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VAR Announces Board Officers, Mike Hickey is Named NAR Director

Vermont Association of RealtorsMembers of the Vermont Association of Realtors® (VAR) have elected officers to serve on the 2024 VAR Board of Realtors®. These new leaders will be installed at the VAR 78th Annual Meeting on November 1-2 at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont.

Mike Hickey, broker/owner of Hickey & Foster Real Estate, will be the NAR Director. This appointment is a testament to Mike’s dedication to real estate. As part of the VAR’s governing body, Mike will be a key influencer and voice for Vermont’s real estate community, handling strategic direction and policies. Mike will shape the future of the industry and advocate for the interests of real estate professionals and homeowners.

Mike HickeyThis year’s VAR Annual Meeting is artfully themed “We R the Brand,” a tribute to the enduring spirit of Realtors® and their unique value proposition in the real estate market. The event promises to be an enriching experience, packed with insightful workshops, dynamic discussions and networking opportunities.

Mike Hickey
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    Michael's on the Hill Restaurant has been Sold to New Owners

    JUST SOLD! Michael’s on the Hill Restaurant

    Michael's on the Hill Restaurant

    4182 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677

    Listed by Steven Foster and Ken Libby

    Sold by Jessie Cook (Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman)

    Closed: 9/19/2023

    Michael’s on the Hill, the award-winning, landmark restaurant located in the Waterbury/Stowe area for 20+ years, sold for $1.2 million. This highly visible property on Route 100 is a meticulously restored and decorated 1820s farmhouse with multiple intimate dining spaces for up to 82 guests.

    The sale included a loyal customer base, inventory, 4 acres, furniture, equipment, website and intellectual property.

    Congratulations to new owners Don Jones and Andrew Kohn, who also run Stowe’s Brass Lantern Inn. We can’t wait to see how your vision adds to this incredible culinary enterprise.

    We also extend our best wishes to former owners Laura and Michael Kloeti as they embark on an exciting next chapter!

    In the news:

    • “Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury Center Sold to New Owners,” by Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days
    • “Michael’s on the Hill restaurant purchased,” by Aaron Calvin, Stowe Reporter
    • “To Our Dear Friends, After many incredible years of serving our community, we have made the heartfelt decision to pass the torch to new owners...” (Michael’s on the Hill Facebook page) 


    5-star Google review from Laura Kloeti:

    “We recently sold our business with Hickey & Foster Real Estate. There were many moving parts to this sale, and Steve Foster was really wonderful. He was very knowledgeable, with a clear understanding about what we might expect throughout the process and he was extremely helpful assisting us in navigating through the complicated issues. We always felt that we had an ally in him and would recommend him any time!

    When we had to deal with a fire inspection issue with our staircase, requiring an immediate professional opinion, Mike Hickey, who has a builder background, came right over to check things out for us.

    Steve also has a calming spirit which is something that we truly appreciated. The sale of a business can often become personal and very stressful. He kept things clear, acted as an excellent liaison between us, the sellers and other parties, was always available to us, and did it all in a kind, respectful manner that we appreciated very much. In the end, we left feeling that we not only sold our beloved business, but made some new friends at Hickey & Foster!”


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          Virtual First Time Home Buyer's Seminar - March 25, 2023

          Living Room

          Owning a home instantly increases your net worth and it can grow from there. That’s where we come in! 

          We’re hosting a FREE Virtual First Time Home Buyer’s Seminar on Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m., in partnership with Movement Mortgage.

          No matter what the market looks like, buying your first home will always be the right choice when you have the proper tools and guidance, including how to find the right house, shop lenders and loan options, submit an offer, negotiate a closing, and more.

          If you’re a first-time home buyer, tune into this helpful seminar for more information and materials on taking these initial steps.

          Whenever you decide to make a move, the team at Hickey & Foster Real Estate is here for you.

          To register:

          (Register by Friday at 3:00 p.m. You will get an email on Friday with Zoom instructions.)


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            News from Lamoille Area Board of Realtors - 2022 Annual Meeting

            At the annual meeting, Steven Foster, President of the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors® (LABOR), outlined all of the accomplishments the 2022 Executive Board and Committees have achieved this year:

            • Continue to have a balanced budget and are building reserves for the first time in a few years
            • Hosted a fun Affiliate/New Member event at the Stowe Bowl last spring
            • Hosted a Legislative Forum in January with our local representatives
            • Completed a $5,000 Housing Opportunity Grant with proven results in Hyde Park taking action to change their by-laws
            • Obtained a $5,000 Fair Housing Grant supporting Lamoille Housing Partnership Summit this year
            • Participated in the Habitat for Humanity Build
            • Hosted the Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament raising substantial funds for Lamoille Community House

            Steven said that “none of this could be accomplished without the dedication of our Executive Board and Committees ... Thank you!”

            Steven and Leslie Rollins, past president and chair of the golf tournament committee, also presented Nicole Chauvin, shelter manager of the Lamoille Community House, with the check for the $7,500 raised at the LABOR charity golf tournament and auction. (Many thanks to all of the participants, sponsors and prize donors, too!)


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              VAR 77th Annual Meeting, Foster Joins Board Leadership

              At the Vermont Association of Realtors® 77th Annual Meeting, real estate broker Steve Foster was installed as president-elect of the VAR Board of Directors.

              The VAR board represents nine local Boards of Realtors and more than 2,100 realtor and affiliate members across the state.

              “Our 2023 board of directors represents diverse perspectives across the real estate industry,” said VAR Chief Executive Officer Kathy Sweeten. “The expertise and experience they bring to the table will help VAR advance its mission to provide valuable resources to our members and to be a leading advocate for home ownership in our state.”

              Read the full news brief at

              VAR 77th Annual Meeting

              The 77th Annual Meeting took place at the Basin Harbor Club this week (a beautiful location during fall foliage!). The event included a number of continuing education classes and networking opportunities with Realtors from all over Vermont. As the outgoing President, Mike Hickey hosted the Awards Ceremony; Steve Foster will be the incoming Vice President, so part of the ceremony included his swearing in. Pictured here are Mike and Steve with the incoming VAR President, Sarah Peluso, and Kevin Sears, incoming NAR Vice President.

              (Thank you to VAR, the Basin Harbor Club and others for such a successful event! We’re all looking forward to the next one!)


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