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A Time For Giving

‘Tis the Season For Thanks, and for Giving.

In an effort to help support our local food shelf, Lamoille Community Food Share, we invite you to join us this holiday season, to donate to this vital community organization.  LCFS is always in need of food donations, as well as monetary contributions.

Feel free to drop off either of those to our office, and we will make sure they receive.  If you would rather send a monetary donation directly, you can send to: LCFS, PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661

Alternatively you can donate online here.  For their wish list of food items, you can go here.

Thank you for your interest and generosity in helping support our neighbors in need.

We wish you the very best for this holiday season.

 

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Newly Built Homes in Stowe VT

Buyer demand is still high for home buying, but home inventory is at the lowest level we've seen in years.  There is new construction happening in Stowe, and in Morrisville though, in a wide range of pricing. 

One of the latest additions is a beautiful new custom crafted home at 90 Francis Lane, in Stowe Club.  This luxury home is almost complete, and will be ready for ski season!  Handcrafted with exceptional features, and a wrap-around deck to take advantage of the sweeping mountain views surrounding, this home is located in one of the best areas in town. Ideally situated between Stowe Mountain Resort and Stowe village, you will have easy access to everything you are looking for, including golf, the recreation path, restaurants shops, skiing and more. Once this is sold, the same builder will begin the build of 95 Francis Lane; a great option for a buyer who wants to build a custom home in the Stowe VT. Purchase it now and work with the developer to create the home of your dreams.

Another great option in the Stowe Club community is 55 Benjamin Trail. Completed in 2017 this new construction home is ready to move in with 4 bedrooms, a den, fireplace, and full basement ready to be finished to your needs. 

For those looking for new construction at an affordable price, Tinker Farms is a new development located just over the Morrisville line on Elizabeth Lane. Here you will find a unique opportunity for a brand new high quality constructed home in a pastoral setting which features a large community pond, open meadows, mountain views, and mature trees.  These new homes will range in price starting at $389,000.

Take advantage of the beauty and benefits of a new home in the Stowe area with any of these choices.  The builder can customize to suit your needs.

For all of the inventory in the area, you can search on our website here.

Maintaining Septic Systems a Must

Maintaining a septic system is not complicated, and inexpensive compared to replacing a system, which can cost upwards of $25,000 or $30,000 depending on the system.  They've become much more expensive to replace, as design and permitting requirements have changed over the years.  If you have an older system, you want to take even more care to maintain.  So, what should you in the way of preventative maintenance?  The following are recommendations from the professionals, including septic engineers:

  • Make sure you pump your septic system regularly.  Ask your local septic service provider how often that should be, because it depends on your system and the size of your tank and number in your household.  On average, it should be about every 3 years
  • Only flush toilet paper.  No feminine or baby wipes/diaper products
  • Garbage disposals are not good to use if you have a septic system
  • Make sure you are not putting any grease or paint or solvents down your drains
  • Using natural cleaning and laundry products will help sustain the integrity of your system. Your system contains living organisms that digest and treat household waste. Pouring toxins down your drain can kill these organisms and harm your septic system.
  • Use water efficiently.  Think about installing energy efficient fixtures.

Taking care of one of your most valuable systems will help ensure its longevity.  If you are thinking of selling at some point, be aware that most buyers and their offers will include a condition for you to pump and scope the system.  Knowing ahead of time that your system is in good working order, can alleviate any stress that might occur otherwise, during the selling process.

For more information and detail, you can go to this website.

 

 Source: EPA.gov

 

Wire Fraud is Close to Home

Wire Fraud can affect all of us, and we want to make sure you don't become a victim.  It essentially boils down to one simple thing - if you receive a request to 'wire money' to anyone, pause and make sure to verify the source.  What is happening, is the wire fraud scammers are creating emails that fully replicate those that might otherwise look familiar to you, for instance, from us, your attorney, or lender.  They will send you a personal email requesting that you "wire funds for your closing", or other, only to be ultimately routed to a bogus account.  This has actually happened recently to a buyer and the representing real estate firm, in the region.  So, be aware, be vigilant, and if you ever receive any correspondence that appears to come from us or your attorney, please contact us immediately.  One of the ways you can flesh out this illegal procedure, is by looking at the actual email address in the email header.  In other words, if it looked like the email was coming from us - The Smith Macdonald Group - look to the right of that to see the actual address in parenthesis.  If it's a scam, the email address will not be a familiar one.  This rule of thumb can be applied to other potential junk mail or email scams, from the likes of Pay Pal, Amazon, etc., asking you to 'verify your account information', for instance.   Another tip is to not generate any sensitive information via email, including attaching instructions for wiring money into any of your or others accounts.  This information can be scraped, and used illegally.  Also make sure you have the proper Malwear protection on your computer to help identify cyber threats.
 

180 Hidden Valley Road, Stowe VT - For Sale

 

Aptly named Hidden Valley Road you will see all of Stowe Hollow valley, with the Worcester Range and Stowe Pinnacle showing off their spectacular sunrises and sunsets, from the expansive deck of this contemporary home. The WOW factor starts as you ascend the beautifully crafted wooden stairs to find an open floor plan, spectacular views from large windows, a stone fireplace, two sitting areas surrounding a large dining area, and to top it off, a gourmet cook’s kitchen. 
A large first floor master suite offers a well appointed bath and a huge walk in closet. The deck extends all around the front of the house including the master bedroom. This spacious home offers a remarkable upstairs, with a large sitting area between three more bedrooms and two large bathrooms. Find quiet enjoyment in the library/office. Luxury is the keyword for this home. Inside and out, the Sellers have paid attention to detail with custom cabinets, bookcases, polished cherry floors, a stone patio with a fire pit and hot tub. Perennial flower beds accent the lawn and a beautiful tree lined driveway meanders to the home. Versatility abounds in this home, and appeals to those who love views, open spaces, and luxury. A must see to get the feel of all its advantages.

For more information on this gorgeous property, you can visit our website.

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    She Put the S in The Smith Macdonald Group

    Peggy Smith is the Heart and Soul of the Smith Macdonald Group, and is the owner of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate.  The Group was formed when Mckee joined Peggy in 2010.  It grew again when Maggie joined in 2016.  They have been #1 in the Stowe market for the past 3 years.

    The Smith Macdonald Group has consistently led the market, largely due to the reputation Peggy has built over the years, and her sheer hard work.  Peggy still works as much as she has, since she started in the real estate business over 40 years ago, so, she's ready to help with any transaction related to buying or selling. 

    Peggy can be reached at (802) 793-3566, or Peggy@Stowere.com.

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    Stowe, Vermont has always been a desirable destination for vacation, as well as for investing in real estate. Vail Resort's recent purchase of the Stowe Mountain Resort's ski operations has had an additional impact on growing interest in the area, year-round. Increased buyer demand, in many cases, includes the desire to rent which is a great way to generate income during the year when you, the homeowner, are not using the property yourself.

    Stowe has seen condominium sales, as well as prices, rise since the news broke about Vail Resorts purchasing Stowe. If you are thinking about purchasing and renting, or perhaps you are already doing so, there are some important things you should know to ensure your and your renters safety, as well as any potential liability you may have when renting:

    • Make sure to contact your insurance agent to include extra coverage for renters
    • Make sure to have the proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.  In Vermont photoelectric smoke detectors are need to be in every sleeping room
    • A rental property falls under Vermont State safety requirements, so you will need to have a Fire and Safety inspection. For more information go to the State website here: http://firesafety.vermont.gov/

    Please feel free to contact us any time regarding any questions you may have about anything that may relate to investing in properties, and/or renting.  The Town of Stowe is in the process of adopting some of these, and additional rules and regulations, so we can update you as well as guide you through this process, along with providing any key contacts to ensure your property is up to code and regulation.

     

     

     

    Mountain Homes in Stowe, Vermont

    This winter is already off to a good start.  It's been snowing off and on since Thanksgiving, and today we expect over 18" of snow in the mountains.  As we approach the holidays, many are thinking in advance of taking the time to search for their mountain home, in Stowe.  There are many choice properties available to consider.  This featured, handcrafted home has everything to offer, for the ultimate in country living.

    73 Mill Lane, Robinson Springs, Stowe VT | Asking: $899,000

    Pink hues of morning sun cascade across Stowe Mountain Resort as you wake for the day and check the ski and ride conditions from your master bedroom. Bask in the late afternoon sunsets over the Green Mountains as you sit and sip a nice glass of wine in the screened in porch, in summer.  Located just off the Mountain Road, this spacious home is ideal for those looking to take full advantage of all that Stowe has to offer. For more photos of this amazing property, a virtual tour, and more, you can visit the property profile.

    5 Bed | 3 Bath | 4.3 Acres

    For all of our other listings, you can visit our website here.

     

     

    Are you Thinking of Buying a Home in Stowe, Vermont?

      

    Where is the Best Bang for Your Dollar in Stowe, Vermont?

    Are you thinking of buying a home in Stowe? The village of Stowe is where it is happening, and the homes throughout the area are where you can find the best value and the best time for you and your family.

    Here is what is offered in the town of Stowe:

    • A variety of excellent restaurants specializing in local foods, craft beers, and wines
    • 3-plex movie theater serving cocktails while you enjoy the movie
    • Local theater groups performing all year round
    • Stowe Performing Arts with music at the Helen Day Art Center gazebo, and in the Trapp Family meadow
    • World class resort and world class skiing
    • Acclaimed Helen Day Art Center
    • Ski Museum
    • Vermont artisan stores
    • Boutique shops
    • One of the best mountain biking areas
    • Five star hotels, newly renovated ski lodge hotels
    • Miles of cross country ski trails, including the famous Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center
    • Summer festivals including British Invasion Car Show
    • Jazz Festival; and Art On Park throughout the summer season
    • Coffee shops featuring Vermont artisan coffees
    • Large farmers’ market
    • Maple sugar shacks for tasting and buying
    • Dog sledding, snowmobiling
    • 33 miles of Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (additional 60+ to be built) for biking and 4-season recreation, plus the award winning Greenway 5.5 mile bike path along the river.

    There are many more features offered, but the most important one is the community.  Stowe is not just a vacation destination.  When you own in Stowe you become part of a large neighborhood of year-round residents, as well as second home owners, who all work together to make Stowe the friendly community it is known for.

    When considering Stowe, the most notable aspect is the property prices. You are able to buy into a world class resort, a picturesque New England town, with an international airport nearby, a small airport capable of bringing in small jets, and an interstate from three major areas, New York, Boston and Montreal, for less than other comparable resorts.  And if you are looking for luxury homes, we have the best deals from $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.  Homes which include acreage, views, pools, tennis courts, streams, upwards of 3,000 sq. feet, multiple bedrooms, fine craftsmanship from Vermont builders, local woods, and granite from Vermont quarries.  These homes would be millions of dollars in other resorts, but not here in Stowe.  Our homes are tucked into beautiful settings with quiet and reserved elegance, where life is relaxed, the country air is clean and homeowners can enjoy the cosmopolitan flare of Stowe village and the Stowe Mountain Resort.

    Come Discover Stowe - one of the best kept secrets in the U.S.

    Vail Purchase Affecting Real Estate Sales

    Ever since Vail Resorts purchased the Stowe Mountain Resort operations, buyer demand for Stowe condominiums has increased.  In fact, condominium sales began to increase almost immediately after the news broke about the potential sale.  We continue to receive inquiries from buyers about investing in Stowe properties, yet inventory remains low.  We have represented the majority of of the condo sales off the Mountain Road corridor, and have sold all of our recent condominium listings.  With the advent of continued buyer demand for condominiums in the area, we are looking forward to marketing and selling more condominiums. 

    If you are thinking about selling your condominium or home, let us know, as this is the best time to do so.  We'd be happy to provide you with a market analysis, and help you sell your property. 

    In the meantime, if you're thinking of buying a new condominium in Stowe, here is our most recent listing.  This Fox Hill Condo is an ideal option for year-round or vacation living, conveniently located right off the Mountain Road.  This affordable 3 level condo makes for easy 4-season living - and one of the best benefits is the low monthly association fees!  For more on this new listing, priced at $250,000, click through to our website