ROUSES POINT — Five years ago, Broker Sherrill Payant started one of the fastest-rising businesses in the North Country, the All Seasons Real Estate Agency in Plattsburgh.Recently, Payant created a three-person team to try to duplicate that success as she opened a second office on Champlain Street in Rouses Point.The 2006 Businesswoman of the Year explained why she directed her team northernly."We went to Rouses Point because we are one of the few real-estate companies that offer full service. We provide all real-estate services under one roof. I had several real-estate agents who resided in the Northern Tier communities. As a result, I felt that there was a need, not only to accommodate their profession, but to provide the same services for the people of Champlain, Rouses Point, Mooers, and Chazy."We were successful in Plattsburgh, and we wanted to fill the market that people had asked us to do."Payant said the best term to describe her business is "comprehensive real estate." Their services include new construction, residential and multi-family properties, waterfront, senior housing, retirement communities, appraisals, property marketing and management, notary publics, investments, real-estate consultations and expert testimony of value.Payant, who first started in the business as an investor in 1988, points out that investing in real estate shouldn't be taken lightly."It's such a complicated profession. Obviously, it is the most money that anyone will ever spend on a commodity. As a result, we try to take it very, very seriously. The team that I put together in Rouses Point (Gail Guerin, Maureen Brewster and Merritt Billiter) is very committed to the profession, and I am confident that we will be a success."Payant sees several factors that indicate the real-estate business is on the upswing in the area."We are seeing a lot of people coming from outside the area, and they are investing in our community, which leads me to believe that with that occurring, we're seeing a rebirth. Essentially, I see a lot of people wanting to migrate to the North Country."She said people perceive the area as a place with safe and secure housing to raise families with good educational systems. "It really comes down to affordablity," she said.Being close to another state encouraged Payant to try her hand in Rouses Point."My other thought for Rouses Point is that it's close to Vermont, and Vermont has limited affordable housing. We have Vermont clients, and we want to be able to serve them in the Northern Tier in finding housing that they couldn't otherwise afford in a different state."Concluding, Payant said she wanted to thank the people of Rouses Point for making their move an easy one."They certainly welcomed us with opened arms. The planning committee, the mayor, a lot of people have been instrumental in welcoming All Seasons to the community. That made the transition exciting for us."
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