Blog :: 10-2013

Welcome to our blog!

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! 

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.