Selling a Home in Southern NH

My first Listing with Coldwell Banker

My First Listing with Coldwell Banker

This is my first listing as an agent affiliated with Coldwell Banker! It is locate at 1 Iris Lane in Londonderry NH. It a beautiful craftsman style home and the interior it just gorgeous. If you would like to see ti or if you would like to have me sell your home, feel free to give me a call at 603-548-7230.

Coldwell Banker Dinsmore Associates

On June 30, 2016, Coldwell Banker Dinsmore Associates, officially opened in one of the most highly visible locations in Windham. We see this as a symbol of our commitment to provide the highest visibility possible for the listings of our home-seller clients. The Coldwell Banker system with its global reach in marketing, will provide maximum exposure for their homes.  We know that it’s only by being seen, that homes are sold.

The Coldwell Banker brand is located in 47 countries with over 3,000 offices and generated over 225 billion dollars in U.S. sales volume in 2015. No other brand ranks higher.

Coldwellbanker.com generated over 600,000 leads in 2015 and has the highest conversion rate in the industry.

And the Coldwell Banker brand is the leader in technology, with initiatives such as CBx, which actually creates a marketing plan, by predicting the most likely location from which the buyers of your home will come from.

Dinsmore Associates has been a recognized real estate leader in Windham for nearly 40 years. Our experience and expertise has guided thousands of sellers and buyers in making the best decisions possible during the process of selling or buying a home. 

We had the opportunity to align ourselves with many of the national real estate brands. Only the Coldwell Banker brand met our standards for strength and integrity.  Since the beginning and for over 100 years, they have placed the needs of their clients first and foremost.

We believe home-ownership is the bedrock of the middle class experience in America. The Coldwell Banker brand is committed to preserving this opportunity as one of its core values.  We look forward to sharing with you, the exciting benefits for home-sellers from our affiliation with the Coldwell Banker system.

 

After Easter, Windham NH Spring Real Estate Season Blossoms

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When the first spring day comes along (as opposed to the first day of spring), a goodly proportion of Windham’s residents feel the annual pull toward the garden store aisles. Even those who’ve stoutly resisted ordering seeds, gardening tools, or any of the other back yard paraphernalia the catalogs kept hawking all winter can succumb to this particular Call of Nature.

Burpee, Scotts and Miracle-Gro shareholders can relax: spring has sprung.

The Windham spring real estate selling season starts stirring, too, pretty much in lockstep with the appearance of the tulips. Whether or not the tulips have succeeded in poking up out of the ground, it’s a cinch that by this time they will have made colorful appearances on store shelves everywhere, just like the Peeps and chocolate bunnies. Unlike the rest of the early spring’s trappings, though, the spring real estate phenomenon doesn’t disappear from sight once Easter Sunday is a memory. In fact, it picks up steam.

There are any number of explanations why spring real estate in Windham is always expected to ramp up. Part of the reason is the calendar. For families with children, if a move is going to involve a change in school districts, summer vacation is the least disruptive time of year for it to happen, so spring is the time to start house hunting. Part of the reason is due to the comparative difficulty of selling a home in wintertime: not only can foul weather make it harder to keep a home at its showy best, it also can throw a monkey wrench into property maintenance and the few cosmetic fixes that almost every home could use before it hits the Windham listings. The result is a certain amount of bottled-up inventory that bursts onto the scene all at once—and springtime is the single time of the year when that happens.

This is especially true in Windham this year. The winter of 2015 was horrendous and put a crimp on market activity in town. Pending Sales of homes and condominiums was down 29% during the first 3 months of the year. So this year, there is both a pent up demand for buyers who weren’t about to go out looking in four feet of snow and of listings caused by sellers reluctance to list in such awful weather. Since April 1st there has been a frenzy on my listings.

Then there is the automatic momentum effect. When you sell a Windham home, most families need to turn around and buy the next. The National Association of Realtors® tells us that the spring real estate selling season may actually be stronger than the numbers indicate, because many sales that really did begin “in season” don’t actually close until summer begins. Spring real estate as a phenomenon is “real” enough that you can’t blame them for lines like “Spring brings rain and flowers—and possibly extra green in the final sales price of your home.”

The spring real estate selling season is indeed underway, so if you are planning on listing your own Windham home anytime soon, now is a great time to give me a call. It’s the best way to take advantage of the traditional boom in prospective buyers! 

Windham NH Home Value and the Puzzling "Starbucks Effect:

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Will a Starbucks will boost your home’s value?

This was the  “hot home-buying tip” splashed all over the airwaves at the end of last month—one that Windham NH real estate watchers probably assumed had to be one of those weird, crazy coincidence feature stories that crop up from time to time. I was a little surprising that Zillow, the big national real estate firm, was said to be the source. It was all over the TV and radio newscasts, usually providing the cutesy end-of-broadcast segment. It hit dozens of news blogs, led by headlines like “Starbucks will boost your home’s value” (Fortune) and “Starbucks increases neighborhood, home values” (cnbc.com).   

Yeah. Sure thing—just like the one about a rock on Mars that looks just like a monkey. Here in Windham, we’ve seen Internet stories like this come and go before… And besides, Windham NH is more of a Dunkin Donuts and specialty coffee type of town. Windham offers 3 Dunkin Donuts and the Village Bean coffee shop along with Green Mountain Coffee available at many convenience stores. Starbucks, not so much, and Windham is still one of the most desirable towns in Southern NH.

But then, after delving into the actual source, it turns out that this tall tale actually does have an unchallengeable basis in fact. Zillow research shows that in the 17 years leading up to 2015, homes within a quarter mile of a Starbucks location grew in value by 96%. That’s more than 30% greater than the average increase! It was enough to puzzle even the most skeptical Windham homeowner.

But there is a logical reason that explains it—one that’s a little different from what the headlines might lead us to believe. It’s one that won’t make some fast food execs very happy…

First of all, Zillow did come up with the research. Why is not exactly clear (other than to grab a bunch of headlines), but their blogger Melissa Allison is the author of the ‘hot home-buying tip:’

Buying near a Starbucks has benefits beyond easy access to your double-tall, non-fat, bone-dry cappuccino,” she wrote, followed by the head-scratching statistics. She also clarified that the effect was not common to all coffee vending shops. Homes near Dunkin’ Donuts locations appreciated only 80% during the same period. And there was a U.S. map pointing out the cities with the most pronounced ‘Starbucks effect’ (Boston and Philadelphia). Well, there not a lot of difference between Dunk's 80% and Starbuck's 96%.

Here in Windham, though, regardless of how relevant it is (or isn’t) to area home values, it was definitely one statistic worth investigating further. You just had to—in case there really was some obscure nugget of home value wisdom to be had. In fact, after reading through a half dozen commentaries, there does seem to be at least one logical explanation, and with it, as Ms. Allison promised, a home value tip:  

  1. The real estate executives at Starbucks are very good at picking their locations. They find areas where home values are going to rise a lot faster than elsewhere.
  2. The real estate executives at Dunkin’ Donuts—not so much.
  3. Don’t take headlines literally. “Markets Where Starbucks Boosts Home Values the Most” is very misleading. Where an area as a whole is hot, home values rise. Starbucks is just good at slipstreaming behind them.

Windham NH home values rise when their owners improve the property, or when the neighborhood grows in popularity, or when the trend has all area home values on the rise. The best ‘hot home-buying tip’ to come out of this?

Don’t start looking for a Starbucks sign; just give me a call!

Guidelines for Selling a House in southern NH this Winter

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House sold in Windham NH in 10 days in January weather!Some folks live for our New Hampshire winters. For them, the brisk air is a tonic; longer night times are invitations to enjoy the warmth and cheer of fireside camaraderie; the prospect of great skiing, snowmobiling or skating is something they look forward to all year long. For everyone else it may be more of a drag—particularly when a succession of storms, like we’ve seen in southern NH seem to conspire to make their lives miserable.

As a local Realtor in Windham, New Hampshire, I have been incredibly busy during one of the snowiest winters on record. The house in Windham NH pictured, that I listed in the bleakest part of January, was put under agreement in just 10 days.

If you have a good Realtor, working to sell your listing, it does not have to be a tough time to sell a house in southern NH ! Winter does tend to make most houses in Windham NH look drab and barren; and, in general, potential buyers tend to be scarce for a number of reasons. But those who are in the wintertime hunt are apt to be quite serious, so it’s worth remembering that sales can be kindled on even the bleakest February day—especially for owners who keep in mind some simple guidelines:

1.Create your own warmth

Whether it’s turning up the thermostat, lighting a crackling fire, or arranging for that batch of chocolate chip cookies to have just emerged from the oven, thinking cozy is the antidote to gloomy days. The object is to make the entrance from the cheerless outdoors a passage into a welcoming environment brimming with welcoming ambiance. To sell a house in foul weather, make the contrast with the outdoors as stark as possible!

2.Light their way

To compensate for the dimmer sunlight on some winter days, dispel the gloom by turning on all the lights: lamps, overheads, chandeliers—any and everything to brighten the place. To sell a house in Southern NH in winter, (especially in later afternoon showings), be certain to open shades and curtains, too.

3. Have summertime pictures on hand

Be sure to lay out a picture or two of the property in more attractive months. While potential buyers may not be able to see the home when the sun is shining, a picture can help them envision what the house is like during most of the year. Pictures on the kitchen counter of your beautiful garden or your inviting inground pool will go a long way to helping perspective buyers see your home as in looks at other times of the year.

4. Plus—the regular drill!

And don’t forget the basics: carefully tidied, sparklingly polished, spotlessly cleaned, etc. It may be a little bit more of a chore to disperse the clutter (it does seem to multiply when you’ve been cooped up for days!), but it’s every bit as important as ever. Aromas are important anytime you sell a house, so obliterate stuffy winter air with strategically placed potpourri and candles.

The fact is, when it’s properly priced, you can sell a house in in Windham or the rest of southern NH at any time of the year. To get the ball rolling, I hope you will make my number the first one you call!

 

When is the Best Day to Enter Your Home in the Southern NH MLS Listings?

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The Goal is to enter your Home Listing in the Southern NH MLS on a Weekday.

It is a good bet that the first place the public will spot your house for sale will be the Southern NH MLS listings. If 90% of those who actually do buy a home go to the web during their search (researchers at the National Association of Realtors® say so), they will either go directly to the Windham NH MLS home listings or find them through a Realtor’s site.

If you think like an advertising director, you might wonder when, exactly, the best time would be for your new listing’s premier? Is it in the dead of winter? Springtime? Summer? And is there a perfect day of the month, or (come to think of it) day of the week?

The NAR® has weighed in with some concrete answers. Well, actually, not really answers per se—more like information to help satisfy our curiosity. It turns out there really is no single best time for southern NH MLS listings to debut, for a couple of reasons; nonetheless, in case you’re curious (I was) about the findings, here they are:

The most popular home listing debut last year was Thursday, May 1, 2014. Second, April Fools’ Day. April and May were sprinkled liberally through the Top 25; but June, and March were all up there, too. But although the 20th was one of the top days of the month for listings launches (as well as the 24th through 30th), the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked often enough to tilt the overall results toward early in the month.

As for the most favored day of the week, there really wasn’t a clear winne­­r—though there were definitely a couple of losers. Saturday and Sunday were all but ignored as days anyone first listed their homes. The reason is quite simple. As a Windham NH Realtor I want to make sure a new listing coming onto the market is seen by as many interested people as possible. My prime target market is to other Realtors, who may have buyers they are working with, searching for the type of Windham NH property like yours that I am listing that day. Most Realtors and many Buyers get a “hot sheet” of new listings delivered to them daily in their e-mail. New listing buzz is important and I want my new listings to premier on a weekday when other Realtors are likely to be in the office or working on real estate matters. On weekends, many Realtors and Buyers are busy with personal matters and may not notice a new listing coming on the market. So always launch on a weekday, the earlier in the day the better.  

Closings—the days that home sales are signed and sealed—­­­had the same unpopular pair of days: weekend closings were predictably rare, as were Federal holidays. Two strange exceptions did pop up last year: Sunday, November 30, and Sunday, August 31. That has to be because of the natural inclination for people to pick the end of a month when they need to come up with a deadline. Often enough, we have to scramble to meet any deadline…if it happens to fall on a Sunday, too bad!

But although we have all this information about what the most common days to inaugurate a listing or finalize a home’s sale, that ­­really doesn’t answer what’s the best time to do either. After all, just because more people pick similar dates, that doesn’t mean it is necessarily advantageous. You might even argue that the best day to begin listings in Windham and southern NH would be the least popular one, since your listing would be more likely to stand out when it’s the newest. Lonely, but brave!

There is one good answer to when is the best time to list your home: it’s whenever you’re ready. There are plenty of prospective buyers at all times—and as has been well-documented, a lot of them start looking in the dead of winter, when outdoors activities are at a minimum. As for when is the best time to give me a call? Anytime!

Forming an Effective Team Puts Your Windham NH Agent to work Doubling You Agent's Effectiveness.

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Forming an Effective Team Puts Your Windham NH Agent to Work Doubling Your Windham Real Estate Agent's Effectiveness  

Your Windham NH Agent: Doubly Effective When it's Game On!

One of the most effective ways to maximize your chances of achieving the best residential real estate deal possible lies in your ability to partner effectively with your choice of a Windham NH real estate agent. Your agent is your local guide through the complexities of Windham's market--your assistant, tutor, and trusted right arm in the enterprise of buying and selling a residence. It's your Windham agent's job to make the team an effective one--but for all parts to truly work as a unit, some basic elements should be in place...and clearly understood by everyone:  

For prospective buyers, when your real estate agent fully understands your search criteria, the end product is a more focused search that yields the intended results most efficiently. It will conserve an under-appreciated asset (your patience)--and free your schedule by eliminating properties that aren't right for you. Shopping for a home can lead to a bewildering jumble of options. Simply searching online for properties, or driving around likely neighborhood choices looking for "For Sale" signs is an inefficient and time-consuming stratagem. What's more, tapping into a Windham agent's comprehensive understanding of the market--past and present--makes you much more likely to unearth the best value/price offerings as they become available.

For those who are selling a Windham home, an experienced agent wades through less-than-serious inquisitors, keeping you from getting bogged down with fruitless showings or unreasonable offers.

A move into an unfamiliar area comes with a certain level of risk. A trusted agent equips you with the insights you would otherwise be missing. It can mean the difference between landing your dream property and buying into a subpar situation--one you might regret for years. You only need imagine buying a home in the warmer months only to be blind-sided when access becomes iffy during the snowy season. An agent will have a more complete understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of all of Windham's neighborhoods--as well as the ability to help you make an informed choice, irrespective of when you are available or ready to buy.

Establishing a candid relationship with your Windham real estate agent will not only afford you a buying or selling experience that's as untroubled as possible, it will also provide you with a resident's comprehensive knowledge of all the local factors long-time residents take for granted. Buying or selling, I hope you will consider giving me a call for a no-obligation chat about the current market!

Just Sold on Canobie Lake, Windham NH

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Listing Image Number: 3I recently sold 77 West Shore Road in Windham NH. This was a great waterfront property on Canobie Lake. The sales price was $488,000. Do you live in the greater Boston area. This is an example of how affordable a waterfront lifestyle can be in southern NH, just 35 miles from the city. Thinking of selling your waterfront property. I have helped many seller just like you to get the highest value for the their waterfront homes on Cobbetts Pond, Canobie Lake and Big Island Pond. Link to Sales Details

What You Should Know About Selling Your Home in Southern NH

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What do home-sellers have to say about their agents? A group of millennial home-sellers at Hear it Direct, which is a consumer panel held at the Inman Real Estate Connect conference, had the following things to say; At least 5 out of 6 said they had chosen an agent who was either a family friend, a referral from a friend, or someone they had worked with before. The home-sellers went on to say that; four of the 6 said that if they hired a different agent they could have gotten more money for their property and only two out of 6 said they felt good about the industry after the selling process. My advice to home-sellers is this: You need to interview several agents before you list your home. In fact, in the group of interviews, one seller said; if he had to do it again he would have interviewed many more agents. He felt his agent had done the minimum to earn her commission; It is a big mistake to assume that a friend, relative or referral is going to have the skills and strategies needed to sell your home. Take the time to find our how many homes the agent has sold in your community. What you are looking for is an experienced agent who is going to make you a part of the home-selling team and who will communicate with you throughout the home-selling process. You need an expert at traditional and online marketing. You also need a transaction manager, to guide you through all the details, once an offer has been accepted. If you are ready to sell you home in southern New Hampshire, give me a call. I will make sure you know what you need to know, before you list your home. Call me direct: 603-548-7230. CHECK OUT THE HOMES THAT I HAVE SOLD IN SOUTHERN NH