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Near the end of 2020, the Milton Independent 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, like 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 Independent readers enjoy flipping through photos of interesting and expensive houses. We, too, find it fun.

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

Here are 2 examples:

These are 3 of the most-expensive homes sold in Milton in March

These are three of the most-expensive Milton homes sold in January

Home tours

While it’s fun to look at dream homes, like this one on nearby Towers Road in Essex, 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 Milton.

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

Here are 3 examples:

What $315,000 might buy you in Milton: an updated home with a pellet stove on 4 acres

This Ritchie Avenue condo could be yours for just $159,900

What does the inside of the new construction on North Gardens Lane look like?

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.

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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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