Blog :: 03-2015

What the Three Little Piggies can teach us about the real estate market.

What the Three Little Piggies can teach us about the real estate market.

We all know the story, the big bad wolf keeps creating havoc on the homes of the three little pigs.

The first little pig took the easy route made his house with straw. His brother little piggy built his out of sticks which was a little better. As I recall the big bad wolfed huffed and he puffed and blew their houses down--some versions have him having the brothers for lunch as well.

Big Bad Wolf as Buyer
OK, lets say the big bad wolf is a buyer--he looks at your home and sees cheap fixtures and chinzy cabinets and really bad workmanship or lets say the roof looks like it will leak with the next puff. . Well that will translate in this buyer to think the whole place is going to fall down--or needs to be redone-doesn't matter how much money you spent at Cheap Depot.  
So lets say you are wanting to buy a house that needs work.  Well third little piggy might apply for a 203-K rehab loan that will allocates an additional $35,000 for repairs and improvements. Here is a link to info on this type of loan.

Big Bad Wolf as Home Inspector
Most buyers will hire a home inspector--I suggest you have an inspection done in advance to get a feel for issues that may come up. Thre are many great Licensed home inspectors who can perform a pre-inspection to unearth surprise problems before the buyer's home inspector does. Check out my preferred vendor list.

Lets say the Big Bad Wolf finds you need a new roof which will cost $10,000. That means that on top of financing for the house, a buyer will have to get an additional 10,000 out of the cookie jar to pay for the repair---buyers don't want to deal with that. Some lenders may not give them a mortgage as a result too.
The first little piggy will simply deduct the cost but that is no good for some because they may not have the extra cash to do so.
The second little piggy might offer a reduction for more than the cost of repair as an incentive. The third little piggy would just fix it because something like a new roof is an important selling point. But lets say he couldn't fix it. Well he would consider to have the funds escrowed for the repair cost to be used after closing.
 
Big Bad Wolf as FHA Lender
Actually not so bad. The Federal Housing Authority offers incredible financing options for buyers -but it comes with some challenges. The house has to be in decent shape because they want to make sure the house will last more than a day. You can't have loose wires or cracks in the showers or leaks in the roof  For mobiles you have to have hurricane tie downs installed in case a wolf comes by and huffs and puffs. You certainly couldn't have a house made of straw. There are also limits depending on where the house is located.  

I suggest contacting your lender to go over the guidelines. If you need suggestions on who to talk to, give me a call.

Big Bad Wolf as Credit
It is so important to be ready to buy a property. That begins with knowing your credit and things to clean any messy debris left by previous huffs and puffs from other Big Bad Wolf.  Sometimes were are our own worst wolves.  Before falling in love with a house to buy, you need to know what you are prequalified for.  Again I can help you find a great mortgage broker to help you--just remember it serves nobody to not be honest about everything in your finances.

Big Bad Wolf as Appraiser
These days an appraisal is ordered by the bank and then no one other than the listing agetn can even talk to them. After the financial crisis of the 2008. the Big Bd Government stepped in to try and separate the percieved cusshy lender, realtor, appraior relationship which may have over inflated hoem values whihc created a lot of home buyers later with upside mortgages.  I make sure to meet with the appraisor to give realistic comps and any notes on them that may impact value. In the end overpricing a home won't help anyone.


These days it seems there are so many Big Bad Wolves getting in the way of buying a home--and a bunch of little piggies asking too much for their homes, little piggy buyers not wanting to reach very deep into their piggy banks to buy your home and a bunch of capitalist piggies reaching out to get paid in fees and whatever.

Well it isn't really that bad. Life isn't really a Fairy Tale. So let me help you through the Beauty and the Beast of Buying without having to Go Off to See the Wizard or finding the goose that layed the Golden Egg.

 

®2010, Michael Travis

 I can't remember where the illustration of the Wolf came from so if it is yours please send me your info so I can provide proper credit for it. Thank you 

 

 

My life with Miss GPS How technology changed my life in real estate

 

My life with Miss GPS 

 

From the time man invented the wheel, man needed directions. 

When I first got my drivers license I would just go anywhere--getting lost was an adventure. Everyone had a car in my native Michigan and all roads are marked with legible signs.

Within 48 hours of graduating from college, I moved to New York City where my only need for transportation came with a loud whistle to hail a cab with bad brakes and lousy suspension and repeated screams of addresses or landmarks to a driver whose third or forth language was broken English at best --in the city you only needed to know how to count-- 23rd Street followed 24th Street then 25th.  Queens was a challenge since it would be 23rd Street followed by 23rd Road, then Avenue then Boulevard then Drive--then 24th Street, then Road, then Avenue ---yadahyadah. 

Then I got a weekend house in Connecticut only 3 turns and 3 hours away from my apartment in the city. To my friends in the Hamptons, it was only 5 turns -- half the distance and twice the traffic.

Then I moved to Boston. I had to use a few more synopses to know where the roads were--which were designed by cows in the pre-horseless carriage days.

Then I moved to Northwood, New Hampshire where not only did I not know where I was--but nobody did.  But then again, all I needed to know was  I-93, Rt 4, and a couple of roads past the refrigerators in someone's yard where you buy fresh eggs by putting your money in a tin box inside.

Then I got into Real Estate--just when Mapquest became really ok -Thank God. 

I chose to focus on waterfront properties which meant I went on every unmarked road in the state--my first sale was in Newton, NH where the map I paid a buck for had the road in the wrong location--along with every other retail map I found--How I sold a house I couldn't find on a map is beyond me. 

By the way where are the frick'n signs for the roads here? And whatever happened to those people who work at gas stations who could actually give you directions?

My first year in real estate, I put 45,000 miles on my car pushing it past the car warranty that was suppose to last 3 years.

But you see, when I took a client on showings--I had the secret weapon in my possession--sheets and sheets of Mapquest printouts---I could master holding 3 sheets, one steering wheel and a Vendi Shmende Café Mocha Frappe Machiaotte Latte Grande from Starbucks.

One day, the agent I was suppose to meet with on the second house calls my cell phone to change the appointment so I continue to drive with the fearful watchful eyes of the clients in my car as I handle all this chaos, using my left knee to steer while I try and figure out how to get to destination B from destination E. Then I drop the Mapquest sheets with the important page landing on the floor by my client's right shoe in the passenger side.

Thank another God for introducing the GPS that talks to you. I call her Miss GPS. What a marvel she is. She can find me a restaurant, a hotel, an attraction, a gas station, even a hospital if I take my eye off the road plugging in a new address--not recommended by the way. It has a dictionary and an MP3 player-- and most importantly --she gives me directions on a huge 3.5 inch screen.  

I can even choose her voice--so naturally, as a red blooded American Male I chose the British Woman's voice--always a sucker for accents. (Southern Belle accent not available)

Sometimes Miss GPS would say MAAAAplewood Avenue, and sometimes Maaaplewood Avenue--but she never says zed for zero.  And when I make a wrong turn, she politely tells me to make a u-turn--make a u-turn--or gives me another direction that only adds 2 and half hours to the trip. 

One time I had a 2 million dollar client with me, and Miss GPS took me around a big 15 mile circle as she had a pothole induced hiccup that made her want to go back to where she came from. It was so good to be able to blame technology versus my own incompetence. Not sure my client bought into that story--did sell them the house though.

Isn't technology great that allows me to take direction from a British voice in a box--though it might be a nice change of pace if Miss GPS would occasionally strike up a conversation. Say "you idiot you missed your turn" or "there is a speed trap up ahead" As long as she doesn't ask "how do I feel?"  or  "what are you thinking?" .

 

Michael Travis can be found traveling the state looking at properties. Visit www.WaterfrontAgent.com and see why he puts on 45,000 miles a year on any car he has--sharing every mile with his Garmin NUVI 350 GPS which he affectionately calls Miss GPS.

 

 

Michael Travis Your Waterfront Agent

 

Loons?the perfect bird with the imperfect landing

Loons–the perfect bird with the imperfect landing.

  Common Loon or Great Northern DiverGavia immer 

 

Loons have always been a big part of my life even before I ever saw them “in the flesh”–or is it “in the feather”.

I remember when I watched the Academy Award winning film written by Ernest Thompson “On Golden Pond” It is a story of the relationship between Ethyl Thayer (played by everyone’s favorite mother, Katherine Hepburn) Norman Thayer (played by real father Henry Fonda) and his daughter Chelsea -(played by real daughter Jane Fonda)  and her boyfriend (played by her not real boyfriend Dabney Coleman) and 13 year old son (played by Doug McKeon real son to someone’s parents.)

On Golden Pond Click here for  a link on the movie.

You see, before I came to live and enjoy the New Hampshire lakes, I heard the loon’s distinctive call  in the theme music for “On Golden Pond”. The music was written by Dave Grusin, conducted by Eric Kunzel and performed by the Cincinatti Pops.

Our family had an island up in McGregor Bay, Ontario where loons were everywhere. My wonderful childhood memories include these magnificent birds.

And when you think of water birds, you think of their uncanny abilities to navigate the skies above like those orderly Canadian Geese in formation.  You think of their grace like that of the swan on a quiet pond, You think of their colorful displays like Flamingos (whose color have much to do with their diet). You think of their families of babies, like the Wood Duck swimming in groups.

 

The loon color scheme is quite simple–black and white with red eyes and blue all over (the blue is the water).

Loons are very good swimmers, using their feet to propel themselves above and under water and their wings for assistance. I have seen them swim under water right past a dock I was on. It was like a torpedo--very cool.

To watch them fly is an experience–but not as much of one watching them land.  Loons need an entire lake to take off —and only 2 feet of space to land–actually crash land. Because their feet are set far back on the body, loons are poorly adapted to moving on land. They usually avoid going onto land, except when nesting.

The larger loons have difficulty taking off from land and must swim into the wind to pick up enough velocity to get airborne. Only the Red-throated Diver can take off from land.

The beauty of these birds is not to watch them swim or fly–They can disappear under water for long distances and show anywhere after what seems far longer than we with huge lungs could hold.(I can barely hold my breath for 1 1/2 minutes)

 

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Tamworth, NH - New England as it was when it was New

    Tamworth began with the granting of a charter from George the Third of England to the town in the name of Benning Wentworth in 1766.
By 1790 there were 47 heads of families in Tamworth; 126 by 1800. Parson Samuel Hidden was ordained here in 1792 and led the town for nearly fifty years.  
     The hardy people of Tamworth, sustained, by strong religious faith, able to survive through the smallpox epidemic of 1813; the "cold years" and famines of 1815, '16, and '17; the "siege of the wolves" on Great Hill in 1820; and the year 1827, when it snowed in every month.
    As soon as the first farms were established, saw mills, shingle mills, and turning mills proliferated in every part of town. Houses, churches, and schools were built close to them, forming the villages of South Tamworth, Whittier Chocorua, Wonalancet and Tamworth. Industry and inventiveness flourished. Loggers, blacksmiths, millers, shoemakers, storekeepers, furniture- and barrel-makers plied their trades. Nearly all were farmers too.
    Tamworth and surrounding towns gained an economic base from the surrounding beauty of the spectacular mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers, fields and forests that New Hampshire is still known for. To supply the growing number of visitors with places to stay and food, the farmers and their wives opened their homes to summer boarders. In the 1870s, the Blaisdales charged up to 12 quests at $1 per day or $5 for a week at the Fleetwood Farm (then called the "Fairview")  


    Many of the newcomers originally came as tourists to enjoy the scenic beauty and outdoor activities. Later many chose to stay on as second home owners or permanent residents. Perhaps the most famous was President Grover Cleveland, whose son Francis Cleveland founded The Barnstormers Theatre with his wife Alice in 1931. -the oldest professional summer theater in the country. Gorver's home is just up the street from Fleetwood Farm.
    With this cultural roots in the 1700s, it is no surprise that Tamworth is still known today for its artistic, literary and religious organizations. The town currently boasts two public libraries, an art gallery, the Arts Council of Tamworth, the Tamworth Historical Society, the Tamworth Foundation, six churches, The Barnstormers, and many resident authors, poets and artists.
It is a town that stands still in time, yet still has an active rich history still moving forward. Professional plays are still being performed, It is a town where you can have a home cooked meal at The Other Store surrounded by everything you would find in a general store from hardware, fising lures, kids toys magazines and fishing poles. Tamworth is New England like it was when it was "New".  Its charm and natural beauty never gets old.

 

 

Online version 

http://issuu.com/michaeltravis/docs/tamworthinfo?e=2379694/12084403

 

 

 

 

New Hampshire's Premier Wolfeboro View Property

 

Wolfeboro English Country Home with Ultimate Privacy
Never Ending and Ever Changing 180 Degree Panoramic Views
Surrounded by the Best Mother Nature can Provide

 

Belle Vue on Suncrest Drive is an English Country Home on top of the world in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. It is all about the view of Beach Pond and Lake Winnipesaukee with mountains beyond. This private home has all the comforts, character, and amenities you would expect to find in a multi-million dollar home with some one-of-a-kind touches plus fine details and quality craftsmanship that homes priced far more don't have. You also would be living in a home with the charm you might find in Winchester, England. Yet you are minutes from the historic town of Wolfeboro, Brewster Academy, and all that Lake Winnipesaukee and the Lakes Region can offer. Come and see the top of the world at a down to earth price.

Here are some of its best features

o     Ultimate Privacy.
o     180 degree Panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee, Beach Pond, Gunstock Mountain to the Ossipee Mountains, and beyond.
o     Exquisite English Country Home built by Beckwith Builders.
o     10 minutes to the center of historic Wolfeboro.
o     Minutes to hospital, shopping, golfing, restarurants, pharmacies,
       Brewster Academy and all that the Lakes Region can offer.
o     35 minutes to Laconia Airport, 1.5 hours to Manchester and
       Portland International Airports, and 2.5 hours from Boston/Logan.

 

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Best Places to Visit in New Hampshire White Mountains

 

Below is a story from one of my favorite New England magazines, Yankee. This is a story about the

Best of the New Hampshire White Mountains

2014 Editors' Choice Awards by Yankee Magazine

You can link directly to the article by Clicking Here


Heading to the White Mountains of New Hampshire this year? Along with classics like driving the Kanc and taking the kids to Story Land or Santa's Village, we've got the perfect roundup of what to see, do, and eat while you explore the Whites, plus where to stay when it's time for bed. Read on to see our picks for the best of the White Mountains for 2014, then let us know your favorites!
 

BEST WHITE MOUNTAINS ATTRACTIONS

 

BEST STATE PARK:

FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK, Franconia/Lincoln

This park is home to state treasures such as the Flume Gorge, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza and Historic Site. Route 93. 603-745-8391; nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/franconia-notch-state-park.aspx

BEST ART GALLERY:
LEAGUE OF NH CRAFTSMEN LITTLETON RETAIL GALLERY, Littleton

Everything here (jewelry, baskets, pottery, fiber arts, glass, and more) is made by hand by New Hampshire artists. Inspired? Sign up for a class taught by league members at the nearby Littleton Studio School. 81 Main St. (at The Village Book Store). 603-444-1099; nhcrafts.org/localsites/littleton

BEST ADRENALINE-RUSH TRAIN RIDE:
MOUNT WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY, Bretton Woods

When it comes to memorable, you can't beat traveling by steam engine up the steepest railroad track in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. 3168 Base Station Road. 603-278-5404; thecog.com

 

BEST WHITE MOUNTAINS LODGING


BEST FAMILY INN:
CHRISTMAS FARM INN & SPA, Jackson

Near Storyland and Santa's Village, this inn offers a playground, swimming pool, and nightly movies for the kids, plus Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and a spa for you. Two-night minimum. Rates: from $99. 3 Blitzen Way. 603-383-4313; christmasfarminn.com


BEST VIEW FROM AN INN:
1785 INN, North Conway

With a footprint spanning six prime mountain acres, it's no wonder this inn has some of the best views of the Presidential Range. Soak in the vista from poolside, surrounded by a garden of tall, spikey pink-and-white cleomes, or from the dining room's bay window while sampling cuisine that has garnered a host of culinary awards. Rates: from $69. 3582 White Mountain Highway. 603-356-9025; the1785inn.com
 

BEST WHITE MOUNTAINS DINING

BEST TRAIN DINING:
CAFÉ LAFAYETTE DINNER TRAIN, North Woodstock

It takes only 20 miles to travel back to a more gracious era aboard the three vintage Pullman cars of the Café Lafayette Dinner Train. Diners enjoy a five-course meal with a side of stunning river, mountain, and forest views. Blazing fall foliage is a seasonal bonus. Adults: from $80. Route 112. 603-745-3500; nhdinnertrain.com

BEST BREWPUB:
MOAT MOUNTAIN SMOKE HOUSE & BREWING CO., North Conway

This venue's two essential products--beer and barbecue--are made on the premises, and both are among the best of their kind. Beers lean toward light and crisp (wheat, pale ale, pilsner, even blueberry ale) while the barbecue is big on smoke and sugar (the salmon is almost candied!). Entrées: from $12. 3378 White Mountain Highway (Route 16). 603-356-6381; moatmountain.com

BEST WINE CELLAR DINING:
MOUNTAIN VIEW GRAND RESORT & SPA, Whitefield

The candlelit tables surrounded by bins holding 6,500 bottles are undeniably romantic. Food such as lobster-scallop stew and roasted locally farmed venison fit the elegant setting. Gentlemen will want a jacket and ladies will like a wrap, as the wine cellar stays cool all year round. Entrées: from $31. 101 Mountain View Road. 855-837-2100; mountainviewgrand.com

BEST NEW MENU:
SNOWVILLAGE INN, Eaton Center

The inn's new chef, Brian Anderson, pulls from local farms for his flavorful cuisine. Fan favorites include lobster corn chowder with pea shoots and cedar-plank salmon with blueberry port glacé. Rates: from $149. 136 Stewart Road. 603-447-2818; snowvillageinn-whitemountains.com
 

MORE WHITE MOUNTAINS FUN


The Mount Washington Observatory | New England's Weather Station
Driving the Kancamagus Highway in Winter
Franconia Ridge Loop | The Perfect White Mountains Hike
North Woodstock, New Hampshire | Village in the White Mountains
Ossipee Lake and North Conway, NH | A Late Fall Visit to the White Mountains
Sugar Hill Lupine Festival | Must-See Event in New Hampshire
Zipline Tour at Bretton Woods or Gunstock
The Omni Mount Washington Resort | A Winter Weekend Getaway

 


Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Tags: Best of New England, White Mountains

 

Parents who invest in their Kids Education in America Can Learn Much from the Values of New Hampshire.

 

Parents who invest in their Kid's Education in America Can Learn Much from the Values of New Hampshire.



Recently a Chinese mother plunked $6.5 million for a nice condo in New York City. She said she was buying it for her child who is going to go to NYU or Columbia. Her daughter is only 2 years old.


    Nearly 60 percent of wealthiest Chinese people net worth of at least RMB 10 million --or $1.6 million USD in investable assets) are either considering immigration here  through investment or have already completed the process, according to the China Wealth Management Report, co-released by China Merchants Bank and Bain & Company. (foreigners who start a business here or otherwise heavily invest in the American economy, the US provides a path to gaining residency)  Fifty-eight percent of them list their children's education as the primary motivation. US college Prep schools are also viewed as an incentive.  Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is less than 4.5 hours away from 8 out of the 10 highest ranked college prep schools. One of those prep schools is Brewster Academy -- in the heart of Wolfeboro, Americas Oldest Summer Resort"

  

It is also home to some of the grandest waterfront estates on Lake Winnipesaukee, a 44,000 acre fresh water lake in the heart of New Hampshire. And for considerably less than the Condo purchased by the Chinese mother in New York. You can acquire the historic Sinclair Estate, an 18 room 5+ bedroom estate with a 2 bay boat house, a 4.5 car garage with office, separate exercise building complete with  a Golf practice net. lush gardens, waterfalls, beach, And, you are less than a day drive from every Ivy League School in America.


    New Hampshire ranks #1 in the nation for "Overall child well-being" by Annie E. Casey Foundation, and is  rated Most Livable State by US News & World Report.
  

 To learn more contact Michael Travis at  +1 603-303-2599. or by visiting his www.LakeEstateAgent.com

 


 

 

Investing in NH is a Safe and Healthy Bet



Having lived in New York City and Boston I have seen the dark side of living close to millions of people. I have traveled all over America, and found that New Hampshire has all the best of everything I love in life  natural beauty, mountains, lakes, trees, the ocean as well as charming and historic towns. Wolfeboro is one of those towns.  Rich in History as Americas's Oldest Resort". Rich in Natural Beauty on the shores of 44,000 acres Lake Winnipesaukee surrounded by mountain vistas, lush forests. and some of the most beautiful waterfront estates in the world for far less than what would spend in the surrounding states
    New Hampshire is ranked America's Top State for Quality of Life" by CNBC  and top in Overall Child well being and the safest and most livable state by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. After all, New Hampshire is 86% trees with a population of just over 1.2 million people. Is it all that fresh air with 1300 lakes and beautiful country roads that calm people down.
    New Hampshire's high level of peace may be a reflection of its superior economic conditions. Only 8.1% of state residents are living in poverty -- the lowest rate in the country. Even in the horrible financial times the United States experienced beginning in 2008, New Hampshire had half the unemployment rate of the country and lowest foreclosure rate. Now things are really looking bright financially here. New Hampshire also has one of the lowest rates of income inequality and the lowest rate of homicide in the country, the third-lowest rate of other violent crimes and the fifth-lowest incarceration rate. New Hampshire also has a 91.5% high school graduation rate -- the fourth-highest -- and the lowest rate of births among teenagers. All these factors have I believe make NH such a safe bet.
o New Hampshire rated most livable state, US News and World Report.
o 3rd highest number of second homes in the country
o New Hampshire is the 7th wealthiest state in the country with only 1,320,700 people with a median income of $63,280
o New Hampshire ranks #1 again in the nation for "Overall child well-being" by Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book  
o New Hampshire is ranked by a  wide margin the Number one state in a Living Index (at 3.2) which includes being ranked #1 as the Safest and Most Livable state, number 2 in Family well being and Health
    To learn more contact Michael Travis at +1 603-569-5000 or directly +1 603-303-2599. or by visiting  
www.LakeEstateAgent.com

 

What the Pontiac Silverdome can teach us about the real estate market.


In 1975, the residents of Pontiac, Michigan spent $55.7 million to build their Silverdome dream home on 127 acres of pavement with a couple of trees and highway views. After all, they built it for the Detroit Lions and their friends to visit and play, like Madonna, the Pope, the king of Pop and Andrea the Giant.  And a Super bowl.

The proud owners had so many memories. So many family gatherings. Then a nasty divorce came when the Detroit Lions moved to - well Detroit.

Of course the family was being sucked dry $1.5 million a year to maintain this huge empty house. So they decided, time to sell.
And a buyer came in with a $20 million offer.

Well the owner had spent more than twice as much to build it so it must be worth more, right? And of course they believed there were gobs of buyers wanting to have 83,000 seats, plenty of parking and a blow up roof, right? So they turned it down.

They didn't take into account that the neighborhood, and economy began to change. Their neighbor Mr. GM had closed its 3.4 million square food house down the street along with 3000 of the kids who use to play in the Silverdome spending all of their lunch money. Seems up to 15% of the neighbors just didn't have jobs anymore.

So you got this huge house, getting older everyday that the family has abandoned it, looks kind of empty, a bit dank, not staged nicely, and is costing a over $4,100 a day to keep open.  A year later, and another $1.5 million in upkeep costs, they finally sold it for a whopping $583,000---that's right, about 1% of the original cost, and less than price of a 4 bedroom 3 bath home in the area on less than an acre.

Hmmmmm

So what does this teach us?

1) There is a saying in real estate that "the first offer is usually the best offer" --statistically this is true, whether in Pontiac, Michigan or New Hampshire.
2) In the end, the buyer determines the market value of your home.
3) An overpriced home listing will simply go stale. Chasing the market with small price reductions doesn't work. You lose most buyers after the first few weeks.
4) Homes on the market too long communicate to some buyers that there is something wrong with the property--so they move on.
5) Aggressively priced homes will sell much faster, with a better chance for multiple offers possibly achieving a higher price.
6) An empty home does not show well, period. Most buyers cannot picture their own furnishings in an empty space.
7) A messy home with too much stuff doesn't show well either. You want to show the house, not the stuff.
8) Unique properties are much more difficult to sell or to find a buyer for.
9) The buyer will only pay what they are willing to pay--not any more---even if they won the lottery.
10) What you paid for a house, what you put into it, what you owe or what you want to get from the sale does not matter to the buyer.
11) Denial of the current market conditions will not change reality.
12) You must consider the value to maintaining your sanity keeping your home versus the actual cost of maintaining it.
13) Going with an agent who tells you what you want to hear won't help sell your home if the market is telling a whole different story.

Pontiac lost over $20 million, $10million in tax revenues, and their pride.
I have yet to see an overpriced house sell,
I have seen houses that were on the market so long that they went into foreclosure.
I have seen divorce situations that left a house in shambles and go into foreclosure.
I have seen sellers go to several real estate companies with the expectation of getting the money nobody will look at their home for--and blame the real estate agent.
I have seen sellers reject good offers only to take a huge loss later.

In the end, our real estate relationship should begin with an understanding of the market, an understanding of what to expect, an understanding of your needs, and an understanding on how you and I can work together for a common goal--to sell your home--For the highest return in the shortest amount of time.

So give me a call, I'll come to you to save time.
 

 

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          I'm in the business of helping people --to buy or sell a home and way more. With our office located in the heart of downtown Wolfeboro, and the rush of summer visitors in town (and the hoards at the Bailey Bubble) people are constantly streaming through our doors to ask about things to do, places to go, people to see, restaurants to try-and asking some of the strangest questions one can imagine.
          So my daughter Mariella decided to make her first solo road trip since graduating high school in Rockport MA to come to Wolfeboro. Now it was my turn to do the things I have only recommended others to do.  Only the pressure was on since it involves also creating a fond memory for father and daughter.
          Like any vacation plan, it started with a need for supplies, which in my case included everything--- food, tooth brush, water shoes, a bathing suit, things to do, and a place to stay for the night.
          First I made a reservation at Wolfeboro Jet Ski Rentals which meant Mariella and I had to first read the 68 page "Boater's Guide of New Hampshire on the Rules of Boating. Like any visiting NH guest without a boat license, we had to take a 25 question test to get a 14 day license.  Even though I learned to drive a boat long before I learned to drive a car, I still had a lot to learn. I really do not like taking tests and my daughter has had plenty of test taking skills gained in her senior year. Of course all her grades began with the letter "A".  And yes she did better than me.
          To prepare us for the big test, we had to have her favorite brain food of Crepes at Seven Suns Coffee & Tea   Then off to Bootleggers on North Main Street where we found a good selection of water shoes at a good price. My black leather shoes just would not suffice on the lake--and I didn't want to look like my Dad when he went to a "Poor Taste Party" wearing lime green shorts, long brown socks and black leather wingtips that would be allowed at the worst public golf course.
          Then we went next door to Dive #Winnipesaukee for a suit and sun screen. The cool glasses were tempting. Actually there was a lot in there to "Must Have"    Back to Bailey Bubble for that pre Jet Ski Soft Serve Ice cream. Hunters for a small stash of pretzels and water for the ride.
          Now facing the computer screen to take the 25 question boat licensing test. (There are 55 different versions of this test) First my daughter goes. I mean she hardly looked at the book. She passes with flying colors. Then I take it- and I pass--no flying colors.
          We get suited up in the provided life jackets. and off we went off for two hours on a speedy Jet ski.. We went past all the great land marks on the lake, past fellow Michigan Man #Mitt #Romney 3 bay boat house, the part of the lake where the boat crash scene in On Golden Pond was filmed, clients estates on Springfield Point, Pipers Point, Sinclair Lane, Tranquility Lane, Mountain Views, Sewall Road, Rattlesnake Island, and many more. The day was perfect. The water was smooth. the Sky was blue. The Mount Washington and the Millie B pass us.
          As fast as it seemed we were going on the jet ski, life just seemed to slow down. After being out on the water for two hours, our smiles were wide, our feet were wet, our faces a bit more red--or in my daughter's case tan. I'm sure my face looked redder because my hair looked blonder (which is a way of saying that my grey hair got whiter.)
          Seeing the exquisite estates that dot the shores from the water gives a whole new perspective. Being on a small watercraft on a 44,000 acre lake surrounded by mountain views and islands humbles your existence on this piece of paradise.
            Now a trip and Harvest Market for fresh food for dinner and breakfast.
            And off to Piping Rock in Wolfeboro. This is one of our company's listings handling all the rentals and many of the properties for sale. We stayed in one of the cabins with water views. We went to the groomed beach and sat as the loons started their evening calls and the sun started its evening orange glowing decent down behind the silhouetted trees in the distance
            Home cooking in our wood paneled temporary home was oh so nice. A comfortable sleep only enhanced by the sounds of some loons. Again waking up with the smell of bacon and eggs and fresh fruit for breakfast.
          My daughter then went off to continue her road trip to surprise her wonderful boyfriend who is working in Maine.
          Wolfeboro, the Lakes Region--and really New Hampshire -- has it all. Things to do. Places to go, People to see, and the best that Mother Nature can provide. So much can be packed into a half day. Living in a place people vacation is a year round benefit.
          I encourage you to take the time to be with each of your kids individually so they can have their own personal memory with you that will last forever, won't you?
          Now I am over 20,152 days old. Experiencing such a life long memory generated by a half day impromptu vacation with my daughter--simply priceless.