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A Special Home – The Old Corner Store in Gilmanton NH

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A Special Home -The Old Corner Store in Gilmanton, NH

For all you old home lovers you may have seen the incredible home we have listed in the historic Four Corners in Gilmanton.  Last fall a video production company came to produce a segment about the property. It recently aired on The Great American Country network.

 

The building was restored into an incredible residence by Douglas Towle back in 2002 and is now owned by long time Gilmanton residents John Funk and Deb Chase. This 1800’s colonial structure was once used as a dry goods store complete with a soda fountain that sold ice cream and also housed the post office. The store was owned and operated by L.W. and M.H. Schultz. They also sold gasoline from the vintage 1920’s style gas pumps and just outside the door was a long bench which was dubbed the “Gossip Bench” by the locals. I am sure there were plenty of stories told by the patrons sitting there. It appears that on the north end of the structure there was a livery stable that quite possible saw a few Model T’s from time to time and was also used to store all sorts of farm supplies.

A Special Home -The Old Corner Store in Gilmanton, NHDoug restored the property preserving the original features including hand-hewn plank wainscoting, wide pine and brick floors, exposed beams, Indian and Shaker shutters, original door hardware, and old wavy glass while incorporating all the modern amenities like a designer kitchen, high end plumbing fixtures, central air, and whole house surround system. It is truly an extraordinarily charming and comfortable home.

This home has been recently reduced in price to $499,000 making it an absolute bargain!  Not only is this home a one of a kind residence  but the main level would make a perfect art gallery, studio, boutique, or professional space while maintaining the living spaces on the second level! Now you can have that in-home business you’ve always wanted! Come check it out!

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report – May 2018

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report – May 2018

There were eight sales in South Down in May 2018 and none in Long Bay….what’s up with that?!

South Down - Long Bay Sales Report - May 2018The entry level sale for the month is a 1,600 square foot, three bedroom, two and a half bath unit at 10 Independence Way in Colonial Hills.This three level unit has hardwood and tile floors, a wood fireplace,  a second level master suite and a third level loft to send the young ones up to. This home was listed at $179,900 and sold for $177,500 after 72 days on the market. The current tax assessed value is $150,600.

South Down - Long Bay Sales Report - May 2018The mid range sale was at 11A Alpine Circle in Highwood Village. This is a 1,543 square foot, three bed, two and a half bath open concept unit with an attached garage. This home features a good size living room with a gas fireplace, formal dining room, built in wet-bar, tile and carpeting, second floor master suite,  a private deck out back, and a new furnace. This home was listed at $224,900 and sold just above asking at $225,000 after just seven days on the market. The property is currently assessed at $213,100.

South Down - Long Bay Sales Report - May 2018The highest sale of the month was at 3a Songbird Lane in Birchwood Village. This nicely updated unit has four bedrooms, including the first floor master suite, two and a half baths, and a remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops, tiled back splash, and new flooring. The powder room has had a facelift and the fireplace has been refaced and has a pellet stove insert. There’s even a brand new furnace and fresh paint throughout! This home was listed at $399,900 and went under contract for $395,000 after 25 days on the market. This property is assessed at $285,500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system

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Bike Week Real Estate

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Bike Week Real Estate

Bike Week Real EstateProbably not many people give a lot of thought to the problems and issues that Motorcycle Week in Laconia can create with regard to showing real estate. Unless, of course, you are a real estate agent in the Lakes Region. We know better.  We know the issues to overcome. Yet, there is this alternate universe of people that apparently never have heard of Motorcycle Week. When they hear “It’s Bike Week!” maybe they think it is something like the Tour-De-France. Maybe they are from out of the area, or another planet, or just have never paid any attention to what goes on here around Father’s Day. But they certainly learn quickly what Motorcycle Week is all about!

Bile Weel Rea EstateIt usually starts with the typical innocent phone call like “Hey, I am on my way up today and I saw this listing on-line that we’d love to see!” I always love last minute surprises and requests for showings later the same day. It’s like “Yes, I was just sitting here waiting for your call. I am sure the owners would be glad to vacate on a minute’s notice.” But, that’s our job and we try to accommodate.

I always ask, “Do you know it is bike week? Have you taken that into consideration in your travel time? Are you traveling on four wheels or two?” It’s not that it is a huge problem showing property during Bike Week but there are some snags here and there depending on where you are going. Getting up through Meredith can be an issue as well as through the Weirs Beach area but seasoned agents know how to get around.

Bilke Week Rea; EstateI love the questions of some of the buyers. Like, “Is it always this noisy here?” “Are there always this many people around?”  “Is it safe around here?” No, no…not when these two hundred and fifty thousand bikers go home next week. “We couldn’t find any place to stay…we wanted to stay overnight.” No, no…you clearly don’t.

Motorcycle Week causes communication problems, too. Sometimes you can’t hear your cell phone ring and if you do it’s hard to hear the person on the other end of the line. Texted and emailing are my preferred lines of communication during Bike Week…but those looking for that peaceful, quiet getaway in the Weirs don’t know that… they have a lot to learn.

It’s kind of wild around here, don’t you think?” some of the would-be buyers will say. I say, “No, it is actually pretty tame. You should have been here in the 70’s. This is nothing.”

It is hard to tell who’s who during Bike Week. There is a lot of truth in the old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  Bike Week is a lot about people watching like any other big event. I was sitting on Lakeside Ave.  watching some of these folks. You see all kinds of people from well dressed to hardly dressed…but, still mostly in black. You see rough bikers, young bikers, old bikers, really old bikers, and even crippled bikers. You see Hells Angels and Bikers for Jesus.  You see some gorgeous women in leather, some women revealing a lot, some women that are revealing way more than they should, and some women even covered in mud. I did notice one really tall guy with a beard and tattoos on his arm just because he had the same 95th Anniversary T-shirt and the same bandana on that I have.

My phone rang and I actually heard it up above the music and engine roar. The guy on the other end of the line asked if it were possible to see this waterfront property we have listed later in the afternoon. I had a bit of difficulty hearing him above the din and it almost felt like it was echoing in my ear. I asked him if he knew it was bike week and he said he was very well aware of it.  Despite my disappointment that I would have to cut my afternoon short, I told him I would meet in a couple of hours and headed home to change out of my t-shirt, bandana, and engineer boots. You gotta look somewhat near professional even during Bike Week, you know, although I was tempted to ride my bike to the showing…

Bile Week Real EstateI got to the property a little early, turned on the lights, raised the blinds, and opened the door to the expansive waterfront deck.  Pretty soon I hear the rumble of a V-Twin coming down the driveway.  A Harley Street Glide with lots of chrome pulls up to the house and I see the same guy from the Lakeside Ave.,  you know, the one with my 95th Anniversary T-shirt and Bandana  get off the bike. I knew I should have ridden my bike!

I go over and introduce myself and he says “Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?”  I say “Yes, yes, you have…” After a little more small talk about Harleys and Bike Week I ask, “So, what do you do for a living?” To which he replies, “I am a surgeon down at Mass General…let’s take a look at the house!” Like I said, you can never judge a book by its cover…especially during Bike Week.

There were 139 single family homes sold in May in the 14 communities covered by this Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report. The average sales price came in at $366,453 and the median sales price was $250,000. Hopefully, a few more bikers will be making offers this month…Live Free and Ride in the Lakes Region!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system

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Winni Waterfront Report – May 2018

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Winni Waterfront Report – May 2018

There were fifteen waterfront sales on Lake Winnipesaukee in May 2015. The average sales price came in at $1,285,926. That brings us to a total of thirty four sales for the year at an average price of $1,169,420 compared to thirty nine sales at an average of $1,298,894 for the first five months of 2017.

Winni Waterfront Report - May 2018The entry level sale last month was at 22 Rattlesnake Island in Alton. This 1983 vintage one bedroom, one bath post and bean cottage has lots of character with natural woodwork throughout, a living room with a cathedral ceiling and wood stove, and an additional loft sleeping area.  This home sits up high on a .98 acre lot so you have amazing views from the house and the decks. Outside you’ll find two decks, a couple of outbuildings, and a large breakwater that protects 174’ of shoreline and dock and provides a calm swimming area.  The property was listed at $460,000 last August and was on the market for three months without any takers. It was sold to a buyer in waiting this year at $425,000.

Winni Waterfront Report - May 2018The median price point sale was at 50 Watson Shore Road in Moultonborough.  This home was built in 1988 and has 2,247 square feet of living space. There are three bedrooms, two and a half baths, plus two additional rooms that can be used for sleeping areas.  The home has an open floor plan with hardwood and laminate flooring, formal living room with fireplace, second level bonus room also with fireplace, and a sensational screened in porch overlooking the water.  Outside on the .27 acre lot there’s plenty of entertaining  space, a U-Shaped dock ,and an additional dock with a deck above. This property was first listed in May 2017 at $1 million and was reduced to $975,000. It was relisted last year at $949,000 and was subsequently reduced to $919,000. This year it was reintroduced at $895,000 and sold for $865,000. The total time on market was 268 days.

Winni Waterfront Report - May 2018The highest sale for the month was at 112 Hopewell Road in Alton. This 5,357 square foot, four bedroom, five and a half bath shingle style lake home was built in 1999 but has undergone a complete renovation inside and out. This home has all the bells and whistles including  a chef’s kitchen with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances and gleaming white cabinetry,  a living room with a field stone fireplace and coffered ceilings,  a first floor master suite with its own fireplace, third level great room, wrap-around porch,  and three car garage. This home sits on a beautiful 2.18 acre lot with 300’ of prime shore land that includes a breakwater and u-shaped dock. The property was first listed in August 2016 at $3.595 million, re-listed last year and $3.795 million, and was sold to a buyer in waiting this year for $3.2 million. Total time on market was 451 days.

Winni Waterfront Report - May 2018
Linda Lane

There were three sales on Winnisquam in May. The lowest priced property was at 14 Linda Drive in Belmont. This 1969 vintage, three bedroom, one bath year round cottage sits on a quarter acre level lot with 80’ of frontage on the canal that leads out to the main lake. It was listed at $285,000 and sold for $235,000 after 257 days on the market. Over in Meredith at 45 Stoney Brook Road a 1950’s era, two bedroom, one bath year round cottage on a quarter acre lot with 100’ of frontage also found a new owner. This house has great views, two docks, and sits at the end of a private road. The property was listed at $539,000 and sold for $535,000 in 67 days. The largest sale on Winnisquam was at 28 Sunset Drive back over in Belmont.  This 2,360 square foot, three bedroom, two bath home was built in 1950. It has great hardwood floors, tongue and groove pine paneling, fireplaces in the living room and family room and a detached two car garage. It sits on a .35 acre lot with 98’ of frontage and a dock. It was listed last year at $769,000, reintroduced this year at the same number, and sold for $744,000. The total time on the market was 175 days.

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.

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Bike Week Garage Mahals

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Bike Week Garage MahalsBike Week Garage Mahals

Motorcycle Week and Father’s Day are here and it is time to once again focus on what is important to the man of the house; the Garage Mahal. A guy can live in just about any kind of house as long as there is a garage of epic proportions to retreat to when he needs to be alone or wants to visit his true love…that 1936 Knucklehead. Of course a couple old Fords or a vintage Corvette will do just as well. So, for anyone looking for the proper amount of garage space in a new home here are some options in the area.

Bike Week Garage MahalsStarting right up the street from our office in Meredith at 36 Plymouth Street we find a property that has garage space for seven vehicles. Right in town! You can walk to George’s from there! There’s an oversize detached one car garage right next to the house, a 36’X 36’ two bay garage with 12’ doors that is heated with a direct vent unit or wood furnace, and there’s a pole barn for storing your overflow! In case your wife asks, the house is an 1860’s vintage cape that has been nicely updated and maintained. It has 1,542 square feet of space with three bedrooms, one bath, an eat in kitchen, sunroom, and even a first floor bedroom in case you can’t make it up the stairs after a hard night in the shop. The home is being offered at $299,000 or only $42,714 per stall.

Bike Week Garage MahalsIf you need just a little more space for the vehicles, walk a little further up Plymouth Street to #78. Here you will find eight stalls. There’s an attached one car heated garage/workshop, a four bay garage with 12’ ceilings and auto open doors (of course), and a three bay heated carriage house with an office. This sounds to me like the perfect place to house your auto collection. The home is a 1786 vintage four bedroom, three bath cape with an updated kitchen, wide pine floors, exposed beams, a farmers porch, deck, gazebo and lots of curb appeal. It even has an in law apartment. This property is listed at $425,000.

Bike Week Garage MahalsIf you’d like the same amount of space with a newer home and a more rural location check out the property at 311 Alton Mountain Rd in Alton. Here you will find both detached and attached four car garages that come with a spacious three bedroom contemporary home that has 3,118 square feet of space.  The home was built in 1985 and has a bright open floor plan with cathedral ceilings and tongue and groove pine walls and ceilings in many of the rooms. Very pretty! You’ve got plenty of privacy sitting on a 7.3 acre lot with 300 acres of conservation land around you. That’s just in case you are in the mood for doing burn-out shows with your Sportster in the driveway. No one will care. This home is priced at $419,900. Check it out!

Bike Week Garage MahalsOver at 25 Bridget Circle in Gilford there is a home with a two car under and another detached two  car garage that just might fit you. This 2001 vintage home has Victorian curb appeal with  a large wrap around front porch. The interior has a newer updated kitchen with granite counter tops,   stainless appliances, and hardwood floors. There is a formal dining room, reading room, den, living room with a fireplace, and a lower level exercise/family room. There are four bedrooms including the master suite with its own fireplace. This pretty home is listed at $418,000.

Bike Week Garage MahalsDown in Barnstead at 39 Halfmoon Bay Drive is a property that has seven stalls and waterfront so you can store your boat, jet-skis, snowmobiles, Harley, and Viper all in one place and still have room for your lawn equipment. There is an attached, heated three car garage with an in-law suite above it and a beautiful detached and heated four bay garage with 10’ doors just up the driveway. This is pretty close to heaven right here! The home is a 2,870 square foot, three bedroom, three bath contemporary home that feels perfect for being on the lake. It has a chef’s kitchen with high end appliances, center Island with prep sink, granite, large dining area, a living room with a fireplace and wood stove, sun room, along with a first floor bedroom. You’ll find beautiful wide pine floors and natural woodwork. Upstairs are a large master with two closets, guest room, and full bath with custom tile soaking tub and steam shower. And don’t forget the guest suite over the garage for your mechanic.  There is plenty of privacy on this 4.5 acre lot and after a short walk through the pines you’ll find 200’ of shore front with a seasonal dock. Like I said, this is pretty close to heaven. This property is priced at $789,000.

So there you have it! Garage Mahals are available for every budget. Now get on your Harley and lets go look at some of them!

There were 801 single family homes on the market as of June 1, 2018 in the Lakes Region communities in Belknap County, plus Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. The inventory level is definitely creeping up a little from 673 last month. The average asking price was $743,936 and the median price point came in at $349,900. The average time on market for these homes is 113 days. At the current rate of sales we have what amounts to a 6.3 month supply of homes on the market.

Data compiled using the NEREN mls system.

 

 

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report April 2018

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report April 2018

There were eight sales in South Down but none in Long Bay in April.

South Down - Long Bay Sales Report April 2018The entry level sale was at 15 Williamsburg Circle in Colonial Hills. This is a 1,600 square foot tri-level,  three bedroom unit with fresh paint and a garage. It was listed at $209,000 and sold at $204,000 after 165 days on the market. It is assessed at $186,000.

South Down - Long Bay Sales Report April 2018The mid price sale was at 21 Race Point Road. This 3,162 square foot home has four bedrooms, three full baths, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, over sized kitchen, family room in the basement,  four season porch,  and large stone patio. It sits on a large half acre lot and is one of the few brick homes in the community. The  property was first listed in August 2016 at $429,000, was relisted in May 2017 for $400,00, and again in March of 2018 for $369,900 and sold for full price after just two days. Kind of shows you what the right price will do!  Total time on the market was 387 days. It is assessed at $390,200.

South Down - Long Bay Sales Report April 2018The highest sale for the month was at 25 Crane Circle in the Beach Club. This is a 2,748 square foot, four bedroom, three and a half bath unit that was totally remodeled and has water views! It was listed and $599,000 and was on the market just two days selling for an even $600,000. That kind of tells you how nice it was! It is current assessed at $335,900.

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.

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Lost in Real Estate Space Part Deux

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Lost in Real Estate Space Part Deux

Lost in Real Estate Space Part DeuxMy buyer Will Robinson and I were standing at the front door of the colonial home we had looked at, getting ready to go back in and check it out some more when Will’s friend, Dr. Zachary Smith, pulled into the driveway in a shiny brand-new Land Rover. He jumped out of the vehicle and said he was just driving by and saw Will, so he thought he would stop in. Will said, “I like your new Rover!” to which the good doctor replied, “Best vehicle on this planet or any other! Remember the one we had on Mars?”

We explained that we had been in the house already but were somewhat Lost in Real Estate Space because when we entered we found ourselves in the attic. “Ahhh,” said Zachary, the old time space continuum problem!”

Lost in Real Estate Space Part Deux“Yes,” Will said, “I think we have that problem fixed now, but there are some issues in the attic I would like you to look at if I decide to buy this place. Let’s check out the rest of the house first.”

We entered the front door and made our way down the hallway to the kitchen.  We quickly realized that we were in a very dated but truly immaculate home.  It was so dated, in fact, that you felt like you were in a time warp of sorts. The kitchen had harvest gold appliances, new Formica counter tops, shiny linoleum floors, and a bold flower pattern wallpaper. There was a brand-new Mr. Coffee drip machine still in the box on the counter!  Beside it was a crisp copy of the Laconia Citizen which was the big tip off.  The Citizen is long gone, it should the Laconia Sun! We looked at the paper and the date was May 12, 1973! A roll of six cent stamps sat next to a rotary dial phone beside the paper.

I looked at the MLS sheet of the property and the description clearly stated that the kitchen had been recently updated with stainless appliances, granite counters, and tile floors! Were we in the wrong house? Looking in the living room I found gold shag wall to wall carpeting instead of the advertised hardwood flooring.

I  once again heard the now familiar voice squawking from the kitchen, “Danger Will Robinson, Danger Will Robinson!”  Will was standing by the sink looking at his watch and trying to shut off the alarm. Dr. Smith rushed into the room and said, “Don’t worry, it is just telling you that the wiring is not grounded in this house and there are no GFI receptacles.” The home inspector in him had kicked in as he continued, “This is not up to code! Not only that, the attached garage does not have a fire rated steel door nor does it have a finished sheetrock ceiling and mate wall as required by today’s code!”

Lost in Real Estate Space Part Deux

Will responded, “Calm down Zachary, clearly there is still an issue with the time space continuum here. I think we are in a bit of a time warp of sorts. And what was code in 1950 when this house was built is not what is code today so don’t get yourself in a panic. Just because a home has some things that aren’t up to today’s standards doesn’t make this a bad house… I am more concerned about the shag carpet then the GFI’s.”

“Well, clearly, the listing agent has seen this house much differently then we are seeing it now based on his description. The property disclosure even says the electrical has been updated,” I said, “How do you fix this time warp we are in, Will?”

“I think that the only way this issue will resolve itself is when the current owners come back home. The house has to revert back to its present-day status or the owners will have to be a lot younger than they currently are. That would be an entirely different problem and highly unlikely. We should schedule another visit in a couple of days and see what this house looks like then and what kind of shape it is in real time. I bet everything will look a lot different at the second showing.”

So, if you find yourself Lost in Real Estate Space like this, remember building codes have changed a lot over time so many older homes will not meet all of new codes today. That doesn’t make them illegal or bad houses…they might just need some updates at some point.  A seller might be willing to do some updates for you but a house doesn’t have to meet all current codes to be sold. Also, remember to take a second look at a house as it could appear a lot differently to you the second time around.

Just then Zachary yelled, “Look at my Land Rover!” He was standing at the window looking out at the driveway. Sure enough, we looked out and his shiny new Rover looked like a much older utilitarian version out of an African safari movie. “Now, how are we gonna fix that?” he exclaimed!

There were 91 single family homes sold in April 2018 in the fourteen homes covered by this Lakes Region of NH Real Estate Market Report. The average sales price was $372,704 and the median price point was $275,000. Last April there were 89 sales at an average of $314,707 with a median price point of $242,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winni Waterfront Report – April 2018

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Winni Waterfront Report – April 2018

There were eight waterfront sales on Lake Winnipesaukee in April of 2018. The average sales price came in at $1,169,496 and the median price point was $937,500.

Winni Waterfront Report – April 2018The entry level sale for the month of April was at 205 Stanyon Rd in Moultonborough. This home is a 1964 vintage, 1,004 square foot, three bedroom, one and a half bath ranch. It sits on a .28 acre sloping lot with 100’ of lakefront that has a 40’ dock. The home has a wrap around deck and a great sun room providing lots of natural light. The property was first listed in April 2017 at $525,000, re-listed in February of this year at $489,000 and sold for $470,000 which was just over the assessed value of $463,100. The total time on market was 226 days.

TWinni Waterfront Report – April 2018he sale closest to the median price point is located at 239 Dockham Shore Road in Gilford. This home was custom built in 2006 and has 2,045 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The house has that lake feel with an eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, a living room with a gas fireplace, second floor master suite, and low maintenance tile floors throughout. Outside there’s a deck and waterfront patio plus a bunk house! The home sits on a nice quarter acre level lot with 41’ of sandy frontage and a dock. This property was listed in June of 2017 for $950,000, was reduced to $925,000 and sold for $875,000 after 244 days on the market.

Winni Waterfront Report – April 2018The highest sale of the month was at 110 Cattle Landing Rd in Meredith. This newly constructed Adirondack home has 5,649 square feet of luxurious living space. A wonderful open concept main level features a designer kitchen with granite countertops, high end appliances, and hardwood floors that extend into the dining and great room area which has soaring wood cathedral ceilings and floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace. There is also a first floor master suite with a private balcony. Upstairs are three guest suites plus a bonus room over the three car garage with its own bath. The lower level walkout has a family/media room, kitchenette, a full bath, plus another guest bedroom. Of course there is the requisite screened porch and deck for taking in the long range southwesterly views. The home sits on a nicely landscaped .89 acre lot with a great lawn area, perched beach, and patio with fire pit. It has 103’ of sandy frontage and a permanent U-shaped dock. What’s not to like? This home was first listed at $2.5 million, was increased to $2.595 million, and then sold at $2.5 million after 515 days on the market.

The lone sale on Winnisquam in April was at 136 Shore Drive in Laconia. This ranch style home was originally built on 1955 but was totally renovated in 2014. It has1,718 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The main level has a great kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless appliances, beautiful hardwood floors, a living room with a fireplace, a master suite and guest bedroom. The lower level walkout has a family room with another fireplace and an additional guest bedroom. There is a great screened porch overlooking the large back lawn and sugar sand beach. The half acre lot has 101’ of frontage with a dock and glorious sunset views. This property was listed at $799,000 and sold for $735,000 after 88 days on the market!

 

Winni Waterfront Report – April 2018
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Lost in Real Estate Space – Lakes Region Real Estate Report

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Lost in Real Estate Space – Lakes Region Real Estate Report

Lost In Real Estate Space

We are always out looking at real estate!

I had a showing with a new client the other day at a home in Laconia. I arrived at the property to find my buyer, Will, already there standing outside staring at the house. It was a stately 1950’s vintage colonial home with an attached two car garage. It was on a nice level lot with mature landscaping, garden, and a white picket fence. The property was listed with an agent out of the area so, as usual, he had put a lock box on the door and had given me the code to get in. Not my idea of great service to a seller, but everyone has different views on what a listing agent is supposed to do, I guess.

Anyway, after fumbling with the lock-box that seemed to have stuck buttons, I retrieved the key and unlocked the front door.  We stepped into what seemed to be almost a pitch black space. We couldn’t see much except for what seemed to be a large open space. I reached beside the door and found a light switch, flicked it on, and two 100 watt bulbs in porcelain ceiling fixtures lit up the room. We were standing in the attic!

I stepped back through the door and looked at the house again just to regain my senses. Yup, I was standing at the front door!  I stepped back in and a strange voice said, “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger, Will Robinson!” I looked at Will and he was looking at his wrist watch which appeared to be the source of this robotic voice!  I was thoroughly dumbfounded, but Will looked un-phased by this strange occurrence.

Loast In Real Estate SpaceRather excitedly, I told Will that this was indeed very strange and that I had no explanation for what was going on! He calmly said, “I have seen this happen several times before. It is just a slip in the space time continuum. It happens sometimes. Let’s look around as long as we are here.”  We moved slowly into the center of the attic.

Once again his watch started in with “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger, Will Robinson!” I asked Will why his watch was doing that. He pushed a button on the watch and switched on about 500,000 candle power worth of bright light illuminating the attic like high noon on the beach.

“There’s the reason for the warning,” Will said, “The sheathing has a lot of black mold on it!” Sure enough, about half the attic roof was covered in mold. “Looks like the roof had been leaking and it sure doesn’t help that the bathroom vents just end here in the attic,” I replied, “The space does feel pretty moist, I don’t think there is enough ventilation in here to circulate the air.” I looked at the property disclosure and there was no mention of any roof or mold issues.

Lost In Real Estate Space“I have a good friend, Dr. Zachary Smith, who is in the home inspection business now,” Will stated, “I will have him take a look at this if I decide to move forward. But to be honest with you, I have seen a lot worse than this.  One house I looked at on Priplanus had a green slime inside the attic that was real hard to get rid of. This mold can easily be remediated today. “

“Where exactly is Priplanus?” I asked, but got no response.  So I continued, “You’ll want someone to vent the bathroom fans outside and it looks like the ridge vent has been covered over so that will have to be fixed. It’s good that we saw this space, but I wonder how we get to see the rest of the house?”

Stepping outside, Will said, “Sometimes in order to correct a time space continuum problem all you have to do it create a small shock wave.” He grabbed the front door with both hands and slammed it shut creating a bang big enough to rattle the windows and causing the door knocker to fall to the ground.

“That ought to do it!” he exclaimed. I opened the door again and sure enough the attic was gone and we looked into the foyer of a typical colonial house built in the fifties. I looked at Will in amazement and asked where he learned about this kind of thing. He just smiled and said, “I have been lost in space before, this is just real estate.”

I replied, “That’s true, but this is good advice for any real estate buyer;  pay attention to the real estate space you are currently lost in…even if it is by mistake…so you can discover if there are any problems with it!”

To be continued. ..Tune in next time for more adventures of Will Robinson being lost in real estate space. It happens all the time…

There were 673 single family residential listings on the market as of May 1 in Belknap County plus the three waterfront communities of Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. The average asking price came in at $700,485 and the median price point stood at $349,000. The average time on market was 130 days. This inventory level represents a 5.3 month supply of homes currently on the market.

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report March 2018

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report March 2018

There were just two sales in South Down in March 2018 with no sales at all in Long Bay!

South DownA three bedroom, two bath, 1,562 square foot Golf Village unit built in 1985 sold at 16 Birdie Way after 185 days on the market.  It came fully furnished and had an attached one car garage.  It was originally listed at $365,000 and sold for $309,900. It s currently assessed at $227,800 so one could say these units are in high demand!

Sout DownThe other sale was a free standing unit at 19 Fox Crossing in the Bay Hills Association. This home was built in 2004 and has a total of 2,995 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, and three and a half baths.  It has a wonderful open concept layout that takes full advantage of the incredible lake and mountain views. It features hardwood and tile floors throughout, lots of natural light, a living room with gas fireplace, a lower level family room and a media room. This place was very, very nice and only took ten days to sell at $640,000 which was $5,000 over the asking price! The home is assessed at $462,700!

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.

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