Burlington, VT Real Estate News

By Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist
(Catamount Realty Group)
The Burlington Halloween Parade 2012 will take place on Saturday October 27th at noon. Children can dress up and visit local shops and restaurants for treats at Church Street Marketplace and at Town Center Mall from 10:30 until noon. A friendly gorilla will be handing out treats in front of Burlington Town Center. There will be roaming costumed creatures strolling the marketeplace until 4:00. Come help Catamount Realty celebrate Halloween in Burlington!
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By Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist
(Catamount Realty Group)
Burlington Vermont Halloween festivites are in ful swing this season. Come out and enjoy the 3rd Annual Monster Mash Bicycle Tour around Burlington. There will be ghost and goblins galore. Wear your costume and be sure to have a light on your bike.   Registration opens at 6:00 and the ride begins at 7 pm from 205 Flynn Avenue in Burlington. The ride is free, however a $10 donation is suggested to help cover the costs of t-shirt, pizza, treats and prizes. Generous donations havce been made from sponsors Manhattan Pizza, Old Spokes Home, Death Spray Custom, Hold Fast, Bailey Works, Outlier, Gary Rothera Cycling Caps, Catalyst, Brand New Clothing, Sticky Brand, Wildlife, and Culture Cycles. For more information contact CultureCycles@gmail.com   Come join Catamount Realty in enjoying this s...
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By Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist
(Catamount Realty Group)
Local Motion will be sponsoring its first annual party on Sunday October 21, 2012 from 3:00-6:00 at the Intervale Center Farm Barn at 180 Intervale Road in Burlington, Vermont. The event will be held to celebrate Local Motion's 13th Birthday and celebrating our region's growing culture of bicycling, walking, running and cross country skiing. American Flatbread will be supplying wood-fired pizza and Zero Gravity beers on tap. Earl's Cyclery and Sojourn Bike Tours are also contributing to the event. There will be games and activities for children including sled dog rides. The event is free to members and just a $5 introductory promotion for new members.   Prior to the party, there will be the Second Annual Herringbone Tweed Ride which begins at 11:30. Wear your old fashioned garb and brin...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont. Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, October 19, 2012 Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Friday, October 19, 9–11:30PM at North End Studio B in Burlington. $7. 'Nosferatu' The Andrew Alden Ensemble deliver an eerie live score to F.W. Murnau's 1922 Gothic horror film, based on the Dracula story. Friday, October 19, 7PM at Merrill's Roxy Cinemas in Burlington. $15. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps. Friday, October 19, 7PM at Burlington City Hall Park in Burlington. $13.50; ar...
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By Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist
(Catamount Realty Group)
Magic Hat Brewing Company will be hosting its First Annual Octoberfest this Saturday October 20, 2012 from 12-5:00. The event will feature local Vermont foods from over thirty vendors, a Magic Hat beer garden featuring limited edition Magic Hat beers, wine tastings and live music. There is a $5 entry fee. Proceeds from the entry fee and beer garden will benefit the Vermont Food Bank. The event will occur at the Magic Hat Artifactory located at 5 Bartlett Bay Road in South Burlington.   Some of the vendors participating in the event are Cabot Creamery, Shelburne Vineyards, Skinny Pancake, My Little Cupcake, Champlain Orchards, Dakin Farm, Slopeside Syrup, Ben & Jerrys, Vermont Moonlight Cookies and Laughing Moon Chocolates.   Please join Catamount Realty in celebrating fall and our local...
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By Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist
(Catamount Realty Group)
Nightmare Vermont is an interactive haunted house that draws hundreds of thrill seekers each evening to partake in some pre-Halloween fun. This years haunting will take place at five abandoned and condemned houses located on Picard Circle in South Burlington (off Airport Parkway). Picard Circle is a suitable venue for this year's Nightmare Vermont because it is already a ghost town. The homes on this small cul-de-sac were condemned a few years ago due to high noise levels from the airport and were deemed as being uninhabitable. The condemned homes have no running water or electricity and will be bulldozed this spring.   Tickets are $10 each if pre-purchased on-line and $15 at the door. Shows are produced Thursday through Saturday evening October 21-23 and October 28-30. The South Burlin...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, October 5, 2012 Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Beginners session, 7-7:45 p.m. Friday, October 5, 7–10PM at North End Studio B in Burlington. $7. Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis induces goose bumps with hair-raising tales of the city's fascinating — and spooky — past. Meet at the fountain. Friday, October 5, 11AM at Battery Park in Burlington. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and tw...
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By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
Mortgage markets worsened slightly in last week's holiday-shortened week. As expected, Wall Street took its cues from Europe and from the U.S. jobs market, and mortgage rates moved across a wide range. Home buyers and would-be refinancing households were greeted with wildly varying mortgage rates, depending on which day they loan-shopped. According to Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage rate survey, 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates averaged 3.55% nationwide last week, with an accompanying 0.7 discount points. That is, until Thursday's meeting of the European Central Bank.  The ECB is similar to the Federal Reserve in that, among its primary functions, it provi...
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By Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen"
(Rossi & Riina Real Estate)
WHAT, Its not a buyer's market???    Multiple offers??? Yes, that’s right, multiple offers. This is happening with more frequency that both buyers and sellers realize. If the “potential sellers” knew how our local real estate market (Chittenden County, Vermont) was they would be calling to list their houses. For the past few years some sellers have been waiting for the market to get better. Well while they were waiting it happened. If you don’t believe me just ask my buyers. They have had the experience of having a house they were offering on receive multiple bids … not once but twice to the same buyers. I have cautioned buyers in general "When you finally pick the house you want to persue… jump on it", do not hesitate or throw a real low ball in. Come in with a wise and thoughtful offe...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, September 7, 2012 Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Friday, September 7, 7:30–10PM at North End Studio B in Burlington. $7. Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis induces goosebumps with hair-raising tales of the city's fascinating — and spooky — past. Meet at the fountain. Friday, September 7, 11AM at Battery Park in Burlington. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and twisted past. Meet at the...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, August 17, 2012 Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Friday, August 17, 7:30–10PM at North End Studio B in Burlington. $7. Intervale Center Tours Walkers wise up on the rich agricultural history that made today's thriving community foods system possible. Friday, August 17, 10–11AM at Intervale Center in Burlington. Free; preregister. Brown Bag Series Tom McGrath of the Transportation Research Center hosts a discussion about "Certification for Sustainable Transportation and Green Coach." Decision Theater. Friday, August 17, 12–1PM at Farrell Hall, UVM in Burli...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, August 3, 2012 The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Set It Off, Junior Doctor, Bombardier to Pilot Friday, August 3, 8PM at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. $13/15. All Ages. Thirty Thousand Days: The Time of Your Life In a conference on psychology, spirituality and eastern approaches to mental wellness, 12 presenters from around the country speak about everything from "The Curative Power of a Meaningful Life" to "Buddhism and Neuroscience" to "Deliberate Love." Friday, August 3, 9AM–5PM at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington. $90-300. Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine trad...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, July 27, 2012 Rummage Sale Treasure hunters give used goods another go. Friday, July 27, 9AM–4PM at Odd Fellows Hall in Burlington. Free. Burlington Ruby Conference Burlington's tech scene gets a boost as local and regional web developers attend talks by speakers from companies such as Twitter, Heroku and thoughtbot. Proceeds benefit the Burlington Vermont Web Application Group. Friday, July 27, 7PM at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington. $175; Friday night social is free; see burlingtonruby.com to register. Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled ...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, July 20, 2012 Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Friday, July 20, 7:30–10PM at North End Studio B in Burlington. $7. Intervale Center Tours Walkers wise up on the rich agricultural history that made today's thriving community foods system possible. Friday, July 20, 10–11AM at Intervale Center in Burlington. Free; preregister. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps. Friday, July 20, 8PM at Burlington City Hall Park in Burlington. $13.50; arriv...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, July 13, 2012 Queen City Tango Milonga No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Friday, July 13, 7:30–10PM at North End Studio B in Burlington. $7. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps. Friday, July 13, 8PM at Burlington City Hall Park in Burlington. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Brown Bag Series Glenn McRae of the Transportation Research Center hosts a discussion about "Vermont's Future Electric Vehicle Fleet and the Grid." Decision Theater. Friday, July ...
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By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
As part of the federal Truth-in-Lending Act, refinancing homeowners are granted a 3-day "cooling off" period post-closing during which they retain the right to rescind, or "cancel", their recent refinance without penalty or cost. The Right To Cancel is protection against surprises at closing and/or a change of heart. It's also a safety valve for homeowners signing paperwork under duress. With 3 days to revisit and rethink the terms of a loan, a homeowner can maintain tighter control of his/her financial situation.  If you ever have the wish (or need) to execute your right to rescind, be aware that the process is a formal one. The required steps must be co...
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By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
Home resales slipped last month; a slight setback for the nation's housing market's recovery. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Existing Home Sales fell to 4.55 million units in May 2012 on a seasonally-adjusted annualized basis, representing a 2 percent drop from April. An "existing home" is a home that's been previously owned or occupied, and cannot be categorized as new construction. Despite May's retreat, however, as compared to last year at this time, Existing Home Sales by units are higher by 10 percent. In other words, like everything else in housing, the long-term statistical trend has been a positive one. The housing market has ...
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By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SIRruC4N74&w=420&h=315] Whether you're moving into a new home and want to make it "yours", or just want to change the feel of your current place, a painting project is an easy way forward. Painting is relatively inexpensive yet it can transform a home's look-and-feel. But how do you make sure you're choosing the best colors and the proper type of paint? This 8-minute video from Lowe's tells it all. In it, you'll learn how professional designers identify a potential paint palette for a room, then how they choose between shade, finish and type. Among the tips and advice in the video : How to use 2x2 "test blocks" to...
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By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
Mortgage rates have resumed their downward trend. According to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the national average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate fell 5 basis points to 3.66% this week. The rate is available to "prime" borrowers who are willing to pay, on average, 0.7 discount points plus a full set of closing costs. 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates are down in seven of the last eight weeks but, depending where you live, the mortgage rates made available to you will vary. The Freddie Mac survey notes that mortgage rates vary by region. For example, mortgage applicants in the West Region received the lowest rates from lenders, on ...
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By Chris Hurd
(Burlington VT Real Estate)
There is much to do in Burlington, Vermont.  Below is a sample of the some of the events happening in Burlington this weekend... Friday, June 22, 2012 Mad Robin Contra Dance Brian Perkins soundtrack spirited dancing in the traditional New England style. Bring clean, nonmarking shoes and a dessert for the half-time potluck. Friday, June 22, 9–11PM at First Congregational Church in Burlington. $4-8. Homemade Mozzarella Dairy farmer Lindsay Harris of Hinesburg's Family Cow Farmstand shows how easy it is to concoct the Italian-style cheese in a home kitchen. Friday, June 22, 6–7:30PM at Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington. $5-10. Brown Bag Series Tom McGrath of the Transportation Research Center hosts a discussion about "Massachusetts Plugs In: Lessons From the Bay ...
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