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      2015 Real Estate--Year in Review Montpelier, Barre, Northfield, Waterbury Vermont

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      2015 Real Estate Year in Review

      Montpelier, Barre, U32, Waterbury, Northfield


      Number of Sales

      Looking at the table below, it’s pretty darn easy to see the clear overall increase in number of sales. Every town in the survey had increases from 2014 to 2015. Some towns (Barre City) had smaller increases, and other towns (holy cow--Waterbury!!) had big increases.



       

      2015

      2014

      2013

      Barre City

      76

      71

      56

      Barre Town

      99

      81

      68

      Montpelier

      64

      49

      49

      U32

      48

      37

      46

      Northfield

      46

      33

      34

      Waterbury

      63

      34

      37

      Total

      396

      305

      290




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      Average Sale Price

      The average sale prices have been more of a mixed bag, with the majority of towns posting small decreases. Barre City is on a two year slide, but that’s not going to last long. The number of sales will bolster those prices soon enough!



      Taken as an average across the market, prices are remarkably stable. Weighted average sale prices inched up from $203,000 to $205,000. Nothing terribly exciting, although we would generally like to see a little more appreciation.



      This Year and Next Year

      We’re proud of how many buyers and sellers trusted us to do the job this year.  In 2015, Green Light Real Estate had 72 sales, and sold just over $14 million in real estate. That’s a lot of property, and with everyone here already hitting the ground running early in 2016, we expect both of those numbers to increase substantially this year.



       

      Days on the Market

      One metric that’s informative is the Days on the Market (DOM). In four of the six market towns in this report, the days on the market went down. That means that houses sold faster in 2015 than in previous years.




      Unfortunately, the stories we’ve heard about houses in other parts of the country selling in one or two days just don’t happen here very often. Over the past three years in Central Vermont, it’s taken, on average, almost four months for a house to sell.


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      Sales by Month

      This is one of the most interesting stories. Over the past three years, there appears to be a pretty clear trend. Sales start increasing rapidly in April and May, then they dip a bit, and then spike again in August. The highest numbers of sales have been in August.



      That’s interesting to us here at Green Light Real Estate, especially in thinking about what that means. Those April sales are from contracts that were signed in February. And those February buyers were looking in January and February. So, many of those “spring buyers” that we hear about are actually winter buyers!


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      Ray Mikus, Broker/Owner

      Brian Steinmetz, Realtor

      Marina Carleton, Realtor

      Maria Lamberti, Administrative Assistant