Blog :: 05-2013

Young Moose in Barnard VT - May 2013

tech <p>Was coming home from the real estate office and saw this young moose on the side of the road, in Barnard VT - grazing on some tall grass.  Slowed the car down, took some video, and headed home for dinner.  Wow!  Vermont is Amazing! - John Snyder  May 29 2013</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_1430" align="alignnone" width="300"]<a href="http://youtu.be/zkt4NP25FA0" target= "_blank"><img class="size-medium wp-image-1430" title= "Video of a Young Moose in Barnard VT" alt="Snip20130530_5" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5725/blog/files/2013/05/Snip20130530_5-300x201.png" width="300" height="201" /></a> Young Moose in Barnard VT[/caption] </p> <p> </p>

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    Six Willows Farm - fabulous new listing

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    Six Willows Farm, Hartland VT  $2,250,000

    See more at www.sixwillowsfarm.com

    "SIX WILLOWS FARM" Hartland, VT - Stunningly beautiful Vermont estate comprised of 93.58 acres, main residence, guest cottage, barn and outbuildings. The 4+ BR 4 BA main residence with a unique circular "silo" addition, is privately situated on a knoll beyond the guest cottage. Spectacular long-range views of the New Hampshire mountains and Mt. Ascutney. Rolling pastures, fields, two ponds, beautiful and mature hardwoods, apple orchards, fabulous perennial and vegetable gardens. Perfect also as an equestrian / horse property, there is an historic 2 1/2 story barn with run-in shed, paddocks, chicken coop, clay tennis court, swimming pond, and trails - on a quiet country road and surrounded by other substantial properties. 10 mins to Woodstock, 3 mins to Hartland and 5 mins to I-91 and easy access to Hanover and points south. One of the most rare and special properties we have ever listed. First time on the market in 50 years.

     

    House prices rise 10.9% from a year ago: S&P/Case-Shiller report today

    From The Ticker:

    The S&P/Case-Shiller house-price index of 20 big metropolitan areas rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1%in March from February, the largest monthly gain since April 2006, and was up 10.9% from a year earlier. Existing-home sales have been higher than year-earlier levels for 22 straight months. They recently reached their highest monthly level since government home-buyer tax incentives expired in November 2009.

    Some beautiful new listings coming on the market soon...

    The US stock market keeps powering ahead.  For the past 3 years, it climbed the proverbial "wall of worry" and now it is simply moving ahead as underlying fundamentals slowly keep improving.  No-one wants to believe it, really, because the lingering memory of 2008-2009 left a fairly deep impression on most of us.  We are coming in on 5 years out from the "meltdown" at this point.  We understand that the vacation home areas around Boston (the Cape and particularly Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard) have been extremely hot for much of 2012 and ongoing, and a recent Boston Globe article talks about the sharp improvement in the Boston real estate market (see HERE).  That improvement usually takes about a year to reach the greater Woodstock area, so we are more and more confident that second-home buying in our area will continue to improve as we move out of "mud season" and into the summer.  Inventory levels are still higher than normal in this area with 270 residential homes for sale in the towns of Woodstock, Barnard, Pomfret, Hartland, West Windsor, Reading and Bridgewater as of this morning, so there are a lot of wonderful choices, but the inventory is being slowly mopped up by improved buying.  The number of homes listed for sale usually peaks in late spring/early summer each year (which is when many people choose to list their homes).  And it is worth noting that the 270 homes for sale in our area is a 15% improvement from the 310 homes for sale in June 2011.  There are some stunningly beautiful new luxury listings that have just come on the market (see HERE) or will be coming on shortly - stay tuned in coming weeks for those...

    - John Snyder

    Barnard General Store Re-Opened This Week!

    We are very excited that the Barnard General Store re-opened this week with full kitchen, baked goods, stocked shelves and beautiful produce.  Had a pastry and a hot cup of joe.  Was great to see it re-open, just in time for Memorial Day, swimming in Silver Lake and an ice cream cone!

    Barnard General Store, Barnard VT

    Barnard General Store, Barnard VT

    Barnard General Store Re-Opened This Week!

    tech <p>We are very excited that the Barnard General Store re-opened this week with full kitchen, baked goods, stocked shelves and beautiful produce.  Had a pastry and a hot cup of joe.  Was great to see it re-open, just in time for Memorial Day, swimming in Silver Lake and an ice cream cone!</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_677" align="alignnone" width="300"]<a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5725/blog/files/2011/01/Vermont-Picture-006.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-677" alt="Barnard General Store, Barnard VT" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5725/blog/files/2011/01/Vermont-Picture-006-300x199.jpg" width="300" height="199" /></a> Barnard General Store, Barnard VT[/caption] </p>

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      The very last of Vermont Snow (in Barnard)

      tech <p>Ok. So I was headed up the driveway to beautiful listing in Barnard this morning (mid $2 millions) and spotted this now-rare sight:  the last patch of snow, on a north-facing shady part of the driveway.  This has to be the absolute LAST holdout from a wonderful winter of snow in Vermont.  Green-up is coming soon.  - JS</p> <p> </p> <p><a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5725/blog/files/2013/05/last-of-barnard-snow.jpg"> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1408" alt= "last of barnard snow" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5725/blog/files/2013/05/last-of-barnard-snow-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" /></a></p>

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