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Our Response To COVID-19

To Our Customers, Clients and Friends:

 

Our strategy for how best to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve. Our offices are open on a limited basis with basic staffing. A number of our team are working from home. We continue to be available to you during normal business hours by telephone or email. We are dedicated to providing the support you need. Please call or email any of us if you have questions about properties that are for sale or negotiations and transactions in process.

Vermonters are resourceful and we are experiencing this every day as home inspectors, lenders, attorneys, town clerks and so many others that play important roles in real estate transactions work to overcome obstacles as we all work together to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The process of viewing homes and properties is a challenge in respect to the call for social distancing and concern for all parties. We are still showing homes and other properties and ask that everyone use their best judgement to determine if a viewing is appropriate or it might be a situation where all involved will be best served if postponed until life can go back to normal. Hopefully this will be in just a few weeks.

Our website at HeneyRealtors.com is a great resource and we will work to ensure you have access to the most current information possible. Please feel free to reach out if we can be of assistance in any way.

Your Heney Realtors Team

 

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    Vermont = 2.07 Million Gallons of Maple Syrup in 2019

    A total of 4.2 million gallons of maple syrup was produced in the United States last year and Vermont produced 49% of that
    amount with New York State and Maine being the second and third largest producers. But it was not always miles of sap lines
    and vacuum systems to gently pull the sap from the trees and reverse osmosis to remove much of the water prior to boiling. When sugaring season begins, and it may only last 35 days, is when I am most proud of my maternal grandfather, Edward H. Jones who was Vermont’s Commissioner of Agriculture from 1924 to 1944 working under eight Vermont Governors. Ed recognized the need for cleanliness to make the higher grades of maple syrup, with advice such as “gather sap from clean, covered pails” and introduced maple syrup labels for the cans proudly stating “fully guaranteed under the pure food laws to contain nothing but the product of maple.”

    Ed was also a leader in developing maple cream as a commercial product and proudly shipped Valley Mead Farm products across the United States. We have made real progress in the direction of producing better quality farm stuff and getting it to market. Ed was proud to advertise and market maple products and even had a miniature sugarhouse which he loaded on trains and showed the sugaring process at conventions and expositions around the states. My ninth-generation nieces and nephews still use this structure today. I sincerely hope you will visit a sugarhouse this year and try some “sugar on snow” with plain donuts and sour pickles which is a long-standing Vermont tradition and possibly remember the man who was looking into the future so long ago. 

    By Dave Jamieson, Broker 

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      Remembering- Growing Up and Sugaring!

      This picture is the road leading up to the present day Von Trapp farm on Waitsfield Common. The snow was plowed with a mechanical giant on tracks with a V plow and wings to push the snow back, hence the near vertical snow banks separating us from the sap buckets. My brother Dick, Howard Corliss and Alan Richardson would gather the sap, removing the ice from the buckets (ensuring your hands were always wet and cold) and climb back down to dump the sap into the holding tank pulled by our horses Tom and Jerry.

      Our day would start early with chores of cleaning, watering and feeding in the barn and then to the house for breakfast and then off to gather sap which was a great cash crop for the farm and very important for our family income. Lunch was often delivered to the sugarhouse where we boiled eggs in the sap and had a quick lunch before returning to our gathering duties. This was not just for sunny days and we worked in cold rain, snow and I remember well breaking through the crust with each step while trying not to spill the precious sap before we delivered to the dray.

      And just when darkness approached and hopefully the day was finished, we would remember we had to do the barn chores. A quick supper and then back to the barn for all the all too familiar cleaning, watering and feeding and finally the end of the day. When we finally entered the house, our mother would look at us and say “what about your homework.” This has often made me wonder if this was the reason I never became a scholar. 

      By Dave Jamieson, Broker

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        2017 Home Buyer and Home Seller Trends

        Home Seller TrendsHome For Sale Sign

        Real estate agents help sellers market and price their home competitively, and lower the amount of time their home is on the market. According to an annual survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), trends for home sellers this year indicate:

        • Home sellers who used a real estate agent remained historically high at 89%.
        • For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home sales were at 8%, which has been the lowest recorded level for three years.
        • The average tenure for a homeowner is 10 years. In the past, homeowners remained in their homes around six to seven years.
        • FSBO homes generally sold for much less than homes sold by a real estate agent. FSBO homes sold at a median of $190,000 and the median for homes sold by an agent was $250,000.

        Keys to HomeHome Buyer Trends

        Real estate agents help buyers find the right home and negotiate prices and terms of sale. Here are some buyer characteristics from the NAR survey:

        • Home buyers who used a real estate agent remained historically high at 87%.
        • Buyers who purchased directly from a builder or previous owner declined.
        • Thirty-four percent of buyers were first-time home buyers. The historical average is 40%.
        • Buyers generally purchased more expensive homes due to increased housing market prices.
        • Eighty-five percent of buyers purchased previously owned homes.
        • A buyer typically searched for a home for about 10 weeks.
        • The most difficult aspect of the home buying process was finding the right home.

        Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Central Vermont, Heney Realtors can help. Contact us today!

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          2017 Holiday Events in Central Vermont

          Holidays in VermontThe holidays are just around the corner, so it’s a great time to start making plans to attend some of the festivities in the Central Vermont area! Here are a few of the special holiday events happening this year.


          A River of Light in Waterbury
          December 2, 2017
          Waterbury

          This is the 8th annual lantern parade and it has continued to grow over the years. This year, the theme is “Ripples and Rhythms: Waves of Sound and Light". Make a lantern and march in the parade, or just enjoy watching this festive procession of professional artists and school children and an evening of music and community spirit. Click here for more information.


          Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market
          December 16, 2017
          Montpelier

          The 13th annual gift market is a great place to buy holiday gifts and crafts from over 45 Vermont artisans, support your community, and help raise money with a raffle benefiting the Good Beginnings of Central Vermont. Every vendor has donated a Vermont crafted item. The event is fully accessible and admission is free to all. Click here for more details.


          2017 Christmas Concert
          December 16-17, 2017
          Montpelier

          The Onion River Chorus performs 16th, 17th, and 18th-century music from Mexico and Bolivia that speaks a language that we can all move to. For more information, click here.

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            Experience Fall in Vermont's Capital City

            Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors in Montpelier and admire the beautiful red, orange, and yellow autumn foliage. Here are some different ways to make the most of the season in the capital city.

            Fall in Montpelier VTThe Enchanted Forest is a family-friendly celebration of autumn held in Hubbard Park. The 50-foot observation tower is lit up by fire and people enjoy hay wagon rides, storytelling, music, and more. This year, the event is being held on Saturday, October 14.

            Hike the miles of trails at Camel’s Hump and enjoy the spectacular mountain views and beautiful fall colors. On the Huntington side, the Burrows Trail is a popular shorter hike. On the Duxbury side, the Monroe Trail has an accessible loop with three locations to view the summit.

            Hubbard Park has miles of maintained trails, which are perfect for dog walkers and runners. There is an observation tower at the highest point in the park where you’ll find amazing views of the capital city and Camel’s Hump. The park also has a couple of pavilions with grills, water fountains, and picnic tables.

            The North Branch Nature Center has walking trails along the Winooski River and places to just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. In the fall, the Center offers outdoor playgroups for parents and children, after-school programs, and other activities.

             

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              10 Ways to Upgrade Your Home with Your Tax Refund

              It’s that time of year again — the weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, and taxes are being returned. With a little extra cash in your pocket, there are endless possibilities of what you can do with it. Why not spend some of it on updating your space? Below you will find 10 ways to update your home with your check from Uncle Sam. 

              Recaulk / Paint
              A fresh coat of paint can brighten a whole space. Even just painting baseboards (which get dirty and are often forgotten about) will make a world of difference. 

              Buy a Fabulous Rugopen living room with rug
              Rugs are a great way to tie a space together. As a general rule, the outer edges of the rug should be around 6 inches from the wall in a small room and 18 inches from the wall in larger areas. In an open-concept floor plan, area rugs are a great way to frame seating and dining areas, which will help to define the different uses of the space. 

              Upgrade Your Water Heater
              Not the most exciting purchase in the world, but buying a new water heater can save you money down the road. New models are energy efficient. 

              Upgrade Your Ceiling
              It may be time to actually / finally get rid of the popcorn ceilings in your home. Save yourself some time and a backache and hire a professional to do it. Installing crown molding or box beams can go a long way to creating a fresh look that's visually interesting. 

              Upgrade Your Lighting
              Updating an outdated lighting fixture with a new one can change the entire vibe of a space. If nothing else, you should upgrade your bulbs to LEDS — which are really affordable now, will save you energy and come in a wide variety of colors and wattages. 

              kitchenUpgrade Your Flooring
              Expect to pay between $7 and $12 per square feet for quality wood flooring, more if you have it professionally installed. Hardwood floors, which are super popular among homebuyers, can return 1.5 - 2 times its cost when you sell. 

              Add a Backsplash
              Whether it's peel and stick, or hand-painted glass times, kitchen updates have some of the highest returns on investment. Have natural woods and neutral walls? Opt for a bold pattern!

              Add Curb Appeal
              Why not update your mailbox, get new house numbers, or repaint your front door. Feeling motivated? Repaint the trim around your windows. 

              outdoor patioBuild a Deck
              Homebuyers love decks, and they really aren't that expensive these days (keep in mind price will vary based on materials and size). They typically bring in an 80% - 120% return on your investment. â€‹

              Upgrade Your Outdoor Space
              As warmer weather approaches it's a great time to really make an oasis in your backyard. Think comfy seating, a fire pit, a new grill, water features — the possibilities are truly endless. 

              8 Fun Winter Activities to do in VT That Aren't Skiing

              Vermont is certainly known as a skier and rider’s paradise during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to enjoy in Vermont from November to March! Below you will find 8 fun things to try in Vermont this winter — that don’t have anything to do with skiing or snowboarding. 

              Sledding

              Two Teen Girls SleddingSledding isn’t just for kids these days! There are several sled makers in Vermont that make adult size steerable sleds. Check out Granville Gulf, between Warren and Granville. Locals recommend exploring this winding stretch of Route 100 just south of Warren. Helmets are advised. Lincoln Gap in Warren is also a popular spot. Lincoln Gap is recommended for experienced sledders. After a 30 minute hike to the top, prepare for an exhilarating 2 mile ride back down! Again, helmets are advised. There are also plenty of public sledding hills that more suitable for younger children. 

              Snowmobiling

              The state of Vermont is home to over 4,700 miles of snowmobile trails. All of which have been maintained and groomed by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers for nearly 50 years. Most VAST trails run on private land, and are only open during the winter, giving you a truly unique perspective of Vermont. Don’t own your own snowmobile? Head to Stowe and take a tour. Snowmobile Vermont offers a two hour, 25-mile backcountry tour through Mount Mansfield State Forest. They also provide boots and helmets for the ride. 

              Hit the Spa

              Looking to warm up and forget that it’s five below outside? Why not sit inside and be pampered all day. Vermont has dozens of inn and resorts that feature full-service spas

              Ice FishingIce Fishing Huts on the Lake

              Find out for yourself why Vermonters love ice fishing. Check out the Free Ice Fishing Day Festival the last Saturday of January! Free Ice Fishing Day is an opportunity for anyone to go ice fishing without a permit (resident or non-resident). Registration opens at 11 am at Hoyts Landing in Springfield, VT. Fish and Wildlife staff and Let’s Go Fishing volunteers will have ice fishing equipment available for those who don’t have their own. Staff and volunteers will also be available to help the inexperienced learn ice fishing basics. 

              Dog Sledding Tours

              Dog sledding isn’t just for Alaskans! January and February are ideal months to enjoy dog sledding. Vermont is home to many dog sledding teams, several of which offer tours. Not only can you take a tour through the mountains, several tours include an educational piece that will teach you mushing basics. 

              Track a Moose

              Take a hike through one of the many state forests, or sign up to take a guided track with an expert! Join field naturalist Sophie Mazowita the last Sunday in January for a full-day of wildlife tracking in Huntington, VT. The adventure begins with an indoor presentation. 

              See Where it’s MadeBrewery Equipment

              From maple syrup to teddy bears, there are lots of great things made in Vermont. Take a behind the scenes look at some of Vermont’s largest companies. Take a brew tour at one of the many breweries all over Vermont, why not see how some of the most notable brands brew their beers?! You should note that not all breweries offer tours, so it’s a good idea to check ahead of arriving. There are also several companies in the state that offer organized tours. Or check out a sugarhouse in late winter to see how maple syrup gets made! Or how about checking out the Ben & Jerry’s Factory? From furniture to cheese, there's a tour for everyone in the family. 

              See a Play, Musical, Stand-up Event and More

              Vermont has always had a strong arts community. Check out the Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier to see community theater at it’s finest. Positive Pie in Montpelier serves up live music weekly. There is always something going on at Higher Ground in Burlington and the Rusty Nail in Stowe. Check out the Vermont Calendar of Events for more information about what’s currently happening throughout the state.

               

              Gorgeous 4 Bedroom Home For Sale in Roxbury Vermont

              Craftsman Character in the Heart of Vermont

              1970 Winch Hill Road
              Roxbury, Vermont 05669

               

              1970 Winch Hill Road - exterior 1970 Winch Hill Road - cathedral ceiling1970 Winch Hill Road - exposed beams1970 Winch Hill Road - Upclose exterior

              This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home features a "bow" roof design and many traditional elements. Enjoy 24 private acres as well as  sweeping views of the mountains in the distance. The open floor plan lends itself to entertaining, as does the large back deck and yard. Cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, two fireplaces, built-ins, a hot tub, a one bay attached garage, a two bay detached garage with storage space, natural woodwork, and skylights give this home stunning character. This home is a gorgeous example of Vermont's craftsmanship, from its large front door featuring bullseye glass to its original doors throughout the home. You really must see this home yourself to truly appreciate the unique beauty. Contact Tim Heney to schedule a showing today! 

              1970 Winch Hill Road - built in1970 Winch Hill Road - back deck1970 Winch Hill Road - back exterior 1970 Winch Hill Road - pasture view

              The Numbers are in! Check Out What Real Estate Looked Like in 2014.

              2014 END OF YEAR REPORT

              2014 was a year of growth and improvement for real estate throughout Washington County. The key indicators that we looked at are the number of sales of single family residences, average sale price, and number of days a property was on the market.

              The number of transactions increased in nearly every major community as compared with the number of sales in 2013. 2014 posted the highest number of sales for any year in the last five years.

               

                                                                                        2014 SNAP SHOT

               

              TOWN

              # OF SALES

              AVG SALE $

              AVG DOM

              HIGHEST $ SALE

              Barre City

              92

              $126,575

              136

              $265,000

              Barre Town

              104

              $164,688

              88

              $445,000

              Montpelier

              86

              $243,864

              97

              $530,000

              U-32

              85

              $222,724

              125

              $692,000

              Northfield

              62

              $151,812

              137

              $415,000

              Williamstown

              30

              $132,579

              107

              $253,000

              AVERAGES

              76

              $173,704

              115

              na

               

              NUMBER OF SALES BY TOWN

              The number of sales increased in almost every major community as compared with the number of sales in 2013 and most posted the highest number of sales for any year in the last five years.

               

              NUMBER OF SALES BY TOWN

              TOWN

              2010

              2011

              2012

              2013

              2014

              Barre City

              64

              41

              55

              76

              92

              Barre Town

              55

              51

              71

              102

              104

              Montpelier

              57

              58

              61

              75

              86

              U-32

              58

              58

              51

              96

              85

              Northfield

              18

              22

              26

              48

              62

              Williamstown

               

               

               

               

              30

               

               

               

               

               

               

              TOTALS:

              252

              230

              264

              397

              459

               

               

              AVERAGE SALE PRICE BY TOWN

              Average sale price is perhaps the most talked about unit of comparison. All of the communities in Washington and Orange County are "small" towns. In any given year several exceedingly low foreclosure or distress sales can adversely influence the average significantly. Conversely a few very high sales can pull the average up. In 2014 interest rates remained deliciously low and fuel prices declined dramatically at the end of the year. Both factors contributed to improve affordability for homeownership. With this, more first time homeowners appeared on the scene. These new buyers contributed to an increased number of sales.

              AVERAGE SALE PRICE BY TOWN

              TOWN

              2010

              2011

              2012

              2013

              2014

              Barre City

              129,785

              131,568

              125,371

              132,044

              126,575

              Barre Town

              175,922

              188,845

              159,387

              170,331

              164,688

              Montpelier

              196,112

              218,808

              221,463

              239,930

              243,865

              U-32

              204,757

              213,214

              186,604

              241,047

              222,724

              Northfield

              155,857

              150,630

              207,675

              148,625

              151,812

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

              AVERAGES:

              172,487

              180,613

              180,100

              195,838

              181,932

               

               

              AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET (D.O.M)

              Another number that presents a mixed picture of the market is the days on the market. That number is the number of days from when a property goes on the market to when it goes under contract. The escrow period (between accepted offer and closing) is not part of the calculation. This number should also be taken with a grain of salt for two additional reasons.

              First, some of the area sales were indicated by homeowners, and then were listed and sold with a Broker. The days on market calculation considers only the time a property was listed by the Realtor ultimately representing the property at the time of sale. Second, some of these properties may have been on and off the market over time.  Even considering these factors, this data has been compiled in a constant manner for years and do provide a valuable insight into the turnover rate in the market. As you will see below homes typically did sell much more quickly in 2014.

              AVERAGE D.O.M

              TOWN

              2010

              2011

              2012

              2013

              2014

              Barre City

              142

              158

              169

              123

              136

              Barre Town

              105

              136

              124

              152

              88

              Montpelier

              140

              110

              180

              115

              97

              U-32: Total

              159

              194

              166

               

               

              ->Berlin

               

               

               

              150

              159

              ->Calais

               

               

               

              281

              171

              ->E. Mont

               

               

               

              107

              127

              -> Middlesex

               

               

               

              185

              113

              -> Worcester

               

               

               

              125

              46

              Northfield

              258

              117

              229

              133

              137

               

               

               

               

               

               

              AVERAGES:

              165

              143

              173

              152

              119