We are excited to announce the opening of our new office on Portland Street in Morrisville! As a result of growing demand for real estate services in northern Lamoille County, this branch office will provide expanded opportunities and convenience for our clients and customers. We will of course continue to offer the same level of expertise and exceptional service, as well as support and guidance through the real estate process in order to assist our buyers and sellers with their goals and expected outcome.
Our official grand opening will be Thursday April 25th, from 4-7. We hope you can join us then, or feel free to stop by in the meantime to check out our new space and to see what's new in the area, and the world of real estate. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home located at 74 Portland Street!
Important Information Regarding Fraudulent Instructions to Wire Funds
Today we have all become more vulnerable to wire fraud, unfortunately, and we want to make sure you exercise caution before transferring any funds by wire. Wire fraud scams are becoming more prevalent whereby fraudulent individuals are creating emails that can fully replicate those that will look familiar to you - for instance - from your Realtor, your attorney, or lender. They will send you a personal email requesting that you "wire funds for your closing", or other, only to be ultimately routed to a bogus account. Therefore, if you ever receive any correspondence that appears to come from your Realtor, or your attorney, or lender, or anyone else, please contact us or your attorney, immediately by calling on the phone.
In addition, we strongly recommend that you not include any sensitive information in your email correspondence to the parties who are involved in your real estate transaction, including account numbers, routing numbers, social security numbers, etc. Instead, provide any essential information required for the closing by your lender or attorney or other professional, by phone. As with any phone calls you might make relative to these matters, please make sure you have verified the phone number, and not taken one from a website or email.
If you need to wire funds for your closing, please be sure to contact your Realtor or attorney or lender by phone to complete the transaction.
Above all, please consult with your attorney about any of the above, as this is not intended to be a representation of legal advice to you.
Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate and their agents were honored at the annual Coldwell Banker conference in Mashantucket CT. Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate received the 2017 Premier Office - Gold designation, highest average sales achieved for all agents in the office, which demonstrates a high level of team work and excellence among the entire office. The Premier Office Designation is awarded to the top 10% of all Coldwell Banker offices. 2017 is the 6th consecutive year Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate has been awarded this designation.
Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate is pleased to announce that Jeff Beattie, Meg Kauffman, Karen Crist and The Smith Macdonald Group; consisting of Peggy Smith, McKee Macdonald and Maggie Macdonald have been awarded Coldwell Banker Award Society designations. The Award Societies represent the top percentage of all Coldwell Banker sales associates/representatives worldwide.
Congratulations to our all Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate agents!
Meg Kauffman - International President's Circle
Jeff Beattie - International President's Circle
Karen Crist - International Sterling Society
The Smith Macdonald Group - International President's Elite Team
Homes are about people, and that’s what Coldwell Banker is all about as well.
There’s a recurring theme in real estate from the media and our competitors about how easily replaceable real estate agents are, so it is with great pride that we introduce to you our newest advertising campaign. This is an ad that speaks to Coldwell Banker's love and dedication to people and home since 1906, a commercial that speaks to our agents’ ability to “read the situation” and show the unmistakable, irreplaceable power of human touch.
Here is our new commercial that we call “Hoops” that will air this year during the tournament.
Stowe has seen condominium sales, and prices, rise significantly in the last two years. Much if this is attributed to the announcement of Vail Resorts purchasing Stowe. The popularity of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO have created a new market for condominium and single family home owners to rent properties when not in use, or make investments as income producing properties. If you are thinking about purchasing and renting, or are already doing so, there are some important things you should know to ensure your and your renters safety:
Make sure to contact your insurance agent to include extra coverage for renters
Make sure to have the proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. In Vermont photoelectric smoke detectors are need to be in every sleeping room
A rental property falls under Vermont State safety requirements, so you will need to have a Fireand Safety inspection. For more information go to the State website here: http://firesafety.vermont.gov/
Please feel free to contact us any time regarding any questions you may have about anything that may relate to investing in properties, and/or renting. The Town of Stowe is in the process of adopting some of these, and additional rules and regulations, so we can update you as well as guide you through this process, along with providing any key contacts to ensure your property is up to code and regulation.
You have decided to sell your home, and you are eager to sell it ASAP! Here are the ways to efficiently and effectively improve your home for a speedy sale.
You have decided to sell your home, and you are eager to sell it ASAP! You need to move or want those proceeds immediately, but how? Let’s go through the best ways to efficiently and effectively improve your home for a speedy sale.
First, curbside appeal. This is the first thing every potential buyer sees so make it stand out! Some suggestions:
Hire a gardener to clean and spruce up the entrance
Remove superfluous items from the front of your home, i.e. garbage cans, strollers, etc.
Put a fresh coat of paint on your home’s exterior
Second, this is the time to clean and eliminate all clutter inside your home. Here’s how:
Give away extra toys, clothes, and anything else that makes it look crowded or disorganized
Organize the kitchen countertops and closets
Place bulky items in storage
Third, landscaping matters. A large yard cannot shine if the plants, grass and trees are in bad shape. Try the following ideas:
Artificial grass-this always looks amazing and eliminates the need for maintenance
Tie orchids around the trees, plant fresh flowers and maintain the grass and trees
Fourth, look under the hood. Make the inside of your home look as good as possible.
This is the time to do some of the minor repairs you have been putting off. This will make your home look better and may eliminate certain issues during the Inspection Period.
Yes, it seems expensive or time-consuming. However, if you hire a professional company, this can truly make the difference and get you more money in less time.
Finally, hire a professional, licensed realtor. A realtor with experience and expertise can help sell your home quickly for the best price.
There have been a lot of questions surrounding the recent tax reform bill that was passed in Washington. The National Association of Realtors had a lot of influence relative to the impact on aspects having to do with real estate, and managed to help protect essential and important homeowner benefits such as the exclusion for capital gains on the sale of a home, and the mortgage interest deduction for primary and secondary homes. Those and other last minute changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 are as follows, in easy to understand terms:
Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples on the sale of a home. Both the House and the Senate had sought to make it much harder to qualify for the exclusion.
Mortgage interest deduction. The maximum mortgage amount for households deducting their mortgage interest has been decreased to $750,000 from the current $1 million limit on primary and secondary homes. The House bill sought a reduction to $500,000.
State and local tax deductions. Both property taxes and state and local income taxes remain deductible, although with a combined limit of $10,000. Both the House and Senate bills sought to eliminate the state and local income tax deduction altogether.
Pass-through entities. The bill significantly reduces the effective rate of tax on business income earned by independent contractors and income received from pass-through entities. This change will potentially lower the taxes of these types of professionals.
We will be publishing more information as it is made available, as the professionals and experts continue to decipher myriad details of the bill.
Coldwell Banker has gone against the grain in the real estate category by highlighting the emotion rather than the transaction of home buying. There are no realtors shaking hands with new owners over a “sold” sign to be seen.
The advertising agency Siltanen & Partners in their award winning commercial tells the story of two lost souls finding each other at a pivotal time. The result is heartwarming on the grab-a-tissue level. Animals rescuing people, just as much as the other way around, isn’t a new concept for ads, branded content and PSAs. But it’s no less affecting in this case.
Ralph Waldo Emerson most notably penned the phrase “A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”
While a roof over our head provides shelter, it is the love inside the home that makes it a refuge. While the walls of a house protect us from the elements, it is the love inside the home that protects us from everything else. While the foundation of a house keeps our feet out of the mud, it is the love inside the home that carries us over all of the other obstacles in life.
At Coldwell Banker, our calling is to help people find a place to call home, and if love is what makes a house a home, we wanted our campaign to highlight how even the smallest of things can fill it with love. This year our campaign was created to remind everyone that home is the place where love resides, and those looking to add more love into their lives need only look at adding a small addition to it – a four-legged one. A dog’s unconditional love, eternal forgiveness and innate ability to help you melt the day’s stress away is what can turn any day, regardless of its troubles, into a joyful occasion upon entering that front door.
The physical and emotional shelter that home provides is one of the single greatest investments anyone can make, and adopting a dog into it makes it even more valuable. Find out how you can help find homes for adoptable dogs through the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project at coldwellbanker.com/homesfordogs or locally at North Country Animal League (NCAL) our local shelter.
Whether love is represented by family, friends, passion or even a furry friend, we hope your home is filled with “Somebody to Love.”
Most members of our community are touched everyday by a nonprofit organization in some way. Nonprofits build vibrant, sustainable communities, promote health and safety, celebrate and support the arts, and help protect our planet for future generations.
This holiday season there are many ways to show your support to the organizations that make our communities strong, whether you choose to contribute financially, or by volunteering.
The following are local organizations that Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate and/or our agents have been involved with or, there is always the charity of your choice.