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Our spot to provide periodic updates about a number of issues, including local Vermont customs and events, real estate market research, housing developments throughout the U.S., and any other info we find valuable enough to share with our community. TnT (Tami & Tyler) hope you enjoy reading our thoughts, and that you find some of the topics to be as fascinating as we believe they are! Our goal is to allow our community to feel comfortable enough to get involved by offering positive opinions and facts that are relevant to the subject at hand, and asking any questions you may have pertaining to said subjects. If you have an itch to know more about any of our topics of interest, please feel free to email us via the contact us page. We will absolutely do our best to touch on it!

Current VT Real Estate Market Report

Every quarter, the new market statistics are released. We have the new one available for you instantly, provided by the Vermont Realtors association. Click the link above to view the current conditions of the green mountain state housing market. We’ll keep you up-to-date with real estate news across the state, whether it be the rise and fall of mortgage rates, housing prices, or fluctuation of sales.

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How to Buy a Home With No Money Down

By: Luke Skar

“A poll conducted by the National Association of Realtors shows that over 85% of people considering buying their first home believe that it is necessary to have a 10% down payment or more in order to qualify for a mortgage. Thankfully, that is not the case for most home buyers. Several mortgage programs allow for buyers to buy a home with a no money down option or a much smaller down payment.”

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Top 10  Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid in Real Estate

By: Kyle Hiscock

“With so many variables in play in each buying/selling scenario, it’s impossible to determine how any negotiation will go beforehand. This is why it’s so important to learn key negotiation strategies ahead of time to prepare yourself. By doing so, you’ll put yourself in a position to more smoothly navigate any real estate transaction in the future, no matter what type of buyer or seller you’re up against.”

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A Vermont Company Designs Handicap-Accessible Modules for Any Home 

By: Amy Lilly

“With Wheel Pad, a family doesn’t need to implement major renovations to the home in order to accommodate, say, an injured returning vet or accident victim. And, for those suddenly rendered dependent on others, the module offers more independence and privacy.”

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Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades for Home Sellers

By: Jim McLachlin

“Investing a large amount of money in huge kitchen renovations will not just drain your wallet but may also delay how soon you can list your home. There are several time friendly changes you can make in the kitchen that are budget friendly and help you to avoid over spending.”

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 Vermont Fishing

By: Tami Lantz

“It’s a time when parents and their children have the opportunity to build a lasting bond for the memory books, one that includes outdoor adventuring, completely unplugged from the normal static of our digital world. There’s no greater feeling that of floating on the open water, taking in breaths of fresh mountain air, and sharing some laughs with fellow nature enthusiasts.”

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Jay Peak 4-Season Resort 

By: Tami Lantz (Sherwood Real Estate)

“Jay Peak opened for skiing in 1957, and since then, has become one of the top ski spots in the nation. The resort offers a mix of beginner and advanced hills, so no matter your level, there’s a comfortable slope for you to ride, whether you prefer skiing or snowboarding.”

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Burlington, An Introduction

By: Tami Lantz (Sherwood Real Estate)

“One of the qualities I cherished most is the frequency of small local business and that is also what I appreciate most about Burlington. People like you and me spreading their desires and talents and being successful doing it. The American Dream is still very much alive in Vermont. If you want it enough and you work hard for it, you’ll achieve it!”

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Brewed In Vermont

By: Tami Lantz (Sherwood Real Estate)

“This move makes Switchback the first 100% employee owned brewery in Vermont. It’s really refreshing to see this mentality…A sense of genuine support and appreciation for the community, who work hard for what they believe in and create quality products that people can stand to support.”

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Should you buy a home in 2017? Here’s what 3 experts say.

By: Nneka McGuire (Chicago Tribune)

“Inventory is low, particularly in the starter-home segment. Prices are rising fast. Mortgage rates are expected to climb. Competition is stiff. According to the National Association of Realtors, the first three months of 2017 marked the speediest quarterly sales pace of existing homes in a decade.”

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May Housing Market Set New Records for Low Supply, Speed and Competition

By: Alina Ptaszynski (Redfin)

“The median home sale price increased 6.8 percent in May to $288,000. Sales increased 7.5 percent compared to last year, a strong gain despite a severe shortage in the number of homes for sale…The typical home went under contract in 37 days, setting a new record for home-selling speeds.”