William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is returning to Hartford County after a decade absence, opening a regional office in Avon. (Handout)
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, which retreated from Hartford County a decade ago as the state tumbled into a housing recession, is returning to the area, establishing a beachhead office in Avon, the company said Monday.
Even though the state is still struggling to recover from the housing downturn, the brokerage is “very bullish on Hartford County and Connecticut” and hopes to build on its success in other parts of the state, said Alex Ohlandt, who will manage the new office.
The William Pitt Sotheby’s name is high profile in other parts of Connecticut, particularly in Fairfield and Litchfield counties. But Ohlandt said the brokerage is not confined to high-end homes and is keenly aware of the “diverse market” in Hartford County.
The brokerage’s Avon office will be located at 45 East Main St. and will provide a foothold in Farmington Valley. The office is expected to open in July, but the brokerage is already ramping up in temporary space.
The brokerage last operated in Hartford County from 2005 to 2007. In 2009, the brokerage expanded into Westchester, N.Y and later, into Litchfield County and Berkshire County, Mass. Ohlandt said the success of those expansions led the brokerage to turn its sights back to Hartford County.