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Annual Meeting:  The Board and all its members would like to thank everyone that picked up a "Holiday Angel" and to Founders Insurance Group and Village Mortgage for sponsoring the wine on the tables and hors d'oeuvres at the Annual Meeting. 

The following new members were recognized at the meeting: Suzie Larson, Turning Point Realty, LLC; Tom Jerram, Thomas C. Jerram Appraisal Services, LLC; Asher Pavel, Bain Real Estate; Jennifer Good, Robinson Leech Real Estate; Joanie Yahn, Bain Real Estate; and Linda Pulford, New England Online Auctions, LLC.

Elections for the 2016 Board of Directors were held during the meeting.  Congratulations to the following: 2016 President Kim D'Andrea; 2016 President-Elect Jeff Geddes; Debbie Videtto, 2016 Secretary; Annesa Borla, 2016 Treasurer; Directors to End 2017 - Kevin Hayes, David Sartirana; 2016 State Directors - Robert Riva, Donna Bannon, Suzie Larson.

During our Annual Meeting we presented the some of our members with the newly redesigned GRI pin, and CTR President Sandy Schede recognized Linda Hull, REALTOR® as our 2015 Local REALTOR® of the Year recipient.  

At the meeting incoming 2016 President Kim D'Andrea surprised President  Robert Riva by presenting him with the President's Plaque in honor of his year of service.  robert reviewed his year as President and Kim discussed her hopes and plans for 2016.

President Robert Riva

L to R: Robert Riva, President; Annesa Borla, Treasurer;
 Suzie Larson, State Director

L to R: Annesa Borla, Treasurer: Tom Jerram, REALTOR®

L to R: Robert Riva, President;
Priscilla Miller, Director; Jennifer Good, REALTOR®
L to R: Robert Riva, President;
Priscilla Miller, Director; Joanie Yahn, REALTOR®
L to R: Robert Riva, President;
Priscilla Miller, Director; Asher Pavel, REALTOR®

L to R: Robert Riva, President;
Priscilla Miller, Director; Linda Pulford, Affiliate

2016 Board of Directors
L to R: Jeff Geddes, 2016 President-Elect; Annesa Borla, 2016 Treasurer;
 Debbie Videtto, 2016 Secretary; Kim D'Andrea, 2016 President;
 Robert Riva, 2016 Imm. Past President; Suzie Larson, 2016 State Director;
 Donna Bannon, 2016 State Director
L to R: Rita Alfano, REALTOR®; Dorothy Beckley, Diretor;
 Debbie Videtto, Secretary; Julie Fedorovich, Imm. Past President;
Cleve Fuessenich, REALTOR®; Tricia Sherwin, REALTOR®;
 David Luzi, REALTOR®;  Ellen Waterhouse, REALTOR®;
Mary Ann Hebert, NAR Director; Priscilla Pavel, Director;
Ted Murphy, CTR Treasurer; Robin Leech, REALTOR®
Sandy Schede, CTR President

L to R: Linda Hull 2015 Local REALTOR of the Year;
Sandy Schede, CTR President

L to R: Kim D'Andrea, President-Elect; Robert Riva, President

L to R:  Carol Anelli, Director; Kim D'Andrea, President-Elect;
Julie Fedorovich, Imm. Past President; Gene Marconi, Esquire

L to R: Suzie Larson, State Director; Sandra Becker, REALTOR®

L to R: Tom Jerram, REALTOR®; Tony Gioia, REALTOR®;
 Jim Hiltz, REALTOR®

L to R: Jennifer Good, REALTOR®; Jay de Marcken, REALTOR®;
 Mary Clancey, REALTOR®

L to R: Gary Flood, REALTOR®; Kim D'Andrea, President-Elect;
 Julie Fedorovich, Imm. Past President; Amity Wolfe, REALTOR®

L to R: Debbie Videtto, Secretary; Nick Fanelli, REALTOR® Emeritus;
 Roselee Fanelli, REALTOR®

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, Imm. Past President;
Tricia Sherwin, REALTOR®; Cleve Fuessnich, REALTOR®

L to R: Jeff Geddes, 2016 President-Elect;
Linda Pulford, Affiliate; Linda Hull, REALTOR®

L to R: Dorothy Beckley, Director; Ted Murphy, CTR Treasurer;
 Carol Anelli, REALTOR®; Kim Brown, Affiliate

L to R: Laurel Caliendo; Darlene Bourassa

L to R: Amy Jock; Michael Magistrali, Affiliate;
 Bobby D'Andrea, Esq.; Monica Diulio

L to R: Heath Ladona, Affiliate; Kate Pesce, REALTOR®; Jim Steck, Esq.

L to R: Rita Alfano, REALTOR®; Heath Ladona, Affiliate;
 Marcus Santore, REALTOR®; Ileana Santore, REALTOR®

L to R: Gary Flood, REALTOR®; Brian Piers, REALTOR®;
Kim-Mai Mahon, REALTOR®; Amity Wolfe, REALTOR®

Torrington Savings Bank
L to R: Kim Brown; Melisa Manolitsis; Jason Tuncy; Kim Hanson; Jeff Geddes; Jill Russell; Debra Maher; Jessica Dziob; Karen Lopardo

L to R: Justin Girolimon; Laurel Caliendo;
Marco Merati, Village Mortgage

L to R: David Luzi, REALTOR®; Ileana Santore, REALTOR®

L to R: Carey Allan Budnick, REALTOR®; Chip Hoben, REALTOR®;
 Linda Gardner, REALTOR®; Janet Alexander, REALTOR®;
Janet Luzi, REALTOR®

L to R: Linda Robertson, Affliate; Jeff Geddes, 2016 President-Elect
New Member Orientation Class:  Our Legislative & RPAC Committee  Co-Chair Amity Wolfe stopped by to discuss the impact of legislative issues on the real estate industry and our President Robert Riva discussed the advantages to using zipForms® which is a member benefit.

Amity Wolfe, Legislative & RPAC Committee Co-Chair

Robert Riva, President

Annual Fundraiser Check Presentation - The Public Relations Committee presented the proceeds of the Annual Fundraiser to Friendly Hands Food Bank and Torrington Community Soup Kitchen.  The total amount raised was $4,430.00, and each organization received $2,215.00.   Watch Presentation

Back Row L to R: Public Relations Committee Members: Dianna Christinat;
 Marco Merati; Jeff Geddes; Ellie Peterson; Christine Kell

Front Row: Torrington Community Soup Kitchen: Lisa Hageman, Food Service Director;
 Friendly Hands Food Bank: Mo Hubert, Executive Director & Tina Hasapis, Assistant Director;
 PR Committee Members: Linda Hull, Chair; Jennifer Ives-Groebl

CTMLS Training Class: CTMLS Trainer Lauren Egan presenting a Resources Professional Development Training Session.


TRID Lunch N' Learn:  Torrington Savings Bank presented a Brief Walk Through TRID Lunch N' Learn to our members.


Home Staging Lunch N' Learn: Sue Holway, REALTOR® from Frog Hollow Solutions presented a Home Staging Lunch N' Learn to our members.


CHFA Attitude/Awareness Survey: The Executive Director of Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Karl Kildufff, is requesting input from those they work with to improve the results of their work and how they interact and collaborate with their partners and customers.  The response to last year's survey was strong and CHFA acted on many of the findings, therefore, they are asking everyone to complete this year's survey, so they can determine how they may further improve their organization.  Take Survey     Read EO's Letter

LATEST REGS FOR WATER TREATMENT DISCHARGE LUNCH N' LEARN - Professional Water Systems is hosting a Latest Regulations for Water Treatment Discharge Lunch N' Learn at no cost to LCBR members on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Board office.  The topics covered will include the following: latest regulations on water treatment discharge; what should be tested as part of your home inspection; how wells work; and how wells become contaminated. To register, click here.

CIRE Certification Program – ECAR is hosting a Commercial & Investment Real Estate Certification (CIRE) program during the month of December. Commercial real estate is very different from residential real estate. Agents need to be properly trained to avoid liability issues and loss of potential profits. It is also a violation of the NAR Code of Ethics to do commercial or investment transactions without proper training. "Realtors® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence..." This program teaches the foundations needed to provide commercial and investment real estate brokerage services.  Learn more…

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The .REALTOR domain positions REALTORS® with a competitive edge in the online real estate space by enabling the opportunity for future innovation, for example, a .REALTOR search engine, making it easier for consumers to locate REALTORS® and real estate services.  To find out more about the .realtor domain visit

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PRINCIPALS & PRACTICES COURSES OFFERED -  The Greater Waterbury Board of REALTORS®, Inc. Institute for Real Estate offers a 60 hour Principles and Practices of Real Estate course to qualify students for real estate licensing.  Their P&P course is a continuous start program which allows new students to begin the course on any Tuesday (depending on availability). The class are held on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM.  For more information, click here.

The Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS® offers a 60 hour Principles and Practices. For more information, click here. 

LCBR & TENANTTRACKS - Have you taken advantage of the agreement Litchfield County Board of REALTORS has with TenantTracks? They offer exclusive historical and up-to-date eviction data from all 15 Connecticut Courts covering Summary Process cases including Bantam Court. Other screening services typically provide eviction data from just the 6 major Housing Courts in Connecticut leaving owners at risk. All evictions in Litchfield County are conducted at the Bantam Courthouse and their eviction records are not online or part of a national database. Rental property owners are at risk of non-paying, disruptive and/or destructive tenants moving around unchecked if people are not screening renters through TenantTracks.

The cost of using TenantTracks is $59 per year for the account set up and compliance fee while each tenant screening report costs only $25.  When applying enter LCBR in the Discount Code Field to receive the rate of $59 for a TenantTracks membership.
Each screening report provides much better data in a comprehensive summary of the prospective tenant’s credit history, national and state eviction and criminal database records, terrorist watch list, civil court, small claims court and sex offender searches.  The report also includes a color-coded, summary page for quick interpretation of the results.  To apply for a membership or for more information about TenantTracks visit their website at

Recently TenantTracks has implemented a new screening algorithm that allows the user to search for known "Alias Names" and "Nicknames" against all our CT Civil, Eviction and Criminal databases. To learn more about this feature, click here.  11.04.14

REALTOR® SAFETY VIDEO - Learn about safety for REALTORS® in a video produced by Florida REALTORS® Safety Video  11.04.14

NAR's Safety Resources Page - For a compete list of safety resources provided by the National Association of REALTORS®, click here.

REALTOR® SAFETY WITH CLIENTS VIDEO - Watch this video for suggestions on steps you can take to stay safe with clients. 12.05.14

Creepy Phone Calls Put Mass. Agents on Edge - Police are warning real estate professionals in Massachusetts' South Coast region to be wary of suspicious phone calls. Read more...

Safety Tip #21 - Have your Excuse Ready - Part of being prepared to deal with a threatening situation is having “an out.” Prepare a scenario in advance so that you can leave—or you can encourage someone who makes you uncomfortable to leave. Examples: Your cell phone or pager went off and you have to call your office, you left some important information in your car, or another agent with buyers is on his way.  12.05.14



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ELECTRONIC KEY BOXES - We now have the ability to provide our members electronic Keys and Boxes.   For information on obtaining an eKey which works on your smartphone, click here.