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Our Clients Say the Nicest Things

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

It's always wonderful helping people find their dream home. It's even better when we find out our clients enjoyed working with us as much as we enjoyed working with them.

This month, we received two notes from past clients who said the nicest things about the Nancy Jenkins Team:
 

This is the second time I've used the Nancy Jenkins Team for the sale of my home. The real estate market was COMPLETELY the opposite during this past sale. The Nancy Jenkins Team never gave up and the house sold. If you have a home that you think will never sell - call the Nancy Jenkins Team, you won't regret it!"

- Michael E. Gates
January 11, 2012

Nancy Jenkins and her associates are a highly professional team. We live out-of-state and had to arrange all aspects of the listing and sale over the phone. They did everything that needed to be done promptly and with efficiency. All phone calls were returned and concerns alleviated. We highly recommend Nancy and her team.

- Rosemary & David Bitzer
  January 18, 2012
 

Let the award-winning Nancy Jenkins Team help you write your real estate success story! We'd love to work with you. Call us today at 802-846-4888!

Why It Pays to Set a Realistic Price for Your Home, from Day One

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

In her latest article Cynthia Anderson, of the Herald Tribune, explains why pricing is still the key to successful real estate transactions.

She writes, "Never simple, the philosophy — and the psychology — of home pricing has grown ever more nuanced as markets drop and edge back up, then stabilize, only to dip again."

While most Realtors agree that price trumps other salability factors, such as condition and marketing, setting the true value of a house can prove challenging, especially in this market. This is why it is critical that homeowners committed to selling their property set a realistic price from the beginning.

Those of you who have sold your home with me and my team will recognize my "Is Your Price ON TARGET?" bulls-eye, which helps sellers use real-life data like their number of showings to date and number of offers to set and adjust their home price.

Click here to read Anderson's full article, "Setting a Listing Amount Is the Key to the Deal."

Nancy Jenkins Team Helps Win a Challenge Grant for the Boys & Girls Club!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

We are very proud to announce that the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington is the recipient of a 2011 Prudential Global Volunteer Day Challenge Grant.

The club will receive a $1,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation, in recognition of its committement to improving the lives of children and families in Burlington. Congratulations to all of the wonderful kids and staff at the club who contribute so much to our community.

The grant comes as the result of a special Dinner & Internet Essentials Night held at the Club, on September 29, 2011, that was organized and led by the Nancy Jenkins Team. Our team had help from an enthusiastic group of volunteers, made up of clients, customers, and vendors.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington has served area youth since 1942. Their mission is to inspire and enable community youth to realize their full potential as productive, healthy, responsible and caring citizens. They offer programs for children and teens in grades K-12.

"Entrenched poverty has escalated," says the club, "and we have expanded our services that focus on the basic needs of the children we serve--food, clothing, and adult guidance."

The Nancy Jenkins Team has been a long-standing supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, organizing regular dinners at the club's Kids Cafe and assisting with promoting other club events. Nancy Jenkins serves on its Board of Directors.

Says Nancy, "We really enjoy meeting the kids and working with clients and cusomters during the meals we organize for them a few times each year. Every child is a gift and every child has unique strengths that contribute to our community."

Prudential's Global Volunteer Day is celebrated annually on October 1. It brings together over 30,000 volunteers worldwide participating in more than 800 projects in 11 countries. It is an initiative of The Prudential Foundation, which invests over $25 million annually in grants that support the revitalization of communities and support Prudential employees' community engagement efforts.

Our sincere thanks goes to The Prudential Foundation--and the many people who participated in our Global Volunteer Day event--for their generosity.

Holiday Giving: How Americans Show Big Heart

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

We felt it in our hearts, but now we know it for sure. Americans are officially the most generous givers in the world, according to the 2011 World Giving Report.

The World Giving Report, the largest of its kind, looks at charitable behavior in over 150 countries.

This year the United States moved to first place from fifth place, with Americans reporting a 4% increase in volunteering time and an 8% increase in helping a stranger

Interestingly, prosperity and giving do not always go hand-in-hand. Countries whose populations are the most likely to give are not necessarily the world's most affluent. Only five of the countries that feature in the World Bank's Top 20 by GDP (PPP) feature in CAF's World Giving Index Top 20

In the spirit of the giving season, Nancy and Bryan are making donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), The Sara Holbrook Center, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Women Helping Battered Women, The United Way of Chittenden County, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

If you have not already made your year-end charitable gifts, please consider giving to some of these important and much-needed organizations in our community. Charity Navigator is a helpful resource for selecting top-notch charities.

We wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season, on behalf of the entire Nancy Jenkins Team—Nancy, Bryan, Alison, Amanda, Carol, Cindy, David, Jason, Jennifer, Jim, Patti, & Ruth.

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Pumpkin Pie with Maple Syrup

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

The deliciousness of this pumpkin pie comes from the maple syrup, which adds an earthy caramel flavor. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ingredients:

  • 10-inch pie crust
  • 1 cup Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 2 cups fresh or canned pumpkin (or squash)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs

Directions:

Prepare a 10-inch pie crust or purchase one. Preheat oven to 375° F.

In a saucepan gently boil maple syrup and let cool. (You may also substitute unheated Grade A fancy syrup.) In a bowl whisk together pumpkin, spices, salt, cream, milk, and eggs and whisk in maple syrup.

Pour filling into shell and brush edge of shell with some egg wash. Bake pie in middle of oven for 70 minutes, or until filling is set but center shakes slightly. (Filling will continue to set as pie cools.) Transfer pie to a rack to cool completely.

Optional: Serve with bourbon whipped cream

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Clocks in the United States officially roll back one hour on November 6, at 2am, when Daylight Savings Time ends, giving you an extra hour of sleep! (This is your chance for a little bonus hiberation time before the busy holiday season ahead. Thanksgiving is three weeks away!)

Sunday is also a good time to REPLACE BATTERIES in your home all your SMOKE ALARMS and CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS. 

Homeowners should check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly -- and replace batteries annually -- to keep them running in optimum condition. Did you know that most injuries and deaths from residential fires happen at night while victims are asleep? This is why fully functioning detectors are so critical.

So why not REPLACE YOUR BATTERIES THIS WEEKEND?

Put it on your home to-do list today!

Happy Halloween from the Nancy Jenkins Team!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Glowing Jack o Lanterns! Black cats! Witches hats! Spider webs! Spooky Goblins! Gravestones! Piles of Candy! King Kong-sized Sweet Tooths. It's almost that thriller night, Halloween!

Catch the Halloween spirit!  Visit a local Vermont pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. Make your own Halloween costume. Bake scary tasty Witch Finger Cookies. Decorate your house for trick-or-treaters!

Here are some of our favorite Halloween events happening around the Burlington and Chittenden County Area this weekend:

Remember, some simple planning and common sense can help keep your superheroes, ghosts, and goblins in tip-top shape right through Halloween:

  • Eat a good meal before trick-or-treating to discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween candy.
  • Ask kids to wait until they're back home and have checked through candy before eating any. An adult should examine all treats and throw away spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

 

Homeowners, It's Chim Chim-in-ey Sweep Time!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

October is the chim-chiminey-est time to prep your chimney for the chilly Vermont months ahead.

The National Fire Protection Association recommeNational Chimney Sweet Guild Logonds an annual chimney inspection and sweep for your home. This is because soot builds up on the inside of your chimney over the course of normal use, restricting the flow of heat up and out of your chimney.

More dangerously, though, soot can catch on fire, causing significant damage to your chimney and general property.

An inspection and sweep generally takes 60-90 minutes and costs up to $300.

You can find a certified chimney sweep here in Vermont through the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

We recommend local chimney sweep David Kehoe, of Artful Chimney Services -- (802) 658-3253.

PIECE OF TRIVIA: Did you know that in parts of Great Britain it's still considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day? Many enterprising British sweeps still hire themselves out at weddings.

National Chimney Sweep Guild Logo.

We Had a Blast at the Boys & Girls Club!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS


Four fabulious kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, sporting Prudential
Cares t-shirts, on "Dinner and Internet Essentials Night," on Sept 29, 2011.

On Sept 29, 2011, the Nancy Jenkins Team organized a fun-filled "Dinner and Internet Essentials Night" for kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. The event was organized as part of Prudential's 2011 Global Volunteer Day. We had a blast!

We started our event on September 27 with a trip to a local apple orchard, Shelburne Orchards, where children picked apples and completed a treasure hunt. Each child took home apples—and picked apples for our main event on the 29th. Delicious!

The dinner was a huge success, with over 130 children served. A local prizing-winning BBQ team, Sweet Breathe BBQ, headed by one of our former clients, helped us to make a nutritious dinner of pulled chicken, pasta salad, green salad, and vegetables with dipping sauce—as well as cake and apples for dessert. The kids loved the BBQ! Of the 40 pounds of chicken made, none was left by the end of the night.

The highlight of our event was a Computer Give-away. Our team donated 11 gently used Dell desktop computers that were raffled off during dinner. Eleven happy children took home a computer to share with their family, perfect for doing homework, writing e-mails, surfing the web, and more.

This is our third year at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. It's a terrific way to support children in the community.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our event a success:

Carol Blouin, Russ Cooke, Jason Gerlack, Diane Handy, David Miner, Cindy Warfield-Sowalskie, Maggie McEntee, Eric Gray, Chris Mazur, Sweet Breathe BBQ, Mark Benton, Gabe Handy, Eileen Casey, Laura Ludlum, David Cooper, Pamela Hunt, Alison Barges Derouchie, Meredith Barges, Jennifer Cassani, Ruth Hamilton, Patti Brinckerhoff, Nancy Cathcart, Benton Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Brianna Sibley, Bryan Jackson, Alison Card, David Card, Glenn Sowalskie, Tuck Rainwater, Nick Cowles

Check out the full photo album on our Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150335243703893.352009.206999083892&type=3. Please "Like" us while you're visiting!

Need a Good Roofer? We Know the Perfect Guy

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

When you buy or sell your home with the Nancy Jenkins Team, you don't just receive professional care from our award-winning team.

You also connect to a group of tried-and-true local professionals who will provide you with superior services, before and after your move.

Need a good furniture cleaner? Try All Seasons. Need a roofer? We know the perfect guy!

Take, for instance, the exceptional team of accountants at Angolano & Company. Not only is this business family owned and operated, they know the value of community. Since Hurricane Irene devastated parts of Vermont, they've been collecting donations for Vermont flood victims.

They get our very highest seal of approval.

Let us introduce you to some more of our local favorites!

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