Meet our Agents
Passion • Expertise • Teamwork • Results
Owner • Principal Broker • Customer Relationships • Hughes Group Team
Buying or selling real estate should be an exciting and pleasant experience. It is my goal to see that each of our clients enjoys that journey while achieving their real estate goals!
We’ve assembled a team of the best real estate professionals in the State of Vermont, and it all started with my own experience of buying a home when my husband John and I met our realtor, Michael Hughes.
Michael made the search and purchase of our first home a very pleasant and memorable experience because it was more than just a real estate transaction. We built a relationship during that search. With Michael realizing my passion for the real estate industry and creating opportunities that make a difference in the lives of others, that relationship blossomed, and with his encouragement, I became a realtor with The Hughes Group Team.
Today the team is assembled under the Casella Real Estate name and we remain as committed to you as much today as the team has been since 2002.
Come in and let’s put the team to work making your real estate experience exciting, memorable – and successful!
Broker • Listing Expert • Hughes Group Team
Lauren Hughes has been a top performing broker in the Rutland region since 1993, working primary with Century 21 Rutland Realty and Century 21 Premiere Properties from 1993-2002.
In 2002, she founded The Hughes Group Team which quickly became the Top Producing Team in all of Central New England from 2004-2019.
Lauren had the distinct honor of being named Realtor of the Year by Rutland County Board of Realtors in 2003
A commendable achievement of The Hughes Group Team was closing 26 Million in Sales in 2019.
Lauren’s community service includes serving as a board member of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce and for Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region (formerly known as Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice – RAVNAH) between 2004-2008.
In 2020, Lauren became the Principal Broker for newly formed Casella Real Estate.
Realtor • Lead Showing Agent • Hughes Group Team
Michael Hughes is a lifelong resident of the Rutland Region, being born and raised in West Rutland.
Never one to shy away from hard work, Michael began working at his dad’s flooring business at the age of 13, learning the ropes and developing a deep appreciation for the results of sprucing up homes with some simple maintenance and upgrades, transforming them from ordinary into extraordinary. In his early twenties, he went out on his own, operating his own flooring business in Rutland for nine years.
In 1999, Michael’s wife Lauren convinced him he’d probably wear out his body prematurely if he stayed in the brutally demanding flooring business. She encouraged him to get his license and join her in real estate and he has enjoyed over 20 years in real estate, and counting.
A perfect day for Michael is showing homes to prospective buyers, helping them zero in on the perfect home for their families!
Realtor • Team Closing Manager • Hughes Group Team
Born and raised in Vermont, Janet began her career in real estate in 2001 when her sister Lauren Hughes invited her to join her in an assistant role while she was assembling the The Hughes Group Team.
She loved the interaction with clients and the team so much that in 2002 she earned her real estate license and officially became a realtor with the team. With her three year old in tow, she did many weekend showings, satisfied hundreds of clients, and earned her spot on one of Vermont’s top performing teams in New England.
A stickler for details, Janet’s responsibilities naturally evolved into her becoming the Team Closing Manager. Clients will appreciate her fierce attention to detail when they sit at the table on closing day and begin to sign the important legal documents that seal the deal!
Realtor • Showing Agent • Hughes Group Team
A Rutland Region native, born and raised in Poultney, VT, Ali’s knowledge of the county’s geography will assist both buyers and sellers with all of their real estate endeavors. She understands the numerous benefits of living in the Green Mountain state, with its unmatched views, community atmosphere, and outdoor amenities.
Ali is no stranger to being a part of a team as she played collegiate basketball at Castleton University from 2012-2016, where she graduated with a major in Sports Administration and an emphasis in Marketing. Before real estate, Ali was an Athletic Director for 5 years where she had to be competitive and extremely detail oriented on a daily basis.
Her personal experience on both sides of real estate as well as her connections with others in the business will leave you feeling confident in your choice to trust the Casella Real Estate team with your journey. Ali is eager to hit the ground running and assist you in finding your dream home!
Realtor • Individual Agent
Casella Real Estate is excited to welcome Morgan to our office. She brings a unique perspective to the table. She dedicates her life to helping others with her careers in nursing and real estate.
Her passion for real estate and her drive to make a difference in the lives of others combines to bring you a great experience in buying or selling a home.
Morgan moved to Vermont seven years ago and knows what it is like to put down roots in a new state. Whether you are moving to the Rutland region from somewhere in Vermont, or coming from across the country, Morgan has the tools and knowledge to help you make the Rutland region your forever home.
Realtor • Individual Agent
Casella Real Estate is excited to welcome Seth to our office. He brings a unique perspective to the table, with his background in building and fixing homes.
His passion for real estate and dedication to helping others will provide you with a great experience whether you are buying or selling a property.
Seth moved to Vermont five years ago and has since been enjoying everything the Rutland area has to offer. His attention to detail paired with his knowledge of the area will provide any customer with a great experience.
Realtor • Individual Agent
Casella Real Estate is excited to welcome Samantha to our office!
After buying a house at the young age of 22, Sam found herself increasingly interested in the real estate world. Now, two years later she is ready to help you find your dream home.
Sam grew up just across the border in New York, and has recently made the move to Vermont. She enjoys the amazing experience of hiking the Green Mountains, and looks forward to getting you into a home where you too can admire the beautiful Vermont scenery.
Sam comes with several years of experience in customer service and has built many strong client connections. As a proud member of Casella Real Estate, she carries the values of dedication, communication and excellent client service. She is eager to bring her skills to the table with your home buying and selling needs.
Sam’s warm, outgoing personality will make your home buying journey one to remember!