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Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Tony DeVivo

Tony DeVito   Calcagni Associates Real Estate

Tony DeVivo, REALTOR

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Tony DeVivo to the company’s Wallingford office.

Tony is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation, assisting first-time homebuyers and relocation. He is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.  “We are very excited to welcome Tony to our Wallingford office. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our growing team,” said Steven Calcagni.

Tony lives in Meriden, and has several years of customer service experience in the automotive industry and has a proven track record of providing excellent service to his clients.  He is very excited to help people achieve the dream of homeownership, utilizing the tools and the supportive work environment which Calcagni Real Estate offers.

Tony is available to serve all your real estate needs throughout the Central Connecticut area and beyond. He may be reached at Calcagni Real Estate’s office located at 924 North Main St Ext., by calling (203) 265-1821 Ext. 208, his cell 860-655-6362, or by visiting:  http://www.calcagni.com/TonyDeVivo

 

Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Maggie Griffin

Maggie Griffin  Calcagni Associates Real Estate

Maggie Griffin, ACRE, e-PRO, REALTOR

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Maggie Griffin to the company’s Wallingford office.

Maggie, a native of Hamden who currently lives in Wallingford, is a full time REALTOR® and is a member of the Greater New Haven Board of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.  “Maggie’s comprehensive knowledge of real estate, coupled with her drive to provide excellent customer service, makes her a great asset to our company,” said Steven Calcagni.

Maggie Griffin, a professional REALTOR for close to two decades, is more than happy to be affiliated with Calcagni Real Estate “because it gives my clients the opportunity to take advantage of all the diversified services that Calcagni Real Estate offers home sellers, buyers, builders, those who are relocating, and anyone who has real estate needs in today’s real estate market,” said Maggie.

Maggie lives by her slogan, “No Client of Mine is Left Behind”. Her goal is to lead sellers and buyers to a successful transaction, providing several real estate related services in order for her clients to achieve their home buying or selling goals. Her specialties and expertise range from Waterfront Communities, New Homes, Re-sale Homes, Condos, Multi-family Homes, Investment Properties, Luxury Homes, market values of homes, land, probate sales, short sales and foreclosures.   She is a home staging specialist, e-Pro, customer service certified, internet specialist and one of few ACRE designated agents in CT along with being an ACRE Consulting Business Graduate.

Maggie is a recognized Multi-Million Dollar Producer, a Founder’s Club Member, Executive Club Member, Manager’s Club Member, a Top RELO Producer in Connecticut for buyers and sellers who have relocation needs; and she is one of the few Real Estate Professionals to be amongst The Premier Club National Membership from the Relocation Network. Her dedication to her clients who sell and purchase a home is what she calls “Her True Rewards” knowing she is a part of their American Dream and one of the most important decisions one makes in a life time.

The Greater New Haven Association of Realtors has recognized Maggie for Excellence in Production multiple times. Maggie was also one of Metropolitan Magazine‘s selections as their choice of Realtors in Connecticut, for proving success and dedication in the Real Estate field based on her production and recommendations from past and current clients and amongst her colleagues. In addition, Maggie held a seat on GNHAR’s Professional Standards Committee (2007) and on CAR’s Legislative Political Affairs and Sub-deficit Committees (2009). She also taught Real Estate Principles and Practices along with being a guest speaker at several home buyer seminars.

Because of her dedication, knowledge and levels of experience, Maggie has received several awards and recognition throughout the years she has been in the Real Estate profession. These awards and recognitions are a result of her outstanding performance in Customer Service, Highly Rated in Consumer Satisfaction, Production and Relocation

Maggie’s office at Calcagni Associates is located at 924 North Main Street Ext, Wallingford, and she may be reached to answer any of your real estate questions by calling (203)265-1821 Ext. 214 or by visiting:  http://www.calcagni.com/MaggieGriffin

Buying or Selling a Home? 5 Must-Reads to Aid the Process

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When it comes to buying or selling a home, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information available via your agent, family members, friends and even your neighbors. While taking everything in may seem like an uphill battle, a trip to your local library may be worthwhile.

Here are five best-selling books that you might want to pick up to help get a better handle on what you’re going through.

“House Selling for Dummies”/ “Home Buying for Dummies”: These popular books are both on their fourth editions and touch on some basic tips that everyone should know, but don’t always do. Eric Tyson and Ray Brown offer a ton of time-tested advice and updated strategies for buying or selling a home within the current market conditions. Additionally, “The For Dummy” books are available in a wide range of topics, covering everything from getting a mortgage, home-buying kits and even short sales.

“100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask”: Things are changing fast in residential real estate, and this book will bring you up-to-date. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, first-time seller, or haven’t bought a home in at least five years, real estate expert Ilyce R. Glink has complied answers from top brokers around the country addressing all of the current trends homebuyers need to stay on top of to find the home of their dreams. Not only does the book include great reference sections on contracts, resources, and real estate terms, it also has mortgage payment tables in the back.

“Holmes Inspection: The Essential Guide for Every Homeowner, Buyer and Seller”: Mike Holmes, star of the popular Canadian home improvement show, “Make it Right,” explains how to spot problems and gives you the information you need to judge a house wisely during an inspection. From the mechanicals (furnace, electrical and plumbing) to the “envelope” (floors, walls, doors and windows) to issues of location, this book includes real case studies, red flag sidebars and hundreds of photographs regarding what to look out for.

“Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home”: Written by legal experts Ilona Bray, Alayna Schroeder and Marcia Stewart, this book is filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and insights, and common pitfalls to avoid when buying a home in today’s market. It’s essentially a guide from A-Z on securing the right mortgage, selecting the right agent, and ultimately finding your dream home.

“The 106 Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make (and How to Avoid Them)”: Author Gary Eldred has compiled the experience of hundreds of homebuyers, real estate agents, home builders, and mortgage lenders to create a guide to keep people from making errors in the home-buying process. Topics addressed in this book include underestimating utilities and other costs, researching selling prices and not trusting your agent.

For more information about real estate related reading material, contact your Calcagni agent today.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2013. All rights reserved.

Calcagni Fall Festival of Homes! Sunday, September 9th 1-3 PM

IT’S CHESHIRE FALL FESTIVAL TIME! … Stop by Calcagni Associates booth, this Saturday, 9/8, at Bartlem Park, where you’ll be able to play games and win prizes!…..Also, check out our FALL FESTIVAL OF HOMES on Sunday, 9/9, at the following Cheshire Open Houses from 1-3 PM:
http://bit.ly/Qomo1z … Look for our ad in today’s Cheshire Herald!

GRAND OPENING Open House this Sunday, May 6th at Southington’s newest condominium community…

 
Don’t miss our GRAND OPENING Open House this Sunday, May 6th at Southington’s newest condominium community! Come check out the decorated model home at:

WINTERBERRY WOODS, Southington from 1-3 PM
2118 Meriden Waterbury Road (Rt. 322)
www.winterberrywoodsliving.com

To see our complete list of open houses, click on the “Open Houses” icon on the top of our Facebook timeline, or visit www.calcagni.com

Congratulations to our ‘Greater New Haven Association of Realtors’ 4th Quarter Achievement Award Winners!

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.

 

 

Over 1,000 Reasons We Love What We Do (and it shows)…

 
Check out our 2011 Sales Resume Ad, running in this weekend’s Cheshire Herald, New Haven Register & Record-Journal…We’re excited to announce that  Calcagni Associates has assisted 1,000 Home Buyers & Sellers in 2011!

 

Calcagni Associates Real Estate is Expanding!

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.

Calcagni OPEN HOUSE BLITZ – Sunday October 23!

Fall in love with your new home… We’re excited to introduce Calcagni’s OPEN HOUSE BLITZ on Sunday, October 23! Visit Calcagni.com for our full list of properties.

Calcagni Associates Welcomes REALTOR® Suzanne (Sue) Mikosz

Calcagni Associates President, Steve Calcagni, recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent, Suzanne (Sue) Mikosz, to the company’s Cheshire office. 

Sue, a resident of Southington, is a full time REALTOR who services all cities and towns in New Haven and Hartford Counties. She specializes in seller and buyer representation, assisting first-time homebuyers, and is a member of the Greater New Haven Board of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. We are excited to welcome Sue to our Calcagni family! She is a great addition to our Cheshire office,” said Steve Calcagni.

Sue has always had an interest in the real estate profession. After teaching school on the elementary level, she was fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home-mom for several years to raise her two sons. She and her family experienced relocating a few times, prior to settling back in Southington. This naturally led Sue to embark on a career in real estate. “Having gone through the moving process on multiple occasions, and experiencing being on both sides of the table, (as a seller and a buyer), I believe that patience along with having a strong, honest and open relationship with your client is key to success in real estate” commented Sue.

When she is not assisting her clients, Sue enjoys golfing, skiing, shopping and entertaining with family and friends.  Sue’s office at Calcagni Associates is located at 330 South Main Street, Cheshire, and she can be reached by calling (203) 272-1821 Ext. 317 or by visiting:  http://www.calcagni.com/suemikosz

 About Calcagni Associates Real Estate: 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. Learn more at www.calcagni.com. Follow Calcagni Associates at www.facebook.com/calcagniassociates  ###