NORTH CONWAY, NH — Badger Peabody & Smith Realty's new Vice-President of Sales, Brendan Battenfelder, first visited northern New Hampshire and the Mount Washington Valley as a 14-year-old to hike the Presidential Mountain Range.
That initial visit set him on a trajectory to settle in the area in 2002 and "share the region I love with so many," he says. He joined the North Conway office of Badger Realty, now Badger Peabody & Smith Realty, a dozen years ago as a sales associate.
In his new role as Vice-President of Sales for the company, he intends to "help foster professionalism and grow and support agent talent, along with finding the resources to develop educational opportunities for agents and other staff." He will also continue as managing broker at the North Conway office to provide day-to-day operational leadership and agent support.
A Penn State graduate with a degree in Forest Management, Battenfelder is an Eagle Scout and has the distinction of paddling the length of the Mississippi River in 93 days. "I tend to go after my goals at full speed," he says. "My career with Badger Peabody & Smith has offered me the ability to explore the region, meet amazing individuals and to help others achieve their goals."
With his wife Lauren, two daughters and one son, the family actively looks for opportunities to climb, bike, paddle, hike, horseback ride and ski across the region enjoying its rural beauty and sense of adventure.
"In his new position, Brendan will be providing support and oversight across the company," says Andy Smith, President of Badger Peabody & Smith Realty. "We value his expertise and talent, and Brendan's deep understanding of the real estate market will help all of our clients in their buying and selling decisions."
Badger Peabody & Smith Realty are the North Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont representatives of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. With a membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 135,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. With combined resources of over 60 full time agents, and eight offices, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty can be reached online.
BERLIN, NH — Future plans of being her own boss at a real estate agency and the opportunity to meet and help people find a home are among the motivating factors that led Berlin Middle High School senior Jennifer Woodward to a semester-long internship at Badger Peabody & Smith Realty's Berlin office.
The internship is a component of the Extended Learning Opportunities program that is open to juniors and seniors at the high school. Program coordinator Brynna Kelley helps students with their plans for the future and that includes partnering with local businesses so they can gain real life experience in a field in which they are interested. "Our program and the internships offer personalized learning and college and career readiness opportunities," she says. "It becomes a transformative experience for the students."
Badger Peabody and Smith Realty supports several community outreach initiatives in the areas of home, health and education, says Janet Nickerson, Managing Broker at the Berlin office, "so this was a very good fit for us when the high school contacted us about a possible internship."
Nickerson cites her own experience as a teen and that of her kids in describing why the school to career program is so beneficial. "You have so many ideas of possible careers, from ballerina to scientist," she says. "A program like this gives students the opportunity to solidify their interests and discover if they really want to pursue a career in a particular area. The internship is a great opportunity for Jen to learn about the real estate business and also benefits us because internships give us a pool of potential new agents we can recruit."
Woodward's semester-long internship runs from February through the end of the school year. She is at the real estate office for one-and-a-half hours five days a week. As part of her internship, she is journaling about her experience and must write a final project paper.
Since her internship began, she has had numerous opportunities to participate in many aspects of the real estate business. "I've learned how to do the paperwork that goes into listing and selling the properties, along with going out to meet clients, going to inspections, and sitting through closings," she says. "All of the agents have been so welcoming, and they include me in everything they have been doing. It has been an amazing learning experience that I am so appreciative to be a part of."
Woodward notes that she grew up moving quite a few times and all of the houses her family lived in needed renovations. "My dad would do the work himself. With those experiences I became very fascinated with the process of buying, renovating and selling properties."
Once she graduates, Woodward plans to get her real estate license by the end of the summer and "hopefully continue working with Badger Peabody & Smith Realty. Eventually, I would love to create my own home renovation business while continuing to be an agent," she says.
Based on her experience, Woodward recommends that all students spend at least half a semester doing an internship in a field they are interested in.
"An internship is a great way to help students decide what career path they want to go into after graduation," she notes. "My internship is for the whole semester and in the few weeks I have been at Badger Peabody & Smith Realty so far, I have gained so much knowledge about real estate. I can't thank them enough for this opportunity."
Badger Peabody & Smith Realty are the North Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont representatives of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. With a membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 135,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. With combined resources of over 65 full time agents, and eight offices, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty can be reached online at www.badgerpeabodysmith.com.
Franconia, NH – Two of the leading real estate firms serving New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, Badger Realty and Peabody & Smith Realty have merged, creating Badger Peabody & Smith Realty.
Andy Smith, President of Badger Peabody & Smith Realty said, "We've been very deliberate and thoughtful for the last year as we really worked to bring the best of our two brands together. Both brands have always been very similar in that we work as a team, and we meet the needs of our clients first. For us, this was a natural progression and we worked with everyone across both of our teams to best combine our strengths and merge our two brands and rebrand them as one solid firm – Badger Peabody & Smith Realty."
Smith added, "Both the brand names, Badger Realty and Peabody & Smith Realty, have been synonymous as leaders in our marketplaces – representing property sellers and buyers in Northern, Central, the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire, in addition to servicing the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Western Maine. We knew the time was right to combine these two successful brands into one."
He added, "Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, the commitment to put the needs of our clients first and foremost while best supporting our agents and staff and our local communities. We have a dedicated team of full-time real estate agents, now over 65 REALTORS®, and have the ability to promote our clients' properties both locally and globally through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio®."
Badger Peabody & Smith Realty will be led by Andy Smith, while Badger Realty Managing Partner Brenda Leavitt will continue at Badger Peabody & Smith Realty in a senior advisor role through May. Leavitt began her career with Badger Realty over 40 years ago, becoming a partner with founding owner, Dick Badger, to create the leading real estate firm in the greater Mt. Washington Valley and western Maine.
Leavitt said, "With the changes in the industry, it was important to the Badger family and me to ensure that the company has what's needed to stay at the forefront of the industry. Joining with Peabody & Smith Realty is a win for the staff, the community and the people we serve. The merger will enable us to offer more services and expand into new areas, all while keeping the same shared philosophies and values. And as always, the focus will be on how to better serve consumers."
In 2021, both firms combined took part in over 1400 transactions throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont with grand total gross sales over $447 million dollars in all property categories. This level of production places Badger Peabody & Smith Realty as one of the largest independently owned real estate firms in New Hampshire.
Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has resources of over 65 full time agents, 21 staff members and eight offices in Berlin, Bretton Woods, Franconia, Holderness, Jackson, Littleton, North Conway and Plymouth, NH. In addition, they have a dedicated commercial real estate team as well. As part of the merger, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has launched a new website www.BadgerPeabodySmith.com with many new features. Contact information for all agents and staff can be found on the website.
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