We (Ana and Tom Festa) have lived in West Hartford, CT since 1997, raised 3 kids in the public school system (Duffy Elementary, Sedgwick Middle School and Conard High School) and participated in various youth sports including hockey, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and other activities such as Kindermusik, boy scouts and more. It is a great place to raise a family, good community and lots of opportunities.
Ana has been involved in real estate since 1997 and Tom has been involved at various points and in varying respects during the same time frame. However, our skill sets could not be any more different and complementary! So we decided it was time to join our skill sets and form a team.
Ana was born and raised in Portugal until the age of 9. (Fun anecdote – upon landing at Ellis Island after a long boat ride she stepped onto the US shores and realized the streets were lined with money – she found a quarter right away.) The boat ride must have instilled a sense of adventure and a strong desire to travel because Ana never likes to leave her passport out of reach.
Ana attended public schools in Hartford and then UConn where she focused on languages. Ana is currently fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French (French is hard to practice in CT so that gets rusty). She put the language to use working for American Airlines in various capacities including on the French desk, as a Sabre specialist translating the systems into Spanish, training travel agents, negotiating contracts and on the front lines at Boston Logan airport as a customer service representative.
In 1997 Ana renewed her real estate license and joined RE/MAX as an agent and was involved in the day to day administration, raising 3 kids and selling real estate (2.5 full time jobs). In 2013 Ana joined eXp Realty as the managing broker in Connecticut – mostly because she immediately saw the value proposition offered by eXp Realty and CT needed a broker. She was the 138th person nationwide to see the revolution happening in real estate. As of July 2019, just 6 years later, there are more than 20,000 realtors that have joined eXp.
“My mission is to develop long-term client relationships by providing the most professional, informative, loyal and dedicated service in the real estate industry.” As a full service real estate consultant, I work primarily in West Hartford, Simsbury, Farmington, Hartford, Avon, Newington, Wethersfield, Canton, Rocky Hill and other nearby towns. I work with buyers, sellers and investors in real estate transactions spanning all price ranges and property types. I am licensed in CT, RI and NY. Languages: Español, Français, Português Multi Year Five Star Professional Award Recipient Interests: Travel, music, languages, learning about world cultures Education: BA in French with a related degree in Spanish from the University of Connecticut Experience: Licensed in real estate since 1997 CRS _ Certified Residential Specialist CDPE – Certified Distressed Properties Expert ABR – Accredited Staging Professional Member of GHAR, ECAR, CAR and NAR Marketing: Relocation Packages, School Reports, Free Market Analysis on your property Personal Info: Resident of West Hartford Married with 3 children Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish from UConn Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English
Tom grew up in Hamden, CT where he attended public schools (Church St School, Michael Whalen JHS and Hamden High) and received a BS in Finance from Fairfield University where he played hockey for 4 years. After graduation he decided he liked to travel more than money which led him to get involved in the travel industry and a fantastic company called the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) and Council Travel. He started out as a travel agent and was lucky enough to meet his future wife who worked for American Airlines (Sabre) as a trainer. At Council he developed an affinity for computers (Network System Engineer) and programming and he eventually he managed the East coast IT division of the travel division. Most importantly he was able to continue enjoying some extensive travel jaunts.
Tom has been involved in real estate in a meandering fashion since 1997 mostly in a support and ownership role. In ‘97 he became a partner in RE/MAX Premier REALTORS in West Hartford which was a startup in a highly competitive market.
His background in technology and systems allowed the office to accomplish a few unique things that helped attract a number of agents. The accomplishments included some innovative digital marketing tactics including single property websites, an MLS computer on every desktop, an award winning website, real technical support for the agents and a slew of administrative system developments.. The accomplishments seem quaint in nature now but simply figuring out how to network computers together and allow REALTORS to have their own computer on their own desk was revolutionary. Prior to this there were shared office computers and a line to use them. The office grew to a peak of over 100 realtors before the market tanked in 2007.
Tom exited RE/MAX around 2010 and eventually landed a position with Leverage Marketing in Austin TX working remotely as a project manager. Leverage is a digital marketing company which had a number of real estate clients so his background meshed and allowed him to remain involved in real estate working with a few of the biggest and most innovative brokerages in the country. Working at Leverage has allowed him to develop a whole new range of skills which are useful in the real estate industry.