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Eighteen REALTORS® from Calcagni Associates Real Estate have been named “2012 Five Star Real Estate Agents”, an award and designation which recognizes real estate professionals who provide quality service to their clients, announced Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Associates. The winners are announced in a special section of the March 2012 issue of Connecticut Magazine.

Chris K. Canfield, Stacey DeAngelis, Judie Ferraro, Sheila Fiordelisi, Joel Grossman, Laura Iorio, Ellen Levada, Carol Loehmann, Nancy Lydell, Irma Nesson, Judy Peregrim, Marilyn Rock, Sally Smirnoff, Cheryl Ulstad, Daniela Volo, Sandy Wagner, Beverly Welch, and Melanie Bristol Williams were chosen by their clients, peers and industry leaders in an independent survey. Fewer than six percent of the 17,800 Connecticut area residents holding real estate licenses were selected.

To have 18 of our agents recognized with this award is outstanding. It is a huge testament to our realtors’ professionalism, real estate knowledge, and commitment to their clients,” said Steven Calcagni.

Five Star Professional sent surveys to all Connecticut area residents who purchased a home over $150,000 within a 12-month period (April 2010 to April2011), 1,000 subscribers of Connecticut Magazine and 250 mortgage and title companies. Respondents were asked to evaluate real estate agents based on nine criteria: Customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiation skills, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

About Calcagni:

Calcagni Associates Real Estate is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. Calcagni has four offices—Cheshire, Hamden, Wallingford and Southington. All offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures and relocation services. Learn more at Calcagni.com and Facebook.com/CalcagniAssociates

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Cheshire, Conn-   For over 40 years Calcagni Associates has dominated the Central Connecticut real estate marketplace as a leader in residential real estate, and has built a strong reputation within the new construction sector. Now they’re proud to announce that their team recently completed 100% sales for four premier communities: Stonegate, Sterling Ridge, Spring Meadow in Cheshire, and Rivercrest in Southington.

Calcagni Associates' Cheshire Sales Team

“Right now is an exciting time for Calcagni Associates” commented Steven Calcagni, president. “In a challenging market, we have been able to sell 100% of these new construction communities. It’s a huge testament to the quality of homes our builders construct- not to mention the expertise and skill of our new construction team in creating results-driven strategies. Our New Construction project managers and agents provide a first-rate level of customer service.”

Despite a sluggish real estate market, 2011 was a big year for Calcagni. Since January 2011, 20 agents have joined their team. They have continued to establish trust in the marketplace as evidenced by their industry-leading 23 percent market share within their core towns of Cheshire, Hamden and Wallingford, more than twice their nearest competitor and climbing. They were honored as a Top Work Places 2011 and ranked Number 2 for small firms in all industries and most recently they announced the opening of their new office in Southington.

 “Our growth in 2012 is going to be more dramatic because of our specialty in new construction” added Calcagni. “We see tremendous growth potential in the new construction arena in a variety of markets throughout Connecticut. Banks are cooperating financially to reposition the prices of residential new construction projects that will allow them to sell.” said Calcagni. “That, along with our expertise and experience handling new construction is a winning combination.”

 

To learn more about Calcagni’s new construction inventory and receive information on pricing, floor plans, features and amenities, prospective homebuyers are invited to visit their website at http://www.calcagni.com/new_construction/

About Calcagni:

Calcagni Associates Real Estate is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. Calcagni has four offices—Cheshire, Hamden, Wallingford and Southington. All offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures and relocation services. Learn more at Calcagni.com and Facebook.com/CalcagniAssociates

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Calcagni Associates realtors who received the Quarterly Achievement Award by the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors (GNHAR) for the 4th Sales Quarter of 2011. The award is given to Realtors who secure a minimum of nine completed sales within a quarter of each year.

JOAN LUNA ZAYAS, REALTOR

 Congrats on your FIRST (and certainly not last) achievement award!

Joan, a licensed Realtor since 2008, resides in Meriden and specializes in the Central Connecticut area and beyond. She speaks Spanish fluently and is proud to be a bilingual Realtor. In addition to real estate sales, Joan also works for Calcagni Associates’ REO Department, coordinating all aspects of listing and sales of bank-owned properties and foreclosures. She is also a Connecticut Notary Public and a member of the Greater New Haven Board of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.

Earning the sales achievement award has been a goal of Joan’s since obtaining her real estate license, and she dedicates this honor to her former colleague and mentor, Patricia Uvino, who recently passed away from an illness. “Patty always motivated and encouraged me to get my real estate license- ever since I was an administrative assistant in our Wallingford office, back in 2003,” said Joan “I am sure she is looking down at me, smiling.”

 BETH CANTOR, CRS, GRI, REALTOR

Congrats to Beth on earning this award 10 times during her successful career at Calcagni Associates!  

Beth holds the Realtor designations of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), which less than 4% of all realtors hold, as well as Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), which requires hundreds of hours of continuing education. 

Beth, a graduate of Cornell who also earned an MBA from Columbia University, has resided in Hamden, CT for the past 25 years. She loves living and working in the Central Connecticut area and has close ties to her local community, and is a member of the following organizations: President of Hamden BNI (Business Networking International), Treasurer of CT CRS (Council of Residential Specialist), board member of the Hamden Education Foundation, and past board member of Westwoods, Hamden Middle School & High School PTAs and Temple Beth Sholom.

 DOROTHY KARSKA-PIECH, ABR, REALTOR

Congratulations to Dorothy’s for earning her 22nd sales achievement award!…

Dorothy holds the Realtor designation of Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and specializes in Seller and Buyer representation, new construction and assisting first-time homebuyers (FHA financing). Rounding out her real estate resume is her membership to the Greater New Haven Association of REALTORS, Connecticut Association of REALTORS, National Association of REALTORS and Business Network International (Leadership Team).

Born in Poland, Dorothy earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, followed by two years of postgraduate studies in management and finance at the Institute of Technology in Wroclaw. She speaks Polish and Russian.  Dorothy loves living and working in the Central Connecticut area, and has close ties to her local community. When not assisting her clients, she enjoys spending time with her family, supporting animal protection rights, playing tennis, and ballroom dancing.

 LARRY MADOW, REALTOR, DIRECTOR of REO SERVICES 

Larry has been a Realtor with Calcagni Associates since 1992 and is the Director of Calcagni’s REO Division and manages all aspects of listing and sales of bank-owned properties and foreclosures. He has built a fantastic team of real estate professionals specializing in servicing the REO community. 

Larry’s extensive background in REO transactions and his knowledge in this aspect of the business is a huge asset to the company” said Steven Calcagni, President. 

Larry holds the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation and is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of REALTORS, Connecticut Association of REALTORS, and the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

With the rush of the holidays comes a slower-paced season for housing. Fear not, however! While there is typically less inventory around during the winter months, sellers have a unique opportunity to stand-out from their competition and truly shine. With the right staging and finesse, you can increase your chances of landing a sale and for the price you’re looking for.

Don’t neglect the basics. Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean you should neglect the outside of your home or the yard around it. Clean up the lawn in the fall to prepare for winter showings. If there are any repairs necessary for the outside of the house—roofing problems, a new paint job, etc.—plan ahead to complete these tasks before showing the home. Exterior curb appeal still counts for buyers rushing for the warmth of indoors.

Take advantage of a seasonal interior. Make the inside of your home feel as warm as possible. Crank up the heat or start a fire in the fireplace. The goal is to paint a picture for buyers to see themselves living in your home. Maximize the space of each room by cleaning up clutter or rearranging the furniture. Do anything and everything to make it feel warm and inviting.

Make sure to keep the home’s paths clear. It may seem obvious, but it is crucially important to keep your walkways and driveway clear of snow, ice or debris. For homeowners who have already vacated, this may be a challenging aspect of the home-selling process. Keep in mind that many buyers and agents may not want to deal with a home that’s difficult to get into.

Light it up. Make sure all of the home’s lights are on. If the home is being showed during the day, open the curtains and let the natural light shine through. Make the home look as bright as possible and worry about the electricity bill later.

Keep holiday décor conservative. Although you will be tempted to make your home stand out, keep decorations in check and don’t overdue it on outdoor lighting. Avoid overly religious decorations as to not offend anyone.

If your home is properly staged, fixed-up and ready to go, you won’t suffer from a drought of interested buyers. Always putting your best foot forward is the best strategy to have no matter what the season.

More more information on selling your home, contact your local agent at Calcagni Associates

Source: Associated Press

 On Wednesday, 11/2/11, Calcagni Associates held an “Office Warming Party” at our new Southington location, located at 722 West Street. Our agents, staff & management from our Cheshire, Hamden & Wallingford offices stopped by to check out the new digs and welcome our Southington agents to the team… It was a really fun evening and the office looks great!  Here are a few photos from the evening… To view all the photos, check out our Facebook page!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Haven county’s leading independent real estate company is poised for big growth…

For 40 years, Calcagni Associates Real Estate has been helping families throughout Central Connecticut find their homes. Now they’re helping themselves find another new home in Southington, Connecticut. 

Despite a sluggish real estate economy, it’s been a big year for Calcagni. Since January, 20 agents have joined their team. They have continued to establish trust in the marketplace as evidenced by their industry-leading 24 percent market share within their core towns of Cheshire, Hamden and Wallingford, more than twice their nearest competitor and climbing. They were honored as a  Top Work Places 2011 and ranked Number 2 for small firms in all industries. And now they’ve announced their acquisition of all of the operations of North Star Real Estate of Southington.

“We’ve been disciplined and strategic. We’ve been monitoring the market, our colleagues, the forecast and are confident that it is time,” said Steven Calcagni, president. “This is the first of many strategic opportunities we are exploring as part of our blueprint for growth over the next year. Our plan is to bring on more full-time agents and double in size.”

North Star’s Southington office fit the profile for Calcagni’s strategic growth plan: its market size, the stagnant competition, its proximity to Calcagni’s core towns of service and the new construction opportunities. 

The new office will be a fully-equipped functional business center with wireless internet, professional printer, conference room with plasma television and full-time expert support staff to make working on the go convenient for agents and their clients. Calcagni has also invested heavily in technology to develop proprietary software to help enhance client relationships—but not replace them.

Calcagni is planning to grow the Southington office, located at 722 West Street on the Bristol town line and minutes from ESPN headquarters, to approximately 20 full-time agents, the first of whom is Linda Tosta, former owner of North Star Real Estate. “Linda will be a great addition to our team. We see tremendous growth potential in the new construction arena in a variety of markets throughout Connecticut and Linda’s experience will be a valuable asset for us,” said Calcagni.

“I am thrilled to be joining a forward-thinking and enthusiastic organization. The recognition of best workplace of the year speaks volumes. I know that our past, present and future clients in Southington and adjacent markets will benefit from the combination of these two solid businesses,” said Tosta.

Calcagni has also built a strong reputation within the new construction sector. Currently representing 15 new home communities, they were pleased to recently announce 100% sales for the Stonegate Community, Sterling Ridge and Spring Meadow. “Our growth is going to be more dramatic because of our specialty in new construction. Banks are cooperating financially to reposition the prices of residential new construction projects that will allow them to sell,” said Calcagni.

Calcagni has a unique philosophy about real estate. Their firm is capturing market share by providing a higher level of service and support to its agents. As a result, agents are joining their team from other brokers and entirely different industries based on their reputation for helping them become more productive, and in turn, successful.

Our growth as a Connecticut-based independent real estate company and the value we deliver to our clients is a direct result of the values, vision and energy of our people. We felt it was important to continue to establish roots in the community and continue to add to the area’s economic recovery. I’m excited for what’s next.” Steve Calcagni.

About Calcagni: Calcagni Associates Real Estate is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. Calcagni has four offices—Cheshire, Hamden, Wallingford and Southington. All offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures and relocation services. Learn more at Calcagni.com and Facebook.com/CalcagniAssociates.