Blog :: 09-2011

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.

A family- and community- comes together in Vermont

It is feeling very much like fall in Winchester this weekend, with back to school activities in full swing and the weather noticeably cooler- a nice break from all the weather that the northeast had endured this past summer. This post from Shanahan Real Estate Group is contributed by Nan- enjoy! I recently traveled to Vermont for a family reunion, a trip that included most of my six siblings. My brother Peter lives in Barnard, Vermont and had invited us to come to his home for the occasion. Barnard is about ten miles north of Woodstock and south of Killington. During Tropical Storm Irene, this area was crushed by roaring rivers of water that surged down the hill and valleys of these small towns. Bridges were washedout, roads collapsed and people were left stranded and homeless.

Witnessing the destruction from Irene

The Sullivan family surveying the damage in Barnard, VT

The trip itself was tricky and I cant believe we actually got there with all of the destruction. Arriving three days after Irene, we saw the amazing and terrifying power of Mother Nature. More importantly, we saw the overwhelming kindness and community spirit of a small town that got together and helped their fellow neighbors. Every available piece of machinery- all privately owned- participated in the community clean up long before FEMA started to arrive. It was like stepping back to a slowerand more caring place in time. As we see in so often: out of tragedy and devastation comes something good. It will be a while for these Vermonters to repair the destruction and they will never forget Irene and neither will I. (It was also a great bonding experience for my family!)

Family Reunion in Vermont

The Sullivan family surveying the damage in Barnard, VT

Condition, Condition, Condition!

Our blogs are usually a reflection of the conversations that our agents are having at the office, or topics at our weekly sales meetings. This post is particularly relevant, as it is a topic that we have been discussing at Shanahan Real Estate Group for the past few weeks. Thank you to Nan for this contribution:

Condition is critical

You know the old adage in real estate is location, location, location but a new component of the current real estate market is condition, condition, condition. Buyers are still purchasing homes in Winchester but seem to really hone in on those homes that have taken the time and expense to be updated and staged to look their very best. Buyers are afraid of overspending and then having to put more money in the house and uncertain of what then the house would then be worth. In the mind of todays buyer, the worst-case scenario is having to sell in the near future and then losing money because the market remains flat. That is the uncertainty of the market today.

The value of staging

9 Wildwood Street, Winchester MA

9 Wildwood Street in Winchester: Staged by Spectacular Spaces and under agreement in the first weekend

The value of a good realtor is in guiding sellers to understand what buyers are looking for and the importance of having the home look as good as possible from the very first day on the market. Buyers will get off the fence for a sparkling home but will probably wait for a price reduction on an overpriced property that needs updating. For sellers, a few extra dollars spent in repair, paint and upgrades will be worth it. At Shanahan Real Estate Group, we offer our sellers a complimentary staging service through our exclusive relationship with Spectacular Spaces. We understand what todays buyer is looking for and condition is critical. We are willing to make this commitment with sellers because we know that homes in great condition sell faster. You can read more about how we work with sellers on our website, including an overview of our relationship with Spectacular Spaces.