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
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!
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
Betsy grew up in Chester, Vermont and got her first taste of the world of real estate at the age of 18 when she started working at Vermont Properties in Ludlow. She earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management with the goal of helping people achieve their vacation and travel dreams. When she returned to work in real estate, she realized that continuing in that field was an even better way for her to pursue her passion for helping others actualize their dreams and goals than working in hospitality could ever be. Although guiding customers on their vacation journeys is gratifying, guiding them to their perfect home is even better.
Betsy now lives in West Haven, VT with her husband and two young children. She and her family have a small farm with a menagerie of animals that they enjoy raising and caring for.
Betsy’s years of experience in the real estate industry prior to becoming an agent lend her an appreciation for the field beyond her years. Her natural drive to serve and help others is evident in all interactions with her, and she will do whatever is necessary to ensure a smooth and pleasant real estate transaction for her clients.
Reach out to Betsy today to find out for yourself her unrivaled level of care and commitment to her clients. You’ll be glad you did.