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Mink Speaks at Affordable Housing Panel

Stowe Area Realty's Graham Mink is part of a team working to reform — and improve — affordable housing in Lamoille County.

Read some of the ideas and outcomes from the panel discussion in this week's edition of the Stowe Reporter/News and Citizen:

What to do?

Nine Lamoille County leaders were on a panel that batted around ideas for affordable housing reform, reflecting on Doug Kennedy’s findings.

“It’s not a secret the permitting process is a challenge” for housing development, said Graham Mink of Stowe, who owns Green Mountain Management.

But he says that, since rent has gone up in many parts of the county, it “makes it worth it as a developer” to construct long-term rental buildings.

Read more in "Housing trouble: Rents on the rise."

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    Ken Libby Appointed to 2019 Federal Taxation Committee

    Ken LibbyStowe Area Realty’s owner/broker Ken Libby was appointed to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2019 Federal Taxation Committee.

    The Federal Taxation Committee proposes, reviews and takes a position on all legislation in the U.S. Congress that impacts property rights and the ability of U.S. citizens to achieve homeownership.

    Libby said that after nine years of being a REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) member, NAR president John Smaby gave him “his choice” of what committee he wanted and Libby selected the taxation committee because “it frequently makes recommendations on ways to amend legislation to be more beneficial to home owners.”

    “I strongly believe in the NAR’s ‘Homeownership Matters’ campaign. Owning a home is still the greatest asset and I hope my work with the taxation committee will help protect that,” Libby said.

    Libby also recently served on a Presidential Advisory Group that provided council on changes to the rules for small banks. 

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