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Her Brains His Looks Real Estate & Lifestyle Podcast

Author: Erika Portanova Songer & George E. O'Connell

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Erika Portanova Songer & George E. O’Connell host an informative, energetic yet quirky podcast about our hyper-local real estate market and the active lifestyle in those towns. Every week we feature our Go-To-2 places in that town you must visit. We cap it off with our upcoming event picks in both Connecticut and the Greater NYC area. Thank you to our friend Adrian Blackman for our voice-over work.
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We revisit the Black Rock neighborhood in Bridgeport, CT.  BR was our first podcast back in early 2020.  Real Estate all over CT has been going crazy and Black Rock is no exception. In our Industry Focus we created a simple checklist for your new home's maintenance and upkeep. This time we check out 2 new places in our Go-To-2; Mark's Art and Harborview Market. #HBHL #HerBrainsHisLooks #ErikaSongerHomes #GeorgeOConnellHomes #Realtor247 #GoTo2 #WilliamPitt #WilliamPittSothebys #Realtorwww.HarborviewMarket.comOur Google Slides From This Episode:https://www.dropbox.com/s/e69q7niel2kgg7r/Black%20Rock%2C%20Bridgeport%2C%20CT%20-%20Episode%2017.pdf?dl=0Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Today we check out the Town of Trumbull again and give you an update on the crazy real estate market.  Homes prices are up ... just how much? Give it a listen.  We also check out two cool places in our Go-To-2 Pure Poetry & Romanacci's. We have in Kurt Wiegand with FiltaShield to go over what his company does to keep businesses safe and operating in this COVID19 world.www.GoFilta.comhttp://romanacci.com/trumbull/https://www.shoppurepoetry.com/Our Google Slides From This Episode:https://www.dropbox.com/s/7o1kl5z54ynzc6m/Town%20of%20Trumbull%20Episode%2016%20copy.pdf?dl=0Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
In this AUDIO MASTERED episode of Her Brains His Looks Podcast, we will be talking about what happened in April & May in this Real Estate world...what is it like showing houses during this pandemic...what we can predict...how George and Erika maintained (or didn't) their sanity throughout the last 11 weeks. And of course, our work with the Let Our Village Eat (L.O.V.E.) and the The Hall Neighborhood House......we will tell you all about it. And, did we mention how EXCITED we are to be back! @HerBrainsHisLooks on FB & Instagram @HerBrains on Twitter. www.HerBrainsHisLooks.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
In our first episode during the pandemic, Erika & George start a new chapter in podcasting. Hopefully it will be a short chapter but here we are - remotely streaming via Streamyard. Jay Tolisano joins us from Cross Country Mortgage to talk about the status of the mortgage process during these times. Erika & George go over some updates real estate stats in Fairfield & New Haven Counties. It's been odd but we'll all get through this together. Forgive the audio as we are relying on 3 different WIFI spots. Stay Safe. Stay Home. #HBHLSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Today we focus on the City of Shelton, CT. We will change up our podcast a little bit but keep the Real Estate stats as a key feature. We tackle the COVID-19 and how us Realtors are handling the new social distancing.We feature the Giggling Pig and have an interview with the fun, energetic and always positive - Hannah Perry. She talks about keeping kids busy during the current situation.. Erika and George give their few ideas too like Google Arts & Culture & Broadway HDStay positive, stay healthy and do your part to get through this.Our Google Slide Presentation On Shelton PDF:https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110187/city-of-shelton-pdf-3-0-meg?da=yhttps://herbrainshislooks.com/http://cityofshelton.org/https://www.thegigglingpig.com/https://www.broadwayhd.com/https://artsandculture.google.com/https://www.williampitt.com/agents/erikaportanovasonger/https://www.williampitt.com/agents/geoconnell/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Erika & George run around Westport checking all the things it has to offer. Longshore, Levitt Pavilion, Westport Country Playhouse and more. Erika does her real estate stat thing. George adds humor because she needs help there. Super-Agent Marlene Recchia of William Pitt Sotheby's does an interview about the importance of the final walk-through. Great story to listen to - TRUST US. In our Go-To-2 we head over to the Black Duck Cafe and say hi to Melissa, then check out the Age of Reason - Educational Toy & Bookstore with shop owner Dina Berger. We wrap it up with our COOL EVENTS picks. #hbhl #westportct #levitt #westportcountryplayhouse #georgeoconnell #erikaportanovasonger #realestate #realtorOur Google Slides Presentation On Westport PDF:https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110190/hbhl-westport-podcast-march-11-2020-1-pdf-4-8-meg?da=yOur Episode Links & YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc7CM-4dtqQhttps://www.westportct.gov/https://www.blackduckwestport.com/https://www.facebook.com/AgeofReasonWestport/https://www.williampitt.com/agents/marlenerecchia/https://www.bedfordsquare.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Welcome to Milford, CT in this episode.  Brains & Looks walk us through this awesome city. Yes it's a city... not a town Erika. We start off talking about the local areas: Laurel Beach, Silver Sands, Charles Island, Downtown and events like the 30,0000 shucked oysters at the Oyster Festival. We do our weekly real estate stats for Milford. We added a few more slides to expand our data push on real estate. Don't forget the slides are linked below. Industry Focus: John Cusmano comes in from The Cusmano Agency to talk Homeowners' Insurance and how, again, credit effects your rates. We touch on flood insurance.Our Go-To-2 heads to Lasse's Restaurant on the Post Road for Hot Roast Beef & Cuban Sandwiches. Gosh are they damn good. Then we head over to the Harbor Walk in Downtown Milford and check out Amy DiSabella's store named after her daughter: Sophie Claire's: A Unique Boutique For Home & Her. George loved her quote "rustic to refined" while Erika loved the phrase "cottage chic to shabby chic"  Go check out this place, she does some incredible stuff with vintage furniture, while maintaining an awesome shop with home gifts and stuff for her.MILFORD,CT Google Slides PDF:https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110183/hbhl-podcast-6-milford-final-pdf-4-5-meg?da=yhttps://www.williampitt.com/agents/geoconnell/search/real-estate-sales/283-1st-avenue-milford-ct-06460-170263329-2270711/http://discovermilfordct.com/https://www.cusmanoagency.com/https://www.facebook.com/SophieClaireHome/https://www.instagram.com/sophieclairesshop/http://www.lassesrestaurant.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Welcome to the Town of Stratford, CT. In this episode Erika & George start by talking up this great part of Connecticut.  We start in the Lower Loop, talk about the Lordship section - Little Pub and Riley's On The Seawall are musts!. We head right up Main Street into the heart of town and investigate the National Helicopter Museum, then Paradise Green for some awesome sweet eats at Donut Crazy.  We end up in Putney/North Stratford and check out Booth Memorial Park and Museum.  Erika does her thing ... great information on the status of Stratford's real estate market. It's showing pretty steady too!We have a GREAT interview with Jay Tolisano, Branch Manager of Cross Country Mortgage. He goes into the importance of credit scores, specifically FICO score. We touch on the construction and remodeling loans.  Listen to this interview - you will take away a lot of information.As always, we have our Go-To-2: #1 The Windmill Tavern for hot dogs, burgers and great German food. #2 of the segment focuses on Mellow Monkey on Sniffens Lane. A great home decor and design store with very unique, fun and artisan gifts and home wares.  Our Google Slide Presentation: Town of Stratford:https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110185/stratford-hbhl-podcast-5-feb-25-2020-pdf-2-7-meg?da=yhttps://shopsmallstratford.com/the-lower-loophttp://nationalhelicoptermuseum.org/http://www.boothememorialpark.org/https://donutcrazy.com/https://mellowmonkey.com/https://thewindmilltavern.com/https://crosscountrymortgage.com/Fairfield-CT-5801/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
Erika "The Brains" and George "The Looks" cover the Town of Fairfield, CT in this week's episode. They talk about Fairfield's awesome beaches - from Jennings Beach to Penfield Beach and take their kids and dogs up to Lake Mohegan. The Industry Focus this week was their first live interview with Albert Strazza, Esq. from the Law Offices Of Ambrose & Strazza. Al talks to Erika and George about the Closing Process in a real estate transaction. Great interview!  For their Go-To-2 they check out a great sushi and fish market - Nordic Fish (they suggest a container of the salmon tartare.) They both went in also to check out a great in-town store The Beehive and found another store hidden within it, Party Party - both a must for gifts, custom furniture, women's accessories, stationary and customized invites. #hbhl #Realtor #realestate #GoTo2Our Google Slide Presentation on Fairfield PDF:https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110188/fairfield-podcast-2-pdf-2-8-meg?da=yhttps://www.ambrosestrazza.com/https://www.nordicfishfairfield.com/http://thebeehivefairfield.com/http://www.partypartyfairfield.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
In this episode we check out the Town of Easton, CT. Erika looks at the farms along Sport Hill Road. We go over the Easton Real Estate stats. Our industry focus is First Time Home Buyers Tips.  Our Go-To-2 is Greiser's Coffee & Market and The Old Blue Bird Inn for lunch. Don't miss George's ghost story of Easton's "White Lady."  We head to Fairfield, CT for our next episode.Our Google Slides Presentation on Easton:https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110186/easton-feb-2020-pdf-4-3-meg?da=yCheck Out Greiser's Coffee & Market:https://www.greisers.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
This week Erika & George check out the real estate market in Trumbull, CT. Trumbull has been pretty consistent over the past 2 years.  We head to a great shop on Madison Avenue - Pure Poetry and eat some awesome food at Italian Corner Deli By Massimo on Main Street in our Go-To-2. We head to Easton, CT in our next episode.Check Out Our Google Slides Presentation On Trumbull, CT.https://www.keepandshare.com/doc23/110191/trumbull-jan-2020-podcast-2-pdf-5-1-meg?da=yOur Go-To-2 This Week:Pure Poetryhttps://www.shoppurepoetry.com/Italian Corner Deli By Massimo:https://www.massimocornerdeli.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
This is our premier episode and we are completely stoked.  This week Erika & George feature the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Connecticut. We highlight the what this awesome section of Bridgeport has to offer on a yearly basis for events and check out 2 great places. BRYAC Black Rock - the areas best raw bar and live music joint. And Pious Bird (of Good Omen) - an eclectic boutique with an wide variety of items from local and statewide artisans. Don't forget to stick around until the end for our picks for area events that you should check out in the coming weeks.  We head to Trumbull in our next episode.Check Out Our Google Slide Presentation On Black Rock, CT:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z9_SN5wMy6iK6YB_yxHDeAAdUnNgbJzw/viewOur Go-To-2 This Week:BRYAC Black Rockhttps://www.bryac.biz/Pious Bird Of Good Omenhttps://www.piousbird.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/HerBrainsHisLooks?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=creatorshare)
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