Blog :: 04-2014

Digital Security...and the weekly update!

EquinoxThis past week I attended the VermontRealtorsSymposium and Brokers' Summit held at the Equinox Resort down in Manchester. It was an informative and productive couple of days, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the night and using the spa! One of the courses we took was named "Digital Security for 2014". I wanted to share the 5 top points that were discussed that I am certainly going to focus on over the next few months. An interesting quote that was shared with us was "there are now only two types of companies left in the United States: those that have been hacked and those that don't know they've been hacked".

1. Improve your password - this is your weakest link! BTW, "password" is not a password.

2. Secure your devices - screenlock, automatic data erasing and utilizing the cloud!

3. Pay attention to what you download - check your apps!

4. Develop a plan for storing your documents safely - be aware that there is no assurance of deletion (unless it's something you really need, of course :)

5. Sign documents securely - avoid "free" signature signing services!

 Also, I have a gorgeous new listing that I am very excited to share with you. 136 Shaw Mansion Road features an incredible view and sits high up in Waterbury Center, out of that nasty flood plain. Please call me anytime to discuss or to schedule a showing. Don't wait...I already have four showings scheduled!

Waterbury Real Estate Update - Listings Needed!

SB April 15, 2013Attention all Waterbury area homeowners...we desperately need inventory! If you have a home you are considering selling in the $250,000 to $350,000 price range, please let us know. We have literally dozens of buyers who are now looking in this price range and there is very little available. There are currently 9 pending residential propertiesin the Waterbury and Duxbury area, and all but ONE are in the $300,000 price range or below. That ONE is listed at $435,000. Out of all the pending sides, CENTURY 21 Jack Associates is currently holding 44% of the market. This is exceptional. If you need real estate assistance, clearly CENTURY 21 Jack Associates is the company you want to be working with.

Also, I wanted to provide a quick update on the flood insurance issue. As you may have read in my last blog, President Obama signed the Flood Insurance Affordability Actinto law. This is great news, but from a practical standpoint, we have no idea when this is going to be implemented and start affecting the rates we're paying for flood insurance. That leaves us in the same predicament as before, where buyers are being quoted astronomical rates for a new insurance policy, making it nearly impossible to afford a median priced home in the Waterbury area.

On a more positive note, the spring skiing is absolutely AMAZING! The best I've ever seen it. Heading to Sugarbush on Saturday....