Original article from Claire Bessette of The Day | January 16, 2024 7:02 pm • Last Updated: January 16, 2024 9:49 pm Norwich ― New York-based real estate developers Ernest and Alfred Tollja learned about Norwich in 2018 from a persistent Norwich comedian who drove to their comedy theater nearly every night and pressured them to buy a building in his hometown. Six years later, the two brothers, originally from Albania, own more than a dozen apartment buildings in Norwich, with a total of 117 apartments. That comedian, however, has moved to upstate New York, the pair said Tuesday. On Thursday, they completed the purchase of three prominent lower Broadway buildings that are part of a larger revitalization…

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I’m Andrew O’Reilly from Seaport Real Estate. Today, I’m not just a real estate professional, but also a fellow homeowner sharing my personal experiences and insights into the unique challenges of Connecticut’s real estate market.

 Our Family's Dream and the Market Reality

My family, like many in Connecticut, dreams of a new home – closer to the beach, with a bigger yard, a more spacious primary bath, and a walk-in closet. However, the current market makes this dream a complex decision. Our story reflects a widespread dilemma affecting homeowners throughout the state.

Interest rates have risen sharply, making new mortgages considerably more expensive than just a few years ago. We secured a mortgage at an incredibly low rate of 2.5%…

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In the journey of personal and professional growth, one factor that often gets overlooked is the impact of the people we surround ourselves with. This isn't just about networking or forming strategic relationships; it's about understanding how our immediate circle can significantly influence our path to scalability and success.

1. Inspiration and Motivation

When you're in the company of motivated, ambitious individuals, their drive can be contagious. These are the people who challenge the status quo, push boundaries, and aren't afraid to dream big. Their energy can serve as a powerful source of inspiration and motivation, pushing you to aim higher and strive for greater achievements.

2. Knowledge and Skill Sharing

Each person in your circle…

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