Vermont Real Estate Market

From Our Home to Yours

Century 21 Farm & Forest's Derby Agent Tara Lewis recently invested in a multi-family home and quickly learned that a little elbow grease goes a long way.  When she saw that one of her kitchen's linoleum flooring was covering beautiful hardwood, she quickly went to work and what a difference it made!  

If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, or simply want to spruce your place up a bit, there are many simple do-it-yourself home projects that add value to your home.   Here are some practical tips from U.S. News and World Report.   Only have an hour or so?  Check out Bob Vila's 60 minute home improvement projects that deliver big results.  Not sure where to start? Take a look at Love Property's presentation of "before" and "after" shots and get inspired!  

From Our Home to Yours

Office v. Home Office

(by Tamara Pare)

I truly love my job and the people I work with.  They are my second family and we care about each other and our families.  While weekly video office meetings do allow us to "see" each other, after however-many weeks now, I MISS EVERYONE!!!   The BEST part of working from HOME is that I now have a beautiful VIEW outside my window rather than the office hallway.  That, and constant companions - my dog Jade; and, my hubby Ric, of course!

I'm still managing virtual files and working on advertising to keep our agents and great variety of properties out in the public eye.  Our agents are doing all they can from home.  These days, we are ALL grateful for the internet, FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on.  Technology makes it easier to work from home while still sharing the wonderful listings we have.  

In between checking emails, updating online files and working on ads, I have opportunities to take Jade for a walk by the lake, capture some pictures of the beauty that is the Northeast Kingdom, make goodies like banana oatmeal bread, try new recipes for dinner, call to check on my parents, and assist my husband on projects.  All this time at home also makes it easier to connect with our grandsons (and their parents) in New Hampshire and our daughter and son-in-law in California.  We know where everyone is at all times!!  FaceTime, Zoom and Google Hangouts have also allowed Ric and I to visit with family and attend Sunday services and study groups with our church family, who we miss greatly. 

Who knows when we will get back to "normal" or some sort of that idea, but when we do, I hope hugs are allowed.  I am a hugger and so miss hugging my grand-babies, family and friends.  I really miss my weekly Friday lunch date with my cousin - our girl-time to talk, encourage, dream, share and eat out at a restaurant (LOL). 

There are so many people who need encouragement and a friendly word during these strange days.  Let us all reach out in some way.  By the grace of God we will endure and grow from this isolation and reconnection with our quarantine partners.  We'll get through this and one day have some great stories to tell.....Remember that Spring we were all at home for weeks on end?  I'm now reminded of the favorite words of our departed friend and coworker, Micheline....."et la vie continue" (life goes on).  It does and it will.

'Till then, stay home, stay safe and behave!

Miss ya......Tamara


Should I List Now or Wait Until Spring?

We frequently hear this question, so we felt it was worth answering. Many sellers believe it’s best to wait until spring to list their properties because there are more buyers in the spring. While this is true, they often forget that there is also a flood of new listings in the spring, so the increased buyer activity is negated by the increase in listings. It’s also easy for your property to be overlooked in the deluge of spring listings.  

Winter does present some challenges for selling. Your landscaping and curb appeal might not shine, you can't open the windows for showings, and moving in colder temperatures with the threat of snow is no picnic. However, there are several advantages:

·         Winter buyers, in general, aren’t tire kickers. In an ideal world, few people would choose to move in the winter, so when a buyer is looking in the winter you know they’re serious.

·         Vermont is a 4 season recreational state.  Many tourists come to VT during the winter to downhill ski and ride, to Nordic ski, fat bike and / or snowmobile.  If your home is anywhere near any of these, winter might expose your property to a completely different audience. 

·         The advent of the internet has made winter shopping easier. Gone are the days of trying to evaluate a property based on one photo and a few words in the local paper. Now buyers have access to 30-40 photos, 3-D tours, multiple pages of data, neighborhood data, Google street view, and aerial maps with just a few clicks.  

·         The process from list to close can be cleaner and quicker, since the parties instrumental to a sale—attorneys, inspectors, lenders, and appraisers—tend to have less on their plates. This means a winter sale may result in a less stressful transaction.  

Let's take a look at last winter (November 1, 2018— March 31, 2019), when 342 properties were sold in the Northeast Kingdom. Not too shabby for a time of year when most consumers think the market is dead.  

Finally, you never know when the right buyer for your property is going to enter the market, but you don't want to miss the opportunity. So, if you’re ready to sell and your home is ready to list, think twice about waiting and trying to time the market perfectly.  

If you are considering listing your home or land, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the C21 Farm & Forest team—the top-selling agency in the NEK—we’d be happy to provide a market analysis or offer suggestions for getting your home ready to sell.  



It's Our Deal of the Week!

Our Deal of the Week is a lovely 73-acre property between Willoughby Lake and Newark Pond that consists of two connected houses, a two-stall barn, attached garage, and garden shed. On the grounds you'll find three ponds; extensive gardens; raised beds; an orchard with apple, plum, and pear trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; open pasture; and trails. Listed at $360,000. Click here for more details, then contact Annette Dalley to see this one-of-a-kind property.

It's Our Deal of the Week!

Our Deal of the Week, this gorgeous home in Morgan, is available with 30, 74, or 399 acres and provides beautiful mountain views. It offers just over 2,400 square feet of finished living space with 4 bedrooms, 2½ baths, open kitchen and living area, dining room, and loft. A 2-bay attached garage and 4-bay detached garage means there’s plenty of room to store your vehicles, tools, snowmobiles, ATVs and more! Snowmobile and ATV trail access are right at the front of the property. Listed at $435,000 with 30 acres. Click here for more information, then contact Emma Gunn in the Burke office to schedule a time to see this property.


It's Our Deal of the Week!

This  3-bedroom home situated on 1.36 acres on Burke Mountain is our Deal of the Week! This Yankee Design home helps you make the most of all four seasons, inside and out, with a heated sunroom, screened porch, and large deck, as well as direct access to mountain bike and ski trails. Recently reduced to $550,000. Click here for more details, and contact Andrea Kupetz in the Burke office to see this property.


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This affordable, year round waterfront home has a lot to offer including 150' water frontage on Island Pond with a dock! Single level renovated house offering 2 BDR, open kitchen/dining/living rooms, TV/office room, entry/mud room and plenty of closets. Also find an enclosed porch and a detached 2 car insulated garage. Very private location! For more information click here and contact Annette Dalley.

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Beautiful 2BDR/2BA Condo right on Burke Mountain! Granite countertops and plenty of cupboard space. Spacious livignroom with glass sliding doors to a patio. Master bedroom also walks out to a private patio! For more information click here and contact Annette Dalley.