Dec 17, 2014

A Thank You to All Who Donate This Holiday Season!



We are fortunate and lucky to have some of the finest and most dedicated employees in the multifamily property management industry. The dedication and hard work of Corcoran’s workforce goes beyond showing apartments and fixing a window leak. Employees at Corcoran properties throughout the Northeast and Georgia showed their holiday spirit by donating and collecting various toys, clothing supplies, toiletries, blankets, and much more for men, women, and children who are in desperate need of these items. Corcoran properties have been an integral piece in providing supplies to help Caritas Communities and all the fabulous work they do to give shelter to those in need.

100 Grandview Road in Braintree, MA is the corporate home for Corcoran Management and its affiliate companies. Also within the building is roughly twenty other local businesses, and for the past few years Corcoran and the neighboring business of 100 Grandview donate toys to the local Salvation Army. This year we were proud to say that the giant 4’ high by 4’ wide toy box was filled to the brim….along with an additional twelve bags stuffed with toys for boys and girls of all ages! The faces of the volunteers at the Salvation Army lit up when we delivered the toys last night.


A charitable spirit most certainly runs through the blood lines of Corcoran Management, and it can be traced back to the late John M. Corcoran, a founding member of Caritas and a pioneer in working to make life a little easier for those who have little to nothing. On behalf of the entire Corcoran family, we would like to thank all of those who donated and we wish a happy and safe holiday to you and your families! 

Dec 3, 2014



We are excited to announce the addition of two new apartment communities to the Corcoran Management portfolio! The Commons at Drum Hill and The Commons at Boston Road will soon be added to the award-winning array of Corcoran apartment communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

The Commons at Drum Hill is comprised of 108 apartment homes that all feature luxurious and aesthetic finishes. In addition to providing a comfortable and cozy apartment home lifestyle, Drum Hill provides residents easy access to major highways and shopping/retail destinations with its convenient Chelmsford location just minutes from the Lowell city line. Residents can get some studying done or enjoy their favorite book in the Wi-Fi appointed clubhouse. A seasonal swimming pool and sundeck are ideal for cooling off during hot summer days and the fitness center is perfect for breaking a sweat.

The Commons at Boston Road, the other new addition to the Corcoran portfolio, is located in the suburban town of Billerica. Boston Road runs North/South through the center of Billerica and gives residents an easy route to the shopping and dining of the Burlington Mall. Granite countertops, maple kitchen cabinetry, pergo flooring, private washers and dryers, and crown moulding grace each apartment home. A seasonal swimming pool, invigorating fitness center, Wi-Fi clubhouse, garage parking, and 24-hour maintenance are just some of the amenities at the community.


It is a pleasure to welcome all residents of these two fabulous communities to the Corcoran family. Those who call The Commons home can expect nothing but the finest in customer service and professionalism from our staff. We look forward to a bright future for these two properties!  For more information on The Commons at Boston Road & The Commons at Drum Hill please visit Corcoran’s officialwebsite.

Nov 14, 2014

Partnering to End Homelessness with Caritas Communities!



For nearly 30 years, John M. Corcoran & Corcoran Management Company have been a driving force in working to end homelessness and to provide stable and affordable housing for those who are less fortunate. CMC is proud to be a leading partner and sponsor of Caritas Communities, a non-profit organization that owns and manages 29 residential properties and homes throughout the Greater Boston area that offer a place for those struggling with homelessness to be able to call home. On Thursday November 13th, Caritas held its annual end of the year fundraiser dinner and gala at the Sheraton Boston. As is the case with many non-profits today, Caritas faces challenges when it comes to fundraising and meeting the growing demand of those in need of emergency assistance. Last night’s dinner, like years past, was a tremendous success in raising money to provide shelter, food, educational programs, clothing, and much more for those in need.

Each year, at least two individuals whose lives have been changed for the better by Caritas deliver a speech in front of 800+ people, not an easy task for even the most confident of public speakers. The stories they tell of tragedy, abuse, neglect, and resiliency within their own journey shows the true meaning and importance of Caritas and the work they do.



Corcoran communities throughout the Boston area are currently accepting a number of items to be donated to the residents of Caritas Communities. Items that are in the highest of demand this winter season include winter clothing, socks, undershirts, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, and face and hand towels. We would like to thank all who donate and continue to improve the quality of life for those who call Caritas home! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO LEARN HOW TO DONATE PLEASE CALL CORCORAN MANAGEMENT 781-849-0011 

Oct 29, 2014

Lynnfield Commons: 2014 RHA Community of Excellence Award Winner

                      (Jessica Walsh, Jayme Petitjean, & Stephen McDonald)

In the industry of multifamily property management it takes a dedicated and cohesive team to create, achieve, and maintain success. Last Wednesday, the team at Lynnfield Commons in Lynnfield, MA was recognized by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and Rental Housing Association as the 2014 Community of Excellence Award among communities 5-20 years old. The award is a culmination of a year's worth of hard work, problem solving, financial management, and resident satisfaction. 

During last week's ceremony at the annual RHA Fall Conference at the Hynes Convention Center, Property Manager Jessica Walsh and Leasing Consultant Jayme Petitjean were in attendance to accept a crystal trophy commemorating the award, a testament to their great team work and service to their residents. 

The Community of Excellence Award nominees are judged on financial, marketing, and customer service achievements. Below are the factors used to judge properties:

-Commitment to resident life
-Floor plan layouts and structure
-Maintenance schedules
-Community involvement
-Occupancy/retention rate
-Financial performance against market region
-Marketing strategy and materials

CMC would like to recognize and thank Jessica, Jayme, Stephen, and the rest of the crew at Lynnfield Commons for their continued strive for excellence and superior service for all residents at Lynnfield Commons!

Oct 17, 2014

One of Corcoran's Manager's Honored as NEAHMA Affordable Housing Professional of the Year!

We here at Corcoran are proud to announce that one of our own fabulous property managers was recently acknowledged as the 2013 New England Affordable Housing Management Association's National Affordable Housing Professional of the Year! 

Paula Malcolm, property manager at Stratton Hill Park, an affordable community consisting of 156 apartments in Worcester, was honored as this years recipient. The award goes to a professional in the multi-family affordable housing industry who has demonstrated comprehensive property or asset management skills along with a detailed knowledge of government programs, regulations and procedures applying to affordable housing.

After beginning her career at Corcoran in 2008 with no experience in property management, Paula mastered the role of Recertification Specialist with ease while working on her educational requirements to receive her NAHP in 2010. After serving as property manager at Brockton Commons, a challenging diverse affordable community in Brockton, Paula accepted the same position at Stratton Hill in Worcester, just a short drive from her home.

Over the last two years at Stratton, Paula has excelled in managing all aspects of the property from inspections, occupancy, budgeting and reporting to resident relations. She assisted the residents in helping to form their own "tenant's association" and maintains an active role in helping her residents.

A big congratulations to Paula on her outstanding achievement, and we wish her continued success and growth in advancing her career in the field of property management and with Corcoran Management. 

Aug 18, 2014

A Big Happy Birthday to Two Very Special Ladies!



Amy Misenti (L) and Vivian Simone

Last week, staff members and residents of Andover Commons in Andover, MA celebrated two very special birthdays. Amy Misenti (Left) recently turned 103 years young in June and Vivian Simone (Right) celebrated her 101st birthday back in February. 


Last week Amy and Vivian celebrated with their fellow residents and staff members at a dual-birthday party at the resident lounge room at Andover Commons. Property Manager Bethany Hollingworth and Resident Services Coordinator Eleanor Cox even reached out and invited immediate family members to attend the celebration. On behalf of everyone at Corcoran Management we would like to give a big congratulations to these two ladies! 

Aug 8, 2014

CMC Recognized as a Department of Energy Business Partner for Utility Data Gathering!



As utility cost and awareness rises year by year, it's integral for companies of all industries to invest and develop eco-friendly and sustainable business practices. That's never been more relevant for the multifamily industry than right now. Over the course of the last four plus year, sustainable new multifamily construction has boomed, and we are proud to announce that Corcoran Management has been honored as one of the leaders in this new initiative. 

There are many benefits to energy efficient operations in the multifamily industry. Property managers and owners can expect to see reduced operating costs, lower property consumption bills, better maintenance efficiency, and also knowing they have benefit of marketing and advertising a "green" community to future prospects and residents. 

Corcoran developed the first fully sustainable and eco-friendly apartment community in the Boston area back in 2008. Parkside Commons, located in Chelsea, is an LEED Silver community that consists of 238 apartment homes that feature a number of eco-friendly aspects such as:

-         Low amounts of VOC’s in paints, solvents, cleaning supplies, carpets, and adhesives
-         Dual-flush toilets
-         Low ozone-depleting chemicals in air conditioners
-         Drip irrigation to reduce in-ground irrigation
-         Low-flo devices on showers/sinks
-         Solar panels


Since developing Parkside, Corcoran has also built The Commons at SouthField Highlands which received LEED Silver status in 2013. The newest addition to the SouthField community, The Commons on The Green is aiming for the recognition of LEED Gold this coming year. To read more about Corcoran’s green practices visit our official website

Jun 25, 2014

Corcoran at NAA 2014 in Denver!

Each year thousands of managerial, marketing, leasing, and maintenance professionals from the multifamily apartment industry descend upon one chosen city to enhance and celebrate their knowledge at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Education Conference and Expo. Six employees travelled to majestic Denver, Colorado to represent Corcoran Management a the 2014 Conference.

 


NAA provides conference attendees the best education on multifamily practices as well as inspirational guest speakers and a  entertaining atmosphere. The NAA committee hit a grand-slam this year with its selections for the general session speakers. On Thursday, an NAA record attendee crowd of over 7,800 got to listen to the stories and words of inspiration from actor, comedian, and humanitarian Michael J. Fox. His tales of family, triumph, and continued fight against Parkinson’s Disease captivated the entire audience. Friday’s general session offered two speakers who many have seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank”: New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran and Kevin Harrington who is considered to be the founder of infomercials and a pioneer in the advertising industry. Both Barbara and Kevin relayed their stories of struggles and successes, both personally and professionally.

The multifamily industry has thousands of nationwide vendors looking to connect with their client base as well as expand their service and network. The trade show gave Corcoran employees a chance to meet and greet, vie for prizes and giveaways, and learn about the newest products in technology and productivity in the multifamily housing industry.


Aside from the educational experiences at the conference, Corcoran’s employees got to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the city of Denver and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. The city offers tremendous nightlife, retail therapy, exquisite restaurants, and many other attractions. On Friday many took in the Rockies vs. Brewers game at Coors Field, considered one of the finest parks in Major League Baseball. 

May 16, 2014

Corcoran Management Seeking LEED for Homes Certification at The Commons on the Green

Eco-Friendly Living At SouthField: The Commons on the Green
Pursues LEED For Homes Certification



(Braintree, MA)  – John M. Corcoran and Company today announced that The Commons on the Green in Weymouth has elected to pursue a certification for the building under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program. The Commons on the Green, which will open later this summer, represents the completion of the second phase of the vibrant Commons at SouthField Highlands community.

In building The Commons on the Green, John M. Corcoran and Company implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions focused on sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The Commons on the Green was designed to provide clean-living and minimize its impact on the environment. These measures include:

·         Use of low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, sealants,   adhesives and carpets
·         Water efficient plumbing fixtures
·         Low E Windows to reduce the effects of the outdoor climate on interior   temperatures
·         ENERGY STAR light fixtures and appliances
·         High-efficiency tankless, hot water heaters
·         Eco-friendly cleaning products
·         Drought-tolerant plantings

During the construction process, John M. Corcoran and Company also applied best-use construction practices, including responsible waste management processes (recycling and reduced landfill waste) as well as close management of run-off from construction site to circumvent erosion and sedimentation in surrounding areas.

About The Commons on the Green

The Commons on the Green offers luxe eco-living in 72 beautifully designed apartment homes in Weymouth, MA at the vibrant 1,400-acre SouthField community located just 25 minutes south of Boston. Residents enjoy convenient commutes just minutes from Route 3 and walking distance to the MBTA Commuter Rail while taking advantage of SouthField’s array of open green spaces and bike paths.

About John M. Corcoran and Company


John M. Corcoran and Company specializes in the development and management of apartment communities and commercial properties delivering superior customer service and maintaining exceptional quality standards.  Corcoran-managed properties are characterized by thoughtful planning, welcoming interiors and luxuriant landscaping.  

Apr 29, 2014

The Commons on The Green, Model Apartment Now Open!



The newest in South Shore luxury apartment home living has officially arrived! The Commons on The Green, a new phase of the master-planned community SouthField, has officially finished construction of our model apartment home. This new phase, when completed, will encompass unique finishes and one-of-a-kind amenities you can’t find anywhere else on the South Shore. Bamboo flooring, bathroom double vanity sinks, granite countertops, custom kitchen cabinetry, crown moulding, and private washers and dryers will grace these apartment homes. Unique amenities include a private furnished roof deck, WiFi cafĂ© and gameroom, invigorating fitness center, grilling patio with fire pit, as well as valet trash service.

Of course the new apartments on the green still embrace the same sustainable philosophies that earned The Commons at SouthField Highlands an LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. Recycled construction materials, low VOC paint adhesives, water efficiency plumbing fixtures, and Low E windows throughout the community all work together to promote a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle for residents and local wildlife. The MBTA’s South Weymouth Commuter Rail station is on-location at the property, and offers residents an easy and relaxing journey to and from work each morning.  


To keep up with all the happenings at The Commons “Like” us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, or check out our official website!

Mar 13, 2014

Corcoran Management's J.P. Davis Featured on Channel 5's "Chronicle"

A Maintenance Manager's job is no cake walk, and often times a task can take long and strenuous hours to find a proper solution. Whether it's an apartment community, office building, restaurant, athletic complex, or an average home, trying to assess a problem and fix it requires precision, skill, and a strong attention to detail. Corcoran Management has had the privilege of employing some of the finest and most skilled maintenance workers within the multifamily industry. For the last three years, Corcoran’s maintenance technicians and managers have not just competed in the local NAA (National Apartment Association) Maintenance Mania competition. They have dominated the field. For the last three years Corcoran’s own J.P. Davis, a maintenance manager at Brockton Commons, has taken home the regional 1st place prize amongst local competitors. J.P.’s fine work and superior performance have not gone unnoticed with local media outlets. WCVB Channel 5’s award-winning “Chronicle” recently did a piece on the Maintenance Mania competition, and J.P. was selected to be the feature interview of the piece! Although it is only a short piece (fast forward to around 2:40 for the start of the segment) J.P. talks about his work at Corcoran as well his success and love for the competition. To watch the rest of the feature just follow this link to the official website of “Chronicle”. For more info of Maintenance Mania visit their website

Jan 6, 2014

Happy New Year!! Some Fresh and Thoughtful Resolutions for 2014

Now that the Holidays have passed and 2014 is already off and running, isn't it time you find yourself a new, and possibly out-of-the-box resolution idea for 2014? With a little help from the International Business Times' article here are some great suggestions to make the new year the best one yet!

1. Get specific about your weight-loss goal

It's one thing to say, "I want to lose weight." It's a whole other thing to say, "I'm going to lose weight by jogging Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and by only eating fast food once a month." Make specific goals for yourself. They don't have to be big; simply walking home from work instead of taking the bus is a step in the right direction. 

If you have a specific weight range you want to target, try drawing up a tailored workout plan to achieve that goal!

2. Get your finances in order - and keep them that way

First of all, don't spend money you don't have. Has that credit card balance added up? Shred the plastic. Making too many compulsive purchases? Realize you don't need half the stuff you think you do. Eating out too much? Get a cookbook and visit a grocery store.

Trouble tracking and documenting your spendings? Try Mint.com. It's a fun and free way to see your portfolio.

3. Clear out the clutter

Clutter and stress go hand-in-hand. That week's pile of mail on the dining room table is actually a bundle of stress. That staircase riddled with stacks of clothes, laundry detergent bottles in various states of emptiness, and workout gear? Also stress. Clear the clutter.

Take the time to purge your apartment or home of things that no longer serve you, and organize the things that do. Set up three large boxes in your living room. Separate everything by things to "keep," things to "donate" and thing to "throw away."

4. Be more positive

"Positive thinking doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's less pleasant situations," Mayo Clinic notes. 

Being positive can do wonders for your psyche. It can also have a desirable effect on your overall health. Studies have shown a correlation between positive thinking and increased life span, lower rates of depression, better resistance to the common cold, lower levels of stress and better coping skills during adversity. 

5. Turn your smartphone off more often

Apps are addicting, games are fun, and has anyone else noticed how other people's face just aren't interesting as my smartphone screen?

If friends constantly call you out on your iPhone addiction, maybe your New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be to put the phone down and just…talk. We get it; the second that cell phone glows with a new message, it’s hard to stifle the intrigue. But really, it can wait. Engage with the people around you and pledge to give the messages and emails a rest.

6. Watch less TV

It’s simple: read more. Reading will expand your vocabulary, and give you something else to talk about at dinner parties other than the dog or the weather.

Maybe you’re not a novel kind of person. In the age of social media, where 140 characters seems like a lifetime of words, it’s hard to have the attention span for something with 300 or more pages. We get it. Instead, subscribe to a weekly magazine or two.

11. Get more fresh air

It’s important to get outside more often. According to Prevention, kids who get more “vitamin G,” a shorthand way of saying more time in green spaces, have less stress, perform better in school and have fewer ADHD symptoms.

Find ways to spend more time outdoors. Pick up gardening, or get a dog. A dog is as good an excuse as any to take a walk around the park. Or, find day trips you can do outside the city. Even a winery will do!


2014 is already full of bright and positive outlooks. If you’re looking to make the most of the year to come, just try one of these fresh ideas to springboard you forward in the coming year!