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Walking in Their Shoes: A Venezuelan Expat’s Humanitarian Feat

This article appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on April 4, 2019.

What can a former citizen do from afar for others trapped in a troubled homeland? In this case, organize an effort to meet a basic human need.

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – Norman Canaie noticed that some of his students at a public high school in Caracas, Venezuela, came barefoot – if they came at all. So last year, Mr. Canaie handed out armloads of donated shoes to his pupils most in need. He made sure to save a pair of white Nikes for a student who had dropped out, ashamed of his tattered sneakers.

The new pair brought the student back to class.

“The children were overwhelmed with the shoes,” says the English teacher in a phone interview. “They’re always asking me if there are more shoes coming.”

Martha Convers arranged the shoes’ 2,000-plus-mile journey from suburban Framingham. Besides working as a real estate agent and Zumba instructor, she has a special side gig: Shoes for Venezuela

Since moving from Venezuela to the United States in 2004, Ms. Convers has watched her country devolve into political chaos. But she repurposed her despair. She started the volunteer donation campaign in November 2017 and estimates she’s shipped at least 3,000 pairs of shoes to the country. Recipients include schools, nursing homes, churches, and nonprofits. With food and other necessities scarce, receiving a pair of shoes can seem like a luxury, Ms. Convers says. 

The political upheaval

Venezuela’s contested president, Nicolás Maduro, continues to crack down on international aid. This has heightened a standoff between Mr. Maduro and legislative...

Power Brokers: Training to Win

ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor was among the Power Brokers quoted and profiled by RISMedia in its 2019 Power Broker Report.

In real estate, accountability is a prerequisite for success. No one embraces it with more passion than Power Brokers, who empower their leaders and managers with pioneering—and often, proprietary—training.

In fact, according to RISMedia’s 2019 Power Broker Report, one of the top two areas of investment for Power Brokers is training, with coaching, education, goal-setting—even mindset—forging a path for productivity.

It’s inspiring, motivating…and the hallmark of a high-ranker.

Growing Your Own: Power Brokers Sound Off

“We offer Lunchtime Learning Tuesdays and Tech Talk Thursdays. Friday Morning Power Hour is a weekly meeting with guest speakers on timely topics. This, along with our online academy, Institute, powered by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, helps us continually evolve and stay at the forefront. We have weekly WIG (Wildly Important Goal) calls with our entire support team where each person offers something that will enhance the experience for our team and clients.”

– Ken Baris, President, Jordan Baris, Inc., REALTORS®

“We have a program called FIRE (Foundations in Real Estate) that runs one day a week for five weeks, and it’s a full day of covering what you don’t learn in licensing school.”

– Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, CEO/President, ERA Key Realty Services (HUNT Real Estate Corporation ERA, No. 34 in transactions) ...

Worcester Office Donations Help Sick Children

The Worcester office of ERA Key Realty Services last week delivered 44 hand-made blankets and a collection of stuffed animals to sick children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

ERA Key’s Spencer office initially became involved when Spencer agent Donna Flannery was made aware of the need for blankets through her daughter, Kayleen Sauvageau, who is a nurse in the unit. The Worcester office joined in the efforts.

Pictured, left to right, are three staff members from the UMass Medical Center; ERA Key agents Denise Foley, Angela Mann and Chris Reilly, who led the efforts for the Worcester office; Sue Hudson, a client and friend of Chris Reilly; ERA Key agents Barry Latham and Irene Caruso; Odimar Batista, a mortgage consultant with HUNT Mortgage, and a UMass staff member.

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Power Brokers: As Competition Heats Up, Dollars Go to Growth

ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor was among the Power Brokers quoted and profiled by RISMedia in its 2019 Power Broker Report.

Faced with overlapping pressures this year, Power Brokers are approaching business with a combination of fortitude, grit and wariness.

According to RISMedia’s 2019 Power Broker Report, 59 percent of Power Brokers have a “cautiously optimistic” outlook—an increase from 52 percent in 2018, and driven by economic uncertainty. As capital flows into the industry and options proliferate, the agent and consumer experience remain priorities, with Power Brokers adapting these areas to compete and, ultimately, win.

With confidence levels shifting, they are leaning into two primary strategies: expansion through mergers and new offices (the No. 5 area of expenditure for Power Brokers); and recruitment (No. 1). Notably, 45 percent of Power Brokers are focused on new offices this year.

A Careful Eye on the Future: Power Brokers Sound Off 

“[Focus on] strategic planning, accountability, being consumer-centric and being completely dedicated to the success of each of your agents and in a way that provides the greatest value to the consumers and clients we serve.”

– Gino Blefari, CEO, HomeServices of America, No. 1 in transactions 

“A ‘healthier’ inventory and days on market will reward those brokers and agents with sound business...

ERA Key Realty Services Named Top ERA Franchise for 2018

WHITINSVILLE, Mass., March 26, 2019 – ERA Real Estate has named ERA Key Realty Services, along with HUNT Real Estate ERA, its top agency for 2018 out of more than 2,300 agencies worldwide.

HUNT Real Estate ERA of Buffalo, N.Y., the second largest brokerage firm in the ERA network, merged with ERA Key in February 2018. Both agencies kept their names and management intact.

It was the second time that ERA Key has received the Gene Francis Memorial Award, which it also earned in 2014. The annual award, named after ERA Real Estate co-founder Gene Francis, is the highest honor given to an ERA company and reflects the qualities most respected throughout the global ERA system and the real estate industry.

ERA Key also won the Momentum Award as the fastest growing ERA franchise in 2012.

ERA Key closed sales totaling $759 million in 2018, making it one of the largest real estate agencies in Massachusetts. ERA Key finished fourth in Massachusetts among all agencies for listings taken (1,429), up from sixth in 2017, and sixth in closed sides (2,284), up from seventh in 2017.

“Our focus on training and technology has helped our agents continue to succeed, even as rising interest rates caused the housing market to slow somewhat nationally in 2018,” said President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “Overall, inventory improved and ERA Key maintained the high level of sales we achieved in 2017.”

ERA Key has more than 350 agents working in 15 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts. The ERA Real Estate Network includes 36,000 brokers and sales associates throughout the United States and 31 countries and territories.

"There are hundreds of very fine real estate companies in the ERA organization with whom we collaborate,” said Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate...

Framingham Office Makes Donation to Jeff's Place

The Framingham office of ERA Key Realty Services recently donated $250 to Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center, Inc. in Framingham. Pictured, left to right, are Rob Haser of Hunt Mortgage, and agents Erica Jacobson, Audra Lizarralde, Lynne Richards, Martha Convers, Matthew Burdetskiy, Sam LeHardy (Team Framingham), Rob Fontaine, Alison Corton, Jody Troderman, Nelson Zide and Carlton Kish.

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One on One: Donna Flannery, real estate agent at ERA Key Realty Services in Spencer

Published in the Telegram & Gazette, February 24, 2019

Donna Flannery of ERA Key Realty Services in Spencer recently completed her 1,000th sale.

Donna Flannery worked for the MLS for four years before deciding to get her real estate sales license in 1992. She was named “Rookie of the Year” that year and recently closed on her 1,000th home. That’s an average of a closing in every 7 out of 10 weeks, a pace many agents would find enviable and she does it all solo, without a team, though with some strong administrative support. She is a top-ranked ERA Key Realty Services agent in Spencer and has won numerous awards for her sales skills as well as for her volunteering effort. Her family has lived in Spencer for five generations and she still lives on Sugden Reservoir where she grew up. When she’s not working or volunteering, she likes to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Do you have a printable war story or cautionary tale from your early days?

I started in a tough market and that made it the perfect time for me to start because the market was so challenging. I’ve had a paycheck since I was 13, and the thought of not having one was daunting. I threw my self into it headfirst. You can appreciate the easier times down the road. I’m grateful for those times.

Once, I was selling a condo that had been rented and the tenants — who had not paid rent in months — had been evicted. When I opened the door to the unit a horrible odor made it impossible to enter. Long story short: they had put a raw turkey in the attic scuttle that sat there for the month during the hot summer ... The maggots just came pouring down when they opened the hatch. They also filled the sinks and toilets with concrete. This one is at the top of the list.

My first...

Graham Pettengill Receives Circle of Light, Leader’s Circle Awards

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Feb. 26, 2019 – A marathon runner, Graham Pettengill, a Realtor in the Framingham office of ERA Key Realty Services, has used his feet to raise funds to build wells in Africa, help Marine Corps veterans and support dozens of area charities. 

His charitable efforts earned Pettengill ERA Key’s 2018 Circle of Light Award, which is presented for community service. Graham was also the top agent based on sales volume in 2018 out of 350 ERA Key agents and was named to ERA Key’s Leader’s Circle, which includes agents who have sold homes valued at more than $10 million for the year.

A portion of his commissions go to the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust Foundation, which has given $371,749 to local non-profit organizations since its inception in 2004. Last year the foundation benefited 27 organizations, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army.

“We are constantly reminded about the value of our contributions toward the community with each sale of a home,” he said. “More than 80 percent of ERA Key agents participate. The charitable trust enables me personally to give back thousands of dollars each year.” 

Through his church, the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, Graham was on a committee that helped raise more than $130,000 for World Vision International to build three wells in Africa. The committee organized races of six kilometers, which represents the average distance a person in Africa has to walk for access to potable water. 

He has also raised more than $7,000 for Semper Fi, a non-profit that supports Marine Corps veterans, by running in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In 2017, Graham and his daughters, Caitlyn Stickney and Brooke Pettengill, ran in the Boston Marathon and raised more than $15,000...

Women in Real Estate: Business-Building Insights From RISMedia’s 2019 Newsmakers

ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor was among seven women in real estate interviewed recently by RISMedia about building their business.

A considerable number of this year’s RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers are women who are making waves in the industry, advancing their businesses and significantly contributing to their communities. What’s the secret to their success? Strategies range from a focus on mentorship and coaching to relationship marketing and community involvement. Here are their approaches and insights on how fellow women in real estate can advance their business and reach their goals:

Mary Lee Blaylock

President/CEO – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
2019 RISMedia Real Estate Newsmaker, Luminaries 

“Being hands-on allows me to better understand and fully respect the job of each agent and employee in the enterprise. No one is more important than another. We are all equal human beings with complimenting roles all working toward a single goal: to bring our customers home,” says Blaylock.

Blaylock also reminds real estate professionals to remain honest and ethical when making decisions to reach long-term success. Additionally, Blaylock emphasizes that women should stay confident.

“Put the natural self-doubt aside that we as women have and focus on if the job is the right fit for you,” adds Blaylock. “Make a sound business decision for you and your family. Obtain the input you need and then simply go for it. Remain agile in all you do and remember to respect all people, including yourself!”

Katie Clancy

Team Lead, REALTOR®, Speaker, Trainer – The Cape House Team, William Raveis
2019 RISMedia Real Estate Newsmaker, Futurists  

“Achieving...

Stephanie Martin Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Chelmsford Office

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Feb. 18, 2019 – ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Stephanie Martin has joined ERA Key’s Chelmsford office as a Realtor.

Stephanie has 34 years of experience as a real estate agent in the Merrimack and Nashoba Valley area towns, most recently with Century 21 North East in Chelmsford.

Stephanie is a Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) and a Certified Buyer Representative (CBR). She is Loss Mitigation Certified (LMC) and is a Notary Public.  She is a member of the Northeast Association of Realtors and serves on its Professional Standards Committee.

“I joined ERA Key Realty Services, because I believe ERA provides the best fit for how I want to maintain and grow my business in Chelmsford and the surrounding towns,” Srtephanie said. “The outstanding support and technology at ERA Key will help me continue to work successfully with both past and future buyers and sellers.”

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, Mass., has 14 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts and is among the 10 largest residential real estate agencies in Massachusetts based on the number of homes sold. It is also among the top 10 agencies in the ERA Franchise System, which has more than 2,400 agencies worldwide. ERA Key has been named among the top places to work in the state in the large company category for the past four years, based on a survey administered by Energage for The Boston Globe. It also won the Momentum Award as the fastest growing ERA franchise in 2012 and the Gene Francis Memorial Award as the Top All-Around Company in ERA in 2014. For more information about ERA Key, visit www.erakey.com.

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Flannery Leading Effort to Provide Blankets for Sick Children

SPENCER, Mass., Feb. 5, 2019 – Spencer resident Donna Flannery, a long-time Realtor in the Spencer office of ERA Key Realty Services, is leading an effort in her office to sew and donate blankets to sick children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

“They are in desperate need of some color and comfort to help make a sick child’s stay just a little bit nicer,” Flannery said. “So far, more than 40 sick kids will have a little bit of comfort because of us.”

Flannery was made aware of the need for blankets through her daughter, Kayleen Sauvageau, who is a nurse in the unit. Flannery found directions for sewing the blankets on YouTube.

Flannery said she will continue creating blankets as long as others are interested in participating. Anyone interested can contact her at DonnaFlannery@ERAKey.com. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit also accepts donations of new stuffed animals, toiletries (if they are the size used in hotels), and crocheted and knitted blankets.

“The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit has been full throughout this winter, so help is needed,” she said. “Our help is making a huge difference for the families with sick children. I am grateful that I have healthy grandkids today and want to help others whose children or grandchildren need help.”

Flannery has volunteered throughout her career and is especially involved with helping children. She received the Town of Spencer’s Meritorious Public Service Award in 2014 and ERA Key’s Circle of Light Award in 2016 for exceptional volunteerism for the needy in the community. She was named Spencer Exchange Club Citizen of the Year in 2007 for her volunteer work in the community.

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Falter returns to ERA Key as Broker Associate, Realtor in Spencer office

From  The Spencer New Leader, January 25, 2019:

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Brookfield resident Robert G. Falter has rejoined ERA Key’s Spencer office as a Broker Associate and Realtor.

He has 14 years of experience in real estate and spent more than five years at ERA Key before joining EXIT Real Estate Executives in Brookfield. He has been a certified Massachusetts real estate instructor since 2006 and has been an in-house trainer for six brokerage companies.

He is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR); a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI); a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

Falter is a member of the Board of Assessors, the Capital Improvement Planning Committee and the Financial Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield. He earned his MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, and his doctoral degree from the Institute for Advanced Studies at Walden University.

“It’s good to be back at ERA Key,” Falter said. “I’ve always appreciated ERA Key’s strong training programs, as well as the camaraderie between agents and their ability to work as a team.”

About ERA Key Realty Services

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, Mass., has 14 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts and is among the 10 largest residential real estate agencies in Massachusetts based on the number of homes sold. It is also among the top 10 agencies in the ERA Franchise System, which has more than 2,400 agencies worldwide. ERA Key has been named among the top places to work in the state in the large company category for the past four years, based on a survey...

ERA Key’s Flannery Achieves Rare Milestone: Selling 1,000 Homes

SPENCER, Mass., Jan. 30, 2019 – ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that lifelong Spencer resident Donna Flannery, an agent in the Spencer office, recently joined an elite group of Realtors by selling her 1,000th home.

The average real estate agent sells 8.6 homes a year, according to statistics from Real Trends. A majority of new agents quit the business within two years, often without ever selling a home. Donna has sold 1,000 homes during a 27-year career in real estate, while also receiving awards for community service.

“Donna’s hard work and sales ability have placed her among the best Realtors in the business,” according to ERA Key President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “She is consistently among our top agents and has been a standout since her first year with us.”

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,...

ERA Key Names Laffey Realtor in Billerica Office

BILLERICA, Mass., Jan. 25, 2019 – ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Shelly Laffey of Billerica has joined ERA Key’s Billerica office as a Realtor.

Shelly previously was a Realtor at Burns & Egan Realty Group, LLC in Billerica. She worked as a hairdresser and in the shipping industry before opening Shelly’s Home Day Care 25 years ago. She attended Middlesex Community College in Lowell.

She worked part-time in real estate, but now that her children are grown, she’s making it a fulltime career.

“Now that my children are out of the house, it’s my turn to get involved with the community and make a difference,” she said. “I want to give back, because I have been blessed in so many ways.”

Shelly started her real estate career in 2015 after deciding to close the doors on her home day care. The career move stemmed from her ambition to be her own boss and the caring nature she's always had to help families find their dream home. As a long-time resident of Billerica, Shelly knows the neighborhood well. She can help pinpoint areas and, more important, get you into neighborhoods that fit your needs.

Outside of real estate, you can find Shelly around Billerica and surrounding towns, as she is a local dog sitter, and loves the outdoors and traveling, walking, hiking, swimming, skiing and biking. She especially likes to visit beaches.

“I’m excited about the knowledge and experience I’m going to get with ERA Key Realty Services,” Shelly said. “ERA Key has a reputation for having strong training programs and a team approach, with agents working together.”

About ERA Key Realty Services

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, Mass., has 14 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts and is among the 10 largest residential...

ERA Key’s Zide Achieves Rare Milestone: Selling 1,000 Homes

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan. 22, 2019 – ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Framingham resident Nelson Zide recently joined an elite group of Realtors by selling his 1,000th home.

The average real estate agent sells 8.6 homes a year, according to statistics from Real Trends. A majority of new agents quit the business within two years, often without ever selling a home. Nelson has sold 1,000 homes, while also serving in management roles, presenting to and training other real estate agents around the country, writing books and raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

“While Nelson has served as a principal and manager at ERA Key, his passion is selling – and it shows in his results,” according to ERA Key President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “His hard work and sales abilities have earned him a place among the best Realtors in the business.”

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 1975, Nelson was teaching social studies at Natick High School, studying for an MBA at Babson College, coaching basketball and serving as director of a day camp in Natick. His mother told him about changes in real estate licensing in Massachusetts and suggested that he obtain a license to sell real estate.

Real estate was in his family, as his grandparents were real estate agents and his grandmother was one of the first women to obtain a real estate license in 1960.

After obtaining his license, he approached a friend he played basketball with and asked if he needed another agent. He did and Nelson was hired.

“I figured I would give it a year,” he said. “I sold 20 houses in my first year and haven’t looked...

Falter Returns to ERA Key as Realtor in Spencer Office

SPENCER, Mass., Jan. 18, 2019 – ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Brookfield resident Bob Falter has rejoined ERA Key’s Spencer office as a Broker Associate and Realtor.

He has 14 years of experience in real estate and spent more than five years at ERA Key before joining EXIT Real Estate Executives in Brookfield. He has been a certified Massachusetts real estate instructor since 2006 and has been an in-house trainer for six brokerage companies.

Bob is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR); a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI); a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

He is active in his community as a member of the Board of Assessors, the Capital Improvement Planning Committee and the Financial Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield. He earned his MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, and his doctoral degree from the Institute for Advanced Studies at Walden University.

Bob retired as a Captain (O-6) from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service in 2001. After serving as a healthcare administrator, correctional health care administrator and licensed nursing home administrator, he made a career change to residential real estate in 2004. He volunteers at UMass Memorial Medical Center in the Pastoral Care Department.

He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR), the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM), the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV) and the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA).

“It’s good to be back at ERA Key,” Bob said. “I’ve always appreciated ERA Key’s strong training...

Fontaine Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Framingham Office

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan. 10, 2019 – ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Framingham resident Robert M. Fontaine has joined its Framingham office as a Realtor.

Previously, he was a private investigator for NWI Investigative Group, Inc. in Woburn, as well as a national trainer of private investigator. He also served as a recruiter of private investigators. Before that, he served as a private investigator for Capital Investigating in Manchester, N.H.

Before becoming a private investigator, Rob was a senior field claims specialist for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Westborough. He also served in various claims-related positions at Prudential Property & Casualty Insurance Company in Westborough, including associate manager of casualty claims. During his insurance career, he was an annual quality service award winner.

“My expertise in negotiations and settlements will help me assist buyers and sellers with one of the most important financial decisions of their lifetime,” he said. “I will strive to provide an enjoyable experience to clients throughout the process.”

He took courses toward an MBA at Suffolk University, Boston, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with minors in sociology and criminal justice from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He is an assistant coach for Framingham Youth Baseball.

Rob is a sports enthusiast, who enjoys coaching and watching his son play hockey and baseball. He also enjoys golfing and boating with his wife and friends in MetroWest and the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

“ERA Key has an amazing team of recognized professionals working in a family environment,” Fontaine said. “I appreciate having an opportunity to join them.”

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ERA Key Realty Services Adds Hamel as Realtor

From: http://www.golocalworcester.com/business/era-key-realty-services-adds-hamel-a-realtor

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dorothy Hamel PHOTO: LinkedIn

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced that Dorothy Hamel joined its Spencer office as a realtor.

“ERA Key has an amazing team and a family environment, where agents and staff are always willing to help each other out. The training is fantastic, too. No wonder the agents I met love their jobs,” said Hamel.

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Northbridge real estate agency sets home-sales high

Worcester Business Journal - JANUARY 16, 2018

by WEB MASTER on JANUARY 17, 2018

ERA Key Realty Services set an all-time high of home sales last year, with $769 million in sales, the Northbridge agency announced.ERA Key President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor said the agency’s record-high sales number was especially noteworthy because of a low inventory in the state has balanced out high sale prices.

“Many agencies have found it difficult to grow in this market, but we’ve had an exceptional year,” she said. The agency’s 2,385 home sales in 2017 was a 4-percent drop from the prior year. Year-to-year sales in total, however, rose by just under 3 percent.Eidinger-Taylor predicted another strong year in 2018, but the agency has very few homes listed on the market — fewer than 2,000, compared to what is typically more than 6,000, she said.

ERA Key has 15 offices in Central and Eastern Massachusetts. According to the company, it is one of the top agencies in the state and the top 10 ERA agencies in the country, based on sales and total volume.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents say “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.”

This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money. They are:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space
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