Blog :: 10-2012

Halloween In Hyde Park

Taken at the old Benson farm, Hyde Park, Vermont. Jeff Beattie photo taken 10/28/12

It's Halloween in Hyde Park.  In Vermont, as with most rural areas, all the Trick or Treaters come down from the hills and do their Trick or Treating in the villages and Hyde Park is no exception.  My kids grew up running door to door in the village with their cousins and friends with parents following along. It is in every sense of the term a "Rockwellian" scene. Kids running about with shear excitement, the air is cold and the last vestiges of autumn leaves blowing in the  late October wind. Being a typical small town most adults know each other and it is a wonderful opportunity to socialize while strolling down village streets. We could never resist the temptation to take the kids on a quite through the village cemetery at the end of Main Street hiding behind the huge Maple trees.

Now that my kids are grown I still look forward to Halloween in the village. We will go to my father's in the village and admire all the costumes while we hand out candy and wave from the door and shout a greeting to the "younger parents" out on the sidewalk.

Tonight will be the perfect Halloween night here in Hyde Park. There's going to be a  full moon ducking in and out of the clouds and lots of happy Trick or Treaters.  Here's hoping that everyone has a safe and memorable Halloween!

Baseball Season Is Over

San Francisco Giants win the 2012 World SeriesWell it has happened again, baseball season is over. Congratulations to the San Fransisco Giants for sweeping the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series. I thought I would be rooting for the Tigers with the best pitcher in baseball (Justin Verlander) and the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years (Miguel Cabrera). But as I followed the Giants through the playoffs having to come back from down 0-2 games in the NLDS and back from down 1-3 games in the NLCS I really started to admire their grit. The Giants were full of "come back kids" from Former Cy Young winner Barry Zito who was left off their 2010 World Series roster to Pablo Sandoval a.k.a. "the Panda" (World Series MVP) who was benched during the 2010 World Series to Tim Lincecum their former two time Cy Young winner willing to come in from the bull pen. This team was full of characters and never say die competitors.

I am a huge football fan, but there is nothing like the game of baseball, at any level. With all the intricacies, nuances and all the games inside the game, baseball is supremely entertaining. I grew up listening to the great Vin Scully calling Dodger games on the radio "back in the day" and learned so much from his rich descriptions of the games and the players. After moving to Vermont I began listening to Joe Castiglione calling red Sox games and have continued to enjoy all that the game has to offer.

They say that NFL football is by far and away the most popular sport in America today especially among young males. Maybe because it appears to be more fast paced as compared to baseball in this instant gratification sound byte world we live in. Maybe because one has to be a little more of a student of the game to truly appreciate it. I don't know, what I do know is I can't wait for the inevitable news as winter melts away and the renewal of spring arrives that the pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training camp again and all will be right with the world once again.

Waiting for Sandy

Here in Vermont we are also waiting for Sandy. At the time of this post the winds have started to pick up with dust and leaves blowing down Main Street here in Stowe.

We have been told to expect 40-50 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph and widespread power outages by tonight. Everyone is stocking up on fresh water and batteries and gassing up their generators (if they have them). Barely a year after Irene devastated Vermont, no one here is taking Sandy for granted. Everything that is not bolted down is being stored away and people near rivers and streams will have to remain vigilant.

While there is something exciting about being able to witness the power of Mother Nature first hand we have to hope and pray for the safety of all.

Lamoille County Land Sales Are Up

Lamoille County land sales are up by more than double for the first nine months of 2012 as compared to the same period for 2011. The down side to the land market  is the over burdened inventory which at the current rate of sale would take close to six years to sell. With the majority of land sales occurring under $100,000 and the average list price of $130,000 it would appear that the general land market is over priced. As the unit sales activity increases sellers should have a better sense of value and the prices should start to come more in line with the market.

 

 

 

The residential unit sales for the first nine months of this year remains level as compared to the same period over the last three years which is where it has been since the market hit bottom. Over half of the unit sales have been in the under $200,000 category with close to 905 occurring under $300,000.

As always, proper pricing in a market like this is key and presents an opportunity for sellers who want to stand out when compared to their competition.

If you would like more detailed market information please contact me at jeff@jeffbeattie.com , call me at 802-371-7491 or visit my website at www.jeffbeattie.com .

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    Stowe Real Estate Sales Continue To Rise

    Stowe first three months of 2012 compared to same period of 2011

    Stowe real estate sales continue to rise. Although the overall unit sales numbers are up only slightly over the same period from last year, the first three quarters of 2012 show a 25% increase in unit sales over the same period for 2011 in the under $500,000 category.  Total residential unit sales for the first three quarters of 2012 are back to 2006 levels.

    The interesting and exciting news is in the area of land sales. If residential sales have been dismal since the crash in 2008, land sales have been virtually non-existent.  Stowe land sales for the first nine months have tripled as compared to the same period for 2011. This is a trend we hope will continue.

    Condominium sales for the first three quarters of 2012 are up slightly over the same period for 2011 with the most activity and biggest increase over last year in the $200,000 to $400,000 category.

    Stowe Historical first three quarters for last 8 years

     

     If you would like more detailed market information please contact me at jeff@jeffbeattie.com , call me at 802-371-7491 or visit my website at www.jeffbeattie.com .

    First Snow In Stowe

    We just had our first snow of the season in Stowe up on Mt. Mansfield this past Sunday. It snowed up there again last night and it has been spitting snow down in the village all day. We know it probably will not "stick" but it is always exciting.  It's kind of like a verification that "yes, winter will be back again this year" which is good since I just bought a new pair of back country skis.

    Even thought I hate to see the warm days of summer leave, I have to admit (and I have to be careful who I admit this to) the first real shot of cold air feels good and exciting. Around here there are two kinds of people when it comes to the first sight of snow on the mountain; those who dread the inevitable coming of winter and those of us who can't wait for it.  After all, it's coming either way so you might as well embrace it.

    I guess it's about time I get my wood in and then Pray for Snow!Mt. Mansfield in the clouds, Stowe, VT. Jeff Beattie photo taken 10/12/12

    Vermont State Parks

    Camel's Hump, Huntington, VT. Jeff Beattie photo taken 9/11/10The last of the Vermont State Parks are closing this weekend. This is your last chance to grab a campsite (the weather is supposed to be good this weekend!) and enjoy. If you are looking for a good spot to camp and kayak or canoe, I suggest the Green River Reservoir State Park. For some camping and hiking either Elmore State Park for climbing Elmore Mountain in Elmore or Smuggler's Notch State Park for climbing Mount Mansfield in Stowe would be excellent choices.

    There is still plenty of foliage to see and the air has turned dry and crisp. So grab your tent and a warm sleeping bag and get out there!Green River Reservoir, Hyde Park, VT. Jeff Beattie photo

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      Foliage In Vermont

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      So, catch a plane, take a train (Amtrak will get you here and a train ride is the best way to see the fall colors) or take a slow car ride up Route 100 and get here before it's too late. Life is too short and the leaves are falling in Vermont.