FAIRFIELD — The constructing that previously housed The Fairfield Ledger has been transformed into an actual property workplace.
Karen Hewitt runs LIV Actual Property & Property Administration, a brand new enterprise that opened up at 112 E. Broadway Avenue in Fairfield. The Fairfield Ledger referred to as that house dwelling for a lot of many years till it moved into the adjoining constructing to the east in December 2017. Later, Huge Tree Advertising and marketing moved into the previous Ledger house and made some enhancements earlier than shifting out just a few years later.
Hewitt, who has now labored in actual property for 16 years, has dreamed of venturing out on her personal after getting her dealer’s license in 2015. On the time, her children had been nonetheless younger, so she delayed the choice for just a few years. By the tip of 2021, she felt the time was proper to begin her personal enterprise, and commenced on the lookout for workplace house.
At some point, she occurred to drive down Broadway Avenue in Fairfield and noticed that the previous Ledger constructing was for hire. She referred to as the constructing’s proprietor, Chris Johnson, and he gave her a tour. She mentioned the house “ticked a number of containers” on her want listing. Excessive on that listing was having separate workplace areas to have confidential conversations together with her purchasers. Hewitt favored the quantity of room she needed to work with, and determined to maneuver in.
The earlier occupant had put in a brand new ground, so Hewitt didn’t have to the touch that, however she did rework a lot of the remainder of the house. She put up partitions to create extra particular person workplaces, put drywall on the ceiling, changed the wooden paneling with drywall, and put in new lighting, home windows and doorways.
Probably the most eye-catching renovation was the addition of a hearth and large display tv on the west wall of the foyer, which Hewitt calls the “focal wall.” Close to the again of the workplace is a kitchenette space with two loos, an area that Hewitt shares with one other tenant within the constructing.
Hewitt has two brokers underneath her, Tammy Thomas and Kooper Dahlstrom. Thomas has labored in actual property for greater than 4 years, and Hewitt mentioned the 2 share the identical imaginative and prescient and thought course of.
“Tammy may be very pushed and hardworking,” Hewitt mentioned.
Dahlstrom is the son of Shawn and Jill Dahlstrom of Packwood. Hewitt mentioned she is thrilled to have him on board, and described him as a “very service-oriented” agent.
Even with these two brokers, Hewitt nonetheless has room to develop in her new workplace house. She mentioned she doesn’t need to develop too rapidly, however she is hoping to rent two extra brokers inside a 12 months.
Hewitt is a local of Fairfield, and attended each Fairfield and Cardinal colleges earlier than graduating from Fairfield Excessive College in 1997. She was impressed to get into actual property when she purchased her first home in 2002.
“It sparked one thing in me, as a result of it felt like such a privilege to do this,” Hewitt mentioned. “I appreciated the assistance I had acquired. It was not till 2006 after I determined to get my actual property license, and I used to be motivated by a want to pay it ahead, to assist different individuals do the identical factor that I did.”
When it got here time for Hewitt to begin her personal actual property agency, she determined to affix “LIV,” pronounced “reside.” She mentioned it embodies all the explanations individuals have for buying houses, akin to recreation, downsizing, shifting nearer to household and relocating for enterprise. She mentioned the corporate serves Fairfield and the encompassing space, and assists individuals who have to relocate.
Hewitt mentioned her purpose is to offer an expertise for purchasers and brokers that “embodies neighborhood, service and development.”
Karen Hewitt stands exterior her actual property workplace at 112 E. Broadway Ave. in Fairfield referred to as LIV Actual Property & Property Administration. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
Karen Hewitt opened LIV Actual Property & Property Administration | Hewitt & Associates in 112 E. Broadway Ave. in Fairfield, within the constructing previously occupied by The Fairfield Ledger till December 2017. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
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Karen Hewitt stands within the foyer of her actual property workplace at 112 E. Broadway Ave. The transformed inside options the foyer wall seen right here, referred to as the “focal wall” with a tv above a fire. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
One of many workplaces at LIV Actual Property & Property Administration in Fairfield. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
The kitchenette behind LIV Actual Property contains two newly transformed loos. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
Karen Hewitt added the blue wall seen right here to a different workplace house at her enterprise LIV Actual Property & Property Administration — Hewitt Associates. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
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