Do You Know How to Prepare Your Home for Sale?

If you want to sell your home in this market, there are steps you should take to get your house ready.  The first one is to mentally prepare yourself that you probably will need to spend money in order to sell.  In today’s market there are plenty of houses for sale and not enough buyers.  Sellers are competing with other sellers to get their property sold.  The best way to compete is to offer your house in the best condition and at the best price.  Visualize this – a buyer looks at 6 homes in the same price range.  Three are dated and tired in appearance, two are somewhat updated but still need work, and the sixth one is immaculate and updated.  Guess which one will attract the buyer.  So your next step, as a seller, is to assess what improvements or repairs need to be made.  Have your agent walk through with you to determine what should be completed.  It is important not to spend time or money on projects that will not have value to buyers.  Lastly, get the work done prior to putting the house on the market.  The old adage is true – “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”  Having your home in top notch condition and priced competitively will help position you for a successful sale in a timely fashion.  Contact me to work with a REALTOR® who can best advise you for success!  603-526-4116, donna@donnaforest.com, www.donnaforest.com

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Looking for a Vacation Home on a Lake?

This turn-key cottage is waiting for you!  There are 3 bedrooms and 1 bath.  The kids will love playing at the shallow, sandy beach.  There is approximately 65 ft. on Lake Kolelemook and a dock.  Golf is nearby and the fishing is great!  Easy access to local ski areas and snowmobile trails for winter fun as well.  All furnishings included.  Offered at $239,000.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent

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Want the Scoop on our Real Estate Market?

Our market seems to still be recuperating from the long winter we experienced.  Sales were down the first few snowy months and this is likely reflected in the lower sales volume for 2014 as compared to 2013.  (Although New London is definitely up from last year.)  The state released their year-to-date figures thru May.  Residential sales are down 7.9% and the median sales price is up 7.9%.  While not a resounding two thumbs up yet for the market, there are many positive indicators it is heading in the right direction.  I think the next few months will show that we’ve moved beyond recovery and are looking at a more normalized market.

Newbury – 73 Currently for Sale

1/1 -6/24/14                        9  Solds                 122 Days on Market (DOM)

1/1-6/24/13                         13 Solds                 239 DOM     91% List to Sell

New London – 91 Currently for Sale

1/1 -6/24/14                        40 Solds                 172 DOM     93% List to Sell

1/1-6/24/13                         24 Solds                 189 DOM     92% List to Sell

Sunapee – 85 Currently for Sale

1/1 -6/24/14                        18 Solds                 144 DOM     95% List to Sell

1/1-6/24/13                         22 Solds                 182 DOM     92% List to Sell

Bradford – 34 Currently for Sale

1/1- 6/24/14                        7 Solds                  133 DOM      96% List to Sell

1/1-6/24/13                         9 Solds                  222 DOM      95% List to Sell

Figures are based on information from the Northern New England Real Estate Network, Inc. for the period 1/1/13 thru 6/24/13 and 1/1/14 thru 6/24/14.

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Looking for a Home with Lake Access?

This lovely home is like being on vacation all year round.  Swim at the private, shared association beach, boat on Mt. View Lake (104 acre lake), ski at Mt. Sunapee Resort, or even snowmobile from your home on local accessible trails.  Many updates have been made.  The garage has 2 bays and staircase to a dry storage room above.  The third bay is currently used as a workshop with its own 220 amp line.  Pretty setting and neat as a pin.  Come make memories at the lake!  Offered at $305,000.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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

Price Reduction in the Chalk Pond Community!

Don’t miss out on this great property within walking distance to Chalk Pond Beach in Newbury, NH. Water views and private yard. This home has a wrap-around deck, open concept living space with kitchen, dinette area and living room. A full bath and bedroom are on the first floor. The lower level has two more rooms, a half bath and utility room with washer/dryer hook-ups. Come enjoy the beach, play tennis, or enjoy the nearby hiking trails.  Great location year-round, near water, skiing, golf. . . let the fun begin! Annual Association due are $175. Priced to sell at $144,000!  Call now for your viewing.

Sara Ellis, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Selling Your Home? Don’t Forget the Landscaping!

When selling your house, the emphasis is usually on the interior.  However, good landscaping can make the difference between a buyer wanting to see the house or not.   And since most buyers look on line first, it’s even more important to have good exterior photos.  Here are a few do’s and don’ts:

  1. Keep the landscaping natural with native plants and interesting foliage.  Rounded junipers and topiary shrubs are out.
  2. Steer away from planting a high-maintenance yard.  Few buyers want to invest serious time in pruning, mowing, etc.
  3. Get rid of any lawn ornaments.
  4. Avoid the “new construction” look – barren yards lack appeal.
  5. Maintain what landscaping you have.  Overgrown hedges, bushes too close to the house, hanging tree limbs over roofs, and roots buckling the driveway send the message that the inside of the house is ill-kept as well.

Properties with high quality plants and mature landscaping create a competitive advantage over homes with bare bones landscaping.  An important factor considering today’s market!  Contact me to work with a REALTOR® who can help you get a competitive advantage on selling.  603-526-4116, donnaforest.com, donna@donnaforest.com.

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

A Spectacular Property is Back on the Market – Don’t Miss It!

A great opportunity to work where you live!  Beautifully designed and finished three bedroom, two and a half bath home with in-law suite.  Amazing views and privacy.  Hand built stone walls and mature perennial gardens.  Detached barn style building includes an apartment above and 2800+ sq. ft. of versatile space below.  Additional wood shop and barns.  Offered at $1,250,000.  For more information and photos, visit www.NHPrivacyandViews.com.

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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

 

So Much for So Little – Price Reduction in Sunapee!

Tired of paying rent and living in cramped quarters?  This home offers room to grow.  Large country kitchen with wood floors is the hear of this home and the corner woodstove radiates warmth throughout.  Enjoy morning coffee in the bright, sunny dining room and unwind in the evenings in the comfortable living room.  The corner lot location gives you easy access to main roads and is less than 4 miles to skiing and the State Beach!  Was $197,000, now $179,000!  For more photos and details, visit www.SunapeeNHHome.com.

Donna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

 

New Listing in Sunapee! Small, but Adorable!

While this little bungalow sits on a busy roadway, it has a private yard completely fenced in with extensive gardens that offer a quaint outside living space.  The inside is as nice with wood floors and walls (at least most), exposed beams, updated kitchen and bath, skylights.  A must see if the size fits your needs.  Mt. Sunapee is just 4 miles up the road and residents have access to two beaches on Lake Sunapee.  Offered at just $115,000!  Make your appointment today.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

“Word of Mouth” is the best advertisement, and we love it when you refer your friends and family to Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate.

Winter Got You Down? Move Right and Celebrate Summer!

Wonderful contemporary on Chalk Pond offers two master bedrooms with baths and plenty of overflow room.  Beautiful interior details, decks, and a screened porch.  Minutes to Mt. Sunapee Resort and Lake Sunapee State Beach.  AND, it’s being sold furnished, so just pack your clothes!  Offered at $379,000.  Make your appointment today!

Emily Campbell, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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