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Dorset Park, South Burlington, Vermont Townhomes
Dorset Park, South Burlington, VT is a townhome neighborhood situated on eleven acres of common land. These homes were built between 1988 and 1994 and offer 2-3 bedrooms and 1.5 to 2.5 baths and vary in size between about 1,600 and 2,000 square feet. This is a quiet and peaceful neighborhood where pride of ownership is apparent. These homes are well cared for and offer great amenities such as an outdoor pool, tennis courts, club house and playground. A wonderfully quiet country location, yet close to everything. Dorset Park townhomes are close to the Dorset Park, nature trails, community gardens, golf course, South Burlington Middle and High Schools, library and University Mall and are within a short drive to UVM, Fletcher Allen Hospital, shopping, I-89 and downtown Burlington. Nearby Dorset Park offers ball fields, a large playground and an ice skating/hockey rink. You are also very close by to the South Burlington Bike Path. Children benefit from the exceptional South Burlington school system and will attend school at South Burlington Central School, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School and South Burlington High School. Homes in Dorset Park are priced between about $235,000 and $260,000. Contact Mark Montross at Catamount Realty Group.
January 18 2011
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No comps show up when I try to select Comps for my Zestimate in zip 05401? Sales prices are elsewher

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Hello Chris,I own Catamount Realty in South Burlington and would be happy to email appropriate comps to you. Please go to the 'Contact Us' page on my web site at CatamountRealtyGroup.com and add in the specifics of your home - style (colonial, ranch, etc.), number of bedrooms and baths, whether or not it has a basement and if it is finished, number of garage spaces and approximate square footage and year built. I can return comps to you within a few hours, with no obligation.Thank you,Mark MontrossCatamount Realty Group80 Midas Drive, 3rd FloorSouth Burlington, VT 04503(802) 658-3210CatamountRealtyGroup.com
December 19 2010
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do you have to have your home listed on MLS in order for it to show up on zillow?

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Hello,Yes, you can advertise your home by owner on Zillow as mentioned in the last response. I would like to come preview your home and offer you advice on selling. It would be helpful to you now and I would like to make your acquaintance should you need the help of an agent later. Please feel free to contact me at (802) 825-1353 or via email at Mark@CatamountRealtyGroup.com  you may also visit my web site at CatamountRealtyGroup.comThank you,Mark Montross, OwnerCatamount Realty Group80 Midas Drive, 3rd FloorSouth Burlington, VT 05403(802) 825-1353
September 15 2010
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How does one estimate the value of a lakefront home on the same lake in a relatively close proximity

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Hello Ed,I am a Realtor/Owner of Catamount Realty. I have access to all homes that are currently listed and have been listed with a Realtor. I also am familiar with many of the properties which are currently listed or were previously listed by owner so I am qualified to help you determine a realistic price for your waterfront home. The first step is to know the room sizes, upgrades and specifics of your home in addition to its waterfront characteristics. The next step is to compare your home to the other homes which are currently on the market which would be considered as your competition. We will also look at homes that have been withdrawn or expired from the market which means that they were listed, but did not sell. Most importantly, we will look at homes that have sold and compare those homes to yours. Sold 'comps' are most important because we know what price got them to sell, how many days they were on the market, etc.  Looking at the current competition is important too, however if a home is new on the market and we look at its price now, we don't know if that house will reduce its price substantially and take forever to sell.  Therefore, we will take all types of listings - active competition, expired and withdrawn listings and closed sales all into account. We would also discuss in detail a marketing plan which will get your home sold. I would be happy to discuss all of this in detail with you. Please feel free to contact me on [contact info removed by moderator]Thank you,Mark MontrossCatamount Realty Group
September 05 2010
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