Blog :: 09-2009

House Staging in Vermont

If you have ever tried to sell your home without a house stager you know the difficulty that comes with it. In our area, more and more people are hiring professional house stagers to assist with the marketing of their home. It makes sense when you think about it. You get to get an objective opinion from a professional that will enhance the saleability of your home. It doesn't cost that much and most of the time pays for itself in reduced time on the market for your home. I have some great connections when it comes to this. Drop me a line and I can help in all areas of the real estate transaction. Brian

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    Bank with a view in Burlington, Vermont

    I just got back from a trip to the commercial department at the Chittenden Bank. It is located on the 5th floor of the building. As I got off the elevator and turned west I noticed the glass doors to their department. As I approached the doorway, I was able to see beyond the receptionist desk and the view that they enjoyed everyday. It was Lake Champlain against a clear bright blue sky with the Adirondacks in the background. A truly breathtaking view that I did not turn from until my appointment came to meet me. We are so lucky to live here and I hope I never take that for granted. Brian

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      Magazine rates Burlington, Vermont as the best city to raise a family!

      Children's Health Magazine has rated Burlington as the best city in the country to raise a family. It is no surprise to us who live here. In fact, that is one of the reason so many of us do. Recently, I was talking to an old high school classmate of mine who told me that he moved back to Vermont from Colorado because it was a great place to raise his kids. The magazine ranked 100 U.S. cities based on six categories: employment, health, housing, safety, education and family life. The data came from government and non-profit agencies. So what made Burlington stand out? The magazine said the city's education system, which hasa graduation rate much higher than the national average,and the lack of fast food chains played a big role. Burlington had the fewest fast food chains of any city in the rankings. Detroit came in last. Burlington was also selected by Business Week Magazine this year as the best city in Vermont to raise children. Source: WCAX News

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        Price Reductions in Burlington Vermont

        If you get Sunday's newspaper check out the real estate section and notice all the price reduction banners. Prices of homes are still being reduced and now is a great time to negotiate a good value for yourself. Things seem to be moving in a positive direction which means that the buyer's market may be a short-lived event, but for now it is still alive and well. Take the time to check things out with your favorite Realtor and see what kind of a buy you can get in this market. If you don't have a Realtor, drop me a line. I can help you out. Brian

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          House Hunting in Vermont

          Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a huge variety of homes to choose from when it is time to go house shopping? And historically low interest rates? Well welcome to reality. If you are contemplating looking for a home, now is the time to do it. It still is a buyer's market and if you are in control. You might be thinking that you won't get as much for the sale of your home, and you are right. But, you are not going to have to pay as much for your new one. So it all even's out and with the interest rates this low, you win. Let me help you through the process, and have some fun doing it. Brian

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            Essex Jct Home for Sale In Vermont

            8 Woods End, Essex Junction, Vermont 8 Woods End, Essex Junction, VT

            video/Step inside this beautiful Vermont home in Essex Junction

            It is not often that you get a chance to purchase a home in such a desirable area in such great condition, at such a great price. But this could be your opportunity. This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home is ideal for the growing family. Wonderful school system in a quiet neighborhood makes this home a unique opportunity. Enjoy the fenced in pool, or the large family room on the first floor. Cathedral ceiling in the living room and finished area in basement that used to be used as a dance studio. $319,000.

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              North Willard Street Victorian For Sale in Burlington Vermont

              North Willard Street, Burlington 83 North Willard Street, Burlington

              video/Stepinside this exquisite North Willard Street Victorian

              Recently listed a 7 bedroom victorian home on North Willard Street in Burlington, Vermont. It has been exquisitely renovated and boasts hardwood floors, fireplace and 4 bathrooms. Built in the late 1800's this home was originally built for Patrick McAuliffe of McAuliffe Office Supplies. At one point it was owned by UVM and housed female students. In 2004 it received Burlington's prestigious preservation award. This home is a must see and is within walking distance to the University, downtown and the medical center. This home is one of a kind and is a must see at $519,000.

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                Labor-less Day in Burlington Vermont

                Now that summer is officially over with yesterday being Labor Day, I hope everyone got to enjoy it to its fullest. It definately was a shorter summer with all the rain we had in June and July. Mother Nature was kind to us these past 4 days though with no rain even predicted. With that said, the real estate market is still chugging along and the interest rates are still great. Now is the time to make that move before winter takes its toll. We bought our annual ski passes this weekend thus confirming that it is inevitable and not that far away. But for now, we will enjoy the rest of the warmer weather and look forward to the changing colors that are in our near future. If you have a real estate need, drop me a line. Brian

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                  News from the Real Estate Guy in Burlington Vermont

                  Recently I attended a Realtor function where I was able to talk to a number of my peers about the current market. It appears that we are seeing a resurrection of sorts for deals being done. The attorneys that we work with said that most of their business is now purchases instead of refinances and all the Realtors that I spoke with seemed to be optimistic about the current condition of the market. It has picked up and with the rates still at incredibly favorable status, it really is a great time to buy. We are starting to see multiple offers on properties that are priced properly and we are seeing more inventory that is representative of the market conditions. If you would like to see how you can plan for your future in real estate, drop me a line or give me a call. Brian French

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