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Whitinsville Agents Donate $800 to Douglas Food Bank

Agents in the Whitinsville office of ERA Key have donated $800 to the Douglas Community Outreach Food Program to help feed seniors and other residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To date, ERA Key agents have donated more than $10,000 through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation to help needy people and first responders during the pandemic. 

The Town of Douglas created the Douglas Community Outreach Food Program in March through its Emergency Operations Center. To date, it has prepared and delivered more than 25,000 meals. 

Workers from the Douglas Community Outreach Food Program are pictured above.

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Woburn Agent Kathy Devine Featured in Inman DepositLink Article

Kathy Devine, an agent in ERA Key’s Woburn office, was quoted in a recent Inman article about DepositLink, which enables companies and agents to request deposits and commissions electronically. The article appears below.

By Jay Rooney

As a 25-year veteran in the Boston residential real estate business, I have experienced remarkable changes firsthand. For some sectors of the industry, the technological advances we have witnessed in the past three months outpace changes that have occurred over the last three years.Kathy Devine

Our DepositLink team meets with companies that want to empower their agents with tools to work virtually, and become more profitable by eliminating the inefficiencies caused by paper checks. DepositLink is a safe, secure, and easy way for real estate companies, their agents, and title companies to request earnest money deposits and commissions electronically through the ACH network.

With DepositLink, agents can request earnest money from their buyers from anywhere using any device that connects to the internet. They can also request earnest money through another agent who is connecting a buyer, and direct that money wherever it needs to go.

So a process that would normally take upwards of a week, can be done in minutes.

For example, on the very day she used our service for the first time, we heard from Brandi Peyatt with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty in Brunswick, Ohio.

“All I have to say is YES!,” she told us. “So easy to use, such a time saver, and seriously simple. My client loved being able to use it in only five minutes. No more checks, no more wasted time for all involved. I especially loved the follow-up email letting you know exactly what is going on without all the extra time spent...

Marlborough Donation Featured in The Stow Independent

Agents in the Marlborough office donated $500 each to Stevie’s Back Road Cafe and Catering in Hudson, and Chill Kitchen and Bar in Marlborough to pay for meals for first responders. The  donation was featured in a recent article in The Stow Independent about the "Feed Your Neighbor" program. The article appears below.

Stevie Dembro, owner of Stevie’s Back Road Cafe in Hudson, knows what it’s like to be down on your luck. “I come from the inner city projects. I know what it’s like to not have a meal. I know what it’s like to not eat,” he said in a recent interview with the Independent. “To have something like this happen…this is a tough situation for everybody.”Feed a Neighbor

When COVID-19 hit, his business disappeared overnight, said Dembro, “I completely lost all of my business, and the thought process was, it looks like I’m going to shut down. But the thing was, I had all this food left over. I had stuff in the freezer, I had stuff in the refrigerators; what am I gonna do with all this food?”

To keep the $4,000 worth of food from going to waste, Dembro started the “Feed Your Neighbor” program, hoping that $5 meals would entice a few people to do some good, and use up what he had left before shutting down. Diners could order meals for themselves or donate them for others. “I’ve lived in the Marlborough-Hudson area since 2003, and I’ve seen a lot of struggling people, and to sit there and know there was going to be more, I just had to do something,” he said.

Six weeks later, Stevie’s Back Road Cafe is busier than ever. He’s hired two new people to handle the influx of donations, orders, and well-wishers so he can...

Still a seller’s market in MetroWest, Milford area despite slowdown in the real estate market due to coronavirus pandemic

The following article, quoting ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, appeared in The MetroWest Daily News and The Milford Daily News on May 28, 2020.

By Alison Bosma

When Framingham-based real estate agent Kathy Foran shows potential buyers a house, she suits up with a mask, gloves and even protective booties.

“That’s a no-brainer,” the 30-year industry veteran said. “That’s required.”

Sellers are also asked to leave open interior doors, like closets, and leave lights on, to help agents and house hunters avoid touching anything, and potentially picking up COVID-19.

“A vacant home has certainly been a hot commodity right now,” said Cheryl Taylor, president and CEO of ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, which oversees several offices in the Milford and MetroWest region.Cheryl Taylor

That’s because it means no one who potentially has the virus has been in the house lately, she explained.

Though agents have modified how they do their jobs, the business of buying and selling houses has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as one of the state’s essential industries.

“I spent most of the weekend in sellers’ homes and ended up with over 10 offers, I think,” Taylor said, adding that sale prices have not dropped. “It’s an amazing time to sell right now. .... As long as you’re comfortable, and you can do it safely and without putting yourself at risk.”

Low inventory, meaning there aren’t nearly enough houses for sale as there are buyers, was a known issue before the pandemic. It’s still a seller’s market, even though sales are down sharply, compared to where they were this time last year.

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Whitinsville's Dana Claflin Named Ruby Top Producer by RACM

Dana ClafinDana Claflin, an agent in ERA Key's Whitinsville office, received a 2020 Ruby Top Producer Award from the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM).

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award.

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Five Auburn Agents Named Top Producers by RACM

Kris GaffnyLinda HaleStacey HamelJennifer HollandAnn Mari Sorensen

Five agents in ERA Key's Auburn office have received 2020 Top Producer Awards from the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM).

Winners in the Ruby Award category were Kristine Gaffney, Linda Hale, Stacey Hamel, Jennifer Holland and Ann Marie Sorensen.

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award.

Pictured, left to right, are Kristine Gaffney, Linda Hale, Stacey Hamel, Jennifer Holland and Ann Marie Sorensen.

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Three Worcester Agents Named Top Producers by RACM

Katie BilottaChristine ReillyDorry Stone

Three agents in ERA Key's Worcester office received 2020 Top Producer Awards from the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM).

Winners in the Ruby Award category were Kathleen Bilotta, Christine Reilly and Dorry Stone.

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award.

Pictured, left to right, are Kathleen Bilotta, Christine Reilly and Dorry Stone.

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Four Spencer Agents Named Ruby Top Producers by RACM

Samantha ButkiewicusDarlene EagerMichelle FanionLynda Hafner

Four agents in the Spencer office have received 2020 Ruby Top Producer Awards from the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM).

Ruby Award winners from Spencer were Samantha Butkiewicus, Darlene Eager, Michelle Fanion and Lynda Hafner.

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award.

Pictured, left to right, are Samantha Butkiewicus, Darlene Eager, Michelle Fanion and Lynda Hafner. 

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ERA Key’s Craig Named 2020 Diamond Top Producer by RACM

Kathleen Craig of Northbridge, an agent in the Whitinsville office, has earned the 2020 REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts’ (RACM) 2020 Diamond Top Producer Award.Kathy Craig

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award and only six were named to the diamond category.

Cathy was number three in sales volume out of 350 ERA Key agents in 2019. She was also named to the Leader’s Circle, which includes agents who have sold at least 65 units, with total volume of at least $10 million.

An Uxbridge native, she has been an agent with ERA Key since 2007. Previously she worked for more than 10 years at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. of Marlborough, an agency that provides vocational and residential support for adults with developmental or psychiatric disabilities. She graduated from Northeastern University, Boston, with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology.

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ERA Key’s Flannery Named 2020 Emerald Top Producer by RACM

Donna Flannery, an agent in ERA Key's Spencer office has earned the 2020 REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts’ (RACM) 2020 Emerald Top Producer Award.Donna Flannery

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award.

Donna has consistently finished among ERA Key’s top producers. For 2019, she finished second in sales out of 350 agents. She was also named to the Leader’s Circle, which includes agents who have sold at least 65 units, with total volume of at least $10 million.

Donna worked for four years as the MLS supervisor for the Greater Worcester Board of Realtors before pursuing her license to sell real estate. She became a Realtor in 1992 at the former Hometown Real Estate and was named Rookie of the Year. She was her office’s top-selling agent from 1993 through 1998, finishing each year with the highest number of closed transactions and the dollar volume of homes sold. In 1999, she was one of four national finalists from more than 30,000 ERA agents for the Jim Jackson Memorial Service Award for Customer Satisfaction.

In 2007, she was the ERA Boston Broker Council Agent of the Year, with the highest dollar volume for homes sold and the largest number of transactions from more than 800 agents. In 2009, she again achieved the highest dollar volume and finished second for number of closed transactions.

She was in ERA Key’s Leader’s Circle in 2011, 2012 and 2013, when she led the agency in the number of transactions closed for three consecutive years. She was also the number two all-around agent in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, she was ranked #33 by Real Trends for being among the top...

ERA Key Founder Bruce Taylor Named to ERA Hall of Fame

ERA Real Estate has named Bruce Taylor, founder of ERA Key Realty Services in Northbridge, to the ERA Hall of Fame.

The ERA Hall of Fame honors affiliated individuals and companies that have consistently earned high levels of recognition and have made contributions and had a lasting impact on the culture and history of the ERA brand over the decades.

Bruce TaylorUnder Bruce’s leadership, ERA Key became one of the 10 largest real estate agencies in Massachusetts and among the 10 largest out of more than 2,400 worldwide in the ERA Franchise System.

Bruce, who was also named this year to ERA Key’s Hall of Fame, founded ERA Key Realty Services in Milford in 1988 when his agency, ERA Homeowner’s Advantage in Milford, merged with Nelson Zide’s ERA John Nelson in Framingham.

At the time, they were the two largest ERA agencies in Massachusetts. After the merger, ERA Key expanded rapidly, opening new offices throughout central Massachusetts.

In addition to opening new offices and acquiring smaller agencies, he helped the company grow by emphasizing training and the use of technology to help agents become efficient and productive.

ERA Key won the Momentum Award as the fastest growing ERA franchise in 2012, the Gene Francis Memorial Award as the Top All-Around Company in ERA in 2014, and the Jim Jackson Award for customer service and sales productivity in 2017. ERA Key merged with HUNT Real Estate ERA of Buffalo, N.Y., the second largest brokerage firm in the ERA network, in February 2018 and together they received the Gene Francis Memorial Award in 2018.

While he managed the agency, ERA Key grew to 15 offices with 350 agents. He also created the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, which has donated more than $400,000 to dozens of area charities since its inception...

ERA Key’s Horn Named 2020 Diamond Top Producer by RACM

Carla Horn, an agent in the Whitinsville office, has earned the 2020 REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts’ (RACM) 2020 Diamond Top Producer Award.Carla Horn

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award and only six were named to the diamond category.

Carla was ERA Key’s top producer out of 350 agents in 2019. She was also named to the Leader’s Circle, which includes agents who have sold at least 65 units, with total volume of at least $10 million.

She joined ERA Key in 2005. She is also a paralegal instructor at Curry College in Milton. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., and earned her paralegal certification from Northeastern University in Boston.

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ERA Key’s Dabrowski Named 2020 Top Producer by RACM

ERA Key's Diane Dabrowski of Charlton has earned the 2020 REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts’ (RACM) 2020 Emerald Top Producer Award.

Top producers were recognized for outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions based on dollar volume or units sold in the 2019 calendar year. Only 5% of RACM members were eligible for the top producer award.Diane Dabrowski

Dabrowski has consistently finished among ERA Key’s top producers. For 2019, she finished fourth in sales out of 350 agents. She was also named to the Leader’s Circle, which includes agents who have sold at least 65 units, with total volume of at least $10 million.

In 2018, she received ERA Key’s Circle of Light Award, which is presented for charitable work. She has raised more than $30,000 in her daughter’s memory for Free the Kids, Inc. to help build new housing, and provide food and education to children living in Haiti. She has also created a memorial fund to provide scholarships to others in her daughter’s graduating class at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley.

She has more than 30 years of real estate experience. She started Alliance Realty in Charlton and merged with ERA Key. She is a Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), an Accredited Buyer's Representative Manager (ABRM) and a proud member of the National Association of Realtors.

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ERA Key Agents Donate More Than $10,000 to First Responders, Others To Help During COVID-19 Pandemic

Agents of ERA Key Realty Services have donated more than $10,000 to first responders and others to help and give thanks for their assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.ERA Key Cares logo

They’ve also donated 760 rolls of toilet paper and written personal letters to residents of nursing homes, who are unable to receive visitors.

Agents regularly donate to charitable organizations through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, which has donated more than $400,000 to dozens of area charities since its inception in 2004.

Since the start of the pandemic, they have continued to help charitable organizations, but have also helped first responders. Agents in each office determine how to use funds from the trust, which is funded with their commissions.

“Giving back to the communities we serve is a core value of ERA Key,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “I’m proud of our agents, because they take our values seriously, contributing not only financially, but with their time and effort.”Cheryl Taylor

Efforts to date include the following:

Auburn. The Auburn office donated $2,000 to area food pantries and family service agencies. Auburn agents donated $500 each to the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf, Leicester Food Pantry and Webster-Dudley Food Share, Inc. They donated $250 each to Auburn Youth and Family Services, and St. Denis Food Pantry in Douglas.

Chelmsford. Agents in the Chelmsford office donated $1,000 to area food banks — $500 to the Table of Plenty in Chelmsford and $500 to the...

Whitinsville Office Provides More Than $1,000 for Sandwiches for Seniors

The Whitinsville office has provided more than $1,000 worth of sandwiches for local seniors living in senior and low-income housing in Northbridge. 

Whitinsville Office AgentsThrough the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, Whitinsville agents donated more than $1,000 to Peg's Diner, 67 Church St., to prepare lunches of ham and turkey sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies. Realtor Joseph Bowes donated 85 bags of potato chips for the Cotton Mill residents. 

The Whitinsville office provided more than 200 sandwiches to the Cotton Mill Apartments, 17 Douglas Rd.; the Northbridge Housing Authority, 12 Colonial Drive; Lake Terrace Apartments, 24 Lake Terrace, and Rockdale House, 62 School St. 

“In addition to feeding needy seniors and letting them know we’re thinking about them, we’re pleased to be helping a local business, as restaurants have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Whitinsville agent Laura Hebb. “We will continue to do what we can to help.” 

Pictured outside of Peg’s Diner are Nancy Dognazzi, left, assistant to Realtor Carla Horn, right. Jim Gagner, middle, manages and is the chef at Peg’s Diner, which is owned by and named for his mother. Photobomber is unidentified.

Peg's Dinner

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Framingham Agent Audra Lizarralde Earns SRES® Designation

Audra Lizarralde of Milford, an agent in the Framingham office, has earned certification as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) from the National Association of Realtors. Audra Lizarralde

The designation, which also makes her a member of the SRES® Council, means that she has the special knowledge and expertise needed to guide homebuyers and sellers over age 50 through major financial and lifestyle transitions. 

Audra, who is also a legal assistant in the law office of George Gochros, Framingham, joined ERA Key in 2019 and was named co-Rookie of the Year for the entire agency. She was previously an accounts payable supervisor at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton and, before that at Navix Diagnostix in Taunton. She began her career as an accounts receivable specialist at Advocates, Inc. in Framingham.

 Audra earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Worcester Office Donates $1,000 to Worcester Together

Worcester Together

The Worcester office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,000 to Worcester Together, a fund created by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the United Way of Central Massachusetts in collaboration with the City of Worcester. 

Allen Greenman

“This Fund will rapidly deploy grants and other resources to organizations throughout Worcester County that work with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus public health crisis,” according to the fund’s website. 

“The goal of Worcester Together is to address immediate and long-term needs, complementing the work of public health officials and expanding local capacity to address the impact of this public health crisis on our region’s vulnerable populations. Grants will target organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, our seniors, neighbors, and communities of color, among others.” 

The funds were donated through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation. 

“Worcester Together helps serve the greatest number of people possible. The fund was created by the area’s two largest and most comprehensive non-profit organizations,” said Worcester Manager Allen Greenman. “The fund has helped dozens of organizations essential to the Worcester community, and has donated nearly $1 million dollars so far. This is a great way for ERA Key to support the Worcester community and...

Chelmsford Office Donates $1,000 to Area Food Banks

The Chelmsford office of ERA Key Realty Services donated $1,000 to area food banks to help feed needy residents during the COVID19 pandemic. Jay LynchERA Key Cares

Through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, Chelmsford agents donated $500 each to the Table of Plenty in Chelmsford and $500 to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell. 

“At a time when all of us are struggling with the economic lockdown and continuing pandemic, it’s important to think about those who are less fortunate,” said Chelmsford Manager Jay Lynch. “Our agents decided that this is an especially good time to make a contribution to our local food banks.”

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Spencer Agents Writing Personal Letters to Nursing Home Residents

Letters ImgaeWith nursing home residents unable to receive visitors, agents in Spencer are writing them personal, hand-written letters to let them know that they haven’t been forgotten during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last week, five agents wrote letters to the 28 residents of Lincoln Hill Manor in Spencer. They are now completing letters to the 147 residents of the Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in West Brookfield, which Spencer Manager Linda Laney expects to deliver this week. 

Card Image“Some residents may get more calls and mail than others,” Linda said, “so we’ve asked the staff to distribute them as they feel appropriate.” 

She is distributing colorful stationary to agents, so that residents will receive letters that will help to “brighten their day.”

Photos are of letters written by agents and a thank you card from staff and residents of Lincoln Hill Manor.

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Milford Agent Donation: Better Than Money

Linda Abrams

Realtor Linda Abrams with rolls of donated toilet paper.

A lesson the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that there’s at least one thing made from paper that’s even better than money – toilet paper. Milford Agents

That’s why agents in the Milford office donated 10 cases of toilet paper – that’s 760 rolls, or about 760,000 sheets of TP – to the Milford Daily Food Pantry this week. 

“When Covid-19 pandemic began, we reached out to the Food Pantry to ask how we could help,” Donna Arthur, a Realtor in the Milford office said. “Cheryl DeAngelo, the pantry manager, said the only item she could not find anywhere was toilet paper, so that was her ask.” 

The ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation funded the purchase and Milford agents worked their spheres of influence to fill the order. 

Pictured, left to right, are Milford Realtors Lynne Castiglione, Donna Arthur, Linda Abrams and Sharon O'Reilly.

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