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The Grinch that stole Halloween. - Happy Halloween All !!! - 10/31/11 09:39 AM
Here in the Manchester NH area Halloween has been under attack. The mayor, the police chief and now mother nature. The largest snow storm in History has postponed Halloween ceebrations, parades and Trick or Treating to next Sunday Nov. 6. 2011With 240,000 people with no power, trees down blocking roads and branches blocking sidewalks it is a huge safety issue. Children of most of NH will have to wait a week to show off their costumes and get their goodies.The snow storm put to rest a contorversary brewing our area for the last month of the police Chief and Mayor's decision (11 comments)
The Featured Post system is broken. How would YOU fix it? - 10/30/11 07:02 PM
This has been an interesting conversation and one that is overdue. There seems to be a division whether there is a problem and then for those who agree there is, how to fix it. I do know that i see some featured posts that many question how and why they ever got featured, there was one last week that was a localized topic and the only comment was spam but yet it got featured???? Via Russel Ray, Southern California home inspector based in San Diego (Real estate, photography, marketing, music, history & more!):
The Featured Post system is broken.How (0 comments)
Mother nature plays a trick on the Northeast- A Halloween Blizzard - 10/30/11 01:39 PM
Mother nature played a trick on us here in Manchester NH. With nearly 22 inches of snow in my back yard which fell in a mere 13 hours blanketing everything with a heavy cement like snow. The tree still have leaves them which which collected the snow like a giant sponge. The weight of the snow was too much and brought down branches trees and power poles. Early estimates were no power for at least a week. It had only snowed 4 times this early in 140 years of record keeping with this shattering the old record of 3 inches in the last (16 comments)
News Release: NEW LISTING at 6 Reuben's Driftway in Hampton NHBANK OWNED Contemporary style detached condo priced to sell at $250,000Walk to North Beach from this desired neighborhood. Only 6 detahced condos that abut conservation land. Large kicthen with Garanit Counter tops amd ceramic tile. 4 season porch, deck, great back yard.1918 Square Feet.Finished Lower Level2 car garageBuilt in 1998 It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours. If you need to sell a home in New Hampshire I (5 comments)
HALLOWEEN Safety and awareness Tips - 10/29/11 04:50 PM
There will be a "white" Halloween in Manchester NH given the earliest snow in recent memory, Despite the snow safety and awareness during Halloween should be practiced be all.One of the biggest things to remind ourselves and teach our children is that if a house does not have a porch light or outdoor light next the door on, it means the resident will not be handing out candy.There are many reasons why some houses do not participate. These homes should be skipped over and not be targeted with tricks. Simply go to the house swith lights on. It does not take magic (2 comments)
The TOP 5 Items you need to know if you want to buy a BANK OWNED HOME! - 10/28/11 05:14 PM
As a leading Listing Agent of Bank Owned homes in the Manchester NH area, i often get flooded with questions regarding foreclosures. I have put together the TOP 5 items you need to know if you are looking to buy a bank owned home.TOP 5 ITEMS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF BUYING A BANK OWNED HOME1. GET PRE-QUAILIFIED: Before even looking at a home you should get pre-approved for a loan. No bank will look at your offer without it. Meet with a local and trusted mortgage broker, they can prequailify you at no cost, they will look at your credit plus (10 comments)
The POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul group gives you the opportunity to share the miracles in your life during this fall season with a creative writing challenge . Join in on the challenge with the FALL SEASON OF MIRACLES CONTEST | Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group Miracles come in different shapes and size, some are small, some are much larger, some deal with life and others with healing. When you deal with a short sale in the Manchester NH area, you often have a family looking to stay out of foreclosure or bankruptcy, but at the end of (4 comments)
City tells Trash Pickers "keep you hands off our trash" - 10/27/11 09:49 AM
The city of Manchester NH has told trash pickers "To keep their hands off the recycling bins". The problem is trash pickers are picking the aluminum cans out of the recycling bins as residents place them to the curb before they can be picked up by the city. The city has drafted an "anti scavenging" ordinance which will prohibit this practice. The city gets paid by a recycling company who picks up the materials on trash day. Therefore it is a lost source of revenue.The controversary among alderman is if it should include picking things out of garabage cans such as (8 comments)
City extends free disposal of Bulk Items - 10/26/11 05:40 PM
The city of Manchester NH has extended the period where city residents can bring bulk items to the Dunbarton Road transfer station at no charge, The city has stepped up efforts to clean up roadways and alley ways.You may bring furinitire, mattresses, stoves , dishwashers, couches etc however Some items not accepted are refrigerators, air conditioners and hazardous waste. The drop off facility is open 7:30am to 3pm daily qnd 7am to 11:30 am on Saturday. If you have any questions please call 603-624-6444 It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes (1 comments)
Top 10 TIPS for Buying a Short Sale - 10/24/11 10:52 AM
If you are considering buying a Short Sale, whether you are in the Manchester NH area, Southern New Hampshire or located aywhere else thoughout this great country of ours, the short sale process is the same. As a buyer there are some things you need to do in order to have an advantage and opportunity to have your short sale approved. The short sale process can be long, it can be frustrating but it does NOT have to be. THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO: 1. UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF THE SHORT SALE: Before you start looking at homes or completing research. you (8 comments)
My 500th Blog - The TOP 10 things i have learned from blogging. - 10/23/11 11:19 AM
Today i have written my 500th Blog here in Active Rain. There would be no more fitting a tribute than the top 10 things i have learned from blogging.10. That no matter how many blogs i write or read regarding the #1 irritating thing to agents or clients, is that those agents not answering their phones, are probabily not reading our blogs, as they are still not answering calls or returning messages.9. That you are never to old and it is never to late to learn something new that is shared through blogging.8. That it never gets old typing your name in (17 comments)
Are there any good BPO agents? Based on are all BPO agents Bitter? Lazy? Dumb? - 10/22/11 11:11 AM
I was reading a blog by Karen Fiddler http://actvra.in/lJs that asked "Are BPO agents Bitter? Lazy Dumb?" which lights up a number of emotions at first thought, as BPO agents affect EVERY Bank owned sale and Short sale not only in the Manchester NH area but in the whole country. All aspects of life will always have "a balance". You can not have COLD without HOT, can not have SOUR without SWEET, can not have DULL without SHARP, and most important can not have BAD without GOOD. For the first part of the conversation I List alot of Bank Owned homes from various large banks. (22 comments)
Should a Buyer use more than 1 Agent to Buy a Home? - 10/21/11 09:44 AM
A question i hear every now and then is "should a buyer use more than 1 agent to look at houses." Every now and then while showing houses for sale in or around Manchester NH i run into this. This week i ran into into it twice... both buyers were looking for short sales or bank owned homes.The buyer said "they were using multiple agents to find bank owned homes or short sales that way they had more agents working in their behalf so they could have access to more homes."After shaking my head in dibelief... My answer was "You can have 10 agents all using part (8 comments)
How dare LOWES do that to a community... - 10/19/11 09:32 AM
LOWES home improvement stores in one "not so well thought out decision by some suits with cushy jobs" crushed 3 communities in NH closing the Lowes store in Manchester NH Sunday night with no notice to it's employees. Just a n "emergency" meeting at the end of the work day. the Hooksett and Claremont NH Lowes stores were given 30 day notices Sunday night that they will be closing in 30 days (11/13/11). 279 employees are set to be lose ther jobsShortly after the emergency meeting trucks pulled in the Manchester lot taking down or painting over the Lowes signs. Someone knew enough to hire them...Colleen (10 comments)
5 Myths about Today's Real Estate Market - 10/18/11 10:15 AM
Today's Real Estate Market not only inspires questions from both home buyers and sellers, but seemingly everyone who is concerned with today's economy. Yesterday for instance when i headed to lunch, the conversation always seems to drift towards peppering me with questions about the Real Estate market in and around Manchester NH. People want to know if short sales, foreclosures and bank owned homes are taking over the market. I get quoted with so many news stories from print and television that are exaggerated or just plain wrong that it inspired this blog. THE TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT TODAY'S REAL ESTATE MARKET1. THE BANKS ARE NOT LOANING MONEY. It is (14 comments)
IS A SHORT SALE FOR YOU? A guide for sellers who owe more than their house is worth or are behind in their payments. - 10/17/11 03:12 PM
If you owe more than your house is worth or if you are behind in your payments... A short sale may be for you. I am often asked for the most important tips i could give a home owner who needs to sell their home through a short sale in the Manchester NH area. My answer though applies to most sellers in any state looking to purchase a short sale. The first thing is that some people and surprisingly some agents still do not know what a short sale is. THE BASIC PROCESS OF THE SHORT SALE1. THE FIRST STEP: In order to complete (4 comments)
The TOP 5 ways to know if now is the time to purchase a home? - 10/17/11 12:22 PM
A showing on Saturday inspired a blog post about a buyer looking at houses for sale here in Manchester NH. Before they focused in on this home we looked at everything including short sale listings, foreclosures, bank owned homes and re-sales. This buyer is experiencing what other buyers are which is a delay in completing the purchase.There are several reasons buyers are afraid to make the jump from "LOOKER" to "HOME BUYER". I have heard various reasonings and multiple questions which are all basically similar. A buyer needs every advantage they can so they can make an informed decision whether now is indeed the right time (5 comments)
Are you going to buy the house or not? - 10/16/11 05:55 PM
Weekends are often a very busy time for looking at houses for sale here in Manchester NH. It was a busy weekend for showings on everything including short sale listings, foreclosures, bank owned homes and re-sales. Some sellers are under a little more pressure to sell than others. This one particulat listing i have, the buyers have already seen it 4 times in 2 weeks. Today was lucky number 5. The seller though said they were not leaving for the showing and would be outside doing their fall clean up.After a 30 minute walk through of the home, the buyer wanted (17 comments)
My head is in the Clouds - 10/14/11 10:00 AM
This morning as i am reading through the blogs i came upon the Kodak and Active Rain "Printing on the Go Challenge". These days in Real Estate i am always on the go in and around the Manchester NH area. Every day i hit the road early checking bank owned homes, meeting with home owners on short sale listings and showing buyers homes. I take my I Pad or lap top with me everywhere but i can not print from them on the road. I often would email myself what i needed to print when i got back to my office or home. Upon finding this (12 comments)
Am I a Real Estate Agent or a Referee? - 10/12/11 09:39 AM
As a leading Listing Agent in Manchester NH, I conduct a lot of showings. With all the bank owned homes, short sales and foreclosures buyers often get confused and are stressed out over the process. However lately I am often asking myself if I am a "Showing Agent" or a Referee?Take the other night when a young couple, they were recently married and the husband travels alot for business. The wife styated she wants a townhouse style condo so upkeep is minimal and she is in a community setting. The wife drove through the complex and actually seemed to know some things about (4 comments)
What is a Reasonable price in this Market? How LOW is "TOO LOW" - 10/11/11 11:28 AM
"What is a Reasonable price in this Market" is a frequently asked question? I often find myself talking to the buyers about how LOW is "TOO LOW". Here in The Manchester NH area we did not get hit as bad as some parts of the country. Our prices did decline though and that has created some incredible opportunities for home buyers. The key ingredient with any buyer is how serious are they about buying a home that they will fall in love with and meet their needs as opposed to a buyer looking for the biggest deal out there that they will make fit (5 comments)
Is now the time for you to buy a home? The cost of Buying vs Renting explored - 10/11/11 10:03 AM
Is now the time for you to buy a home? That is the question being pondered across the country. The answer though is as individual as you, depending if you are ready, willing and able to buy and what part of the country you live in. Here in New Hampshire it is a wonderful time to buy a home. The Real Estate market has stabilzed in some areas, unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the country, interest rates are at rock bottom and prices are still low. The trend has been good clean homes priced at current market value are selling. Homes (2 comments)
It is time for an afternoon off - Bring on the Patriots and the Jets - 10/09/11 10:18 AM
Today was my earliest start for work on a Sunday in 25 years. I had a contractor want to see a house at 645am this morning. It is vacant so there is no occupant to ask to be out so early. After receiving his showing request last night i checked his company out and he is indeed a ready, willing and able cash buyer. He said he has to be on the road at 730am so his time was limited but if he liked it, he would put in an offer on the spot.I told him i would meet him... I got up (10 comments)
I can not believe i did it - The sound that will haunt me this Columbus Day Weekend. - 10/08/11 11:34 AM
I can not believe i did it, i waited, i trulely tried... It started with that sound click, click, click as water rushed through the forced hot water system. Yep i had to turn the heat on this morning for the first time this year. With fall in full swing here in New Hampshire, the night time temperature dipped down to 31 degrees last night allowing mother nature to kiss everything with a frosty touch. With the seasons first frost it is teh magic formula to bring out the brilliant colors of teh leaves. The New Hampshire board of tourism is estimating over (14 comments)
Market update and Sales report for MANCHESTER NH September 2011 - 10/08/11 10:49 AM
MARKET UPDATE and Report for MANCHESTER NH for SEPTEMBER 2011 compared to August 2011 What do market updates mean? Basically this is a snap shot from September 2011 compared to August 2011 of what the Real Estate market was doing here in Manchester NH. I wanted to take the stats and break them down for you. So sit down and enjoy them a please email me any questions on my report or buying or selling a home in New Hampshire.* Currently there are 586 properties for sale in MANCHESTER NH * There were 138 new listings in SEPT 2011, That is 42 LESS than in August 2011 * There were 89 properties (2 comments)
Is NOW the time to BUY a Home? What you need to know - 10/07/11 09:55 AM
Sitting at Dunkin Donuts in Manchester NH this morning, the conversation quickly changed to the housing market when they saw me walk in. Everyone always asks how the bank owned homes, the foreclosures and the short sales are affecting our market. This morning was an interesting conversation on the news and its affect on people. No matter what you pick up to read or what channel you turn to, the lead stories always seem so negative. Well good news is not as exciting as bad news, it does not set off those alarm bells the media is looking to ring that brings you (10 comments)
FREE dropoff for Manchester NH residents - 10/07/11 09:29 AM
The Manchester NH Highway Department has announced the city will be waiving "dump fees" for the week of Oct. 10 -15, 2011 for bulky items that you bring to the drop off center on Dunbarton Road. In an effort to cut down on couches, mattresses and furniture abandoned on sidewalks City residents will be granted this opportunity. The highway department does offer a pick up service for a fee anytime of the year but find themselves backed up 2-5 weeks at any given time. Not charging next week if you bring you own items saves the city man power, time and gas. (0 comments)
Manchester NH FIRE Prevention Parade this Sunday Oct 9.2011 - 10/07/11 09:09 AM
The Manchester NH Fire Department will kick off “Fire Prevention Week” with New England’s largest parade of fire apparatus on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Starting time for the parade is 12:00 noon from the assembly point at Elm and Webster Streets. There will be an apparatus show and firematic flea market from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in front of Central Headquarter on Merrimack St. Also on the agenda is a live burn demonstration.
The public is cordially invited to attend. Questions regarding this event may be directed to Sandy at the Manchester Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau: 603-669-2256 x3405 . (0 comments)
Manchester Boston Regional Airport Customer Appreciation Day is Today 10/7/2011 - 10/07/11 08:59 AM
Today, on this Friday October 7, 2011 it is Customer appreciation Day at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester NH. This day-long celebration is designed to acknowledge and thank our very supportive and very loyal airport customers. MHT Customer Appreciation Day will include some great music by 92.5 FM The River and lots of contests and prize give-aways. I fly into and out of the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester NH over Boston MA for several reasons, convenience is the first thing that comes to mind. I can drive directly to the airport without sitting in traffic, i can park directly across from the terminal, (0 comments)
YOU TEXTED ME WHAT? Can you do that? - 10/05/11 10:02 AM
Texting is the preferred way to communicate for many. There are many advantages to texting but i never thought of any dis-advantages... until yesterday. I had an agent who called today and said "did you get my clients offer?" I said no, did you email it as a pdf file as stated in the MLS listing, did you fax it or drop it off? "NO, they said, i texted it"..... You what??? ".....I texted it they replied" I paused for a few seconds which seemed like minutes as they yelled hello into the other end of the phone. As they started (25 comments)
The SECRETS to getting a SHORT SALE Approved. What to do and what to avoid... - 10/04/11 10:39 AM
A short sale does not need to be frustrating, It seems to go as well as the agent handling it is experienced in listing, negotiating and selling them. I list and sell short sales, foreclosures, bank owned homes and reo properties in and around the Manchester NH area so i see it all.To get a short sale to to be approved and limit frustration, there are some things that everyone involved has to do and some things you should avoid. SHORT SALE CLARIFICATIONS1. The bank is not the seller in a short sale - the home owner is the seller.2. The listing agent works for (12 comments)
Manchester NH Residents-If you have kids in school? You need to read this immediately - 10/03/11 11:43 AM
ATTENTION PARENTS who have children in the Manchester NH School DistrictNews Release October 3, 2011 regarding School Re-distictingI wanted to update you all on the plan to redistrict our children by the Superintendent of schools Thomas Brennan, Ther Mayor and School Board which are in the works to switch schools so that K-4 will be together, 5-6th grade will be together , 7 and 8th grade will be together and then maintain the High Schools.They have not placed a link on their website as they said they would for their survey. I have a copy of the survey, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and (1 comments)
2011 World Chili Cook Off - UPDATE and PICTURES - and Rick Perry. - 10/02/11 04:30 PM
The 2011 WORLD CHILI COOK OFF kicked off Friday Sept. 30, 2011 ends today Oct. 2, 2011. Saturday afternoon i made my way down to Vetran's Park in downtown Manchester NH. The weather most off the day was cloudy but the showers kept the crowds down which was actually nice for those of us there, not so nice for the vendors.. With a $25,000 Grand Prize up for grabs, between 1 and 3pm Saturday you were able to sample and vote for your favorite Chili. I tried Red Chile and Green Chile, Hot Chile and Sweet Chile. I tried Chile from Maine to (11 comments)
Does buying a BANK OWNED home support the greed, fraud and bailouts of the banks? - 10/01/11 04:55 PM
I entered into an interesting debate fueled by a question i saw in Voices, that if you purchase a bank owned property, "Are you supporting the banks, financial institutions, fraud, bailouts and greed that created this recession? As a leading listing agent of Bank Owned Homes in the Manchester NH area I have some ideas and insight form dealing with these same institutions on a daily basis.First in my opinion you are not supporting the bank by when you purchase a reo. You are supporting the neighborhood who will have an owner occupied home with someone taking care of it's maintenance, cleaning up (35 comments)
Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH. With 25 years of Real Estate experience Scott specializes in Listing and Selling Bank Owned Homes, Short Sales, Residential Properties, Condominiums, New Construction and Investment Properties.
Scott services the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap. To contact Scott Godzyk please call 603-661-2121 or email email@example.com. his website is www.ScottSellsNH.com.
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