Karena Piedmont, a licensed real estate Broker in Connecticut, has over 18 years of experience in residential real estate sales & investment. She is the principal of Real Estate Eight, a real estate brokerage in Wilton, CT, and is the owner/director of Real Estate University which she founded in 2005. Karena also teaches the Principles & Practices course part time at Norwalk Community College. Karena has successfully trained over 5,000 students to achieve or maintain their Connecticut Salesperson or Broker real estate licenses. She is in the process of publishing her first children’s picture book. It is about real estate and is called “A Roost for A Rooster, A Home for A Hare.”
Chuck Brittenham spent over 20 years in the financial/investment sector as a VP of an asset management company & as an investment consultant for multiple companies including Citi Personal Wealth Management. He was the former President (& founder) of Fairfield Capital Advisor Group where he developed & maintained lending agreements with leading banking institutions, while facilitating the placement of several millions of dollars in financial assets & investment properties. He is now a much sought-after consultant for investing & income producing properties & property management.
Ken Gruder, ESQ
Attorney Ken Gruder is a founding member of Goldman, Gruder & Woods, LLC & chairman of the Real Estate Law Practice Group. Specializing in General Real Estate Transactions & Loss Mitigation, to include short sales, Attorney Gruder has represented most national loan servicers, over 35 mortgage lenders, title insurance companies, and many of the nation’s largest REO and servicing companies. A member of Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors, he has lectured for Real Estate University, Greater Fairfield Board of Realtors, Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors, Stamford Board of Realtors & serves as general counsel for the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service.
Sue Baxter has been in the banking business for over 25 years. Currently a mortgage banker with Residential Mortage Services, Inc., she specializes in residential & commerical banking in the Tri-state area. Ms. Baxter has won numerous awards for “Top Producer” & “Top 10 Loans Originator” by providing direct access to a full sprectrum of integrated loan processing, underwriting, & direct lending services to fit her client’s needs. Sue is the lead instructor for the finance course for broker pre-licensing, as well as all of the finance related CE courses for current licensees.
Martin Iselin is a State Certified Appraiser in CT and over the past 27 years has performed over 5000 appraisals of single family homes, condominiums, and multi family dwellings. He does appraisals for major banks, individual home owners and attorneys and is also FHA approved. Martin is accepted as an expert witness in CT Superior Courts and also holds a real estate license. In addition to his appraisal credentials, Martin earned his MBA at Pace University Lubin School of Business.
Amanda is a full-time Realtor and lead instructor for the largest real estate school in Connecticut. She joined the real estate industry after working in the banking and legal fields for over 10 years. Her past experience includes representing clients with distressed properties, modifying mortgages, and navigating short sales.
Her passion is negotiations and securing her clients the most advantageous deal, no matter the transaction. Amanda’s attention to detail makes even the most difficult negotiations seamless. Clients both past and present have always admired Amanda’s leadership, work ethic and honesty.
Dan Raposo was raised in the construction and real estate industry, spending his childhood on construction sites as his father built single and multi-family homes throughout Fairfield County. For the past eleven years Dan has been an active real estate agent, house flipper, landlord and more recently has been teaching what he has learned over the years to help agents and investors grow their businesses.
Tim Hastings started his career as a partner in the mortgage business and was a mortgage broker for over 20 years. Tim has since built a successful career working as a real estate agent with Neumann Real Estate in Ridgefield, CT – always with a focus on high ethical standards. When he is not helping his clients with their real estate needs, he is an active volunteer in the community. Tim has coached Little League baseball, and was the 2013 Boys & Girls Club Volunteer of the Year Award recipient for his ongoing work in educating and providing safe and healthy alternatives to high-risk behavior for area youth.
Real Estate U Career Opportunities
We are always looking for part-time instructors for the pre-licensing course. You must have strong real estate investment, property management, appraisal, real estate law or land use background, OR hold a real estate sales, broker or appraisal license or an advanced degree in a relevant field of study. We prefer candidates with some teaching experience but are willing to train those who have a great attitude & strong communication skills & otherwise show great potential.