Blog :: 01-2015

Meet The Team! Featuring Agent Stacey Barton!

Agent Spotlight...Stacey Barton!

 

Stacey Barton is one of our most seasoned agents here at Signature Properties of Vermont. Recently, we interviewed Stacey as part of our ongoing 'Agent Spotlight' series; she's a valuable asset and we are proud to have her!

 


Let's get to know you Stacey, first off, how many years have you been selling real estate?

30

 

How long have you been at Signature Properties?

5 years going on 6!

 

You've had a successful career! What brought you to Signature Properties?

Having worked with our broker/owner, Hank Gintof, for many years at a large franchise office, I was well aware of his leadership style, work ethic and integrity. I very much wanted a smaller, tight-knit company with tried and true leadership, a good support staff and like-minded coworkers. Coming to Signature Properties has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. 

 

Let's learn a little more about you. Can you share your favorite quote?

"This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I loved you." John 15:12

 

We know you're passionate about real estate, but what are some of your other favorite pasttimes?

I'm really an introvert (believe it or not!), so lots of reading, lots of laughter, lots of watching our sons play sports and spending time with my whole family -- which now includes two wonderful grandchildren!!

 

What is your favorite book, or something you've been reading lately?

The Bible 

 

If you could learn to do anything what would it be and why?

I would enjoy many aspects (not all!) of being a doctor, psychiatrist, lawyer or private detective! I love anything that causes me to brainstorm, help people and problem solve!

 

What made you choose a career in real estate?

In 1982, I was a senior in high school with no real plans. My father was an anti-college builder/contractor. He encouraged me to get my real estate license, so I could market his properties. While I had no idea what that entailed at the time, I blindly jumped in and became the youngest real estate agent in VT -- I had just graduated high school and was 18 years old.

 

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

Buying and selling homes is not for the faint of heart! I love helping people navigate that seeming gauntlet and always hope I am somehow making a difference in that little part of their lives.

 

Give one piece of advice to someone thinking of buying a home today.

The BEST advice I could ever give someone is this: Seek out someone you trust to give you recommendations of professionals they have worked with to successfully solve their real estate problems. Once you choose to team up with him/her, commit to trusting them, so that you have the best working relationship possible, which in turn makes for the best outcomes.

 

How do you stay at the top of your game?

Haha - by doing myself what I just shared! In a number of different areas of my life, I have certain people that I go to who have proven themselves to be very available, reliable and trustworthy. Whether or not I totally understand the direction they send me, I know from experience that I can trust it as is the best course to take, and then I follow it without hesitation.

 

Tell me about your proudest achievement.

Finding such a wonderful, loving husband 28 years ago.

 

Finish this sentence: If I'd known then what I know now...

The "what ifs" and "if onlys" aren't real, so I don't give them one precious moment of my time. 

 

We are proud to have Stacey in our Signature Properties family! Her experience, care and dedication to her clients makes her a valuable resource for us, and the community as well.

 

Have any unanswered questions? Get in touch with Stacey directly!

 

Stacey Barton, Realtor

Showing you the way home...

(802) 310-2014

Email Stacey

 

5 Easy DIY ways to beautify your bathroom on a budget

 

Give your bathroom or powder room a 'wow' factor with these simple and inexpensive, DIY projects!

1. Make storage pretty - Use apothecary jars, mason jars or even crystal sugar bowls (found inexpensively at thrift shops!) to hold q-tips, cotton balls, hair ties and other necessities. Find a soap dispenser to match, or re-purpose one of the jars with a screw on nozzle and you're on the right track! Not only do these serve their purpose of storage, but they add an instant visual appeal at the same time.

2. De-Clutter - It seems bathroom storage is always pushed to the maximum. Get hair dryers, straighteners and other odds and ends off of your counters by attaching magazine holders inside of cabinet doors. No more unsightly wires to get tangled!

3. Embellish Cabinets - A coat of paint will go a long way in changing the look of your cabinets (have laminate cabinets? No problem! Check out this DIY tutorial for painting instructions). If you want to go further, find molding to attach before you paint, or try using wallpaper inserts! Swapping out hardware is a fun way to make a dramatic difference as well, and since most bathrooms have few cabinets and drawers, it will also be inexpensive.

4. Frame your mirror - Add instant drama by framing your bathroom mirror. It's as simple as buying thick molding and gluing it, or if you have the carpentry skills, make a real custom frame to hang on the wall. Bring your mirror dimensions to the hardware store and they'll miter the edges for you. Paint in a metallic color for extra flair.

5. Replace your towel rack - Towel racks are useful, but not very visually appealing. Instead, hang a pretty coat rack, individual hooks, or even mounted door knobs for a quirkier look. Hang fresh towels to offset your new look!

Home Buyers Series: How To Avoid Paying Too Much Vol. 5

 

Shop with your head, not with your heart.

What type of home is right for you? This is one question you need to begin answering before you step foot into a home for sale.

Remember the 'Wants' and 'Needs' list you made a few weeks back? It's time to pull that back out and look at it after each home you visit. Check off what items the home fulfills and soon enough you'll find the most logical choice. Be sure to go over this list with your agent as well - the unbiased feedback from a third party can often times help resolve uncertainties. As you begin looking for homes, don't forget the purpose of your list. Shopping for a home is an emotional process. Following your heart will cost you money; using your head will save it.