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Home Selling Team Realtors Attend Conference

Noah King, Jack Fulton, Ryan Vigue and Georgieanna Fisher, professional full-time Realtors with Home Selling Team, recently attended a two-day intensive training class sponsored by the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS):  Listing Strategies for the Residential Specialist, with Jackie Leavenworth, CRS.

The conference was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wallingford on May 18-19.  The course content focused on effective marketing plans, listing presentation and pricing and assessing seller’s needs and motivations. 

“Continuing education beyond fulfilling your license requirements is a high priority for us at Home Selling Team, stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team.   Real estate is a rapidly evolving industry that requires more than just past experience to be successful.  We find that the more we know, the more assistance we can render to buyers and sellers selling or purchasing a home.”

HST realtors attend trainingHome Selling Team Realtors Attend Communications Class

HST Realtors Brian McCarthy, Jeanne Crum, Clarence Russ, Ryan Vigue, Sue Esposito and Georgieanna Fisher all attended the “Shift Happens” class at the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors, hosted by instructor Rhonda Ivey-Lentini on April 19th

The course focused on the differing communication styles of four generations of buyers and sellers in the current market and strategies to embrace new technologies and communication styles while continuing to focus on customer service and efficiency. 

Home Selling Team is a full-service real estate company in Mansfield Center with full-time professional Realtors and exclusive programs for buyers and sellers such as the 120 day Guaranteed Sale, Homerover, Audrey’s Award and Coming Soon.  Visit homesellingteam.com for more information or call 860-456-SOLD (7653) or by email at info@homesellingteam.com .   

HST at Adventure RoomsHome Selling Team honors agents at 2016 "Homies"

Home Selling Team held its annual recognition event for agent production and customer service at Adventure Rooms in Middletown and a lunch banquet at LaBoca Mexican Restaurant and Cantina.  Adventure Rooms is voted the Best Team Building Activity and consistently ranks as a number one activity on Trip Advisor in Middletown CT and Montclair NJ. 

Award recipients included:

HST Titanium Award-Sue Esposito

HST Platinum Award-Rick Loranger

HST Gold Award-Jeanne Crum, Noah King, Georgieanna Fisher, Tim Morse, Jack Fulton 

HST Sterling Award-Clarence Russ, Caroline Ellis, Ryan VigueCarol Webb

Tim Morse was additionally recognized as HST Rookie of the Year for his outstanding sales and service performance in his second year with Home Selling Team. 

“I could not be more proud of the HST Team for their outstanding work in 2016.  Real estate presents different challenges and dramatic shifts year after year and how this team adapts and perfects their skills and expertise continues to amaze me,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. 

Home Selling Team Agents Attend Technology Trends Workshop

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 HST Realtors Brian McCarthy, Noah King, Sue Esposito, Ryan Vigue and Jack Fulton recently attended the workshop offered by the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors to help buyers and sellers navigate the online world of real estate.  The course featured guest speaker Nobu Hata, Director of Member Engagement for the National Association of Realtors  and information on consumer trends from Google, National Association of Realtors and Forrester Research.

Home Selling Team Realtors Attend Commercial Real Estate Course

Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team and Ryan Vigue, a full-time Realtor at Home Selling Team recently completed a comprehensive 4-day certification program on commercial and investment real estate sponsored by the Eastern CT Association of Realtors in Norwich CT.

The class syllabus covered topics such as tax ramifications at sale, 1031 exchanges, commercial leasing, green concepts, tenant and buyer representation, and other topics central to the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial and investment real estate.

“There is always something more to learn in real estate, regardless of how many years you have in the industry or your level of expertise, stated Brian McCarthy, Owner/Broker of Home Selling Team.  “Ryan and I found the class to be very informative and a valuable resource for servicing our commercial and investment clients,” McCarthy further stated.

Home Selling Team Realtors Complete Negotiation Expert Course

Brian McCarthy, Georgieanna Fisher, Jack Fulton, Sue Esposito, Tim Morse and Jeanne Crum, all full-time Realtors with Home Selling Team, recently completed the two-day Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) course offered by the Real Estate Business Institute in North Haven, CT.

This new course examines all types of negotiation formats and methods and offers tips and techniques to help agents advocate effectively on behalf of their clients, craft effect strategies in an environment of competing interests and obtain the best end result for their clients. 

“Even a Realtor with many years of experience can benefit from a negotiation course and enhance their skills in strategizing and advocating for their client in a real estate transaction,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team.  “I am pleased that we had a good turnout, as we always do, at continuing education events and professional designation offerings. “

Home Selling Team Realtors Attend Realtor Education DayHST Agents at Realtor Education Day

Brian McCarthy, Jack Fulton, Ryan Vigue, Sue Esposito,Jeanne Crum, Noah King,  and Carol Webb,  all full-time professional Realtors with Home Selling Team,  attended Realtor Education Day on Thursday March 24th  at the Hartford Marriott. 

The key note speaker was John Glascock,UConn Professor of Real Estate and Director of the UConn Real Estate Center.  Other presenters were Adorna Carroll, Vice President and Owner/Broker of Realty 3 CT and President of Dynamic Directions, Inc. and Nobu Hata, NAR’s Director of Member Engagement.   The agenda, from 9:15 to 5:15 pm included two 3-hour education sessions and lunch, ending with a networking reception. 

Everyone agreed that this Realtor Education Day was the best they had attended ─the material was compelling and interesting and presented by dynamic and engaging presenters.  

Home Selling Team Awards the 2015 "Homies"

Home Selling Team hosted their annual awards lunch at the Altnaveigh this year. And the winners are… Sue Esposito– Titanium Award Rick Loranger-Platinum Award Jeanne Crum-Gold Award -Carol Webb-Gold award Noah King-Sterling Award Ryan Vigue-Sterling Award Jack Fulton-Sterling Award Georgieanna Fisher-Sterling Award Caroline Ellis-Sterling Award Rookie of the Year-Caroline Ellis.  Congratulations to everyone on a great year!!

Home Selling Team Announces Audrey’s Award Winners for 2015

Five lucky first-time home buyers were chosen in the annual Audrey’s Award drawing at Home Selling Team on February 3rd.  Each winner receives $100 cash.  Each year every first-time buyer who worked with an agent from Home Selling Team on a home purchase are entered into the drawing.  Audrey’s Award was created by Home Selling Team in honor of the late Audrey Hilton, a buyer’s agent at Home Selling Team until 2007.  Audrey’s passion was educating first time buyers on the buying process and ushering them through the challenges and unknowns that a new buyer can face and she did this with the utmost of caring and enthusiasm.

float: left: Congratulations to the 2015 winners:
Raymond Rossiter- Buyer's agent:  Caroline Ellis
Erika Knight- Buyer's agent:  Sue Esposito
Benjamin Lopez- Buyer's agent:  Rick Loranger
Bri Diaz & Tom Higgins- Buyer's agent:  Caroline Ellis
Marinko Vracevic-Buyer's agent:  Noah King

Noah King Home Selling Team Home Selling Team Realtor Recognized by Business Network International

 

NORTH HAVEN, CT- Noah King, a Realtor with Home Selling Team, was recognized as “Member of the Year” at the Business Network International (BNI) 25th Anniversary and Awards Banquet at the Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel on January 21, 2016. 

 There are currently 72 BNI chapters in Connecticut.  Chapters were awarded for membership growth, closed business and lead generation.  2015 marks the first year that BNI recognized a “Member of the Year” for each chapter.  Noah’s award was based upon his “positive and supportive attitude” and his “Givers Gain” philosophy that makes him a valuable member of the Northeast CT Chapter of which he is a member. 

 Noah, an Ashford resident, is a full-time Realtor with Home Selling Team, 452 Storrs Road, Mansfield, CT.    You can reach Noah by email at noah@homesellingteam.com or direct at 860-450-8134. 

 

 HST agents attend CRS class

Home Selling Team Agents Complete Business Planning and Marketing Course

Carol Webb, Jack Fulton, Paul Tamsin, and Ryan Vigue, all full-time Realtors with Home Selling Team in Mansfield, have just completed a highly specialized course, Business Planning and Marketing, presented by the Council of Residential Specialists.  This two-day course earns two units of core credit towards the Certified Residential Specialist Designation.  The class was taught by CRS Instructor, Chandra Hall.  

During the two-day course, which was conducted in North Haven CT, participants learned the fundamentals of business planning, including how to create a business plan, set a budget to meet income goals and implement a marketing plan.  Understanding these essential business activities helps participants increase their productivity as real estate professionals.

“I am pleased that these agents took time out of their busy schedules to attend this important course”, stated Brian McCarthy, Broker of Home Selling Team.  Changes in marketing real estate and in particular, marketing yourself as a Realtor, has become an integral part of a successful real estate career.”

The Council of Residential Specialists is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors comprised of nearly 40,000 members.  It awards the CRS Designation to experienced Realtors who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.

Home Selling Team Welcomes Realtor, Tim Morse

Tim, a married father of two, has worked and resided in Mansfield for over 25 years.
“I am looking forward to Tim’s contributions to the team this year,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. “It is always beneficial when a newly licensed agent is familiar with the local area. I’m sure Tim’s knowledge and experience will be advantageous to buyers or sellers in the greater Mansfield Storrs area.” Tim Morse can be reached by phone at 860-456-SOLD (7653) ext. 124 or by email at tim@homesellingteam.com.

HOME SELLING TEAM HOSTS 2014 AGENT RECOGNITION LUNCHEON


Home Selling Team held its annual agent recognition luncheon at 750 Main in Willimantic on Friday, February 13, 2015. Keith James, of James Security Associates LLC did a presentation on Realtor Safety for the group, emphasizing preventative measures and self-defense basics.
The agents recognized at the luncheon for outstanding sales production and client service include:
Sue Esposito- HST Titanium Award
Rick Loranger-HST Titanium Award
Jeanne Crum-HST Gold Award
Georgieanna Fisher- HST Gold Award
Carol Webb-HST Gold Award
Jack Fulton- HST Sterling Award
Noah King- HST Sterling Award
Clarence Russ-HST Sterling Award


“The agents had a stellar year in 2014 and should be very proud of their accomplishments. There are some challenges remaining in the market and in some areas prices have not rebounded as we would like to see, but overall transactions were up and we’re especially pleased to welcome an increasing number of first time home buyers to the market”, stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team.

Home Selling Team is located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield. You can reach Home Selling Team by calling 860-456-SOLD or by email at info@homesellingteam.com. To contact an agent,  visit the website at: homesellingteam.com. If you would like more information about James Security Associates, LLC or would like to contact Keith about a presentation for your business go to: http://www.keithjamesonline.com/.


Home Selling Team Welcomes Caroline Ellis

MANSFIELD- Home Selling Team is pleased to announce the addition of Caroline Ellis to their team of local real estate professionals. 

Caroline,  a Lebanon native,  is a current resident of Willimantic and a UConn graduate.  Her knowledge of the local area and her ability to utilize the latest technology will make her a welcome addition to the local real estate market. 

 “We are always excited to add a local young person, proficient in technology to our team ,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/owner of Home Selling Team.  It is vital to get younger people involved in the real estate industry.  Caroline is smart and efficient and  and I think she will be making herself known quickly as a young professional in our local  marketplace.”

You can contact Caroline Ellis  by telephone at 860-450-8115 or by email at: caroline@homesellingteam.com . 

HOME SELLING TEAM AGENTS ATTEND TRAINING

Home Selling Team Realtors, Paul Tamsin, Jack Fulton, Jeanne Crum, Noah King, Rick Loranger , and Ryan Vigue recently completed two training classes, “Adapting to Shifting Consumer Communication Styles” and “Client Negotiating Strategies”, offered by international  real estate trainers and instructors,  Dynamic Directions.  The classes were held at the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors in West Hartford on March 26, 2014. 


“Education and experience is key to staying ahead of market changes and fluctuations.  Negotiating and communicating efficiently and effectively is a vital part of our responsibility to our clients,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team.  “At Home Selling Team we stress the value of professional designations and continuing education and encourage everyone here to take advantage of the opportunities that these courses and others present.”
Home Selling Team is conveniently located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield CT.    You can reach Home Selling Team by phone at 860-456-SOLD  or by email at:  info@homesellingteam.com or www.homesellingteam.com

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Home Selling Team Welcomes Ryan VigueRyan Vigue

 MANSFIELD- Home Selling Team is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Vigue to their  growing team of Realtors.  Ryan, a Mansfield resident and graduate of E.O. Smith High School, has been employed in the area for many years and is very familiar with the local real estate market. “We are excited to add someone with Ryan’s youth and sphere of contacts to our team,” stated Brian McCarthy, Owner/Broker of Home Selling Team. “As the real estate industry evolves with  the addition of newer technologies, social media,  and an increasing number of  technologically savvy  consumers , it is important to attract younger Realtors, such as Ryan, who may be more familiar and eager to embrace  this shift in communication and marketing.”  Ryan is a car enthusiast,  cyclist,  enjoys travel,  and home improvement projects.  You can reach Ryan by telephone at 860-450-8108 or by email at ryan@homesellingteam.com

   Noah KingNoah King Joins Home Selling Team

MANSFIELD- Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team is pleased to announce that Ashford  resident Noah King  has recently joined Home Selling Team.  Noah is a graduate of E.O. Smith High School and Eastern Connecticut State University. “I am very pleased to attract someone as hard working  and ambitious as Noah,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. “ I am especially excited about adding another young person to our  team and to the local real estate market as we strive to promote home ownership to our younger client base,” McCarthy further stated. Noah  can be reached at Home Selling Team by telephone at 860-456-SOLD ext. 134 or by email at: noah@homesellingteam.com.

  

 Georgieanna Fisher Joins Home Selling Team

 MANSFIELD-Brian McCarthy, Broker Owner of Home Selling Team is pleased to announce the addition of Georgieanna Fisher to their team of professional Realtors. Georgieanna, a Mansfield resident, has over 20 years of real estate experience, including custom building & remodeling, property management and land development.  Georgieanna was also the first female accepted into the UConn Masters of Business Program and the first female MBA graduate. “I am very excited about Georgieanna joining us at Home Selling Team. It is a great opportunity for all of us to add someone with her education, experience and background to the team,” stated McCarthy.  “ We are all looking forward to sharing our experience and insight with our new team member and are excited about what she can bring to the table as a well rounded professional. “

Georgieanna resides in Mansfield with her husband, Tom Fisher, a respected local builder.  If you would like assistance with a land purchase or sale, building a new home or general real estate sales you can contact Georgieanna by telephone at: 860-456-SOLD ext. 109; direct at 860-450-8109 or by email at georgieanna@homesellingteam.com.

Carol Webb Receives New Professional DesignationCarol Webb

 MANSFIELD- Carol Webb, a Realtor with Home Selling Team has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation, achieved by real estate professionals who have successfully completed formal training in the art of negotiation. Agents receiving this designation are in the top 1% of all Realtors nationally.

With these professional negotiation skills, agents will typically obtain better results for their clients. CNE agents have a powerful competitive edge because of their ability to uncover information effectively, get more and give less during sales/purchase negotiations, and retain control over desired outcomes. CNE certified agents are better skilled and more effective than those without professional negotiation training.

Carol attended the training class in Boston, MA, which was hosted by Your Professional Development, national negotiation training and coaching company based in New York.  The president and owner, Jeffrey Scott Stanton boasts 15 years of professional negotiating.  

 

Home Selling Team Boasts Three 5-Star Real Estate Agents in CT Magazine

MANSFIELD- Sue Esposito, Jeanne Crum and Clarence Russ, all Realtors with Home Selling Team have been awarded the 2011 Five Star Real Estate Agent award by Connecticut Magazine in the Windham and Mansfield area.  The Five Star Award recognizes local Real Estate agents for overall satisfaction to their clientele.

“This special recognition of three members of our team in Connecticut Magazine is pretty impressive and is a tribute to all the agents at Home Selling Team who strive to be the best in the business,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. “I am pleased that Sue, Jeanne & Clarence have received these accolades and I know they are well deserved.”

Five Star Professional surveyed Mansfield & Windham are residents who purchased a home within the 12-month period of April 2010-April 2011 and 1,000 subscribers of Connecticut Magazine. An additional 250 surveys were sent to mortgage and title companies.  The recipients of the survey were asked to evaluate agents based on overall satisfaction, communication and customer service. The resulting list for 2011 represents less than 6% of all real estate agents in the area. 

Home Selling Team Awards 2012

Home Selling Team Honors Top Producers


MANSFIELD-Home Selling Team LLC recently honored its Realtors at their annual awards luncheon held February 29 at Main Street Brewing Company in Willimantic.


The awards were given based on sales production and overall service and performance in 2011.  Recipients included:   Jack Fulton, Jeanne Crum, Clarence Russ, and Paul Tamsin, the HST “Sterling Award”; Rick Loranger & Carol Webb, the HST “Gold Award” and Sue Esposito the HST “Titanium Award”, the top HST award for 2011.


Additional awards this year included:  The HST MVP Award which was awarded to Sue Esposito for her consistent sales production and expertise and her adaptability to the changing real estate market.


“I am very impressed with the level of success our Realtors were able to maintain in the last year, “stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team.  “The real estate market is vastly different than in previous years with the increase of short sales and other economic challenges facing homeowners and buyers today.  I believe our commitment to training and continuing education has helped us to stay ahead of the changes and be a stable resource for local homebuyers and sellers”, McCarthy added.

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HOMESELLING TEAM ANNOUNCES “AUDREY’S AWARD” WINNER

Audrey's Award Winner
MANSFIELD-Home Selling Team is pleased to announce the winner of their annual “Audrey’s Award” drawing.   The winner was recently drawn at the Home Selling Team’s monthly office meeting in January.

New home owners Andy & Rebecca Sokolski of Tolland, represented by their Realtor, Sue Esposito received a check for $500 from Home Selling Team Broker/Owner Brian McCarthy. “Coincidentally, Andy, a physical therapist with Mansfield Physical Therapy,  is also a member of the Windham BNI (Business Network International) Chapter with Sue Esposito so it was nice to be able to introduce Andy as the HST award winner to BNI members as well at their recent meeting,” stated McCarthy.


Home Selling Team’s “Audrey’s Award” is given annually to a new home buyer in honor of the late Audrey Hilton, who was a Realtor and Buyer’s Agent with Home Selling Team until 2007. The names  of all  buyers who buy a home through Home Selling Team the previous year are entered into the drawing.


 Audrey’s passion and commitment to educating new home buyers and guiding them through the intricacies of their first transaction was well known by her clients and colleagues alike.

 

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Rick Loranger Rick Loranger Completes Real Estate Broker Education


MANSFIELD- Rick Loranger of Home Selling Team recently completed the requirements to obtain his Real Estate Broker’s license.  Rick has been a Realtor /Associate with Home Selling Team since 2003 and once he receives his license he will become a Broker/Associate.


“I am impressed with Rick’s drive and commitment to succeed as a professional in the local real estate industry,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. “We have seen a recent trend of office closings, mergers, & consolidations in our market area which can be disconcerting for agents when they are full -time professional realtors and not relying on other employment.  I am pleased that Rick is moving forward with his career development in a challenging time and continues to provide the excellent service and expertise his clients have grown to expect,” McCarthy further stated.

Rick Loranger can be reached by telephone at 860-456-SOLD ext. 119 or by email at rick@homesellingteam.com.

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 Progressive Builder Brings Geothermal to Windham CountyJerusalem Rd new construction

With temperatures heading down and oil prices going up many cash-strapped consumers are looking for more energy efficient ways to heat their homes.  If you are interested in building a new home for a growing family or downsizing from a larger home, geothermal building has arrived in Eastern Connecticut. 

Windham County now has a new energy efficient option thanks to custom home builder Corey Krohn owner of Green Building Solutions, Inc. in Windham.  Krohn, President of Green Building Solutions, Inc. has been specializing in energy efficient home building and geothermal heating & cooling since 2000.

Krohn, a fan of the widely known “Not So Big House” architect Sarah Susanka, has built homes in Colorado, California & Nevada and shares Susanka’s building philosophy of “Build better-not bigger.”  A typical “Not So Big” floor plan optimizes square footage by:  utilizing open floor plans, well placed windows, cabinets, counters, storage spaces, window seats, screened porches, changing ceiling heights and walk out basements. 

Ideally, a consumer would reduce the cost of building their new home by building on a smaller footprint and using quality materials and architectural details that make the home more functional, efficient and interesting.

Builders of these homes are also eligible for a $10,000 energy efficiency tax credit.  These new geothermal homes are currently under way on Jerusalem Road in Windham. One home is sold and nearing completion and three more are planned. 

Realtor Rick Loranger of Home Selling Team is marketing these homes for Green Building Solutions, Inc. You can contact Rick for more information at: mailto:rick@homesellingteam.com or by telephone at 860-450-8119.    If you are considering building a new home but need to sell first sign up for a free market analysis of your current property.
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Mansfield Emergency Shelter Open at MCC Today, August 30, 2011

The Town of Mansfield has opened an emergency shelter at the Mansfield Community Center (this replaces the shelter previously advertised to be at E.O. Smith High School).  It will be opening at 10AM on Tuesday, August 30th. 

The shelter will provide sleeping accommodations, meals, hot showers and access to electricity to charge cell phones and other electronic equipment.  Residents can also log on to the Town's free wireless Internet Wi-Fi system (you can bring your own laptop or use one
of our public access computers). 

If residents have specific questions they can contact the Mansfield Department of Human Services at 429-3315.
Individuals in need of other support services may also contact the American Red Cross or call 211.

For those who need transportation to WRTD and Dial-A-Ride buses are operating on their regular schedules.

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Paul TasminLocal HST Agent, Paul Tamsin, Demonstrates the True Benefits of Short Sale Over Foreclosure

Online report outlines the advantages of short sale over foreclosure—and provides solutions for homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments in Eastern Connecticut.

Mansfield, CT- July 2011 – Local CDPE-designated agent, Paul Tamsin of Home Selling Team, has released a new report weighing in on the debate of whether there is a real benefit to short selling your home rather than let it be foreclosed on. The report titled Short Sale vs. Foreclosure provides information comparing the effects each has on a distressed homeowner’s future.

 A short sale occurs when a lender allows a homeowner to sell a property for less than the current mortgage amount owed.

“Lately there’s been a lot of talk surrounding whether there is a difference in how a short sale or foreclosure affects a person’s credit,” Tamsin said.  “This report will help distressed homeowners discover the advantages of short sales over foreclosure beyond the initial impact on their credit rating.”

This community resource is available at PaulTamsin.com. In addition to providing more information about the advantages of short sales, the report explains the potential effects foreclosure can have on employment, security clearance, and the ability to secure financing for a home once an individual’s financial situation is restored.

“The benefits of short sales make it a better option over foreclosure any day of the week.” Tamsin said. “When you compare the two you see that short sales can secure a more stable future for homeowners, and I feel fortunate to be able to guide them through the process.”

The CDPE Designation Tamsin has acquired provides a specific understanding of the complex issues confronting distressed homeowners.  Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPE-designated agents are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing financial hardship in today’s real estate market.

To learn more, visit PaulTamsin.com. or call directly at 860-450-8144 or email me at: paul@homesellingteam.com.

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HOME SELLING TEAM ATTENDS NEW LOAN PROGRAM

CROMWELL- Realtors from Home Selling Team recently attended a seminar featuring the “New CHFA/USDA  Loans and the CHFA 203 K & Hero Loans” hosted by Mike House, Senior Loan Officer for  Norcom Mortgage.  Also in attendance was Vice President of Underwriting for Norcom Mortgage, Susan Bizarro and Rose Holbrook,  a representative of  CHFA .
Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team, also in attendance, described the program as a great opportunity for home buyers with plenty of financing available until September 30, 2011. “This is a hybrid not an exotic loan that allows buyer to finance 100% using a combination of CHFA and USDA funds. The buyer can also combine CHFA with a 203k streamline program to buy properties requiring rehabilitation with a 30-yr mortgage and an interest rate as low as 3.875%.” For more information on these programs and to find out if you can qualify to buy a home click here.

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Home Selling Team and Local Sponsors Host Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) ProgramHST Realtors at HAFA class


MANSFIELD-Home Selling Team recently hosted a Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program at the Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center in Storrs on  April 19, 2011.  This day-long event was made possible through the sponsorship provided by the following individuals and businesses:
• Michael Gergler, Wilcox & Reynolds Insurance 
• Dan Hartman, Province Mortgage Associates
• Charlie Halbert, Eastern Connecticut Home Inspection Services
• Attorney James Mark,  Lavigne, Mark & Rogers.

This event  featured a trainer from Dynamic Directions Educational & Sales Training Consultants, Rhonda Lentini, who instructed the newly developed course from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Each Realtor attending and completing the course receives  six continuing education credits.  This newly developed course from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) provides in-depth coverage of the U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs.  In 2009, the U.S. government introduced the “Making Home Affordable” in an attempt to alleviate foreclosures and allow people to retain their homes.  However, neither of the programs the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) or the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was designed specifically for short sales.  Thus, the creation of the HAFA program to assist homeowners who had to sell their homes short.
“This program is excellent in contrasting the similarities and differences in the HAFA programs in detail;  giving us the tools to provide competent and efficient assistance to a client in processing a short sale,” stated

Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team.  “I was so pleased that were able to hold this class locally thanks to our sponsors and to have such a diverse group in attendance, including Realtors, attorneys, paralegals and mortgage originators, ” McCarthy further stated.  
If you will be selling your home and are facing a possible short sale transaction, Home Selling Team can help.  All HST Realtors have at least one short sale /foreclosure professional designation and are involved in on-going continuing education in an effort to better serve homeowners facing this complex challenge.

Home Selling Team, LLC is located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield Center and is home to many exclusive and innovative programs for real estate buyers and sellers such as the 120-day Guaranteed Home Sale, Coming Soon Listings & Audrey’s Award.    Please find us on  facebook and  read our blog or contact us by telephone at:  860-456-SOLD.

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Home Selling Team Realtors Attend Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program


MANSFIELD, CT-Home Selling Team Realtors, Brian McCarthy, Paul Tamsin and Sue Esposito attended the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program in North Haven CT on March 16th.  This newly developed course from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) provides in-depth coverage of the U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs.  In 2009, the U.S. government introduced the “Making Home Affordable” in attempt to alleviate foreclosures and allow people to retain their homes.  However, neither of the programs the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) or the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was designed specifically for short sales.  Thus, the creation of the HAFA program to assist homeowners who had to sell their homes short.
“This program was excellent in contrasting the similarities and differences in the HAFA programs in detail;  giving us the tools to provide competent and efficient assistance to a client in processing a short sale,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team, Mansfield, CT and an attendee of the HAFA program.  “We have found that short sale transactions are becoming more prevalent in the market and we want to be prepared to provide the most knowledgeable and comprehensive assistance possible,” McCarthy further stated.  
If you will be selling your home in the Windham, Tolland or New London county area and are facing a possible short sale transaction, Home Selling Team can help.  All HST Realtors have at least one short sale /foreclosure professional designation and are involved in on-going continuing education in an effort to better serve homeowners facing this complex challenge.
Home Selling Team will be hosting a HAFA conference in the near future. If you are a Realtor who would like to learn more about HAFA and attend this conference, please contact Kathy McCarthy at 860-456-SOLD ext. 120 or email:  info@homesellingteam.com  for details.
Home Selling Team, LLC is located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield Center, CT and is home to many exclusive and innovative programs for real estate buyers and sellers such as the 120-day Guaranteed Home SaleComing Soon listings and Audrey's Award. 

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Darrin Havanec Earns Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) Professional Designation

Darrin Havenec, Realtor, ABR, SFRMANSFIELD, CT - Darrin Havanec, a Realtor with Home Selling Team, recently received the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) professional designation.  The ABR is a designation of Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) and is awarded to those who complete the requirements of the application and have demonstrated the ability to work effectively with buyer clients. 

“Darrin has been incredibly successful as the newest member of Home Selling Team,”stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/owner of Home Selling Team in Mansfield, CT. “ Darrin has demonstrated a commitment to education, that along with his background in sales and customer service, make him a likely top producer in the local real estate market.” Havanec also holds the Short Sale FSFR designation.  
 
Home Selling Team is located at 452 Storrs Road, Mansfield. If you would like Darrin  to represent you in the purchase or sale of a property, call please call him at 450-SOLD ext. 119 or contact him via email at mailto:darrin@homesellingteam.com.

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CLARENCE RUSS ACHIEVES STATE OF CONNECTICUT RECOGNITIONClarence Russ, Realtor, ABR

MANSFIELD, CT- Clarence Russ, a Realtor with Home Selling Team, has been awarded the Five Star Real Estate Agents award by the Connecticut Magazine.  The Five Star Award recognizes local Real Estate Agents for Overall Satisfaction to their clientele. 

“This special recognition in Connecticut Magazine along with Clarence’s best year ever in real estate in 2010 is an incredible achievement,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. “I think Clarence can look forward to a prosperous 2011with these accolades to his credit.”

Crescendo Business Services was employed to conduct a survey for the Connecticut Magazine of all home owners who purchased single family homes for over $150,000 from October 2007 to October 2010.  The recipients of the survey were asked to evaluate agents based on nine criteria: customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiation, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

Crescendo scored and screened each qualified agent with the Connecticut State Real Estate Commission’s database to verify that licenses were current and that no disciplinary actions were pending.  Finally a panel of real estate professional’s trade association executives reviewed the agents and the surveys.

The resulting list of Five Star Real Estate Agents is an elite group, representing less that 6 percent of the 17,500 licensed agents in the State of Connecticut.  It should also be noted that during the period the survey was conducted there were in excess of 320 transactions completed in the Town of Windham, and Clarence was the only agent to be recognized for his service in Windham.  Home buyers rely on the real estate agents for advice and guidance along with the knowledge the agent brings them.

If you are in the Mansfield, CT real estate market to buy or sell property you can experience the  award winning service yourself by contacting Clarence Russ  at Home Selling Team by telephone at  860-450-SOLD, ext. 140 or by email at:  clarence@homesellingteam.com.
  
You can receive more information about  the Five Star Award and the research/selection methodology by going to http://www.fivestarprofessional.com/2011/

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Home Selling Team Honors Top Producers

MANSFIELD-Home Selling Team LLC, recently honored it's Realtors at their annual awards luncheon held February 11 at Willington Pizza in Willington, CT.  
The awards were given based on real estate sales production and overall service and performance in 2010 .  Recipients included:  

  • Jack Fulton, Jeanne Crum, Clarence Russ, and Carol Webb, the HST “ Sterling Award”
  • Rick Loranger, the HST “Platinum Award”
  • Sue Esposito the HST  “Titanium Award, the top HST award for 2010.
    Additional awards this year included: 
  • HST “Rookie of the Year” awarded to Darrin Havanec  for excellent performance in his first year in real estate
  • “Best Training Video” went to Paul Tamsin for his xtranormal HST training video 
  • Tina Bilanceri received the “Bounce Back” Award for exceeding last year’s sales production by the largest percentage. 
  • Rick Loranger & Clarence Russ were also recognized with “Best Year Ever” awards for their most successful year in real estate to date.   
    “I am truly amazed with the success, commitment, and dedication to hard work that this Mansfield real estate group demonstrated over the last year.  2010 was one of the most challenging years ever in the real estate industry and for us to have achieved these kind of results in a challenging market is incredible,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team. “ “The fact that two of our agents had their best year ever in 2010 is very encouraging as we look for continued  growth in 2011. The  excellent performance of our team combined with renewed  recruiting efforts  should maintain our position of market dominance.”
    Home Selling Team is located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield Center and is the local leader in local real estate sales and exclusive and innovative programs such as the Guaranteed Sale Program, and more.  For more information you can reach us by telephone us at 860-456-SOLD, or email us at:  info@homesellingteam.com or find us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/homesellingteam.

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Mansfield Home Selling Team Broker, Brian McCarthy, Attends  Connecticut Association of Realtors Special Meeting for Designated Brokers

MANSFIELD- Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team LLC, recently attended the Connecticut Association of Realtors (CAR) Special Meeting for Designated Brokers at the Holiday Inn in North Haven, CT on March 14, 2011.  Featured topics and presentations included:  a Legislative Update by CAR Lobbyist Pete Smith, an update from the Department of Consumer Protection and legal updates from CAR General Legal Counsel, Eugene Marconi and CAR President, Gene Fercodini.  The presentations were followed by an open discussion and Q& A for attendees.

“These CAR- sponsored meetings are timely, comprehensive and highly informative. These sessions are exclusively designed for Designated Brokers so that we are able to cover a great amount of important material within a reasonable amount of time and the least amount of distractions,”stated Brian McCarthy, Designated Broker for Home Selling Team LLC. “It is an intensive effort put on by CAR to keep real estate Brokers up to speed in this rapidly changing climate and be able to share these changes with their Associates.”

Home Selling Team is located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield Center and is home to many exclusive and innovative programs such as the Guaranteed Sale Program,  and more.  For more information on any of our services call 860-456-SOLD.  Click here to connect with us on facebook.  

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Home Selling Team Realtors Interviewed for Study

MANSFIELD, CT- Brian McCarthy, Jeanne Crum and Jack Fulton of Home Selling Team, LLC were recently interviewed by staff at AKRF, INC., Environmental, Planning and Engineering Consultants.  AKRF is working in conjunction with WINCOG to analyze housing in the Windham/Willimantic area.  The firms were interested in interviewing active real estate agents in the local Connecticut housing market, specifically Willimantic, to gain their insights and experience in housing availability, conditions and opportunity in the Windham area. 

“Home Selling Team was pleased to be asked to participate in this interesting study about the housing opportunities and the future of our local real estate market.   It is always exciting to share our own expertise and insights and share in the insights of other local experts in banking, engineering and planning,” stated Brian McCarthy, Broker/Owner of Home Selling Team, LLC.

Home Selling Team, LLC is located at 452 Storrs Road in Mansfield Center.  HST offers many exclusive and innovation programs for buyers and sellers including the 800-Property Hotline and the 120 Day Guaranteed Sale Program.  You can reach HST by phone at 860-456-SOLD.

 

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