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5 Interior Improvements that will Leave Buyers Blown Away  

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There are small changes that you can make inside your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. While it may seem like a minor detail, investing your time to take care of the nitty gritty aspects such as, decluttering and rearranging pays off. Here are a five quick ways to revamp the interior of your home:

kitchen with warm lighting

1. Ambient Lighting

Depending on the mood you are aiming for, think about the types of light bulbs you may be using. Try swapping your current lightbulbs out for warm, incandescent light bulbs for a homey feel. If you are trying to attain a bright and clean atmosphere in your home LED light bulbs will provide ample cool light.

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window view of lake

2.  Give your windows and curtains some attention

Consider replacing heavy curtains with a sheer curtain alternative. If new curtains aren’t in your budget, just be sure to open them to allow more natural light. While doing this, take a moment to observe your window panes. Have a great view? Make sure to wash your windows to enhance visibility and brighten up your interior space.

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bright and airy kitchen

3. Declutter and depersonalize 

Minimalism is key when preparing a home for a showing, start by removing any objects that might distract a home buyer. This includes clearing off your countertops, reorganizing any busy shelves, and removing personal photos. By depersonalizing the home, it allows potential buyers to visualize the space with their own belongings.

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staged living room

4. Staging your home

While staging doesn’t have to be extravagant there are many small tricks that can help the sale of your home. Try adding fresh flowers to the entryway, setting the dining room table, or rearranging the living room furniture to open up the space. Don’t exhaust yourself trying to make every room perfect, prioritize the most important areas and features of your home. 

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warm kitchen

5. Capitalize on the senses.

Create an atmosphere through visuals and aromas that might resonate with a potential buyer. Begin by neutralizing any odor with a deep clean, then consider burning a candle or baking fresh cookies before a showing. 

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We hope you found these tips helpful! Consult your Realtor on additional techniques to help make sure your home is showcased in the best light possible. 

Hidden Homes: Champlain Islands Lakefront Cape

January's hidden home was an exclusive in-house listing that sold this past December. Built in 2008 and renovated in 2014, this 3 bedroom and 2 and half bath home is sited on a bluff with acreage and 240 ft of easily accessible lakeshore. You will be sure to enjoy this unreleased virtual home tour of this adorable Champlain Islands Lakefront Cape!

(This home is not for sale) 

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Island Insights: CBIR Year in Review

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Happy New Year to our readers! As we begin a new year we are reflecting on 2020 and even though it was a difficult year with many changes we reached many milestones and are grateful to have had another successful year. 

After 26 years we moved into a new office, we rebranded, we launched a social mission to give back to our community, and we welcomed three new people to the CBIR team. The real estate market has kept us on our toes with shutdowns, stay at home orders, and embracing technology to offer virtual services. Despite these changes we have adapted and have continued to provide real estate services safely. 

We could not have reached these accomplishments without the support of our team, clients and community. We are grateful for all of your support. We look forward to the new year!

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Vermont Market Update: November 2020

See the latest Northwestern Vermont real estate market report presented by NVBR below.

The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® (NVBR) has released its market statistics for November 2020. The information is derived from data contained in the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

November saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average top 30,000 for the first time, while mortgage rates reached new record lows again. These new records have provided encouragement for buyers to move forward on home purchases, which continued to remain strong overall for the month.

New Listings decreased 2.2 percent for single-family homes and 38.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales increased 21.5 percent for single-family homes but decreased 9.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 52.2 percent for single-family homes and 55.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 17.2 percent to $358,500 for single-family homes and 7.0 percent to $259,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 30.2 percent for single-family homes and 48.1 percent for
townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 55.6 percent for single-family homes and 56.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Showing activity remains higher than the same period a year ago across most of the country, suggesting that strong buyer demand is likely to continue into what is typically the slowest time of year. With inventory remaining constrained in most market segments, sellers continue to benefit from the tight market conditions.

Vermont Real Estate Market Report November 2020

Vermont Market Update: October 2020

See the latest Northwestern Vermont real estate market report presented by NVBR below.

The Northwestern Vermont Board of REALTORS® (NVBR) has released its market statistics for October 2020. The information is derived from data contained in the New England Real Estate Network and covers Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

October continued to be busier than the calendar normally suggests. Buyer activity remains higher than normal for this time of year, while in many segments of the market housing supply remains much lower than one year ago. Multiple offers remain a common occurrence in many areas, keeping housing hot while the temperatures continue to fall.

New Listings decreased 0.9 percent for single-family homes and 25.6 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales increased 15.7 percent for single-family homes but decreased 4.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 47.5 percent for single-family homes and 51.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 18.5 percent to $339,500 for single-family homes and 0.2 percent to $277,500 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 34.4 percent for single-family homes and 47.8 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 48.8 percent for single-family homes and 54.5 percent for townhouse-condo
properties.

Mortgage rates dropped to new record lows again in October, helping to offset the monthly mortgage payment increases caused by the rise in home prices seen in many segments of the market across the country. While prices often dip a bit in the winter months, continued buyer demand may temper any price retreats this year.

Vermont Real Estate Market Report October 2020

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