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Vermont Farmers Markets Now Open!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

It’s June, and farmers’ markets are in full swing across Vermont! Localvores can again fill their bags with fresh, locally grown produce and signature Vermont food items, like artisan cheese and VT-raised, grass-fed beef.

While rain and flooding have delayed many first crops, there is still a wealth of fresh veggies and homemade foods to be had.

Last Saturday, the Burlington Farmers Market, in City Hall Park, was hopping. I ate a delicious lunch of vegetarian tamales covered in a tangy pico de gallo sauce and, for dessert, picked up some homemade Moroccan fig cookies.

King of the vegetables right now are lettuce and herbs—and also plants to take home for your garden. Pretty soon, there will cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, pears, and strawberries!

As most localvores would agree, farmers’ markets aren’t just a place to stock up on food—they’re a place to run into old friends, talk to farmers, learn about seasonal vegetables, get new recipes, and dig into the richness of local community life.

Studies show that consumers have ten times as many conversations at farmers markets as they do at a supermarket. And as Bill McKibben, a Vermont author, educator, and environmentalist, has said, “When you go to the farmers're not just acquiring tomatoes, you're making friends.” This is a fun way to support your health—and the local Vermont economy—at the same time!

Hope to see you around at a farmers’ market this weekend!

Click here to find a farmers’ market near you.

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 --

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!

Annual Nancy Jenkins Scholarship for Local Seniors -- Apply Now!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Do you know a deserving high school senior who needs money for college? Look no further than the Nancy Jenkins Team. 

The 14th Annual Nancy Jenkins Scholarship will give scholarship awards to two area high school seniors who have the goal of attending college for the 2011-2012 school year.  

Awards are in the amount of $1,000 each.

“My goal in providing these scholarship monies to students is to help them visualize and achieve their life goals,” says Nancy Jenkins, who established the scholarships in 1997.

Those who may not receive a scholarship based solely on academics or extra-curricular activities--but who can show a strong desire to succeed--are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are asked to write a 1-2-page essay explaining why they want to attend college and why they need financial aid.

The deadline for entries is May 4, 2011.

Please send completed essays, along with your contact information to:

Or to:

Prudential Realty Mart
120 Kimball Ave., Suite 110
South Burlington, VT 05403
Re: scholarship

Nancy Jenkins Movie Day!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

On March 12, we hosted our Annual Nancy Jenkins Team Movie Day at Essex Outlet Cinemas, with support from Mark Benton, Loan Originator at Summit Financial Center; Greg Jeffers at Building Inspection Services; and Don Maddocks at Wick & Maddocks. The children really enjoyed Rango and Gnomeo and Juliet, and we collected money for Women Helping Battered Women and food donations for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Huge thank you to our friends and sponsors, we hope you enjoyed the shows!

Nancy Jenkins Movie Day

Perrywinkles Jewelry Auction

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

The Nancy Jenkins Team is once again honored to host the Perrywinkles Jewelry Auction to benefit the children served by the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington.

Join us for an evening of fine wine, hors d'oeuvres & beautiful jewelry. An auction of fantastic pieces and sales will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington. We look forward to spending this special evening with you.

Hosted by the Nancy Jenkins Team, Prudential Realty Mart
RSVP to Nancy Cathcart -


The Spirit of Giving

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Igloo Sales

Each year the Nancy Jenkins Team participates in the Champlain College Single Parents Holiday Sponsorship Program. It is a true joy to know you’re helping a local family have a wonderful holiday.

A big thank you to the Nancy Jenkins Team. I am so thankful to work with such an amazing team of great folks. Each year we adopt a family and each year the team goes above and beyond choosing, wrapping and delivering a load of presents to the family.

Thank you to each and every one; Nancy, Bryan, Alison, Amanda, Carol, Cindy, David, Jason, Jim, Patti & Ruth.

Carol Moran-Brown, M.Ed.
Director, Counseling and Single Parents Program
Champlain College

Our thanks to you Carol for assisting the Nancy Jenkins Team as we take part in this program!

Happy Holidays!


List Your Home for Sale in the Winter

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Happy Holidays

The market here in Chittenden county is holding steady and has been strong through November. In 2009 there were only 50 deposits in Chittenden county and this year there were 59. Statewide the number of homes closed has inched up to be above last year. We will be compiling the year end data and will have that out to you in late January but the news looks good. Existing home sales are holding slow but steady and new construction, land and multifamily sales are showing improvement.

I received this message from a fellow realtor in Atlanta and she says it well:

List Your Home for Sale in the Winter

Sellers will often take their homes off the market if they have not sold by Fall or they will wait to list until Spring because a common belief is that homes do not sell in the Winter months.

Although there are fewer buyers looking during the 2nd Season (Fall to Spring) than during what is considered the hot Selling Season, a lot of the people looking when the weather is nice and school is out, never buy anything.

I have found that if people are looking at homes during the 2nd Season (Winter) are serious buyers who intend to buy. Fewer showings but the buyers are ready, willing and able to buy. Since showings tend to follow the light of day, the showing hours are compressed and evening appointments are very rare. Fewer, more convenient and better quality showings are less intrusive for the family.

Since most Retail Sellers (not distressed, short sale or foreclosure) believe nothing sells in winter, so there is less competition for the buyers who are looking. According the National Association of Realtors 1 in 4 home sales across the US involved a distressed property. In some areas of the country the number is much higher making short sales and foreclosures the biggest competition for Retail Sellers.

Recently, some of the largest mortgage companies, including Chase, announced that they were halting foreclosures until they work out some paperwork and process issues that could void some foreclosures. Many mortgage servicers typically slow down on foreclosing during the holidays.

If there are fewer foreclosures on the market, there is less competition for you and other Retail Sellers.

Less competition, less intrusion, better quality prospects.... Three good reasons to market your home now.

I am expecting a lot of 4th Quarter real estate activity so call me and let's get started. I offer FREE Buyer and Seller Consultations with no obligation because I want to be your real estate resource.

If you or anyone you know is behind on their mortgage, call me. I help people avoid foreclosure.

In addition in Vermont it looks beautiful with a fresh coat of white powder.

Happy holidays from our team to you,


Office Door Wreath

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