where or when you may be planning a move, The Shanahan Group can help. By expanding our reach beyond our core communities with our HOMECOMING program, we have been able to cultivate strong relationships with real estate colleagues across the country to help us understand these trends and to be a resource for our clients moving out of our area. 

Reach out anytime to understand what today’s market means for your family’s needs and plans for the future. 

 

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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. 

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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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    In It Together: Nan and Karen

     

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    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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      The things that matter- Helping After Harvey

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      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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