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NEW HOME LISTING IN WINDHAM NH

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Distinctive custom home is nestled privately on a 2.62 acre lot, in a cul-de-sac neighborhood atop Jenny's Hill. Dramatic two story foyer with beautiful Palladian window and custom detail. Tucked off the foyer is a great office with boxed bay window. The formal living room and dining room feature hardwood floors and crown moldings. The spacious center island kitchen with granite counters and breakfast area opens to the family room. The family room features a masonry wood-burning fireplace. Luxurious master bedroom suite includes a dressing area with gleaming wood floors, vaulted ceilings, two walk-in closets and spa bath with wrap-around bay window. The second floor also offers three spacious bedrooms and an additional bath. Dutch door laundry is conveniently located off the mud room. You'll enjoy summer evenings on the inviting screened porch with sweeping views of the back yard and pond. Recent additions include Central AC on second floor, generator hookup and a/g swimming pool. $489,900

 

 

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    COMING SOON IN WINDHAM NH

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    WINDHAM NH: This Great New Listing will be available to be seen beginning on May 6th. Pride of ownership is evident throughout this home featuring a vaulted ceiling great-room with gas fireplace, kitchen with granite, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2 car garage. Plus central air and generator. Priced at just $354,900. Be the first to see this beautiful home. Give me a call for the full details and to arrange a viewing. 603-548-7230

    The Real Deal on Finding a Great Windham NH Realtor

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    When you find yourself poised to sell your home, there’s no more important initial step than seeking out a great Windham NH Realtor® to round out your team. Without even thinking about it, everyone automatically knows that they want a real estate professional with the technical experience, communication skills, and local knowledge that such serious business requires. It also won’t hurt if your Realtor has bottomless reserves of energy and a positive attitude to match—as well as the sympathetic human traits that makes them a pleasure to work with.

    There are lots of conventional channels that make it easy to identify perfectly well-qualified Windham Realtors (and we are lucky to have many talented ones here in the area)—but when you’re looking for the one who will sync with you and your ultimate goals, that level of rapport will most likely take an extra proactive step or two to secure.

    Positive word-of-mouth is a good way to start, but it’s realistic to remember that the one making the referral may or may not share your priorities in a working relationship. You will be working together for a while, and depending upon each other to make some significant decisions—some of which could be made under pressure. When the team has good chemistry going for it, those decisions will come easier. A few ideas that people have found helpful in finding the right Realtor:

    Check out the REALTOR’S Web-site

    When you looking on a REALTOR’S web-site, check out the past performance pages, the reviews of past clients, and the focusof the message that the web-site conveys Even though a REALTOR will be presenting themselves in the best light, there are many indications of how the REALTOR will interact during the transaction with you.

    Check out a Realtor’s Open House

    This is a good way to see a Realtor at work. Whether you are buying a Windham home or selling your own, dropping in unexpectedly will allow you to listen to what they say and how they interact with prospects. Don’t hesitate to be upfront about your own situation: a great Realtor will be able to help other potential buyers and deal with you without missing a beat!

    Use Social Media

    You can also start conversations with prospective Realtors on social media to gauge how long it takes them to respond, whether or not they can give you detailed answers, and to see how they engage with other members of the public. This is a good way to tell if they use social media skillfully, building their brand while clearly valuing the people who interact with them.

    Consult with Other Professionals

    The opinions of contractors, mortgage brokers and repair people can be valuable, too. Professional people have an insider’s view of the Windham Realtors who work hard to get the job done efficiently.

     Pick up the Phone and Call

    Just pick up the phone and call to introduce yourself and to begin the process. Let the agent know you’re just beginning your search for a Windham real estate agent. This will allow you to see how quickly they return calls and how the interact with you during your conversation. Most agents know that you will be interviewing other agents and will be glad to speak with you.

    Of course, fine-tuning your choice should include doing the conventional legwork, too. Look at the Realtor’s listings, their track records, their accolades, where they live and their experience. If you have a house to sell in Windham, it really is best that the agent consistently sells homes in Windham. The rest is up to you. Needless to say, I hope I make it to your final cut!

    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!

    Cold Winter, Hot Spring, Great Prospects for Windham NH Real Estate Market.

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    You've all heard the saying, cold hands, warm heart, but in the Windham NH real estate market, it seems that the saying for 2015 will be, cold winter, hot spring. With just the first warm rays of the Spring-time sun starting to melt the snow banks around Windham, we are observing as very strong market. Windham NH houses, are going under agreement at a quickening pace, many of which are sporting very strong asking prices. If you are ready to sell your home in Windham contact me directly on my cell at 603-548-7230. I have the experience to price you home so you get top value in today's market and posess the skills to create the new listing buzz that will get your home shown and sold. In the meantime, please enjoy the following information about raising your homes emotional IQ:

    Selling Your Windham NH House Means Raising its Emotional IQ

    When it comes to selling your Windham NH home, the first attributes that will bring in prospective buyers will be found in your listing description: size, location, and all the details that either match prospects’ wish lists (or don’t). Price is in there, too. Next comes curb appeal, which can turn on or turn off prospective buyers. Although it is often the second “at bat” you get when you are selling your house in Windham, it’s not usually decisive. The third attribute can be just that—a bunch of factors that can hook your ultimate buyers.

    Call it your home’s “emotional IQ.”  Everything else is important, but emotion plays a powerful role in selling your Windham house. That’s because home is, well, home—where people hang their hats, raise their kids, and spend their precious downtime. When potential buyers come to your house, they may think they are checking out four walls and a roof, but they are much more likely to be seeking a place that tugs at their emotions.

    All very well and good, but how do you up your home’s emotional IQ (and snag the sale in the process)? Look objectively at your home, then think about the emotional plays that will get them where it count—through their senses. Give your home a quick sensory scan, looking for things that cue all five:

    Sight. Is your home clean? Is it decorated and staged (but not so much that potential buyers can’t imagine themselves in it)? Make sure your home is as spotless as possible, and warm but not personal. When room entrances are arranged to feel open, they look welcoming: a strong way to please the eye.

    Sound. Does your home sound like a home? There’s nothing less emotionally pleasing than doing a walkthrough of a perfectly empty shell of a house. Attractive floor coverings (rugs and throws) can eliminate the unbroken echo of footsteps—and make your home feel more inviting; less clinical. And don’t forget a drop or two of 3-in-1 oil or WD40 for squeaking doors!

    Smell. The nose is a powerful emotive factor. Aromas can evoke nostalgia, bringing on the feeling of well-being that comes with familiarity—but it can also sound alarm bells. Make sure the air doesn’t carry strong chemical or perfume smells. Better to throw a few cookies into the oven before walkthroughs arrive. It makes it easy for potential buyers to imagine themselves living, working, eating, and enjoying time in your home. Also, pet odors are the number one turn off.

    Touch. Look for surfaces potential buyers may touch, and make them clean and inviting. Importantly, door latches and light switches should feel sound and serviceable.

    Taste. No—nobody can really taste a home, but selling your house may come down to leaving your personal taste at the door. It’s risky to forget to focus on the most tasteful place of all—the kitchen. The old real estate agent trope that gorgeous kitchens sell houses is more true than not, so if yours is hopeless, you may judicious to spend your upgrade dollars in a modern, open kitchen space.

    How does your home’s emotional IQ add up? If you’re lacking in just one area, congratulations. You know what to fix, and a few subtle tweaks will help a lot. If you’re lacking in many areas, give me a call! I may be able to recommend some quick fixes, or point to a home staging professional. Don’t forget: Whether buying or selling your house, things can get emotional. Take a deep breath, remember the real purpose of a home, and be ready to move!
     

    OPEN HOUSE: Explore the Possibility of Condominium Living in Windham NH

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    Villages of Windham Lamplighter Village

     

    Explore the opportunities for condominium living at a low key Open House. Sunday March 8th from 1-3 P.M. Two spacious and luxurious Windham NH condominiums will be open for viewing. Both are ranch style end units. One is located in Lamplighter Village and is offered at $339,900 and the other is located in the Villages of Windham, and is being offered for $369,900 and is nearly brand new. Why not plan to take this opportunity to explore condominium living, at a low key open house event. Here are the adresses: 37 Gordon Mountain Road, Windham NH and 50 Mountain Village Road, Windham NH.

    The Best Real Estate Agents in Windham NH are True Team Players

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    Windham NH Realtor Team PlayerIn the weeks before you decide which of the Windham NH real estate agents will represent you and your home once it goes on the market, you’re probably looking for a Windham NH Realtor® with the qualities that make a great sales person: knowledgeability, directness, personality, trustworthiness. Likeability is always helpful, but it’s only one among many qualifications. This is a business decision, and an important one for you and your family.

    Then, the instant you make your selection, the landscape changes completely! You are no longer on your own: you and your Windham NH real estate agent are members of a team that’s ready to get to work on the project. You both want your home on and off the market as quickly as possible, so the smoother the workflow with your real estate agent goes, the better.

    Your real estate agent will already be hard at work assembling the marketing program that will attract prospects from near and far, but you can be helpful even with that effort. It’s the first of three key ideas that are often pointed to as key contributions owners can make:

    · Help your agent with unique selling points

    What makes your home different from all the others that will be listed for sale? Every property has unique selling points that don’t fit into the standard check boxes, so let your agent know. Qualified agents are already thoroughly familiar with Windham’s broad attractions, but you’ve experienced specific advantages to living in this home, in this neighborhood. Each selling point is another facet that could fire a buyer’s imagination. Having a rich store of real life anecdotes to draw upon will strengthen your agent’s ability to put your home in the limelight.

    • Keep it cozy without clutter

    Most times, an owner is still living at home, so your Windham NH real estate agent will be working with what you have available when it comes to furniture and home décor. It’s a strongpoint when prospective buyers are able to project themselves into being the comfortable homeowners. If they’re prevented from envisioning your home as their own, they’ll be out the door and onto the next! Clearing away personal items helps with that—and keeping the clutter level low increases the sense of spaciousness. If buyers see an overstuffed closet, they’ll sense a house that lacks storage space. If kitchen counters are cluttered, they’ll think the space is too small.

    ·Be flexible with your schedule

    Your real estate agent lists your house, makes sure to market it in all the many venues available, arranges open houses and showings, and spreads the word throughout the industry. During this part of the process, you help greatly by being as flexible as possible when it comes to showings. Sometimes potential buyers may seem to be placing insensitive scheduling burdens on the team—but as any serious-minded house hunter can tell you, they have their own scheduling issues, too!

     Selling a home is a team effort, for sure; one you can decide to launch with a simple phone call to me at my office! Call me direct at 603-548-7230

    Windham NH Realtor uses the Internet to Get Your Home Shown and Sold

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    In Windham NH real estate as in many other businesses, successfully drawing the public's attention, then communicating value, are what separate can-do practitioners from the pack. It's pigeonholed under "marketing" instead of "selling" because the latter sounds more like a one-on-one activity, whereas "marketing" depicts the kind of effort that goes out to the world at large.

    The past couple of decades have produced sea changes in the way southern NH real estate brokers and agents need to approach their marketing approach. It's not just the way all the advertising and communications media have been transformed; it's also the expectations of the people they are intended to reach--the buyers. When a homeowner intends to put his home up for sale, one way to insure success is to be aware of the elements that make up any marketing plan designed to take advantage of the real estate marketplace in 2015.

    • Technology is at the forefront of good marketing, and today's Realtors® can choose to put it to their clients' advantage. A responsive website, like Kristie Dinsmore.com with striking visuals, good content, and specific details to accompany their business cards, brochures, and other traditional marketing materials build more than their own brand--they launch every client's Windham NH real estate listing across the virtual Universe!
    • Today's real estate market rewards creativity more than was hitherto the norm. Because the web has made so much information so accessible, having a knack for standing apart from the crowd is more important than ever. Using techniques to attract attention is the first step in guaranteeing marketing success, so understanding search engine optimization (and using that knowledge regularly) is vital. In fact, it's one of the reasons I make sure to post this blog regularly!
    • A social media presence is a must for anyone conducting real estate in Windham NH--and it just so happens that it's the perfect venue for Realtors® to shine. It's a very personal (well, not quite an in-the-flesh handshake--but as personal as electronics allow!) way to expand networks and engage people in a diverse cross section of prospective audiences.
    • Using electronic and social media is part of the story, but monitoring their effectiveness ("the metrics") is a necessity to track how well they are working. By tracking this information and using the results to take advantage of what works best, every one of my southern NH real estate client shares in maximizing their listing's exposure.

    Effective real estate marketing uses ongoing research--and the strategy and energetic tactics that reach out to take advantage of the whole spectrum of today's communication resources. If you are thinking of listing your own home, I hope you'll give me a call to see all that I can do for you!

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      News Flash! Men and Women House Hunters in Southern NH have Different Priorities.

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      Last week, The Wall Street Journal made it official: they had a slow news day. It was February 11 (that was Wednesday) when they ran the feature story, "A Gender Gap in Real Estate."

      This was something Windham NH house hunters (not to mention those hoping to attract their attention) could certainly appreciate: an article about what men and women consider "very important" when it comes to features in homes. Author Adam Bonislawski based his story on National Association of Realtors® survey information; the results pointed to some dissimilarities between what women and men look for.

      Now, I've had a good deal of experience helping both men and women house hunters in southern NH, so it didn't come as a complete surprise that their priorities differ. For instance, I was not at all surprised about the contrasting emphases the two put on the importance of having a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. The only surprise was that it was the men who found it much more important (38%-29%)!

      What about house hunters' feelings about the importance of kitchen appliances being new? Same phenomenon: men 38%, women 29% (possibly because appliances are gadgets, and men like the newest gadgets). How important is it that a home be single level? The sexes reverse: Male house hunters think it is very important 18% of the time; women, 31%. I'd bet that within the 18% that are masculine we'd find a disproportionate number of stay-at-home dads.

      House hunters registered a big gap when it comes to rating 9-foot or higher ceilings as very important. A miniscule 8% of females agreed, while nearly three times that many of their male counterparts thought so (21%).

      One harder to guess feature would have been the desirability of a kitchen island. Nineteen percent of male house hunters found it very important, versus just 8% of the females. Does this mean women are tired of entertaining? Do they no longer consider their masculine counterparts capable of sous chef action? Or is it that more men are taking over the cooking duties?

      I'd have to admit, I'm less than certain that these national averages are 100% reflective of what house hunters in the Windham NH market prefer. Yes, southern NH men certainly value attics (13%) more than the ladies (7%)--they do tend to spend more time up there (but neither are terribly committed to that form of high living). Basements are preferred by close to equal numbers.

      Being that these findings are sort of interesting (not fascinating, perhaps, but at least sort of interesting), you might be wondering why at the beginning I thought it was evidence that the WSJ was having a slow news day. It's because of some tiny print at the bottom of a graph, which gave the date of the NAR survey--all the way back in 2013! More up-to-date is what we find unfolding for today's southern NH house hunters: give me a call to get the latest!

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