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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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Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Redi Dishnica

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Redi Dishnica to the company’s Cheshire office.

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Redi Dishnica, REALTOR

Redi is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation, assisting first-time home buyers, new construction, and rentals. He is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.

We are happy to welcome Redi to our Cheshire Office,” said Steven Calcagni.

Redi is proud to call Cheshire home, where he lives with his wife and kids. He has owned a construction and remodeling company for the past 15 years, and is very excited to expand his career in real estate, utilizing the tools and the supportive work environment which Calcagni Real Estate offers. Redi hopes to use his knowledge and experience in new construction and home remodeling to help serve his real estate clients.

He may be reached at Calcagni Real Estate’s office located 330 South Main Street by calling (203) 272-1821 Ext. 310 or by visiting http://www.calcagni.com/RediDishnica

New Homes are Less Expensive to Maintain

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April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses.

In a previous analysis, we used data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) to offer proof. The AHS classifies new construction as homes no more than four years old.

For routine maintenance expenses, 26 percent of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on various upkeep costs. However, only 11 percent of owners of newly constructed homes spent this amount. In fact, 73 percent of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

Similar findings are available for energy expenses. According to the 2011 AHS, on a median per square foot basis, homeowners spent 81 cents per square foot per year on electricity. Owners of new homes spent less: 68 cents per square foot per year. For homes with piped gas, homeowners spent on average 50 cents per square foot per year. Owners of new homes spent just 34 cents per square foot per year.

The 2011 data show similar results for various other utilities. For water bills, homeowners averaged 28 cents per square foot per year, while owners of new homes averaged 22 cents. For trash bills, the median for all homeowners was 15 cents per square foot per year, while for new construction the median was 13 cents per square foot per year.

These data highlight that a new home offers savings over the life of ownership due to reduced operating costs. And in fact, these reduced costs result in lower insurance bills as well. The median cost for all homeowners of property insurance is 39 cents per square foot, while it is only 31 cents per square foot for owners of new homes.

These reduced expenditures represent one of the many reasons that the current system of appraisals needs updating to reflect the flow of benefits that come from features in a new home.

For more information about purchasing a newly constructed home, please visit http://www.calcagni.com/newconstruction

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

Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Jim Bulger

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent JIM BULGER to the company’s Cheshire office.

James Bulger Calcagni Associates Real Estate

Jim Bulger, REALTOR

Jim is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation, assisting first-time homebuyers, new construction, and rentals. He is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. “We’re thrilled to have Jim join our team,” said Steven Calcagni, “He is a great addition to our Cheshire office.”

Jim is a proud to call Cheshire home, where he lives with his wife and two kids, and recently retired from a long and successful career as a correctional officer for the state of Connecticut. He is very excited to begin his career in real estate, utilizing the tools and the supportive work environment which Calcagni Real Estate offers.

Jim 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 330 South Main Street, by calling (203) 272-1821 Ext. 334 or 203-228-3461 or by visiting: http://www.calcagni.com/JimBulger

How Landscaping Can Impact Your Home’s Value

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The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, advises homeowners to properly maintain their landscaping, which can significantly affect property values.

“If a landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and reduce a home’s time on the market,” said Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA. “But if the change is negative, it can lower the price and lengthen the time a home remains for sale.”

Curb appeal is essential when selling a home, Borges said, noting it’s the homeowner’s opportunity to make a great first impression. A home with lackluster landscaping or an exterior in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint will likely be unappealing to prospective buyers and ultimately could affect the home’s potential resale value, he said.

Landscaping is typically associated with lawns, trees, bushes and flowers. But other items also can be considered part of landscaping, such as fire pits, decks, patios, waterfalls, swimming pools and outdoor lighting, all of which could add to the value of the home.

Borges added that homeowners should trim growth regularly, replant approximately every 5 to 10 years depending on growth and not “overwhelm” the house. He also advised that homeowners check out what their neighbors have done and keep landscaping maintenance and improvements on par with neighborhood norms.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, trees that are too close to buildings may be fire hazards. Additionally, larger tree root systems that extend underneath a house can cause foundation uplift and can leech water from the soil beneath foundations, causing the structures to settle and sink unevenly.

According to a recent study conducted by Lawn & Landscape magazine, about two-thirds of homeowners say they’ll get less than 60 percent of their landscaping investment back when they sell the home.

“Landscaping improvements could make an impact on resale value, and homeowners need to consider how long they’ll be in the home and whether to make short-term updates or plan for the long haul,” Borges said.

Borges said homeowners should ask themselves the following questions when it comes to the quality of their home’s green space:

• Is the landscaping attractive enough to make the prospective buyer walk through the front door? Keep the design contemporary and in line with comparable properties in the area.
• Could the landscaping provide cost savings? Landscaping that requires little or no water to maintain could be desirable depending on the geographic area.
• Is the landscaping energy-efficient for the home overall? For example, it’s a good idea to plant trees in a place where they block the sun in locations with year-round hot climates.
• Are the trees planted at a safe distance from the home and are they healthy and well maintained? Weak, old or damaged trees planted too close to a home or building could pose dangers to the home’s structure and will need to be removed. Consumers should also be sure that mulching or beds don’t get too close to wood around foundations to avoid wood-destroying organisms.

For more information on your home’s value, please contact one of our real estate experts at www.calcagni.com

Source: Appraisal Institute

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

Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Vincent Smith

Vincent Smith Calcagni Associates Real Estate

VINCENT SMITH, REALTOR

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Vincent Smith to the company’s Hamden office.

Vincent is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation and assisting first-time home buyers. He is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. “Vincent is committed to providing professional and personal service to all of his clients. He is a great addition to our growing Hamden office,” said Steven Calcagni.

Vincent 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 2620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden by calling (203) 288-1821 Ext. 430, cell: 860-770-4211 or by visiting www.calcagni.com/vincentsmith .

Calcagni Animal Organization Drive A Success!…

Animal Drive

Over Valentine’s Day weekend Calcagni Real Estate‘s Wallingford office hosted a collection drive to benefit the Wallingford Animal Control, Meriden Humane Society, and Cheshire Friends of Feral Cats!

Members of our local communities along with Calcagni agents & staff were super generous, dropping off animal food, blankets, toys, etc. –  in spite of the inclement weather we recently had!

 THANK YOU to all who donated!Animal Shelter Collection fur friends Zack and daughter