Blog :: 2013

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Below you will find information on real estate, our local area, and the community. Please feel free to comment on any posts, we would love to hear what you think! 

Trailside Village: A Unique Mountain Community

Trailside Okemo ski condosThe Trailside community consists of four villages, each with unique styles, features,  and ski access. Several layouts are available, ranging from one- to four-bedroom units. Expansive views of Ascutney and Ludlow Village can be seen from many of these units, a spectacular sight at night. As you wind up the Mountain, you suddenly realize how truly high up you are. These split-level units are located along the popular Sachem Trail, at the base of the Glades chairlift.

This mountainous setting provides a more spacious feel with room to roam. In the winter you have the convenient trail access without having to fight the crowds. In the summer months, enjoy the cool mountain breezes as you sit on your deck and take in the views. Village amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and summer picnic area.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Kettlebrook: Privacy and Convenience

Kettlebrook Condos Okemo MountainKettlebrook located ¾ of a mile from the Clock Tower base area 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. The private setting and classic alpine style condos offer two- and three-bedroom floor plans, most with fireplaces. Convenient slope-side living with great views awaits you at Kettlebrook.

Excellent trail access is the hallmark of Kettlebrook. In the summer months enjoy the warm weather amenities which include outdoor tennis court, picturesque ponds and picnic areas.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Okemo Mountain Lodge: Convenience & Location

Centrally located in the original Clock Tower area, 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. Along with the convenient location, these one-bedroom condominiums are close to area shopping and the famous Sitting Bull Restaurant & Bar.

Okemo Mountain Lodge slopeside condosDuring the winter, the mountain becomes everyone's favorite downhill ski and snowboard hotspot. After a day on the slopes, indulge in a treatment at the Spring House Fitness and Aquatic Center located right on the mountain.

When the snow melts you can take to these same hills and enjoy the hiking/biking trails. The Okemo Golf Club is a short distance away, as is Vermont's Lakes Region. OML is an excellent location for year-round fun, tucked away in the most convenient spot on Okemo.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Ledgewood on Okemo

Ledgewood is a unique and contemporary complex located directly on the maintained Ledgewood ski trail complete with snow making. There are a variety of 3 and 4 bedroom units some with a townhouse style floor plan, others with single floor living. In many units, you can simply open your sliding door and strap on your skis or watch the action from your living room in front of a wood burning fireplace. This is also the only condominium complex on Okemo offering garages.

One of 3 smaller complexes on the mountain, owners appreciate the intimate size and private wooded setting. Surrounded by tall pines, you have convenience of slope-side living with the privacy of a mountain retreat. Amenities include access to Ledgewood ski trail, skating pond and warming hut. Some units will accommodate a hot tub with HOA approval.

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Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Jackson Gore on Okemo Mountain

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One of the newest developments on Okemo Mountain, 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. Be in the center of the action for skiing and snowboarding with a regulation ice skating rink as part of the outdoor facilities. Bring some marshmallows and gather `round the fire pit or order a "S'mores maker set" from Coleman Brook Tavern!

In the warmer months, the outdoor facilities at Jackson Gore Village house tennis and basketball courts and a jogging track. The Spring House Pool and Fitness Center is an 18,000 square-foot facility with indoor lap and swimming pools, hot tubs and fitness facilities.

From the bustling Jackson Gore Inn to the more private Adams House and upscale Bixby House, you can find just the right location for your slope side home.

No matter the season, this spectacular mountainside complex with the famous Green Mountains as its backdrop provides you with all the comforts of home and more!

Click here to see current condos for sale at Jackson Gore at Okemo. Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Winterplace on Okemo

Winterplace is a wonderful condo community; conveniently located mid mountain at the top of the A & B quad chairlifts and within walking distance to the half pipe.

Having some of the first snow making on the mountain providing eager skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to hit the trails both early and late in the season.

In addition to the great trail access, the Winterplace Homeowners Association has an on-site office open 7 days a week during the ski season. Enjoy year round fun with the indoor pool, hot tubs, tennis courts, basketball hoop and comfortable outdoor picnic areas.

Floor plans range from 2 to 5 bedroom option, some with lofts.  Several buildings are located directly on the ski trail so you can see all the action. Other buildings are set off the trail for more privacy.

Winterplace is one of several complexes on Okemo Mountain. Give us a call at VT Properties we will be happy to help you find your perfect place in the mountains of Vermont!

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The complexes of Okemo Mountain-Solitude Village

Located in the Green Mountains, Okemo is known as one of the most popular ski areas in New England. The mountain has been through significant changes and expansions since opening in January of 1956.

Beginning in 1982 new ownership brought dramatic improvements and opened the door for decades of repeated record breaking skier visits. Since that time, several top notch complexes have been completed; the most recent being the ambitious Jackson Gore Development.  Each week we will bring you information about these various complexes.

Solitude sign-spring web       We focus this week on Solitude. Located mid-mountain, Solitude delivers some of the best long range views and convenient trail access. Though located in the center of this busy mountain, it lives up to the given name, providing a bit of privacy at the end of the day.

Single houses dot both the upper and lower villages with condo options in between. These properties boast a variety of floor plans ranging from 1-5 bedrooms and true ski in/ski out access complete with a high speed chair lift from the Day Lodge and a second chairlift in the Lower Village.

Complementing this ski in/ski out convenience, Solitude Village offers a centrally located recreation center with indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, fitness room, and the Epic restaurant.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the Mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties in any of Okemo Mountain's complexes.

Real estate apps-home hunting at your fingertips

If you haven't bought or sold a home recently, prepare for a culture shock!

Nothing has changed the home buying/selling experience in the past few years as much as the rise of smartphones and tablets. In the past three years, these technologies have transformed the way people hunt for, buy and even sell homes. House hunters have access to more information than ever before; home sellers and their real-estate agents have more tools to reach those buyers. Fortunately, the most popular real estate apps work well for both sides.

Popular real estate sites such as Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia offer their own apps for smartphones and tablets that allow people to search for homes, find specific information and narrow the search. You can stand in a neighborhood that you like, conduct a search and see homes for sale pop up all around you on a map. Relying on GPS technology, these apps provide real time information in your current location.

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In a time when people are expecting the world to be at their fingertips, it truly is. Using Zillow's app,  you can walk around a neighborhood, see a "house for sale" lawn sign, pull out your smartphone and see how long the home has been on the market and how many times the price has been reduced.

Realtor app features the adult's version of "Etch a Sketch". You can highlight an area by drawing a shape with your finger; the app will show any homes for sale within that highlighted area.

Like the others, Trulia's app allows you to search for homes using filters like price, number of bedrooms and baths, location etc. Save your searches and be notified when new houses come on the market.

While these apps provide the initial tools to start your search, they also allow you to quickly contact a trusted Realtor®. Local agents are be experts in the area and can provide insight and guidance for a successful transaction. The brokers and agents at VT Properties and Development have been your local experts in the Ludlow/Okemo valley for more than fifteen years. We are proud to be a leading real estate agency in this unique Vermont market.

Our mobile website option allows you to take full advantage of these most popular apps. Check it out today at www.vtprop.com. You can search for properties, create a favorites list, save searches and sign up for automatic updates on properties that match your criteria.

Happy mobile house hunting!

After the sale

soldAll of your hard work has paid off. You've sold your house!

Definitely pop the champagne cork and celebrate but there are a few things the authors of "House Selling for Dummies" recommend after the sale:

Keep copies of all paperwork related to the closing.  You may be tempted to put these in storage, especially if you are buying another property and will be moving around. If you do, be sure all this paperwork is handy for April 15th. When you file your taxes, you'll need documentation for the expenses and proceeds of the sale.

Keep proof of improvements and prior purchases. Even though the property is sold, remember that the IRS may still allow you to the cost of improvements to your home's cost basis during the time you owned the home. This can be especially useful if you have a sizable capital gain. But to use this tax provision, you need to keep receipts for everything you spent on home improvement. Consult your tax preparer or attorney for specific guidance

Choose your next home carefully and take your time. We know, once you have sold your home there may be some sense of urgency to buy another and get settled. Now is the perfect opportunity to take your time, look at a variety of areas and housing options that meet your family's needs. Who knows, you might even find something unexpected! If you need more time, rent for a while.

Think about what you need from an agent to help you buy. Can the agent who helped sell your house meet your needs when you're buying? Generally yes, but buying and selling require different skills. If moving to a new area, you may want someone familiar with the area; your trusted Realtor® can refer you to another agent.

Remember to send change-of-address notices. The Postal Service recommends you complete your change of address forms 30 days before you move.

Your Realtor can be an excellent resource even after this complex transaction has been completed.

You can trust Vermont Properties and Development to help you buy or sell your home. Visit our website www.vtprop.com for a variety of information or to look at listings in your area. Or give us a call at 802-28-8877 we would love to speak with you about your real estate needs.

VT Properties...Where everybody knows your name!

Buying or selling a home is a huge decision and often one of the largest purchases most will make. Technology is playing a greater role in today's real estate process. In fact a recent study by the National Association of Realtors® found that 94% of consumers are using the internet when considering a home purchase. Potential home buyers are doing a majority of their research before ever contacting a Realtor®.

VT Properties has embraced changes in the way people approach buying and selling, but it has not been at the expense of exceptional and personalized service.

Our exceptional customer service and local expertise will enhance your home buying experience and provide peace of mind during this complex process. We believe that every customer who walks through our front door is walking into our home and define success by the relationships we have built and will build for many years to come.

The next time you are considering buying or selling real estate, don't just Google(TM) a Vermont Realtor®.

Find your trusted Realtor® at Vermont Properties and Development or call us at 802-228-8877. We are your local experts for properties in the Okemo Valley, both on and off Okemo Mountain and in the Lakes Region. Stop by and see us at 29 Locust Hill Rd across from the Okemo Valley Golf Club.

At Vermont Properties and Development...we know your name!