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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 8, 2021   /   by Jordan LaFond

3 Reasons You Should Not Wait Until Spring to Buy a Home?

Rooftops blanketed with snow, lights strung, and the smell of winter is in the air. The holidays are among us, leaving homebuyers thinking about the age-old question; Should I wait to buy until the spring? In this article, I will share some need-to-know tips to help you buy a home during this season. As a local Vermont Realtor, I would like to share the top 3 reasons you should NOT wait until the spring to buy! 

The Market Cycles

Every year, just like the outdoor temps, the real estate market begins to heat up in the spring, and we see a lot more inventory come to market. This pace typically lasts through the summer, and as we approach the end of the fall, the market slows down, and housing inventory starts to decrease. This cyclical trend is the biggest reason why buying NOW should be a strong consideration for anyone considering making a move. Most buyers follow the same market cycle and choose to wait until spring to buy- meaning if you also wait, competition for homes wi; ...

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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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Wednesday, October 13, 2021   /   by Jordan LaFond

How to Sell Your Home "As-Is"

The real estate market has changed dramatically over the last year. One change is that homes are now often sold “as is.” Simply put, this means that the buyer will not request the seller to make any repairs or offer seller concessions for items that may be missing, broken, or outdated. Today, sellers are less willing to make repairs or modifications to get their homes sold, and the reason behind this is simple: they do not need to. Due to the overwhelming buyer demand and lack of available inventory, it is common for a seller to receive multiple offers on their property. Chances are high that at least one buyer will submit a bid that does not request the seller make any modifications to their home. An attractive offer without repairs will stand out to the seller, and it improves the likelihood that it will be accepted.

 

An important note here is that selling your home “as is” does not mean you can withhold material facts. When you sell a home you mus; ...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021   /   by Karissa Sailer

5 Packing Tips To Consider Before Your Big Move

Packing your home or apartment can be one of the most stressful parts of the moving process. There’s a lot of factors that go into it, such as time management, budgeting, appropriate packing materials, and so much more. Below you’ll find 5 packing tips that will make your experience quicker, less stressful, and easier to manage 
Tip 1: Declutter - Now is a great time to get rid of that t-shirt you’ve been “saving for the right event” for the last 7 years! You’re heading into a new space and in turn,  you should shed what you no longer have a purpose for. This could mean donating old clothing to your local thrift store or tossing that Tupperware you haven’t seen the lid for in months. We tend to collect things over time that we don’t really need/use and it can make things like moving even more difficult. That’s why this is a great opportunity to tackle it now! Less to pack, less to worry about.
Tip 2: Manage Your Time - Im ...

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