Title A blog feed. en-US Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:04:42 -0400 Pros & Cons of Holding an Open House http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/blog/posts/2016/08/17/pros-cons-of-holding-an-open-house/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/Welcome-Mat-CT-Home-960x250.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 104px;"></p> <p><em>When it&rsquo;s time to sell your home, you and your realtor will use a number of different marketing tactics to attract buyers and increase the chances of selling. Alongside techniques like virtual tours and the use of social media to promote the property, open houses are still a common practice. However, there are different opinions as to whether an open house is an essential piece of the home selling puzzle&mdash;and whether the benefits outweigh the costs.</em></p> <p><strong><u>Positive: Attracting New Buyers</u></strong></p> <p>An open house is a great way to attract those who are interested in buying a home, but don&rsquo;t know how to start. These potential buyers may not have a realtor or know how to set up a showing, but seeing an open house may peak their interest. They can connect with your realtor to learn more about the process, possibly leading to a sale.</p> <p><strong><u>Negative: Attracting Casual Visitors</u></strong></p> <p>Just as an open house will attract serious buyers, each time there will be visitors who fall under the &ldquo;nosy neighbor&rdquo; category. Maybe someone across the street has always admired your home and wants to see the inside, or passersby are stopping in just for something to do. These visitors may not necessarily be harmful, but if this is the only interest you get, it can feel like holding an open house was a waste of time. Visitors can also include unqualified buyers, who may be interested in the property but are not able to afford it.</p> <p><strong><u>Positive: Preparation</u></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re still living in the home, you have to go the extra mile to prepare for your house to be shown, constantly focused on keeping things neat and tidy. Hosting an open house can be a great way to limit the number of individual showings your house may get while on the market. Rather than arranging for four or five private showings, you can prep your home once to receive multiple visitors.</p> <p><strong><u>Negative: Damage</u></strong></p> <p>Having multiple people walk through your home is an opportunity for damage to occur. This can be as minor as having dirt tracked throughout, or as major as having personal property stolen. It&rsquo;s also possible that someone who walks through may be &ldquo;casing&rdquo; the home for a future theft.</p> <p><strong><u>Positive: Low-pressure environment</u></strong></p> <p>Because an open house is a more casual affair, visitors are able to check out the home at a leisurely pace without feeling added pressure from a realtor</p> <p><strong><u>Negative: Low Sale Percentage</u></strong></p> <p>While there is no reliable statistic for the number of home sales that come about directly from open houses, the 2014 National Association of Realtors stated that nine percent of buyers found their home from a yard sign or open house. If we limit that to just include open houses, very few&nbsp;homes are sold directly because of open houses.</p> <p><strong><u>Positive: True Feeling and Live Feedback</u></strong></p> <p>Virtual tours give potential buyers a visual of most angles of a home, but only by physically walking through the space is it possible to get a true sense of what the home feels like. A serious home buyer is going to want to see the house in person. It&rsquo;s also great to get live feedback from multiple sources, even those who aren&rsquo;t serious buyers, about the positives and negatives of the home.</p> <p>The most important thing an open house is going to do is to give your home added exposure, which is imperative when selling. The more people who know about your property, the more likely it will sell. Ultimately, it is up to you as the homeowner to decide whether or not to make an open house a&nbsp;part of your selling plan.</p> Weekly Tip Vermont Real Estate Real Estate Tips Latest Open Houses House & Home Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:04:42 -0400 Helpful Staging Tips http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/blog/posts/2016/08/12/helpful-staging-tips/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/Gagne%20(2).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/living%20room%2033.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></p> <p><strong><em>Staging is an important aspect of preparing your property for the real estate market. But how do you make your home appear move-in-ready to potential buyers while you&rsquo;re still living there? Utilize the following tips to make the selling process run easier and go faster.</em></strong></p> <ol><li>When a home changes hands, it almost always needs to undergo a period of cleaning and decluttering. While time consuming, the process can be made less stressful if the bulk of the work is done before your home is put on the market. That way you won&rsquo;t be in a rush to prepare for showings.</li> <li>Though it can be tempting to simply stash clutter in any available drawer, cabinet or closet, keep in mind that potential buyers can and will open many of these spaces&mdash;revealing a mess you&rsquo;d planned to keep hidden.</li> <li>Similarly, if your rooms are packed with furniture and your closets overflowing with clothes, it can seem as though your home doesn&rsquo;t have enough space, for you or a buyer. Some stagers recommend removing at least 30 percent of items from the home in order to make it appear more spacious.</li> <li>Once you have cleaned, dealing with daily clutter can still be a hassle. Make a checklist of tasks to complete before leaving the house in the morning so you can be sure your home will be ready for any showings throughout the day.</li> <li>Having children in the home can be a challenge when trying to sell. You can still let your kids be kids by turning the clean-up process into a game and having your children pitch in. Keep sizeable laundry baskets at hand to quickly stash toys, and assign a task or two to each child to help them feel involved.</li> <li>To keep bathrooms clutter-free, give each family member a tote to fill with personal items like toothpaste and wash cloths that would otherwise be spread around the room. When it&rsquo;s time for a showing the totes can be hidden in the closet or under the sink, leaving the bathroom neat and clutter-free.</li> <li>Make sure to emphasize the natural light in your home. Open all curtains and blinds to maximize potential and show off all the great features of the space.</li> <li>Take a moment after stepping out the door for the day to re-enter your home. This allows you to get a fresh look at the space and notice things that you may have overlooked, but which potential buyers probably wouldn&rsquo;t.</li> </ol><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/pool%20room%201.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/bed%20c%201.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></p> Weekly Tip Vermont Real Estate Vermont Real Estate Tips Marketing House & Home Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:52:04 -0400 Chittenden County Independence Day Celebration http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/blog/posts/2016/06/29/chittenden-county-independence-day-celebration/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/july%204%20blog%20post.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 241px;"></p> <p><strong>Independence Day</strong> is just around the corner! Get together with friends and family to enjoy the celebration across Chittenden County. There are many activities, parades, cookouts and fireworks shows scheduled for both July 3<sup>rd</sup> and July 4<sup>th</sup> that are fun for the whole family! Below is a list of some of the events happening this weekend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Burlington</strong></h2> <h3>1 Lake Street</h3> <p><strong><em>Sunday, July 3</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Perkins Pier</strong></p> <ul><li>Root 7 5:00&ndash;7:00 PM</li> <li>Mango Jam 7:30&ndash;9:30 PM</li> </ul><p><strong>Waterfront Park</strong></p> <ul><li>Bounce House 4:00&ndash;9:00 PM</li> <li>Face painting and Henna 5:00&ndash;9:00 PM</li> <li>Sambatucada! 7:00&ndash;8:00 PM</li> <li><strong>Fireworks Show 9:30 PM</strong></li> </ul><p><strong>Battery Park</strong></p> <ul><li>Burlington Concert Band 6:00&ndash;9:00 PM</li> </ul><p><strong>Boat-house</strong></p> <ul><li>Dan Marcotte Biplane Airshow 8:30&ndash;8:45 PM</li> <li>Kat Wright 8:00 to 9:30 &amp; 10:00&ndash;11:00 PM</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Williston</strong></h2> <h3>195 Central School Drive</h3> <p><strong><em>Sunday, July 3</em></strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Firecracker 5K Fun Run (Benefit for American Cancer Society) &nbsp;6:00 PM</li> </ul><p><strong>Village Green</strong></p> <ul><li>Ice Cream Social and Town Band Concert 7:00 PM</li> </ul><p><strong><em>Monday, July 4 &nbsp;</em></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Village Green</strong></p> <ul><li>Activities and Vendors 10:00 AM-1:00 PM</li> </ul><p><strong>Williston Road</strong></p> <ul><li>Parade (Johnson Ln. to Old Stage Rd.) 10:00 AM</li> </ul><p><strong>Allen Brook School</strong></p> <ul><li>Activities, Music and Vendors 7:00-9:00 PM</li> <li><strong>Fireworks Show 9:15 PM</strong></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Colchester</strong></h2> <h3>Lakeshore Drive</h3> <p><strong><em>Monday, July 4</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Fun Run 8:15 PM</li> <li>Parade: 11:00 AM</li> </ul><p><strong>Bayside Beach</strong></p> <ul><li>Swimming 11:00 AM-6:00 PM</li> <li>Concert &amp; Concessions 6:30 PM-8:45 PM</li> <li><strong>Fireworks Show 9:15 PM</strong></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Essex Junction</strong></h2> <h3>75 Maple Street</h3> <p><strong><em>July 4, 2016</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Maple Street Park</strong></p> <ul><li>Music by The CSM Band &nbsp;</li> <li>Mini Fun Town with Bounce Castle and Obstacle Course</li> <li>Face painting and Balloon Art</li> <li><strong>Fireworks Show 9:30 PM &nbsp;</strong></li> </ul><p style="margin-left:15.0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Milton</strong></h2> <h3>43 Bombardier Recreation Park</h3> <p><strong><em>July 4, 2016</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Bombardier Park</strong></p> <ul><li>Parade (Herrick Ave. to Bombardier Park) 11:00 AM</li> </ul><p><strong>Fire Station</strong></p> <ul><li>Live Music 5:30 PM</li> <li>Chicken BBQ&nbsp;6:00 PM</li> </ul><p><strong>Milton Outdoor Performance Center</strong></p> <ul><li>Milton Community Band&nbsp;7:30 PM</li> <li><strong>Fireworks Show 9:15 PM</strong></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Richmond</strong></h2> <h3>East Main Street</h3> <p><strong><em>July 4, 2016</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Flea Market 9:00 AM</li> <li>Car Show 10:00 AM</li> <li><a href="http://users.gmavt.net/blackfork/4th-of-July/fun%20run.html">Fun Run</a> 10:30 AM&nbsp;</li> <li>Parade (East Main St. to the Round Church) 10:35 AM</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information visit findandgoseek.com</p> <p style="margin-left:15.0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Community Events Weekly Tip Vermont Real Estate Vermont News & Current Events Lake Champlain Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:06:40 -0400