Preparing for Sale-Staging your Home! Chittenden County Offer- FREE Help from a PRO!

LeanneYou’ve taken the first step and decided to sell your house! Now it is time to make the move into the marketing mode. Very soon your home will be presented to the market and part of that process means being mentally prepared to see your home as a product.  What does staging do?

  • Enhance your home to give the best impression to buyers
  • Enable buyers to envision living in the home
  • Showcase the full potential of the home
  • Create spaces that will photograph well

Staged homes typically sell quicker and for more money. That means you will be packing, so start early. If your property is in Chittenden County you are in luck! Leanne Siffermann from our team is offering expert staging service at no cost to you.  A consultation with Leanne will provide you with the edge needed in this marketplace to bring you a buyer! Please call her at 802.863.9100  anytime for any appointment.

During your consultation Leanne will go over specifics, but here are a few general rules to keep in mind. Remember the way you show your home is not the same as the way you live in your home. So keep it neat and clean. Some items to consider are:

  • Clear unnecessary objects from the counter-tops.
  • If it hasn’t been used for three months toss it, pack it, or give it away
  • Keep  lawn freshly cut, edged and fertilized.
  • Remove unnecessary items from tub, shower, counters & commode top.
  • Clean the windows.

 

 

July 27-28 2013-Annual Festival of the Islands

 

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 8:00am to Sunday, July 28, 2013 – 5:00pm

During this last weekend in July, the five towns of the Champlain Islands, Alburgh, Isle LaMotte, North Hero, Grand Isle and South Hero will be hosting the Festival of the Islands.  Visitors will be entertained by numerous  free events including book sales, retail sidewalk sales, flea markets, petting paddocks (to include llamas and alpacas), garage sales, puppet show, farmer’s market, concerts, art galleries, wine tasting and craft fairs. This is the perfect mini-staycation to enjoy the beautiful Champlain Islands! Breathtaking lakeside mountain view may have you on the hunt for your own piece of paradise in the Islands. If that is the case be sure to check out ournewly reduced listing at 5 Keeler Bay

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Moving Resources

20080812moving2Buying and Selling Real Estate has made us very familiar with the Moving Process. We know the value of being prepared so we have put together Moving Checklist for you to use as you start the process. Number one on the list is sorting and purging your unwanted items. There are several local companies that will reuse these items:

Resource Depot -They take many items including appliances, furniture, house hold goods and even  motor oil and kersene. Check out their comprehensive list of accepted items  . BONUS-In Chittenden County they offer free pick-up service

Goodwill is another well known drop spot. Clothing, working appliances, furniture and other hold hold items are all on their List of Acceptable Donations 

800 Got Junk -Easy all in one donation. For a fee these folks will take your items away for you.

For a great local moving company try our friends at  Chase Moving and Storage in Williston, VT. They do local, interstate and international moves. They also offer many storage solutions.

 

 

Vermont State Parks

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Camping is a great activity that many Vermonters enjoy. Finding the ultimate spot is something we can help you with. Our fantastic Vermont State Parks system offers something for everyone use this Map to locate the right location based on activities offered. Don’t forget State Parks can be both relaxing and educational! Many play host to a variety of activities such as nature walks, movie nights,  arts & crafts, sunset paddle tours and more. Check out the Event Schedule for more info.  If sleeping in a tent or a camper is not your preferred style you may be interested in the Cottages and Cabins offered. Check out these  great ideas for your trip itinerary .

Let the Adventure Begin!

Burlington Breweries-Take a Tour!

 

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Did you know that Vermont boasts more breweries per capita than any other state?  Yep! Vermonters love their beer. The Burlington area is certainly a hub for brew makers with local celebrity breweries like Magic Hat in South Burlington -the  nation’s eighth-largest craft brewer. Locals and visitors alike will dig the  “Artifactory,”  which offers some cool history and awesome swag  for souvenirs.   But there is more than one show in town and a $60 ticket on Burlington Brew Tours will get you into Magic Hat, Fiddlehead Brewing, Rockart Brewery, Alchemist Beer Cannery (home to Heady Topper with it’s cult-like following), and the increasingly popular and recently retailed Switchback Ale among others. This is a great idea for a fun summer night with friends. Of course with these local brews being so available you may opt to stay in and do an at home tasting.  Cheers!

 

July 17,2013- Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows Start TODAY!

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There are many Horse Lovers in Vermont and in the summer months those who ride like to showcase their skills. A great set of shows to catch are the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows . You’ll see top New England equestrians compete in various categories over the course of six weeks at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset. $3-7. The shows kick off today!

 

 

Burlington's HOT rental market boosts sales of Multi-family Homes

main If you’ve been a renter in the Burlington area you know that the rental market is competitive. Rental applications can make you  feel as though you are applying to College. Even stellar credit doesn’t guarantee you’ll get in the door. The high cost of renting in the area is not in your imagination either.  Based on “Out of Reach 2013,” a report released by National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition Vermont is the 15th most expensive state in the country  for renters.

Perhaps this is why in the first Quarter of 2013 sales of multi-family homes jumped 27% across Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. A 43% surge in multi-family sales in Chittenden County lead the way. This comes as no surprise to those who watch the Market. Burlington boosts a vacancy rate of 1.5% while the rest of the country averages 7.4%!

The good news here is that the Burlington area is a fantastic place to invest in a rental property. Though multi-family inventory is a little low there is still something out there for every type of investor. For traditional investor our listings in Burlington at 369 S. Winooski  and 392 St. Paul may fit the bill. For those looking for a great owner occupied situation our listing at 203 Main St. , Essex could work nicely.

Curious about the inventory? See all multi-family listings in the Burlington Area.

Please call us at 802- 863-9100 with any questions you may have!

 

 

Our Newest Addition to Conroy and Company-Donald Imgram

DiWe are pleased to announce the addition of Donald Imgram to our growing team!

As Buyer’s Specialist Donald showcases his topnotch customer service skills. This skill set was honed through employment as a Talent Agent and Office Administrator at the prestigious The Gersh Agency, a talent and literary agency, and through his years in hospitality management. Burlington locals will recognize Donald from Leunig’s Bistro on Church Street where he spent several years as Manager.

“I have always been drawn to roles that enable me to pair people with something they desire. My transition to colorful real estate matchmaker seems only natural.”-Donald Imgram.

Along with outstanding service and familiarity with contract negotiations Buyers also benefit from Donald’s keen eye for design influenced by his attendance at New York School of Interior Design. Donald has great input on the potential for any property.

Donald  wasted no time getting started! In less than two weeks Donald had successfully matched several buyers with the right properties and got those homes under contract. Donald Imgram is another reason working with Conroy and Company is a delightful experience!