real estate don't do list

Real Estate Don’t Do List

This blog is about a real estate don’t do list. Most real estate articles tell you what to do when preparing to sell your house. In this blog I share my thoughts on what NOT to do, based on my personal experience of nearly 30 years as a real estate agent. I might sound negative, [more]

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]

Underhill Real Estate

Underhill Real Estate

Two years ago I closed my real estate office in Underhill Center and moved my license to Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty in Stowe. While I still spend a great deal of time with Underhill real estate on the western side of Mount Mansfield, my license hangs on the eastern side in Stowe, and that [more]

Mud season in Vermont

Mud Season in Vermont

If you don’t want to sell your house, April is the time to list it. Sound confusing? Hear me out. Mud season and selling homes do not go hand in hand, and April is mud season in Vermont. Mud season has one thing in common with ski season: picking your line. How are you going [more]

selling a smart home

Selling a smart home

Selling a smart home with smart home technology—lighting and heat control, security technologies, window treatment automation—is the wave of the future. All you need is a smartphone or laptop and you can control all your devices from a distant location. But according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, only about 15 percent [more]

sell your house in winter

Sell your house in winter — 8 easy tips

Trying to sell your house in winter? As a real estate agent I know that can be a challenge in Vermont. On the other hand, fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. By upping the cozy factor, making the most of winter assets, and paying attention to details, you [more]

Vermont family ski area

Live at a Vermont Family Ski Area

Here is a great opportunity to own a trailside home at a Vermont family ski area, Bolton Valley Ski Resort. You can ski in, ski out from your back door, right onto the resort’s ski trails. Enjoy fresh powder, moonlight cross-country skiing on the Catamount Trail, snowshoeing, and some of the best backcountry skiing in [more]

Summer in Cambridge Vermont

Summer in Cambridge Vermont

Smugglers’ Resort is a big draw for winter sports enthusiasts, and that’s why many people live in nearby Cambridge. That said, summer in Cambridge Vermont can be as exciting, fun, and rewarding as winter, and a lot of people live in Cambridge because it’s a thriving rural Vermont community. The town of Cambridge consists of [more]

What does 6% get you?

Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty charges a 6% listing fee when you list your property for sale with them. My experience as a real estate agent has shown that many people do not understand what our fee is about, and many believe that 6% fee is negotiable, which it is not. So, you many be [more]

What is my house worth

What is My House Worth?

Whenever I meet with someone about selling their home, the first thing they ask is, What is my house worth? In other words, they want to know how they should price it. If you are wondering, “What is my house worth?” you really want to know what the going rate is. I call this “determining [more]