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If shuffle board and easy riding three-wheel bicycles immediately come to mind when you hear the term “over 55 community”, think again! Now a day in Connecticut, a typical over 55 community has very little in common with the “active adult” communities of years ago, and in many cases, its residents haven’t come close to retiring.  Regardless of whether you are of retirement age or not, a move to a 55 and over community may be a perfect fit.

Living in the northeast, we have the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons and then, of course, the necessary chores associated with each seasonal change, such as lawn mowing, leaf raking, and snow shoveling. Cleaning of autumn leaves in parkFor some, the ongoing outdoor seasonal maintenance is reason enough to consider making a move to a community that provides such services. For others, it may be the prospect of living among quieter residents, a perceived sense of security, or simply the opportunity to meet and make new similar aged friends.

Typically, over 55 communities are designed with the “aging” homeowner in mind, offering easily accessible open floor plans and first-floor owner’s suites. They come in all shapes and sizes – from upscale single family homes to modest condominiums. After a lifetime of hard work, your pay-off may just end up being a much-deserved dream home in a 55+ community!

If you’re thinking that a 55+ community might be a good fit for you and want to know how your desired community stacks up, check out AARP’s Livability Index or give your local real estate professional a call.

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Cheshire, CT (January 18, 2016)- Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Real Estate, recently announced the appointment of Anna Buono as the new Sales Manager of the company’s Wallingford office, and Joel Grossman, from Wallingford office manager to Director of New Homes and Land Consulting.

The change in leadership is a response to recent growth in the local new construction real estate market. In 2015, Calcagni Real Estate added close to 700 “units” to its new homes inventory, creating the need for an experienced leader to be at the helm of the company’s new construction and land division.  Joel brings 30+ years of real estate sales experience to the position, including 5+ years as Sales Manager of the company’s Wallingford office and an impressive background working with both builders and buyers throughout his career. In addition to overseeing the company’s current development projects and new homes sales team, Grossman will seek out future development opportunities for Calcagni and its builders.

“After a lull in local new home sales and development, we started to see a significant increase in 2015, and according to realtor.com’s 2016 housing forecast, new home construction along with moderate gains in existing home sales are expected to push total home sales to the highest levels we’ve seen nationally since 2006.” cited Calcagni. “While it’s encouraging to hear the national predictions, Joel remains keenly aware of what’s happening locally and will use his extensive knowledge of our local market to tailor our company’s new homes marketing efforts accordingly.”

“I have been very fortunate throughout my real estate career to learn from and work with some of the best local builders around. Being asked to head up Calcagni’s New Homes and Land Consulting division is an opportunity that I am thrilled to undertake – allowing me to be hands on with our sales team and builders in a niche that I love – new home sales,” commented Grossman.

Joel’s new role left a vacancy in the company’s Wallingford office, and after thoughtful consideration, Anna Buono was chosen by Steven Calcagni and Joel Grossman as the new Wallingford Sales Manager.  In this new role, Anna will be responsible for leading a team of 35 real estate sales professionals serving the town of Wallingford and surrounding communities. “We are very excited to have Anna assume this management role,” said Calcagni, “She began her real estate career with Calcagni back in 2003, and has worked very hard to build her business and establish her position as one of our most successful REALTORS.  She is a professional, whose energy and fresh ideas are qualities that I am confident will enable her to lead our Wallingford office to continued success.”

Anna has always wanted to help make a difference in the lives of others. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, she worked as a research assistant at Yale University Medical School with aspirations of helping discover cures. However, Anna’s desire to pursue a career that would help others in a more immediate fashion led her to real estate and she fell in love.  This passion has driven her to join an elite group of only 3% of all licensed REALTORS by earning her CRS certification (Certified Residential Specialist), additionally, she has received her GRI designation (Graduate of the REALTORS Institute) which required her to undergo in-depth training in such things as legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and the sales process.

“I am truly honored to follow in my friend and mentor, Joel Grossman’s footsteps, and excited to lead a team of such accomplished and experienced agents whom I have worked alongside for many years. This office has been a dominant force in Wallingford real estate since it opened in 1991 and I intend to do my part to see to it that we continue to grow our sales force and maintain our dominant market share for some time to come,” commented Buono.

 Calcagni Real Estate is developing several new construction and commercial projects and is continuing to expand their team of real estate professionals. The company’s deep understanding of the local marketplace and long history of excellent service is evidenced by their industry-leading 15 percent market share within their core towns of Cheshire, Hamden, Southington, and Wallingford.  Participating in more than 1 in every 7 transactions in central Connecticut.

 

 

Sunwood Development’s Bridgewater Estates in Northford was honored recently with the prestigious HOBI Award for “Outstanding New Haven County Single Family Home $600,000-700,000” for its Dayton model.

The building industry’s HOBI Awards Gala is sponsored each year by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBACT), and is considered by many to be the industry’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in a variety of categories which include, home construction, home technology, sales and marketing, home financing and community service.

Each year, several hundred entries are received for awards consideration. A panel of industry leaders serve as the judges and select the winners after carefully reviewing applications, touring nominated homes and interviewing entrants.

“This year, homebuyers are focused on value and the amenities that make their lives easier and less stressful,” said HOBI Awards producer, Joanne Carroll. “At Bridgewater Estates Dayton model, our judges were impressed with Sunwood Development’s value engineered construction, as well as the popular features they incorporated, like the convenient drop zone for organizing mail, coats and boots; and in the master suite, the enormous combination dressing room walk-in closet with sliding barn door access to a spa-like master bath.”

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The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut is the trade organization for the home building industry in Connecticut. It represents more than 1,000 member firms in homebuilding, remodeling, land development and related industries with five local chapters. HBACT works to solve industry problems and promote industry growth, while upholding the highest degree of professionalism, work ethic, skill and integrity. www.hbact.org

hobi_logo2014bigOn Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, over 700 housing industry professionals will gather at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington for the 22nd annual Home Building Industry or HOBI Awards – the largest most consistently successful Builder Awards Program in the country. Sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBACT), an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the HOBI Awards is Connecticut’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in home construction, home technology, sales and marketing, home financing and community service.

There are several hundred entries each year, and winners are selected by a panel of industry leaders with years of experience in home building, remodeling and design. The judges review applications, and then travel the state for several days, touring the homes and interviewing entrants.

This year, Southington’s HillCrest Village was recognized with two state HOBI Awards – BEST SMALL LOT COMMUNITY and BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME $300,000-400,000.

According to HOBI Awards Chairman, Joanne Carroll, new construction judges included Farmington architect, Jack Kemper, Kemper Associates, New London County builder, Nick Uccello, Uccello Development and Fairfield County builder, Peter Schneider.

“The judges were impressed that HillCrest Village is ideally designed to meet the needs of both young millennials and empty nesters, with smaller sized lots that are easier to maintain and customized homes that are affordable and less costly to heat and cool,” said Carroll. “We also liked how HillCrest accommodated the demand for technology. The thermostat, lights and garage door opener in the Ascot model can be controlled from an iPhone, and every house has high-speed wireless internet access.”

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The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut is the trade organization for the home building industry in Connecticut. It represents more than 1,000 member firms in homebuilding, remodeling, land development and related industries with five local chapters. HBACT works to solve industry problems and promote industry growth, while upholding the highest degree of professionalism, work ethic, skill and integrity. www.hbact.org

More than 100 REALTORS from Calcagni Real Estate were given a private tour of the construction site known as College & Crown in the heart of downtown New Haven.

Calcagni Real Estate was chosen by the site’s developer, Connecticut based Centerplan Development Company as College & Crown’s exclusive leasing broker for its 160 luxury apartment rentals, which range from studios to two-bedroom units. In addition to top-of-the-line finishes in each apartment, College & Crown residents will enjoy luxurious amenities including two private rooftop courtyards, state-of-the-art fitness center, exclusive underground parking, as well as convenient access to the 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor, which Centerplan is expected to fill with prime dining and shopping boutiques to compliment New Haven’s eclectic cultural scene.

College & Crown is expected to open in Summer 2015. Apartment leasing will be handled out of Calcagni’s new Leasing Office which will open this month. It is conveniently located at 195 College Street, directly across from the College & Crown complex. To request more information please visit www.collegeandcrown.com

As we near the end of another outstanding year at Calcagni, our 150+ team members from our four offices gathered together at an  event at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford to reflect upon our successes this year and to look ahead to 2015.  Known in Connecticut as an industry leader in new homes sales, our ever-growing, dynamic team of REALTORs cheered loudly when Steve Calcagni announced that the new year promises to introduce many more growth opportunities for the company and its agents.   Farms collage

And if this news wasn’t inspiring enough, international lecturer Gabrielle Bernstein, named “a new thought leader” by Oprah, shared her own personal home buying insights and experiences with the group, followed by a spirited “Q & A” session that left everyone wanting more!

We have much to be thankful for at Calcagni Real Estate, and on the Eve of Thanksgiving there’s no time more fitting to say thank you to everyone who has made this past year so memorable for us and to wish everyone a holiday filled with much happiness.

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November 7, 2014 | Cheshire, CT – Far from the industry norm, and certainly not yet trendy, the way Calcagni Commercial Real Estate is brokering deals and creating value for properties is nothing short of forward thinking and smart, as evidenced by its latest deal, a nine-year master lease with Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University. Calcagni represented both sides of the transaction, resulting in the University’s lease of Pioneer Gardens, a 44-unit, 176-bed apartment building located at 51 Eckart Street in Bridgeport, just 0.4 miles from campus.

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Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose slightly in September even as median sale prices fell slightly, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based publisher of The Commercial Record.

There were 2,340 single-family homes sold in Connecticut during September, nine more home than were sold during the same period in 2013. Median sale prices of single-family homes in September fell by $2,000, or a little less than 1 percent, compared to a year earlier when it was at $250,000.

“September marked the sixth time this year sales have increased in Connecticut,” Cassidy Murphy, editorial director of The Warren Group, said in a statement. “Median prices continued to fall slightly but that could change once the new lending regulations fall into place, and buyers are able to afford more.”

Calcagni Associates, a Cheshire-based real estate firm, saw much more robust sales in September. The real estate agency, which also has offices in Hamden, Wallingford and Southington, saw a 21 percent increase in sales in September, compared to the same period a year earlier, said Steve Calcagni, president of the firm.

“New construction is starting to get very active,” said Calcagni, adding that a 22 percent increase in sales at Calcagni’s Cheshire office was due to sales in the new Heritage Hill development in nearby Wolcott. “We’re also seeing a loosening of underwriting standards. Interest rates remain low, but people are starting to fear that there are going to be price increases, so they feel they need to get into the market now.”

Third-quarter single-family home sales in Connecticut were down by 1.5 percent compared to the same period in 2013. A total of 8,232 single-family homes sold during the three month-period that ended Sept. 30, down 126 from the third quarter of 2013.

The third-quarter median price for single-family homes fell by 3.6 percent to $265,000 compared to the same period a year ago. The median price for homes sold in the first nine months of this year was $256,000, off 3.4 percent from $265,000 during the same period in 2013.

Condominium sales in Connecticut were hot during September, with a 12 percent increase in the number sold, although the median sale price fell by 4.6 percent to $167,000. There were 653 condominiums sold in September, compared to 584 during the same period in 2013.

Article Courtesy of the New Haven Register.

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By Barbara Pronin

Most people are aware that Mother Earth needs all the help it can get to avoid running out of resources. But going green doesn’t have to be a daunting task, ecologists maintain.

We can all lend a hand to help the planet beginning with these 10 simple tactics:

Launder in warm/cold water – If every U.S. household switched the washer from hot cycle to warm/cold, we would save energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day.

Recycle glass – Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. (Glass that isn’t recycled can take a million years to decompose.)

Go vegetarian one day a week – It takes 25,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

Rethink bottled water – It’s convenient, but 90 percent of plastic bottles are not recycled and can take thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and use it. (Surprise: EPA standards for tap water are stricter than FDA standards for bottled water.)

Use both sides of paper – American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper annually. Before you pitch it, turn it over and use the reverse side as scratch pads – and when you’ve used both sides, don’t forget to recycle.

Use your cruise control – You paid for the extras, so use them. Using cruise control can save you up to 15 percent on gasoline, saving you money while you help the planet.

Recycle old cell phones – The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. In landfills, these phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into the environment. Retire yours into one of many reputable phone recycling programs, many of which benefit good causes.

Recycle old wire hangers – Many recycling programs won’t accept steel wire hangers – but the many dry cleaners will gladly take them back to use again.

Go to a car wash – They make more efficient use of water than we do when we wash our cars ourselves. We could save more than 8 billion gallons of water annually if we all used the car wash.

Use cotton swabs with paperboard spindles – If 10 percent of households switched back from plastic-spindled cotton swabs to those with paperboard spindles, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to150,000 gallons of gas.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

Heritage Hill offers a quiet haven in the heart of it all!
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Wolcott, CT – (May 8, 2014) – Oris Development, the creator of Heritage Hill, a 63-home subdivision off Rte. 69, announced today the opening of its new residential community. Offering a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom home styles, all with first floor bedrooms or master suites, Heritage Hill (HHWolcott.com) is a perfect choice for first time, move-up and empty nesters with prices starting at just $259,900.
Quietly set on a hillside with distant views of the Connecticut countryside, Heritage Hill is surprisingly accessible to shopping, services, and major highways with Rtes. 84 and 8 just minutes away. Wolcott’s nearby Woodtick Recreation Area offers swimming and other outdoor activities plus a pavilion for family and friends to gather.
According to Rob Oris, President of Oris Development, Heritage Hill is amenity rich. “These homes” continued Oris, “are truly representative of what sophisticated buyers expect in today’s market.” Many of the homes have Great Rooms with fireplaces, hardwood flooring in public areas, ceramic tile in baths and mudrooms, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, plus premium finishes like granite countertops and hardwood cabinetry. And each home offers energy savings with high efficiency, natural gas forced warm air heat and central air, in addition to energy star rated vinyl clad windows with low E glass.

The principals of Heritage Hill have almost 60 years of combined experience in the field of real estate development and home building. With approximately 1,000 homes built through various affiliates, Heritage Hill has the expertise to make your dream a reality.

Grand Opening Weekend!
Model open:
Friday, May 9th, 4 – 7 PM
Saturday, May 10th, 12 – 3 PM
Sunday, May 11th, 1 – 3 PM

Contact Calcagni Real Estate at 203-272-1821 for more information.