Author Archives: Lisa Van Dore

About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Meeting With a Listing Agent

Thinking about selling your home?  I highly recommend that you interview at least three real estate agents.  Even if you have a “go-to” agent, for example, someone you have used in the past or an agent who comes recommended by … Continue reading

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Real Estate Round Up

Some interesting reading from around the real estate world. Yippee Ki-yay! Bruce Willis Cuts the Price of His Idaho Mansion ~ Again! First up, take a  look at Bruce Willis’ Idaho mansion.  For a mere $7M you can own this … Continue reading

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What’s on the Market in Sherborn, MA

I lived in Sherborn for 11 years…my kids basically grew up there, with my son starting out at Pine Hill Elementary in first grade, and graduating from the high school in 2013.  I may be biased, but Sherborn is a … Continue reading

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6 Design Trends for 2015

Home decorating…just about the time you get the entire house “done” it’s time to start over again.  While many of us update our wardrobes with some frequency to follow the fashion trends, changing out our home decor is a slightly … Continue reading

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Online Real Estate Photo “Don’ts”

The most recent stats indicate that 96% of home buyers start their search on the internet…with websites like realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia available this probably isn’t much of a surprise.  And as you might expect, buyers make decisions about which … Continue reading

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7 Great American Road Trips

Here in Massachusetts we have had some unusually warm weather (we were just shy of 90 degrees on Mother’s Day!).  While many people are probably aware of the record-setting amount of snow we had, it was also an especially cold … Continue reading

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What you get for $1,000,000…

The New York Times does a regular feature in its real estate section which is one of my favorites.  It is called “What You Get For…” and highlights 3 homes in different parts of the country for a certain dollar … Continue reading

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Real Estate Reading

Today I want to share with you some interesting articles related to real estate that appeal to anyone with a general interest in what is going on in the market.  These are all fairly quick reads that are perfect for … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Create a Beautiful Outdoor Living Space

A friend posted a picture on Facebook the other day of a tiny patch of snow with the caption “Some people just don’t know when to leave.”  As of Saturday I had a teeny tiny patch left in a spot … Continue reading

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8 Popular Countertop Materials, the Pros and the Cons

A few weeks ago I posted a two-part series called “8 Tips on Choosing Kitchen Countertops” (see here for Part 1 and Part 2).  Those posts walked through what to do before you look at materials, things to consider when … Continue reading

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