Allen Joins ERA Key’s Marlborough Office as Realtor

Richard L. Allen of Marlborough has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Marlborough office.

He has more than 30 years of experience investing in real estate and shares his real estate knowledge through his blog at Allen

He most recently served as Associate Director of Wayfair, LLC in Boston. Before that, he was a Director of Product Management for Imprivata in Lexington. He also served as Vice President, Product Management, Cybersecurity Solutions for Ipswitch, Inc. in Lexington, as Senior Director for Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation in Waltham, and as Channel Manager for IBM in Hartford, Conn.

Rich founded and served as President of OrthoCADD Services, Inc., New Haven, Conn. He earned his MBA from the University of Bridgeport, Conn., and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He has volunteered as a builder for Habitat for Humanity, including helping to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, and Craig’s Doors in Amherst. He mentors others through the University of Massachusetts Mentor Program and the Boston Product Management Association Mentor Program.

“I joined ERA Key, because I wanted to align myself with a brokerage that has a strong brand and reputation, and that can aid in my efforts to provide the highest caliber of service to buyers and sellers throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Rich said. “My goal is to help people right-size their lives, whether that is upsizing, downsizing or first-time sizing.”


Billerica Office Collects for Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, Billerica

The Billerica office of ERA Key Realty Services was “blown away” by the generosity of friends, neighbors, and past and present clients who donated to this year’s Toys for Tots drive, according to agent Cathy Lomasney, who headed the drive. Maryanne Webster

It was the Billerica office’s 10th year collecting for Toys for Tots.

 Lomasney helped spur donations with a virtual pie party, delivering pies to several clients who made donations.

 “My client appreciation pie party was virtual this year, which led to porch drop offs,” Lomasney said. “To my surprise, many of my clients left toys for the drive in exchange for their pies.”Kathy and Danielle

Pictured, top, are volunteers from Toys for Tots who picked up the toys; left, agent Maryanne Webster, with her contribution to the collection, and, right, Billerica residents Kathy and Danielle, who are regular donors to the annual drive at the Billerica office.



ERA Key’s Chelmsford Office Donates $2,000 To Area Charities

Merrimack Valley Food Bank

Agents in ERA Key’s Chelmsford office have donated $2,000 to area charities.

The donations, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, include $1,000 for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and $1,000 worth of toys to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell.

“Every holiday season our agents come through for the community by demonstrating their generosity,” said Jay Lynch, who manages the Chelmsford office. “The pandemic has made this year especially challenging, but they’ve been up to the challenge and are doing what they can to make the holidays happier for those who need help.”Jay Lynch

Debbie Callery of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, fifth from the left, is shown with some of the participating agents. Agents, left to right, are Angela Caputo Griswold, Tom Pratt, Jay Lynch, Andy Wilson, Donna Bursey, Maureen Howe and Ed Oliveri.

Other participating agents include Bernie Bergeron, Jim Caturano, Bob Correia, Barbara Faria, Elaine MacLean, Connor Martin, Stephanie Martin, Donna Moakley, Anestis Pavlidis, Cheryl Peters, Song Taing, and Andrew Vu.


ERA Key’s Whitinsville Office Donates $1,500 To Area Charities

WHitinsville Donation

The Whitinsville office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,500 to three area charities.

The donations, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, include $500 for the Douglas Community Outreach Food Program, $500 for the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf and $500 for the Upton Bloomer Girls.Laura Hebb

“Each of these organizations has a long history of helping those in need in the community,” said Laura Hebb, an agent in the Whitinsville office. “Every year there are many people in the community who need a helping hand, but that is especially the case this year. We are happy to do what we can to make the holidays happier for needy families in the communities we serve.”David Glasberg

“Our agents are as dedicated to serving the community as they are to serving their clients,” said David Glasberg, who manages the Whitinsville office. “Throughout the pandemic, when it’s been especially difficult, they have not let up. I’m proud of their efforts to help others.”

Workers from the Douglas Community Outreach Food Program are pictured above. The photo is from a previous donation.


ERA Key’s Framingham Office Donates $2,000 To Area Charities

United Way of Tri-County

The Framingham office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $2,000 to four area charities.

The donations, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, include $500 to United Way of Tri-County, $500 worth of toys for Toys for Tots, $500 in toys to Project Just Because, Inc. of Hopkinton and $500 in gift cards to Family Promise Metrowest.

“This year, more than ever, many parents are finding it difficult to make the holidays special for their children,” said Ali Corton, who manages the Framingham office. “We wanted to help, so we chose four local organizations that work with families in need. With their help, we’ll make the holidays happier for many local families.”

Pictured, left to right, are Framingham Manager Ali Corton, United Way Resource Development Manager Erin Daley, and Framingham agents Valerie Cohen, Rob Fontaine and Nelson Zide.


Framingham Home Listed by Nelson Zide Featured as 'Home of the Week'

76 Indian Head Road

A three-bedroom garrison in Framingham listed by Nelson Zide of ERA Key's Framingham office for $599,900 is this week's "Home of the Week" feature in Framingham Source. 

Home of the Week: 3-Bedroom Garrison in Framingham Listed at $599,900

FRAMINGHAM – This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home has been on the market in Framingham for about two months.Nelson Zide

Priced at $599,900, the property is located at 76 Indian Head Road.

Built in 1979, this 40-year old Garrison Colonial home has 2,628 square feet of living sitting on a half-acre lot.

“This house is ready and waiting for you with a great floor plan and updates,” said Realtor Nelson Zide.

“Front-to-back living room, dining room opens to the kitchen which leads to a den. This room, which could be more of a sitting room or study, seamlessly transitions to your family room with beautiful wooden vaulted ceilings, skylights & a gas fireplace,” wrote Zide in the listing.

“Want to entertain outside? A slider to the deck overlooks a big and private patio and good-sized yard,” noted the listing.

76 Indian Head Road interior

“Back inside, you will be happy to know that the bedrooms are all of good...

HUNT Mortgage’s Corton Serving ERA Key Clients as Mortgage Consultant

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Mitch Corton of Framingham, a Mortgage Consultant with HUNT Mortgage, will be providing mortgage services for ERA Key offices in Chelmsford, Marlborough, Billerica, Wilmington and Woburn. 

HUNT Mortgage

Mitch is one of three HUNT Mortgage consultants working in ERA Key offices. HUNT Mortgages is part of HUNT Real Estate ERA, which merged with ERA Key in 2018. Mitch Corton

He has an extensive background managing sales and sales teams, as well as customer service. Most recently, he served as Senior Director, Enterprise Sales for Thought Industries in Boston. Before that, he was Senior Director, Sales for Pica 9, Inc. of New York City. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. He serves as a mentor for Ithaca students and is involved with various nonprofit organizations. 

“We merged with HUNT Real Estate so that we could expand our services and do more for our clients,” said ERA Key President Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “Giving homebuyers the opportunity to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home all in one place is an example of the type of expanded service we had in mind.” 

“I look forward to using my experience in technology sales leadership to enhance customer loyalty for HUNT Mortgage and ERA Key,” Mitch said. “Providing mortgage services is a natural extension of ERA Key’s core business and reinforces its position as one of the leading real estate agencies in Massachusetts.”


ERA Key’s Framingham Office Helps Family Promise Receive $4,000 in Grants

Family Promise Logo

ERA Key’s Framingham office helped Family Promise Metrowest receive $4,000 in grants to help shelter area families in need.

ERA Key nominated Family Promise for a $2,500 grant from The Greater Boston Association of Realtors and referred Family Promise to the Massachusetts Realtor Association, which provided an additional $1,500 grant.Family Promise Dinner

Family Promise seeks to help area families move out of poverty and homelessness by providing them temporary housing, meals and support. The two grants will enable Family Promise to shelter two families for a month or prevent three families from being evicted from their homes.

“We are so fortunate and pleased to have supporters like you,” said Carol Virshbo, who chairs the Board of Directors of Family Promise Metrowest. “ERA Key’s participation is truly amazing and very much appreciated.”

“Giving back to the community is a core value of ERA Key and Family Promise is a natural fit for achieving that goal,” said Ali Corton, who manages the Framingham office. “We have made financial contributions, collected gift cards and served meals for Family Promise. These grants are just another example of how we can help.”

Pictured are ERA Key's Billy Dalrymple and Ali Corton serving dinner to families helped by Family Promise.


ERA Key’s Wilmington Office Announces “30 Days of Giving Challenge”

Team Blue Billboard

ERA Key's Wilmington office is encouraging area residents to support local charities and help each other through its “30 Days of Giving Challenge.” 

A billboard near the train station at Routes 38 and 129 encourages those driving or walking by to participate by visiting Visitors to the site will find a downloadable calendar with charitable tasks for the day, as well as information about local charities. 

A different charity will be promoted on the site each week throughout November. The four charities being featured include the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, which finds homes for dogs and cats, and is one of New England’s largest non-profit, no-kill animal shelters; the Wilmington Community Fund, which runs a food pantry and assists residents in need; the Wilmington Veterans’ Department, which assists needy veterans, and We’re One Wilmington (WOW), which also assists people in need  and was created “to strengthen our community one good deed at a time.” Lori Penney

The downloadable calendar includes daily ideas for giving, such as, “Buy someone a coffee to pay it forward when you get yours.” The website includes links to Facebook and Instagram pages, where participants can post pictures when they participate. ...

ERA Key’s Donna Towne Donates $1,000 to Baypath Humane Society

Fur Ball

Donna Towne, a Realtor in the Westborough office of ERA Key Realty Services, has donated $1,000 to the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. Donna Towne

Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton provides “shelter, care, humane treatment and loving homes for stray or unwanted companion animals. We seek to serve our community by fostering relationships, promoting education and making a positive impact on pet overpopulation.” Paws 'n Claws

Donna adopted her cat, Misty, from Baypath 13 years ago and she has supported the organization for the past eight years. In addition to attending Baypath’s annual Fur Ball fundraiser each year with friends and participating in the fall Paws n Claws five kilometer run at Hopkinton State Park each year, she has supported the organization financially through the ERA Key Charitable Trust. 

The ERA Key Charitable Trust has donated more than $400,000 to area charities since its inception in 2004. 

“I usually make a donation each year from the charitable trust for $500,” Donna said, “but since this year took such a toll on them due to cancelations of their events, I increased my contribution to $1,000. I also donate items such as dog and cat beds, and pet food and toys to give to others who are adopting pets.”

Photos are from the Fur Ball and Paws n Claws run.


ERA Key’s Marlborough, Framingham Offices Raise $2,123 for Habitat for Humanity

Walk for Homes

Agents in the Marlborough and Framingham offices of ERA Key Realty Services raised $2,123 for Habitat for Humanity in the recent Habitat Walk for Homes. 

The Marlborough and Framingham team, which called itself the ERA Key Central MA Soles, raised the second highest amount of all teams participating. ERA Key is a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, which seeks to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live. ERA Cares logo

Participants in the virtual walk were challenged to walk 52 miles over a 21-day period. 

“It was great to be involved in something tied so closely to what we do for a living,” said Team Captain Kevin Harris, who manages the Marlborough office. “In real estate we say, ‘There's a buyer for every home,’ but we also want to do our part to make sure everyone has a place to call home.”

Top fundraisers were agents Tami Dome ($552), Aura Gauthier ($304) and Zenaide Swenson ($252), all from the Marlborough office, and Heather Spence ($442) from the Framingham office. Other team members included agents Jennifer Barrile, Deanna Blais, Donna Coffin, Amy Katsis, Tracy McGrath, Zenaide Swenson and Joyce Terelli, and administrator Renee Martell, all from the Marlborough office, and agents Valerie Cohen, Graham Pettengill and Jeff Taylor from the Framingham office.


ERA Key’s Linda Abrams Earns Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation

ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge announced today that Linda Abrams of Milford, a Realtor in the Milford office, has earned designation as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Linda Abrams

Abrams has 30 years of experience as a Realtor, including 25 with ERA Key. She is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), as well as a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI). 

The SRES designation provides Realtors with the knowledge and expertise to guide homebuyers and sellers over the age of 50 through major financial and lifestyle transitions. 

“As a SRES, I familiarize clients and customers with desirable community and home features for aging in place,” Abrams said. “I apply knowledge of the age-based homeownership cycle, in order to help find homes that fit preferences, life stage and needs. I also distinguish types of elder housing options that offer assistive services.”



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.”


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.”


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.”



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.”


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.”

Colin’s parents,...

$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.”