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Congratulations, UVM Graduates!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Congratulations to all of the University of Vermont students who will be graduating this weekend at UVM's 207th Commencement Ceremonies.

This year's commencement speaker will be Billie Jean King, the tennis legend and adovocate for women's equal participation in sports and society. King is probably most famous for routing former men's Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs in three straight sets, in the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes." No doubt, she will inspire graduates to push past obstacles, challenge the status quo, and reach for their dreams.

Champlain College graduates already threw up their caps on May 7. Burlington College on May 14.

Hats off to our 2011 graduates!

Buyers Being Picky in Home Choices, Says Lending Tree

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Real estate agents around the country are discovering that many people interested in buying a home are staying away from properties that require renovations, regardless of how minor they may be.

Says Lending Tree, an online lending exchange, "Homes in perfect condition have started bidding wars between multiple buyers,"

To compete in this Buyers' Market, home sellers should consider making needed home improvements, such as painting the walls, removing carpets that conceal hardwood floors, and eliminating clutter.

It's also important for sellers to consider their home's exterior, or curb appeal. Remember, the front door is the first thing a potential buyer sees.

Here's a quick tip from Nancy Jenkins: "Check your lawns, front doors, entrances to make sure they look fresh and bright. Be the home the buyer is looking for."

Read more here -- www.lendingtree.com/news/real-estate/buyers-being-picky-in-home-choices/.

Underwater Vermont: Floods Continue to Break Records

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Perkins Pier, Burlington, VT

Entering its ninth day of record water level, Lake Champlain -- and most of Vermont -- hasn't seen this much water since 1869, back when Andrew Johnson was president.

The lake is at 103.1 feet and rising.

All this rain and flooding has put over 500 homes under water -- and made a mess out of a lot of otherwise dry basements. Many people in the state are dealing with property damage, as they scurry to keep up with Wet Vacs and mops.

Yesterday, Governor Shumlin declared a state of emergency for flooded areas around the lake, including many lakefront homes. This declaration allows Vermont to call on neighboring states and federal agencies for help with emergency equipment.

On the Burlington waterfront, flood waters made a swimming pool of Perkins Pier. Some shoreline buildings were completely surrounded by lake water. Parts of the Burlington Bike Path were under water -- posing a risk for the 2011 Vermont City Marathon, scheduled for May 29, 2011.

Luckily, they're recovering in Underhill and Cambridge, where the Brown's River has come back down.

Said Nancy Jenkins of the flooding, "A little too much water, but we have wonderful people who will rise above it."

In Springtime, Vermont IS for the Birds

by Meredith Barges

During the next month or two, Vermont will become a bird and birder's paradise, as thousands of winged migrants come here, to the Northern Boreal Forest, to make their summer home and nest!

The forests of Vermont and Northern New England are a globally important resource for birds. According to Audubon Vermont, our forests are home to the highest concentration of bird species breeding in the continental United States.

This makes springtime the perfect time to see and hear birds in Vermont, particularly migratory songbirds!

Best of all, these birds are dressed up in their best clothes, wearing their bright, dazzling springtime plummage for courting and breeding.

It's not just Vermont's forests, mountain heights, and waterways that attract a huge variety of bird species, but also your backyard! Find out how to make your home a welcome spot for birds here.

A great place to learn about local birds is at the Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, where visitors can study hundreds of beautifully carved, anatomically correct birds, all native to Vermont. 

Outside the museum, extensive nature trails connect to Audubon Vermont, beckoning the explorer and the naturalist. You can also watch hundreds of birds up close as they visit the museum's bear-proof, bird-feeding station.

Events like the 2011 Birdathon promise fun and learning for the whole family, while supporting local conservation!

Happy birding!

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