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What the Rizzo Mattson Real Estate Team is Grateful for This Year

As 2021 wends through its last few days, we at Rizzo Mattson thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on this remarkable year. We asked ourselves: Despite the many challenges this year brought, what are we especially GRATEFUL for as 2021 comes to a close?  Each of our real estate agents mentioned, in various ways, that they are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on our clients’ lives, and for being able to sell houses that become HOMES. Here are other specific things for which various Rizzo Mattson real estate agents are grateful:  

Anna Boucher:

The year 2021 has taught me that I am grateful for my home, and for sharing it with my two favorite people. I am also extremely grateful for close friends who are like family. I don’t think I could have survived 2021 as well as I did without my girls. The year really gave me some much- needed time to explore the beautiful state that we are so fortunate to live in. I hiked a bunch of trails, visited Sebago Lake for a week, explored our local lakes, and caught a few fish along the way. 

Mike Lund:

This pandemic has added incredible stress to the home-buying process, because people are desperate for a home where they feel safe, and because of the buying competition for houses.  I am grateful for the buyers who stuck with me through the losses and disappointments, who finally ended up winning a home they feel comfortable in. THEIR gratitude makes all the hard work worthwhile. 

George and Erika O’Connor
(aka The O’Connor Team):

We are grateful for the good health of our parents and children, that all our kids are doing well in school, and that our oldest, Devon, is now an engineer at Hinkley Yachts in Trenton, Maine. We have had a year of great transactions with our clients; the hot market has been both exciting and a major challenge at times.  We both feel that, overall, people have been relieved to get some “normalcy” back this year and, as always, if you treat people how you want to be treated you should be in good shape.

Alan Farmer:

I’m grateful for the wonderful real estate firm I’m associated with. The agents of Rizzo Mattson are such a great crew to work with, and everyone is ready to give a hand.  My wife Jami and I are also very excited to have welcomed our fourth grandchild and first granddaughter. We are absolutely in love!

Rylee Knox:

The year 2021 brought our daughter, Aspen Dawn Knox, into our lives and we love her so much! I am grateful for God’s hand of protection as my wife battled through breast cancer and was victorious. I have become infinitely aware that life is too fleeting to place happiness in the tomorrow bucket.

Lisa Webb-Kalloch:

I am grateful for all my family, friends, and clients. I am grateful that we have been healthy and that people are able to engage more now than in 2020.  Don’t fret the little things. With faith and perseverance, everything works out. Always be kind, as you don’t know how much your kindness could mean to someone else.

Ann Stiman:

I am grateful for the scientists who brought us the lifesaving COVID vaccines and all other vaccines.

Jean Kirkpatrick:

I am grateful for all the seller-clients I work with, who are appreciative and helpful in getting their house sold. And for all the buyer-clients, who were prepared to do what it takes to land the property they wanted in the current market. I am so appreciative for living in Maine, with all of its surrounding beauty. I came to further appreciate all our state has to offer through working with relocating clients in pursuit of our unique quality of life.

Geri Doyle:

Like so many other people, 2021 has reminded me of just how lucky I am to be surrounded by loving family, friends, and co-workers. During trying times, supportive and caring relationships make all the difference.  I’m also grateful for a recent occurrence: In spite of having to replace a sewer line, the contractors and city employees were able to do it before the ground froze!  This work on my own home makes me reflective and grateful to all the contractors, service workers, and trades people who have kept things going under stressful and demanding conditions.

Jenn Day:

The year 2021 has brought a highly competitive, fast-paced market that added an increased demand to be responsive and flexible. With this in mind, I feel incredibly grateful to have such a supportive and accommodating family. I am also thankful for the trust that sellers extended to me to help them navigate through a sea of offers, and for buyers who coupled my best guidance with their own unending patience to ultimately find the property they were hoping for. Lastly, I am super-thankful for my pup, Tilly, who forced me to take the daily walks I needed to maintain health and balance, and who provided unconditional doses of love.

Brian Rizzo:

As we close out 2021, I am grateful for my family. I am thankful for my parents’ ongoing good health, and for our ability to travel to spend more time together. Carol and I are both grateful for our sons, Cameron and Cody, and for all of their successes—activities we get to be part of—and for our sons’ upcoming graduations from high school and college in the spring. I am also immensely grateful for the outstanding team of realtors I get to lead and work alongside of, here at Rizzo Mattson. I am impressed daily by their collective knowledge, depth of experience, work ethic, and dedication to the clients they serve. All in all, I am a very lucky guy!

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