Blog :: 2010

Winhall Real Estate Celebrates a Great Year!

Pat Scotty & Deb

It is hard to believe Christmas is in three days!  My presents are bought and mostly wrapped.    We celebrated a fabulous year in 2010!   We are presently in 2nd place for Sales in the area for the year by only $600 according to MLS Statistics!  This is accomplished by our great  staff.    We celebrated the year at our office party which was held at the Chanticleer Restaurant in Dorset, VT.

We had a great time celebrating.

Pat & Scotty are in Sales &  Seasonal rentals.  Deb is our office manger who holds us all together.    Tara is in Short Term rentals.   Carrie   is in Sales and Seasonal rentals and received the award for the most seasonal rentals this year.

Each year, We honor the top listing and Sales agent for the year.

This year Carol Cantwell received the awards for both.

In the past year, there have been 44 sales in Winhall, 27 in Stratton, 21 in Jamaica.   We have participated in 48 of this sales.    The prices were a wide range from $27,000 for a small camp to $2,311,600 for a home in High Meadow with extra building lots.    We have had a great year and are all looking forward to another strong year for the real estate market at Stratton.

Skiing Stratton 2010! Stratton Winter Seasonal Rentals

Hard to believe that the ski season has started at Stratton.  Oct 15th, a foot of snow fell on Stratton Mountain making a real contrast to the beautiful fall colors.    A friend of mine, eager to start the ski season, hiked to the the top of the mountain.   After enjoying the view, started skiing down, realizing that the snow was heavy and wet,  decided to proceed down carefully but she certainly had First tracks!

Our winter season rentals have been renting but there are still several Stratton trail side availabilities. One thing we are finding,  many renters have dogs and most of the condo complexes at Stratton have rules against having a dog unless you are an owner.  Now is a good time to look at new equipment so you will be ready for the upcoming season .

Signs of Fall at Stratton Mountain


House for Sale on Cole Pond

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area



Strattonwald at Stratton Mountain -

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area



Stratton Mtn Trails Vt from Golf course

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area



Ravenwood - Meadow - Fall Flowers Stratton VT

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area



Fall in Bondville

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area



Fall Colors, Bondvile Vt.

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area



Fall - Bromley Leaves

Waterfront House for Sale on Cole Pond, Stratton Mountain Resort Area


Stratton Mountain Getting Ready For Winter

The weather is beautiful here at Stratton Mountain.

Stratton Winter Rentals News


Stratton Mountain From the Stratton Golf Course

Stratton Mountain Fall Foliage


The leaves are turning and even though we did not have a lot of rain the foliage has many reds and blues.    Stratton Winter rentals are moving with lots of people already booking their homes and condos for the winter season.   Our Short term department is also booking shorter term rentals at Stratton for Christmas and New Years.

The market here continues to grow.   The volume of sold Homes and Condos in Stratton  Mountain  area has grown 109.80%* from the previous year to date.   The average sales price of a condo has increased 22.81%* to $491,662. The list to sell ratio is 88.02% with an average days on the market of 258.*

The number of recently listed home and  condo  listings in the Stratton Mountain< resort area has decreased by 8.6%*.  All this being said, there are still some great buys in homes and condos that are available for this winter season.   (*according to NNEREN MLS Statistics)

Events - Peru Fair

If you are thinking about a trip to Vermont, a great event is the Peru Fair, taking place Saturday the 25th of September in Peru Village.    The pig-theme continues throughout the day with an organic pig roast beginning at 11 a.m. Entertainment and 75 Vermont crafts vendors will be on hand, along with hay rides and magic acts. The fun ends at 4 p.m. Park at Bromley Mountain where shuttles are waiting to take you to the fair site. It's a nice way to enjoy a fall day.

Stratton and Bromley Mountain offer scenic rides to the top to enjoy the foliage.   The shops are all open and ready to help out fit you and your family for the winter season.

Stratton Winter Rental Market News

It is hard to believe we are halfway through August and before we know it, the wonderful warm weather will leave us and we will be looking at new winter jackets and the latest in Skis and Boots.  As winter approaches so do the many people looking to rent at Stratton Mountain Resort.   If you know you want to ski Stratton, now is a good time to buy your passes and sign your children up for seasonal programs.  The typical Stratton season starts November 19, 2010 and will end April 10 or 17,2011.   Tenants are generally responsible for all utilities,  plowing and caretaking and have those bills put in their names.   Rental prices can vary from location, size and quality of the home.


Stratton Rental Properties for Sale

3 Bedroom 2 Baths sleeps 6 $7500.


Stratton Rental's Tenant info

Unless you really know your agent it is important to visit every unit.    Check for cleanliness, bed quality and appointments.   Some homes may smell a little if they are closed up all summer.  Most of the damp odor will leave when the heat is on and when the home or condo is actively used.   Make sure that you can confortabley accomodate your family of group in the home.   Generally pets are not allowed and many homes and condos are not smoking.    An important tip is NEVER put ashes from a fireplace on a deck with in 48 hours of using the fireplace.   best to leave them.

3 Bedroom 2 Baths sleeps 6 $7500.


Rentals can be for a weekend or the full season.  A weekend rental can run from $300 a night to as much as $2000. a night   Again price is determined by location, amenities and quality of the property.  A weekend rentor does not pay utilities but generally a cleaning fee is charged and there are state and local rooms and meals tax.   Linens are most often included and many landlords will leave general condiments to make your stay more comfortable.    Finally if you are planning a vacation over one of the big holidays it is important to book your lodging and your childrens ski school at Stratton Mountain early.

Stratton Landlord Info

Strattonwald Home for Sale

3 Bedroom 2 Baths sleeps 6 $7500.

If you are thinking about renting your home or condo, make a trip to Vermont soon and grade yourself on presentation, cleanliness,  amounts of dishes, flatware, glasses   and quality of bedding.     If your comforters are more than 5 years old or sofas are worn. it is time to replace  them.   Clean, well presented properties will rent faster and for more money than the home that has been ignored for several years.



Winhall VT Rentals

3 Bedroom 2 Baths sleeps 6 $7500.


Let your rental agent be a guide of what will make your home more marketable.   It the home has been locked up for several months, have your caretaker open some windows.   Also it is important to have the outside grounds cleaned up.

Stratton Real Estate Summer Update


Vermont Summer festival Reserve Champion 2009

Cody "Nashville" at the Vermont Summer Festival 2009


What a wonderful summer in Vermont!   Beautiful sunny days and cool night s for great sleeping.   Stratton Mountain has been busy with their Saturday concert series, and the summer theaters in Dorset and Weston have been entertaining round and old.     The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show is going on in Dorset, VT   This horse show features some of the country's top riders as well as many local riders.   Betsy (your blogger) has shown in this show regularly.   This year she will miss as her horse, Cody, developed Inflammatory Lung Disease -  basically  horse asthma.   He is presently on inhalers andis starting to get back to work but not in time to show this year.

VT Real Estate Market Update

While we are all enjoying riding, golf and tennis and just plain summer,  We are all still busy with real estate. In the last 90 days, 25 properties have closed and there are 13 pending in our area.   There are also offers in negoatiation in our office.   Closing prices range from $79,000 to $2,375,000!  Home Price Appreciation rates on the Internet show Vermont to be holding its own. The 5 year average showed a 20% appreciation.  In a Feb 2010 study Vermont had the best scores of all 50 states!    March to April 2010 Vermont was #1 in loans closed a change of 88.9%.   We are still seeing some great buys but many are getting picked up and we expect to see prices moving up!

Two New Stratton Mountain Real Estate  Listings


Stratton Mountain Ski -in & Out

Cody "Nashville" at the Vermont Summer Festival 2009


Several good listings are a very cute Studio at the Long Trail House at Stratton This beautifully decorated unit is available for $169,000.


Cody "Nashville" at the Vermont Summer Festival 2009


This Mountain Reach Town Home is in one of Stratton's most coveted locations.   It has an outside ski locker and large mudroom to  hold all your boots, gloves parka's etc.   It is in the heart of Stratton Mountain's village with dining and shopping.   The unit has been set up for multiple family use and entertaining.    There are a total of 4 bedrooms,  3 full & 2 half baths,  family room and more.   Living room has a large stone fireplace as does the family room and master suite.   A well priced opportunity at Stratton Mountain - Ski in and out for $2,200,000.

Summer At Stratton Mountain

Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow Summer has come to Stratton Mountain - Flowers are blooming - Mud season is beyond us as are the black flies.   Stratton Mountain is hosting a new concert series "

Saturdays Under the Stars - Summer Concert Series

Saturday nights from 6-9pm starting July 10.  Concerts are located in the Main Base area tent.

Featuring a full BBQ, tasty Micro Brews and fine wines.

July 10 - T Rubble - Southern / Classic Rock Blues Band Website July 17 - Adam Ezra Group - Dynamic Acoustic Roots / Rock Band Website July 24 - Wyld Nightz - Classic Rock Band Website August 7 - Jam Stampede - Jam Band Band Website<

The fourth of July will features fireworks and live music.    There will be lots to do and see all summer long.


Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

A World Class Equestrian Event in VT


in The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show starts in early July for 6 weeks. This hosts some of the nations top riders from  age 4 on up.  This is a great spectator sport and has some interesting shopping as well.


A World Class Equestrian Event in VT


While you are here, look at some of the good buys that are still available in homes and condos here in the Stratton area.  One of the best buys this week is this cute contemporary chalet located just 4 miles to Stratton.   This home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, , terrific great room and much more.     In a desired neighborhood.

Memorial Day Weekend at Stratton

We are heading into Memorial day weekend and there is lots to do here at Stratton Mountain.  Check out the link to look at special deals at the side walk sales on the mountain and down in Manchester.   On May 30 in the Sunbowl will be the Mountain May-Hem Jam, on a huge amount of snow left over from the US Open.   This is a great time to look at real estate, while you are here.    Give us a call - 802 297 1550

Stratton Resort Area Real Estate Sales UP!

After a period of stalled sales and falling home prices, the resort-home market is poised for a comeback.  During the past decade, the market for homes in many resort areas experienced an even more severe boom-and-bust trajectory than the traditional housing market.  Vacation-home sales hit a record high of 1.07 million in 2006 before plunging 30.6 percent in 2007 and another 30,8 perscent in 2008, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR).  But sales increased by 7.9 percent last year, which may indicate that the worst has passed. " (by Regina Ludes, The residential Specialist, May/June 2010)

Stratton VT Sold Listings Up!

Sold Listings In the Stratton Mountain, Winhall, Bondville, Londonderry, Jamaica (Stratton - Bromley Resort Areas) have improved. According to MLS Statistics, all Home Sales have increased 18.89% from May 17, 09 to 2010 from the previous year. The average sales price has increased 5.07%. In Condos, the number of sales have increased 200% and the average sale price has increased by 20.61%. Land sales have been sluggish with the volumn of sales down by 57.79%. There are still some great home buys in the area as well as a good selection of condos to purchase and condo mortgage financing is available!


Stratton VT Homes for Sale

Beautiful Country home on 10 + acres - private yet close to Stratton


We have just listed a wonderful country home in Winhall.  It has a spacious living dining kitchen area, wood floors, cathedral ceiling with massive stone fireplace.  There are lots of windows which bring in the beautiful surroundings outside as well as the views toward Stratton and neighboring ridge lines.     There are three bedrooms, huge family room, basement area, 4 baths and a two car garage . This is a special opportunity.  Call us for an appointment to see this fine Stratton area home.