Why the "Home Team"?

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My husband and I chose the name of our business, The Home Team Advantage - because it fits us perfectly - what we do, what we believe in and what we're passionate about.  It works for us in more ways than I could ever explain ... nontheless I will try.  

First of all at the Home Team, we're all about homes.  Buying, selling,and making them beautiful for ourselves and especially for others.  There is no more important or intimate place in the world than the place we all call HOME.  Working with people in their home is both a responsibility and a privelege that we home team advantage logodo not take lightly!  We absolutely love what we do.  It's our hobby.  It's our our profession.  It's our passion.

Second, we are a sports family.  You'll see us on the bleachers of the Southington South little league field or at the sidelines of the basketball court or football field, cheering on our Home Team.   (Although I have to admit, sometimes I'm caught applauding the opposing team.   When I see a great play or an amazing display of sportsmanship - I just can't help myself).  Our passion for sports is another reason why the Home Team Advantage fits us so perfectly.  

The third reason why the name, The Home Team has such special significance, is our advocacy for children in need of homes.  6 years ago, my husband and I adopted a very special little girl.  She came to us as a foster child with no guarantees of being able to keep her. 

Our friends and family asked .... what if it doesn't work out?  .... what if we have to give her back?  .... how could we ever survive such a heartbreak? .... how could we let outselves get attached to this child?  My answer - how could we not?

I TRUSTED that if it didn't work out, then it wasn't meant to be.   I CHERISHED every moment we had with her.  I KNEW that if things didn't work out the way we wanted, we would go back to being a happy in-tact family we were before her arrival.  BOTTOM LINE - my family would survive a broken heart ... this infant will NOT survive witout a HOME, even if it was only a temporary one.  

Our story had a happy ending.  After a little over a year, everything fell into place, and the adoption went through without a hitch.  This was such a life changing experience for us, I only wish we had the resources to adopt more.  There are so many children in this country that need homes.  If you've ever considered fostering or adopting a child - follow your heart.  Do it.  You will be so glad you did!   I would be more than happy to answer any questions or assist you in the process in any way I can. 

Joni Staples post: Thankful Thursday - Dayna's Story "A Testimony"inspired me to share this story.  Thank you Joni for this moving post and for the reminder to cherish every moment we have with the ones we love!

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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Former Realtor®, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions - specializing in assisting seniors with their downsize moves and offering Home2Home Transitions seminars. Karen is also the Social Media Manager and Administrative Coordinator for Prudential CT Realty, in Madison, CT and Co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days System - an interactive multi-media program teaching do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYHTING they need to know about preparing a home for sale. Stay up to date on the latest staging and home decor trends by visiting Karen & Ann's Home Sale Success Blog.  



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Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Karen-Nice name, nice story, I think it fits.

Aug 28, 2010 05:35 AM #1
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Karen, my team has been named, "The Roanoke Home Team" for five years now.  I think a lot of people are comfortable with dealing with us for that reason alone.

Aug 28, 2010 05:46 AM #2
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

My first company was called The Home Team...and it truly was! Love that you shared your story about your very lucky daughter. She found the perfect home and team!!


Aug 28, 2010 07:18 AM #3
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great name and a great story, thank you for sharing it with us, Karen.

Aug 28, 2010 08:43 AM #4
Lisa Orme
The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY - Windsor, CT
Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu

Great story Karen, thank you so much for sharing it! It is wonderful you were able to provide a home and family for that little girl!   ---    Our "names" that we associate ourself with are important and it's important that they "fit" us. Others will remember them even more when they do, and that's an important part of branding yourself!

Aug 28, 2010 09:04 AM #5
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Karen~ I love that you put so much thought into your name! I too have been a foster parent, two of my four children were first my foster children before they became my forever children! There is nothing like the love of a child!!

Aug 28, 2010 09:20 AM #6
Kim Darling
Keller Williams Westland Realty BRE# 01864461 - Fresno, CA
CRS,GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Homes

Thanks for sharing Karen, I love it!!!  I go by Team Darling, Your Home Team because I coach 7 different sports teams a year, my kids play high level sports as well.  I love to coach and I love sports.  I have many branding ideas to expand it, but haven't hired a graphic designer yet.  My dream is to work in my coaching clothes :).  I'm a polo, shorts, and sweats, tennis shoes,  kind of girl, cute of course, but I'm afraid to take the plunge :).  

Also, I love your story about your daughter, that's just awesome.  You are a beautiful person!!!

Aug 28, 2010 01:02 PM #7
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

A great choice of name...

The Home Team sound great...

Good luck!

Aug 28, 2010 01:11 PM #8
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Karen a great remainder how we should always cherish our time with the ones we love because life is short. Beautiful blog by the way. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Aug 28, 2010 01:36 PM #9
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Hi Karen--What an unexpected surprise at the end of your post.  I just love happy endings and this was especially happy!

Aug 28, 2010 06:28 PM #10
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Karen:  Excellent all round -- love the name and the reason for the name.  My husband did not work in the business with me, but he certainly always supported and helped in any and every way possible.  Congratulations on your special blessing -- your "Forever Child" (well stated by Melissa).

Aug 29, 2010 02:37 AM #11
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

My favorite thing about this post is the fact that you TRUSTED that His grace was sufficient regardless of what the outcome may be. THAT is faith. 

Several people mentioned that you lead them to Dayna's story -- so glad they did or I would have missed this one! God is so good to us! :O) Thank you, my friend!

Aug 29, 2010 08:02 AM #12
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

THANK YOU for all  your kind words!  We were lucky to be given our little girl to keep forever.  

Damon & Margaret - Our name lacks originality I guess, but stiill works for us

Melissa - there's nothing quite like it! 

Kim - great concept, I think people would love it.  And thank you YOU are too! 

Joni - This is one of those posts that just wrote itself [if you know what I mean] I was so very inspired by your story about Dayna!  Thank you.


Aug 29, 2010 10:13 AM #13
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