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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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Auburn Office Donates $2,000 to Area Food Pantries, Family Services

Auburn Agents             

The  Auburn office supports local agencies, such as Auburn Youth and Family Services.

The Auburn office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $2,000 to area food pantries and family service agencies. ERA Key Cares

Through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, 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. 

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact not only on the health of many Americans, but on our economy,” said Auburn Manager Bryan Davis. “Millions of Americans are losing their jobs and those who were already struggling are being hurt the most. No one should be going hungry today. Through the generosity of our agents, we’re providing a helping hand.”

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Whitinsville Office Donates $1,500 to Local Restaurants to Feed First Responders, Medical Personnel

The Whitinsville office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,500 worth of meals to first responders and medical personnel to help them get through the COVID-19 pandemic. ERA Key CaresLaura Hebb

Through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, Whitinsville agents sent $500 to Jumbo Donuts in Whitinsville and Uxbridge, $500 to Harry’s Pizza in Whitinsville and $500 to Gregory’s Pizza in Douglas to feed first responders and medical personnel who show proper identification. 

An additional $800 was donated to the Northbridge Food Pantry and Peace of Bread in Whitinsville to ensure that needy people living in the area are fed. 

“First responders are sacrificing a great deal and putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us,” said Whitinsville agent Laura Hebb. “This is our way of showing them our appreciation and support."

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Marlborough Office Offering Meals for First Responders

Fire Fighters

The Marlborough Office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,000 to purchase meals for first responders in Hudson and Marlborough in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, Marlborough co-chairs Donna Coffin and Aura Gauthier sent $500 each to Stevie’s Back Road Cafe and Catering in Hudson and Chill Kitchen and Bar in Marlborough. 

“It’s with great appreciation and gratitude for our first responders in Marlborough and Hudson that ERA Key’s Marlborough office has engaged Stevie’s Back Road Café and the Chill Kitchen and Bar to ensure that they are well fed throughout the pandemic,” Donna and Aura said. Two Fire FightersMeals

In addition to Donna and Aura, members of the charitable trust committee in Marlborough include Jennifer Barrile, Deanna Blais, Wendy Butler, Tami Dome, Heather Everett, Robin Frank, Donna Holmes, Amy Katsis, James Majors, Debbie McCormack, Tracy McGrath, Richard Rastani, David Skarin, Zenaide Swenson, Tracy Hatfield, Kevin Harris and Jeff Taylor. 

“We are very fortunate to not only have great real estate agents that serve our surrounding communities, but also very generous agents who are able to give and make a difference in those same communities,” said Marlborough Manager Kevin Harris. “One of ERA Key's core values is giving back to our community. It’s gratifying to see so many of our agents embrace that...

Milford Agents Help First Responders, Medical with “Sustenance”

Dunkin Donuts FoodSharon O'Reilly

Agents in the Milford office of ERA Key Realty Services donated a car-full of food from Dunkin’ Donuts as a thank-you to Milford firefighters and to workers in the emergency room at the Milford Regional Medical Center.

“First responders need our support and we’re glad to help,” said Milford agent Sharon O’Reilly. “They have little time to get away, so we brought a little sustenance to them.”

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Framingham Office Donating Meals for First Responders, Providing Other Assistance

Framingham Agents

The Framingham office of ERA Key Realty Services is sponsoring $600 worth of meals from area restaurants for uniformed first responders during the COVID19 pandemic, and donating $900 to area charities. 

Through the ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Foundation, Framingham agents donated $300 in meals from Jack’s Abbey in Framingham and $300 from Arturo’s in Westborough. Billy, Jody & Ali

“We appreciate our first responders, who are putting themselves on the front lines today and every day,” said Framingham Manager Ali Corton. “Thank you all! Stay well and healthy!” 

The Framingham office also approved $300 for Daniel’s Table in Framingham, which provides food security for needy people; $300 for Project Just Because, Inc. of Hopkinton, which helps families in need, and $300 for Family Promise Metrowest of Natick, which provides shelter, education and other support for homeless families. 

Agents in the Framingham office are long-time supporters of Daniel's Table, top, and Family Promise Metrowest, right.

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Bigelow Joins ERA Key As Realtor in Marlborough Office

Mark Bigelow of Marlborough has joined ERA Key Realty Services as a Realtor in the Marlborough office.

Mark BigelowMark is also a Finance Manager for C&J Clark America Inc., Waltham. Before that, he was a Senior Financial Analyst for TJMaxx.com in Framingham. He also worked in other positions for TJX Companies, including as a Senior Financial Accountant for The Marmaxx Group.

Before that, he was a staff accountant for Champion Exposition Services in Middleborough. He began his career as an Accounts Receivable Specialist for The Princeton Review in Framingham, after earning his bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers.

“The training ERA Key is providing, combined with my experience in finance, is helping me jumpstart my career in real estate,” Mark said. “ERA Key is one of the area’s top real estate agencies and I’m looking forward to working with the team in the Marlborough office.”

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ERA Key Named Among Top Massachusetts Agencies

The Boston Business Journal has named ERA Key Realty Services the #11 real estate agency in Massachusetts, based on 2019 gross residential sales volume from closed transactions. 

“Our high ranking is an amazing accomplishment when you consider that we are competing against agencies in the Boston market and other high-end markets, where homes sell for much more than they do in central Massachusetts,” said ERA Key President and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “In most of our markets, we are the top agency or very close to the top.” Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl attributes ERA Key’s high ranking to the quality of its agents, the training they receive and the tools they have to help them sell real estate. 

ERA Key finished 2019 with $758 million in gross residential sales volume from 2,205 closed transactions. The average selling price of $343,764 for homes sold by ERA Key agents is about half the price of the average selling of homes sold in the Boston market

For Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester Counties, ERA Key was #1 overall in volume. It was the #2 agency for listings taken, with 1,476, and #3 in closed sides. 

The ranking does not include sales by Hunt Real Estate. Together, the combined agency had 13,243 closings with a volume of $2.79 billion. 

The most expensive home sold in 2019 by an ERA Key agent sold for $1.95 million. 

ERA Key has 332 licensed agents and 372 employees overall in 15 offices.

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ERA Key Names Nick Rivelli Realtor in Auburn Office

Nick Rivelli of Oxford has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Auburn office.

Nicki previously worked as a biomedical researcher after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2016 with a degree in biology.Nick Rivelli

He is a member of the Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band and the Worcester Eagles Club, and is active in the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Webster.

“ERA Key Realty Services has a reputation as one of the best brokerages to work for in the entire state,” Rivelli said. “They offer the highest quality training for new agents and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development. In addition to all of the online training offered through the ERA website, ERA Key also runs a Foundations In Real Estate class that has already proven to be a valuable asset to me as a new agent. In addition, the team here in the Auburn office is a pleasure to work with.”

“ERA Key Realty Services has a reputation of being one of the best brokerages to work for in the entire state,” Nick said. “They offer the highest quality training for new agents and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development.

“Their commitment to education was apparent from the first meeting. In addition to all of the online training through the ERA website ERA Key Realty also runs a Foundations In Real Estate (FIRE) class. FIRE has proven to be a valuable asset to me as a new agent.

“What really sealed the deal for me is the people. The team here in the Auburn office is a pleasure to work with. Having a full time dedicated Manager/Coach and Admin is a huge help. This, combined with the knowledge, experience and helpfulness of all the other agents in the office made this choice for me a no-brainer. I'm glad I've chosen to start my real...

Ali Corton’s 6,000-Mile Sphere of Influence

Sammy Akuoch Bol was able to help his family escape civil war in Sudan and find asylum in the United States, but he still faced one more challenge -- finding a home for a family of 12.Sudan Family

ERA Key’s Framingham Manager Ali Corton was up to the task.

Sammy obtained a tourist visa to come to the U.S. from his homeland in South Sudan more than three years ago, when his sister, Nyanthon, was getting married in Massachusetts.

“I needed to be there to give my blessings,” he said. “My father had been murdered during the years of fighting in my country and, as the eldest son in the family, it was my duty culturally to bless the marriage.”

On the day of the wedding, July 9, 2016, violence broke out in South Sudan between rebel troops and the government, a resumption of the civil war that had been waged in Sudan for decades.

“While we were celebrating in Massachusetts, military forces attacked my family, killed some of my close friends and cousins, and looted my home in Juba, the capital city,” Sammy said. “Thousands of civilians were displaced during the fighting, and my wife took our kids away from the house and fled to Kenya. Since then, they have been living in the city of Nakuru and I lost my property in Juba.”

No Longer Home

Instead of making the 6.000 mile trip back to South Sudan, he applied for asylum in the U.S., “because the place I had called home was no longer home.”Ali Corton

He received asylum at the end of 2017, then petitioned to have his wife and 10 children join him. Working as a concierge, and as a driver for Lyft and Uber, he raised the money...