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

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Looking for a Spacious Colonial in a Sunny Setting?

Come take a look at this 5 year-old, well-sited, attractive home all on 3.5 acres.  You’ll even have seasonal views of Bald Sunapee Mountain!  Generously sized rooms with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and well-appointed kitchen.  Nice location – 1 mile to Lake Sunapee and 3 miles to Mt. Sunapee Resort.  Offered at $312,000.  For more photos and details, visit

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Can Your Well Water Pass the Test? See What’s in this month’s “GREENworks” from DES in Concord

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is calling on private well owners to test their water more frequently and for a wider range of contaminants.  About 40 percent of New Hampshire’s population (about 530,000 people) get their drinking water from around 250,000 private residential wells, and a surprisingly high percentages of those wells have unhealthy levels of natural contaminants.

Based on studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, about 20 percent of private wells in New Hampshire have arsenic levels that are higher than public water systems are allowed to provide (10 parts per billion), and in some areas it’s as many in one in every two wells.  Long-term exposure to arsenic has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, immunological disorders, diabetes and other medical issues. The Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research Program recently produced a 10-minute video on the health effects of arsenic in groundwater in New Hampshire; you can find the video by searching the internet for “arsenic in small doses.”

There’s no federal or state standard for radon in drinking water, but an estimated 55 percent of private wells exceed the NHDES-recommended action level of 2,000 picocuries per liter.  Only by testing can homeowners make informed decisions about treating their well water to minimize the amount of radon gas coming into their homes. The main health risk from radon exposure is an increased risk of lung cancer from breathing radon gas; long-term exposure to radon leads to the deaths of an estimated 100 New Hampshire residents each year.

No State Testing Requirements

Private well water is rarely tested, except when properties are sold or a change in taste, odor, or color raises suspicions about water quality. New Hampshire has no State requirements for the testing of private wells, although the law (RSA 477:4-c) requires that certain information concerning a home’s water system be disclosed to a purchaser, including an unsatisfactory water test. (“Unsatisfactory water test” is not defined.)  Many mortgage lenders require some water quality testing when writing a mortgage. However, their requirements are not consistent, and historically there has been more emphasis on aesthetic contaminants than health-related contaminants. Some municipalities, however, do have private well testing requirements.

Even when a private well is tested, the analyses often don’t include all of the right contaminants. The naturally occurring contaminants of concern include arsenic, fluoride, radon, and other radionuclides (radioactive chemicals). Other contaminants, caused by human activities, are industrial solvents, petroleum products and fuel additives [such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and methyl-t-butyl ether (MtBE)], and lead and copper from plumbing.  Bacteria in wells may be from either natural or human sources but typically enter wells because of poor construction.  Bacteria shows up in about one in five water samples from private wells analyzed at the state Public Health Laboratory.

When should private wells be tested?

NHDES recommends the following: 1. When a well is first drilled. 2. At least once every 3 to 5 years for all wells. 3. At the time of all real estate transactions. 4. If obvious changes in water quality (such as changes in taste, odor or color) are noticed. The frequency of periodic testing should be based on past testing results, testing results for neighboring wells, and past and present land uses in the area.  Testing for specific contaminants should be performed more frequently if they are known to be present at elevated levels.

What Parameters Should Be Tested in Private Wells?

NHDES recommends the following analyses, which cost approximately $165 at the Public Health Laboratory: arsenic, bacteria, radon, alpha screen, lead, copper, nitrate, nitrite, fluoride, pH, sodium, chloride, iron, manganese, and hardness. NHDES also recommends testing for volatile organic compounds once every five to ten years, which costs $120 at the Public Health Laboratory.  If the cost of testing is too great for some homeowners, NHDES recommends spreading out the testing over time, performing some tests now and the rest in later years.  A number of private labs also offer these tests. Private labs tend to be more expensive than the State Lab, but they also tend to provide results to the well owner more quickly.

American Academy of Pediatrics Weighs In

In May 2009, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement on Drinking Water from Private Wells and Risks to Children, urging states to require testing when homes are sold, and urging local governments to provide access to information about local groundwater conditions and recommendations for testing.

What is Being Done?

A handful of New Hampshire municipalities already require testing of private wells, typically in connection with certificates of occupancy. A group of state, federal, and university scientists and public health professionals have formed the New Hampshire Arsenic Consortium, which is cooperating to educate the public and conduct research about arsenic in private wells. NHDES is working with N.H. Department of Health and Human Services and Dartmouth College to better understand the health risks to private well users and to help private well users make informed decisions about well testing and water treatment options. NHDES is also working with municipal building code officials on a uniform interpretation of “potable water” as referenced in the International Plumbing Code to provide for improved public health protection. For more information about NHDES’s private well testing recommendations and about the health effects associated with various contaminants, and a list of accredited private labs, please call NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at (603) 271-2513, or visit the NHDES web site at and look for “Private Well Testing” under the “A to Z List.”

Source:  GREENWorks, A publication of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NH

Don’t Miss Springfest Weekend at Mt. Sunapee Resort, April 5 & 6

Enjoy great spring skiing and riding at Mt. Sunapee’s Springfest Weekend featuring KT Tunstall Saturday evening in the Sunapee Lodge.  Opening for her is Brooks Hubbard, an up and coming singer/songwriter from Enfield, NH.  Brooks has opened for the Robert Cray Band, Stephen Kellogg and Josh Wilson.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on-line.  There are limited seats available for this performance. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets.

Season pass holders who purchased their season pass at Mount Sunapee can purchase tickets for $20. Concert tickets must be purchased in person at Guest Services or over the phone through Guest Services at 603-763-3500.  All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets.  Doors open at 6:00pm.

Saturday, April 5 – It’s the 16th Annual Slush Cup, one of New England’s premier pond skimming events. Two hundred skiers and snowboarders will try to negotiate an 85’ pond filled with 36 degree water in one of Mount Sunapee’s most popular spring events. There are prizes for best costume, best skim, best splash and best team costume. Five dollars of every entry fee goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Registration starts at 8:00am in Spruce Lodge.

Sunday, April 6 – Mount Sunapee is hosting the 23rd Annual Intragalactic Cardboard Sled Race. Teams of three will race intricate and professionally designed cardboard sleds down Eggbeater trail. There are prizes for best design, fastest sled and best self-destruction while on the race course. Entry fees are donated to David’s House in Lebanon, NH.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Don’t Miss Out on this Bargain!

Seller’s misfortune provides great opportunity to snag the deal of the century!  The eisting structure has been totaled by a fire and seller wants this lot SOLD!  New owner can build in the existing footprint within a 2 year period with town approvals.  Located at the base of the access road to Mt. Sunapee as well as the State Beach on Lake Sunapee, it’s the perfect location for a business or vacation home.  Nice, level area to rebuild with the soothing sounds of a stream in back.  Consists of two parcels of land.  Thomas Edison said, “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  Don’t be the one who misses out on this bargain!  Offered at $45,000.

Donna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Looking for a Home in a Private, Peaceful Setting?

This three bedroom ranch has it!  4.4 acres with a great yard for the kids or pets.  Skiing close by, walking trails, and snowmobile trails  all for your outdoor enjoyment.  Attractive Pergo flooring throughout, screened porch, one floor living.  Offered at $175,000.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Looking for Some Outdoor Fun this Weekend?

Don’t miss Mt. Sunapee’s 8th Annual Big Dummy Air Contest this Sunday, March 16th.

Registration will begin in Spruce Lodge at 9:00am. There is a $20 entry fee per dummy.  Dummy judging will be held on the Spruce Lodge patio at 2:00pm.

The Dummy Big Air Contest will be held immediately following the judging on lower Eggbeater trail in front of the Spruce Lodge.

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Lake Access Without the Large Taxes

This lovely year-round, open concept home offers a deck and dock on Crystal Lake.  The waterfront is on the town right of way and not owned.  It is currently set up as two units, but could easily be made back to a single family home.  Come and create memories swimming, fishing, and boating on this quiet, peaceful lake.  Offered at $300,000.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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Want to be Near the Lake?

It’s just a short walk down the hill to Sunapee Harbor from this 4 bedroom condo/home on Burkehaven Hill.  Open living area with cathedral ceiling and hardwood floors.  Sit on the deck and enjoy the mountain views.  Finished lower level with plenty of room for guests.  Take the kids to Dewey Beach to play and frolic in Lake Sunapee.  Sellers have a boat and boat slip they will offer to the buyers to purchase before they sell separately (not included in offering price).  Offered at $440,000.

Jane Snow, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

Don’t Make These Top 5 Loan Killers

If you plan on getting a mortgage, you need to be extra cautious with your finances.  Here are the top 5 show stoppers you should avoid.

  1. Purchasing large ticket items.  Don’t buy a new car or even furniture until after the loan closes.  New payments will impact how much money you can borrow or can even prevent you from qualifying for a loan.
  2. Paying late on bills. One 30-day late payment can subtract 80 to 110 points from your credit score.  Many lenders require at least 12 consecutive months of on-time payments
  3. Shuffling money around. Lenders scrutinize all your bank statements as part of the approval process.  Any unusual deposits or withdrawals will require clear documentation of what they are.  A large sum of money transferred into an account right before closing could be lethal.
  4. Job changes. Taking on a new job can present some hurdles as lenders like stable income that will likely continue.  Changing job fields or starting your own business will be a red flag.
  5. Getting a new credit card. Even something as simple as getting a Kohl’s credit card will impact your credit score.

Give me a call if you want to work with a REALTOR® who can help you avoid the common pitfalls when buying your dream home.

Donna Forest, Broker Associate, 603-526-4116

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