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Guest Blog: Spring Home Shoppers No.1 Competitor: Their Budget

This spring's home shoppers expect less competition overall as more inventory continues to hit the market nationwide, but will struggle with affordability as home prices continue to rise, according to new survey data released today by realtor.com®, the Home of Home Search?. The survey also found, nearly half of shoppers this spring are looking for homes at or under $200,000, which despite less competition will prove difficult to find, as this one segment of housing has actually experienced the largest inventory decline year-over-year.  

Memorial Day

Guest blog from history.com:

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May [...]

Spring Yard Clean Up

We survived through the very long winter and I, for one, am so happy that Spring is finally here. I'm looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, spring flowers and enjoying time outdoors. Now that most of the snow has melted we are left with the remains of our Fall yard work this could be a good or bad thing depending on how much work you did several months ago. But, with newly thawed you’ll realize that the spring clean-up doesn’t have to be that bad. It just requires breaking down the tasks that must be done and having the right tools for the job. Through a series of simple steps and before you know it your yard will look spectacular and you will truly earn your summer! 

What is Mold?

 

 

We often think of mold as either a horrid musky smell often associated with older homes and basements or, we see the once light-colored shower grout is now black, YUCK!  Mold grows undetected. Most people don’t realize they have a problem because they can’t see it at the beginning or ever.  Mold is not visible until it creates a [...]

Spring Cleaning the Inside of Your Home

Spring has arrived and a deep spring clean-up is a must after a long winter when our homes have been completely closed up. Beyond the obvious regular cleaning tasks, here are a few hacks to use for a deep cleaning.

Use lemon to remove wet stains; rub one half of a lemon stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks. Remove water stains with lemon for a natural faucet fix.

Equity Builder Program = Down Payment Assistance

Three local New Hampshire banks have once again been selected to participate in the 2019 Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s (FHLBB) Equity Builder Program (EBP); Bank of New Hampshire, Franklin Savings Bank and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank. This program offers members grants to provide down-payment, closing-cost, and rehabilitation assistance and homebuyer counseling to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income.

Living In the White Mountains of New Hampshire

You’ll never quite get over just how beautiful the White Mountains of New Hampshire are.  The changes in the landscape in a true four-season environment are nothing short of magical, the views will literally make you weep. It is a true outdoor wonderland, and even if you’re not into outdoor activities, the scenery you take in on a daily basis is reason enough to want to call this area home.

Dealing with Bugs in Your Rental Unit

So here’s something no one wants to talk about, - ever. Not in Property Management, not at a family dinner, and definitely not on a first date. Creepy crawlers in the night that bite!

It’s a common trait to itch with all bugs and mites. Some leave rashes. Most are very common; I remember getting lice in 5th grade from my cousin at our family camp because we used the same pillows and didn’t wash the pillow cases between stays. Most bugs and mites need a human host to survive and only live 36-72 hours on their own.

Requirements of a Landlord

Several Months ago a young man came into our office looking for a new rental. He said the place he was renting had given him a rash and bed bugs were found in the mattress and room. After he told the Landlord he was given an alcohol spray bottle. This is an inadequate move as a Property Manager as It is our responsibility to provide a clean and habitable place as a dwelling. In New Hampshire (and every other state) we have the Law of Warranty of Habitability. This means the Landlord/Owner/Property Manager must provide the following: