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      Going Through The Roof

      Things Are Looking Up

      "The sky's the limit if  you have a roof over your head." Sol Hurok.

      Architecture dazzles. Architect Frank Gehry knows, his metallic and light geometry in Cambridge, MA here pictured, draws you in and up instantly. It captures our hearts and minds. Design seduces buyers into bidding wars, captures in form the spirit of man and shelter.

      Vermont architecture varies dramatically, from urbanscape to quiet country lane. Roofs, the apogee of our homes, define the interpretation of form and visual appeal, not to mention purpose. Often overlooked as incidental, the roof is the backbone of a home, critical in preserving and protecting. Whether a simple gable sans skylight, a dormered cape, an ornate victorian or flat top rubber membrane, roofs are, second only to foundations, an essential architectural element in function and style.

      What kind of roofs have caught your eye and fancy? Do you prefer simplicity or complex lines and interaction? How important is light and elevation to you?

      Like us, roofs need to breathe. Adequately providing for soffit and peak ventilation can radically affect longevity of both the roofing and substrate. There's nothing as frustrating when you've found a great buyer, are under contract to close and the property inspector opens up the attic to find thick layers of mold covering the attic ceiling due to inadequate venilation and trapped moisture. Mold mediation companies can charge tens of thousands.

      This Maple Sweet Real Estate Mad River Valley listing at 146 Sugarhouse Lane features a half-hipped roof, sloped in four directions with post and beam accents. The hipped roof allows for more room upstairs; less knee wall space means high square footage and better maximization of vertical opportunities.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      It's the materials that count. From adobe out west, grass tops in England, synthetic slate shingles made from baby diapers, roofing elements define the shelter from the storm, our year round umbrellas. Cedar shakes are durable and gorgeous and can last for many decades depending on thickness, length, rating, installation skill and maintenance. Other shingles include ubiquitous ashphalt in standard and architectural form and composite shingles. While rare in Vermont, terra cotta spanish and other ceramic tiles hold immense appeal. With heavy snowfall's vertical line, sheet metal satisfies in corrugated and standing seam. Think green...Solar shingles anyone?

      The real deal, slate shingles can last 100+ years; so durable, they make the others look like rice paper. Just be sure to build a frame and truss system strong enough to support their weight or the whole show will come tumbling down. From dirt cheap to blindingly dear as the labor is dangerous, something I can attest to. I was up refinishing a roof of mine when the ladder gave out. Shotgun descent, broken humurous (thankfully no broken back or neck), titanium plate, surgery and seven screws. This is one job you don't want to DIY.

      Poetry of roofing. Open vs closed valleys, pitch and concealed fasteners. Flashing, skylights and gutters, snow guards, peaks and valleys. Arched, domed and skillion, sheathing, sod and solar. Thermal emittance, ice dams and R factor.

       

      "Tin Roof" by Scottish Poet Nii Ayikwei Parkes

      "Wild harmattan winds whip you but still you stay; they spit dust all over your gleam and twist your sharp cutting edges.

      The rains come zinging mud with their own tapping music. Yet you remain -my pride- my very own roof."

       

       

      Maple Sweet Real Estate adds value and insight to better inform your real estate decisions. Thank you so much for reading the Maple Sweet blog.

      To learn more about roofs, find a roofing contractor, buy land to build, buy or list your own home, call 800-525-7965 or email info@maplesweet.com

       

       

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      South Village Condos at Sugarbush, Stand Alone Privacy & Comfort, Ski On Ski Off at Trails' Edge

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      South Village, on Lincoln Peak's eastern flank @ Sugarbush ski area, is an enclave of comfort and convenience. Year in year out discerning Vermont second home owners vie for a chance to own one of these handsome, stand alone ski escapes. Here are two South Village condos available now with superior locations and exceptional improvements.

          

           South Village 57 includes a custom made Beefer Roth bed frame with matching raw edge atrium window framing and a pristine hardwood maple great room floor extending into the kitchen. If you love wood and looking for a handsomely fnished low maintenance second home with Vermont vernacular touches, this is it. Located at woods edge, it's a stone's throw from the access trail that connects the big slopes and on the high side of the road with parking just below. Feast on incredible Mad River Valley views form the wrap around deck and enjoy the privacy of being up on the end of road cul de sac. Watch your kids ski home through the trees from the cathedral living room and warm your weekends with the central brick hearth and stack wood burning fireplace.

           Bright ceramic tile kitchen, skylights and beautiful, clear towering windows bathe in abundant light. Listed at a modest $248,500, a similar, less handsomely renovated South Village on the same cul de sac sold for $282,000. Quality and value for the taking. More info, pix here.

           For more room, South Village 33 offers an expanded floor plan with an added and finshed basement. The new pine siding smells so good it feels like a tree house. Overflow guests savor the large siamese bed loft, and a roughed in fourth bathroom is ready to customize and finish. Consistent with the new pine family room siding, the kitchen and living room have a durable yellow pine wood floor distinguishing 33 from most South Village units which have carpeting. Modern lighting, this spacious stand alone condo is also on an west end cul de sac close to the ski on ski off access trail so you don't have to get in your car once you get to Vermont. See the association map below showing each condo marked with condo numbers. 

           Tall fir trees, wrap around deck and an exceptional west end association location translate to less traffic, more privacy and a much shorter ski onto the main trails. New tile mudroom floor, beautiful views from the kitchen, a large deck and, like 57, an energy efficient propane fired Rinnai heater supplement the crackling central wood fireplace listed at $279,000. More info, pix here

           No other condo association at Sugarbush offers stand alone, self-contained units with ski on ski off convenience. Snow Creek, while closer the main trails is an apartment like complex with units stacked three high. Clay Brook & Rice Brook, while at the base of Lincoln Peak, feel more like a hotel than at home.

           At South Village, you're unattached to others which means the world. When you get up here to relax you won't need to go far for your firewood either: the maintenance team will have it stacked by your front door and walkway shoveled. Once you drive north, you can really spread your  wings. After you leave weekly condo checks and a very capable property management team help ensure your home away from home is being well looked after. 

      Sell your own condo, home or property anywhere in the state of Vermont. Set up an appointment in person, over the phone or via skype here.
      Set up a showing of South Village 33, South Village 57, or any other Vermont condo, home or property: toll free 800-525-7965 text 802-793-1515 
        

       

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      Building Her 1st Home in Class

      Tomai Tiny House pre painting e

      Montpelier,Vermont entrepreneur Katie Tomai, caulking gun in hand, draws an even bead along the loft window frame edge, prepping to paint her own very first home at Yestermorrow, the renowned Mad River Valley design build school.

      Katie's irresistible determination and focus inform her every day mission as she completes her vision after taking her tiny home project from the ground up in Warren.

      How often do you get to build your own house in class?

      Not having ever done any real building or carpentry, she's learning so much and excited about the post-painting stage, despite this first foray taking much longer than she initially imagined, to thread her electrical wire in place.

      Let there be light.

      This amazing stick built gypsy home, derived from the tiny house movement, attached and glued to the Sure-Trac trailer to which it will stay married providing flexibility of view and place has recycled and new Anderson windows that open to let in the sun and fresh air. A dormer off the back with a big window means a sleeping loft with a view. A window box at the front end for added cross draft.

      Yestermorrow e

      Ward Lumber Mill locally sourced pine siding from Moretown, foam board insulation (spray foam forsaken: off gassing concerns), a greywater filtration system for the biodegradable soap and water, and a composting toilet consistent with simplicity of purpose.

      No land in hand yet, she's aiming to be close to Vermont's state capitol, Montpelier and you can be sure she'll find something sweet to roll her living room onto.

      Katie Tomai e

      Katie's got a wonderful sense of style and the ability to execute her vision and get to the finish line. Yestermorow, she explained, is a wonderful place for "in-betweeners". Having been in Nepal after graduating from UVM in 2010, she's found an amazing mid-station. Miss Tomai has the right stuff, is off to an auspicious start, and is likely to be a multi-millionaire by the time she's 40.

      You can tell this super achiever has great things in store. Bravissima.

      Smart Meters, Blood, Cancer and Headaches. Taking Back Your Power.

      What an astonishing showing.

      My customers, a wonderful couple from New Jersey, are escaping urban sprawl for their lives.

      Maria is EMF (electromagnetic frequency) sensitive. She can tell when a house has a smart meter.

      Green Mountain Power (GMP) offered hand held smart meters some years ago to monitor your power usage. It was a great promotion, an expensive meter offered at a major discount and I went for it. Within the first month it became clear the merits were dubious and I returned it to GMP.

      Analog vs Digital Power Box MetersSmart meter technology has evolved and power companies all over the world are converting the main analog power box meters on the outside of houses to digital. Here's what they look like: analog left, digital right.

      Maria can tell from her body when the analog meter has been replaced by a digital one. Her heart palpitates, headaches come on and she gets tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Extended exposure makes her feel weak, sick and insomnia begins.

      She has EHS (Electromagnetic Hyper Sensitivity), an environmentally induced functional impairment which experts estimate affects three to 15% of the population, expected to rise with chronic exposure.

      They're seeking refuge in Vermont.

      Once she realized the cause of her physical ailments they had the digital meter on their NJ home removed. Before they could blink an eye the power company replaced their neighbors analog meters with digital, just 20 or so feet away on each side of Maria's house, and the symptoms kicked in again.

      Nowhere to run to.

      Her husband calls Maria the canary in the coal mine.

      The Moretown home was not yet equipped with a smart meter but these two had my attention.

      She has purchased EMF protective clothing for defense which might strike some as over the top. Certainly enough to spike my interest and spur a little research.

      Vermont residents are keyed into health with strong penchants for organic foods and safety. Lead, radon and water testing have long been staples of property inspections.

      Green Mountain Power has a web page dedicated to smart power related health including that "We can't imagine doing anything that would jeopardize anyone's safety."

      Their graphic illustrates relative Smart Meter RF Exposure:

      gmp smart meter emf exposure comparison

      Green Mountain Power EMF Exposure Comparison

      Depending on how worried you are about cell phone radiation, many would dismiss their health concerns based solely on this comparison. It's all small stuff, right? This pro smart meter video dismisses the hype satirically:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nij-_gAMj-4

      The benefits for the utilities are clear. Matching consumption with generation, they avoid excessive energy stockpiling, eliminate monthly employee visits to read the analog meters, and dramatically improve their bottom line. Opponents shout corporate collusion and exploitation, even surveillance society big brother accusations.

      Power companies in the UK and beyond have announced plans to have smart meters on or in all homes.

      Beware the dark side.

      Josh de Sol directed the 2013 film "Take Back Your Power". Check out this preview:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDMYc1qlhFY&feature=youtu.be

      Alleged "Dirty electricity" and SMPS (switching-mode power supply) health effects from the smart meters and the pulsed emission radio frequency radiation are outlined at www.emfsafetynetwork.org:Protect Yourself From EMFs

      • Sleep problems (insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, night waking, nightmares)
      • Stress, agitation, anxiety, irritability
      • Headaches, sharp pain or pressure in the head
      • Ringing in the ears, ear pain, high pitched ringing
      • Concentration, memory or learning problems
      • Fatigue, muscle or physical weakness
      • Disorientation, dizziness, or balance problems
      • Eye problems, including eye pain, pressure in the eyes,
      • Cardiac symptoms, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias, chest pain
      • Leg cramps, or neuropathy
      • Arthritis, body pain, sharp, stabbing pains
      • Nausea, flu-like symptoms
      • Sinus problems, nose bleeds
      • Respiratory problems, cough, asthma
      • Skin rashes, facial flushing
      • Urinary problems
      • Endocrine disorders, thyroid problems, diabetes
      • High blood pressure
      • Changes in menstrual cycle
      • Hyperactivity or changes in children's behavior
      • Seizures
      • Cancer recurrence

      Other potential biological effects: leukemia, tumor growth, skin growths, abnormal cell activity, circadian rhythm disturbance, neurological and memory impairment, genetic defects, endocrine and hormone deficiencies, mental and behavioral problems, immune system issues, genetic damage, miscarriages and birth defects.

      Here's an excerpt from the de Sol documentary showing EMF affects on blood cells:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4JDEspdx58

      Harvard trained physician Dr. David Carpenter in an interview outlines EMF health risks:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7L21XOC2wA

      Smart meters in some states have caught fire from excessive heat, lighting the houses they adorned on fire.

      2011 saw the Vermont Public Service Board make a decision to move forward with the smart meter roll out, which led to street demonstrations and protests.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgAiHKePBU The Ghost Meter

      There are radio frequency measurement devices you can buy to measure the EMF levels. Amazon sells the Ghost Meter EMF sensor for just $24.95 including free shipping.

      Sitting at home, my son's recurring bloody noses came to mind and suddenly it hit me.  Our own house? I walked out into the sub-zero late winter cold snap, and couldn't believe my eyes. GMP had installed a smart meter on our house without permission or consent.

      Fortunately Vermont has smart meter Opt-Out legislation (S. 214)  and Vermont's legislature eliminated the opt-out fee in 2012.

      I called GMP this morning. They cited a mailing to homeowners which somehow I'd missed (though I confess I tend to throw out bulk mailings and anything but bills from the utility companies. They installed the smart meter in July of 2012. The GMP representative was very understanding and supportive, emailing me the opt-out within minutes, promising removal and analog meter replacement within a couple of days of receipt of the opt-out form.

      People looking to opt-out in some states have placed dozens of calls without action being taken. One power company came out with giant clippers following their customer's continued requests and protests over the phone and cut the home owner's power line to the house, severing them from the grid.

      While evidence on both sides of the debate is contradictory and leaves one attempting to separate fact from fiction, fear and loathing, we're erring on the safe side and looking forward to those comforting spinning anaolog discs back home.

      If you're a GMP customer and prefer to opt-out of your smart meter you can contact GMP Customer Service at (888) 835-4672 or pull the opt-out form here: GMP Smart Meter OPTOUT form 3.6.14 CVPS can be reached at 800-649-2877, Washington Electric at (802) 223-5245, For other Vermont power providers, contact your own utility as the state requires the opt-out option for all power providers without cost to you.

      What's your opinion on these digital smart meters? Have you experienced health affects,  are you EHS, or do you find the movement against smart meters unreasonable?

      Maple Sweet Real Estate provides Vermont real estate owners, buyers and sellers with all kinds of real estate information including health concerns. If you have any questions on EMF,  smart meters or would like to sell or purchase your home in Vermont,  reach us at 800.525.7965,  email at info@maplesweet.com or connect to www.maplesweet.com

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          Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. Have a great week.

          Warren Pieces, Mad River Valley Incubational Brilliance

          Giant Lumber Slabs in line to Skating Heaven

          Tucked away at the edge of the Freeman Brook and Flat Iron Road in historic Warren Village, an incredible new business is born. You'd never know what was hatching inside without an invitation or some inside information.

          Stacked outside the otherwise innocuous two bay garage converted into an open studio are thick slabs of hardwoods divine. The side room full of wood samples including a palette of mahogany shipped by Gibson for guitar neck experimentation. But music isn't the main focus here in this brilliant and buzzing space.

          Welcome to Warren Pieces.

          The woodstove crackling, fueled by the scraps of progress. Tools across the floor, sawdust, the intoxicating aroma of exotic hardwood.

          Luscious Detailing

          Matt Groom & Whitney Phillips are at work.

          Whitney walks in and though it's first thing in the morning, he's unusually clear as his wife Jesse is in contraction, the waves every twelve minutes.  Any time now....  As if their powerful industrial incubation wasn't enough.

          Stylefully Induced Camber for extra Spring in the Ride

          Witnessing the start of something so clearly loaded with promise and success would be a thrill under any circumstances, but seeing the intense focus on a product so dear to boys across the planet is, for anyone who has ridden or likes to ride, like walking into a candy shop for the first time.

          When I was in my early teens I'd jump the subway in Manhattan and go all the way down to the epicenter of 1970's skateboarding, Paragon Sports. There were hundreds of boards displayed in force with kids riding through the store, wheels and tracks of every shape and color. G&S was big in long boards. But nothing in that store came close, even in the heart of the largest US city, to the ultra-fine craftsmanship on clear display on Flat Iron Road in Warren this week. Local luxury defined.

          Nest of Champions

          Rare Highly Sought After Spalted Maple, Choicest Raw Materials Selection

          Matt shows off one of the new purchases, a radio frequency driven wood welder harnessing dielectric heating: disturbed water molecules cause friction with twenty seven million cycle changes per second translating to heat, vastly accelerating wood curing time, allowing faster production without sacrificing strength. Matt's comes to Warren Pieces from Matt Groom Building & Remodeling, already widely acclaimed for carpentry & design excellence.

          Mahogany Core, Brightens Wet

          Artful Forms, Jagged Foot Grips, Wide Trucks

          Skateboard Wall Hanging Piece with Rear Illumination

          Exquisite Surfaces, Like No Other. Spalted Maple Detailing.

          Camber Master, Hand Made Press

          Whitney Phillips & Matt Groom, Warren Pieces

          Warren Pieces is aiming for a special niche market, with long boards at $350, other price points to follow. Out of the gate, they can't make enough to keep up with the traffic through the shop. One purchase after the next, for a friend or relative here or far away, a real piece of Vermont to show the surfing dudes  you don't need an ocean to rock. It won't be long before the word will get out, the online orders will pour in, and Matt & Whitney will be celebrities on the world skateboarding circuit.

          When you take your board home, it won't just rest in the corner or under you bed. They've designed stunning wall mounts to be illuminated from behind that are works of art themselves and would make any adolescent's room jump.

          QR codes will be etched in copper on board underbellies for an instant link to Warren Pieces, the website evolving now.

          Everything about this entrepreneurial effort sparkles.

          With Whitney's years of sports branding and sales with Mad River Rocket the original extreme sled co., and Matt's discerning eye, stylistic excellence and superior craftsmanship, this is one new business you can bet on. Whether you stay at the Relais & Chateau Pitcher Inn around the corner or more modest digs, don't miss this visit.

          To order your own Warren Pieces skateboard or one as a gift for family or friend, reach Whitney @ 802.371.9020 whitney@warrenpieces.com or Matt @ 802.279.3597 matt@warrenpieces.com

          Stiletto Grace, Pintail.

          Connect to maplesweet.com, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or call toll-free 1-800-525-7965 for more info on Warren Pieces, to arrange for showings,  list your property,  or look into Vermont's real estate market. Skateboard showings an option...

          Referrals & recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
          Vermont Required Consumer Information Disclosure: please note Vermont  real estate agencies represent Sellers directly or indirectly. Buyer representation can be gained for properties not already listed by Maple Sweet Real Estate. To better understand the merits of or arrange for buyer representation, please email or call for further details.

          Information Disclosure: information provided and relayed by Maple Sweet Real Estate is not represented to be accurate or free of errors. While substantial efforts are made to obtain and convey information from sources deemed dependable, Maple Sweet Real Estate does not guarantee or warranty such information is accurate or reliable. All information should be independently verified.

          If your property is already listed for sale with another real estate agency, this is not intended as a solicitation of that agency's listing.

          De-Mystifying Vermont's Current Use Program. Forest Management, Tax Reduction, Harvesting

          Vermont's forests

          are lush with treasure. Exquisite tiger maple, hemlock for tenacious post and beam house frames, sweet maple sap which sugared down, covers pancackes across the land and gives our green mountain state a claim to fame.

          Misty Trail

          Defining Current Use

          What then is Vermont's Current Use Program? It's often referred to as "the most important, most successful conservation program in Vermont."

          If you own 27 or more acres, you're already likely familiar with this increasingly popular land tax reduction and deferral opportunity, but to the layman less familiar with tree related tax breaks, the name Current Use itself is cryptic enough without tackling taxation intricacies.

          Current Use landowners practice long term forest management to achieve taxation based on forest valuation vs fair market valuation. This very substantial savings which can be as much as 70 to 80 per cent of what the taxes would be otherwise, comes at a cost. The state attaches a permanent lien to the deed until such time as the landowner withdraws, the legislature ends the program, or the parcel is discontinued by the Division of Property Valuation & Review.

          Woodpeckers of North America

          The Tax Benefits

          can be huge. By placing your forest or agricultural property in Current Use you can dramatically decrease your yearly tax burden. For forested land graced with valuable timber, periodically required forest management (ready the chain saw) can yield the added bonus of incoming checks for the land owner from the logger harvesting precious hardwoods.

          Starksboro Chain Saw Workshop, Addison County

          For forest land to qualify, you need at least 27 acres for 25 to enroll with a two acre exclusion for your house site. When purchasing land already enrolled, with the plan to continue enrollment, you can't move the excluded area but, assuming you have well over 25 acres, you can withdraw another section to build your home, though you'll incur a land use change tax. This withdrawal penalty is also levied if you decide to withdraw the entire property from current use. One of the most common questions and concerns: so how much will it cost me to withdraw from the program?

          Use Change Tax Calculation

          Elizabeth Hunt, one of the three Current Use personnel listed on Vermont's current use website is immensely helpful. According to Elizabeth, Use change tax determination is based on the assessed value of the land enrolled divided by the town's CLA, or Common Level of Appraisal or Adjustment, the tax department's attempt to adjust assessed values to fair market value. To get the state's assessment of your enrolled current use acreage, call Elizabeth or the state's current use department. Once you've divided the enrolled acreage current use assessment by the CLA, and multiplied that figure by the percentage of the number of acres being withdrawn, you've got your alleged fair market value of acreage being withdrawn. Your use change penalty depends on how long the land's been in current use. If ten or more years, the penalty is ten per cent of the fair market value of the land being withdrawn; if less than ten years, then 20 per cent.

          Pine, Areas to Prune

          H.237, a bill intended to strengthen the current use tax base, proposed a change in the percentages the use change tax is determined by. Property held less than 12 years would incur 10%, property held 12 to 20 years 8%, and property held over 20 years just five per cent. It passed the House in 2011 but not the Senate. An effort was made to incorporate it into miscellaneous tab bill H.782 this year but it stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. Proponents of the bill include the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

          Vermont Hemlock, Strong Post & Beam Frames. Billings Museum, Woodstock, VT.

          For more details on penalty calculation  see pages 16-18 of Vermont UVA (Use Value Appraisal) manual. Family members can step into the shoes of a current use owner but new owners inheriting an unrelated property owner's current use land have to start the clock ticking all over.

          State of Vermont Acres Enrolled in Current Use Graph

          For more details on the entire program, see the same manual and the Vermont Division of Forestry site.

          The Vermont graph below shows the increasing popularity of Current Use, especially in Forest.

          Foresters, Loggers & Harvesting

          Engaging a forester to prepare your forest management plan may run up to a couple of thousand, varying, including application fees.

          Be sure to get a contract with your logger once you get that far. There are stories of property owners wondering what happened to their checks once the loggers were long gone.

          Have Culvert, Will Travel

          Vermont County Foresters are excellent resources for current use information and can recommend non-county foresters to prepare forest management plans and help you oversee your forest  during program inclusion, as well as recommend dependable and honest loggers to work with.

          Click here for a Current Use Application, and here for a Change of Ownership Form.

          Before cutting any of your enrolled forest, you or your forester must submit your forest management plan, or all the land must exit the program, a change tax levied, and eligibility denied for the ensuing five years during which taxes would go back to normal.

          Gustav Klimt, Tree of Life

          If your management plan calls for cutting but the timber values are depressed, you can delay cutting up to a couple of years with county forester approval.

          On harvest yield, you might expect 1,000 to 1,500 board feet per acre. Harvesting may occur every ten years or more. Wind throw from storm damage can necessitate cutting earlier.

          Connect to maplesweet.com, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or call toll-free 1-800-525-7965 to arrange for showings,  list your property,  or look further into Vermont's real estate market.

          Referrals & recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
          Vermont Required Consumer Information Disclosure: please note Vermont  real estate agencies represent Sellers directly or indirectly. Buyer representation can be gained for properties not already listed by Maple Sweet Real Estate. To better understand the merits of or arrange for buyer representation, please email or call for further details.

          Information Disclosure: information provided and relayed by Maple Sweet Real Estate is not represented to be accurate or free of errors. While substantial efforts are made to obtain and convey information from sources deemed dependable, Maple Sweet Real Estate does not guarantee or warranty such information is accurate or reliable. All information should be independently verified.

          If your property is already listed for sale with another real estate agency, this is not intended as a solicitation of that agency's listing.

          2011 Vermont Property Transfer Data

          2011 Vermont Property Transfer Summary Data. 

          This data allows you to view the average sale price in each town for parcels under and over six acres, as well as for open land. A fantastic reference point.

          Connect to maplesweet.com, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or call toll-free 1-800-525-7965 to arrange for showings,  list your property,  or look further into Vermont's real estate market and Vermont legislations related to real estate & VT property owners.

          Vermont Required Consumer Information Disclosure: please note Vermont  real estate agencies represent Sellers directly or indirectly. Buyer representation can be gained for properties not already listed by Maple Sweet Real Estate. To better understand the merits of or arrange for buyer representation, please email or call for further details.
          Referrals & recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
          If your property is already listed for sale with another real estate agency, this is not intended as a solicitation of that agency's listing.

          Will Mortage Rates Stay Low?

           by Carla Hill, Law Office of Fred Peet, South Burlington, Vermont

          While the Federal Reserve has promised to keep rates "low" until 2013, it is clear to many experts that the current historical lows we are experiencing will not last.

          According to the latest projections from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), interest rates should gradually rise out of historic lows as we move through 2012.

          This isn't the most welcome news for a housing market that has continued to falter and a credit market that already has tightened lending standards

          The NAR reports that current surveys reflect the tight credit conditions. They report that recent buyers are staying well within their means, with higher incomes and higher down payments.

          Richard Peach, Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Board of New York, who said the economy is under-performing, reports, "Nearly two-and-a-half years since the end of 'the great recession,' the economy continues to operate well below its potential. Among the significant structural impediments are the legacy of the housing boom and bust, and fiscal contrition at the state and local level."

          Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, said home sales should be stronger. "Tight mortgage credit conditions have been holding back home buyers all year, and consumer confidence has been shaky recently," he said. "Nonetheless, there is a sizable pent-up demand based on population growth, employment levels and a doubling-up phenomenon that can't continue indefinitely. This demand could quickly stimulate the market when conditions improve."

          It is this improving jobs markets that many analysts are waiting for. Yun projects the GDP will grow 1.8 percent this year and 2.2 percent in 2012. The unemployment rate should decline, albeit modestly, to around 8.7 percent by the end of 2012.

          Around this same time, experts expect that "mortgage interest rates should gradually rise from recent record lows and reach 4.5 percent by the middle of 2012."

          This is still an incredibly low rate and many experts feel that housing market, while still struggling, will improve throughout next year and after. In fact, the NAR expects new home sales to reach 372,000 next year. Existing home sales could fare just as well, rising 4 to 5 percent in 2012.

          "Housing affordability conditions, based on the relationship between median home prices, mortgage interest rates, and median family income, have been at a record high this year," Yun said. "Very favorable affordability conditions will dominate next year as well, which will probably be the second best year on record dating back to 1970. Our hope is that credit restrictions will ease and allow more home buyers to take advantage of current opportunities."

          The bottom line is that the housing market should improve over the next year and along with that improvement will come higher interest rates. Buyers interested in making a move should take heed of today's historically low rates and high levels of affordability.

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          Irene. A Retrospective by Waitsfield, Vermont Photographer David Garten

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets



          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          Ravaged Pavement

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          After the Flood, Sediment Streets

          David Garten has photographed weddings throughout Vermont and New England, as well as New York, California, and Madrid, Spain for 23 years. From 1994 to 2004 David traveled often to Havana, Cuba where he photographed the worlds of music and dance, as well as daily life. His cuban photos have been published in the New York Times, Latin Beat Magazine, books such as "Cuban Ballet" by Octavio Roca and "My Sax Life" by Paquito D'Rivera, and on Grammy-nominated CD's by Cuban musicians such as Chucho Valdés and Irakere. David has exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, and the Jazz Gallery in New York.

          To reach David Garten for weddings, portraits or other assignments: dgarten@madriver.com

          4412 Main Street #2, PO Box 210, Waitsfield, VT 802.496.5516

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