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Lost in Real Estate Space – Lakes Region Real Estate Report

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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Roy Sanborn

As a REALTOR® since 2000, I know what it takes to ensure a smooth real estate transaction; hard work, dedication and loyalty to my clients, knowledge, and effective communication. It is this philosophy that has helped me to consistently be one of the top producing agents in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. I’ve also found that helps to have a little fun along the way! My partner, Ashley Davis, and I are thrilled to be part of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty and have taken Sotheby’s already amazing marketing program and philosophy one step further with the formation of our Distinctive Homes Group! I know the lakes, the Lakes Region, and the lifestyle you are probably looking for.

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