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Posted by: VHFA on 7/22/2008

trophyWe're happy to announce VHFA's final four top originators for the past fiscal year:

  • Deb Corey, Chittenden Bank
    Bennington County
  • Laurie Laliberte, Chittenden Bank
    Rutland County
  • Cathy Eakins, Chittenden Bank
    Windham County
  • Paul Chandler, Universal Mortgage Corp.
    Orleans County

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/17/2008

vermont energy saver logoYou might have recently seen or read stories in the news about the new Vermont Energy Saver Program.

The program is designed to assist Vermont homeowners in reducing energy bills by financing energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

The program's being offered by six regional revolving loan funds, in partnership with the State and VHFA.

It's part of the State's Vermont Food and Fuel Initiative, created to help Vermonters deal with increasing home heating, gasoline and food costs.

"Within these first weeks of the Food and Fuel initiative, we are encouraging people to call 2-1-1 as the first point of contact," says David O'Brien, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service. "And because people routinely use the Internet to conduct research, we have designed this website as another resource for them."

Read more about the program at the Food and Fuel Initiative Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/17/2008

trophyWanda Allaire with Universal Mortgage Corp. in Morrisville is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Lamoille County for 2008.

We'll be announcing our remaining handful of top originators next week.

Congratulations, Wanda!

Posted by: VHFA on 7/16/2008

trophyKathy Sarnes with Connecticut River Bank in Springfield is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Windsor County for 2008. Susan Laferriere with Union Bank in St. Johnsbury took the honor for Caledonia and Essex counties.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing our remaining top originators later this month.

Congratulations, Kathy and Susan!

Posted by: VHFA on 7/14/2008

housing data siteThe Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont, VHFA's partner in developing the Vermont Housing Data Web site, is conducting an online survey of the site's visitors.

Take the survey now for a chance to win an Apple® iPod® nano!

CRS's survey, which will run into the fall, is the first step in a grant-funded initiative to improve content and usability of the site.

In October, CRS will begin hands-on usability testing of the site at locations around the state.

Vermont Housing Data, the largest single online source for Vermont-related market rate and affordable housing information, debuted in 2003. We performed an extensive redesign last summer to give the site a fresh look and bring it in-line with the latest Web code and accessibility standards.

The site won a National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) Award for Program Excellence in 2005. More recently, it was critiqued by Web guru Jeffrey Zeldman at "An Event Apart," a designers conference held in Boston last month.

For more information about the survey, or to sign up for usability testing this fall, contact Chip Sawyer.