After owning Charisma Realty for more than 40 years, lifetime Hull resident Ida Fagone-McNamara retired recently. Kendall Wright, a real estate broker who joined Charisma in 2014, assumed ownership of the business in April.
“I have two goals for the office. The first is to continue to expand our footprint on the South Shore. While we specialize here in Hull, we’ve also closed on homes in Hingham, Hanover, Weymouth, Lakeville, and Abington,” Wright told The Hull Times. “The second is to continue to grow our family at Charisma Realty. Ida, Andrea Cohen, and the whole team at Charisma really helped me when I first started in the business, and I’d love to add to the team and help other realtors develop their careers.”
Wright points to the legacy that Fagone-McNamara has left. “She is an icon and a dynamic presence in town,” she said of her predecessor at Charisma, the mother of two daughters, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of five. “Ida recruited me to be a real estate agent when I was just trying to buy a home in Hull. Now we talk almost every day.”
“Kendall stood out right from the start,” according to Fagone-McNamara. “There was one particular home she and her husband wanted to buy, and she just wouldn’t quit. It took them several months, but she got the house.
“She didn’t wait to own the business to have an impact, exploring new marketing opportunities and learning the books and financials. I’m really proud of her, and if she ever needs assistance, I’m available. They can’t get rid of me!”
Wright remembers living in Boston several years ago and dreaming of moving to Hull to avoid the usual 45-minute drive to the ocean. When the time was right in 2013, she made that leap. “In the process of buying a home in town, I built a wonderful relationship with the owner and staff at Charisma, even though they represented the seller,” she noted.
With encouragement from Fagone-McNamara, Wright earned her real estate license and became a licensed broker. A year after moving to town, she joined the Charisma team.
“Ida took me under her wing and taught me a lot about real estate. There’s such a strong bond among the people who work in the office,” she said, adding, “I’ve enjoyed being with Charisma for the past eight years.”
In her new role as owner, Wright is looking forward to carrying on Charisma’s tradition of fine, friendly customer service. “It’s a small company, but well-known in the community,” she said. “Thirty years from now I hope people stop by the office and say, ‘You sold me my home,’ just like past clients have done with Ida.”
Located at 533 Nantasket Ave., Charisma assists residents of Hull and surrounding towns in buying and selling residential and some commercial properties.
“All of our agents really go above and beyond for their buyers and sellers,” Wright said. “We work with our clients to find the home, apartment rental, condominium, or other property that’s just right for them. It’s not unusual for past buyers and sellers to stop by to say hello.”
There were ups and downs in the real estate market during the pandemic, Wright noted, “because there was so much uncertainty about what was going to happen. However, for the past few months, we’ve had more potential buyers looking for both summer and year-round homes – from Hingham and as far away as Sharon and Mansfield – than there are homes available to sell.”
Now that the market has picked up, the challenge is that there is often so much competition for a particular property that “winning the sale for the buyer you’re working with can be difficult,” Wright acknowledged.
Fagone-McNamara recalled a time when the number of people wishing to move to Hull was limited because all that the town has to offer was not yet widely known. While some years ago many Hull properties were sold at low prices, “now some houses are going for millions,” she said.
Still, the real estate market can be difficult to predict. “I have seen the highs and lows, with every purchase and sale bringing a new and unique challenge to the table,” she said. “There is always growth, especially because real estate has changed so much over the years.”
What Fagone-McNamara will miss most in retirement is “working with all the people [who come into the office]. It’s a wonderful experience to have sold a house to somebody [decades] ago, and then when I run into them, they remember and tell me that they are still living there. That’s such a nice feeling.”
During her many years in Hull, Fagone-McNamara has been an active member of many organizations, including the Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce (serving at one time as vice president), the Lions Club, the Plymouth and South Shore Board of Realtors, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
Appropriately, the company has a reputation for being community-oriented, and it appears that that civic engagement will continue under Wright’s leadership. “We are the main sponsor for the upcoming Hull PorchFest and are always trying to support local causes,” she said.