You've probably seen their signs in front of a home for sale or seen them at an event around town.
Get to know Stoughton's "Fred and Nadine Team" - the real estate duo of Fred Yaitanes (a 3rd generation Stoughtonite - his grandparents settled in Stoughton in the 1940s) and Nadine Israel.
Patch spoke with Yaitanes and Israel about their community involvment and what keeps them going.
Patch: When did "Fred and Nadine" become a team?
Fred Yaitanes and Nadine Israel: We actually joined forces in 1989. So in April it will be 24 years.
Patch: Can you tell Patch about your community involvement?
Yaitanes: Both of us are involved in a number of Stoughton activities and charities. Nadine is on the Board of Governors for the Old Colony YMCA and on the executive board for The Food Pantry Foundation of Stoughton, the 501c3 non-profit that allows for all donations to be tax deductible.
I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the FPFS (Food Pantry Foundation of Stoughton) and a newly appointed board member for SOLA, or Support Our Library Association (also a 501c3).
In addition, to this Nadine and I have been sponsors of Babe Ruth Baseball for 29 years. We also sponsor youth soccer in the spring and fall and support other charities when asked either by donation or volunteering time.
[On Jan. 18], I directed the play “Murder at the Library” which starred eight prominent citizens around town. Dori Frankel put it all together with the help of the SOLA board. It was held in the Great Hall at Stoughton Town Hall and was a huge success. Two-hundred tickets were sold out two weeks before the event and we raised over $3,000 for library programs for kids. It was a historic night for sure!
I have been involved in the Little Theatre of Stoughton since 1995 and have appeared in eight plays. The most recent was "Annie Get Your Gun" where I played the male lead.
We both believe in service to the community and doing what we can to improve the lives of the less fortunate. Additionally, we feel an obligation to do what we can to improve the town of Stoughton where we live and work.
Patch: Patch heard that Fred is being honored by the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce with a roast. What was your reaction to this honor?
Yaitanes: Frankly, I was stunned when Terry Schneider, the Executive Director [of the Stoughton Chamber], came to our house and told me that the Chamber had selected me to be roasted. I appreciated it very much and am excited about the upcoming evening.
I have spoken at two of the last three roasts as a roaster, so this time I will be the “roastee.” Proceeds will go to support the charitable works for the Chamber and a portion of the proceeds to the newly established Anne Havlin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Anne, as many know, was the co-director of the St Anthony’s Food Pantry. She passed away this past year after a long battle with cancer. Her work on behalf of others is legendary. In addition, Anne was our assistant many years ago.
The event will be hosted by Mark Snyder who does a fabulous job as emcee and is involved in numerous town events and boards. It will be a hilarious evening.
Patch: What sets you apart from other realtors?
Yaitanes: A number of things: We take pride in the fact that we each have been in the real estate business for 30 years. We work as a team, that is, when you hire us to sell your home, you get two top agents for the price of one!
Nadine and I are also excited that our business is ranked in the top 1% of all Realtors across the country based upon our volume of sales each year.
Another source of pride is that 92-percent of our business is referred to us by people who have worked with us before and want their friends and family to be in our hands. We take that responsibility very seriously and value their referrals very much.
In addition, Nadine and I have a full time administrative assistant, Leah Siegel, who has been with us nearly 8 years. Leah handles all of the behind the scenes work to make certain no details are overlooked.
Patch: What did you both do prior to real estate?
Yaitanes: We are both former teachers. Nadine was born in Egypt. Her family was among the Egyptian Jews who were forced out of the country, sent to Paris and waited for over a year for a visa to the U.S. She came here at the age of eight, her family settled in New York, learned to speak English and eventually graduated from high school in the 11th grade.
Nadine is a graduate of Hampshire College and speaks three languages. She taught foreign languages at Barrington Junior High School in Rhode Island, prior to having children. Eventually, she found her way into real estate and has been in the business for 30 years.
Israel: Fred was born and raised in Stoughton. He’s a graduate of Northeastern University and earned a master’s degree from Boston University. He taught at Newton North High School for 13 years and was the Head Track and Field Coach for six years prior to going into real estate. His teams won six league titles, three state championships and a New England Title. Fred takes his years as an athlete and coach and applies them to is work in real estate. It’s about going above and beyond, and doing it at a very high, professional level.
Patch: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any spare time)?
Yaitanes and Israel: We like to travel. We have been fortunate to have traveled internationally and really enjoy that. We both love to read and our Kindles are always within easy reach. We enjoy our very young grandkids. We have two of them within a short drive, so we love seeing them. We have five kids (Nadine has two and Fred has three). Now that they are all adults, it’s given us the freedom to all the things we love to do.
Patch: Why should people buy a home in Stoughton?
Yaitanes and Israel: Stoughton has something for everyone. First is location. For commuters to Boston and Providence it’s 35 minutes into each city. It’s also 45 minutes to the Bridges to Cape Cod. In about an hour you can be in any one of the New England states.
The town has always cared about its citizens with programs from pre-school to senior housing. It appeals to families as a place that they would like to raise their kids with solid schools and numerous programs for kids including youth sports and music through high school.
Stoughton has been a community that’s been good for business since its inception. It also has many involved community organizations such as The Chamber of Commerce, Council on Aging, Master Planning Committee, and the Historical Society among many others.
It has very strong town services including the Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works, so people feel safe and well cared for. We have easy access to hospitals, shopping and highways.
It’s a diverse community with people from all walks of life including people who have made significant contributions to the country as evidenced by the Stoughton Achievement Hall of Fame at the entry to Stoughton High School.
You can reach Yaitanes and Israel at the Keller Williams Office: 781-341-8330