Blog :: 07-2013

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Below you will find information on real estate, our local area, and the community. Please feel free to comment on any posts, we would love to hear what you think! 

Construction continues at Vermont Properties and Development

Construction continues at Vermont Properties and Development. As we move closer to the end of our renovation, excitement builds. The new space will include a conference room and we look forward to welcoming you in our new reception area. In the meantime, office hours continue as usual without disruption in services. With so many improvements to the offices and our expanded website, we continue as one of the leading real estate agencies in the Ludlow/Okemo Valley.

Many of you have already commented on these changes. We enjoy hearing your feedback and excitement. Stop by the office if you are in town and check out the progress through the summer. We would love to show off our plans!

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The "Other" Season in Vermont

Vermont is well known for its winter activities and Okemo Mountain provides some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. However, when the snow melts and winter gives way, we are blessed with warm summer days and clear star filled nights. In ski country, many call this "The Other Season".

As with winter, the Okemo Valley is the perfect place to enjoy numerous summer activities. From the Lakes Region to Okemo Mountain there is something for everyone.

If golf is your thing, the Okemo Valley Golf Club, considered one of the most desired golf destinations in New England is Vermont's first heathland-style course. With the Green Mountains as a backdrop, you will enjoy stunning views as you work through this challenging 18-hole championship course.

Looking for a little more adventure? Check out the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster or Sawyer's Sweep Zip line; soon to feature a tree top course called The "Challenge Course" with swinging bridges, cables to walk on and rope bridges.  This is all part of the Okemo Adventure Zone featuring miniature and disc golf, climbing wall and Segway tours.

Every Friday night from June through August, enjoy free live music at the Summer Music Series at Jackson Gore. There is no better ending to another great day in the Okemo Valley.

Who knows, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by Vermont Properties and Development across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Okemo Valley.

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New Certifications and Designations for VT Properties and Development

As real estate transactions become increasingly complex, it is critical to be represented by a skilled Realtor®. Professional designations and certifications represent an agent's high level of expertise and commitment to their real estate profession.

Agents who have earned advanced designations and certifications are better prepared to service the needs of today's savvy consumers in a market with evolving technologies and changing legalities.

Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. understands the importance of continued professional development. In an effort to remain at the top of their field, Kathy Burns and Alyson Blodgett have both earned new designations and certifications.

Kathy Burns recently received her Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification. The RSPS is an education-based certification program with 1,700 elite members. RSPS is recognized as an official National Association of Realtors certification which allows consumers to have confidence in the expertise of a REALTOR® who demonstrates excellence in handling resort and second home real estate investments. Kathy currently holds ABR®, CRS®, GRI designations and RSPS certification.

Alyson Blodgett recently acquired two recognitions. Earning her Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification puts her in good company with 1,700 elite members. RSPS is recognized as an official National Association of Realtors certification, which allows consumers to have confidence in the expertise of a REALTOR® who specializes in resort properties and second home real estate investments. Alyson has also worked to earn her Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) designation. This designation is considered the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. Brokers who receive this designation demonstrate a unique understanding of homebuyers needs and are committed to the best interests of buyers in real estate transactions. Alyson holds ABR® designation and RSPS certification.

Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. specializes in properties in the Ludlow/Okemo area, both on and off the mountain and in the lakes region. Our sales team continues their professional development in order to fully represent both buyers and sellers in this ever-changing market. You can learn more about Kathy and Allyson here, and are welcome to call Vermont Properties and Development with any questions at 802.228.8877.

Come visit the Lakes Region of Okemo Valley

The Ludlow/Okemo area has a dual identity. It is well known for an impressive ski season but when the cold and snow retreats it gives way to some of best summer weather in the country. The Lakes Region is the place to take full advantage of these beautiful summer months.

This is a time to grab your summer toys.... Dust off the golf clubs, grab your hiking gear or hop on your bike. Whatever your bliss, you can find it in the Lakes Region.

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Comprised of five lakes immediately north of Ludlow (Echo Lake, Lake Rescue, Lake Pauline, Amherst Lake, and Lake Ninevah), this area provides the perfect place to swim, sail, canoe, water-ski, or fish. At the end of the day, fire up the grill and have dinner lakeside. If your'relucky, there may even be some fireworks. All around us, the warm days hold a whole new list of activities to enjoy, places to explore and challenges to meet.

The Lakes Region has so much to offer. Come visit us in Vermont, spend some time finding out why we are The Green Mountain State. Should you decide to stay, there are some wonderful Lake Properties available. You can view current VT Lakes Region waterfront home listings here. Imagine owning your own little slice of heaven in a place known for its year round beauty.

If you find yourself near Locust Hill Road, across from Okemo Golf Club, stop by Vermont Properties and say hi!