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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance

The maple sugaring season in Vermont usually begins in late February and starts settling down toward the beginning of April. The sap running from the maple trees draws to a close. It is a clear signal spring is here and that it’s time to start checking off those items on your spring home maintenance [...]

Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling a Home

Selling a home can be a complex and tedious process when you consider all the steps involved. You have to list the house, prepare it for showings, find buyers, organize for inspections and appraisals, and finally complete the closing date due [...]

When Does Refinancing Make Sense?

Refinancing a Home

Should I refinance? This is a common question many homeowners grapple with.

But, what is refinancing? And when does it make sense?

Simply put, refinancing is basically trading off your old mortgage loan for a new one. Your bank or lender agrees to settle your old loan in exchange for a new loan under new [...]

Winter Home Staging Tips

Winter Home Staging

It's no secret most sellers can a harder time selling their homes in the winter than any other time of the year. The harsh winter conditions usually have a dreary effect on your house, and besides that, most people usually have bought their new home by the end of spring, hence fewer people are willing to leave the warmth of their homes to go [...]

Winter Moving Tips

Moving During Winter

Given the opportunity to choose, most people wouldn't select winter as an ideal time to move. For the most part, winter moving isn't fun considering the potential bad weather, less than ideal road conditions, and the low number of houses in the [...]

5 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Fall

House in the Fall

The idea of buying a home during fall doesn't follow the conventional wisdom we're used to, but it's actually the best time of the year to purchase a home. 

While there are understandable reasons why most people prefer to buy their homes during spring or summer, we will break it down for you why you are better off buying a house in the fall [...]

How to Quickly Sell Your Vermont Home for Top Dollar

Home in Vermont

If you're looking to sell your Vermont home fast, now is a great time because we are in a hot seller's market. If you also want to sell your property for top dollar, here are five things you must consider.

1. Get the help of a seasoned realtor

It is possible to list and sell your home by yourself if you are willing to put in the necessary work. However, always consider getting the help of an [...]

Our Response To COVID-19

To Our Customers, Clients and Friends:

 

Our strategy for how best to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve. Our offices are open on a limited basis with basic staffing. A number of our team are working from home. We continue to be available to you during normal business hours by telephone or email. We are dedicated [...]

Vermont = 2.07 Million Gallons of Maple Syrup in 2019

Making Maple Syrup in Vermont

A total of 4.2 million gallons of maple syrup was produced in the United States last year and Vermont produced 49% of that
amount with New York State and Maine being the second and third largest producers. But it was not always miles of sap lines
and vacuum systems to gently pull the sap from the trees and reverse osmosis to remove much of [...]

Remembering- Growing Up and Sugaring!

Road to Waitsfield Common

Road to Waitsfield CommonVon Trapp farm

This picture is the road leading up to the present day Von Trapp farm on Waitsfield Common. The snow was plowed with a mechanical giant on tracks with a V plow and wings to push the snow back, hence the near vertical snow banks separating us from the sap buckets. My brother Dick, Howard Corliss and Alan Richardson would gather the sap, removing the ice from the buckets (ensuring your hands were always wet and cold) and climb back down to dump the sap into the holding tank pulled by our horses Tom and Jerry.

Our day would start early with chores of cleaning, watering and feeding in the barn and then to the house for breakfast and then off to gather sap which was a great cash crop for the farm and very important for our family income. Lunch was often delivered to the sugarhouse where we boiled eggs in the sap and had a quick lunch before returning to our gathering duties. This was not just for sunny days and we worked in cold rain, snow and I remember well breaking through the crust with each step while trying not to spill the precious sap before we delivered to the dray.

And just when darkness approached and hopefully the day was finished, we would remember we had to do the barn chores. A quick supper and then back to the barn for all the all too familiar cleaning, watering and feeding and finally the end of the day. When we finally entered the house, our mother would look at us and say “what about your homework.” This has often made me wonder if this was the reason I never became a scholar. 

By Dave Jamieson, Broker