There's good reason to hire our team. RESULTS.

What's The Hughes Group Team Difference?

Five realtors are better than one.

Why five? We get this question a lot and we welcome it. The great benefit to you – the homeowner or prospective homeowner – is that with The Hughes Group Team, you get four times the availability, four times the expertise, and four times the energy and passion from a team that works hard to achieve results for you. We assign a team of four realtors to you instead of one, because five realtors deliver better results than one! Think about one realtor trying to be in multiple places at once. Something’s got to give and it shouldn’t be YOUR showing, but it might.

We believe you should never be at the mercy of the availability or responsiveness of just one realtor. Our team is at four places at a time, leveraging the expertise of each realtor for expediting the listing processes, conducting effective showings, preparing paperwork, and ultimately attending the closing. After all, it is all about getting you to that closing. That is the goal. We call it delivering results.

Buying or selling a home are among the biggest decisions most of us make in a lifetime. Rest assured, we are fully committed to always making your real estate journey as pleasant, exciting, and as successful as possible!

Meet the Team

Passion • Expertise • Teamwork • Results

Elizabeth Casella

Owner • Principal Broker • Customer Relationships

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!

Lauren Hughes

Broker • Listing Expert

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.

Michael Hughes

Realtor • Lead Showing Agent

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!

Janet McCardle

Realtor • Team Closing Manager

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!

Alexandra Morgan

Realtor • Showing Agent

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 t he numerous benefits of living in the Green Mountain state, with its unmatched views, community atmosphere, and outdoor amenities.

Ali is no stranger t o being a part of ateam 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 f or 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!