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Coldwell Banker 2021 Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating Coldwell Banker Award Winners, Franz Rosenberger, Evan Potvin, and Joy Gess! These agents are ranked among the top sales professionals in the Coldwell Banker global network. Their exceptional performance exemplifies the best and brightest in real estate. Well deserved and a big congratulations to al. Learn more about their individual awards below. 

Franz Rosenberger International President's Elite Award

Franz Rosenberger received the International President's Elite award. This award is given to agents who rank among the top 3% of individuals in the Coldwell Banker network worldwide. Franz continues to go above and beyond in his business and we are fortunate to have his leadership. Congrats on this outstanding achievement!

Evan Potvin International President's Circle Award

Evan Potvin for received the International President’s Circle award. This award is given to agents who rank among the top 7% of individuals in the Coldwell Banker network worldwide. He continues to innovate his business and be an invaluable resource to his clients. We wish you continued success in 2022. 

Joy Gess International Sterling Society Award

Joy Gess who has received the International Sterling Society award! This award is given to agents who rank among the top 18% of individuals in the Coldwell Banker network worldwide. We look forward to another year working along side you and watching you go above and beyond. 

Whether you are buying or selling Lake Champlain real estate, our distinguished experts at Coldwell Banker Islands Realty can help you achieve your goals. Get in touch with one of our agents here






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House Showing Checklist for Sellers

House showing checklist for home sellers

When preparing your home for a showing or an open house there are a few things you will want to do before potential buyers walk through your home. Our checklist below is a great resource to read through to make sure you're prepared. 

Remove clutter.

Clear off the counters and pack unnecessary decorative items. Put extra furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season items. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.

Let it shine.

Cleaning windows and screens will help bring more light into your home. Replace burnt bulbs, and consider higher wattage in low-light areas. Clean the walls or brush on a fresh coat of bright, neutral paint. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones and show off your view. 

Keep it clean.

A deep clean before listing your home will make upkeep easier. Consider hiring a cleaning service to help.

Maximize comfort.

In summer, shut A/C vents on the first floor so more air will get upstairs. Reverse the process in winter.

Perform a sniff test.

Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate odors. Open the windows to air out the house. Consider potpourri or scented candles and diffusers. For quick fixes in the kitchen, cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract or orange juice can instantly make the fridge a nicer-smelling place. Boil lemon juice in your microwave, then add it to your dishwasher to eliminate odors. You can also run lemon rinds through the garbage disposal for a similar effect.

Take care of minor repairs.

Sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained. 

Tidy up outdoors.

Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. A pot of bright flowers near the entryway adds great curb appeal.

Set the scene.

A bright afghan or new accent pillows easily jazz up a dull room. Pretty dishes or a simple centerpiece on the tables can help buyers picture themselves living there. Try staging a chess game in progress. If you have a fireplace, lay fresh logs or a basket of flowers there.

Make the bath luxurious.

Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight, along with old towels and toothbrushes. Add a new shower curtain and fancy guest soaps. 

Send the pets to the neighbors.

If that’s not possible, crate or confine them to one room, and let the real estate practitioner know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises. 

Lock up valuables and medication.

Agents can’t watch everyone all the time.

Head out.

It can be awkward for everyone if you’re home at the time of a showing.


There are many factors that go into the sale of your home in addition to preparing your home, such as the listing process, navigating offers, and closing. You can depend on Coldwell Banker Islands Realty to help you make informed decisions with confidence and advocate for you throughout the selling process. Get in touch with one of our local agents today. 


Copyright NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Reprinted with permission.


Vermont Real Estate Market Update: August 2022

Summer 2022 has been a season of change for the U.S. real estate market. With housing affordability at a 33-year low, existing-home sales have continued to soften nationwide, falling 5.9% month-to-month and 20.9% year-over-year as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Pending home sales have also continued to decline, a while new listings have steadily increased, with unsold inventory reaching 3.3 months’ supply at the start of August. The pullback in demand has been particularly hard on homebuilders, causing new-home sales and construction to slow.

New Listings decreased 10.7 percent for single-family homes but increased 16.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 5.5 percent for single-family homes but increased 1.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 22.8 percent for single-family homes and 32.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 9.5 percent to $450,000 for single-family homes and 32.5 percent to $330,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market remained flat for single-family homes but decreased 9.1 percent for townhouse- condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 5.9 percent for single- family homes and 30.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Inflation, higher interest rates, and fears of a potential recession have taken a toll on buyers and sellers this summer, leading many people to stay on the sidelines to see what will happen with the market. But some experts, including NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, believe the worst of inflation may be over. Although sales prices remain up from this time last year, price growth is expected to moderate in the months ahead as the market continues to shift in a more buyer-friendly direction.”

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