Sprucing Up Your Home Inexpensively

You've decide to put your home on the market but are unsure what projects will really help the sale of your home. Coldwell Banker Islands Realty wants to showcase your home in the best possible way and appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Here is a list of some quick, easy, and inexpensive ways that you can spruce up your home to get it ready to sell.








Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything and the exterior can set the tone for a potential buyer. Spend some time boosting your homes curb appeal. Making these small changes can have a big impact in the eyes of home buyers.


#1 Keep Your Garden In Check

Trim the bushes so they don't block your windows. This will show off the windows and let more natural light inside. Make sure your garden and lawn aren’t blocking walkways.


#2 Clean Up Tools & Toys

Keep your yard tidy by putting away tools, lawnmowers, and kid toys.


#3 Clean The Gutters

Cleaning your gutters can be a major chore but not only is it important to clean them for curb appeal but also for general maintenance.


#4 Finishing Touches

Add a seasonal wreath to your front door, add planters to the front porch or step, buy new house numbers, add solar lights to your walkway or update your front porch.










There a small changes that you can make inside your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Taking the time to declutter and rearrange can really pay off. Here are some ways to spruce up the interior of your home.


#1 Lighting

Swap your lightbulbs out for warm, incandescent light bulbs for a homey feel.


#2 Declutter

Clear-off all countertops and reorganize bookshelves to create order. This lets potential buyers visual the room with their belongings.


#3 Curtains

Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones to let more natural light in. Make sure to open the curtains to let light in.


#4 Finishing Touches

Place fresh flowers in your entryway or create a centerpiece for your dining table. Burn a scented candle or put out potpourri.


We hope you found these tips helpful! Make sue to ask your Realtor other ways that you can showcase your home in the best way. 

Real Estate Market Update

See the most recent market statistics for Grand Isle, Chittenden and Franklin County from January through April. For a more detailed look into your specific neighborhood please call our office.

See Sold Properties to see what homes are selling for in your area.

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In Grand Isle County the Average Sale Price has decreased by 18.46% to $252,572 while the Percentage of Original Price Received has increased by 7.98%. Days on the Market has decreased significantly decreased by 45.25% from 274 days to 150 days.

In Franklin County the Average Sale Price has increased 10.39% to $218,559 with little change in the Percentage of Original Price Received. Days on the Market has decreased by 25% from 136 days to 102 days.

In Chittenden County the Average Sale Price has increased 9.82% to $344,235 with a slight increase in Percentage of Price Received. Days on the Market has decreased by 6.49% from 77 days to 72 days.


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5 Reasons to Work With Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

Choosing a real estate agent to sell your home is an important decision. You will interview agents to see which one will best suit your needs and most of all sell your home successfully. Here are 5 reasons why Coldwell Banker Islands Realty stands out among other real estate companies.







1. Brand Recognition

The Coldwell Banker brand is one of the oldest and most established franchises in North America and they continue to innovate the real estate industry. They are the #1 most visited brand online giving your home the exposure it deserves.

Source: 2018 Coldwell Banker Quotables.







2. State-of-the-art Technology 

Coldwell Banker agents have access to powerful data through the CBx app and website. It helps us price homes more accurately, locate the right buyer and market to the ideal buyer.









3. 16.5% Higher Average Sales Price 

The average sale price for Coldwell Banker homes is $347,093. 16.5% higher than the NAR average! 

Source: 2018 Coldwell Banker Quotables.


4. Comprehensive Marketing Plan 

We showcase your property using HDR photography, drone photography and video, online advertising, direct mail campaigns and more!











5. Personalized Real Estate Approach 

While Coldwell Banker is a world-wide brand, we pride ourselves on the personalized service and local knowledge that we offer. Read what our past clients have to say about us here.

To learn more about listing your home with Coldwell Banker Islands Realty visit our Seller Resources or call our office (802)372-5777 to speak with a Realtor.


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Community Beat: Hackett's Orchard

In this episode of Community Beat Annie sits down with Ron Hackett, owner of Hackett's Orchard in South Hero, Vermont. Ron shares the history of the orchard and what it is like to live in South Hero, Vermont.

Ron and Celia Hackett have owned Hackett's Orchard since 1967 and now three generations of family help run the orchard. They have a 50 acre farm that grows 47 varieties of apples. They have thousands of visitors each year who not only come for the apples but for their delicious homemade apple cider doughnuts as well. 

To learn more about Hackett's Orchard visit their website or Facebook Page.

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Coldwell Banker 2018 Awards

Congratulations to co-owners, Evan Potvin and Franz Rosenberger, for receiving awards from Coldwell Banker for their 2018 sales performance. Evan was awarded the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society award and Franz was awarded the Coldwell Banker International Presidents Circle award. These awards are given to top performing sales professionals worldwide! Way to go! All of us from Coldwell Banker Islands Realty wish you continued success in 2019. 

Learn more about Evan Potvin and Franz Rosenberger.


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New Video Series: Community Beat

Welcome to our new video series, Community Beat. Follow us as we interview people and businesses to learn more about Lake Champlain and Northwestern Vermont. Through this series we hope to gain insight into the local community and what makes our area so unique. In our premiere video we sit down with founder, Bob Camp, of Hero’s Welcome General Store to learn more about this small business.

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more interviews! Make sure to Like and Follow our Facebook Page to see the latest videos.

Photo Sources: Hero's Welcome General Store website photo gallery and Facebook Business Page.

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Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Welcomes A New Agent


We are pleased to announce that Eva Purvis has joined Coldwell Banker Islands Realty as a sales associate and licensed Realtor. Learn more about Eva below or visit her website.

"Being a resident of Vermont since 1980, I have lived in Chittenden and Franklin County, and currently have put down roots in Grand Isle County for the past decade. In doing so I have grown to love everything that this beautiful lakefront community has to offer. I enjoy the hometown feel of neighbors, friends, and family. Our summers are filled with pool days, beach days at Alburgh Dunes, farmers markets, and fun filled concert nights at Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero.

I bring many years of experience in customer service to my Real Estate business. In my 24 years working in retail holding various positions and working my way up to supervisory roles. I gained valuable skills in communication, negotiation, and understanding the needs of the people I work with.

My goals and aspirations in Real Estate are to be a value and help to my clients as their guide through a sometimes complicated, but rewarding process in buying or selling a home."



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Help Support Local Businesses







Support Local & Win!

*UPDATE* Contest Complete. Visit our Facebook Page for the winner.

What is at the heart of every community? The local businesses. Help support local businesses for a chance to win $25 to Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli.

To enter:

1. Like the Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Facebook Business Page

2. Comment "done" on the Support Local ad or Support Local post on our Facebook Business Page

Giveaway will begin today Oct 18, 2018 at 3 pm and end November 1, 2018 at 12 pm EST.

Winner will be announced Nov 1, 2018 at 3 pm EST.

Make sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on announcements and future raffles!

Official Rules:

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

Coldwell Banker Islands Realty is offering a chance to win a $25 gift card to Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli at 260 US Route 2, South Hero, Vermont 05486. No purchase necessary. Make sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on announcements and future raffles! By entering you are agreeing to the official rules of the giveaway. Entrant must be 18 years of age of older, Like Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Facebook Page, and comment on this post or the "Support Local" ad saying “done”. To announce the winner we will post on our the Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Facebook page and comment on the Support Local Giveaway post. You allow Coldwell Banker Islands Realty to contact you through Facebook and tag you in a post announcing the winner. Giveaway will start October 18, 2018 at 3:00pm EST and end November, 2018 12:00pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook November 1, 2018 at 3:00pm EST. We will contact the winner through messenger and tag them in the announcement post. Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli is no way involved in this raffle. If you have questions please contact Coldwell Banker Islands Realty at (802)372-5777.

Support Local Giveaway is sponsored by:

Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

2 Ferry Rd

South Hero, Vermont




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Mid Year Market Report

Coldwell Banker Islands Realty is pleased to share a mid year market report that covers Northwestern Vermont that includes Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. This report highlights the most recent data about the housing market in your area. This is an important time in real estate as it comes at the height of the market. We have seen steady growth in the local real estate market since 2011 and current housing inventory is the lowest we’ve seen in over 10 years. To view report click here.


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