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New Inventory in a Tight Market

Buyer demand remains high, but the level of inventory is still the lowest we've seen in years.  Residential sales will increase as we continue to move through the most active part of the selling season. In the meantime, here are some exceptional new properties which I've recently listed:

 

             

New custom built home located in one of Stowe’s most desirable locations, with sweeping Mt. Mansfield Views. 

This well known builder has created a winning combination of perfection with exceptional design, comfort, and gorgeous views. For more information and photos of this gorgeous new home, with a beautiful brook running through the property, click here.

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Enjoy the serenity of Sterling Valley in this newly constructed home. 

Timeless design choices include a floor to ceiling stone chimney, and custom kitchen.  Take in the sounds of the Sterling Brook on your property, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.

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You will appreciate the tranquility and privacy here, while just a five-minute drive to the village of Stowe.
 

Located in one of Stowe's most desirable neighborhoods. This well-appointed home has tremendous value with all of the square footage, enough space to grow, and the custom design elements, throughout.  For more information on this outstanding home, click here.

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. 

 

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

 

 

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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New Inventory in a Tight Market

Buyer demand remains high, but the level of inventory is still the lowest we've seen in years.  Residential sales will increase as we continue to move through the most active part of the selling season. In the meantime, here are some exceptional new properties which I've recently listed:

 

             

New custom built home located in one of Stowe’s most desirable locations, with sweeping Mt. Mansfield Views. 

This well known builder has created a winning combination of perfection with exceptional design, comfort, and gorgeous views. For more information and photos of this gorgeous new home, with a beautiful brook running through the property, click here.

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

               

Enjoy the serenity of Sterling Valley in this newly constructed home. 

Timeless design choices include a floor to ceiling stone chimney, and custom kitchen.  Take in the sounds of the Sterling Brook on your property, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.

____________________________________________________________________________________

               

You will appreciate the tranquility and privacy here, while just a five-minute drive to the village of Stowe.
 

Located in one of Stowe's most desirable neighborhoods. This well-appointed home has tremendous value with all of the square footage, enough space to grow, and the custom design elements, throughout.  For more information on this outstanding home, click here.

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. 

 

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

 

 

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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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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