Are You Ready to Buy? Seller’s Ready to Sell!

Here’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to purchase a solid house and improve upon what has been done so far.  Super location for the outdoor enthusiast who also wants convenience – located just a stone’s throw from Route 11 and the Rail Trail, which is great for biking and walking and skiing or snowmobiling.  Included in the sale is a right of way to Highland Lake, and the town beach is just a mile away.  Seller is motivated; bank approval necessary.  Offered at $135,000.

Stacey Viandier, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

Real estate markets are local, and we have the real scoop on ours.  Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate

Forecast is Mostly Sunny!

The real estate market continues to move towards a sunnier forecast with a prediction of 4.5% appreciation nationwide for 2014 (based on a February Pulsenomics survey of 100+ economists, investment strategists, & housing market analysts).  The expectation is that appreciation will continue at a more normal rate of 3% annually thru 2018.  Looking at the local markets, it appears that our stormy winter kept buyers inside and sales are a mixed bag with some towns being ahead of sales 1st quarter and many lagging behind.  See below for a sample of 1st quarter sales.

New London – 1st Quarter

2014        10 Homes Sold                       94% List to Sell Ratio             125 Ave Days on Market (DOM)

2013        8 Homes Sold                        93% List to Sell                       319 Ave DOM

Newbury – 1st Quarter

2014        2 Homes Sold                        91% List to Sell                       102 Ave DOM

2013        5 Homes Sold                         88% List to Sell                       179 Ave DOM

Sunapee – 1st Quarter

2014        6 Homes Sold                        90% List to Sell                       215 Ave DOM

2013        10 Homes Sold                       91% List to Sell                       196 Ave DOM

Bradford – 1st Quarter

2014        2 Homes Sold                        92% List to Sell                       89 Ave DOM

2013        6 Homes Sold                        94% List to Sell                       259 Ave DOM

Spring should bring renewed interest in our market area.  If you are thinking of buying or selling, your timing is perfect!  Contact me to put my 20 years of experience to work for you.  603-526-4116, donna@donnaforest.com, www.donnaforest.com

Data is based on information from the Northern New England Real Estate Network, Inc. for the period 1/1/13 – 4/1/13 and

1/1/14 – 4/1/14

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Can’t Find that Home you Love? Then Build!

Come build the home you’ve been dreaming of on this easily accessible 2.46 acre lot in Sunapee, NH.  Nice hillside views.  Well suited to either primary or vacation living.  Westerly exposure.  Driveway is in and house site cleared.  Test pit data is also available.  Convenient to Sunapee Harbor, I-89, Mt. Sunapee Resort or Lake Sunapee.  Offered at $89,000.

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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What are You Drinking?

No, I’m not referring to your evening cocktail!  I’m talking about water.  More specifically, water from a private well.   Many of us just assume when we turn on the faucet, the water is safe to drink – especially if it is from a drilled well.  The reality is many wells have unhealthy levels of naturally occurring arsenic, radon, or other contaminants that have been linked to cancer and toxicity.  DES estimates that 20% of private wells in NH have more arsenic than is allowed in public water systems.  Many contaminants have no taste, odor, or color so testing is the only way to detect them.

The good news is that if you sample your well and find contaminants, treatment systems are available.  While there is no state requirement, DES recommends that well owners test their water every 3-5 years.  To get more information on testing recommendations and a list of accredited labs, visit www.des.nh.gov.   If you are selling, it is in your best interest to test your well water and know ahead of time if there are any issues.  Almost every buyer will have an inspection done and will want to know how safe the drinking water really is.  Bottom line, whether buying, selling, or just staying put, it makes good sense to get your water tested!   If you are buying or selling, contact me and put my 20 years of experience to work for you.  donna@donnaforest.com, www.donnaforest.com, 603-526-4116.

Known for service, trusted for results – Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate.

Are You Ready to Sow Your Seeds?

Spring Ledge Farm will be holding a Seed Sowing Workshop on Saturday, March 29 from 10-1pm, Part I, and Part II will be on April 19.

They will show the basics of sowing flower and vegetable seeds.  You can sow your own tray of seedlings in their greenhouse.  Choose from dozens of seed varieties.  They will supply the seeds, soil, seed trays and expertise.  You choose your favorites and do the sowing.  There will be basil seeds, tomato, pepper, broccoli and other vegetable seeds, marigolds, impatiens, lupine and coreopsis flower seeds.   You may also purchase seeds at the farm from their offerings of High Mowing organic seeds and Hart’s seeds.

Cost is $16. per seed tray you take home, or for $32, they will keep the seed tray in their controlled environment greenhouse and tend to the germination and growth of the seedlings for 4 weeks.  One seed tray equals 100 plants.  A great way to invest in garden starts, or perhaps in a mass planting of a particular cultivar.

Spring Ledge Farm is located at 37 Main St., New London, NH.

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Want to Get Back to the Simple Life?

Come enjoy the simple pleasures of this year-round cottage tucked in among tall pines.  It’s the perfect weekend get-away – a short walk to the town beach on Lake Massasecum and only 11 miles to skiing at Mt. Sunapee.  This compact home is easy to enjoy from the efficient kitchen to the comfortably sized living room with its toasty gas stove to the generous summer sleeping porch.  It’s a lake view hideaway that proves good things do come in small packages.  Easy care, easy clean, easy to appreciate a life style of fun tucked into the endearing comfort of this special retreat.  Perfect for a first time home buyer as well!  Offered at $98,000.

Donna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

Real estate markets are local, and we have the real scoop on ours.  Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate

Like the History and Charm of Old Houses?

Don’t miss the New Hampshire Old House and Barn Exposition to be held at the Center of NH, Radisson Hotel in Manchester on March 15 and 16 from 9am-5pm.  There will be more than 100 exhibitors, presenters and demonstrations of old house products and services.

Topics include researching your house’s history, barn repair, historic wallpaper, energy efficiency, stonewall building and on and on.  Cost for Adults is $10; Students and Seniors $7; Children under 12 free.  Visit www.nhpreservation.org or call 603-2242281 for more information.

Interested in Our Water Resources?

The 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Plymouth State University. This year, the theme is Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water ResourcesClick here to find out the details.

Want a Home You Can Move Right Into?

Then take a look at this freshly painted, newly carpeted with brand new kitchen corner unit at Fenwood Commons in New London, NH.  Two bedrooms and two baths, inside storage unit and attached, heated garage space.  Enjoy the Fenwood amenities, walk to New London shopping and post office.  No buy-in fee, low monthly assessment of $315 and very affordable heating costs.  Offered at $169,500.  For more details and photos, visit www.NHEasyLiving.com

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

You’ll be moving in the right direction with Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate.

Looking for Fresh, Locally Grown Veggies?

Don’t forget about the Winter Market each Friday at Spring Ledge Farm at 37 Main Street in New London.  Take home fresh lettuce, greens, beets, leeks and more locally grown items.  The Market is open Fridays from 3-5:30pm and Saturdays 10-1pm.

Teamwork from the Team that works – Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate.