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Realtor of the Year!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

This year, the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors awarded its highest honor, the REALTOR® of the Year Distinction Award, to Alison Barges, a listing and selling partner at Nancy Jenkins Real Estate and a long-time Williston resident.

NVBR’s coveted Realtor of the Year award is presented to a real estate agent who demonstrates high principles of integrity, adheres to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, and promotes the principles of good real estate practice.

Barges was chosen for her more than 15 years of work promoting the local Real Estate community and volunteering with local charities. She is the former President of the NVBR Board and a graduate of the NVBR Evelyn Biddle Leadership Development Program. 

“I am honored to be recognized for such a wonderful award,” said Barges. “It is a great honor to be part of the amazing group of realtors here in Vermont. And I look forward to many more years of serving our community and helping clients with their Real Estate needs.”

Barges, who lives in Williston with her 11-month-old daughter, Chloe, started selling real estate in 2013. She joined the Nancy Jenkins Team at Prudential Realty Mart, a leading Vermont real estate agency headed by her mother, Nancy Jenkins.

Not long after, Barges became an active member of NVBR meetings and events. In 2011, she was elected to her first formal role, as Director of the NVBR Board.

Serving in the community, Barges has been a Team Captain for the American Cancer Society’s annual Northern Vermont Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk since 2013. She created the Nancy Jenkins Real Estate Little Pink Houses Team, which has helped to raise thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and support. 

Since 2014 Barges had also been part of the Vermont Walk to Defeat ALS, walking with the Williams Team in honor of Jeremy Williams, a family friend and former Williston resident who died from the disease in 2015. She is a supporter of the Jeremy R Williams ALS Golf Classic.

Nancy Jenkins, owner and broker of Nancy Jenkins Real Estate, said, “This award could not have gone to a more deserving person. Alison has been an outstanding addition to our community from the get-go. I am beyond impressed with the level of dedication and drive for excellence she displays.”

Barges has expertise in nearly every aspect of real estate practice. She holds the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) designation and helped to bring CRS classes to back to Northwestern Vermont, so others could participate.

A graduate of American University with a degree in International Studies, Barges participated in the international real estate program REV Real Estate conferences in both Burlington, VT, and Charleston, SC. She also attended Star Power conferences in New York and San Francisco, where she learned and shared with realtors from around the country. She attended Star Power Buyer University, Listing University, and their Buyer University in 2003 and Leadership University.

Congratulations to Alison! 

Welcome to the Team Kristin Ouellette!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

We want to send a warm welcome to the newest member of our team, Kristin Ouellette! Kristin will be working as  Buyer Specialist here at Nancy Jenkins Real Estate. 

A native Vermonter, Kristin currently resides in Essex with her husband and two children.  Kristin enjoys spending her spare time hiking, boating on Lake Champlain and gardening.  Kristin earns the respect of her clients by working tirelessly on their behalf.  Kristin is committed to serving her clients and looks forward to providing personalized and professional service to home buyers!

Welcome to the team Kristin, we are so happy to have you!

Top 3 things to do to get your home ready for the market!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

When you are getting ready to list your home there are a few things you can do ahead of time.

1. Declutter your home

When a buyer enters your home for a showing, they really want to be able to imagine the home as their own! It helps to be able to do this by not having lots of extras. Here at Nancy Jenkins Real Estate we also take professional photos of your home including a 3D Matterport Tour! This tour picks up on everything! It is best if you are ready, by removing as much as you can from countertops, tiding bookshelves and organizing closets. It is also helpful because when you do move, you will have already gotten rid of unwanted items throughout your home!

2. Check for deferred maintenance

Owning a home is a lot of work and maybe you have owned your home for many many years. While we all try our best to keep up with every bit of maintenance, there is usually a thing or two that falls through the cracks. Before getting ready to list your home, take a walk through and around your home and check for deferred maintenance. Even some little tasks like caulking around your tub can really help your home shine when it comes time for showings.

3. Call the Nancy Jenkins Team!

It’s never too soon to call our team when you are thinking of selling your home! Whether you are ready to put your home on the market today or if you want to learn more about the process and sell in 6 months, we are ready to hear from you! Our team provides unparalleled service in the industry. We will be by your side from start to finish making sure you have the best experience possible. From our extensive marketing campaign, our 3D Matterport tours and our experienced team, we are here to make your home shine!

We hope you found these tips helpful and we hope to hear from you when you are ready! Call us at anytime, 802-846-4888 or find us on our website,


Fall In Vermont!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Fall may seem it is coming to an end as we are seeing temperatures drop, trees almost bare and the sight of winter just around the corner! Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st but we can all agree that it is feeling more and more like winter by the day. Let’s take a look back on the great start to fall we had here in Vermont!

Whether you hiked one of our high peaks like Mount Mansfield to enjoy the foliage or you just took a stroll through Shelburne Farms to admire the views, we hope you were able to get out and enjoy everything our amazing state has to offer!

Our team was very busy getting out to all of our properties to update our fall photos. You can find all of our listings here, but below is a glimpse into some of the great foliage shots we were able to capture.

The home at 280 Brigham Hill Road in Essex was shining all around with golden leaves and the mountain views were full of an array of colors. Picture yourself sitting on your stone patio here just taking it all in.







In Fairfax at 270 McNall Rd, the trees, meadows and especially the views were full of light. This home takes full advantage of the Mount Mansfield views. Watch every step of the foliage change right from your home.







New construction is happening in Richmond! The brand-new home going up on Swamp Road is the heart of the foliage in this area. Watch the leaves change from every window in your home.







46 Potter Road in Fairfax is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream! A rainbow of color’s surround you. Gorgeous land full of wildlife! A bonus, the separate workshop that is already plumbed ready for endless possibilities!







Your backyard is full of color at this Underhill home. Step right out on your back deck to enjoy all our fall season has to offer.







That is just a short look into the beauty our listings have to offer. Make sure to check out all of them here and take a tour of our 3D Matterport Tours.

Enjoy the last bit of fall and let us know if you want to check out any of these fabulous homes or any other property on the market. We are here for you!

2018 Scholarship Winners!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

This is the 21st 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 number of applications, all from teens showing a terrific determination to succeed in their life goals. 

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!

Zeynep Barut From Burlington High School will be attending UVM studying Early Education. 

Taylor Sexton from Colchester High School will be attending CCV studying Wildlife Biology. 

It is our honor to help our young people learn and grown and we wish them much success in their studies and their future. 

Private Yet Convenient!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Do you want all that Vermont has to offer? You want to be close to town, but have some land to roam, privacy, and your own oasis. We have some properties for you! Check out some of our great Vermont properties below.

4601 Mount Philo Road, Charlotte

Enjoy rural ambiance only a 20-minute drive from bustling Burlington! This meticulously maintained 3900 square foot contemporary home on 15 wooded acres offers a highly functional open floor plan with a two-story great room. Large screened in porch. Enjoy moonrises over Camel’s Hump and geese flying over nearby iconic Mt. Philo from the great room or the sweeping deck. A nature lover’s delight!


87 Sawmill Road, Essex

Spectacular Long Valley views out over the Green Mountains and toward the western mountains and sunsets. Our custom designed contemporary home sits perfectly on 28 acres with barn, pond, high meadow and woods. Great room with 16’ ceilings and three walls of high windows featuring a fireplace, gleaming maple floors with cherry accents made from wood harvested on the land. You have to see the views to believe it!


292 Monkton Road, Charlotte

Magical is the only description for this 90-acre private retreat. Over a mile of Lewis Creek frontage with a waterfall and sandy beach. There is a beautiful high meadow and gorgeous deep forest. Your home overlooks a huge pond with twin islands. It looks onto beautiful Mount Philo, Vermont's first state park. Breathtaking views of an ever-changing landscape, sunsets, deer, migrating herons, ducks, geese and other wildlife. Paddle, fish and hike your nature paradise.


280 Brigham Hill Road, Essex

Mountain views on just over 10 acres! Wonderful modern country property with 4 bedrooms and a bonus room. This home has a wonderful indoor/outdoor appeal including an eat-in kitchen that extends right out to the blue stone patio. All of this just 10 minutes to Essex Shoppes & Cinema and a short drive to Burlington!


307 Brigham Hill, Essex

Gorgeous home with just over 41 acres in Essex Town! From the moment you step in, it just feels like home. The screen porch will carry you into the summer days to laze away by the pool or sit and chat on the front porch. Go for a hike on your own land! Easy commute to Burlington and minutes away from shops, dining, events and activities.


57 Nashville Road, Jericho

Delightful country 4-bedroom cape on a private 3 acres lot! Sunny yard, lovely for gardening and playing. Relax on your deck and listen to the sounds of the bordering stream. Great location for the outdoor enthusiast – close to the Long Trail for hiking, Bolton Town Forest, Bolton Valley Resort for skiing and boarding and the West Bolton Golf Course. This home is located less than 10 minutes to I-89 for an easy commute yet is nestled in a private country setting with only a short drive to the village and schools.

Don’t see the right property for you? Explore other area homes here or give us a call at 802-846-4888 and we’ll help find the perfect home for you!


March Newsletter

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS


Your Market Update
Spring is Officially Here!
The sap is running – our Vermont annual rite of spring is here. The clocks have sprung forward and we hope the last snow storm has come and gone. It was a cold start to the year but the last of the snow is melting and the sun is setting later each day.
The real estate market for 2018 is off to a good start and picking up steam as we get into the Spring Market. The number of single family homes that closed in Chittenden County during January and February was 114 which is up 12% from last year. The number of properties under deposit in January and February was 163 this year compared to 143 for last year an increase of 20%.
There are 238 single family homes for sale as of March 1st compared to last year’s inventory of 355. Condominiums also are strong with 60 closed and 90 under deposit for January and February and yes there are only 112 available as of March 1st. There are fewer properties available and as they come on the market many are going under deposit quickly. Fewer homes on the market is positive for sellers and this trend has been seen throughout the country.
The Vermont economy is steady, interest rates remain at affordable levels and prices are seeing modest appreciation. This is the recipe for a healthy real estate market and one that you should take advantage of. If you are thinking of a move this summer now is the time to get your home on the market, call for how we can help make your move this year a reality.
Will the Federal Reserve raise rates again? Yes- the Fed has indicated that they will and may raise rates up to three times. This is the time to act if you are in the market now as the combination of lower inventory and higher rates make finding a new property more challenging. There are great choices out there and we are seeing an increase in new construction and that has been going strong.

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Featured Listing!
Recently Reduced in Price!
South Burlington - $750,000
One of a kind townhome located on the 18th green of the Jack Nicklaus Signature 2 Golf Course. An exquisite home in Ironwood at Vermont National Country Club with sunset and Adirondack views. Great room with hardwood floors, architectural details, gas fireplace, and views to the South and West. Glamorous kitchen with custom Tiger Maple cabinetry and upscale appliances. After dining adjourn to the circular three season porch and out onto the privately landscaped grounds, deck, and patio. The first floor bedroom/den with fireplace and tiger maple paneled walls opens on to the rear deck. Second floor master suite is an in home retreat with both sleeping and sitting areas and a cozy gas fireplace. Third Bedroom is up with its own private bath. Lower level family room with media area and modern stone accent wall. State of the art lighting, whole house surround sound. Extensive landscaping with privacy, decorative berm on our oversized corner location
Lisa Gaudette, Mike & Sarah Kitchen, Scott Funk & Roger Pinan
“We were first time home owners, working with Lori made the process very easy. Her attention to detail and experience in the realty world was extremely helpful! Highly recommend working with her in the future and would recommend her to family!”
Samantha Weber - January 31st, 2018

Home Away from Home - Winter Getaways in Vermont!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Vermont is a ski and snowboarder's dream! Our state may be small, but when it comes to ski resorts, we don’t fall short of incredible locations. Vermont offers some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding experiences in the country. From the big-slope options like, Stowe or Killington/Pico to the small Vermont mountains, we have something for everyone. Check out our full list of resorts here

Live here full time and enjoy the slopes throughout the season or visit us on the weekends for a fun getaway. Do you love visiting for a day on the slopes but hate having to stay in a hotel every night all cramped with the kids? Does it get expensive to pay for the ski pass, hotel and eating out all weekend? We have the perfect solution to make your weekends in Vermont optional. Buy a vacation home, block off the weekends you want to be here and rent it for the rest of the year!

No more checking into hotels, eating at restaurants all weekend bcause you are lacking a kitchen, storing your gear in the car because you don’t have space in your room, and worrying about being too noisy after quiet hours!


Let us find you the perfect getaway! Pay for your ski weekends with the income from your rental. Conditions are great here, what are you waiting for?

Let’s make Vermont your home away from home. 

Fall Newsletter!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Fall is arriving and with it the beautiful foliage that will have leaf peepers from all over the country coming to visit Vermont. Now is a great time to take a drive through the back country roads to view the brilliant autumn colors around every corner. Stop in for a pumpkin at your favorite farm stand, head to the orchard for apple picking and enjoy the glorious fall sunshine.

This year the Fall/Winter 2017 market, will I believe, continue to show steady strength. Historically Fall is strong with an increase in deposits over the summer months when children are out of school and as July and August are peak vacation months. Relocation is also strong during late fall and into the spring, which brings many new families looking for homes during a time when fewer home are typically available.

As we continue to experience lower number of homes and condos with 533 combined available as of September 1st (down 19% from last year at this time). Mortgage rates have fallen to 3.75% for 30 year zero point options, and home prices are forecasted to rise in this environment. If you have been thinking of selling a home, condo or investment property, now is a great time to consider putting it on the market- call us today.

We have much to be grateful for in Vermont and we want to always help others who are in need. With all the recent news about Hurricane Harvey and Irma and their effect on both the US and the entire Caribbean, there are many families who have lost basic shelter and need our help. The fastest way to help those in need is to send money but be sure to send to a vetted fund like The Red Cross or Global Giving. In the coming days and months, all of us need to dig deep, and share our abundance with others in need.

I look forward to our market which is strong and healthy remaining that way through the near future and into next year.

Enjoy Fall!

Call today- it will be our pleasure to assist you with your real estate needs.

- Nancy and The Jenkins Team


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Client Testimonial:

"Nancy was on top of things from the get-go! She knows the ins and outs of this business for sure! Her team was exceptional as well and was very courteous and patient with me as this was my first house sale. Couldn’t have done it with them all!!! Thank you so very much!"

- Linda Alderman – August 17th, 2017



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Private Paradise, or the Middle of Nowhere?

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Private Paradise, or the Middle of Nowhere? 

Realtors weigh in on the value of seclusion for Vermont homes

Free Press Correspondent

The Nancy Jenkins Real Estate calendar hits mailboxes every year, delivering 12 months of “property pin-ups” - breathtaking photographs of gorgeous homes.

Whether the houses are perched on dramatic waterfront cliffs or tucked into seemingly endless treelines of natural woodland beauty, they share one common aspect: no visible neighbors. What the calendar seems to be selling - along with the homes themselves, of course - is the idea that seclusion and privacy are essential components to elite properties.

“People who love privacy, love privacy,” Nancy Jenkins said. “For those people, it’s an absolute requirement when they are shopping for a home.” Yet Jenkins says those people are in the minority, even in a place such as Vermont where abundant land remains undeveloped and affords those middle-of-nowhere settings for homes.

“I see very few people who must have total seclusion,” said Jenkins, estimating that less than 25 percent of the buyers she deals with are looking for one of those “calendar homes” with few, or no, visible neighbors.

That preference is also reflected nationally. A recent survey of U.S. homebuyers by the National Association of Realtors found that while more than 60 percent listed privacy as an important factor when shopping for a home, less than 10 percent said they were interested in seclusion.

That highlights an important distinction according to another Vermont realtor, Geri Reilly.

“There is a difference between seclusion and privacy,” Reilly said. “Seclusion is when people really want to be by themselves, and I don’t see that very often. Most people want to be in a neighborhood - they don’t want a house right behind them, but they want to be able to see their neighbor’s lights.

“It’s just the comfort of knowing someone is there.” 

Whether it’s the fact that nearly every slasher-type horror movie is set at a cabin the middle of the woods, or simply the human tendency to take comfort in community, many homebuyers are made uneasy by property on which they feel too alone.

“Seclusion is very much a split decision for people,” Jenkins said. “Some of them don’t want privacy at all - in fact, they get nervous about it. They would much rather live in a neighborhood that feels like Anywhere, U.S.A.

“I’ve had some people whose biggest obstacle to a house was that they didn’t think they would feel safe there, because it was too isolated.”

Jenkins said some of those customers who do want to be far away from their nearest neighbors have jokingly referred to wanting ‘naked privacy,’ or the ability to behave however they’d like on their property without having to worry about who might be watching.

“Those places can be hard to find,” Jenkins said.

While the need to practice nudism isn’t exactly driving the Vermont real estate market, the broader criteria of lifestyle largely is. Many people who move to the Green Mountain State do so for its abundant outdoor activities: skiing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, etc.

Having a virtual outdoor playground literally right outside your door is what fuels many of the customers looking for a home far off the beaten path.

“The people who are really into the outdoors, and want to be able to go hiking and mountain biking, they want trails right on their property,” Reilly said, adding that such customers also tend to have different priorities when they look at a real estate listing. “They are more about the land itself, and less
about the house,” she said.

While that aspect of lifestyle drives some customers out into more isolated properties, the flipside - wanting to be close to amenities and more urban-oriented activities - remains a larger force in the market. Even retirees and second homeowners who come to Vermont to “get away from it all” don’t
want to be too far removed from the fulfillment of their everyday needs.

“As people retire, what they want is amenities - ideally, with walkability,” Reilly said. “They want to be able to walk to the village, walk to the coffee shop, or go get something to eat without having to get into the car.”

That sense of convenience isn’t limited to retirement-aged people, either; Jenkins said families with young children also favor more settled areas with amenities closer within reach.

“When you live in a neighborhood with sidewalks, it can be a lot easier to manage than getting everybody into the car every time you want to go somewhere,” Jenkins said.

Even younger, single Vermonters have a tendency to stick closer to the action rather than escape to a place where the soundtrack to life is provided largely by crickets.

“Take Burlington, for example,” Jenkins said. “You live there because you want to be in the mix. You want to be part of that downtown vibe, the arts and music and restaurants.”

Yet both realtors agree that the common ground between the two extremes is what is most commonly sought by homebuyers in Vermont. The ideal property is one that strikes a balance of proximity to the
state’s amenities and cultural attractions, with the tranquility you expect to get from settling down in
northern New England.

“What a lot more people want is that calm, comfortable lifestyle,” Jenkins said. “Peace and quiet - Thoreau’s Walden. That’s what people are looking for.”

That doesn’t mean those calendar homes on their expansive tracts of land are going to languish unsold on the market, however.

“Every person is different, and every property is different,” Jenkins said. “It’s all about finding the right match.”

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