Author Archives: Christine Fraioli

Home for the Holidays: Addison County Style

The phrase “quintessential Vermont” means different things to different people. Wilderness, family farms, quaint villages, skiing and riding, staunch individualism, cottage industry, and a fetish for slow food can all fit into the definition. But ‘home for the holidays’ usually means one thing to all of us: family.Read More

Can Home Staging Really Win Over Buyers?

Home staging can influence buyers’ perceptions of a home and even motivate them to pay more, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 Profile of Home Staging, a survey of more than 2,300 REALTORS® representing buyers and sellers.

Eighty-one percent of REALTORS® who represent buyers say that staged homes make it easier for their home buyers to visualize a property as their future home. Forty-six percent of buyer agents also reported that staging makes their buyers more willing to tour a home they viewed online, and 45 percent say that buyers tend to view the value of the home more positively if it is decorated to buyers’ tastes.Read More

Smaller Down Payments Lure More Buyers

Some home buyers are stepping off the sidelines as more lenders require less money up-front on a home purchase. Recently, more borrowers are able to pay 3 percent or even less of a home’s purchase price to get a mortgage …Read More

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The Curse Of The First Offer

Sometimes when everything goes right we have trouble accepting that fact. Perhaps nowhere is this phenomenon more clearly illustrated than in the case where a seller receives a good offer right away. The annals of real estate are well stocked …Read More

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Vermont Real Estate Outlook for 2014 and 2015

National Association of Realtor’s chief economist Lawrence Yun notes in Realtor Magazine, that after a fiercely cold and dark winter, the sun is beginning to shine on U.S. real estate, and the market is warming up! Existing home sales have risen for four straight months, in a “confluence of positive trends” . . .Read More

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Williams Hill, Charlotte, Vermont – It’s Green!

Williams Hill is an environmentally-friendly “development” of eight house sites and more than 200 acres of open space on a hillside in northern Charlotte that represents the perfect pairings of community and privacy, location and proximity, comfort and environmental commitment.Read More

Saint Patrick’s Day in Vermont: A Look at Addison County Homes with Bars

Saint Patrick’s Day in Vermont: Though we are all Irish at least once a year, Vermont is one of the most Irish states in the U.S. This year, when you raise your Parting Glass, we’d like to recommend gathering with friends in the comfort of one of these fine Vermont homes. We put together a little selection of Chittenden and Addison County homes perfectly suited for celebrations with friends.Read More

Addison Country Sales Stats

As we push into this really frosty new year in north-central Vermont, it might be helpful for you to have the following “pictures” of some of what happened in Addison County Real Estate over 2013. Let me know if you would like me to send you similar graphs for what happened in your county, or your town anywhere in Vermont! In the meantime – keep the home fires burning and stay warm!Read More

Love is in the Air and on the Hearth in Addison County

February in Vermont is all about keeping warm – inside and out. Winter carnivals and skiing not withstanding, after a day of frolicking in the snow, we love nothing more than good food, good companionship and a good fire. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, that love is nuanced by libations and chocolate, of course.

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Vermont’s UVM Makes Top Ten List of Snowiest Colleges

We don’t have a lot of football here in Vermont. ESPN ranked us #50 on a list of college football states. No problem, our fields are used for farming. Instead we ski. We are known for it. Vermont Living lists the biathoners, skiers, and snowboarders we are sending to the Winter Olympics in Sochi: 20.Read More

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