Blog :: 07-2016

Using Drones to Sell Real Estate

The use of drones to capture incredible still photos and videos of properties for sale has been a game changer in the real estate industry.  

However, until recently, FAA regulations made it difficult to make use of this technology.  Recently, the FAA loosened their regulations with respect to drones weighing under 55 pounds. A drone pilot must be a least 16 years old and pass an aeronautical test at an FAA testing center. 

The pilot must retain visual contact with the drone at all times. There are also new regulations under study with respect to “micro drones” under 5 pounds.   

Best & Cavallaro has started to make use of this amazing technology, especially when selling properties on large land parcels or where it’s hard to capture the setting through ordinary photographs. It’s quite a sight to virtually fly over Twin Lakes -- check out this land listing on Twin Lakes in Salisbury, Ct. to get a “bird’s eye view.”

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    Chef and Farmer Brunch

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    On Sunday, July 31, from 11 am - 2 pm, The Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm on Route 41 in Lakeville, CT will host this year’s annual Chef and Farmer Brunch, benefiting the Northeast Community Center (NECC) in Millerton, NY.

    This year, the event will have a special twist, featuring a Challenge Cookoff, complete with celebrity judges. Participants include: Adamah, 52 Main, Berkshire Distillery, Black Rabbit, Chaseholm Farm Creamery, Falls Village Inn, Full Circus Farm, Hathaway Young Catering, Irving Farm, Isabel’s Kitchen, Liz Macaire, McEnroe Organic Farm, Milker’s Basket, Millbrook Winery, Morgan’s Restaurant, Olde Forge Farms, Peony Vodka, Rock Steady Farm, Silo Ridge, Stissing House, Summer Lunch Box Program, The Farmer’s Wife, The White Hart, and When Pigs Fly.

    This event is always lots of fun, and a great place to meet old friends, make new ones, and to entertain out-of-town guests. Most importantly, proceeds benefit NECC, supporting its many fine programs for children, seniors, families, and individuals.

    Visit www.neccmillerton.org for tickets and more information.

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      Organizing Your Garage

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      Unused household items always end up in our garage. We spend a weekend annually planning and executing a clean out. Here are some tips we’ve developed over the years:  

      Empty the entire garage—broken lamps, fencing, never used tiki lanterns, paint cans and more. Now it’s time for the shop vac—windows with cobwebs and dead insects to floor. Windows get washed. Look for signs of infestation; plug up crevices to prevent returning mice.

      We sort the inventory into piles. The transfer station gets a load – other items will be donated to The Bargain Barn in Sharon, Ct., or to Prime Finds in Lakeville, Ct.

      Then we organize remaining items. Garden pots, tools, furniture, and other spring items are relegated to one space. Fall items, de-icer, shovels, and rakes are relegated to another.  

      Hooks and shelves add real value. Trimming equipment, jumper cables, etc. hang on hooks; shelving holds fluids and sprays in easy sight. A shelf built above the garage door openers holds pool toys and lumber.

      Somehow the cleanout lasts but one year...

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        Free Summer Concerts at The Hotchkiss School

        Once again, The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Ct., is offering a season of summer concerts, featuring world class artists, faculty, and student performances. And the best part — the concerts are free and open to the public!  

        Now in its 13th season, the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Concerts are performed in the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. If you have not yet been to the Hall, this stunning venue is worth a visit for the view alone, overlooking Lake Wononscopomuc and the Berkshires. The Hall is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible, and the school grounds are open for picnics before the concerts.

        Guest artists scheduled to perform from July 10-23 are: Boris Berman, Luiz De Moura Castro, Joseph Kalichstein,  Oxana Yablonskaya, The Amernet String Quartet with Fabio and Gisele Witkowski, and Priya Mayadas.

        For details, visit the Hotchkiss website or call the concert hotline: (860) 435-3775.

         Don’t miss this free, unique, local  experience!

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