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Our Realtors Ken Libby and Thomas Mannion making connections at a recent Lamoille Chamber of Commerce event!

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    Mary Russell joins Stowe Area Realty

    Mary RussellMary Russell has joined the real estate sales team at Stowe Area Realty.

    Before pursuing real estate and rentals, Russell was a small business owner, healthcare professional and busy hockey mom. She also renovated a historic farmhouse and transformed it into a busy cafe and community gathering spot. Russell’s focus is on customer service and includes more than two decades of experience listening and understanding individual needs throughout her professions.

    Please join us in welcoming her to our team!


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      Graham Mink joins Stowe Area Realty

      Graham MinkStowe native Graham Mink has joined the real estate sales team at Stowe Area Realty.

      Mink has been passionate about real estate since his first multi-family purchase in 2004. He has experience in managing and acquiring commercial and investment properties, including redeveloping the former Lackey’s Variety Store into a retail space and apartments. His extensive knowledge of Vermont and local permitting processes makes him an ideal adviser in property sales and purchases.

      Mink settled back in Vermont after playing 13 years of professional hockey in North America and Europe. He resides in Stowe with his wife Cristina and their two children, Gunnar and Livia.


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        Ken Libby Inspires His REALTOR team

        Dear team:

        The holidays are coming up and I want to give you a small glimpse of what the real estate world really looks like:

        • There are about 2 million active real estate licensees in the United States (1.3+ million REALTORS®).
        • The median gross income of REALTORS® was $39,800 in 2017, a decrease from $42,500 in 2016.
        • 5.34 million sold homes as of August 2018 - 12-month rolling period.
        • First-time buyers were 31 percent of sales in August.
        • All-cash sales were 20 percent of transactions for August 2018. 

        Too often we slow down when we’re doing well or we slow down when everything else around us is slowing down. Today, I want you to rethink the process you have in your head. That process that you have that you don’t even know you have. This year, make a new, better plan that’s specific to your success. Specific to how you will succeed. Prospecting looks different for all of you — door-knocking, calling online leads, calling your sphere, open houses, calling past clients, etc. — but, whatever your plan is, write it down and schedule it so that you can practice it daily. 

        My point today is simple. For the next three months, be willing to do what most other agents aren’t, because other agents are failing out of this business. It’s time to make a plan to follow daily, to stick to, to live by. Design the life you want to live and execute on it!

        Ken Libby, Broker


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          Graham Mink Appointed to Lamoille Housing Partnership's Board of Trustees

          Graham MinkLamoille Housing Partnership has appointed two people to its board of trustees: Brian Story of Johnson and Graham Mink of Stowe.

          “Brian and Graham bring a wealth of municipal and private development expertise and experience to our board, along with their interest and energy,” said Jim Lovinsky, executive director of the Lamoille Housing Partnership.

          Read more from the Stowe Reporter. Congrats Graham!


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            Ken Libby to Receive Distinguished Service Award from NAR

            Ken LibbyEvery year the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) honors two of its 1.3 million members by awarding them the Distinguished Service Award (DSA).

            The 96th such award in NAR’s 107-year history was announced at the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC, on May 19, 2019. Ken Libby was the recipient along with his good friend Kit Hale of Virginia who was recipient 95.

            Candidates must have:

            • Performed in leadership positions at ALL levels of the REALTOR® organization – local, state and national associations and remain actively involved.

            • Been recognized as a local leader whose performance of service and involvement in political and community activities is extraordinary.

            The formal induction will take place in November in San Francisco at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. This meeting generally attracts 30,000 of NAR’s members.

            [Click here to read the full November 11, 2019, press release: NAR Presents Realtor® Ken Libby with Distinguished Service Award]


            Realtor honored for distinguished service

            Ken Libby, broker/owner of Stowe Area Realty, is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

            Just one or two Realtors are given the award each year; it honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and serve as leaders in their communities.

            “Ken is a proven leader in the real estate industry and in his community,” said Helen Hossley, chief executive officer for the Vermont Association of Realtors. “For more than 40 years, Ken has devoted his time and outstanding service to the Realtor association on a local, state and national level.”

            [Click here to read the full May 30, 2019, Stowe Reporter article.]


            Updated on 2019-11-12


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              We are now Stowe Area Realty Group at KW Vermont-Stowe!

              Stowe Area Realty Group at KW VermontStowe Area Realty has merged with Keller Williams Vermont in South Burlington.

              Brian Armstrong, CEO of Keller Williams Vermont, and Ken Libby, broker and owner of Stowe Area Realty, announced the merger and formation of Stowe Area Realty Group at KW Vermont-Stowe on Aug. 27.

              The merger brings together a team of residential and commercial agents with more than 75 years of sales and marketing experience in the real estate industry.

              An open house will be held Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., 1056 Mountain Road, Stowe.

              Libby began his career in real estate in 1979 and became a full-time agent in 1992. A 50-year Stowe resident, Libby has served the community as police chief, a youth coach, active member of the Boy Scout program and mentor in the greater Stowe area.

              “The merger of these two firms combines brokers with industry, local, state and national market knowledge, all with access to Keller Williams’ newest state-of-the-art technology platform,” Libby said.

              Libby recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Realtors, one of only 96 recipients so honored in the 109 years of operations of the association. He’s won numerous other awards, including being named twice the NAR Commercial Realtor of the Year for Vermont.

              KW Vermont formed in December 2009. The firm has grown to 160-plus agents.

              This article also appeared in the Sept. 5, 2019, issue of the Stowe Reporter.


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