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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Updating an outdated lighting fixture with a new one can change the entire vibe of a space.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

 

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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. View the full listing hereContact Tim Heney to schedule a showing today! 

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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

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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

 

New Year's Eve in the Capital City

For New Years Eve 2014, Montpelier decided to take a break from the usual festivities of First Night, but by popular demand, downtown Montpelier will be in full force for New Year's Eve 2015! With everthing from footraces, magic shows, concerts, great food, and fireworks, there's no reason not to be in the Capital City on New Year's Eve this year. 
 
2:00 Central Vermont Runner's Club's Annual New Year's Eve 5-kilometer Road Race starting at the Pavilion State Office Building. (Must register at cvrunners.org)
 
4:30-5:15 Marko the Magician (Magic show)
5:45-7:00 Marko the Magician (Magic & Hypnosis)
Located at the Montpelier High School Auditorium.
Tickets will be available at the door, or you can order them ahead of time on Eventbrite.
 
7:30 FIREWORKS SHOW! Gather at the State House Lawn for a great fireworks display.
 
7:30 Dave Kellers New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Montpelier City Hall.
                7:30 doors open
                8:00-9:30 Performing: The Starline Rhythm Boys
                10:00-1:00 Performing: The Dave Keller Band
The Extravaganza will be held at City Hall, and tickets are available at the door for $15. Or you can buy your tickets ahead of time for $10 available at Capital Stationers or at lostnationtheater.org. Previously, the Extravaganza had over 500 people attend so get your tickets fast!
 
9:00-1:00 "Speak Easy" costume party and live jazz music at Charlie O's. 

Holiday Home Decorating Contest!

Heney Realtors is holding a Holiday Home Decorating Contest! We're looking for homes in the Barre, Berlin, Montpelier, and Northfield areas that are showing their Holiday Spirit!

Send us a picture of your outdoor decorations on our Facebook page or email it to Heney@HeneyRealtors.com by December 19th, 2014. 

Our group of judges will be choosing the top 3 decorated homes and award them each with local prizes. 

For those of you who have your homes for sale, this is a great opportunity for you! Get your home noticed this Holiday season with great lights and lawn ornaments! Because really, what draws your attention more...?

No lights...OR... LIGHTS???

 

We're excited about this contest and hope you are too! Have fun and good luck!

 

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Building a house in Central Vermont

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Dodge Farm has 5 lots for sale. Sweeping mountain views. Excellent location. Close to Montpelier, Barre, Berlin, I89. Great schools. $15,000 incentive available to first lot purchased in 2014.

Building your Central Vermont Dream Home starts with the land. You have to find the right location: Is it convenient to work? Family and friends? What are the neighboring properties like? Is it in the school district you want? Then you have to like the lay of the land: Are you looking for something flat so you can garden? Or covered in maple trees so you can sugar? Once you find a location and topography you like you start to look into the basics: road, electric, water, septic, build site. Ideally some or all of those are in place.

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If you are building a house in Central Vermont consider starting with a choice piece of land:  The Dodge Farm lots in Berlin. The location is beautiful with sweeping mountain views. It is also convenient- just minutes to I89, Montpelier and Barre. The school district is considered very desirable. The lots are clear and level to gently sloping. The road in is well built with good drainage. There is underground power for each lot. The land has been perc tested and septic permits approved. There are proposed site plans. Essentially, much of the heavy lifting has been done. You can concentrate on the layout and finishes of your dream home rather than where to put the road and culverts.

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    Central Vermont Real Estate - 2013 Market Report

    We shared with you the numbers calculated for the housing indicator: number of sales per town for 2013 in the last post. Take a look at the results of other housing indicators of the central Vermont real estate market in 2013.

    Average Sale Price

    Average sale price is perhaps the most talked about housing indicator. The chart below illustrates the volatility of this indicator over the last 5 years. For example the U-32 towns (Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester) showed phenomenal growth in average sale price in 2013 over 2012. This more than compensated for the drop in average sale price which dropped sharply from 2011 to 2012. Montpelier continued to show solid appreciation with an 8.3% increase in average sale price to $239,930. Barre Town, a leader in growth in total number of sales showed a lesser increase in its average sale price. This followed a substantial $29,500 decrease in average sale price from 2011 to 2012. Waterbury's average sale price of $305,777 was one of the highest in Washington County. The average sale price of a Washington County home was $233,096 for 2013.

    AVERAGE SALE PRICE BY TOWN

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

    Barre City

    124,080

    129,785

    131,568

    125,371

    132,044

    Barre Town

    157,560

    175,922

    188,845

    159,387

    170,331

    Montpelier

    182,527

    196,112

    218,808

    221,463

    239,930

    U32

    213,396

    204,757

    213,214

    186,604

    241,047

    Northfield

    151,440

    155,857

    150,630

    207,675

    148,625

                                                                                                             Average Sale Price

    Days on Market

    Day on the market (DOM) is a dynamic number that indicates the number of days a property has been on the market until it goes under contract. The escrow period (between accepted offer and closing) is not part of this calculation. DOM is viewed as a loose indictor of the health of the market. Information for this one is only available for properties listed and sold through realtors. This information is not available for sales by unrepresented sellers. In addition, DOM only considers the time that a property was listed with the final listing broker and does not reflect that a seller or another broker may have previously had the property on the market. In smaller towns with fewer total sales, a few properties that take longer to sell will have an undue impact on this number.    

                                                                                                 2013 AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

    TOWN DOM
    Barre City 123
    Barre Town 152
    Montpelier 115
    U32 : Berlin 150
    U32 : Calais 281
    U32 : E.  Montpelier 107
    U32 : Middlesex 185
    U32 : Worcester 125
    Northfield 133
    Waterbury 147
    Washington County Avg 154

     

     

     DOM

    In 2012 the typical DOM was 5 to 6 months on the market and for 2013 dropped 4 to 5 months. This is a sign that the market has shifted from a "Buyer's Market" dynamic to a more balanced dynamic.

     

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      2013 - A Year of Growth for Central Vermont Real Estate

      How is the Central Vermont real estate market?

      This is a frequently asked question and a good one too;  the health of the housing market is an economic indicator that impacts buyers, sellers, and everyone in between.

      We took a look at some key indicators of  real estate in Central Vermont for 2013 using data compiled from some major sources and compared these 2013 indicators to the previous four years. One major source we utilized is the multiple listing service (MLS), where the majority of Vermont real estate sales transacted by licensed brokers are recorded. In addition to MLS, we utilized the Vermont real estate sales online database which gathers information from the Vermont Department of Taxes to create a comprehensive list of all real estate sales that may or may not be recorded in the MLS. From the statistics gathered, it is exciting to report that growth and improvement summarize Central Vermont real estate market in 2013.

      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 towns focused on while looking at these indicators are:  MontpelierBarre, U32 (BerlinCalaisEast MontpelierMiddlesex and Worcester), and Northfield

      The information presented below will specifically be about the number of sales of single family residences in Washington County, categorized by town.

      In 2013 home sales increased in every major community as compared with the number of home sales in 2012. 2013 also produced the highest number of Central Vermont Real Estate home sales for any year in the last five years.

      NUMBER OF SALES BY TOWN

      2009

      2010

      2011

      2012

      2013

      Barre City

      60

      64

      41

      55

      76

      Barre Town

      59

      55

      51

      71

      102

      Montpelier

      74

      57

      58

      61

      75

      U32

      51

      58

      58

      51

      96

      Northfield

      27

      18

      22

      26

      48

      Totals

      271

      252

      230

      264

      397

                                     

                                                                                                           Graph

      As you will note above, Barre Town posted a strong increase year after year and the U-32 towns  posted an amazing 88% jump after four years of consistent numbers. Waterbury posted around 57 residential sales.

      Numbers don't lie. Considering the overall increase of number of sales in 2013 and the kickoff of activity we've experienced in the new year, we expect 2014 to be another year of steady growth for Central Vermont real estate.

      Check out what is on the market now at our new and improved website heneyrealtors.com and don't forget to visit our Facebook page!

      Just Getting Started? Wondering How Buying a Home With a Real Estate Agent Works?

      getting started

      Congratulations if you have just made the decision to pursue purchasing your next home. There is a great amount of information available and home buyers are better educated about the real estate market than ever before. However, more information generates more questions. Many people looking to find out about homes that are available for sale search the web and check major real estate websites to start. Some simply search "homes for sale in the area they wish to focus on". Most major real estate sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia download information from Realtor operated MLS (Multiple Listing Service) websites. We recommend that you go right to the source and utilize either our MLS site which is NNEREN.com or if you go to a brokerage website like our own, www.HeneyRealtors.com you will see our listing and a direct link into the NNEREN site. This will give you access to the most current information about most homes in Montpelier, Barre, Waterbury and surrounding communities in Washington and Orange Counties.

      Now that you have current information about homes you wish to see, many people out in the hunt for their new home seem to call whichever sales person who has each property that they wish to see. In the end, these potential purchasers seem to bounce between a number of different real estate agents. Using this approach it is likely that none of these agents is working for the purchaser.

      We think that the best way for you as a potential purchaser to approach this project is to meet with several licensed real estate salespeople or brokers who are active in the area where you wish to live. Then select an agent as the person that you trust to become educated with your list of "wants" and "needs" as well as your personal financial situation. This person will be in the best position to assist you to find and then purchase the home that you are dreaming of.

      Once you select a Realtor to assist you, you will want discuss about how this relationship will work. You have choices about how you structure your business relationship with your Buyer Agent and you should discuss these options as you begin. Please give us a call to talk this over.