Dayna Zingarella


Wallingford Office - 203-265-1821 ext 1204

What did you do before Real Estate?

For the past 27 years I have been in sales. Communication, follow up, and due diligence were the keys to success…the same keys required to excel in real estate. Relationships were the foundation of success as they are in any sales related industry. Having spent years in the data communication business, I was ready for a change and had always considered a career in real estate an exciting possibility. When I came to Calcagni, I felt that my need for a professional organization that was local in origin and well known and respected in the community could be satisfied. It turns out my choice was a good one, and I instantly felt at home.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

My dream was to be a basketball player. I was about the age of 13 when I realized I was not going to be big enough. I am currently 5’ 6”, so I suppose I was a pretty bright 13-year old.

Who is the person that has influenced you most?

My identical twin brother was the most influential person in my life. We were always together growing up. We learned from each other’s mistakes and successes.

What is your best quality?

Loyalty is my greatest quality. I have friendships that date back to elementary school. My marriage has exceeded 32 years. I value my family, friends, associates and the trust that they have in me.

What is your motto?

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business”. Henry Ford

What are you hobbies and interests?

Golf is my current hobby. I started playing about 12 years ago. I find it therapeutic. I’m only an average player (handicap 20) but I love being outdoors and walking the course.

"My family is truly grateful to Dave for his advice and hard work which resulted in the surprisingly quick sale of our property. My good friend passed away and before she died she asked that I be the Executrix for the estate. I don’t know anything about Real Estate and I knew I needed a strong team around me. It was a very emotional time and Dave was patient in explaining what preparations could help with the sale and what the comps in the neighborhood were. We felt well informed every step of the way. As a federal employee I get transferred quite a bit. If I get back to Connecticut we will be looking to work with him once again. I highly recommend working with Dave."

"I contacted Calcagni Associates in the late fall of 2009. I wanted to explore the possibility of selling my condo. I was having trouble meeting my expenses and thought if I could sell my unit and go back to renting. This would provide a little wiggle room for my budget. I received a call back form Dave MacLennan. I never met him or spoke with him before and I wasn't absolutely sure about selling my condo once I received his call. He understood my situation and allowed me all the time and space I needed to make this decision on my own. He contacted me about once a month to keep tabs on the situation and slowly we started to develop a casual but good rapport with each other. I appreciated the easy way in which he handled himself. He was never pushy and always seemed concerned about what was best for me. By the end of April 2010, I decided positively "I had to sell." When we first put the unit on the market Dave explained to me where the market was heading. I knew I didn't have a lot if room between the value vs. what I owed on the condo. Dave explained, if we could sell it quickly we might be able to avoid a short sale, but it also could slip into a short sale. Eventually the short sale is what wound up happening. My immediate response was, "Dave, I’m just going to tum the keys back over to the lender. Dave told me that would be the worst thing I could do. He took the time to provide me with another "exit strategy". He explained how a "short sale" works. He put me in touch with an attorney who specializes in "short sales". It took over a year to sell my condo, but through everything Dave kept me updated on everything I needed to know about. I would without question recommend Dave to represent me or anyone I know who might be looking to rent or buy a property. He is well informed, keeps in touch, and returns calls and e-mails very promptly. In a word, he is a “Professional". Thank You Dave!" Anthony C

"His professionalism and manner about him was comforting to my wife and I during this major event in our lives."

"...Sitting at that table, I knew I had the best team beside me fighting for my interests...There can not be a greater reflection on a real estate agent than that."

"David is someone who cares about his clients and gives them a feeling of confidence in his ability to meet their needs."

"You are professional and highly qualified in your role as an agent. And, it is really more than care. You cared about our family."

“Selling property was something that we had never done. What we needed was someone who was patient, knowledgeable, willing to spend extra time with us and never lost sight of our goals. Dave was always there to answer our questions and explain what could be very confusing especially to those who have never sold property before. He has a wonderful 'we can do it' attitude.”

“Dave is an absolute pleasure to work with. Always on our side!!Worked with our schedule and very patient with me trying to find the perfect house for the right price.”

“Moving back to CT from MN to be closer to family, starting a new job, newly pregnant...all very stressful things, which is why I was SO HAPPY with Dave as my realtor! The process was not only stress free, but enjoyable! Dave even handled the process of finding a lawyer, mortgage name it all I had to do was show up for the closing!”

“Dave sold our house. He also helped to find our new home. He knew what we were looking for and he gave an honest assessment of each property that we looked at including our own when we listed it.”

“Patience knowledge and thoughtfulness is many of the aspects you will receive if you choose Dave as your agent. As a first-time home buyer, the process seemed somewhat daunting to find a perfect place. Compounding that fear was the second-hand information that most agents were pushy and deliberate in moving the process along in order to make their money as quick as possible. My girlfriend and I must've been lucky however, as Dave was extremely patient showing up to listings 5-10 minutes early with a smile on his face regardless of the fact we saw 25-30 places. Dave is extremely knowledgeable of the area and the potential that some listings have that most agents wouldn't spot. If you want to avoid the immense stress and pushiness of most agents than I'd advise you to use Dave as your agent. You will find nothing more than a great experience and eventually your perfect home”

“Dave was a pleasure to work with. As first-time buyers, my boyfriend and I had no clue know where to begin. Luckily, we had Dave to guide us every step of the way. He was available 24/7 to answer all of our questions. He always returned our calls, texts, and emails within minutes, no matter the time of day. Throughout the entire process Dave made us feel very comfortable and did not rush us to make any decisions. He was extremely patient and flexible. My boyfriend works overnights and I work during the day and most weekends, but somehow Dave was able to make it work. He always worked around our schedules, which made the process a lot easier for us. I would definitely recommend Dave to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. He made buying our first home stress free and we are so grateful for that!”

“I'm not one to usually write a review but I feel in this instance it was necessary. It was an absolute pleasure working with Dave. Throughout the whole buying process his availability was unprecedented. His willingness to show properties outside of normal business hours due to my schedule cut the process in its entirety in half. I didn't realize the importance of an ambitious and honest agent until Dave really stepped up and got me the answers I needed to make a decision in my home buying purchase. I highly recommend Dave and look forward to doing more business with him in the future! “

“I have had various dealings with David MacLennan. I remember a closing in 2012. I found David to be very knowledgeable, extremely courteous, professional, sensitive to other's needs, and most importantly, an excellent communicator. There is no doubt that David has shown a genuine sense of caring for his customers--whether they be buyers or sellers. I am sure that this is part of his individual make-up. He certainly displayed these qualities at the transaction that I have in mind.”

“Dave, is an amazing real estate agent. He is very professional, and trust worthy, he always makes himself available to answer any questions or address any concerns. We looked at many houses and thanks to Dave's patience and market knowledge we were able to find our dream home. We are so glad we found him on Zillow. If your looking for one of the best and highly respected real estate agents in the area, you need to call Dave. You won't be disappointed. “

“We couldn't have had a better transaction with Dave! Throughout the process he kept us informed, answered every question (even the stupid ones) without making us feel uncomfortable. We learned a lot from Dave's expertise. He made every effort to protect our best interests and explained each step of the home buying process. Dave will be our 'go-to' agent from this transaction forward and we have already recommended him to friends and family. If you want an agent that genuinely cares about YOU and doesn't just show up at closing to collect their check, Dave is the agent for you! Highly recommended!”

“Dave is always kind, professional, and knowledgeable. He helped us list our house for rent, did showings and ran credit checks. Dave was helpful in guiding us during our decision-making process. Final decisions were made by us and always supported.”

“Dave was very knowledgeable about the real estate in our area. He would call or stop by whenever we had a problem or a question. He was always helpful, and explained what papers we had to sign and why. He had charts that described the real estate values. He suggested a fair price for selling the home and it was sold in six days! We were so grateful for his help. We never would have been able to do it without him. Thank you, Dave. “

“Dave just helped my fiancé and I close on our first home. He was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire experience and when we ran into minor problems, we counted on Dave to communicate with us and be our advocate. He did so each time. I would absolutely recommend Dave to any future home buyer!”

“Dave was great for my wife and I - he was readily available to ask questions, quick to respond to any communication methods, and always willing to show us houses we felt a strong interest in. I would recommend Dave to anyone looking for a house in the Central Connecticut area.”

“My experience with Dave was very pleasant. He was very easy to get a hold of and always prompt. He listened to what we wanted and gave us our choices. He explained various topics to me and my fiancé when asked. He was definitely familiar with the Meriden area as well.”

“My wife and I found Dave on Zillow about a year ago, and he has been our realtor ever since. I know, we are definitely not the easiest clients he has had, as we have been very specific about what we like. Dave has been extremely patient with us all throughout the process and has always given us honest advice. He's well respected amongst his peers, and knows the market very well. If you’re looking for an honest, knowledgeable and friendly agent, Dave is your guy. Looking forward to work with him in the future. Highly recommended. “

“As a first-time home owner, I really didn't know where to start. Initially I contacted Dave to view a condo, just curious as to how far my budget would stretch. Dave, was great he guided me in finding the perfect lender, home inspector, and attorney for my closing. In just 4 months, Dave got to know me and understood my wants & needs. Thanks to Dave I accomplished my goal of becoming a home owner while still in my early 30's. I've already begun recommending Dave and his team of professionals to all of my colleagues, and vow to only work with him in the future. “

“I have lived in Brooklyn, NY for almost all of my 65 years. Looking to retire in CT to be near our daughter, I didn't know what to expect from the process of looking for a home in such an unfamiliar (to me at least) territory. After my first call to Dave, I knew that I would get the guidance and professional support that I needed. Aside from his knowledge of the real estate business, Dave is one of the most likeable guys I've met. If I asked a question, he would always answer it. He guided the process and the paperwork, making it all so easy. Above all, I trusted his advice, and after showing multiple houses as he narrowed down my demanding filters, I found the perfect home in Connecticut that met all of my needs. I have bought and sold several houses for both myself and my daughter over the years and I have never had an agent as professional as Dave. I am almost tempted to say that he is one-of-a kind, and it may turn out that he really is. “

“ I am writing to give Dave MacLennan my highest recommendation for anyone looking to buy or sell a home. I have worked closely with Dave on several occasions and found him to possess all the attributes necessary to be an excellent broker. Dave knows his market extremely well. He is diligent, responsive, professional and most importantly patient with clients. I would recommend Dave to any of my family or friends that want a quality professional realtor experience. “

“David MacLennan is a Real estate agent I have used in the past for My house. We recently required his services to determine if it is a good time to sell our current house to move to something more affordable. David skills were appropriate for the situation, his knowledge of the market of what was available and what we could get for our house was very helpful, he brought valuable information to our meeting that helped us make our decision. I would Highly recommend David because of his ability to understand a person needs and make us feel comfortable through the Selling and Buying process. “

“We listed our home with Dave and had no idea what to expect as first-time sellers. We were surprised and somewhat unprepared to deal with the number of showings the house received. Dave was always available to accommodate a showing especially during the hours we worked. We chose not to use a lock box which required him to unlock the doors for potential buyers, remain at the house, then lock up again. Even more so, he was kind enough to let our dog outdoors during showings and he ensured the house was well lit and showed its best. Dave’s flexibility and willingness to do this exposed the house to more potential buyers which resulted in multiple offers. Dave’s role during the inspection of the house was also crucial. He was well informed of the improvements that were done and provided the buyer’s inspector with details that we believe saved us time, money and ultimately led us to a quick closing. When looking for our next home, Dave’s commitment to us was unchanged. He was quick to schedule showings that interested us and equally fast when we submitted an offer on our current home. He was knowledgeable and professional at all times and always put our best interests as sellers and buyers at the forefront. Working with someone that was truly representing us and our needs brought us a sense of trust and comfort which is why we plan to list and buy with Dave again. We are always recommending his services and are happy to provide this review so that others can benefit from our experience. “

“I have had the pleasure of working with David on multiple occasions and he is the agent you want representing yourself and your interests. David displays a very high level of integrity and honesty in how he conducts business and will settle for nothing less than his client's complete satisfaction. I highly recommend David and will continue to refer any and everybody who needs to sell, buy, rent, or someone who needs honest advice on homeownership”

“Being a first-time home buyer, I didn't know where to start with regard to the home-buying process. I had been in touch with a few realtors in the past, and they only went as far as showing me a home. They didn't go above and beyond to help me understand all it takes to buy a house. Once I was in contact with Dave, it was clear that he was willing to go the extra mile to help me. Dave provided me with numerous listings in my area, all of which contained a majority of the must-haves on my dream house list. He was willing to answer my questions, no matter how simple they may have been. He guided me through the house-hunting process and made it stress free. Once I found a house, Dave again went above and beyond to help me make sure I went forward with negotiations, inspections, etc. in the proper way. His experience in this field of work was obvious and again made the whole situation much less stressful than anticipated. I'm so glad that I found Dave and that he and I worked together to obtain my dream home. I have already recommended him to my own family members and friends. I will definitely come back to Calcagni and Dave MacLennan in the future if I am ever in the market again. “

“Dave was extremely helpful in helping my buy my first home. He was readily available to take me through walk through’s and is very responsive on phone calls and emails. He is very knowledgeable and professional.”

“I had the opportunity to work with Dave while shopping for a multifamily house in Meriden or Wallingford, CT. First, Fave MacLennan is highly professional, a trait that is often missing in this world. He is thorough, follows up and is timely. He informed me of what was involved with purchasing an investment property. As he found properties that suited my needs he contacted me promptly. And he was patient as I navigated the process. I have known Dave for the past 3 years and have seen him develop into one of the area's stronger agents. I highly recommend working with him “

“Dave is very professional in every sense of the word. He is very diligent in his work, and makes sure his clients are satisfied. We had another agent list our property before him, and we did not hear from that person for six months. After Dave started listing our property, we heard from him once a week, regardless of what was happening. I would recommend Dave to anyone looking to buy, sell or rent a property. “

“Dave MacLennan is the consummate professional! I was faced with the sale of a home after the passing of my parents. This, needless to say was a very emotional event. Dave was extremely caring and professional. He knew exactly what to say, advise, and do based on the conditions of the market and the requirement I had of the sale. He provided reassurance and made a very stressful situation, the best it could be given the circumstances. Dave does his research, is always prepared and has a network throughout the area that is extremely beneficial whether you are a seller or a buyer or both! I highly recommend Dave Maclennan - you will not be disappointed.”


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