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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.

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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 here or 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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    Dear Seller: Love Letters and Our Market

    At The Shanahan Group, we have been talking as a group and to our clients about the competitiveness of todays real estate market. Whether as buyer or seller, its critical that you have a team of trusted advisors (REALTOR, attorney, mortgage professional etc) to help navigate the process this spring. As we prepare for the busy spring season, we will be posting insights from our agents, industry professionals and more to shed some light on our market today. Enjoy this weeks post! If you are a buyer in the real estate market today, you know how competitive things can be. If you arent in the market, ask a buyer or your favorite real estate agent- they will tell you. Bottom line: Given our historically low inventory levels, its a very competitive time to be buying a house where a well priced home in good condition doesnt last long and usually sells in multiple offers. According to the Wall Street Journal, (Can I Buy Your House, Pretty Please? WSJ 1/10/2013), we are not alone in this kind of market. Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Chicago and Seattle are all experiencing a market where homes are selling very quickly and in multiple offers, given very tight inventory levels. According to the National Association of Realtors, there were just 2.14 million homes for sale at the end of 2012- thats a decrease of 22% and the lowest level in a decade. Locally, that number varies by community, but most have seen even more dramatic decreases in inventory since the previous year. So what is a buyer to do? To separate from the pack of buyers, we have seen a resurgence of a tactic that was popular in the boom years - the love letter. If you arent familiar with it, the love letter is just that, only its to a seller of a property that you would like to purchase. Also called the buyer pitch letter, it should connect the property to you as a buyer. The intent is to give the seller a sense for who you are, what you love most about the property, how you would live in the house etc. In the last year, we have had several clients write a letter in a multiple offer situation, most with great success. These are presented by your REALTOR with the Offer to Purchase and can be a handwritten note or a typed letter. It seems silly on the surface, but its a real way to distinguish yourself from other buyers and can be the key to winning the house. At the end of the day, sellers need to make a decision that it best for them and their situation, but when terms of an offer are similar, the love letter can personalize the process and distinguish one buyer from another. The video below is a recap of the article from the Wall Street Journal about Love Letters. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/85qb0kBw8UY

    2012 Turkey Trot a Big Success- and fun too!

    The night before the Turkey Trot

    On the eve of the 2012 Turkey Trot

    Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group and FAN of Winchester hosted the second annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and we would like to thank all who participated, supported and donated to the event. It was a huge success again and so much fun!

    Our 2012 Turkey Trotters

    Ready, Set, Go! The 6-7 year old Trotters were off and running!

    Like last year, we conducted the event on Thanksgiving morning with all of the proceeds benefiting The Bridget Brigade, a local charity to support families with critically ill children. We are proud to work with such a great organization that is doing such important work. This year, we had over 100 kids run in the race, from ages 2-9. If you haven't seen it before, it is the cutest sight to see the littlest of the runners line up at the starting line and run as fast as they can to the finish line. Our older runners are, of course, more competitive! In addition to being fun for the kids, it's a great opportunity to catch up with friends and have some coffee before heading home to prepare for Thanksgiving. Every runner even got an email after the race with a picture of their group at the starting line! We are so thankful for the donations and support from other local businesses. This year, we invited Kids Footstop to join us at the event. Eric Keough was gracious enough to accept and even collected shoes for Cradles to Crayons, while handing out Sketchers playing cards to our runners. There were many games of "war" and "go fish" played at family Thanksgiving gatherings, thanks to Kids Footstop! We also would like to thank Stop and Shop, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts for donating the snacks and coffee for the event. And finally, a huge thank you to Peterson Party Center for their generous support in providing the tent for the Turkey Trot.

    The under 3 runners get ready

    The littlest Turkey Trotters line up at the starting line. Adorable!

    One of the best things about this event is that it truly is a community affair. Our colleagues in business, a great local charity and FAN of Winchester all come together to make this a really special and fun event. We look forward to an even bigger 2013 Turkey Trot. Gobble, Gobble!

    The Shanahan Group celebrates the 2012 Turkey Trot

    The Shanahan Group celebrates another successful Turkey Trot

    Behind the scenes: An exciting week at The Shanahan Group!

    Paula Sughrue at Launch Day
    Life really has changed for us at The Shanahan Group over the last 7 days! Last Thursday, we announced our partnership with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and things have been moving at a fast pace ever since. Before last Thursday though, the big news was a big- and very difficult secret- to keep!
    New Better Homes and Gardens Signs

    The new signs in their "super secret" hiding spot, before Launch Day.

    For the past several weeks, Karen and Nan have been hard at work with our new BH&G friends putting the pieces together and building our new, refreshed brand, while learning all of the new tools and meeting the new faces that would be our new friends in real estate. There were conference calls, webinars, meetings to train on all of our tools for our agents and design new marketing materials for buyers and sellers. All this, so that on Launch Day, it was all in our hands and ready to go. That meant everything from signs (open house signs, yard signs, name riders), office supplies like letterhead, memo pads and even pens. It also meant new office signs and a new look to our workspace. Oh, and then there was our website, our blog and Facebook and Twitter and...well, you get the picture. We were ready to launch on Tuesday October 30th. That would be the day that Hurricane Sandy hit. Our BH&G friends are mostly located in the NY/NJ area, so we needed to postpone and were very grateful that everyone weathered the storm safely. Given Election Day, our new Launch Date was set for Thursday November 8th. And even though NJ was getting hit with another storm, our BH&G friends were here and we were moving forward! We met as a group at the Griffin Center in Winchester on a very rainy, cold day, in a side room in the museum. Our agents thought they were seeing a presentation from our web company and were eager to know what was inside the main room, behind closed doors. We gathered as a group as Nan finally told everyone the big news. We talked about our start as a company five years ago and the really special team we have created since. We are a group of team players and good people, with high standards for ourselves and our clients. We were looking for a partner that shared these values and could compliment our core services with cutting edge technology and tools for us to use and contemporary marketing that could reach a broader audience. We found that partner in Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. On the other side of the doors, a new opportunity was waiting. All the pieces were ready and in place. As we were learning about our new brand and all the tools at our fingertips, there were "elves" transforming our office (thank you Lauren Dean, Judy Parsons and Chasse Home Maintenance!). There was a lot of change that day and since, but our core services and values remain. We are still The Shanahan Group...we just got Better!

    Thanks to a little help from our friends, we transformed the lobby at our office while the Launch was happening!

    NEW! 2 Grant St, Unit 1 in Stoneham

    Shanahan Real Estate Group and Christine Curtin proudly present 2 Grant St, Unit 1 in Stoneham.

    2 Grant St, Stoneham MA

    Shanahan Real Estate Group's Christine Curtin proudly present 2 Grant St, Unit 1 in Stoneham MA

    Move right into this spacious condominium in Stoneham MA with three full floors of living space. Immaculate and tastefully appointed. Plentiful storage and full finished lower level. Enjoy the peaceful setting with a beautiful deck off the kitchen and spacious backyard. Close to town and transportation, enjoy the privacy and space of a single family home with low maintenance and an affordable price. For more information, visit this property's listing page. Property presented by Christine Curtin of Shanahan Real Estate Group. For more information about Christine or to contact her directly, click here.

    NEW! Winchester Townhouse in Muraco School district!

    NEW! Shanahan Real Estate Group and Paula Sughrue are proud to present 18 Charles Road in Winchester.
    18 Charles Rd, Winchester MA

    Introducing 18 Charles Rd, Winchester MA.

    Great opportunity to own in Winchester! Move right into this sun-filled townhouse in Winchester MA, in the desirable Muraco elementary school district. This home features beautiful hardwood floors and a spacious eat-in kitchen. Enjoy your privacy in the manicured back yard. Full basement with washer & dryer for your convenience. Centrally located to public transportation and just minutes from 93 & 95. Don't miss out! For more information, please visit the listing page.
    Paula Russo Sughrue

    Paula Russo Sughrue of Shanahan Real Estate Group