Friday, July 30, 2010

Couldn't we all be a little Greener?

I recently found this new (well, new to me) blog that has some really great ideas for decorating your home in an eco-friendly AND stylish manner. From ideas on where to find "green" paint, rugs, and furniture, to tutorials on how to re-purpose old household items, this blog is with jam-packed recommendations and solutions for sustainable living. So, visit Green Your Decor sometime! If you're feeling extra crafty, make sure you check out the post 5 Awesome, Eco-Friendly DIY Projects for your Home. Enjoy!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Open House TOMORROW (Yes...Wednesday)! Move-In Ready in Essex!

Come join me tomorrow evening (that's right: Wednesday, July 21st) to celebrate the end of another work day, and check out this amazing Saxon Hollow end unit! This three bedroom and three FULL bathroom home boasts and open floor plan with three sets of french doors leading out to beautiful private decks- ideal for entertaining and outdoor enjoyment! This unit also features abundant storage, a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and full bath, slate-tiled entry, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and attached one-car garage. Please feel free to stop by and see this fabulous home for yourself, tomorrow evening anytime bewteen 4:30-6:00 p.m. Offered at just $249,900!

For additional information on this property, please click here, or stop by the Open House tomorrow evening at 7 Saxon Hollow Drive, unit A-1 in Essex!

Directions: Sandhill Road to Allen Martin Parkway, left on Saxon Hollow, first unit on the right.

If you can't make it to the Open House but would still like to see the home, please feel free to call or e-mail me at 802-846-9530 or Remember, you can always browse Chittenden County's entire inventory of townhomes by visiting!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Check out what Smart Money is saying!

A couple of months ago, our very own Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty was selected by Smart Money Magazine (a publication of The Wall Street Journal) to participate in a story that they were writing about getting started in the Real Estate business. Enter Alyssa Abkowitz, a journalist from Smart Money who flew to Burlington from Manhattan and trailed myself, and several other fellow H&B agents, as we went about "business as usual" over the course of several days. On one such day, Alyssa came with me to host an Open House where we met (who would soon become) some of my recent buyers: soon-to-be newlyweds and recent transplants from Hawaii, Scott and Jessica! Alyssa and myself were both excited about Scott and Jessica's enthusiasm for finding their first home together, and Alyssa (a newly licensed agent herself) decided Scott and Jess were the perfect first-time homebuyers to work with for the (ever-evolving) story she was looking to write.

Scott and Jess were extremely gracious in allowing their house hunt to be followed, documented, and scrutinized. In the end, after several showings, a couple offers, and lots of time spent together in the car- Scott and Jess ended up finding what would be their new home together! Alyssa was able to aid in the offer-writing process, and as we submitted the offer all four of us kept our fingers crossed! Fortunately, the offer was (eventually) accepted, and so began the remainder of the homebuying process (all the fun stuff that buyers tend to forget about when they are caught up in house hunting: loan applications, financing contingencies, inspections, etc.).

At any rate, after several weeks of being under contract, Scott and Jess officially became homeowners a coupe of weeks ago! I LOVE working with first-time homebuyers, and Scott and Jess were no exception. It is so gratifying sitting at a closing table with buyers that are SO excited and eager to take on the joys of homeownership!

So, without further ado, I thought I would pass along the article from Smart Money: "Diary of an Undercover Broker: How We Sold A House". Thanks SO much to Scott and Jess for all of their cooperation...and I am so glad they wandered into my (and Alyssa's) Open House that afternoon!

If you are thinking of purchasing a home, feel free to call or e-mail me today and we can get your home search started (though, I can't promise you a mention in Smart Money)!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR