Wiltonian Anne Oliver, at her Halstead office, was recently named Realtor of the Year by the Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors. Ms. Oliver has been a Realtor for more than a decade.
By Joan Lownds
When someone is making the leap to buy a home, it can be a stressful time, according to Anne Oliver. "That's why it requires patience on the part of a Realtor, and a willingness to follow the wishes of the client, and not push other properties," said Ms. Oliver, a 24-year Wilton resident, who recently was named Realtor of the Year by the Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors. "It's a big responsibility."
Add an exacting eye for detail to that list as well, she said. "Thoroughness is the name of the game," said Ms. Oliver, who is an agent at Halstead Property at 21 River Road. "I spend hours walking through a transaction to make sure it goes smoothly."
The prestigious honor came as a surprise, when Ms. Oliver was attending the association's Christmas party at the Oak Hills Country Club in Norwalk last month. "When they announced my name, I was shocked," said Ms. Oliver, who has been a Realtor for 10 years.
The association, which selected Ms. Oliver for the award, has more than 1,100 members from Wilton, Westport, Weston and Norwalk.
"It is a professional trade organization representing Realtors and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business and offering support, educational classes and information," she said.
Another important quality for an effective Realtor these days is an inclination to be on call almost constantly, according to Ms. Oliver. "I'm always available on my iPhone," she said.
"Anne is always going above and beyond for her clients, and we can't think of a more deserving Realtor for these honors," said John DiCenzo, executive director of sales for Halstead in Westport and Wilton. "Anne has consistently remained a top agent in the local community, and we are pleased that she has been recognized by her peers for her outstanding contribution and service to the real estate profession."
Ms. Oliver will add this award to her recent designation by Connecticut Magazine as a five star real estate professional. This is the second year she has received this accolade. "This is given for highest overall customer satisfaction," she said.
Carol Heins, the association's executive director, described Ms. Oliver as "a very active member, serving on our executive board and as treasurer for the association for the past three years," she said. "Anne 'also. 'sits oil our grievance committee when complaints have to reviewed. She has also been very involved in our new member orientation program, and has served as a state director to the Connecticut Association of Realtors."
How is a Realtor chosen for the award? Ms. Heins said there are 21 local boards in the state, and each one chooses a Realtor of the Year by a committee vote.
"The previous local Realtor of the Year is the chairperson of the committee, and the past four recipients sit on the committee, with the local association executive (Ms. Heins in mid-Fairfield County). Names are submitted and the committee takes a vote," she said.
A graduate of Vassar College with a degree in eco-nomics, Ms. Oliver worked in retail banking in New York City for 12 years, at Chemical Bank and others. Her husband, John, to whom she has been married for 32 years, is the operations director for the classroom and community group at Scholastic in New York City.
After the couple moved to Wilton, Ms. Oliver stayed home for a while to raise the couple's three children. Their children are Allison, 30, a registered nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City; Matthew, 28, a corporate restructuring lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in New York City; and Sean, 24, a sales associate at Lightspeed Financial, also in New York While raising her children, Ms. Oliver served as a room mother and worked to sup-port the boys tennis, football and girls field hockey associations. Once the children were grown, she decided to return to the work force and thought the real estate field would be a good fit.
"I'm very outgoing and I love working with people," she said.
Over the past 10 years, the Internet has changed the face of the real estate profession, according to Ms. Oliver. "Ninety percent of the listings are now searched on the Internet," which has stream-lined the process and made it more direct, she said.
During her career as a Realtor, Ms. Oliver also weathered the severe dip in the market during the past few years. However, she said she now "sees some hopeful signs — barring any unforeseen circumstances ... the market is slowly picking up."
Friday, February 03, 2012