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Benefits of Buying vs. Renting

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS


Are you currently renting? There are many benefits to buying your own home. Most people are nervous about making the steps to own their first home. In today's market there are great opportunities out there for buyers and we at Nancy Jenkins Real Estate are ready to help put you in the perfect home. 

Paying your rent only pays for the current month you are in. You could be putting that money towards something of your own. A mortgage payment is a long term investment in a home of your own. Rental rates fluctuate, usually increasing every year, once you secure a mortgage, you can rely on consistent payments, if you have a fixed-rate loan

Buying also gives you stability, not having to worry about when you will be moving again. It allows you the freedom to make the home yours; paint the living room the color that matches your favorite couch, replace that vanity in the bathroom, don't be afraid to put that hole in the wall to hang your new television. When you rent, your landlord and the terms of your lease restrict you. Buying your own home can mean you can have that dog you've always wanted. 

Have you always thought about buying but the thought of keeping up the maintenance doesn't appeal to you? Perhaps a condominium is the right answer for you. Although you pay a low monthly association fee, most of the time exterior maintenance is covered. Some condo associations come with additional benefits such as a community pool, tennis courts or common acreage. This can be the perfect middle step if you aren't ready for all of the responsibilities of keeping up with your own home. 

Do you not think you can afford a home yet? There are many great loan programs currently out there with low interest rates. One of the great members of the Nancy Jenkins Team can help set you up with the right lender and put you in that dream home that you can finally call your own. No more throwing away your money every month on rent, let us help you turn that into a long term investment. 

Our team has the knowledge to help guide you through, what some think of as a stressful process. Read about what some of our clients have said about us and see how we can help make this an enjoyable experience. Call us today and we can help you find your dream home! 802-846-4888

Best Backyard Views of Vermont!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Vermont has some of the best scenery; people come from all over to see our beautiful mountains and all the wonderful outdoor features that surround us. These properties have the luxury of not having to leave their home to experience the true beauty of Vermont.

This first home features panoramic views of both Mount Mansfield and Camel's Hump. Sited at the 14th hole of the VT National Country Club this home is full of high end touches. Forget going to the beach, bring the vacation to you by enjoying the breathtaking views from your backyard. 

Check out the full listing of 150 Golf Course Road, South Burlington VT

 

Mountains Mountains Mountains! This classic shingle-style home sits of 10 private acres! With some of the best views of the Adirondack High Peaks around, this view is sure to wow you. Enjoy these views while relaxing in your master bedroom or while entertaining on your blue stone patio.   

Check out the full listing of 845 Thompson's Point Road, Charlotte VT

 

With almost 600 ft of lakefront, this getaway is fun for the whole family! Enjoy views to the West, Adirondacks, North and East. This backyard is one of a kind! Get your swimsuit on and jump into wonderful Lake Champlain or take in the endless views from a relaxing hammock.  

 

Check out the full listing of 97 Kibbe Farm Road, South Hero VT

 

This year round contemporary bungalow is the perfect vacation home! Enjoy the incredible views and sunsets from the great rear deck right in your own backyard. Gather the whole family for some lakefront fun! 

 

Check out the full listing of 75 Hills Point Road, Charlotte VT

 

If you like to be tucked away in a private oasis this home is for you! This beautifully landscaped, fully stocked with perennials, 2.71 acre parcel backs up to open fields for tons of privacy. Relax and enjoy your private setting from your wonderful deck and yard.   

Check out the full listing of 139 Fire Pond Road, Charlotte VT

 

Mount Mansfield views from one end of your home to the other! Watch the seasons change right from your backyard. This unique home is one not to miss. The views speak for themselves, come take a look today!

Check out the full listing of 9 Evergreen Lane, Underhill VT

 

Lakefront fun! 360 ft of gorgeous shale beach and great Green Mountain views make this backyard fun for the whole family! Enjoy a day at the beach or take in the views from the top of the tower in a relaxing hot tub. 

Check out the full listing of 225 East Shore North, Grand Isle VT

 

If you want the convenience of enjoying the incredible views of Vermont right from your own backyard, give us a call today! We know Vermont and are confident we can find the right home for you! Call 802-846-4888 and one of the experienced members of the Nancy Jenkins Team can assist you. 


 

Happy 4th Of July!

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 Event Page 
here

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Winners!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

This is the 17th 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 2014 Winners!


Hassan Dayo from Winooski High School who will be
attending Keene State College studying psychology!


Sarah Taylor from Essex High School who will be
​attending Wheelock College studying Child Life!

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

Tops Kitchens of Vermont!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

What does every home need? A fabulous kitchen! It needs to be functional but spectacular. These kitchens are just that and more!

Take a look at our top kitchens of Vermont that stand out from the rest!

 

1. This Shelburne kitchen features a large island with granite countertops and a breakfast nook opening out onto a beautiful bluestone patio with stone walls and stone fireplace. When you are looking for a place to entertain this summer, this home is the perfect spot!

Visit our Full Listing - Shelburne - $1,020,000

 

2. Every cook dreams of a kitchen like this. The oversized island with custom butcher block top contains refrigerator drawers, microwave and wine refrigerator. 6 burner Dacor gas range with duel fuel double overs, Miele dishwasher and Subzero refrigerator. The open floor plan makes this kitchen perfect for family fun and entertaining!

 

Visit our full listing  - Fairfax - $935,000

 

3. A gourmet kitchen with an outstanding appliance package! Meile top of the line and sub-zero refrigerator, 5 burner cook top and great stainless steel farmers sink. Entertaining is a delight with this exciting center island for the cook and guests, double pantries and built-in china cabinetry!

Visit our full listing - Essex - $745,000

 

4. This kitchen was fully remodeled in 2010 with great flow! Custom 13” cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, two skylights and wet bar with wine refrigerator in the breakfast nook. Step out to the three season porch for easy entertaining and family fun!

Visit our full listing - Shelburne - $659,500

5. This gorgeous kitchen was recently remodeled with new appliances, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. With views of the lake, tons of upgrades and a private neighborhood beach, this home is one not to miss!

Visit our full listing - Burlington - $589,000

 

6. This truly unique and amazing home features a state of the art kitchen. This open floor plan is great for entertaining. Remodeled with attention to every detail. 

Visit our full listing - Colchester - $579,000

 

7. This special home with wow you at every turn! The amazing kitchen with hardwood floors, granite countertops on three sides and an oversized center island make it great for family fun and entertaining. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the sunny breakfast nook looking out over the deck, private rear yard and gardens. 

Visit our full listing - Jericho - $539,000

 

8. Look out on the valley from this incredible home. The large open kitchen featuring Bosch appliances, granite countertops, 42” cherry soft close cabinets & walk-in pantry will simply amaze you.  

Visit our full listing - Fairfax - $399,900

9. This home features an amazing kitchen with 400 sq. ft. addition. A true Chef’s dream with granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, large 9 ft. island with seating, double oven, 2 sinks, French door refrigerator plus wine fridge! 

Visit our full listing - Georgia - $349,000

10. This delightful home has been fully remodeled, including the kitchen! This cook's kitchen has a great open feel. One level living has never been so amazing. 

Visit our full listing - Underhill - $344,900

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

The Median Price for Homes in the US

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

The median US home price in January was $188,900 according to The National Association of Realtors. What exactly will that price get you? The Huffington Post did a great job at showing just how varied the answer to that question is across the US. Are you curious what that price will get you here in Vermont? Check out some of these fabulous listings we have that are around the median price. 

19 Saxon Hollow Drive, Essex  - $221,000

For just a little over the median price, you can own this popular Saxon Hollow Townhome. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, lots of space and a spacious deck overlooking the woods. 

 

7 Pleasant Woods, Fairfax - $158,500

This new energy efficient townhome comes in under the median price! Two bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, open kitchen & dining area and a great deck to the rear with wonderful country views! 

 

No matter what type of home you are looking for, we can help you find it. If you are in the market for a new home give us a call! 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 Top 5 Most Amazing Views

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

At this time of year it's obvious, Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in the country from their sunsets, fall foliage and soon to be mountains of snow. Whether you live here or just visit during parts of the year you won't be able to forget the spectacular views. These 5 homes have the best views of Vermont! Don't just take our word for it, see them for yourselves! Call us at Nancy Jenkins Real Estate to see these views in person and find the home of your dreams. 

 

#1.

This custom colonial on 15 private acres has great mountain views! With the screen porch and huge decks you can enjoy them all year long.  Charlotte $789,000

Full Listing 

#2.

Close to the marina, beaches and town, this classic shingle-style home on a private 10-acre setting boasts outstanding Adirondack high peak views. Charlotte $899,000

Full Listing

#3.

 

Great Location, Great Beach, 150’ of Lake front on desirable Hills Point Rd.  West facing 1 Acre lot with Panoramic Adirondack and sunset views you'll be sure to love. Charlotte $695,000

Full Listing

#4.

Lake Champlain waterfront property with beach, deck and fantastic lake, Adirondack and sunset views. Charlotte $650,000

Full Listing

#5.

 

This Thompson's Point lakefront cottage has incredible finishes with the charm of yesteryear and views of Lake Champlain. Charlotte $575,000

Full Listing

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