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A View From the Top

Boston Magazine is featuring a one of a kind listing on Okemo Mountain and William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties is excited to be the listing agent for this "Luxe Log Cabin in Ludlow". 

"Ski Bums-meet ski mansion"...

To see more details, check out the link to Boston Magazine's article, or call the team at William Raveis Vermont Properties. 

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!

        

Best Local Raveis Spots to Beat the Summer Heat

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With temperatures at an all-time high, heat lightning & thunderstorms abound & steamy commutes to and from work, we need a place to beat the heat! We’ve teamed up with nine of our local experts in each of the states William Raveis Real Estate occupies to bring you the best places to relax and cool down for the remainder of the summer.

Kathy Burns, one of our top agents in Ludlow, Vermont tells us exactly how she relaxes after work on summer weekends.  “Buttermilk Falls is a series of waterfalls and swimming holes attached to the Branch Brook which is part of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.  I go with my husband and two daughters to swim in the fresh pools to cool off during the heat.”

To read about the other places to beat the heat check out the rest of the Raveis Blog

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow Vermont

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.

Comedy Night 2016!!! Join us on Okemo Mountain

Join us on Saturday February 20, 2016 for Comedy Night.

Steve Sweeney, legendary Boston comedian is coming to Okemo Mountain for this year's comedy night.

 

Well known for appearing in films such as "There's Something about Mary" and "Me, Myself & Irene", Steve has also performed at the famous Ding Ho Comedy Club with Lenny Clarke, Dennis Leary and Jay Leno. Steve uses his famous Boston characters to point out the absurdity of life and human nature. Something we can all laugh at!

 

Always a sell-out show, tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at Vermont Properties, Okemo Mountain, Okemo's Jackson Gore and The Wine & Cheese Depot.  If still available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $28.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Appropriate for ages 21 and over.

 

This year's proceeds for the show will benefit OMARA, Okemo Mountain Alpine Race Association. (OMARA). OMARA is a non-profit booster club founded to support the young athletes, families and coaches of Okemo Competition Programs and Okemo Mountain School. Vermont Properties & Development has been a proud supporter of OMARA for many years.

 

This yearly event is sponsored by Vermont Properties and Development, Inc.

Thank you to Okemo Mountain Resort for once again providing the venue.

 

Join us in the great room at the Okemo Clock Tower base lodge.

Get your tickets quickly; this event will sell out again this year.

 

For more information, please call Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. at 802-228-8877 or visit our web site to see all Upcoming Events.

See you there!!

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!