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Business Philosophy

Steve Adkins, Wendy Hopwood and Julie Ovian formed a partnership in order to better serve their clients. The Real Estate profession has changed a great deal in the past decade. The internet has become an integral part of the business, allowing consumers unprecedented access to market information. This results in a much more educated customer and requires Realtors to stay ahead of the curve. Steve, Wendy and Julie have leveraged the resources of three professionals working as one. We are able to provide exceptional service with the most up to date marketing. We believe in personally showing our listings (no lockboxes!) and responding quickly to buyer inquiries. Starting with our client's goals and objectives, Steve, Wendy and Julie work tirelessly to make the process of buying or selling a smooth and successful one.

A few comments from past clients:

" and Steve have done a tremendous job with dealing with the sale of this house. Your patience has been tested so many times that I'm sure both of you wanted to get out of this so many times. Your perseverance is remarkable."

"I would sincerely like to thank you all for the time and effort put in on the sale of our home and finding a rental for me. I realize at times it must have been difficult. I would gladly refer anyone in need of Realty Services to your team."

"Julie went above and beyond my expectations and came up with great suggestions to assist me in selling and purchasing my new home."

Education and Training

  • Principles and Practices of Real Estate
  • Coldwell Banker Sales and Marketing Training
  • Accredited Buyer Training
  • Previews Luxury Property Training
  • St. Mary's College, UC Berkeley, Southern CT State, Loyola University Rome Center

Awards And Designations

  • International Diamond Society
  • Previews Luxury Property Specialist
  • Accredited Buyer Representative

Areas of Expertise

  • Waterfront
  • Vacation/Second Homes
  • Antique
  • Horse Property
  • First Time Buyers

Community Involvement

Steve Adkins is an active member of the community. He has served as Commodore and Governor of the Madison Beach Club. He currently is President of the Madison Fireworks' Organization, Inc., a 501c3 corporations dedicated to the Annual 4th of July Fireworks tradition. Wendy Hopwood is an active participant in Coldwell Banker Cares. She volunteers both in and out of the classroom in Killingworth Public Schools. Wendy is also a Board Member of the Killingworth Scholarship Fund. Julie Ovian volunteers regularly in the Madison Public Schools. She has been on the PTO Executive Board of Island Ave School, Brown Middle School and Daniel Hand High School. Julie is currently the President of Daniel Hand Music Boosters and is a catechism teacher at St. Margaret Church.

Personal Background

Steve, Wendy and Julie are longtime Shoreline residents. Steve is an avid marine enthusiast with extensive knowledge of the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River waterways. When not selling Real Estate, you will find him sailing or at the Beach Club with his wife Mimi. Wendy enjoys spending time gardening and watching her daughter Gracie compete in horse shows throughout New England. She is well acquainted with Corporate Relocation having lived in many different places throughout Europe and the Middle East. Julie moved to Madison from California with her husband Kevin. They bought an antique home. Three major renovation projects, three kids and a dog later, they still call it home. Julie is a big tennis fan, both as a player and spectator.

Communities I Serve

  • Branford
  • North Branford
  • Guilford
  • Madison
  • Clinton
  • Killingworth
  • Westbrook
  • Old Saybrook
  • Essex

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