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Home Improvements Versus Home Maintenance - 11/30/10 02:43 PM
Recently, I went on a listing appointment in Hollis New Hampshire and spent a few hours learning about the sellers home and listening to what he had done in the way of improvements. What I realized, not only with this homeowner, but with many others is that they are confused about home maintenance that is necessary to keep the current market value of their home but what it considered an overall "improvement" that actually adds value to the home. For example, fixing the plumbing, repairing the siding, replacing a faulty/leaky roof, or putting in new carpet is just part of what (1 comments)
Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and PLEASE Support Your Local Vendors - 11/30/10 08:07 AM
Wishing all my activerain network a wonderful holiday season. Just a reminder that when you go out to buy a holiday gift this year for someone special... think local. Ask - "where was this made?" LOOK for the "MADE IN THE USA" Label. Specialty shops sometimes cost a little bit more but the product is made with love, hand-made locally, and is of better quality than something that comes from one of those large retail chains that says "Made in China." Recycle/Regift - If you got something last year that is still packaged and new and you didn't know what to do (1 comments)
Soooo - Your Seller Thinks They are doing the Buyer a *FAVOR* by leaving their 10 year old paint cans, huh? - 11/29/10 04:21 PM
Time and time again as sellers are talking about their "moving day" and the "final buyer walk through" they say ... "oh, and I left that fushia paint for the bedroom, just in case the buyer wants to touch up..." What they forget to mention is that the paint is 10 years old and has been sitting in a cold garage that drops below zero degrees ever year and the paint is no good. Not only that, who wants a fushia room anyway? These favors that you are doing the buyer - think again! Not only do the buyers not (2 comments)
New Hampshire Market Update - 11/27/10 07:38 AM
NH Market Update The New Hampshire real estate market experienced a downturn in third quarter as transactions dropped sharply as compared to 2009, Both single family homes and condominium sales were soft however prices continued to stabilize. Third quarter market statistics represent the "summer market" which is typically a slower market. It is important to review and understand the previous years activity over the same time period. The peak activity for transactions and average sales prices over the last four years occurred in 2007. The NH first quarter reports a substantially different picture with increased transactions over 2009 and property values (2 comments)
Consumption of Fossil Fuels & Resources - 11/25/10 07:57 AM
Yesterday I decided to blog about electric heat because of the fallacies that people have about electricity as a heat source here in New Hampshire. A blogger made a good point - fossil fuels in NH use to be far less expensive than electricity. However, that is no longer the case with the price of oil consistently on the rise. While blogging about geothermal, wind turbine, and electricity it occurred to me there must be a comprehensive "energy" site that can assist consumers with determining the best option. The U.S. Department of Energy has a great site that talks about fossil (1 comments)
Buyers vs. Sellers - 11/24/10 06:02 PM
In today's marketplace I'm sure most would agree they'd rather have a ready, willing, and able buyer versus a cranky, non-motivated, or over extended seller. However, listings still help us attract those ready, willing, and able buyers so there must be a "happy medium." It is important to work with MOTIVATED SELLERS. Has anyone heard "I must have this price for my house because I improved this, that or the other thing..." blah, blah, blah........ Unfortunately, many sellers don't "get it" and that is why we are faced with a flood of inventory. It isn't just because of the short sales (0 comments)
Fallacies of Electric Heat - 11/24/10 05:35 PM
Time and time again in the real estate business I've heard people say "oh, electric heat, NEVER..." or "I won't buy a house with electric heat." It is not necessarily the electric heat, but is the house properly insulated and was the heating system installed properly and what type of electric heat is it? For example, radiant electric heat is extremely efficient. I have sold many units in Candlewood Park in Nashua New Hampshire and the units have radiant ceiling electric heat. The heating bill for the individual units is ridiculously low. However, some people "poo poo" even looking at a (2 comments)
Sustainable Alternative Energy Sources For Homes of the FUTURE! - 11/19/10 08:46 AM
As we begin to understand the need for a Hybrid Vehicle (even though there are not many available to buy), we also begin to understand that there are many clean energy air alternatives for heating and cooling our homes. One type of heating and cooling alternative is geothermal, which I've discussed many times in the past. Another great alternative that also has special tax incentives is Wind Turbine Energy. It is extremely popular where land is plentiful and particularly flat in our Southern demographics. However, there are businesses and houses that have adopted Wind Turbine Energy here on the East (0 comments)
Agents who interfere with anothers agents listing - 11/10/10 07:55 PM
Within the last week I have run across two separate scenarios where my clients have indicated that other agents have contacted them while under contract with the brokerage company (me). One listing is under agreement and the agent called and asked "why they went with me and what did I sell the house for.? My client informed me of this. The second agent called my listing that is currently not sold and wondered if they could take a look at the property (preview it) so that when the listing expires in December they can give them a BPO in case they'd (6 comments)
Does Any Builder In Southern NH Build A SMART HOME? - 11/08/10 02:49 PM
With housing prices and down and new construction costs up (due to lumber and transportation costs) it seems almost impossible for a builder to be able to find land in Hollis or Southern New Hampshire and build a "competitive" house in order to compete with "existing construction" price per square foot sales. However, a consideration might be - "make your house SMART!" Obviously, just as technology changes, so do design and infrastructure changes in new construction. For example, lighter more efficient appliances, security systems built-in, and a house that is just plain smart makes all the sense in the world to (0 comments)
Energy Efficient Ideas for Added Value to Your Home! - 11/08/10 02:17 PM
Many of my Hollis New Hampshire clients have switched to energy efficient appliances in the kitchen for many reasons including resale value. Buying an energy efficient refrigerator is always a good idea! You can save hundreds of dollars in a year just by getting rid of your old refrigerator that has to be defrosted. In addition, the laundry area is another way you can conserve and save! For example, I recently went to Lowes (other builder supply companies have similar offers), and purchased the Maytag front loader washer/dryer. Not only did Maytag offer a $250. rebate, but Public Service of New (0 comments)
Are You Willy Loman? Doing The Same Things Expecting Better Results? - 11/05/10 11:47 AM
As a real estate salesperson are you doing the things that matter in THIS economy? Are you servicing your clients CURRENT needs? Are you meeting and exceeding your clients expectations? OR... Are YOU a Willy Loman? Who is Willy Loman you ask? Willy was a salesman depicted in the book "Death of a Salesman." He was a character that I chose in college, many years ago, to analyze as part of a writing assignment. Willy, desperate and searching through his past, does not achieve the self-realization or self-knowledge that he needed to bring his business up to speed. He cannot grasp the (0 comments)
Why People Choose To Live In Hollis and Brookline New Hampshire - 11/05/10 10:44 AM
Why People Choose To Live In Hollis and Brookline New Hampshire November, 2010 Blog Post Hollis and Brookline New Hampshire share a cooperative school district for the upper middle and high school. The school district boasts some of the highest SAT scores around the country and the state testing continues to rank in the top scores year after year. The school system offers drama, football (other sports such as field hockey, lacrosse, etc.) and has a wonderful robotics program. My oldest daughter participated in the robotics program for many years where they attented a competition at the Verizon Wireless Arena in (0 comments)
As a Real Estate Professional in Social Media - 11/02/10 03:38 PM
As a Southern New Hampshire Real Estate Agent active in social media it is unclear as to what the business result will be from "blogging" and other social arenas. It has been approximately 3 months that I have been active with various accounts in order to gain real estate exposure in my marketplace (Hollis and Nashua, in particular), however, my problem is vendors! Since I set up my accounts, I get no less than 2 solicitations a day to buy a web plug-in product, and idx product, SEO solution, brand new website, you name it... very distracting. Thus far, my leads (1 comments)
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