5 Reasons Why to Sell Your Home in the Summer

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 mike@conroyandcompany.com.

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.

Our Vermont Real Estate Update – June 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:

  1. Unemployment continues to be low in Vermont – the economy is stable.
  2. We don’t have the big increases or drops in our population growth – no drivers up or down.
  3. 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 mike@conroyandcompany.com.

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

10 Indoor Vermont Activities

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
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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 mike@conroyandcompany.com.

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.

 

10 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Vermont

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 mike@conroyandcompany.com.

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.

Conroy & Company's Referral Program

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