Location, Location, Location!

If you are a homeowner, I’m sure you have heard the phrase before….location, location, location.  This and many other factors play key roles in determining the value of your property.  Locations on busy roads, near commercial areas and other factors might not be as attractive to homebuyers.  Another factor to consider when pricing your property is the condition of the property.  If the home needs work, the price needs to account for that.  The most important key to selling your home is pricing.  Price it too high, it will not sell.  You don’t want to be chasing the market.  Pricing properly from the start will attract the most buyers and exposure for your home.

This week’s featured home 1583 Stratton Hill Rd in Marlboro, Vermont.  Incredibly sweet camp style property in outstanding setting. Cross the rugged steel bridge to gentle winding driveway to a handsome thinned out Pine knoll, where this remarkably well kept structure overlooks a wooded setting abutting large tracts of land suitable for hunting and outdoor recreation. Inside find 2 bedrooms, an accessible loft, kitchen, dining area, living room & woodstove, and a very large deck. Water is pumped to a large holding tank and gravity fed to the kitchen and 1/2 bath. Lights, refrigerator, & stove are all propane. This seasonal home has been enjoyed by the same families that built it and it would be one that you could truly enjoy for many more. A really special offering!

Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  2/16 – 3/8/2014

 63 Hyde, Rockingham $17,000  Days On Market:  173

223 Abbott, Windham $36,900  DOM:  10

226 East West Road, Dummerston  $30,000  DOM:  105

54 Merrill Dr, Brookline  $36,000  DOM:  891

10 Beech Tree Dr, Newfane  $80,500  DOM:  132

413 Wellington Hill Rd, Westminster  $108,500  DOM:  78

51 South St, Brattleboro  $155,000  DOM:  186

1083 East Mountain Rd, Guilford $160,000  DOM:  90

42 Penny Ave, Stratton  $218,900  DOM:  12

82 Country Dr, Guilford  $200,000  DOM:  143

322 Old Guilford Rd, Brattleboro  $239,000  DOM:  12

301 Maple St, Brattleboro  $301,000  DOM:  325

61 Pine Ridge Rd, Putney  $400,000  DOM: 124

Desna Mandich

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Tips for Selling your Home in Winter – BRRR!

Winter can be a challenging time to attempt to sell your home but some simple tricks can help get the buyers out of the cold.  First, turn up your thermostat.  Make sure the home is warm and inviting by keeping the temperature inside toasty; if you have a woodstove or fireplace use that as well.  Second, make sure you are thorough with snow and ice removal on the driveways and walking paths.  A prospective buyer will want to explore a little and check out the exterior of the home.  Make that possible for them by clearing a path.  And finally, make sure to note winter activities that are nearby, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling. 

This week’s featured home is 191 Banning Road Brookline.  This is a spectacular offering atop Putney Mountain: Davis post and beam home situated on 20+ acres with breathtaking expansive views of Brookline, Stratton and Bromley. First time offered for sale, this private retreat blends the luxury and comfort of a post and beam home with the splendor of Vermont landscape. Spend your days hiking or snowshoeing around your land, skiing at nearby mountains or simply gazing out at some of the most incredible views in Vermont. The home is accented with massive walls of windows, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors and stone fireplace. Outside, enjoy wrap-around decks and hot tub!                                                                                             

Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  1/13 – 1/24/2014

39 Elm Street, Brattleboro         $76,650 Days on Market: 97

491 S Main Street, Brattleboro   $80,000 DOM: 108

911 Pikes Falls Rd, Jamaica    $154,000 DOM: 141

42 Pine Lane, Jamaica             $165,000 DOM: 68

7 Hillcrest Terrace, Brattleboro  $175,000 DOM: 244

76 Binney Brook Rd, Wilmington $170,000 DOM: 37

171 Reed Rd, Athens                $190,000 DOM: 61

56 Smith Rd, Whitingham          $220,000 DOM: 1080

227 Upper Dam Rd,  Wilmington $230,000 DOM: 130

4074 Coolidge Highway, Guilford $345,000 DOM: 126

Desna Mandich

Desna Mandich

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors


802-254-6400, ext.134


Happy New Year! 2013 Year In Review

Looking back at 2013, in terms of real estate, it wasn’t a great year and it wasn’t a bad year.  Once could easily say that the market seems to be getting better.  Home sales are up from 2012.  In terms of single family sales in Windham County as reported by nnerenmls.com, there were 435 closed sales in 2013 ranging from $30,500 to $3,850,000.  This number is up from 2012 when there were only 383 closed sales.  Moving into 2014, many economic forecasters predict the market gaining more momentum!

This week’s featured home is 25 Woodlands Lane in Newfane.   This nicely landscaped parcel has a rural feel yet is only a minute or two off a main road allowing easy access to Brattleboro and I-91. There is a 20×40 in-ground pool that is graced with lovely ornamental grasses and plantings. A screened gazebo and a deck allow for outside entertainment and the 4-bay heated garage has a finished room above, offering an opportunity to incorporate a working situation on the premises or lots of extra space for vehicles and belongings. The house has an abundance of natural light plus a flowing floor plan on the first level offering lots of common living space plus a master bedroom and full bath. There are two bedrooms on the second level that are large enough to incorporate private sitting areas in each room. The second floor bathroom is oversized and has an attached sauna. This property includes a huge list of amenities, come take a look and start checking them off your list of “wants”.                                                                                         

Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  12/21- 12/31/13

72 Meadowbrook Rd, Brattleboro $70,000 Days on Market: 171

6 Sunset Hill Rd, Vernon             $178,000 DOM: 17

46 Spruce Grove Rd, Wilmington $200,000  DOM: 110

20 Ray Hill Rd Wilmington           $199,900 DOM: 1112

35 Ellen Ware Rd, Brookline        $219,000 DOM: 198

231 Carriage Hill Rd Brattleboro   $225,000 DOM:  87

3 Camp Rd, Dover                      $550,000 DOM: 230

Desna Mandich

Desna Mandich

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors


802-254-6400, ext.134


The Most Popular Real Estate Websites?


According to NAR, the National Association of Realtors, the top ten real estate websites get over half of the real estate web traffic.  The top real estate website is Zillow.  Followed closely by Trulia and then Realtor.com comes in at number three but with less popularity than the first two.  What makes these sights so popular?.  Easy navigating, powerful tools and easy access to information all seem to be the key.  Also, getting to the top of the search engine rankings helps too. 


This week’s featured home is 1966 Morse Brook Rd Westminster, VT.   The tasteful interior of this one level home offers a formal dining room, a very spacious living room with woodstove and a master bedroom and bath in addition to an office, two other bedrooms and another full bath. The inviting kitchen has plenty of cabinetry and work space for preparing foods and the deck, which is off of the dining room, is perfect for larger gatherings. The basement has potential for extended living space and has sliders to the side yard. The parcel has a large open area, perfect for gardens and is located just a mile and a half from I-91 on a quiet and peaceful country road.


Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  09/27-10/10/2013

474 Horse Nail Hill, Windham         $52,500 Days on Market: 209

93 North Main Street, Wilmington   $61,000 DOM: 1188

15 Corey Hill, Rockingham,            $114,900 DOM: 492

53 Atkinson, Rockingham              $107,000 DOM: 22

26 Barbara Lane, Jamaica             $100,000 DOM: 195

1357 Turkey Mountain Rd, Jamaica $99,317 DOM:  0

1380 Athens Rd, Townsend            $117,500 DOM:  99

48 Reese Circle, Rockingham         $139,900 DOM: 11

21 Alpine Loop, Dover                    $150,000 DOM: 34

1483 Stage Rd, Guilford                 $147,000 DOM: 189

127 Fannie Hill, Wilmington            $175,000 DOM: 2

163 Minor Rd, Wilmington              $195,000 DOM: 21

254 Middle Rd, Dummerston           $229,900 DOM: 0

30 Brown Road Wilmington             $295,000 DOM: 733

1444 Lower Dover Rd. Marlboro       $300,000 DOM: 674

554 Black Mountain Rd, Brattleboro $312,500  DOM: 68

334 Stowe Hill Rd, Wilmington        $449,000 DOM: 638

237 Hillcrest, Brattleboro                $450,000 DOM: 94

476 Upper Dover Rd, Marlboro         $696,000 DOM: 162

Desna Mandich

Desna Mandich

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors


802-254-6400, ext.134


Before the Snow Flies!

Next to spring, fall is the busiest time for home buying, according to Realtor.com.  Year-end tax benefits, good weather for moving and a large selection of inventory make it a perfect time to buy or sell.  Once the snows flies, checking out the exterior of a home and exploring the property seem less appealing to most.  Grab the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful late fall weather and low-interest rates and explore some homes today!

This weeks featured home is 216 Wiswall Hill, Newfane.  Just a short distance from the picturesque Newfane Village, on a country dirt road, you will find this cozy cottage with southern exposure on 3+ acres, including garden space, wetlands, stone walls, and peaceful neighboring woodlands. The 24 x 8 ft. deck overlooks a spacious front yard. Large bay windows, glass doors and skylights create a bright and inviting interior and provide calming views of nature. Features include a country kitchen with cathedral ceiling, bath with delightful claw foot tub & shower, narrow gauge oak floors in living room, bedrooms & bath; durable fir floor in kitchen. An adaptable floor plan and interesting spaces offer many possibilities for use. This property would be well suited for a primary home, vacation get-away or retirement home.


Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  10/13- 10/27/2013

77 Goose City Rd  Dover  $30,500  DOM:  91

2144 Rockingham   Rockingham  $30,299  DOM:  22

211 Atcherson Hollow Rd  Rockingham  $51,000  DOM:  104

1005 Chapel Hill Rd  Whitingham  $68,000  DOM:  241

1165 Taft Rd  Townsend  $143,000 DOM:  97

84 Fuller Dr  Brattleboro  $150,000  DOM:  179

185 Oak Grove Ave Brattleboro  $160,000  DOM:  454

12 Beech Tree Lane  Dover  $150,000  DOM:  95

9 Wolf Lane  Dover  $160,000  DOM:  95

1503 Stage Road  Guilford $180,000  DOM:  98

192 Wiswall Hill Newfane  $185,000  DOM:  17

1600  Hartley Hill, Westminster  $247,500  DOM:  22

28 Heritage Dr  Dover  $257,000  DOM:  54

16 Lane Drive  Newfane  $278,000  DOM:  93

419 Shearer Hill Road  Wilmington  $390,000  DOM:  553

Desna Mandich

Desna Mandich

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors


802-254-6400, ext.134


What do I need to do to Make my Home Sell?

Has your home been on the market for months and activity is little or non-existent?  There are many factors that can contribute to this – most important is PRICE!  Even the most undesirable property will sell if it’s priced properly.  Other ways to attract buyers are organizing your home, simple staging techniques and making sure your home is clean and tidy.  Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the house. 

57 Sartwell Drive, Vernon VT This week’s featured home is 57 Sartwell Drive in Vernon VT.  This handsome contemporary home is light filled and inviting and is sited on almost 3 acres of lawn and woodland with an in-ground pool, meandering year-round brook and fenced pasture with a 24×16 run-in shed. The interior provides comfortable living space with hardwood, ceramic and carpeted floors, cathedral ceiling with fans, first floor master bedroom with en suite bath, two additional bedrooms (sharing a full bath), study with skylights and patio door to a deck and a huge L-shaped family room with woodstove in the lower level. Attached 2-car garage, underground utilities, central vac, newer septic and much more all add to the value.                                                                          

Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  09/15 – 9/22/2013

216 Fairview Ave, Wilmington $120,000 Days On Market: 170

243 Fairview Ave, Wilmington $120,000 DOM: 184

3570 Reed Hill Rd, Halifax       $110,000 DOM: 871

244 Fairview Ave, Wilmington $205,000 DOM: 147

33 Fern Drive, Guilford             $225,000 DOM: 369

149 Magic Circle, Londonderry $230,500 DOM: 32

386 Orchard Street, Brattleboro  $216,500 DOM: 32

891 Magic Circle, Londonderry  $249,500  DOM: 87

34 Brookline Rd, Athens             $290,000 DOM: 136

55 Crosstown Rd, Dover              $329,000 DOM: 77

Desna Mandich

Desna Mandich

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors


802-254-6400 , ext.134


Hot Tips for Homebuyers!

What are the most important tips for homebuyers today?  According to CNN Money, here are some of the top tips: 

  1. Don’t buy unless you are planning on staying put. 
  2. Remember: real estate is a long term investment. 
  3. Check out your credit rating.  Sometimes it’s best to “fix” your credit prior to buying.  This can save lots of money in the long run. 
  4. Get pre-approved, so you can determine your appropriate price range. 
  5. And, make sure to stay within your budget. 

This week’s featured home is 795 US Rte 5 in Dummerston.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a home with high visibility and plenty of room for your home business and your residence. The commercial zoning allows for many uses. Sited on almost 2 acres of mostly level land, this property has plenty of room for a veggie garden, has a barn for storage or animals and room to fence some of the property for pasture. The home could remain a single family or be converted to a 2-unit. The rooms are large and light, all windows have been replaced and the chimney was recently lined and a woodstove insert was installed.                                                                                   

Real Estate Homes Sales Windham County Vermont  09/1- 9/7/2013

233 East Road, Whitingham             $122,500 Days On Market: 58

379 Tallwood Circle, Londonderry  $120,000 DOM:  54

89 Brattle Street, Brattleboro            $142,500 DOM: 45

304 South Main Street, Brattleboro  $145,000 DOM:  17

118 Cedar Street, Brattleboro            $165,000 DOM: 4

199 Turkey Mountain Rd, Jamaica    $213,100 DOM: 320

61 Snow Shoe Road, Wilmington     $250,000 DOM:  364

282 Pam Hill, Wardsboro                  $235,000 DOM:  344

Desna Mandich

Desna Mandich

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors