Our Vermont Real Estate Update - October

Posted on November 20, 2017

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) has released its market statistics for October 2017. The information is collected directly from the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. They noted the following for the month of October in their report: Changes for October over last year at this time include: New Listings remained flat for Single Family homes but increased 4.8 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. Pending Sales increased 28.1 percent for Single Family homes but decreased 1.6 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. The median sales price was up 8.0 percent to $278,000 for Single Family homes but decreased 9.5 percent to $219,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Closed sales increased 5.6 percent for Single Family properties and increased 13.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Average days on market decreased only 1 percent or 101 days for Single Family homes and decreased 35.8 percent or 52 days for the townhouse-condo market. Month’s supply of inventory decreased 19.4 percent, or 5.0 months for Single Family units and decreased 18.9 percent, or 3.0 months for townhouse-condo units. Chittenden County: A couple of things on the three updates that we always update on: Listings are down 5% for the year through October which is par for the course, it’s where we’ve been all year. Additionally, as we’ve been saying, Closings have been catching up with last year and we are now only 1 closing behind 2016 – we’ve done virtually the same number of closings through October 2017. Last but not least, the good news which has continued all year as well, the Average Sale Price in Chittenden County is now up to $318,950 and that’s up $16,240 which is 5.4%. Three consistent markers are our product inventory to chose from is down a bit, but not much, our closings are even with last year, and our pricing is going up. We would imagine those trends will continue through November and December. We’ll come back in January with a recap. View Northwestern Vermont’s Real Estate Statistic Report and statistics by town. If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003 Read More >>

COMING SOON! Brand New 2 Bedroom Mobile Home in Burlington

Posted on November 09, 2017

New Commodore Astro 14’x48′ two bedroom, one bath home for sale in newly formed North Avenue Co-op! Great location right off North Avenue and across from Ethan Allen Shopping Plaza, close to the Lake and Leddy Park, bike trails and the bus line. This is a brand new energy star rated home – very efficient and affordable option in beautiful Burlington, Vermont! Welcome home! 29 Avenue B Burlington, Vermont Offered at $65,000 Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing before this home goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.   Read More >>

The Six Best DIY Tips to Prep Your Home for Sale

Posted on November 08, 2017

It’s common for home sellers to make big, sweeping improvements on their homes right before they sell. But while it’s true that buyers may prefer a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, you won’t recoup the cost of that major upgrade when selling. If you’re hoping to sell in the next year, it’s best to put your money towards small changes that have a big impact. Here are the six best DIY tips to prep your home before selling. PRETEND TO BE A BUYER AND PULL UP TO YOUR HOUSE: Imagine you’re seeing your home for the first time. Make sure it looks clean and inviting by clearing the sidewalks, and trimming or updating the landscaping. POWER-WASH THE EXTERIOR: Instead of repainting your home, try power-washing it to freshen the exterior. Paint the trim (preferably white) to give it an extra pop. PAINT ONLY WHAT’S NEEDED INSIDE: Try to avoid repainting every room, if you can. Focus on touching up the areas with scuffs or holes from previous wall hangings. WASH YOUR WINDOWS: Buyers “love” light and there’s no easier way to add light to a room than to make sure the windows are clean. Be sure to wash both inside and outside, and consider hiring a professional if you have hard to reach windows. QUICK KITCHEN UPDATES: Buyers love an updated kitchen, but it’s not worth your money to gut the whole thing. If you have old wooden cabinets, consider painting them white, and adding new hardware and a chic back-splash. If your lighting fixtures scream mid-90’s, replace them with inexpensive modern versions. THE GARAGE IS NOT A DUMPING ZONE: The last thing you want potential buyers to think is that you don’t have enough storage in your home. If need be, rent a storage unit for any furniture or boxes that don’t fit easily in your home and garage. Buyers may need a certain number of garage spaces for their vehicles or even a boat, so it’s important they see each stall ready for use. PLUS: WHAT’S NOT WORTH FIXING? Unless your’e planning to stay in your home for a few years, don’t bother with an addition or attic upgrade, home office revamp, swimming pool, or full kitchen remodel. These projects will cost more than they’ll earn you back upon resale. Thinking of selling soon? Give Mike Conroy a call to talk about local market conditions and what’s going on in the Greater Burlington Area at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

Three Reasons You Should Hire an Agent

Posted on November 07, 2017

The rate of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) homes has been decreasing steadily for the last decade. In 2016, FSBOs accounted for just 8% of home sales. Why do 87% of home sellers use an agent to sell their home? Today’s buyers are web-savvy, and expect homes to be marketed on national home search sites that FSBO sellers often forget about. Agents can also help with negotiation and to streamline the closing paperwork. Plus, sellers who use an agent usually make more on their home sale, even after paying an agent’s commission. But don’t take our word for it — there are plenty of stats showing that hiring an agent is the smart choice. Check out these facts about hiring an agent vs. selling your home FSBO. Thinking of selling soon? Give Mike Conroy a call to talk about local market conditions and what’s going on in the Greater Burlington Area at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

September Real Estate Update

Posted on October 20, 2017

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) has released its market statistics for September 2017. The information is collected directly from the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. They noted the following for the month of September in their report: “Every market is unique, yet the national sentiment has given rise to the notion that housing markets are stalling. Although desirous buyers are out on an increasing number of showings, there remains a limited number of desirable listings. And although mortgage rates have remained enticingly low, home prices have reached unaffordable levels for many new entrants into the housing pool at exactly the same time that established owners are proving to be less interested in moving. New Listings were up 2.9 percent for Single-Family homes and 28.1 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties Pending Sales decreased 2.2 percent for Single- Family homes but increased 29.6 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. Median Sales Price was up 4.8 percent to $272,500 for Single-Family homes but decreased 13.6 percent to $199,500 for Townhouse-Condo propertiesMonths Supply of Inventory decreased 15.2 percent for Single- Family units and 20.5 percent for Townhouse-Condo units. Last year at this time, the national storyline was about how high demand was propping up sales and prices despite low inventory and months of supply. That has actually continued to be a familiar refrain for many months in 2017 and now for the past couple of years. But with the likes of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, different employment outlooks, disparate incomes, varying new construction expectations and potential housing policy shifts, regional differences are becoming more prevalent and pronounced.” View Northwestern Vermont’s Real Estate Statistic Report and statistics by town. If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.   Read More >>

COMING SOON... Updated South End Bungalow

Posted on October 19, 2017

South End Bungalow with nice custom kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath & living room, many new updates including some windows and new paint throughout. Large back yard with established gardens, enormous multi-layer deck, storage rooms and custom barn silo pool. An efficiency apartment makes paying the mortgage painless. Awesome location – minutes to UVM, Medical Center, waterfront, and downtown. Easy access to the Burlington Bike Path! 20 Lyman Avenue Burlington, Vermont Offered at $320,000 Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing before this home goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

COMING SOON! Rare South End Cape in Burlington

Posted on October 19, 2017

Rare South End Cape with 4 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 bathrooms, ground floor office, living room and bone dry basement with poured foundation. New paint throughout, refinished, narrow gage maple floors and beautiful new carpet upstairs. Super deep, private back yard. $10k back at closing for repairs to rear porch & garage. 70 Lyman Avenue Burlington, Vermont Offered at $360,000 Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing before this home goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

COMING SOON! Charming Essex Victorian in the Village Location

Posted on October 16, 2017

This meticulously maintained 1940’s Victorian home sits on a double lot in the heart of the highly desirable Essex Village location. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2,200 square feet, this charming home features original woodwork, glass door knobs, maple hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, and third floor walk-up bonus room is a great home office or play room. Living room with gas insert fireplace. Tastefully updated eat-in kitchen with center island, corner sink, stainless steel appliances, and red birch floors. Light abounds from the plethora of windows in this home. The first-floor sunroom is a great space for curling up with a good book or reading the morning paper. Full unfinished basement for storage and 2 car detached garage. Gorgeous landscaping with flowering hedges for privacy. Sought after location and neighborhood are just 5 minute walk to schools, shops, parks and restaurants! 40 Pleasant Street Essex, Vermont Offered at $347,000 Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing before this winner goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Explore the 3D Matterport Tour Powered by 3DVermont:   Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

COMING SOON... Beautifully Remodeled South Burlington Home

Posted on October 10, 2017

Beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath Raised Ranch style home with an open floor plan just steps away from the South Burlington High School and Middle School, parks, and town center – yet totally tucked away from traffic. This 1,728 square foot home has just had some big renovations! Updates include new siding, windows, kitchen and appliances, and fresh paint. Home has a newer roof, new landscaping, and freshly painted spacious deck. Also features a roomy one car garage, large partially finished basement with tall ceilings waiting for your touches. All on a .25 acre lot in a desirable neighborhood. 76 Barrett Street South Burlington Offered at $289,000 Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing before this home goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

Six Homeowner Hacks You Can Put to Use when Selling

Posted on October 04, 2017

Whether you’re prepping for a home showing, or your in-laws coming to town, it’s hard to clean every last nook and cranny of your home. Sometimes, you just need some quick and easy hacks to fake it. Try these Six Homeowner Hacks the night before and they’ll keep your home looking clean and smelling fresh: Ammonia in the oven will loosen hardened spills in the oven and you can easily wipe it clean. Putting Lemon KoolAid in the dishwasher will help clean stains. Put vanilla in a mug or ramekin in the oven for the smell of baking. Put dryer sheets on a fan for a quick deodorizer of a stinky room. Microwave a bowl of water for 2-3 minutes. The steam loosens spills, then easily wipe clean. Clean the drain with common household items. Boil a pot of water, and then pour down the drain. Then follow with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let it sit for 3 minutes. Then pour 1 cup of hot water combined with 1/2 cup of of vinegar on top. Thinking of selling soon? Give Mike Conroy a call to talk about local market conditions and what’s going on in the Greater Burlington Area at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.   Read More >>

COMING SOON... Charming Single Level Ranch in South Burlington

Posted on September 29, 2017

This charming 1940’s single level 3 bedroom, 1 bath Ranch style home sits on a .26 acre lot adjoining the sought after Mayfair Park neighborhood in South Burlington. Living room with wood burning fireplace, bay window seating and storage, and access to enclosed front porch. Full basement, detached one-car garage, awesome back yard with patio. Hardwood floors in the bedrooms. Newer windows throughout, including basement; and roof is within 5 years old. Property is just minutes to 1-89, Williston, UVM Medical Center, and downtown Burlington. 1511 Williston Road South Burlington, Vermont Offered at $190,000 Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing before this condo goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

Our Vermont Real Estate Update – August 2017

Posted on September 27, 2017

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) has released its market statistics for August 2017. The information is collected directly from the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. They noted the following for the month of August in their report: New Listings were down 3.7 percent for Single Family homes and decreased 18.5 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. Pending Sales increased 16.1 percent for Single Family homes but decreased 1.5 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. The median sales price was up 10.7 percent to $292,500 for Single Family homes and 4.6 percent to $224,950 for townhouse-condo properties. Closed sales increased 3.3 percent for Single Family properties and decreased 12.3 percent for townhouse- condo properties. Average days on market decreased 28.3 percent or 81 days for Single Family homes and decreased 23.7 percent or 71 days for the townhouse-condo market. Month’s supply of inventory decreased 20 percent, or 5.6 months for Single Family units and decreased 20.0 percent, or 3.2 months for townhouse-condo units. Chittenden County: We’re finishing up the end of the summer heat wave here – and yesterday was the last day of 90 degrees. So by the time you see this it should be back down to normal fall weather. We’re happy to report that August real estate results were as hot as it’s been since the spring season started. New Listings are even with last year for the month of August, and we’re down by around 100 listings for the year in Chittenden County. However, there has still been a total of around 1,200 listings for buyers to choose from. There has been a lot of talk about low inventory, and that is true in some categories but overall Chittenden County has had a reasonable year so far for buyers. On the Pending side, August was an awesome month. Properties going under contract were up 16% compared to last August and that’s continuing a trend that we’ve seen for months now. It was a slow winter last year because of the snow, and we’ve been picking up the slack since then. For the year, we’re almost even with last year. Finally, Pending Sales turn into closings, and for the month of August, we’ve continued the trend that we’ve seen for three months in a row and we’re up 3% in August, however we’re still down about 2% for the year. Regardless, we think September and October’s closings are going to be strong and we will probably finish the year up 1% compared to last year. It has been a good solid year, and the fact that there’s been a little less inventory has been helping pricing stay ahead of last year about 5%. View Northwestern Vermont’s Real Estate Statistic Report and statistics by town. If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003 Read More >>

Five Things No One Tells You About Selling Your Home

Posted on September 21, 2017

How are your closets looking? Are they stuffed to the brim with never-used guest towels, old toys, and the fine china you never use?  This is a list of our top five home-selling secrets to help solve these problems. Here’s a tip: If your closets look like they can’t fit another thing inside, buyers are going to assume your house doesn’t have enough storage. And storage is, oddly, as important to most buyers as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. The storage factor is just one thing to consider when selling your home. And don’t forget, if you are serious about selling this year, it’s important to know how much your home is worth in today’s market and you can find that out on our website here. If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.   Read More >>

COMING SOON... Sunny End-Unit Townhouse in Popular Hollow Creek Association

Posted on September 21, 2017

This sunny 3 level townhome has many updates including newer laminate wood flooring, slider, updated baths and appliances. Two spacious bedrooms, 1.5 baths and a full basement with laundry and lots of storage. Attached garage conveniently connects the mudroom and pantry. Private rear deck perfect for barbecues or just relaxing. This association features extra parking, sidewalks, common land and a playground. The location can’t be beat! Close to Colchester’s bike path, elementary school, parks, farm stands and Mallett’s Bay. Conveniently located  close to Burlington, minutes from interstate (I-89) for an easy commute, and under 20 minutes to UVM Medical Center. For the second time in two years, Colchester, Vermont has just been named on Money Magazine’s list of the best places to live in the United States. Colchester was the only Vermont town/city to appear. Money identified 100 spots that offer a healthy economy, affordable homes, and a high quality of life. 26 Robert Frost Circle #3 Colchester, Vermont Offered at $210,000 Contact Dave Kleh with questions or to schedule an early showing before this condo goes into MLS: [email protected] or 802-363-1820. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.     Read More >>

COMING SOON! Meticulously Maintained Ranch in Burlington’s Sought After Hill Section

Posted on September 14, 2017

This meticulously cared for 2 bedroom, 3 bath mid-century ranch style home sits on a .29 acre lot in Burlington’s sought after Hill Section. On a cul-de-sac just minutes to University of Vermont and UVM Medical Center, downtown Burlington, Rice High School and I-89. This totally updated home is an entertainers dream with a layout that only the 1950’s could have brought us!  The L-shaped floor plan offers 2,712 square feet of gorgeously finished space. The details throughout this home make it truly unique, including the crown molding, custom trim throughout, marble tile, and the proverbial bathroom to die for. Kitchen with stainless steel range and refrigerator, functional butcher block prep counter, and wide knotty pine floors lead into the dining room. Spacious living room off the kitchen with fireplace, pillars, and reading nook. Family room off dining room provides a quiet area away from the bedroom wing of the house. There’s a large office and guest/bonus space finished with flair in the basement plus a ¾ bath. 2 car attached garage.  Just when you think this home couldn’t get any better… the fenced-in back yard is a private oasis with an in-ground pool, deck, and brick patio! Beautiful landscaping front and rear, mature trees, and tall cedars add privacy. Property will go into MLS on 9/15/17 View the 3D Matterport tour of this home now powered by 3DVermont.com: tinyurl.com/SouthProspect3D  835 South Prospect Street Burlington, VT Offered at $570,000 Seller is a licensed Vermont real estate broker. Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.     Read More >>

Our Vermont Real Estate Update – July 2017

Posted on September 05, 2017

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) has released its market statistics for July 2017. The information is collected directly from the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. They noted the following for the month of July in their report: New Listings were down 14.5 percent for Single Family homes and decreased 15.1 percent for Townhouse- Condo properties. Pending Sales increased 20.4 percent for Single Family homes and increased 6.6 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. The median sales price was up 5.1 percent to $279,000 for Single Family homes and 10.4 percent to $240,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Closed sales remained relatively flat for Single Family properties and decreased 8.3 percent for townhouse- condo properties. Average days on market decreased 50 percent or 70 days for Single Family homes and decreased 54.3 percent or 48 days for the townhouse-condo market. Month’s supply of inventory decreased 19.4 percent, or 5.8 months for Single Family units and decreased 20.5 percent, or 3.1 months for townhouse-condo units. Chittenden County: Last month we talked about how listings were slowing down in Chittenden County. We saw the same thing happen in July – listings were down 15% compared to last July. So for the year inventory is down about 7%, which is causing pricing to go up a little bit. Our pricing in July was up 2% year to date. The median house price is $314,000. Half of the homes that have sold for the year have been over $314,000 and half have been under, and that’s up $8,000 from last year. Closed sales were again off about 3% for year in month of July we’re down about 5%. This is definitely a great time to sell, and with interest rates at record lows for the year, it’s also a great time to buy. View Northwestern Vermont’s Real Estate Statistic Report and statistics by town. If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003 Read More >>

3 Tips for Selling Your Home Fast

Posted on August 30, 2017

Did you know that nine in ten buyers will search for homes online? In today’s hyper-connected world, you may be wondering how sellers can be just as savvy as the online house hunters. When it comes to selling your home fast and for the right price, the best solution is to work with an agent who understands your local market conditions. Together, we can work to price your home fairly, with a value that drives in showings, buyers and potential offers. But first, we’d want to assess the local market and put ourselves in the shoes of the buyer. Here are three tips to learn how to sell your home quickly: 1. Know Your Local Market. Across the country, we’re still in a seller’s market, and price gains are slowing. But it’s important to look at local conditions, right down to the homes that just sold down the road, when selling your home. Check the value of your home here, and reach out if you’d like to discuss it further. This is an estimating tool based on homes that have sold in your neighborhood. It may not take into consideration improvements you’ve made to your home, and we can talk about that. 2. Focus on the First Few Weeks. In today’s market, buyers don’t have a ton of inventory to look over. For real estate in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison Counties for the first half of the year, inventory for single family homes was down -5.87% and -7.96% for condos. So when a home lags on the market, buyers often become suspicious. That’s why the first two weeks are the most important for sellers, even if you aren’t in a rush to sell your home. Together, we can determine the “sweet spot” for your asking price — high enough that you get what you need to move on, but low enough that buyers bite early on. Then, we’ll determine the best marketing strategy to pull in early showings and quick offers. 3. Think Like a Buyer. More than 9 in 10 buyers will search for homes online, so buyers in your area will know what features are standard in homes like yours. Before you list, look up local homes and see what kind of condition they’re in. Do they all have updated, modern kitchens? Open floor plans? Perfectly staged rooms? Now think realistically about how your home compares. If it stacks up, then you should have no problem selling within the same price range as those homes. If your home could use a lot of work, then we’ll have to work together to find a fair price for the property. We can also make some inexpensive visual fixes, like replacing hardware or light fixtures, painting bold rooms, and staging the home so it appears more neutral to buyers. And remember, if your home is in better condition than most around you, you can edge the price higher, or wait for multiple offers to roll in! If you have any questions about buying, selling, or relocating to Vermont, contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

Coming Soon…South Burlington Renovated Colonial with Tons of Character

Posted on August 25, 2017

Built in 1825, this 4 bedroom, 2 bath Colonial has an abundance of charm and character, yet is getting a complete renovation with all the modern amenities. Updates include a brand new kitchen to be installed, two full baths, all new sheetrock, fresh paint, refinished hardwood and softwood floors, all new windows, new furnace, and recent roof work has been done. Home sits on .37 acres on a nice residential street in South Burlington with 10-foot ceilings, big open spaces, and bedrooms on both levels. 3 bedrooms are located upstairs on the second level, along with one full bath, while the 4th bedroom is located on the main level where another full bath is located, as well as the first-floor laundry. The two-story barn is a one car garage and upper level is an awesome place for a studio (barn will be freshly painted too!). Watch the progress in the photo gallery below. Property will go into MLS on 9/25/17. 251 Shunpike Road South Burlington, VT Offered at $319,000   Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule an early showing: [email protected] or 802-363-3356. Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

How to Stage Your Home, Room by Room, to Sell

Posted on August 17, 2017

Sure the dishes are put away, but are the light fixtures gleaming? Does the refrigerator smell fresh? Did you remove all the incoming mail from that countertop in the corner? Even on its cleanest day, your house isn’t quite ready for a buyer home showing. To have the most success in selling your home, it’s important that you prep each room in a certain way. In the staging guide below, we break down how to prep each room in your home to sell. And don’t forget, if you are serious about selling this year, it’s important to know how much your home is worth in today’s market and you can find that out on our website here. If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Posted on August 09, 2017

The real estate market in strong right now and there are several ways to increase the value of your home. From the big kitchen and bathroom renovations, to smaller things you can do on a day-to-day basis, keep this infographic and short list handy. Add Finished Square Footage – Finish off the basement or add a room over the garage. Adding finished off square footage should always increase the value of your home. Fresh Paint – Fresh paint should never be under estimated because it can go a long way! For $25-40 you can easily transform a room. Stay on Top of Regular Maintenance – If daily maintenance gets deferred for too long, like a leaky toilet or broken appliances, the value of your home drops. Stay on top of those issues as they come up. Before doing any cosmetic upgrades, tackle the “honey-do” list first and it may save you thousands of dollars in the long run! Upgrade Flooring – From radiant flooring to laminate, there are all types of options for every budget and you can still have a big impact on the value of your home. The Old House says, “For an estimated average investment of $600 to $900, brokers report that the return in value comes in at up to $2,000.” Lawn Care & Curb Appeal – Prune the bushes, water the flowers, cut dead tree limbs… make sure the exterior of the house looks inviting. You can never get a second chance to make a first impression. If you have any questions about buying or selling real estate in Vermont, contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or [email protected] Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003. Read More >>

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