NEWINGTON - ERA Sargis-Breen Real Estate Co. has been named first in service among all ERA offices nationwide.
It also has been among the first ERA companies to be inducted into ERA’s Hall of Fame and it has received national recognition nine times for being among the top 10 ERA companies nationwide in customer satisfaction.
Joanne Breen is the broker and owner of the company. She is the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors’ 2018 Realtor of the Year and will be honored on Dec. 12 at its annual holiday party.
Sargis-Breen Real Estate is a full-service residential real estate brokerage. The company belongs to the ERA franchise and it has two offices: one in Newington, which is the original office, and one in Berlin which has been the second location for 14 years.
“We’ve been in business as Sargis-Breen Real Estate since 1992,” Breen said. “But prior to that, Sam Sargis, the original owner of the company, had Sargis Real Estate when I joined him 40 years ago. We’ve been with the ERA franchise for 38 years. Sam Sargis passed away almost six years ago and I kept the company name the same out of respect for him. He was the one that got me started in the business and he was a wonderful partner and mentor.”
Last year, the company started using the ZAP program, which is beneficial for both agents and clients as it serves as a communication channel.
Through the ZAP website, agents set up automatic listing alerts and when new houses that fit certain criteria become available in the market, the buyer is notified by a text message. The client can request appointments.
“We automatically get notified so it’s two ways, the clients get notified and their agent gets notified on what they’re looking at,” Breen said. “We also can see how often they look at a house online and how active they are in the house search in general.”
Sargis-Breen Real Estate employs two office coordinators to assist the 19 sales associates who are affiliated with the company.
“I’ve had a long time in the business, I’m very active in the real estate associations, I’m a former president of the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors and next year I’m going to be first vice president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors,” Breen said. “We stay very active in the association. We are very committed to promoting professionalism and moving the business forward.”
To learn more about Sargis-Breen Real Estate, call 860-666-5607 or visit joannebreen.com.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.