Burlington, VT Real Estate News

By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
November 23th, 2009 Burlington VT My hat is off to all the folks who work so unbelievably hard in the city of Burlington Vermont to make the holidays so festive and fun for the rest of us. In a couple more days, the annual flick of the switch to light the Christmas tree at the top of Church Street and all the gazillions of little Christmas lights up, down and around the Church Street Marketplace will set winter in motion. I love going down to Church Street for a stroll anytime of year but it's this time of year that moves me the most. Is it the music playing? All those pretty lights? Hot chocolate at Ben & Jerry's with freshly made whipped cream topped off with cinnamon? Walking into stores to warm up and contemplate? A relaxing dinner by a cafe window watching the snowflakes tumbling ...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
Burlington VT October 29th, 2009 I was interviewed by CNN/Money.com this past Tuesday to comment on the foreclosure filing increases over the past few months being recorded in the Burlington metro region. The reporter, Julianne Pepitone, asked me several questions about our real estate market. The gyst of her reporting indicated that the Burlington metro area has had a significant increase in foreclosure filings. She juxtaposed Burlington's numbers with four other larger metro areas that had had major foreclosure increases lumping these areas together in a manner that suggested something more dire. Further, last week, Vermont Public Radio (VPR) interviewed a Statistics Professor, Vince Bolduc, from Saint Michael's College in Colchester VT on how perverted the Vermont statistics are giv...
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(Rowlett Real Estate School)
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October 19th, 2009 Burlington VT The National Association of Realtors (NAR) awarded Chris Hurd its newest Green Designation over the weekend. Mr Hurd is the first Realtor in Burlington Vermont and Chittenden County to have achieved this distinction. He is one of only 9 Realtors across the entire state of Vermont who have fully completed NAR's education/certification process and become fully certified. Mr. Hurd recognizes that Green Real Estate is altering fundamental market dynamics. Studies now show that two-thirds of consumers are paying attention to green homes and buildings; they recognize the link between green properties, cost savings and healthy living. Chris seeks to be a positive force for change with his clients and within his community as NAR's newest Green Designee. NAR's Gr...
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Men's Journal magazine in their June 2009 issue listed the thirty best neighborhoods to live in in America. They noted that "a neighborhood with real soul can make a vibrant city even better. And enclaves of unique vitality can breathe life into unsung workaday towns. No matter where you live, finding just the right 'hood is what really makes a place home." With names like Catherine, Charlotte, Caroline, Margaret and Marion you'd think I'd be giving you the list of dates my rambunctious neighbor had last week alone. But in all seriousness, this is the neighborhood known in Burlington Vermont as the "Five Sisters." Located about a mile's walk south of the Church Street Marketplace, Burlington's hub, and about a three quarter mile walk to Lake Champlain, this neighborhood has a lot to of...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
September 24th, 2009 Burlington VT Having lived here now going on 31 years, I am always excited each time Burlington and Vermont are recognized by independent organizations for the extraordinary quality of life we are so lucky to enjoy. Over these many years, this area has been recognized on so many levels I have simply lost count. It is a great testament to the quality of the people in this state and in the Burlington area that invest themselves so wholeheartedly into making this area so vibrant and special. We are truly blessed. Having said that, another honor has now been bestowed upon Burlington. Children's Health Magazine (CHM) has just ranked Burlington Vermont as the #1 place in the United States to raise a family. (http://ow.ly/psk0 ) Citing school per pupil spending and graduat...
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September 23rd, 2009 Burlington, VT The Obama Administration's Gift to first time homebuyers is set to expire on November 30th, 2009 or in 68 days. One of the qualifications to receive the credit is you must have closed on your property by the last day of November. This gift to help first time homebuyers is equal to $8,000, not an inconsequestial figure if you are trying to make the leap from renting into homeownership. At present, it is not uncommon for a closing to take up to FIVE weeks from the time the price of the property you want has been negotiated between you and the seller and is considered "under contract." If you have been considering taking this important step, now is the time you need to be looking in earnest. With closings taking up to 5 weeks, you would need to have a ho...
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(National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro)
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Wow! This IS the year for Lake Champlain. We will all be celebrating the 400th year since Samuel de Champlain first explored our region on his daring expedition. Lots will be happening so don't miss out!!! Have fun and we'll see you there! Burlington Vermont Celebrates Lake Champlain (July 2nd - 14th) Independence Day Fireworks Celebration Burlington Waterfront (July 3rd) (tip: get there early) Sailing Regatta for Lake Champlain (July 25th) Lake Champlain Maritime Festival (August 14, 15 & 16) Take A Sailing Lesson at the LCCSC on the Waterfront in Burlington VT Take your boat to the Basin Harbor Club for the day or overnight Sunset and Cookout at North Beach in Burlington VT Take One of the Lake Champlain Ferries for a Sunset Cruise, Full Moon Rise or both!! Rent a Kayak or Canoe at No...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
My completely random, highly subjective FUN LIST of things to do this summer in the Queen City. Enjoy and, MOST OF ALL, have fun!! Vermont City Marathon (Memorial Weekend) Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (June 5th - June 14th) Burlington's International Waterfront Festival (July 2nd-14th) Independence Day Fireworks - Burlington Harbor (July 3rd) Hanging out & people watching on the Church Street Marketplace Sunsets and a cold drink at the Community Boathouse or anywhere along the waterfront Concerts everywhere Dinner at an outdoor cafe Biking along the rec. path on Lake Champlain Saturday Farmer's Market in City Hall Park on College Street Watching Thunderstorms lumber across the lake from behind the Coast Guard Station Take a lesson or rent a boat at the Lake Champlain Community Sail...
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This week an historic economic package proposed by President Obama and negotiated by Congress was signed into law. Piled high with provisions, there were several which impacted real estate and for this specific blog posting the target focus is the provision for first time home buyers. Here it is: ***Housing help for for First Time Homebuyers such that they can get up to a tax credit of 10% of the value of their new home up to a maximum credit of $8,000 if they close by November 30, 2009. This credit does NOT have to be paid back if you own the home three years. It phases out for single taxpayers making over $75,000 and for married couples filing jointly making over $150,000 (adjusted gross income). First time homebuyers are defined as those who haven't owned a house for at least three y...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
  Based upon information provided by the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) as of today for all of 2008, there were 219 single family residential and condominium units sold within Burlington Vermont with a total sold volume of $63,344,919. These numbers represent a 29.58% reduction in the number of units sold from the same time period one year earlier (1/1/07-12/31/07). Divide this number by the units sold (1332) and you get an average sale price of $289,246. These numbers represent a 5.49% INCREASE in the average sales price from the same time period one year earlier (1/1/07-12/31/07).  Average days on the market for all these 219 properties was 78 compared to 67 one year earlier or 16.42% longer on the market. Armed with solid numbers, buyers and sellers alike can manage th...
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  This Friday and Saturday night, February 6th and 7th, The Banff Mountain Film Festival's World Tour returns to Burlington, VT. Showtimes each night begin at 7pm and tickets are $12 and $10 with student ID. The event takes place at the University of Vermont's Ira Allen Chapel. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the SkiRack in Burlington at 802.658.3313 or at the door, if tickets are still available. The Banff Film Festival World Tourhttp://www.banffmountainfestivals.ca...ns/newyork.asp The World Tour brings a selection of the best films from the Banff Film Festival located in Banff, Canada, a stunningly beautiful mountain town in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff World Tour generally offers about 30 films, including many of the Film Festivals Award Winners in a variety o...
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Burlington, VT is healthiest city. By MIKE STOBBE - 2 days ago What's the healthiest city in America? It appears to be Burlington, VT. Vermont's largest city is tops among U.S. metropolitan areas by having the largest proportion of people - 92 percent - who say they are in good or great health. It's also among the best in exercise and among the lowest in obesity, diabetes and other measures of ill health, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This New England city of 40,000, on the shores of Lake Champlain, is in some ways similar to the unhealthiest city - Huntington, W.Va. Both are out-of-the-way college towns with populations that are overwhelmingly white people of English, German or Irish ancestry. But there the similarities end: _Bur...
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By Sara Farnsworth
(Servpro of Burlington/So. Burlington)
You have heard it said time and time again: Home is where the heart is.  But if your house is smoldering or under water, it can be hard to make yourself feel at home.   After all, every minute of worry is time wasted.  Every hour you spend trying to return your home to normal is an extra hour of stress and work.  That's the reason Servpro of Burlington/So. Burlington is pleased to offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Let's face it - floods, leaks and fires just don't abide by normal business hours, and fire and water damage can strike a home at any time, night or day.  So whether disaster strikes at 5p.m., 8 a.m. or any time in between, don't waste valuable time waiting for daylight.  Just call 1-888-350-5544 or 802-865-4457.    Utilizing or 1-4-8 Service Response G...
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By Nick Riina
(Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman)
1. Detail and de-clutter. The first step in preparing for an open house is to ensure that your entire property is clean and de-cluttered. The goal of an open house is to enable prospective buyers to envision themselves living there, and clutter and disorder prevent them from doing so. So sellers should detail their entire house room by room. Also, make sure that outdoor spaces are in tiptop condition. Pay particular attention to the walkway leading up to their front door because that's where the people are going to come in for your open house. As in other endeavors, first impressions are tremendously important to real estate. You could always hire professionals — cleaners and landscapers — to take care of these chores. But with a little sweat, some cleaning supplies and gas for the lawn...
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It's that time of year for mad purchasing for dorm rooms. The have to have's in what's hip in the latest clothing. Haircuts. The University Bookstore. Meeting so many new faces, getting settled and all the rest... Burlington is a great location for purchasing an investment property for your son or daughter and recouping your investment when they graduate. I have worked with parents/families over the years to find just the right property. Read this recent testimonial: "My husband and I live out of state in Connecticut and our son attends the University of Vermont. During our first visit to Burlington Vermont, we fell in love with the area and decided it would be a good place to purchase an investment property. At that time, we knew basically nothing about the area and by sheer luck becam...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
Based upon information provided by the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) as of today for the month of July 2008, there were 16 single family residential units sold within Burlington Vermont with a total listed volume of $5,471,200. Divide this number by the units sold (16) and you get an average listed price of $341,950. Juxtapose this figure to the actual total sold volume of $5,122,960 then divide this number by the units sold (16) and you come up with an average sold price of $330,185. Are ya' having an ADD moment yet? So, "what's up Chris?" you're asking. Well, here you are. These numbers produced a list-to-sell variance of $21,765.00 or (drum roll please) a 93.63% list to sell percentage. Average days on the market for these 16 properties was 94.25. Armed with solid num...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
As reported on MSN Money, information from sold and refinanced properties compiled from Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac as of May 22nd, 2008, report real estate appreciation in Burlington and South Burlington Vermont are as follows: 1st Qtr = .97% 1 Year = .56% 5 Years = 51.11% If you would like to add a comment, please do so by posting a comment here at Hurd's The Word or go to my website at Burlington Vermont Real Estate.
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Please view this short poem by recently deceased and forever lovely Irish poet John O'Donohuehttp://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/john_odonahue/ss_beannacht/ss-beannacht.shtmlI just adore that poem! A beloved person sent it very recently to warm my heart. Thank you my sweet Pepper.Can it only be six weeks ago?Yes. Indeed, it was. Six weeks ago. St Patty's night, it was. There have been other events that have changed my world. Altering it unabashedly. Crashing through all the nonsense. There was the birth of my two children. I can remember the next morning seeing the headlines of that morning's Burlington Free Press realizing the world had suddenly changed forevermore.Little did I know six weeks ago, when I drove myself to the hospital in Burlington doubled over in agony I wou...
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