Wednesday, March 23, 2022 / by Jordan LaFond
Ahh, springtime in Vermont! The snow is melting, temperatures are warming up, the sun is shining more days than not, and Vermonters want to be outside! As a life-long Vermonter, Springtime means transitioning from riding my snowboard down mountains to climbing up them with my trusty hiking boots! In this blog, I will give you some tips on hiking in Vermont, and I will also share some of my favorite hiking routes across the state!
For those of you unfamiliar with Vermont's wacky weather patterns, you may be surprised to know that we have five seasons in our state. This yearly phenomenon is known in VT as our beloved mud season! Mud season starts as the ground begins to thaw and water is released up through the soil. If you choose to hike during mud season you will want to be prepared before you head out. Many trails, especially those in the state forests are closed during mud season to preserve the trails and vegetation. It's a huge bummer getting to a hiking spot only ...
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 / by Jordan LaFond
Rooftops blanketed with snow, lights strung, and the smell of winter is in the air. The holidays are among us, leaving homebuyers thinking about the age-old question; Should I wait to buy until the spring? In this article, I will share some need-to-know tips to help you buy a home during this season. As a local Vermont Realtor, I would like to share the top 3 reasons you should NOT wait until the spring to buy!
The Market Cycles
Every year, just like the outdoor temps, the real estate market begins to heat up in the spring, and we see a lot more inventory come to market. This pace typically lasts through the summer, and as we approach the end of the fall, the market slows down, and housing inventory starts to decrease. This cyclical trend is the biggest reason why buying NOW should be a strong consideration for anyone considering making a move. Most buyers follow the same market cycle and choose to wait until spring to buy- meaning if you also wait, competition for homes wi; ...
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 / by Jordan LaFond
As you think about making a home purchase, whether it is your first home or one of many, you need to consider what type of home you can afford. Most homebuyers choose to finance a portion of their purchase since many Americans do not have the cash to buy a home outright. From market dynamics to interest rates, many factors contribute to the type of home you can finance. So, what exactly is buying power? Buying power at its roots is the available money you have each month to put toward a mortgage after your other debts have been paid off (i.e. car loans, student loans, rent, etc.) Keep in mind that your buying power focuses on more than just the sale price; you also need to factor in taxes, insurance, repairs, and other expenses related to owning a home.
Determining Your Buyer Power
Determining what you can afford from a lending perspective is based on many considerations. Gross income, debt, assets, credit score, and interest rates are the key factors your lender will look ; ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 / by Jordan LaFond
The real estate market has changed dramatically over the last year. One change is that homes are now often sold “as is.” Simply put, this means that the buyer will not request the seller to make any repairs or offer seller concessions for items that may be missing, broken, or outdated. Today, sellers are less willing to make repairs or modifications to get their homes sold, and the reason behind this is simple: they do not need to. Due to the overwhelming buyer demand and lack of available inventory, it is common for a seller to receive multiple offers on their property. Chances are high that at least one buyer will submit a bid that does not request the seller make any modifications to their home. An attractive offer without repairs will stand out to the seller, and it improves the likelihood that it will be accepted.
An important note here is that selling your home “as is” does not mean you can withhold material facts. When you sell a home you mus; ...
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 / by Jordan LaFond
How to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal in 5 Easy Steps
Have you ever driven by a house and thought, “Wow, that’s a really nice looking home?” There’s a phrase for that: Curb Appeal! Curb Appeal is a fancy way of saying how well one's home and surroundings look when viewed from the road. In this article, you will learn why curb appeal is so important and how you can increase your home's curb appeal without breaking the bank!
Why is it Important?
Curb appeal is the first impression that someone will have when looking at your home. You always want to leave a good first impression, and it is no different when it comes to your home! If your home isn’t appealing from the outside, buyers may assume that the inside will look similar.
Additionally, pride of ownership is one of the “not so obvious” things buyers are looking for when it comes to buying a home. Buyers want to know that a home has been well maintained by its current owne5 ...