Thursday, August 30, 2007

Get Ready For Fall Foliage in Ludlow VT!

Summer is coming to an end and, in Vermont, that means the beautiful autumn foliage season is upon us.

Visit this
web site to see photos of the incredible vibrant colors of fall, get and share tips of where to spot the most stunning foliage, and get started planning a trip to take in the wonders of this perfect season in Vermont. You can also see maps and timetables that show the changing of the leaves through the season so that you won’t miss seeing Okemo Mountain in all of its autumnal glory!

An Okemo Mountain area vacation home is the perfect investment if you find yourself drawn to the splendor of Vermont every year. Please visit my
website or email me today to learn how to make your dream a reality!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tips for Homeowners in Ludlow VT

The recent coverage of Hurricane Dean and other weather-related disasters across the country should be giving homeowners everywhere cause to take a minute and review their homeowners insurance policies. It is a good idea to look over your policy periodically to be sure you are familiar with all of its details and feel comfortable that you will be protected before a natural disaster strikes or you have to file a claim. Below are 5 tips for understanding your homeowners insurance:

1. Look for exclusions to coverage. For example, most policies do not cover flood or earthquake damage as a standard item – these coverages must be purchased separately.

2. Look for dollar limitations on claims. Even if you are covered for a risk, there may be a limit on how much the insurer will pay. For example, many policies limit the amount paid for stolen jewelry unless items are insured separately.

3. Understand replacement cost. If your home is destroyed you’ll receive money to replace it only to the maximum of your coverage, so be sure your insurance is sufficient. This means that if your home is insured for $150,000 and it costs $180,000 to replace it, you’ll only receive $150,000.

4. Understand actual cash value. If you choose not to replace your home when it’s destroyed, you’ll receive replacement cost, less depreciation.

5. Understand liability. Generally your homeowners insurance covers you for accidents that happen to other people on your property, including medical care, court costs, and awards by the court. However, there is usually an upper limit to the amount of coverage provided. Be sure that it’s sufficient if you have significant assets.

To learn more about homeownership and Okemo Mountain real estate, please visit my website or call me at 802-226-8022.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

How Walk-able is Your Ludlow VT Neighborhood?

This week I came across a website that is just so neat, I had to share it. allows you to type in any address, and it will rate the “walk-ability” of that property by calculating its distance to things like the nearest grocery store, movie theater, library, school, park, and pharmacy.

We all know that walking is important for our health and, with all of the hype over “going green” lately, we know that walking instead of driving when possible is one way that we can all help to save the environment. In fact, it is recommended that adults tread
10,000 steps per day to reap the many benefits of walking. Why not consider the walk-ability of a neighborhood if you are in the market for a new home or a vacation home in Ludlow? Or, if you have recently purchased a vacation home in Vermont, check out the walk-ability to various destinations in your new “neighborhood away from home.”

To learn more about Okemo Mountain real estate and neighborhoods, please visit my
website or call me today at 802-353-1983. I would love to help you find a new neighborhood to explore on foot!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sharing The Cost Of Your Dream Vacation Home in Ludlow VT

Have you dreamed about purchasing a vacation home near Okemo Mountain Resort? Pictured yourself and your family enjoying the mild summers spent exploring the beautiful outdoors, or the winters spent around the fireplace after a long day on the slopes? Perhaps you’ve pushed these visions back because you assumed you would never be able to fulfill this dream – the burden of a second mortgage for a vacation home may just seem like too much to take on.

But what if you could share the cost of your dream home with friends? You’d still get to enjoy the resort at peak times and, if you decided to put the home in the rental market, you’d still benefit from those proceeds. But the investment and monthly cost of purchasing the home could be cut in half! It seems like everyone would win in this situation.

This article, published recently in the Wall Street Journal Online, lays out the many advantages of sharing home ownership. It also provides good questions to ask yourself before moving into such an investment situation – there are pitfalls to be aware of including the willingness of both parties to delegate control of the property, the future financial stability of both parties, and the comfort level of both parties when it comes to discussing and working out financial and other differences.

I would love to help you make Okemo Mountain Resort your home away from home. Please call me at 802-353-1983 or visit to get started with your search for Okemo real estate!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Back To School in Ludlow, VT

The summer is flying by – as it always seems to do – and it is almost time to start thinking about sending kids back to school again!

Whether you are new to the Ludlow area or already have kids in school here, now is the time to take a good look at how the schools are measuring up.

Below is a link to reports and data on Vermont schools – does YOUR child’s school make the grade?

Vermont School Reports

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