Blog :: 2013

Face off Against Breast Cancer - Hockey Tournament!

2013 FOABC TourneyIn another non-real estate related blog post, I'd like to put a shout out regarding my upcoming hockey tournament in Middlebury coming up next month. I am playing with my women's team, the Waterbury Wicked. Yes, that's me in the photo...top row, second in from the right. This is the annual Face Off Against Breast Cancer tournament that raises money for cancer patient support services in Vermont. It's a great cause and always a good time. If you have a few extra dollars during this holiday season, a small pledge would be greatly appreciated. Last year our team WON our division championship!

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Cancer Patient Support Programs (CPSP), a Vermont-based aid organization. Funds are designated toward patient services and the emergency fund. CPSP serves patients statewide; they have had requests from every county in the state. The Patient Services include counseling and nutrional support for the patient and his/her family. CPSPs Emergency Fund provides short-term, emergency financial relief to local patients in need. This important program addresses the hidden impacts that cancer can have on families: it aids those who, because of cancer, have lost their jobs and may lose their car or home because they are in treatment; those who are too sick to work, or who have soaring medical expenses and limited co-pays; or those who have no insurance coverage at all. All of CPSP's services are offered free of charge.

If you are able to make a donation, you can do so directly on my personal pledge website. Thank you in advance and have a very happy holiday season!!

My New Car. Waterbury Real Estate Update.

VW GolfThis week I want to tell you about my new car. It's a VW Golf TDI. I love it. How does this relate to real estate? It doesn't really. ALTHOUGH, I get about 40 miles per gallon so with all the driving I do for work, it's much better for the environment. And, my hockey bag fits just perfectly in the back. And, it's got a great blue tooth system so it's safer for me when I'm talking on the phone, eating skittles, and drinking coffee all at the same time.

Also, I sold 131 South Main Street in Waterbury which was extremely fortuitous. I found the perfect buyer and we even closed a week early! And, I had both sides of the transaction! What a great way to finish up the year. I'm also feeling grateful for some excellent listings to start off 2014.

A Tough Home Inspection

imagesRecently I attended a home inspection with a buyer client that didn't turn out so well. I can remember only a handful of times in the past 12 years that I have felt it necessary to suggest that my client not purchase the home, even prior to the inspection being finished. Yes, it was that bad. We walked outside (to get a breath of fresh air) and both concluded that this home purchase wasn't going to move forward. Sometimes the issues can be obvious and you may feel a bit prepared, but this time the main issue needed serious investigating by the inspector and the results were not good. Every time we entered the home, we could feel that the house was extremely humid. We weren't sure if it wasn't vented well, if it was just the dog odor, or what was going on. I can say that after an hour and a half in the house, we were all suffering from a severe headache. What was discovered was significant mold in the attic area caused by excessive moisture wicking up from underneath the house. A good home inspector was invaluable in this case and my client is able to move on to continue his search. This event speaks to the importance of representation by a Realtor(I wonder if the seller was represented and had a building inspection?) and the importance of a good home inspection. I recommend one in every transaction in which I am involved. It truly is important.

New Listings! Waterbury Real Estate Update

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I just read some very unfortunate news that I"m almost afraid to share with you regarding our beloved Alchemist brewery. Oh well, at least there will be less congestion at that tricky intersection. The last time I was there, I stood in line for 20 minutes before I even made it through the front door. I can certainly understand their decision.

I also would like to share the better news that I just recently closed on 2067 VT Route 100 and 651 Wescott Road in Duxbury just this past week.

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To replace those two lovely listings, I have two new listings that I would also like to share. I love it when I have such great properties to sell. The first, on PR 2 in Middlesex, is on 18.25 acres and showcases a beautifully maintained home with three full levels of living space, including a nice in-law suite.

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The second, at 860 Scrabble Hill Road in Duxbury is looking directly at Camel's Hump and is situated on 12.9 acres with a great open meadow above the house which would be perfect for your Llamas, sheep, goats or Alpaca. You can't beat the privacy and seclusion.

Stick Season in Waterbury

Stick seasonStick season has arrived and I am so happy! I know, we need the tourism dollars here and we have to be nice to all of those wonderful people, but what a relief to be able to travel home at the end of the day without sitting still on Route 100 for 20 minutes! And, it's still relatively warm and the weather has been beautiful and I can still bike (with a light if it's evening, of course). For some reason, with the slow down in traffic and activity in town, there has been an increase in real estate activity. Within the last week, I have scheduled 5 listing appointments. That's a huge number for this time of year. So, with any luck, I will have some great new listings to share soon!

2013 FOABC TourneyWith the arrival of stick season also comes the beginning of HOCKEY season! I have started back up with the wonderful ladies of Waterbury Wicked and have decided to join in on practices with another women's team,Evolution. I'm still playing Tuesday mornings with the guys, so all in all, I'm playing three times a week and even subbing Friday nights when I can. The big news here is that the date for the Face Off Against Breast Cancer Hockey Tournament has been scheduled for January 26th, my team has registered and I'm already excited to start fundraising. I will be back in touch with you about that...

SizedI would also like to jog your memory about an amazing piece of land I have listed at the end of Blush Hill Road in Waterbury. It's only a half mile to the boat access and three minutes to the Interstate. It's perfect for someone looking to build that private estate on a lovely piece of property with mountain views, an open, park-like setting and a pond. I just went up to visit with my Seller today and took some beautiful new photos. He had the open area brush-hogged and it looks great. Please check it out and pass it on!

The Bruins Are Here!!

BruinsI just got back from playing with my morning hockey league at the Ice Center in Waterbury, and realized I was playing on the SAME ICE that the Boston Bruins would be playing on in a couple of hours. And, I was showering in the same locker room (almost even more exciting!) As I was driving back from an appointment, their bus went by me, and I could almost smell them. Very exciting for sure. They're in town to do some "team building" work in Stowe and are practicing at our rink. Hopefully they'll be able to stop by the Alchemist Brewery for some four-packs on their way through.

I have a new interesting listing this week in downtown Waterbury. Investors take note ! It's got good, solid rental income and is in excellent condition.

Some other exciting news is that recently I have two listings under deposit in Duxbury, Wescott Road and Route 100. Things are moving and shaking around Duxbury as of late! We like that.

Filomena in my office and I had a successful closing on my listing on Belding Roadin Barre Town as well.

It's been a beautiful couple of weeks, the foliage is in full peak, the mountain biking is awesome, the Bruins are here, and life is good!

British Invasion!

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It's that time of year again...keep your eye on the road for those cute little Aston Martins and sleek Jaguars as they wind their way up Route 100 to the 28th British Invasion in Stowe. This year's event will be held at a new location - the Stoweflake Resort Field. The British Invasion is a British lifestyle event that started "over a pinto of ale" in Stowe, Vermont, in 1990. A four-day event that starts on the weekend of the third Saturday in September each year, to include "all things British", with primary focus on classic British motorcars.

Central Vermont Real Estate Update - From our Intern

(Another posting from our Intern, Katie Johnson...not sure what we're going to do without her!!)

As quickly as July arrived, July also seems to be leaving quickly and August is rapidly approaching. This month (like last month) has been filled with an array of activities and learning new skills. Before my internship, I didnt realize the amount of different (and varying) skills being a Realtorrequires. I dont think that there was any way that I would have known this until I spent time seeing how Realtors work. Realtors need to have good people skills, be able to read people, be able to effectively communicate, be organized, be able to take photographs, do research, be knowledgeable about houses, be knowledgeable about the market, be technologically savvy, be able to write, be able to advertise, be able to market, the list goes on and on. I have been given the opportunity to not only learn, but to try and apply these different skills. For example I helped take pictures of a few different properties in Waterbury. I have never really dappled with the art of photography, I have never taken a class and really have only used my iPhone or a point and shoot camera, and I would say that all in all I really do not know much about photography. However, despite my lack of expertise, I followed the tips that I was given and was able to take pictures of properties that looked really good. It was really satisfying to see myself picking up on this new skill and to find success with it. I really appreciate all of the help that all of the Realtors in the office have given me because they have made learning these skills possible.

Everyone in the office has been quite busy this month with closings, showings, listing appointments, open houses, inspections and the like. As an office, we went and checked out Lisas listing at 136 Hayes Road in Duxbury (Link to Hayes Road). This property was just perfect. Upon driving up the driveway you are in this beautiful wooded area and you can hear the brook and the birds chirping and you can just envision yourself out on the porch enjoying the day. There is a sugar shack right on the property as well. The home itself is bright, clean, and warm.

Lisa also has two other really great properties in Duxbury. The first one is 246 Spruce Street. (Link to 246 Spruce Street) This house has exquisite stone work on both the interior and exterior of the home. The home features three bedrooms and three baths and is a really beautiful property! The second property is 651 Wescott Road, (Link to Wescott Road). This property is a three bedroom, three bathroom, one of a kind property; it features state of the art eco-friendly living. Along with these impressive features there is fabulous access to outdoor amenities such as nearby brooks, walking trails, and views.

This month I have been stunned by how beautiful so many Vermont properties are. I have seen so many hidden areas of Vermont that I would never have known were there. This is one of the many aspects of my internship that I have really enjoyed! As August arrives, I look forward to continuing to learn from the wonderful women at Century 21 Jack Associates in Waterbury!

Katie

Waterbury, Vermont Real Estate Update

From our extremely helpful and enthusiastic intern, Katie Johnson:

If I had a quarter for every time that I heard someone say the Internet is a great tool Id be living in a beautiful beachfront home collecting shells and building sand castles. I dont get a quarter for every time I hear that but I can say that everyone is right when they say, the internet is a great tool. I utilized this great tool before beginning my internship at Century 21 Jack Associates. I googled things such as what does a real estate agent do, personality traits of real estate agents do real estate agents get benefits. I then googled Century 21 Jack Associates Waterbury VT and from there I carefully combed through the website, I looked at the pictures and read the biographies of the people who I would be working with this summer. I already knew Lisa, she is a family friend and I had met with her this winter about interning this summer. I also knew Filomena from school and soccer and that sort of thing. Tina, Joanie, Kathy, and Nannette were all mysteries to me. Looking back to a few weeks ago when I was closely looking at the pictures and biographies of the Waterbury Century 21 Jack Associates group, I could never have anticipated what a dynamic group of people I would be interning with this summer. They instantly welcomed me into their office and made me feel like I was one of them. Each one is very much their own person and teaches me about real estate and being a real estate agent in their own way. Lisas knowledge of real estate is immense, and she is so organized and creative with all of the things that she does. Lisa is a fabulous leader and also is very funny, and sees the humor in things. Filomena is so kind and compassionate, and these qualities really shine through when working with clients, and anyone, really. Joanie is quirky and warm and is always first to lend a hand. She also is so friendly that she seems to have this little gremlin that lives in her computer and changes things around. Kathy has a knack for understanding, translating, and answering the most obscure questions, you could be speaking in both ubbi- dubbi language and a foreign language and be asking her about a lemon square recipe and without missing a beat shes able to answer your question. Tina is engaging and quick to share valuable information. (Tina is also quick to share her delicious candy treats, namely mint M&Ms and Reeses). Nanette is very calm and has such a breadth of knowledge on all sorts of different topics; a true Jack-of-all-trades.

Along with getting to know this awesome group of people, I have been to some really cool properties. The first week of my internship, Lisa and I went to 5 Belding Road (Link to 5 Belding Road ). This property is truly a stunning example of a Vermont home; we took pictures and walked the land to the private pond. The house not only had a pond but also an unbelievable view of Dix Reservoir and lush green rolling hills. The home is beautiful too and has a lot of character including the tiny hedgehog paintings hidden throughout the house.

As well as visiting properties I have been to showings, appraisals, previews and a caravan. When Lisa asked me if I wanted to go on the caravan, I said yes though to be honest I wasnt sure exactly what I had agreed to. I mean I had an idea of what it might entail but not that it was quite literally a caravan of 20 people. The day of the caravan was 1. Very rainy & cold and 2. A whirlwind of properties and people. Everyone that I met was very kind and interested in who I am and how I liked real estate so far. It is really cool to see such a strong network all come together to help each other and to learn from each other.

I am thoroughly enjoying my internship. I am so grateful for this opportunity and to learn and work with such a fabulous, intelligent, compassionate, and funny group of women. I am looking forward to all of the things to come, and hopefully by the end of the summer (I am crossing my fingers!!) we can find that gremlin that likes to hangout in Joanies computer.

Katie Johnson