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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

      Home 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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        Turkey Trot for Kids 2017

        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 its 7th 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.

        Benefits of Buying a Home in the Fall

        Fall Home Buying

        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!

         

        Don't Miss This Open House In Woburn! 16 Perry Street - July 15-16

        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.

        >> View Complete Listing

         

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        Hey, Alexa? Help me find a house!

         

        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

         

         

         

         

        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 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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          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.