Blog :: 11-2018

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We Are Thankful for our Vermont Properties Team!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share why we are thankful for being a part of the team at William Raveis Vermont Properties. We are so fortunate because many people spend their whole lives doing a job they don't enjoy or working with people they don't get along with. However, at Vermont Properties, that is certainly not the case! As we like to say, we have the BEST TEAM EVER!

Kathy- "Thankfulness falls under so many pieces in my life. In our office setting, we are always practicing being a TEAM, a true TEAM where everyone pitches in. Our team is not just our sales force, it’s our admin behind the scenes. All team members must function together and complement one another, while operating under interdependence and being accountable to one another with a common goal in place. The team's mutual commitment creates a synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of an individual. I am so very thankful that everyone on our team works so well together and puts each other before themselves!"

Alyson- "I am thankful to be working with such a great sales team who is committed in every aspect of the word….. committed to helping each other, committed to working hard, and committed to being the best.  I couldn’t be with a better team!"

Sarah- "I am thankful to be part of a team that has become more of a family!"

Joe- "I am thankful for not only the help my colleagues offer with unabashed glee, I’m thankful for the trust that comes along with being a member of a team.  My input is just as important as the next and that feels great.  I’m thankful that like all strong 'work families' each pulls their weight and with that responsibility comes the reward to take time away and get grounded again. That’s so important and that makes me truly thankful!"

Heidi- "I am most thankful for everyone's can do POSITIVE attitude - the way everyone rolls up their sleeves to get the task at hand done. I am always in awe at how the agents truly have each other's back and jump right in to help each other. The term TEAM is not just a word here - it is a philosphy & way of life..."

Abby- "Every day that I head into work I feel extremely grateful to not only have great coworkers, but an amazing family too. The Vermont Properties team welcomed me into their family and I’m so thankful for their love, support and friendship."

Marlene- "I am thankful for being surrounded by such a wonderful group of dedicated and hardworking  co-workers."

Kevin- "I am thankful to be working with such a great team and a for a company that considers their agents their best customers. As we all know, happy agents provide the best customer experiences and I think it would be hard to find a happier group of agents that love what they are doing. I am also thankful to have such a great support staff that goes above and beyond to make the office run as smooth as it does. I can’t say enough about our team. They rock!"

Needless to say, we love our Vermont Properties team! We are so lucky to love where we work. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have as much to be thankful for as we do!

Thanksgiving Weekend Community Events

    While we hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving feast, that is only one small part of this holiday. Thanksgiving is also about giving back and supporting your community. If you are in Ludlow over the holiday, please join us in supporting various community organizations through the following wonderful events!

Turkey Trot 5K: Start your Thanksgiving morning off with Ludlow’s 16th Annual Turkey Trot! This 5K race is on November 22nd at Dorsey Park. Registration begins at 8:30am with walkers starting at 9:00am and runners beginning at 9:15am. The race welcomes runners, walkers, strollers and dogs. To participate, please bring an unwrapped gift as a donation for Toys for Tots or make a donation to the Maryann Farley Gagner Memorial Scholarship Fund that supports Black River High School students.

Trot it Off 5K: If you aren’t able to make it out on Thanksgiving morning (or even if you are), join us at the 10th Annual Trot it Off 5K at the Jackson Gore Inn & Resort at Okemo. Registration begins at 8:00am in the Cornerstone Room at Jackson Gore. Pre-registration is $25 per person or $30 per person the day of event, and $10 for the Tots Trot race. The Tots Trot will start at 9:15am and the 5K race begins at 9:30am. This is a great race to burn off those Thanksgiving calories! Proceeds benefit the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund for Okemo Mountain School and Black River Good Neighbor Services. To pre-register, visit


Christmas Craft Fair: The 39th Annual Black River Christmas Craft Fair is being held on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 in the Black River High School gymnasium, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This great craft fair features many local Vermont artists and crafters, making it the perfect place to find your holiday gifts! As usual, the Black River High School senior class will be selling wreaths and offering a homemade lunch.

Depot Dining: For the first time, The Downtown Grocery and Stemwinder are joining forces to bring us “Dine Down Depot” on Sunday, November 25th, 2016, beginning at 5pm. This awesome event is being held outside on Depot Street and includes 5 courses + wine pairings and 1 table. The cost is $135.00 per person (tax & tip included); fire pits and stand-up heaters are included, but please bring your own blanket. Better yet, these generous restaurants are donating all profits from the evening to the Powers Family, whose Andover Street home was destroyed in an accident this past summer. To reserve a table or for information, contact The Downtown Grocery, 802-228-7566. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

 Vermont Properties Coat Drive: Don’t forget about our annual Coat Drive happening until December 2nd! Bring any outer garments that are clean and in good condition to 29 Locust Hill Rd, Ludlow, VT. Our hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Saturday and 10:00am-4:00pm on Sundays. All donations will be given to Black River Good Neighbors to support local families in need.



So, bring your friends and family to experience these great Ludlow events, all of which benefit local members of the community. Not only are they fun holiday outings, they are also for wonderful causes!



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    It's All About Those Sticks

    Did you know that Vermont has an extra season? That’s right! If you are a true Vermonter or trying to become one, you need to know all about stick season.

    You might ask; what is stick season? It is the time of year when the leaves cover the ground, leaving the trees with nothing but bare branches. There isn’t any snow yet, the days get shorter and chillier, while the nights last forever and often leave us with a frost on the morning ground.

    It is the time of year that skiers and snowboarders anxiously await snowfall and for the mountains to open. As soon as October ends, they are crawling into their basements, attics, or garages to dig out their winter gear. You may even see the hopeful ones walking around town in eskimo hats and down jackets, just praying for those flakes to fall. Some head out to the local ski shops like Totem Pole, Northern Ski Works, The Boot Pro, or Tygart Mountain Sports to pick up brand new gear.

    However, if you are a summer lover, you probably are getting ready to go into hibernation. This most likely entails making all of your favorite comfort food like mac & cheese or beef stew because let’s be honest, most local restaurants shut down to prepare for the busy winter season. You are probably also drinking your favorite winter beers like Long Trail’s Harvest or Harpoon’s Winter Warmer. If you haven’t already, you are subscribing to Netflix and binge watching your favorite TV show, except on Sundays when you are watching the Patriots. If you don’t like TV, make sure you have a GIANT stack of books because after stick season comes winter, and Vermont winters last forever.

    Just remember, stick season doesn't last forever and soon the trees will be filled with beautiful snow and glistening icicles!