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KW Vermont takes top spot for Units Sold YTD

We’re celebrating today! KW Vermont is ranked No. 1 in the state for Units Sold YTD!

We’re so proud of our fellow agents, team leaders and support staff for their rock-star dedication and hard work that contributed to this amazing ranking!

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This incredible achievement is a testament to our agents unwavering dedication, expertise, and commitment to their clients. We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our amazing agents, without whom this achievement would not be possible.

Here’s why KW Vermont agents are the top choice for all your real estate needs:

• Expertise: Our agents are industry experts, with an in-depth knowledge of the local market, providing you with the best advice.

• Exceptional Service: We take pride in delivering top-notch customer service, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience for every client. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we go above and beyond to meet your unique needs.

• Proven Results: We consistently close deals efficiently and effectively, helping our clients achieve their real estate goals.

• Integrity: Trust and honesty are at the core of our values, ensuring you receive transparent and ethical service.

If you’re considering buying, selling, or investing in real estate, choose KW Vermont. Experience the difference for yourself and let us help you turn your real estate dreams into reality.


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    Sell before you buy has several advantages and challenges

    Selling your home before buying a new one has several advantages (and can be a smart financial move), including:

    1. Knowing your budget: When you sell your current home first, you will know exactly how much money you have to put towards your new home. This can help you avoid overextending yourself financially and ensure that you buy a home that fits within your budget.

    2. Avoiding the risk of carrying two mortgages: If you buy a new home before selling your old one, you may end up carrying two mortgages at once, which can be a significant financial burden.

    3. Having more negotiating power: When you are a cash buyer, you may have more negotiating power when it comes to buying your new home. This is because sellers prefer cash buyers who can close quickly and don't have to worry about financing falling through.

    4. Reducing stress: Selling your current home before buying a new one can help reduce the stress and uncertainty that comes with juggling two transactions at once. It can also give you more time to find the perfect new home without feeling rushed or pressured.


    Selling your home before finding your next home can also create logistical challenges. Here are some steps you can take to make the process smoother:

    1. Determine your financial situation: Before you sell your home, it's important to understand your financial situation. This includes how much equity you have in your current home, how much money you need to buy your next home, and how much you can afford to spend on temporary housing if needed.

    2. Prepare your home for sale: To sell your home quickly and at the best price, you should take the time to prepare it for sale. This may involve cleaning, decluttering, and making any necessary repairs or upgrades.

    3. Work with a real estate agent: A good real estate agent can help you navigate the home selling process and provide valuable advice on pricing, marketing, and negotiating with buyers. They can also help you find temporary housing if needed.

    4. Consider temporary housing options: If you sell your home before finding your next one, you may need to find temporary housing. This could include staying with friends or family, renting an apartment or house, or using a short-term rental service like Airbnb.

    5. Be prepared to move quickly: When you sell your home, you may need to move out quickly to accommodate the buyer's timeline. This means having a plan in place for packing, moving, and storing your belongings if needed.

    Overall, while there are some risks associated with selling your home before buying a new one, it can often be the best strategy for homeowners who want to minimize their risk; but it requires careful planning and preparation to ensure a smooth transition. Working with a qualified real estate agent can help you navigate the process and make the most of your home sale.

    Information courtesy of Keller William Realty New England Region


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      Four reasons to buy real estate today

      KitchenWhen interest rates are higher, the cost of borrowing money to purchase a home increases, which means that the monthly mortgage payments will also be higher. However, there are still several reasons why someone might choose to buy a home when interest rates are higher:

      1. To lock in a fixed rate: When interest rates are higher, buyers may want to lock in a fixed rate on their mortgage to protect themselves from future rate increases.

      2. To take advantage of the market: While higher interest rates may make buying a home more expensive, they can also mean that there are fewer buyers in the market, which can create an opportunity for buyers to negotiate a lower price.

      3. To invest in the future: Buying a home is often seen as a long-term investment, and buyers may be willing to pay a higher interest rate in order to own an asset that is likely to appreciate in value over time.

      4. To enjoy the benefits of homeownership: Homeownership offers many benefits, such as the ability to customize your living space, build equity, and establish roots in a community.

      Ultimately, whether or not it makes sense to buy a home when interest rates are higher depends on a variety of factors, including your financial situation, your long-term goals, and the state of the real estate market. It is important to carefully consider all of these factors before making a decision.

      Information courtesy of Keller William Realty New England Region


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        Steven Foster is an official winner of the Top 15% Award from Homesnap!

        Top Agent Award Winner 2022 - Steven Foster





        Congratulations Steven Foster for being an official winner of the Top 15% Award from Homesnap!

        Homesnap looked at the data for more than one million agents nationwide and Steven was one of the select few to win a Top Agent Award! He earned this distinction based on his impressive productivity throughout the past 12 months.

        Want to work with this phenomenal agent? Contact Steven at 646-841-4747 or


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          KW Vermont-Stowe group has new logo

          Hickey & Foster Real EstateThe Stowe Area Realty Group at KW Vermont-Stowe real estate team is now Hickey & Foster Real Estate, which will be helmed by Mike Hickey and Steven Foster as part of the larger Keller Williams family.

          The new partnership brings together more than a dozen residential and commercial agents of the former Stowe Area Realty Group and The Hickey Real Estate Group with real estate sales and marketing experience reaching from the Northeast Kingdom down into central Vermont.


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            Stoweflake real estate transaction wins top ALIS award

            The Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa was named Single Transaction of the Year (US$25M & Under) 2021 at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles, CA. Winners were announced on Jan. 25, 2022, during the three-day conference.

            Ken Libby of Stowe Area Realty Group at KW Vermont-Stowe - now Hickey & Foster Real Estate - represented the seller.

            The ALIS awards honor the hotels, companies and executives responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals. Nominees were evaluated based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors. 

            The ALIS Single Asset Transaction of the Year Award recognizes a hotel or resort in which more than a 50 percent ownership stake has been acquired (transaction closed) in the Americas between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

            The Stoweflake Resort and Spa was purchased for approximately $13 million by MCR Hotels, a hotel management company. The sale was finalized on Dec. 23, 2021.

            Finalists in this category also included the Allegria Hotel & Spa in Long Beach, NY, and the Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips, WA.

            Congrats to Ken Libby, the entire team and everyone who made this amazing real estate sale possible! See all the winners here.


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