Home Under Contract? Still Not Time for the Bubbly!

Donna and Maxi 044Getting a home under contract can sometimes be challenging enough.  However, it’s still not time to break out the champagne once it happens.  According to a survey of over 4000 REALTORS® by the National Association of REALTORS® in September 2014, about 15% of pending sales didn’t close as the buyers couldn’t obtain financing, about 3% did not close due to appraisal issues, and another 3-4% didn’t close due to home inspection issues.

So what can you do?  Be mentally prepared that most likely there will be hurdles to overcome and the closing date may not be concrete.  Have a home inspection prior to putting your house on the market and make needed repairs so you can avoid post-contract negotiations or worse, giving the buyers reason to walk from the contract.  Be aware that tighter lending regulations can slow the process – anything from the house not appraising to last minute negotiations that create delays due to new lending rules. It’s a complex process and that’s why you need a knowledgeable REALTOR® to help navigate your way to a successful closing. Contact me and put my 20 years of experience to work for you!  603-526-4116, www.donnaforest.com, donna@donnaforest.com

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

New Market Data for New Hampshire Real Estate Sales

The New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® has published September 2014 sales and third quarter figures for residential and condominium sales.  Click on the following links for the information –  NHAR_September 2014; NHAR_2014-Q3.


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

Looking for Great Mountain Views and Sunsets?

This light-filled and airy home has them!  When you enter this home you’ll feel welcomed and relaxed.  You can enjoy your privacy, yet be only 5 minutes to the middle of town.  Three bedrooms and 3.5 baths, lower level with family room.  You’ll love entertaining in the kitchen with Crown Point cherry cabinetry.  Great location in an established neighborhood.  Offered at $565,000.  Visit www.NHMountainViews.com for more details and photos.

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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

Want the Best of Town and Country Living?

This custom-built cape is located in an attractive, established neighborhood minutes from the center of New London with great privacy on 4.89 acres.  The rooms are generously sized with an open feeling.  A newer addition features a family room with 3 sets of French doors that exit to the deck, and a master bedroom and bath above.  The yard has lovely perennial plantings, a sweet child’s playhouse and garden, an octagonal screened gazebo for “outdoor” dinners, sleeping or just relaxing, and a two-story tree house with wonderful features, PLUS a 30 x 40 foot barn with heated workshop above.  Many years of enjoyment await the next buyer of this property.  Visit www.NHCountryCapeandBarn.com for more photos and details.  Offered at $498,000.

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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


Keeping Up With New Hampshire’s Real Estate Trends?

Click below for the latest market data through August for residential and condo sales in New Hampshire.

August 2014 report

Source:  New Hampshire Association of REALTORS®

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

Affordable Lakeside Living in Andover, NH

Walk across the road to Highland lake.  This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home also has a large, detached heated workshop.  Enjoy the view from the screened porch.  Level, open yard.  Lovely village setting right on the Rail Trail!  A great spot for walking and biking, close to the post office and town beach.  Two docks and lighthouse are owned and maintained by the seller.  Great location for an in-home business, and currently set up as a two family home with rental income.  Possibilities galore!  Offered at $269,000.  For more photos and details, visit www.NHLakesideLiving.com

Christina McKee, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Looking for a Condo and the Maintenance-Free Lifestyle?

This 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo at The Seasons at Lake Sunapee Country Club is a premier residential community.  This unit overlooks the tenth green with fantastic views of Mt. Kearsarge.  The Country Club offers golf, tennis, and a pool for members and a fine public restaurant all within walking distance.  Come see all that the Lake Sunapee Region has to offer!

Price just reduced from $255,000 to $225,000.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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

Looking for Your First Home or Want to Downsize?

The living is easy in this 3 bedroom ranch in a quiet setting just outside of New London village.  Nicely sited on 2+ acres with views back towards town and Mt. Kearsarge.  You can live on one floor or  expand your living space in the spacious, walk-out basement.  Gracious fireplaced living room with a bay window towards the backyard (where horses can often be seen grazing).  Screened/glassed porch for relaxing.  Nicely landscaped yard.  A great opportunity.  Offered at $299,000.  For more photos and details visit www.NHOneFloorLiving.com

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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

Ready to Get Your Flu Shot?

The Lake Sunapee VNA & Hospice is offering flu clinics to the public.  Some insurance companies are billed, or the cost is $25.  Please bring your insurance card.  Listed below are the upcoming dates and locations.  Stay healthy!

9/10/2014 – Mascoma Senior Center, Canaan 10-11:30am
9/12/2014 – Kearsarge Presbyterian Church, New London 10-1pm
9/15/2014 – Lebanon Senior Center, Lebanon 10-12pm
9/16/2014 – Bradford Senior Center, Bradford 10-12 pm
9/17/2014 – Quail Hollow Senior Living, Enfield 10-11:30am
9/18/2014 – St. Andrew’s Church, New London 1-3pm
9/18/2014 – Center at Eastman, Grantham – 9-11am
9/22/2014 – Sunapee Seniors at Sunapee Methodist Church 10-12pm
9/22/2014 – Newbury Public Library, Newbury, NH 5-7pm
9/23/2014 – Warner Pharmacy, Warner 9:30-11:30am
9/24/2014 – Andover Town Hall, Andover 10-12pm
9/24/2014 – Our Lady of Fatima, New London 1:30-3pm
9/24/2014 – Newport Senior Center, Newport 11-12:30pm
9/25/2014 – Wilmot Town Offices, Wilmot 8-10am
9/29/2014 – Sutton Town Offices, Sutton Mills 4-6pm

We’ve Got a Place to Hang Your Heart!

Dig your feet in the sand and wriggle your toes in the refreshing waters of Pleasant Lake.  This enchanting lakeside summer cottage will put the fun back in your summers.  Tucked in the trees with stonewalls, winsome rock stairs, and just enough landscaping to captivate the eye, it’s an easy place to unwind.  Your wicker furniture will feel right at home in the enclosed sunroom where you can be mesmerized by the lapping waves or simply watch the sun as it slowly sets over the water.  Or sip cocktails on the large deck overlooking the sandy beach and lake.  Updated and easily manageable, it’s perfect for bare feet and casual entertaining.  Open concept, brick fireplace, efficient galley style kitchen, lots of skylights for natural lighting, and great water views.  An affordable way to own on one of the most desirable lakes in the area!  Offered at $525,000.

Visit www.lakefronthomenh.com for more photos and details.

Donna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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