Making Your Entry Inviting with Plants

One item from our Handout   “Big List of Things To Do when Getting Ready to Sell Your House! “ is “Make your home’s entry inviting: Spruce up the entry with flowers or a door decoration and by making sure the door, hardware, doorbell and house numbers are in good working order, clean and polished.”

With the beginning of June, it is outdoor planter time, so we wanted to share these 3 articles with great information on how to spruce up your entry with flowers.

We hope you find them helpful!




From  -  25 Best Front Door Plants to Beautify Your Home's Entrance Make a good first impression with these pretty plants for your front door.  BY ARRICCA ELIN SANSONE

“Plants are the perfect way to boost curb appeal. Whether you choose annuals, perennials or shrubs, they smarten up any entryway and make it feel like there's no place like home! “

From  -   How to Use Large Planters Near the Front Door By Christina Ash

“Large planters stand out when people approach your house, and they give you an opportunity to provide a strong design statement. Whether you choose to be dramatic and architectural or more low-key and traditional, the key to successfully using large planters is  to have them in balance -- with each other, with your house and with what you plant in them.”

From  -  4 Pretty Front Door Plants You Can't Kill If You Tried Even if you have a black thumb, you can turn your doorway into a showstopper.  By Lauren Oster

“According to pro gardener and author Christina Salwitz, creating a striking yet easy-to-care-for plant combo is simple.”


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    Friendly Backyard Ideas

    24 Budget-Friendly Backyard Ideas to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Getaway

    From: by Jessica Bennett | updated Apr 13, 2020

    1) Make DIY Planters

    2) Cozy Backyard Ideas

    3) DIY Backyard Fire Pit

    4) Plant Inexpensive Perennials

    5) Living Fence Idea

    6) Invest Smartly

    7) Backyard Furniture Ideas

    8) Small Backyard Ideas

    9) Backyard Patio Ideas

    10)  DIY Outdoor Seating

    11)  Backyard Lighting Ideas

    12)  Vintage or Handmade Backyard Décor

    13)  DIY Backyard Accents

    14)  Display a Collection

    15)  Backyard Hardscaping Ideas

    16)  Use Off-the-Shelf Materials

    17)  Vertical Gardening Tips

    18)  Choose a Simple Plant Palette

    19) Choose an Inexpensive Paving Material

    20)  10-Minute Outdoor Décor

    21)  Low-Cost Backyard Seating Ideas

    22)  DIY Backyard Ideas

    23)  Add Vintage Hardscaping Elements

    24)  Build Color with Containers



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      Spring Organic Lawn Care Tips

      Spring Organic Lawn Care Tips


      Set Your Mower Deck Height High 2” to 3”

      Taller is better for healthy roots and to suppress weeds, also make sure blades are sharp and do not mow when wet.


      Leave Grass Clipping on the Lawn

      Decomposing clippings add nitrogen to the soil.


      Dethatch and Core Aerate the Lawn

      Get your lawn off to a good start by dethatching and aerating, as it allows moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil.


      Cast Grass Seed Over the Lawn

      Casting grass seed over the lawn and on bare spots will fill in any thin areas.


      Sprinkle Compost Over the Lawn

      Compost is a Great Way to Feed Your Lawn, sprinkle over lawn and use back of rack to work into the grass.



      If you cast grass seed and compost on the yard, make sure to water (if needed) to keep it moist.


      Spring is the perfect time to buy or sell a home. If you are thinking of a move, call Don or Shannon TODAY!!




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        Congrats to Shannon - ePRO Certificate

        We are delighted to announce Shannon Marcelino Earns e-PRO® Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the National Association of REALTORS®.

        Shannon joins nearly 40,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR’s e-PRO® certification and dedicated their time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today’s hyper-connected consumers.

        NAR redesigned the e-PRO® curriculum to better meet the challenges of today’s real estate market. The new e-PRO® program has been expanded to include data security and strategies for safeguarding clients’ private information.

        Social media is evolving every day so it is vital that REALTORS® embrace the new technology and online resources that have become an integral part of the home buying and selling process. Agents who earn the e-PROÒ certification are dedicated to making the most of today's social media and technology to help consumers with their real estate needs, whatever they may be.

        For more information about NAR’s e-PRO® certification, visit or contact Shannon Marcelino of The Marcelino Team.



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          3 NEW LISTINGS! Calling all Investors!


          Just Listed!

          Three well maintained multi-family properties in Burlington. 

          Many recent updates and great numbers. 


          Click the MLS # for detailed information!

          MLS# 4801555

          31 Hyde St.

          10 Units, 7.28% cap rate



          MLS# 4801558

          57-59 Buell St.

          8 Units, 6.25% cap rate


          MLS# 4801559

          71-73 Elmwood Ave.

          18 Units, 7.31% cap rate




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            We Are So Excited To Get Back To Work For YOU!

            Governor Scott announced Friday that certain businesses and organizations are able to return to work starting on Monday, April 20, with specific guidelines as outlined in Addendum 10 to Executive Order 01-20.  Real Estate Agents were included on that list!

            What does this mean? 

            This means we will be able to offer you quality in person service while adhering to all guidelines in place by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Center for Disease Control.

            To protect our customers, clients and our community we will begin in person meetings, as one real estate professional and one client only at scheduled times, with the understanding neither party has symptoms of illness, both parties will observe strict social distancing rules, use protective coverings and practice proper hygiene.  These are challenging times and our health is of the upmost importance.  

            The Marcelino Team will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our customers, clients and our community while also ensuring you we are here for all your Real Estate needs.  Together we will keep each other safe and together, we will move forward to sell and/or find your home!

            Please contact us with any questions you may have!  We look forward to seeing you very soon.

            Safely in this together, The Marcelino Team


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              Congrats to Shannon - PSA Certification


              We are delighted to announce

              Shannon Marcelino Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification


              The National Association of REALTORS® offers the PSA certification to REALTORS® as determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives. “Consumers deserve accurate property value assessments, so NAR is proud to provide REALTORSÒ with a credential that provides enhanced tools, education, and expertise to determine the most accurate value for a home,” said Marc Gould, Executive Director of the Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education.

              “Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA” is the required one-day course for the PSA certification that provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to select appropriate comparables and make accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through the details of comparative market analyses and the underlying pricing principles that inform them, and interact effectively with appraisers. In addition to completing the course, participants are required to view two required webinars. Once awarded the certification, REALTORS® will be equipped to guide clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values. For more information about the PSA certification, visit




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                Easter Crafts

                Easter will look a little different for most. We hope the large selection of Easter crafts below will help keep everyone busy and decorating for Easter with what you have in stock.


                From: - 40+ Simple Easter Crafts for Kids

                From:  - 62 Best Easter Crafts for Kids and Grown-Ups Alike 

                From: - 20 Best Easter Egg Coloring Pages to Keep Your Kids Busy for Hours

                From: - 20+ Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

                From: - 25+ Easter Crafts for Kids - From Lots of Crafty Ideas


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                  Versatile Easter Recipe

                  With everyone trying to stay apart, so we can be together again, we thought having a versatile recipe for Easter could make this easier.  This recipe can be used for breakfast, brunch or as an appetizer. The recipe below is as we found it on, but if you don’t have the ingredients listed, don’t go shopping, use what you have. Here are some of our substitution ideas- No tube of biscuit dough, use homemade biscuit dough or pie dough or bread dough or phyllo dough. No sausage or you’re vegetarian, use another precooked meet or vegetable.  No cheddar, use another kind of cheese, just keep in mind flavor combinations and the fact that you may have to adjust cooking time. Create and Enjoy!

                                                                                                 Happy Easter,  The Marcelino Team

                  Sausage Cheese Biscuits

                  Standard Ingredients

                  1 tube (12 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 ct)

                  1 pckg (8 oz) fully cooked breakfast sausage links

                  2 large eggs, beaten

                  1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

                  3 tablespoons chopped green onions


                  Standard Instructions:

                  Preheat oven to 400°.

                  Roll out each biscuit into a 5-in. circle; place each in an ungreased muffin cup.

                  Cut sausages into fourths; brown in a skillet. Drain.

                  Divide sausages among cups.

                  In a small bowl, combine eggs, cheese and onions; spoon into cups.

                  Bake until browned, 13-15 minutes.

                  Keep any leftovers stored in the fridge.


                  Nutrition Facts for standard recipe:

                  1 biscuit: 227 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.



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                    Spring Time Yard Projects

                    Beautiful VT Spring Weather Today and Tomorrow

                    Here are a few ideas to get out in your yard and take advantage.


                    7 Enjoyable DIY Yard Projects To Tackle When You Have Nothing but Time

                    From: By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Apr 3, 2020


                    1. Pull weeds

                    2. Sow seedlings and forced bulbs

                    3. Pick up sticks

                    4. Organize and clean tools

                    5. Refresh your mailbox

                    6. Create a gardening tote

                    7.  Rehab garden pots





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