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Lamoille Realtors® Attend Green Real Estate Symposium

William Raveis Stowe Realty agents Ken Libby, Bunny Libby and Teresa Merelman attended the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium. The event sought to educate industry professionals about appraising, selling and financing with energy-efficient and renewable-energy features.

2015 Green Real Estate Symposium

Posing for a quick picture by Lake Morey, as the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium wrapped up, are Realtors Bunny Libby, Ken Libby, Joni Gaines, Teresa Merelman and KC Chambers.

(November 2, 2015) – Lamoille area Realtors® joined more than two hundred real estate professionals on Oct. 29 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee for Vermont’s first Green Real Estate Symposium. The event, sponsored by the Vermont Green Home Alliance (VGHA), was designed for real estate professionals, home inspectors, appraisers, mortgage lenders and anyone interested in learning more about energy efficiency and renewable energy features for residential and commercial properties.

The symposium provided insights into the wide variety of green and “smart” home features now available to consumers. Attendees also received updates on Vermont and New Hampshire energy codes, new residential evaluation tools, the costs associated with owning a green home, and much more.

“Cutting-edge smart-home technologies are becoming more and more mainstream,” said Isaac Chavez, CEO of Vermont Realtors®. “As the trend towards more eco-friendly, energy-efficient homes continues to grow, it is important that real estate professionals and those involved in the real estate transaction, gain the knowledge they need to help consumers make informed decisions about buying and selling a home with these features.”

“This was one of the most exciting training programs we have attended in years,” said Ken Libby of William Raveis Stowe Realty. “The knowledge we gained will help make us more than just the professionals who help people buy and sell homes. We will be the ones that home owners trust to become smart, hands-on managers of their most important asset.”

Press release via vermontrealtors.com.

Sale Of Lackey’s Variety Store Finalized

Lackey's Variety Store Closing

From left to right: Frank and Ann Lackey, Ken Libby, Graham and Christina Mink and Richard Bennum

Frank and Ann Lackey, with William Raveis Stowe Realty’s Ken Libby, congratulate Graham and Christina Mink and Richard and Nancy Bennum (not pictured) as the new owners of the iconic Lackey’s Variety Store building at 109 Main Street, Stowe. The sale was finalized October 15.

For six decades, Lackey’s was a consistent figure on Main Street, a favorite stop for local children and visitors, selling candies, postcards, books and other sundries.

At the closing, Frank Lackey said that he is pleased to see the building will be restored to nearly its original configuration and will again be an anchor in Stowe.

The new owners have already started retrofitting the 7,900+/- sq. ft. space and look forward to having retail back in the building as quickly as possible.

Libby represented the Lackeys; and, buyer Graham Mink, sales agent at New England Landmark Realty, represented his group.

(This article also appeared in the Stowe Reporter.)

Ken And Bunny Libby Host AREA Retreat

By Ken Libby

I had the pleasure of hosting about 65 real estate agents for the annual Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA) retreat at the Stowe Mountain Lodge on Sept. 11-13. The three-day event sought to help agents learn more about “Harnessing the Power that is AREA.”

AREA is an international real estate referral network representing luxury residential properties, commercial properties, land, resorts and selected developments throughout North America. The event was an extraordinary networking and educational opportunity for some of the brightest and best agents from around the nation (many are board members and leaders, providing quality support to their peers and clients in an ever-changing marketplace).

During the series of informational sessions, panelists debated the meaning of leadership, what to do in gray and/or challenging real estate situations and best practices in the field. In the vein of education were discussions on marketing, client communication and improved business strategies with the help of AREA.

Throughout the weekend, it was great to see so many social posts from agents who enlivened our special place with pictures from the top of Mt. Mansfield, hiking in Smugglers’ Notch or enjoying the village. Some found the Depot Street Malt Shop for a step back to the 1950s while others ventured out to the Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm. Fifteen agents also gave a huge thumbs up for dinner at Gracie’s on Friday night.

I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to all who attended the conference, agents from California to Florida and everywhere in between! Thank you to Bunny for being co-chair of the retreat, Jo Kenney (the Mistress of Ceremonies), Diana Bull, Suzanne Cooper, Ron Phipps, George Harvey, Jr., Kaki Lybbert, Ryan Asao, Audrey Novoa, Carl Bosse and so many others that acted as moderators and helped with the event. A big “Thank You!” to Trapp Family Lodge/Brewery, Stowe Mountain Lodge and other businesses that contributed their time and talents to host our group.

The members of AREA say that real estate requires a team to make any successful transaction possible and once those motivated professionals are gathered then “the world of real estate is at your feet!” I couldn’t agree more. Looking forward to next year’s retreat!