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      Barre Home Tour, Green Light Style

      Doing It Our Own Way

      I know it sounds old school and not very techy, but at Green Light Real Estate, we actually spend time going to, in, and through houses that are on the market. In person. Not virtually. Not with facetime. I know, it's hard to believe!

      To make that easier, we always participate in the Montpelier caravan and the Barre caravan. That's our opportunity to get a bunch of local Realtors into our sellers' homes, and for us to preview other homes on the market.

      But yesterday's Barre caravan was cancelled. We had three homes scheduled. So not only were we a little bummed, our sellers were going to be too. Made us sad.

      We prefer to be happy! So we had our own Green Light Real Estate caravan. We lined up several of our Barre (ok, and one Orange) homes that we have for sale, and made our own caravan. Five of us (Kate, Kylie, Lindsay, Hannah, and Ray) toured the homes, became familiar, talked aabout potential marketing strategies, presentation strategies, and what might come up during inspections. Basically, we just gave each of these four home sellers five personal and professional opinions on how to make the sale go better.

      And yes, it did take a bit of time on a Tuesday morning. And yes, we had all seen some of the houses already. It's just that now we've seen them all, and when we talk with people looking to buy a home in Barre, we're that much more informed. 

      Side benefit? We got to bounce ideas off each other for a couple hours, which is great for bringing the team closer together. That kind of camaraderie also helps our buyers and sellers.

      Double side benefit? It was a beautiful day for a drive!

      185 Bisson in Orange--2.5 private acres103 Silver Circle--Mint Condition and Awesome Pool!8 Scenic View in Barre--Upscale Renovation6 High Holborn in Barre--Afforable and Totally Renovated!


      Quick Tip! Get a (Cheap and Easy) Radon Test

      If you're selling your house, here's a way to help maintain some sanity: Get a radon test done.

      Most buyers are doing the testing as part of their property inspection due diligence. But you can make things WAY easier for yourself by doing it first.

      Radon Test KitThe biggest issue is that the test that a buyer does requires doors and windows to be kept closed for 3-5 days (except normal comings and goings). That's fine in January. But in the summer? Ugh.

      So what happens is that inspection time frames get pushed out to wait for an out of town trip or for a cold spell. Closing dates get pushed out, negotiations get stalled, and people get stressed. Who has time for all of that?

      But wait! at Green Light Real Estate we always try to make things as smooth and easy and stress free!

      You can get a radon test kit from the state and do your own test. It takes a few days, and with the short term test, you do need to keep the doors and windows closed. The medium term test (30 days) doesn't have that "closed environment" rule. 

      You can do either of those tests right now, before you have an offer. The state offers three different tests, with different testing periods, and at different costs. At the time of this writing, June 2018, the 2-7 day test was $50, and the longer term tests were $25. Pretty cheap. Go to the Vermont Department of Health's website at healthvermont.gov, and you'll find information on the different tests, as well as order forms.

      Besides preventing your family from melting in the summer heat, getting the radon test before an offer will give you more information for negotiating. If you know your house has high radon, then plan on a mitigation system being part of the negotiation, Those start around $1600, and go up from there depending on the circumstances. Getting that curveball at the end of negotiation is no fun.

      And if we can show the buyer that your house has been tested and it's clean, then, that's even better!

      Seriously, if there's anything that can be done to make the selling (and buying) process easier, more transparent, more predictable, or just plain better, at Green Light Real Estate, we want to do it. Call, text, or email for more info.


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