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RE/MAX Four Season partners with Grass Roots Solar

RE/MAX SolarDavid and Julie Citron, co-owners of RE/MAX Four Seasons have partnered with Bill Laberge and Danielle Laberge of Grassroots Solar in Dorset, VT to install a 9.32kW solar array on the roof of the RE/MAX Four Seasons office located at 2897 Depot St in Manchester. The system will produce enough electricity to supply 100% of the office's energy needs. In addition, the system will produce excess energy that will be applied towards the Citron's residential bill for their home in Dorset, VT.

"The economics of solar power has reached a point where it is hard to find a reason not to do it," said Dave Citron. "The payback on the panels is approximately 7 years. They are warrantied for 25 years but the lifespan is probably closer to 40 years. There are also attractive financing options available. In addition, there is a Federal tax credit of up to 30% as well as a state tax credit of 7.2%."

"Solar has really taken off in Vermont. You can see it anytime you go out for a ride. We are lucky to have in Green Mountain Power one of the most forward thinking utility companies in the nation. Now that we have completed our first solar project we are excited to explore opportunities to install additional capacity to benefit our community and state."

Citron earned his National Association of Realtors Green Designation earlier this year. This training provides him with an understanding of what makes a property green in order to help clients evaluate the cost/benefits of resource-efficient features and practices including solar power. For more information please e-mail davecitron@remax.net or call 802-688-5556.

Bill Laberge is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™ having demonstrated technical knowledge to apply the appropriate professional skills necessary in the field of solar photovoltaic installation in accordance with the certification standards of established by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Board of Directors. For more information please e-mail bill@grassrootssolar.com or call 802-681-3579.

 

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    RE/MAX Four Seasons Welcomes Deke August to Our Team of VT Realtors

    David and Julie Citron, co-owners of RE/MAX Four Seasons, are pleased to announce the addition of Deke August to our staff of licensed real estate agents.

    In 1968, while an undergraduate at Trinity College (Hartford), Deke August became a Director of Snare Associates/Dorset Village Properties (DVP), his parents' company. He joined the office full time in 1990 following two decades as a corporate marketing executive with Ogilvy & Mather International. In 2001 Deke purchased the business and became principal broker/owner of DVP.

    During his 28 years with the office, August specialized in marketing premium residential properties and large tract management throughout the Northshire. He has advised clients and customers on conservation, protection easements, Current Use programs, 1031 exchanges, sensitive sub-division, Charitable Remainder Trusts and other vehicles promoting investment and innovative oversight of area real estate.

    Deke was a founding member of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of the Dorset Theatre Festival and as food and feature columnist for Dorset Country Journal. He created marketing programs for area businesses and played “saloon piano” at restaurants, weddings, and events. – a hobby since eclipsed by technology and DJ's.

    He lives in East Rupert with his sister, Suzanne, in a 1795 farmhouse that keeps them busy and happy.

    “I am delighted to be joining RE/MAX Four Seasons”, August says. “Dave and Julie Citron's leadership and team provide the perfect mix of enlightened national exposure and commitment to the community. I will be able to concentrate on client and customer needs while they manage and grow the business.”    

    With the addition of Deke, RE/MAX Four Seasons has grown to seven full time licensed agents with plans to add additional agents in the near future.

    Contact RE/MAX Four Seasons for all of your Southern Vermont real estate needs!

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      4 Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home this Summer

      Most people know that spring and summer are the most popular seasons for selling a home. There are more buyers in the market this time of year, which also means there are more sellers and more competition. Here are some summer home staging tips to help you compete with the extra competition, sell your home faster, and for top dollar.Home Sold Sign

      Natural Light

      People enjoy being outside in the sunshine, especially during the summer months, so be sure to let as much natural light into your home as possible. Clean all of your windows and screens. Trim trees and bushes and remove any obstructions blocking natural light from the windows. Add lamps or install lighting to brighten up any dark corners and rooms throughout your home.

      Bright Colors

      The cheerful summer season is a great time to add colorful outdoor flowers to enhance your curb appeal and make a great first impression. You can either plant flowers as an addition to your landscaping or buy some potted flowers to set around your front door. Be sure to add some potted flowers and colorful accents inside your home, too. Make sure your grass is green and healthy looking and consider adding an extra splash of vivid color by painting your front door and mailbox.

      Outdoor Living

      Home Staging ExteriorNow is the time to really show off your outdoor areas like patios, balconies, porches, and decks. Get buyers really excited and let them imagine themselves enjoying spending time outdoors. Stage your outdoor areas with chairs, tables, and seating areas. Add some colorful accents to highlight and intensify the summer spirit.

      Indoor Living

      Although most people will want to spend lots of time outdoors in the summer, make sure they know they will be able to cool off when they are ready to come inside. Keep the indoor temperatures comfortable and circulate the air. Think about leaving out a pitcher of ice water or iced tea with some colorful paper cups and a sign inviting potential buyers to help themselves.

      Thinking about selling your Vermont home this summer? Contact RE/MAX Four Seasons and learn how we can help!

       

       

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        2 Beautiful Homes in Arlington VT Under $400K

        293 Birch Grove
        Arlington, VT 05250

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        293 Birch Grove Arlington, VT 05250293 Birch Grove Arlington, VT 05250

        The interior of this charming 3 bedroom Cape style home features a chef’s kitchen with new red oak flooring, skylights, granite counters, and a center island. The great room has vaulted ceilings and a new pellet stove. First floor master has plenty of natural light and a private office. The exterior boasts spectacular curb appeal, lush landscaping, and an Amish storage shed. Central air!

        View the complete listing for more information.
         

        1039 Berwal Road
        Arlington, VT 05250

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        This immaculate 4 bedroom Colonial offers mountain views and privacy on 5 acres. Recent kitchen upgrades include countertops, backsplash, sink, stainless steel refrigerator, and dishwasher. Fireplace in office is perfect for those work from home. Slate back patio with plenty of room for gardening, barbecuing, and sports activities!

        View the complete listing for more information.

         

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          Best Restaurants in Manchester, Vermont

          Restaurant DiningManchester has a wonderful selection of restaurants from casual to upscale dining and everything in between. Here are just a few of the top picks around our lovely historic town.

          Ye Olde Tavern

          Take a step back into 18th century New England in this Colonial-era tavern with antique furnishings and classical music. The menu features a variety of delicious New England and Continental dishes. Click here for more information.

          The Copper Grouse

          Enjoy authentic local fare and comfort food in a community dining area with an open style kitchen. They also have a generous selection of wine and beer. Click here for more information.

          Bistro Henry

          Tasty bistro dishes, fine steaks, and fresh seafood are on the menu, along with a great selection of wine and craft beers. For the past 20 years, their wine selection has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Click here for more information.

          The Silver Fork

          This cozy restaurant features a “menu in movement” as the chef makes changes according to his inspiration. Enjoy a delicious fusion of New American, German, and Puerto Rican cuisines. Click here for more information.

          Up for Breakfast

          This hole in the wall is a favorite local spot for a casual and cozy breakfast or brunch with friendly service, tasty food, and a relaxing atmosphere. Click here for more information.

          Zoey’s Double Hex

          Featuring warm hospitality and great food, this place is a favorite for locals and visitors with a menu that won’t break the bank. Zoey’s also has a takeout deli. Click here for more information.

           

           

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            Green Designation & High Performance Homes

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            I had the opportunity last week to attend the National Association of Realtors Green Designation course. The two day course, held at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Manchester, VT, was taught by Craig Foley, a broker with RE/MAX Leading Edge in Sommerville, MA. Craig is an industry leader in sustainable energy solutions and energy management.

            I learned so much at the course. Homes with green features and benefits are rapidly moving into the mainstream. It makes more sense to refer to these properties as High Performance Homes. They are the highest quality homes being built today. It is also possible to retrofit existing homes to incorporate many of the same features and benefits. Some of the benefits of high performance homes include greater comfort, lower operating costs, reduced carbon footprint, better air quality, greater quality and durability.

            Through a combination of proper insulation and air sealing, energy efficient heating systems, and solar photovoltaic (PV) it is now entirely possible to achieve a zero energy home, that is a home that produces as much energy as it consumes. Solar PV is available to the homeowner thru multiple owning and leasing options. It is important for the homeowner to understand these different options and how they impact a home's value.

            It is also important for buyers and sellers who are interested in high performance homes to work with a real estate professional who has been properly trained to understand the unique value proposition that these homes offer. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about green homes, high performance homes, solar PV or any related questions. If I don't know the answer I know someone who does.

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              A Big Year End Congratulations to Julie Citron: 2017 Realtor of the Year

              Julie CitronPlease join RE/MAX Four Seasons with a big year end congratulations to Julie Citron! Julie was named 2017 Realtor of the Year by the Vermont Association of Realtors for her extraordinary leadership as both a real estate professional and active member of the community. She received the award during a ceremony held on November 8th at Middlebury College.

              Julie is an active member of the South Central Vermont Board of Realtors (SCVBR), helping with toy drives and holiday baskets for families in need. In 2015, Julie served as the organization’s President, leading a revision of the board's policies and procedures. From 2013 to 2014, she served as SCVBR's first Community Outreach Chair, helping launch the board's success in community giving. From 2007 to 2009, Julie served as the organization's "Race for the Cure" Chair and received SCVBR's "Full Plate Award" in 2008. Since 2014, Julie has led the board's involvement in Manchester's Maple Leaf Half Marathon and has also volunteered at the local Habitat for Humanity Resale Store.

              In addition to her involvement in the SCVBR, Julie has been in leadership roles with the Dorset Players, the Dorset Parent Volunteers, and has served on the Christian Education Board of the Dorset Church.

              Please join us in congratulating Julie!

               

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                Fun Fall Outdoor Activities in Manchester VT

                Manchester, Vermont is full of vibrant fall colors. Here are some ways to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and the outdoors this season.Fall in Manchester VT

                Mount Equinox’s Skyline Drive, the highest peak in the Taconic mountains, has some of the best autumn foliage views in the area. Enjoy beautiful panoramic sights of lakes, rivers, valleys, and surrounding mountain ranges while taking a scenic drive on this lovely mountain.

                The lookout rock hiking trail on Mount Equinox offers a wonderful view of Manchester. Mount Equinox has several hiking trails ranging in difficulty and length. Prospect Rock offers a good hike for the family and has amazing views of Manchester and Mount Equinox. If you want to see one of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont, the trail at Lye Brook Falls will lead you there.

                The mountains and their spectacular fall colors surround the Manchester golf courses this time of year. Popular golf courses include The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester Country Club, and Stratton Mountain Resort. According to Golfweek, The Golf Club at Equinox is one of the best courses to play in Vermont. 

                Go for a stroll on historic Main Street in Manchester Village and enjoy the crisp fall air and surrounding fall beauty. You’ll find a mix of culture, art, history, boutiques, local shops, and dining throughout the area.

                 

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                  5 Reasons To Own A Condo in Manchester VT

                  Manchester VT condoWhether you’re looking for a seasonal home, investment property, or a permanent residence, Manchester is the ideal place to own a condo. Here are five reasons to own a condo in the captivating mountain town of Manchester. 
                   

                  1. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all the wonderful attractions in Manchester, including history, culture, art, shopping, fishing, hiking, skiing, and golfing. Condos are low maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about spending time maintaining the exterior of the property or the common areas because the association fees cover those items.
                     
                  2. Manchester is a popular travel destination, so you can have fun living in your condo year round or earn income from your renters. Manchester is an enchanting four-season town, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy year round whether you want to relax and admire the beautiful views of Equinox Mountain or go out on an exciting adventure.
                     
                  3. Condos in Manchester offer a range of wonderful amenities, from pools and hot tubs to fitness centers and clubhouses. Purchasing and maintaining some of these amenities may not be practical in a single-family home. So, you can enjoy some extra luxuries by owning a condo.
                     
                  4. Condos are in convenient areas, so you’ll be close to all the action, including shopping and other area attractions in Manchester. With two nearby ski resorts and beautiful backcountry trails, condos will offer easy access to these areas and more.
                     
                  5. You can enjoy the lifestyle you want at a more affordable price than a single-family home. Condos are less expensive than single-family homes, so you can enjoy spending your money doing the things you love to do.


                  RE/MAX Four Seasons specializes in Manchester condos, so browse our condo listings and contact us today so we can help you find your perfect home.

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                    Congrats to Julie Citron: Vermont's 2017 Realtor of the Year

                    RE/MAX Four Seasons is excited to share the news that the Vermont Association of Realtors has chosen Julie Citron, our owner / broker, as its 2017 Realtor® of the Year!

                    The award is given annually to the Vermont Realtor® who demonstrates extraordinary leadership as both a real estate professional and an active members of their community.

                    On top of managing our growing business and helping find her clients buy and sell their homes, Julie is actively engaged as a member of the Manchester and Dorset communities.  Julie served as the South Central Vermont Board of Realtors® (SCVBR) first Community Outreach Chair.  Over the past several years, she has lead the SCVBR’s holiday basket and toy drives, acted as the chair of the Race for the Cure and was named the Full Plate Award recipient for her volunteer contributions.  She has also volunteered for the Maple Leaf Half Marathon, our local Habitat for Humanity Resale Store, the Dorset Players, the Dorset Parent Volunteers, and on is the Christian Education Board of the Dorset Church.

                    Please join us in congratulating Julie!  

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