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Our New Morrisville Office is Open!

We are excited to announce the opening of our new office on Portland Street in Morrisville! As a result of growing demand for real estate services in northern Lamoille County, this branch office will provide expanded opportunities and convenience for our clients and customers. We will of course continue to offer the same level of expertise and exceptional service, as well as support and guidance through the real estate process in order to assist our buyers and sellers with their goals and expected outcome. 

Our official grand opening will be Thursday April 25th, from 4-7.  We hope you can join us then, or feel free to stop by in the meantime to check out our new space and to see what's new in the area, and the world of real estate.  We look forward to welcoming you to our new home located at 74 Portland Street!

Enjoy the Super Bowl in Stowe, Vermont

Super Bowl excitement is ramping up in New England! Looking for a great place to watch the game?

There are lots of options perfect for either local or visitors just up for the weekend. 

Stowe Bowl - Come watch Super Bowl LIII on the biggest screens in town! We'll be serving up all of your favorite game-day snacks while you and your friends watch the Super Bowl on the biggest screens in town! PLUS, you'll get FREE bowling by the hour - including shoe rentals!

Stowe Community Church - Come watch the Super Bowl on Sunday night, February 3rd at 6 pm. Bring your favorite tail gating dish to share. For the SOUPER BOWL, bring a can of soup that will be collected for the food bank. This is a great opportunity to come as a family.

Sunset Grill - Featuring drink and food specials, NFL Sunday Ticket, 30 TV's - 6 big screens, there are no bad seats. Known for delicious BBQ and smoked meats, this cozy restaurant and sports bar offers a little of everything for everyone.

Go Pats!

"Tis The Season

Tis the Season of Thanks, and for Giving

In an effort to help support our local food shelf, Lamoille Community Food Share, we invite you to join us this holiday season, in donating to this vital community organization. LCFS is always in need of food donations, as well as monetary contributions, for our neighbors in need.

Feel free to drop off either of those to our office, located in the center of downtown Stowe Village, and we will make sure they receive. If you would rather send a monetary donation directly, you can send to:

LCFS, PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661

Alternatively, you can donate online here: 

 

 

For their wish list of food items, you can go here: 

 

 

Thank you for your interest and generosity in helping support our neighbors in need, and ensuring food security for our community.

We wish you the very best for this holiday season,
Jeff Beattie and Everyone at Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate

Happy Thanksgiving

One our favorite parts of our family's Thanksgiving celebration is the Beattie Pecan Pie. Here is my recipe for the decadent dessert. Enjoy!

 

 

YIELD

Makes 8 servings

ACTIVE TIME

35 min

TOTAL TIME

5 hr (includes making pastry and cooling pie)

INGREDIENTS      

·         Pastry dough

·         3/4 stick unsalted butter

·         1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

·         3/4 cup light corn syrup

·         2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

·         1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         3 large eggs

·         2 cups pecan halves (1/2 pound)    

·         Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (for serving; optional)

PREPARATION    

1.      Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack. 

2.      Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes). 

3.      Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture. 

4.      Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely. 

Wire Fraud Protection

Important Information Regarding Fraudulent Instructions to Wire Funds

 

Today we have all become more vulnerable to wire fraud, unfortunately, and we want to make sure you exercise caution before transferring any funds by wire.   Wire fraud scams are becoming more prevalent whereby fraudulent individuals are creating emails that can fully replicate those that will look familiar to you - for instance - from your Realtor, your attorney, or lender.  They will send you a personal email requesting that you "wire funds for your closing", or other, only to be ultimately routed to a bogus account.  Therefore, if you ever receive any correspondence that appears to come from your Realtor, or your attorney, or lender, or anyone else, please contact us or your attorney, immediately by calling on the phone.  

In addition, we strongly recommend that you not include any sensitive information in your email correspondence to the parties who are involved in your real estate transaction, including account numbers, routing numbers, social security numbers, etc.  Instead, provide any essential information required for the closing by your lender or attorney or other professional, by phone. As with any phone calls you might make relative to these matters, please make sure you have verified the phone number, and not taken one from a website or email.  

If you need to wire funds for your closing, please be sure to contact your Realtor or attorney or lender by phone to complete the transaction.

Above all, please consult with your attorney about any of the above, as this is not intended to be a representation of legal advice to you.

 

Coldwell Banker Award Designation

Jeff Beattie of Coldwell Carlson Real Estate in Stowe, Vermont has been awarded the International President's Circle Award. The designation is awarded to the top 5% of all Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. The President's Circle Award demonstrates a high level of dedication to clients and customers which leads to top sales production.

 

The Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate office has received the Premier Office - Gold award for the 6th consecutive year. The Premier Office award demonstrates high productivity in the entire office that can only be attained through great teamwork and leadership.

 

 

 

Here's to Hoops

Homes are about people, and that’s what Coldwell Banker is all about as well.

There’s a recurring theme in real estate from the media and our competitors about how easily replaceable real estate agents are, so it is with great pride that we introduce to you our newest advertising campaign. This is an ad that speaks to Coldwell Banker's love and dedication to people and home since 1906, a commercial that speaks to our agents’ ability to “read the situation” and show the unmistakable, irreplaceable power of human touch.

Here is our new commercial that we call “Hoops” that is airing this year during the tournament. 

Read This Before Renting Your Home!

Stowe has seen condominium sales, and prices, rise significantly in the last two years. Much if this is attributed to the announcement of Vail Resorts purchasing Stowe. The popularity of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO have created a new market for condominium and single family home owners to rent properties when not in use, or make investments as income producing properties. If you are thinking about purchasing and renting, or are already doing so, there are some important things you should know to ensure your and your renters safety:

  • Make sure to contact your insurance agent to include extra coverage for renters
  • Make sure to have the proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. In Vermont photoelectric smoke detectors are need to be in every sleeping room
  • A rental property falls under Vermont State safety requirements, so you will need to have a Fire and Safety inspection. For more information go to the State website here: http://firesafety.vermont.gov/

Please feel free to contact me any time regarding any questions you may have about anything that may relate to investing in properties, and/or renting.  The Town of Stowe is in the process of adopting some of these, and additional rules and regulations, so we can update you as well as guide you through this process, along with providing any key contacts to ensure your property is up to code and regulation.

 

The Stowe Area Market is Moving

The Stowe Area Real Estate Market is Moving

 

Real estate sales volume and selling prices were up in most categories for 2017

  • 5% increase in average sales price of single family homes 2017

  • 63% increase in condominiums sold 2017

  • 40% increase in land sold in 2017

  • Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate represented 29% of Stowe market in 2017

Call me today for a consultation on your property. I won't just list your property, I will enhance and promote your listing with the latest available technology to get it sold.

 

Click here for complete details on the area Real Estate Market

 

Jeff Beattie 802.371.7491

Tax Reform Impact on Homeowners

There have been a lot of questions surrounding the recent tax reform bill that was passed in Washington.  The National Association of Realtors had a lot of influence relative to the impact on aspects having to do with real estate, and managed to help protect essential and important homeowner benefits such as the exclusion for capital gains on the sale of a home, and the mortgage interest deduction for primary and secondary homes.  Those and other last minute changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 are as follows, in easy to understand terms:

  • Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples on the sale of a home. Both the House and the Senate had sought to make it much harder to qualify for the exclusion. 
  • Mortgage interest deduction. The maximum mortgage amount for households deducting their mortgage interest has been decreased to $750,000 from the current $1 million limit on primary and secondary homes. The House bill sought a reduction to $500,000. 
  • State and local tax deductions. Both property taxes and state and local income taxes remain deductible, although with a combined limit of $10,000. Both the House and Senate bills sought to eliminate the state and local income tax deduction altogether. 
  • Pass-through entities. The bill significantly reduces the effective rate of tax on business income earned by independent contractors and income received from pass-through entities. This change will potentially lower the taxes of these types of professionals.

We will be publishing more information as it is made available, as the professionals and experts continue to decipher myriad details of the bill.