News and Updates

August 2017 REALTORS® on the Move!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Sep 07, 2017

The Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Membership Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The Committee posted the following applications:

  • Gianna Alberti and Autumn Burns, Alberti Realty, 369 Oxford Rd., Oxford, CT 06478
  • Suzanne Mastroni, Carey & Guarrera RE, 59 Old Shelton Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 
  • Jeanna Munoz and Elizabeth Plantamura, BHHSNE Properties, 504B Bridgeport Ave., Shelton, CT 06484
  • Richard Scott, DR, Keller Williams Prestige Properties, 2777 Summer St., Suite 700, Stamford, CT 06905
If you have any good or adverse information regarding applicants, please notify the Valley Association of REALTORS® within 30 days of this posting. A reminder to members - be sure to notify the VAR if you change offices. You are required by VAR by-laws to notify us of any change within 30 days.

Photo Shoot at VAR Office

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Aug 08, 2017

VAR Photo Shoot August 28, 2017- Sign up Now 
On Monday, August 28, 2017, we will be having an exciting event at the Valley Association of Realtors! Image 1 Studios will be here to provide photographic services to upgrade our website.
Your 45-minute photo appointment includes all of the following at absolutely NO COST OR OBLIGATION FOR OUR WEBSITE:
  • Photo session with your Image 1 Studios photographer.
  • Pose selection immediately following photography.
  • Agent-directed image editing/retouching while you watch (remove/reduce wrinkles, blemishes, scars; brighten/straighten teeth; remove/reduce double chin; enhance eye color, etc.).
  • Copyright release of your selected image FOR OUR OFFICE WEBSITE.
 
We want everyone who does not have a current professional
photograph, needs an update, or is a new agent with us to schedule an appointment today. Please contact the VAR office at 203-735-7815 to schedule your appointment. Photography sessions will begin at 10:15 a.m.
  
There is absolutely no cost or obligation. Images will be available for purchase for your personal use, but again, there is no obligation. 
The first image is only $49.99 (plus a one-time archiving fee
of $19.95); and includes:
  • Pose selection.
  • Retouching while you watch.
  • Unlimited copyright release. 
  • Three year archiving with unlimited image retrieval and replacement. 
  • Complimentary thumb drive.
  • 96 FULL COLOR complimentary business cards!
 
Additional purchase options will be available.
Location: VAR Office: 50 Olivia Street, Derby CT 06418
You must call the office at 203-735-7818 to schedule your photo shoot.
Time slots are every 45 minutes beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 4:15 p.m.

July 2017 REALTORS® on the Move!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Aug 07, 2017

The Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Membership Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The Committee posted the following applications:

  • Angelo Catone, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 71 Oxford Rd., Oxford, CT 06478
  • Haysebell Cuadrado, Keller Williams Realty, 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611
  • Brandon Eison, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 236 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477
  • Bart Gerardi, Broker of Record, B & G Real Estate, LLC, 325 Fairway Drive, Oxford, CT 06478
  • Olena Samodelko and Nancy Smetana, William Raveis RE, 141 Main St., North, Southbury, CT 06488
If you have any good or adverse information regarding applicants, please notify the Valley Association of REALTORS® within 30 days of this posting. A reminder to members - be sure to notify the VAR if you change offices. You are required by VAR by-laws to notify us of any change within 30 days.

Valley Social at Copper City in Ansonia

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jul 25, 2017

We had a wonderful turnout for the Valley Social at Copper City Bar and Grill on Wednesday night. A great time was had by all.

Congratulations to the 2017 VAR Scholarship winners!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jul 18, 2017

This year VAR awarded 8 seniors with a $500 award to help with higher education costs. Pictured are l-r, Scholarship Commitee Chair Ellen Zern, Jay Vankawala (winner), Gosia Fryc (winner), Charles Ritchel (winner), Anna Chevarella (winner), Matthew Juliano (winner), 2017 VAR President and Scholarship Commitee member Rosalie Averill and Scholarship Commitee member Sandy Faulkner. Not pictured are Michael Szwaja, Alexandra DeGirolamo, and Natalie Kaczynski.
 The Valley Association of REALTORS® scholarship award is a $500 award given to one boy and one girl from the Valley’s public high schools in the following areas: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton. Students should have a 3.0 average or higher, should be officially enrolled in higher education for the 2017 school year, and will be selected on a “Need Basis” by income or multiple family members attending college from the immediate family.

Raymond F. Gates Scholarship Recipients from the Valley Association of REALTORS®.

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jul 11, 2017

Congratulations to Claire and Kelly (not pictured) Domogala on winning 2 of the $1,000 Gates Scholarships awarded by CTR. Claire and Kelly are the daughters of VAR member and REALTOR® Terri O'Brien of DCK Realty and Design. The Raymond F. Gates Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Raymond F. Gates, Jr. following his tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Gates was the Executive Vice President of the Connecticut REALTORS®. Over the past 41 years, children of REALTORS® have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $886,000. Picutred are 2017 VAR President Rosalie Averill, Claire Domogala and Terri O'Brien accepting on behalf of her other daughter Kelly Domogala.

June 2017 REALTORS® on the Move

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jul 11, 2017

The Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Membership Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The Committee posted the following applications:

  • Jose Berrios and Erin Prentice, Keller Williams, 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611
  • Brian Michaud, William Raveis, 141 Main St., North, Southbury, CT 06488
  • Kristine Newell, Secondary DR, William Pitt Sotheby’s Int., 18 Titus Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794
  • Lindsay Scianna, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 71 Oxford Rd., Oxford, CT 06478
If you have any good or adverse information regarding applicants, please notify the Valley Association of REALTORS® within 30 days of this posting. A reminder to members - be sure to notify the VAR if you change offices. You are required by VAR by-laws to notify us of any change within 30 days.

May 2017 REALTORS® on the Move!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jun 22, 2017

The Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Membership Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The Committee posted the following applications:

  • Shi Yin, Broker of Record, iRealty, 84 Cheesespring Road, Wilton, CT 06897
  • Kelsey Sewell, Carey & Guarrera RE, 59 Old Shelton Rd., Shelton, CT 06484
If you have any good or adverse information regarding applicants, please notify the Valley Association of REALTORS® within 30 days of this posting. A reminder to members - be sure to notify the VAR if you change offices. You are required by VAR by-laws to notify us of any change within 30 days.

April 2017 REALTORS® on the Move!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jun 22, 2017

The Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Membership Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The Committee posted the following applications:

  • Nicole Amico, Marc Dieudonne and Aracelis Gonzalez, Keller Williams Realty, 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611
  • Eddy Estevez and Ralph Fensore, Weichert Realtors Gateway Properties, 250 Main Street, South, Southbury, CT 06488
  • Denise Ferris, Nancy Roy Collins RE LLC, 296 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484
  • Josephine Jenkins, Henry RE Services LLC, 39 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT 06033
  • Sarah Hegan, Weichert Realtors Regional Properties, 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 06477
  • Christian Malerba, Espo’s Ace Realty, 24 Lakeview Terrace, Derby, CT 06418
  • Deborah Shuster, C21 Enterprise, 80 Huntington Street, Shelton, CT 06484
  • June Marcucio, Carey & Guarrera RE, 59 Old Shelton Road, Shelton, CT 06484
If you have any good or adverse information regarding applicants, please notify the Valley Association of REALTORS® within 30 days of this posting. A reminder to members - be sure to notify the VAR if you change offices. You are required by VAR by-laws to notify us of any change within 30 days.

Lunch and Learn 4/27/17 Sign up now for Norcom's Path2Buy!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Apr 18, 2017

JOIN US FOR A LUNCH & LEARN / THURSDAY APRIL 27, 2017  12:30 P.M.-2:00 P.M.

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, 10 Progress Drive, Shelton

REALTOR® Day at Fenway

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jan 12, 2017

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The MA Association has planned a New England REALTOR® Day at Fenway. In the event you’d like to attend the information is below. Deadline to order tickets is January 31. Batter up! REALTOR® Day at Fenway Park is taking place on June 11 at 1:35 pm with the Boston Red Sox taking on the Detroit Tigers. The $38 tickets are located in center field and can be purchased by visiting this special event page:

https://groupmatics.events/event/realtor

Please note that the tickets will be emailed once payment is completed and that all sales are final. For ordering information or other questions, please contact Travis Pollio with the Boston Red Sox at the website linked above.

Congratulations to Nancy Roy Collins - 2016 VAR REALTOR® of the Year!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Nov 21, 2016

Congratulations to Nancy Roy Collins pictured below at the CTR Installation Dinner with her CTR 2016 Valley Association of REALTORS®  Award!

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Congratulations to all the  CTR Local Board REALTORS ® of the Year (pictured below) on their awards!

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Mark your calendars and save the date!

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Sep 13, 2016

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Valley Association of REALTORS®
Holiday Party Luncheon
 Tavern 1757
318 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour, CT
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cash Bar
More details to follow

REALTORS® at the Capitol

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jun 30, 2016

The Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc. held its 32nd Annual REALTORS® at the Capitol event on May 2, 2016.

Hundreds of REALTORS® convened at The Bushnell for an issues briefing session featuring remarks from DCP Commissioner Jonathan Harris, and then headed over to the State Capitol to meet with State Senators and Representatives to let them know our views on the issues that affect our business.

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Members from the Valley Association of REALTORS® that attended the event are listed below.

Bottom row pictured above from left to right: Kanayo Rupwani, Gunna Voigt, Boris Istwan and Kevin Jackson

Top row: Shirley Harpool, Rosalie Averill and Ed Nieves.

 

2016 Mill Rates for Valley Towns:

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jun 27, 2016

Ansonia:   37.32

Beacon Falls:   32.9

Derby:   39.37

Oxford:   24.21

Seymour:   36

Shelton:    22.31

The Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. will be holding an informal meeting, invitation extended to members of the Valley Bar Association. 

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jun 16, 2016

Scales of JusticeDATE: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TIME: 6:00 p.m. (check-in) with meeting beginning promptly at  6:30 p.m.

PLACE: Tavern 1757 (second floor) 318 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour, CT  06483

PRICE: $20.00      Hot/cold appetizers; cash bar

Mail checks - payable to VAR, 50 Olivia Street, Derby, CT  06418 or click on the PayPal link that is in the e-mail flyer. if you haven’t received the e-mail, please give us a call or e-mail the office and we will e-mail you a link to make payment.   

203-735-7815  or info@varct.com

Please register by June 23rd.

2016 VAR President Rosalie Averill would like to see a good turnout at this meeting.

INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT OUR ROLES IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY AND HOW WORKING TOGETHER COULD MAKE FOR A SMOOTH TRANSACTION, WITH LITTLE "PAIN AND SUFFERING"!! GETTING TO THE CLOSING TABLE IS OUR GOAL! BRING QUESTIONS...GET ANSWERS! HOW HAS TRID CHANGED HOW WE DO BUSINESS? EXACTLY WHAT ARE OUR ROLES THROUGHOUT THE TRANSACTION?

2016 Valley Association of REALTORS® Scholarship

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Mar 09, 2016

VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, INC. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR “ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE”

The Valley Association of REALTORS® scholarship award is a $500 award given to one boy and one girl from the Valley’s public high schools in the following areas: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton. Students should have a 3.0 average or higher, should be officially enrolled in higher education for the 2016 school year, and will be selected on a “Need Basis” by income or multiple family members attending college from the immediate family.

Deadline to submit an application is Thursday, May 5, 2016

Go to www.varct.com  and click on Scholarship to print a copy of the application.

Don't Miss Out-Photo Shoot March 9th and March 10th

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Feb 27, 2015

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We want everyone who does not have a current professional photograph, needs an update or is a new agent with us to schedule an appointment today! Contact our office (203)735-7815 Please remember one member per appointment time.

On Monday March 9th and Tuesday March 10th we will be holding an exciting event at our Valley Association of REALTORS® Inc.  @ 50 Olivia St. in Derby, CT. This event will be hosted by Image 1 Studios, and in addition to their photo shoot, they will be teaching a class from their newly created Agent Driven Learning™ series.
This class will answer the question "How Do I Take Great Pictures of Homes and Properties?"  As we all know, having quality photographs of your listings is critical.  This 30 minute class begins at 9:30 a.m. SHARP.   

Please Mark Your Calendars for REALTORS® at the Capitol! Wednesday, April 29, 2014

By Valley Association of REALTORS®
Feb 19, 2015

The Connecticut REALTORS® presents the 31st Annual REALTORS® at the Capitol event on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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REALTORS® from all around Connecticut have been coming together to meet with State Senators and Representatives to let them know our views on the issues that affect our business. Having a significant size group at this event will make a difference. Your participation will help show the Legislators that our views are important and we need to be heard.

Click here to register! http://www.ctrealtor.com/rac/register.html