Jerry Smith

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Over & Above
Hyde Park Vermont 05655


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Over and Above Aerial Photography originated as the brainchild of Jerry Smith with considerable input and support from his wife Caroline Ballard.

Jerry and Caroline also own and operate Red Door Real Estate. In viewing pictures of properties through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Jerry came to the realization that an elevated viewpoint would enable a better understanding of houses and properties. It would also give a different perspective which could enhance the look of a house. This observation led to the idea of using a tethered blimp for elevating the camera and researching the feasibility of the undertaking.

Over and Above Aerial Photography is the result of this research. The aerial equipment allows Jerry to take unique pictures of properties and other subjects and feeds his long time interests in landscape photography and Vermont.

Jerry has worn several hats over the years. His first profession was Veterinarian when he and Caroline established an all feline hospital in New Jersey which they ran for 16 years.

Looking for a better, and more relaxed, lifestyle Jerry and Caroline sold the Veterinary practice and moved to Vermont in 2002. After obtaining their real estate licenses and spending time in a conventional real estate office they started Red Door Real Estate to represent real estate buyers exclusively. They continue to represent buyers throughout Northern Vermont with Jerry as broker and Caroline as salesperson.

Jerry and Caroline live in Hyde Park Vermont where they 
work to support their adopted children which consist of two cats, two guinea pigs, as well as ten pygmy and dwarf goats. They enjoy kayaking on the nearby waterways, hiking, snowshoeing and working in the woods.

Our combined real estate experience and knowledge of the region are at your service. Being a married couple we will typically have one of us be primary contact for our client.  We do however frequently work as a team to find properties and guide clients through the buying process.  

We are ready to help you reach your real estate goals by making your needs our number one priority. We recognize you have a choice when it comes to working with a real estate professional. We hope to earn your trust and help you discover that using a Buyer Agent is the smarter way to buy a home or land.

Caroline Ballard grew up in Philadelphia, PA spending winter vacations in Vermont. After attending undergraduate school at Dartmouth College, Caroline earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn she met Jerry Smith who she married. They jointly established an all feline veterinary practice in Northern New Jersey.

Moving to Vermont full time has allowed Caroline to spend more time outside kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking and watching the birds go by. With Jerry's help she is learning some building skills. 
Starting a new career in real estate has been exciting. She has gone back to the classroom for specialized training to qualify as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and as a Senior Residential Specialist (SRES). She is also trying to improve her computer skills while acting as website coordinator for the Lamoille Community Food Share in addition to her other duties as volunteer and board member. She won the 2012 Volunteer Leader of the Year award from the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce.
Real Estate Professional Organizations: Lamoille Area Board of Realtors Vermont Realtors (Winner of 2007 Good Neighbor Award), National Association of Realtors, Real Estate Buyer Agent Council, and Senior Advantage Real Estate Council.

Gerald Smith (Broker) was born in Eastern Pennsylvania about 40 miles North of Philadelphia. He grew up in what was then rural, Upper Bucks County. After high school Jerry attended Penn State University where he received his undergraduate degree and worked towards a Masters degree in Veterinary Science. After Penn State he moved to Philadelphia and received his veterinary degree from University of Pennsylvania. After a couple of years in companion animal practice and marrying Caroline Ballard, also a Veterinarian, they established an all Feline Veterinary Practice in the suburbs of Northern New Jersey which Jerry and Caroline ran for sixteen years. 

Having been raised in the country, and feeling a bit adrift in suburbia, Caroline and Jerry started to look for a place which felt more like home. Vermont had that feel and over the course of a decade Jerry and Caroline worked towards being able to move to this area. Things finally came together in 2002 when the New Jersey Feline practice was sold and they could move to Vermont permanently. 

Since moving to Vermont Jerry has spent considerable time learning the real estate profession concentrating on the Buyer's side of the transaction. As when they owned the Veterinary practice Jerry feels that being honest, and willing to give as much time as it takes to get things right will result in happy clients and a successful business. Jerry spends his free time playing in the out of doors.  He has also started to do some woodworking projects. Jerry has served in local government through membership on the Hyde Park Planning Commission and the local Realtor board. Jerry also runs an aerial photography business using a quadcopter mounted camera system to take photos and video of real estate as well as landscapes and events. 

Real Estate Organizations: Accredited Buyer Representative, National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents, Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, Vermont Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Senior Advantage Real Estate Council.

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