Blog :: 01-2010

Chief Economist comes to Burlington Vermont

[youtube width="250" height="300"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcgsLJxxVC8[/youtube] Chief Economist and Senior Vice president of research for the National Association of Realtor's, Lawrence Yun, was in town recently giving his views of what we can expect for 2010 in the real estate market. According to him, our market will experience another slight dip in 2010 before it starts making a turn for the better in the back half of the year. He stated that price declines are coming to an end and that we are beginning to see a stabilization of home values. Additionally, median home values for a single family homes fell 3.8 % from 2008 to 2009 in Chittenden County. He stated that Vermont was lucky in a sense because we were not hit as hard as most of the rest of the country was. He stated that federal tax dollars were definitely a big part of the beginning of the recovery and he is hoping by the government extending the first time home buyer credit combined with the additional tax credit for move up buyers will prove to be effective for home sales this first quarter of 2010. He did note that he felt that interest rates would start to rise this year and should reach the 6% mark this year for the first time in years. If you would like more information on how to proceed this year, contact me Brian French the real estate man on the street at brian@c21-advantage.com your real estate advantage.

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    Vermont Home Inspections Checklist for Homebuyers

    Today, Brian French of Century 21 Advantage talks about home inspection and the role it plays when you're in the market for Burlington VT homes for sale, or anywhere in Vermont for that matter. [youtube width="250" height="300"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_TipyZWFCo[/youtube] Years ago when it was a sellers market, there was pressure on buyers to remove conditions of sale in order to compete with other offers. Today in the Chittenden County buyers market, that pressure is no longer there. Therefore it is important for Vermont home buyers to take advantage of a home inspection to protect themselves from unseen problems. If you would like to hear more about potential problems you could encounter, drop Brian a line at brian@c21-advantage.com.

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      Staging a home for sale in Vermont

      [youtube width="250" height="300"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw5nbxfvin8[/youtube] Brian French, Owner of CENTURY 21 Advantage talks about the importance of preparing your home for sale before your first potential buyer walks through the door. In todays competitive market, you need to have the edge that will make your home appeal to more buyers than your competition. That is why home staging has become a great resource and tool to use when marketing your home. Brian has a few suggestions on how to get it done. Drop him a line about his 21 point checklist on preparing your home for sale at brian@c21-advantage.com

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