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GET OUT! This weekends weather looks to be about perfect to get outside and enjoy the late fall landscape. Whether you run, hike, walk, pedal, or paddle, there is something for everyone! (Then the snow flies, creating a winter wonderland of fun. But that is for another post.)
Looking to get out an engage your inner competitor? Hoping for a trail run? Vermont Sports Magazine has a calendar that direct you to fun events, festivals, and opportunities to spend some quality time in the "pain cave."
If you venture out solo, or with a group of friends, there are numerous hiking opportunities in the greater Burlington area. RootsRated has a very accessible guide to some of the more popular hikes. Realistically, everyone has their favorites. Stop and ask at any outdoor retailer and you will get a number of "the best place to hike is" answers. Want to run, not hike? Load up your hydration system and head out to any of a number of trail running hotspots.
Maybe you want to see the Fall landscape my favorite way- from the seat of a bicycle. There are some world class routes to explore in Burlington and beyond. You can gravel grind by yourself, or with your own personal peloton on dirt roads with landscape that will take your breath away. Here are six routes that depart from the Greater Burlington area. Cruise the 14 miles of the Burlington Bike path/ Island Rail Trail, or challenge yourself to any of the six mountain gap rides. Find grades of 24%, mixtures of dirt road and pavement and get ready to let the legs and lungs burn. The benefit? Some incredible mountain views, and stops at some of the best general stores to refuel. Staff pick- we are partial to the home-crafted baked goods at the Lincoln General Store.
Rather get muddy? Break out the fat bikes, full suspension, or rigid single speed (you know who you are!) and hit the trails. Again, we always recommend asking a local rider for the most prime riding, but this guide should head you in the right direction.
Regardless of what you want to do outside, the greater Burlington area offers something for families of all ages. We hope to see you out there!
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Love the idea of never shoveling snow or cutting the grass when you move into a condo? You might not be so happy about bylaw’s restricting you from having a BBQ on your own balcony.
Like any type of home, you must carefully consider all of these pros and cons when deciding whether or not a condo fits with your lifestyle, personality and financial situation. These are the pros and cons of buying a condo:
Pros of Buying A Condo:
Fewer maintenance and repair responsibilities.
Access to on-site amenities, such as a sauna, swimming pool, gym or movie theater which you otherwise might not be able to afford.
Enhanced security features in some condominium units. You’ll also have peace of mind while you’re on vacation knowing that your neighbors are close by.
Monthly maintenance or condo fees are usually predictable.
You have a say in the running of the condominium corporation. As an owner, you have voting rights and can be elected to the board of directors.
A community that may have a wide range of social, entertainment and recreational activities sometimes geared to a specific lifestyle (seniors, for example).
Cons of Buying A Condo:
You may have to pay for amenities that you might never or rarely use.
Possibility of special assessment charges for unexpected repairs.
Less space in some condominium units.
Possible restrictions on things like noise levels, parking, pets, smoking and even the style and color of things like doors and window coverings.
As you ponder these, let us know if we can provide other details that would be helpful. The goal is that you are happy and excited with your new home!
Here are three tips for a successful sale:
….wait a minute….Isn’t that our job? Isn’t that called ‘service’?
What is truly important for you and your family?
Lead and the Buying/ Selling Process. Protecting You and Your Family.
There are a number of Vermont homes that were built or remodeled prior to 1978. Why 1978? In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.
The exposure pathways for lead that is most concerning are ingestion and inhalation. Lead can effect anyone in a family, but children are at the greatest risk, due to developing nervous systems and smaller body mass. Small children also tend put everything in their mouths, which could include paint chips or chewing on windowsills. Lead actually has a sweet taste, which can encourage little ones to seek out places to chew when teething.
Source - US. EPA
As a Buyer/ Seller, what are your responsibilities?