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Breakfast Food Drive Supporting Winchester Got Lunch

We are excited to be hosting a Breakfast Food Drive during the month of May in partnership with Winchester Got Lunch. WGL proves healthy foods during the summer for students who may rely on subsidized school-year lunches or who are nutritionally challenged due to unforeseen circumstances.   

Please consider dropping off items at our office at 552 Main Street, Winchester to show support for our community.  Thank you so much!

-Boxed Cereal

-Shelf-Stable Milk

-Waffle/Pancake Mix

-Syrup

-Jelly

BHGRE The Shanahan Group's Month of Giving

As we approach the holidays, it is natural to reflect on all that we are thankful for. At the Shanahan Group, we are always grateful for the opportunities we have to give back to our extended community and to share our good fortune with others. For this reason, we are designating November as our Month of Giving! 

We are especially happy to announce our month-long linen drive in association with the Mission of Deeds. Our office at 552 Main Street, Winchester, MA will be accepting new:

  • Bed Pillows
  • Full/Queen Sheets
  • Full/Queen Blankets
  • Full/Queen Comforters
  • Twin Sheets
  • Twin Blankets
  • Twin Comforters
  • Towels/Face Cloths

Or, if you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please follow the link below: 

https://www.missionofdeeds.org/donate-funds/

Finally, make sure to follow us on social media as we continue to announce further charitable opportunities throughout the coming weeks!

Ask a Realtor: Why is it Important to Stage a Home Before Selling?

From appealing to a broader audience to creating a good impression online or in-person, or helping buyers feel at home in the property, there are several reasons why staging is important to the successful sale of a home. 

 

Houses can become extensions of ourselves. Remember that paint color you chose for the guest bedroom? What about the family pictures that decorate the hallway? All these things make your home, yours. However, when preparing to sell a home, the mindset should shift from what makes the house yours to what will make it feel like it could be someone else’s. Staging can help neutralize the space so that when buyers walk into a room, they can envision themselves living there. Perhaps they imagine their photos on the wall or have a favorite wallpaper they have been waiting to use. 

 

NAR reports that 97% of home buyers searched online for homes at some point in the shopping process. First impressions matter.

 

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    Ask a Realtor: What Tips do you Have for People Who are Relocating?

    Relocating can be very difficult for the entire family. Not only are you moving to a new home, but you are potentially finding new schools, doctors, babysitters, restaurants, friends and SO much more! Working with a relocation coordinator that is familiar with your destination and has knowledge and expertise in this area is key to making it a smoother transition for everyone. Through my own experiences, I have also found that it is helpful when the advisor has a personal relationship with relocation. They can truly understand the emotions and stress involved in the transition.  

     

    With every move, my family has made (and there have been a lot!), I confirmed that our relocation coordinator was very familiar with the area before our house hunting trip.  We extensively discussed what was important to us, not only about the home, but also what we hoped for in a community.  The more straightforward you are with your relocation coordinator, the better able they are to accommodate your needs and requests. 

     

    Lastly, before relocating...make sure to pack your patience and a good sense of humor!  

     

    For more information about our relocation, concierge, and referral services, please contact Clay Tappan, Manager of HOMECOMING Business Development, BHGRE The Shanahan Group 

     

    February is Fair Housing Month

    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. This February, our office will focus on Fair Housing as a topic for agent training and consumer awareness, to ensure that we all work together towards this goal.

    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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      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!

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        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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