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Featured Listing – 339 Fox Lane, Ludlow, VT 05149 (MLS # 4221754)

A spacious and bright condo in picturesque Ludlow!

339 Fox Lane, Ludlow, VT 05149 (MLS # 4221754)

Price: $249,900

More information for this property:
339 Fox Lane, Ludlow, VT 05149

Type House
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4 full
Square Footage 1,717 sq ft
Lot Size 14,374 sq ft
Year Built 1982
Taxes $4293.56
MLS# 4221754
Description

Located in picturesque Ludlow, this spacious and bright condominium is in a small community just minutes from Okemo and Jackson Gore. This desirable end unit includes four large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; most of the bathrooms have been recently updated. As the former model unit, it uniquely has an additional window in the hallway, and the kitchen appliances have never been used. Exterior improvements include a new roof, siding, and recently replaced Andersen windows. With cross country ski trails only steps from your door, walking distance to Okemo Golf Course and shuttle service to the mountain resort, this home is ideal for anyone interested taking full advantage of an active Vermont lifestyle in a wonderful, scenic setting.

More information for this property:
339 Fox Lane, Ludlow, VT 05149

Irene Gaffigan - Southern VT Real Estate

Call Irene at 802-353-1983 for inquiries.

Visit us at: isellvermontrealestate.com

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New Goals

As we are starting the New Year 2013, I’ve been thinking about goals.  Every year, millions of people sit down and carefully choose where they want to go in life and how they’re going to get there.

Take Jim Layton, for example.  His list just got a new checkmark, but you’ll never guess what for, even though 649 other people were right there with him.  You can find out here.

As you’re thinking about what you want to accomplish next year, please remember that I’m always honored when someone trusts me to help them achieve an important goal.  If I can help you in any way, please just let me know.

Best,
Irene

Irene  Gaffigan,  Associate Broker, CRS, e-PRO
Bean Group

Toll Free: (800) 659-1819
Cell: (802) 353-1983
Fax: (802) 779-0152

Website: http://isellvermontrealestate.com
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Featured Listing – 25 Benson Fuller Drive, Winhall, VT 05155 (MLS # 4207662)

Minutes to Skiing! With four bedrooms plus loft, there is plenty of room in this exceptional Winhall property!
25 Benson Fuller Drive, Winhall, VT 05155 (MLS # 4207662)
$459,900
Type Residential
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3 full, 1 half
Square Footage 3,400 sq ft
Lot Size 43,560 sq ft
Year Built 1990
Taxes $7960
MLS# 4207662
Description With four bedrooms plus loft, there is plenty of room in this exceptional Winhall property just minutes to skiing! Be captivated by the fantastic views from plentiful windows of this 1990 Garrison style home! After a day on the slopes, enjoy the warming glow of a crackling fire in the exquisite floor to ceiling stone fireplace, before the ultimate relaxation of the gas-fired hot tub. Dinner is served in either the spacious kitchen with breakfast bar or in the formal dining room. You will love the airy feel of this home, enhanced by the gleaming hardwood floors on the main floor which seem to glide seamlessly from one room to the other, and the cathedral ceilings in the family room and master bedroom. With three levels of spacious living area, this home offers more than ample room for creating memories. Enjoy the best of both worlds with views of the Green Mountain National Forest, while being just thirty five miles from bustling Brattleboro VT. A truly special mountain retreatMore information regarding this property
Call Irene at 802-353-1983 for inquiries. Visit us at: isellvermontrealestate.com
Irene Gaffigan - Southern VT Real Estate

This from Jackson Gore at Okemo Valley!

Okemo Mountain Resort

Jackson Gore is Open! We’ll have 37 trails with 8 lifts spinning starting at 8 a.m. Don’t forget that you can get a $39 lift ticket at the clock tower ticket plaza or the Jackson Gore Archway if you donate 5 or more non perishable food items. The Rail Jam is also today– registration is in the clock tower base lodge with the event itself in the Jackson Gore base area.  Come to the Okemo area and Ski with us!

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If you are considering listing your home for sale or buying Real Estate in Southern Vermont, please give me a call at 802-353-1983, visit my website or email me at irene@isellvermontrealestate.com

Yuck, Ouch Inspections!

I just saw this sad article about a woman in Canada who bought a million dollar home.  She thought that having an architect and engineer walk through the home would be enough to verify that it was safe for habitation, so she didn’t get a home inspection.  After closing, she discovered that the walls were totally and completely infested with mice.  Yuck!

Worse still… the damage from their droppings and urine is so severe that the house has to be gutted.

Enough said, right?  Here’s a link to the article – don’t be shy if I can help you with anything!

Best,
Irene

Aubuchon helps the people in NY and NJ affected by Sandy.

The below is a Press release from Aubuchon Hardware to their Stores; I spoke to Tom in Ludlow store and he told me that money can also be contributed and receipts will be given.  So stop in and donate what you can!

MANY TOWNS IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE SANDY. THE DEVASTATION IS HISTORIC AND MANY FAMILIES ARE LEFT WITH NOTHING. AS YOUR HOME TOWN HARDWARE STORE WE WANT TO SHOW THOSE IMPACTED THAT OUR COMMUNITY CARES. AUBUCHON HARDWARE HAS PARTNERED WITH SPARKRELIEF. ORG TO PUT FAMILIES WHO WANT TO HELP IN TOUCH WITH FAMILIES MOST AFFECTED BY THIS DISASTER. SPARKRELIEF.ORG IS A NON-PROFIT COMPANY THAT IMPROVES DISASTER RELIEF WITH A SIMPLE SYSTEM FOR POSTING AND FINDING RELIEF INFORMATION. THEY PROVIDE A PIPELINE OF PEOPLE IN NEED TO FOLKS WHO WANT TO HELP. AUBUCHON HARDWARE HAS OFFERED THEIR ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE LOCATIONS AS DROP CENTERS FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF MATERIALS TO THOSE MOST IN NEED. PLEASE DONATE CANNED FOOD, GRANOLA BARS, FLASHLIGHTS, BATTERIES, AND GENTLY WORN WINTER COATS TO YOUR LOCAL AUBUCHON HARDWARE STORE, THESE ITEMS WILL BE PICKED UP AND DELIVERED TO THE TOWNS HIT THE HARDEST BY THIS STORM. LETS SHOW OUR FRIENDS IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY THAT OUR HOME TOWN CARES ABOUT THEIRS.

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Irene Gaffigan - Southern VT Real Estate

If you are considering listing your home for sale or buying Southern Vermont Real Estate, please give me a call at 802-353-1983 or email me at irene@isellvermontrealestate.com

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Irene Gaffigan
Broker, CRS, e-PRO
36 VT Route 30
Bondville, VT 05340
Direct: 802-353-1983
Toll Free: 800-659-1819
Fax: 802-779-0152
Web: www.isellvermontrealestate.com

Featured Listing – Lost Lake/Crooked Path Road, Arlington, VT 05250 (MLS # 4189884)

Beautiful corner lot with views and a wonderful neighborhood.
Septic Design and all permits.

Lost Lake/crooked Path Road, Arlington, VT 05250 (MLS # 4189884)

$120,000
Type Land
Zoning Residential
Water Drilled Well
Square Footage na
Lot Size 137,650 sq ft
Year Built na
Taxes $1,240.00
MLS# 4189884

Description Beautiful corner lot with views and a wonderful neighborhood. Septic Design and all permits in place for a 4 bedroom house – underground power.More information regarding this property

Contact Irene Gaffigan

Irene Gaffigan
Broker, CRS, e-PRO
36 VT Route 30
Bondville, VT 05340
Direct: 802-353-1983
Toll Free: 800-659-1819
Fax: 802-779-0152

Visit us at: Southern Vermont Real Estate

Irene Gaffigan - Southern VT Real Estate

A realtor’s guide to improved client relationships

Do you know what your customers really think about the home-buying process?

According to the 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS, here are the five biggest expectations:

A real estate salesperson should:

  1. Help find the right home to purchase.
  2. Help in negotiating the price.
  3. Help negotiating the terms of the sale.
  4. Determine what comparable homes are selling for.
  5. Assist with the paperwork.

Many buyers do not understand the home-buying process.  Buying a home can be very stressful.  A real estate agent plays many roles during this process – adviser, counselor and friend.  Here are some suggestions to better assist today’s buyers for improved client relationships.

How quick is your response time?  Response time is rated as a very important quality in real estate professionals according to the NAR survey.  It is ranked behind honesty and integrity.  Are you ignoring customer leads?  Are you responding too late?  Today’s internet consumer is expecting a response within the hour. 

Do you have a web presence?  The important determining factors in choosing an agent are trustworthiness and reputation.  With that said, online search is a go-to method to find out more about a real estate practitioner’s business.  Client reviews are important as well as photos and detailed property information.  If you are on social networking pages such as LinkedIn and Facebook, be sure they are up to date and represent your business.

Do you follow the three E’s?  A realtor wears many hats during this process as I mentioned.  You need to be ready to educate, empathize and encourage.

Educate on the area, what comparable homes are selling for, average price per square foot and every stage in the buying process.

Empathize throughout the whole process.  This is a big, scary step where something as simple as the color of the walls becomes a huge obstacle.  Keep calm, listen to them and propose a practical solution or compromise.

Encourage your buyers once they make a decision.  They are looking to you for validation – they want to know they made a good decision.  Review the priorities they stated in their home search and how the home measures up.  This will help lead them all the way to the closing table.

Can you answer their questions?  Of course there are certain questions you can’t answer due to the fair housing laws, but if you ignore the question or gloss over it, you inadvertently make the buyer lose faith in your knowledge about the market or feel like their question didn’t matter.  Keep pertinent data with you, available on your Web site or even in a special buyer packet. 

Are you present through the entire process?  After your buyers have selected a home, don’t disappear until closing day.  They will feel abandoned!  They need your help understanding the entire process and part of that is recommending service providers.  Find an excuse to call – share an article, tell them you drove by and the house looks great.  Help them get information on their new community.

The end of the transaction can be the beginning of a relationship with your clients.  By proving you will be there every step of the way and beyond builds your reputation and a lasting awareness of your services – for the next time they need you, or when their friends and family need you.

 Until next time, Irene

Five Habits of Highly Productive Real Estate Agents

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  You could take the title of this blog and replace “Real Estate Agents” with your profession and you would increase your productivity!  But Real Estate is my business and time management is a real challenge that I want to address from the perspective of being a Real Estate Agent.

With so many distractions, it is a wonder that real estate agents are productive at all.  Working to become a highly productive real estate agent is an ongoing process.  Creating habits that produce consistent results allows you to achieve your maximum potential.  Between phone calls, emails, listing presentations, prospecting calls and buyer appointments, how do I stay productive?

I keep myself focused, alert and on tract with these five habits:

  1. Focus on the Most Important Tasks.  Be mindful to focus on income generating tasks and tasks that produce results.  Schedule time on your calendar and list out everything you will work on.  Number each item and work through your list.  Complete what you can during your scheduled time without any interruptions or distractions (see #2).  Do this every day.
  2. Remove Distractions.  The day can quickly get away from you between the phone, email, Internet and any other interruption.  Turn it all off and stay focused on your task at hand.  Don’t allow yourself a quick vacation on Facebook or getting off track by answering emails.  Cut yourself off from all distractions, work down your list and take a break once you are complete.
  3. Use Positive Affirmations.  Crazy, I know but they actually do work!  They can take a negative attitude and turn it around just by repeating a few constructive, upbeat words. 
  4. Take a Cat Nap.  Making time and grabbing a few z‘s might seem like an odd productivity tip, but studies have shown that feeling refreshed after a nap can significantly improve concentration and performance.  30 minutes is all it takes.
  5. Set Daily Goals.  Wake up each morning with your goals outlined.  These should be incorporated into your daily tasks.  Setting your sites on a goal each day offers clarity and promotes a more sustained drive.

Here’s a bonus.  Break out of the norm.  Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something that makes you a little uncomfortable.  Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be an amazing place that offers growth potential you never believed possible. Whatever your profession, these habits will contribute to your productivity. 

Until next time, Irene

Is the Economy Encouraging Home Buying?

There seems to be a shift in several key housing market indicators, according to Fannie Mae’s March 2012 consumer attitudinal National Housing Survey.  More Americans now expect both home rental and home purchase prices to increase over the next year.  In addition, confidence in consumers’ views of their own finances is stabilizing.  Are these trends providing Americans with an increased sense of urgency to buy a home?

73% of Americans now believe it is a good time to buy a home.  This is up from 70% in February.  “Conditions are coming together to encourage people to want to buy homes,” says Doug Duncan, Vice President and Chief Economist of Fannie Mae.  “With an increasing share of consumers expecting higher mortgage rates and home prices over the next 12 months, some may feel that renting is becoming more costly and that homeownership is a more compelling housing choice.”

A number of factors seem to be contributing to Americans’ Expectations:

  • Home prices are expected to increase over the next year.
  • Mortgage rates are expected to go up over the next year.
  • People feel “it is a good time to buy”.
  • Home rental prices are expected to increase over 4% – a significant increase.

There appears to be good news about the economy in general and Americans’ household finances.  There was a rise in confidence in the overall economy this month.  35% of respondents think the economy is on the right track.  A very low (12%) of respondents think their personal financial situation will worsen in the next 12 months.  This is good news for everyone.

For more information, visit http://www.fanniemae.com.

Until next time, Irene