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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!

Skiing In Vermont

Vermont ski mountains continue to make improvements for the upcoming 2015-16 season, according to “What’s New for the Ski Vermont 2015-16 Season?” by Ski Vermont. Snow-making efficiency upgrades and adding more space and amenities are on the docket to make your ski experience even better this year. These enhancements paired with an Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted colder and snowier winter could mean another stellar season for those flocking to Vermont mountains to ride the “pow!”

Right up the road for our Stowe office, Stowe Mountain Resort will soon unveil a new building that adds more family-fun amenities and services, including an ice rink, Adventure Center and Alpine Clubhouse. Skiers and riders will also have more shopping and dining options during their stays on the mountain. Bolton Valley, only a quick half-hour drive from Stowe, is adding a new restaurant, South of Solitude, that will freshen the resort’s eatery options plus their team has even more ski and snowboard inventory for those needing a rental to hit the trails.

The agents in our St. Johnsbury office are excited for the Q Burke Mountain’s new conference center, adding another meeting space option, or, after work, a place to dine and relax alongside some of the best views in Vermont.

And our newest associates in Stratton will see an expanded base lodge and improved telecommunications infrastructure. The resort is even adding a webcam at the summit to broadcast mountain conditions (and shenanigans!).

If you are looking forward to ski season as much as we are, then contact our agents today. We know Vermont real estate, how to plan a Vermont ski vacation, and of course, we can help you love Vermont as much as we do! Don’t forget… the mountains open soon.