For the past 25 years, I have shared office space with these guys – Mike Aronson, Jeff Brown and Frank Freeman. We have collaborated and commiserated on a wide range of real estate-related business. While I have been secreted away in my attic office on the second floor of the Waterville Valley Realty building working on real estate marketing (among other things), these three guys have been the public faces of Waterville Valley Realty. They spend their work days on the phone, showing property, meeting customers and clients, connecting with property owners, new buyers/owners, prospective buyers, seasonal renters, landlords, and cheerfully helping a whole host of trades people, appraisers, lenders, title companies, other realtors, notarizing, faxing and witnessing documents, and assisting directionally-challenged passersby.
Regardless of how busy we all were, at 12 o’clock each day we would gather around the office conference table for lunch. I’ve probably spent more time at the dinner table with these guys than I have with my own children. We have shared jokes, oohed and ahhed over each other’s lunches, enjoyed deep and insightful discussions, discussed real estate listings, pricing and sales strategies, shared more jokes (especially when Mike Aronson is on a comedic roll), shared stories about our families and friends, our hopes and dreams, our favorite recipes and cooking tips, debated politics, analyzed sports, critiqued TV shows and movies, and shared even more jokes. It’s been a lot of fun. And it’s been very rewarding. But, there’s a new chapter in the Waterville Valley Realty story.
Waterville Valley Realty, one of Waterville Valley’s oldest businesses, is getting a new home and new owners.
Waterville Valley Realty, which has been providing real estate services to the 4-season mountain resort community of Waterville Valley for 50 years, has moved its offices to Waterville Valley Town Square, the community’s hub for shopping, dining, recreation and services.
The real estate firm’s parent company, the Waterville Company, recently sold a majority of its real estate landholdings, including the building and land that housed Waterville Valley Realty, to an investment group led by the Sununu family, principal investors in Waterville Valley Resort.
Subsequently, the Waterville Company sold Waterville Valley Realty to an employee-owned business, and the newly re-formed Waterville Valley Realty has relocated to the Town Square on the second level, directly above Sport Thoma.
Long-time employees and Realtors® Jeff Brown and Mike Aronson are principals in the new business, which will continue to be called Waterville Valley Realty. Realtor® Frank Freeman will work with Brown and Aronson, as will office administrator and rental coordinator Wendy Marker.
In addition to its new office space, Waterville Valley Realty will continue to operate a walk-in real estate resource center on the main level of Town Square, next to Dreams and Visions and Jugtown Country Store.
Waterville Valley Realty broker/owner, Jeff Brown, says, “The Waterville Valley Realty team looks forward to continuing to provide the same high-quality real estate services as we have done for the last 50 years.”
Brown added, “We will continue to work with both real estate buyers and sellers, and we still offer the largest selection of winter and summer season rentals.”
Waterville Valley Realty’s telephone number, email address, mailing address and website remain the same:
So. What about me? For the time being, I am staying put in the Waterville Valley Realty building. I am already missing my friends/colleagues. But the big conference table is all set-up in their new digs. I anticipate some 12 o’clock visits with my lunch box in hand. As for my work future, I have some irons in the fire and look forward to sharing with you soon.