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Local Housing Market Looks Stable

How does the second quarter for residential sales compare with last year’s figures? Is it the right time to sell? What should a potential buyer look for and expect in today’s real estate market?

Overall market conditions read: Stable.

Local homes sales have slowed this quarter, compared to 2014 figures, but that isn’t a bad sign for buyers or sellers. On a statewide level, there was a 16 percent increase in homes sales between the first six months of 2015, at 2,600 sales, compared to 2014, at 2,241 sales*.

Agents in our local Vermont offices have seen customers and clients more excited about the market then in other months (and years) and current sales prices are more closely aligned with town-assessed values – a sign of market stability.

Buyers are looking at features that add real value and factors such as proximity to good schools, town amenities and recreation that will impact future worth, which is setting a higher standard for sellers. In the luxury market, especially, homes that are out-of-date or require multiple upgrades – or are over-priced – continue to see unsuccessful sales.

Regardless of market conditions, a strong understanding of pricing and a clear home-selling strategy are important for success in real estate. It seems simple, but not having factors in place to be really ready to sell can make all the difference. With a flood of housing information available on the web, properties need to be positioned (and staged) well from their first day on the market, helping the home or land put its “best foot forward.”

For a perspective on real estate conditions across New England, William Raveis offers the following statistics: “In May 2015, as compared to May 2014, Unit Sales rose 5.8% in Connecticut, 10.8% in New York, 25.1% in Manhattan, 16.3% in Brooklyn, 4.6% in Rhode Island, 14.6% in Vermont and 5.8% in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Sales Price rose 2.1% in Massachusetts and 4.2% in Maine.” (To download the full report, click here.)

As we move into the third quarter, our agents offer the following take-away messages:

- People are more excited about the market
- Sales prices are aligning with town assessments (in most cases)
- Correct staging and sales pricing are even more paramount
- Market properties with “value forward” for today’s savvy buyer
- Deferring maintenance or upgrades will diminish home appeal

If you have questions about local real estate, please do not hesitate to contact one of our agents, and in the meantime, explore our websites at BCKrealestate.com and StoweRealty.com.

*Statistics are based on current Northern New England Real Estate Network’s MLS data. For additional information, please read the Stowe Reporter’s article “Market regains stability,” with references pertinent to this post.

Sue Arguin Joins William Raveis BCK Real Estate

BARRE, VT (January 16, 2015) – William Raveis BCK Real Estate is pleased to announce that Sue Arguin has joined their team of agents.

Sue Arguin

Sue Arguin

Sue lives in Barre and has been selling real estate for more than 25 years. She has been an active member of the Central Vermont Board of Realtors and has served as a Commissioner on the Barre Housing Authority Board.

The Times Argus has named Sue a “Best of the Best Realtor” for the past five years.

William Raveis BCK Real Estate president and owner John Biondolillo said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Sue to the William Raveis and BCK families. Her knowledge of central Vermont is going to be a huge benefit to our company and our clients.”

In addition to selling real estate, Sue enjoys spending time with her family, doing home projects and antiquing.

Sue said she looks forward to continuing her real estate career with William Raveis BCK Real Estate; and, in the words of the entire William Raveis family, she would like the opportunity to help “show your family the way home.”

Sue can be reached at (802) 479-3366 or 86 North Main Street, Suite 2, in Barre. To learn more about Sue and William Raveis BCK Real Estate, please visit BCKrealestate.com.

William Raveis BCK Real Estate, founded in 1981, is a full-service real estate brokerage company with offices in Barre, Montpelier, Mendon, St. Johnsbury, Essex, Stowe and Morrisville. Together, they boast more than 30 sales associates and employees.

Everyone Needs A Coach

By Steve Shull

If you look at any top performer or athlete you will probably find a coach nearby. No matter how successful you are, no matter how smart you are, no matter how talented you are, no matter how hard you are willing to work, no matter what sacrifices you are willing to make….. COACHING CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER!!

What is Coaching?

Has there ever been a time in your life that someone believed in you so much…..
your talents and spirit soared in their presence?

What did they see in you that you couldn’t see?

How did they share their faith in you and motivate you?

How did you grow from that experience?

Were you able to reach higher or step farther when you knew you had their support and encouragement behind you?

A great coach is someone who can see your greatness and help you realize it on a daily basis in many different ways. Whether you need to be pushed, or pulled, or inspired, or challenged, or left alone…. a great coach knows just the right way to keep you moving forward so you can achieve your best at all times. A great coach helps you get focused on what is truly possible so you can channel your efforts and energies in a meaningful and purposeful direction.

Simply stated……

Being in the right coaching relationship can empower you to get what you want both personally and professionally AND…… enjoy the process of “getting there”.

How does the coaching process work?

The coaching process is composed of three main forces:

1. Goal setting
2. Planning
3. Accountability

The first phase of coaching process is to help you get clear about what you want and why it is important to you.

The second phase of the coaching process is to help you develop a plan based on your individual talents and resources to reach or exceed your goals.

Once the goal has been set and the plan developed…. the third phase of the coaching process is to hold you accountable to both your goals and your plan.

It is the mastering of these three phases that will turn your infinite potential into actual rewards!!

Every goal, no matter how big can be broken down into small steps. Such steps, taken in a consistently focused direction will generate……. BIG RESULTS!!

In life we ALL get off track at times. The key to being more successful is learning to correct your course quickly and effectively. Having a great coach in your corner reduces the time spent drifting away from your goals and accelerates the process of turning your dreams into reality.

In summary…..

A great coach keeps your vision in front of you at all times.

A great coach keeps bringing you back to the plan of action and helps you modify it when necessary.

A great coach is a constant voice in your ear that says…….


My name is Steve Shull. I am a founding partner at one of southern California’s leading boutique real estate brokerages. I’ve been coaching John Biondolillo since his first year in the business when he closed 26 transactions in 40 weeks. His production continues to increase regardless of market conditions.  I have been coaching top performing real estate professionals for since 1993. In fact, I believe I have coached more agents on a one-on-one basis than anyone else in the world. Coaching is my passion. I believe in it 100%. My purpose is to inspire and challenge exceptional people to live and work at their Personal Best.

I think one of the greatest values offered at BCK Real Estate is personal coaching and group training programs. Like everything at BCK Real Estate, the coaching offered is custom tailored to each agent. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to coaching.

My goal on this blog is provide a steady stream of coaching tips and real life situations that can benefit you in your efforts to grow your business.