Blog :: 06-2008

Driving Lessons

Have any of you had to teach your children how to drive yet? My son turned 15 in January and got his permit two days after his birthday. Needless to say, we have to try to sneak out the door if we want to go anywhere like the store or we get the "can I drive from him". It's not that he is a terrible driver, it's just that he's still learning how to do it. A few days ago we had our closest miss that certainly got the heart pumping and the adrenaline rushing. The good news is he is now taking a drivers ed class with three of his buddies. Hopefully the instructor has the patience of an angel and the nerves of a Kamikahzee pilot.

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    Summer is Here

    Have you had a chance yet to spend some time in your back yard with the grill going and your family by your side? If not, now is the time to do it. Recently it has been incredibly warm, although we could do with a few less showers that's for sure. Summer is here and it is almost July. Incredible how fast the time flies by. Here in Vermont, we have to try to make the most of the warm weather. We can not take the summer for granted because of the harsh winters and I don't believe any of us do. There is nothing like being active and outside in the warm summer breeze. Whether it is out on the lake, at the beach, on the ball field or in the mountains for a hike. Vermont is a wonderful place to be in the summer. If you don't live here, you are missing out.

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      Attitudes

      Have you ever wondered how some people always seem to have great luck? Everything they do just seems to turn out right. They are the people you want to be around. Most often what is overlooked about these people is that they have great attitudes. Realistically, they are not smarter and don't work harder than yourself. They just have programmed their minds to be optimistic and to have a positive attitude to life and its challenges. I love to be around these types of people. They can inspire and challenge your thought processes to have you think outside the box. Life is certainly full of so many different challenges and because of that, we all need to adjust our outlooks and develop the I can attitude verses the why me type of attitude. The power of the mind is truly incredible and if you can learn how to harness your thoughts, great things can happen for you. I wouldsuggest thathaving goodluckis proper preparation combined with opportunity. And those opportunities only exist for those individuals that have great attitudes.

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        Negotiating a skill in itself

        Do you ever wonder how your best friend is always getting such great deals on things that he or she purchases? It also applies to real estate as well. Often times buyers think that they don't need any help in negotiating a great deal for themselves when it comes to the real estate purchasebecause they have done it before. I could tell you story after horror storyabout people who have gone it alone in the real estate transaction and it has cost them literally thousands of dollars. An experienced negotiator can be one of your biggest assets in the transaction. It can be the difference from winning to losing. It can be the difference of having a great experience or one that you would not wish on your worst enemy. Negotiating is an art and it is one that is developed over time with experience. So when it comes time to make your move, make sure you have someone who knows the ins and outs of how to make the deal work for you.

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          Rental Excitement

          June 1st is that time of year in our area where many apartments turn over. Lots of the college kids graduate and move on.For thosekids who have lived on campus, somedecide to spread their wings and move off campus. It is an exciting time for those students with their first real taste of independent living. No resident director to keep track of their activities, and more privacy to use at their discretion. As a landlord, it is a time that can sometimes be stressful. Lots of things left behind, apartments that are left less clean than whenthey wereoriginally rented. Of course that is not always the case, butdepending on your perspective, things can be quite different.

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            Time to Buy

            There is an article in today's newspaperquoting one of the State's Economist that Vermont is in a recession. That's the bad news. The good news is that he is predicting that we will slowly start moving out of it in the last quarter of this year. Not too bad considering the fact that we may have already experienced the worst. With that said, the bottom is probably real close to this market so if you are thinking about buying, do it now. Interest rates are still good, and they may push upwards if things start to pick up more. Like the old saying, If you snooze you lose. Be a winner and call us today.

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