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Wednesday, October 6, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

Inheriting Property In Vermont

You have inherited a house… now what? Inheriting a house while often a generous gift can also be the start of an emotional journey. It is common to inherit property as a result of a loved one’s death, and now you have several choices ahead of you as a result.
To best navigate your situation, you should seek the advice of a tax and or finance professional to truly understand your position. We are not tax professionals, and this article is merely a guide to outline some of the options you have available. With professional guidance, you will know all your options and should have a clearer path forward!
Do I Owe Taxes On Inherited Property?
One of the most common questions we see when someone inherits a house is “Do I owe taxes on this?” Vermont does not have an inheritance tax, but it does have an estate tax, and of course the federal estate tax. The estate tax in Vermont is intended for the estates of Vermont residents, and the estates of non-residents who owm ...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Vermont Neighborhood

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Vermont Neighborhood
The Vermont real estate market is tight these days, meaning there is a shortage of homes for sale which has made buying a home a bit more challenging. While inventory is low there is still ample opportunity for you to find your dream home, but you need to take a deep dive into your goals and aspirations. When it comes to searching for your new homes there are a few major factors at play: price, aesthetic, and you guessed it – neighborhoods! These top 5 tips will help you begin your neighborhood selection as you look for homes in Vermont.
Start Your Search Open-Minded
You may start your search with ideas of where you want to live, but don’t count out the places that don’t strike your immediately. Your search for the perfect neighborhood may end with you in a town you would have never even thought of. A home search is a process of finding a home that matches each one of your checklist items from budget 7 ...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

Best Fall Foliage Spots in Vermont

As late September nights deliver brisk air to the green mountains, the trees that line our peaks and valleys begin to transform into their bright and vibrant colors. This beautiful fall scenery is known in New England as fall foliage, and Vermont is one of the best places to view these magnificent landscapes. While fall foliage can be appreciated almost anywhere in the state, we have handpicked some of our favorite drives with great views of this yearly phenomenon!

Smuggler’s Notch Pass 
If you have ever traveled on Route 108 or as locals call it “The Notch” connecting Jeffersonville to Stowe, you know what a scenic drive it is through the hills of Mount Mansfield. During the fall season, the views on this trail are stunning, and the forest-laced road with many twists and turns makes for some of the best foliage viewings in the state! As you pass through you will find many pull-offs and hiking trails if you are looking for a more adventurous trip through the ...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

If you are thinking about selling your home, you may have heard of the term “staging” to help you sell your home quicker. Staging refers to preparing the home with the primary goal of appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. Staging focuses on highlighting your home’s best features to help you attract potential buyers and maximize the price your property sells for. The goal when you sell your home is to help potential buyers envision their future living in your home, and this guide can help you do so!
Why You Should Stage Your Home
If you look across the market properties for sale, you will notice some homes that really stand out and some that don’t pop out as much. Many homeowners do not stage their home prior to putting it on the market, which means two things. 1) Those homes are likely not going to fetch a large pool of buyers or the highest value they could get for their home. 2) Your staged home will really stand out next to comparable homes in ! ...

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Thursday, August 19, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

How to Make Your Home “Smart”

When you think about the term “smart house” you may reminisce on the late 1990’s Disney classic! While were not talking about a house with a mind of its own, we are talking about updating your home with the latest and greatest home equipment. As tech evolves, you may find yourself wondering how you can make your home life easier. These time and money-saving gadgets are here to stay so check out your next smart home upgrade!
Smart Speakers
Smart speakers have taken homes by storm! These units are sleek but pack a powerful punch to deliver you quality music without the need for a full-blown entertainment system. Just connect your favorite streaming service or play directly from your phone and dive into your favorite songs! These devices not only play music but can help you surf the web, answer questions, and even tell you the weather! Smart speakers can also be paired together to improve sound and be easily accessed anywhere in your home.
Smart TV
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