The Holmes Team is GROWING !!!

I am really excited to announce that The Holmes Team is GROWING to better serve our clients needs! We’ve added Dianne Villa and Irina Norrell who both bring vast and varied experience to the table. Check out their bio’s under “About Us” and please don’t hesitate in giving us a call for all of your [more]

Gardening and landscaping

Spring comes quickly in Vermont. Last week we had snow and this week have grass growing and daffodils blooming in some areas. If you are thinking of putting your house on the market, now is the time to rake the stones back into your driveway. Get a load of crushed pea stone and fill in [more]

Over-priced Homes

In this market, with supply low and demand high, we are not seeing many over-priced homes at all. So if you do see a house sitting on the market for more than 30 days in our area (Northwest Vermont), chances are it’s over-priced. I always tell my sellers that real estate agents are people too [more]

Gardening & Landscaping

I know it’s winter and the last thing you are thinking about is gardening and landscaping but this is the perfect time to start planning ahead. You may need to budget for shrubs. You ‘ve heard the expression; “you only have one chance to make a first impression.” Your landscaping is crucial to making the [more]

Everyone needs a hobby

Everyone needs a hobby. It can be as tranquil as reading a book or exciting as parachuting out an airplane. A hobby gives you the time to do something that you love to do. It’s a good idea to block weekly time out of your schedule to partake in your hobby. This gives you time [more]

Pet friendly housing

We all know that many condominium projects limit the number of pets and some times the type of pet a homeowner can have. You need to also be aware that many housing projects have covenants against breeding and how your pet is allowed to move around the neighborhood. i.e. on a leash. Many towns have [more]

Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year when we all get busy with holiday parties and family events.  I was thinking how great homes look all decorated for the holidays and how it’s a great idea to take photos or to have your agent take photos, if your house is currently on the market. Help your buyers [more]

What’s up with Interest Rates?

Since the election, stocks have soared and bond prices have plunged. This has led to an increase in interest rates for government bonds, corporate bonds and even mortgage rates. Unfortunately, there are multiple contributing factors, but no simple and clear reason for the move upward. The Fed is talking about another rate increase in December. [more]

My Neighborhood

When we moved to our home all of our friends said, “why would you want to move waaayyyy out there?” And I didn’t quite follow what they were talking about because to me, it wasn’t far enough away. But I had to consider my husband’s commute to work and my son’s school system, so this [more]

Hunker down for the Winter Weather

It’s that time of year when we’re preparing to hunker down for the winter weather. If you own a home and the leaves have fallen off the trees it’s a good idea to rake them off the lawn and into your flowerbeds. Leaves make great mulch; make it easy on your self. Also a good [more]