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Since 2005, Cottage Advisors has led the
construction of more than 1,000 cottage homes.


The seed for Cottage Advisors was planted way back in 1976 when well-known, Westford, MA attorney, Howard Hall developed his first residential community. By the early 2000's, Howard had partnered with another Westford builder to create The Village at Stone Ridge, a 110-unit development of age-restricted condominiums. Stone Ridge was noted for its preservation of open space and thoughtful design and construction. Howard’s dedication to preserving the natural beauty of sites – coupled with his own delight in meeting and talking to people – led him to explore a whole new kind of residential development. In 2005, he founded Cottage Advisors to combine efficient use of the land and high-quality homes with amenities designed for social interaction. His vision was to bring back the sense of community that seemed to be missing from so many residential developments.



Cottage Advisors initially focused on creating classic resort cottage communities throughout New England and Canada. Working as both developer and building partner, Cottage Advisors has created The Cottages at Summer Village in Wells, ME; Summer Village at the Pond in Westford, MA; Seaglass Village in Wells, ME; and Sandbanks Summer Village in Prince Edward County, Ontario. In 2014, Cottage Advisors brought these cottage and community  design principles to the residential home market creating it's first Pocket Neighborhood, The Cottages at River Hill in West Newbury, MA.



Cottage Advisors places a priority on personal relationships and local ties. The company is a family business, with Howard and his son, Howard “Chip” Hall, at the helm. Each Cottage Advisors community is built by a core Cottage Advisors' construction team working with local tradespeople. This commitment to using local craftsmen provides employment in the communities which reinforces the pride that subcontractors take in doing quality work in their own area, and is a cost-effective option to traveling construction teams.



The Porches of Kennebunk continues Cottage Advisors’ commitment to:

  • Quality of space, placing a priority on efficient design and top quality materials

  • Restoring an old-fashioned sense of community by creating gathering places and small clusters of homes that foster social interaction with neighbors

  • Locations that encourage walking both within and outside the community

  • Creating low-maintenance, ENERGY STAR certified homes

  • Preserving natural beauty through conservation land and sensitive land use

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Since 2003, Bean Group has reimagined
the way real estate gets done.


Represented by hundreds of REALTORS® who are focused on meeting the needs of home buyers and sellers in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, Bean Group is one of the largest real estate firms in New England.

Since Michael Bean introduced the company in 2003, Bean Group’s management team, support staff, and agents have aligned around one simple idea – Bringing People Home™.

On our path to helping thousands of New Englanders find their perfect home, Bean Group agents sell in excess of $1 billion worth of real estate annually. With its record of amazing sales growth, Bean Group has been included on REAL Trends ranking of the 500 largest brokerages in the country for nine consecutive years (2009 – 2017), and has been consistently featured on Inc. Magazine’s prestigious Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing independent companies in the United States. 


Introducing Janna Syrene

Janna has integrity and enthusiasm along with endless energy and an enjoyable personality. She takes the time to understand her clients’ needs and works tirelessly on their behalf.

Janna left her home town in the Midwest and moved to New England where she became International/Domestic Flight Attendant for Trans World Airlines for 25 years. She obtained the position of Purser on overseas flights, overseeing the First Class cabin. While Janna’s feet were on the ground she continued to be busy, owning and operating ShipShape Fitness, and hosting her own regional TV exercise show. She also was an owner of Windsurfing World Travel LTD, representing 25 sailing centers around the world and was sponsored by a windsurfing manufacturer.

Janna started her real estate business after she crossed the bridge into Maine in 1997. She fell in love with the Seacoast and the lifestyle it provided. After being an owner of Performance Mortgage, Inc. she gravitated into her Realtor career in 2009. Janna found her passion in Bringing People Home, and it shows! She is devoted to her clients and with lots of hard work, she has assisted her clients in buying and selling over two hundred million dollars in real estate.


Janna, Founder of TeamSyrene, is licensed in Maine and New Hampshire and holds a Broker’s title. She has consistently been named Bean Group’s Top Listing Agent and Top Buyer Agent in Maine since 2010. Janna is part of Bean Group’s Platinum Circle and Luxury Portfolio International™.


Professional Support ~ Team Syrene

John Syrene, Broker, is licensed in Maine and New Hampshire and assists in all aspects of the business. With a strong background in mortgages and investment properties, John has been active in different aspects of real estate since for over 40 years.

Katie Triano, Director of Operations for TeamSyrene & Executive Assistant to Janna, Katie supports all facets of the business . Katie has been involved in the back end of real estate for the better part of a decade and truly enjoys interacting with clients and managing all aspects of a transaction.

Lia Bensley, is TeamSyrene’s dedicated Marketing Director. She offers our clients over five years of real estate marketing experience and enjoys using a blend of print, online, and out-of-the-box strategies to deliver measurable results.

Lisa O’Brien, Listing Coordinator, assists clients throughout their home-selling experience.

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Susan Gately, REALTOR, is licensed in Maine and New Hampshire. Susan specializes as a Buyers Broker in representation and assisting Team buyers in finding the home of their dreams.

Joshua Jakan,REALTOR, is licensed in Maine. Joshua specializes as a Buyers Broker in representation and assisting Team buyers in finding the home of their dreams.

Laura Holder, REALTOR, is licensed in Maine. Laura specializes as a Buyers Broker in representation and assisting Team buyers in finding the home of their dreams.