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Don't Wait Til Spring to Plug Up Those Drips and Leaks

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

 Last year brought Vermont the worst flooding since 1927, turning communities across Vermont into islands. Remember all the rain? The wet basements? The water damage?

This year, before "April showers bring May flowers," use the cold, wet weather of winter to find places where your home may be leaking water and heat. This is your chance to seal up tight in advance of light or heavy seasonal flooding -- and develop a wish list for energy-saving improvements.

Your first order of business should be to make sure no water is getting in.

Carefully check every spot where condensation or water could enter your living areas and storage spaces. Scrutinize ceilings, under the roof, under the eaves, and along window and door frames and ventilation seals. Make a list of trouble areas that need repair, and decide in each case whether you can fix it or it's time to call in a professional.

Don't forget about potential water damage near toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers. Use a flashlight to check the crawl space or basement walls and floors and the underside of the first-story floor. Look for visible moisture and stains caused by moisture. When you find something, the remedy will depend on the source of the leak. You may just need to re-caulk around a tub or window, or you may need to call a plumber to replace a leaking fixture.

Put securing your home for a wet spring on your Honey, Do List!

Guest Blog: Choosing Your Mortgage Lender

by Mark Benton, Mortgage Planner

These days you have many options for mortgage financing. Many web-savvy folks will apply right online or call an 800 number to apply. Many people check on financing while surfing the web for properties. 

My advice…Buyer beware! Do you really know who’s on the other end of the line? Is it someone in Kansas who’s not even licensed in Vermont? Do they know about Vermont-specific closing costs, like the Vermont Property Transfer Tax and what percent the buyer pays? Are they using local appraisers who are familiar with the specific market in which you’re buying?

If you ask your local realtor or attorney who to choose for your mortgage financing, they will strongly suggest working with a lender who lives and works in your area. They all have horror stories about the long-distance lender who made the process difficult for their buyer(s) and, consequently, the seller(s).

You may think, “Well, it’s more convenient for me to call after work and get pre-qualified. I can’t call my local lender at 8:30 at night.” But you would be surprised at how flexible your local lender can be. As a local mortgage lender, I realize that it is often difficult to meet during the work day and you need to meet after office hours. I’m always willing to meet on evenings or over the weekend. Often I will gather a lot of your information over the phone before we even meet in person.

I will work closely with your realtor and closing attorney to make the process go as smoothly as possible, minimizing any chance for a last-minute surprise! I live and work in the community. My rates and closing costs are among some of the best and most competitive in the market. I’m easy to reach and you can contact me anytime during the process with questions and I will call you back! I’m here to make your home-buying process an enjoyable one. My number is (802) 863-0403 x 223

Mark Benton is a Mortgage Planner with Regency Mortgage Corporation in South Burlington, Vermont (NMLS 94675). He, his wife, and two children live in Essex Junction.

Our Vermont Realtor Code of Ethics

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Did you know that we Vermont realtors take a pledge every year to uphold strong values and good business practice in all of our real estate dealings? It's an affirmation of the high level of business ethics that we share here in Vermont. 

The pledge emphasizes honesty, knowledge, fairness, and good conduct, among other ideals.

As proud Vermont realtors, we make this pledge to you:
 

* * * I Pledge Myself * * *

To protect the individual right of real estate ownership

and to widen the opportunity to enjoy it;

To be honorable and honest in all dealings;

To seek better to represent my clients

by building my knowledge and competence;

To act fairly towards all in the spirit of the Golden Rule;

To serve well my community, and through it my country;

To observe the REALTORS (c) Code of Ethics

and conform my conduct to its lofty ideals.

Happy Valentine's Day: Home Is Where the Heart Is

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Make this a Valentine's Day to remember 
by finding a new home that really sets your heart on fire: 
www.nancyjenkins.com/Properties

Together, we can put a red bow around the front door of a house,
"On the Street Where You Live." 

We're passionate about these two homes that "Move Us":

                    

Underhill - $265,000                                           Burlington - $280,000 


And we love referrals! Send us your friends & loved ones for a match made in heaven.

We're yours. Be ours?

-The Nancy Jenkins Team

Nancy Jenkins Shares Local Analysis on Housing Sales, in Burlington Free Press

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Did you see Nancy Jenkins in the Burlington Free Press last Saturday, Jan. 21? 

She appeared in a block quote, next to an AP article titled, "Homes sales up, offering hope for housing recovery," by Derek Kravitz. 

She shared local analysis on why the housing market in Chittenden County has not yet reflected the jump in sales that was seen nationally in December. Here's what she had to say:


"We follow the major markets; we always have. We're two to three years behind Boston and New York; that is what I've seen happening all the time. So that's a good sign if they're moving more houses, we'll be following in their trail."


Click here to read the AP article that appeared in BFP's Saturday print edition.

 

 

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

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