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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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  real estate, strong will real estate, vermont, chittenden county, keller williams, home improvement, smart home

Wednesday, August 18, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

What Is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is one of the many components in the home buying process. The goal of a home inspection is to address any major health or safety issues with a property and most commonly occurs when a home is on the market. Transparency of information is crucial for a smooth transaction and inspections help put buyers at ease when it comes to making a substantial purchase. Keep in mind that home inspections are only a surface-level overview however they do provide valuable information to the home’s general health.
How a Standard Home Inspection Works
Standard home inspections are commonly arranged for and paid for by a potential homebuyer that is interested in purchasing a property. Typically, a home inspection will be completed within two weeks after a sales contract or purchase agreement between a buyer and a seller has been signed. In the agreement, many will include an inspection contingency, which allows the buyer to schedule an inspection, read the findings, and determin; ...

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  real estate, strong will real estate, buyers process, home inspection, homebuying

Wednesday, August 11, 2021   /   by Brian Armstrong

Top 5 Brunch Spots in Greater Burlington

Top 5 Brunch Spots in Greater Burlington
New to the area? Need a brunch place to try? Our Realtors are often on the road and they love a good meal! These are our top five picks for awesome brunch spots in Northwest Vermont! Bon appetite!
 Yelp Elizabeth M.

Penny Cluse Cafe - 169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT
Located right in the heart of downtown Burlington, Penny Cluse is a unique restaurant pairing local art culture and mouth-watering food! *Currently only open for takeout*
HOURS:   Thu-Mon 9am-3pm
 Yelp Jake T.

Firebird Cafe – 1 Main St. Essex, VT
Recently relocated to a new and improved spot in Essex, Firebird Cafe serves up their delicious breakfast foods all day! Focused on quality, they only use fresh ingredients for their menu!
HOURS:    Sun-Wed  8am-3pm    Thu-Sat 8am-8pm


3 Squares Cafe - 141 Main St, Vergennes
If you want to spice up your brunch cuisine, 3 Squares Café is a go-to! Located in&n ...

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  real estate, strong will real estate, vermont, northwest vermont, brunch, food

Tuesday, July 27, 2021   /   by Christine Elwood

Why You Are Having Trouble Buying a Home

The real estate market across the country has seen tremendous movement throughout the pandemic making it difficult for buyers to find their next dream home. While it may be more challenging than a year or two ago, finding your next home is still possible! Below we break down the complexities of today's market and what you can do to prepare!
Understanding Goals & Market Conditions
People often ask us about the first step in the home buying process. No matter what the market looks like, we recommend hiring a realtor you trust and working with them to understand your motivations and establishing clear goals. Market conditions heavily impact the decision-making process, so having your goals clear will help you and your realtor navigate the market. As part of your discovery process, you may realize the current market is not for you, and that's okay! We want you to be comfortable and happy with your purchase, so we have outlined some of the market challenges you will need to consider.
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  real estate, strong will real estate, vermont, chittenden county, cole elwood, brian armstrong, michelle peters

Wednesday, July 14, 2021   /   by Christine Elwood

5 Tips For An Easy Transition to A New State

Moving out of state is a major life change, and there are quite a few steps to consider making the most of this transition. Some people prefer to take a "wing it" approach and deal with the various issues as they arise. On the other hand, some people prefer to take a systematic approach to plan and outline how this transition will happen. If you prefer a more planned approach, check out the tips below to ease through this big move!

Tip 1: Learn About The New Area
One of the best ways to get ahead of the curve is to research the town or city you are planning to relocate to. If you can do so, travel to the new area before moving to become acclimated with your surroundings! Also, remember to check out the local dining options, entertainment venues, public transportation, etc. If you have little ones, you may also consider researching local school districts to provide them with a strong education!


Compare your area to a new area using this tool: Compare Areas
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  real estate, strong will real estate, vermont, keller williams, cole elwood, brian armstrong