Staging Your Home

Staging Your Home

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of staging your home. With many people watching HGTV, the bar has been raised on what buyers expect. Start first by de-cluttering. If it means renting a storage facility, do it. In the winter, pack away your summer clothes and...
Fall is a Great Time to Sell

Fall is a Great Time to Sell

I have often wondered why sellers want to take their homes off the market in the fall. Don’t they realize that there are still buyers out there looking to buy, and in some cases, having to buy? The less inventory available, the greater your odds are of selling. So,...
Fall is a Good Time to Buy

Fall is a Good Time to Buy

I am always amazed by the vast number of people who get the urge to move in the spring. It just means that more buyers are competing for the same property and there may be a bidding war. Great for the seller, but not so good for you: the buyer. Why not shop in the...

Gardening and landscaping

Spring comes quickly in Vermont. Last week we had snow and this week have grass growing and daffodils blooming in some areas. If you are thinking of putting your house on the market, now is the time to rake the stones back into your driveway. Get a load of crushed pea...

Over-priced Homes

In this market, with supply low and demand high, we are not seeing many over-priced homes at all. So if you do see a house sitting on the market for more than 30 days in our area (Northwest Vermont), chances are it’s over-priced. I always tell my sellers that real...

Gardening & Landscaping

I know it’s winter and the last thing you are thinking about is gardening and landscaping but this is the perfect time to start planning ahead. You may need to budget for shrubs. You ‘ve heard the expression; “you only have one chance to make a first impression.” Your...

Everyone needs a hobby

Everyone needs a hobby. It can be as tranquil as reading a book or exciting as parachuting out an airplane. A hobby gives you the time to do something that you love to do. It’s a good idea to block weekly time out of your schedule to partake in your hobby. This gives...

Pet friendly housing

We all know that many condominium projects limit the number of pets and some times the type of pet a homeowner can have. You need to also be aware that many housing projects have covenants against breeding and how your pet is allowed to move around the neighborhood....

Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year when we all get busy with holiday parties and family events.  I was thinking how great homes look all decorated for the holidays and how it’s a great idea to take photos or to have your agent take photos, if your house is currently...

What’s up with Interest Rates?

Since the election, stocks have soared and bond prices have plunged. This has led to an increase in interest rates for government bonds, corporate bonds and even mortgage rates. Unfortunately, there are multiple contributing factors, but no simple and clear reason for...