Recreation

Recognition Event Honors Top HST Agents

After an awesome outing in 2017 to the Adventure Rooms in Middletown CT we stayed closer to home this year having lunch at Willi Brew and a private Color Uncorked at Kerri Gallery & Art Studio.  Our annual event celebrates the previous year’s accomplishments and recognizes the top producing HST agents for sales production and customer [...]

Mansfield Storrs Commits to Sustainable CT

Mansfield’s town council recently voted to join the Sustainable CT program, joining just 13 other towns in CT as a participant. The closest participant to Mansfield is the town of Killingly. The other towns are mostly in Middlesex, New Haven and Hartford counties. Municipalities are able to earn points toward certification by developing and implementing programs chosen from the CT Sustainable Action list, a menu of best practices.

Knowing that Virginia Walton, Mansfield’s Recycling coordinator, will be spearheading this effort, there is no doubt that Mansfield will eventually receive the certification. Walton has been successful in bringing many sustainability initiatives to Mansfield, including elementary school composting, electronics waste recycling and low-waste town events.

As we are impacted by the effects of climate change and an administration that is intent on reducing environmental regulations and clean energy initiatives, it is increasingly important that we put our own communities in charge of our environmental health.

 Sustainable CT is an excellent example of such a self-funded grassroots program that can make Mansfield Storrs an attractive place to live for current and future residents and help stabilize property values and support local economic health.

Speaking of sustainability, there is a local farm in Mansfield that offers a glimpse of their personal commitment through their blog and Facebook page. Visit the Shundahai Farm Facebook page for videos and beautiful photos of farm life, pets, farm sale info, and local and national activism. Raluca’s blog: My World offers amazing poetry, photos and inspiring and spiritual musings that can be a welcome respite in these cold days of winter.

Home Selling Team Number One in 2017

And the Winner is…. Us!

 

 Home Selling Team in Mansfield CT landed the top spot again in our 15 town region by over 100 properties sold or over 20% market share. How’d we do it?

  • Grinding it out
  • Slogging Through
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Nose to the Grindstone
  • Killin’ It

Whatever you want to call it… we did it with a multi-pronged approach focused on training, synergy, service and marketing.

I recently wrote a blog post on how to help birds survive the harsh conditions and bone-chilling cold this winter. At the time, I thought a comparison could be made on how to keep agents and their clients happy, fed and protected in the harsh market conditions we experienced in Mansfield and our general market area in 2017: Declining prices, crumbling foundations, foreclosures, budget crisis, out-bound migration, Mansfield single family rentals.

A professional real estate agent working full time in real estate sales must be diligent in their business acumen and the nurturing of existing and future clients through the most favorable and harshest of climates. This can be accomplished with ease when you have a team of people to collaborate with when difficult or unforeseen problems or challenges arise. Check.

Marketing real estate is more effective and beneficial when everyone commits to brand awareness and exposure. We invest heavily in post signs, directional signs and riders and our Realtor.com position as a participating office provides us more exposure and direct leads on our own listings. Check.

We strive to get every client the best price and terms in every transaction. We strive to provide referrals of affiliates and vendors we know and trust to make a real estate transaction as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Was every client happy last year? No. There are some clients, that no matter what we do, are not satisfied with their real estate transaction or on our end, there has been what I consider to be a communication failure. Thankfully, this is rare and our client satisfaction is very high, as evidenced by our ranking, ratings and reviews both individually and office-wide. Check.

I am looking forward to a warm spring and a less challenging environment where birds and real estate agents and their clients can get a much needed respite from survival mode.

On Thin Ice: Helping Birds Weather the Cold

At my house, we love birds and do our best to give them the best possible chance to survive the winter with the greatest ease. We have 8 feeders, 4 suet feeders, a brush pile and a heated bird bath. Even though they can survive the winter without us— I’m not sure we would survive the winter doldrums without [...]