Real Estate Kept Alive Through Modern Technology

Having been involved for over 30 years, Rick Healey of Foster-Healey Real Estate knows a thing or two about the ever-changing ways of the real restate business.

With a focus on mainly residential properties, Foster-Healey Real Estate prides itself in keeping up with the growing technology since the start of the Internet era. Their agents are well-trained and professional and service the entire marketplace from first-time home buyers to seasoned ones. 

The company was originally founded in 1924 by Ralph Foster, and Healey’s father started working there in the 1950s and started managing in the 1960s. Shortly after, in 1977, the company was bought and became Foster-Healey Real Estate, and the name was kept as the Fosters were well-known in the North Central Mass area. 

Healey took over running the business shortly after his father passed, and has been involved with the North Central Chamber of Commerce since he’s owned the business, and was also a past chairman in 1995. In 1990, Healey also owned and operated Countryside Real Estate in Leominster and Gardner. 

“The [North Central] Chamber of commerce is great at connecting,” Healey said. “As a local business, we enjoy the Chamber working with other locally-owned businesses and being able to connect and work with them. We appreciate what the Chamber does to connect everyone.”

Foster-Healey includes their 3D Matterport Tours in every house they market. According to their website, the “Matterport Tour is an immersive, 360º virtual experience. It is a great tool for engaging our potential home buyers by allowing you to really feel like you are walking-thru the home. What is so neat about the tour, is the fact that you can press the play button at the bottom of the screen, sit back and enjoy a walk-thru video.”

“The Internet has changed everything that we do. The consumer is expecting the best experience possible,” said Healey. “[The 3D Tours] allow the consumer to have the freedom to explore more, and thus, more likely be interested in purchasing the property.”

The Matterport Tours also put things into perspective by allowing the user to virtually tour through a house and put things where they actually are. At times, real estate photos can be digitally altered, but with Foster-Healey Real Estate, you get the real deal. They combine the 3D Matterport Tours with professional photography as well as drone photography to be able to provide the best experience for the consumer looking to purchase or sell. 

In the spring, Foster-Healey Real Estate is looking forward to a great spring market and more 1-on-1 time with clients like first-time home-buyers with the education process. “We see ourselves as a liason or guide for the [home-buying] process, as marketing agents, rather than just listing agents,” said Healey. 

Foster-Healey Real Estate is located at 50 Central Street, Leominster, MA 01453. For more information on Foster-Healey Real Estate, please visit their website at 


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