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A Time For Giving

A Time For Giving

In an effort to help support our local food shelf, we invite you to join us this holiday season, to donate to the Lamoille Community Food Share.  LCFS is always in need of food donations, as well as monetary contributions.

Feel free to drop off either of those to our office, and we will make sure they receive.  If you would rather send a monetary donation directly, you can send to: LCFS, PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661.

Alternatively you can donate online here.  For their wish list of food items, you can go here.

Thank you for your interest and generosity, and we wish you the very best for this holiday season.

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The Mountain Scheduled to Open Friday, November 16!

Stowe Mountain Resort reports that opening day will be Friday, November 16th!  Snow making is underway, and skiing and riding should be great, since snow is forecast leading up to the opening.  Other Epic Pass resorts are opening as well, like Breckenridge and Keystone.  Many Colorado ski areas have already received up to 4 feet of snow.

If you haven't bought your Epic Pass yet, you can still do so before Nov. 18th.

For more information on opening day and Stowe's opening day celebration you can go here.

 photo credit: Stowe.com

Q3 Market Report

After a long beautiful and busy summer, the real estate market remains strong with continued buyer demand.  Low inventory remains a predominant theme, whereby the number of MLS listings hit a 3-year low.  This has caused many buyers to compete with others for a scarcity of housing choices, driving prices up in some cases.  The median price for home sales in Stowe for instance rose again significantly for the third year in a row, topping out at the end of Q3 at $620,000.  This is an increase of 11 % as compared to Q3 2017.  Some wonder if buyers might be reaching a threshold for what they might be willing to pay for a home.  Other housing markets in different locations around the country are starting to slow down as a result of these factors.  Interest rates have been on the rise, and have recently hit a 7-year high of 5.0%.  Thankfully we have not yet seen this negatively impact buyers.

Home sales in Stowe, and the rest of Lamoille County were up at the end of the first 9 months of this year.   Home sales in Stowe rose 13% in Q3.  In addition to the median price being way up, the average sales price for homes in Stowe had an unusual jump, due to a $10,500,000 sale.  This sale represents the highest priced residential sale in Vermont in years.  At the end of Q3, there were 13 pending home sales which is down from a total of 20 a year ago during the same time period.  The average days on market for homes prices under $500,000 was 70, and sales between $500,000 and $1,000,000 were on an average of 138 days.  Sales up to 1 million dollars sold only 3% less than the listed price, which has tightened over the last few years.

For more information and detail on the Stowe market conditions and the surrounding area, you can visit my website for our comprehensive Market Report. 

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Leaf Blower and Trapp Marathon - Fall Events in Stowe, VT

    

Fall in Vermont is the best time for outdoor activities.  There are 2 great, fun events coming up in Stowe, the first two weekends in October.  On Saturday, October 6th,  Stowe Trails Partnership (formerly Stowe Mountain Bike Club) will co-host the Leaf Blower Mountain Bike Festival, with MTBVT.  This is an all day mountain bike celebration including group rides for all ages and abilities, vendors, home grown food, and local craft libations.  This year the event will be staged out of Ranch Camp on the Mountain Road, where rides will disburse all over town.  For more information about this popular annual event you can go here.

On Saturday, October 13th, Trapp Family Lodge will be hosting a fun marathon, and half marathon trail run on their trail system.  This challenging event will cover their network, taking you on some of the most beautiful trails around.  For more information on this annual event you can visit Trapp’s website:

These are two great recreational opportunities where fall foliage viewing is likely to be at its best.  Also, a place and time to connect with friends and community, and celebrate this gorgeous season, upcoming.

Source: Stowetrails.org, trappfamilylodge.com

Roots Recap - Supporting the Vermont Foodbank

Cork Presents Roots

Roots 2018 was a great success!  Cork of Stowe and Waterbury, and Strawberry Hill Farm, hosted the fundraising event in Stowe on June 9th.  The goal was to send 100% of the proceeds to the Vermont Foodbank's program "Vermonters Feeding Vermonters".  This program partners with local farms to bring fresh, healthy produce and food to those in need.  It was a spectacular evening of food, wine (Cork featured their natural wines), beer and cider by restaurants and breweries in the Stowe area.  $32,202.28 was raised, and Foodbank donors matched $30,000 of this number, bringing the grand total raised by Roots 2018 to $62,202.28!! For a full recap on this event, you can go here.  Roots will be back next year, so mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8th 2019.

For photographs of the evening by TruckieLoo Photography, take a look here.

 

Natural Solutions for Garden Pests

Spring has arrived, and along with that, pests in your garden. Having a good plan early on will help you throughout the garden season. Here are some very easy natural remedies that you can make:

1. Spray

For aphids, mites, or other small insects, mix together 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of natural dish soap (like Seventh Generation or Bronner's) in a jar. Mix 2 teaspoons of this mixture to a spray bottle filled with one quart of water. Shake the mixture and spray directly onto plants to help eliminate insects. The oil will keep insects away without hurting your plants. Spray plants every 10 days or after rain. Try to avoid spraying solution into the soil.

2. Diatomaceous Earth

This natural product is typically found in the Earth’s crust. Diatomaceous Earth is made up of the sharp remains of miniscule fossilized plants and can be easily found in garden centers. For a do-it-yourself version, rinse and breakdown egg shells into a granular state, then sprinkle it around plants in your garden. The sharp contents will keep insects away without harming your plants at all.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

A great natural pesticide for flies, bees, and wasps. Simply sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil where the insects are found. They will all be gone before you know it.

4. Lady Bugs

Ladybugs are our friends.  They are pretty to look at and also help to keep unwanted insects like aphids, away. One ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids a day, and will eat other insects as well. You can order ladybugs online and they will arrive, ready to feast. Open the container at sundown to encourage them to scatter, without flying away, and they will go to work to rid your garden of insects quickly!

Happy gardening!

 Source: Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog: www.coldwellbanker.com/blog; and GobalHealingCenter.com

 

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Cady Hill Forest Update

As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership

Benefits to Staging Your Home For Sale

                                                

You've heard of "first impressions" - well, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors, if you stage your home prior to listing for sale, you can actually sell your house faster, and for more.  In some cases, by as much as 10%.  By staging your home, the  photographs will stand out amongst the competition online.  Remember, your first showing is online.  And, with 9 out of 10 buyers starting their search on real estate websites, you will want your home to look the best so the buyer makes an appointment to actually see your home, versus, skipping over it. 

What's the process for getting started?  There are many things you can do yourself.  Begin by decluttering, and removing personal items such as family photos.  These items can distract the buyer, rather than looking at the features and attributes of your home.  You will be needing to pack up these things eventually anyway, so this will give you a head start.  An uncluttered home with fresh paint, linens and bathroom towels, will have a positive emotional effect on the buyer, and allows them to envision themselves moving in.  Any deferred maintenance items should also be addressed prior to listing for sale.  Most people lead very busy lives today, and if buyers have to think about coordinating contractors and getting work done to the house prior to moving in, they may feel discouraged, and move on to the next property. 

Freshen up with paint, and new rugs - all in neutral colors.  Repair and replace items such as broken light switched, bulbs, door knobs, leaky faucets, windows, thermostats, etc. Update lighting fixtures with contemporary styles and consider replacing older kitchen appliances with sleek, eco-friendly models.

A professional home stager can be very affordable, and in most cases ending up paying for itself.  So, don't wait to stage.  You are essentially turning your home into a house for sale.  And with other homes competing for buyers' attention, this will position you best. We've seen beneficial results for our Sellers, time and time again.  

For more information and statistics about staging your home, you can go to this 2017 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors. Also, Coldwell Banker's Blog: Spring Selling Tips.

Let me know if I can help you with this process.

Source: www.nar.realtor; Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog

 

 

Holiday Giving

There are many Vermonters who are in need, and Holiday giving can make a big difference.

There are many ways to give back to our neighbors and communities.  The following organizations are in continual need of donations and additional support during the holidays:

The Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville receives calls and visits from families experiencing crises, every day.  The nurturing staff educate and support families through home, and community services.  They are also always in need of volunteers.  You can drop off food, gift and gas cards, and find out about other ways you can help by going to their website.

The Lamoille Community Food Share in Morrisville provides food security around Lamoille County.  You can drop off food items, volunteer your time at the Food Share, or make a donation through their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.   If it's easier for you, we at Carlson Real Estate collect food items for the Food Share on an ongoing basis, so please feel free to drop off any of your healthy canned and boxed goods, and we'll be sure to get them there.

Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Clarina provides advocacy programs, emergency shelter, support and direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as community outreach programs to affect social change.  Learn how you can help.

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for lower-income  families in north western VermontYou can donate funds, labor, materials, and services to help ensure the availability of affordable homes for Vermonters for generations to come.   

Chill.  This organization, founded by Jake and Donna Carpenter of Burton Snowboards, works with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and schools in local communities to select youth participants to achieve positive youth development that they couldn't otherwise reach.  For more information, you can visit their site here.

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi

photo credit: Lamoille Family Center

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Best Towns for Fall Foliage

 

Coldwell Banker's blog Blue Matter, is an award winning real estate blog, which recently featured the best towns in the country for fall foliage; and Stowe was rated #1!  The weather and foliage have been beautiful so far this year.  It's a little on the late side, due to the very warm weather we had for a couple of weeks, yet the beautiful autumn light highlights the colorful hillsides in and around Stowe.  If you are looking for some sight-seeing opportunities around the area and state, you can go here.  This coming weekend - Columbus Day weekend -  is probably going to be the peak of the season.  For other destinations across the country, you can read about The Best Towns for Fall foliage; and you can also go to Blue Matter for additional real estate related, and interesting topics.  Hopefully you are finding time to enjoy some of the joys of fall foliage.