Buying a Home in Vermont

Schools in the Manchester Southern Vermont Area

If you're considering moving to the Manchester/Southern Vermont area and have school-aged children, this list should help you in your search of local schools in the area. Whether you are looking for public or private schools, Manchester Vermont should provide many choices for you. 

RE/MAX Four Seasons does not recommend any schools in particular. We are only providing a source of information for you to view. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU) is a public school system located in southwestern Vermont. The BRSU includes school districts in four Vermont counties and three Vermont technical center regions. The BRSU is the second-largest Vermont supervisory union with a total area of approximately 460 square miles. In 2018, BRSU districts have a total combined enrollment of 2,200 students.

A unique feature of the BRSU is that none of its districts operate a high school. All BRSU districts have high school choice. BRSU districts send students to over 30 public and independent high schools with a large number of BRSU students choosing to attend Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester.

Mettawee School District

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Mettawee School District is a unified school district governed by a six-person board for the resident towns of Pawlet and Rupert. Effective July 1, 2018, this district will operate the Mettawee Community School (K-6). Students in grades 7-12 have school choice. The District will pay public schools the announced tuition and approved independent schools the VT Announced State Average Tuition Rate. 

In order for the district to pay tuition for students in grades 7-12, families must submit a tuition request form annually. New families must also submit the Declaration of Residency Form.

Taconic & Green Regional School District

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The TGSD represents the Vermont towns of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Peru, Sunderland, and Weston. It is entrusted with operating the Currier Memorial School, The Dorset School, Flood Brook School, Manchester Elementary Middle School, and Sunderland Elementary School. Our board members are elected with an at-large Australian Ballot and each member is a representative of all nine towns within our district. We believe that within our nine town community that "All our children are all our children".

Winhall School District

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The Winhall School District does not operate a school therefore the district will pay tuition to an approved school. Winhall will pay up to the VT Announced State Average. Winhall is a "sending town" for Burr & Burton Academy (BBA) and will pay them their announced tuition rate.

In order for the district to pay tuition, families must submit a tuition request form and Declaration of Residency Form and supporting documents annually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

We've mapped the schools out below so that it may help you geographically when looking at specific areas or properties. 

Public Schools:

Currier Memorial School - click here to view website

Elementary School (K-6)

234 North Main Street

Danby, VT 05739

(802) 293-5191

The Dorset School - click here to view site

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)

130 School Dr

Dorset, VT 

(802) 362-2606

Flood Brook School - click here to view site

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)

91 VT Route 11

Londonderry, VT 05148

(802) 824-6811

Manchester Elementary/Middle School - click here to view site

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)

80 Memorial Ave

Manchester Center, VT 05255

(802) 362-1597

Mettawee Community School - click here to view site

Elementary School (K-6)

5788 VT-153

West Pawlet, VT 05775

(802) 645-9009

Sunderland Elementary School - click here to view site

Elementary School (K-6)

98 Bear Bridge Rd

Sunderland, VT 05250

(802) 375-6100

Private Schools:

Elementary Schools

Red Fox Community School - click here to view site

Elementary School (K-5)

7205 Main St

Manchester, VT 05255

(802) 768-1288

Maple Street School - click here to view site

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)

322 Maple St

Manchester, VT 05255

(802) 362-7137

Manchester Village School - click here to view site

Grades 1-12

4002 Main St

Manchester, VT 05254

(802) 362-4898

High Schools

Burr & Burton Academy - click here to view site

High School (9-12)

57 Seminary Ave

Manchester, VT 05254

(802) 362-1775

Long Trail School - click here to view site

Middle and High School (6-12)

1045 Kirby Hollow Rd

Dorset, VT 05251

(802) 867-5717

Pre-K Schools:

Northshire Day School - click here to view site

5484 Main St

Manchester Center, VT 05255

(802) 362-1395

Home Away From Home - no website available

108 Equinox Terrace

Manchester Center, VT 05255

(802) 362-5823

Lawrence School for Young Children - no website available

29 Bowen Hill Rd

East Dorset, VT 05253

(802) 362-1992

Stepping Stones Early Learning Center - no website available

3757 Richville Rd

Manchester Center, VT 05255

(802) 226-7760

Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTORĀ®

QUESTIONS TO ASK

When Choosing a REALTOR®

How long have you been in residential real estate? Is it your full-time job?
Like most professions, the experience is no guarantee of skill. But much of real estate is learned on the job.

What’s your business philosophy?
While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.

How many buyers did you and your real estate brokerage represent last year?
This will tell you how much experience they have and how up-to-date they are on the local market.

What’s the average variation between your initial offers and the final sales price?
This is one indication of a REALTOR®’s pricing and negotiating skills.

Will you represent me exclusively, or might you choose to represent the seller as well?
While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, your REALTOR® should be able to explain his or her philosophy on client obligations and agency relationships. 

Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and so on?
Practitioners should be able to recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with any of the providers.

How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction?
The best answer here is a question. A real estate agent who pays close attention to the way you prefer to communicate and responds accordingly will make for the smoothest transaction.

Source: National Association of  REALTORS

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTORĀ®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. Read about the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

1. Ethical treatment.
Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.

2. An expert guide.
Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.

3. Objective information and opinions.
REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.

4. Expanded search power.
Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.

5. Negotiation knowledge.
There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.

6. Up-to-date experience.
Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.

7. Your rock during emotional moments.
A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

Choose one of our outstanding agents below to help with all your real estate needs!

                                                       

David Citron                                               Julie Citron                                                 Bonnie Chandler

REALTOR® - Principal Broker/Owner         REALTOR® - Broker/Owner                                  REALTOR®

Cell: 802-688-5556                                                 Cell: 802-688-6566                                                  Cell: 802-342-9056   

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 Peter Pierce                                            Deke August                                            Patti Trudell

 REALTOR®                                                                Broker Associate                                                     REALTOR®

 Cell: 802-688-6384                                               Cell: 802-325-2747                                              Cell: 802-282-3765

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source: National Association of REALTORS

What to Expect from a Home Inspection When Buying a Home

Congratulations! Your Offer to Purchase Your Dream Home Has Been Accepted. Now What? 

Whether or not you are getting a mortgage for your home or paying cash, it is in your best interest to order a home inspection. This way, you'll be alerted to any potential problems that may need to be addressed prior to closing. It will also give you peace of mind, which is priceless. 

When your real estate agent writes your offer to the seller, make sure they have a home inspection contingency in place. This will give you the option of negotiating repairs and costs as well as giving you the opportunity of canceling the contract if need be. 

Things to Look for When Choosing a Home Inspector

Your real estate agent should be able to provide you with a list of numerous home inspectors in the area they may have worked with before. You can also find a home inspector by doing an internet search so you're able to read reviews.

A home inspector's job is to identify any reasonably discoverable problems with the home such as a leaky roof, faulty plumbing, structural problems, HVAC systems, appliances, electrical systems, and more. 

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Prior to Hiring Them Could Include:

Do you belong to a professional association?

There are many associations for home inspectors, but some groups confer questionable credentials or certifications in return for nothing more than a fee. Make sure the association your home inspector names is a reputable, nonprofit trade organization.

How experienced are you?
Ask inspectors how long they’ve been working in the field and how many inspections they’ve completed. Also ask for customer referrals. New inspectors may be highly qualified, but they should describe their training and indicate whether they work with a more experienced partner.

How long will the inspection take?
On average, an inspector working alone inspects a typical single-family house in two to three hours; anything less may not be thorough.

How much does a home inspection cost?
Costs range from $300 to $500 but can vary dramatically depending on your region, the size and age of the house, and the scope of services. Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.

Will I be able to attend the home inspection?
The answer should be yes. A home inspection is a valuable educational opportunity for the buyer and a refusal should raise a red flag.

Systems Typically Inspected During Visit

As thorough as a general home inspection is, the home you’re hoping to buy might also need a more specialized exam, such as from a structural engineer or a septic system expert. That’s because, general home inspectors may not be certified to evaluate structural issues, for instance, or have the specialized equipment necessary to get down and dirty with septic components.

To be sure, general home inspections cover a lot. But the inspector can only inspect what he sees, such as:

  • Plumbing - They should thoroughly examine the water supply and drainage systems, water heating equipment, and fuel storage systems. Drainage pumps and sump pumps also fall under this category. Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots, or corrosion can indicate larger problems.
  • Electrical - You should be informed of the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses, and disconnects. Also take note of the number of outlets in each room. 
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • HVAC - The home’s vents, flues, and chimneys should be inspected. The inspector should be able to tell you the water heater’s age, its energy rating, and whether the size is adequate for the house. They should also describe and inspect all the central air and through-wall cooling equipment.
  • Doors and Windows
  • Ventilation/Attic Insulation - Inspectors should check for adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawl spaces. Insulation should be appropriate for the climate. Without proper ventilation, excess moisture can lead to mold and water damage.  
  • Structural - The home’s “skeleton” should be able to stand up to weather, gravity, and the earth that surrounds it. Structural components include items such as the foundation and the framing.
  • Exterior - The inspector should look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim, and surface drainage. They should also examine any attached porches, decks, and balconies.
  • Roofing - A good inspector will provide very important information about your roof, including it's age, roof draining systems, buckled shingles, and loose gutters and downspouts. They should also inform you of the condition of any skylights and chimneys as well as the potential for pooling water.
  • Fireplaces - They’re charming, but fireplaces can be dangerous if they’re not properly installed. Inspectors should examine the vent and flue, and describe solid fuel-burning appliances.

On the other hand, a basic home inspection doesn’t routinely include a thorough evaluation of:

  • Swimming Pools
  • Wells
  • Septic Systems
  • Structural Engineering Work
  • The Ground Beneath the Home
  • Wood-Burning Fireplaces and Chimneys - wood-burning fireplaces are a good example of what an inspector can and can't do. The home inspector will make sure the dampers are working, check the chimney for obstructions like birds’ nests, and note if they believe there’s reason to pursue a more thorough safety inspection. If you’re further concerned about the safety of a fireplace, you can hire a certified chimney inspector; find one through the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
  • Radon - A colorless, odorless gas that can seep into your home from the ground, radon is often referred to as the second most common cause of lung cancer behind smoking. What to look for: Basements or any area with protrusions into the ground offer entry points for radon. The Environmental Protection Agency publishes a map of high-prevalence areas. A radon test can determine if high levels are present.
  • Asbestos - A fibrous material once popular as fire-resistant insulation, asbestos was banned in 1985. However, it’s often found in the building materials, floor tiles, roof coverings, and siding of older. If disturbed or damaged, it can enter the air and cause severe illness. What to look for: Homes built prior to 1985 are at risk of having asbestos in their construction materials. Home owners should be careful when remodeling because disturbing insulation and other materials may cause the asbestos to become airborne.
  • Lead - This toxic metal used in home products for decades can contribute to several health problems, especially among children. Exposure can occur from deteriorating lead-based paint, pipes, or lead-contaminated dust or soil. What to look for: Homes built prior to 1978 may have lead present. Look for peeling paint and check old pipes. To get a HUD-insured loan, buyers must show a certificate that their older home is lead-safe.
  • Other Hazardous Products - Stockpiles of hazardous household items — such as paint solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, or motor oils — can create a dangerous situation if not properly stored. They can easily spark fires and can cause illness or even death if ingested, even in small amounts. What to look for: Check all the corners, crawl spaces, garages, or garden sheds in the home. If these products are found, make sure you ask for their removal and get a disposal certificate prior to closing.
  • Groundwater Contamination - When hazardous chemicals are disposed of improperly, they can seep through the soil and enter water supplies. A leaking underground oil tank or septic system can contribute to this. What to look for: Homes near light industrial areas or facilities may be at risk, as are areas once used for industry that are now residential.

Your Options After a Home Inspection is Completed

A home inspection can help identify deficiencies in a home you’re considering purchasing. If the inspection reveals problems are at work or repairs are needed, you may be able to negotiate with the seller to fix those issues. You can also ask for credits toward your closing costs in order to make up for repair costs.

If you have a home inspection contingency in place, and the issues your home inspector finds are deal-breakers, you may be able to back out of the purchase entirely. If you decide to go this route, you should be able to receive the deposit you put toward the purchase back in full.

Here are your options after a home inspection reveals problems

  1. Ask the seller to make the repairs themselves
  2. Ask for credits toward your closing costs
  3. Ask the seller to reduce the sales price to make up for the repairs
  4. Back out of the transaction (if you have an inspection contingency in place)
  5. Move forward with the deal

While a home inspection can sometimes be nerve-wracking, you're one step closer to closing on the home of your dreams!

Sources: National Association of Realtors and Houselogic and The Balance

5 Reasons To Own A Condo in Manchester VT

Manchester VT condoWhether you’re looking for a seasonal home, investment property, or a permanent residence, Manchester is the ideal place to own a condo. Here are five reasons to own a condo in the captivating mountain town of Manchester. 
 

  1. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all the wonderful attractions in Manchester, including history, culture, art, shopping, fishing, hiking, skiing, and golfing. Condos are low maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about spending time maintaining the exterior of the property or the common areas because the association fees cover those items.
     
  2. Manchester is a popular travel destination, so you can have fun living in your condo year round or earn income from your renters. Manchester is an enchanting four-season town, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy year round whether you want to relax and admire the beautiful views of Equinox Mountain or go out on an exciting adventure.
     
  3. Condos in Manchester offer a range of wonderful amenities, from pools and hot tubs to fitness centers and clubhouses. Purchasing and maintaining some of these amenities may not be practical in a single-family home. So, you can enjoy some extra luxuries by owning a condo.
     
  4. Condos are in convenient areas, so you’ll be close to all the action, including shopping and other area attractions in Manchester. With two nearby ski resorts and beautiful backcountry trails, condos will offer easy access to these areas and more.
     
  5. You can enjoy the lifestyle you want at a more affordable price than a single-family home. Condos are less expensive than single-family homes, so you can enjoy spending your money doing the things you love to do.


RE/MAX Four Seasons specializes in Manchester condos, so browse our condo listings and contact us today so we can help you find your perfect home.