Blog :: 2017

Investing in Your Future

InvestingHave you ever wondered why people would want to invest in rental properties? Have you thought to yourself that I would never want to be a landlord? If so, you are not alone. The thought of having to deal with plumbing issues in the middle of the night, tenants that don’t pay their rent on time or at all are a few things that come to mind for some. With that said, for those people that become educated on the process of being an investor, it can lead to income that you typically would not get if you invested your money in a regular certificate of deposit. The income generated by your income property is often time a lot greater percentage wise than what a money market account will yield as well. Yes, there are risks with every investment and that is why you should contact us if you considering learning about investing.  We can help you avoid a large number of pitfalls so your investment can be one that is financially beneficial and personally rewarding at the same time.  Email or call Brian at (802) 862-6433 ext 34 to learn more about Chittenden County investment property that fit your needs or even if you are information gathering about the possibility he would love to chat.  

4 Fun Things to do in Burlington this Halloween

It’s almost Halloween! Grab your costume and your friends and family and head over to one of the awesome events happening in the Burlington area this Halloween weekend. 

Halloween Howl
October 28, 2017 | 2 pm - 6 pm
Oakledge Park | Burlington
FREE

The Halloween Howl is fun for the whole family. Activities include a haunted walk, hayride, costume contest, music, games, food and so much more! 

Halloween Express Train Ride
October 28 - 29, 2017 | 8 am - 7 pm
Echo Leahy Center | Burlington
$29 per Person

The Halloween Express Train, that goes to Shelburne and back, is a kid-focused, non-spooky event. Prior to boarding, enjoy a Halloween party at ECHO. Train tickets include same-day admission to all of ECHO’s exhibits!

Trick-or-Treat Haunted Happenings
October 29, 2017 | 10 am - 1 pm
Shelburne Museum | Shelburne
$7 per Person | 3 & Under FREE

Join the Shelburne Museum for their annual Halloween event. Activities include a Mini Punkin Chicken! Don’t forget to dress up in your costume and trick-or-treat on the grounds of the Museum. 

Halloween Bike Ride
October 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 4 pm
City Hall Park | Burlington
FREE

Wear your favorite costume, decorate your bike, and head over to City Hall Park at 1:30 pm to join the annual Halloween Bike Ride. The group will leave at 2 pm so don’t be late! The ride ends at a secret party with prizes, music, and more!

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    Interest Rates Heading North

    In today's busy real estate market, there are a number of things to consider when buying a home. For example the style of home you prefer, the location and the proximity to schools for some people. With that said, one important factor that can have the biggest impact on purchasing is the interest rate you will be receiving to finance your loan. This one number can determine whether you can afford a loan or qualify for a loan. One percentage point can make a big difference in your payment. Currently, interest rates have been inching upwards and the feeling is that they may continue. With that said, now is the time to purchase while the attractiveness of a rate under 5 percent is still available. If you are looking to see what your affordability is, call or email me today with no obligation.

    Spring Selling Season Is Already Here!

    Spring pictureIf you haven't heard, the real estate market has started out with a bang in 2017. According to The National Association of Realtors, existing home sales nationally was at a ten-year high in January and up 3.3 percent. This is the fastest pace since 2007. All areas saw an increase except the in the Midwest. For us locally, we are experiencing an incredible start to the new year. Prices are starting to pick up and inventory is lower than last year at this time and our average days on market has declined. This makes for a great opportunity if you are thinking about selling in the Champlain Valley area. Now is the time to give me a call. Don't wait until your competition list their homes. Be first and you are more likely to achieve better results.  Get an estimate on what your home is worth by calling or emailing me. No obligation and cost nothing. I can help you save time and show you how we can save money. 

    Selling Your Home in the Winter?

    House for saleWinter is that time of the year that some people either are incredibly excited about the snow and all the related activities that come with it or despise it for all the obvious reasons. It’s not much different for some people when they think about selling their home.  For today, let’s take our focus off the obvious, cold that might accompany such an endeavor. The reality is that selling your home in the winter can be a lot easier than you think. The fact of the matter is that there really is such a small time frame when moving can be difficult. If you put your home on the market in January before most people do, you can typically have less competition which sometimes can allow you to receive more money for your home. Those people looking for homes are serious buyers and they need to buy. Additionally, if you do have success in January, your closing date most likely would be in March.  A time of the year when the worst of winter is over, moving is not as difficult as if you sold your home in November and have to close in our coldest month of the year in January.  

    Want to know what your home is worth? Don’t put off selling any longer, get a jump on the competition and give Brian a call for your no-obligation, free evaluation. 802.862.6433 x 34 or email him.