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Spencer Home Listed By Donna Flannery Chosen As 'House of the Week'

2 Buteau Road

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.”2 Buteau Road Finished Basement

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...

Kelley Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Worcester Office

Zachary Kelley of Shrewsbury has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Worcester office.Zachary Kelley

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.”

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Nicholas Ivancic Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Woburn Office

Nicholas Ivancic of Winthrop has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Woburn office. Nicholas Ivancic

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.”

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O’Brien Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Framingham Office

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 O'Brien

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.”

 

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Renata Ferrarez Joins ERA Key's Milford Office

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 Ferrarez

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.”

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ERA Key Website Exceeds 100,000 Visits Per Month

ERA Key Website Traffic

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.”

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ERA Key Participating in Habitat Walk for Homes

Habiitat for Humanity

Walk for Homes logo

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 Cares

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.

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Billerica’s Cathy Lomasney Raises $1,000 for Colin’s Joy Project

Colin McGrath

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. Cathy Lomasney

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.”

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$6 Million Weston Home Featured in The Boston Herald

2 Meadowbrook Road

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.Nelson Zide

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.Jody Troderman

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...

ERA Key Adds Shelly Clark as Realtor in Spencer Office

Shelly A. Clark, a resident of Oakham, has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office. Shelly A. Clark

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.”

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Housing Market Setting Records, In Spite of Pandemic

Haverhill home

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.

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Charlton Home Listed by ERA Key’s Peter Rotundo Featured as 'House of the Week'

Partridge Hill Road

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.Peter Rotundo

“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.

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Tyrone Little Joins ERA Key's Framingham Office as Realtor

Tyrone LittleTyrone 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.”

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Denomme Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Whitinsville Office

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Timothy Denomme of Douglas has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Whitinsville office. Timothy Denomme

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.”

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Mendon Estate Listed by ERA Key’s Kathy Craig Featured as “Home of the Week”

Mendon Luxury HomeMendon Estate Listed by ERA Key’s Kathy Craig Featured as “Home of the Week” 

A Mendon estate listed by ERA Key’s Kathy Craig is featured as the latest “Home of the Week” in The MetroWest Daily News. 

Mendon country estate set on more than 39 acres offers private ‘oasis’ for $1.2M

MENDON — This country estate set on more than 39 acres of wooded land is an “oasis” for those who would like their distinguished home to include an abundance of privacy.

The four-bedroom, 6,152-square-foot contemporary at 102 North Ave. in Mendon is listed for $1.2 million.

Homeowner Claudia Wiegers said her favorite feature is the tranquil setting.

“Inside and out, it’s a beautiful, private space to enjoy family and friends,” she said. “If you want privacy, this is the place for you.”

A two-story entry opens into a large, open concept eat-in kitchen, dining and family room lit by floor-to-ceiling windows.

Mendon Luxury Home Overhead ViewThe kitchen holds a center island with seating and a separate peninsula. A bump-out alcove for informal dining offers a view of the lush backyard. This space also includes the perfect setting for a large dining table. Upgraded appliances and an abundance of cabinets and counter space finish the home’s center for entertaining.

The family...

ERA Key's Kathy Craig Featured on Boston TV

ERA Key’s Kathy Craig was interviewed by Channel 10, Boston about the housing market. The story below and video can be found on the Channel 10 website.

Fierce Competition for Buyers in Local Real Estate Market Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

ERA Key Realtor Kathy Craig says right now it’s definitely a seller’s market

Unlike other industries, the coronavirus pandemic has not brought the local real estate market to a halt. In fact, it's just the opposite; many people are still house hunting, and they're finding prices continuing to rise.

“It’s demoralizing," said Danielle Festino of Wakefield. "You’re seeing these places go for way over asking.”Kathy Craig

Festino says from a buyer’s perspective, real estate competition is fierce right now.

She has been house hunting for the past couple of months after realizing during the COVID-19 pandemic that her apartment is smaller than it once seemed.

“The same room that I’m working in is the room where I’m eating, it’s the room where I’m working out, it’s all one space and I realize that if I’m going to be home for maybe at least a year, I need more space to spread out,” said Festino.

ERA Key Realtor Kathy Craig says, similar to Festino’s experience, many potential buyers have realized during the pandemic that they want to move closer to family, or they need to downsize, or upgrade.

“What...

Diane Dabrowski Announces Memorial Scholarship Winners

Charlton Realtor Diane Dabrowski of ERA Key Realty Services announced today that seven graduates of Shepherd Hill Regional High School have received $7,000 in scholarships through the Emily Dabrowski Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

The scholarships were created as a tribute to her daughter, Emily Dabrowski, who died in 2017, during her senior year at Shepherd Hill. The scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have a history of volunteering and community service, and “who also are known for kindness to others, and who plan to pursue an education or career path in a humanitarian field,” Diane said. 

Scholarship winners were Benjamin Thomas, Madison Hughes, Kendall Mullen, Kerry Greenough, Abigail Cofsky, Kiley Wong Li and Madison Hill, all of Charlton, and Skylar Pietz, who is a resident of Dudley.  Diane congratulated the scholarship recipients, adding, “It’s an honor for me to help you with your education.”

 “It was my goal to grant scholarships to students in all classes that were at Shepherd Hill with my daughter, Emily,” Diane said. “This year, we achieved that goal.”

 “Emily’s ‘happiest place on Earth’ was a Haitian Orphanage called Espwa,” she said. “She traveled there to work for three summers. The fund I created in her memory also contributes to help the children at Espwa. Emily dreamed of running her own orphanage in Haiti. Contributing to Espwa is my way of helping fulfill her dream as best I can.”

 The biggest fundraising event for the scholarship fund is the annual Dad's Swatfest Golf Tournament.  

“The tournament committee has been extremely generous with the time, money and effort put into running this golf tournament,” Diane said. “I would...

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 on the phone or emailing...

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 continue to feed local homeless...