Open house on 2/25/2017 at 38 Willowbrook Avenue Greenland, NH 03840


Date: 02/25/2017 Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  
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Beautiful home with all the conveniences you will love! Sited on a 3.65 acre lot, this low maintenance home offers all the amenities you can image. Open concept with vaulted ceilings gives a spacious feel. Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter and instant hot water dispenser. Living room features a gas fireplace and slider to the deck. First floor master suite with double vanity and spacious closets. Laundry and half bath are also located on this level. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and bath, perfect for company! Finished lower level with Renai heating system. Unfinished space in lower level is perfect for a work shop with walk out access. Two car garage that will actually fit two cars or your truck and a car! Other features include Central AC, Stand-by, whole house generator (see negotiable items), and on-demand water heater. Beautiful setting! This house has a home owners association and the only shared expense is the master insurance.

3 Problems with Overpricing Your Home

For home sellers, it may be easy to fall into the trap of overpricing your property. And if you’re not careful, you may encounter a number of price-related problems, including:

1. Homebuyers will shy away from your house.

Homebuyers want to find high-quality and affordable residences that they can enjoy for years to come. However, if you overprice your house, you risk alienating large groups of homebuyers instantly.

Price represents a key factor for homebuyers, and as such, you’ll want to offer a price that matches homebuyers’ expectations and budgets. If you assess the real estate market closely, you should have no trouble establishing a fair price for your home.

For example, home sellers can compare and contrast their houses with residences that currently are listed on the housing market. By doing so, home sellers can evaluate the prices of comparable houses and set prices for their houses based on the current real estate market’s conditions.

2. Your home may remain on the real estate market for an extended period of time.

Overpriced homes frequently take longer to sell than other residences. This means your house may linger on the real estate market for months, weeks or years if you fail to price it appropriately.

When it comes to pricing your home, you’ll want to make a great first impression on homebuyers. Ultimately, if you establish a fair price from the get-go, you can accelerate the home selling process.

It also is important to note that homebuyers frequently can sense desperation. And the longer your home remains on the market, the more likely it becomes that a homebuyer may assume that a home seller is desperate to get rid of a property. Thus, you might wind up receiving offers far below your initial expectations if you overprice your house.

On the other hand, if you price your house aggressively, you can boost your chances of generating plenty of interest in your residence and receiving multiple offers that meet or exceed your expectations.

3. Your home will be difficult to promote.

There are many great features that help you home stand apart from others. Conversely, an above-average price will hurt your chances to differentiate your home in any real estate market and detract from your real estate agent’s ability to promote your house.

For home sellers, it is crucial to listen to your real estate agent. This professional understands what it takes to promote a house and will be able to offer pricing recommendations based on the current housing market. Furthermore, your real estate agent has your best interests in mind and will do everything possible to help you optimize the value of your house.

Work with an experienced real estate agent to ensure you can determine the ideal price for your home – you’ll be glad you did. With a real estate agent at your side, you can set a fair price for your residence and move one step closer to selling your residence.

Why You Should Rent Instead Of Buy

When you’re looking for a new place to live, it’s a valid question to ask whether you should rent or buy a property. After you take a good look at your finances, you may want to consider the following advantages to renting instead of buying: 

Less On Your Shoulders

Once you buy a home, there’s a lot of responsibility that you take on. Aside from a new type of financial burden, you’ll find that you have more to take care of with a home. If anything goes wrong in the house, it becomes your issue. Everything from broken locks to leaky toilets in your own home are something you must take care of. If you rent, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to fix those problems. 

Debt Free

Whether you own or rent, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee to live on the property. The payment could be in the form of rent or a mortgage. Being without a mortgage, however, has its advantages. Renting means that you’re only responsible for the monthly rent and utilities. That’s it! Buying a home puts you instantly in debt- by a few hundred thousand dollars that is! You’ll also need to pay taxes, insurance, and keep some money aside for repair costs. Once you buy a home, buying just about anything else using credit can be difficult as well, not to mention a bit more costly due to higher interest rates. 

No Need For A Lot Of Financing Paperwork

While you’ll need to fill out a rental application to rent a home or apartment, there’s very little involved. Buying a home, however, requires you to disclose your life story in order to get a mortgage. While you may be prepared to do that, some people don’t have the time or patience to wait to get approved for a mortgage. If you need to move quickly, keep this in mind.  

Freedom!

When you’re renting a home or apartment, you’re free after the terms of the lease are up. You can move wherever you want once you have met the agreement. There’s no strings attached! The best part is that you don’t need to find a replacement tenant. It’s the job of your landlord or rental company. There’s no need to go through the stressful process of selling your home while you’re still trying to find a new one.  

While buying a home gives you equity and a type of financial backing, renting can be advantageous for many reasons. This is especially true if you’re not planning on staying in an area for more than a few years. Being a tenant gives you the freedom to allow you to lead a more flexible lifestyle. When you’re considering your living options in a new city or town, think long and hard about your lifestyle. While buying a home may seem like the “responsible” thing to do, it’s not for everybody!

Open house on 2/18/2017 at 38 Willowbrook Avenue Greenland, NH 03840


Date: 02/18/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Beautiful home with all the conveniences you will love! Sited on a 3.65 acre lot, this low maintenance home offers all the amenities you can image. Open concept with vaulted ceilings gives a spacious feel. Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter and instant hot water dispenser. Living room features a gas fireplace and slider to the deck. First floor master suite with double vanity and spacious closets. Laundry and half bath are also located on this level. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and bath, perfect for company! Finished lower level with Renai heating system. Unfinished space in lower level is perfect for a work shop with walk out access. Two car garage that will actually fit two cars or your truck and a car! Other features include Central AC, Stand-by, whole house generator (see negotiable items), and on-demand water heater. Beautiful setting! This house has a home owners association and the only shared expense is the master insurance.

Open house on 2/18/2017 at 38 Willowbrook Avenue Greenland, NH 03840


Date: 02/18/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Beautiful home with all the conveniences you will love! Sited on a 3.65 acre lot, this low maintenance home offers all the amenities you can image. Open concept with vaulted ceilings gives a spacious feel. Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter and instant hot water dispenser. Living room features a gas fireplace and slider to the deck. First floor master suite with double vanity and spacious closets. Laundry and half bath are also located on this level. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and bath, perfect for company! Finished lower level with Renai heating system. Unfinished space in lower level is perfect for a work shop with walk out access. Two car garage that will actually fit two cars or your truck and a car! Other features include Central AC, Stand-by, whole house generator (see negotiable items), and on-demand water heater. Beautiful setting! This house has a home owners association and the only shared expense is the master insurance.

Condo – 38 Willowbrook Avenue Greenland, NH 03840 now has a new price of $429,900!

Beautiful home with all the conveniences you will love! Sited on a 3.65 acre lot, this low maintenance home offers all the amenities you can image. Open concept with vaulted ceilings gives a spacious feel. Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter and instant hot water dispenser. Living room features a gas fireplace and slider to the deck. First floor master suite with double vanity and spacious closets. Laundry and half bath are also located on this level. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and bath, perfect for company! Finished lower level with Renai heating system. Unfinished space in lower level is perfect for a work shop with walk out access. Two car garage that will actually fit two cars or your truck and a car! Other features include Central AC, Stand-by, whole house generator (see negotiable items), and on-demand water heater. Beautiful setting! This house has a home owners association and the only shared expense is the master insurance.

This is a Townhouse style home and features 12 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 1 3/4 bath, 3 bedrooms, 3.64 Acres, and is currently available for $429,900.

For complete details click here.

Keeping Privacy with Living Fences

Consider planting a living fence as an alternative to manufactured fences. There are benefits and disadvantages for both. Often vines, shrubs, small trees, and perennials are placed around manufactured fences anyway. So, why not go nature all the way!

A living fence can give you privacy and security, as well as seasonal change. For example, a living fence made of shrubbery can bloom in the spring, be leafy lush in the summer, produce berries and hips in late summer, brilliant colors in the fall, and reveal pleasant branch structure in the winter.

A living fence can be grown short (under 4-feet) or tall (30 feet or more) or any height in between. You can determine the width using your imagination or taste in plant material. You can tailor this living structure to your yard.

Usually, a living fence needs no building permit as some manufactured fences do. You need not worry about height or width or color limits. Of course, a call to Dig Safe 811 is necessary. Digging into neighborhood power cables is a big no-no.

You can plant shrubbery, small trees, ornamental grasses, perennials, and even vegetables and fruits or a combination of all to accomplish your desired effect. And you can do this with your neighbor, benefiting both sides of the fence! Robert Frost said it best with his Mending Wall.

Living fences tend to outlive manufactured fences by decades. Of course, living fences need water until established, a bit of annual feeding, and the odd pruning depending on plant material selected.

Europeans have been enjoying living fences for hundreds of years, calling them hedgerows. They have served as property line demarcations, windbreaks, shelter for birds and small animals for centuries.

Establishing a living fence can be labor intensive, but need not be planted all at once. A slower pace would let the fence mature while the planter considers further options. Nursery plants can be used as well as seeds and root cuttings. The desired privacy would, of course, dictate the closeness of the plantings.

There are multitude of plant choices to make a New England living fence, but the following are easy options:

  1. Pyramidal arborvitae are most often used in neighborhoods. They are hardy, can be pruned and sheared, and need very little maintenance. They can be grown as screens and windbreaks, but as evergreens they do not provide multi-season interest. They relatively inexpensive and can be planted in any configuration.
  2. Rugosa and Hansen roses have been used in beach plantings but will adapt very well to living fences. They are both extremely low maintenance and can be trimmed from a maximum height of 6 feet. They flower most of the summer, product red hips in the fall as well as yellow and red foliage. In the winter they are a thorney tangle of cover for birds. Depending on the species or cultivar, they bloom red, pink, yellow or white.
  3. Fragrant shrub honeysuckle is also easily maintained to a maximum of 10 feet and provides yellow and white spring flowers, then summer red berries cherished by birds, and yellow and red fall foliage. Winter shows interesting branch structure.
  4. Privet hedges are old standby’s but easily maintained and sheered to your liking. Small white flowers and occasional purple berries.
  5. Russia olive trees with their strong late spring aroma and slender gray foliage are also easily sheered to any height or just allowed to grow to 25 feet.
  6. Rose of Sharon bloom in late summer in shades of purple and blue and are easily maintained to any height or width desired.

There are many more species of plants that can be used in your fence. You can certainly mix and match, but have fun with the process. You’ll create something beautiful as well as practical.

Open house on 2/4/2017 at 38 Willowbrook Avenue Greenland, NH 03840


Date: 02/04/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Beautiful home with all the conveniences you will love! Sited on a 3.65 acre lot, this low maintenance home offers all the amenities you can image. Open concept with vaulted ceilings gives a spacious feel. Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter and instant hot water dispenser. Living room features a gas fireplace and slider to the deck. First floor master suite with double vanity and spacious closets. Laundry and half bath are also located on this level. Upstairs offers two bedrooms and bath, perfect for company! Finished lower level with Renai heating system. Unfinished space in lower level is perfect for a work shop with walk out access. Two car garage that will actually fit two cars or your truck and a car! Other features include Central AC, Stand-by, whole house generator (see negotiable items), and on-demand water heater. Beautiful setting! This house has a home owners association and the only shared expense is the master insurance.

Common First Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a home is a complicated process with a lot of opportunities to make costly mistakes. There’s no high school class to prepare you for buying a home but there probably should be. If you’re a first time homebuyer and you came across this article looking for advice, congratulations–you’re already doing the most important thing you can when making a big financial decision: the research.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common mistakes that first time homebuyers make when entering the real estate market. We’ll break it down by the three main phases of home-buying: saving for a home, hunting for a home, and signing a mortgage.

Saving for a home

One of the first lessons that all first time homeowners quickly learn is that being able to afford your monthly mortgage payments doesn’t mean you can afford a home. Many first time buyers are often coming from living situations where certain utilities are included (water, heat, electricity, etc.). Aside from those obvious expenses, there are also things like property tax and home insurance to budget for, both of which may increase. Finally, when you’re living in an apartment and your faucet breaks, you simply call the landlord. When you own a home, especially an older home, be prepared to spend on repairs and to start learning basic maintenance skills that will save you money.

The hunt for your first home

Now that you’re aware of the costs, it might be tempting to jump in and start looking at homes. Another common mistake first time homebuyers make is to waste time looking at homes before they’ve met with a real estate agent or have gotten pre-approved for a loan. Start there, then once you know the scope of your home search, you’ll have a much more relaxing hunt for your new home.

Another mistake that first time homebuyers make is to underestimate the time and commitment it takes to find a home. When you work with a real estate agent, make sure you are available at all times. Keep your phone nearby, stick to your schedule for viewing homes, and keep a list of each home you’re considering. Showing initiative and dedication won’t just help you stay organized, it will also show your agent and the home seller that you are worth their time.

Mortgage mistakes

One of the most common mistakes that buyers make when it comes to their mortgage is to fail to shop around for a lender. In fact, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that only half of all buyers considered more than one lender for their home.

Buyers, first time and repeat, often think their credit report is set in stone. What they don’t realize is that the three main credit Bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) can all make mistakes on your credit. Check your detailed credit reports and fix any errors long before applying for a mortgage to increase your chances of getting a good rate.

If you avoid these common mistakes and continue to do your research along the way, you should be able to save yourself some headaches and some money in the long term.