Islands Realty

Island Insights: 3 Ways to Boost Your Home's Summer Curb Appeal

Increasing your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be extremely costly or timely. Spending some time maintaining the exterior of your property has great benefits. It will increase your home's charm and help you keep up with general maintenance whether you're thinking of putting your home on the market or not. Check out these easy projects that will help your home achieve that sought after exterior appearance without breaking the bank!

Curb Appeal Tricks Vermont Homes Selling Real Estate

1. Pressure Wash & Paint

Rent or borrow a pressure washer from your neighbor to clear any debris and dirt from the home's exterior. Consider also adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door or trim for a quick transformation.


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2. Plant Colorful Flowers

Add a pop of color to your front entry to draw your eye to the front entrance. Add a flowerpot to the front steps or plant some annuals in the front garden to complement your home's style.

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3. Refresh Your Old Hardware 
This is an affordable yet impactful way to take your home’s exterior appeal to the next level. Replace the door knob and/or purchase new house numbers.

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Real Estate Agent Jackson Valley Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

New Agent Welcome
Please join us in welcoming Jackson Valley as a licensed sales associate. Jackson looks forward to helping guide folks through the biggest decision of their life, and getting to know more about them through the process. Learn more about Jackson.

Coldwell Banker Islands Realty Tim Trapani Retires

Tim Trapani Retired!
A big congratulations to Tim Trapani on his retirement! Tim was a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Islands Realty for the last 12 years and has helped countless families with their real estate needs. Enjoy retirement Tim!

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Vermont Real Estate Market Update: June 2022

Vermont Real Estate Market Update June 2022


Rising inflation, soaring home prices, and increased mortgage interest rates have combined to cause a slowdown in the U.S. housing market. To help quell inflation, which reached 8.6% as of last measure in May, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point in June, the largest interest rate hike since 1994. Higher prices, coupled with 30-year fixed mortgage rates approaching 6%, have exacerbated affordability challenges and rapidly cooled demand, with home sales and mortgage applications falling sharply from a year ago.

New Listings decreased 11.8 percent for single-family homes and 20.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 19.6 percent for single-family homes and 9.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 22.3 percent for single-family homes and 38.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 19.5 percent to $460,000 for single-family homes and 23.3 percent to $357,555 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 47.8 percent for single-family homes and 41.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 12.5 percent for single-family homes and 33.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

With monthly mortgage payments up more than 50% compared to this time last year, the rising costs of homeownership have sidelined many prospective buyers. Nationally, the median sales price of existing homes recently exceeded $400,000 for the first time ever, a 15% increase from the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. As existing home sales continue to soften nationwide, housing supply is slowly improving, with inventory up for the second straight month. In time, price growth is expected to moderate as supply grows; for now, however, inventory remains low, and buyers are feeling the squeeze of higher prices all around.

Do you have questions about the current market? We're here to help. Contact us today.

The Best Lunch Spots in the Lake Champlain Islands

Looking for the best places to eat in the Lake Champlain Islands? You’ve come to the right place! This local Vermont guide will direct you to the best eats in the area. 

1. Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli 

Wally's Place has delicious bagels, homemade bread, sandwiches, and sweet treats! Wally's has been South Hero's local bagel shop since 2008 and is conveniently located at Community Lane in South Hero. 

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2. Seb’s Snack Bar

Locally owned and operated this iconic South Hero staple is open daily from 11am to 6pm during the months of May through October. Indulge in fried food in the heart of the South Hero village and don’t forget to grab a creemee post lunch. 

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3. Hero’s Welcome General Store

Head to Hero’s Welcome for the best sandwiches in the Champlain Islands! Enjoy your lunch outside while taking in the views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains in the distance. This spot is located right in the North Hero Village on City Bay. 

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4. Steamship Pier Bar and Barbecue

Sit down for lunch on the shores of Lake Champlain at the pier bar located at the North hero Inn and Restaurant. Their lobster roll and BBQ options are some of the best in town. 

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5. Bravo Zulu Lakeside Bar

Bravo Zulu is the most recent addition to the Lake Champlain Islands. This eatery located at Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant. From sandwiches, salads, to larger plates their large menu will be sure to have something for everyone.  

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6. The Hive Cafe

Check out the Hive Cafe for salads, grilled sandwiches, burgers and more! It is located at Allenholm on South Street and is open from 11am-6pm during the summer months. Just note the cafe is closed on Wednesdays!

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7. Keeler’s Bay Variety 

Keeler’s Bay Variety Store and Liquor Store in South Hero has great to-go options if you’re in a hurry. They also have a great deli if you’re looking for a hearty sandwich.

8. Mckees Island Pub & Pizza 

Craving a slice? Mckees in South Hero has you covered. In addition to great pizza, they have an extensive menu with many different Italian options.

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Local eat and drink options are plentiful in the Lake Champlain Islands! Looking to plan your next Island adventure? Read our summer day trip guide



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New Agent Welcome: Jackson Valley

We are pleased to announce that Jackson Valley has joined Coldwell Banker Islands Realty as a licensed sales associate. Learn more about Jackson below. 

Jackson has been extremely blessed to call the Champlain Islands his home for the past 14 years. At the age of five, he moved to Grand Isle, Vermont with his mother, father, twin brother and the transition could not have gone smoother. This town quickly grew in importance and continues to hold sentimental meaning to him. He spent K-8th grade in the Grand Isle school system, making good friends and finding a love for sports. He kept busy year-round with soccer in the fall, basketball and snowboarding in the winter, and baseball in the spring. He graduated from Colchester High School, where he formed lifelong friendships and played varsity basketball for three years. In the summers, his most important memories would have to be of the time spent on the Champlain Islands. Golfing, camping, hiking, and boating are just a few ways he likes to spend the sunny days on the Islands.

Jackson is very goal driven, hardworking, and dedicated. He is very motivated and eager to learn new things and take on challenges. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, as well as the Vermont Association of Realtors. He looks forward to helping guide folks through the biggest decision of their life, and getting to know more about them through the process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jackson with any questions about the market or any other real estate-related questions you have. 

Connect with Jackson today!


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