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Calendar of Events

January 18
Residential Water Wells and Drinking Water

January 19
Captivating, Classic and Candid: A Review of VT Real Estate Law

January 20
2016-18 Renewal Cycle Mandatory Course

January 24
A New Way of Seeing the Landscape

January 24
8 Critical Steps in Negotiating

January 24
Seller Counseling Session

February 2
CPBR Membership Meeting
CPBR Contacts

(802) 229-0513

148 State Street
Montpelier, VT

Susan LeCours

Lisa Kelley

Jessica Landers

Julie Buffum

Immediate Past President
Kevin Barnes

State Director/CPBR Govt. Affairs Director
Patrick McLaughlin

Deb Staniscia

Frank Provance

Director, NEREN Shareholder
Betty McEnaney

Geralyn Donohue

Joe Karl

Director, Local Board Services
Lauri Bessey


VR To Meet With Gov. Scott
By Patrick McLaughlin, CPBR Government Affairs Director

The VR Directors will be meeting with Vermont Governor Phil Scott in the next of couple weeks and will have the opportunity to discuss a limited range of prioritized topics. This year's top legislative priorities will likely focus on lowering real estate taxes, growing the economy and on education finance reform.

The Vermont legislative session began on Jan 4, with hot topic discussions focusing on school choice and Act 154 (clean-up of Lake Champlain).

Live Stream Inman Connect – Jan. 17-20

Inman Connect 2017 kicks off on Jan. 20 in New York City! In case you can't make it to ICNY17, we've got you covered! You can now watch the Live Stream of the event free, courtesy of your Vermont Realtors® membership! Read

From the President

Dear Members of the Crown Point Board of Realtors®,

It is with great pleasure that I assume the role of President of the Crown Point Board of Realtors® for 2017. Having been a member for twelve years, I've enjoyed acting previously as a director, state director, and president in 2007. I feel giving back, by involvement, is critical! I am convinced that our organization does much more than most realize. My presidency now affords me the satisfaction of working with new members, as well as those who have been serving for many years.

CPBR partners with Vermont Realtors® (VR) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to keep us informed in an industry that is constantly changing. Previous board members have done an outstanding job streamlining meetings, understanding that members' time is precious. Meetings are coupled with a credited class at a reduced rate or a speaker relevant to our industry.

I urge each of you to get involved and to stay current. Greet and encourage your colleagues as we meet. Be active in the ongoing charitable work sponsored by this organization. Support RPAC and have a voice in the future. Know and recommend our affiliates, refer to the PDF on Print it for your clients and support those who support our board.

Enjoy the benefits of our VR relationship through a complimentary subscription to Inman News, premium Dotloop subscription and now a bi-monthly Vermont Property Owners Report (VPOR), which will has likely arrived in your mailboxes by now. Also, NAR has saved Realtors® a combined $59 million on products and services through the Realtor® Benefits® Program in the past year. Visit and become familiar with member benefits.

Our board is part of a much larger picture. We belong to the nation’s largest trade organization that is over 800,000 members strong. It is an exciting time to be in this business and I look forward to serving as your president this year.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!

Susan LeCours

CPBR Helping Bring People Together

Last year, CPBR received funding from the National Association of Realtors® for a Placemaker Grant to help support the improvement of Cavendish Park.

CPBR is currently seeking ideas for a 2017 Placemaker Grant to help support additional work in our communities. The grants aim to support projects that bring communities together. There may also be opportunities to partner with other organizations to support a larger community project.

If you have ideas for this year's grant, please contact Kevin Barnes at Grants of up to $2,500 are available.

CPBR Making A Difference

We received a thank you note from Anne & Bernie Gottier who are recipients of a donation from CPBR after a fire destroyed their home. The Gottiers are one of three area families that CPBR was able to help this year with funds raised at our Golf Tournament.

Our holiday event raised enough funds to enable donations to four area foodbanks, including: Chester/Andover Family Center; Black River Good Neighbors; Our Place Drop in Center in Bellows Falls; and Springfield Family Center.

Top left: CPBR member Joe Karl presents a check to representatives from the Chester-Andover Family Center. Top right: Kevin Barnes presents a check  to Audrey Bridge of Black River Goods Neighbors. Bottom left: Julie Buffum presents a check to Alexis Harris of Our Place Drop In Center in Bellows Falls. Bottom right: Julie Buffum hands a check to Dawn Reynolds to support the food shelf at the Springfield Family Center.

Facebook, Community Outreach, and the Difference You Make

Have you followed the Crown Point Board of Realtors® Facebook page? If so, you may have noticed many of our posts focusing on "Realtors® making a difference." If you haven't started following our Facebook page, you can get started here.

We would like to recognize Realtor® and affiliate members who are doing good things in the community. Many of our members work with non-profit organizations to help make a difference in the lives of others. We want recognize your good work! Don't be shy! The work you do may inspire others.

Please send us information about what you are doing to make a difference in our communities. If you have photos, that would be great! You can contact Kevin Barnes at

CPBR Welcomes New Members

CPBR would like to welcome its newest Realtor® and Affiliate members.
  • Steve Williams, Mary W. Davis Realtor® and Associates
  • Amanda Sterns, Barrett & Valley Associates, Inc. (Chester office)
  • Ethan Gilmore, Gilmore Land Consultants
  • Richard Larson, Larson Appraisal Company
  • Scott Wade, S&K Service, LLC
  • Jonathan Weidman, Jon Weidman Law/Connecticut Valley Title Service
CPBR Membership Meeting & Class

CPBR will hold a Membership Meeting and class on February 2 at the American Legion in Ludlow.

Join us for our membership meeting, Sammy Pierce Auction and a light breakfast. The membership meeting will be followed by a Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program Workshop, that will included a chance to learn the ins and outs of flood hazard and river corridor maps. Plus, get insights into Vermont Shoreland Protection guidelines. Details coming soon, but please mark your calendar!
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