Blog :: 03-2021

Now's the time to sell your home!

2020 Is the Year to Sell Your Home! It's a Seller's Market....

The Northern Vermont Board of Realtors tells us that January started off strong for the housing market in the region, with healthy buyer demand and strong market fundamentals.

New Listings decreased 14.6 percent for single-family homes and 41.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales increased 8.0 percent for single-family homes but decreased 18.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 56.7 percent for single-family homes and 65.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Overall, the signs point to a continued Seller's Market.

More specifically, in Chittenden County:

The Median Sales Price for a Single Family home saw a 1.8% increase year-to-date versus 2020.

While the Median Sales Price for a Condo/Townhouse also saw a 1.8% increase year-to-date.

Chittenden County continues to outpace price increases for the entire Northern Vermont region and sellers are seeing significant benefits to selling in today's market.

Worried about finding your next home? Don't be! That's what our team is here for, too. We have the knowledge and expertise to find that next safe spot to land when your current home sells! 

 

 

 

Make the most of your Home Inspection

Be Prepared for Your Home Inspection. A Good Inspection Leaves No Stone Unturned!

Home inspection checklist:

You should start preparing for a professional inspection when you initially tour the home, before making an offer. This will give you an idea if there are any areas you want the inspector to pay special attention to. A good inspector will address these issues in the report you pay for. Use this checklist to help figure out what to look for, both ahead of time and in the final report. If any of these items aren’t covered in the inspection report, ask why.

Foundation: Look at the base of the walls and the ceilings in each room. Are there obvious cracks or apparent shifts in the foundation? Do the same around the outside. Are there any trees encroaching on the foundation?

Lot: Does the drainage appear to be away from the house? Are there any obvious soggy areas?

Roof: What is the overall condition? When was it last replaced?

Exterior: Does the house look like it will need repairs or repainting soon? Are gutters and downspouts firmly attached? Are there loose boards or dangling wires? Is there asbestos in the exterior material, which would require added costs if it needed to be repaired or replaced?

Attic: How does the interior of the roof structure look? Are there any signs of leaks?

Interior evidence of leaks: Check ceilings and around windows in each room.

Basement: Is there dampness? Adequate insulation? (If there’s a crawlspace instead of a basement, you might want to leave this for the professional home inspection.)

Electrical: Do the switches work? Are there any obvious malfunctions? Have the outlets been grounded? Is the panel updated and expandable for additional appliances or a potential remodel?

Plumbing: Any unusual noises or malfunctions? Has the sewer line been scoped to check for potential cracks?

Appliances: If these are included, what is the age and condition of the stove, dishwasher or refrigerator?

Heating/cooling system: Does it seem to do the job? How old is the furnace? If the system has been converted, are the old systems or tanks still in place?

Odor: Does the home smell? Can you detect what it might be and whether it could be fixed? Beware of musty odors which could signal a wet basement.

2021 Likely to continue to be a sellers market!

The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® (NVBR) recently released its market statistics for December 2020. The information is derived from data contained in the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

December is normally one of the slowest months of the year but strong buyer demand across most segments of the market, buoyed by near-record low interest rates, continue to drive a healthy sales pace in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections and a softening jobs market.

New Listings decreased 4.3 percent for single-family homes but increased 31.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales increased 13.6 percent for single-family homes and 31.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 54.7 percent for single-family homes and 57.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 14.8 percent to $350,000 for single-family homes and 1.1 percent to $242,500 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 41.8 percent for single-family homes and 21.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 56.3 percent for single-family homes and 57.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

With low mortgage rates and strong buyer demand in most market segments, the housing market of early 2021 looks to continue the trends we saw in the second half of 2020. Low inventory and multiple offers on in-demand properties and market segments are likely to remain common while the market waits and hopes for a boost in new construction and a surge in home sellers to help provide more balance to the market.

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