Category: Hamden Real Estate (72)

Alright, so you have received the results of your home inspection—now what? With all the excitement of the house purchase and the new move, many homeowners make the mistake of putting the results of their home inspection aside, thinking they will make necessary repairs later. “Your home inspection results are a great push-off point for making necessary repairs,” says Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Associates. “Making the repairs sooner rather than later can pay off in the end.”

Infrastructure Issues
If your home inspector found problems with the frame or groundwork of your house, these problems should be addressed immediatel. Similarly, a leaky roof or basement may seem like something that can be dealt with later, but once mold or mildew sets in, it can be problematic to remove, and the future potential for water damage could set you back thousands of dollars. “Re-roofing, repairing and sealing any cracks before you begin to move in your belongings is a smart idea,” says Calcagni. “Pay special attention to areas of entrance, like doors and windows, where cracks and openings can let in damaging moisture and make insulation difficult.”

Electrical Checks
Problems with electrical systems are the second most common type of problem reported nationwide by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).Your home inspection report should include a thorough check of your home’s wiring, circuit breaker, water heater, appliance hook-ups and lighting fixtures. “Don’t take any chances with electrical systems,” says Calcagni, “especially if you have an older home that may have been designed under an outdated electrical code that is no longer up to par.” Even if no major electrical problems show up on your report, Calcagni suggests installing safety devices such as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) as a precaution.

Safety Repairs

“Issues with home safety reported in your inspection should not be overlooked for any amount of time,” warns Calcagni. Things like radon, lead paint and asbestos should be removed before your family moves in.

“Often, people don’t realize that a home inspection report with a laundry list of problems can be a valuable negotiation tool for closing a deal,” says Calcagni. “You may be able to ask for a lower price or request that some of the major repairs—such as a faulty wiring system or leaky roof—be made on the seller’s dime before you move in.”

For more information on home inspections, please contact Calcagni Associates at

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Calcagni Associates President, Steve Calcagni, is proud to announce that Marilyn Elsworth and Nancy Lydell have recently been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®.

Realtors who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 40,000 Realtors® nationwide have earned the credential.  Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS Designees subscribe to the strict Realtors® code of ethics, have access to the latest technology and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

                                                       Nancy Lydell

Nancy,  a native of Hamden who currently resides in Cheshire, serves all towns in the Greater New Haven area, as well as Southern Hartford County. She has been a realtor with Calcagni Associates since 1997 and specializes in seller and buyer representation, new construction, and assisting first-time homebuyers. Nancy is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Cheshire, which showcases her dedication to making Cheshire a stronger community. Nancy was also recently honored as the recipient of Connecticut Magazine’s 2011 Five Star Real Estate Agent Award. The award was given to fewer than 6% of real estate agents throughout Connecticut as a result of a survey of residents who purchased a home within the past 36 months. Recipients were evaluated on the following criteria: market knowledge, communication, integrity, negotiation, customer service, finding the right home, marketing the home, closing preparation and overall customer satisfaction. 

In addition to her new CRS designation, Nancy also holds the designation of Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), which is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (“REBAC”) of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. 

Nancy works in Calcagni Associates’ Cheshire office located at 330 South Main Street and may be reached by calling 203-272-1821 Ext. 349, or by visiting 

Marilyn Elsworth

Marilyn Elsworth holds a Master of Public Health from Yale University and B.A. from Boston College. She has been a resident of the Spring Glen section of Hamden for over 25 years and has lived abroad in London, England.   While specializing in both seller and buyer representation, she especially enjoys working with first-time homebuyers and helping clients moving to the Greater New Haven area find and purchase a home.  “Since I have lived here most of my life, I know the area very well.  I also understand and appreciate the complexity of making a move to a new and distant home”.

 In addition to the her new CRS designation, Marilyn also holds the designation of Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), which is considered the nation’s number one real estate designation and may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program of 92 hours of course instruction.

 Marilyn works in Calcagni Associates’ Hamden office located at 2620 Whitney Avenue and may be reached by calling 203-288-1821 Ext. 435 or by visiting

 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 services.

At Calcagni Associates, our agents don’t just sell houses. They build trust and relationships through some of the largest and most emotional transactions in people’s lives. Below we recognize some of our top associates who have recently won the GREATER NEW HAVEN ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS First Quarter Award- 2011. (The award is given each sales quarter to Realtors who have a minimum of 9 closed sales). They didn’t get there just by breezing through paperwork, putting a sign in the front yard or taking orders. They got there with care, with consideration, with counsel. Please join us in congratulating them!                                    

Dorothy Karska-Piech                                                                               ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative), REALTOR                                                                                            Calcagni Associates- Cheshire Office                                                                                                                     20 TIME RECIPIENT!

Stacey DeAngelis,REALTOR                                                                                            Calcagni Associates- Cheshire Office                                                           16 TIME RECIPIENT!

Larry Madow, REALTOR, Director of REO Services                    Calcagni Associates- Wallingford Office                                             

When selling a home, sometimes you have to get creative. For homeowners whose properties have been on the market longer than expected, different tactics may be necessary in order to pique the minds of house-hunting buyers.

“If you seem to have hit a plateau, ask yourself some key questions. ‘What haven’t I tried?’ ‘What can I do to market this home with a different spin?’ Thinking outside the box could make the difference necessary to sell your home,” says Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Associates.

With some buyers sitting on the fence, struggling home sellers should seek out new ways to make their homes stand out. To gain a competitive edge against the competition, a house upgrade may provide your home with more visual appeal. Does your home have old carpeting, wallpaper, countertops or appliances? You may want to consider replacing them. “By updating older elements, you can brighten up the interior and give your home a newfound modern appearance,” says Calcagni. The bright feel will keep your home in the minds of buyers.

Have you properly staged the home for viewings? If so, should you try a different staging approach? Properly staging the home means designing the setup to be attractive to the widest range of home buyers. De-cluttering and rearranging are both large pieces of the puzzle. “Even if you have previously staged your home, don’t be afraid to try something different,” says Calcagni. “The larger you can make the space feel, the better off you will be.”

By now, you’ve almost surely heard of the powers of boosting curb appeal. “It’s imperative to not forget the outside of the home because you’re focused on fixing up the inside,” says Calcagni. Even small efforts such as power washing the exterior, replacing address numbers and placing them in a prominent location, or repainting the front door can be excellent for your home’s curb appeal. Be edgy, yet trend-appropriate with your decisions. You never know how much extra attention your home will receive as a result.

By taking some of these selling basics and putting your own unique spin on them, you can make your property stand out from the masses. “With plenty of inventory on the market, sellers must find unique ways to sell their home that their competition is failing to utilize,” says Calcagni. “That is the key to selling in today’s market.”

For more information on new selling tactics you can use, contact your Calcagni realtor or visit us at  

Calcagni Associates Real Estate has offices in Cheshire, Wallingford, and Hamden, and is a fully diversified real estate company offering residential properties, new constructionland 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.


Cheshire, CT– Calcagni Associates Real Estate recently welcomed Realtor John Proto to their Hamden regional office, announced Steve Calcagni, President. John, a Hamden native with 8 years of real estate sales and marketing experience, also teaches pre-licensing and continuing education courses to fellow agents at the New Haven Board of Realtors. He brings with him such distinguished designations as SRES, ABR, CRS and SFR as well as being a certified Cartus and USAA Relocation Specialist.


“We’re thrilled to have John join our team,” said Calcagni. “His comprehensive knowledge of real estate, coupled with his drive to provide excellent customer service, makes him a huge asset to our company.”

            John’s background as an IT Director, with experience in multi-million dollar contract negotiations, made him a natural fit for Calcagni Associates. “I chose to affiliate with Calcagni because they are continually at the leading edge of technology. They make it easy for buyers and sellers to stay on top of the most current real estate information.”

            Joining a civic-minded organization was equally as important to John. “Not only is Calcagni Associates a leader in the technology aspect of real estate, but they are deeply rooted in the communities in which they serve. After 40 years as an independently owned and operated company, they have greatly contributed to the betterment of New Haven County.”

            As a member of the Whitneyville Civic Association and the Hamden Land Conservation Trust member, John has deep ties to his community. For the last four years, he has served as a committee member for the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk New Haven, and is a certified Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator.

            John is available to answer any real estate questions and to serve all real estate needs throughout New Haven County and upper Fairfield County. His office at Calcagni Associates is located at 2620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, and he can be reached by calling (203) 288-1821 Ext. 452 or by visiting his website:

          Calcagni Associates has real estate 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 services.

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 “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 

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

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



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

The latest statistics from the CTIA (The Wireless Association) indicate that roughly 292.8 million Americans are now using mobile phones and this number is on the rise. “We have to be prepared to communicate with consumers in the format that they feel most comfortable using,” said Steve Calcagni, President of Calcagni Associates Real Estate, as he announced the company’s launch of their new Sign Rider Mobile Texting initiative.

 “Signs continue to be one of our best marketing tools. We receive calls every day from potential home buyers who have either driven past a property or are sitting in front of it and they want more information,” said Calcagni.  “We’re now going one step further and giving the consumer what they want – information in real time, just by texting the unique mobile code that’s on the sign. Within seconds the consumer receives a text message on their phone with details about the property including price, photos and how to contact the listing agent.  It’s a great tool, because the new mobile texting riders provide more exposure for our sellers and an interactive experience for the consumer.”

The announcement of Calcagni’s new mobile texting program comes on the heels of the company’s recent launch of a mobile enabled version of The newly mobile website provides home buyers with the ability to search for properties using search criteria or by simply activating a GPS search feature.  “It’s very intuitive and we’re excited to be the first real estate company in our area offering buyers and sellers a complete mobile marketing platform.”    

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 services.  

To learn more about our services,visit  

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!