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Residential real estate roundup

Published 1:07 pm, Friday, May 10, 2013
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Rezvan top producer for PR Mortgage

Nima Rezvan, senior loan officer with Primary Residential Mortgage in Bridgeport, was recognized as the top producing loan officer for the branch in the first quarter after leading the office in originations through February and March. Rezvan has been with PRMI since 2002.

Raveis holds inaugural expo

Shelton-based William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance's inaugural convention and expo attracted 1,300 real estate professionals from across the Northeast during a weekend in April. Keynote speakers included award-winning speaker and philosopher Matthew Ferrara of Matthew Ferrara and Co.; Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors; and Stephanie Pfeffer, executive vice president for Luxury Portfolio International. The last night of the convention was rounded out by the 39th Annual William Raveis Awards, an event which recognizes the leaders in the company's real estate, mortgage, insurance, title and administrative divisions. Among the winners for Real Estate, Jean Ruggiero, of Greenwich, and Al Filippone, of Fairfield, were named the top producers by volume for an individual and team, respectively.

Westport development sells three homes

With three homes already sold, Gold Coast Homes has begun construction in the Reserve at Poplar Plains in Westport, a luxury 13 home community developed with conservation in mind. The Reserve, surrounded by 33 wooded acres and adjacent to 22 additional acres of Partrick Wetlands Conservation area, is a fish and wildlife sanctuary. Residents of The Reserve will enjoy private nature trails, quiet open space and ponds for fishing and canoeing. Homes in the Reserve are built in the classic New England style and are priced from $1.3 million to $1.5 million. They offer 4-5 bedroom designs with 4,000-4,500 square feet of living space on a private cul-de-sac. Custom upgrades and eco-friendly features will be available to homeowners who purchase early in the building process. Gold Coast Homes is a division of the Wright Building Company, an award winning firm run by Kelly and Chris Wright. For further information please visit www.wrightbuildingcompany.com.

Stamford HDF wins federal grant

Stamford-based Housing Development Fund won a $235,000 federal grant to aid in its mission to provide affordable housing in Southwest Connecticut. The grant came through Neighborworks America and will help HDF provide loans. HDF has offices in Bridgeport and Danbury as well. Mutual Housing gets fed help

Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut, with offices in Bridgeport and Stamford, also received a Neighborworks America grant. MHAS is also involved in helping to develop affordable housing. The organization received $85,000.

Dancing star picks Coldwell to sell Stratford home

Stamford-based Coldwell Banker sales associate Anton Tomaj was selected to sell the Stratford home of Dancing with the Stars instructor and champion Tony Dovolani. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, the 2,020-square-foot raised ranch is on the market for $399,000. The home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a 2-car garage, and a finished lower level complete with a family room and eat-in kitchen. Dovolani, who lives in the home with his wife, Trendelina, and their three children, is searching for a larger house. "We have owned this home for eight years and will always treasure the time we spent living in Stratford," said Dovolani.

"This home is located in one of Stratford's most coveted neighborhoods, and has been impeccably maintained by my clients over the years. For information call Tomaj at (203) 322-2300.

Kensett picks up $15 million

Darien's Kensett development garnered $15 million in new home sales as 10 buyers signed contracts for homes.

"We're so gratified to see the market respond so well to Kensett" said Bill McGuinness, developer. Nineteen new home sites have been released for the garden enclave of 62 attached and detached homes. The development includes a meeting house and offers "no-maintenance lifestyle." A five acre nature conservancy offers walking trails, and a community garden with individual plots and a potting shed is in the works. Kensettt's custom-designed homes range from 3,100 square feet to over 5,000 square feet including finished lower levels, and are priced from $1.295 million to over $1.6 million.

Danbury Habetz in at SBD's Stamford Mortgage

Stamford Mortgage Co., a subsidiary of the Savings Bank of Danbury, has hired Fairfield resident Steve Habetz as vice president of residential lending. A graduate of Fairfield University, Habetz has 30 years of residential lending experience, most recently serving as vice president at Darien Rowayton Bank. Habetz spent 23 years as president of Threshold Mortgage in Westport, a company he founded in 1988. In his new role, Habetz will be responsible for expanding Stamford Mortgage Co.'s market area, as well as originating mortgage and home equity loans.

Toll Brothers shows off Newtown and Southington

Toll Brothers announced further progress on Newtown and Southington developments. The luxury home builder announced the grand opening of two model homes in Newtown Woods, located on Route 25 between exits 8 and 9 off I-84. Newtown Woods is an active-adult community for those 55 and older looking for single-level, condominiums and townhomes. Toll Brothers also celebrated last week the grand opening of its new model at Southington Ridge. This community, which is 50-percent sold, is located at the bottom of a mountain ridge, minutes from Hubbard Park and Southington Golf Course, offering a variety of recreational opportunities and conveniences. Home buyers can choose from seven designs ranging from 2,600 to 3,600 square feet of living space. The homes feature gourmet kitchens with Whirlpool appliances, luxury cabinetry and granite countertops. Other appointments include two-story foyers, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, hardwood floors, and lavish master bedrooms.

Pirozzoli heads landscape association

Mary Ellen Pirozzoli, owner of Ridgefield-based Verdesign, landscape design company, was elected president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers' Connecticut chapter, of which she was a founding member in 2008. A Fairfield County native, she studied at the New York Botanical Garden and holds a certificate in landscape design. The New York Botanical Garden Educational Program has been called "the Ivy League of Garden Design." Additionally Pirozzoli is an accredited organic land care professional and is a member of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association.