Hopkinton: Where We Live, Where We Work, Where We Give Back

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with STAR REALTY Hopkinton

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Recently our local independent newspaper, appropriately named The Hopkinton Independent, ran an article about our homegrown Hopkinton Firm. Highlights were:

Here is the article as it appeared in the paper:

Hopkinton’s own celebrates five years of town giving

by Amy Comcowich


    It's a philosophy that works.  Kathleen Buckley, founder and owner of STAR Realty, believes in community: she believes the community helped make her and her independent real estate brokerage so successful, and she believes giving back to the community is the best way she knows how to express her gratitude.
    Giving back to Hopkinton has happened in a number of ways over the past five years since she founded her business in 2004.  She has given financial support to the Hopkinton Education Foundation, Project Just Because, Hopkinton Little League, Hopkinton Lacrosse, Hopkinton Women's Club, the Police Association and the Hopkinton Garden Club to name a few of the approximate 30 organizations she has supported.
     Buckley credits her ability to provide so much support to these various causes to her decision to not affiliate with the larger, franchised real estate brokerages.  As an independent firm, she explains, she doesn't have to pay fees to a franchise - which can be eight percent of the real estate transaction fee. 
     "We don't have that piece of overhead... It allows us to use these funds to best market a property and it allows us to invest in the community," said Buckley. 
     She also said that not being part of a franchise keeps her and the five agents who work with her on their toes. 
   "With every transaction, our reputation is on the line," she said.
   "We're a small but mighty group" she said of her agents Beth Maguire, Paula Hurlbut, Lily Holden, Donna O'Brien and Pat O'Brien, all of whom call Hopkinton home.
     Buckley believes strongly in keeping her focus on Hopkinton.  By doing so, she and her agents can be experts on the community, and giving back to just this community allows her to make the biggest impact.
    Overall, Buckley estimates that she has given back at least $30,000 to the various charitable events and organizations.  She modestly points out, however, that she is just one of the local businesses that contribute time, talent and resources to Hopkinton, and she is simply happy to play her part. 
    On Buckley's STAR Realty website, StarRealtyHopkinton.com, it says "Hopkinton: where we live, where we work, where we give back."  
    From the community here in Hopkinton, where so many lives have been touched by Buckley's efforts, it can be said in response: "Kathleen Buckley: to whom we are grateful."

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Karol Yeager
REALTY FIVE of Defiance - Defiance, OH

Kathleen, I love your attitude and community spirit! Great piece in the local paper, can't beat that:) Karol

May 29, 2009 02:14 PM #1
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Kathleen Buckley
STAR REALTY Hopkinton - Hopkinton, MA

Thanks Karol!  I think I should maybe do a little video promo for the paper by interiewing the editor publisher :-)

May 29, 2009 02:19 PM #2
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Karol Yeager
REALTY FIVE of Defiance - Defiance, OH

Just checked out your web site, I like the video you did on your Hometown! I love marketing and can see someone at your office does a good job at it! Karol

I'm at a franchise that has been purchased by a large company out of Canada, not sure I'm crazy about that so your editorial about No Franchise Fees and where you can better put your money caught my eye, thanks for the info. I'm a supporter of American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" and I would love my franchise fees to go to Relay!

May 29, 2009 02:31 PM #3
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Kathleen Buckley
STAR REALTY Hopkinton - Hopkinton, MA

Karol-

Being non-franchise definitely frees up cash!  Best of luck to you!

May 29, 2009 03:31 PM #4
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Nice article!  Congrats!

May 29, 2009 11:26 PM #5
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