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Periodic updates about a number of issues: local Vermont customs and events, 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 the topics to be as fascinating as we believe they are! Our goal is for 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. View the current conditions of the green mountain state housing market here first! 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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6 Reasons To Buy A Fixer-Upper

By: Tami Lantz

“Adding your own personal touches to your home creates that feeling that it’s truly yours. If you’re interested in a custom home, tailored to your every desire, you will feel much more of a deep connection to your abode if you do it yourself. There’s not much better in life feeling that close personal connection to your palace.”

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How To Successfully Sell Your Luxury Home

By: Luke Skar

Since the term luxury conveys with it additional expectations luxury home sellers need to be prepared to deliver great luxury marketing and presentation of their home. By concentrating on great videos, photos and home presentation home buyers will be wowed online as well as in-person.

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How to Stage Your Outdoor Space to Sell Your Home Faster

By: Amalie Drury

Today’s homebuyers want to be able to use their patios, yards and porches like extensions of their living and dining rooms. Show them how it can be done in your home by arranging comfortable, clean-lined outdoor furniture in both lounge and dining settings on your home’s patio.

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Financial Don’t When Getting Ready To Buy A Home

By: Keith Fiskum

“You’ve probably already met with a lender who advised you on what to do and what not to do during the escrow process. But if you’re just getting ready to buy or plan on doing so in the near future, following a few financial tips can mean the difference between qualifying…and not, and also getting a decent rate.”

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Vermont’s largest solar farm to go online at Superfund site

By: Timothy McQuiston

“…A design that maximized energy production while protecting the integrity of site’s remedial cap. Once completed, the 4.7 MW project will produce 8,850,000 kWh of electricity every year, enough energy to power over 1,200 homes. It will offset 6,272 tons of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent to burning 14,192 barrels of oil.”

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7 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Agent to Sell Your Home

By: Tami Lantz

“They spend every waking moment practicing their craft…they can negotiate on your behalf using their level of expertise in real estate laws, regulations and the current market conditions. This can only produce winning results…from the time the offer is presented to the time the lawyer hands you your check.”

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The US Real Estate Forecast 2018 to 2020

By: Gord Collins

“…the economy is looking good and unemployment is low. This is a time when you can take changes to improve your life however, it’s wise to consider specifically where the real opportunities are.  That might even include Real Estate Investing and investing in Rental Income Property. 30% to 40% ROI speaks pretty loudly!”

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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.”