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International Womens Day March 8, 2018

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.


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    Connect with Nature!

    The mission of the Vermont Huts Association is to provide an enriching and immersive outdoor experience for everyone. By collaborating with our partners in recreation, we will create a four-season hut network across the Green Mountain State to strengthen local communities and foster a deeper appreciation of our natural environment.

    Check out our web site and see our first hut.

    When finished, this will be the first hut owned and operated by the Vermont Huts Association. Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, VT is currently building the hut for us on their campus, where it will be stored through this upcoming winter. We are working with Green Mountain National Forest to locate and operate the hut under a special use permit on National Forest System lands. This project is currently under analysis by Forest Service staff with an expected decision in early 2018.


    The most exciting part about our first hut is that YOU can help us build it. The total project budget is set at $60,000, and we’ve raised just over $24,000 as of 11/3/17. With your support, we can ensure we’re able to keep building the hut and finish it before this winter so it’s ready to go next summer!



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      South Burlington seeks input on Library design

      The city of South Burlington is offering 2 workshops to discuss a new City Center Building that would house the Public Library and the City Hall. Thursday Jan 18at 7pm  and Saturday Jan 20 at 10 am.

      Residents, Business Owners and other Interested parties are encouraged to participate!


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        Current Market Statistics

        November 2017 Market Statistics

        The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® (NVBR) has released its market statistics for November 2017. The information is derived from data contained in the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

        Changes for November over last year at this time include:

        • New Listings were up 18.5 percent for Single Family homes and increased 31.3 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties.
        • Pending Sales increased 20.3 percent for Single Family homes and 6.4 percent for Townhouse-Condo properties.
        • The median sales price was up 8.2 percent to $289,900 for Single Family homes and 0.1 percent to $212,950 for ?townhouse-condo properties.
        • Closed sales decreased 20.1 percent for Single Family properties and increased 3.7 percent for townhouse- ?condo properties.
        • Average days on market decreased 9.6 percent or 86 days for Single Family homes and increased 13.5 percent or ?84 days for the townhouse-condo market.
        • Month’s supply of inventory decreased 17.9 percent for Single Family units and decreased 15.2 percent for ?townhouse-condo units.


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          Tight Housing Supply in 2017 leads to longer Homeownership.

          Despite rising home prices and a growing economy, U.S. homeowners’ mobility rate is stuck at a 30-year low as many opt to stay put rather than move to pursue job opportunities or trade up for more space.

          The median duration of owners in their homes in 2017 was 10 years, according to data soon to be released  by the National Association of Realtors. That matched last year’s duration, which, along with 2014, was the highest level since the NAR started tracking the data in 1985.

          Americans aren’t moving in part because inventory levels have fallen near multidecade lows and home prices have risen to records. Many homeowners are choosing to stay and renovate, in turn making it more difficult for renters to enter the market.


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            How to be a Preservationist in Vermont

            Are you a preservationist? Here are 23 things you can do TODAY to be part of historic preservation in

            1.Email VT Preservation Trust

            2.Visit a VT Historic Downtown

            3. Have lunch or dinner in a historic building

            4.Visit a place where History

            5. Visit your local libtary

            6. Attend a live performance at a Historic Theater

            Read the article to learn more!



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              New Home Sales are at a High in this decade!

               According to Bloomberg- U.S. purchases of new homes unexpectedly advanced in broad fashion last month, reaching the strongest pace in a decade and offering an encouraging signal for residential construction, according to government data released Monday.

              Highlights of New-Home Sales (October)

              • Single-family home sales rose 6.2% m/m to 685k annualized pace (est. 627k), the highest since Oct. 2007, a revised 645k rate
              • Purchases in the South increased for a third month, to the fastest pace in 10 years
              • Median sales price increased 3.3% y/y to $312,800
              • Supply of homes at current sales rate fell to 4.9 months, the smallest since July 2016, from 5.2 months; 282,000 new houses were on market at end of October

              Key Takeaways

              The report showed the U.S. South region continued to recover from a pair of hurricanes. Purchases in other areas of the country, including a 17.9 percent surge in the Midwest, also climbed.

              The number of properties sold in which construction hadn’t yet started reached the highest level since January 2007, signaling residential construction will accelerate in coming months.

              A steady job market and low mortgage costs are helping propel demand for real estate and pushing up property prices. At the same time, it’s a hurdle for some prospective buyers, especially younger Americans and those entering the market for the first time. The average selling price in October reached a record high $400,200, probably reflecting construction of higher-end homes.

              New-home sales, tabulated when contracts get signed, account for about 10 percent of the market. They’re considered a timelier barometer than purchases of previously owned homes, which are calculated when contracts close and are reported by the National Association of Realtors.


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                5 Good Reasons to Buy a Home during the Holidays!

                Turkeys and tinsel and pumpkin pie. Yes friends, the holidays are here again, and it's the perfect time for ... house hunting? OK, we know you're busy enough planning family feasts and much-needed vacations while dealing with blustery weather, but hear us out. While it might seem counterintuitive to put a big-ticket item like a home on your holiday shopping list, it really does make sense.

                1. Less Competition

                2. Motivated Sellers

                3. Tax Advantages

                4. True picture of the House

                5. Great accessibility to Professionals


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                  Get Ready for Winter!

                  Its important to take care of your home.

                  This fall has been a balmy one, but winter is coming. For homeowners living in colder climates, the waning hours of daylight signal the time to start readying the home for snowy days and bitter nights ahead.

                  Like a car, a home needs a regular tuneup: Heating systems need maintenance, chimneys need sweeping and windows need caulking. But keep on top of the hefty to-do list, and the chores become a routine you dutifully follow every year.

                  “When it starts getting a little cold, we go into gear,” said Jenet Levy, 60, who has lived in a three-bedroom townhouse in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, with her husband, Rory Levy, 61, for 23 years.

                  Even seasoned homeowners, however, can fall behind. With such an unusually warm autumn, Ms. Levy, an associate broker with Halstead, forgot to schedule an appointment to have her boiler serviced before she expects to turn it on. Now the maintenance company is booked until late November. “So I screwed up there,” she said.

                  Neglect the chores entirely, though, and you could find yourself with a hefty repair bill or a furnace that peters out on a frigid January night — and probably in the middle of a three-day weekend, because isn’t that when things usually go awry? Forget to clean the gutters, and ice could build up, damaging your roof. Drafty windows and doors could send your heating bill soaring.



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                    Uber is the "top" of Burlington VT Ride for Hire Group

                    The steady demand has helped Uber not only to thrive but to dominate Burlington's vehicle-for-hire scene. Three years after it started doing business in the Queen City, Uber has become by far the most popular livery company in the area, according to city data.


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