Okemo Real Estate

The Really Big News!

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Yes, there is another storm about to hit the Okemo area, but that is not the big news here in Ludlow VT. What is it you ask?

One year ago Vermont Properties became William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties and we could not be happier. Whether you are buying or selling, our Team has always worked hard to meet your needs and this has not changed. Now we are able to do it on a larger scale while remaining the top local real estate company you know and trust.

So what is the big news? In our first year as William Raveis Vermont Properties, we have been recognized as the Top Affiliate with the most sold/closed units company wide. In a word…EXCITING… okay, two words…PROUD. Proud to be an affiliate of William Raveis and proud of our entire Team.

Thank you to everyone who entrusted us with your real estate needs and especially for sending your family and friends to us. Our greatest compliment is your referral.

We’ll see you on the Mountain!

        

Vermont Properties and Development Becomes William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties

We are pleased to announce that as of April 15, 2016 Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. has become an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of the William Raveis family. Our goal has always been to provide the best services to our buyers and sellers.This partnership has already proven to be an asset to both. We have received numerous phone calls to congratulate and let us know that we made a smart decision. Just today, we received a call from a seller that was looking for a local company that has strong ties to the New York City and Connecticut second home buyer market. The caller knew the William Raveis name well and thought we would be the perfect match to sell his home. We agree! As the largest family owned real estate company in New England, William Raveis has the gravitas that buyers and sellers look for when deciding who will represent them. Our affiliation also provides us with enhanced marketing capabilities that we are already putting in place for our current clients.  One of the most exciting is the Exceptional Properties division.

We are still the same local real estate team that people have come to rely on. If you want to know more, give us a call or stop by the office at 29 Locust Hill in Ludlow.

Check our website often to stay on top of the real estate market in the Okemo Valley and other happenings around the area. We are your leading real estate team!

It's Real Estate Season!

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This is a time of year when buyers and sellers come out of real estate hibernation. Considered to be one of the best times to list your home, it also becomes a great time for buyers to take a fresh look at what is on the available.

Sellers, if you are thinking about listing your home we are already entering the best time to get your house ready to list and sell.  Typically this process starts in February when the snow is still on the ground. As the snow melts people are venturing out and taking a look around. With a renewed sense of energy the market can take off quickly as the summer progresses.

Even if you are unsure, let us do a Comparable Market Analysis to assist you in your decision making process.

Although the spring is prime listing season, no need to worry if you aren't ready right now. The most important item in your arsenal is an experienced local Realtor®.  These professionals can help you any time of the year get the most out of the real estate market, whether buying or selling your home. We are fortunate in Vermont to have a true four season state and local Realtors® know how to help you take advantage of all that Vermont has to offer.

Stay informed about the local market. Vermont Properties and Development can help you no matter the season. Give us a call at 802-228-8877 or stop by our office at 29 Locust Hill Road, Ludlow; across from the Okemo Golf Club.

6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in Vermont... Okemo is One!

Investopedia, a premiere Internet site dedicated to providing information for investing education, personal finance and market analysis, recently posted an article titled

 “6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in the US”.

As you can imagine, we were thrilled to see Okemo Mountain make this list. Anyone who has spent time in this area already knows what a special place Vermont and most specifically, Ludlow is. Even through the years of growth, both have maintained a small town feel that many come to Vermont to experience. The team at Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. are proud to be active members of this special community and the premiere real estate agency both on and off Okemo Mountain and in the Lakes Region. Below is an excerpt of the article; you can click on the link above to read the full story.

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, Vermont

Why: Okemo topped the list of OnTheSnow.com's “Best Family Resort in America” in 2014 so if you’re looking for a family vacation destination, this might be it. According to Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations at the resort, Okemo got this No.1 rating because the family who owns the operation understands that “families are looking for activities they can enjoy together on and off the slopes.” Take the Muellers, Tim and Diane. They bought a home at Okemo Mountain Resort in 1982 for themselves and their two kids; they still spend their winter vacation there but now their grandchildren come along, too. The resort boasts “options for every level, available from the top of each chair” with 121 trails, 655 skiable acres and, thanks to snowmaking equipment, a “weatherproof” ski vacation. Okemo is a three-hour drive from Boston, just under five hours from New York City.

What’s Available Now: Well, not exactly now. A brand new development at Okemo called SouthFace Village is not quite finished – it should be fully operational for ski season 2016. It’s in a sun-all-day, ski-in/ski-out location (you can go from your fireplace to your first run in two minutes tops) with homes that come fully equipped “from flatware to the flat screen TV,” according to the marketing materials. You can choose a 1- to 4-bedroom homes with prices that begin in the mid $400,000s.

Breaking up is Hard to Do! You Deserve a Great Agent.

Meeting a new real estate agent can be like starting a romantic relationship; the introduction, a whirlwind courtship, followed by the commitment. You start by “hanging out” on the weekends, spending a lot of fun time together as you check out home after home. The rush of something new is exciting as you work together toward a common goal. It’s all good! Until it isn’t!
What happens when the excitement starts to die down and those little things start to bother you? The things you thought were quirky are now just plain annoying. How do you know when it is time to call it quits and move on?

Here are 5 warning signs that tell you it may be time to tell your agent…”It’s not me, it’s you”.

Missing in action
Where is that enthusiastic person you started with? Suddenly you texts aren’t returned, emails are not answered and you are getting sent to voicemail. You finally get an answer or a halfhearted call back 3 days later with no apologies.

High-pressure sales tactics
Each time you find something that might be right for you (or not) you start to feel like your agent is trying to sell you a used car. There are all kinds of reasons why you should buy/sell or rent. But are they your reasons? You come away from conversations feeling anxious and questioning yourself.

They’re not listening
You’ve taken the time to sit down and create your criteria list complete with deal breakers.
You bring these to your agent. Despite this, the agent continues to show you homes without several of your coveted features or homes out of your price range. You grow tired of trying to explain what you are looking for.
It is clear; your agent is not listening to you. Do you really want to spend another weekend with this person?

They stand you up
You leave work early and rush to meet with your agent only to find out they are not at the office or you receive a last minute call to cancel without explanation. Of course agents have other clients in their lives but failing to communicate is not acceptable. Your time is just as important as theirs. Yes, life happens, but when it happens over and over, red flag!

They make decisions for you
You found the place! You’ve submitted an offer. It’s all good but… your agent neglects to ask if you would agree to a later closing date. Instead, they take it upon themselves to reply for you and the sellers accept a different offer. Why didn’t your agent just ask you? Full representation does not mean making decisions on your behalf.

Just like any new relationship it can be easy to convince yourself you’re overreacting or being too demanding. The difference is that this is an important business relationship and should be given priority. If you’ve done your part to communicate openly with your agent and you’re not 100% satisfied, go ahead, move on and find an agent who meets, then exceeds your needs. They are out there!

At Vermont Properties, we will listen, respect your time, work on your behalf and always be available to meet your needs. Our team approach guarantees that regardless which of our 3 agents you reach, that agent can and will take care of you. If you are in town, stop by our office at 29 Locust Hill Road. We would love to meet you and exceed your needs!

Congratulations to Kevin Barnes, newest CIPS Designee


Kevin Barnes of Vermont Properties and Development has completed the requirements to earn his CIPS designation.

Recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®, the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training needed to complete international transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk.

Only agents who have completed the rigorous coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in international business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.

CIPS designees must complete 5 full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of international transactions, including:
• Currency and exchange rate issues
• Cross-cultural relationships
• Regional market conditions
• Investment performance
• Tax issues

Agents who have the CIPS designation are well-informed and prepared to work with international clients to ensure a smooth and seamless experience for foreign buyers.

Real estate is a complex field, one that requires continual training. The CIPS designation is critical for brokers and agents who want to provide the best possible experience for their international buyers and sellers. Working with a CIPS designee is your best and most trusted resource for navigating the international market.

Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. is proud to have Kevin Barnes as part of our experienced team of Agents. While there are over 2800 CIPS designees worldwide, there are only 7 in the entire state of Vermont.

Congratulations Kevin on your most recent accomplishment, obtaining your CIPS designation! From all of us at VT Prop, we are proud to have you on the team!

Another Busy Season at Okemo

The 2014/15 ski season is winding down. As we come off one of the snowiest ski seasons in history here in the northeast we take stock of winter and reflect on how busy we continue to be here at Vermont Properties and Development. As real estate professionals we are often asked when the busiest sales time of year is.  Typically the answer is "going in to and out of the ski season"; this holds true again this year!

The number of closed transactions continue be up from previous years and interest rates remain low.  Many buyers we work with are very savvy about this information and use it to guide decisions. What does this mean? People are buying houses to take advantage of these conditions and we are seeing available inventory for certain properties decrease.

Do you have your eyes on a property? Better jump before someone else does and remember, we are here for you every step of the way and beyond!

 

It's Real Estate Season!

On March 20th at 6:45 p.m. all the snow will melt, the trees will bud, crocuses will bloom and the birds will be singing.  Well… maybe not, but it is the first day of spring.

What we can be certain of are two things. Spring skiing will be awesome and it is the beginning of prime selling season for real estate. The weather is getting warmer and people are getting out there. This is also the time of year when houses will begin their transformation. Green lawns, blooming flowers and bright sunny days draw people out to look at houses. It has been a long dark winter and spirits are high. It is time for a fresh start.

There is an influx of new listings and inventory comes back up. Choices are everywhere, but don’t wait too long. Just like you there are other potential buyers looking for that special place, if you find something you love, you better grab it. If not, other homebuyers are waiting in the wings.

Vermont is a special place year-round but spring brings something wonderful to Vermont. We begin to earn our name as the Green Mountain State. So come to Vermont and find your dream home. Whether you are looking for your primary home or a second home in the Lakes regions or on Okemo Mountain, Vermont Properties can deliver.

Come join us as our State comes alive with the bounties of spring! We look forward to meeting you.

Find your Perfect Place on Okemo

The 2014-15 ski season is off to a great start! We have had some nice natural snow and perfect temperatures for Okemo to “fill in the gaps” with their upgraded snow making capabilities.

As we begin the new year, I thought we should take some time to take a fresh look at the various complexes on Okemo. From intimate 1 bedroom units at Okemo Mountain Lodge to big homes on Solitude there is something for everyone.

Winterplace remains a favorite on the Mountain. Winterplace offers a convenient location mid mountain and within walking distance to the half pipe and the earliest snow making on the Mountain.

Solitude delivers some of the best long range views and convenient trail access. Though centrally located on this busy mountain, it lives up to the given name providing privacy at the end of the day.

Jackson Gore is an upscale community offering slope-side living and top notch amenities for the entire family. Convenient access to dining, shopping and mountain services; everything you need is just a short walk from your door.

Trailside consists of five distinct villages, each with unique styles, features, and ski access. Expansive views of Ascutney and Ludlow Village can be seen from many of these units, a spectacular sight at night.

Kettle Brook is one of Okemo's original slope-side communities. With Okemo's Bull Run and Kettlebrook trails just outside your door you enjoy coveted ski on/ski off access making this a prime location wtih a private setting and classic alpine style condos.

Ledgewood is a unique and contemporary complex comprised of seven buildings and located directly on the maintained Ledgewood ski trail complete with snow making. 

Snow Trak consists of twenty one single family homes on the convenient Snow Trak trail; each with beautiful views and luxurious floor plans.

Okemo Mountain Lodge (OML) provides easy access to base area slopes, main lifts and skier services. Located at the base of Okemo Mountain, this ski in/ski out condo location is a favorite option for busy skiers.

Alpen Meadows is a community of single family homes on cul-de-sac style roads with private wooded settings, convenient shuttle service to the slopes and close proximity to Ludlow Village.

No matter your preference, Vermont Properties can help you find your perfect location both on and off Okemo. Come Live Where you Play!

 

 

Buying or selling a second home: Have someone in your corner

Buying or selling a second home is unlike dealing with your primary residence. There are many challenges to this process. The biggest obstacle is that you are likely not even in the state where you have decided to purchase or sell.

For buyers, social media brings everything right to your fingertips. You can research an area, find your perfect spot and even zero in on a couple of properties. Ultimately, you will want a professional Realtor® in your corner. Your Realtor® will manage all the back and forth work and eventually help negotiate the sale or purchase of your second home. A great agent will also work on your behalf with local service providers, contractors, and attorneys etc., to get every last detail in place. A real estate agent with knowledge of the area, local markets and preferably one who specializes in second homes will be your eyes and ears locally.  Some agents now have the designation of RSPS (Resort and Second Property Specialist). These are agents with advanced certification who specialize in buying, selling or managing properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination.

Once you have made the decision to buy or sell your second home, your next big decision will be who to call. If you are in Vermont near the Okemo/Ludlow Valley your decision is quite easy. The agents at Vermont Properties and Development are your local specialists for second home properties, both Kathy and Alyson have their RSPS designation. With a combined 40 years of experience in this area, Kathy, Alyson and Kevin can meet all your needs from start to finish and beyond. And when the hard work is done and you have successfully purchased or sold your second home; they do not forget about you. You are now part of their Vermont family; the team is with you long after the closing. You can call on Vermont Properties for all your future needs. Sometimes it may just be a call to check in and say hi! That is the best call of all.

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