Greentree Real Estate

Failed Window Seals

At property inspections I come across failed window seals quite often.For many first time home buyers this can be a completely new topic that they don't know much about, so I thought I would gather some information together here as a resource. This is what a failed window seal looks like.

Failed Window Seal

Failed Window Seal

The window will appear foggy, sometimes injust a corner andnomatter how much you clean it or what the temperature is, the fog remains. What is a seal anyway? The window seal refers to any part of the window installation that blocks out the exterior environment. Most often, the term seal is used for weatherization and energy efficiency applications, and usually refers to the sashes (in sliding windows) and lites (window panes). Why do window seals fail? Sometimes they fail for these reasons:
  • Pressure building between the two panes of glass during hot days (referred to as heat pumping)
  • Contracting/shrinking inthe colder months
  • Expansion and contraction of the sealant material itself
Seals fail most frequently on windows facing south or west due to longer exposure to the sun. Too much direct sunlight deteriorates the original sealing material more quickly than windows facing in other directions. When considering new windows, always opt for solid, long-term, transferable warranties (20-year warrantiesare preferred) because the windows will not only perform better for longer, but the transferable warranty also adds resale value. What do you do about it? First you would need to figure out where the seal is compromised or leaking. In some instances, a nice amount of caulking can do the trick but will look unsightly. The other option is to just replace the panes. Lastly, in some cases the window framing is the cause, possibly due to poor installation, and a new window might be the answer. In a majority of cases I see, a window's broken seal is due to old age, and therefore replacing the window for a more efficient one is the best option. As with any home repair, if you are not a DIYerconsultyour qualified inspector or ageneral contractor for guidance!

Loans for the "Almost Perfect" home

Have you heard the term, "Rehab loan" referenced to a property and not fully understand what it means? Well here's a little information. Some of the homes out there need a little more than TLC. These homes may be foreclosures, short sales, or just homes that have had continuousdeferred maintenance over the years . These properties are perfect candidates for Rehab loans. The process can be a little more time consuming, but for the patient buyer, you are able to purchase a home that you like and make the updates it needs all with one closing. In general thesteps are:

  1. Meet with a Rehab Loan lender and get pre-approved. There are a few different programs out there, but a common one is the FHA 203K loan.,
  2. Selectyour home, write an offer and obtain quotes from a general contractor for the updates that you are interested in making. Of course different rehab loans have different guidelines on what can or must be updated and if there are any limits, so reviewing those details with your lender prior will be anecessity!
  3. The quotes will be submitted to your lender, and those estimates, along with the purchase price of the existing home, will be what the finished project needs to appraise for to obtain loan approval.
  4. Close on the home and then the work begins with an initial disbursement of the funds to cover the updates. Usually in just 1-2 monthstime, the work will be completed and the final disbursement is made to the contractor.
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Keep Your Home on the Market this Winter

Many sellers think that once the snow starts to fly, they should take their home off the market for a few months so it will appear new and refreshed for the spring. Any Realtor will tell you, "If you want to sell your house, you need keep it active". You can't sell a home that isn't available for buyers to see. If you are still a doubter, here are some good reasons why keeping your home on the market even in Vermontwill help you sell it. snow 2 snow 3 snow pictures 1) Homes look lovely all decked out for the holidays. What a wonderful time to showcase the warmth that your home can provide to new owners! 2) Less inventory to compete with! Come April, your home may have 25 competitors, but in the middle of the winter, you could have less than 10. 3) Even with the parties and family visits, you can still allow access to your home. It's OK to ask for additional notice or make some limitations on evenings when you're entertaining. 4) Buyers that look in the winter are serious. If a buyer is looking for a new home in the winter, they aren't just window shopping. 5) And lastly, with all the technology available to buyers today, the winter weather does not have to be a huge deterrent. Much of the searching and pre-qualifying for a new home is done on-line before the actual viewing takes place. Soshovel those walk-ways, put out the twinkle lights and keep your house on the market. You'll be so happy when the listing rush happens in March andApril that you're not a part of it!

Greentree Welcomes Newest Realtor

Monkton, VT Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Ivy Knipes as their newest Realtor. Ivy joined Greentree in February, has been licensed as a Realtor since 2006 and currently has designations as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). She is a native Vermonter growing up in Essex Junction and holds a BA in History from Trinity College. As an avid horse back rider, Ivy specializes in equine properties, rural properties and also first time home buyers. Ivy lives in Ferrisburg with her husband, Joe, three horses and two cats. She can be reached at or (802) 338-2344. Greentree Real Estate is located in Monkton, Vermont and serves both buyers and sellers primarily in Addison and Chittenden Counties. For more information, please visit

Greentree Real Estate welcomes new Broker

Greentree Real Estate Announces New Associate Broker Monkton, VT Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Scott Meade as Associate Broker. Scott joined Greentree this January and has been licensed as a Realtor since 1985. He previously owned Meade Real Estate in the Mount Snow, VT valley and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Greentree. Scott and his family relocated from Colorado this summer where he owned Meade Real Estate and Construction Company in Summit County Colorado, where he is also still licensed. Scott lives in Shelburne with his wife Katie and their two children, Alex (9) and Leah (5). Scott can be reached at or (802) 343-9170. Greentree Real Estate is located in Monkton, Vermont and is owned by Bill and Phyllis Martin. Greentree Real Estate serves both buyers and sellers primarily in Addison and Chittenden Counties. For more information, please visit