Donna Towne, a Realtor in the Westborough office of ERA Key Realty Services, has donated $1,000 to the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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).
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.”
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.”
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...
Zachary Kelley of Shrewsbury has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Worcester office.
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 of Winthrop has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Woburn office.
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.”
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, 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.”