Vermont

Greentree Real Estate Welcomes Siffermann

Monkton, VT -- Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Leanne Siffermann as their newest licensed Real Estate Agent.   Leanne joined Greentree at the end of 2014 and has been licensed as a Realtor since 2007. Leanne Siffermann PhotoLeanne's real estate career began with property management for Pomerleau Real Estate. She enjoyed the work so much she obtained a real estate license a year later. She has also worked with Century 21 Jack Associates as a foreclosure specialist and the Conroy and Company group at Keller Williams as a Sales Manager in charge of the listing department. Most recently, Leanne was an independent agent at Keller Williams where she greatly enjoyed working with both buyers and sellers. Leanne has a BS in nutrition from Pepperdine University and is also a graduate of Platt College for graphic design.  She has had her own painting and mural business since 1991 and is also a certified home stager.  She has been a care provider for the VNA in Vermont since 2004. Leanne lives in Monkton and appreciates Vermont's outdoors through kayaking, hiking and bird watching. She can be reached at Leanne@vermontgreentree.com or (802) 233-4013. Greentree Real Estate is located at 1317 Davis Road, Monkton, Vermont and is owned by Bill and Phyllis Martin and Katrina Roberts. Greentree Real Estate serves both buyers and sellers primarily in Addison and Chittenden Counties and throughout the Champlain Valley. For more information, please visit www.vermontgreentree.com.

Mud Season Staging

I know we are all very excited about the extra sunlight after 5pm as the first day of spring is fast approaching this week. Daylight savings also starts the time of year when more homes come onto the market in our state. Our landscaping efforts take a while to get going in the spring, so our yards can seem a little dull and barren to say the least. If you're like me, and live on a dirt road, the exterior of your home may need a power wash and I guess...the windows will need to be dealt with . And mud. Yes, we're going to have lots of mud in the coming weeks. Daylight Savings + Spring + Vermont = MUD SEASON!
Mud Season Ruts

Mud Season Ruts

If your home is listed for sale in the early weeks of spring as many sellers do to get the jump on the buying season, here's a few tips you can consider to help stage that home even when spring really hasn't quite sprung yet outside!
  • Have a small photo album available for buyers to view that shows your home in the BEST of all seasons. Include pictures of flower beds, a front shot of the home with GREEN grass in front, and maybe a nice foliage and snow shot.
  • Almost everyone takes their shoes off when viewing a home no matter what the season - it's just good manners - but when boots look like this just from walking from the car to the house, provide a place OUTSIDE your entry way for these boots to stay during the showing with maybe a courteous note.
Mud Season Boots

Mud Season Boots

  • Fresh flowers. Nothing says spring like a little bouquet of tulips. They can really add a cheery statement to an entryway or kitchen area.
  • Making cleaning the windows your first spring cleaning priority. I'm sure you're already keeping the house tidy because you want to sell it, but postpone cleaning out the closet....clean the dreaded windows first. It makes such a huge difference when buyers can gaze out the window and actually see what's outside.
  • If you live in a rural area and have a gravel/dirt driveway, keep an eye on those ruts. Sometimes a good steel rake can help even things out before a full grading is necessary. And for those big ruts, keep a bag or two of gravel handy.

Property Inspections - A MUST!

People buy homes year around, but here in Vermont, we do see a surge of purchasesbetween April and October when the weather is more favorable. As we are about to enter into this year's buying season, I would like to give all buyers out there some important advice- Get a Property Inspection! A property inspectionoccurs after a contract has been established andthe purchaserhires a third party inspector whowill review many ofthe home'smajor attributes. This inspection is usually conducted within the first twoweeksafter an offer is accepted. In most transactions, this property inspection is written as a contingency, so that the purchasers must be satisfied with the inspection results before proceeding with the transaction. The inspection may include, but is not limited to: the roof, foundation, heating, plumbing, water, septic, electrical, structural, mechanical, flues & chimneys and other major components together with all appliances included in the sale of the subject property. The inspector may not however do invasive inspections such as drill holes, take off siding or cause damage to the property in any way. A purchaser may choose any inspector he or she wishes as long as the inspector is not related to the purchaser, but as a convenience here is a Partial List of Vermont Inspectors. Occasionally I will have clients or customers that elect not to have a property inspection. In most of these cases, the purchaser is an investor, purchasing a home "AS IS" and will waive a property inspection in lieu of negotiating a more aggressive purchase price. But keep in mind, the property inspection is your only chance to "kick the wheels" of your new home before closing! It's better to find out what's wrong with your new home BEFORE you own it and have no recourse.

Fun Vermont Facts

I love our little state and for some of you that haven't lived here all your life, or are contemplating a move to the Green Mountain State, I thought it would be fun to share a few interesting tidbits. We're more than just fall foliage and maple syrup you know! (Although we do produce more maple syrup than any other state.) 1. Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the ratification of the Constitution. 2. With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S. 3. Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds. (I love this one!) 4. In ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country. 5. Vermont's largest employer isn't Ben and Jerry's, it's IBM.

Vermont State Capital

Vermont State Capital

6.Vermont's state capitol building is one of only a few to have a gold dome. Atop the dome is a statue of Ceres. 7. Until recently, the only way a Vermonter could get a drivers license with their photo on it was to drive to Montpelier. 8.Vermont was, at various times, claimed by both New Hampshire and New York. 9. Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart. 10. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to the local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo. 11.U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on the fourth of July. Born in Plymouth 7/4/1872.
President Calvin Coolidge

President Calvin Coolidge

12.And yes, we don't allow billboards! (Really proud of that one!)

We're small but mighty and a really interesting place to call home.