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Balance (Continued Â from Â Page Â 1) own Â a Â home Â for Â a Â smaller Â monthly Â payment Â than Â ever Â before. Â Renters Â are Â therefore Â looking Â to Â buy, Â and Â with Â them Â the Â interested Â pool Â of Â buyers Â has Â shot Â up Â in Â recent Â months, Â giving Â homes Â on Â the Â market Â more Â attention. This Â is Â clearly Â good Â news Â for Â sellers. Â According Â to Â the Â Northern Â New Â England Â Real Â Estate Â Information Â Network, Â the Â sales Â of Â single-Âfamily Â homes Â are Â up Â 8.75 Â percent Â from Â last Â year Â during Â the Â spring Â period Â (April Â through Â June). These Â same Â factors Â also Â make Â the Â current Â market Â rosier Â for Â sellers. Although Â this Â may Â seem Â like Â a Â drastic Â change Â from Â the Â dull Â prospects Â of Â previous Â years Â in Â the Â real Â estate Â market, Â the Â current Â buying Â and Â selling Â climate Â is Â a Â product Â of Â the Â nature Â of Â â€œThe market is real Â estate, Â experts Â said. Â Bonnie Â Gridley, Â owner Â dynamic. of Â RE/MAX Â Champlain Â Valley Â Properties, Â said Â that Â Many FRQVWDQW Ă€X[ LV RQH DVSHFW people the Â market Â that Â many Â donâ€™t un- of Â people Â forget. derstand â€œThe Â market Â is Â dynamic. Â Many Â people Â donâ€™t Â that evunderstand Â that Â every Â ery time time Â a Â house Â comes Â onto Â a house the Â market Â or Â one Â goes Â comes under Â contract Â and Â sells, Â the Â market Â changes,â€? Â said Â onto the Gridley. Â â€œThe Â availability Â market of Â money Â and Â loans Â and Â the Â or one lending Â climate Â contributes Â goes un- to Â the Â market, Â as Â well Â as Â the Â local Â job Â market Â and Â der conof Â the Â area Â ... Â as Â tract and economy Â well Â as Â the Â country Â and Â the Â sells, the world.â€? In Â light Â of Â these Â constant Â market changes, Â it Â is Â important Â changes.â€? for Â both Â buyers Â and Â sellers Â â€” Bonnie to Â note Â market Â strategies. Â Gridley, Gridley Â said Â that Â the Â best Â owner of move Â for Â buyers Â starting Â RE/MAX the Â process Â is Â to Â work Â with Â Champlain a Â lender Â to Â take Â advantage Â Valley RI WKH FXUUHQW ÂżQDQFLDO Property situation Â and Â understand Â their Â buying Â potential. For Â sellers, Â brokers Â agree Â that Â it Â is Â worthwhile Â to Â invest Â in Â minor Â updates Â and Â time Â to Â clean Â and Â freshen Â the Â home Â before Â it Â is Â listed. Â They Â said Â sellers Â should Â be Â also Â realistic Â about Â the Â listing, Â always Â price Â to Â sell, Â and Â welcome Â any Â opportunity Â to Â show Â the Â property. Â Information Â like Â this Â can Â be Â crucial Â in Â
THE Â CURRENT Â COUNTY Â market Â is Â improving Â and Â offering Â positives Â for Â both Â buyers Â and Â sellers, Â according Â to Â local Â experts. Â Low Â inter-Â est Â rates Â and Â growing Â demand Â for Â properties Â are Â contributing Â to Â favorable Â conditions. Independent Â photo/Andrea Â Warren
avoiding Â stressful Â found. Â It Â can Â be Â very Â â€œI think more and more and Â exhausting Â home Â disappointing Â for Â a Â buying Â or Â selling. Â people will rely on and use EX\HU WR ÂżQG WKH ULJKW Bill Â Martin Â of Â Green Â technology in their everyday home Â only Â to Â have Â Tree Â Real Â Estate Â real estate transactions than someone Â else Â get Â it Â attributes Â buyersâ€™ Â ever before. Our profession in because Â you Â were Â not Â and Â sellersâ€™ Â recent Â Addison County needs more prepared.â€? success Â to Â increased Â Martin Â predicts Â that Â knowledge Â of Â the Â way Â young tech-savvy people to there Â will Â be Â a Â steady Â real Â estate Â works, Â plus Â become involved.â€? increase Â in Â the Â local Â â€” Century 21 Jack Associates real Â estate Â market, Â preparation. Â broker Neil Mackey with Â gradual Â increases Â â€œMore Â than Â ever Â buyers Â are Â educated Â in Â value. Â He Â believes Â about Â the Â home Â buying Â that Â Vermont Â and Â process,â€? Â said Â Martin. Â â€œThe Â vast Â majority Â of Â Addison Â County Â in Â particular Â are Â desirable Â buyers Â have Â also Â listened Â to Â Realtorsâ€™ Â advice Â places Â to Â live Â and Â will Â work Â to Â boost Â a Â to Â be Â pre-Âapproved Â with Â a Â lender. Â Both Â of Â market Â upturn. these Â are Â good Â for Â the Â buyers Â so Â that Â they Â As Â the Â market Â changes Â over Â the Â months Â will Â be Â ready Â when Â the Â right Â property Â is Â and Â years, Â so Â do Â the Â ways Â transactions Â are Â
handled. Â Current Â technologies Â can Â make Â it Â easier Â for Â parties Â involved Â to Â buy Â or Â sell Â KRPHV ZLWK HIÂżFLHQF\ &HQWXU\ -DFN Associates Â broker Â Neil Â Mackey Â said Â that Â the Â trends Â in Â technology Â would Â continue Â to Â motivate Â market Â changes Â in Â the Â future. â€œI Â think Â more Â and Â more Â people Â will Â rely Â on Â and Â use Â technology Â in Â their Â everyday Â real Â estate Â transactions Â than Â ever Â before,â€? Â said Â Mackey. Â â€œOur Â profession Â in Â Addison Â County Â needs Â more Â young Â tech-Âsavvy Â people Â to Â become Â involved.â€? In Â sum, Â while Â the Â buying Â and Â selling Â process Â is Â complex, Â it Â can Â be Â made Â easier Â by Â knowing Â the Â current Â real Â estate Â market. Â At Â the Â moment, Â there Â are Â advantages Â for Â buyers Â and Â sellers Â alike, Â and Â becoming Â educated Â in Â WKHVHLVWKHÂżUVWVWHSWRVXFFHVVIRUERWK
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Editorsâ€™ Â note
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For Â all Â the Â prospective Â home Â buyers Â out Â there, Â take Â a Â minute Â to Â look Â at Â these Â interest Â rates Â â€” Â homebuyers Â today Â can Â get Â a Â mortgage Â for, Â in Â some Â cases, Â less Â than Â 4 Â percent Â interest. Â According Â to Â the Â Federal Â Home Â Loan Â Mortgage Â Corporationâ€™s Â mortgage Â market Â survey, Â these Â rates Â are Â some Â of Â the Â lowest Â on Â record Â in Â the Â last Â two Â decades. Â Which Â means, Â for Â those Â whose Â work Â and Â family Â situation Â is Â fairly Â secure Â for Â the Â next Â few Â years, Â it Â may Â be Â a Â good Â time Â to Â buy Â a Â house. Â A Â conversation Â with Â a Â ÂżQDQFLDOFRXQFLORUFDQKHOSWKRVHZKRDUH thinking Â about Â buying Â determine Â if Â now Â is Â the Â time. And Â for Â those Â selling Â a Â home, Â real Â estate Â professionals Â are Â telling Â us Â that Â that Â while Â the Â market Â has Â not Â returned Â to Â the Â glory Â days Â of Â a Â decade Â ago, Â it Â is Â certainly Â more Â active Â than Â it Â was Â two Â our Â three Â years Â ago Â in Â the Â depths Â of Â the Â recession. Â The Â National Â Association Â of Â Realtors Â recently Â reported Â that Â the Â number Â of Â people Â who Â signed Â contracts Â to Â buy Â previously Â occupied Â homes Â rose Â in Â May, Â matching Â the Â fastest Â pace Â in Â two Â years. Â Another Â real Â estate Â trade Â group Â currently Â tracking Â the Â market Â Â says Â that Â sales Â of Â single-Âfamily Â homes Â in Â Northern Â New Â England Â this Â past Â spring Â were Â up Â 8.75 Â percent Â from Â the Â same Â period Â last Â year. Â We Â hope Â readers Â will Â use Â this Â supplement Â as Â a Â guide Â to Â get Â started Â with Â buying Â or Â selling Â a Â house Â while Â interest Â rates Â are Â low Â and Â the Â market Â continues Â to Â turn Â around. Â Talk Â with Â family Â and Â friends Â who Â have Â been Â through Â the Â process, Â and Â donâ€™t Â forget Â that Â many Â real Â estate Â professionals Â have Â years Â of Â experience Â and Â resources Â that Â can Â help Â you Â buy Â or Â sell Â a Â home. â€” Â The Â editors
(Continued Â from Â Page Â 1) KDUGWRPDLQWDLQKRSHWKDWWKH\ZRXOGÂżQGVRPH-Â thing Â perfect. Â They Â were Â on Â the Â search Â for Â a Â mod-Â HUQKRPHWKDWZRXOGUHĂ€HFWWKHLUVW\OHRIOLYLQJ Moving Â into Â an Â old Â home Â did Â not Â seem Â comfort-Â DEOHIRUWKHP$WÂżUVWJODQFHPDQ\RIWKHSURSHU-Â ties Â they Â looked Â at Â seemed Â like Â great Â deals, Â but Â after Â calculating Â repairs Â and Â renovations Â needed Â WRPRGHUQL]HWKHPWRÂżWWKHLUOLIHVW\OHWUHQGVWKH resulting Â total Â cost Â suddenly Â fell Â from Â reach. Â When Â looking Â at Â houses Â built Â at Â the Â turn Â of Â the Â last Â century, Â they Â were Â unsure Â of Â the Â return Â those Â properties Â would Â yield. Â â€œSay Â the Â house Â is Â listed Â for Â $230,000, Â you Â get Â it Â for Â 220 Â or Â 225. Â That Â may Â seem Â like Â a Â pretty Â good Â deal,â€? Â Colby Â Benjamin Â said. Â â€œBut Â then Â youâ€™re Â looking Â at Â closing Â costs, Â a Â new Â roof, Â a Â new Â foun-Â dation, Â potentially Â other Â things Â that Â you Â want Â to Â change Â â€Ś Â to Â me Â I Â was Â looking Â at Â those Â houses Â and Â going Â â€˜Market Â value Â is Â 225, Â I Â have Â to Â sink Â 50,000 Â or Â 60,000 Â into Â it Â to Â get Â it Â up Â to Â where Â I Â want Â the Â house Â â€Ś Â is Â it Â ever Â going Â to Â be Â worth Â 310 Â or Â 315? Â Am Â I Â ever Â going Â to Â make Â that Â money Â EDFN"Âś'HÂżQLWHO\QRWÂ´ When Â they Â saw Â their Â current Â home, Â Benjamin Â says Â he Â knew Â right Â away. Â Âł,W ZDV WKH ÂżUVW OD\RXW WKDW ZH FRXOG SLFWXUH ourselves Â living Â in, Â and Â it Â was Â a Â price Â that Â we Â could Â afford,â€? Â he Â said. They Â moved Â quickly Â to Â put Â in Â a Â bid, Â and Â got Â it. Â With Â an Â offer Â in Â only Â a Â couple Â of Â days Â after Â of Â seeing Â it, Â they Â had Â a Â contract Â the Â next Â week, Â and Â closed Â on Â the Â property Â six Â weeks Â later. Â Looking Â back Â at Â the Â process, Â Benjamin Â recalls Â WKH GLIÂżFXOW WLPHV EXW DOVR UHFRJQL]HV WKH KHOS that Â friends Â and Â family Â provided Â along Â the Â way. Â As Â a Â son Â of Â a Â general Â contractor, Â and Â with Â more Â WKDQÂżYH\HDUVRIFDUSHQWU\H[SHULHQFHKLPVHOI Benjamin Â had Â many Â guides Â as Â a Â home Â buyer. Â The Â
THIS Â HALLADAY Â ROAD Â home Â proved Â to Â be Â just Â right Â for Â homebuyers Â Monica Â and Â Colby Â Benjamin, Â who Â found Â it Â after Â over Â a Â year Â of Â searching Â in Â Addison Â County. Independent Â photos/Christy Â Lynn
most Â helpful Â advice Â he Â was Â given, Â he Â said, Â was Â to Â â€œmake Â sure Â we Â were Â buying Â a Â house Â because Â we Â actually Â wanted Â to Â live Â here, Â and Â not Â just Â buying Â a Â house Â because Â we Â wanted Â a Â house.â€? Â It Â sounds Â simple, Â but Â Benjamin Â says Â that Â once Â they Â were Â able Â to Â answer Â â€œyesâ€? Â to Â that Â question, Â they Â were Â able Â to Â get Â serious Â about Â buying. Â Benjamin Â also Â recalls Â their Â decision Â to Â buy Â a Â (See Â Benjamins, Â Page Â 12)
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Vermont (Continued Â from Â Page Â 1) percent Â increase Â from Â last Â year. Â The Â median Â sale Â last Â year. Â More Â homes Â have Â been Â introduced Â price Â of Â homes Â in Â the Â area Â is Â $185,900, Â which Â is Â to Â the Â market Â in Â recent Â months, Â generating Â a Â 13.5 Â percent Â decrease Â from Â last Â year. Â Despite Â the Â fall Â in Â home Â prices Â so Â far, Â experts Â do Â expect Â greater Â activity. Broker Â Neil Â Mackey Â of Â Century Â 21 Â Jack Â them Â to Â rise Â this Â year Â due Â to Â the Â low Â interest Â Associates Â said Â that Â one Â consequence Â of Â this Â rates Â and Â growing Â demand. Â In Â spite Â of Â some Â negative Â trends Â in Â the Â increase Â in Â options Â is Â that Â local Â buyers Â have Â regional Â and Â national Â markets, Â higher Â expectations. 9HUPRQW KDV FRQWLQXHG WR EHQHÂżW â€œThe Â buyers Â have Â more Â inventory Â â€œI expect from Â the Â recently Â lower Â costs Â of Â to Â choose Â from,â€? Â said Â Mackey. Â â€œI Â recently Â had Â buyers Â that Â looked Â the market mortgage Â funds. Â In Â April, Â Federal Â Reserve Â policy Â makers Â said Â they Â at Â 18 Â different Â properties Â before Â may slow to Â keep Â interest Â rates Â low Â making Â an Â offer Â that Â went Â under Â in the next intended Â for Â the Â foreseeable Â future. Â contract.â€? Due Â to Â factors Â like Â mortgage Â Mackey Â said Â challenges Â could Â few years DULVHIURPWKHFRQĂ€LFWLQJQHHGVDQG as interest rates Â and Â the Â general Â economy, Â the Â Addison Â County Â market Â has Â seen Â a Â wants Â of Â buyers Â and Â sellers. Â He Â said Â while Â sellers Â usually Â expect Â to Â get Â rates start sudden Â spike Â in Â activity. Â However, Â not Â all Â experts Â predict Â it Â will Â grow. Â more Â than Â their Â property Â is Â worth, Â to climb Geri Â Reilly Â Real Â Estate Â agent Â Jill Â buyers Â are Â looking Â for Â bargain Â prices. Â back up.â€? Fraga Â interprets Â this Â spring Â as Â Bringing Â these Â two Â sides Â together Â â€” Geri Reilly â€œstableâ€? Â and Â believes Â that Â the Â local Â determines Â the Â fair Â market Â value Â and Â Real Estate area Â market Â is Â not Â necessarily Â on Â the Â â€” Â if Â it Â happens Â at Â the Â current Â rate Â â€” Â agent Jill Fraga rise Â because Â rates Â may Â not Â stay Â low Â boosts Â creates Â a Â more Â active Â market. forever Â as Â demand Â rises. Â Higher Â selling Â activity Â can Â â€œI Â expect Â the Â market Â may Â slow Â in Â the Â next Â be Â partially Â attributed Â to Â Vermontâ€™s Â low Â unemployment Â rate. Â Vermont Â boasts Â the Â few Â years Â as Â interest Â rates Â start Â to Â climb Â back Â lowest Â jobless Â rate Â among Â New Â Englandâ€™s Â six Â up,â€? Â said Â Fraga. While Â Fraga Â has Â a Â slightly Â less Â optimistic Â states, Â and Â Addison Â Countyâ€™s Â relatively Â stable Â economic Â situation Â has Â boosted Â real Â estate Â outlook, Â she Â also Â says Â that Â area Â trends Â have Â demand, Â according Â to Â the Â experts Â and Â the Â stats. Â been Â positively Â focused Â around Â sustainable Â Addison Â Countyâ€™s Â pending Â listings Â have Â risen Â living. Â More Â and Â more Â attention Â has Â been Â paid Â by Â 29 Â percent Â this Â year, Â and Â homes Â have Â spent Â to Â sustainable Â aspects Â in Â homes Â and Â has Â become Â an Â average Â of Â 64 Â days Â on Â the Â market, Â a Â dramatic Â a Â popular Â point Â of Â interest Â for Â buyers Â in Â the Â area, Â something Â that Â may Â offer Â another Â positive Â view Â decrease Â from Â last Â yearâ€™s Â average Â of Â 211 Â days. According Â to Â Coldwell Â Banker Â Hickok Â and Â of Â the Â current Â state Â of Â our Â state. â€œBuyers Â seem Â to Â be Â paying Â more Â attention Â to Â Boardmanâ€™s Â Northwest Â Vermont Â early Â spring Â 2012 Â market Â report, Â Addison Â County Â recorded Â HQHUJ\HIÂżFLHQF\ZKHWKHULWEHLQWKHIRUPRI 65 Â residential Â sales Â from Â January Â to Â April, Â a Â 14 Â size, Â age Â or Â systems Â of Â the Â home,â€? Â said Â Fraga. Â
Straightforward Advice from Real Estate Professionals Â
Choose Â the Â Right Â REALTORÂŽ A Â Realtor Â with Â experience Â and Â knowledge Â will Â be Â able Â to Â provide Â you Â with Â the Â guidance Â you Â need Â to Â make Â informed Â decisions. Â Make Â sure Â you Â choose Â wisely.
Prioritizing Â Your Â Needs Â List
The Â Right Â Questions Â to Â Ask Â A Â REALTORÂŽ
Â When Â people Â decide Â to Â start Â looking Â for Â that Â perfect Â home, Â most Â have Â a Â vague Â idea Â of Â what Â they Â want. Â Â While Â itâ€™s Â helpful Â to Â not Â have Â things Â set Â in Â stone, Â it Â will Â be Â a Â plus Â for Â you Â and Â your Â Realtor Â to Â make Â a Â list Â of Â what Â features Â you Â have Â to Â have Â in Â your Â next Â home.
How long have you been in the business? Experience Â is Â key Â when Â hiring Â a Â Realtor, Â especially Â when Â it Â comes Â to Â guidance Â during Â negotiations. Â When Â selling Â a Â home, Â A Â Realtorâ€™s Â con-Â tacts Â are Â invaluable Â and Â can Â reduce Â the Â time Â your Â home Â is Â on Â the Â mar-Â ket. Â When Â buying Â a Â home, Â A Â Realtorâ€™s Â knowledge Â of Â the Â marketplace Â can Â save Â you Â time Â and Â help Â you Â avoid Â looking Â at Â homes Â that Â donâ€™t Â meet Â your Â needs. Â Whatâ€™s your best strategy to help me achieve my goals? If Â youâ€™re Â selling: Â How Â will Â you Â sell Â my Â home? Â What Â tools Â will Â you Â use Â to Â approach Â the Â sale Â of Â my Â home? Â Will Â you Â focus Â on Â one Â form Â of Â market-Â ing, Â or Â is Â your Â approach Â to Â marketing Â multi-Âfaceted? Â If Â youâ€™re Â buying: Â How Â will Â you Â help Â me Â during Â the Â Purchase Â pro-Â cess? Â What Â services Â can Â I Â expect?
Location, Â location, Â location! Â How Â many Â times Â have Â you Â heard Â this? Â It Â still Â holds Â true, Â and Â always Â will. Â You Â can Â re-Âmodel, Â re-Âdesign Â and Â land-Â scape Â but Â you Â canâ€™t Â change Â the Â location. Â Where Â you Â buy Â the Â home Â is Â just Â as Â important Â as Â the Â home, Â if Â youâ€™ve Â got Â appreciation Â of Â value Â in Â mind.
Is Â the Â kitchen Â the Â center Â of Â your Â universe Â at Â home? Â Â If Â it Â is, Â a Â great Â kitch-Â HQZLWKDOOWKHHIÂżFLHQFLHVDSSOLDQFHVDQGFRQYHQLHQFHVLVDPXVW'R you Â spend Â a Â lot Â of Â time Â outside? Â Youâ€™ll Â want Â to Â have Â some Â outdoor Â living Â space Â such Â as Â a Â deck Â or Â patio. Â Love Â to Â work Â out? Â Youâ€™ll Â need Â space Â for Â your Â exercise Â equipment.
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Once Â you Â know Â what Â you Â can Â and Â canâ€™t Â live Â without, Â prioritize. Â What Â if Â the Â house Â doesnâ€™t Â have Â the Â perfect Â indoor Â gym Â space? Â Is Â there Â room Â to Â create Â it Â or Â is Â this Â a Â compromise Â youâ€™re Â not Â willing Â to Â make? Â Once Â you Â have Â the Â list, Â communicate Â with Â your Â Realtor. Â They Â can Â make Â your Â wants Â and Â needs Â a Â reality Â with Â a Â little Â help Â from Â you! Â Â Â
A Â home Â inspection Â is Â a Â sound Â investment Â â€” Â it Â could Â save Â you Â thou-Â sands Â of Â dollars! Â A Â professional Â home Â inspector Â will Â examine Â structural, Â mechanical, Â electrical, Â plumbing Â and Â heating Â as Â well Â as Â other Â systems, Â and Â can Â help Â you Â make Â informed Â decisions.
Your Â Lender Â and Â Your Â Loan
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Buying Â a Â home Â can Â be Â an Â emotional Â decision Â for Â you Â and Â your Â fam-Â ily. Â Think Â it Â through Â and Â weigh Â the Â pros Â and Â cons. Â Â Itâ€™s Â OK Â to Â garner Â input Â from Â family Â and Â friends, Â just Â remember Â that Â youâ€™re Â the Â one Â that Â KDVWKHÂżQDOZRUGEHFDXVHRQO\\RXNQRZZKDWÂśVEHVWIRU\RX Â
Do you have references, and would you be willing to let me con-Â tact your former clients? Â Â Ask Â former Â clients/customers Â what Â their Â experience Â with Â the Â Realtor Â was Â like, Â how Â they Â handled Â details Â and Â how Â their Â team Â worked Â together. What havenâ€™t I asked you that I need to know? There Â will Â always Â be Â questions. Â How Â a Â Realtor Â answers Â them Â can Â tell Â you Â a Â lot Â about Â their Â knowledge Â and Â how Â you Â will Â interact. Â You Â want Â a Â Realtor Â who Â hears Â you, Â addresses Â your Â concerns Â and Â deals Â head-Âon Â with Â any Â questions Â you Â may Â have.
Ingrid Punderson Jackson Real Estate 44 Main Street Middlebury, VT 05753 802-388-4242
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The Blake House between Rutland and Middlebury. Myriad architectural details of historical significance, but also new custom kitchen, updated bathrooms, and new furnace. 6 picturesque acres. It is gracious, spacious, altogether gorgeous and offered at the reasonable price of $565,000. Call Betty Ann Martin 802-747-7100 877-208-0222 toll free
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Lake Â Dunmore Â â€“ Camp Â Winona Camp Winona, Â one Â of Â the Â original Â cottages Â of Â the Â famous Â Lake Â Dunmore Â Hotel. Â Renovated Â with Â an Â upstairs Â kitchen Â and Â living Â area. Â Direct Â river Â frontage, Â deeded Â land, Â lake Â frontage Â directly Â across Â the Â road. Â Lake Â and Â mountain Â views Â from Â upper Â deck Â and Â screened-Âin Â lower Â porch. Â Some Â furnishings Â included. Â Currently Â being Â used Â as Â a Â 2 Â family Â cottage. Â MLS Â #4156428, Â New Â price $329,500
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VERGENNES 6 br, 3 bath home on 4.129± acres $379,000 MLS 3071034
FERRISBURGH 3 br, 3 bath home on 2.1± acres $349,000 MLS 4152760
NEW HAVEN 3 br, 2 bath home on 1.1± acres $335,000 MLS 4155672
VERGENNES 5 br, 4 bath home on .45± acres $329,000 MLS 4051260
FERRISBURGH 2 br, 2 bath home on .5± acres $212,000 MLS 4153229
BRISTOL 3 br, 2 bath home on .92± acres $189,950 MLS 4070538
ADDISON 3 br, 2 bath home on 10.09± acres $187,500 MLS 4109391
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ADDISON 3 br, 2 bath home on 5.01± acres $254,900 MLS 4163897
VERGENNES 5 br, 3 bath home on .18± acres $242,000 MLS 4113935
ADDISON 4 br, 3 bath home on 5.07± acres $229,000 MLS 4081282
ADDISON 3 br, 2 bath home on 1± acres $185,000 MLS 4084225
VERGENNES 3 br, 2 bath home on 1.14± acres $184,900 MLS 4151138
ADDISON 3 br, 2 bath home on 10.10± acres $177,800 MLS 4140565
ADDISON 6 br, 5 bath home on 71.79± acres $895,000 MLS 4143347
BRIDPORT 3 br, 3 bath on 11.46± acres $692,500 MLS 4164501
ADDISON 3 br, 3 bath home on 12.3± acres $595,000 MLS 4154979
CORNWALL 4 br, 4 bath home on 12.6± acres $529,000 MLS 4124501
MIDDLEBURY 4 br, 3 bath home on .3± acres $409,000 MLS 4144782
NEW HAVEN 4 br, 4 bath home on 15.45± acres $398,000 MLS 4081508
BRIDPORT 4 br, 3 bath home on 20.21± acres $398,000 MLS 4139510
NEW HAVEN 6 br, 3 bath home on 3.45± acres $395,000 MLS 4141197
WEYBRIDGE 2 br, 2 bath home on 13.68± acres $395,000 MLS 4018459
MIDDLEBURY 4 br, 2 bath home on .21± acres $379,900 MLS 4146168
WALTHAM 4 br, 3 bath home on 7.84± acres $379,000 MLS 4164205
MIDDLEBURY 3 br, 2 bath home on 2.52± acres $329,000 MLS 4126217
CORNWALL 4 br, 2 bath on 23.10± acres $324,900 MLS 4116292
MIDDLEBURY 4 br, 3 bath home on .86± acres $292,000 MLS 4163316
SHOREHAM 3 br, 2 bath home on .61± acres $267,500 MLS 4123916
VERGENNES 4 br, 2 bath home on .4± acres $249,000 MLS 4160503
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VERGENNES Commercial/Residential on Main Street $199,000 MLS 4035962
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FERRISBURGH Light manufacturing/retail space on Route 7 $448,346 MLS 4151761
BRISTOL +LJKWUDI¿FGRZQWRZQ UHWDLORURI¿FHVSDFH $299,900 MLS 4093611
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BRISTOL 4 br, 3 bath home on .75± acres $236,900 MLS 4084345
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Property Â taxes (Continued Â from Â Page Â 14) $13,900 Â per Â pupil. = Â (District Â Spending Â Adjustment) Â 1.55050 Â or Â The Â homestead Â tax Â rate Â will Â be Â $1.4182. Â Thatâ€™s Â 155.050%. $0.89 Â times Â the Â district Â spending Â adjustment. (Locally Â Approved Â per Â Pupil Â Spending) Â The Â effective Â homestead Â tax Â rate Â is Â now Â calcu-Â $13,900 lated Â in Â the Â following Â way: Ăˇ Â (Base Â Education Â Spending) Â $8,723 Â (Base Â Homestead Â Rate) Â $0.89 Â = Â (District Â Spending Â Adjustment) Â 1.59349 x Â (District Â Spending Â Adjustment) Â 1.55050 Â = Â (Effective Â Homestead Â Tax Â Rate) Â $1.3799. (Base Â Homestead Â Rate) Â $0.89 Â x Â (District Â Spending Â Adjustment) Â 1.59349 Â If Â the Â CLA Â in Â your Â town Â is Â 90.00%, Â your Â = Â (Effective Â Homestead Â Tax Â Rate) Â $1.4182. homestead Â education Â rate Â to Â be Â applied Â to Â home-Â stead Â properties Â becomes Â $1.0409. The Â nonresidential Â tax Â rate Â is Â $1.38. Â (Effective Â Homestead Â Rate) Â $1.3799 Â Ăˇ Â (CLA) Â 0.9000 Â Of Â course, Â both Â these Â rates Â would Â then Â be Â ad-Â = Â (Tax Â Rate Â Paid Â by Â Homestead Â Properties) Â justed Â by Â the Â CLA. $1.5332 ,V WKHUH DQ DGGLWLRQDO DGMXVWPHQW IRU Keep Â in Â mind Â that Â some Â town Â districts Â are Â also Â VFKRROGLVWULFWVZKRVHSHUSXSLOVSHQGLQJLVD PHPEHUV RI XQLRQ VFKRRO GLVWULFWV RU XQLÂżHG ORW PRUH H[FHVV VSHQGLQJ WKDQ WKH DYHUDJH school Â districts. Â In Â those Â instances, Â the Â tax Â rate Â is Â VWDWHZLGH" a Â combination Â of Â the Â individual Â rates Â of Â the Â dif-Â Yes. Â If Â a Â town Â has Â â€œexcess Â spending,â€? Â then Â the Â ferent Â districts Â of Â which Â you Â are Â a Â member. Department Â of Â Education Â includes Â that Â excess Â Is Â the Â nonresidential Â tax Â rate Â of Â $1.38 Â ad-Â twice Â in Â the Â computation Â of Â its Â district Â spend-Â MXVWHGWRUHĂ€HFWVSHQGLQJRYHUWKHÂłEDVHHGX-Â ing Â adjustment. Â Excess Â spending Â means Â the Â per-Â FDWLRQSD\PHQW"Â´ pupil Â spending Â (less Â eligible Â construction Â costs) Â No. Â The Â rate Â for Â nonresidential Â property Â is Â the Â is Â in Â excess Â of Â 125 Â percent Â of Â the Â excess Â spend-Â same Â for Â all Â property Â in Â Vermont. Â It Â is Â adjusted Â ing Â base. Â For Â tax Â year Â 2012 Â (FY13), Â the Â excess Â only Â by Â the Â common Â level Â of Â appraisal. Â If Â the Â spending Â base Â is Â $11,873. Â So Â the Â threshold Â is Â CLA Â is Â 90.00% Â the Â rate Â becomes: $14,841 Â (1.25 Â x Â $11,873). Â Letâ€™s Â look Â at Â an Â ex-Â (Nonresidential Â Tax Â Rate) Â $1.38 ample: Ăˇ Â (CLA) Â .9000 Â Your Â school Â district Â spends Â $15,500 Â per Â pupil. Â = Â (Effective Â Nonresidential Â Tax Â Rate) Â $1.5333. The Â excess Â spending Â base Â is Â $11,873. Â 125% Â of Â :LOOWKHUHEHWRZQVZKHUHWKHQRQUHVLGHQ-Â $11,873 Â is Â $14,841. WLDOWD[UDWHLVORZHUWKDQWKHKRPHVWHDGWD[ Your Â per-Âpupil Â spending Â exceeds Â the Â threshold Â UDWH" by Â $659. Â ($15,500 Â â€“ Â $14,841. Â This Â is Â your Â school Â Yes. Â In Â towns Â with Â per Â pupil Â spending Â in Â districtâ€™s Â excess Â spending. excess Â of Â $13,526 Â the Â homestead Â rate Â will Â be Â The Â district Â spending Â adjustment Â is: Â KLJKHUWKDQWKHQRQUHVLGHQWLDOUDWHIRUÂżVFDO\HDU [(District Â spending) Â 15,500 Â + Â (Excess Â spend-Â 2013. Â Consider Â a Â school Â district Â with Â spending Â of Â ing) Â 659]
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Ăˇ Â (Base Â Spending) Â 8,723 Â = Â 1.85246 Rate Â becomes: Â (District Â spending Â adjustment) Â 1.85246 Â x Â (Base Â rate) Â $0.89) Ăˇ Â CLA If Â the Â CLA Â is Â 85%, Â the Â homestead Â rate Â is: Â (District Â spending Â adjustment) Â 1.85246 Â x Â (Base Â Rate) Â $0.89) Ăˇ Â (CLA) Â .85 = Â $1.9396 In Â this Â example, Â the Â excess Â spending Â adjust-Â ment Â adds Â about Â 7 Â cents Â to Â the Â homestead Â rate. 0\ WRZQ LV FRPSOHWLQJ D UHDSSUDLVDO IRU WKH$SULO JUDQG OLVW 8VLQJ WKH FRP-Â PRQOHYHORIDSSUDLVDOWRDGMXVWWKHWD[UDWHV GRHVQÂśW VHHP IDLU 2XU FRPPRQ OHYHO RI DS-Â SUDLVDOZDVEDVHGRQODVW\HDUÂśVJUDQG OLVW7KHWD[ELOOVIRUWKLV\HDUZLOOXVHDJUDQG OLVWWKDWLVDWRIPDUNHWYDOXH:LOOWKH WD[ UDWHV EH DGMXVWHG WR DFFRXQW IRU UHDS-Â SUDLVDOV" Yes. Â In Â those Â towns Â that Â have Â reappraised Â for Â 2012, Â the Â common Â level Â of Â appraisal Â used Â to Â calculate Â the Â rates Â will Â be Â the Â ratio Â of Â the Â reap-Â praised Â 2012 Â education Â grand Â list Â to Â the Â equal-Â L]HG HGXFDWLRQ JUDQG OLVW FHUWLÂżHG -DQXDU\ 2012. Â The Â Director Â of Â PVR Â is Â charged Â by Â statute Â with Â determining Â whether Â a Â reappraisal Â has Â oc-Â curred Â that Â warrants Â a Â new Â CLA.. 7RZQV DOVR OHY\ WD[HV IRU KLJKZD\V DQG RWKHUPXQLFLSDOVHUYLFHV$UHWKHUHGLIIHUHQW UDWHVIRUKRPHVWHDGDQGQRQUHVLGHQWLDOSURS-Â HUWLHV" No. Â Municipal Â taxes Â that Â pay Â for Â highways Â and Â other Â municipal Â services Â are Â levied Â on Â the Â municipal Â grand Â list. Â With Â the Â exception Â of Â the Â few Â communities Â that Â have Â different Â rates Â in Â ac-Â cord Â with Â their Â charter, Â municipal Â taxes Â are Â not Â
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