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Tuesday, March 26 Business

Dream House Realty plants flag in downtown Danbury

When it was time to strike out on their own, Britta Pedersen and Catherine Mollenthiel knew just where to set up shop.

“We are downtown people,” Mollenthiel said. “When we decided to make a move, we knew we wanted to be in downtown.”

Pedersen and Mollenthiel opened Dream House Realty at 403 Main St. in Danbury recently after working together for 10 years at a national real estate firm.

“It’s been years in the brewing,” Pedersen said. “It was just time to make a change.”

Dream House Realty is a boutique real estate company dealing predominately in the residential market. The company includes four agents and an assistant.

Pedersen and Mollenthiel worked for Keller Williams on North Street close to downtown years ago and remained with the firm when it relocated to Mill Plain Road. They missed the walkability, networking opportunities and feeling of being in the center of the city when they left North Street.

“We’ve always been involved with downtown,” Pedersen said.

Mollenthiel was born in Canada and has lived in Danbury for 18 years. She lives close to downtown and is involved with various organizations and efforts to revitalize the area. Pedersen was born in Germany and has lived in New Fairfield since 1995.

Nelson Merchan, a business adviser with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center in Danbury, said many companies claim to “really care for their customers,” but few follow through on the promise like Dream House Realty.

“Britta and Catherine walk the talk when it comes to keeping customers and their network happy and on the top of their minds,” Merchan said.

Pedersen said she, Mollenthiel and some other agents at Keller Williams were dubbed the Dream Team, hence the name of the new company.

“For many years we were the Dream Team — and we still are. I don’t even know how that started,” Pedersen said. “When we started our own office, we wanted to stick with the dream theme.”

Mollenthiel added: “We felt confident and comfortable to move out on our own.”

Dream House Realty may be reached at 203-312-7750 or through its website www.ctdreamhouse.com.

Cold, snowy weather through March and into April put a damper on the traditional spring housing market, they said, but it is starting to catch up with more inventory available as the temperature warms.

“Right now, we are very busy and the price range is increasing,” Pedersen said. “The inventory is low for lower-priced homes and multifamily homes. But things are starting to pick up.”

The writer may be reached at cbosak@hearstmediact.com; 203-731-3338