A match made in Oakland. Well almost. Just off Dutton Road, is where Connie LaBarge Thomas found her family's home 30 years ago. Her move to Michigan from the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York and the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts left her homesick for the rolling terrain, open spaces, and woodsy trails that were so familiar to her in her early years. She found them right in her own back yard - Oakland Township and Rochester Hills.
There is a common set of values that attract people to this area - a love for the outdoors,the engaged and vibrant community, welcoming neighbors, and an appreciation of the arts, education, dining and other conveniences that our area offers. Connie embraces those values that we share. It is that love and appreciation that takes her to places where you've probably seen her - walking the trails, at charity events for the hospital and schools, or "dancing in the street" at one of the annual downtown Rochester events.
Life's memories are built with one life changing family event after another. It's when we say "I do;" It's when we find out a new baby will arrive soon; it's when the kids leave home and a house feels big and empty. And sometimes it's when unexpected loss or sudden illness hits us. These kinds of moments impact our decisions, especially the ones that have the greatest impact on people we love. Connie has experienced many of her own life changing events. She genuinely appreciates that there are many things that move us, both literally and figuratively and brings that to her profession every day.
For instance, Margie Brisson recently sold her Oakland Township home, "Connie impressed me with her knowledge of the homes in the area. She worked diligently right through to closing date. Selling my home that I have lived in for forty years was a big decision for me. Connie's happy disposition, winning smile and support made this transaction a pleasant one."