Category Archives: Vermont Real Estate News

January Round Up: Mortgage Rates Tick Up

In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® the average fixed mortgage rates reversing course from the first weeks of the year to tick up slightly.

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.66 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending January 29, 2015, up from last week when it averaged 3.63 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.32 percent.Read More

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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

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

United in the Pursuit of Excellence

On January 22nd, 2015, Lang McLaughry Real Estate, the largest real estate
company in Vermont, merged with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International RealtyRead 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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Giving Thanks and Looking Ahead: New Website!

Welcome to Vermont Home Properties! The launch of this new Vermont real estate website provides us the perfect opportunity to reflect and give thanks. We are indeed grateful to be able to have helped so many fulfill their dream of Vermont home ownership. is a beautiful new gateway to even more of the work we love!Read More

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First Vermont and Now the World: New Realtor Designations

I was not idle this winter. I am pleased to announce that I earned a few new National Association of Realtors designations. Like the Girl Scout badges I earned as a youngster, my designations make me feel good about my …Read More

Using Social Media to Sell Vermont Properties: This is not your father’s Middlebury Real Estate Agent

People, including real estate agents, can be reluctant to embrace change. We have some clients who are still on dial-up and others without any internet access at all. But that does not stop us from using Social Media to sell …Read More

Learning to Say Welcome to Vermont in Five Different Languages: FIABCI

This blog has primarily featured my insights about the joys of living in Addison County Vermont. This week I’d like to highlight a new reason why you should list your property with me. Yes, my depth of local knowledge is …Read More

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