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.