Meet Carolyn Anderson
And Raise Your Expectations
Whether or not you have met me, already know me, or someone you trust has referred you to me, I hope you will find the following information helpful.
The recommendations of my past clients were written by people, who were once just like you, trying to decide who could best help them with their real estate transactions.
Why I chose Real Estate As my Profession
The answer to this question is—people. I like people. I like helping people make wise and rewarding real estate decisions. My favorite subjects at Boston University , where I received my BS, were sociology and psychology. While getting my Masters in Social Work at Columbia, I was trained to listen carefully and to understand the dynamics of relationships. Negotiating, which is an essential part of real estate, is a skill my training and understanding of people helped me to perfect.
My interest in art, architecture and design inspired me to complete the interior design course at the New York School of Interior Design. I continued my studies passing the 2-day exam given by ASID for professional membership. I designed a number of Greenwich residences and restaurants, as well as furniture. The desk I designed for the US Treasury is currently being used by the Secretary of the Treasury. It has two secret drawers which every Secretary upon finding, leaves a note for future successors.
My interior design experience led me to the renovation of houses. My passion for real estate emerged. I purchased and renovated a number of homes in the Greenwich area, as well as building a 7,000 sq. ft. spec. home which sold in 5 days. While renovating homes, I attended school , obtaining both my Real Estate Appraiser’s license and my Real Estate Broker’s license.
Being a Realtor is the perfect combination of my interests and talents. It gives me great satisfaction to use my expertise to help others. I have been happily helping others with their Real Estate investments for the last 20 years.
For the last 8-years I have been elected by my real estate peers to be on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Association of Realtors and of the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service. Recently I was elected president of both boards.
What makes me so successful at Real Estate
I take pride in my ethics. In every company meeting, we end with a case study illustrating ethical responsibilities. The real estate community, as well as our clients, know this. Because of my experience and because of my fairness, I have been repeatedly elected to the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Association of Realtors by my peers. Realtors prefer to negotiate with people they trust. Popularity and respect translate into a benefit for my clients.
"I want to thank you so much for your professionalism and your encouragement throughout the whole selling process. It was a privilege to have been working with you. It was great to work with such an honest and caring person. Thank you again. You have been a shining light."
I was named the best Realtor in Fairfield County by a readers survey. During a statewide contest, my company won three out of five first place marketing awards. Not only has my innovative marketing won praise and respect from fellow Realtors as well as awards from a number of sources, it has also sold homes.
"Thank you for your super ads, great copy and wonderful use of photos. Without your imaginative efforts we would not have sold the house and property as well as we have. We are truly grateful for all of your help. Your beautiful photos will keep alive the lovely memories of 50 years growing up there."
I have been a full time Realtor, living in and specializing in Greenwich, for over 20 years. I understand the market. I was a licensed real estate appraiser for over 10 years. While most agents commonly run a quick MLS search, my team and I have the expertise to extensively research the market. We take into account the inventory of homes on the market, the absorption rate, homes which did not sell, market trends and my knowledge of the comparable homes to develop an accurate listing price.
“ Throughout the process you and Amy both demonstrated superior insight, skill and talent - with your market assessment, your proposal, your strategy and your execution. You anticipated and managed every detail. The result was a final offer that was 15% higher than your closest competitor’s “stretch” listing price - all within 3 days of hitting the market. Does it get any better than that?
We feel that constant communication is important. We are happy to adapt to the style your prefer: voice mail, email, phone discussions or meetings. Our phone is answered by a live person. In addition, on week days my assistant always knows how to reach me. She can also help you with any questions. Your questions and suggestions are extremely helpful. We want to hear from you.
"I would like to thank you for your excellent work in selling my mother's house and for keeping us posted so well on its progress."
I am a licensed, experienced interior designer. I have taught courses in improving a home’s value. I can help you decide if a repair or improvement is really worth the money. I can help you present your home’s best face to the buyers.
"I just want you to know how very much I appreciate all of the help you gave me in selling my sister’s condo. Your expertise was invaluable. I am especially grateful for your generosity in sharing with me your outstanding skills as an interior designer in preparing the condo for sale. When you were finished the condo was a showplace.”
I have a degree in psychology. I am trained to understand people. I know when to be calm and when to be demanding. I have been able to practice my negotiation skills many, many times over the last 20 years. I am known in the industry as a tough, but honest and fair negotiator.
“Carolyn, we are so thankful for your outstanding support. Not only was your advice essential to finding the right buyer, your warm style and full dedication was unmatched. Birgit, Hannah, Lena and myself are very happy having had you on our side. Thank you so much again. In case the good winds will one day bring us back to Greenwich (which you know is very close to our hearts), we certainly will knock on your door.”
I care about the people I represent. I want to make the transactions as easy and free of stress as possible. My Clients become lifelong friends.
you so much for all of your help with our lot and house. We appreciate all
your help and feel so fortunate to have you as our Realtor and friend!”
"I would like to thank you for all your help in selling our home. Your caring made it very easy.”
A Good Real Estate Team Matters
Most real estate agents work alone, performing dozens of tasks required to complete a transaction. Almost no one has the time to do everything well. I am fortunate to have a superior staff as well as a full time assistant - a highly qualified, licensed Realtor. Moreover, all of the Realtors in the Anderson Associates firm, work together in a team approach. It is important to all of us to make sure the clients of the firm are well served.
My Life outside of Real Estate
am married with two children and our Jack Russell terrier, Daisy.
When I married Jerry, I also married Greenwich. This was the town my Texas born husband adopted as a boy going to Brunswick School in Greenwich. Jerry was away from Greenwich only long enough to go to Harvard for his BA in economics and then Columbia for an MBA and JD. When we were both Columbia students, living in International House, a friend from Greenwich introduced us. After we finished our degrees and married, we never considered any other community. We moved to our home on Clapboard Ridge where we still live and enjoy the many town resources. Jerry is serving his fourth term as an elected member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
With my children well established, my full energy is devoted to Greenwich Real Estate. Recently, while driving with my daughter, I told her I was not going to talk about real estate. After about 3 minutes of silence, Cheryl said “lets talk about real estate” and we started a lively conversation. Greenwich was the perfect place to raise our children. Both children were born in Greenwich and thrived in the public school system, which launched them into good schools and successful careers.
Cheryl received her BA from American University, studied pre-med at Harvard and graduated from the National College of medicine as a naturopathic doctor. She lives near Boston with her husband, Tod, a product manager at Cisco and their young daughter, Morgan - my adorable granddaughter.
Clifford, graduated from Kenyon College. He received his masters at the Harvard Divinity School and his PhD in Theology at Princeton Seminary. He is presently curator of Special Collections at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. His wife, Rosanna, is a Presbyterian minister.
Daisy got her certificate from Ken Berenson’s Obedience School.
When I am not involved in Greenwich Activities, I like to garden, bicycle, ski, cook, write recipes (Several years ago I published The Complete Book of Homemade Ice Cream and I am presently working on a book of menus). I am thrilled to have just published a book about an important American artist, Ruth Ray. I had a deep friendship with Ruth and Ruth shared with me information about her life and her paintings. http://www.ruthrayartist.com
My favorite vacation was a two-month family bicycle trip from Nice to Barcelona.
My favorite place to go is our family farm in Indiana. The farm is active, growing corn and soy beans. It has been in our family since land-grant days.
My Clients Feel Immediately At-Home in Greenwich
Writing the Guide to Greenwich makes me constantly aware of the many fun things to do in our town. The guide started out as a helpful booklet for our clients and has grown into a 400 page book with over 5,000 copies sold each year. It is now “My Duty” to know all of the best places to shop and eat.
Volunteers are the Heart and
Soul of our town. When asked, “What makes Greenwich Special?’
the answer - Volunteers! Greenwich has a wealth of Volunteers committed to
making life in our town the best it can be. Caring about our neighbors,
sharing our time and our talents is our town’s strength and our bond.
a newcomer to town asked me, “I like working with children, where can I
volunteer?” That sparked the plan to design a book - The
Greenwich Guide to Volunteers- around interest groups. If you
enjoy working with children, flowers, seniors, sports, politics or any
number of interests, a volunteer group is eagerly waiting for your call.
Volunteers join organizations to give and soon discover they are receiving
more than they ever imagined. I feel doubly rewarded when I discover
residents I have helped move to Greenwich are now volunteering their time
and talents. Newcomers who join volunteer groups readily feel at home in our
town and join the insiders who know volunteering is a Greenwich way of life.