Blog :: 01-2009

Places to See in Northwestern Vermont

Northwestern Vermont is one of the prettiest places you will ever see. If you live here, I hope you don't take it for granted, because it is so special. There are a number of places to visit while you are here and one of the more popular places is downtown Burlington and the Church Street Marketplace. Designed somewhat like Fanuell Hall in Boston, the street is bricked and restricted to pedistrians only. It is lined with numerous shops and ethnic prescribed restaurants along with the art gallery and the Flynn theater just to the south. Being the largest city in Vermont it often is mistaken for being the capital with all its culture and diversity. If you head west from main street you board the Community Boathouse where you can have lunch, rent a boat or take an excursion on the Spirit of Ethan Allen. If you jump on the adjacent bike path you can run, jog, blade or bike up to north beach where you can stop for a swim or pack a lunch and have a picnic. We live in a pretty incredible place in my opinion. What do you think?

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    Burlington - 3 unit multi-family in Burlington, Vermont

    Photo of 3 unit multi family View all property details - click here Wonderfully renovated apartment building with hardwood floors, coin operated laundry in basement, two bay garage and shed. Remodeled bath & kit on 3rd flr only 2 yrs old. Cellar has Tri-State waterproof install; guaranteed for 25 years. New front steps, new asphalt, new paint in 2nd flr LR. Don't miss this gem!

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      Century 21 Advantage in Vermont announces new agent!

      Anthony Gamache, BrokerCentury 21 Advantageis pleased to announce that Anthony Gamachehas joined our sales associatesteam. A full-time Realtorfor the past ten years,Anthonyis a dedicatedbroker providingbuyersand sellers the informationthey need with expert advice and undivided attention to detailensuring results and asmooth transaction. As anative Vermonter, life long resident and real estate broker,Anthonyhasa thorough understanding of our area,market trendsand a great appreciation for the beautiful statein which we live.Before making your next move, call Anthony. 862-6433 ext 30.

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        Strategizing the Recession in Vermont

        Ijust got back from a Realtor meeting where the Govenor's Commerce Secretary gave an overview of the Govenor's plan for 2009 for the State. His initiatives were outlined, and his strategy was reviewed. All in all, it is an opportunity for the fundamentals of the State Government to be redefined. It is a time where big problems require big thinking and doing the same old, same old, is just not going to work. Budgets have to be slashed and spending has to be reduced. The State faces huge deficits with the economy wallowing in a recession. Everyone has to be prepared to make sacrifices, because it is inevitable. Yes, things are tough, but they are not insurmountable.

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          New Years Resolutions in Burlington Vermont

          It is different this year then in the past when it comes to a new year's resolution. I have taken a different outlook when it comes to losing weight and I think it has to do with the economy. In the past, I would have committed to be a certain weight at a certain time and be all gun ho. This year, I don't seem to have the energy to go after it, although i have committed to working out longer each session. I just need to commit to not eat all the food with all the sugar. The holiday snack attack seems to have lasted longer than normal. In fact, I just had two pieces of fudge. What's up with that. If the economy leads some people to not eat, it seems like it has made me want to eat more. If there is such a thing as recessionary weight gain, I hope I don't become the poster child. Maybe I should make a better resolution, write it down and stick with it. After all, it has worked in the past.

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            Interest Rate hits 5.25% with zero points in Vermont

            The interest rates hit 5.25% with zero points today with Century 21 Mortgage. Sometimes it is better to act than wait, and now is the time. Prices are lower than they were three years ago and who knows how long this opportunity is going to last? If you think this market is tough, can you imagine if the rates were 15% like they were back in 1982? Yes it is all relative. So get it in gear and make the best investment you can make. If you miss this opportunity, you may never forgive yourself. Contact me today and I can help. What are your thoughts? Brian

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              If you like low interest rates, then Vermont has them

              I took a look at what the interest rates were doing this morning and found myself to be pleasantly surprised again. The rates had dropped down to 5% with zero points and 4.5% with two points through Century 21 Mortgage. These rates are like the market, just unbelievable !!! I still can't get over the fact that someone can actually lock these rates in and save themselves so much interest over the life of their loan. It wasn't too long ago, when the rates were hovering close to 7%. With that said, the market can change with the drop of a spoon so if you are thinking about doing something, stop thinking and start doing. Get in touch with me and I can show you how to do it. Brian

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                New Driver in Burlington Vermont

                Well it is official. I now have a high risk driver in my family. My son just got his license yesterday after celebrating his 16th birthday this past weekend. Yes it is exciting, especially for him. His right of passage accomplished even when there may have been some doubters on the sidelines. Our insurance just jumped $47 more a month thanks to his accomplishment and the streets just became a bit unsafer. Accordingly teen age boys age 16-25 are considered to be the highest risk drivers on the road, for very good reasons. My only hope is that he beats the odds, stays safe and responsible and proves that he has learned his lessons well. Exciting for him, yet scary for the rest of us. Can you relate to this? If so, i would love to hear from you. Brian

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                  Happy New Year from Burlington Vermont

                  Happy New year. Had a nice break with my family and the kids are back to school today. In fact today is a big day. My son just turned 16 this past weekend and he takes his drivers test today after school to see if he can get his license. It is an exciting time, but also a scary time as a parent. If he passes, and I think he will, he will join an exclusive group of high risk drivers. You know the group. Teenage boys age 16-25 with their licenses. Time will tell if he is their newest member. If this is the case, I hope he has learned his lessons well. Do you have any kids in this group? Or have you had any kids in this group. If so, I would love to hear about it. Brian

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