Price Reduction – Sunapee, NH

Don’t miss out on this immaculate antique cape with new kitchen, master suite addition, new windows and numerous upgrades.  Historic charm in Sunapee village with town water and sewer, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.  Walk to Sunapee Harbor and ski at Mt. Sunapee ten minutes away!  Was $330,000, now $325,000.  For more information, visit http://tour.circlepix.com/home/Z9H2NN.

WhiteAnne Marie Appel, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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As American as Apple Pie!

apple pie2The 42nd annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair will be held this Saturday, August 22nd at the Newport NH Town Common from 9am-3pm. 100 booths of crafts of every type will participate. The day also boasts the sale of over 100 handmade pies, pie contest, famous Newport Firemen’s Chicken BBQ and is the same day as the annual Richard’s Free Library Festival and book sale across the street. For more information, visit www.libraryartscenter.org.

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New Listing – Newport, NH Home for Sale

This classic cape with a wraparound porch has great curb appeal and a fantastic yard!  Harvest the fruits of their labor from the number of trees planted over the years – many varieties of apple trees, peach & plum, blueberry bushes and lots of pretty perennial gardens.  Enjoy those hot summer days swimming in the in-ground pool.  The screened porch is a great place to relax as well and has a view of Mt. Sunapee off in the distance.  Very convenient to the lake and Mt. Sunapee for summer and winter fun.  Also has direct trail access for the snowmobile enthusiast with plenty of room to store them!  Offered at $285,000.  For more photos and details, visit http://tour.circlepix.com/home/DTV9EN.

TrumanJane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Housing Market Remains Positive

Donna and Maxi 044Good news – homes sales January through June in the 10 area towns combined are up 9.2% from last year for the same time period (170 homes sold in 2015 vs. 156 homes in 2014). The average selling price inched up about 1% and the average days on market increased from 143 days in 2014 to 169 days in 2015. Not all towns are seeing sale increases at this point, however overall, the market is moving in the right direction. For example, Newbury has 20 home sales this year as compared to 11 in 2014, Sunapee has 20 home sales as compared to 18 last year, while New London has seen a decrease with 25 home sales this year compared to 42 in 2014.

The most recent report from New Hampshire REALTORS® show statewide sales are up 4.5% January-May and the median price up 6.2%. At that time, all but Merrimack County saw median price increases.

So what does this mean? Essentially, our area is still in a buyers’ market with more homes to sell than there are buyers. Homes properly priced and prepared for the market will have a better chance of selling this year compared to previous years. With low interest rates and prices holding steady at this point, buyers still have great buying opportunities. It is a unique market with pluses for both buyers and sellers. Contact me if you want to take advantage of being a buyer or seller!  603-526-4116, donna@donnaforest.com, www.donnaforest.com

Figures are based on information from the Northern New England Real Estate Network, Inc. for the period 1/1/14 through 6/30/14 and 1/1/15 through 6/30/15.

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Reduced Price on Sunapee Home

This spacious home is close to Mt. Sunapee Resort in a quiet, private setting with many upgrades.  Nicely landscaped with level lot.  Great home for entertaining with plenty of living area inside and out.  Kitchen features granite countertops with center island, hardwood floor, slider to the deck, propane stove for extra heat and ambiance and convenient breakfast area.  Formal dining room with hardwood flooring.  Spacious family room with fireplace and tile floor opens onto the back deck.  A lovely home with plenty of room for all.  For more photos and details, visit http://tour.circlepix.com/home/BLNQZJ

CampopianoJoan Wallen, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Do You Really Need to Clean Your Air Ducts?

Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t any health benefits to cleaning air ducts, but having a pro remove gunk can boost the efficiency of your HVAC.

Five to seven times a day, the air in your home circulates through the air ducts of your HVAC heating and cooling system, carrying with it the dust and debris of everyday living.
Your furnace filter catches much of the stuff, but neglect, remodeling projects, or shoddy duct installation can lead to a buildup of gunk inside your ductwork that threatens the efficiency of your system.

Are Dirty Ducts Hazardous to Your Health?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserts no studies have proven that duct cleaning prevents health problems. Also, there isn’t proof that dirty ductwork increases dust levels inside homes.

But some people are more sensitive to airborne dust and pet dander than others. If your nose is getting itchy just thinking about what might lurk in your ducts, the $300 to $600 it costs to clean a 2,000-square-foot home is a worthwhile investment. But before you reach for the phone, take a good look to see if your ducts are dirty.

Get the Picture

Wouldn’t it be handy if you could take an incredible journey through your ductwork to see if cleaning is needed? Using a pocket digital camera equipped with a flash, you can come close. Simply remove a floor register, reach as far as you can into the duct (don’t drop your camera!), and take a couple of shots.

If there’s gunk within a few feet of the register, take heart. It’s easy to snake a vacuum cleaner hose into the duct and remove the stuff. However, if you see a long trail of junk and a thick coat of dust beyond what your vacuum can reach, your house may be a candidate for professional cleaning.

Look for These Symptoms

  • Clogs of dust, cobwebs, and debris, or noticeable particles blowing out of supply registers
  • Visible mold on the inside surfaces of ducts
  • Rodent droppings and dead insects inside ducts

In addition, recent construction inevitably creates dust you don’t want in circulation.

“We recommend cleaning after a big remodel job,” says Scott Milas of Mendel Heating and Plumbing, St. Charles, Ill. Milas adds that a new home purchase is also a good occasion — after all, who wants to breathe someone else’s pet dander?

“People get it done after they buy a house,” he says. “It’s like getting the carpets cleaned.”

Good Reasons for Duct Cleaning

  • Cleaning removes accumulated dust so it won’t shed into the household.
  • Removing debris and cobwebs eases airflow and increases the efficiency of the system, in extreme cases as much as 40%.
  • If you have fiberglass ducting, fiberglass gathers more dust than sheet metal.

Reasons to Skip Duct Cleaning

  • Cost.
  • Health benefits are not proven.
  • Dust and debris caught on the interior of ducts isn’t circulating and therefore may not be a problem.
  • Changing furnace filters regularly often does the job, especially when combined with annual furnace cleaning.

By David Toht

Visit Houselogic.com for more articles like this.  Reprented from Houselogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Looking for that Beautiful View? New Listing

This home has all you would expect and more!  It is meticulous and in move-in condition with nice views of Little Lake Sunapee and mountain views.  The spacious kitchen boasts granite, stainless steel appliances, and a heart-warming brick fireplace and faces directly into the sunroom/family room.  This window wrapped room soaks up the light year-round and merges the indoor/outdoor areas in perfect harmony.  It’s the perfect place to watch the colors of the seasons change.  Features a wish list of amenities including a first floor master, wood floors, fireplaced living room, a lower level game room and family room, a park-like setting with gardens and beautiful birches on 2 lots of record, and a great location providing easy access to I-89 and only 3 miles to New London shopping.  A must see inside and out!  For more photos and details, visit www.NHViewHome.com.

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OakHillRd-0266-HDRDonna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Top 5 Selling Mistakes to Avoid

Donna and Maxi 044There are common mistakes that many sellers make when they go to sell their house. As a professional with over 20 years of selling experience, here are my top 5 picks to avoid.

  1. Overpricing.   It’s the kiss of death in a buyers’ market.   Be realistic in your pricing and listen to the advice of your Realtor.
  2. Not getting the house ready to sell. Don’t expect to sell if you have done nothing to prepare it for the market.   De-clutter, update, paint, repair, landscaping; the list goes on.  Ask your Realtor what you need to do before putting it on the market.
  3. Being emotionally attached.   Yes, your house is your home – except for when it goes on the market. Time to switch gears and understand that it has become a commodity that is competing with other properties for a buyer.
  4. Not Trusting Your Realtor. Unless you have a good reason to believe otherwise, you should listen to and solicit whatever advice your agent can give you. They are the ones who do this for a living day in and day out – take advantage of their knowledge.
  5. Ignoring Lowball Offers. Don’t be insulated if you get a low offer. Set emotions aside and view this as a starting point to getting your house sold.

Visit my website for other useful tips at www.DonnaForest.com.  603-526-4116

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New Listing in Sunapee, NH – Former Bed and Breakfast

Imagine the possibilities with this 9 bedroom Victorian home in a picturesque setting within walking distance to Sunapee Harbor!  Restore this home back to a popular Bed & Breakfast and enjoy living in your attached two bedroom owner’s quarters.  Ideal for the large family or use as a vacation retreat.  Town water and sewer, sprinkler system, oversized attached garage.  There is even a hair salon (two rooms) between the garage and kitchen – many possibilities for this space.  Come take a look!  Offered at $465,000.  For more information and photos, visit http://tour.circlepix.com/home/TZ3JWK

PuchtlerAnne Marie Appel, Listing Agent

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Looking for Things to do in the Lake Sunapee Region?

NY Times Lake SunapeeSchool is out and the warm weather is finally here!  With that brings the great, free community concerts, programs at The Fells and Lake Sunapee Protective Association and lots of other fun activities.  To see what’s happening, visit our Community Calender on our web site www.coldwellbanker.com

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