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Displaying blog entries 131-140 of 152, Vermont ranked #1 in health

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Vermonters rank as the nation’s healthiest, according to an article in today’s Burlington Free Press. Vermonters have long prided themselves as an active, outdoorsy bunch, who might be as easily found scaling a 1,800 ft cliff-side as sipping free coffee in a local rest stop. This new distinction of ‘Healthiest Americans,’ which adds much to the treasured Vermont mystique, comes as the result of the state's long-term, coordinated efforts in the areas of prenatal care, pediatric care, treatment of chronic diseases, cigarette smoking, and teen pregnancy.  


Vermont ranked #1 in health

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2007
By Terri Hallenbeck
Free Press Staff Writer

Vermonters have a healthier way about them than anybody else in the country, a national health group declared Monday in boosting the state's health ranking from second last year to first in the nation.

Some 20 factors added up to Vermont's place on the top of the heap for the first time, including a relatively low percentage of people who smoke, are obese and live in poverty. Couple that with the state's high percentage of people who graduate from high school, have access to health insurance and obtain prenatal care, and Vermont topped the list.  (read more), There are some ways to sell your home quickly

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
The Burlington Free Press just published an article that provides some helpful tips for getting your home sold quickly. They side column also has some great points for easing the stress of a move. The article as a whole is a good read, some key points to note are; Think like buyers, Price is critical, Curb appeal and Pets, lighting, bathrooms and smells.

There are some ways to sell your home quickly

Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2007
By Michael Perrault
Gannett News Service

There are plenty of houses for sale, and they are not moving nearly as quickly as they did during the dot-com boom of 1995-2001. So if you want your house to sell and not sit, here are some tips to consider:

Think like buyers.

“Sellers should view their home from the buyer’s perspective as if they are in the market to buy a home right now,” recommends Carlo Lombardelli, broker associate with Re/Max Real Estate Consultants in Palm Desert, Calif. “That gives sellers a clearer picture as to how their home would compete against the other active homes in the area and in their price range.” (read more), Mortgage payments hit hard

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
The news of late is all about subprime loans, foreclosures and what the effect will be on the Vermont real estate market. The Sunday issue of the Burlington Free Press had an article which said foreclosures are on the rise, mostly due to an increase in defaults in higher risk subprime loans. What are subprime loans, and why should we care here in Burlington?
Simply put, subprime loans are offered to borrowers who may not fit a conventional financing product most buyers use. They may have some credit issues, or maybe income that is not acceptable for conventional loans. The mortgage loan closes at a higher rate (typically 2-4% above conventional rates) and are usually adjustable rate loans. When the loan adjusts, the borrowers payment increases significantly, and can result in difficulty making the increased mortgage.
Vermont has one of the lowest percentages of suprime loans versus conventional in the nation per CNN Money. An increase in foreclosure filings does not necessarily mean an increase in foreclosed homes, which remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
Mortgage payments hit hard

Published: Sunday, March 25, 2007
By Dan McLean
Free Press Staff Writer

Late mortgage bills are stacking up in an increasing number of Vermont households.

Foreclosures in Chittenden County -- where last year's median-priced home cost $269,900, nearly $64,000 more than the median-priced Vermont home -- jumped 37 percent from 2005 to 2006.

There were 158 foreclosures filed with Chittenden Superior Court in 2006, the highest number filed in Chittenden County since at least 1997, according to County Clerk Diane Lavallee. In January and February, there were 29 additional foreclosure filings, she said. If that pace continues, there will be 174 foreclosures in the county this year. (read more)
I just received an important message from VHFA (Vermont Housing Finance Agency) and wanted to pass the information on to you.
This exception is available for a limited time only.
The five counties that Borrowers are required to be a first-time buyer or not have owned a home in the past three years are: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden (Census tract 4 is exempt) Grand Isle and Windsor.
To be eligible, the Borrower must meet the veteran status as defined in 38 United States Code, Section 101. The Borrower must have served in the military, naval or air service and been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable or re-enlisted.
For more information contact a VHFA Participating Lender. You will find a list of VHFA Participating Lenders on our web site at under the "Homebuyers/owners" button.
Burlington Free Press reports on an article in Country Homes Magazine, that Burlington Vermont is the nations most eco-friendly city. The report used data from U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Green Building Council, and more.  They rated environmental issues such as the use of mass transit, air and watershed qualities, organic farmers and farmers markets. Country Homes magazine has a circulation of over million, so it’s wonderful to see our little city get this great national exposure.

Burlington is nation's most eco-friendly city, magazine says
Published: Thursday, March 8, 2007
By John Curran

The city that has been named among the nation's safest, fittest and most livable has a new claim to fame -- America's most eco-friendly place.

So says Country Home magazine, which ranked Burlington tops among 379 metropolitan areas in a "Best Green Places" survey that rated cities based on air and watershed quality, mass transit use, power use and number of organic producers and farmers' markets. (read more), Housing in Vermont becomes less affordable

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
Today’s Burlington Free Press features an article on housing affordability in Vermont with our clients who have a home under deposit. The article examines the current condition of affordability and how it has compared to past years. I’m also quoted in the article saying, “Starter condominiums ranging from $120,000 to $200,000 in ChittendenCounty are options for first-time buyers”
Housing in Vermont becomes less affordable

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007
By Dan
Free Press Staff Writer

ESSEX -- Darlene Kelleher and her husband, Pat, described their housing search Wednesday afternoon as they sat around the kitchen table in her parents'
Essex home.

The couple is house hunting in
ChittendenCounty during the least affordable time to buy a home since at least 1994, according to Stephen Allen, a principal at Allen & Brooks, a real estate analyst firm in South Burlington. "That's pretty dramatic," he said. (read more)

Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustments

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
We just wanted to remind you that the Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustments forms are almost due. All homeowners must complete this form by April 17th, 2007. The new form HS-122, now replaces the following three forms; HS-131, Declaration of Vermont Homestead; HS-138, Education Property Tax Payment Application; and HS-139, Property Taxes Rebate Claim. The print version of this form can be found here.
To fill this form out online, click here.
If you have any question, you can call the Vermont Department of Taxes Homestead Declaration department at 1-866-828-2865

RSVP of Chittenden County

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
Our Friends at The United Way of Chittenden County are looking for volunteers to help with their RSVP of Chittenden County program. RSVP offers persons 55 years of age and over personalized one-to-one help to connect with meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community.
For more information please visit the RSVP of Chittenden County webpage by clicking here.
-Nancy, State ranks high in education survey

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Educators encouraged as results come out. In an article published by the Burlington Free Press, on Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report, Vermont has been ranked third behind New Jersey and Massachusetts for academic achievement and ninth on a chance-for-success index.  Results are based on National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federally mandated standardized test.  Richard Cate, Vermont Education Commissioner states, “I think it indicated that we have been and continue to be poised to have a very successful population, a successful work force, all those things – in terms of the people that are coming out of are education system and just society in general.”

To view the report, click here.


State ranks high in education survey
Published: Friday, January 5, 2007
By Molly Walsh
Free Press Staff Writer

Vermont public school students perform near the top nationally and have a relatively good chance of succeeding in life, according to a state-by-state ranking published this week.

The Education Week Quality Counts survey put Vermont at No. 3 for academic achievement, behind No. 2 New Jersey and Massachusetts in the top spot. Vermont was ninth among states on a chance-for-success index that measured demographic, economic and education attainment indicators. Virginia was No. 1 on the success meter and New Mexico was last. (read more), Vermont’s Grand List

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
The Vermont grand list has been released and a report has been published by the Burlington Free Press.  Some interesting notes: the number of million-dollar properties has more than doubled from two years ago.  And, the total Vermont property value is over $65 billion which includes 338,275 parcels. To read more and to view the report, click here.

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