Shirley sullivan, principal broker
National Association of Realtors®
New Hampshire Association of Realtors®
Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors®
Granite State South Board of Realtors®
Lakes Region Board of Realtors®
Capitol Region Board of Realtors®
Certified Buyer’s Representative® since 1995
New Hampshire Farm Bureau
Shirley began her career in real estate in 1980 as a salesperson and a real estate appraiser, learning these skills and their relationship to each other side-by-side on a daily basis. Within her first two years in the business, she obtained her NH Real Estate Broker's License and then opened her own company in 1984. It was a full service agency that included marketing subdivisions, existing home, farm and land sales as well as local commercial sales including a few historic landmarks. It quickly became a top agency in the area, outselling more established offices due to her broad knowledge and pursuit of going the extra mile.
Originally from Long Island, New York where things always felt too busy, country living appealed to Shirley and her love of horses and all things aninmal and farm worked its way to the forefront of her personal sales business. The other agents in her office managed the "regular" real estate while she tested the waters as to the need for an equine and farm broker. The concept was widely and wildly accepted and business in this very specialized sector of the real estate market flourished. It turned out that the need for Realtors® devoted strictly to folks interested in buying or selling horse properties, facilities, and farm real estate was very strong.
At that point, Shirley created a separate division to handle the complex issues that can accompany farm property transactions, from zoning to restrictions and easements to financing. In 2002, Shirley sold the original firm (while retaining the farm division) and opened Farms & Barns Real Estate, LLC.
Shirley lives on a farm in southern New Hampshire with 3.5 horses (the half being a mini named Lola), rare pigs, poultry, two spoiled barn cats, Dusty and Smudge, and her Carolina Dogs, Scarlett, Moxie and Lily. She loves small-town living along with the culture of nearby cities. Much of her spare time outdoors, in the barn, on horseback or a bicycle.
Shirley gets great satisfaction in helping others settle into our rural communities around the state. It's a way of life that she is eager to share with others who want to expand what they already do, are new to country living or who want to move to or around New Hampshire's countryside.
With decades as a full-time Realtor®, her credentials include:
Exclusive horse and farm broker specialist since 2000.
Realtors® Land Institute member since 1987.
Residential Sales Council member since 1995.
She has served on Education, Grievance & Principal Broker Committees.
Certified E-Pro Realtor® 2008
Shirley's extensive real estate background allows her to be:
Well-versed in conservation easements, large farms and development issues.
Very knowledgeable about the special needs of horse. farm and real country home owners.
Other Activities and Memberships Include:
Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Two horse breed associations
American Rare Breeds Association - Dogs
United Kennel Club
Northeast Organic Farmers Association
American Guinea Hog Association and former National Registrar 2007-2011
NH 4-H Foundation Board of Directors 2006 - 2012
NH Farm Bureau