5 Reasons Why to Sell Your Home in the Summer

Posted on July 31, 2017

Summer is one of the best times of the year to sell your home, and it even has some advantages to early spring. Here are some great reasons why you should considering sell your home while the market is hot during the “dog days of summer”. 1. Demand is Strong There are a lot of qualified buyers looking during the summer months, and because of that, there are often multiple offers made on homes. Price your house well, during a peak summer month, in front of oodles of buyers, and you may very well have a bidding war on your house! 2. There is Less Competition for You There is not enough inventory to satisfy all of the buyers who are looking for homes. 3. There is a Sense of Urgency Because many buyers are on summer vacation with their children, and school starts late August or early September, there are a great deal of buyers who just want to get settled, or under contract, before school or all sports begin; before the hustle and bustle starts. Or before the holidays… 4. Longer Days & More Daylight in the Summer Buyers have the ability to look at a lot more homes after work in the summer because they have a lot more daylight. During July, sunset isn’t until 8:30 p.m. whereas in December sunset around 4:30 p.m. 5. Curb Appeal is at its Peek Summer is the best month to show off the lawn and your flower beds. Certainly in Vermont we’re fortunate to have four seasons, but you can’t showcase a beautiful yard when it’s buried under 2 feet of snow, or even worse… during “mud-season” in March and April. If you have a pool, summer is the only time of the year to really highlight this asset of your home. Make sure to keep the water clean, balanced, and skimmed. For showings, make your back-yard look like an oasis with all the pool toys hidden. To freshen up your patio set, buy a couple outdoor patio pillows to add some color. Curious if now is the time to sell your home? 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 >>

Our Vermont Real Estate Update - June 2017

Posted on July 26, 2017

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) has released its market statistics for June 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 June in their report: New Listings were down 7.2 percent in June for Single Family homes and decreased 1.2 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties. The median sales price was up 5.2 percent to $289,950 for Single Family homes but decreased 5.3 percent to $213,000 for townhouse-condo properties. June’s Closed sales increased 1.3 percent for Single Family properties and decreased 7.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Average days on market decreased 40.7 percent or 73 days for Single Family homes and decreased 56.6 percent or 49 days for the townhouse-condo market. Month’s supply of inventory decreased 15.5 percent, to 6.0 months for Single Family units and decreased 18.9 percent, to 3.0 months for townhouse-condo units. Our takeaway for the first half of the year in Chittenden County is the market is “steady as she goes”. So far this year, sales are down 6%, inventory is reduced by 3%, but prices are up 2% compared to last year.  Slow and steady like Vermont has normally been. The market is healthy – sales and inventory are off a little, but pricing is up a little –  it is a fairly steady market. Three main things that contribute to this market are: Unemployment continues to be low in Vermont – the economy is stable. We don’t have the big increases or drops in our population growth – no drivers up or down. Our interest rates continue to be low. Affordability continues to be solid with average monthly payments pretty comparable to last year’s numbers. If we got more inventory on the market (I’m seeing that happening now), we could probably see sale close to last year’s level by the end of the year, and I suspect that’s where we’ll end up. 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 >>

10 Indoor Vermont Activities

Posted on July 13, 2017

Rain, Rain Go Away! This has been one of the rainiest summers. It seems every minute we look out the window, it’s raining again. As soon as the sun comes out, you can refer to our 10 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Vermont or 2017 Summer Bucket List, but for now just try to stay dry and have fun! 1. Vermont Teddy Bear Factory – Shelburne Open seven days a week throughout the year, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company offers tours of their factory. In addition to the general factory tour, guests have access to the on-site Bear Shop where they can purchase specialty teddy bears. Learn more 2. Spa at the Essex – Essex The Spa at the Essex is a full service spa experience that provides many different treatments. The site features 10 treatment rooms, saunas, fitness center, massage packages, and a complete salon. Learn more 3. National Museum of the Morgan House – Shelburne The historic National Museum of the Morgan Horse is a museum that is dedicated to preserving and displaying artifacts related to the history of the Morgan Horse. The museum is best known for the ‘Lippit Exhibit’. Learn more 4. Get Air Vermont – Williston GET AIR Indoor Trampoline Park features wall-to-wall trampolines, basketball dunk lanes, tumbling tracks, dodgeball and a ninja course. Learn more 5. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center – Burlington Beginners and advanced climbers hone their technique in an 8,500-square-foot indoor climbing gym or outdoors with an experienced guide. Petra Cliffs focuses on climbing and mountain-related education and recreation, accessible to all ages and abilities. They seek to offer premium instruction and services through experience-based education, uncompromising attention to safety and customer satisfaction, growth with empowered employees, and an inspiring atmosphere for families and friends to gather for challenge and fun. Learn more 6. ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center – Burlington The ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Centre is an interactive attraction centered around ecology, culture, history and stewardship in the Lake Champlain Basin. Permanent exhibits include an aquatic habitat, Frog World, Discovery Place for toddlers and a hands-on paleontological dig box. Learn more 7. Vermont History Museum – Montpelier The museum’s core exhibit, “Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories,” opened in March 2004 and won a national award. The multimedia exhibit, which represents Vermont’s history from 1600 to the present, fills 5,000 square feet in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. Visitors walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines Learn more 8. Vermont Country Store – Manchester Center Located on Main Street in Weston, across from the Village Green, the store invites you to step back in time and enjoy a leisurely stroll down Memory Lane. Wander the aisles, stocked to the rafters with penny candy, Vermont maple syrup, award-winning Vermont cheeses from many of their neighboring farmsteads, personal care remedies, household problem solvers, and so much more. Be sure to sample some of the many cheeses, crackers and dips available in their food section. Learn more 9. Lake Champlain Chocolates – Burlington Lake Champlain Chocolates is a chocolate factory, shop and cafe offering a wide selection of confections made onsite. A tour includes a short informational film, watching the factory in action through a window, and sampling a variety of chocolates. Learn more 10. The Escape Room – Williston Choose your mission, then work together to find clues, crack codes, unlock locks and escape – before time runs out…you only have 60 minutes! Learn more If you have any questions about buying or selling real estate 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 >>

10 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Vermont

Posted on July 10, 2017

Because this summer has been especially rainy, every time we get a stretch of hot and sunny weather, try to get to the water and appreciate it. We’ve compiled this list of 10 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Vermont so that you can explore and relax in our beautiful state this summer. 1. Cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen in Burlington Operating as Lake Champlain’s only cruise ship and floating restaurant, the Spirit of Ethan Allen offers tons of fun on every cruise! Check out their Daily Cruises page for more information on everything they offer. Everything from pizza parties to romantic sunset picnic baskets. Learn more 2. Pedal Boat at Sandbar State Park Sand Bar State Park takes its name from a natural sandbar between South Hero Island in Grand Isle County and the town of Milton on the Vermont mainland. There is a two thousand foot (2000′) sand beach offering great swimming. Canoes, kayaks, peddle boats and row boats can be rented through the park office, as can stand-up paddle boards. There are shaded and open picnic grounds with tables and cooking grills as well as a play area. Learn more 3. Snorkeling & SCUBA diving at Waterfront Diving Center Whether it’s diving into the history of one of Vermont’s Underwater Preserve shipwrecks, or exploring a beautiful tropical reef, trust the experienced professionals of Waterfront Diving Center to lead you safely through the underwater world. The Waterfront Diving Center is located in downtown Burlington and is opposite Perkins Pier. Learn more 4. Paddleboard with PaddleSurf Champlain Take in the spectacular Lake Champlain sunsets, while gliding past lush and colorful shoreline, enjoying Green Mountain and Adirondack vistas, all while taking part in a growing new sport rooted in the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. Stand Up Paddleboarding – SUP – is located at 1 Flynn Ave, Burlington. You can take a tour or rent boards. Learn more 5. Lazy River Tube with Tweed River Tubing Located at the junction of Route 100 and 107 in Stockbridge, VT, Tweed River Tubing prides themselves on offering the best tubes in Vermont, as well as the most fun stretch of river! They provide life jackets, paddles, and a free shuttle back to the start point. Learn more 6. Whitewater Raft at Mount Snow with Zoar Adventure Center The Green Mountains are home to some of the most popular whitewater rafting runs in Vermont and are the headwaters for nearby rivers in western Massachusetts. From the class II-IV rapids found on the West River just a 20-minute drive from Mount Snow, to the continuous excitement and class III-IV rapids of Millers River in western Mass. If you’re looking for an adventure and to cool off in the spring and fall, whitewater rafting in southern Vermont is a great place to start. The West River provides 8 miles of continues class II-IV whitewater during scheduled dam releases from Ball Mountain Dam, which take 2-3 hours to raft. The season runs Early Spring – Fall. Learn more 7. Canoe and Kayak at Bert’s Boats Bert’s Boats is the areas first canoe and kayak tour business. Paddle in the heart of Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. Whether you canoe or kayak Vermont you can swim, picnic, fish, or just take in their beautiful scenery. Guided or self-guided tours available. Learn more 8. Sail with the International Sailing School The International Sailing School offers lessons, club membership and boat access, and moorings on Mallett’s Bay of famed Lake Champlain in Vermont. They offer residents of Vermont and Canada convenient access to sailing opportunities. Curriculum has grown to over twenty different courses for the beginning to advanced sailor. Learn more 9. Pontoon through the Champlain Islands at Apple Island Marina Nestled on Lake Champlain, Apple Island Marina is the first stop for your boating, sightseeing, and fishing adventures. Boat rentals are available from our wide selection of pontoons, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, and row boats. Enjoy the beauty of America’s sixth-largest, freshwater lake with a relaxing family tour, some spectacular bird watching, or some serious fishing. Learn more 10. Go Swimming! Bayside Beach in Colchester, Bomoseen State Park in Castleton, Burton Island State Park in St. Albans, Button Bay in Vergennes, Crystal Lake in Barton… the list is endless. Grab a sand chair, put it in the water, and enjoy the summer. 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 >>

Conroy & Company's Referral Program

Posted on July 07, 2017

Dear Past Clients, Friends and Family, I build my business on integrity and service. The highest compliment I can receive is the referral of friends, family and business associates. Thank you for your trust. To show my appreciation, we have established a way to thank you for recommending your friends and family to Conroy & Company! Here’s how it works: Send a SELLER to us, and you will receive $50 after we meet with them, regardless if they list their home with us or not. Then you’ll receive another $250 when we help them close on the sale of their home. Send a BUYER to us, and you will receive $250 when we help them close on the purchase of their home. 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. Conroy & Company’s clients sell at 98% of List Price on average – that’s 1 full percent more than the average sale in our clients’ pockets. 50% of Conroy & Company’s clients go under deposit in under 30 days! This compares to only 33% in the MLS. Conroy & Conroy is a Keller Williams Vermont Team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. KW Vermont is the #1 Real Estate Agency in the State of Vermont based on units and volume. Again, I cannot thank you enough for your support throughout the past 15 years of my real estate career, and sincerely appreciate your continued support in the future. The success of Conroy & Company is a direct result of the loyalty of our clients because you referred your friends and family. With gratitude, Mike Read More >>

May 2017 Market Statistics

Posted on June 29, 2017

The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors (NVBR) has released its market statistics for May 2017. The information is collected directly from the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. What we’re seeing is inventory is still very tight and it hurt closings. Compared to last year, New Listings were up 24.9% for Single-Family homes, but decreased by 9.5% for Townhouse-Condo properties. The month’s supply of inventory decreased 18.3% for Single Family units and decreased 16.7% for Townhouse-Condo units. Closed Sales decreased by 4.4% for Single-Family properties and decreased by 9.8% for Townhouse-Condo units. The good news is we’ll see more and more Pending Sales and Closed Sales. It may be that sellers have decided to finally put their homes on the market. Pending Sales are up 9.5% for Single-Family homes and 13.7 percent for Townhouse-Condos units, which bodes well for the summer months. Read NVBR’s full monthly Market Statistics here. Contact Mike Conroy with any questions about buying and selling real estate 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! 3 Bedroom Essex Condo with Upgrades Galore

Posted on June 29, 2017

The owners of this Whitcomb Heights II townhouse were lucky enough to get the last unit built on the north side of Cushing Drive – and that means there is a fantastic, long and uninterrupted green space adjacent to it – making it one of the finest sites in the Association. These are well built 3 level, 3 Bedroom Bartlett-Weaver homes with features galore. The owners have upgraded the chef’s kitchen, the master suite is to die for and there is a walk out basement, plus first floor deck.  The location is hard to beat in Essex, and only a few of these hit the market each year, so they typically go fast.  This is one to see and it will be showroom ready soon. Call us to get in early! Contact Mike Conroy with questions or to schedule a 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 >>

COMING SOON! 3 Bedroom Colonial in Sought After So. Burlington Neighborhood

Posted on June 28, 2017

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,589 square foot Colonial is located in one of the area’s most sought-after neighborhoods, and is waiting for your TLC. New roof, windows and back deck, right-of-way access to beach. Turn this diamond-in-the-rough into your smart investment! Home will be going into MLS on Friday, June 30, 2017 offered at $399,000. Contact Dave Kleh with questions or to schedule a showing: [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! Cape Cod Style Home with Private Beach on Shelburne Bay

Posted on June 28, 2017

Located in one of the area’s most sought-after neighborhoods, imagine strolling down your private path next to a babbling brook to your own sandy beach on Shelburne Bay. Take your boat out for a cruise, or kayak around the bay, or just hang out on your dock. This home has been completely remodeled and expanded. This 3-4 bedroom Cape Cod style home has a very open first floor with hickory hardwood throughout, remodeled kitchen and dining area, and a living room with a bar for entertaining. The first floor also has a bedroom and a full bathroom and laundry room. Upstairs is where you will find your master suite and additional bedrooms. This is truly a rare find. Book your eternal vacation today! Home will be going into MLS on Friday, June 30, 2017 offered at $899,000. Contact Dave Kleh with questions or to schedule a showing: [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 >>

2017 Vermont Summer Bucket List

Posted on June 20, 2017

Now that school is officially over and summer is upon us, we’ve compiled this “Vermont Summer Bucket List”. It’s sure to have something for everyone to keep you (and the kids) entertained for the next 8 weeks of summer vacation. 1. Watch a Sunset from the Burlington Waterfront 2. Visit the Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory and Try a New Flavor Take the tour and try a flavor of ice cream you’ve never tried before. It will be difficult to not go for their top 3 flavors: (1) Half Baked, (2) Cherry Garcia, (3) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – but you need to try something different! 3. Visit 5 Vermont Covered Bridges There are over 100, so this should be fairly easy. In for a little bit of a spook? Visit Emily’s Bridge in Stowe at night… it’s haunted. Click here for a complete list of bridges. 4. Visit Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel was created by renowned artist Stephen Huneck in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. “Dog Mountain is set on 150 acres on a private mountaintop spot in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The grounds are always open to people and their dogs. Stephen Huneck and his wife, Gwen, bought the property in 1995. They turned the barn into studio space. After Stephen’s unique visionary experience, the Dog Chapel soon followed. The Dog Chapel opened its doors Memorial Day weekend of 2000. The unspoiled haven is covered with hiking trails and dog ponds. Wildflowers abound in the summer and snow-shoeing is a favorite activity in the winter. Year after year, the Dog Chapeland the Stephen Huneck Gallery get more and more visitors from all over the world. There is no leash law on Dog Mountain. Dogs are not just welcome here, they are cherished! Dogs are free to run, play, swim and best of all meet other dogs! It’s great to hear from tourists and local residents alike how much Dog Mountain means to them and their dogs.” 5. Go to the Sunset Drive-in The Sunset Drive-in on Porters Point Road in Colchester has been a local landmark for nearly 70 years. There’s no better way to watch a movie than being as comfortable as possible; Sunset Drive-In allows you to enjoy the latest movies in the comfort of your own vehicle. They offer stadium style-seating, 4 colossal screens playing double features of the latest movies with all night entertainment, and snack bar. “Sunset Drive-In is perfect for date nights or family nights by offering entertainment under the stars from the comfort of your cars.” 6. Swim at the Alburgh Sand Dunes The Alburgh Sand Dunes are a 625-acre state park and may be one of Vermont’s best kept secrets. “It is named for the sand dunes near the center and western end of the south-facing, natural sand beach. This beach is amongst the longest beaches on Lake Champlain. The beach and dunes together make up what is known as a barrier island, geologically similar to coastal formations more common along ocean shorelines. At Alburgh Dunes, the sand has come from a layer of glacial till- the soil that was left atop the low bluffs southeast of the beach when the last glacier melted. The bluffs have eroded over thousands of years, and the soil carried off by lake currents. Sand from that soil settles out in the pocket between the rocky “Point of Tongue” to the east and “Coon Point” to the west, forming the beach. ” Click to learn more 7. Visit ECHO Aquarium Located on Burlington’s Waterfront, ECHO is a nationally acclaimed lake aquarium and science center. ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont’s first LEED certified building. The innovative science center and aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors to positively impact the world around them. Check out the current exhibit on display 8. Visit Hildene Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln, located at 820 Hildene Road in Manchester, Vermont. The estate, now a museum, and gardens are breathtaking. It is the quintessential Vermont destination. Click to learn more 9. Visit Jay Peak Resort There’s a plethora of things to do at Jay Peak this summer! The Pump House Indoor Waterpark is a place where you can surf, climb, float, slide, or leisurely swim. Back for the 4th year, the Jeezum Crow Festival will be held at the Stateside Amphitheatre July 14th & 15th. They’ll have 9 bands across 2 days! Additional Jay Peak activities include the Championship Golf Course, Disc Golf Course, Raised Jay Summer Camps, Raised Jay Wilderness Camps. Click to learn more 10. Hike Mount Philo Mount Philo State Park is a 237-acre park. Climb Mount Philo for amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. 11. Explore one of Vermont’s National Historic Landmarks – The Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum The steamboat Ticonderoga was built in 1906 and operated as a day boat on Lake Champlain, serving ports along New York and Vermont shores until 1953. Today, the remarkable Ticonderoga is on display at Shelburne Museum and portrays life on board in 1923 with guest rooms, table settings, newspapers, cars and more. Take a 3D interactive tour created by 3D Vermont 12. Attend a State Fair State fairs are sometimes just what you need on a warm summer night – the Ferris wheel, fried dough, live music, and the dunk tank! 13. Play with Animals at Your Local Shelter (or Donate) Stop by your local Humane Society or shelter and see if they have any animals who could use some play time or cuddling. If not, they usually have a “wish list” on their website with items that they need donated. You could drop a couple items and feel good about helping. 14. Take a Stowe Gondola SkyRide For an amazing view and fun ride, take a Stowe Gondola SkyRide. From the top of Mt. Mansfield, you can access hiking trails, shop at the Summit gift shop, or enjoy lunch at the Cliff House Restaurant. Click to learn more 15. Make a Summer Scrapbook There are so many apps that make it easy to order photos right off of your phone, but Costco is incredibly easy as well. You can print 100 photos for under $15. 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 >>

4 Essential Reasons to Consider Purchasing a Duplex

Posted on June 14, 2017

The vacancy rate in Chittenden County has dropped from 4.4% in December to 2.7% in May, according to Allen & Brooks’ latest market report. With a rate this low, it is an investor’s market! Very low vacancy rates may cause rental prices to dramatically increase with demand. If you are looking to start building equity, owning a duplex offers the perfect blend of both personal and business investment. The clear advantage over single family home ownership is the income revenue stream that a duplex generates. Here are Mike Conroy’s 4 essential reasons to consider purchasing a duplex: 1. Own a home AND have some cash flow! A duplex allows you to occupy one side and gives you the ability to create a cash flow source. Investment and utility all in one. 2. Home equity FASTER! Use your rental income to leverage your mortgage payments. Use the rental income as an extra monthly payment on the mortgage and effectively half your mortgage term. You’ll reduce the interest paid and accelerate your home equity- which can be borrowed against if needed. 3. A unique living situations for caregivers If you need to take care of someone in your family who needs close supervision, but both parties prefer a bit of privacy, the space a duplex is a simple solution. 4. Future rental options. After owner occupying your unit for some time you can build equity and when you’re ready to move to your next property, you’ll have a rental property. By that time, you’ll completely understand running a property and have perspective as both the landlord and tenant. Browse a sampling of duplexes for sale: • Chittenden County • Franklin County • Grand Isle County • Addison County Contact Mike Conroy with any questions about buying and selling real estate 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 >>

11 Common Home Seller Mistakes

Posted on June 07, 2017

Selling your home can be difficult. It’s often times an emotional, stressful, and time-consuming process. We’ve put together this list of costly seller mistakes to help you if you’re thinking of selling your home. 1. Incorrectly Pricing Your Home It is important to have access to the latest comparables on the market, have an unbiased approach, and price the house competitively. Homes that are priced too high end up sitting on the market for a long period of time and typically result in multiple price reductions and lower offers from buyers who feel less urgency. 2. Underestimating Curb Appeal “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Make sure to keep the lawn mowed, leaves raked, gardens and walkways weeded, sideway cleared, and bushes trimmed. Paint window trim, plant some bright flowers, and be sure to pick up any trash or debris that might have dropped or blown on your property. 3. Being Too Emotionally Involved Sellers need to emotionally detach from the house when selling their home. This is a real estate transaction, and they need to think like a businessperson, with a financial perspective. 4. Bad Photos According to Realtor.com, 92% of homebuyers begin their search online; they begin their search with images. Sellers should not rely on iPhone photos or taking their own pictures. A good real estate photographer doesn’t just photograph rooms – they capture the home’s character, personality and charm. 5. Postponing Repairs A home that has little to no differed maintenance is more likely to get a higher priced (or full priced offer) than a home needing obvious repairs. When sellers don’t take the time to repair problems prior to the home going on the market, they typically get a lower offer and the buyer asks for money back at closing to go toward repairs. 6. Not Taking the Time to Prepare the Home for Sale Take some time to de-clutter, tackle the honey-do list, clean, and depersonalize your home so buyers can imagine themselves in your home. See our Top 10 Tips for Prepping Your Home for Sale 7. Attending All Showings Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in a space and they can’t always if the sellers are home. Additionally, buyers are less likely to give honest feedback directly to the seller so not to hurt any feelings. 8. Refusing to Negotiate Sellers should always start with a fair and competitive price, but also be flexible for negotiating. 9. Not Disclosing Everything Upfront Disclose everything about the home in appropriate disclosures upfront. If you’ve had pests, water in the basement, or even a leaky toilet for the past month. When buyers uncover issues that weren’t disclosed – through the inspection or after the sale – it can often times turn into an expensive problem (or lawsuit) for the seller. 10. Not Hiring a Realtor There are many different layers to selling a house. Hire a skilled professional who can help you with preparation, pricing, marketing, negotiating, and to be your advisor during this process. Transitions often times get complicated once they’re under deposit, depending on the various types of contingencies that have to be met. Selling your home with an agent could net you $60,000 more on the sale of your home. The National Association of Realtors 35th anniversary edition of the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report indicates homes sold with an agent or broker received a median of $245,000 in 2016 compared to the median selling price of $185,000 for For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) home sales. The price drops even lower to $168,300 when the FSBO knew the buyer. Selling For-Sale-By-Owner could cost you $76,700 (1). Hire a professional. 11. Selecting a Realtor for the Wrong Reasons People often times feel obligated to work with a family member or friend who is Realtor, as opposed to selecting an based on their sales experience. Real estate is usually our greatest asset, and it should be trusted to someone most qualified. Want to find out how much your home is worth? Visit here or 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. Source: (1) Riggs, Amanda. “Homes Sell For More With A REALTOR® Than If You Sell Solo, Research Says.” Economists Outlook. N.p., 2016. Web. 07 June 2017. Read More >>

Helping First Time Home Buyers with the Process (An Interview)

Posted on June 05, 2017

Buying a home for the first time can be stressful. In the following interview, Dave Kleh, Realtor at Conroy & Company – KW Vermont Real Estate, provides some of the advice he gives his first time homebuyers when they’re going through the process as well as his advice to them for the future. What is it like working with buyers who are purchasing for the first time? Buyers may know what’s on their wish list such as “location, number of bedrooms, and a garage.” However many first time homebuyers don’t know about the important things like the roof, windows, and furnace. I want to make sure they know if they’re going to buy an old house with old windows, they need to have a budget to replace them. That’s the type of thing that they really look to a professional like me for. A lot of people don’t realize there are different types of heating systems – forced hot air, baseboard, radiant… and even different types of heat like gas, electric, or propane. A lot of education is involved. I often times feel like a teacher or a parent to some of my buyers. I do everything I can to make sure they don’t buy a house that may have too many unforeseen repairs that they can’t repair. What advice do you give first time homebuyers about their future? I always consult with them about their exit strategy. If they’re finding issues with a house, for instance, if it’s next to a busy highway, chances are, you’re going to have issues with buyers when you go to sell it. The average American family moves every 7 years. Start with something small, built up some equity, and build up to your next house. On average, how long does it take to buy? It all depends on the buyers. Some folks buy right away while others take a bit longer. I’ve had some buyers lose their job mid-search and they called me 2 years later when they were able to begin looking again. It’s rewarding to be a part of their journey. What should buyers do prior to beginning a home search? They should first meet with me to consult about the home buying process. They then should go to a bank and get pre-approved so they can find out how much they can afford. What to you like most about working with buyers and sellers? The best part is when the closing is done and the people own a house. They’re euphoric – they have butterflies. They’re happy and excited to be starting a new life in their new home. All along the way, I’m their “property manager”, “psychologist”, Realtor, etc… but at the end of the day, when they’ve gotten their keys and deed, it’s just the nicest feeling when you’ve helped them get to that point. How did you get into real estate? I owned a local business, Pizza Putt, for 13.5 years and decided to do something different at 47 years old. After I sold the business, I acquired my real estate license. I was always interested in real estate, and several friends encouraged me to become a Realtor. I got the study books, took the tests, and passed both the national and state tests with high 90’s. For over a decade, Dave has been selling real estate in the Greater Burlington area. He began selling real estate in 2005, joined KW Vermont in 2010 and Company & Company in 2012. You can ask Dave any of your real estate questions at [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 >>

The Importance of 3D Matterport Tours in Conroy & Company's Business (An Interview)

Posted on May 17, 2017

In the following interview, Mike Conroy, Broker at Conroy & Company – KW Vermont Real Estate, discusses why using 3D Matterport technology is not only an essential marketing tool for every one of his listings, but why it is a necessity to continue to compete with today’s growing real estate trends. How did you first learn about 3D tours and why are you using them now? As a Realtor, I am always following industry sources, news and newsletters. A couple years ago, I discovered Matterport, which was the first significant 3D provider. I’ve always loved using technology to help our consumers with the real estate process. I loved what I saw with Matterport a couple years ago, but I knew they needed a little time to improve their technology. Now they have and it was time to put it to use for my clients. What type of property is best for a 3D tour? Our initial thought was it would be best for larger properties as it would give people the sense of how the space flowed together. It’s difficult to get a sense of the floor plan with photos, especially with a larger home. Since we’ve started using 3D tours, we’ve used them on smaller properties as well as larger ones. Even a two bedroom condo has interesting features that translate well in 3D – probably should have known that! We learned it’s awesome for every home, and we now use 3D tours for every home we list. How do these tours help buyers? We know that we’ve brought more buyers who are interested in that specific property into the home, and helped those buyers make quicker decisions, resulting in faster sales because of a few direct experiences just this spring. Buyers saw one of our 3D tours, decided to view the homes in person, and ended up buying. The buyers had a much better understanding of the property prior to seeing it, and they were able to move forward faster. Why are 3D tours a big differentiator for you and your team at Conroy & Company? Our real estate team is an early adopter of technology, and we always have been. Our sellers love the fact that we use the latest technology, and they understand that is a plus for them. Matterport 3D tours recently placed #2 on the Forbes list of 23 Bulletproof Real Estate Ideas. We are in the midst of a virtual revolution, and soon all of our interactions with the digital world will be in 3D and VR. By using this technology, we are staying ahead of the curve in the way we market homes for our sellers – and it sets us apart from those agents who are slow to pick up and use the latest technology. In what ways are virtual tours and 3D/Matterport different? I’ve never used the industry standard virtual tours, because I get seasick when I watch them. They take a photo, stitch it together, and then just pan back and forth, up and down – simply taking 2D photos and making it move – I call it the Bobblehead real estate tour – they don’t add to the consumer experience. The 3D tour is completely interactive to the consumer. They can look where they want, for as long as they want, and in any direction they want. It is an immersive experience and allows them to experience the property almost as if they were there – I love that, and they do too. What do you love most your job? As a former corporate management guy looking at numbers, budgets and meetings for my job satisfaction, I love the fact there’s so much soul in what I do now. It has such an important meaning to my clients. I get intimately connected with people, one-on-one, with their lives and this one significant piece.  I am able to offer my experience and skills in helping them end up with a great result in real estate – that’s satisfaction on a whole other level for me. Contact Mike Conroy with questions about 3D tours or buying & selling real estate at [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 >>

10 Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Posted on May 16, 2017

Consider these 10 tips when preparing your property for sale so that your home will appeal to more buyers and hopefully sell in the shortest amount of time possible: 1. Declutter – One of the most important steps in preparing for your home to sell is to minimize the clutter. If you have a lot of clutter, do this step first. Put away piles of bills and mail, shoes by the door, books & knickknacks from the bookcases, and toys from playrooms. Tidy and pack up closets and kitchen cabinets. You want the buyer to admire the spaces in your home, not to be distracted by the messes. 2. Depersonalize – Depersonalizing your home is also extremely important because it can prevent buyers from getting distracted by your belongings and personal taste, and allow them to envision themselves living in the home. You’ll want to make sure to pack up the following – or at least have it put away for showings: Personal photos Certificates and awards Collections Religious decor or artifacts Toiletry items – toothbrushes, bars of soap, medications, bathrobes, makeup, etc. 3. Clean – Once the home has been decluttered, it’s time to clean, clean, clean! If the home hasn’t had a good deep cleaning, hire professional cleaners. It will be easier for you to keep up with the cleanings prior to showings once the home has had a good base clean. If you have carpets, make sure they get shampooed. 4. Offensive Odors – Every home has a scent to it, and most of us are immune to the scent in our own house. Your home undoubtedly has a scent if you cook with a lot of spices, if you have any pets, if a smoker has lived (or currently lives) in the home, or if you have old carpets. You might have a mold and mildew smell in the bathrooms. Consult with your Realtor about the scent of your home and their thoughts for improvements for showings. 5. Paint Colors – The red wall might look great with your décor, but it just isn’t for everyone. If you have large walls with bold colors, it’s best to paint them to a standard beige. 6. Wallpaper – If your home has wallpaper older than 10 years old, consider removing it (not painting over) because it could probably appear dated. 7. Let Light Shine In – Make sure to open your blinds and drapes before showings. Allowing as much light in as possible is key! Sometimes cleaning the windows will also make your home feel exponentially brighter. 8. Complete the Honey-Do List – Need to fix a leaky shower head? Replace a broken tile? Remove a busted fence? Paint the garage floor? Do all the little items on your to-do list prior to listing your home. A buyer will have more confidence in a home without a lot of deferred maintenance. 9. Boost Curb Appeal – Make sure to keep the lawn mowed, leaves raked, gardens and walkways weeded, sideway cleared, and bushes trimmed. Paint window trim, plant some bright flowers, and be sure to pick up any trash or debris that might have dropped or blown on your property. 10. Feng Shui – A little Feng Shui can go a long way. Don’t position the backs of furniture to face entry ways, place toilet seats down, and don’t block windows with big furniture like beds or dressers. If you are interested in selling or would like advice from an agent on our team, complete a form on our website or just send your info in via email. 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. Questions? Contact Mike Conroy – [email protected] or 802-363-3356 Read More >>

COMING SOON - Custom Contemporary Home on 20.7 Acres in Richmond

Posted on May 11, 2017

On an incredibly private 20 acres near Johnny Brook in Richmond sits our warm and inviting passive solar contemporary home. Designed with vaulted ceilings, this 2,000 square foot home features a glass walled sunroom (with hot tub), central woodstove to gather around next to a well designed kitchen, the open floor plan has much to love. Gardens and perennials dot the grounds and the stone patio is bordered by a stone wall – a perfect place to catch the deer wandering through. An upstairs loft overlooks the living space, and could convert easily to a bedroom. But the feature that is so hard to find, surrounds you in every direction – the Vermont countryside. Your 20 acres and an adjacent property owners’ 20 acres are a prime deer wintering area, and deer trails crisscross throughout.. There are few homes to intrude as you sit at the top of the road that meanders a half mile up the hill. You’ll revel in the hiking, cross country skiing, and communing with nature that will surround you. All just 20 minutes to downtown Burlington or Essex Junction. It’s tougher to find this combination each year it seems – close to everything, acres and acres to call your own, and a custom non-cookie cutter home. At this price, we suggest you get ready for a quick ride up Beaver Pond Hill Rd!   Read More >>

Market Snapshot: The Time to Sell is Now

Posted on May 04, 2017

With the second quarter of 2017 well under way, Northwestern Vermont continues to be a sellers’ market with a low inventory of homes for sale in select price ranges. According to the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors March 2017 Market Statistics, New Listings are down 24.3% for Single Family properties and 4.4% for Townhouses/Condos compared to March 2016. Even with demand high and supply low, the average days on market is still 107 days for Single Family properties and 120 days for Townhouses/Condos. For properties in the mid-price range of $250,000-$400,000, we are seeing multiple offers for well located, staged and marketed properties. The Federal Reserve decided this week to not raise interest rates beyond 0.75-1%, however analysts do project rates to go up at the Fed’s next meeting on June 13 and 14. Today 30-year fixed interest rates are hovering around 3.8-4.1%. With a low housing inventory in Northern Vermont, and the prospect for interest rates to increase more this year, you can position yourself as a seller strong and get the most for your home. Why You Should List Your Home with Us: Conroy & Company’s clients sell at 98% of List Price on average – that’s 1 full percent more than the average sale in your pocket. 50% of Conroy & Company’s clients go under deposit in under 30 days! This compares to only 33% in the MLS. NAR reports the percent of sellers who sell For Sale By Owner has dropped from 19% to only 8% over the last 20 years! More people are choosing to leave the sale of arguably one of their biggest assets to professionals. You net more money with an agent. Studies have shown that the typical house sold For Sale By Owner sells for $210,000 on average, while the typical house in the U.S. sold by an agent sells for $249,000. Conroy and Company always has pre-qualified and motivated buyers who are actively looking for their new home. If you are interested in selling, contact us for a free competitive market analysis of your home to find out its true market price in today’s selling environment.  Complete a form on our website or just send your info in via email. Once submitted, we will get back to you promptly. ___ 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. Questions? Contact Mike Conroy – [email protected] or 802-363-3356 Read More >>

Essex - Sought After Townhouse with Bonus Room, Great Price!

Posted on April 05, 2017

Essex.  $249,900.  Craftsbury Court is an awesome location with very easy access to shopping, schools and the Junction.  Yet it is just enough in the ‘country’ that you’ll love the views, the light streaming in, and the deck to enjoy it all.  This home is one of the few on the end with the bump out room, that offers the possibilities of a guest room/office or den on the first floor.  Garage, finished basement space with loads of storage and almost 1800 square feet – and offered at $249,900.  Loads of outstanding living in Essex, at a sweet price.  Call us today to arrange your private showing.  802.363.3356.       Read More >>

Beautifully Remodeled 2 Bedroom Colchester Townhouse – Get on the early list to see this one! $230,000

Posted on March 30, 2017

This pristinely maintained 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse is located on a treed lot in the Hollow Creek Association in Colchester Village. Custom post and beam kitchen with granite countertops, large island with ample storage space, and opens to spacious living and dining room with hardwood flooring throughout. Step-down into the bright sunken first bedroom, located just off the living room on the main level. Second floor features master bedroom with deep closet, full bath, and a relaxing sitting area loft. Full partially finished basement with laundry room, storage space and built-in shelving. Back deck opens to common land, woods, and room to garden. Click here to experience the 3D Matterport tour of this townhouse.  This home will be in MLS on Saturday, offered at $230,000, and will be ready for you to close and move in this April. Call or text Mike Conroy for details: 802-363-3356 Read More >>

Conroy & Company is Bringing Our Listings to Life with 3D Matterport Technology

Posted on March 20, 2017

Conroy & Company Real Estate at Keller Williams Vermont is using Matterport’s cutting edge 3D technology and is changing the way buyers are interacting with their listings. This new technology is supplementing traditional video and photography, and it is allowing buyers to be digitally immersed in a property – to walk-through and experience the home as if they were actually there. For sellers, this is revolutionary. According to REA Group, Matterport customers report that they receive 95% more calls and 65% more emails about properties online with a Matterport 3D tour. What is Matterport? Matterport is a technology company, based out of Sunnyvale California, that uses its 3D software to stitch 360-degree photos together to create a new experience for digital marketing. Their proprietary camera and software captures 10 million points per second and then produces 3D-dollhouse renderings, floor plans, and an immersive tour that can be viewed normally or in virtual reality across any device. Every 3D Showcase is a completely immersive 3D representation of a space. The “dollhouse view” provides a total understanding of how a property fits together, while the “inside view” lets anyone navigate a 3D space. According to Matterport’s CEO, Bill Brown, the company’s mission is “to give people the freedom to experience any place at any time… establishing 3D and VR models as a primary medium for experiencing, sharing and re-imaging the world.” Conroy & Company’s cutting edge approach to marketing real estate is motivating serious buyers to interact with our listings. Call us today to learn more about our strategy and discuss how it can help you. With inventory incredibly low, now is the time to list your home. Experience Our Listings: 67 Pinnacle Drive, So. Burlington 14 Messenger Street, St. Albans 453 So. Willard Street, Burlington 55 Cushing Drive, Essex Junction 290 Cemetary Road, Richmond   Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team located in Colchester, 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. Questions? Contact Mike Conroy – [email protected]company.com or 802-363-3356 Read More >>

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