All posts by Brian

About Brian

Real Estate Broker for over 25 years managing an office of 13 professional Realtors. Specializing in buyer & seller representation by referral, university relocation, land development and new construction.

Home Selling Team Number One in 2017

And the Winner is…. Us!    Home Selling Team in Mansfield CT landed the top spot again in our 15 town region by over 100 properties sold or over 20% market share.   How’d we do it? Grinding it out Slogging Through Blood, Sweat & Tears Nose to the Grindstone Killin’ It Whatever you want to call […]




When Buyers Don’t Have a C.L.U.E

This is a re-post of a blog post I did last year on C.L.U.E. reports.  I was recently asked about them so I thought I’d share this information again with a couple of updates. If you believe like I do that insurance is only affordable if you never use it —think again.  Did you know […]



Don’t Be a Turkey in the Most Wonderful Market of the Year

We will be receiving emails shortly from sellers currently listed for sale in the Mansfield Storrs area, contemplating taking their property off the market for the holiday season.   Our answer?  A resounding no.   You also may be contemplating  putting your home up for sale during the fall/winter months. The reasons are many and varied: I don’t want to have showings during the holidays. […]


Panic Room-Are We Over Diagnosing Concrete Failures?

That is one of thoughts that Home Inspector David Sherwood presented yesterday in his presentation for Realtors, “Failing Concrete”  at Maneeley’s in South Windsor.   I am pleased to report that every agent at Home Selling Team attended this 3 hour class.  Sherwood shared his technical knowledge about concrete  and his own experiences and opinions after […]


Selling Can Be Scary. Biggest Seller Boo Boos! 

Helicoptering a Showing Much like helicopter parenting, it is largely unhealthy for a successful and unfettered viewing of your home.  The buyer is uncomfortable and can’t express their true feelings, less they offend you and their agent should direct them to not tip their hand by showing interest.  So what have you accomplished by being […]


Hope Crumbling along with Basements and Property Values

Fall has brought a flurry of  amendments, visits, at least one bridge failure and increased contemplation of the CT crumbling basement issue—but no money and no repairs for those most affected by this epidemic. Three amendments passed the U.S. House of Representatives in September regarding the failing foundation epidemic.  In a nutshell:  Community Block Grants, […]