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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Planning 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!
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.
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!
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!
Join us for an Open House at 16 Perry Street in Woburn, MA
When: 12pm-1:30pm, July 15th & 16th
16 Perry Street in Woburn is a beautiful, newly constructed home with a spacious fenced backyard and an ideal location at the end of a quiet, dead-end street. The gorgeous hardwood flooring, custom built cabinets, and stone countertops make this home interior truly stunning. This home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, so it is perfect for families or guests. With a list price of just $599,000, this is a home you need to see for yourself.
View 16 Perry Street below and contact listing agent Paula Sughrue for more information.
It’s time to get the band back (Rebuilding) Together! We’re so excited to be just over a week away from our second annual Rebuilding Together Boston Work Day!
Not surprisingly, we’re passionate about home ownership. So much so, that we’re willing to put our money - and our talents - where are mouths are. In addition to our company donations, each member of our team, has individually donated the money used to purchase the needed supplies to bring necessary health and safety improvements one deserving person’s home. Then we really get to work!
This year, rather than having the day all to ourselves, we’re participating in Rebuilding Together’s National Rebuilding Day! Just within the 3-4 block radius of our work site, there will be more than ten additional teams working on other projects. What an exciting opportunity to bring life and value back to an entire community and improve the life of a deserving homeowner! And have so much fun doing it!
This year, we are again partnering with our friends at G&N Insurance and The Shant Banosian Team at Guaranteed Rate Mortgage and additionally welcome the expertise and know-how of JP Walsh Plumbing and Heating of Medford and carpenter, Mark Bronakant.
The Shanahan team consists of returning Rebuilders Nan and Rich Shanahan, our captain, Caroline Staudt, Karen Garrett, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Stephanie Walsh, Christine Curtin, and our chief parger (yeah, we didn't know what it was, either), Felicity Tuttle. First-time Rebuilders include Paula Buono, Cheryl Twomey, and Dara Singleton.
Hope you enjoy the snaps from last year’s Work Day. At the end, we were tired, dirty, and gratified to know we had helped improve a homeowner’s life. If you’re interested in becoming involved with Rebuilding Together, please visit their Boston or national site.
Introducing the latest in real estate search, powered in our area exclusively by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group! Leveraging innovative technology from our colleagues at VoiceterPro, home buyers and sellers can search for real estate using their Amazon Alexa device.
At BHGRE The Shanahan Group, we are committed to innovation in our industry, especially in ways that will make the home buying or selling process easier and more efficient for our clients and our agents. We believe that voice search is a new tool that consumers use in all areas of their lives and we are excited to see how it applies to our business. We are thrilled about this new partnership and the opportunity to be part of something new and fun!
How it works: Using your Amazon Alexa (and soon Google Home) device, you enable the "real estate" skill through the Alexa app and register. Then, you will be able to search for real estate via voice search (think "Alexa, what's on the market in Winchester between 700 thousand and 900 thousand dollars?"). Alexa will complete the search and announce the results, then send an email to you with the results.
For example, when you are thinking about your next move and maybe not near your computer or phone, you can ask Alexa to help get the process started or just check in on what's on the market today. When you are back online, your search results will be waiting for you to review and take the next steps. Amazing!
Here is a video showing how you work with Alexa to search for real estate. If you have any questions or feedback, reach out to your favorite Shanahan Group agent.
We're pleased to share today's Blog Post, written by Christine Curtin, Realtor, Strategic Marketing Manager, and long-time Medford resident who married into an even longer-time Medford family.
Please forgive my moment of hometown and familial pride. Last Tuesday, I had the honor of attending a ceremony for my brother-in-law, Christopher Curtin, where he was awarded a commendation from the Medford City Council for Life Saving Actions Performed on a Medford Resident.
Marrying into the Curtin family, one quickly learns that the Curtins have been part of the fabric of Medford since before the Civil War. We are shown the Curtin stained glass window at St. Joseph’s Church, Curtin Lawn at Oak Grove Cemetery, and hear about AF Curtin Valve Company, Curtin Hardware, "The Factory," and my sons’ great-great-grandfather developing the hill at Lawrence Estates in the early 1900s. Through all these tales, there is the unmistakable love of Medford as “home.” I am so heartened and proud to see Medford love the Curtins back.
Everyone in town knows Chris. He’s a go-to guy, never forgets a name or a face, and always seems to be at the right place, at the right time. A few months ago, he most certainly was: Chris was sitting on a bench at the Haymarket T station waiting for the Orange Line to come home. He noticed the man next to him cough and drop his head down as if he’d nodded off. As the train came, it became apparent that the man was in distress. Chris instructed a fellow passenger to find an emergency call button. He lowered the man to the floor, called 911, and began chest compressions.
As Chris tells it, he cannot remember how long he administered CPR but it felt like hours. He was never so happy to see professionals show up and take over and transport the man to the hospital. He left the station hoping for the best but not knowing the outcome.
Some weeks later, Chris received a gracious, sincere thank you note from the victim’s wife. Chris and his wife, Linda, were able to meet the couple - also Medford residents, for lunch and beyond thrilled to learn that he was recovering quite well with no ill effects.
A fellow attorney at the Boston courthouse told the story to the Kiwanis and they, in turn, notified the Medford City Council. What a pleasure to be there to support Chris and to have my children see their uncle receive such an honor.
It almost makes up for all those wrestling matches Uncle Chris initiated right as I was trying to get the kids into bed. Almost.
Chris' story has inspired us to schedule a CPR Certification Course in our office and would love to open it up to our community! Or, for information on where you could attend a CPR course in your area, please check out redcross.org. It can make the difference between life and death.
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