Good genes and good bones – Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report
Good genes and good bones
As of March 1st, there were 532 single family homes for sale in the MLS in the fourteen Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The average asking price stood at $686,620 and the median price point was $349,000. This represents about a four month inventory of homes on the market.
This week’s meeting of the Lakes Region Professional Porch Sitters Chapter 603 took place on the porch of Norm and Carol Linklettre in Belmont. I had sold Norm and Carol their house around ten years ago. I hadn’t seen them around town for a while so I had stopped in to see if they were OK. As a daily reader of the Laconia Sun, the old coot reminded me that he also had a porch. Hence, taking the not so subtle hint, Dirk Davenport, Little Stevie Prestone, Travis D. Coletrain, and Rollie Rollins arrived at his porch approximately on time for our meeting.
Norm and Carol gave us a quick tour of their home, which was a great find at the time that they bought it. It is a beautiful 2,700 square foot three bedroom, two and a half bath ranch with a finished walk out basement built in 2002. The place was pretty darn perfect when they bought and they have kept it immaculate. I wish I had a dozen of these homes to sell today as they would be gone quickly!
We sat out on their porch as it was one of those warm days and the sun was shining. Dirk asked Norm if he was related to Art Linkletter? Norm replied, “No, his name is spelled with an ‘er’ at the end and not ‘re’ like mine.” That was all it took to get Norm going. I knew he could talk a dog off a meat truck and he started telling stories about growing up on the west side of Manchester, all the cars he has had, the neighbors, their house, and their cats. Art Linkletter coined the phrase “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and I guess that applies to Norm, too.
Norm said he had recently been in the hospital for a few days but was doing fine now. I thought to myself, “I’m not so sure about the nurses.” Carol said she had cataract surgery so now she could see really well. Travis jumped in astutely saying, “Someone surely needs to keep an eye on Norm.” She said, “Can you believe Norm is 84 years old?” Everyone was amazed as he sure didn’t look that old. Rollie chuckled, “Norm, you’re a prime example of someone ‘aging in place.’” That got a one eyed stare from Norm. I added, “Well, I wish I had Norm’s genes. Look at him; he doesn’t look like he is even sixty. He might be ‘aging in place’ but he’s doing it pretty darned slowly!”
“Good genes in a person are like good bones in a house,” said Little Stevie. “You should always buy a house with good bones, like this one.” I jokingly said to Norm, “This house is still amazing, must be you haven’t had to fix anything and screw it up. You wanna sell it?” Norm said, “No… but I had to put a new leach field in just before we went on vacation a few years ago. They actually did it while we were gone so that worked out really well.”
Dirk observed, “You know, houses ‘age in place,’ too. Everyone has to fix something sometime and you gotta save some money up for repairs. Things just wear out. It’s part of the aging process.”
“You can keep a house looking young. It is all about maintaining your property. You have to keep up with the small repairs that are needed as they occur. Put a fresh coat of paint on now and then and keep up with the decorating trends. That will keep your property from aging too much and will get you a lot more money when you go to sell it!” professed Dirk.
“Now, if we can just figure out what is keeping Norm looking so good we could make some money!” I replied, “Carol, we need to talk!”
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.