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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. 

Island Insights: 2020 Market Highlights in Grand Isle County

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Grand Isle 2020 Market Update

This past year was unprecedented in many ways, at the start of the pandemic it was hard to say what the impact would be on the housing market. However, despite the many challenges, 2020 turned out to be one of the hottest markets we have ever seen with homes selling faster than ever. 

One of the factors that led to this ‘pop’ in the market was that the coronavirus had homebuyers reassessing their criteria for a home. Folks spent more time at home which led to clients searching for more square footage, home offices, as well as larger outdoor space. Due to many working remotely, new areas of the state were considered. This along with the inability to travel, resulted in an increase in the second home market or second homeowners became full time residents. 

The Lake Champlain area was an ideal place for many in-state and out-of-state buyers and people selling their home took advantage of the sellers market. These factors combined with the record low mortgage rates made buyers eager to find their dream home. However, the lack of inventory made for a very competitive market. 

Ultimately, both buyers and sellers overcame, making 2020 one for the books. In Grand Isle County, 181 homes were sold. That is an increase of 19.1% from 2019 with more luxury and lakefront homes selling than usual. 14 homes sold for over $1 million in Grand Isle County--more homes than the last 4 years combined!

In Grand Isle County new listings were down 5.2% to 219 compared to 231 in 2019. Due to low inventory, competition among buyers was high and many listings were seeing multiple offers and selling above asking price. As a result, the days on market till sale has decreased 14.6% and the median sales price has increased 13.2%. As we kick off the new year, the real estate market is holding strong and buyers are still actively searching in our area. Inventory is at an all time low with just 32* homes for sale in Grand Isle County giving sellers the upper hand. Home prices are on the rise and buyers are in high demand, if you're thinking of selling now is the time!

*As of February 1, 2021


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Just Listed: New Luxury Lakefront Condos in North Hero Village

New construction opportunity coming to North Hero. Located on the site of the Historic North Hero House Inn and Restaurant on Lake Champlain's City Bay in the center of North Hero Village. The project consists of nine new construction luxury residential condominiums designed in a manner consistent with the architecture and character of this picturesque village. The Steamship Pier Condominium Residences will offer commanding views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains and offer shared use of a sandy beach, the 150 ft Pier and private Marina with Boat slips available on-site. Various finish options are available including appliances, flooring, paint, cabinets and countertops. Construction to be completed by Hayward Design Build.

Available Units:

Homestead Unit #3

Southwind Unit #2

Southwind Unit #3

For more information about the Steamship Pier Condominiums please contact us

Homestead, Steamship Pier Condos, North Hero, VT

Homestead, Steamship Pier Condos, North Hero, VT

Homestead, Steamship Pier Condos, North Hero, VT



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