Vermont Real Estate Buyer's Guide

Buying Real Estate in Vermont

Welcome to the beautiful state of Vermont! If you're considering purchasing a home in the Green Mountain State, you've come to the right place. At Brian French Real Estate, we will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision when it comes to buying a home in Vermont. From understanding the local real estate market to navigating the home buying process, we've got you covered. 


Why Vermont?

Vermont is known for its picturesque landscapes, outdoor recreational opportunities, and strong sense of community. With its vibrant small towns, excellent schools, and welcoming atmosphere, it's no wonder that so many people are drawn to this charming New England state. Whether you're looking for a cozy cabin in the woods or a spacious family home in a bustling town, Vermont has something to offer everyone.


Understanding the Vermont Real Estate Market

Before you start searching for your dream home, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the local real estate market. Here are some key factors to consider:

Housing Inventory: Like many parts of the country, Vermont has experienced a tight housing market in recent years. With low inventory and high demand, it's crucial to be prepared to act quickly when you find a home you love. Keep an eye on new listings and be ready to schedule showings as soon as possible.

Home Prices: The median home price in Vermont is around $250,000. However, prices can vary significantly depending on factors such as location, property size, and age. Be sure to research the areas you're interested in to get a better idea of what to expect in terms of pricing.

Closing Costs: When budgeting for your home purchase, don't forget to factor in closing costs. These typically include things like appraisal fees, title insurance, and attorney fees and can range from 2-5% of the purchase price.

Seasonal Trends: The Vermont real estate market tends to be busiest during the spring and summer months, with activity slowing down in the fall and winter. Keep this in mind when planning your home search, as you may find more options and potentially better deals during the off-peak season.


Finding Your Perfect Vermont Home

Now that you have a better understanding of the Vermont real estate market, it's time to start searching for your perfect home. Here are some tips to help make the process as smooth as possible:

Determine Your Needs and Wants: Before you start browsing listings, take some time to consider what you're looking for in a home. Make a list of your must-haves, such as the number of bedrooms, desired location, and any specific features like a fireplace or large yard. It's also helpful to have a list of "nice-to-haves" that you'd be willing to compromise on if necessary.

Get Preapproved for a Mortgage: Obtaining preapproval for a mortgage is an essential step in the home buying process. Not only does it give you a clear understanding of how much you can afford, but it also shows sellers that you're a serious buyer. Be sure to shop around for the best mortgage rates and terms, as this can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

Work with a Local Real Estate Agent: Partnering with a knowledgeable and experienced local real estate agent can make all the difference in your home search. They'll be able to provide valuable insights into the local market, help you find homes that meet your criteria, and guide you through the negotiation and closing process.

Attend Open Houses and Schedule Showings: Once you've narrowed down your search, be sure to attend open houses and schedule private showings of homes you're interested in. This will give you a better idea of the property's condition, layout, and overall feel. Don't be afraid to ask questions and take notes during these visits, as this information will be invaluable when it comes time to make a decision.


Making an Offer and Closing the Deal

You've found the perfect Vermont home, and now it's time to make an offer. Here are some steps to help ensure a successful transaction:


  • Submit a Competitive Offer: Work with your real estate agent to determine an appropriate offer based on recent comparable sales and the current market conditions. Be prepared for potential counteroffers and negotiations, and don't be afraid to walk away if the terms don't align with your needs and budget.


  • Schedule Inspections and Appraisals: Once your offer is accepted, you'll need to schedule a home inspection and appraisal. These are crucial steps in the process, as they can reveal any potential issues with the property and ensure that you're paying a fair price.


  • Secure Financing: If you haven't already, now is the time to finalize your mortgage application and lock in your interest rate. Be sure to provide your lender with any requested documentation promptly to avoid delays in the closing process.


  • Prepare for Closing: As the closing date approaches, work with your real estate agent and attorney to ensure that all necessary paperwork is in order. Be prepared to review and sign numerous documents during the closing process.


  • Celebrate Your New Home: Congratulations! You're now the proud owner of a beautiful Vermont home. It's time to celebrate and start making memories in your new space.

At Brian French Real Estate, we're dedicated to helping you find the perfect Vermont home and providing top-notch service every step of the way. Happy house hunting!

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Useful Buyer Resources:

Relocating to Vermont
It is our pleasure to introduce you to our beautiful state of Vermont. Burlington and the surrounding communities are a wonderful place to live.
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What Can I Afford
Determining how much you can afford in the Burlington Market
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Prequalification Resources
Pre-qualify for Your Vermont Mortgage
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Closing Costs Demystified
Closing costs are the expenses you and the seller pay to complete the transfer of ownership, and in Vermont
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Tax Considerations
Understanding Vermont’s Property Tax Laws
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Making an Offer
Did you know that when you find a home that you like that there may be another person or couple that feels the same way?
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Home Inspection FAQ
Q: If the house I choose looks okay, should I save money by skipping the inspection?
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Buyer's Resource List

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Home Buyer's Checklist
PDF checklist for home buyers.
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New Listing Notification
If you are interested in purchasing a home or just thinking about buying, our Auto Email Updates can keep you informed about new properties as soon as they come on the market.
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