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Meg Kauffman

Amazing Time Lapsed Video of Stowe, Vermont

Stowe is a magical place, all four seasons of the year.  Stowe resident, Mark Vandenberg, co-owner of Sun & Ski Inn and Suites, is a local photographer and videographer.  He just recently finished this amazing video of Stowe highlighting all of the amazing aspects of the local landscape and events throughout the year.  Mark started the project back in January of 2014, and covered a lot of ground.  Despite the freezing cold temperatures and early morning wake up calls to set up the video equipment, he was happy with the outcome.  Since he posted the video, it's already been shared hundreds of times.  Click here to check out this impressive time lapsed account of Stowe, turn up the volume, and see how many times you actually hit the play button again.  Hope you enjoy it.

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    When is the best time to list my property?

    Many of my clients have asked me this question.  Properties come on the market throughout the year.  But, what is the best time to list a property for sale?  First impressions are what resonate most with buyers.  You want to have your property looking its best, so typically spring or early summer is the best time to list your home.  When the grass is green, your flowers are blooming, and the windows are open to allow the fresh, warm breeze through your house; these are the highlights which will create an image that buyers can connect with emotionally.    Most buyers begin to look for homes at this time as well.  In fact there are many buyers currently in the market place waiting for more homes to come on the market.   They have been looking, but have not yet found the home that fits their needs and desires.   Buyers would also prefer to be in a new home so they can enjoy the summer and fall there.  And families want to be prepared before school starts in August.  Mortgage interest rates are still low too, which is additional motivation for buyers to buy now.

    If you would like to know more about the listing process, and what the value of your property is, please free to contact me.   There is no obligation on your part.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, so you can make the best, and most informed decision. 

    2015 Stowe Derby - Epic!

                                             

    Yes, it was epic!  With 7+ inches of new snow, the night before, the 2015 Stowe Derby was unlike any other.  Particularly with the addition of the fat bike class this year.  Nearly 100 riders were added to the roster of over 600 nordic skiers.  The light stuff that fell is hard to pack down before the first racers go off, thereby making for lots of falls, faces full of snow, and great photography!  Unlike most of the rest of the winter, the temperature was perfect - in the 20s.   The skate skiers started at 10:00 a.m., in waves of 5 at a time, every 30 seconds.  By the time the classic skiers went, there were body divots up and down the trail on both sides.  The conditions were perfect for alpine skiers, but much more challenging for the nordic skiers, and nearly impossible for the fat bikers.  After the race, hundreds gathered at Sushi Yoshi to share tales about bruises, broken skis and ski poles; and this time, busted bike chains and wheels.  Many of the fat bikers said they pushed their bike more than they were able to ride.  It wouldn't be the Derby without something new to talk about.  The 70 year old event is not for everyone, but even those who do not participate, love either spectating, or hearing about it afterwards.

    To see more photos of from the day, visit Mike Hitelman Photography.

    Photography credit: Mike Hitelman Photography

    The Stowe Derby

     

    On February 22nd, the Stowe Derby is celebrating its 70th year of the most talked about and unique cross country ski race in North America.  What makes the 20k race unlike any other is that it starts with a 6k downhill (vertigal drop of 2,600 feet), from the top of the Toll Road on Mt. Mansfield.  After navigating the twists and turns, and hairpins, the race enters the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center, where the climbing begins.  Up to as many as 900 racers will be vying for place or pride, as they try and beat the clock all the way into the village of Stowe on the groomed rec path.  This year, for the first time, a new category has been added to the fun.  Fat bikes will be allowed to compete for the first time.  There are only 100 slots for the riders, which have almost been filled.  After the skate and classic skiiers have finished, the fat bikers will begin just above the touring center.  Depending on conditions, the best skiers will finish in about 45 minutes.  Some taking up to as much as 2 hours.  We will know after the 22nd how fast the fat bikers will be. 

    If the snow and winter conditions continue as they have, this should be one of the best years ever.  If you're considering signing up for The Derby, you can go here.  If racing is not your thing, this is one of the best events to spectate.  One of the most exciting viewing locations (and easy to get to) is at the top of the power line in the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center.  That's where one of the trickiest turns is, hence lots of whipe outs.

    So, no matter your interest, join the fun on February 22nd, including the after party at Sushi Yoshi, on the Mountain Road.

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    Holiday Festivities in Stowe and Waterbury

                                     

    During the Christmas and New Year holidays it is a very festive time in Stowe and Waterbury.  There are planned events, celebrations, performances, and activities.  So, no matter the weather or your busy schedule, there is something for everyone:

    • Cork Wine Bar and Market are kicking things off in Waterbury, Friday evening from 6-8.  Eat chocolate, drink wine, buy holiday gifts, be merry!

    • The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to Stowe Mt. Lodge Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st featuring over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont.

    The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
    The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
    The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
    • Live Music at Spruce Camp, Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    • Join in to sing Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Jane Bouffard and accompanied by orchestra.  Stowe Community Church, Monday, December 22 at 7:00 P.M.
      No rehearsal required.

    • Through December 28, at the Helen Day Art Center, Festival of Tree and Light.

    • The Logger - performance by the inimitable Rusty Dewees, December 26, 27, 28, and 2 shows New Year's Eve.  Tickets do sell out
    • James Taylor performs New Year's Eve, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts

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      A Season For Giving

      As we approach the holiday season, there are many Vermonters who are less fortunate, and in need.  One of the most gratifying traditions is giving to those who need assistance, which is a wonderful way to truly feel the spirit of this time of year.

      Vermonters have always been known for their generosity, and there are many ways to give back to our communities and neighbors.  The following organizations are in continual need of donations to further support our Vermont friends during the holidays, and throughout the year:

      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.

      The Vermont Food Bank runs programs that help feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.  Find out ways to give at their website here.

      Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for low-income working 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.    

       

        

      Habitat home build in Morrisville 2013

       

      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, community and center based services; and they are 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.

      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.

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

                

      Stowe Land Trust Conserved Properties

      Grand View Farm, Stowe Hollow

      Ever wonder about how many conserved properties there are in Stowe? Land conservation has been an important focus in Stowe, Vermont since 1987 and as many as 30 properties have been conserved since then. Nearly 3,500 acres of farm, forest and meadow lands, have been protected for public and community benefit. These properties help to maintain the magnificent rural and scenic landscape that much of Vermont is so well known for. In addition, to saving working farms, protecting scenic views, and wildlife habitat; many of these properties provide public access for recreation and other types of enjoyment. You can take a quick hike with your picnic, to Sunset rock, right from the village of Stowe. For bird watching and breathtaking views, the 15 minute hike up to Pinnacle Meadow is one of my favorites. For mountain bikers there is a wide variety of terrain, including Cady Hill Forest, Kirchner Woods, the Dumont property, and Adams Camp. For just a respite, visit any of the natural areas found at places like Joes Pond; or the H.D. Burnham, and Halvorsen properties. If photography is a passion, hobby, or profession, you will find endless opportunities for capturing iconic images at any one of these special places.

      You can learn more about all the conserved properties, and the Stowe Land Trust, by visiting their website. Click here for a map of the properties. Enjoy the natural beauty that has been preserved for our lifetime and future generations, all four seasons of the year!

      Summer Events in Stowe, VT 2014

      Helen Day Art Center - Exposed July 12 - October 15

      Theres no shortage of things to do in Stowe in the Summer. Since there is so much to choose from, perhaps a brief run-down of whats happening will help to organize your summer calendar. The weather here has been fantastic, particularly on the weekends which has allowed for the undertaking of multiple events. The 4th of July weekend festivities were enjoyed by more locals and visitors than ever, and the sound of fireworks seems to still linger after sunset.

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      Getting ready for the 4th of July Parade 2014

      Coming Up: July 11-13 Hot Air Balloon fest, and Stowe 8-Miler (Sunday at 9 a.m.) July 19 Stowe Land Trust and Stowe Mt. Bike Club Hike or Bike at Adams Camp in the Ranch Valley July 20 Trapp Family Lodge Concert in the Meadow series: Quinn Sullivan, young blues guitarist July 19-20 and 26-27 Stowe Lacrosse Tournament August 8-10 Stowe Antique Car Show August 15-16 3rd Annual Celebrate Vermont Festival featuring the food, farms, forests & markets that help to create a sustainable Vermont. August 25 6th Annual Race to the Top of Vermont Ongoing: Stowe Farmers Market every Sunday from 10:30 to 3:00 in the Red Barn Shops meadow on the Mt. Rd. Helen Day Outdoor Art show - Exposed: A unique outdoor sculpture gallery exhibits art all over Stowe. Through October. Art in the Park: Vendors, food and music every Thursdays from 5-8, Park St. June - August For more detailed information on these events, and more, visit gostowe.com. No matter what your plans, have a great summer!

      Habitat for Humanity in Morrisville, Vermont

      Did you know that Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is currently building a home for a family in Morrisville, Vermont? It is located on Mayo Road, off Tamarack Hill. There are certain days whereby work day projects are organized, so the home can be completed in time for the new family to move in.

      The mission of the Lamoille County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is to improve the lives of families in our community through constructing simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with families who currently live in unfit, indecent, conditions and have no possibility of obtaining a home through conventional means.

      They are always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to get involved, and hammer a nail or two, go to Habitat for Humanity, or call 802-870-0990. No Experience Required, and there is a manager onsite to guide you in the right direction! A group from our office has gone on more than one occasion, and it was amazing to see how much we were able to accomplish. And, it is a lot of fun! The Lamoille Area Board of Realtors has organized a team build day, May 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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      Stowe Real Estate Market Report 1Q 2014

      Real Estate Market Update

      Vermont is finally showing signs of spring beginning to emerge after a very cold and snowy winter. While thoughts transition from winter activities, to dusting off the bikes and gardening tools, some are still skiing in the back country and on the slopes. Buds will soon begin to blossom, as we expect the real estate market to do as well. Weve had an extremely busy winter with sales; and projections indicate continued growth. Vibrancy continues in the village of Stowe as well, with the new restaurant Plate, and what is reported to be a new store keeper at Lackeys. The 1st quarter of 2014 can be characterized as one showing another marked increase in residential sales especially compared to the 1st quarter of 2013. The number of home sales was up 60%! That is the most significant increase weve seen since 2010, which at that time was around 27%. A continuation of consumer confidence, buyer demand, low interest rates, and decline in inventory, are among the contributing factors. Residential inventory continues to decrease - down 11% - which represents a 10 month supply which is 44% lower than the 1st quarter of last year. The median and average residential sales prices soared 71% and 41%, respectively.

      Stowe 1st Qtr 2014 - Residential Line Chart

      Condominium sales show continued strength as well - up 20% in the 1st quarter. The amount of inventory of this category decreased as well, down 32%, leaving a 17 months supply. There was little change in the median and average sales prices.

      As for the land category, despite the inventory dropping 16%, there was no increase in the number of sales. We believe we may have a bit more interest in land this spring and summer though, since land prices and residential inventory have both dropped. Main Charts Line Charts Below you will see an interesting change in the selling price segments of the market. The shift has been trending more toward home sales in the $500,000 - $1,000,000, rather than under $500,000. The former price category has been increasing since the beginning of last year. At this time last year 73% of the home sales were under $500,000; and 20% were between $500,000 - $1,000,000 . The $1,000,000 - $1,500,000 dropped a little to 4%, from 7% last year at this time; as well as the last quarter of 2013. Pie Chart In the same categories, the chart below shows the relationship of sales price to list price. sold to list price Outside of Stowe, the rest of Lamoille County saw an increase in residential sales in the 1st quarter as well - up 38%. This mirrors the increase seen when comparing the last quarter of 2013 to that of the year before. The median sales price increased 8%, and the average 32%. The Inventory dropped even more significantly than Stowe - 27%. The number of Land sales was just 1 less, and the amount of inventory there remained almost unchanged. The majority of the home sales, 53%, were under $200,000. Lamoille 1st quarter 2014 main chart Further evidence of the Waterbury residential market continuing to be a tight one was highlighted by the consistent amount of low inventory seen there. Residential sales increased a small amount. Although the median price increased 23%, the average slipped 28%. Land sales in Waterbury increased slightly as well; and as seen in all other categories, inventory dropped there too - 21%. A decrease in inventory is a trend we are watching which could eventually lead to an uptick in pricing, as has been seen in other parts of the country. Our market, in general, usually trends behind other markets, particularly areas with larger populations and demographics. Waterbury 2014 main charts In other news, we are proud to share, that our office was recently awarded the #1 Coldwell Banker office in sales, of its size, in the northern region comprised of 19 states. Additionally, we were awarded the #4 ranking, nationally. Budge Huskey, President and CEO of Coldwell Banker said of our office: Like Stowe itself, Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate is unique and grounded in the concept of quality first. We look forward to another busy year of assisting our buyers and sellers with marketing, purchasing and sales; and based on the activity we have already seen this first quarter, we are confident that the market will continue to improve. If you have any questions about this report, or would like any additional information or statistics, please feel free to contact me at anytime. Sources: NNEREN.com