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Special Deliveries in 2011 at Shanahan Real Estate Group

This has been a big year for Shanahan Real Estate Group! Several of our agents and their families are celebrating the arrival of a new baby this year. We are a supportive group and couldn't be happier for our friends and colleagues as they welcome healthy, happy little ones. Cheers!

Welcome Baby Byrne!

Last Thursady, an early Christmas gift arrived for our agent Molly Nolan Byrne. Just in time for Christmas, Molly welcomed her second son. Mom and baby are doing great and we wish the Byrne family all the best this season. What a special holiday for them!

Molly Byrne of Shanahan Real Estate Group

Molly Byrne welcomed Baby Byrne in December. Congrats!



Another special arrival

Last Thursday was also a special day for our in-house staging specialist Ellen Fador (Spectacular Spaces) and our agent Lulu Coakley. On the same day that baby Byrne was born, Ellen met her first grandchild, a little baby girl. This little one is also the great-niece of Lulu Coakley. Congratulations to the Fador and Coakley families!

Congratulations to Ellen Fador of Spectacular Spaces

Molly Byrne welcomed Baby Byrne in December. Congrats!





2011: Year of the Little Ones

These two little ones mark the fifth and sixth babies born in the Shanahan Real Estate Group family this year. The year started with the birth of Karen Garrett's daughter born in March, followed by the arrival of triplet granddaughters for June O'Keefe Burt's family this summer. We are a tight knit group at Shanahan Real Estate and celebrate these joys with our colleagues and their families. These occasions remind us of what is important and what the holidays are really about. All the best this season to all of our friends and neighbors and we look forward to a very happy 2012!

Congratulation to Karen Garrett

Molly Byrne welcomed Baby Byrne in December. Congrats!

Congratulations to Lulu Coakley!

Molly Byrne welcomed Baby Byrne in December. Congrats!

Congratulations to June's Family

Molly Byrne welcomed Baby Byrne in December. Congrats!

Spring Market Data: Our Perspective

Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) reported last week May sales were down from the same time last year, while median prices for single-family homes were up both year-over-year and month-to-month. If you read this data from any of our major news sources, things seem really bad in real estate and the economy in general. This data compares sales data from May 2011 to May 2010, at the peak of the artificial stimulus created by the Homebuyers Tax Credit. We believe that these comparisons are not a good measure of our real estate market today. In fact, the May 2009 sales data is much more in line with last months sales data (Source: MLSPIN Total Sold Market Statistics).

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So, how does the Winchester market compare on these same metrics? As we discussed in our blog recently, its been a conservative spring market, with buyers being more cautious about value and taking time to do their due diligence. There are many buyers looking in Winchester, and well-priced homes in good condition are selling- and sometimes in multiple offers. Our sales data reflects this, with relatively flat volume through May but slowly increasing home prices. The big story is something we have been discussing in our office and with our clients- we call the late spring market. In May and through June, we have experienced a flurry of buyer and seller activity. This is confirmed in Junes sold data, both in terms of number of homes sold and median sale prices.


# of Homes Sold Median Price of Homes Sold
MAR 2011 13 $645,000
APR 2011 15 $651,000
MAY 2011 13 $765,000
JUN 2011 27 $812,500

Source: MLSPIN Total Sold Market Statistics

Bottom Line

Our Winchester market is stable and it continues to stabilize from the turbulence of recent years, both in the number of homes sold and their selling prices. Junes sold data shows a fundamental strength in the market, with many willing and able buyers looking for a well-priced home in good condition in our town. While we dont anticipate any wild upswings in sales volume, we do think that our Winchester market is stable and the coming months will continue in our conservative but active pattern of sales.

Real Estate at the End of the Year

While we are all running last minute errands, attending holiday parties and decorating our homes, the real estate market continues. It is a slower pace than earlier in the year, but there are serious home buyers and sellers in the market. Here are some interesting facts and insights from Shanahan Real Estate Group about the end of the year real estate market in Winchester. 1. Last year, between November 15th through December 31st, 29 homes went under agreement in Winchester. The median sales price for this time period was $819,000, about $50,000 above Winchesters typical median sales price. 2. Today in town, there are 81 homes on the market with a median price of $699,900. Last year at this time, it was a very similar picture with the same median price and 85 homes on the market. 3. While there may be fewer buyers in the market in these last few weeks, those buyers that are active are very serious and tend to be more motivated about making a purchase. 4. It is true that buyer demand is generally higher in the spring market, but with this demand comes more competition from other sellers also listing their homes at this time. If your home is on the market today, you are competing with fewer listings than in other times of the year, particularly the spring market. 5. We find that the holiday season is a time where many families begin thinking about their home and their future needs, while enjoying some downtime from work and school. Many of our friends and neighbors stop by the office, call or email after the New Year to talk about the market in town and what their plans might be. If your plans for the New Year might involve a move, let us know. We love what we do and are always happy to talk real estate! Look for our blog next week with insights into the early winter market. In the meantime, enjoy these festive holiday weeks with family and friends.

One Shining Night for Winchester Hospital

Shanahan Real Estate Group agents at the Winchester Hospital Gala

The Shanahan Real Estate Group ladies at the One Shining Night Gala to benefit Winchester Hospital.

Shanahan Real Estate Group's Rebecca Brennan-Laird contributed this post about the One Shining Night event to benefit Winchester Hospital. Each year, Shanahan Real Estate Group attends this really fun and festive event where we dress up, meet friends and support a very worthy and local cause. Thanks, Rebecca!

Rebecca Brennan-Laird from Shanahan Real Estate Group

The Shanahan Real Estate Group ladies at the One Shining Night Gala to benefit Winchester Hospital.

Shanahan Real Estate Group of Winchester, MA was a proud sponsor of the Winchester Hospital One Shining Night Gala held on December 3rd at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. It was a beautiful night with everyone dressed in formal attire and raising money for a great cause. The MC opened with a real estate joke, which we particularly enjoyed, and we danced the night away to an amazing band. It was a wonderful way to support the hospital and all they do while enjoying an evening with clients, friends and colleagues. It is an event we sponsor every year and are very proud to be a part of.

Thank You for a successful first annual Turkey Trot for Kids!

First Annual Turkey Trot

Shanahan's Turkey Trot Team

Shanahan Real Estate Group and FAN would like to take a minute to thank everyone for a very successful First Annual Turkey Trot for Kids. We had about 100 runners participate this year! We would especially like to thank our sponsors who helped in donating goods and services to this event, specifically Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Stop and Shop and Peterson Party Center. We would also like to extend a big Thank You to all of the runners and their parents for participating in this great event. With all of your contributions, we were able to make a substantial donation to the Bridget Brigade Foundation and have some fun on Thanksgiving morning.

We are already looking forward to next years run!

If you missed the event but would like to contribute to the Bridget Brigade, we have a collection box in the office for new, unwrapped toys. These toys will be donated to children hospitalized over the holidays by the Bridget Brigade. The collection box will be in our office through December 13th. Gobble Gobble!

Kid's Turkey Trot


Calling all kids ages 3-9!!!

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First Annual Turkey Trot

Shanahan Real Estate Group has teamed up with the Family Action Network of Winchester (FAN) to kick off ourfirst annual Kids Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at Lincoln School. All proceeds from the race will go to benefitthe Bridget Brigade Foundation. Several years ago, John & Dianne Dobbins lost their first child, Bridget Marie, to cancer before she turned 2.The couple and their three children started The Bridget Brigade with a toy drive for sick children as a way to honor Bridgets life. It was so successful that the group has grown and is now branching out to help sick kids and their families in many other ways too.

Please join us for some fun on Thanksgiving morning for a great cause!

Winchester joins the fight to end Alzheimer's

Shanahan Real EstateGroup joins the town of Winchester in the fight to end Alzheimer's.

Our Town of Winchester

Its amazing how a good thought materialized into the founding local chapter of the Alzheimers Association. This is exactly what a group of residents from Winchester did. Jon McCafferty and Donna von Halle were the catalyst in organizing and recruiting team captains. On Sunday, September 25th over 100 residents from our town joined in the Walk to End Alzheimers held in Boston along the Charles River. As one of the team captains, I asked my fellow associates to join me in this most worthy cause. The Shanahan Real Estate Group stepped right up and joined into the raising of donations, adding moral support, and walking the walk! Our team raised $1,600. In all, there were over 100 walkers from this founding Winchester chapter. The spirit of giving in time and donations and support of our families made this a very rewarding day for all of us. Our Shanahan Real Estate Group was also able to keep our office open for business on the Sunday of the walk and also host open houses for some of our listings. What a great office to associate with. Borrowing a statement from a recent Boston Globe article, one in every 8 people over age 65 will have this devastating disease. - Mary Price, Shanahan Real Estate Group Thank you to Shanahan Real Estate Group's Mary Price for contributing this blog and spearheading the efforts from our office for the walk.

Tips To Winterize Your Home This Fall

Paula Sughrue

Shanahan Real Estate Group's Paula Sughrue

Shanahan Real Estate Group's agent Paula Sughrue has tips to winterize your home this fall. If youre like me, youve started pulling out long pants and sweaters from storage because of the change in weather. But, dont forget about your home, too. We also need to prepare our homes for the cold months ahead. Before you know it, the frigid temperatures will be here. Take advantage of the mild fall weather to get some outdoor chores accomplished. Take the time to assess your home to determine if there are any major repairs that need to be done. Some of these needed repairs could get worse during the winter months. With the help of some experts, I put together some tips to help you winterize your home and keep it in tip-top shape.

(1) Check out your roof and clean those gutters

A problem with your roof would only get worse over the winter. Replace worn roof shingles or tiles. Check flashing to ensure that water cannot enter the home. Also, if you notice snow melting on your roof while other snowy roofs in the neighborhood are not, air sealing and extra insulation might be the solution. You can add extra insulation in the attic to prevent warm air from getting to your roof and thus causing ice dams. Another cause of ice dams are clogged drains. Be sure to remove all of the fallen leaves from your gutters. You can remove them by hand and then use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris. You should also check downspouts to be sure that they are carrying water AWAY from your homes foundation. You can add extensions to the downspouts to direct the water away.

(2) Furnace

Its a good idea to turn your furnace on now, to make sure its even working, before the cold weather is upon us. Its suggested that you have your furnace cleaned and checked annually. Be sure that you remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

(3) Get Your Fireplace Ready

We all love to sit by the warm fire during the winter. Here are a few important step to take to ensure its safety. Before lighting your first fire of the year have your chimney inspected. Be sure the top of the chimney has a cap or screen to keep out foreign objects (birds, animals and tennis balls). Inspect the fireplace damper to ensure that it opens and closes properly. Just a reminder to keep out cold air, the damper should be closed when the fireplace isnt in use.

(4) Check Doors and Windows

Now of course is the time to take down your screens and replace them with glass ones. If you have storm windows, install them to give you an extra level of protection and warmth. If you have any windows that are cracked, have them replaced. To add another layer of warmth, hang thermal curtains in front of your windows. Another tip is to pull your chairs at least 6 away from your windows. Windows tend to be the coldest surfaces in our house and separating ourselves from them can make your home feel warmer. If your home has a basement, consider protecting your window wells by covering them with plastic shields.

(5) Landscaping and Outdoor Surfaces

Rake away all debris from the foundation. Seal up any small holes or entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house. Trim trees and branches which hang too close to your house or wires. After Hurricane Irene there may be some loose branches that may need to come down. Move sensitive potted plants indoors. You can also plant your spring flower bulbs. Maybe Ill finally get around to doing this since Im putting this in writing .

(6) Check your alarms

This is a great time of year to check the operation of your homes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check to see that you have a fire extinguisher where it should be and replace those older than 10 years.

(7) Prevent Pipe Freezes

Drain all garden hoses and put them away for the winter. Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. Drain air conditioner pipes and if your air conditioner has a water shut- off valve, you should turn it off. If you go on vacation, leave the heat on 55 degrees. Hopefully, these tips will help you protect yourself and your home all winter long.

Thanks Paula, great tips on winterizing!

NEW: 5 Madison Avenue West, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 5 Madison Avenue West, Winchester MA

New listing at 5 Madison Ave West, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 5 Madison Avenue West, Winchester MA

This charming center entrance colonial is in a fabulous neighborhood and steps to downtown Winchester, schools and train stations. The home features a large living room with fireplace, leading to a pretty sunroom/family room . Spacious kitchen overlooks private rear yard and with doorway to an inviting screened porch. Bonus additional room on third floor with a large storage closet. This is the place you want to live!

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 5 Madison Avenue West, Winchester MA

The Stanley Cup Comes to Winchester!

Recently, Shanahan Real Estate Group's Lulu Coakley was one of the lucky ones to see the Stanley Cup in person while it was in Winchester for a brief visit. Below is Lulu's blog about the big day: On Saturday September 10th, due to the generosity of a senior member of the Boston Bruins organization, Winchester Youth Hockey children and many excited Winchester residents were given the opportunity to gather and take pictures with the Stanley Cup. As a Winchester resident and parent of two enthusiastic young hockey players (ages 8 & 9), we took full advantage of the beautiful September weather and walked down to Winchester Center.All the kids dressed in their Winchester Hockey jerseys assembled with their respective teams for photos.Cheers of Lets Go Bruins echoed on Thompson Street, it was fantastic!Organizers did a super job giving each team a chance to pose and of course touch The Cup.Once team photos were finished, excited Winchester residents were also given a chance with The Cup.Im not sure who was more exited, the kids or the adults! It was a terrific community event; family, friends, and neighbors gathering in the spirit of camaraderie and sport.I couldn't think of a better way to spend a gorgeous New England Fall day.