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Gabrielle Bernstein, Motivational Speaker

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Fresh from a tour of Berlin and London where she regaled talk show hosts and crowds of several thousand with anecdotes and insightful outlooks, comes motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein. On Tuesday, November 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Farms in Wallingford, Calcagni is hosting a rousing conversation with this well-recognized and uplifting woman.

Named “a new thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle is an international lecturer, teacher, YouTuber, and motivator. She appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today Show and was named “a new role model” by the New York Times. Gabrielle authored two best-selling books, May Cause Miracles and Miracles Now, and her other titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie.

Gabrielle’s recent activities and honors are extensive, including co-hosting the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest group meditation with Deepak Chopra. She has been honored by YouTube as one of 16 Next Video Bloggers, by Forbes as one of the 20 Best Branded Women, and by Mashable as one of 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration.

She has also been featured in media outlets such as ELLE, OWN, Kathy Lee & Hoda, The Dr Oz Show, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, The Queen Latifah Show, Anderson Live, Access Hollywood, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamour, Help Desk, and the cover of Experience Life.

To read more about Gabrielle’s work, visit http://www.Gabbyb.tv or join her social networking community at HerFuture.com.

Calcangi Commerical Inks Nine-Year Master Lease with Sacred Heart University

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November 7, 2014 | Cheshire, CT – Far from the industry norm, and certainly not yet trendy, the way Calcagni Commercial Real Estate is brokering deals and creating value for properties is nothing short of forward thinking and smart, as evidenced by its latest deal, a nine-year master lease with Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University. Calcagni represented both sides of the transaction, resulting in the University’s lease of Pioneer Gardens, a 44-unit, 176-bed apartment building located at 51 Eckart Street in Bridgeport, just 0.4 miles from campus.

“It began as a pipe dream,” says Steven Calcagni, president of Calcagni Commercial Real Estate. “But, we knew a deal like this would be such an incredibly valuable opportunity for both the property owners and the University. We started with some baby steps, leasing a quarter of the building to Sacred Heart for one year, and ultimately got to complete a
marathon.”

Having managed Pioneer Gardens since 2009, Calcagni Commercial vice president Ralph Lewis had a comprehensive familiarity with the property as well as the needs of the University. Recognizing the compatibility of Pioneer Gardens with Sacred Heart’s long-term goals, Lewis pursued and secured the lease through 2023.

“Pioneer Gardens provides Sacred Heart with an opportunity to house 176 of our upper class students in close proximity to the campus and in a living situation that is conducive to what today’s college-aged students are looking for,” says Larry Wielk, Sacred Heart University dean of students. “This new long-term relationship allows us to move forward knowing that we will be able to satisfy the needs and demands of our growing student population. We are looking forward to continuing what has already been an excellent partnership.”

The deal is a win-win for Sacred Heart and property owner ACORN I of Hamden, Connecticut, in that the University maintains control of the building from an operational standpoint, filling a student housing void, and the owner has a guaranteed income regardless of any vacancies that may from time to time occur.

Representing both sides of a deal like this one is a shift for commercial real estate. But, for Calcagni, it results in something the company continually strives to achieve: value that didn’t exist previously. Working for both the lessor and lessee renders Calcagni a completely neutral party, able to understand and marry the best interests of both parties. That’s something not often seen in the industry.

Connecticut Home Sales Up, Though Prices Slightly Down

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Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose slightly in September even as median sale prices fell slightly, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based publisher of The Commercial Record.

There were 2,340 single-family homes sold in Connecticut during September, nine more home than were sold during the same period in 2013. Median sale prices of single-family homes in September fell by $2,000, or a little less than 1 percent, compared to a year earlier when it was at $250,000.

“September marked the sixth time this year sales have increased in Connecticut,” Cassidy Murphy, editorial director of The Warren Group, said in a statement. “Median prices continued to fall slightly but that could change once the new lending regulations fall into place, and buyers are able to afford more.”

Calcagni Associates, a Cheshire-based real estate firm, saw much more robust sales in September. The real estate agency, which also has offices in Hamden, Wallingford and Southington, saw a 21 percent increase in sales in September, compared to the same period a year earlier, said Steve Calcagni, president of the firm.

“New construction is starting to get very active,” said Calcagni, adding that a 22 percent increase in sales at Calcagni’s Cheshire office was due to sales in the new Heritage Hill development in nearby Wolcott. “We’re also seeing a loosening of underwriting standards. Interest rates remain low, but people are starting to fear that there are going to be price increases, so they feel they need to get into the market now.”

Third-quarter single-family home sales in Connecticut were down by 1.5 percent compared to the same period in 2013. A total of 8,232 single-family homes sold during the three month-period that ended Sept. 30, down 126 from the third quarter of 2013.

The third-quarter median price for single-family homes fell by 3.6 percent to $265,000 compared to the same period a year ago. The median price for homes sold in the first nine months of this year was $256,000, off 3.4 percent from $265,000 during the same period in 2013.

Condominium sales in Connecticut were hot during September, with a 12 percent increase in the number sold, although the median sale price fell by 4.6 percent to $167,000. There were 653 condominiums sold in September, compared to 584 during the same period in 2013.

Article Courtesy of the New Haven Register.

A Family Affair: Getting Children Involved in the Home-selling Process

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By Keith Loria

For sellers across the board, the process of preparing their home to stand out among the sea of competition is a challenging feat in and of itself. But when you add children to the mix, it can be next to impossible to keep the space clean and tidy.

While last-minute showings are troublesome enough, when you have kids—and you need to leave the house quickly—it can put a lot of stress on the situation. As any parent knows, keeping children from cluttering up your home is nearly impossible, and having a child in the house will oftentimes hinder your ability to clean.

However, it’s important to remember that you can still sell your home when children are involved. One smart idea is to create a designated play room so that when it comes time to pick up before a showing, there’s only one room you really have to worry about. If you’re looking for a space to transform, go with a game room or even an extra bedroom, as these rooms won’t necessarily make or break a deal.

Now’s also a great time to teach your child the importance of putting away his or her toys when they’re done playing; not only will this keep your house cleaner, it will get your child on the right path when it comes to picking up after him or herself. There are plenty of great children’s videos and songs that deal with cleaning. It can even be a fun game-like activity you can do together.

Keeping a bag of snacks on hand for when you need to sweep the kids away from their toys or the TV is another great idea that will keep them from making a fuss. Any parent knows a good treat can go a long way in getting kids to behave.

For those with babies, try to keep all extra diapers, wipes and lotions hidden away in a dresser or drawer and make sure the diaper pail is emptied. If possible, take out dirty diapers immediately to reduce any odors building up.

In addition, be sure to pay attention to any toys your children have outside so that the yard isn’t littered with sports equipment, bikes and hula hoops. Create a space in your garage where everything can be stored in an orderly fashion.

In the end, the most important thing to remember about selling a house when kids are part of the equation is that you shouldn’t stress too much about making sure everything is perfect. It’s a good bet that those looking at your house will have kids of their own, so they’ll understand a toy here or there or a cluttered closet in the child’s room. Just do the best you can.

For more information about getting your children involved in the home-selling process, contact our office today.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

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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Congratulations to Calcagni Realtor Mary L. Malin!…

CONGRATS to Calcagni Real Estate Realtor Mary L. Malin, for receiving the “Special Support of the Community” award from the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, at this year’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, held on February 12th at the Farms Country Club.

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Mary received this honor in recognition of all the years she has tirelessly supported the Chamber in their endeavors to help the community of Cheshire. Very well deserved, Mary!

In addition to her involvement with the Cheshire Chamber, she has also been President of the Cheshire Rotary club for 2 terms, is on the Board of Managers for the local Cheshire Y, works with the Silent Auction and Wine Tasting committee for the Chamber, the Health and Wellness committee for the Chamber, and over the years various other roles in both church, school and civic clubs. Lastly, she is a past Madam President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles–the New Haven/Hamden area.

To read more about the Cheshire Chamber Awards Dinner:
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To learn more about Mary L. Malin, please visit our website: http://www.calcagni.com/marymalin