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Referrals & recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
Vermont Required Consumer Information Disclosure: please note Vermont  real estate agencies represent Sellers directly or indirectly. Buyer representation can be gained for properties not already listed by Maple Sweet Real Estate. To better understand the merits of or arrange for buyer representation, please email or call for further details.

Information Disclosure: information provided and relayed by Maple Sweet Real Estate is not represented to be accurate or free of errors. While substantial efforts are made to obtain and convey information from sources deemed dependable, Maple Sweet Real Estate does not guarantee or warranty such information is accurate or reliable. All information should be independently verified.

If your property is already listed for sale with another real estate agency, this is not intended as a solicitation of that agency’s listing.

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Giant Lumber Slabs in line to Skating Heaven

Tucked away at the edge of the Freeman Brook and Flat Iron Road in historic Warren Village, an incredible new business is born. You’d never know what was hatching inside without an invitation or some inside information.

Stacked outside the otherwise innocuous two bay garage converted into an open studio are thick slabs of hardwoods divine. The side room full of wood samples including a palette of mahogany shipped by Gibson for guitar neck experimentation. But music isn’t the main focus here in this brilliant and buzzing space.

Welcome to Warren Pieces.

The woodstove crackling, fueled by the scraps of progress. Tools across the floor, sawdust, the intoxicating aroma of exotic hardwood.

Luscious Detailing

Matt Groom & Whitney Phillips are at work.

Whitney walks in and though it’s first thing in the morning, he’s unusually clear as his wife Jesse is in contraction, the waves every twelve minutes.  Any time now….  As if their powerful industrial incubation wasn’t enough.

Stylefully Induced Camber for extra Spring in the Ride

Witnessing the start of something so clearly loaded with promise and success would be a thrill under any circumstances, but seeing the intense focus on a product so dear to boys across the planet is, for anyone who has ridden or likes to ride, like walking into a candy shop for the first time.

When I was in my early teens I’d jump the subway in Manhattan and go all the way down to the epicenter of 1970’s skateboarding, Paragon Sports. There were hundreds of boards displayed in force with kids riding through the store, wheels and tracks of every shape and color. G&S was big in long boards. But nothing in that store came close, even in the heart of the largest US city, to the ultra-fine craftsmanship on clear display on Flat Iron Road in Warren this week. Local luxury defined.

Nest of Champions

Rare Highly Sought After Spalted Maple, Choicest Raw Materials Selection

Matt shows off one of the new purchases, a radio frequency driven wood welder harnessing dielectric heating: disturbed water molecules cause friction with twenty seven million cycle changes per second translating to heat, vastly accelerating wood curing time, allowing faster production without sacrificing strength. Matt’s comes to Warren Pieces from Matt Groom Building & Remodeling, already widely acclaimed for carpentry & design excellence.

Mahogany Core, Brightens Wet

Artful Forms, Jagged Foot Grips, Wide Trucks

Skateboard Wall Hanging Piece with Rear Illumination

Exquisite Surfaces, Like No Other. Spalted Maple Detailing.

Camber Master, Hand Made Press

Whitney Phillips & Matt Groom, Warren Pieces

Warren Pieces is aiming for a special niche market, with long boards at $350, other price points to follow. Out of the gate, they can’t make enough to keep up with the traffic through the shop. One purchase after the next, for a friend or relative here or far away, a real piece of Vermont to show the surfing dudes  you don’t need an ocean to rock. It won’t be long before the word will get out, the online orders will pour in, and Matt & Whitney will be celebrities on the world skateboarding circuit.

When you take your board home, it won’t just rest in the corner or under you bed. They’ve designed stunning wall mounts to be illuminated from behind that are works of art themselves and would make any adolescent’s room jump.

QR codes will be etched in copper on board underbellies for an instant link to Warren Pieces, the website evolving now.

Everything about this entrepreneurial effort sparkles.

With Whitney’s years of sports branding and sales with Mad River Rocket the original extreme sled co., and Matt’s discerning eye, stylistic excellence and superior craftsmanship, this is one new business you can bet on. Whether you stay at the Relais & Chateau Pitcher Inn around the corner or more modest digs, don’t miss this visit.

To order your own Warren Pieces skateboard or one as a gift for family or friend, reach Whitney @ 802.371.9020 whitney@warrenpieces.com or Matt @ 802.279.3597 matt@warrenpieces.com

Stiletto Grace, Pintail.

Connect to maplesweet.com, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or call toll-free 1-800-525-7965 for more info on Warren Pieces, to arrange for showings,  list your property,  or look into Vermont’s real estate market. Skateboard showings an option…

Referrals & recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
Vermont Required Consumer Information Disclosure: please note Vermont  real estate agencies represent Sellers directly or indirectly. Buyer representation can be gained for properties not already listed by Maple Sweet Real Estate. To better understand the merits of or arrange for buyer representation, please email or call for further details.

Information Disclosure: information provided and relayed by Maple Sweet Real Estate is not represented to be accurate or free of errors. While substantial efforts are made to obtain and convey information from sources deemed dependable, Maple Sweet Real Estate does not guarantee or warranty such information is accurate or reliable. All information should be independently verified.

If your property is already listed for sale with another real estate agency, this is not intended as a solicitation of that agency’s listing.

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2011 Vermont Property Transfer Summary Data. 

This data allows you to view the average sale price in each town for parcels under and over six acres, as well as for open land. A fantastic reference point.

Connect to maplesweet.com, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or call toll-free 1-800-525-7965 to arrange for showings,  list your property,  or look further into Vermont’s real estate market and Vermont legislations related to real estate & VT property owners.

Vermont Required Consumer Information Disclosure: please note Vermont  real estate agencies represent Sellers directly or indirectly. Buyer representation can be gained for properties not already listed by Maple Sweet Real Estate. To better understand the merits of or arrange for buyer representation, please email or call for further details.
Referrals & recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
If your property is already listed for sale with another real estate agency, this is not intended as a solicitation of that agency’s listing.

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By Kerri Panchuk, Housing Wire, a LinkedIn Today Post

Barclays Capital (BCS: 11.84 0.00%) analyst Stephen Kim predicts a housing recovery buoyed by improving jobs numbers and the fact prices for nondistressed homes will have stabilized without government support.

“In the absence of a government homebuyer incentives, prices for non-distressed home sales have stabilized for almost a year,” Kim said. “This is the most important trend in the housing industry right now, and we are amazed at how little attention it has been getting from the media and the street. This stability on the part of nondistressed prices has occurred despite a very high share of distressed activity and continued declines in overall prices.”

Barclays said recent economic data — including higher job creation in November, housing starts and improved homebuyer traffic — point to some improvement potential in the sector.

In mid-2010, the federal homebuyer tax credit expired, leaving the housing market without training wheels for the first time since the 2008 economic meltdown. Yet, prices in some housing markets remained stable on the back end.

With its new outlook in the market, Barclays upgraded D.R. Horton’s (DHI: 12.68 0.00%) stock to buy and raised price targets for D.R. Horton, Lennar (LEN: 19.27 0.00%), Toll Brothers (TOL: 21.30 0.00%) and Meritage Homes(MTH: 22.92 0.00%).

At the same time, the investment bank raised its 2012 earnings-per-share estimates for D.R. Horton, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte (PHM: 6.48 0.00%) and Toll Brothers, while lowering its estimates for KB Home (KBH: 8.23 0.00%).

“Thus, the key to timing housing’s recovery depends primarily on when these first-time buyers decide it is safe to buy a house,” Kim concluded.

Write to Kerri Panchuk.

 

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Trophy house at river’s edge, slate stack fireplace crackling, four star stainless appliances, red birch shimmering floors, tiger maple cabinets, track lighting, bling, eye candy, bells and whistles.

In spite of the sheer perfection, Claire (our fictitious character) Johnson’s internet connection crawls, she patiently and at times not at all so patiently waits for the seemingly modest website to appear, the youtube clip that cranks to an intermittent halt, the streaming on demand Netflix film that crashes and brings on the unexpected intermission or worse yet, an error message highlighting the glaring inadequacy in her life: she’s too far off the center of the grid, technologically trapped in that tempting but teasing gray area of existing but incomplete access.

Claire Johnson is experiencing what realtors and developers already know. Homes without boradband access and solid cell phone coverage can be more challenging to sell and stay on the market longer than their better connected bretherin.

e-State Vermont here we come. To every nook and cranny, the four corners, to every take-back-Vermonter and granny pining to Skype with the li’l ones across the shining seas. Public delcarations, promises and unshakable determination.

So… When?

With iPads flying off the Small Dog shelves, iPhones & Androids taking over the airwaves and bandwith, you and I spending more and more time in cyberspace and aiming for instant information sans delay, many of us look to the day that optical fiber will be as widespread as the common telephone and power lines.

Aiming for One Gigabyte Per Second.

Smartening Up

U. S. Sen. Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), Rep. Peter Welch (D) and Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) Friday July 2nd announced the largest public investment in broadband infrastructure ever made in Vermont.  Federal agencies have awarded two Vermont telecommunication organizations a total of $47.1 million in federal economic recovery grants to build fiber optic networks that will help form the core of Vermont’s broadband network and bring high-capacity, lightning-fast, affordable broadband bandwidth closer to end users.

In September Senator Sanders spoke of 172 Million in recent funds received by the state to help achieve statewide broadband access.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy announced October 28th over $17M in competitive awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Northeast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (now there’s a mouthful), aka NECC, a coalition of five states (VT, ME, NH, RI and DE) to build a high-speed fiber optic network across the five states, linking universities and research institutions.

Optical Color Code
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) was awarding a $33.4 million grant to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and a $13.7 million grant to the Vermont Telephone Company (VTEL) through NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  The two grants are part of a $7.2 billion broadband investment program that Congress and President Obama crafted as part of last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
VTA is using the funds to build Vermont Fiber Link, a statewide, mid-mile fiber network increasing bandwidth and reducing broadband costs to state offices, healthcare institutions, schools and other critical customers.
Broadband Infrastructure Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who pressed for inclusion of broadband infrastructure funding in the economic recovery package, added, “These federal investments are the largest public investments in boosting broadband access in Vermont‘s history, and the benefits will ripple throughout our economy… This is the vital first step in delivering state-of-the-art broadband service to every Vermonter.”
“It is no overstatement to say that the future of Vermont’s economy depends upon the swift and complete deployment of broadband throughout our state.” said Welch, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. “This grant is a major boost to Vermont’s communications infrastructure. It will provide broadband access to key institutions and bring us closer to our goal of a truly connected state.”

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“Ensuring that all Vermonters have access to broadband service is a top priority of mine,” said Governor Douglas.  “We’ve been working hard to achieve that goal through the e-State initiative, the VTA and support of other broadband initiatives.”

Douglas, who launched the e-State initiative in 2007 as part of his Vermont Way Forward, that led to the creation of the VTA, noted that during the past legislative session Vermont invested $2 million in the Capital Bill that will contribute to this project and another nearly $3 million for his Backroads Broadband program to help service those hardest to reach Vermonters.

A ten per cent increase in wireless phone penetration translates, according to the GSM Association, into a 1.2% increase in GDP.

And Governor Douglas expands “it revolutionizes our telecommunications infrastructure by setting the goal of making Vermont the nation’s first “e-state” where quality data and cellular voice coverage and high-speed broadband are available to every Vermonter anywhere within our borders, at anytime—by 2010.

We would be the first state where every community redefines civic involvement with local blogs, online forums and real local content.The first state where every classroom has its own wiki and every student can access the library at Oxford, tour the Louvre or converse with a peer halfway around the world—all from their rural home in the mountains of Vermont.

Vermont would be the first state where entrepreneurs can experience our exceptional quality of life and our amazing landscape, all while being constantly connected to customers and markets across the globe.”


Fiber Casting

Brian Dubie & Peter Shumlin, in their campaigns for Governor, both campaigned on securing broadband access across the state by 2013, the same three year period Governor Douglass had aimed for. Here are both Dubie & Shumlin in their own words.

For more information on the e-State expansion, check out the Vermont Telecommunications Authority site

To expand or sell your Vermont holdings, visit Maple Sweet Real Estate @ http://www.maplesweet.com, call 1.800.525.7965 or email info@maplesweet.com

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Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg : “The mission of the company is to make the world more open and connected”

Derived from the Phillips Exeter Academy printed student manual where Zuckerberg went to boarding school, Zuckerberg wrote Facemash on October 28th, 2003 as a Harvard University sophomore hacking dormitory ID images and generating 22,000 views in the first four hours online, later facing dismissed charges of breach of security, violating copyrights & individual privacy and expulsion.

After putting it on Harvard’s Kirkland online mailing list there were somewhere between twelve and fifteen hundred registrants. Initially limited to Harvard students, half of the undergrads signed up within the first month, and facebook later expanded to other Ivy Leaguers, university students, high school students and finally anyone 13 or older with a valid email address.

Zuckerberg incorporated “Thefacebook” in 2004 and formally launched facebook with his Harvard roommates in September 2006 after purchasing the domain name facebook.com in 2005 for $200,000.

By 2005, the use of facebook had become so ubiquitous, the generic verb “facebooking” was born describing the process of browsing others’ profiles or updating one’s own profile.

Financial investors have included PayPal founder Peter Theil with a 2004 $500k investment, Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, and potential suitors Google & Yahoo. Microsoft purchased a 1.6% share of Facebook for $240 million in 2007, giving Facebook a total implied value of approximatey $15 billion and the same year Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing invested $60 million.

This controversial social stimulant has been blocked in China, Vietnam, Iran & Syria. Over a dozen privacy and consumer protection groups filed actions against facebook for violation of consumer privacy rights. facebook privacy has  been compromised a number of times including the sale of fans and friends, most recently highlighted with Time Magazine’s May 31st, 2010 cover story.

60 Minutes televised interviewed Mark Zuckerman & did a piece on facebook in January of 2008 as the momentum was gaining and on facebook’s challenges.

For a concise review of criticism leveled at facebook, including successful lawsuits, see this Wikipedia article.

According to Time, one in four browsing the internet not only have a facebook page but have been to the site in the last 30 days and 28% of the users are over 34.

In contrast to MySpace which allows users to decorate their profiles using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS),  facebook only allows plain text. iPhones, Google’s Android and other smart phones are facebook compatible and some include facebook apps you can download for mobile posting and connecting.

Create separate pages for each of your businesses separately from your individual profile which friends can shine favor on by bestowing their “like” blessings. Create groups like the one Time magazine put together to solicit the photos on it’s cover of 1,295 savvy participating facebookers.

A 2009 compete.com study ranked facebook as the most used social network worldwide by monthly active users followed by MySpace. Facebook is expected this year to include 500 million active users or “citizens”.

In December 2009, the New Oxford American Dictionary declared their word of the year to be the verb “unfriend”:

unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a “friend” on a social networking site such as facebook. As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on facebook after we had a fight.”

This year facebook announced work on the company’s first custom data center in Prineville, Oregon. When completed this summer, the 147,000 square feet (13,700 m2) building will occupy 30 acres (0.12 km2) of the 124 acres (0.50 km2) site they purchased, and will house 35 employees. The company has soe 1,400 employees worldwide including the US, Dublin, Tokyo, Sydney and more, publishing in 70 languages while ensuring split second updates to keep the social interaction fresh.

Registrants beware. facebook is designed for maximum addiction, incorporating a series of what it calls “ah-ha!” moments crafted to pull you in to realize facebook is so smart it will be indispensible to your social future. If you aren’t audacious enough to venture out in real life or digitally looking for friends to invite into your world on facebook, it will recommend them based on your circles of influence, interests, location and existing friends. Social intelligence avails itself.

Here’s  a tongue in cheek video on facebook etiquette to help ensure you’re thoroughly schooled in the ins and outs of this brave new world:

If you’re feeling insecure, take your redemption campaign online. facebookers pay attention to how many friends they have and accumulate (or lose!) and you can spend hours searching facebook’s database for every soul you’ve been introduced to and send out a zillion friend requests to expand your social empire. That is unless you’d like to eat dinner or do something real like go out for some exercise.

Inside facebook headquarters

At some point you may either tire of being so pubic or just want to leave the world of facebook behind. To delete your facebook profile, click here. Clicking on the link won’t delete your profile immediately but will set you along the thread to get it taken care of.

Information for this article is drawn from both Wikipedia and this week’s Time Magazine articles including direct quotations.

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