There are two types of potential commercial real estate agents that make our hearts beat faster. The first is that person who is retiring, but with energy and a desire to do something else. The second kind is the corporate executive who doesn't want to move away from the area, so is willing to change fields in order to stay. There are plenty of people who don't fit into those two groups who are perfectly likely to succeed, but they don't always have the financial resources to allow for the transition, and these two types often do.
We can tell that the real estate market is improving by the number of agents going into the business. November marked the first time in five years that the number of members of the CT MLS system went up. Commercial improvement tends to lag behind residential, but people seem to be looking into commercial real estate also.
We've just hired a few new people who fall into the categories we prize. Tony Bialecki, who has been working in economic development for the City of New Haven since 1981, spending the past 13 years as Deputy Director of Economic Development, is a prime example. Tony, who seems to be the unusual public servant who is universally loved and admired, decided to leave his job at the end of the past administration. He began with us last month, and is off to a great start. He has lots of knowledge, legions of contacts, and the drive and desire to master a new discipline.
Our Milford office has two recruits from the last year or so. Dick Lombardo retired from UI after 35 years, and is eager to put his skills and network to work. Eileen Russell had a past life in the technology field, which is incredibly helpful in the agent's role of financial analyst.
Abigail Rider, who was most recently Director for University Properties at Yale, just mailed in her license paperwork this week, and brings a host of talents in remediation, negotiation, and repurposing of properties. She is both consulting in the realm of academic real estate, and expanding to work on other kinds of commercial real estate.
We can't wait to see what these new faces can accomplish! And we have room for a few more....