Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A note from Arnie!!























You can click on the photo to see my letter from Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger

Now it is just a matter of process for my license to arrive!

- Stella Abraham

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Real Estate Company

A decision has been made!

I have decided that I am going to go and work with the Los Altos branch of Coldwell Banker here in the Bay Area.

I visited with several agencies and I decided that this company would be the best fit for me. After my experience with Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty, it seemed a little daft to change what is already working for me........

I am still awaiting (with baited breath!) a test date for sitting my examination and I am hoping that I will be up and running in the New Year.

In the meantime, I am enjoying settling in to the company and getting prepared to hit GO!

- Stella Abraham

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Have they or haven't they?

There has been so much recent talk about extending the First Time Buyer Tax Credit that even I didn't know who to believe!

It is definite though - there is an extension and some icing on the cake - there has been an incentive created for "Move Up" buyers. So if you have been in your current residence more than 5 years then check out this site for more details......

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/

For all my Silicon Valley friends, there has also been a change to one of the requirements of being a First Time Buyer.....if you are a single taxpayer with an income up to $125,000 and if you are married with an income up to $225,000 you can qualify for the full tax credit. But you have to purchase your home after November 6, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010 AND it has to be under $800,000 which is cutting it close in Silicon Valley!

If you fancy a chat then please call me at 650 9193190.

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Thursday, October 1, 2009

First Time Buyer Credit

A quick chat about the looming deadline for the First Time
Buyer Credit.

Is it too late to get on the boat? $8000 is a lot of money! If you are in Vermont you are probably still able to do so if you have
the right team behind you.

I will put you in touch with all the right people.
Email me at Stella@StellaAbraham.com or call me for a chat on 650.919.3190

Cheers!


- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I miss being able to open a lockbox!

I miss showing property! It is amazing to me how much I miss showing property and being in the Real Estate world! That is when you know you are in the right job......when you can't stop thinking about doing what you love!

I have been spending the last few weeks studying hard for my California Real Estate license. It seems the process of becoming licensed here is going to take a few months :(

I am currently trying to work out who I am going to work out which company would be best to work for now that I have moved back to the Bay Area. I will keep you updated as to where I lay my hat......

One thing I can say is that you really don't realize how good you have it until it is has gone and that is VERY true. I can not rave enough about Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman as a company to work for as well as what service they offer their clients. They really are brilliant.....if you are in Vermont and are thinking of selling or buying a property then let me know.....I have the perfect agent in mind for you!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Friday, August 28, 2009

An Escape Hatch in Richmond, Vermont?!

My former colleague Meg Handler's listing was talked about on The Today Show this morning......an escape hatch in Richmond? Richmond is not that far away from Burlington! Charming Vermont - what a brilliant and understated phrase

Click here to see the show

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

As you know, my husband Euan received an opportunity of a lifetime to work for Apple Computer here in Cupertino, California. He has settled in to his new job over the past few months and I am now here in California ready to start up my real estate business.

I am so appreciative of and grateful for the friendships I made in Vermont and the support that everyone showed me in growing my real estate business. Many showed me the greatest acknowledgment of their trust and confidence by either working with me to buy or sell their home - or by referring a friend, family member, or co-worker.

Within a year of working in Vermont, that support helped me achieve a great honor - to be named the 2009 Northwestern Vermont "Rookie of the Year."

When I decided to return to real estate, I spent a great deal of time researching the local companies. My decision to join Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty was absolutely the right one. CBHB has the resources, innovation, and commitment to serving their clients needs first. They also have a team of talented Realtors who I've learned a great deal from, including someone who has turned in to a very dear friend - Nina Lynn.

Most of you have already met Nina. And for those of you who haven't - get ready for another 6' tall Realtor! She doesn't have the funny accent like I do, but she is a great Realtor with many years of experience! Nina has been a great resource and mentor to me this past year.

So, where does this leave my VT real estate career? This past year has proved to me how I can use the power of technology to stay in touch with many of you and work with you virtually, while my partner Nina finds you the property you need locally.

And how about here in the Bay Area? I am in the process of finding another brilliant company to help support me so that I can grow my business here. I have had 2 weeks holiday and I am already desperate to get back to work!

So watch this space as to which company I end up working with and remember that even if you are thinking of buying or selling property in Kansas........I can help you!

Cheers,

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, July 17, 2009

Belted Cow Bistro

I had a very yummy dinner.............you know me, I always love good food, wine and of course company.

There is a new restaurant that has opened in Essex Junction called the Belted Cow Bistro. I had the scallops followed by the halibut......delicious!

I would definitely suggest if anyone would like some delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere that they should definitely try this restaurant!

You will be gobsmacked!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, July 10, 2009

Video Walkthrough 65 Conquest Circle, Colchester



- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

62 Lyman Meadows Video Walkthrough



- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Monday, June 29, 2009

Another brilliant reason to list with me.......

While it's true that our local real estate market has not experienced the declines other markets across the country have experienced - there is one common theme across the country: buyers are cautious. The reality is this is a great time to buy. Mortgage rates are low; inventory is good; and some buyers are eligible for an $8,000 federal tax credit. But still, buyers remain somewhat cautious.

My company, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty has designed a program to give home buyers peace of mind and protection during the first year of home ownership called The Buyer Assurance Plan. Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty is the only company in our market offering this Plan!

This plan combines a Home Mortgage Protection plan in the event of a job loss and/or a Home Warranty on many major appliances and systems in the home for one year.

As a Seller, you may choose to provide this coverage for a Buyer, distinguishing your home from others on the market. The Plan will provide a cash payment to the Buyer for up to 4 months and as much as $1500 per month in the event the Buyer loses their job. The Buyer Assurance Plan may also include Home Protection, covering the repair or replacement of many of the most frequently occurring breakdowns of home systems and appliances. There is no sign up fee for you to add this marketing program to your home and premiums are paid at time of closing. Like any insurance plan, some restrictions would apply - so I encourage you to read the FAQ's provided by the two carriers. http://hickokandboardman.com/bap_faq

As a Seller, here are a few benefits of this program to you:

1. Peace of Mind Protection - addresses the fear of job loss by paying a cash benefit directly to the home buyer if their income stops due to job loss

2. Marketing this plan differentiates your home from others on the market

3. Encourages buyers to make a positive purchase decision

4. No sign up fee's

5. No premium payment is due until your home closes!


Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty has bundled these two separate insurance plans together. However, the plans may also be purchased separately. The combined cost of the Plan is $754 for a single family home or $714 for a condominium (due at closing).

I believe this program is worth considering. It absolutely will make your listing stand out from others!


Please contact me with questions or to receive additional information. If you are interested there is a simple opt-in agreement I would be pleased to send you.

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A positive story

You know me....I always like a positive story!

POSITIVE STORY!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

First Time Home Buyers make the local news!

Click here to see a local news clip...................

Most of you might recognise her! Congratulations on your new place Rachel! If anyone wants some more information about this $8,000 credit then call or facebook me at http://www.facebook.com/stellaabraham


- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Waterbury Reservoir formerly known as Waterbury Wings

I had a yummy lunch yesterday at The Waterbury Reservoir!

Most of you here in Vermont will have been there before...it used to be the Waterbury Wings.

Well, it has a new owner now and there have been quite a few changes! The menu is the obvious one with a real emphasis and good food....no more deep friers!

It was a beautiful day here yesterday and we sat out on the patio which was just brilliant.....everyone knows that I am a massve fan of The Alchemist. It certainly has great food and I am a little partial to it's brews but one thing I think it lacks is somewhere outside to sit. Sometimes it feels like we have few nice days here in Vermont, so when it was a day like yesterday, it was just perfect sitting outside!

So if you are in the area and fancy a good lunch it certainly is the place to go.....oh and they serve Stella!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

bit of a giggle!

I was sent this very funny blog from a friend of mine. Being in the Real Estate business I do have some very comical stories about the different homes we see. There are bizarre lay outs and certainly different lifestyles that we walk in to as Realtors when we open the door to a listing......this blog certainly made me giggle!

Click HERE to take a quick peek!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Monday, May 18, 2009

12 Saxonhollow Drive, Essex. Video Walkthrough

Here's a video walkthrough of my newest listing at 12 Saxonhollow Drive in Essex.  If you're interested in taking a look please call me, 399-4502.



- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Thursday, May 7, 2009

An i-house?

Read an interesting article about an i-house.

Click here to have a quick read

Wonder if these would ever take off in Vermont? It certainly is a fantastic idea........what do you think? Would you live in a house like this?

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Are you thinking about the $8000 Tax Credit for First Time Buyers?




Are you thinking of cashing in on this $8000 Tax Credit for First Time Buyers? Have a look at the chart above to see when you need to start looking at property............would suggest you start to look for an agent who will help you so that you don't miss this opportunity!

If you fancy a chat about how a realtor can work for you then please give me a call 802 846 9552.

Did you know that using a realtor when buying could be free?

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Guiness and a Burger!

Went with the family to a new restaurant that has opened in Williston last night called Monty's Old Brick Tavern.

It is a great location for us as it is half way home from my work!

A Laplatte River Angus Burger and a Guinness on tap! What more could one ask for at the end of a hard day's work!

The icing on the cake.......it is part of the Vermont Fresh Network

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vermont Women's Mentoring Program

I went to my monthly Zonta meeting last night and listed to Pam Greene talk about her Vermont Women's Mentoring Programming.

It was extremely interesting and I just wanted to let everyone one how they could get involved if they wish.

Give Pam Greene a call - she would LOVE to talk to you!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, April 17, 2009

Gobsmacked on Britain's got talent!


For ages, colleagues and friends in Vermont have been hearing say Gobsmacked! There has been so much talk about the word recently in the press........to think it had already been heard here in Vermont!

The Scottish woman who became an Internet singing sensation after her performance on a British talent show said Friday she doesn't want fame to change her. Susan Boyle, 47, has said she's still the same humble girl next door despite her knockout singing on "Britain's Got Talent."

She shocked and inspired the audience, judges, and Web watchers with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Misérables" in the first round of the show.

Click here for the rest of the CNN article.

Click here for the You Tube video of the performance.



- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A unique house in an ideal setting

I saw an extremely unique house this morning!

This house is listed by my colleague Meg Handler. It is in Richmond and has the most idyllic setting. When the sun was shining this morning and I was on the deck, I could just imagine sitting out there with my morning cup of tea just enjoying the serenity. It was beautiful.

This is a home for someone who wants to live somewhere that no one else can walk in to and say "Oh I live in a house just like this!"

Click here to see more details about the house and as usual

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A day when I had to take a deep breath!

I had a bit of a frustrating day today with my lock box key.

As many of you are aware, when a Realtor puts your house on the market they will attach a lock box to you front door - typically!

Today I went to view a property and could NOT for the life of me get my key to open the lock box. I began to get frustrated and then remembered the clip I had recently watched (refer back to my last post).....why was I getting so frustrated?!

It is amazing to think that this little black secure key that I have will open the lock box and allow me access to a key! I remember in the good old days when I had to go to each separate Realtor and actually get the key from their office! Sometimes it wouldn't be there or another Realtor had it.....no that was frustrating!

I had to remember actually what a great system we have now in comparison!

Although there was part of me that can not wait until I can open a lock box with my i phone!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Monday, April 6, 2009

A funny video worth watching!

Thought this was quite apt seeing I have just been on a couple of plane rides.....I promise I didn't scream at the top of my lungs and I didn't complain!

Really worth watching and is worth the giggle - click HERE to see it!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A different market in the Bay area!

I am currently away in my old stomping ground of the Bay area at the moment.  I have spent the last week surprising lots of old friends who had no idea I was visiting!

The real estate market certainly is different here.  There are a lot more For Sale signs around but remember there is also a lot more inventory.  The prices are certainly very different in Vermont!  Definitely more value for money!

I am looking forward to getting home as I hear things have been busy and for the first time buyers this really is the market to get on that property ladder!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Callum's Picture


















I am afraid that you have to double click on the picture to get a clearer picture of my birthday present from Callum this year.

He drew on a canvas for me. It was a 'floor plan' of our master bedroom!

If you look closely he has even drawn Charlie on the floor at the end of the bed and the three of us having breakfast in bed - his favourite thing to do on a Sunday!

He is either going to be an Architect or a Realtor!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

US Open and how snowboarding started!


This is interesting to watch - it is always nice to hear some history - especially if it explains how your husbands passion came about!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Maple Syrup, Sugaring and a little History!

All weekend Callum has been talking about this weekend being the perfect weekend for the sap to come! I just love what he learns with regards to history at Kindergarten - imagine what a different upbringing he would be having if we lived somewhere else!

The typical Open House weekend (yes! a different type of Open House that I am normally at on a Sunday afternoon!) does not happen for a couple of weeks but today was just the perfect day weather wise.

So we called around and this lovely chap called Joe and his wife Laurie (who actually substitues at Callum's school) said that they would love to show us around. Callum was even able to put in his own tap - yes of course there is video to come!

What a fabulous afternoon. We have lived in Vermont for 3 years and this was the first time we went to see the sugaring! Been too busy snowboarding in previous years I guess.

Thanks Joe and Laurie, it was fun, interesting and delicious!

We found them on this great website which tells all about the weekends to come.

Do stop in - they are extremely gracious!








Name: Bixby Hill Sugarhouse Phone: (802) 879-6467
Contact Person: Joseph & Laurie Jordan
Directions: From the intersection of Route 15 and Route 128, go 1/4 mile on Route 128 turn left onto Bixby Hill Road by school, go 1/2 mile to sugar house on left.
Description: 750 taps on pipeline with vacuum. 3x10 oil fired evaporator, reverse osmosis machine, 25 buckets, easy access to woods and tours. Syrup samples. Syrup for sale. Educational / maple antiques display. Collect sap from buckets. Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Seasonal: -
Sugarhouse Address: 52 Bixby Hill Road, Essex Junction Sugarhouse Phone: (802) 343-0259
Address: 259 River Road, Essex Junction, Vt. 05452 Fax: (802) 878-8846
Email: jjordan263@aol.com Website: -
OHW: Sat Sun

A Beautiful Spring Day in Essex, Vermont

What a stunning day it was here today in Essex, Vermont.

I was so pleased to get back to my routine of walking Charlie around the neighbourhood that just has to be put on hold over the winter months!

In my neighbourhood around Saxon Hollow Drive, there are a nice mix of houses. Colonials, Raised Ranchs, Ranchs and a few Capes.

It is always interesting to see what people are intending to do with their houses and a day like today tells all. I saw a couple of new decks being planned, a front porch and then out of the middle of nowhere there seems to be a 2 car garage already added on to house that was sold last year!

I am not sure if everyone knows about another fantastic service that my company Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty has but it is our Concierge Home Services. We have relationships with reputable contractors who can help your spring renovations happen.

There is also a house available on the market near me which is listed with Mary Jordan. If you think it might interest you or someone else you may know then please let me know. I would love to show it to you.

It was so nice to walk around today and see everyone coming out of hibernation! It is such a nice mixed neighbourhood of young kiddies (playing with their bikes), grumpy teenagers (who seem to hate raking the lawn!) and empty nesters.

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"what does a Realtor do all day?"

Someone asked me "what does a Realtor do all day?" So here is it a look in to what a Realtor in Vermont does all day!

8.25am-just going to get a mug of hot water and fresh lemon and go to the office meeting-always informative-60 Realtors in one room together

Stella just got out of the meeting spoke about my new listing http://tinyurl.com/aavnpf

Stella is off to Georgia to see some clients about listing

Stella had to stop and get petrol. Unfortunately not the greenest of business driving all over. Never drive the same road twice or try not to!

Stella is off to see a lady from the overseas wives club in sth Burlington

Stella is back in the office and have got some negotiating to do with regards to an inspection - the behind the scene stuff that no one sees!Stella is making alot of phone calls - thank goodness I am involved as I am not sure this deal would stay togetherStella is setting up some showings for tomorrow afternoon - 2 houses in Colchester

Stella has just realised that she has still not eaten lunch (bar the nibbles in the car on the way to Georgia!) - I AM HUNGRY!
from TwitterFox Stella got side tracked on my way home! I am going to make Banofee pies for Bunco so need to get my baking trays back.....and my best buddy made fish head soup.....and I haven't eaten dinner

Stella will not be home as quickly as I thought! Fish head soup - Not a realtor thing but a HK thing!

Stella enjoying a glass of Cotes du Rhone and fish head soup!
from web Stella is home now - quick calls to 2 clients and then off to make the banofee for tomorrow - Charlie was so happy to see me!
Stella is trying to not lick the spoon with the toffee!Stella couldn't help it am licking the spoon! I didn't eat any lunch or dinner - fishhead soup doesn't count?!Stella is just sitting down for the evening! So that is a day in the life of a Realtor!

10.00pm Stella is wondering if anyone is thinking that being a Realtor is an easy job?!
from web

Follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/buypropertyvt

I am determined to hang out a little with Callum tomorrow - otherwise he will be 16 before I know it1

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

A Buyer's Market?

A buyer’s market should be just that - a buyer’s market. It’s not a fence-sitting, waiting, loitering, delaying, dawdling, postponing, vacillating, hesitating, wavering, faltering, pausing, foot-shuffling market. By its very name, buyers should be doing one thing and one thing only-buying. So where are the buyers and why aren’t they buying?

The great irony of a buyer’s market is that even though the opportunity to buy is high, buyer urgency tends to hit an all time low. The media becomes the excited purveyor of negative news and uninformed advice, and buyers buy it all. Actually, it feels like the only thing they’re buying. Their reluctance is ironic since not so long ago buyers were incredibly excited about buying—when it was a seller’s market. Prices were escalating and it was perhaps one of the most difficult times to buy value and yet people were buying like there was no tomorrow. Buyers were afraid of losing out by not buying even though the advantage was all to the seller. Now a shift has occurred—it’s a true buyers market and what happens? Fear is in the driver’s seat!!

When they should have been afraid of paying too much they weren’t and now that they shouldn’t be afraid of paying too much they are. Its one of the most paradoxical moments of any market and the herd instinct at is most pure. Reluctance in the face of great opportunity becomes an agonizingly defining characteristic of a shift.

Facts: The headlines are not going to tell you to “buy now”

You can’t time the market—you don’t know when the bottom really is!! History supports that if you’re always in the market, actively paying attention, although you may never sell at the highest peak or buy at the absolute bottom, you can buy right and always do well over time. Logic says that you can’t predictably time the market at the exact top and bottom.

SELLERS ARE IN THE SAME SITUATION YOU ARE IN! They know prices will come back up some day but they don’t know when. Genuine sellers want or need to sell now, but they have fears too. They don’t know if prices will go lower either so if they can sell today, they will. That means they are ready to deal because they’re afraid today might be the best price they get. This makes most very willing to consider reasonable offers.

quoted from SHIFT—written by Gary Keller and shared by Geri Reilly

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My favourite Cadbury Dairy Milk goes Fairtrade










Fantastic news!

As most of you know, I love Cadbury chocolate and I always seem to have some on me - whether it is at Open Houses, in the office or when I stop by for a cuppa!

The good news is that Dairy Milk (still yet to find a place to buy it here in VT!) is making some changes.

Click here for the BBC article

In my attempt to be a little bit greener it is another reason to continue eating chocolate!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Monday, March 9, 2009

122 Reynolds Drive Video Walkthrough

Here's a video of my newest listing, if you are interested in taking a look please give me a call, 802-846-9552.



- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What's in a Realtor's pockets?

I had an extremely busy day yesterday with a mix of showing property and dealing with inspections.

At around 4pm, I took a deep breath and for a giggle emptied my pockets.........

The contents of my duvet cover like Burton trail coat were
  • 3 pens (1 in the left pocket and 2 in the right!)
  • Business Cards (a must for a Realtor)
  • Credit Card (a must for anyone!)
  • An empty toilet roll (I went to a listing and I couldn't help but change it!)
  • A baby carrot stick (I had lunch in my car whilst waiting for clients to show them a house)
WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKETS?!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Monday, March 2, 2009

How does this tax credit benefit you?

My colleagues Julie Lamoreaux and Heather Myott were recently filmed by WCAX for an article and video clip about the new tax credit!  

By all means, am I not an a tax man but I am a Realtor and if you need any help finding a home, would like to speak to Heather Myott or would like a free credit report then please give me a call on 802 399 4502

If you are a first time buyer.....this is the year to get on the property ladder!



- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lost dog Stella even wears purple!

I had an inspection today with Sean McKenzie for some buyers that I am working with on a great little house in Burlington.

When I returned to the office, Tamira (who runs our concierge program) was in the kitchen with the rubbish bins blocking her in....."what are you doing Tamira?" I asked and then I looked in to the kitchen and there was "Stella"! Tamira had rescued her from Shelburne Road outside work.

Fortuntalely, Stella had a purple tag on with her number and Tamira was able to contact Stella's mum and dad.

We are not sure what breed she was. She was about 10 years old and seemed to be a cross between a bassett, a labradour and maybe even some spaniel!

Anyway, she was a really sweet girl and I am so pleased that Tamira has a heart of gold and that she is now back home safe and sound!

Thanks George for having your camera on hand and snapping some piccies!

I am even more thrilled that Stella was rocking a purple collar and name tag!










Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fat Town, Fit Town

Saw a very interesting news clip about life in Burlington, VT

Take a look here

I do love living here!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, February 20, 2009

Are you a first-time home buyer?

Did you know that if you have not owned a home in 3 years then you are also considered a first time home buyer?

So if you are a first time home buyer remember you are going to qualify for a tax credit if you buy your first home before 1st December 2009

Unlike the tax credit from 2008, the new credit does not have to be repaid.......but remember time is of the essence!

Here is a useful link to find out more about the tax credit.

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com

So, if you were thinking of getting out of that rented house and getting on to the property ladder then give me a call 802 846 9552.

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

In recent weeks there have been lots of discussions around most office water coolers, discussions about Congress, the stimulus package and the housing market. In our office, we have all been talking about it not stop!

It is official, Congress has enacted legislation providing a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time home buyers.

Unlike the tax credit from 2008, the new credit does not have to be repaid.......but remember time is of the essence! Only houses bought between January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009 will qualify.

Here is a useful link to find out more about the tax credit.

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com

So, if you were thinking of getting out of that rented house and getting on to the property ladder then give me a call 802 846 9552.

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Great chat, Funny words and a Flirtini!

Went to the Tavern at the Inn at Essex the other night for 'Mum's Night Out' - Yes! It has only been a couple of weeks since moving out and already I was back!

'Mum's Night Out' typically as more Mummies but there were only 4 of us! Sometimes it is nice to not have quite as many people as you really get to have good conversations!

It did become apparent quite quickly though that there really is a difference between the British language and the American language....and it is more than just Football and Soccer!

I know that when looking at property a lot of clients enjoy the terminology that I use. Stay tune as I am working on a "Stella's Guide to Real Estate Terminology"

In the meantime I have found this great website which will help!

"What is Stella saying?!" click on the caption to find out!

BTW the 'Flirtini' was delicious and worth it's weigh in gold!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, February 6, 2009

Why I am so thrilled I chose Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty


























When I was looking at getting back in to Real Estate I really shopped around to find which company I wanted to be working for. Not being from Vermont, I knew that I needed the history and professionalism of a local company.


I am so pleased that I made the choice I did. I obviously made the right choice - look at the statistics - they just don't lie!

If you are thinking of selling or buying or know someone that might be then please do not hesitiate to call me on 846 9552.

A Realtor with the best company in Chittenden County......... it would seem the best choice!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Why is it a buyer's market?

























Statistics say a thousand words!

If you would like to know more about your specific area then let me know - I have lots of information on the market!

Call me 846 9552

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Local, Local, Local

As you all know, Vermont is renowned for supporting local companies and I strive to use local companies as much as possible. Recently, Euan and I have had a bit of a mishap with a flood in the house and so therefore have been forced to renovate our kitchen and floors. I just wanted to let you know about some great local companies that we have been working with.

Planet Hardwood Floors
Paul Farrell 802-482-4404

Kitchen World
David McDonald 802-658-6971

New England Floor Covering
Brian Cherry 802-658-9336

As everyone knows when you one is remodeling, not everything goes to plan! I just want to say that dealing with local companies has been so refreshing. It is so nice to have a real life human to talk to! Thank you so much everyone for helping us through this stressful time!

I will post some pictures of our finished renovations when they are completed!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An 8 year wedding anniversary, a delicious meal and a snow storm!

Last night was our 8th year wedding anniversary. I was pleasantly surprised with a babysitter and dinner at Butlers at the Inn in Essex, VT.

WOW! We decided to have the Chef's Daily Tasting Menu and had Chef Michael Gunyan create 5 unique courses for us! Well it was delicious! We also chose the wine pairing and were so impressed.

It is always such a fantastic night when you are celebrating, enjoying great conversation, tasting delicious food and wine and then topping it off with the news that there is a snow storm on it's way!

A perfect anniversary!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Thursday, January 15, 2009

An owner occupier?

18 Cloarec Court, Burlington Listed at $219,000
My colleague Steve Lipkin has just listed a duplex in the new north end of Burlington.
Super for what we call in real estate, an owner occupier!
One two bed unit and one one bed unit.
Click here is you would like more details of the listing.





- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Friday, January 9, 2009

Fantastic New Listing

I have a beautiful new listing which is walking distance to downtown Burlington.

It has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a finished attic. It is priced at $429 900.

Please contact me for more information - my mobile number is 802 399 4502.

























































































- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401

Monday, January 5, 2009

Here is to 2009!

Happy New Year Everyone

So it is the beginning of the year and there is a buzz in the air. The weather here is Vermont is particularly mild (for this time of year!) People have been calling to see property and viewings have been getting busier.

If you are a first time buyer then this is the year to buy a property. Paying somebody else's mortgage is not benefiting you at all! I spoke with Nick Parent at The Mortgage Guys and mortgage rates are 5.25% at the moment.

Get in contact if you are thinking about buying in the spring. The new year is the perfect time to get started!

Here is to 2009!

- Stella Abraham, REALTOR

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
346 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401