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The Best Agents Really Do Get the Best Results!…

CONGRATULATIONS to all of Calcagni’s
2011 FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent Award Winners!
(as seen in Connecticut Magazine’s March issue)

According to FiveStarProfessional.com: “Five Star Professional partnered with CONNECTICUT Magazine to conduct research to identify a select group of real estate agents who are exceptional in both their ability and their commitment to overall satisfaction. Fewer than six percent of the 17,500 Connecticut area residents holding real estate licenses were selected.

A survey was provided to all Connecticut area residents who purchased a home over $150,000 within a 36-month period (October 2007 to October 2010), 25,000 subscribers of CONNECTICUT Magazine and 250 mortgage and title companies. Respondents were asked to evaluate real estate agents they knew through personal experience and to evaluate them based on nine criteria: Customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiation skills, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.”

To learn more about Calcagni Associates and the services our exceptional agents offer, visit us at www.calcagni.com 

CHESHIRE, CT – When buyers are searching for a new home, their feelings may vary. Some homes might take some time to win you over, while others might immediately strike your fancy. Throughout the process, it’s important to keep an unbiased attitude in order to properly and fairly evaluate each home as an option for your new life.

One of the main factors to think through is the home’s location. “Buyers need to ask themselves all of the important questions that will weigh heavily on their decision-making,” says Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Associates. What will your work commute be like? How heavy will traffic be in the area? Is the school district up to par? Location can affect a home’s value in many different ways. Buyers should ask themselves and their real estate professionals these questions before getting serious about bidding on the property.

Additionally, a buyer must also know exactly what features he or she is looking for in order to narrow down the field of homes. Buyers with pets may want substantial backyards. Families that will soon be growing will want to ensure a specific number of bedrooms and recreational space. Some buyers may not mind a few DIY projects in a new home, while others may want to take a home as-is. “By really knowing what it is that you’re looking for, you can save yourself lots of time and view only the homes that fit your specific criteria,” says Calcagni.

There is no such thing as a stupid question. “Don’t be afraid to ask your agent questions,” says Calcagni. “The answers to some of your questions might make or break your decision.” Questions about city taxes, utilities, appliances, the history of major repairs, service providers, pest problems, and more, should be questioned at every house you view. Buyers want to get everything out on the table at the start of the process so that they can make an educated decision about each property they view.

Lastly, thoroughly scrutinizing a home is key to avoiding any unwanted surprises later down the road. Go through cabinets and closets, and check windows and door frames for any signs of poor construction or damage. Try to criticize the property for its structure instead of hastily picturing what you can do with the place.

When buying a new home, there are many questions to ask and items to consider before deciding on your next move. “With a little bit of homework and preparation, buyers can be sure to make the best decision for their families, and bid and purchase with confidence,” says Calcagni.

For more information on how to prepare for home viewings, please contact us at http://www.calcagni.com

Calcagni Associates Real Estate has offices in Cheshire, Wallingford, and Hamden, and is a fully diversified real estate company offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. All Calcagni offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures, property management and relocation services.

We are pleased to introduce two of the newest members of our sales team!…

Kelly Meredith, REALTOR, in our Wallingford Regional Office

“I chose Calcagni Associates because they’re local, well known,family owned and very welcoming!” ~ Kelly Meredith

 

AND…..

Jackie Bishop, REALTOR, in our Hamden Regional Office

Eleven years ago, my husband and I purchased our first home through Calcagni. What better place to begin my career in real estate!” ~Jackie Bishop

 

 

To meet the rest of our sales team and to learn more about the services Calcagni Associates offers, visit us at www.calcagni.com

Calcagni Associates is excep­tion­ally proud of its agents and the many com­mu­nity ser­vice projects and ser­vices across New Haven County that they sup­port through­out the year, ESPECIALLY during the Holidays.

Dorothy Karska-Piech, ABR, REALTOR, with donations for the Meriden Humane Society.

This Holiday Season alone, our agents from our three offices have contributed to our local food banks, families in need in conjunction with local Human Services organizations, the Meriden Humane Society, Wallingford Animal Shelter, Friends of Feral Cheshire/Wallingford Cats, a coat drive for “Master’s Manna”, Hamden Community Services, and more…Nothing puts us in the Holiday spirit more than helping those in the communities where we live and work…

Food donations from our Hamden Office, for the Hamden Food Bank.

Don’t forget to do your part, whether it’s in a small or big way- contact your local homeless shelter, food bank, or animal shelter!

 

Happy Holidays!

Steve Calcagni was recently featured in the nationally distributed RISMedia Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Broker Spotlight Article!

RREIN BROKER SPOTLIGHT: CALCAGNI ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE- Homegrown Solutions and a Nurturing Culture Fuel Success

Maria Patterson: Please tell us about the company’s history in the New Haven County, Connecticut, marketplace.
Steve Calcagni: My dad started the business in 1969 and I took over in 1988. We were one office with 13 agents when I stepped in and we grew to four offices and 125 agents at the height of the market. We have been right-sizing for the past three years and currently have three offices and about 100 agents.

MP: How would you describe the company’s overall culture?
SC: At our company, we have a holistic view of business and life. We like agents who produce well but also maintain a balance as it relates to their personal life; otherwise, those agents become shooting stars and burn out. Ultimately, that’s not good economics for them or for our company.

MP: To what would you attribute your ability to survive as an independent for so long?
SC: We get to know our agents on a very personal level. We’re able to move quickly because of our size. We’re able to try things and if they succeed, perpetuate them throughout the organization. There’s not a lot of bureaucracy to slow things down.

MP: Please describe your strategy for indoctrinating new recruits.
SC: We are structured to nurture new agents and help them develop without a lot of pressure for productivity in the early months of their careers with us. We offer different levels of training. We have the Calcagni system, where the staff is enlisted to get involved in helping new agents learn the lay of the land. We also have mentorship situations where newer agents pair up with a seasoned agent and shadow them on listing appointments or open houses so that they can learn as they go.

MP: What do you offer new agents in terms of resources?
SC: We offer our agents a very robust set of tools at no cost to them, which really benefits newer agents by saving them that initial investment it takes to get started in the business. We offer them an enhanced Realtor.com presence, RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), Zipforms and the customized systems we’ve put together…all at no cost. Except for the agent’s licensing fees and their board dues, everything else is taken care of by the company.

MP: Why should an already-successful agent consider joining your company?
SC: One of the unique niche markets we serve at Calcagni Associates is new construction. In most companies, the agent world is a very flat world in terms of mobility. In our company, becoming a new construction project manager is a differentiator amongst the agents. It’s a sought-after opportunity because handling new construction offers a certain expectation of guaranteed business—something that non-project managers do not have. Going into the year, they can anticipate that six, eight or even 10 of their project listings will sell, and project managers can look forward to some stability in their earnings.

MP: How has your technology evolved to meet the demands of agents and consumers?
SC: We’ve developed some very interesting applications that help our agents and help our consumers through the process, such as Real Time Real Estate, which we built from the ground up. Effectively, this is a dashboard for sellers to see all the activities occurring on the sale of their property in real time. We developed Real Time Real Estate to keep the lines of communication open between the seller and their agent.

We are in the process of launching a new real estate application called Contract to Close. Contract to Close offers a password-protected environment where buyers, sellers, attorneys and agents can peer into the events that are occurring for that particular piece of property. This is scheduled to launch this fall (at press time).

MP: What are your plans for continuing to grow the company?
SC: The plan is to go much more to a mobile environment. I think the days of bricks and mortar don’t really make sense with the tools that are available today. New construction is clearly part of our growth strategy. We also want to locate some small offices in retail establishments. Wherever there’s foot traffic, there’s a possibility. We need the technology foundation, but where the rubber meets the road is in the personal relationship. RE

For more information, please visit www.calcagni.com.

Have you heard about RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN)? RREIN is an elite network of leading real estate companies dedicated to providing consumers and their agents with leading real estate information, and committed to the belief that Information Share Equals Market Share. Having only launched this past June 2010, the RREIN network is already comprised of 40 leading brokerages, which make up 575 offices, 30,000 agents, 167,000 closings and represents over billion in transactions.

CALCAGNI ASSOCIATES WELCOMES REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

Chris K. Canfield Accepts Position in Cheshire Office

 CHESHIRE, Conn., October 20, 2010 – Calcagni Associates President, Steve Calcagni today announced the appointment of residential sales agent, Chris Canfield to the company’s Cheshire sales team. 

 “When a top producing sales professional like Chris Canfield makes the decision to join your team, it’s very exciting for everyone,” commented Steve Calcagni.  After many years of working in corporate America, Chris first settled into his career in real estate in 2002 after returning to his hometown of Cheshire.  “When you work for a major corporation, you have opportunities to travel and live in many different locations.  I certainly know what is involved in buying and selling real estate, having personally bought or sold 17 times!” said Canfield. 

 Canfield has received numerous top producer and sales achievement awards, including 15 awards from the Greater New Haven Association of REALTORS for closing a minimum of nine transactions per quarter.  In 2009 he was awarded the Online Marketing Award of Excellence by Realtor.com.  The impressive list of real estate designations after Chris’s name represents his commitment to his customers and to his profession.  Each real estate designation represents many hours of continued education so that Chris can provide his customers with the specialized service that they deserve and expect.  He has achieved the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, which is the highest designation awarded to residential sales associates.  Additionally, Chris is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and is an e-PRO Internet Professional; plus he recently earned the GREEN designation for energy efficiency and environmental consciousness in real estate

“In this business you need to be an entrepreneur. I’ve worked hard to build my brand www.AnyHomes.com, and I’m confident that the suite of marketing tools and reputation that Calcagni has to offer will elevate my business to the next level.” 

Calcagni Associates has offices in Cheshire, Wallingford and Hamden, and is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties.  All Calcagni offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures, property management and relocation

The New Haven Register recently featured an article on one of the New Construction projects Calcagni Associates represents; located in Cheshire- Platt Plane. Two homes to be built.. an outstanding value for superior craftsmanship, high quality finishes and amenities, located in the heart of Cheshire… Click on the following link to view the article: NHR Article

To view all of our new construction projects, visit us at www.calcagni.com