Blog :: 04-2011

Farmers Market's Gearing Back Up For Spring to Fall

 Our farmers and craftspeople get together at town centers around Vermont at local farmers' markets.

 

The roadside farm stand with its selection of that day's harvest has long been a part of the Vermont scene; the farmers market takes it to a whole new level. Think of them as a large gourmet food store where "buy local" is the motto.

Some of these amazing markets are in cities, like those in the state capital of Montpelier, or in Burlington, St. Albans, Rutland and Brattleboro. Others are held weekly on scenic village greens in towns like Waitsfield in the Mad River Valley, Chelsea, Danville, Fairlee and Bristol.

In all, about 60 farmer's markets throughout the state offer bustling kiosks and stands that are a colorful Green Mountain twist on the European, straight-from-the-farm tradition. They feature a cornucopia of vegetables and fruits, honey, award-winning goat and sheep farmstead cheeses, sumptuous breads and baked goods, and food stands serving everything from Korean to Mexican delicacies. Many also have a variety of cut flowers and perennial plants, as well as locally made arts and crafts.

For more information and a listing of Vermont's Farmers Markets.

The roadside farm stand with its selection of that day's harvest has long been a part of the Vermont scene; the farmers market takes it to a whole new level. Think of them as a large gourmet food store where "buy local" is the motto.

Some of these amazing markets are in cities, like those in the state capital of Montpelier, or in Burlington, St. Albans, Rutland and Brattleboro. Others are held weekly on scenic village greens in towns like Waitsfield in the Mad River Valley, Chelsea, Danville, Fairlee and Bristol.

In all, about 60 farmer's markets throughout the state offer bustling kiosks and stands that are a colorful Green Mountain twist on the European, straight-from-the-farm tradition. They feature a cornucopia of vegetables and fruits, honey, award-winning goat and sheep farmstead cheeses, sumptuous breads and baked goods, and food stands serving everything from Korean to Mexican delicacies. Many also have a variety of cut flowers and perennial plants, as well as locally made arts and crafts.

Stowe's famous farmers market opens in May and runs through October every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 3 PM, head up the Mt. Road (Rt.108) across from the Stoweflake Resort.

 

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Understanding the Market: It's Time To Buy

A recent Wall Street Journal article explained five signs that it's time to buy, while this is an article focused on the national market.  Much of it resonates with the Stowe area and Vermont market as a whole. 

The Stowe area and Vermont reflect several of the signs they explain as a reason to buy. 

First, jobs, Vermont has lower unemployment than many other states across the country and growing local industries. 

Second, recent sales activity, the Stowe market saw a decrease in inventory during the 1st Quarter 2011 and an increase of sales volume during that time.

Third, mortgage availability, while it's still a process to get a home loan, it is possible and getting easier everyday.  More local banks are offering lending and the larger lenders have started to come back into the second home market.

Stowe and Vermont experienced very low foreclosures and have seen bottom of the market come and go.  Now is a time to still get good value as a buyer.

Click here to read the full WSJ article

Spring has Sprung in Stowe

Spring has finally started to show it's face around town. The snow has melted away, we had a beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon and the bike path is clear for use.

We enjoyed slightly warmer temperatures yesterday which increased into the evening. I was very pleased not to wake up to rain as I had my 4 grandchildren, 2 of their cousins and a few close friends with children over for an Easter egg hunt. It was nice enough that the kids actually played outside while we enjoyed our Easter brunch.

Here is a picture of Little Harper Mae Eliason enjoying the hunt!

Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate Announces Rental Division

McKee Macdonald, Broker with the Smith Macdonald Real Estate Group of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, heads up the newly opened rental division, Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate Rentals.

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It is with much excitement and pleasure that we have decided to expand our business to meet the needs of our clients and customers.  We are therefore pleased to announce that Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate has recently opened a new rental division.  This new rental division will focus on all forms of rentals, long term rentals, short term vacation rentals and commercial rentals.  The division will be run by McKee Macdonald and Karen Crist, who have extensive knowledge within the rental market.

Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate Rentals will focus on providing unparalleled customer service not only to our homeowners, but to our customers as well.  Working with us will be a whole new rental experience, one that prides itself on thorough and constant communication, up-to-date market information and customer service you already experience and expect from Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate.

Our team will help to establish a marketing strategy for each property to ensure it is reaching its full rental potential.

Some key marketing activities will include:

  • Internet marketing and web presence for each property, including video!
  • Local advertising and marketing
  • Networking with local businesses to offer guest discounts and local knowledge to help to create a repeat clientele
  • Focused out of market targeted advertising and marketing to draw attention from beyond the local area

We will sit down and develop a customized plan with each homeowner to ensure their goals will be met.  In addition, our team will work to make sure the homeowner has proper guidance on items like property management, emergency services, concierge services and much more to ensure their property is handled with care.

Please call or email to arrange a meeting with our rental team today!

McKee Macdonald: 802-375-5009 or mckee@mckeemacdonald.com

1st Quarter 2011 Smith Macdonald Report & McKee Macdonald Featured in Stowe Reporter

The 1st Quarter 2011 Smith Macdonald Report and Broker McKee Macdonald were featured as the cover story in the Stowe Reporter on April 14, 2011.  Data provided in the Smith Macdonald Report was the corner stone of the article regarding current market conditions.  Additionally McKee was quoted extensively through out the article, click here to read the full article:

1st Qrt 2011 Smith Macdonald Report Featured in the Stowe Reporter

Mt. Biking or Riding The Bike Path, Vermont and Stowe, Have it All.

 Back Country Biking

 

Forget Moab and Slick Rock: Vermont rocks when it comes to the hard tail, soft tail, off-trail fun of mountain biking.

 

We're not just talking a park here or there: Try the whole state, top to bottom, east to west, bike path to goat path, beginner's joy to bone-rattlin' downhill.

Start with Vermont's gravel roads and old logging trails. Grab a Vermont Atlas, or one of the many mountain biking guides to Vermont, and go. There's 9,000 miles or so to explore, filled with New England's best scenery and quaint villages. Your legs are the limit, and there's little traffic to contend with.

Then there's mountain biking hot spots like Millstone Hill Touring Center in Barre Town, Moosalamoo Region in Goshen, and the Or the booming bike haven of East Burke, where the non-profit Kingdom Trails has created a spectacular 100-mile mapped complex of off-road trails and single track (recently voted as as the best trail network in North America by Bike Magazine). Many Vermont ski resorts, like Mt. Snow, home of the nation's first Mountain Biking School, feature riding and rentals with lift-serviced trails. Several also host pro races and bike festivals. The Catamount Outdoor Family Center near Burlington has popular weekly races for all level of riders.

In the wild Northeast Kingdom, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center features bike rentals, clinics and guided tours on a mapped, 200-mile network of scenic dirt roads and trails.

For easier-on-the-legs riding and premier foliage viewing, not to be missed are Vermont's bike paths in Stowe, Burlington and the 26-mile rural Mississquoi rail trail between St. Albans and Richford

 

SMITH AND MACDONALD RECEIVE COLDWELL BANKERĀ® SALES AWARDS

Peggy Smith and McKee Macdonald, brokers with Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, working as the Smith Macdonald Real Estate Group, have received Coldwell Banker sales awards for 2010.

Peggy Smith has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 15 percent of all representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system. "Peggy Smith has demonstrated the dedication and success embodied by the International Diamond Society," says Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.  "With an extensive understanding of the real estate industry and community in Stowe, VT, Smith is one of the best Coldwell Banker has to offer.  Because of associates like her, I'm confident Coldwell Banker will remain the realtor of choice for years to come."

Mckee Macdonald has been named to the company's International President's Elite. Only the top 3 percent of all representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system qualified for this distinguished group. "McKee Macdonald has been presented with the International President's Elite in recognition of his contributions to both Coldwell Banker and the real estate industry," says Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.  "Macdonald is dedicated to his customers, ensuring they have the tools and expertise to make the right decisions and guiding them as they realize their dream of homeownership. I'm thrilled that we can acknowledge McKee Macdonald for his outstanding work."

Smith has been named to the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society and Diamond Society in 2008 and 2009. Macdonald is a member of Corcoran's Multi-Million Dollar Club for 2010. Both are Coldwell Banker Previews International specialists.

Stowe Area Real Estate 1st Quarter Report - Get Your Copy!

 

We are excited to announce the release of the 1st Quarter Stowe Area Real Estate Market Report brought to by the Smith Macdonald Real Estate Group! This particular report takes a look at what the Stowe area market did during the 1st Quarter 2011 compared to 1st Quarter 2010. We remain optimistic about 2011 and are encouraged by the increase in sales volume. We want to share this report with you at NO CHARGE!

Simply click here to request a free copy of the report!

Vermont Comes in #1 In the USA!

Vermont Life Magazine

{First We'd Like to Say}

California has more sand. Texas has bigger hair. New York has more Knickerbockers. But when it comes to certain other things, Vermont is No. 1 in our book.

Researched and written by Kathryn Flagg Illustrated by Willa Koerner

Arts & Letters

? Vermont has more writers and authors per capita than any other state.

? Vermont also has the most libraries per capita in the country, even though it is one of only eight states that do not supply funding directly to the libraries.

Colleges

? More colleges per capita than any other state.

Sacrifice

? More Vermonters died in the Iraq War per capita than any other state.

? During the Civil War, Vermont contributed more per capita from its treasury and from its population of young men to the conflict than any other state in the Union.

Service

? Most Peace Corps volunteers per capita.

Farmers Markets & Local Foods

? We're leading the United States in the number of farmers markets per capita.

? Vermont also has the most CSAs, the most certified organic farmers, the greatest amount of certified organic farmland and the greatest number of local dollars spent buying local foods. That's per capita for the country.

Cow Power

? Vermont has the highest number of farm digesters, which turn cow manure into energy, per capita.

Breweries

? Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state in the country -- one brewery for about every 30,000 people.

Artisan Cheese

? Greatest number of artisan cheesemakers per capita.

Dairies

? Vermonters lead the nation in per capita production of dairy products.

Oatmeal

? According to Wikipedia, Vermont leads the United States in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal.

Tennis, Anyone?

? Vermont has the most tennis courts per capita of any state in the country.

Health

? In 2009, the United Health Foundation ranked Vermont the "healthiest state in the country." Vermont ranked first this year for a combination of reasons, including low rate of obesity, high number of doctors and low rate of child poverty. Wildlife Watchers

? According to a 2002 study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that compared the states, Vermont had the highest percentage -- 60 percent -- of residents engaged in some form of wildlife watching.

Preservation

? No. 1 per capita in the use of federal historic tax credits for rehabilitating old buildings.

Patents

? No. 1 per capita.

Green

? Vermont ranked No. 1 in the inaugural survey by Forbes magazine of "America's Greenest States."

Public Safety

? Vermont has the fewest state and local sworn police per capita, with 15.5 per 10,000 residents. However, the state is ranked the third safest in the country based on the number of violent crimes per capita.

Moonlighting

? Highest percentage of population who work more than one job (9.4 percent) among all New England states, and well above the national average of 5.2 percent.

Maple

? Vermont has the highest percentage of sugar maple trees of any state in the nation and is the largest producer of maple syrup in the country.

Home Value

? The foreclosure crisis continues to batter much of the United States. But in the third quarter of 2010, Vermont's largest city, Burlington, led all metro areas nationwide in percentage increase in the median price for the sale of existing homes -- 17.6 percent.

Rural Rides

? Highest percentage of unpaved roads in the nation.

WE JUST MISSED

Close only counts in horseshoes and the Olympics, but here are some categories where Vermont finished near the top.

2nd

? High school graduation rate.

? Hunters per capita, behind Alaska.

? Golf courses per capita, behind Florida.

3rd

? Skier and snowboarder visits, behind Colorado and California.

? Per capita exports to the rest of the nation, behind Washington and Texas.

? The well-being of children, based on 10 health indicators such as infant mortality and teen birth rate.

4th

? "Best-run" state, according to business website www.247wallst.com, blending a range of factors, including percentage of people with health insurance, state debt levels and violent crime rates.

5th

? Vermont was No. 5 globally (and No. 1 in the United States) in "destination stewardship," a National Geographic study that weighed such factors as environmental quality, social and cultural integrity, historic preservation, aesthetic appeal, quality of tourism management and outlook for the future.

McKee Macdonald Named Previews Specialist

Macdonald earns real-estate designation

Stowe Reporter, March 31, 2011

McKee Macdonald of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate of Stowe has earned the Coldwell Banker Previews International Property Specialist designation.

Only 8 percent of more than 97,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates have earned the designation.

Coldwell Banker Previews International is a comprehensive marketing effort designed specifically for marketing luxury residential properties to affluent buyers worldwide.

Certification requires meeting performance criteria in sales of luxury properties, and completion of a prescribed certification course, said Leslie Gauff, broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate.

Macdonald, a Stowe native, recently joined Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate after eight years with Corcoran Real Estate in New York City. He received the Coldwell Banker International President's Elite sales award for 2010 and he was a member of Corcoran's Multi-Million Dollar Club for 2010.