Thursday, December 30, 2010

One can Dream....

Every year, HGTV (I'm shamelessy addicted) gives away a beautifully built and fully furnished and decorated home in one of the country's most scenic locations (past locations have included Sonoma, CA and the Florida Keys). This year, HGTV's Dream Home is located right in our very own stunning Stowe, Vermont! Just 40 minutes from Burlington, Stowe is the quintessential Vermont ski town. The network will be debuting the home on January 1st (when you can officially enter to win the Dream Home), so make sure you check it out, as it will be packed with lots of information on not only the house, but the surrounding area and the local materials that we used in its construction. This year's slopeside home will even feature a "ski dorm" to accomodate all of the winner's newfound friends clamoring to check out everything Stowe has to offer- both on and off the trails!

If you are impatient (like me) and can't wait until New Year's Day to see the rest of the new Dream Home, you can check out pictures here. Otherwise, make sure to check out HGTV on January 1st at 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

If you are looking for a more modest "dream home", feel free to call or e-mail today to get your home search started! Remember, you can always search all of the area's newest listings 24/7 by visiting

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Just a couple changes could get your home sold FAST!

As we enter the winter months, home sellers tend to get a tad anxious that their homes may take a little longer to sell. The truth is, there are less buyers out househunting in the middle of winter than there are in the summer months. HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL BUYERS OUT THERE...and it only takes one to get your home sold! What sellers need to bear in mind is that they need to keep their homes looking better than competition! (Well, okay, they need to take into account other factors too...such as pricing, marketing, etc....but that can be for another post!)

Real Estate expert and author Barbara Corcoran (you might recognize her from TODAY on NBC) offers a few tidbits of advice in this article that I found on Hooked on Houses: 5 Things That Sell Houses Faster Now. While I am not suggesting that you re-paint the exterior of your home in the middle of the winter, a couple of these suggestions are low to no-cost solutions that could make a big difference. (Ahem: CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER!!)

You can also check out her appearance on TODAY, in which she explains in a bit more detail her reasoning behind these suggestions (and adds a slight variation to them). To view the segment "5 Smartest Home Fixes" from TODAY, click here.

So, don't just wait for the spring to roll around in hopes that a new pool of buyers will generate the perfect buyer for your home...get it sold now!!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this winter, feel free to contact me to discuss your options!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's not all doom and gloom in the Real Estate market! Burlington noted in the WSJ!

Despite what you may be hearing on the national news, the Real Estate market is not all doom and gloom...ESPECIALLY if you are a homeowner in the greater-Burlington area! When listening to (or reading) news on the national Real Estate market, it is important to keep in mind that Real Estate is entirely local. Case in point: this article featured in last week's Wall Street Journal, "Home Prices Decline in Nearly Half of Metropolitan Areas". While at first, one might jump to the conclusion that this article is relaying unfavorable news, if you are a homeowner in the Burlington area, it is quite the opposite!

Basically, the article is stating that in the third quarter of this year, the median home price fell for nearly half of all the metropolitan areas that were observed -in 76 of the 155 areas, to be exact (I think the headline did a good job summing this point up). However, do you see the glass as half empty of half full?! The article goes on to point out that the median home price rose in 77 of the 155 areas observed, AND home prices remained the same in the remaining 2 metropolitan areas. SO, really, home prices have increased, or remained steady, in OVER half of the metropolitan areas that were observed. Why doesn't the article's headline relay this (much more optimistic) finding?!

EVEN MORE ENCOURAGING: Burlington was named as the top metropolitan area for increases in the median home price- up 18% in comparison to last year! WHERE IS THE DOOM AND GLOOM IN THAT?!?! Homeowners in Elmira, NY and Dallas, TX are probably grinning as well, as they both had experienced considerable increases!

Bottom Line(s): When it comes to news about the national housing market- take everything into consideration from a LOCAL standpoint!...AND if you are looking to purchase a home in the Burlington area, give me a call today!

Make sure to read the article from the Wall Street Journal! If you are wondering what makes Burlington such a desirable place to live, check out this video that my company, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, had made for potential homebuyers considering relocating to the area! Enjoy!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sometimes I forget how amazing Burlington is...

....but this video reminded me! It's almost too easy to take living in this awesome city for granted, but I just watched this video, and was reminded off all the reasons Burlington is such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty had FlyByFilms create this brief video, and I think they did a great job capturing the beauty of the area. To view the video, click here.

If you are moving to the Burlington area, please feel free to contact me to today!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Homeowners: Time to prepare your yard for winter!

I was running on schedule to work today, until I went to hop in my car and saw the THICK layer of frost coating it. (I guess it's time to clean out the garage so I can actually park my car in it.) Ready or not, it looks like winter will be here VERY soon (there is possible snow forecasted for the Burlington area this Saturday)!

A couple of weeks ago I shared some tips how you can lower your heating costs this winter (to read that post click here), but I thought it would also be helpful to share some tips on how to prepare the exterior of your home and yard for the fast-approaching cold weather months. (You know...all of those enthralling chores like cleaning your gutters and turing off the water supply to your outdoor spigots.) Here are 10 Essential Tasks for Preparing Your Yard for Winter, from the blog CasaSugar.

I hope you find this helpful! Get out and enjoy the outdoors these last couple of weeks before the cold REALLY sets in!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Get into the "Spirit" of things with me....

With Halloween less than a week away, I thought I would get into the "spirit" of things and challenge you to a little haunted house quiz. I found this quiz, "Name these 10 Halloween Movie Houses" over on Hooked on Houses- one of my favorite blogs. See if you can beat my highly impressive score of 20%. (I know I have set the bar really high!) By the way, just a quick note of local interest: one of these haunted homes was in Addison, Vermont!

Click here to take the quiz!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Photo credit: Hooked on Houses

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Have You Surrendered Yet?!?!

I tried to hold out as long as I could...but I finally broke down last weekend and officially turned the heat on in the Wright household. It's been a rather cold October in Vermont, and many homeowners have been turning on the heat earlier than usual. I thought it might be helpful to post some energy-saving (read: money saving) tips, as I haven't met anyone who doesn't like to save a little green!

The following tips were provided by Vermont Gas:
1. Set thermostats between 65 and 70 degrees during the winter, and to 58 degrees when away from the house for more than a few hours. *Keep in mind that warmer temperatures are recommended for homes with ill or elderly people, and infants.*
2. Install a programmable setback thermostat that will automatically turn down the heat when you're sleeping or at work. Turning down your thermostat 7 to 12 degrees for eight hours a day, can save you up to 10 percent on your annual heating bills.
3. Change or clean your furnace filters once a month during the heating season.
4. Warm air rises, so use registers to direct airflow across the floor.
5. Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close dampers on unused fireplaces.
6. Be sure your hot water heater is set at a temperature recommended by the manufacturer.
7. On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let the sun's warmth in. Close them at night to insulate against the cold air outside.
8. Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.

Of course, thinking longer term (and larger investment), there are other steps you can take to ensure your home is running at its optimal efficiency. To learn more about those, click here.

I hope you find this helpful and stay warm!
-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Monday, September 27, 2010

Open House Sunday, October 3rd

October is the perfect time of year for Open Houses....just an extra excuse to drive around and take in all of the beautiful foliage that Vermont is so well-known for! This Sunday, October 3rd, I will be hosting an Open House at this 3 bedroom ranch home at 335 Plains Road in Westford. This house is situated on an acre lot complete with fire pit and a veggie garden. The meticulously maintained home boasts a remodeled kitchen, finished basement with 3/4 bath, open floor plan, oversized 2-car garage & more! Stop by this Sunday anytime from 1:00- 3:00 and see this terrific property for yourself!

If you can't make it to the Open House, but would still like to see the home, feel free to contact me to schedule a showing. You can always take the visual tour for this home just by clicking here....but trust me, you WANT to see this one in person!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to obtain the best mortgage rate

I am sure you have heard over and over how incredibly low mortgage interest rates are right now. (In fact, you have probably heard this more than once from yours truly. Remember a couple of months ago when I highlighted how much a change of one point in your interest rate can save/cost you [in this blog post]?)

At any rate (no pun intended), some buyers are surprised to find that when they speak with their lender about getting pre-approved to purchase a home, they are quoted a higher interest rate than they expected (or that they have been hearing in the news). The reason for this? The interest rate that a buyer qualifies for is dependent on a number of factors. Therefore, interest rates aren't a "one size fits all" type of thing. However, there are actions that you can take to ensure that you get the lowest interest rate possible.

I found this great article from Inman News, "Meet 4 criteria for best interest rates" that outlines the most crucial factors that lenders are looking for in order to quote you the best possible interest rate! Even if you aren't in the market for a home at the moment, this article is still worth taking a look at, as the financial actions you take now can impact your purchasing power for quite a while!

If you are thinking of purchasing a home, and haven't yet spoken with a lender about getting pre-approved, feel free to contact me and I would be more than happy to put you in touch with a fabuous local lender!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Monday, August 9, 2010

WEDNESDAY Open House....Stop by on your way home!

This WEDNESDAY, August 11th, I will be hosting an Open House at this 2 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom carriage-style condex at 914B North Avenue in Burlington from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to stop by and see this truly unique property for yourself! You'll love the open floor plan with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings. The spacious back deck just off the kitchen is perfect for bbq'ing. Convenient location- close to the beltline, North Beach, the bike path, and downtown! Offered at $230,000!

Directions: Drive north on North Avenue, property on the right hand side (tucked back) just after access to the beltline and immediately before Saratoga Avenue. PLEASE PARK AROUND THE CORNER ON SARATOGA AVENUE.

If you can't make it to the open house, please feel free to call or e-mail me and I will gladly arrange a showing! You can check out the rest of Hickok & Boardman's Wednesday evening Open Houses just by clicking here.

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Don't Make the Mistake....

Yahoo! Real Estate just posted an article: 10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes 2010 (which I would be willing to bet looks quite similar to the same list for 2009). At any rate, while the article does bring up some very good points, it doesn't by any means pertain solely to first-time homebuyers! Purchasing a home (whether your first or your tenth) can be overwhelming, and being informed going into the process can definitely ease some of the stress.

A couple of my favorite points brought up in the article are:

Mistake #2- Skipping Mortgage Qualification. It is SO devastating to buyers when they walk into a property that they love, only to find out that they can not afford it. Trust me, skip the heartbreak, and get pre-approved before you get emotionally vested in any property!

Also, Mistake #9- Not Choosing to Hire an Agent! The fact that some buyers try to take on such a huge endeavor AND investment without representation baffles me! That would be like me to trying to replace the engine in my myself! The results could be disastrous- and potentially costly! (Besides, any Realtor will help you through the process so that you avoid the other nine mistakes mentioned in this article- it's a no-brainer!)

Enough of my rambling, take a look at the article yourself! If you are a first-time homebuyer and looking to start the homebuying process, feel free to contact me today, and we can get you started off on the right foot!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Friday, July 30, 2010

Couldn't we all be a little Greener?

I recently found this new (well, new to me) blog that has some really great ideas for decorating your home in an eco-friendly AND stylish manner. From ideas on where to find "green" paint, rugs, and furniture, to tutorials on how to re-purpose old household items, this blog is with jam-packed recommendations and solutions for sustainable living. So, visit Green Your Decor sometime! If you're feeling extra crafty, make sure you check out the post 5 Awesome, Eco-Friendly DIY Projects for your Home. Enjoy!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Open House TOMORROW (Yes...Wednesday)! Move-In Ready in Essex!

Come join me tomorrow evening (that's right: Wednesday, July 21st) to celebrate the end of another work day, and check out this amazing Saxon Hollow end unit! This three bedroom and three FULL bathroom home boasts and open floor plan with three sets of french doors leading out to beautiful private decks- ideal for entertaining and outdoor enjoyment! This unit also features abundant storage, a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and full bath, slate-tiled entry, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and attached one-car garage. Please feel free to stop by and see this fabulous home for yourself, tomorrow evening anytime bewteen 4:30-6:00 p.m. Offered at just $249,900!

For additional information on this property, please click here, or stop by the Open House tomorrow evening at 7 Saxon Hollow Drive, unit A-1 in Essex!

Directions: Sandhill Road to Allen Martin Parkway, left on Saxon Hollow, first unit on the right.

If you can't make it to the Open House but would still like to see the home, please feel free to call or e-mail me at 802-846-9530 or Remember, you can always browse Chittenden County's entire inventory of townhomes by visiting!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Check out what Smart Money is saying!

A couple of months ago, our very own Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty was selected by Smart Money Magazine (a publication of The Wall Street Journal) to participate in a story that they were writing about getting started in the Real Estate business. Enter Alyssa Abkowitz, a journalist from Smart Money who flew to Burlington from Manhattan and trailed myself, and several other fellow H&B agents, as we went about "business as usual" over the course of several days. On one such day, Alyssa came with me to host an Open House where we met (who would soon become) some of my recent buyers: soon-to-be newlyweds and recent transplants from Hawaii, Scott and Jessica! Alyssa and myself were both excited about Scott and Jessica's enthusiasm for finding their first home together, and Alyssa (a newly licensed agent herself) decided Scott and Jess were the perfect first-time homebuyers to work with for the (ever-evolving) story she was looking to write.

Scott and Jess were extremely gracious in allowing their house hunt to be followed, documented, and scrutinized. In the end, after several showings, a couple offers, and lots of time spent together in the car- Scott and Jess ended up finding what would be their new home together! Alyssa was able to aid in the offer-writing process, and as we submitted the offer all four of us kept our fingers crossed! Fortunately, the offer was (eventually) accepted, and so began the remainder of the homebuying process (all the fun stuff that buyers tend to forget about when they are caught up in house hunting: loan applications, financing contingencies, inspections, etc.).

At any rate, after several weeks of being under contract, Scott and Jess officially became homeowners a coupe of weeks ago! I LOVE working with first-time homebuyers, and Scott and Jess were no exception. It is so gratifying sitting at a closing table with buyers that are SO excited and eager to take on the joys of homeownership!

So, without further ado, I thought I would pass along the article from Smart Money: "Diary of an Undercover Broker: How We Sold A House". Thanks SO much to Scott and Jess for all of their cooperation...and I am so glad they wandered into my (and Alyssa's) Open House that afternoon!

If you are thinking of purchasing a home, feel free to call or e-mail me today and we can get your home search started (though, I can't promise you a mention in Smart Money)!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Am I starting to sound like a broken record?

I know I have said it before, but I just can't stress it enough: NOW is a fantastic time to buy a home!! Even though we no longer have the homebuyer tax credit in place, we DO have INCREDIBLY low interest rates (not to mention a great inventory of homes)! With interest rates hovering around 4.75%, buyers are experiencing greater purchasing power (read: they can afford more home for the same amount of money)!

Heather Myott from Coldwell Banker Mortgage did a calculation to illustrate what this increase in purchasing power really translates to, and I thought I would pass it along:

For example, if a buyer is purchasing a $300,000 home and putting down 3.5% with an interest rate of 4.75% for a 30 year fixed rate loan, their monthly payment (of principal and interest) would be $1,544.15.

Now, let's pretend that same buyer waits to purchase the same home until rates have increased to 5.75%. The payment (again, principal and interest) for the scenario- $300,000 purchase price with 3.5% down for a 30 year fixed rate loan BUT with an interest rate of 5.75% would be $1,727.16. THAT'S AN INCREASE OF $183.31 PER MONTH!! (Or, $65,000 over a 30 year loan!)

Now, I don't know about you- but I have a pretty serious shopping habit. So, I translate that $183 a month to at LEAST one outfit! (That's an entire wardrobe by the end of the year!) Of course, depending on your lifestyle, you could view this additional $183 per month a number of ways: you could think of it as one week of day care, one month's cable, telephone, and internet bill, a couple of nice dinners out, a car payment (part of all of it), or even vacation money at the end of the year!!

Continuing on with the example, if the buyer wanted to maintain the payment amount of $1,544.15 in an economy with interest rates 1 point higher than we are seeing now (so, 5.75%), they would only be able to afford a $268,000 home- that's a decrease in 11% in the amount of home they are able to afford!!

Bottom line: if you are thinking of purchasing a home, but don't think you can afford the home that you want, you should probably speak to a lender and determine what you can afford, as you might be (pleasantly) surprised. Do you have a specific home in mind? If so, click here for a mortgage calculator to help determine what your monthly mortgage might be.

You can contact Heather Myott at Coldwell Banker Mortgage at (802)238-1704 or

As always, you can reach me at (802)846-9430 or

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Friday, June 18, 2010

Look no further!

JUST LISTED: If you have been looking for a condo or townhome in the Essex area, don't pass this property by! This amazing 3 bedroom Saxon Hollow townhome offers both space and privacy. If you enjoy bringing the outdoors in, you'll LOVE this unit- there are 3 separate sets of french doors that lead to the peaceful outdoor decks! (BBQ'ers: take note!) The interior boasts 3 bedrooms- including a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and master bath, 3 full baths, and an open family room with a gas fireplace. Hardwood floors. Offered at $259,900.

To view interior pics of this amazing property, click here. If you would like to schedule a showing, please call or e-mail me today!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Friday, June 4, 2010

Open House Sunday: Immaculate Burlington Condo!

This Sunday, June 5th, I will be hosting an Open House at this fantastic condo in the New North End of Burlington from 1:00-3:00 p.m. This move-in ready townhome has 2bedrooms and 1 bathroom in over 1,000 square feet. Conveniently located close to the lake and bike path, schools, Colchester and just minutes from downtown Burlington.

Recent updates include fresh paint, newer windows and furnace (installed in 2007), newer carpeting, and updated light fixtures. The large back deck backs up to the woods and river, providing for a peaceful area for relaxing outdoors!

This townhome is offered at $177,000. For more information on the property, please click here, or stop by on Sunday!

If you can't make it to the Open House this Sunday, but would still like to view this property, please contact me to arrange a showing: or (802) 846-9530

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

B-Town Is Recognized Again!!

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine just released a list of the 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade, and Burlington came in at #8 on the list! In compiling the list, the editors focused primarily on areas with a great amount of INNOVATION (the amount of which was determined by a stong presence of three components: smart people, great ideas, and collaboration). Not suprisingly, Burlington is acknowledged for its innovation in environmentalism-in energy consumption, food production, economic growth, etc. To read the entire article (and see which other cities made the list), click here.

Can you think of any place better to purchase your next home than in a charming city that has been named one of the country's ten best cities FOR THE NEXT DECADE?!? If you are thinking of buying a home in the Burlington area, feel free to call or e-mail me today!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Friday, May 21, 2010

Moving Out (or In) this Spring??...If so, (you may want to) mark your calendar!

I was reading through Seven Days today and I saw this article about the new craze of "Dumpster Diving". (The whole idea behind it being that one man's trash might be another man's treasure.) While (I think) many people aren't about to plunge into a dumpster or garbage can to salvage unwanted did get me thinking how inexpensively one could furnish a new home or apartment- especially given the proliferation of online forums such as Craig's List, Front Porch Forum, etc. (Of course, there are still places like ReCycle North and even garage sales for the "old-fashioned" bargain-hunters.)

Then, I saw an advertisement for the Spring Move Out Project (SMOP), and thought I would pass it along (in hopes of saving a few people from throwing themselves into dumpsters). SMOP is taking place May 28th this year, and promotes the reuse and recycling of unwanted items by both individuals and local community organizations. Partipants can drop off, or exchange, their unwanted items (not to be confused with garbage!) between the hours of 11:00-3:00 at Loomis Street in Burlington- between North Willard and School Streets. Many students and homeowners that are moving out of town, will be donating furniture, kitchenware, computers, clothes, electronics, etc. For more information on the event, please click here.

If you are moving out of a home and have items to donate but can't make it to the event, you can drop off your unwanted goods at the Chittenden Solid Waste District's Drop-Off Center located at 338 Pine Street in Burlington.

Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you would like to start looking for a new home today!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Monday, May 3, 2010

Thinking of purchasing a home? Read this:

Whether your plans for the future home ownership entail purchasing a home six months down the road or six YEARS down the road, this article- "6 Biggest Mistakes Homebuyers Make"- is definitely worth taking a look at! Some of the mistakes noted in this article are made before any buyer even finds a property to purchase! For instance, even if you don't plan on purchasing a home for a couple years, any damage done to your credit score now can stick with you for several years (and consequently, potentially impact the interest rate you obtain)!

Of course, many of these mistakes can be avoided with the helpful guidance of both your Realtor and a trusted lender! To check out a list of recommended lenders that can help guide you through the financing process, click here.

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Friday, April 30, 2010

Good news for greater Burlingon area!

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor released its latest figures, and the Burlington/South Burlington unemployment rate was among the lowest in New England! The unemployment rate as of March 2010 improved almost a full percent from that of March 2009 (currently 6%, as opposed to 6.9% last March)! To read the entire story from The Burlington Free Press, please click here.

Of course, this is great news for current homeowners because as the employment rate improves, so too does the housing market! If you are in the market for a home, you can check out all of the newest listings just by visiting

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Open House- Move-in Ready in South Burlington

U-8 Grandview Drive, South Burlington. This Sunday, May 2nd, I will be hosting an Open House at this AFFORDABLE and TURN-KEY Southridge townhome in South Burlington from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. The 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom townhouse is conveniently located close to shopping, I-89, FAHC, Dorset Park, and the bike path! Currently offered at $144,900!

If you would like to take a look at this property before the Open House (just in case you are trying to find something before the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit THIS FRIDAY), please feel free to call or e-mail me to arrange a showing! (802)846-9530 or

For additional information and interior photos of this property, please click here.

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Before you schedule your move, check this out:

LOTS of Buyers and Sellers are making the move within the next couple months, so I thought I would pass along this article on the 10 Biggest Moving Mistakes that I found on Better Homes & There is so much work (and stress) involved in is easy to overlook details such as how to transport plants, getting mover's insurance, and making an inventory list (just to name a few)!

Don't forget: late June and early July are going to be incredibly busy with people moving (especially given the homebuyer tax credit deadline of June 30th). If you are planning on moving in that timeframe BE SURE TO BOOK YOUR MOVERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! If you need recommendations for movers (or any home service providers), you can always visit the (newly revamped!) Hickok & Boardman website and click on the Maintaining Your Home tab for some excellent suggestions!

I hope you find this article helpful! If you are looking to move soon...but still haven't found your next home, please feel free to call or e-mail me today and I will get your search started!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Open House Double-Header!

Stop by my Open House at 64 Dunbar Drive in Essex Junction today, April 18th, any time from 1:00-3:00 to view this immaculate Whitcomb Heights II townhome- featuring over 3,000 square feet of beautifully appointed living space! If you don't absolutely fall in love with this can always march next door, where my colleague, Jessica Hubbard-Riina, will be hosting an Open House at this fabulous property!

These gorgeous townhomes feature 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and boast open floor plans, fabulous kitchens with center islands and stainless steel appliances, spacious living rooms with fireplaces, tranquil master suites, and much more!

64 Dunbar Drive has beautiful cherry floors in the dining room and cherry built-ins in the living room. The lower level has an additional 700+ square feet of light-filled living space- including a built-in banquette that opens for additional storage! Offered at $405,000 AND there is still (just) enough time to take advantage of the existing tax credit! For more information on this property (and additional photos), please click here.

If you can't make it to the Open House(s) today, but would still like to view either of these exceptional properties, please feel free to call or e-mail me, and I will gladly schedule another showing.

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Just to reiterate:

I've been saying this for months- but it never hurts to reinforce the message: Now is a fantastic time to buy! I saw this article today- 4 Great Real Estate Deals that Won't Last- on Yahoo Real Estate, and thought I would pass it along, as it really drives home my point! If you have been on the fence about potentially purchasing a home...don't wait around any longer! There are only 26 days left to get under contract in order to be eligible for the current tax credit, interest rates remain incredibly low, and there is a fantastic inventory of homes out there (one of which could be waiting for you)!

If you would like to start your home search today, please feel free to call or e-mail me at (802)846-9530 or

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Open House this Sunday, March 28th

First time homebuyers: TAKE NOTE! This home could be the one! This four bedroom colonial is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the New North End of Burlington- close to walking trails, the bike path, and the lake! The interior of the home features a large living room with a wood burning fireplace, a spacious kitchen, formal dining room, nicely sized bedrooms, hardwood floors, and more! Wonderful natural light throughout the entire home! OFFERED AT $267,000...someone is bound to be calling this property "home" SOON!

To view the visual tour for this property, please click here. OR, stop by my Open House this Sunday at 102 Lopes Avenue in Burlington, and see this home for yourself! If you can't make the Open House and would like to schedule a showing of this property, please feel free to call or e-mail me: or (802)846-9530, and I would be happy to arrange a showing!

Remember, if you are looking to take advantage of the current homebuyer tax credit, you MUST be under contract no later than April 30th! That is just 39 days away! To view all of the latest listings in our area, be sure to visit Burlington Vermont Homes.

Directions to the Open House: Travel north on North Avenue, bare right onto Ethan Allen Parkway. Take your first left turn on to Lopes Avenue, the home is on your right hand side- #102

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome Spring!

Finally! After a long (albeit particulary mild) winter, spring has finally arrived! Today officially marks the first day of spring- and the first signs of spring are starting to bloom in Vermont. Yesterday, while showing property, I actually spotted flowers starting to blossom! I found this article "7 Simple Ways to Welcome Spring" on Hooked on Houses, (love this blog) and thought I would pass it get everyone in the mood!

Remember, if you have been contemplating selling your home- spring is the perfect time to put your home on the market! If you would like to discuss selling your house, feel free to call or e-mail me today: or

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

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Monday, March 15, 2010

UVM is back in the Big Dance!

After winning the America East Conference with a defeat over Boston University this Saturday, the UVM men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament! This Friday night, the Catamounts- who are seeded number 16 in the tournament- will play the number 1 seeded Syracuse University in Buffalo, New York. UVM has not played in the tournament since their suprise defeat over Syracuse in 2005. This tournament appearance will mark only the fourth time in school history that UVM has made it to the NCAA Tournament!

If Vermont can pull off another defeat over Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, it will be the first time in the history of the tournament that a number 1 seed has defeated a number 16 seed! (When UVM defeated Syracuse in 2005 they were the number 14 seed.)

Although defeating Syracuse on Friday will be no easy feat, I will be watching (with fingers crossed) to see if the Catamounts can repeat history and once again eliminate Syracuse in the first round!

*In case you missed Marqus Blakely's amazing dunk on Saturday, you can view it by clicking here.*

For more information on the Catamounts or ticketing information, click here.

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Before you go to bed on Saturday night...

...don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour! That's right- daylight savings begins this Sunday, March 14th. Before you start to get too excited about the forthcoming longer days, extra hours of sunlight, and warmer weather, don't forget that with daylight savings comes...SPRING CLEANING! Although no one (sane) particularly enjoys spring cleaning, it does serve as a good reminder to not only de-clutter your home but also to address some home maintenance items such as testing the smoke detectors in your house, cleaning out your rain gutters, having your furnace cleaned and of that other FUN stuff! I found this great checklist of home maintenance items to check at, and thought I would pass it along.

Of course, if you want some tips on how to CLEAN certain items in your home, who better to check with that Martha Stewart? I found this checklist on her website.

If you want to do your spring cleaning in a new home, make sure to check out Chittenden County's newest listings at First time homebuyers remember, as of today, there are only 50 days left to get under contract in order to be eligible for the first time homebuyer tax credit. You could HIRE someone to do all of your spring cleaning for you with that $8,000!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

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Friday, March 5, 2010

And the Oscar goes to....

This Sunday evening at 8:00 is the 82nd annual Academy Awards show, and Oscar-buzz is already in the air! I was reading one of my favorite blogs yesterday- Hooked on Houses- (go figure) and I found this cool (albeit tricky) Oscar "quiz" that I thought I would pass along! It is called "Can you name the 10 Oscar-Nominated films these houses starred in?"...and it is harder than you would think! I got two you think you can do better? To take the quiz yourself, click here.

The picture above is from one of the (only) two movie homes I was able to correctly identify. It was nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Original Song...any guesses?

Don't forget, if you are looking for something to do on Sunday before the Oscars: I will be hosting an Open House from 1:00-3:00 at 32 Cortland Avenue in South Burlington- so feel free to stop by! For more information on the Open House, click here.

Have fun!
-Jamie Wright, Realtor

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Attention: First Time Homebuyers!

This Sunday, March 7th, I will be hosting an Open House from 1:00-3:00 (leaving myself plenty of time to get home before the red carpet show for the Oscars) at this adorable home at 32 Cortland Avenue. Located in South Burlington's sought-after Orchards neighborhood, this home is walking distance to Orchard school, the movie theater, the bike path, and more!

This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home features an eat-in kitchen that leads to a large back deck, a spacious living room with picture window, formal dining room (that could potentially be converted to a third bedroom), and a partially finished basement. This home is currently offered at $209,900. For more information, please feel free to call or e-mail me OR stop by this Sunday! If you can't make it to the Open House, you can always view the visual tour for this property by clicking here, or I can set up a showing for another time.

Remember, first-time homebuyers looking to take advantage of the tax credit: you must be under deposit by no later than April 30, 2010...just under two months!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Monday, February 22, 2010


Are you in the market for some new appliances or perhaps a new item of furniture for your home? If so, you may want to wait until Saturday, March 6th- VERMONT"S TAX FREE HOLIDAY! On March 6th items costing under $2,000 (and for non-business use) will be exempt from state taxes. The tax free day does not pertain to automobiles and other vehicles. HOWEVER, if you have been looking to make your home greener, Energy-Star rated appliances are applicable! For more information, please click here.

If you are looking for a new home to outfit, I can help you with that too! Feel free to call or e-mail me to get started on your new home search today!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Something to be HAPPY about:

Chittenden County residents might be frowning about the lack of snow in our area this winter (with the exception of the HUGE New Year's storm that dumped three feet of snow in Burlington), but that doesn't mean that we don't have a lot to be happy about! just posted their second annual list of the happiest states in the nation- and Vermont is ranked #6!

How does one measure happiness? For this particular study, researchers interviewed more than 350,000 American adults about six sub-categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work enviroment, physical health, health behavior, and basic access. After compiling all the data, Vermont's average well-being score was 67.4. (This initially seemed a little low to me, but then I realized that the #1 ranked state- Hawaii- had a score of 70.2 [so if the results were curved, Vermont would have received a 97.2!!]).

If you are looking for ways to increase the amount of happiness in your home, make sure to check out my previous post with ideas on how to spread happiness in your house! As always, if you are looking for a NEW home to make you even happier, feel free to call or e-mail me today!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Cash for Refrigerators"?!

Everyone remembers last summer's "Cash for Clunkers" program in which car dealerships were offering rebates for consumers who traded in their old, gas guzzling vehicles for new, more fuel efficient cars...BUT did you know that there is a similar program for consumers wanting to trade in their older appliances for more energy-efficient appliances?
The State Energy Efficient Appliance Program differs from state to state. To see what incentives your state is offering and when the program(s) will begin (as there are specific time parameters), click here.

Before you get too excited, this program is not applicable to ALL appliances and only certain ENERGY STAR qualified and high efficiency rated appliances are eligible for the rebate. In Vermont, the program has already begun for consumers looking to purchase new gas tankless water heaters, gas furnaces, and gas boilers. In March, the program will begin for those purchasing new refrigerators and clothing washers as well. To find out more about the incentives in Vermont specifically, click here.

This is great news to potential sellers and home buyers! Increasingly, buyers are becoming more and more aware of the energy efficiency of a home- so sellers that take advantage of this program could be winning twofold: making their homes more energy efficient while also making their homes more attractive to buyers! If you are a buyer that has recently bought a home that "needs a little updating" (or have plans to in the near future) this could be a wonderful opportunity for you to make some improvements while saving money!

Feel free to call or e-mail me today if you would like to discuss selling your home or purchasing a new the incentives out there continue to grow!

-Jamie Wright, Realtor

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Low interest rates = increased purchasing power!

By now, virtually every buyer has heard that interest rates are near historic lows....BUT, do you really know what that translates to in terms of your monthly payment or how much home you can afford? The other day Heather Myott from Coldwell Banker Mortgage shared this very enlightening calculation, and I thought I would pass it along!

Take the following scenario for example: If a home has a purchase price of $200,000 and a buyer is putting down 3.5% at the current rate of 5.2% for a 30 year fixed rate loan, a buyer's monthly mortgage payment would be $1,078.33.

Now, take the same example as above, but pretend the interest rate increased by 1% to a total interest rate of 6.200%. The new monthly mortgage payment would be $1,202.75. *That's an extra $124.42 that the buyer is paying EACH MONTH!*

To put a different angle on it: IF at the increased rate of 6.200% the buyer wanted to keep the same monthly payment of $1,078.33 (from the first scenario), the buyer would have to purchase a home for $179,000- THAT'S OVER 10% LESS HOME FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY!

If you are considering purchasing a home (and potentially taking advantage of the homebuyer tax credit), a great place to start is by speaking with a well-qualified lender that can tell you exactly how much home you can afford. Feel free to call or e-mail me today, and I can put you in touch with a fabulous lender who can help you get pre-approved QUICKLY!

BOTTOM LINE: Economists are predicting that interest rates will experience modest increases in the second half of this year, so don't wait to start your home search! Although we have no way of knowing precisely when interest rates will rise or by exactly how much, we DO know that interest rates ARE incredibly low RIGHT now! So why risk being able to (potentially) afford 10% less home?!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Perfect Pre-Game Activity: Open House this Superbowl Sunday!

I have NO idea how someone hasn't snatched this amazing property up yet, BUT I will hosting an Open House here (75 Muirfield Road in Burlington) this Sunday, February 7th, from 1:00-3:00 stop by and see this home for yourself!

JUST REDUCED FROM $399,900!! This custom-built Burlington home is located in the new north end's highly sought-after Appletree Point. The 3 bedroom, 2,5 bathroom Cape offers 2,000 square feet of living space- with lots of potential for expansion on the lower level! The home features a light-filled open floor plan, gorgeous master suite with huge walk-in closet and recently redone master bathroom, inviting living room with wood-burning fireplace, and more! Located just one block from the city park with tennis, basketball, and access to the bike path! Get settled in this home before the warm weather arrives so you can enjoy the neighborhood pools and private beach! At $387,500, this home won't be around too much longer!

If you would like additional information on this home (or any other home for that matter) please feel free to contact me today! (802)846-9530 or

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Directions: Head north on North Avenue, turn right onto Staniford Road which becomes Appletree Point Road, then take a right onto Muirfield Road. The home is located on the left...look for the sign!

Monday, February 1, 2010

When Less Does More

Yesterday, I read an interesting statistic: The average size of a new home decreased in 2009 for the first time in 3 decades! The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2009 the average size of a new home was 2,215 square feet- a slight decrease from the highest average of 2,277 square feet for a new home in 2008. Increasing awareness for energy efficiency, the softening economy coupled with rising building costs, and the downsizing of many baby boomers have all been factors in the (slight) shrinking of the American home.

Despite a smaller home size, homeowners aren't necessarily decreasing their demands for the numerous functions a home must serve. Many rooms are serving double duty, storage is being added where ever possible, and homeowners are learning de-clutter and simplify. I found this article on, Small Ideas for Small Spaces, that offers some advice and inspiration for working with smaller spaces. (Bonus: smaller home = less to clean and maintain!)

If you are looking to downsize your home, please feel free to contact me today, and I will get you started on finding your new (more manageable) home! You can always search all of our listings online, just by visiting Hickok & Boardman's website .

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just off the beaten path....

The playoffs are over and there is no more snow on the ground to play, what else is there to do this Sunday except stop by my Open House at 82 Fieldstone Drive in South Burlington?!

This wonderful South Burlington carriage home is nestled in a country-feeling setting, yet still convenient to schools, shopping, I-89, and much more! Inside this well-cared for home, you'll find 2 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, an open living/dining room, finished basement space with a family room, and more! The master suite boasts a private bath and walk-in closet. The living room features a gas fireplace, built-in bookcases, and custom drapes which are conveying with the property! This property is offered at $389,900.

I will at this home on Sunday, January 31st, from 1:00-3:00, so feel free to stop by (or send anyone you know who might be interested)! From Route 116, turn on Van Sicklen Road, right on Cobblestone Drive, and then a right onto Fieldstone Drive.

Hope to see you there!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Friday, January 22, 2010

Just spreading a little happiness....

I just found this article on another one of my favorite blogs, Hooked on Houses, (I am totally hooked) "10 Ways to be Happy at Home", and thought it worthy of passing along! Homeowners tend to spend a lot more time INSIDE their homes during the winter they might as well love the place they're cozying up in! Here's the article- happy reading!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The time to list your home is NOW!

Have you been considering putting your home on the market for a while now? A lot of home owners are waiting until the weather warms up and school lets out to list their homes BUT they could be missing out on precious buyers who are ready to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit before its expiration! (Such buyers must be under contract on or before April 30th.)

I found this article on Yahoo Real Estate that points out some great ways to potentially increase the sale price of your home- with minimal investment! Remember: if you have lived in your home 5 of the last 8 years, you too could be eligible for the tax credit (of up to $6,500)!

Given the amazing interest rates right now, and the tax credit CURRENTLY in place, NOW is really the time to be putting your home on the market, in order best position your home for a sale by this spring! In fact, the author of this article points out that this spring could be the "most pleasant experience for a home seller in the last four or five years"!

If you would like to discuss putting your home on the market, please call or e-mail me today.
-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Monday, January 18, 2010

Looking to outfit your new home?

My absolute favorite blog, Young House Love (which is all about a younger home-owning couple that have totally transformed every room in their fixer-upper on an incredibly tight budget), just posted their list of "go-to" stores/internet sites for finding just about any item to furnish/decorate your home. If you have just moved- or are planning a move in the near future- (... ah-hem, first-time homebuyer tax credit?!?!?) and are finding yourself with a couple of barren looking rooms, make sure you check out their suggested resources for a budget friendly makeover! So, without further is THE LIST.

If you are a looking for a new home that you can totally transform room-by-room (and start to build some equity!!), make sure you check the entire inventory of homes in Chittenden County at Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman's website, or feel free to call or e-mail me today and we can get started on finding your next home!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Come visit me this Sunday!

This Sunday, January 17th, I will be hosting an Open House at this fabulous property at 6 Woodland Place in South Burlington. This home is offered at $293,500 and is situated in an established neighborhood and boasts a wonderful floor plan! Inside, you'll find 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a sunken family room, fire-lit living room, formal dining room, and an open kitchen with a sunny breakfast nook! The walk-out basement has loads of potential and is just waiting for its new homeowner to finish it off!

I invite anyone interested in this home to swing by any time between 1:00-3:00 on Sunday and check this property out in person! Remember- if you are looking to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit, the clock is ticking!
If you can't wait until Sunday to see the inside of this home, you can view the visual tour to this property here: . Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you would like additional information on this property. If this home isn't exactly what you are searching for, you can always browse our entire inventory of homes just by visiting:
Hope to see you Sunday!
-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So, maybe the BFP summed it up better than I did....

Despite my valient effort to summarize Lawrence Yun's (the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors) address from yesterday's luncheon that I attended, I thought it might be a good idea to pass along the article that appeared in the Burlington Free Press this morning:, (just in case you wanted a second point of view).

If you happened to be watching WPTZ last night, they even aired a spot on Dr. Yun's cameo in Vermont! (In fact, if you looked closely enough, you could even see the back of my head!)

I hope you find this article as enlightening as I found Dr. Yun's speech yesterday!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR
*109 days left to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit*

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feeling Optimistic about 2010

I just had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors speak at a luncheon right here in Burlington. After listening to Dr. Yun's analysis of the national housing market, I left the luncheon feeling incredibly...optimistic!!! (Mind you, Dr. Yun was recently named one of the top ten economic forecasters in the nation by USA Today!)

Basically, Dr. Yun stressed that 2010 is likely to experience a healthy boost in home sales, which will lead to modest increases in home values (good news for homeowners)! Helping to nudge the number of home sales upward are two crucial factors: historically low interest rates and the homebuyer tax credit that is currently in place. All good things must come to an end though, and this holds true to both the current interest rates and the homebuyer tax credit.

REMEMBER- if you are looking to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit, you MUST be under contract by no later than April 30, 2010 (READ: you have 110 days left!!!)! Dr. Yun also pointed out that interest rates will likely rise to close to 6% (or higher) by the end of the year, if not time is really of the essence!

Finally, I thought that one of the most notable points that Dr. Yun made today had to do with the ability of current renters to purchase a home. I thought this was particularly interesting because I often hear from aspiring homeowners that they do not think they would qualify for a mortgage. However, Dr. Yun said that in 2000 (when the Real Estate market was quite "normal") 11 million renters had the incomes necessary to qualify for a mid-priced home. In 2009, roughly 16 million renters had the necessary income to qualify for a mid-priced home! If you are one of the 16 million renters that think you could not qualify for a mortgage, you could be sorely mistaken! I can put you in touch with a wonderful local lender who can help you determine whether or not homeownership is an option for you!

To read more about Dr. Yun, check out his impressive bio:

Of course, feel free to call or e-mail me if you would like to start your home search today! or (802)846-9530. As always, you can search our entire inventory of homes 24 hours a day at

Happy House Hunting!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Does it get any prettier?

Just when I was starting to complain that the Burlington area had not received enough snow, mother nature fires back with a record breaking snowfall for Burlington! 2010 is off to a VERY white start, as Burlington received a whopping 32.5 inches between 7 a.m. on Saturday morning and 7 p.m. on Sunday! Here is the story on the snow storm, from the Burlington Free Press:

As if that is not just keeps coming! Although we aren't expected to get any more serious accumulation in next few days...look at all the snow for the upcoming week:

I hope you find yourself enjoying this abundance of snow! If you aren't skiing, riding, sledding, snowshoeing, making snow angels, least it is beautiful to look at!

*One final note*- if shoveling and snowblowing isn't your favorite way to "take in" all the snow, be sure to check out our recommneded snow removal companies on:

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR

Monday, January 4, 2010

Only 118 days left!!

2010 has arrived...and so the countdown to the expiration of the first-time homebuyer tax credit has begun! Many homebuyers tend to put their home searches on hold during the winter months and go into "hibernation mode"...but with the looming deadline for the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit or the $6,500 repeat homebuyer tax credit, homebuyers can not afford to wait until the spring to renew their home searches!! In order to be eligible for the extended and expanded tax credit, a homebuyer must be under contract for their new home NO LATER THAN APRIL 30, 2010! Factor in a couple of months to find the home, and the time for homebuyers to start their search!!!

This article from MSN Real Estate highlights the importance to start your search sooner, rather than later: (It also provides some great tips for homebuyers looking to take advantage of the tax credit.)

If you would like more information on the homebuyer tax credit, please visit:,,id=215791,00.html?portlet=7

Of course, if you are thinking of purchasing a home in the upcoming year, I would be more than happy to help you through the process! Please feel to call or e-mail me today with any of your Real Estate questions!

-Jamie Wright, REALTOR