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Hickey, Foster Honored at Vermont Real Estate Meeting

Steve Foster and Mike HickeyAt the Vermont Association of Realtors (VAR) 78th Annual Meeting, Nov. 1-2 in Stowe, Hickey & Foster Real Estate broker/owners Steve Foster and Mike Hickey were installed as elected officers on the 2024 Board of Directors.

Foster took the helm as president of the VAR board and leadership team. Hickey stepped into the role of National Association of Realtors (NAR) director for Vermont.

At VAR’s meeting last year, Hickey, as outgoing president, hosted the awards ceremony where Foster was installed as president-elect. Foster will now represent and oversee nine local boards of real estate agents and more than 2,100 individual members across the state.

In these positions, Foster and Hickey will provide valuable resources to industry professionals and advocate for home ownership in Vermont and across the nation.

In August, Hickey was appointed the 2024 vice chair of the NAR Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee, joining the national association’s governing body. Earlier this year, and recognized at the VAR meeting, Foster received the Good Neighbor Award from the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors for his dedicated service to the board as president, collaboration on various committees and volunteer work in the community.

Both Hickey and Foster will be heading to the NAR conference in November to represent Vermont.


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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
    Cell: 802-523-2162


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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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        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!

        Also from the post...

        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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          Liz's Town Spotlight: Exploring Newport, Vermont


          Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Vermont, Newport offers a charming escape for travelers seeking a blend of natural beauty and small-town charm. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and diverse range of activities, Newport has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are nine must-do activities and places to see that showcase the essence of this delightful town:

          1. Newport Waterfront and Bike Path: Begin your adventure by immersing yourself in the breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog at the Newport Waterfront. Stroll along the scenic boardwalk or rent a bike to traverse the Newport Bike Path, a picturesque route that winds along the shoreline. The path offers both recreational and awe-inspiring views, making it a favorite among nature enthusiasts and photography aficionados.

          2. The Northern Star - The Spirit of Newport: Take a scenic cruise on Lake Memphremagog for 2 hours or go for a dinner cruise on Friday or Saturday night! Only there for a weekend and want to end on a great note? Sign up for the Sunday Brunch Cruise for brunch favorites and panoramic views!

          3. The East Side Restaurant & Pub: Enjoy lakeside dining at this fabulous restaurant. Serving everything from Eggs N’ Toast to Strawberry Waffles to Eggs Florentine at breakfast. Sit by the water and have a sunset dinner with appetizers like Maple Barbeque Wings and Poutine, lots of soups and salad choices to follow, and entrees include meals choices of Teriyaki Bowls, Chicken N’ Biscuit, Surf N’ Turf and more! Head on over for a bit to eat next time you’re in town.

          4. MAC Center for the Arts: Art lovers will find their haven at the MAC Center for the Arts, a hub of creativity and expression in Newport. This vibrant gallery features a diverse collection of local and regional artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and crafts. Visitors can marvel at the talent of Vermont's artists and even have the chance to purchase unique pieces to take home as souvenirs.

          5. PetSafe Kingdom Dog Park: Whether you live near Newport or brought your dog on vacation with you, check out PetSafe Kingdom Dog Park for some fun for the dogs! Only a 10 minutes drive from the center of Newport, this friendly dog park is a great place for your dog to make new friends. 

          6. Jay Peak Resort: A short drive from Newport lies the renowned Jay Peak Resort, a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. During the colder months, the resort offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding opportunities on its well-maintained slopes. In the warmer months, visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the resort's indoor water park, making it a perfect family-friendly retreat.

          7. Memphremagog Historical Society Museum: Dive into Newport's rich history by visiting the Memphremagog Historical Society Museum. Housed in a charming Victorian-era building, the museum showcases artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that depict the town's evolution over time. Gain insight into the lives of early settlers and discover how Newport has transformed into the inviting community it is today.

          8. Lake Willoughby Trails: Take the time to slow things down and go for a walk, hike or run on one of Lake Willoughby’s gorgeous trails. There are trails for all levels from Lake Willoughby South Shore Loop being a nice easy walk to enjoy the lake views to harder trails for the adventurous hikers like Mount Pisgah Via North Trail! Find your favorite trail in Willoughby State Forest next time you visit.

          9. Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce: For a comprehensive understanding of Newport and its surroundings, make sure to stop by the Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Friendly locals can offer insights into the best places to eat, shop, and explore in the area. Grab maps, brochures, and recommendations to ensure you make the most of your visit.

          In conclusion, Newport, Vermont, is a captivating destination that seamlessly combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and recreational opportunities. Whether you're drawn to its serene waterfront, its vibrant arts scene, or its outdoor adventures, Newport offers an enchanting escape for travelers of all interests. So, pack your bags and head to Newport to experience its unique blend of small-town warmth and captivating attractions.

          Liz Story
          Cell: 802-494-4874


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            Meet the Team!

            With a deep passion for the Vermont real estate industry and a commitment to exceptional service and expert guidance, the dedicated team of Hickey & Foster Real Estate is here to help you navigate buying, selling or investing, ensuring a smooth and successful real estate journey that will exceed your expectations. Let us be your trusted partner!

            Contact us today at 802-585-1150 or

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              Steven Foster is the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors' 2023 Good Neighbor

              Steven Foster

              This year’s Lamoille Area Board of Realtors’ Good Neighbor Award goes to Steven Foster.

              Foster is being recognized for his dedicated service to the LABOR board and committees and for his volunteer projects in the community.

              In recent years, Foster has been a Little League coach, volunteer for the Morristown EMS and a member of the Morristown Planning Council. He was also named the board’s Realtor of the Year in 2021.

              He will be recognized at the LABOR Annual Meeting and at the Vermont Association of Realtors Awards Ceremony later this year.

              Sara Waskuch, LABOR’s Association Executive, thanked Foster and the other 2023 awardees “for your commitment to serving your community and the Realtor community.”

              Read the “Congratulations LABOR 2023 Awardees” email from Aug. 8, 2023.

              Learn more about Foster, properties he has listed and how to reach him on his agent page.


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