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The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear

The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear

The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear | MyKCM

For many young or first-time homebuyers, purchasing a home can feel intimidating. A recent survey shows some homebuyers ages 25 to 40 may be unsure about the homebuying process and what they can afford. It found:

  • “1 in 4 underestimated their buying potential by $150k or more”
  • “1 in 4 underestimated the increase in value by $100k or more”
  • “47% don’t know what a good interest rate is”

Because they feel uncertain, many young homebuyers have given up on their search, or worse, they’ve decided homebuying isn’t for them and never started on their journey to begin with.

If you’re interested in buying but aren’t sure where to begin, here are three key concepts about homeownership you should understand before you get started.

1. What You Need To Know About Down Payments

Saving for a down payment is sometimes viewed as one of the biggest obstacles for homebuyers, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As Freddie Mac ...

Hats On for Hats Off to Summer Luncheon in Framingham

Nelson Zide

The Framingham office recently held a "Hats Off to Summer" luncheon featuring a contest for best hats.

Winners were Nelson Zide, top with Ali Corton first place for his Santa hat; Cheyenne Dellasanta, right, second place for her "Buy With Me" hat, and Rob Fontaine, below, third place for his fruit hat.Mike O'BrienCheyenne Dellasanta

Also shown,  are Mike OBrien, left, in a yellow polka dot topper; Alex Madrid, the king of real estate, below, and Valerie Cohen in her flower hat, below.

Alex Madrid

Rob Fontaine

 Hats Off

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ERA Key Adds Syppko as Realtor in Marlborough Office

Bernadette M. Syppko of Marlborough has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Marlborough office.Bernadette Syppko

She also works as a retail merchandiser for Hallmark and previously was a Contract Facilitator for tbe United States Postal Service (USPS). Before retiring after more than 33 years at the USPS, she served as a Maintenance Manager, stockroom clerk, custodian and letter carrier. She also served on safety committees for the USPS. She attended Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

She has been active in the community as assistant director of T-ball and as a softball coach for the Connie Mack League in Worcester, as an assistant den leader and as a committee chair for the Marlborough Cub Scouts, Pack 24. She is also active with the Marlborough Boys Scouts, Troop 41, where she taught the “Citizenship in the Nation” Merit Badge. She was a member of the Booster Club at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough.

“I reviewed many real estate agencies in the area and ERA Key came close to the top on everything that mattered to me,” Bernadette said. “Everyone I dealt with at ERA Key was kind and helpful, and they helped me prepare for my real estate license. My final determination was the help I’ve been receiving from Manager Kevin Harris, who is providing me with one-on-one training.”

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Scholarship Provides $6,500 to Shepherd Hill Students

A scholarship fund created by ERA Key’s Diane Dabrowski this year provided $6,500 in scholarships to five seniors at Shepherd Hill Regional High School. Diane Dabrowski

Diane created the scholarship fund in honor of her daughter, Emily, who died in 2017 during her senior year at Shepherd Hill. It “seeks to encourage other students like Emily to continue their volunteer efforts in support of our community and around the world,” according to Diane. 

The scholarship has been generously supported by participants in the Dad’s Swatfest Golf Tournament, which is held annually at Heritage Country Club, ERA Key agents and others in the community. 

This year’s recipients are Kara Bilis, Sophie Briggs and Panayiota Veronis of Dudley and Courtney Cristo and Emma Tyler of Charlton. 

“Emily’s ‘Happiest place on Earth’ was a Haitian Orphanage called Espwa,” Diane said. “She traveled there with other missionaries from St. Joseph’s Church in Charlton to work for three summers.” 

To make a donation to the Emily Dabrowski Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Saver's Bank in Charlton at 508-248-4255. For additional information about the scholarship, please contact Diane Dabrowski at DianeD@ERAKey.com.

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ERA Key Adds Skrzek As Realtor in Worcester Office

Amy M. Skrzek of Worcester has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Worcester office.Amy Skrzek

She previously was a Realtor with Premeer Real Estate, Inc. in Uxbridge. She also is a consultant, providing project management services for historic redevelopment projects managed by Traggorth Companies LLC of Boston.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton and her master’s degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Memorial Auditorium.

“To achieve my real estate career goals, I need the help of experienced agents,” Amy said. “ERA Key provides the team support I was looking for. Worcester manager Allen Greenman has become a friend and a mentor. I look forward to working with him and the ERA team.”

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Drummond Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Spencer Office

Monica R. Drummond of Leicester has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office.Monica Drummond

She previously was a Realtor with EXIT Real Estate Executives in Brookfield. She has also served as an Executive Assistant at Orthopedics Rhode Island in Wakefield, as a Sales Administrator at The Emerson Group in Cumberland, R.I., as an Executive Assistant and Event Planner for The Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, and as a Personal Assistant and Tour Manager for Cameron Productions, Inc./Grrl Genius in Marina del Rey, Calif.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College.

“As a new agent, I'm excited about the support, knowledge and expertise that ERA Key Realty provides,” Monica said. “I'm looking forward to growing my business and knowledge with the guidance of ERA Key Realty Services, and to continue to provide my clients with top notch service.”

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ERA Key’s Franklin Office Donates $1,000 to Fire Victims

Franklin fire

Agents in the Franklin office have donated $1,000 to former residents of Franklin Crossing who were displaced by a fire that damaged the condominium development on May 24, 2021.

Realtor Michelle Haynes suggested that funds from the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust, which agents fund through their commissions, be used to help the fire victims. The entire Franklin team agreed emphatically.

About 60 people from 36 families were affected. The fire destroyed a building with 12 units and caused damage to two other nearby buildings.Franklin Crossing fire

The Franklin Lions Club and Franklin Elks Lodge #2136 have been working with the Red Cross to help the affected families, and various local businesses have made donations.

“It’s encouraging to see the outpouring of support for victims of the Franklin Crossing fire,” Michelle said. “We’re fortunate to be living in a community where people are so willing to help each other. Agents in the Franklin office of ERA Key are glad to do our part.”

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Laney Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Spencer Office

James F. Laney of North Brookfield has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office.James Laney

He founded and manages a podcast called Sportz On Tap and managed a merchandise booth at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough as a sales associate for Vendors Unlimited, Inc. He has also been a writer on the FanCave Sports blog and a sports talk radio DJ for WBIM in Bridgewater.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University. He is the son of Linda Laney, who manages the Spencer office.

“I grew up in a household that always worked in the real estate world,” James said. “Whether it was buying, selling, renovating, renting or building there was always a project going on. The possibilities seemed endless and I am excited to be able to help people in my community find their new home. It just seemed right to join the family business.”

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Milford Office Holds Landscaping Party

Donna Arthur Landscaping

ERA Key’s Milford office recently had a landscaping party, picking up trash and planting flowers around the office. Milford Landscaping PartyMilford Landscaping

Pictured, left to right, are, top, Donna Arthur; left, Linda Abrams and Toni Travaglini; below, front row, Donna Arthur, Jocelyne Fauerbach and Toni Travaglini; back row, Susan Swanson, Linda Abrams, Johanna Ferrucci and  Angel Moscatelli.  

 

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Miller Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Chelmsford Office

Danielle M. Miller of Hudson, N.H., has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Chelmsford office.Danielle Miller

She is also a Payroll and Accounts Receivable Supervisor at Monument Construction, LLC in Nashua, N.H.

She is a State of New Hampshire notary and has training in compliance with standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

She earned her associate’s degree from Middlesex Community College in Lowell, and her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

“I joined ERA Key because of the training and support the agency provides, as well as the family-oriented culture,” Danielle said. “I know that I will not only be able to build my career there, but will be able to excel at it.”

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Kiley Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Worcester Office

Krista L. Kiley of North Grafton has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Worcester office.Krista Kiley

She previously worked in human services and in the restaurant industry. Sher earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Michigan. She is a volunteer in Grafton schools, and at the Grafton Senior Center and the Grafton Food Bank.

“I am a busy mom of three and enjoy working with people, so the flexibility of a career in real estate and the need to work closely with clients appealed to me,” she said. “I am very organized and used to juggling a lot of tasks at one time. I am excited to start a new career at ERA Key and am looking forward to assisting people with their home selling and buying needs.”

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ERA Key Adds Madison Troy as Realtor in Whitinsville Office

ERA Key Realty Services announced today that Madison F. Troy of Sutton has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Whitinsville office.Madison Troy

She has been a Brand Ambassador for CK Promotions in Marlborough, a bartender at Feng Asian Bistro in Millbury, a substitute teacher in Sutton Public Schools and a Human Resources Assistant at Commerce Bank and Trust in Worcester.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification from the Executive Development Center at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. She also is a volunteer for The People First Food Pantry in Uxbridge and Net of Compassion in Worcester.

“I joined ERA Key because of its culture, people and training program,” Madison said. “Everyone here goes above and beyond for their clients, and has an incredible work ethic. I am very grateful and thankful to be a part of the ERA Key family.”

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Julian Wai Yan Kan Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Woburn Office

ERA Key Realty Services announced today that Julian Wai Yan Kan of Braintree has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Woburn office.Julian Wai Yan Kan

Julian, who speaks English, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin, previously worked as a creative consultant for companies in various industries. She worked as a Digital Designer for Wellington Management, a Boston-based investment management company; a Marketing and Design Manager for Japan Festival Boston, and a Web Specialist for MathWorks in Natick.

She has also provided translation services for other companies.

Julian earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has volunteered as a web designer for PLANET Boston and Sustainable Harvest International. She is a member of the Boston Mycological Club.

“As a brand-new agent with an overload of ambition, I wanted to join an agency that would prepare me for the level of success I’d like to achieve,” she said. “ERA Key provides a great match because of its training and the tools it makes available to its agents.”

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Whitinsville Office’s Earth Day Clean-Up Yields More Than 20 Bags of Trash, Muffler

David Glasberg

A team of nine Realtors from ERA Key’s Whitinsville office picked up more than 20 bags full of trash, and a broken muffler and exhaust pipe during an Earth Day clean-up along Main Street.

Working along a half-mile stretch near Meadow Pond on April 22, they also enlisted the aid of Northbridge Police to dispose of a used syringe.Whitinsville Earth Day

“I’m proud of the turnout of agents who were willing to give a few hours of their time to clean up,” said Whitinsville Manager David Glasberg. “We’re happy to play a role in making downtown Whitinsville more attractive and safer.”

Pictured, left to right and front to back, are Robyn Nasuti, Carla Horn, Meghan Schlesman, Karen Thibodeau, David Glasberg, Madison Troy, Susan Dicks, Brian Dicks and Aaron Richardson. The top photo is of David Glasberg with trash that was collected.

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Kilgallen Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Framingham Office

Tara A. Kilgallen of Framingham has joined the Framingham office as a Realtor. Tara Kilgallen

After 20 years of experience as a yoga instructor and studio director in the MetroWest area and San Juan Capistrano, Calif., she said she was ready for a new career. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Lesley University, Cambridge, in 2020, then continued her education with Freedom Trail Realty School, also in Cambridge. She was invited to join the ERA Key Realty family in Framingham soon after earning her real estate license. 

Tara brings a sense of calm and joy to the home buying and selling process for her clients, and is pleased to be part of this welcoming office. 

“I was attracted to ERA Key,” Tara said, “because it provides me with a wealth of learning tools and experience and the comfort of working in the city where I reside. Buying and selling a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make.  I look forward to helping my clients make that decision while sharing knowledge, enthusiasm, joy and fun.”

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Whitinsville Office Donates $4,400 to Area Charities

Laura HebbAgents in ERA Key’s Whitinsville office have donated $4,400 to area charities.

Donations made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust include $2,000 for the Whitinsville Community Center for needs-based programming and other assistance, $1,000 for the food pantry at the Balmer Elementary School in Whitinsville, $1,000 for meals for seniors at the Uxbridge Senior Center and $400 for supplies for Douglas public schools.ERA Key Cares

“While progress is being made toward ending the pandemic, there is still a great need for assistance in the communities we serve,” according to Charitable Trust Chair Laura Hebb. “Our agents exemplify ERA Key’s values, which include giving back to the community.”

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Chelmsford Office Donates $500 for BFit Challenge

Chelmsford Firefighters

ERA Key’s Chelmsford office recently donated $500 to the Chelmsford Fire Department for the BFit Challenge, which was hosted by the Boston Bruins Foundation with all proceeds going to the New England Firefighter Cancer Fund.

A team of 10 Chelmsford firefighters participated in the BFit Challenge, a week-long virtual step challenge. Participants could walk, run, climb or just work and record their steps daily. Firefighter Ken LaBrecque ran a half marathon.

Pictured are, left to right, LaBrecque; Realtors Maureen Howe, Angela Caputo Griswold, Donna Bursey, Heidi Mahoney, Stephanie Martin and Tom Pratt, and Firefighter Nick Hamilton.

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ERA Key’s Website Surpasses 1,000,000 Annual Visits

The number of visits to the ERA Key Realty Services website has more than quadrupled since recruiting and hiring Brian Hurley as Internet Sales Director in 2017. Visits exceeded 1,000,000 for the first time in 2020 and the number of sales leads generated by the site has nearly tripled.Brian Hurley

ERA Key launched a new website at KeyRealtyServices.com about six months after Brian joined and the number of site visitors jumped from about 250,000 to about 700,000 that year.

Visitors and online leads have grown annually. ERA Key generated nearly 19,000 sales leads for agents in 2020, up from about 7,000 in 2017.

In launching a completely new company website, Hurley focused specifically on what home buyers and seller were looking for, making the site as user friendly as possible to both mobile and desktop users, with detailed property, development and neighborhood information.

Digital’s Growing Role

“The Internet plays an even bigger role in the real estate industry than it does in almost any other industry,” Brian said. “It enables agents to be more efficient and more productive. They can research properties quickly and easily, and match them up with potential buyers without spending hours driving to multiple locations. The more effective our website is, the more it will help all of our agents.”

ERA Key Website Traffic

He added that he is continuously improving the website and ERA Key’s online presence using social media, search engine optimization (SEO), key words and fresh content...

ERA Key’s Shea Nominated for “Rookie of the Year” by RACM

Logyn M. Shea, a Realtor in the Spencer office of ERA Key, has been nominated for the Rookie of the Year Award by the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 7, 2021. Logyn Shea

“Logyn has worked for us for just over a year and closed on all kinds of homes, with a special focus on, and expertise in, investment properties,” said Spencer Manager Linda Laney. 

Logyn, who is a resident of North Brookfield, is also the owner of Minutemen Property Management LLC in East Brookfield, which provides services such as lawn maintenance, snow plowing, and property repairs and updating. 

He is also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he has earned an Air Force Achievement Medal and a Basic Training Honor Graduate Medal. He is a Vehicle and Equipment Training Distinguished Graduate and served as a USAF Specialized Vehicle Maintainer. 

He was a carpenter at Davis Contracting in Oxford and ranked in the top 10 nationally in a Skills USA carpentry competition. 

Logyn earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Worcester State University.

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ERA Key Names Parker Realtor in Spencer Office

Don ParkerDon Parker of Palmer has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office.

He previously served as an Assistant Store Manager and before that as a Store Operations Manager at Bed Bath & Beyond in Leominster. Before that, he was a Group Sales Manager at Macy's in Marlborough.

He is earning his bachelor’s degree online from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an Assistant Coach and Board Member at Palmer Youth Baseball and Softball.

“I want to guide families through the home-buying process and help them find their perfect home,” Don said. “I joined ERA Key because it will provide me with the tools and training I need to achieve that goal.”

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