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Thursday, January 20, 2022   /   by Brian Armstrong

Northern Vermont Ski Areas You Must Visit

Snow-blanketed landscapes and cold temperatures are the ultimate necessities for skiers and riders alike! Vermont is well known for its beautiful natural landscape, and when it comes to winter sports, ski areas are abundant for skiers and riders of all skill levels! Whether you enjoy backcountry glades or carving down wide-open trails, you can find everything you’re looking for in the Green Mountain State. Below are a few of our top picks for ski areas in Northern Vermont!

Smugglers Notch Resort
Located in the town of Cambridge, Vermont, Smugglers Notch Resort is an awesome easy-to-access mountain for the whole family. Just a quick drive off the highway, and you will find yourself immersed in the slopes in no time! Consisting of three peaks, Smugglers Notch aka, Smuggs is one of the top 3 largest mountains in the state! With trails ranging from Beginner to Triple Black Diamond (the only in the state), there is a trail to keep you entertained at any skill level!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022   /   by Brian Armstrong

Cap-Rates - What You Need To Know

If you are thinking about buying commercial or investment real estate in Vermont, there are a few major items to look at that will help you determine feasibility. Today’s topic is Cap-Rate. What it is, why it’s important and how to calculate. Other upcoming topics we will cover in future articles include how to do your due diligence, documentation the seller needs to produce for you, financing, zoning, whom to hire for help, and red flags to be wary of, to name a few.


There are plenty of profit opportunities available in the commercial and investment real estate market. From buying a small owner-occupied multi-family residence to multi-million-dollar businesses or facilities, the world of commercial and investment real estate can lead to big profits . . . or big problems if you do not do your due diligence. Please keep in mind that we are not financial advisors, but simply sharing information to help you better understand how to calculate opportunities. Ift ...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

What Is an Open Floor Plan and Why Do You Want one?

Home design is an exciting topic and a huge consideration for homebuyers looking to move into a new home. Regardless of size, floorplans can drastically change how you perceive the space within a home. You may have been inside a small house with high vaulted ceilings, which made the area feel huge, or you have been in a large home with many sectioned-off rooms and connecting hallways that make it feel smaller and homey. Architects are always looking to change how we experience residential living spaces; however, open floor plans are not a newly found trend. Open floor plans have integrated themselves as a popular theme since the 90s, yet they remain a prominent style to this day!

What Exactly is an Open Floor Plan?
Traditionally, homes were built with highly segmented interiors, meaning defined areas for the kitchen, the living room, the dining room, etc. Over time, homeowners flocked to open these spaces up by removing the partitioning walls to create areas that felt spacious and ; ...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

Fun Vermont Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

Vermont is well known for its Green Mountains, but when the cold hits, the mountainous landscape transforms into excellent skiing terrain. However, if you are not into the downhill thrill of skiing or riding, you may be asking yourself, “What else can I do to get out of the house and enjoy winter? Lucky for you, Vermont is a serene place during the winter, and there is much to offer even if you are not hitting the slopes! Make the most of the Vermont winter season with these fun activity ideas!

Slide into Winter Wonderland

If you enjoy the snow but are not a skier, you can still take advantage of other snow-related activities! Sledding or tubing is a great way to enjoy some snowy slopes without much skill! Hit the local park with a big hill and bring a sled or tube to have some fun this winter season. If you want something a little more robust, some local ski areas offer tubing areas that offer both straight and winding tracks. Check out Smuggler’s Notch in Jeffersonv ...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

Best Environmentally Friendly Upgrades for Your Home

Environmental concerns have driven demand for sustainable living solutions. Eco-friendly solutions come in many shapes and forms, but one of the best ways to make an impact is by improving your energy efficiency. Many options on the market can not only help you improve your home's eco-friendliness, but many can also save you money! Here are some of the most popular upgrades that homeowners are installing in their homes!

Making Your Energy Usage Smarter
When it comes to making eco-friendly improvements to your home, understanding your energy consumption is crucial. From interior lighting to heating and cooling your home, energy consumption typically makes up the largest environmental footprint in your home. Homeowners seeking to make some green improvements can install smart meters into their homes. These devices can help you monitor your electricity, energy, and/or water. Smart meters track the quality, quantity, and time of consumption - and display real-time data to you via inter. ...

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