The Marlborough office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $500 each to a family that lost its home in a Worcester fire and to a charitable organization to help veterans.
The donations, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, include $500 for Claribel Capeles and her family and $500 for RunToHomeBase.org.
Capeles and her two sons were among 13 people who lost their home and their belongings on Sept. 19 during a fire at 18 Hitchcock Road, Worcester.
Run to Home Base, which is presented by Raytheon Technologies, raises funds to “provide groundbreaking clinical treatment for invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.” Runners and walkers finished Saturday’s event by crossing the home plate at Fenway Park, either virtually or in-person.
“Giving back to the community is an important value at ERA Key,” said Realtor Donna Coffin. “Helping a family recover from a personal tragedy and contributing to a charity to help those who served their country are two ways we’ve chosen to help.”
Chris Kyriazis of Worcester has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Auburn office.
He previously was a special education teacher with the Central Massachusetts Collaborative and Worcester Public Schools. Before that, he was an Account Executive and Mortgage Originator for Countrywide Financial in Worcester and Framingham.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his master’s degree from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology at Hellenic College in Brookline. He also holds a certificate of advanced graduate studies from American International College in Springfield.
“I became a Realtor for ERA Key, because to use my knowledge and experience to help people in my community,” Chris said. “Growing up in Worcester, my family always rented an apartment in someone else’s multi-family home. When I married 20 years ago, I was able to purchase a three-family home. Since then, I have personally bought and sold many single and multi-family homes, and it has been a rewarding experience.”
Great Spaces ERA of Dorchester has merged with ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, increasing ERA Key’s presence in the Boston market.
Great Spaces, which has 12 agents, will retain its name and current office at 5 Savin Hill Ave. The agency, which was founded in 2014 by industry veterans Nadine Fallon and Jamie Iacoi, has been in the top 5% of Boston agencies for transaction volume each year since 2017.
“As ERA agencies, we have shared values, which will make the merger seamless,” said ERA Key President and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “By joining forces, we have an opportunity to establish a major presence in the Boston market.”
ERA Key has 14 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts and is among the largest residential real estate agencies in Massachusetts. It entered the Boston market earlier this year when ERA Key merged with Andrew Mitchell.
Great Spaces will benefit from the suite of digital tools and best-in-class infrastructure provided by the ERA brand, according to Fallon. She added that ERA Key’s emphasis on training, seller services and other support will ensure the agency’s continued growth.
“We wanted to maintain our small, family-owned brokerage feel, but with big brokerage services,” Fallon said. “We got to know the people at ERA Key at ERA events. Our personalities clicked, our cultures clicked and here we are.”
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The Framingham 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 Paws & Claws 5K Road Race, which is sponsored by the Bay Path Humane Society of Hopkinton; $500 for Empowered RX of Westborough, which integrates fitness, mindset, nutrition and peer-to-peer support to help women who have experienced trauma, and $500 for Rows for Crows, a fundraiser for Calling All Crows, which works with musicians, fans and nonprofits to better the lives of women locally and globally.
“We’ve contributed to Paws & Claws and Rows for Crows in the past, because we are impressed with both events and believe they support important causes,” said Realtor Graham Pettengill. “Our contribution to Empowered RX will fund a scholarship for someone in need to participate in a fantastic program that can be life changing.”
ERA Key’s Framingham office recently sponsored a $2,500 grant for from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors for Family Promise Metrowest.
Carol Virshbo, who chairs the Family Promise Board of Directors, accepted the grant for the association’s LIFE Program at the GBAR Annual Awards Breakfast at the Venezia Restaurant in Boston.
Family Promise Metrowest provides shelter, education and comprehensive support to families that are facing homelessness.
In addition, Framingham Realtors Ali Corton and Jody Troderman are leading a workshop for Family Promise called “Keys to Good Tenancy,” in which they will discuss issues such as moving processes and finding a rental.
Pictured are, top to bottom, Family Promise staff and volunteers, Ali Corton and Jody Troderman.