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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Looking for a Great Home in a Peaceful Country Setting?

This meticulous 3 bedroom, 3 bath home fits the bill!  It boasts gleaming wood floors, warm colors, a traditional floor plan, and a 2 car attached garage.  The expansive kitchen is truly the heart of this home with stainless steel appliances and plenty of space to enjoy the simple joys of good food with good friends.  Spend summer evenings relaxing on the back deck – a perfect spot for grilling and outdoor entertaining.  You’ll wake up smiling every morning in this peaceful country setting and tucked back from the road far enough to be private.  Yet it is an easy commute to the Upper Valley.  If you are looking for a comfortable and uncomplicated lifestyle, give this home a look!  Offered at $257,500.  For more information and photos, visit www.NHEasyLiving.com

New ExteriorDonna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Price Reduced on Sunapee, NH Home

This attractive home on 3.58 acres sits back from the road and is convenient to Sunapee Harbor and Mount Sunapee Resort.  Schools are just down the road, as well as the local library.  It’s nestled among the trees in a private setting with a nice back yard.  Modern, sleek updated kitchen.  The lower level affords several rooms which can be used for various purposes.  An attached greenhouse means you can get a head start on spring plantings.  3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and deck off the dining room.  Was $295,000, now $280,000.  Come take a look!  For more photos and details, visit http://tour.circlepix.com/home/H4MV5L

VulpisSpringBestChristina McKee, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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New Listing – Get the Sun All Day on Mascoma Lake

Waterfront like this does not avail itself very often on Mascoma Lake.  Eastern shore, western exposure, sun all day!  Well-maintained summer cottage with a beautiful level lot.  3 bedrooms, large living/dining room, enclosed glassed-in porch, and deck.  Offered at $525,000.  For more photos and details, visit http://www.circlepix.com/home/GLRS5L

2015-05-14 11.06.38Emily Campbell, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Do This One Thing and Save Money

003EditedIf you want to save money and sell your house faster with less stress, then I highly recommend a pre-listing home inspection. Sellers usually wait for buyers to have inspections on their house and then cross their fingers, hoping for no surprises. More often than not, issues do come to light and sellers are left dealing with several factors in an already highly emotional situation. Buyers may feel a certain level of distrust, wondering why the sellers were not aware of the condition of their home. Time is spent getting 2nd and 3rd opinions on the cost to fix things and most likely, sellers will end up negotiating a lower selling price in order to resolve the problems. Or worst case, buyers cancel the contract and move on to another property.

A pre-listing home inspection will make sellers better informed, give control on fixing problems and allows time to provide accurate repair costs upfront to buyers, if needed.  Spending a few hundred dollars in the beginning could save thousands in the end. Contact me if you would like an experienced agent help you navigate the complexities of selling.  603-526-4116; donna@donnaforest.com; www.donnaforest.com

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Like Some Good Music?

Sunapee Coffee HouseCome on down to the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse this Friday, May 15, at 7pm.  The Coffeehouse is located in the downstairs of the Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH.  www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org

This week’s guest will be Rattye McGee,  a duo of mountain loving, New Hampshire song writers. Their mission is to create music that satisfies the hungry soul. Rick Poulin is Rattye McGee’s guitarist and co-song writer whose original, distinctive guitar sound is rich with harmonic rhythms and solos, all at once! On piano and vocals is Theresa Ramirez, blending her soulful vocals with her unique piano style. Together, they create original songs that are poetic, intelligent, emotional and real. Hope you dig the tunes!  www.reverbnation.com/rattyemcgee.

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Designed for Leisure Living

Come enjoy this sun-drenched Fisher’s Bay home with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.  The central living room features a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, stone hearth fireplace, and plenty of room for lounging.  An efficiently designed kitchen offers ample storage and counter space.  Built for a casual lifestyle, spend summer evenings relaxing on the screen porch.  Enjoy the unique water-access amenities of this Lake Sunapee community including a boat slip, sandy beach and swim area, tennis courts, club house by the beach with deck, picnic tables and community grill.  Minutes to skiing at Mt. Sunapee Ski Resort for winter and summer fun.  Make every day seem like a vacation!  Offered at $475,000.  For more photos and details, visit www.VacationHomeSunapeeNH.com

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Donna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Looking for an In-Town Home with Charm?

Immaculate antique cape with major renovations including a new kitchen, master suite addition, new windows and numerous upgrades.  Historic charm in Sunapee village with town water and sewer.  Walk to Sunapee Harbor and ski at Mt. Sunapee in ten minutes!  For more photos and details, visit http://tour.circlepix.com/home/Z9H2NN.  Offered at $330,000.

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