Blog :: 01-2015

Winter Update

It's another beautiful sunny day here in the NEK!!  We don't let a little chill get the best of us.....as my Dad use to say, "There's nothing wrong with the weather, it's just your clothing!"  So bundle up everyone and get yourself down to the Gateway Center on Lake Memphremagog in Newport, VT this Sunday at 1:00 and watch the Penguin Plunge!  That's right - into the swim!!  All to raise money for the Special Olympics - great cause; great time - see you there!  Just one of the many reasons to love winter in the NEK! 

 

Winter Wonderland

It's been a great winter here in the Northeast Kingdom and the snow is still flying!  Whether you are into downhill, cross-country, snow boarding, riding the VAST trails, snowshoeing, or simply sliding down a hill we've got it.........come visit us in the magestic Kingdom and stay awhile!  

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    It's Our Deal of the Week!

    Check out this move-in ready Derby, VT house with 22+ Acres - it's our Deal of the Week!  Great layout with central kitchen, cathedral ceilings, and master suite with jetted tub - so much for under $200,000 - you don't want to miss this one!  Click here to see this home and contact Nick Maclure for additional information.  

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    Burke Mill Properties Joins Century 21 Farm & Forest Realty

     

    We are extremely excited to announce that as of today Andrea Kupetz and Burke Mill Properties have joined Century 21 Farm & Forest Realty.  Andrea brings to our firm 29 Years of experience and dedication to Burke Real Estate Sales and Rental community.  We are also proud to Welcome Mariann Bertolini (Sales Associate), Brandy Goulet (Sales Associate relocating from our Derby Office) and Lawrie Easterbrooks (Rental Manager) to our dedicated team of real estate professionals.    


    Our East Burke Branch has been very successful due to the hard work of Annette Dalley (Managing Broker), Emma Gunn (Sales Associate) & Lorie Demas (Support Staff).  This success lead us to the decision that it was time to practice what we preach and purchase rather than continuing to lease.  Andrea had the perfect location and a wonderful building for us to plant our roots in the Burke Community.  


    Our family owned firm is dedicated to continuing to deliver the personal service that BMP has been known to deliver along with our Worldwide Marketing expertise.  Through Century 21 our listings reach over 800 websites and our print advertising is highlighted by our Four Full Page Color ad in every issue of Homes & Land of Vermont.  Our firm has been the top selling agency in the NEK since 2000 and the acquisition of BMP will help us expand our presence in Caledonia County.   

     

    Kingdom Development updates - Jay Peak, Airport, Burke, AncBio, Newport

    Bill Stenger presented an update on the Kingdom Projects to the Orleans Country Board of Realtors today. 

    Jay Peak - April 2015 is the start date for the construction of 84 additional cottages as well as an indoor rec center which will host rope courses and climbing walls amoung other activities.  The basement of this building will hold a state of the art 200 seat theater.  The rec center and the theather will add to the "weather proofing" of Jay Peak Resort.  The goal is to offer activities for all regardless of weather conditions.  Add these new features to the indoor water park and indoor ice arena and you are covered, rain or shine!  

    Newport Airport - The $8M runway expansion is underway and should be complete in September of this year.  This expansion will increase the runway from 4000 to 5000 feet and allow small commercial jets to land in Newport.  This extension will encourage private jets and commercial charters like Cape Air or Porter to service the Newport Market.  A new hanger is under construciton and there are plans for a new terminal as wll as an assemply plant for Flight Design.  Flight Design currently builds a small 2 seater aircraft but will also be building a more popular 4 seater.  Expectations are that 300-400 planes will be assembled in Newport per year and employement should be several dozen.  

    Anc Bio - This $100M project is 90% funded and bid packages are in the hands of local qualified contractors.  This incredibly high tech building will be unlike anything the Kingdom has ever seen.  It has recieved FDA approval.  The building will host 3 seperate business models.  There will be medical device manufacturing, stem cell research and 50 clean rooms. These clean rooms will allow research and development teams the opportunity to work affordably and effectively in an FDA approved setting.  Although many of the specific projects will likely take a year or less many of the workers (lab techs, researchers, etc) will be full time positions.  This concept could have a dramatic effect in on the medical industry as it will allow these small scale teams to bring medical products to the market without having to be tied to the huge drug companies that control much of the current industry.  Construction of the Bio Tech building will begin this spring and construction is expected to be completed in 14 months.

    Main Street, Newport - The property has been purchased and the buildings are currently going through 2 month process of lead and asbestos abatement at a cost of $500.  Once this is complete the buildings will be razed.  Fundraising, which is expected to take about 6 months, will soon begin for this 4 story building hosting retail on the main level and 50 suites on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th levels.  These suites will complement the clean rooms offered at the Bio Tech building.  

    Burke - The New hotel is under contruction and is expected to be open next December.  The resort needs a bed base to expand the tourism and this project will give it just that.  

    Exciting Kingdom News from a passionate man who reiterates to all "These Projects Will Happen."  Bill Stenger

     

    It's Our Deal of the Week

    Attention snowmobile lovers...it's our Deal of the Week! You must see this well maintained Island Pond, VT home on the snowmobile trail. Located on a quiet side street...cozy downstairs with 4 bedrooms upstairs and a great price make this the perfect deal! Click here to see this home. Contact Emma Gunn for more information.