Realtor loving new Berlin home

After a somewhat rocky start, due to construction challenges, owner and broker Rob Levine is ready to move forward with the newly renovated HART Sargis-Breen Real Estate office at 1020 Farmington Ave., Unit D.

To mark this chapter in his professional career, Levine celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting on Friday, June 24. HART Sargis-Breen Real Estate has five locations, and Levine owns three, in Berlin, Newington and West Hartford.

“I’m excited to see you all here today, as this has been a long process of getting up and running,” Levine said in welcoming remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It’s been a labor of love, to be honest.”

HART Sargis-Breen Real Estate currently has 10 agents in its Berlin office and 35 throughout the company, all independent contractors. 

The new location boasts nearly 1,200 square feet of space, hardwood flooring, offices and a conference room.

“Today is the 55th ribbon cutting and groundbreaking we have done in Berlin since January 2020,” said Chris Edge, the town’s economic director. “That is exciting in the middle of COVID. We are excited to have brand new energy here in ERA HART Sargis-Breen Real Estate.”

Levine officially took over ERA HART Sargis-Breen Real Estate in January 2020.

“I decided to join the franchise because of my relationship with the prior owner,” Levine said. “We had developed a friendly relationship over the years, and I realized that as an independent in the marketplace at that time, I felt like my ability to grow kind of plateaued because society today is all about branding.”

When Levine signed the lease for the Berlin property in August 2020, it was heavily damaged, but he saw past that. “I knew it could look like this when it was finished and that it would be a great place to plan our new location and grow from here,” he said.

The office began operations with a soft opening in September 2020.

“There was still a lot of damage to the exterior of the building that we were struggling with repair-wise, and part of that was the roofing repair,” Levine said. “The office was flooded and had to be redone again, so that’s the result of what you see today.”


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