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Island Insights: Holiday Hoopla At Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

Holiday Hoopla At Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

Kick off the season of giving in The Islands! Coldwell Banker Islands Realty invites you to our second annual Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10am-1pm at our office in South Hero, VT. 

We are grateful to be a part of The Champlain Islands community and to have another year guiding our clients home. To show our appreciation, we’ll be hosting a Holiday Hoopla with a wreath giveaway, hot cocoa bar by Let's Pretend Catering and pictures with Santa. Wreaths are from Northeast Kingdom Balsam and are first come, first serve so arrive early!

Graphic: Holiday Hoopla At Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

In the giving spirit? We will be accepting donations for the NVRA Winter Coat Drive. Please bring a new or used coat. All coats collected will be donated to Spectrum Youth & Family Services. We also have are accepting donations for Toys For Kids.

All are welcome to join this cheerful community event. We look forward to seeing you! Visit the Facebook event page for updates.

Champlain Islands Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? There are plenty of options right in the Champlain Islands! This holiday season we challenge you to shop local and support Grand Isle County businesses. We curated a list of 7 Island Businesses To Shop At This Season.

Graphic: Champlain Islands Holiday Gift Guide

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Hidden Home: Stunning South Hero Log Cabin

This beautiful lakefront log cabin is secluded on a private cove on South Hero Island's scenic West Shore Road. The interior features exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. The floor-to-ceiling windows fill the home with buttery natural light. 

Watch to see the interior and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see more Hidden Vermont Homes!

7 Champlain Islands Businesses To Shop At This Season

Champlain Islands Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? There are plenty of options right in the Champlain Islands! This holiday season we challenge you to shop local and support Grand Isle County businesses. Below are just some of the shops and talented local artisans located right here in the Islands.

1. Island Craft Shop, South Hero

The Island Craft Shop is the oldest artisan cooperative in Grand Isle County and features over 21 artisans with a wide variety of handmade goods. They are open from 10am - 4pm on Friday, November 25 and every Saturday and Sunday until December 19. For more information check out their Facebook Page.

2. Arbor Farm Market, South Hero

Arbor Farm Market features a variety of farm fresh products as well as many items from Vermont makers. You can visit them Wednesdays-Sundays to browse the great gifts such as handcrafted jewelry and pretty pottery pieces. Shop

3. Dusty Pine Wood Design, Grand Isle

Dusty Pine Wood Design is a maker of quality wood decor and furniture based in Grand Isle. They specialize in custom builds and gifts with a focus on utilizing reclaimed materials. To see their holiday market schedule and shop visit DustyPineWoodDesign.com

4. Island Charm, Alburgh

Artisan Handcrafted Jewelry. Beautiful beaded jewelry, charms and more. All items, whether unique jewelry or decorative wind chimes, are handcrafted in Alburgh, VT. Follow them on Facebook or shop on IslandCharmVermont.com

5. Grand Isle Art Works, Grand Isle

The Grand Isle Art Works has a variety of fine arts and crafts ranging from glass, mixed media, clay, wood, photography and much more! They feature makers across Vermont as well as Island artisans. Shop

6. Hero's Welcome General Store, North Hero

When in doubt, head to Hero’s Welcome in the North Hero Village. This general store is an Island staple, packed with games, books, gag gifts, household items, clothing, and a wide selection of local goods! Shop 

7. Viva Marketplace, South Hero

Viva Marketplace while it is closed for the season they are holding three Saturday holiday markets. You can expect to find curated gifts, jewelry, clothing, and many other items made right in Vermont. Shop

This list highlights just some of the great small businesses that are here in The Champlain Islands. What other small businesses do you like to support? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Vermont Real Estate Market Update: October 2022

Infographic Vermont Real Estate Market Update Oct 2022

Existing home sales declined nationwide for the eighth consecutive month, falling 1.5% as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), with sales down nearly 24% from the same period last year. Pending home sales also declined, dropping 10.9% month-to-month, exceeding economists’ expectations. Stubbornly high inflation and soaring borrowing costs have eroded buyer purchasing power and have caused the market to cool rapidly this year.

New Listings decreased 9.2 percent for single-family homes and 2.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 21.0 percent for single-family homes but increased 1.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

Inventory decreased 9.0 percent for single-family homes and 29.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties.The Median Sales Price was up 9.8 percent to $435,000 for single-family homes and 16.3 percent to $330,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 6.7 percent for single-family homes and 45.8 percent for townhouse condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory increased 6.7 percent for single-family homes but increased 25.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The US housing market is undergoing a major shift, and affordability continues to be an obstacle for buyers and sellers. Mortgage rates have doubled since March, and home prices remain elevated due to a limited supply of homes, although price gains are slowing at a quickening pace. As a result, many homeowners are waiting until market conditions improve to sell their home, while other sellers are increasingly cutting prices and offering concessions to attract a greater number of buyers.

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

NVRA Winter Coat Drive 2022

Northwest Vermont Realtor Association Winter Coat Drive 2022

Coldwell Banker Islands Realty is excited to be participating in the Northwest Vermont Realtor Association's Winter Coat Drive. Please stop by our office at 38 Community Lane in South Hero between to drop off new or used coats before December 6th. Office hours are 9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. All donations will benefit the Spectrum Youth & Family Services. Visit NVRA's website for all drop off locations and hours. 

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