Wednesday, May 26, 2010

B-Town Is Recognized Again!!

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine just released a list of the 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade, and Burlington came in at #8 on the list! In compiling the list, the editors focused primarily on areas with a great amount of INNOVATION (the amount of which was determined by a stong presence of three components: smart people, great ideas, and collaboration). Not suprisingly, Burlington is acknowledged for its innovation in environmentalism-in energy consumption, food production, economic growth, etc. To read the entire article (and see which other cities made the list), click here.

Can you think of any place better to purchase your next home than in a charming city that has been named one of the country's ten best cities FOR THE NEXT DECADE?!? If you are thinking of buying a home in the Burlington area, feel free to call or e-mail me today!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Friday, May 21, 2010

Moving Out (or In) this Spring??...If so, (you may want to) mark your calendar!

I was reading through Seven Days today and I saw this article about the new craze of "Dumpster Diving". (The whole idea behind it being that one man's trash might be another man's treasure.) While (I think) many people aren't about to plunge into a dumpster or garbage can to salvage unwanted did get me thinking how inexpensively one could furnish a new home or apartment- especially given the proliferation of online forums such as Craig's List, Front Porch Forum, etc. (Of course, there are still places like ReCycle North and even garage sales for the "old-fashioned" bargain-hunters.)

Then, I saw an advertisement for the Spring Move Out Project (SMOP), and thought I would pass it along (in hopes of saving a few people from throwing themselves into dumpsters). SMOP is taking place May 28th this year, and promotes the reuse and recycling of unwanted items by both individuals and local community organizations. Partipants can drop off, or exchange, their unwanted items (not to be confused with garbage!) between the hours of 11:00-3:00 at Loomis Street in Burlington- between North Willard and School Streets. Many students and homeowners that are moving out of town, will be donating furniture, kitchenware, computers, clothes, electronics, etc. For more information on the event, please click here.

If you are moving out of a home and have items to donate but can't make it to the event, you can drop off your unwanted goods at the Chittenden Solid Waste District's Drop-Off Center located at 338 Pine Street in Burlington.

Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you would like to start looking for a new home today!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Monday, May 3, 2010

Thinking of purchasing a home? Read this:

Whether your plans for the future home ownership entail purchasing a home six months down the road or six YEARS down the road, this article- "6 Biggest Mistakes Homebuyers Make"- is definitely worth taking a look at! Some of the mistakes noted in this article are made before any buyer even finds a property to purchase! For instance, even if you don't plan on purchasing a home for a couple years, any damage done to your credit score now can stick with you for several years (and consequently, potentially impact the interest rate you obtain)!

Of course, many of these mistakes can be avoided with the helpful guidance of both your Realtor and a trusted lender! To check out a list of recommended lenders that can help guide you through the financing process, click here.

-Jamie Wright, Realtor