Tuesday, January 26, 2010

RARE 3 bedroom end unit in Burlington

These three bedroom condos have never been listed on the MLS in this development. This unit is priced below appraisal value. Enjoy south-end of Burlington and a quick walk through the woods to lake, bike-path, and park. Updated appliances, floors, new windows, new counter top, updated bathrooms and light fixtures, new roof, new hot-water tank, new smoke detectors, and fresh paint! Pool, tennis court, basket ball court, so much to enjoy! For more info click here
This end-unit is owned by VT state licensed realtor with Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty. A 1-year home warranty will be purchased for purchaser. Feel free to email me at mbedard@hickokandboardman.com for more information.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How will YOU do in 2010 Year of the TIGER??

On February 14, 2010 the Chinese New Year begins. This will begin the year of the Tiger. Do you know how your Chinese Sign will do this year?

Is this a good time for you to sell or buy a new home? How will your Chinese sign do financially this year? What is the forecast for you romantically? What about your health? Do you know your Chinese animal sign? It actually goes beyond that!

Many sites will calculate your animal sign and briefly tell you how you will do in the year of the tiger. But to be 100% accurate, PLEASE use this site to calculate a detailed actual picture by also factoring in your birth time. YOU NEED to calculate not only your animal sign but ALSO your Ba Zi Element. I have made it easy for you by researching and finding this one site that will serve you best. Click here and scroll down to Ba Zi Element to calculate your forecast for the year of the tiger.

During this time of the Chinese New Year I like to evaluate my feng shui. I like to clean out closets, re-paint rooms, fix broken items in the house, eliminate clutter, and donate things I no longer use. I also like to make a list of goals that I have for the year. The Chinese have red envelopes that they use for this and burn them with their intentions (similar to new years resolutions). It is a nice ritual that I love to do to inspire me for the year.

As you may know, the tax credit eligibility will end at the end of the month April 2010. Interest rates are expected to rise 6%-7% after this time. Although these rates are still historically low, right NOW may be the best time for you and your family to move. If the year of the TIGER is your year, make the most of it now while you can. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to take a look at a property. You can email me at mbedard@hickokandboardman.com

~Picture of tiger taken from Declan McCullah Photography

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lawrence Yun speaks about future of Housing Market; charts included

On Tuesday January 12, 2010 I attended the NVBR meeting at the Shearton in Burlington, Vermont to listen to chief economist, Lawrence Yun speak about the future of the housing market.

I have provided you with three choices. You can either read my TOP FIVE points that I gathered, listen to a video of Lawrence Yun speaking directly where he summarizes these points, or view the Graphs he used that apply directly to his presentation.

Top Five points I gathered from Lawrence Yun presentation on Tuesday January 12, 2010:

1. Price declines are over
2. Inventory is falling meaning we are approaching a more balanced market (balanced market is a six month supply of inventory)
3. We will begin to see an increase in jobs in the next quarter
4. Tax credit is working with 2 million 1st time home buyers potentially claiming credit to date and an expected additional 2.4 million buyers taking advantage of tax credit by the end of June 2010 so that existing home sales will get a 15% boost and home prices will get a 3%-5% boost.
5. Interest rates will rise in the spring perhaps 6%-7% so people should take advantage of the lower rates now allowing them to save more monthly on their mortgage.

Feel free to email me at moniqueb@hickokandboardman.com
with any questions or comments you may have

Picture of Lawrence Yun taken from sarastoarealtors.com

Lawrence Yun speaks about Future of Housing

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New pick of the month property since last one sold within week.

So my listing on Weaver Street in Winooski went under contract in less than a week (It was my pick of the month...I called that one!)
I have found another one for you...so you don't get too bummed out.

Imagine yourself roaming through your light filled home in Burlington and walking into your open updated kitchen (with very updated attractive cupboards!). Can you feel the hardwood floors under your feet as you gaze out onto your private yard and deck? This home is priced at $219,900 with 2 bedrooms and additional office space downstairs. This is a fantastic updated home ready for you to move in. I can't believe the value here. My colleague at Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty, Geri Reilly, has listed a real gem here! Call me today to schedule a showing. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the first time home buyer tax credit and low interest rates (wall street journal reported today a significant increase in interest rates over 2010). If you have any comments or would like to schedule a showing, contact me at mbedard@hickokandboardman.com You should really see this home!