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Perfect Winter Getaway Spots Near Burlington, VT!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

Winters in Vermont might be cold and snowy but they are also beautiful and fun. The state becomes a winter wonderland to be admired and enjoyed through outdoor recreational activities. While there are endless things to do in Burlington, a day or weekend trip somewhere else in the state can give you and your family a nice little vacation away from the city. Here are two communities within a short drive from Burlington that we recommend exploring for a quick and fun winter getaway!



Richmond, Vermont

Located only 18 minutes away from Burlington via Interstate 89-S, the town of Richmond is the perfect winter getaway due to its two ski facilities. Cochran's Ski Area is a non-profit organization that offers affordable skiing and snowboarding for families. This is a favorite spot for ski lessons for children of all ages. Learn more about their affordable pricing for season tickets and lift passes HERE. If you are looking for a more classic downhill ski experience, Bolton Valley Resort is the place for you. Bolton Valley covers over 5,000 acres and boasts the highest base elevation of any resort in the state. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy lots of snow as they head down the 3,150 foot summit. Night riding is a favorite activity at this resort. There are also endless trails for nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Find out more about lift tickets, passes, and rentals HERE. Both of these ski facilities are an easy day trip for residents in the Burlington area who want to hit the slopes.



Middlebury, Vermont

Recently named one of the 15 prettiest winter villages in New England by New England Today, the charming village of Middlebury has much to offer visitors. The historic downtown is located next to Otter Creek and features unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, and beautiful churches. The community is also home to Middlebury College, which offers endless academic, athletic, and arts and culture programming and events that the general population can attend. The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History features interesting exhibits about New England history. Middlebury is easily accessible from Burlington via US-7S. The drive takes around 50 minutes.

 

 

Burlington is the perfect place for homebuyers. It offers all the amenities of a major city while being class to the charming, smaller communities that are found throughout Vermont. If you are interested in Buying a home in the Burlington area, give the Vermont Real Estate Company a call today or visit our website at http://www.vermontrealestatecompany.com/.  


Northwestern Vermont Housing Market Snapshot for 2017

by Vermont Real Estate Company

The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® has released its market statistics for January 2017. The information is derived from data contained in the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

January brings out a rejuvenated crop of buyers with a renewed enthusiasm in a new calendar year. Sales totals may still inevitably start slow in the first half of the year due to ongoing inventory concerns. Continued declines in the number of homes available for sale may push out potential buyers who simply cannot compete for homes selling at higher price points in a low number of days, especially if mortgage rates continue to increase. New Listings were down 15.1 percent for Single-Family homes and 10.0 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 1.8 percent for Single-Family homes and 12.5 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. The Median Sales Price was down 1.4 percent to $246,400 for Single-Family homes but increased 16.4 percent to $259,624 for Townhouse-Condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 29.2 percent for SingleFamily units and 19.4 percent for Townhouse-Condo units. 

Changes for January over last year at this time include:

  • New Listings were down 15.1 percent for Single Family homes and 10.0 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties.
  • Pending Sales decreased 1.8 percent for Single Family homes and 12.5 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties.
  • The median sales price was down 1.4 percent to $246,400 for Single Family homes but increased 16.4 percent to $259,624 for townhouse-condo propertie
  • Closed sales increased 0.9 percent for Single Family properties and 2.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
  • Average days on market decreased 48.5 percent or 86 days for Single Family homes and decreased 35 percent or 93 days for the townhouse-condo market.
  • Month’s supply of inventory decreased 29.2 percent, or 4.6 months for Single Family units and decreased 19.4 percent, or 2.9 months for townhouse-condo units.
The bottom line- inventory in our market is low creating strong compitition for available properties priced appropriately. Active buyers are struggling to find houses and acting quickly when properties come available. If you're looking to buy or sell in 2017 give Vermont Real Estate Company a call to stay ahead of the game. 

Helpful Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers this Spring!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

Winter is winding down and spring is almost here. Spring means warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers, and an active housing market. Spring is one of the most popular times for real estate. That means increased competition for both buyers and sellers. Although entering the market can seem daunting, you can eliminate some of that stress by working with the Top Real Estate Team in the Burlington area. You can get started today by following these helpful tips for home buyers and sellers this spring!



Spring Buyers!

Working with a realtor ensures that you have the benefit of all their expertise and local knowledge as you start preparing to buy your dream home. The very first step that home buyers should take, even before you begin your search, is preparing your Home Financing. If you have your loans set up ahead of time, you will know your budget. It can also make you more attractive to sellers by showing how serious you are about purchasing their home. When you find your dream home, making an offer can cause stress. With all the competition in the spring, this can lead to needing to negotiate. Allow yourself to stand out from other prospective buyers by remaining flexible. Many sellers appreciate a personal note explaining why their home is the perfect fit for you and your family.




Spring Sellers!

Working with a realtor ensures that you can get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly. Before you list your home, make sure that your home is ready. Curb appeal is very important. Since it is the first impression for buyers, you can make them want to see the rest of your home before they step through the front door. Spend some time decluttering and depersonalizing the space. Add a fresh coat of paint and take care of any flooring issues. Ask your realtor if there are any upgrades they could recommend for your home to make it stand out and add value. After preparing your home, you will be ready to Know What Your Home is Worth. This will help you set an appropriate price for your home.




Ready to Buy or Sell your Burlington home this spring? We are ready to help you throughout the process and make your dreams a reality! Give the Vermont Real Estate Company a call today or visit our website at http://www.vermontrealestatecompany.com/.

 

Great Winter Farmers' Market in Burlington!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

Just because it is winter in Vermont that doesn’t mean that you can’t have access to great fresh local produce and goods! The Burlington Winter Indoor Farmers' Market occurs every other Saturday now through mid-April! Head to the University of Vermont’s Dudley H. Davis Center (590 Main Street) to stock up on fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, baked goods, flowers, handmade goods, and so much more from over 50 vendors!!! This great event connects local Vermont artisans and farmers to the larger community, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and helps with economic development!


Upcoming Dates

March 11th

March 25th

April 11th



Each farmers’ market is held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Wondering if your favorite local vendor will be there? Check out the List of Vendors for more information.



While shopping, you can enjoy great live entertainment! Upcoming performers include Jim Shaw and Steve Spensley.



We cannot wait to see you at the Burlington Winter Indoor Farmers’ Market!  

 

Vermont Ranks High in Well Being!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

Vermont is the country’s 6th ranked state for well-being! In a new report released by Gallup-Healthways, Vermont was found to be one of the best states in 2016 for residents’ well-being.

 


As part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, the study looked at well-being across the nation and examined how well-being differed between the states.

 


To determine the Well-Being Index, the study looked at five key elements:

  1. Purpose - being happy with what you do every day and having motivation to achieve goals

  2. Social - presence of supportive relationships and love

  3. Financial - ability to manage finances in order increase security and reduce stress

  4. Community - liking the community you live in and feeling safe

  5. Physical - being in good health and having energy

 


In order to evaluate these elements, Gallup conducted 177,192 telephone interviews with adults in all 50 states throughout the course of 2016. The overall Well-Being Index and each of the five elements were calculated on a 0 to 100 scale, with 100 being the highest possible score.

 


When the results came in, Vermont was found to be at the top! It’s Well-Being Index is 63.5. It ranked within the top 10 states for Social, Community, and Physical well-being. Here are all of the state’s results:

 

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Home buyers are always looking for a place to settle down that allows them to have a healthy and happy life! Vermont is the perfect spot for you! There are so many great communities throughout the state to choose from but we have to say the Burlington metropolitan area is truly the best! Burlington promotes its residents well being by offering ample recreational activities, a thriving economy, excellent educational and health facilities, and so much more!

 

If you are interested in moving to Burlington, give Vermont Real Estate Company a call today or visit our website at http://www.vermontrealestatecompany.com/.

 


Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

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