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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I figured I would give it a year,” he said. “I...

Falter Returns to ERA Key as Realtor in Spencer Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fontaine Joins ERA Key as Realtor in Framingham Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ERA Key Realty Services Adds Hamel as Realtor


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dorothy Hamel PHOTO: LinkedIn

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

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

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