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Shanahan's Third Annual Kids' Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot Logo SmallThis Thanksgiving, we organized our third annual Kids' Turkey Trot! Every year, this event is heart-warming -- which was more important than ever with our fingers and toes frozen! Its a great hometown event, with so many local groups involved and contributing to The Bridget Brigade, the Winchester-based charity founded in the memory of Bridget Marie Dobbins, that raises funds to provide needed support to families from Massachusetts with a critically-ill child.

Community organizations like FAN (The Winchester Family Action Network) and Rotary Club support the event with volunteers and publicity. Every year, fellow businesses like Kids Footstop, Petersons Party Center, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks donate time and goods. Local professionals like Beth Locke and Alyssa Suffredini helped us behind the scenes this year with our new logo and banners. WinCam generously loaned their equipment to an awesome team of McCall Middle School students who are producing a Turkey Trot video for us this year (we can't wait to see it!). All this happens at Lincoln School field, in the heart of our town on a day when we give thanks for all of the things that we hold dear.

Turkey Trotters

Over 115 children, ages 3-8 participated in this years races. Their parents bundled everyone up in coats and hats and mittens and came to Lincoln School early on a freezing Thanksgiving morning. It was truly special and our honor to lend support to an organization that does so much good! Every dollar that we raise, from admissions and other donations from the Turkey Trot goes directly to the Bridget Brigade to support families caring for critically ill children. What better way to start a Day of Thanks?

Turkey Trotters 2

Frankly, we're can't believe this is our third annual! The first year of the TurkeyTrot, we werent sure how many people would show up. We even joked that it might just be a few of us and our kids! That day, I remember looking around and thinking about how the people I saw represented so much of what makes our town great. The second year, the event grew even larger and there was a sense of tradition and community as parents, organizers, and all of the kids lingered for coffee and snacks well after the races were over. This year, there was less lingering given how cold it was (17 degrees thank-you-very-much!) but there was a growing feeling that this was something our community would be doing for many Thanksgivings to come. Finally, a very special thank you to the Turkey Trot committee at The Shanahan Group. This group of agents has been organizing the event for the last three years with great enthusiasm and dedication. We have such fun putting the Turkey Trot together every year. Thank you to Paula Sughrue, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Lulu Coakley, Felicity Tuttle as well as Jacqui Curtin and Mary Savage. Thank you, ladies! Gobble, gobble!Turkey Trot Committee

Getting to Know Your REALTOR

There has been a lot written and said about choosing the right Realtor. Whether you're buying or selling it's vitally important that your REALTOR is someone with whom you can work effectively. Intelligence, ethics, strong communication and negotiation skills, and local knowledge are just a few traits to look for when getting to know your REALTOR. At a conference a while back, a speaker was discussing ours is one of the few professions where potential clients decide to work with us based on whether or not we're someone they'd like to hang around with. That got us thinking; we're pretty great! We're intelligent, funny, strategic, self-effacing, and knowledgeable. We are good listeners and strong speakers. Above all we advocate, advocate, advocate. We actually do have lives away from Real Estate that shape our opinions and guide our advocacy. We champion causes and belong to the PTO. We're wives, husbands, sons, daughters, and parents. We thought it would be helpful for you to get to know us. And maybe hang around with us?

This week, we're launching Getting to Know Your Realtor, a chance for members of our team to stand up and blog a little about ourselves and our lives in and out of Real Estate. Today, we'd like you to meet Jacqui Curtin.

Jacqui On May 3rd of this year, The Winchester Friends of VNA Hospice Care celebrated its 19th year of fundraising by generating over $100,000 in at the annual Dine Around event held this year that the Winchester Country Club. The Dine Around is known for its auction hosted by radio & TV host Billy Costa featuring spectacular items, services, and destinations contributed by our generous community of local businesses and residents. Mr. Costa entertained over 250 guests facilitating the auction off featured items including a trip to Paris & a pair of diamond earrings! Net proceeds of Dine Around will help to provide Open Access to our neighbors in need of End-of-Life care. VNA Hospice Care has been providing care, comfort and support to patients and families since 1979. VNA Hospice Care provides patients with the opportunity to live their life to the last moment with dignity and free of pain. Family members and friends VNA Hospice Care provides comfort and guidance to accompany their loved one on this ultimate journey. Along with comfort and care, they provide expert Pain & Symptom Management and specific programs for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Alzheimers/Dementia, Cardio & Pulmonary diseases, and Cancer. As a REALTOR, we often highlight the tangible features of Winchester, such as our charming downtown, proximity to Boston with convenient commuter rail options, and of course the great performance of our schools. While these features are an integral part of Winchester, it is the intangible attributes of our community that make us great. But thats not what makes Winchester great. It is the intangible traits of our community that make us want to raise our family, establish roots for generations, and make us so proud to say Im from Winchester. Events like Dine Around give us the opportunity to highlight these intangibles. When youre buying a home, youre really buying into a community. The Winchester Friends of VNA Hospice Care is just one of many organizations that make Winchester the unique town that it is.. A small town with a big heart. As co-chair of the Dine Around event, I am thrilled to know that this annual event will make a real difference in helping a person without insurance to be able to receive a $1,000 chemo treatment, or a $170 basic in-home daily care service. Blog Post by REALTOR Associate, Jacqueline Burke Curtin Contact Jacqui at: jacqui.curtin@shanahanre.com

2013 Time to Better your Homes Interior

Thank you to BH&G The Shanahan Group's, Jacqui Curtin for contributing to this week's blog. Its the middle of January and the holidays are over! Whether its de-cluttering, organizing or just freshening up paint, theres no better time to re-think your homes interior. OUTBOX outbox You can start by creating an outbox. Find a place in your home thats easily accessible to collect items that you dont need, things to donate, or just throw away. By having an outbox you have an ongoing project at your fingertips. By the end of the month youll be amazed at how much stuff youve eliminated from your everyday household! SHELVES shelves Another idea for revamping your homes interior is to de-clutter by using vertical wall space. By creating new shelving space for storage, you can take your everyday stuff off the floor or furniture and give it a permanent home. Youd be amazed at how much wall space is ignored and what a difference in makes in giving your home a more simple, organized look. PAINT paint wheel Refresh your home space with new paint colors. Remember the two paint families; warm colors (red, orange, yellow) and cool colors (blue, green, purple). Try and stay within one family of color for each floor of living. Warm colors are generally better in more social, active areas of the home, while cool colors are best for more calming areas such as a bedroom or study. A few simple ideas that can really make your home a BETTER place to live in 2013!

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 Holton Street - Unit B, Medford

Shanahan Real Estate Group and Christine Curtin proudly present 2 Holton Street - Unit B, Medford.

Holton St. Condo

2 Holton Street - Unit B, Medford

Move right into this fabulous three bedroom, 2 full bath condo located just steps to West Medford Square restaurants, shops, and Commuter Rail to Boston! Totally renovated stainless and granite kitchen with island. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Spacious open floor plan, deck off kitchen, and room in driveway for 2-3 cars. All appliances are included -- flat screen TV in master, too! Move right into this tastefully appointed and mint home. Fantastic price and a terrific location.

Price Reduced to $599,000 - Open House - 10/21 - 1-2:30pm at 124 Arlington Street, Winchester

Just reduced. There is no better value on Winchester's Westside than 124 Arlington Street. Check it out at tomorrow's open house from 1-2:30pm.

Best Value for Winchester's Westside

Charming Custom Westside Cape in desirable Ambrose School neighborhood. Four spacious bedrooms with two bedrooms on each floor or room for office, High ceilings and pretty paneled fireplace Living Room. Family Room off kitchen has wood stove and lovely views of private garden and patio. Potential to develop additional gardens with attractive tiered yard.Great floor plan and ease of living in this attractive home.

Shanahan Real Estate Group's Lulu Coakley participates in the Tufts 10K

Below is a blog from Shanahan Real Estate Group's Lulu Coakley about her participation in running the Tufts 10K for women this past Columbus Day.
 
Thanks, Lulu
 

From Left to Right: Katie Kennedy of Marshfield, Lulu Coakley and Courtney Peters of Winchester

 
This past Monday, October 8th, I had the pleasure of joining 8000 other runners in the 36th Annual Tufts Healthplan 10K roadrace for women. The race inspires women of all ages and athletic abilities and is a celebration of women's health and fitness. The race attacts all types - elite world-class athletes, casual weekend runners, walkers, groups of friends, colleagues, and multi-generational families.
 
The 10K race course makes its way along the Charles River, back through Boston's Back Bay, and finishes up at the Boston Common. This year, Tufts Health Plan will make a $10,000 cash grant to The Family Van, which provides compassionate curbside cares in urban neighborhoods through its mobile clinics. The Family Van supports preventing screening, testing, and education for thousands of people each year. I had heard from friends that the race was fantastic and they sure were right! It was so inspiring to see so many women of all ages out there enjoying the perfect Fall weather, the scenic race course, their groups of friends, and achieving their fitness goals.
 
It was a perfect way to spend Columbus Day... I better keep running so I can do it again next year!

Back to School: A memo to the kids

Below is blog post from Shanahan Real Estate Group's Christine Curtin about the back to school routine, from a mother's perspective. Thanks, Christine!

Back to School Reminders - Part 1: Mornings

Dear Boys, I know it's been a long summer (God knows it's been a long summer) and during that time, some rules have been allowed to slip. In the interest of smoothly transitioning to the new fall schedule, I felt it would be in everyone's best interest to post a few reminders. Each day, you will be required to wake up. I know you are fully capable of waking up in the predawn hours of summer so it only stands to reason you can also emerge from your bedrooms at a time suitable to complete all morning tasks and still arrive at school on time. Speaking of tasks, each morning you will be required to change out of your pajamas and place school-appropriate clothing on your body. If mom is on top of her game, those clothes will be placed on top of your bureaus. They include but may not be limited to: pants/shorts, shirt clean underwear (yes, every day) and clean socks. The act of dressing should take place in your rooms. Upstairs. The living room is not an appropriate place to change or casually hang out naked. Your parents are legally obligated to provide a breakfast of somewhat healthy, energy-producing, brain-feeding foods. You are legally obligated to accept one of the two to three breakfast items offered daily. You may have noticed that your personal preferences lean toward a pretty starch-heavy list. For the love of God, from time to time, please eat a banana/apple/yogurt! Brush your teeth. You are both old enough to lose teeth. The replacements are the last set God will ever give you. Take care of them. "I brushed them really well last night" is not an acceptable answer. Also? Have you smelled your own morning breath? Seriously. Your hair will be gelled into place for the foreseeable future. Mom has an irrational fear of lice and her only louse remediation plan involves shaving everyone's head and burning the house down. Don't make me do it. We leave for school at 8:15. To clarify, at 8:15 am, you are required to get off the couch/floor/table, pick up your backpack from its designated spot in the dining room, walk out the front door, and get into the car. It's really that simple. Boys, thank you for your attention and anticipated cooperation. Once we've had a chance to internalize this list, you can look forward to the next in the continuing series: II. School Arrival Etiquette (subtitled: stop climbing on your classmates) III. Post-School Activities (subtitled: it's your homework, I've already completed grammar school) IV. Baths and Bed (how not to flood the bathroom) I'm so very proud of both of you and looking forward to a nice, long, fun, school year! Love you, Mommy

Nationwide Open House Sunday: An Opportunity for Buyers

NAR OH Weekend 2012

Shanahan Real Estate Group will have open houses today from 1-3PM.

This weekend, Shanahan Real Estate Group is participating in Nationwide Open House Weekend. This is the third annual event, organized locally by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR).

About National Open House Weekend

Since its first year, Shanahan Real Estate Group has participated and coordinated all of our open houses to ensure that buyers had a very clear day and time to see as many of our listings as possible. While open houses are only one component to a successful marketing plan, most buyers utilize open houses as a first step in the home buying process.

From the Massachusetts Association of Realtors: "This third annual event gives buyers at all levels a stress-free way to see a wide range of homes for sale and learn more about home ownership. This includes learning about the buying process and the local real estate market to information on the local community. REALTORS are also a good source of information on housing issues at the local, state and federal levels that may impact current and future home owners. For sellers, the weekend will provide additional exposure of their homes to interested buyers."

Who goes to open houses?

68% of buyers in Massachusetts take advantage of visiting an open house as part of their home search process. Nationally, only 45% of buyers do. Home buyers in the northeastern United States visit open houses more frequently than any other region in the country. 94% of all buyers felt going to an open house was either very useful (56%) or somewhat useful (38%). 79% of sellers in Massachusetts used an open house to help market their home. Only 58% of sellers nationally used open houses. (The data is from the 2011 Massachusetts Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, compiled by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR)). Open Houses Today Our listings at 1 Ivy Circle, 12 Plymouth Rd, 161 Cambridge St, 98 Wildwood St and The Ledges Unit 57 will all be Open today (4/29) from 1-3PM. For more information and a list of all open houses in Winchester today, visit our website. And as always, there is a very friendly and knowledgable agent in our office ready to answer any questions that you might have about a specific property, the local market or about the process of buying a home in general. Stop in or call us anytime!