Dara Singleton joins Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group with over a decade of residential real estate experience in the Greater Boston Metro markets and surrounding suburbs. A Winchester resident, she lives with her husband, three young children (who attend Lynch Elementary and Kid Connection Preschool), and her dog Wrigley. She enjoys frequently volunteering at her childrens' schools and other local organizations.

    Prior to starting her real estate career, Dara spent several years in the finance industry at a large investment bank making use of her finance degree from Georgetown University. She feels the skill set learned in that career has served her very well in Real Estate as her attention to detail, comfort with numbers and strong work ethic come in handy often.

    Dara understands that the majority of consumers these days are very educated and have access to a great deal of real estate information online. She views her role as a personal facilitator to guide the process, whether for buyers or sellers by ensuring transactions remain smooth and on-track when inevitable issues arise, and as an additional trust-worthy resource for her clients in this fast-paced and often stressful environment. She always puts her clients' needs first and has received multiple quality service awards over the years as a result.

    Dara is very excited to be part of the Shanahan team and to work at a place that shares her standards for professionalism and integrity. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, Dara is a great choice to help you reach your real estate goals!

    My Client Testimonials

    Dara was so great. My partner and I are first-time homebuyers, and she was patient and supportive as we cast, at first, a comically wide net; she helped us to focus in on what we really wanted and what we were willing to compromise on. She was responsive to all our questions (paranoid as they sometimes were), and available to meet us at weird times that suited our schedules. With Dara's help, we landed the second home we placed on offer on, at just barely above asking, after under three weeks of searching. -April D., Somerville, MA
    We have been working with Dara for several home purchases and one home sale. She has been amazing to work with. For our home sale: Dara recommended a time of year to optimize our profits and suggested a price to get more interested parties to see the home. We ended up with 23 offers and 20% above our asking price. She made great recommendations to stage the home and arranged for very beautiful photos to showcase the key qualities of the house. With our home purchases, Dara has a keen ability to know what you want even before you know what you want. After a few appointments, she knew what we would like and would go to broker open houses and recommend places for us to see. This was an incredible time saver, especially for two working parents. She also would make it a priority to get us into appointments as quickly as possible which is necessary in this fast paced market. This is just one example of how she puts her clients needs at the top of her list. Dara is also very detailed oriented and on top of all things necessary for your closing. You won't know you need this until you are knee deep in closing documents. She has the ability to gently remind all parties of their requirements, responsibilities and key contract dates with out being pushy. I highly recommend working with her for your next home. She is patient, knowledgeable and provided excellent customer care. -Rany B., Winchester, MA
    Dara made looking for and buying a home in this incredibly competitive market as smooth and easy as possible. She's extremely good about communicating, and is always there to answer any questions about the process, particular houses on the market, neighborhood recommendations, etc. While she's happy to share her thoughts on specific properties and her professional recommendations in terms of drafting offers, she is never pushy and was fully supportive of whatever decision we made. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, and I can't recommend her enough! -Susan W., Medford, MA
    Dara made an otherwise unbearable experience enjoyable. We worked together almost every day for of over a year, and she was always patient and positive. I'll never work with another realtor. -Thompson E., Chelsea, MA.
    Dara is awesome. She helped us understsnd the purchasing process, form the offer strategies and close the house ahead of time! She is super responsive and always got back to us with clear answers within a couple of hours (even late in the night and weekends). She understands the market really well and has a strong network with loan agents, lawyers, movers and et al. Highly recommend her! -Haiyan P., Medford, MA
    Dara Singleton was by our side for 9 months as we searched for a multi-family home and, later, for a condo in Cambridge. Dara helped us to refine our search criteria, strengthen our bids to be as competitive as possible, and connect with reliable and efficient professionals (inspectors, contractors, loan officers, and lawyers) along the way. She went out of her way to set up appointments and join us for as many open houses as possible. She was always available to discuss issues over the phone (even on weekend nights and holidays), and nobody (seriously, NOBODY!) is faster than she at responding to emails and texts. Most importantly, Dara is incredibly patient, attentive, and insightful. Over the last 9 months we made and lost many bids, but Dara remained upbeat and positive. When we realized that a multi-family was not in the cards, she helped us to figure out exactly what type of property we were looking for...and then she helped us get it! While the home-buying process in a competitive market such as Cambridge can be long and painful, working with Dara was always a pleasure. We recommend her without hesitation. -Mara H., Cambridge, MA
    Dara was referred to me by a friend years ago, and she was absolutely fantastic when I finally got around to selling my condo and buying a house. She stayed on top of everything and knew exactly how to market my condo for a quick sale that resulted in multiple offers. She was invaluable in managing and negotiating offers, and there's no way I could have navigated this process without her. She was always responsive and professional. Plus, she's savvy about the local real estate market. I honestly can't say enough good things. -Rob, Somerville, MA
    Dara was amazing to work with. I was a first-time homebuyer and Dara patiently answered all my questions and provided guidance as I figured out the process and worked through how much I wanted to spend, where I wanted to buy, etc. She is kind, clear, thorough, responsive, and knowledgable, and strategic. At one point I was pursuing a property for moderate income individuals. It was an incredibly complex process and we both knew that my odds were not great, but Dara pursued it with equal vigor until the 11th hour when I ultimately determined that I was not eligible for the unit. I am very satisfied with the property I ended up with and the price and terms. -Stephanie L., Jamaica Plain, MA
    We appreciated that Dara was literally there with us every step of the way, and was informative, knowledgeable and attentive to each step of the process. As first time home buyers, we had many question and Dara played a significant role in helping us navigate all the various options in nearly every aspect of the experience, all the way from recommending reliable third parties to giving her objective, professional opinion on any questions and expectations we had. -Derek L., Winchester, MA
    Dara was so helpful and patient with us going through the market in Winchester / Arlington / Lexington / Belmont. Going to see houses with her was insightful and enjoyable. She helped us work through our decision making from offer through contract. I think her guidance and expertise was key in being able to get us our new house. She represented us very well, and we appreciated her honesty and integrity. She also referred us to an excellent mortgage broker and attorney. I can't say enough positive things about working with Dara. -Jason M., Arlington, MA
    Dara was a pleasure to work with. Professional, knowledgable, and flexible. She often went above and beyond the duties of an agent to help us out with things during the listing and sale. I would highly recommend working with Dara! -Dori A., Winchester
    As was said before, she is the best. Your company is very lucky to have her as the agent -Janusz S., Bayside, NY
    We feel incredibly fortunate to have been referred to Dara Singleton. She has a keen understanding of the current real estate climate and helped us take the necessary steps to have an offer accepted--no easy task when the most we could put down was 10%. She was personable, professional, accommodating, and understanding at every step of the process, and referred us to a great team to take care of the legal and financial aspects of our purchase. We really can't say enough about Dara, and are so excited to move into our forever home, in a community we love! -Erin R., Medford, MA
    Dara was kind and trustworthy from the beginning. She was always there, even when on vacation she replied in a professional manner. She understood our needs as best as could and helped us with a complicated overseas purchase and move. Thank you! -Julie and Erik G., Winchester, MA
    Dara was always readily accesible over email, and almost all of our questions were answered within an hour or so. We definitely felt that Dara was advocating for us as potential new homeowners and we never felt like "business as usual." -Mathilda, L., Stoneham, MA
    My partner and I were referred to Dara Singleton by two close friends who had worked with her the year prior. It is important to underscore that this was our first home, and we knew very little about the process, the market, and the entire insanity that is purchasing property. Dara took the time to answer all of our questions, and provide her subtle suggestions --- but never imposed her opinions on us. (Though sometimes, we were looking for a kick in the pants! She always had US make the decisions... which, ultimately, was the best way for us to do this.) Dara always responded to her texts and emails quickly, as well as made herself available to join us at open houses (If she didn't already have an appointment). She really is the epitome of what a great agent should be. It's easy to become a licensed agent, but it is not easy to be a great one... and Dara is one of the few greats! In all honesty, Dara was a dream. She helped us navigate the crazy market we are in today, find the perfect Condo for us, make an offer, find our laywer and lender-- and to top it all off she's a phenomenal person and new-found friend! I cant say enough good things about her. -Matt G., Somerville, MA

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