curb appeal and staging

Do Curb Appeal and Staging Really Matter

You’re heard it before: first impressions matter. Curb appeal and staging really are necessary to attract the attention of buyers. As a real estate agent for over 30 years I have had the good, and sometimes bad, opportunity to watch people’s reactions when they see, for the first time, a house they might consider buying. [more]

Cliff House Valentine's Dinner

Cliff House Valentine’s Dinner

Venus aligns with mars, a full moon, a comet, and a lunar eclipse at the 2017 Cliff House Valentine’s Dinner I am sure most people have heard the book title, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” by John Gray. Well, every now and then the planets align in a very good way and [more]

Top 3 Things to Do, Winter in Vermont

Top 3 Must Do’s for a Vermont Winter

As you probably know, Vermont winters are all about snow. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing can only be enjoyed in winter. And after a day of any of these, nothing beats sipping wine by a cozy fire. Now that we finally have some some snow, here are my Top 3 Must Do’s for [more]

Real Estate Terms For First Time Home Buyers

A glossary of the most common real estate terms for first time home buyers, by Lea Van Winkle, Realtor/Broker at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. This list is based on Lea’s 25 years experience in Vermont real estate. Broker Brokers can open their own offices and have real estate agents working for them. To be [more]

Vermont peak foliage

Peak Foliage in Vermont is Now!

Have we peaked yet? That is the daily question. And the answer is yes, we have. Yesterday and today! Here in the Stowe, Underhill, Waterbury area, peak foliage in Vermont is now! I love summer and hate to see it end, but the slow build of fall color always pulls me in and makes me [more]

Lea Van Winkle - Change is Good

Change is Good

They say that change is good. It can also be challenging and unexpected. Recently, it’s been all three for me. You might have noticed a few subtle changes about my real estate business. Or maybe you’ve noticed some very significant ones. For instance, my license has moved from Underhill to Stowe and my signature field [more]

Underhill, Vermont, homes for sale

Home for Sale in Underhill Vermont

This 2-story family home for sale in Underhill Vermont will make you feel like the king of the hill, and when you are king of the hill you are on top of the world. While nestled into the woods, it is surprisingly bright and sunny, especially in winter, when the trees are bare of leaves. [more]

Pleasant Valley Real Estate Top 5 Real Estate FAQAs

5 Real Estate FAQAs

FAQAs, is not a typo. FAQAs are Frequently Asked Questions Answered. I should probably file for a copyright on that acronym. But anyway, here are 5 real estate FAQAs my clients at Pleasant Valley Real Estate want to know when purchasing a house. Following the questions are my answers. 1. What is a Pre-Approval Letter? [more]