People looking to move to Vermont are not just looking to buy a home. They’re looking to create or find a lifestyle. They’re looking to be a part of this little bit of paradise, and experience all the beauty, opportunity, and charm that Vermont (and NH) has to offer.
For two generations, real estate has been the Bassette family business
I’ve been lucky enough to live much of my childhood and adult life in Vermont. I have experienced the beauty of the Upper Valley the past 45 years. As it turns out, helping people find and create their ideal real estate lifestyle has been a big part of my Vermont experience. As a teenager, in the 1970s, I brought vacation-home renters who were clients of my father (also John Bassette-Realtor) to their properties in and around the Quechee area.
The decision to follow in my father’s footsteps should come as no surprise. I officially joined his real estate firm, one of the largest in the Upper Valley, in the early 1980s. As a broker, I got to help prospective homeowners from Greenwich, Connecticut or Boston find that perfect escape from the busyness of down-country living. People who were seeking the same thing that I experienced every day in the hills of Hartland and surrounding Woodstock towns. I shared the joy of discovery my clients experienced, whether it was the local farmers’ market, or the sight of a hillside painted in the reds, yellows, and oranges of fall foliage.
Adapting to the changing business of real estate
In almost 35 years in the business, I have become well acquainted with the needs and requirements of people relocating to Vermont, seeking second- and vacation-home ownership, or looking to purchase investment properties. As a result, I am a skilled advisor in real estate transactions. But that doesn’t mean I rest on my laurels. I am always looking for ways to add more value to my relationships with my clients. That is why I have always been an early adopter of technologies, including being the sole trainer of all Upper Valley real estate agents when we all made the switch from the twice-monthly, black-and-white Multiple Listing Service (MLS) hardcopy books to the easy-to-search online version. I was also an early advocate and designee of the Accredited Buyer Broker (ABR) philosophy so I could offer more to my Buyer clients as they searched for their perfect Vermont home, their perfect Vermont experience.
Being attuned to your needs is my greatest asset
But most important to you and the buying process, I am a great listener, problem solver, and advocate for my clients. I have experience and skill in finding you your perfect real estate, whether you are looking for a family home, a vacation home, a condo in Woodstock village, a secluded home with majestic views of the White or Green Mountains, or a multi-million-dollar family compound with vast acreage and seclusion. I attended Middlebury College and the University of Vermont and graduated with a psychology degree with a heavy emphasis in religion, counseling, and philosophy. Frankly, a perfect blend to help solve the “human-problem” of housing and lifestyle living.
What Vermont means to me - Family
Vermont has been an ideal place to not only grow up and live but also raise my family. I have been married to my lovely wife, Donna-Lee, for over 35 years, and we have 9 children (6 boys and 3 girls). Four of our sons have attended West Point and are now officers in the United States Army. A fifth son started at West Point-United States Military Academy in 2018. My oldest daughter is at Cedarville University in Ohio and is wrapping up her Senior year to pursue an equally noble career in nursing. The next daughter is studying Spanish at Hillsdale College in Michigan and that bundle of energy is a scholarship pole vaulter in a Div. 2 program. The last two children (boy, then girl) are competitive Nordic ski racers, track stars, and X-C runners as a junior and freshman respectively.
Apart from being a fully involved Dad, I take advantage of the myriad outdoor activities Vermont has to offer, especially winter sports. I was a member of the United States Ski Team in the late 1970s, was the United States Ski Jumping Champion in 1978, participated in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics as a test jumper (bad day at the Olympic trials), and was inducted into the US Ski Hall of Fame. I skied in the Lake Placid Olympics as the lead test jumper to make sure the hills were safe (read DANGEROUS). I was the only one who could handle 50 miles per hour crosswinds in a windblown 140-meter ski jump that NO ONE should have been jumping on! Yikes!
When I am not participating in local volunteer activities, my family and I enjoy running, hiking, hunting, biking, and cross-country skiing. I ran and finished the Vermont 50-mile Ultra-Marathon with one of my daughters, and we took turns complaining, and I am training for the Vermont 100. Our family has produced some exceptional athletes who hold various state records and numerous State championships in a variety of sports. As a way of giving back to my community for all that Vermont has given me, I've served on the Woodstock Ski Runners board and coached track at the Woodstock Union High School.
I live the lifestyle many people come to Vermont to enjoy. I mix work and pleasure every day (really they are the same thing for me). I would love the opportunity to help you create a lifestyle you enjoy, starting with your perfect Upper Valley home. Give me a call on my cell at 802-280-5977 if you need help finding your Vermont or New Hampshire dream. Better yet, give a call or email to one of our exceptional agents and they can help you too!