5 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Fall

House in the FallThe idea of buying a home during fall doesn't follow the conventional wisdom we're used to, but it's actually the best time of the year to purchase a home. 

While there are understandable reasons why most people prefer to buy their homes during spring or summer, we will break it down for you why you are better off buying a house in the fall rather than any other time of the year.

1. There's Less Competition

You are more likely to get into competition with a lot more home buyers in the spring or summer than in the fall. During spring and summer, most homeowners list their properties at premium prices. The summer real estate season has more willing buyers due to favorable weather conditions, so properties don't stay on the market for long.

You are less likely to find yourself in a bidding war for a home during the fall. In most cases, initially overpriced homes that didn't get buyers during the summer will be up for grabs in the fall.

2. The Realtor Will Give You More Attention

With everyone trying to buy their homes in summer, realtors are usually dealing with many more buyers. However, as fall approaches, the real estate market temperature cools down, enabling realtors to give you more attention. You’ll also have more time to go through all the homes extensively.

3. You'll See the Home for What It Is Flaws and All

The fall has some of the harshest weather, which in turn causes various weather-related issues. Therefore, when you purchase a home in the fall, you are more likely to see the home at its worst before purchasing it.

Harsh weather strips houses of their paint and other modifications. Therefore, if a home is still in good shape during the fall, then it's one great house.

4. It is Easier to Get a Deal

Owning a home isn't easy. On top of the taxes, add various maintenance costs that make it even hard to keep a house that you put on the market a couple of months ago. A desperate seller always equals a better deal for the buyer. 

This fall might be your chance to get a new home at the best price. Most owners don't want to drag the sale of their house late into the winter since it might mean waiting till spring to get it off the market.

5. Furnishing and Home Appliance Deals

The fall coincides with the early November and Christmas shopping deals. This means you will get great deals on home appliances and furnishings to spruce up your home once you move in.  

The fall is always the ideal time for these purchases as you are more likely to save big bucks than any other time of the year.

Buying a Home in Vermont

If you live in Vermont or need to buy a new home, there isn't a better place to start than with Heney Realtors. We can show you homes that fit your lifestyle and your budget in Central Vermont, as well as answer any questions about the towns and neighborhoods. There are many realtors out there, but it’s best to have one that knows the area inside and out. 

If you missed out on a chance to buy a home in the spring or summer, there’s still time to buy a home this fall. Contact an agent today!


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    How to Quickly Sell Your Vermont Home for Top Dollar

    Home in VermontIf you're looking to sell your Vermont home fast, now is a great time because we are in a hot seller's market. If you also want to sell your property for top dollar, here are five things you must consider.

    1. Get the help of a seasoned realtor

    It is possible to list and sell your home by yourself if you are willing to put in the necessary work. However, always consider getting the help of an experienced Vermont realtor when possible. From personally handling all the legal paperwork to listing, staging, and managing negotiations by yourself, the process of selling a home can become quite laborious. A real estate professional will take the load off of your shoulders.

    2. Determine the true value of your property

    The key to getting top dollar on the property you wish to sell is knowing its market worth. Unfortunately, many Vermont residents struggle with this and undervalue their properties without meaning to. A seasoned realtor that knows the Vermont market can help you put the best price tag on your home. They know all the points of a property that account for its price. Get professional help to appraise your home, and you are far more likely to sell it for the best possible price!

    3. Decide on the best time to list

    Did you know that there are certain times of year that are better for selling homes than others? Consider how the changing of the seasons impacts the behaviors of people living in Vermont. Based on this information, it is possible to determine the best time to list your property for sale. For instance, people looking to buy homes in Vermont prefer to search for listings during the early spring season, with the school years closing, and summer is around the corner. Other local circumstances can also affect the best time to list your home on the market, and your real estate agent should relay them to you. In the end, the choice of when to list is yours, but be sure to get an expert's opinion before you pick your date.

    4. Prepare well for an open house when you list

    The best-prepared homes listed in the Vermont real estate market always leave a good impression on visitors, so take the time to make yours look as attractive as possible. Kick up the curb appeal with some landscaping on the yard. Take the time to stage the rooms adequately, so potential buyers can see what the home looks like when furnished. It can be a daunting task when you undertake it on your own, but having your realtor handling it for you can make the whole process easier. They know what it takes to stage your property beautifully, and they can ensure that it looks its best to potential buyers.

    5. Let your realtor handle the negotiations

    Once you've listed your property on the Vermont housing market with the help of your experienced real estate agent, the next challenging step begins: negotiating a good offer. Assuming it went up for sale at the most convenient time, you should be receiving new offers. Of course, getting an offer at your asking price is ideal. However, prepare for the possibility that offers can also come under your asking price. In these situations, having your realtor take care of the negotiations on your behalf to get you the best final price is the ideal move. These agents dedicate themselves to making sure you sell your home in Vermont for top dollar.

    Taking these five tips to heart and implementing them is a great way to help you get top dollar for your listing. Even with as much research as you can do, nothing beats the kind of support you can get from a seasoned Vermont realtor. They will help you through the entire selling process, from valuing your property to listing and eventually managing negotiations and closing with all the legal paperwork. The market is ready for you to sell your Vermont home: it is up to you to put your best foot forward.


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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 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

        Making Maple Syrup in Vermont

        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.”

        Edward H. Jones

        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!

          Road to Waitsfield CommonVon Trapp farm

          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

              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

              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

              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. 


                  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. 


                  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 its 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.