Want Maintenance-Free Living?

Make your appointment today to view this very unique and special Hilltop Place condominium.  Great location, convenient yet private.  The backyard abuts approximately 29 acres of the common land surrounding the Great Pines neighborhood and provides an inviting area to woldlife, including turkey, deer, hawk, owls, blue heron, and an occasional beaver.  Nearly 1.800 sq. ft. of flowing living space including a gracious living room with fireplace, adjacent large dining area, cozy sitting area and sunroom facing the privacy of the back yard.  Master bedroom with private bath plus guest bedroom.  Attached garage.  $715 monthly condo fee and $3,500 buy-in at closing.  Offered at $178,000.  For more photos and details, visit www.nhhilltopcondo.com.

037Marilyn Kidder, Broker/Owner, Listing Agent


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Looking to Close Your Home Quickly? New Time Clock for Closings

HR.Donna_3144CroppedA new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went into effect Oct. 3 requiring lenders to give consumers more time to review their loan documents. Mortgagors must give borrowers the terms of their loan and final charges & fees at least 3 days before the closing (7 days if sent by mail). It is designed to protect you from surprises at the closing table. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well the reality is, it is a massive change in the way lenders do business from new forms to new timetables. The 3 day period is mandatory and this waiting period can start over again if one of 3 changes occur: 1) The annual percentage rate increased more than 1/8th; 2) The loan product changes like switching from a fixed rate to an adjustable; or 3) A pre-payment penalty is added. Other alterations don’t require a new 3-day review like revisions to taxes, utility prorations, etc.

Until lenders have some time under their belt in dealing with these new regulations, buyers & sellers need to be prepared. 60 day closings may be the normal, last minute changes most likely will not be authorized, required paperwork will need to be completed earlier, and buyers & sellers should have a backup plan in the event something triggers a new 3-7 day waiting period and you can’t close as scheduled. Contact me if you are looking to work with a knowledgeable REALTOR® who can help you successfully navigate the buying or selling process!  Donna Forest, Broker Associate, 603-526-4116, www.DonnaForest.com, donna@donnaforest.com.

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Looking for a Distinguished Home in New London, NH?

This stately colonial could be it!  It’s sited on a 2.5 acre beautifully landscaped lot, well back from the road with a country vs in-town feeling.  It offers the best of privacy, plus convenience to services, shops, entertainment, restaurants, and activities at Colby Sawyer College.  The house is airy and flooded with south and west light.  The layout is very well-planned and living areas are very spacious.  The rooms lend themselves easily to a variety of uses.  It’s a wonderful place to entertain family and friends and has a cozy fireplace area for wintry nights.  Sit on your back deck and see almost nothing but gardens and trees!  A wonderful combination of features.  Offered at $440,000.  For more information and photos, visit www.VillageColonialNH.com

ReynoldsMarilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Significant Price Reduction!

Now offered at $100,000 BELOW recent appraised value!  If it weren’t for its very distinctive fencing, the hint of beautiful landscaping over the fence, and its blue standing seam roof, this charming and inviting 1840 cape might remain unnoticed among its peers on New London’s Main Street.  However, behind the fence is a warm and welcoming four bedroom, four bath home with three fireplaces, many original doors with iron hardware, traditional moldings, wainscoting, and a variety of mostly wood floors throughout.  Wonderful views of Mt. Kearsarge across the back fields and lots of space to enjoy the outdoors, including a Gunite pool.  Was $685,000, now $635,000. For more photos and details, visit www.NHAntiqueCape.com

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Five Ways to Scare Off Buyers

HR.Donna_3144CroppedGhosts and goblins are not the only scary things this time of year. I’ve been out showing homes lately and have run across a number of buyer turn-offs. Here are some sure-fire ways to leave buyers screaming in horror (OK – I exaggerate a little, but you get the picture).

  1. Ignore home maintenance. Nothing like a really old roof or rotted siding to indicate there are probably more problems lurking around.
  2. Over-decorate. Have tons of family photos and personal collections scattered around. No need to help buyers envision themselves in your house.
  3. Keep lots of furniture stuffed into the rooms. Buyers like small rooms, right?
  4. Sell your house empty. It’s not about the emotion. (Or is it?)
  5. Don’t bother with cleaning. Who cares about smudged windows, dirty switch plates, and black grout in the shower?

Selling a home is not easy and requires preparation in order to sell for the most money and in a reasonable time frame. Contact me to work with someone who can help you avoid buyer turn-offs. It pays to do everything right. Donna Forest, Broker Associate, 603-526-4116, www.donnaforest.com, donna@donnaforest.com

How’s the Housing Market Doing?

HR.Donna_3144CroppedStatistics released near the end of September by the National Association of REALTORS® show that US home sales are up 6.2% and the median sales price is up 4.7% to $228,700 from a year ago (for the period 1/1/15 to 8/31/15). We are seeing a similar trend in NH as the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® reports closed sales through August up 10% and the median sales price up 5.3% to $241,115 from 2014.

Of course not every market area is identical, so I looked at the combined data for our 12 area towns through September and found home sales up 6% (331 homes sold vs. 312 in 2014) and the average sales price almost the same as last year’s at $352,158. Most of the towns saw an uptick in sales compared to 2014 with a handful behind (New London and Springfield for example). Currently there are over 500 homes for sale with the average days on market running about 178 days.

Whew, lots of numbers, right? Bottom line, the housing market remains steady with the expectation for home sales and pricing to rise. Continued gains in employment, wage growth, and low mortgage rates will likely support a price appreciation of 4.3% in 2016 according to CoreLogic’s October release. Whether buying or selling, contact me to find out how the market impacts you!  603-526-4116, www.donnaforest.com, donna@donnaforest.com

Figures are based on information from the Northern New England Real Estate Network, Inc. for the period 1/1/14 thru 9/30/14 and 1/1/15 thru 9/30/15.

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New People in Town?

Take a walk around New London and you’re apt to see the “Pumpkin People” sprouting up all over the town!  We’re all having a little fun and friendly competition.  The Town’s Rec. Department will be judging the new pumpkins in town on October 25.  The contest is open to all residents, businesses and organizations.  Click here for more information.  Have fun making your people!  Meet our new family – another satisfied buyer who bought from “The Best Team in Town”!

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Love the Fresh, Fall Air?

PICT1097 (2)Don’t miss the Fall Festivals coming up on October 10 and 11.

The Town of Warner will have their annual Foliage Festival with entertainment, carnival rides, fine crafts and more throughout the town.  And don’t forget to visit the NH Telephone Museum there with free admission.  For more information, visit www.wfff.org

Mt. Sunapee Resort will also host their annual Fall Foliage Festival and Pig Roast from 11:30-5pm.  There will be pulled pork and chicken, all day games, activities and prizes.  You can also take advantage of the aerial sky ride to the summit, weather permitting.  For more information, visit www.mountsunapee.com

Get out and enjoy the beautiful colors!

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New London Price Reduction

Was $325,000, now $319,000.  Come take a look at this attractive, privately sited half-cape with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.  First floor master bedroom and bath, wood or tile floors throughout, large living/dining room with a stone-faced fireplace and extra den.  A short distance to town and I-89 for commuting.  For more photos and details, visit www.NewLondonNHCape.com

CatonSpringMarilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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So Much for So Little!

Low cost living is possible!  Neat and tidy ranch awaits new owners to enjoy the entertainment size living room with high ceiling and brick hearth, a large country kitchen with abundant cabinet and counter space, and a spacious dining area open to the kitchen.  A great combination for the cook who doesn’t want to be separated from guests.  Outdoor living is enhanced by the secluded deck surrounded by level lawn, flowering shrubs, and many trees.  The peaceful backyard is perfect for relaxing.  Centrally located to Concord, Tilton, and New london for easy commuting.  Nearby Blackwater Dam recreational area offers 3600 acres of land and water for kayaking, fishing, hunting, hiking, and horse trails.  The best move you can make!  Offered at $167,000.  For more photos and details, visit www.NHCountryHome.com.

BastienBestDonna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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