2015 - The Real Estate Year in Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

2015.  It’s done, history, in the books.  In real estate in our Northwestern Vermont market, many were moved and many moved in!  We’ve attached the fabulous PDF for all 3 counties – Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle – for your reading pleasure.  2015Year-End-Market-Report.  Sure it’s pretty dry, statistical and all that, but there’s a good number of charts and graphs to visualize the deal.  Our Board of Realtors does an awesome job with this and we think you’ll appreciate the content and layout. I’m not going to bore you with my analysis as there’s lots to ponder on your own. A couple key stats though: Number of closings was up 11% overall, with Grand Isle county leading the gains at +15%.  South Burlington was the leader with 317 closed (up .6%), Essex next at 308 closed (up 15%) and Burlington 3rd with 298 closings (up 15%). The town with the greatest % of new construction homes sold was Fairfax at 51% new builds, with Richmond next if you can believe that, at 48%!  Overall, new construction accounted for 20% of the total homes sold – that continues to be a trend we’ve seen growing for several years now. And finally, prices continue to do what Vermont has been traditionally good at – increasing a modest amount over time.  Median prices went up 2% last year over 2014, and are now up 8% over 2011. There are markets in the U.S. that have seen steep price gains (again), and those that are lagging, but our corner of Vermont contiues to show that real estate is a solid long-term investment – and it’s an investment you get to live in at the same time! The New Year is off to a flying start with our easy weather in November and December keeping the business rolling strongly to finish the year – that will bring strong closings to January for sure.   Conroy and Company finished with our strongest 4th quarter in history and know that our new year will keep us running!  If we don’t see some snow and snowstorms soon, we may have a much earlier beginning to the Spring season than ever and continued brisk sales. I’m ok with an easy winter for a change, but seriously – can we at least get a couple good snows in before the winter ends? OK – dig in and enjoy.  We will be posting these every month as we go into 2016 for those of you that love this kind of thing (we certainly do).  And we will have every town’s stats available as well.  If you’d like any info on a particular town in the three county market for 2015 – drop us a line and we will dig it up and gladly send to you. Download your 9 page report: 2015Year-End-Market-Report Read More >>

Preview photos of our new condo listing in Williston!

Posted on February 15, 2016

17 Jakes Way, Williston VT | 2 BR, 2 BA | $249,900 Call now to make a showing! 802-238-7634, or email [email protected]   Read More >>

You won't find a more darling place in all of Burlington!

Posted on February 05, 2016

122 Maple ST, Burlington VT 1 Bd | 496 sf | $189,900 You won’t find a more darling loft-style wee condo/home in all of downtown Burlington! The smart and efficient floor plan offers great flexibility, and provides everything one could possibly need. The end unit location means great light, peace and quiet, and summer cross breezes. There’s exposed brick, stainless steel, hardwood, cork, a gas heat stove, and all the historic imperfections you’ll love. Custom features? Well, there’s a wood crafted murphy bed on hydraulics, kitchen butcher block bar, and built-in shelves. The sunroom/office provides great separation, and can even accommodate a twin-size bed for guests. There are two closets, common laundry and basement storage. Parking is one assigned space, plus ample guest parking nights/weekends. This place is oozing with charm – quick, go snatch it!LISTING DETAILSCall for a showing! Donald: 802-238-7634 Read More >>

NEW Listing: Elegant St Albans City Victorian home!

Posted on February 03, 2016

NEW LISTING: 14 Messenger ST, St Albans City 4 Bed | 2.5 Ba | 2,792 sqft | $242,000 Elegant Victorian home with charming traditional features such as a parlor-style living room, formal dining, and wrap around porch. Though rich in history, this home is well-balanced with contemporary features where needed, such as the open and spacious kitchen with sliding glass doors to the large back deck – ideal for barbecuing, outdoor dining and lounge furniture. There are four bedrooms, two full bathrooms plus a powder room, office and bonus room (5th bedroom or second story den). All year long this home glows with warm afternoon sunshine. In the summer, the property is lined with peonies, hydrangea and hostas. Located in a cheerful neighborhood, on a pretty street, that’s walkable to great food and shops. What’s not to love? Come, see for yourself!     LISTING LINK Call for a showing! Donald: 802-238-7634 Read More >>

Stowe home that has it all!

Posted on January 29, 2016

Sneak Preview:: NEW LISTING, Essex Junction Condo at Whitcomb Heights!

Posted on January 21, 2016

Whitcomb Heights 45 Cushing Drive, Essex Junction VT 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 3,030 sq.ft. | $350,000 You’ll be at ease with the convenient Essex Junction location, and loving the comforts of home with a spacious condo in the fantastic Whitcomb Heights neighborhood. Meticulously cared for home with warm and welcoming interior finishes. Rare end-of-the-road location with an open field to the front, and wooded tree line off the back, offers a quiet and attractive setting. The floor plan is open and flowing with a kitchen island and gas fireplace in the living room. The finished walk out basement, with glass sliding doors to the back yard and a large picture window is a great bonus area, for guests, exercise, movies, a game room – or whatever your lifestyle dynamic demands. Granite counters, stainless appliances, master bedroom with en-suite bath and an endless walk-in closet. This place has got it all! Listing to launch live in MLS soon! Call Donald to get the details now! 802-238-7634   Read More >>

RENTAL: Luxury Mansion Condo on Shelburne Point

Posted on December 19, 2015

Rare opportunity to experience living in historic elegance at the Shelburne Cliffs!       Experience the rare elegance of living in a historic luxury mansion. The Pillars Mansion at Shelburne Cliffs is a distinguished Vermont landmark enveloped in the natural beauty of Lake Champlain, and the Green and Adirondack Mountains. Sophisticated and state-of-the-art, with every historic architectural detail restored to perfection. Boasting a modern kitchen with open dining or living room and distinguished Hubbardton Forge lighting. Parlor for formal dining or separate living room. Luxurious master suite with unsurpassed views. Office with built-ins and inspiring mountain views. Spacious guest suite with outstanding views, and den or exercise area. Three fireplaces and spacious covered porch. Direct lake access with dock and mooring. Outdoor pool and tennis courts. Twenty minute driving distance to Burlington International Airport. Click for full details! Contact us for details: 802-233-5263 Read More >>

NEW LISTING: Looking for the perfect mix of a natural setting with downtown convenience?

Posted on December 15, 2015

100 West Canal ST #21, Winooski 2 Bd | 1 Ba | 1,129 SF | $190,000 The Millyard is located just off the hip and lively downtown strip, and nestled along the banks of the Winooski River. From the private deck and through the large glass sliding doors in the open living/dining/kitchen, are tranquil and dynamic views of the river. This home boasts two bedrooms with large windows with great natural light, a renovated bathroom, and is one of the few in the building with a spacious bonus/office/studio room. The kitchen with breakfast bar is fully renovated with marble backsplash and stainless steel appliances. A colorful pallet, industrial touches – it’s serene and invigorating at the same time. This is the home where inspiration finds you, inside and out! Call us for a showing! 802-238-7634 Read More >>

NEW Listing:: Exposed beams, vaulted ceilings...$290,000 in Richmond!

Posted on December 10, 2015

747 Stonefence Road, Richmond 4 bed | 2.5 bath | 2.6 acres $290,000   Immediately upon entering, this house will wow you! Unique and eye-catching features, such as soaring vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, open staircase, and brick fireplace, will instantly speak to you. The open concept floor plan, with spacious and flowing living space is desirable and functional for modern-day living. The updated kitchen has attractive features such as an oversized island and a prep sink. First floor offers a master bedroom with en-suite bath. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms with lovely natural light and another full bathroom. There’s a guest half bath, and fourth bedroom that could be used as an office. You’ll find a lovely blend of modern functionality, loaded with authentic Vermont charm, and a configuration that suits a broad range of home-life dynamics. Situated on a private wooded, lot lined with antique stone walls – there is so much to be excited about! Call us for a showing: 802-238-7634 Read More >>

INVESTORS: Sneak-peak, hitting the MLS today!

Posted on November 14, 2015

99 Loomis ST, Burlington $475,000 Currently rented for $4,800/mo through May 2016   Attractive historic home, ideally situated between the University and downtown, in a desired Loomis Street location. Hardwood floors and wood trim, covered front porch, back yard and detached garage. Spacious bedrooms, bonus rooms, and two bathrooms. Laundry in in the basement.Owner pays taxes, insurance, and lawn mowing, tenants pay utilities. Call for a showing: 802-238-7634!   Read More >>

Burlington: Townhouse style end unit! $165,000

Posted on November 08, 2015

75 Fairmont Place, Burlington VT Click for full details! Call Donald for a showing: 802-238-7634 Read More >>

Sweet-as-pie: $165,000 Burlington 2 BR

Posted on November 05, 2015

Townhouse Style End Unit Condo Burlington’s NNE | 2 BD, 1 Ba | $165,000 Sweet-as-pie townhouse style end unit condo! You’ll love the living room, with a glass sliding door to the deck and spacious back yard, and the warm afternoon sunshine that floods in. There’s an open kitchen with tile floors and brand new stainless steel appliances. The living room has cherry wood laminate floors, and a garden window. Upstairs you’ll find two bedrooms, both with wood floors, and a hallway linen closet for extra storage. The bathroom is full-size with tile floors and new shower/tub. The large and private back yard, with southern exposure – is great for growing gardens! Tidy basement, great for extra storage or bonus space. Attached one-car garage with entry way. New furnace and windows. Quiet end-of-the-road location, within close proximity to schools, beaches, parks and the bike path. CLICK HERE FOR MORE! Contact Donald for a showing: 802-238-7634, [email protected] Read More >>

The View from the Top!

Posted on October 30, 2015

Burlington’s gracious grande dames and cutting edge contemporary condos of architecture both offer some of Vermont’s most spectacular vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks! Follow through to see today’s Burlington luxury offerings. Read More >>

We can make selling your O.N.E. home very...easy!

Posted on October 26, 2015

We have a qualified, motivated buyer with flexibility on timing!  The general range of interests include: Burlington’s Old North End location preferred  1,500 Sq Ft 2-3 Bedroom $300,000 range   Read More >>

New REDUCED price:: You'll love this Broadlake rambler...

Posted on October 10, 2015

385 Broadlake RD, Colchester VT 4Bd, 3Ba | 3,056 SF | $365,000 Practical-style, spaciousness and flexibility…peek-a-boo lake views! Call us for a showing: 802-238-7634 Click for full listing details!       Read More >>

Presto! City's Edge condo living: it's that easy to enjoy!

Posted on October 10, 2015

NEW LISTING! 409 Farrell ST, #107, South Burlington, VT 1 Bd | 1 Ba | 672 sq. ft. | $137,000 This rare, end unit provides extra natural light, and privacy (no walls shared with neighbors). Many upgrades that make it special. The location, incredibly convenient. The condo dues, include just about everything. Are you looking to put your lifestyle first, and keep your home ownership responsibilities at a minimum? This is your happy place : ) Call us for a showing: 802-238-7634 Click for full listing details! Read More >>

Get your home valuation in a few short clicks!

Posted on October 08, 2015

We are testing some of the new Home Valuation tools that are available to us as professionals in the business.  The one frequently used by many homeowners is quite often way off base.  We think we can offer a better alternative.  Try the tools you see here and the new ones we may post and see what you think. Click right here: Read More >>

Burlington Condo - 5 Sisters Location in the South End!

Posted on August 12, 2015

So it’s my tongue in cheek contention that sooner or later there will be a micro-brewery on every corner in town.  We do have what sometimes seems an embarrassment of riches when it comes to breweries in town.  The Pine Street corridor seems to be attracting lots of brewing action of late. And the Arts.  There’s the Art Hop from the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA), the Ramble up in the ONE (Old North End) and of course the Flynn, Nectars, and Jazz Festival, the Waterfront Park shows (Warren Haynes recently, Maceo Parker, Belizbeha and other luminaries), the Grace Potter North festival, etc., etc. Plunked right about in the middle of all this action is our newest Burlington condo  listing for sale.  A 2 Bedroom condo on Marble Avenue.  Right up from Arts Riot and near Dealer.com, on a one way street, with sweet character (the building was a corner store generations ago), green space, and 2 parking spots off street.  Hardwood, floors, soft wide board pine too, and the whole place was renovated in 2007 – so you’re in good shape right off the bat!  Pets are OK too. Burlington remains a hot spot in a hot market, and at the listed price of $205,000 we expect a ton of action.  Call us to get in at  802-863-9100. Click here for the details!       Read More >>

Essex Townhouse With Affordable, Seasonal Mountain Views

Posted on August 09, 2015

The Craftsbury Commons townhouse community sits in a very convenient location, 2 minutes to Lang Farms, 4 minutes to The Junction.  Yet, like much of Essex town, you’ll feel miles away from it all.  Tucked off Old Stage Road, this newly listed 2 Bedroom townhouse enjoys shots of Mount Mansfield most of the year (the non-leaf time of the year)! With a garage underneath in the back, a finished pool room in the basement (pool table can stay), and 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, you”ve got a lot of condo, in a super spot, for a very affordable price. Add in a separate dining area, gas fireplace and balcony off the living room, and oversize bedrooms upstairs and you’ve got a great package. At $217,500, it’s no wonder these sell quickly once listed. Our client is finalizing the prep work to have it out on the open market soon – so this is your sneak peek.  Let us know if you’d like to get scheduled to take a look early – call us at 802-863-9100.   Read More >>

City's Edge Condo in South Burlington - fresh on the market.

Posted on August 09, 2015

Fabulous condos built in 2005, and we have the newest 1 bedroom condo listed!  Full details on it will be published in mls soon, but the basics will go like this: Stylish contemporary condominium, ideal for first time buyer, or someone looking for ease and convenience! Spacious kitchen with tile floors and breakfast bar. Sunny, light-filled living room with wood laminate floors and large bay window. Entry way with storage closet, and new washer/dryer.  Bedroom with carpet floors and walk-in closet.  Bathroom with full-size shower, tile floors, and plenty of storage space.  City’s Edge is an attractive building with cheery flower gardens, and an inviting common entry way with sitting area. Storage room, and common outdoor grilling area. Ease of living with almost all utilities included in the condo fees. Turn-key with brand new living room and bed room furniture sets included in sale. Prime South Burlington location, convenient to 1-89, the airport, hospital and colleges, the bus line, and downtown Burlington. Shopping center, and park with walking/running trails within one block. With 10% down, your mortgage will run about $600/month! At $135,000 it really is fabulous!  Yesteryear’s prices – today.  Call us to get in now.  802-863-9100.   Read More >>

Mike Conroy

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