Beginning a career as a professional photographer in New York City, Tina has photographed celebrity chefs including Giada DeLaurentiis, Rachael Ray and Mario Batali, and for commercial clients such as Martha Stewart Living, Family Circle, This Old House and Bed, Bath & Beyond. What Tina brings to Real Estate is the experience and professionalism of working in a high pressure environment and seeing projects through to the end with ease.
“In both careers, communication is key…Interpreting an art director’s vision can be related to interpreting a buyer’s vision when finding the perfect home. For sellers, staging, preparing and photographing a home to look it’s best is crucial in today’s market. Both careers also demand attention to detail and have many variables to make it all come together - a magazine story or closing a real estate deal.”
Introducing newcomers to Connecticut is fun for Tina, as she discovered first-hand what a wonderful place it is 12 years ago. Without traveling far one finds it all: beach, river, boating, farm to table, great restaurants, art museums, state parks with hiking trails and trains that easily connect you to New York City and Boston.
With her clients needs in mind Tina created three groups on Facebook: "Saybrook and Shoreline Events" which shares and highlights local events to keep the community informed, "Saybrook and Shoreline Business" which promotes local businesses and “The Shoreline Home” where she shares real estate tips and ideas for home improvements and gardening, it is also a great platform to promote her listings.
Having earned bachelor degrees in German and Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey, her studies led her to live and study in both Constance and Berlin, Germany and to travel widely.
A supporter of the arts and culture, she and her family are members of the Florence Griswold Museum, Connecticut River Museum, Old Saybrook Historical Society and sits on the Architectural Review Board of Old Saybrook. Tina is active in the Old Saybrook school system and a promoter of local businesses and shops. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, where she learned and practiced the art of hanging drywall.
Proven success is that in her first year as an agent, Tina received the “Rookie of the Year Award” from William Pitt Sotheby’s for selling the most units for a new agent "company wide.” She has also earned Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for sales volume.
- Born In Somers Point NJ
- Lives In Old Saybrook CT
- Passion Being on the shore wherever it may be!
- Interests Running, yoga, baking, days at the beach, family movie and game nights, listening to a wide variety of music, singing in the car,, Traveling, Cooking
- Inspiration The changing seasons in the Northeast
- Can't Live Without Chocolate
- Gold Award for Sales Volume 2019, 2020, 2021
- Silver Award for Sales Volume 2017
- Bronze Award for Sales Volume 2014, 2016,2018
- Rookie of the Year - William Pitt Sotheby's 2014
My Listings and Sales
Tina was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive as my listing agent. She was available to answer questions and give in-person consultations and went above and beyond in helping me sell my father's house. Her professionalism, expertise, and excellent interpersonal skills work to make her a wonderful representative for anyone attempting to sell a home.Dika Kuljis
Hello once again…I’m not sure what Tina best excels at as she has both saved me lots of time, angst, and money as well as made me lots of money in short time with negligible angst….just trust her advice and talent and her well-executed process will take care of the rest,,,simply stated, Tina will not meet but rather exceed your expectations…promise!David Sdao
Tina Rupp sold our house, it was an amazingly and exciting sale. Tina made it to be an easy experience even through my husband sickness situation. Tina has a lovely personality, she is very knowledgeable of the selling market and how to benefit her clients in every step of the sale. Was great having her as our Real Estate salesperson. We highly recommend her because of her great personality and expertise. Milagros and Richard Hoyt.Milagros Hoyt
Tina is an excellent realtor. She is very personable and has the best interest in helping her clients and their needs. Tina has a wonderful talent when it comes to staging your house. Tina had an offer on our house the day before our Open House .Robert & Brenda Webber
Tina Rupp was our realtor. I was absolutely astounded by how informative, helpful, aware, and on the ball she was throughout the entire realty experience. I had heard horror stories of home purchases with other realtors and kept pinching myself thinking, “is it really this easy?” Tina stayed cool and calm regardless of what was happening and my husband and I consistently felt cared for and heard while having her as our realtor. She promptly answered texts and emails and phone calls. If we ever decide to move again, I would go straight to working with Tina without batting an eye, and would 100% recommend her to anyone I know who is searching for a home. She found the perfect home for us even though I thought it may be out of our price range, set us up with a lender who was frankly a dream to work with, and kept lines of communication clear and concise throughout the very short window of our closing timeframe! A++! I cannot say enough good things about our experience working with Tina.Christiana & James Barabe
Tina guided me through the home buying process during a significant change in the market place. Not only was I able to purchase at asking price, but she has continued to follow up to make sure that settling in to my new location has been a happy and smooth experience.Cheryl Barnum, Buyer
Tina was great to work with. Very professional and pleasant to work with. She made the entire process easy.Elizabeth Doering
We loved working with Tina! She helped us find the perfect home and made the process easy and fun!Jill Schwartzman
Tina was a perfect real estate agent. She was patient during the search, helpful during the transaction, good at communicating throughout and so good about following up since we moved in during a hurricane! We would unreservedly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home! Sandra and ChrisSandra & Christopher Franklin
Given the multitude of print, television and social media as well as the number of For Sale, Sale Pending, and Sold signs dotting streets in every town, finding a realtor is seldom a problem. Finding the “Right” realtor, however, can be a daunting process which too often finds the listing going to the realtor who puts the biggest price tag on your house. After all, what owners don’t want to reap the greatest profit from the sale of their home? With the exception of halcyon days, far too often, this realtor disappointedly suggests multiple price reductions due to “unfavorable market conditions” leaving their sellers confused, frustrated and disappointed. There are some realtors who choose to price more on the lower end of the scale with hope to move the property quickly. To be fair, this is sometimes done at the request of the sellers due to personal circumstances. As a buyer’s agent, the same fiduciary responsibilities remain in place as the agent provides houses that fit both the buyers’ budget and taste. In the end, the realtor is there to educate and guide their clients through the buying and selling process. I offer my thoughts from a unique perspective as my beautiful late wife, Pam, was one of Pequot Properties top agents before the company was purchased by Prudential at which she continued in the top 1% of agents in Connecticut and in the top 3% nationally. In order to help her, I also obtained my real estate license and balanced my time between a teaching and coaching career and real estate. I saw from the inside what separates agents from one another Enter Tina Rupp. From our very first meeting I could tell that there was something special about Tina. Other wonderful agents had taken turns at listing my quite unique properties in both Noank and Deep River. Every agent was incredibly diligent and professional in their respective efforts. Certainly the housing market played a significant factor in the process. Tina saw my Deep River home not as a challenge but rather as an opportunity to put into play her incredible photographic genius and her social media and networking skills. Tina was extremely honest and candid about the value of my home and had done extensive homework in preparation of our first meeting. She presented me with three price ranges; quick sell, should sell, and sit and wait sell. I chose Mama Bear and she promised me that she would bring in a buyer at that price. Tina did not wait for our buyer to show up knocking on the door but, rather, she reached out to buyers in NYC, Boston and Hartford. Within the first week, qualified buyers appeared and while my home wasn’t a fit for everyone, every perspective buyer left impressed. When offers did come in, Tina advised me to be patient and hold my ground regarding price and terms until the stars lined up and the perfect buyers found their perfect home at my perfect price. Tina’s next job was to find my next perfect home. Tina listened well and only showed homes that fit my taste and my wallet advising me as we viewed a handful of close but no cigars until she found me my Cuban! It took a 33-minute showing before I was ready to write a check but Tina’s job wasn’t quite finished as she did her research and sharpened her pencil until she put together a sale that both the sellers and I could live with. Tina then did an absolutely painless job of coordinating all the inspections and financial matters and was even able to piggyback both my sale and my purchase an hour apart. I cannot possibly give a higher recommendation than the one that I give to Tina Rupp. Despite this novella-like length, I do not own enough words to accurately capture how satisfied and impressed I am with the manner in which Tina Rupp chooses to conduct her business and I can only urge those looking to sell or to buy to give Tina Rupp the opportunity to work her real estate magic for you. I promise that you will be as genuinely impressed with her prompt, professional and personable manner as I have been. Good luck and choose wisely. David Sdao Westbrook, ConnecticutDavid Sdao
Tina was amazing! She patiently showed us so many homes until we were ready to buy, and she smoothly negotiated our purchase with a very tight timeline. She knows the shoreline so well, and she had an excellent sense of what we were looking for. I highly recommend her!Sarah Bernhardson
We were looking for a house on the Connecticut Shoreline and had the pleasure of meeting Tina Rupp at an open house in Old Saybrook. Tina was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area. Tina was easy to work with and understood what we were looking for in a home and community. We toured several homes before making a decision. She made the process of buying a home very easy. We highly recommend Tina Rupp to anyone purchasing or selling a home.Carrie and Tom Clausi - Old Saybrook CT
Tina is an outstanding Real Estate Agent. She's attentive and patient, listening to my needs and wishes while respecting my budget. I've purchased houses through other agents and Tina has the professional integrity that I respect in a trusted Realtor. Tina also has incredible vision and her experience with home remodeling was evident in her great ideas and suggestions that were both reasonable, clever and had my aesthetic in mind. Tina's kindness and professional manner is warm and sincere and reflected in her rapport with everyone we worked with throughout the process. She is well connected and has a variety of skillful people in the industry to call for every home need imaginable. As a single full time working mother of two, I had some pretty steep demands and Tina was forthright with an abundance of possibilities contributing to an exciting and rewarding home buying experience. I would highly recommend Tina Rupp to anyone looking to buy a home. She's the best!Ivoryton, CT
Tina is a great realtor! If she didn't know the answer, she was quick to find it for us!! Super responsive and available. Tina spent many weekends and weeknights with us for showings until we found our home in Sept. 2015 in Essex! Highly recommend!!Essex, CT
Tina was very helpful in our search for a home on the shoreline. She was very knowledgeable about the area and was very patient as she showed us many homes in different areas helping us finally decide exactly where we wanted to be and which style of home would meet our needs. Tina helped us find a home we love, when we weren't even sure what we were looking for! Tina is very easy to work with and we recommend her very highly.Old Saybrook, CT
Tina was a pleasure to work with. She had some creative ideas for staging . Her photography skills also added appeal to the house. I always heard from her within 48 hours after a showing letting me know how it went. She is confident and assertive and I always felt that she had my best interest at heart. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor.J.S. - Clinton, CT
My husband and I have been working with Tina for about the past 6 months. We were undecided about purchasing the first home we liked. Tina was always open, honest and fair, with no pressure. She would investigate any issues or concerns unfamiliar to her and inform us promptly. We eventually did purchase a different property and Tina navigated that with us as well. Since then Tina has assisted us in renting out an apartment we own. This literally took 1 week to complete. She was right on it! We will be using Tina for an upcoming property sale and any future needs we have. We highly recommend Tina Rupp for your reality needs.Guilford, CT
The reason I chose Tina Rupp as a realtor for a relocation from Colorado to Connecticut was her involvement in the community, especially with schools. I definitely made the right choice as she helped me navigate the neighborhoods, schools, and shopping areas that informed my home purchasing decision. I initially had one day of travel to look for houses with the expectation that I would need to make future trips. With her well thought out house selections and planning, we were able to see 8 houses and I found the perfect house for my family on that day. Finding a great house is only half of the process. The purchasing was made so efficient with the crack team of Tina, the property lawyer, and the mortgage broker, that she helped me to assemble. Tina then went beyond the expectations of a realtor and was extremely helpful with setting up utilities, recommending local services, and even restaurant reviews. Above all, Tina has been kind, responsive, helpful, and trustworthy.Westbrook
Tina was a pleasure to have as our real estate agent. She assisted us in finding the perfect investment home to renovate for rental purposes. She was very prompt in scheduling showings and never left any questions unanswered. I would highly recommend her if you want to receive the best service any agent can provide.Niantic
Tina did an outstanding job for us! She understood exactly the type of home we were looking for and found it! When our offer became multiple offers and a bit of a bidding war ensued, Tina wrote a very heartfelt letter to the sellers on our behalf and we now have the home of our dreams. A big plus for us is that we now consider Tina a good friend!Gayle Murphy Westbrook
Upon our first meeting, Tina was both professional and personable. She listened to our needs and provided advice when requested. We believe her past experience as a photographer accounts her keen eye for details that are important for both buyers and sellers. Most importantly, she followed up quickly on every step of the process and worked above and beyond our expectations. She made our life easy and we are grateful. My husband and I highly recommend her.Christopher Christian
Working with Tina was fantastic. We met her at an open house in Old Saybrook and decided to work with her because she, much like us, is a young professional. She had a great knowledge of the Connecticut coastal towns and she was very helpful in sending us houses she thought would match our interests. She is also a superb communicator. We live on our phones and email and Tina always responded to our queries promptly. She was also great when she took us to showings and she would point out any flaws she knew would bother us. I 100% would work with Tina again and I highly recommend her to all future buyers.
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