Christine Hopkinson

Real estate sales professional Christine Hopkinson has joined the Fairfield office of Prudential Connecticut Realty.

“Christine’s background in marketing and teaching equips her wonderfully for a real estate career,” said Fairfield office leader Melissa Riley. “All three fields require superior listening and problem-solving skills; in real estate, these are exceptionally valuable traits as they’re often called upon in sensitive situations that demand prompt action, diplomacy and savvy negotiation. We’re thrilled to welcome Christine to Prudential Connecticut.”

Hopkinson, a former English teacher at Westhill High School in Stamford, also has worked as an account executive with advertising agencies in New York and Boston. She said she turned to real estate as a career choice following her experiences in the purchase, sale and renovation of two homes.

“I learned firsthand how to work with the local Zoning Board, how to partner with builders and manage contractors and tradesmen most efficiently,” noted Hopkinson. “And I realized I could put my experience to good use by helping others navigate these processes.”

Hopkinson, whose mother has been a top-producing Realtor in Southampton, N.Y., for 25 years, added that Prudential Connecticut was her first choice as a realty brokerage because it is the most professional, service-oriented and client-centric brokerage in the industry.

“The Prudential work ethic creates a platform that helps agents thrive because Realtors act like members of a caring family, helping each other to succeed,” she said.

Hopkinson serves both homebuyers and sellers in the Greater Fairfield area as far north as Trumbull. She is a member of the Mid-Fairfield County Board of Realtors, Connecticut Board of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.

She received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College and earned her master’s degree in education from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is an active PTA volunteer in the Fairfield public school system.

Hopkinson lives in Fairfield with her husband John, daughter Emma and son Brodie.

Prudential Connecticut Realty maintains 63 sales offices throughout Connecticut. Its more than 1,800 sales executives have generated more than $6 billion in sales. The company offers a complete line of real estate and home services including relocation services, mortgages, move-in services, personal lines insurance and commercial services.

HBAC Honors Cahill

Diane Cahill of Century 21 Home Services has been named the 2006 Production Broker of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut.

Known as the “voice of Connecticut’s housing industry,” HBAC consists of more than 1,300 members representing homebuilders, remodelers, developers and those that provide services to the homebuilding industry, such as real estate companies. The association’s 2006 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards were awarded at a recent awards dinner held at the Aqua Turf Country Club in Southington.

Cahill was also the recipient of the Century 21 Grand Centurion Award for 2005, which recognizes the Top 100 real estate agents nationwide, and is currently ranked in the Top 1 percent of Century 21 agents in the nation.