Get to Know – Alex McRitchie

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1) Who is your favorite comedian?
Dave Chappelle, because he does my favorite white guy impersonation.
 
2) If you could leave today, what country would you visit?
Costa Rica! The food, culture, and weather is amazing on the pacific side of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
 
3) What was your favorite game to play as a child?
Oregon Trail. I’ve only made it a few times, but it was my life for quite awhile.
 
4) Do you have any hidden talents?
No one has ever beaten me in speed walking.
 
5) Do you prefer cereal, or an eggs, bacon and toast type of breakfast?
EBT all the way.  Extra points for sourdough toast!
 

Get to Know – Zach Sinks

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1) Where is your favorite place to order Friday lunch from?
Bubu because it’s healthy and extremely customizable.
 
2) If you had your choice, would you be a water, land or air animal?

Air animal, because the ability to fly would be amazing.

3) What is your favorite feature at PlanOmatic HQ?
The office dogs. Sometimes you just need to get a little K9 lovin’ in when you’re having a hard day.
 
4) What is your astrological sign? Does it hold true to your personality?
Virgo is pretty true. I feel as though I am relatively modest, reliable and loyal. However, I do not feel as pessimistic as Virgo’s are generally believed to be.
 
5) If you could own a beach house, where would it be?
Varkala, India because the Kerala state of India has always been very high on the list of places that I would love to visit and live.

CEO, Kori Covrigaru, Looks Back on 10 Years at PlanOmatic

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BloovanPrime, a luxury online real estate news source recently interviewed our CEO, Kori Covrigaru, on what it’s like to be a market leader in the industry. Check out this article and hear first hand what it took to spark up the company, how PlanOmatic got to where it is today and how our co-founder balances daily life tasks.

PLANOMATIC CEO, KORI COVRIGARU, LOOKS BACK ON 10 YEARS OF BUILDING A MARKET LEADER

Get to know – Brandon Petteway

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1) Do you prefer Pepsi or Coke?
More of a root beer man, but if I’ve gotta pick then Coke all the way. I’ve always thought Pepsi was real nasty, even though in reality it’s all the same sugary nonsense.

 

2) What is your spirit animal?
I’ve always figured I’m a bit of a turtle, real slow and steady, and ain’t nothing can touch me in my shell.

 

3) What is your favorite season?
To be honest I like them all, hot summers or cold winters it’s all in your mindset of enjoying the day despite whatever discomfort comes your way.

 

4) On the weekends you are typically..
Nice weather means the outdoors, whether that’s camping, hiking, cycling, etc. Cold usually means I get lazy and end up on my couch or in a brewery somewhere.

 

5) What do your shoes say about you?
Half of the time I’ve got my cycling shoes on so I guess that’s pretty indicative of what I’m into.

5 Steps to Keep Busy this Holiday Season

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As the weather gets colder, many of us go into hibernation mode. We may find ourselves having extra down time during the holiday season. Why? Folks are busy with parties or having guests in town. Buyers and sellers alike usually assume that buying a house this time of year is not a large priority with all of the holiday hustle and bustle taking place. But don’t let that stop you from staying busy. You can keep ahead of the curve with some creative time and prep work.

1. Get Organized

Now is the time to do clean up that you have been procrastinating all year long. Sort documents into their proper folders. Change desktop titles to easily searchable names. Organize your lists. Tidy up your desk space.

2. Research

Search the latest real estate statistics and articles to strengthen your industry knowledge. Keep up on what’s happening and what’s in the foreseeable future for your local market. Look for new leads. Find ways to keep your marketing fresh and to have your branding stand out from the competition.

3. Plan

Use your newly acquired knowledge and implement it into your strategy. Create outlines to follow for your marketing. Plan how you will seek out and follow up with new leads. Prepare documents you know will be needed at the start of the new year. Lay out a guide for how you will adjust your marketing strategy based on the change of seasons.

4. Be Creative

Take this time to do some creative brainstorming your own, and with teammates. Think of new ideas to keep your branding appealing to your audience. Create a new business card design. Change up your office space by re-positioning furniture or getting new decor. Work on a fun presentation that sums up accomplishments of the year, and goals for next year; share it with your colleagues.

5. Enjoy Time with Family and Friends

Tis’ the season to spend time with loved ones and appreciate all that we have. If you have time off during the holidays, be sure to make memories with the people who matter most!

Shea Stone, Marketing Assistant

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“and if you have anyone who plows and shovels send that too”

Photo courtesy of Kevin Knol

This is what Jim Guarrera meant when he said “bring plows and shovels” As soon as I read that, I knew working with Jim and his colleagues at Carey & Guarrera Real Estate Associates was going to be fun.  Jim works in Western Connecticut, and if you’ve been paying any attention to the weather, you know that another snowstorm is lurking in the midwest, ready to take down the east coast yet again.

The folks in Connecticut are bracing for their third 1+ foot snow storm of the season.  Without a doubt, this year’s plethora of snow has taken a toll on real estate, as well as other business across the east coast, and the fact that Jim can chuckle over it makes me happy to announce our latest Corporate Relationship with his brokerage.

Through our corporate agreement, we are happy to provide Carey & Guarrera with discounted pricing, priority scheduling, and even a dedicated bat line to the CEO’s desk. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship in 2011.