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The Top 4 Things Today's Buyers Look for in a Home!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

When thinking about buying a home, there are lots of things that matter to buyers. Here are the top 4 things that matter to buyers. 

1. The quality of a neighborhood. The type of neighborhood can differ based on buyers. What kind of neighborhood fits you?

2. Convenience to work. We all know how annoying commuting can be, but it's not just the time spent commuting that matters to buyers. A growing portion of buyers today are Millennials. Life-work balance means a lot to Millennials. When you buy a home close to work it helps to enhance the life-work balance.

3. Quality of schools. Vermont is known for the quality of it's schools.   Realtor.com found that a majority of home buyers who said that school boundaries will have an impact are willing to pay 1 percent to 10 percent above budget to live within school boundaries. 

4. Open floor plans. Open floor plans are perfect for entertaining and spending quality time with family and friends. This is something very important to Gen Y. Take a look at our featured properties where we have lots of homes with open floors plan. 

 

As always, if you are in the market for a home, please call us here at Nancy Jenkins Real Estate! 802-846-4888

Are You Thinking of Retiring in Vermont?

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

​What better state to retire in than Vermont? When getting ready to retire, you're most likely ready to take the stress off your back and take life back to the basics. Life is easy to enjoy in Vermont when you have the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Whether you prefer skiing, hiking, or simply looking at the views, Vermont has that cozy hideaway you are looking for. There is plenty to do when the family comes to visit. Take them to Church Street full of small shops and street performers, go skiing or snowboarding on the slopes and finish off the day with a great meal at one of the top restaurants around.

Chittenden County is the best of the best here is Vermont, at least we think so! Burlington is so close, but you aren’t very far from the fantastic hiking trails and ski slopes. There is the perfect balance between nature, small towns and the entertainment and fantastic social life of Burlington within an hour surrounding. We hope you love Vermont as much as we do!

If you are thinking of retiring to the Green Mountain State, we hope you call Nancy Jenkins Real Estate. We know Vermont and are very confident we can help find the right home for you. 

Tips to Make Moving Stress Free

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Moving can be very stressful! Here at Nancy Jenkins we do our best to make it as easy as possible. As a service to our clients we provide the use of one of our 14 ft Nancy Jenkins Moving Trucks for free!  If one of our moving trucks is available when you need it, it’s yours for the day. We ask that you check availability in advance, keep your move to under a 50-mile radius, and gas up the truck before you drop it back off. 

Before you load up the truck take a look at these moving tips to save yourself some time. Some of our favorite tips are #1 and 2. Packing an overnight bag is very smart. Make sure to include everything you will need for a day or even two; moving can be exhausting don't except to have everything unpacked the first day. Making sure to prioritize your boxes is also very useful. Having the items you'll need first in clear bins will make it very easy to find the things you need the most!

If you're ready for a move give us a call!

 

Best of Vermont: Our 10 Most Spectacular Views

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

The secret is out! Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in the country, offering residents and vacationers the perfect combination of mountain landscapes, pristine lakes, and rolling countryside. These ten spectacular views are some of the BEST that Vermont has to offer. You can make one of them yours by purchasing the home that goes with it from the award-winning Nancy Jenkins Team.

#1

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Enjoy fantastic lake, Adirondack, and sunset views from this
Lake Champlain waterfront property with a beach and deck. 
Your own summer paradise! Charlotte. $650,000
Full listing


#2

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This is a gorgeous summer spot with endless views of Lake Champlain 
and the Adirondacks. Our custom-designed cottage on beautiful
Thompson's Point boasts a protected dock and mooring area.
Charlotte. $575,000
Full listing


#3

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This picture-perfect slice of Vermont has everything--mountain
views, pastures, and a 10-stall horse barn. Our front porch looks
out at Camel’s Hump and the Green Mountains. Hinesburg. $799,000
 

#4

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Sunsets over Lake Champlain and the Islands will amaze you
at this beautifully renovated home on 5.91 acres. Hinesburg. $165,000
Full listing
 

#5

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Vermont on at its best! Enjoy sunsets over Lake Champlain to
the Adirondacks from the wrap-around deck of this outstanding
contemporary home. Ferrisburg. $325,000
Full listing
 

#6

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Live the high life in the Queen City. Enjoy westerly lake views and
Adirondack Mountain sunsets from our one-bedroom downtown
condo. Burlington. $194,900
Full listing


#7

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Fantastic views and Lake Champlain are just steps away from this
very spacious summer get-away. Your ticket to summer fun!
Colchester. $99,000
Full listing


#8

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Each morning, soak in expansive views of charming Lake
Iroquois and the Green Mountains from our soaring contemporary
log home on 12 private acres. Hinesburg. $500,000
Full listing
 

#9

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With 100 feet frontage on Lake Champlain, this lot is a rare
opportunity for you to build your dream summer home on
historic Thompson's Point. Charlotte. $189,9000
Full listing


#10

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Let our spectacular 180 degree views of the Adirondack Range
and Lake Champlain--north south and west--dazzle you at
this custom-built post and beam contemporary on 10.19 acres.
St Albans Town. $415,000
Full listing
 

 

Vermont Real Estate Report - July 2012

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

If ever there is a time to jump into the housing market, it is now. Prices and rates are the best we have seen in years. The number of deposits and closings are up for the first half of the year. In Chittenden County the number of closed single-family homes is up 24% over last year and closed condominiums are up 25%, both very strong indicators that the market is improving.

Our home supply is starting to shrink. We have only 663 single-family homes available in Chittenden County, which is the lowest level of inventory since 2007. Condo inventory is currently at 248, and we are seeing the average sale price inching up as the available inventory declines. If you are thinking that this is your year for a move, call us now, as this is the best market we have seen since 2007.

Summer in Vermont has so many opportunities. Take a sunset cruise on The Spirit of Ethan Allen, visit one of our many State Parks, or perhaps take a day hike on the Long Trail. Enjoy the beaches on Lake Champlain for swimming, boating, or kayaking. Support your local Farmers Market, where you can meet the people who grow the vegetables, fruit, and meat that grow our local economy.

This is the 15th year we have awarded the Nancy Jenkins Scholarship, which provides $1,000 in tuition support for two college-bound high school seniors. We were delighted to receive a record number of applications, all from teens showing a terrific determination to succeed in their life goals. Congratulations to our 2012 Winners: Joshua Dyke of Essex Junction and Beatriz Urrutia of Shelburne.


Joshua Dyke

Beatriz Urrutia


If this is your year for a move, call now! I look forward to helping you achieve your dreams.

This month, we are featuring two local Vermont businesses. Our friends at Encore Repurposed Furniture & Collectibles, in Ferrisburg, is giving away a Decorative Outdoor Metal Bird Hanger ($55 Value). The Catamount Family Center is offering 2 for 1 Area Use for hiking, riding, and running through Oct 1. 

Happy Fourth of July, Vermont!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Look for the Nancy Jenkins Team in Williston’s Fourth of July parade again this year. The parade starts at 10am. The weather forecast is looking good.

Come early and get a good spot! Hope to see you there!!

For more details checkout the
Williston Town website
here

 

Our Vermont Realtor Code of Ethics

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Did you know that we Vermont realtors take a pledge every year to uphold strong values and good business practice in all of our real estate dealings? It's an affirmation of the high level of business ethics that we share here in Vermont. 

The pledge emphasizes honesty, knowledge, fairness, and good conduct, among other ideals.

As proud Vermont realtors, we make this pledge to you:
 

* * * I Pledge Myself * * *

To protect the individual right of real estate ownership

and to widen the opportunity to enjoy it;

To be honorable and honest in all dealings;

To seek better to represent my clients

by building my knowledge and competence;

To act fairly towards all in the spirit of the Golden Rule;

To serve well my community, and through it my country;

To observe the REALTORS (c) Code of Ethics

and conform my conduct to its lofty ideals.

Nancy Jenkins Shares Local Analysis on Housing Sales, in Burlington Free Press

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Did you see Nancy Jenkins in the Burlington Free Press last Saturday, Jan. 21? 

She appeared in a block quote, next to an AP article titled, "Homes sales up, offering hope for housing recovery," by Derek Kravitz. 

She shared local analysis on why the housing market in Chittenden County has not yet reflected the jump in sales that was seen nationally in December. Here's what she had to say:


"We follow the major markets; we always have. We're two to three years behind Boston and New York; that is what I've seen happening all the time. So that's a good sign if they're moving more houses, we'll be following in their trail."


Click here to read the AP article that appeared in BFP's Saturday print edition.

 

 

Why It Pays to Set a Realistic Price for Your Home, from Day One

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

In her latest article Cynthia Anderson, of the Herald Tribune, explains why pricing is still the key to successful real estate transactions.

She writes, "Never simple, the philosophy — and the psychology — of home pricing has grown ever more nuanced as markets drop and edge back up, then stabilize, only to dip again."

While most Realtors agree that price trumps other salability factors, such as condition and marketing, setting the true value of a house can prove challenging, especially in this market. This is why it is critical that homeowners committed to selling their property set a realistic price from the beginning.

Those of you who have sold your home with me and my team will recognize my "Is Your Price ON TARGET?" bulls-eye, which helps sellers use real-life data like their number of showings to date and number of offers to set and adjust their home price.

Click here to read Anderson's full article, "Setting a Listing Amount Is the Key to the Deal."

Nancy Jenkins Real Estate Scholarship

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Nancy Jenkins Real Estate Scholarship

Nancy Jenkins will be awarding two $1000 scholarships to area high school seniors who have a goal of attending college for the 2010-2011 school year. “My goal in providing these scholarship monies to students, who have financial needs, is to help them visualize and achieve their life goals.” Those who may not receive scholarships based on skills or academics, but who show a strong desire to succeed are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested seniors need to write an essay explaining why they want to attend college and why they need financial aid.

The deadline for entries is May 1st 2010

Please send completed essays, along with your contact information to:

scholarship@nancyjenkins.com

Or to:

NANCY JENKINS
Prudential Realty Mart
120 Kimball Ave., Suite 110
South Burlington, VT 05403

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