State Offers ‘Fresh Start’ Tax Initiative for Individuals, Businesses

If you or your business neglected your state tax obligations, now may be the time to make it right. Connecticut this week announced its Fresh Start tax initiative, a voluntary compliance program for individuals and businesses that provides incentives to pay their outstanding, unreported taxes to the state. In announcing the program, Governor Dannel Malloy and […]

Home Sales and Prices Up in May

Connecticut REALTORS® reports that the single-family residential home median sales price is $260,000 which reflects a 4.0 percent increase from $249,900 in that same time period last year. Median indicates that half the homes sold for more and half for less. Single-family residential home sales in Connecticut increased 10.0 percent comparing May 2017 to May […]

NAR has Clear Guidelines on Re-posting Listings on Social Media

By Susy Hurlbert In new member orientation this  past month, the subject of sharing listings on social media came up.  NAR has some clear guidelines on re-posting listings on social media.   According to NAR’s Model MLS Rules, MLS participants can display other participants’ listings online without obtaining advance permission only via IDX display or […]

What’s Your Retirement Plan?

Learn what people are planning at various stages of their real estate careers. You know how you go the extra mile for your clients—running a quick vacuum before a showing, bringing in flowers or even your own furniture to create that wow factor, wearing out your tire treads to find someone the perfect home. That’s […]

A real estate agent’s guide to tax deductions

10 Steps for agents to get the most from their tax returns Key Takeaways Preparation and tax code knowledge defines which expenses are permitted in quarterly and year-end taxes. Monitoring expenses such as vehicle depreciation and home working spaces can save thousands of dollars, but so can properly recording software costs, marketing expenses and annual […]

Bill Reardon

Bill Reardon has been a REALTOR® member with the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS® and an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for the past five years. He enjoys working with both buyers and sellers. He has the desire to help first time home buyers and helping our veterans. He has had transactions for both […]

Matt Biggins

Matt has recently made a career change back to where it all started…in the hospitality industry as the Director of Sales for the Courtyard by Marriott in Norwich.  He has traveled the country representing Eastern CT and Mystic Places to encourage travelers to come experience all that our area has to offer.  His passion has […]

Tony Walstra

Tony Walstra of Heritage Properties SPC became a licensed real estate agent and joined the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS® in Dec 2014. Tony was recently honored as the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS Rookie of the Year and was also selected as Rising Star in CT Magazine. Some of Tony’s background includes Vice President […]

Leslie Timmons

Leslie Timmons of BHHS New England Properties, is celebrating her 12th year in business and as a member of ECAR this year. Currently, Leslie sits on our Member Services/Marketing Committee and our Board of Directors. Leslie tells us that her specialty in real estate is relocation. She is relocation certified and a certified military housing […]

Ryan Lajoie

Ryan is celebrating his 10th year in business and as an ECAR member this year. Ryan is the Broker Associate of Johnston & Associates Real Estate in Thompson. He is licensed in both CT & MA. Ryan particularly enjoys working with fix & flip sellers. Although he isn’t involved financially, he enjoys the process of […]