The partners at Classic Real Estate, which has been open for just over a month next to fellow newcomer Clyde St. Amand's Hair Design in Old Avon Village, say their collective experience with other companies led them to form their own.
The agency was founded by partners Harry Dermer, Cheryl Gregory and John Lumani, and the agency had its opening on Feb. 13. The business had been open for 35 days at that point.
"We realized we could do more for the community together,” Dermer said. “We complement each other.”
Dermer has been a Realtor since the 1980s and focuses on commercial real estate, while Gregory has 22 years of experience in residential real estate. Lumani, a specialist in investment properties, has been a Realtor for four years and also focuses on the web-based efforts of the company, including a website due to be launched soon.
All leads that come into the agency as a result of an agent go directly to that person, in an effort to recognize the agent's work.
Mario Gaztambide is Classic Real Estate’s first agent. He has worked in the field in Connecticut for 22 years, and said he was attracted to the company’s central location in Avon and access to three major Realty boards.
He and his wife, Jacqueline, also an agent at Classic Real Estate, collaborate creatively.
“We share ideas,” she said.
Classic Real Estate offers an incentive for customers who buy from them, which also supports local artists.
“Every buyer who closes with us gets a piece of local artwork,” Gregory said.
Currently, Classic Real Estate is displaying artwork by up and coming artists Jennifer Firman, Ann Gattalia and Aaron Gregory.
While the company is fairly new, the partners are confident that they will be successful in their company.
“We took three dynamic personalities from very different backgrounds and decided to form a company where all of our strengths could be implemented,” said Lumani.