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The Shanahan Group and Rebuilding Together Boston

Every day, we help our clients find their dream homes and sell longtime properties. And, let’s face it; we often do so in some pretty affluent suburbs around Greater Boston. On January 22, a team from our office will be taking a personal day from our jobs to help ensure one homeowner can stay in her home for the long haul.

Last March, we learned that Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, under the guidance of our CEO Sherry Chris, had partnered with Rebuilding Together, a national organization that provides low-income homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades. The mission of Rebuilding Together is to stabilize neighborhoods, preserve affordable housing, provide safe and secure housing, and reduce the risk of homelessness.

Rebuilding Together

 

After hearing about this partnership, we knew we wanted to get involved! After months of planning, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – The Shanahan Group is very proud to be an official sponsor of Rebuilding Together Boston, the local chapter of Rebuilding Together. Since 1991, Rebuilding Together Boston has completed over 350 renovation projects for a total value of over $6,500,000 -- at no cost to the homeowners, allowing those homeowners to stay in their homes, build equity, and improve their quality of life.

As a team, we have raised $7,500 to date for this very worthy cause. And on our build day, we will gather up our hammers, paintbrushes, and spackle knives and head to Roxbury to do critical health and safety repairs for a woman who has owned her home for more than 10 years, and is currently unemployed.

We want to give a very special thank you to our partner in this initiative, Shant Banosian of GuaranteedRate, who made an extremely generous donation and who will also be joining us on the day of the build. We could not have done this without him and his team. A second shout out to G&N Insurance of Southborough, MA who provided that final push that brought us to our fund-raising goal! Thank you, all!

After the build, be on the lookout for a recap of the day complete with pictures and good memories. We’re sure there will be plenty of stories to tell!

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Rebuilding Together Boston, please click here or reach out directly to Caroline Staudt, who has spearheaded this project for our office.

Thank you very much to Nan Shanahan who made this possible and to the agents who have dedicated their time, money, and (somewhat questionable) talents to this worthy cause: Caroline Staudt, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Lulu Coakley, Christine Curtin, Karen Garrett, Melissa Perrone, Angela Pinette, Mary Price, Mary Savage, Dara Singleton, Kara Spelman, Paula Sughrue, Felicity Tuttle, and Stephanie Walsh.

Midnight Madness at The Shanahan Group!

Midnight Madness comes to BHGRE The Shanahan Group!

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is excited to open its doors for this year’s Midnight Madness in Winchester on Monday, 11/30/15 starting at 6 PM. We will be showcasing several local artisans, supplying a physical storefront right on Thompson Street so they can join in on this fun annual tradition – similar to a Winter Farmer’s Market right in our own office! Joining us that evening are the following merchants:

• Kelly Bennett, Rodan & Fields Skincare Consultant: https://kellyrbennett.myrandf.com
• Denise Konicek, Quilts and Tilework: deelightfulquilts.com
• Checka Antifonario, Childrens’ Meditation CDs: http://www.checkayoga.com/Shop.html
• Katy Downey, Padmala Jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/PadmalaShop/
• Sara Brown, Sara’s Creative Costumes (homemade childrens’ costumes)
• Debbie Taylor Smith, A Simply Sassy Design (Scarves & Glass / Wood serving pieces)
• Lynch Elementary Go Direct Fundraising, (Cookbooks, Phone Covers)

Just added! Preppy Personals will join us from 9-10PM. Custom printing and so much more! www.preppypersonals.com

Come support small, local business and stop by to see us at 41 Thompson Street!

Thank you to Dara Singleton for organizing our Midnight Madness effort!

Gobble, Gobble!!

It's time for Turkey! 

It's that time of year again at Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group! Plans are being finalized now for the 5th annual Kids Turkey Trot. It's amazing that it's been five years and we couldn't be happier to organize this great event for such an amazing cause. 

Five summers ago, Nan and I were watching my sons taking a tennis lesson (thanks, WinRec!) and talking about fall plans for the office. We knew we wanted to host an event but not sure what or when. We got talking about having a fun run on Thanksgiving, like other towns have annually. Nan suggested we start one here. Well, after a little research, we quickly realized that might be too big a task to take on for the fall. So we scaled down a bit and kept it for the kids- particularly the little ones. Through our connections to FAN (I was the current membership chair and Paula Sughrue had previously filled that role), we had the perfect audience. Our colleague Lulu Coakley has been a huge supporter of the Bridget Brigade and we knew that they would be a perfect cause for our event. And so it was born! 

I remember standing there after the first Trot was finished and being amazed at our turnout (we really thought it might be the Sughrue, Garrett and Coakley kids that first year!). Even at the 2013 TT, when our pens stopped working and all of our balloons popped with the frigid temps, we had a huge crowd! 

We are honored to host the event again this year and always share lots of giggles and fun along the way. Thank you again to all of our partners and sponsors for helping us make the Turkey Trot come alive every year. On a day when we stop to give thanks for our blessings, we are happy to start the morning with our friends and neighbors, supporting a cause that helps families care for their sick children. 

Online registration is now open and... this year our Turkey is now on Twitter and Instagram #TurkeyTrot2015! Follow us to see how things come together and for race day pictures.  

Hope to see you this Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble!

Your 2015 Turkey Trot Committee:

Paula Sughrue

Lulu Coakley

Rebecca Brennan-Laird

Molly Byrne

Nic Gatto

Karen Garrett

Dara Singleton

Felicity Tuttle

Melissa Perrone

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. 

 

 

 

 

Low Housing Inventory Means a Great Time to Sell in Winchester!

It's a great time to sell! Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group's Nic Gatto explains why.

 

Low Inventory = Great Time to get Top Dollar for your House

The Winchester real estate market had a very good year in 2014 with average home values rising 6.3% from their 2013 levels, according to Zillow.com. Interest rates remain at record lows, with the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage currently at 3.86%. Qualified buyers are currently waiting on the sidelines to swoop in and purchase, even over-pay for homes. Winchester’s top rated school system, along with its close proximity and easy commuter rail access to Boston, has potential buyers lining up.

Right now only twelve of twenty-eight total properties for sale in Winchester are priced under $1Million. You don’t have to be Alan Greenspan to understand the principals of supply and demand, it is a very simple concept.

When there are only a few homes for sale and many qualified buyers, prices will inevitably rise. This places homeowners in a great position to sell their homes for the most money possible. 

Historically, sellers have placed their properties on the market at the start of spring, as that is the time of year buyers begin looking for new homes. Low inventory has thrown conventional thinking out the window. The laws of supply and demand dictate that getting your home on the market now is your best bet to get top dollar. In the past six months, sixty-seven properties have sold under 1 million dollars in Winchester, over 46% of them sold over asking price - and over 67% had an accepted offer that resulted in a sale in less than 30 days! If you have been considering selling your home, don’t hesitate. Now may be the best time in years to get top dollar for your home.

According to a recent report on WCVB.com, 2015 will be the biggest year in home sales in ten years. They state many reasons - from continuing low interest rates to pent up buyer demand, and the strength of the overall economy. Another factor indicated is that home owners’ equity has increased nearly 20% in Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 2011. This provides a lot of flexibility to home owners.

The Redfin Research Center in late December 2014 stated that the percentage of buyers who feel now is a good time to purchase a home, is up 6% from only this past summer. Furthermore, those buyers surveyed identified some of the top home characteristics they are looking for. The top two being-36% chose short commutes and close proximity to amenities (such as coffee shops), and 21.2% stated a highly rated school district as most crucial to their move. Winchester offers buyers both of these characteristics, therefore illustrating why Winchester is such a hot market.

 

My family has been in the real estate business since the 1940’s in the greater Boston area. I represent the third generation of real estate experts helping people buy and sell real estate. I am well-acquainted with Winchester. I grew up in town, and currently live here with my wife and our three children.

As in most professions, teamwork is essential in providing the best service, which is why you should choose Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group. We bring the highest level of professionalism and service to our clients. We have helped people buy and sell property in Winchester with a collected value over $47 Million in 2014.

Call or email me today to get your home in the “just sold” category for 2015. 

Nic Gatto

On your mark, get set, go! The 2014 Turkey Trot is tomorrow!!

 

On your mark, get set, go! The 2014 Turkey Trot is tomorrow!!

The weather is going to clear up and we are ready for an awesome morning to benefit a great cause. The kids run a quick dash (the length of Lincoln School field), get medals and munchkins and just have fun for an hour before the holiday kicks off. All to benefit a great local charity! Registration is at the event and begins at 8AM. 

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group and FAN are proud to announce The 4th 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 spirt 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. http://www.bridgetbrigade.org/

For pre-registration visit http://www.shanahanre.com/ or in person at The Shanahan Group offices at 41 Thompson St in Winchester Center. Registration is also available at the event, beginning at 8 AM Thanksgiving morning.

New this year! We will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for The Bridget Brigade Toy Drive!

Smoke Alarms: A Serious Business

From the desk of Paula Sughrue from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group, below is an important reminder about smoke detectors and how to keep them working to keep you safe. 

Is your home protected with smoke alarms?

Smoke alarm safety should be taken seriously. You can save lives in your home by ensuring that you have enough smoke alarms and that they’re working correctly. 

How many times have you taken out the battery of a smoke alarm because it’s faulty or going off because of burnt toast?  Have you replaced those batteries?  Smoke alarms can save lives only if they’re working properly. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get you and your family outside to safety quickly.

A recent Boston Globe article, Detecting Trouble cited that “more than half of fire-related fatalities occur between 10 PM and 7 AM, when many people are sleeping and not alert, meaning a smoke alarm is the best chance of survival.”

Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home including your basement. Smoke alarms should be placed outside each bedroom. Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to avoid false alarms. Smoke alarms should also be replaced when they are 10 years old. 

The units should be tested monthly. To ensure that your batteries are working properly, it’s a good idea to install new batteries once a year. It might make this chore easier if you replace the batteries when the clocks get turned for daylight savings time.

For more information on the correct locations of smoke alarms, contact your local fire department.

Thanks, Paula! 

Happy Fall!

Announcing The Crossing at Bedford!

Better Homes and Gardens RE The Shanahan Group is pleased and excited to announce the marketing and sale of The Crossing at Bedford, 54 Loomis Street, Bedford. The complex will be a Mixed use Condominium Development offering 19 modern residential units in one bedroom, two bedroom, and two bedroom townhome offerings. The Crossing at Bedford will also offer 2,800 square feet of boutique retail space fronting Loomis Street.

This superior location sits at the entrance of three of the regions’ most well known bikepaths: The Minuteman Bike Path, the Narrow-Guage Rail-Trail, and the Bedford Reformatory Branch Trail connecting you to Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, and Concord. A short stroll to downtown Bedford and its dining and shopping!

The layouts have been carefully designed to meet today’s active lifestyle. These light filled units featuring modern finishes, low condo fees, and pricing starting at just $259,900 offer an impressive price point in one of the most desirable communities in Massachusetts.

 

Our sales team is excited to speak with you and offer more information with floor plans, completion dates, and finishes. Please contact us directly:

Mary Savage             mary.savage@shanahanre.com              

Stephanie Walsh        stephanie.walsh@shanahanre.com

June O’Keefe Burt      june.burt@shanahanre.com

 

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BREAKING NEWS: National Recognition for The Shanahan Group!

...And the PAIGE award goes to...The Shanahan Group!

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group announced today that it has received the brands national PAIGE Award. The distinction is bestowed to a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brokerage for above and beyond demonstration of the national brands core values through their commitment to passion, authenticity, innovation, growth and excellence. While these values are nothing new at The Shanahan Group, we are so honored to be recognized on a national level for our commitment to our business and our integrity to each other and our clients. Thank you to our amazing group of agents and staff that make our work fun and exciting. We especially thank our clients who expect the best from their real estate professionals and drive us to be better every day. No honor could be more important to us than one that recognizes our commitment to our values of passion, authenticity, innovation, growth and excellence. A final thank you to our Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate national colleagues for this recognition and continuous support of our business. PAIGE photo For more news from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group, visit us here.