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CALCAGNI REAL ESTATE AWARDS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO KELSEY UGUCCIONI

Cheshire High School Senior Will Begin Coursework at University of Rhode Island This September

June 10, 2014 | Cheshire, CT

Calcagni Real Estate agents Gina Shumilla (left) and Sandy Wagner (right) present Cheshire High School senior Kelsey Uguccioni (center) with Calcagni’s annual $500 college scholarship.

Calcagni Real Estate agents Gina Shumilla (left) and Sandy Wagner (right) present Cheshire High School senior Kelsey Uguccioni (center) with Calcagni’s annual $500 college scholarship.

Calcagni Real Estate has awarded its annual $500 scholarship this year to Cheshire High School senior Kelsey Uguccioni.  Planning to attend the University of Rhode Island and study communication disorders and speech therapy, Uguccioni has been involved with Special Olympics for six years.

Among other requirements, scholarship applicants must submit an essay about the importance of their own community involvement.  In Uguccioni’s essay, she reflected upon her work with Special Olympics.  Community involvement, specifically working with those who face challenges accomplishing everyday tasks, has taught Uguccioni that she, herself, is only thing standing in the way of her success.

“We’re thrilled to present Kelsey Uguccioni with our annual scholarship,” says Calcagni Real Estate agent and scholarship program director Sandy Wagner. “Described by one of her teachers as one of the most selfless individuals at school, Kelsey truly embodies what this award is all about.”

Calcagni Real Estate has been offering the scholarship annually for the past 10 years.  Graduating high school seniors who reside in Cheshire and plan to attend an accredited two to four year college are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The award is based on service to the community, academic performance, extracurricular activities, and financial need.  The $500 prize is awarded upon completion of the first semester of college.

About Calcagni Real Estate

With offices in Cheshire, Hamden, Southington, and Wallingford as well as more than four decades worth of roots in the Cheshire community, Calcagni Real Estate has a strong market presence built on experience and success. Calcagni agents and their families live, work, volunteer, and strongly support charitable causes throughout the areas where the company serves both home buyers and sellers. For more information, visit Calcagni Real Estate online at www.calcagni.com.

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FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR NEW HOME THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH!

Calcagni OH Feb 10With Valentine’s Day coming up and nearly 30 open houses this Sunday, what’s not to love? Join us Sunday, February 10th at any of our open houses. Whether you’re just browsing or ready to make the move, you’re sure to find something to love.

Click here to view all of our Open Houses: http://on.fb.me/WKJtuK or visit us at www.calcagni.com 

Spring Cleaning 101 – Get Your Home Ready for Spring Buying Season

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Now that spring is approaching, homeowners are getting serious about preparing their homes for sale. If putting your home on the market is at the top of your to-do list this season, be sure to carve out some time to do some serious spring cleaning. Not only will a thorough cleaning make your home stand out from the crowd, it will also force you to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated during the winter months so that prospective buyers can see everything your home has to offer.

De-clutter: If you’re preparing to sell your home this spring, one of the first pieces of advice you’ll get from your real estate agent is to reduce the amount of clutter in your home. By cleaning out your home and getting rid of the clutter, you’ll set the stage to attract prospective buyers. Take the time to go through all your closets and bag up all the clothes that don’t fit, are out of style, or that you simply don’t wear anymore and donate them to Goodwill. You can even put together a garage sale with any old books, toys your kids no longer play with and anything else that you don’t need.

Don’t Neglect the Exterior: When it comes to spring cleaning, be sure to take care of the outside of the home as well so that your home offers a good first impression to prospective buyers. Curb appeal is as important as ever since house hunters are more likely to spend more time outside looking at the exterior of the house and the property itself. Make sure the lawn is well-maintained and free of leaves, the grass is mowed and the hedges are trimmed. You can even buy some colorful flowers and put fresh mulch in the flowerbeds to spruce up the landscaping. If there are any bare spots in the grass, buy some seed and water it to get the green back in. Make sure to also clean your gutters, wash your welcome mat and put away any rakes or winter shovels so that your yard is clear of debris.

While you’re outside, take advantage of the nice weather and power wash your driveway, walkway, siding and deck. Not only does power washing remove layers and years of dirt and grime from stone and cement, it also gets rid of mildew stains that may have accumulated during the winter. Power washing the porch, a fence or even the deck will clear away all the dirt and debris and make the home instantly seem cleaner. The last thing you want prospective buyers to see is a dingy looking house, as this will give the impression that you haven’t been properly maintaining the home.

Windows: Don’t forget to make sure all the windows are clean as well. While a REALTOR® may tell you that homes show better with the blinds or curtains up, this will not be true if the windows are dirty. A clean window not only brings more light into a room, it also allows buyers the chance to get a clear picture of the view from their potential new home. It’s important to clean both the inside and outside of all windows until they are streak free and spotless. This includes all sliding glass doors, garage windows and outside doors.

Take Inventory: While you’re going through your spring cleaning routine, pay close attention to the “little” things that might draw the eye of a prospective home buyer. Go around your home with a pad and pencil and dissect each room for things such as small holes in the wall where a painting used to hang, outlets that are missing a casing or doorknobs that are loose and squeaky. Also, be sure to check all of the caulking around sinks, faucets and tubs. This is one of the areas that is most often overlooked and can make the biggest impact on someone looking at the house. The same thing goes for any grout in tile counters or bathtubs.

Take the time and invest the small amount of money it will cost to fix these items to remove any hesitation a prospective buyer may have about moving forward with purchasing your home.

For more spring cleaning tips, contact your Calcagni agent today.

Steven Calcagni named National Association of REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinator

We are very proud of our President Steven Calcagni’s newest role as the NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) Federal Political Coordinator. He will be serving as a liaison between NAR and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty.

In this vital role, Steven will also be responsible for responding to all NAR Calls for Action received, he will be one of NAR’s key REALTOR® communicators with Congress, and will also act as an advocate on behalf of all REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Party.

Steven was in Washington, D.C. the week of January 28 at the Policy & Advocacy Conference, where he had the pleasure of meeting 2013 NAR President Gary Thomas, among other NAR committee leaders.  

Steven and Gary Thomas

2013 NAR President Gary Thomas and Steven Calcagni

Calcagni Real Estate representing CT Assoc. of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C.

Steven Calcagni is in Washington, D.C. this week, as the new liaison for the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® with Elizabeth Esty. He had a chance to meet up with Laura Vogel, Manager of Federal Member Advocacy at National Association of REALTORS®, pictured below.

Steve & Laura Vogel

Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Associates, with Laura Vogel, Manager of Federal Member Advocacy at National Association of REALTORS®

New Year’s Resolutions Every Home Seller Should Add to Their List

2013 Jan Fireworks

Now that the new year has arrived, sellers are back in full force, pulling out all the stops in order to get their home sold. Whether you’re listing your home for the first time or finally ready to get that “For Sale” sign out of your front yard, add the following New Year’s resolutions to your list.

1. Set Reasonable Expectations: Although the housing market is showing signs of being better in 2013, we’re still nowhere near the levels of the last housing boom. Therefore, you need to be practical when setting a price and listening to offers. Too many sellers still expect to put their house on the market and have people fight over it within weeks, when the reality is bidding wars just aren’t that commonplace these days.

2. Don’t be Discouraged – React: If your house has been sitting on the market for a long period of time, or no one is coming to see it, don’t give up. Be proactive. Do something to change up the listing—add some new photos, incorporate video, or hire a professional writer to add panache to the descriptions that are being used to market your home. In addition, talk with your agent about why he or she thinks your home isn’t selling and fix anything that’s reasonable.

3. Communicate with Your Agent: There’s a reason you hired an agent to sell your home, so be sure to take full advantage of their expertise. Ask them for their advice as well as tips regarding the best way to sell your home. If there’s a problem with any part of the process, don’t just bite your tongue; talk to your agent and iron out any issues.

4. Don’t be Stubborn: Oftentimes, sellers will set a price that they expect to get for their home and absolutely refuse to budge, no matter what. While you have every right to set the price you want, if you list a $400,000 home and someone comes in with an offer of $370,000, don’t just write them off. Take some time to research whether their offer is more in line with what houses are selling for and listen to their reasons (if the agent provided them) for the lower price. When it comes down to price, there’s nothing wrong with negotiating a figure that will work for both parties.

5. Leave the House: When sellers have their house on the market for a long period of time, eventually they may give up on the notion that they have to leave the house during a showing. However, it’s important to get out of the house no matter how long it’s been on the market. Being present for a showing not only makes it harder for the real estate agent to do his/her job, it can also lead to an uncomfortable situation for those viewing the home.

For more information about selling your home in the new year, contact us at www.calcagni.com

Tips to Overcome Winter Gloom and Sell Faster

If your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are a few tips to aid in the successful sale of your home:

2013 Jan WinterBrighten it up: Counter the cloudy days of winter by making your home stand out. Keep the lights on in the front of the house even if no showings are scheduled. You never know who will be driving by to take a peek.

Don’t overlook a place for shoes: Prospective buyers and guests will likely be schlepping through your home with muddy shoes and boots. Make sure you have a designated spot for wet footwear, like a festive rug or area in the breezeway. You want to ensure that your home stays just as clean for whoever will be touring the home next.

Keep it fresh: Homes, especially ones not currently being lived in, have a tendency to get stuffy in the winter time. Air out the home on warmer days or have a nice room fragrance available, like a candle or spray. As always, keep pets hidden or away from the main quarters to make sure no additional smells enter the home.

Keep a steady temperature: Don’t cook your prospective buyers. Keep the home at a steady 65 degrees during showings. Those touring will likely not be taking off their jackets, so there’s no reason to make them sweat.

Don’t ignore the exterior: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should neglect the yard. Be sure to keep walkways clear of ice and debris to ensure everyone’s safety. Always shovel the driveway and walks promptly after a snowfall or ice storm.

With these tips and a little bit of thought, adjusting your selling methods to suit the season can only help in the long run.
For more information about selling your home in the new year, contact us at www.calcagni.com