Vermont Real Estate News

Keep Your Home on the Market this Winter

Many sellers think that once the snow starts to fly, they should take their home off the market for a few months so it will appear new and refreshed for the spring. Any Realtor will tell you, "If you want to sell your house, you need keep it active". You can't sell a home that isn't available for buyers to see. If you are still a doubter, here are some good reasons why keeping your home on the market even in Vermontwill help you sell it. snow 2 snow 3 snow pictures 1) Homes look lovely all decked out for the holidays. What a wonderful time to showcase the warmth that your home can provide to new owners! 2) Less inventory to compete with! Come April, your home may have 25 competitors, but in the middle of the winter, you could have less than 10. 3) Even with the parties and family visits, you can still allow access to your home. It's OK to ask for additional notice or make some limitations on evenings when you're entertaining. 4) Buyers that look in the winter are serious. If a buyer is looking for a new home in the winter, they aren't just window shopping. 5) And lastly, with all the technology available to buyers today, the winter weather does not have to be a huge deterrent. Much of the searching and pre-qualifying for a new home is done on-line before the actual viewing takes place. Soshovel those walk-ways, put out the twinkle lights and keep your house on the market. You'll be so happy when the listing rush happens in March andApril that you're not a part of it!

Builder's letter about Acadia Lane in St. George Vermont

What makes the Homes at Acadia Lane Green? By David Carse, Hart Hill Design-Builder of Acadia Lane homes How can a home site be Green? The location and orientation of the homes were chosen to make use of the natural drainage pattern and the native tree hedgerows which were in place from the time the land was farmed. The access drive follows the edge of the native tree lines, which serve as natural dividers between the lots. Parts of the old pasture stone walls are still in place in front of the houses. The homes were placed with attention to passive solar gain and sheltering from wind, and they were built at the edge of the open portion of each lot to preserve both the tree lines and the open character of the former pasturelands. What is Passive Solar Gain? Passive Solar Gain in a building design that collects stores and distributes solar energy. The concrete basement walls of the Acadia Lane homes are fully insulated thereby creating a passive thermal mass. A majority of the windows are south-facing high efficiency windows and help to take advantage of winter heat gains. In the summer, the substantial roof overhangs shelter windows from the sun. Natural tree lines protect the houses from winter winds, all this without an expensive, complex or high-maintenance active systems. These homes also feature Low E (low emissivity) coating on the window glass. This coating is like a one way street which allows heating rays from the sun to pass through into the house, while blocking harmful UV rays, and at the same time blocks heat from escaping from the inside out. Stay tuned for more Green details about Acadia Lane.

March 2012 Market Statistics

The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS has released its real estate market statistics for March 2012. The information is a result of data contained in the Northern New England Real Estate Network. This report covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. New listings in the northwestern Vermont region increased 21.7% to 264 listings. Pending sales were up 36.6% to 179. Inventory levels continue to shrink, down 5.9% to 1,053 units. Prices remain fairly stable. The median sales price in the three county regions saw a decrease of 1.4% from last year at this time. The Spring housing market is definitely here, said Kathy Sweeten, executive vice president of the Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS. Properties priced right are moving quickly.

Green Street's newest house!

Hinesburgs Newest Energy Efficient Home 87 Green Street The second home on Green Street, the new smart growth community in the village of Hinesburg Vermont, has arrived. I say arrived because it was delivered via truck from Preferred Building Systems in Claremont New Hampshire. At just under 2000 square feet, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath modular home was built under strict quality control and energy efficiency guidelines in the companys indoor factory and was brought on several tractor trailer trucks. With specialized stafffrom PBS and a very large crane, the home was fastened together in one day and has taken its permanent location adjacent to 89 Green Street, the first home of this energy conscious community. The finishing work is now underway with R.C. Volk Construction of Hinesburg. Green Street is developed by Bast and Rood Architects of Hinesburg. Rob Bast, the lead designer of 87 Green Street, said he chose Preferred Building Systems because, I can still achieve the quality of construction and energy efficiency we want for Green Street, while simplifying the building process during the winter. As with 89 Green Street, 87 will have both energy efficiency and low maintenance as its focus, using cementitious siding for the exterior and having insulation values for the basement, walls and roof of R-20, R-40 and R-80 respectively. The public will now be able to get a true sense of the vision of this unique community as both 87 and 89 Green Street are soon to beconnected with a promenade making village amenities accessible to all. Visit for more information about this exciting new community or contact Greentree Real Estate to schedule a viewing.