Blog :: 2016

Use Fresh Cranberries to Make Holiday Candles for Your Home

Candles are typically our go to item for creating a dramatic and moody table for special occasions. Candles are a staple in our lives for a reason—they’re inexpensive, stylish, relaxing and make a fantastic addition to any room of your home. I suggest trying to pick something that you love (a color, a theme, or an item) and streamline your holiday home decor around it. Your holiday decor will appear more thought-out and really pop.

Attention Fall Home Sellers - Put Your Best Face Forward!

The temperatures are just starting to lower a bit, leaves beginning to change colors and Fall Market is here! It doesn’t matter how long your home has been on the market, you need to pay attention to its curb appeal…especially during seasonal changes. Now is the time to spruce up your home’s first impression to potential buyers and I have lined up Fall’s top five curb appeal fixes for home sellers:


Written by Julie Vanderblue | CEO, Vanderblue Team | President, Higgins Group Real Estate


We have seen significant change in behavior since the advent of Web 2.0 consumer generated content, and much of this transformation has to do with the world of ratings and reviews. We can now go to Yelp and either suggest or caution our fellow [...]

What's In Your Summertime Bag?

Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to pack that tote bag for the beach, lake or picnic. Fairfield County is loaded with great day trips but right here in Fairfield we have our own local beaches and lakes that provide us with endless summertime enjoyment.

We all know we need sunscreen, towels, hats, hand sanitizers/wipes, beach toys, an umbrella, to name a few.  Over the years, I have collected  & revised many time- saving “genius hacks” as they are now called for summertime trips out and about.

Here are a few of my favorite go-to’s:

Bring Summer Into Your Home With Citrus Flower Centerpieces

Written by Janine Vairo, Realtor | Vanderblue Team

The weather is really warming up and everything is very green. It is a great time to incorporate sunny yellows and green limes into your home this summer. Whether you are getting ready to put your house on the market, stage your home or just having a fun dinner party…creating floral centerpieces with fresh limes and lemons will bring that "summertime" feeling into your house.

In addition, the smell of the limes mixing with the florals creates a very fresh scent. Citrus fruits bring a natural bright element and texture to centerpieces. These floral arrangements do not take long to create and really do make a statement.

Lemons and limes in floral arrangements not only look very beautiful but they also help prolong the life of your flowers! When you add lemons (or lemon juice) to the water in your flower vase, it helps to improve the flow of water in the flower stems. In addition, the natural sugars from the lemons help open the buds on your flowers and the acid in the lemons will also help reduce the amount of residue/fungi build-up in your flower vase.

Facts and Nothing but the Facts

Lori Auerbach, Realtor on The Vanderblue Team, discusses GE’s headquarter relocation.

As much as we appreciate the benefits of social media, in many cases rumors and misinformation quickly circulate, especially when facts are missing. So has been the case regarding the GE Headquarter move to



Why do so many choose to work in Real Estate teams?

SOUND OFF with Julie Vanderblue

Featured article courtesy of the?Connecticut Post


Why do so many choose to work in Real Estate teams?

As founder of the Vanderblue Team ? a team continuously recognized in the top 1 percent of Realtors in the nation ? it is quite clear that I believe that real estate teams offer a higher level of value to


Hello 2016

Floria?Polverari, Realtor on?The Vanderblue Team and?2015 State President of the?Womens Council of Realtors,?gives a fun look at?what the New Year has in store ?



Welcome 2016! I, for one, am ready to wipe the slate clean and start again. I love opening a brand new calendar (yes, back to basics with a paper calendar!) because with it [...]