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Investment Home Sales ~ Wintergreen Resort

Investment Home Sales

Investment Home Sales Rebound in 2015 | Simplifying The Market

Investment Home Sales

Some Highlights:

  • 2015 marks the first year-over-year increase in investment home sales since 2011.
  • 62% of all investment homes purchased were single family homes.
  • The South saw the highest percentage of investment home sales (39%) with the West coming in second (28%).

Wintergreen real estate and Resort

Wintergreen Resort is the Premier Four Season Resort on the East Coast. Check out recent and past accolades. Wintergreen Mountain Homes and Wintergreen Condos at Wintergreen Resort and Stoney Creek Homes in the valley have always been popular for vacation, full time living, and investment. A current Vacation Home Buyers Survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates investment home sales jumped 7% in 2015. (Info-Graph).

Contact Us to discuss your Wintergreen real estate options.  With housing trends moving in a positive direction, investing may be a good option and where better to do that than at Wintergreen Resort.

Invest and Buy a Home (or Two) ~ Wintergreen Resort

GREEN-COINS

Invest and buy a home …or two

Three years ago, John Paulson gave a keynote address at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Conference. In his speech, he told those in attendance that he believes housing will continue its strong recovery for the next 4 to 7 years, saying that:

“The housing market has bottomed. It’s not too late to get involved. I still think buying a home is the best investment any individual can make. Affordability is still at an all-time high.”

When asked how the average person could take advantage of the current real estate market and invest at the time, Paulson said:

“Invest and Buy a home and, if you can, buy a second home.”

Two years ago, Paulson reiterated his statement, saying:

“I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you’re the owner-occupier of.”

Who is John Paulson and why should you listen to him?

Paulson is the person who, back in 2005 & 2006, made a fortune betting that the subprime mortgage mess would cause the real estate market to collapse. He understands how the housing market works and knows when to buy and when to sell.

What do others think of Paulson?

According to Forbes, John Paulson is:

“A multibillionaire hedge fund operator and the investment genius.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Paulson is:

“A hedge fund tycoon who made his name, and a fortune, betting against subprime mortgages when no one else even knew what they were.” 

So… Is what he said still true? Should we invest?

The core reasons behind Paulson’s statements still ring true today! invest!  Why does he believe homeownership is such a great investment?

Paulson broke down the math of homeownership as an investment:

1. “Today financing costs are extraordinarily low.”

The latest numbers from Freddie Mac show us that you can still get a 30-year mortgage at historically low rates of under 4%.

2. “And if you put down, let’s say, 10 percent and the house is up 5 percent,” as many experts predict, “then you would be up 50 percent on your investment.”

How many are seeing a 50% return on a cash investment right now?

Paulson goes on to compare the long term financial benefits of owning versus renting:

3. “And you’ve locked in the cost over the next 30 years. And today the cost of owning is somewhat less than the cost of renting. And if you rent, the rent goes up every year. But if you buy a 30-year mortgage, the cost is fixed.”

Bottom Line

Whenever a billionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This billionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one! 

Wintergreen Resort is the east coasts premier four season resort. Check out their recent accolades. If you would like to discuss property ownership options at Wintergreen for vacation, investment, or even full time living Contact Us. We are your complete Wintergreen real estate resource.

Diamond Hill condos overlooking ski slopes at Wintergreen Resort.

Wintergreen Resort is One of the “Coolest Places on Earth”!

Wintergreen Resort is officially one of the top destinations in the world. The resort was recently featured on The Coolest Places on Earth TV show, which highlights the best points of interest on the planet, in the episode about the “Coolest Mountain Escapes.” In case you missed the episode, here is a video showcasing Wintergreen real estate and the resort amenities:

Something for Everyone in Every Season

No matter your age or favorite activities, Wintergreen Resort has something just for you. Its award-winning terrain park and Discovery Ridge Adventure Center offer outdoor thrills in winter and summer, and cascading waterfalls and the Wintergarden Spa provide tranquil environments perfect for relaxing year-round.

Award-Winning Amenities

Wintergreen Resort is renowned throughout the country for its tennis programs, Devils Knob Golf Course, skiing, zipline, and accommodations, just to name a few. Its recent awards include:

  • Gold Medal Resort award by Tennis Resorts Online (2015)
  • #1 Resort for Families by Tennis Magazine (2014)
  • Best Virginia Hotels #32 by U.S. News & World Report (2014)
  • Best Reception Location, Best Holiday Celebrations, Best Spa, Best Musical Event, and Best Non-Profit by The Piedmont Virginian (2014)
  • Best Golf Resort – Platinum award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Best Ski Resort – Platinum award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Best Couples Getaway Lodging – Silver award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Best Gated Community – Silver award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)

A Wide Range of Wintergreen Real Estate

The variety doesn’t just stop at the resort amenities. There are plenty of real estate options to choose from, too. Wintergreen Resort has many condominium communities close to the resort’s amenities — with additional options for walk-to-ski condos and golf-front condos — and beautiful homes in the Stoney Creek community.

Find Your Mountain Retreat at Wintergreen Resort

view of snow-covered ridges of The Cliffs condos at Wintergreen ResortWe’re excited that Wintergreen Resort made the list of the “Coolest Places on Earth,” and we hope you can experience this top destination for yourself.

If you are interested in finding a primary, secondary, or vacation home at Wintergreen Resort, you can search for your dream home or explore resort communities, or you can use our exclusive Property Finder Assistant and let us do the searching for you.

We are Wintergreen real estate experts and we have all the tools and resources you need to make finding property at Wintergreen Resort just as enjoyable as all the amenities. Let’s talk — call us at (877) 296-9860 or email us at service@gowintergreen.com.

Lake Monocan for cool Summer Fun

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Fun at lake Monocan

Lake Monocan for Cool Summer Fun

Lake Monocan is a gorgeous 20 acre lake located in the valley community of Stoney Creek,VA. Aside from being a beautiful lake it is also the center for many cool summer activities. These include family activities such as;

  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • sand volleyball
  • walking /biking
  • a sandy beach
  • lounge chairs
  • and picnicing areas with charcoal grills.

Family dogs can also cool off in the lake in the “non-swimming” designated areas. Lake Monocan is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It has Life Guards on duty daily during this period. Fees are charged for certain rentals and bookings, so always call first or CHECK HERE.

Lake Monocan

Lake Monocan

Not Just for The Kids.

Lake Monocan offers the family many additional water activitiy choices. These are usually available for rent. Choose from the following;

  • Canoe
  • Paddle Boat
  • Aqua Cycle
  • and Paddle Boarding.

What’s not to love! There is ample entertainment for the whole family including the family dog.

Getting Hungry?

Lake Monocan offers six picnic areas which can be reserved for a fee. Each picnic area has an eight foot long table, charcoal grill and trash can. Reservations can be made by calling 434-325-8180, or emailing: lakemonocan@wintergreenresort.com. Of course, in case you do not feel like cooking, there is a full service Snack Bar. It offers;

  • cheeseburgers
  • hot dogs
  • chicken nuggets
  • mini pizzas
  • candy
  • novelty ice creams
  • and smoothies.

It’s A Great Place to call Home!

Check out the Stoney Creek Homes for Sale.  Brian Chase and The Chase Team look forward to getting you acquainted with all that Wintergreen has to offer. As a Wintergreen property owner and member, Brian knows what it means to live and breath in the fresh air of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Let Brian and The Chase Team be your Wintergreen Real Estate Resource. Call  TODAY at (877) 296-9860.

Until next time.

Wintergreen Jubilee ~ 4th July Fireworks

Wintergreen Jubilee Fireworks

Wintergreen Jubilee Fireworks

Wintergreen Jubilee Firework Display

The Wintergreen Jubilee to celebrate the 4th July is not to be missed. It is a full three day birthday celebration with numerous activities for everyone. There will be music, a block party, a movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, FIREWORKS!  Check out the complete activities here.

The Founders Overlook is the Place to Be

The Wintergreen Jubilee Fireworks can be viewed from the mountain top or from below. Almost anywhere will let you enjoy a fabulous display.  However, viewing them from the Founders Overlook is a special treat!  Be warned however visitors and residents alike set up deck-chairs and picnic blankets at this famous overlook from early morning as the sight of the fireworks from there is so spectacular. You will witness the most awesome firework display ever.  The Overlook lines up with the top height of the fireworks. They are set off below and therefore when you sit at the Overlook to watch they seem to be coming right towards you at eye level. It’s as if you are part of the fireworks themselves as they burst into a plethora of colors and shapes. This is a uniquely spectacular sight.

Your Wintergreen Resort Real Estate HQ

If you are thinking of buying a vacation mountain home, a mountain condo, or a property for investment work with Wintergreen Resort’s official real estate company, Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties.  We hope you will make Wintergreen your home away from home.  There is always something to enjoy.

Brian Chase ~ your Wintergreen VA Real Estate Resource

Brian Chase and The Chase Team look forward to getting you acquainted with all that Wintergreen Resort has to offer. Let experts show you why this is the premier four seasons resort of the Mid Atlantic. And remember, when you buy or sell with Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties, you are investing in Wintergreen’s future – contact us today.

 

 

 

 

Summer Fun at Wintergreen

Summer Fun at Wintergreen

Summer Fun at Wintergreen

Summer Fun at Wintergreen Resort

Summer fun at Wintergreen?  Why absolutely!  Wintergreen Resort is a Premier Four Season Resort with fun and activities for all the family. This is true through every season. Now is the time for summer fun. With the wonderful Spring Wildflower Symposium sadly behind us, summer is definately here. Now it is time to look towards summer fun and the many activities it brings with it. One of the pluses of the mountains is that it stays 10-15 degrees cooler than the valley below – perfect for a summer game of golf!

Check out The Mountain Update every week to keep in touch with all the happenings on the mountain. Get it delivered to your inbox to be sure not to miss any important events.  Next important date: Father’s Day weekend, June 19th – 21st.

Wintergreen Golf for Father’s Day

There are 2 amazing golf-courses here in Wintergreen. One in the valley community of Stoney Creek and the other Devils  Knob, at the top of Wintergreen Mountain. In fact, 45 holes and 2 different courses make for a stunning Virginia Golf Resort. Come test your game. Wintergreen Resort, the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting year-round playground, is a golfer’s haven. Two courses. Two completely different designs. Two invigorating experiences. Call or click for more Wintergreen golf information 434-325-8250.

Never miss the Fun ~ Get Your Own Wintergreen Vacation Home!

Contact Brian Chase for all your Wintergreen Resort real estate needs. As Managing Broker for Wintergreen Resort’s real estate office, Brian can assist you in the sale or purchase of any Wintergreen or Stoney Creek property including existing homes, new construction, condos, and buildable lots.

Let The Chase Team be your resource for all your Wintergreen real estate needs.  CONTACT US TODAY!

Until next time,

Brian

Wildlife at Wintergreen Resort, VA

Wildlife in the Mountains

Chipmont are fun to watch

Chipmonk relaxing in the sunshine.

Wintergreen Resort is a wonderful place to live. Not only is the wild and untamed beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains awesome but the wildlife is fascinating. It is a Nature Lover’s paradise. One could watch numerous bird species from Hummingbirds to Golden Eagles, and animal species from Chipmonks to Raccoons, and Bobcats to Black Bears. Looking out of the window of a mountain home you may often see wild turkeys, deer and black bears wandering past if you are lucky.

Are there Wild Animals In Wintergreen?

There certainly are a lot of wild animals who live in mountain areas,  One of the tasks of the Wintergreen Nature Center is the observation and detailing of the wildlife seen in the area. Residents would often report on what animal they happened to come across on hikes and may even bring photographs, taken at a safe distance of course. Sightings of wildlife are usually timed and dated as to when and where the particular animal was seen. This list is usually on display at the Nature Center and updated daily. The Nature Center holds new resident orientation talks on many of these subjects. They introduce subjects such as Wintergreen wildlife along with the conservation of the land itself. The TWNF teaches ways to react and behave around these animals should hikers/walkers meet any wildlife on the trails. There are always knowledgable staff and volunteers willing to advise. The volunteer naturalists and professional staff of the The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen manage the 6,000 acres of wilderness to ensure Wintergreen remains a beautiful, popular place. And, it really is. Watch for the next post on Black Bears

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Wildlife at Wintergreen A Hawk watching for breakfast

Why People Love Wintergreen.

If you are interested in finding a home in this wonderful place just call Brian Chase and The Chase Team, your complete Wintergreen real estate resource.  As a Wintergreen property owner and Member I’m ready to share my experience with you.

Call Brian Chase today.

 

Wintergreen Nature Center ~ Fun

 

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 The Wintergreen Nature Center

The Wintergreen Nature Center is a wonderful place and not just for adults. There are numerous events planned for the family and younger adventurers as well. Wintergreen is a great place to explore. Wintergreen Nature Center camps can help the youngsters explore their surroundings and learn valuable lessions on wildlife safety when it comes to every day life in Wintergreen. The Junior Exployers at Wintergreen Nature Center

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A mountain stream near Wntergreen Nature Center

The Junior Explorers program offers various summer camps to keep the kids happy. They learn about the forest wildlife in the process. In one such offering In the Wild, Wild Wintergreen program kids will explore forests, ponds and streams for all manner of wild life. These critters may hop, scramble, crawl or swim and may include Lizards, frogs and birds. It takes place at Lake Monican on July 14th.

 

 

See one of these beautiful moths at the Wintergreen Nature Center

 

At Lake Monocan, in the Stoney Creek Village community of Wintergreen Resort, on June 3rd The Early Exployers will be at work. In “it’s a small, small, world,” they will take a look at insects, butterflys and other small flying inhabitants around and about at Monican. For example, the beautiful Luna Moth is a joy to watch fluttering around the trees at dusk.

 

 

If your child’s preference is for a quiet place to read  and play then Robins’Nook at Trillium House may be for them. It offers quiet play and resources for all members of the family. They can spend time together with stories, puzzles and games. Or just get outside and enjoy wintergreen as a family. Check out all of the Wintergreen Nature Center camps and events for adults and children right here ……

Wintergreens’ Nature Center is an awesome place for adults and children in every season. There is so much to learn about your environs and so much to do there. It is also important that your children learn about the  insects, birds or animals in this area as they may ecounter them at some point. This way you can be assured they will stay safe when playing outside.

Can’t get enough of  Wintergreen? Invest in a Second Home at Wintergreen Resort.

If you want a place of your own to experience everything that Wintergreen Resort has to offer, we can find it for you. We have vacation homes in the Blue Ridge Mountain community for every taste and fun for every season – golf course homes,  ski front condos, mountain homes and much more.

Contact us and let the Brian Chase  be your source for all of your Wintergreen real estate needs. Brian will help you find your piece of paradise!  And paradise it is!

Until next time,

Brian Chase

EPR Properties Acquires Assets Of Wintergreen Resort ~ Pacific Group Resorts to lease and operate Wintergreen

Wintergreen Resort has been sold to EPR Properties and Pacific Group Resorts has been tapped to operate the resort.  EPR is a publicly traded company (ticker symbol EPR) with market capitalization of $3.9B.  Pacific Group Resorts also owns Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire, and worked in concert with EPR to acquire Wisp Resort in Western Maryland in 2012.   PGRI (an affiliate of Pacific Group) has a broad base of experience in mountain resort operations and in the master planning and development of ski resorts.  Pacific Group Resorts (PGRI) now operates three ski and snowboard resorts and four golf courses, and senior management of the company has a combined 60 years of executive or ownership experience in the industry.  Follow the link below for the complete press release.

The sale of the Resort will create a healthier and more robust real estate market for 2015 and beyond.  There are many buyers who have been waiting for clarity on the Resort’s future before stepping into the real estate market.

Interested in a Wintergreen Vacation Home?

If you want a place of your own to experience everything that Wintergreen Resort has to offer, we can find it for you. We have vacation homes in the Blue Ridge Mountain community for every taste and fun for every season – golf course homesski front condos, walk to ski condos, and many more. Contact us and let the Chase Team, the source for all of your Wintergreen real estate needs, help you find your piece of paradise.  I’m calling it Wintergreen 3.0!

Until next time,

Brian

 

New Year’s Eve Events at Wintergreen Resort

Kick off 2015 the right way! New Year’s Eve is a magical time at Wintergreen Resort. At this time of the year, the resort is a winter wonderland with a celebration for every taste. You can spend the day on the slopes and choose from a variety of party styles to find the perfect place to spend your New Year’s Eve. We have listed a few of the most enticing events here:

Wintergreen New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year's Eve Fireworks The slopes will be open for skiing and snowboarding from 9 am to 9pm on December 31. They close an hour earlier than usual to prepare for the fireworks display at 10 pm. Whichever party you choose, be sure to find a great view of the show! The fireworks lighting up the mountains is a magnificent sight. And make your plans early, because many parties require reservations!

Devils Grill 
5:30pm-midnight
Dinner by Chef Tyler Canon is always a creative culinary treat, and New Year’s Eve will be no exception. Stick around after dinner for live music by the Batesville, a rhythm and blues band with an Appalachian flair. Enjoy classic covers of Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and more.

Commonwealth Ballroom 
7pm-midnight
If you prefer to dance the night away, an elegant evening at the Commonwealth Ballroom is for you. Enjoy tasty hors d’oeurves, a three-course dinner, dessert buffet, coffee bar, and a midnight champagne toast with live music provided by Adrian Duke Project. Get down to everything from Rock n’ Roll to Motown with this talented six-piece band.

Teen New Year’s Eve Party
7:30pm-12:30am
For the younger crowd, a celebration at The Discovery Ridge Adventure Center will include games on Xbox, Wii, Kinect systems, a mechanical bull and much more! Refreshments are provided and prizes will be given out every hour.  Children Skiing Wintergreen Resort

Treehouse Kids New Year’s Eve Party
7:30pm-12:30am 
Children ages 4-12 can kick off their New Year with games, movies, popcorn, party favors, pizza and ice cream.

Celebrations will continue into New Year’s day! Slopes open back up at 9 am on January 1, and live entertainment starts at 9:30 pm at the Edge.

For more parties and information, visit the Wintergreen Resort website.

Interested in a Wintergreen Vacation Home?

If you want to join in on the fun that we have at Wintergreen Resorts, we’re here to help. We have vacation homes in the Blue Ridge Mountain community for every taste – golf course homesski front condos, walk to ski condos, and many more. Let the Chase Team help you find your piece of paradise!

Have a safe and fun evening, and a Happy New Year!

Until next time,

Brian