Ask the Newsroom

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Near the end of 2020, the Colchester Sun began posting real estate stories that take you inside local homes for sale.

Since then, many readers have enjoyed reading these pieces, while others have questioned their purpose and have shared concerns about the prices of many of the homes featured.

We understand that buying and selling a home in Vermont is difficult right now. We live here too. Home values are increasing and interest from out-of-staters has caused increased competition for Vermonters.

We are grateful for your feedback. In a reflection of our commitment to transparency and to trust, we want to explain why we are creating this kind of content and address how we adapted it based on your feedback.

All real estate features are published separately from our news content.

Though real estate features are published separately from our news content, we still try to highlight homes that are in some way newsworthy — those that were recently listed for sale, newly constructed or have interesting features.

Our home tours and more can be found on the Real Estate tab of our website’s navigation.

Here are the three types of real estate features you’ll find on our site:

3 most expensive homes sold this month

Every month, we round up three of the most-expensive homes sold in town.

We do this because we can see — based on what you click and comment on — that Sun readers enjoy flipping through photos of interesting and expensive houses. We, too, find it fun.

We also think it’s useful for Colchester homeowners who may be looking to sell their home soon to see what the current real estate market in Colchester is like.

Here are two examples:

Here are 3 of the most-expensive Colchester homes sold in February

These lakefront homes sold for over $1 million in Colchester in 2020

Home tours

While it’s fun to look at dream homes, like this $2.5 million home on Red Rocks Road, we also want to make sure our content is useful.

We use weekly tours of homes for sale to introduce you to real estate you might consider at some point. Mixed-in with over-the-top homes, you’ll find features on what you can get in specific price brackets and tours inside newly built homes in Colchester.

We always link back to the original listing and give credit to the listing agent.

Here are 3 examples:

What $650,000 can get you Colchester: a large family home with an in-ground pool

What $400,000 might buy you in Colchester: a 3-bedroom cape with curb appeal

This brand-new, spacious home in Colchester is hosting an Open House this weekend

Vacation rentals

To slow the spread of COVID-19, many of us cancelled out-of-state vacation plans this year. We stayed close to home, and that gave us the opportunity to explore Vermont in new ways.

To meet the demand for in-state getaways, we started sharing inside looks at vacation rentals around Vermont. Like our home tours, these features vary in size and in price.

For example, we highlighted this cabin in Montgomery, which is the perfect getaway for a family of skiers and can be rented for $339 a night. Looking to not spend as much? This quaint cottage in Lincoln is great for couples and is only $90 a night.

These will continue even after the pandemic, and might even expand to neighboring states as it becomes safe for vaccinated folks to travel and explore.

Written By

Staff Writer

Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.

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