ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Mitch Corton of Framingham, a Mortgage Consultant with HUNT Mortgage, will be providing mortgage services for ERA Key offices in Chelmsford, Marlborough, Billerica, Wilmington and Woburn.
Mitch is one of three HUNT Mortgage consultants working in ERA Key offices. HUNT Mortgages is part of HUNT Real Estate ERA, which merged with ERA Key in 2018.
He has an extensive background managing sales and sales teams, as well as customer service. Most recently, he served as Senior Director, Enterprise Sales for Thought Industries in Boston. Before that, he was Senior Director, Sales for Pica 9, Inc. of New York City.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. He serves as a mentor for Ithaca students and is involved with various nonprofit organizations.
“We merged with HUNT Real Estate so that we could expand our services and do more for our clients,” said ERA Key President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “Giving homebuyers the opportunity to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home all in one place is an example of the type of expanded service we had in mind.”
“I look forward to using my experience in technology sales leadership to enhance customer loyalty for HUNT Mortgage and ERA Key,” Mitch said. “Providing mortgage services is a natural extension of ERA Key’s core business and reinforces its position as one of the leading real estate agencies in Massachusetts.”
ERA Key’s Framingham office helped Family Promise Metrowest receive $4,000 in grants to help shelter area families in need.
ERA Key nominated Family Promise for a $2,500 grant from The Greater Boston Association of Realtors and referred Family Promise to the Massachusetts Realtor Association, which provided an additional $1,500 grant.
Family Promise seeks to help area families move out of poverty and homelessness by providing them temporary housing, meals and support. The two grants will enable Family Promise to shelter two families for a month or prevent three families from being evicted from their homes.
“We are so fortunate and pleased to have supporters like you,” said Carol Virshbo, who chairs the Board of Directors of Family Promise Metrowest. “ERA Key’s participation is truly amazing and very much appreciated.”
“Giving back to the community is a core value of ERA Key and Family Promise is a natural fit for achieving that goal,” said Ali Corton, who manages the Framingham office. “We have made financial contributions, collected gift cards and served meals for Family Promise. These grants are just another example of how we can help.”
Pictured are ERA Key's Billy Dalrymple and Ali Corton serving dinner to families helped by Family Promise.
ERA Key's Wilmington office is encouraging area residents to support local charities and help each other through its “30 Days of Giving Challenge.”
A billboard near the train station at Routes 38 and 129 encourages those driving or walking by to participate by visiting erawilmington.com. Visitors to the site will find a downloadable calendar with charitable tasks for the day, as well as information about local charities.
A different charity will be promoted on the site each week throughout November. The four charities being featured include the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, which finds homes for dogs and cats, and is one of New England’s largest non-profit, no-kill animal shelters; the Wilmington Community Fund, which runs a food pantry and assists residents in need; the Wilmington Veterans’ Department, which assists needy veterans, and We’re One Wilmington (WOW), which also assists people in need and was created “to strengthen our community one good deed at a time.”
The downloadable calendar includes daily ideas for giving, such as, “Buy someone a coffee to pay it forward when you get yours.” The website includes links to Facebook and Instagram pages, where participants can post pictures when they participate. ...
Donna Towne, a Realtor in the Westborough office of ERA Key Realty Services, has donated $1,000 to the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.
Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton provides “shelter, care, humane treatment and loving homes for stray or unwanted companion animals. We seek to serve our community by fostering relationships, promoting education and making a positive impact on pet overpopulation.”
Donna adopted her cat, Misty, from Baypath 13 years ago and she has supported the organization for the past eight years. In addition to attending Baypath’s annual Fur Ball fundraiser each year with friends and participating in the fall Paws n Claws five kilometer run at Hopkinton State Park each year, she has supported the organization financially through the ERA Key Charitable Trust.
The ERA Key Charitable Trust has donated more than $400,000 to area charities since its inception in 2004.
“I usually make a donation each year from the charitable trust for $500,” Donna said, “but since this year took such a toll on them due to cancelations of their events, I increased my contribution to $1,000. I also donate items such as dog and cat beds, and pet food and toys to give to others who are adopting pets.”
Photos are from the Fur Ball and Paws n Claws run.
Agents in the Marlborough and Framingham offices of ERA Key Realty Services raised $2,123 for Habitat for Humanity in the recent Habitat Walk for Homes.
The Marlborough and Framingham team, which called itself the ERA Key Central MA Soles, raised the second highest amount of all teams participating. ERA Key is a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, which seeks to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live.
Participants in the virtual walk were challenged to walk 52 miles over a 21-day period.
“It was great to be involved in something tied so closely to what we do for a living,” said Team Captain Kevin Harris, who manages the Marlborough office. “In real estate we say, ‘There's a buyer for every home,’ but we also want to do our part to make sure everyone has a place to call home.”
Top fundraisers were agents Tami Dome ($552), Aura Gauthier ($304) and Zenaide Swenson ($252), all from the Marlborough office, and Heather Spence ($442) from the Framingham office. Other team members included agents Jennifer Barrile, Deanna Blais, Donna Coffin, Amy Katsis, Tracy McGrath, Zenaide Swenson and Joyce Terelli, and administrator Renee Martell, all from the Marlborough office, and agents Valerie Cohen, Graham Pettengill and Jeff Taylor from the Framingham office.
ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Linda Abrams of Milford, a Realtor in the Milford office, has earned designation as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).
Abrams has 30 years of experience as a Realtor, including 25 with ERA Key. She is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), as well as a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI).
The SRES designation provides Realtors with the knowledge and expertise to guide homebuyers and sellers over the age of 50 through major financial and lifestyle transitions.
“As a SRES, I familiarize clients and customers with desirable community and home features for aging in place,” Abrams said. “I apply knowledge of the age-based homeownership cycle, in order to help find homes that fit preferences, life stage and needs. I also distinguish types of elder housing options that offer assistive services.”
A one-of-a-kind “Grand Shake Manor” with 9,000 square feet of luxury country living at 2 Buteau Road in Spencer is listed by Donna Flannery of ERA Key's Spencer office for $1,350,000. It is this week's "House of the Week" feature in the Telegram & Gazette.
$1.35M Spencer home features mahogany floors and walkout great room
SPENCER — This one-of-a-kind “Grand Shake Manor” offers 9,000 square feet of luxury country living.
The 2 Buteau Road home is loaded with extras, said Donna Flannery of ERA Key Realty Services, who has it listed at $1,350,000.
“My favorite room is the walkout great room in the basement — it’s grand but relaxing,” she said, adding, “Inside, the detail in the woodwork and staircases is extraordinary and outside, the patio is surrounded by custom fieldstone walls that are just beautiful.”
Those who winter in New England will appreciate the radiant heat under the Italian porcelain tile and African mahogany wood floors throughout the home, which includes the staircase treads. The convenience of a thermostat in every room makes regulating the heat and central air conditioning a breeze, while whole-house climate control is at your fingertips on a central computer program.
Other perks include Bose stereo speakers in every room, the front porch, back deck and heated garage. The 900-bottle wine cellar will wow wine enthusiasts. And somewhere in the home is a hidden, temperature-controlled...
Zachary Kelley of Shrewsbury has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Worcester office.
He previously served as an agent’s assistant at Horace Mann Educators Corporation in Plymouth, N.H. He was also a spirits associate and cashier at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough.
He earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Plymouth State University. A member of the varsity football team for four years, he was a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion and was selected for the MSCAC All-Academic Team.
“ERA Key seemed to me to be the best company to join, because of the quality training it provides to new agents,” Kelley said. “ERA Key also has a good sense of community.”
Nicholas Ivancic of Winthrop has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Woburn office.
He previously served as Senior Sales Manager for YOTEL at the Boston Seaport, Boston. Before that, he worked in several positions at Marriott International in Medford, including Core Complex Group Sales Manager, Segment Sales Manager and Administrative Assistant. Before that, he served as Assistant Food and Beverage Operation Manager for Boston Marriott Long Wharf and Kitchen Manager in Training at Boston Marriott Copley Place.
He earned a degree in culinary arts management from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
“After deciding to pursue a career in real estate, I interviewed with several agencies and found that the people I met at ERA Key were open and honest with me, and they seemed to care about each other,” Nicholas said. “ERA Key also had the best training program by far.”
Michael J. O’Brien of Medford, a veteran sports broadcaster and communications professional, has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Framingham office.
Mike, who has over 15 years of broadcast experience, has provided play-by-play for numerous colleges and universities throughout New England, including Bentley University, Boston University, Merrimack College and Yale University. Prior to his return to Massachusetts, he was the radio and TV play-by-play broadcaster for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Penn.) Penguins and as well as the team’s Director of Team Services and Media Relations.
He also served in the same roles for the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League and their ECHL-affiliate, the Trenton (N.J.) Devils. He began his career as Executive Assistant at the National Hockey League in New York City.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He currently serves as Vice President of the Boston Chapter of Young Professionals of the American Cancer Society.
“I learned about ERA Key through a friend who is a successful agent there,” Mike said. “I was drawn to both the positive culture and workplace, and the support and resources ERA Key provides to its agents.”
Renata Ferrarez of Milford has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Milford office.
She received her real estate training through the Lee Institute for Real Estate in Brookline.
Renata was previously a certified nurse assistant at Blaire House of Milford. She was trained through the American Red Cross and became certified after completing a program at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
She has participated in Avon’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walks and Project Bread’s “Walk for Hunger,” and has donated to the Milford’s Daily Bread Food Pantry. A Red Cross blood donor, Renata is now donating plasma to help treat seriously ill patients with COVID-19.
“ERA Key agents are self-motivated and passionate about real estate, and so am I,” Renata said. ”I believe my skills and qualities match up well with those of the team I’ll be working with and will help me to succeed.”
As the chart above shows, traffic on ERA Key’s website has been building steadily and now exceeds 100,000 visits per month. Traffic has grown nearly 20% in the past year and about 35% over the past two years.
“While the personal touch continues to be important in the real estate industry, digital marketing has become an essential part of the home-buying process,” according to ERA Key President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “We have been consistently adding to our online efforts and that is paying off with an increase in website traffic.”
By far, the largest percentage of home buyers begin looking for a home by searching for properties online, according to the National Association of Realtors. The NAR found that 93% of home buyers search websites to look at property and 73% use a mobile device in their search for a home; 86% use real estate agents and 53% attend open houses, according to the 2019 survey.
“While the initial process may start online,” according to the NAR, “home buyers turn to the advice from a trusted real estate agent. The difference is that home buyers are entering the process more educated about the market before they speak to a home seller or an agent.”
Realtors and staff at ERA Key Realty Services are setting up teams to participate in this year’s Habitat Walk for Homes, which will take place Sept. 9 - 30, 2020.
Participants in the virtual walk are being challenged to walk 52 miles over the 21 day period. Participants are encouraged to raise at least $300 each.
ERA Key is a long-timer supporter of Habitat for Humanity, as our core values include giving back to the community.
“As a leading real estate agency, ERA Key and its agents understand the importance of home ownership,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “We take pride in contributing to the community by helping Habitat for Humanity achieve its vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
You can register or donate here, and a “how to” guide is available here.
The photo above is from a renovation project that ERA Key participated in last year.
Cathy Lomasney, a Realtor in ERA Key's Billerica office, working with Roma’s Bakery in Woburn, raised $1,000 for Colin’s Joy Project through her “Cannolis for Colin” fundraiser last weekend.
Participants who ordered a four-pack of cannolis from Roma’s and picked them up during the weekend had a portion of their payment donated to the Colin’s Joy Project. Cash donations, and a matching contribution from Cathy and Brian Lomasney added to the total.
Colin’s Joy Project, which enhances play spaces and funds family-focused programming in the South Boston area, was established in memory of Colin McGrath, who was killed just short of his third birthday in 2018 when a car hit him while he was in a stroller being pushed by his nanny on a sidewalk in South Boston.
Colin’s Joy Project was created in Colin’s memory “with the intent to continue to weave joy into the lives of others as Colin did.” Colin was a nephew of Lomasney’s daughter-in-law, Liz McGrath-Lomasney.
“Since the family has ties to Billerica,” Cathy said, “I decided to share the joy by paying it forward, meaning I would pay for a random customer’s order at Roma’s Bakery in Billerica (which is a second location). The first time I did this was a few weeks after his passing in honor of his birthday and it continued from there.”
Home Showcase: Get away from it all, but still have it all with Weston Colonial
Even if you’re not familiar with Patrick Ahearn’s portfolio, you might have already swooned over some of the architect’s timeless work and restorations on the Cape or in one of Boston’s tony suburbs.
Spanning styles, from a Cotswold cottage to a grand Colonial, Ahearn’s confident touch is all about livable elegance. With 2 Meadowbrook Road in Weston, just down the road from the Weston Golf Club, buyers will find a stately Colonial on 3.5 private acres.
This may be an odd and particular fixation, but there’s something intensely satisfying about the home’s symmetrical exterior. As the long driveway winds past the home’s tennis court — lighted for evening matches — the home emerges, all 10,029 square feet of it.
Boasting six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and myriad other spaces for working, working out or hanging out, 2 Meadowbrook Road is a home that might attract guests who won’t want to leave. And, with this much space, they may not have to.
There’s a natural flow to living here. The chef’s kitchen opens to a sunny bay breakfast nook with views of the patio and lush grounds. After breakfast, kick back in the family room around the fireplace as glass-paned doors flood the room with warmth, or head to the sunroom to...
Shelly A. Clark, a resident of Oakham, has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office.
Shelly previously was a marketing and specialty leasing manager for JLL then Vintage Real Estate LLC at The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster. Before that, she was a specialty leasing representative for New England Development, then director of mall marketing for Simon Property Group, both at the Auburn Mall.
She earned an associate’s degree from Mount Ida College in Newton. She also earned specialty leasing and certified marketing director designations from the International Council f Shopping Centers (ICSC). She is also a member of the Leominster Health Alliance Hospital Guild, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce.
“ERA Key Realty Services is providing me with the appropriate tools and support as I make the transition from commercial real estate to residential real estate,” Shelly said. “The oversight, programs and support are invaluable in this changing and robust market. The team mentality is unparalleled in this industry and should be celebrated.”
In spite of the pandemic, home sales are booming both nationally and here in Worcester County.
Sales increased by a record 24.7% from June to July, according to the National Association of Realtors, which said the gain is the strongest since the NAR began its monthly survey in 1968.
With the economy beginning to reopen and Realtors adjusting to doing more of their work online, it’s no surprise that July sales showed a significant increase from June. However, sales were also up 8.7% from July 2019 — before the pandemic.
Sales were driven not only by the re-opening economy, but by record-low mortgage rates. Unfortunately for buyers, low rates and a shortage of inventory boosted the price of homes sold by 8.5% from a year earlier to $304,100. Even when adjusted for inflation, the price is 3.4% higher than the price during the 2006 bubble.
We expect the current seller’s market to continue until inventory increases. Downsizing baby boomers will help add to inventory, but an increase in new construction is also needed. New housing was being constructed in July at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,496,000 homes. That’s 22.6% higher than the June estimate of 1,220,000 homes and is 23.4% higher than the July 2019 rate of 1,212,000 homes.
A home at 168 Partridge Hill Road, listed by ERA Key’s Peter Rotundo, was featured this week as a “House of the Week” in the Telegram & Gazette. The following write-up is from the Telegram & Gazette.
CHARTON — This four-bedroom, four-bath contemporary home offers nearly 200 feet of waterfront shoreline on the private, fully recreational South Charlton Reservoir.
The 5,184-square-foot home at 168 Partridge Hill Road features 18 Palladian windows in a three-story atrium that optimizes spectacular views of the lake during every season.
“The best feature of this house is that it sits on a lake, so it’s your everyday home and vacation home all in one,” homeowner Bill Fontaine said. “The position on the lake is really good. It has a high elevation, so we get this great view of the whole lake.”
It is listed with Peter Rotondo of ERA Key Realty Services - Alliance Realty for $915,000.
Among his favorite features, Rotondo spoke of the location with its easy access to commuting routes, the “stunning” kitchen and the size of the property.
Tyrone Little of Spencer has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Framingham office.
Tyrone has been a licensed Realtor since 2013. He has also been a sales manager, a call center consultant and a call center manager.
He is also an ordained minister. He has volunteered at the Mustard Seed in Worcester, which feeds needy area residents, and at the Salvation Army. He has been a juvenile sports coach and mentor, and sponsored a Christmas toy giveaway.
“I have been involved in Worcester County for my entire life,” Tyrone said. “I was attracted to ERA Key not only because of its positive reputation and training programs, but because of its record of giving back to the communities it serves.”
ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Timothy Denomme of Douglas has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Whitinsville office.
With 14 years of experience as a commercial pilot, Denomme is also a captain for United Airlines in New York City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in flight operations and aeronautics from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H.
Denomme is vice president of the Douglas Axmen Soccer Club and coaches three teams in the league. He is uniform coordinator for two teams in Douglas Youth Basketball.
“I have always had a passion for real estate, but I never had time to earn my real estate license until the COVID pandemic,” Denomme said. “After passing the test, I spoke with a few different agencies, and found that ERA Key was the best fit and the most welcoming agency.”