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Calling All Home Gardeners

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It is that time of year again, here is some guidance for starting your Seedlings Indoors.

I know, most of New England is under a blanket of white and the last thing you have on your mind is your summer garden. You can grow a robust vegetable garden by buying young plants at your local garden center closer to the time you want to plant them outside, but your selection may be limited especially if you are an organic grower. On the other hand, you can have a much wider range of varieties if you start your own plants from seeds indoors. If this is you, now is the time to start planning and mapping your outside garden. Start plants like tomatoes with long grow times and requirements for warm weather now.   Planting your own seedlings is very economical with many seed suppliers like Johnnyseeds.

10 Tips for a Smooth Home Remodel

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Follow these 10 tips when you embark on an exciting home remodeling project.

  1. Establish effective two-way communication with the home remodeler. It’s essential to have good communication for a smooth home remodeling project. Does the remodeler listen? Does he or she answer questions clearly and candidly? Can you reach him when you need to? Does he return phone calls promptly? Does he let you know when problems arise and work with you on solving them?

Choosing a Home Builder

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Homeownership is the foundation of the American Dream and with dwindling inventory across the country many potential buyers are breaking the barrier into building the homes they can’t find on the market.  This isn’t a task to enter into lightly, there’s plenty of horror stories to be found about buyers being scammed or having contractors walk away in the middle of the job whether they’ve been paid or not.

Due to the lack of inventory any good builder is going to have a pretty hefty pipeline and likely not enough help to keep up with the demand so it’s important to do a lot of research on your own before venturing into this territory.

Homebuyer's Dictionary from the National Association of Home Builders

Real Estate Dictionary

ARM? GPM? PITI? You’d have to be a cryptologist to figure out some of the terms buyers encounter during the home buying process. Doing research on how to buy a house before beginning the process can greatly improve your experience and prepare you for the exciting course ahead. And with this glossary of home buying terms at your side, you can rest easy that your new home won’t get lost in translation.

What's in Store for the National Housing Market in 2021?

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Happy New Year! Many of us are excited to see the end of 2020, and a New Year means a new housing market… right? Well, maybe not, or at least not yet.

It’s difficult to pin down one 2021 housing market prediction that will be 100 percent accurate, but there are a lot of compelling points being made from very detailed analyses. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity

Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity

About Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity 
Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

What's Your Decluttering Style

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Clutter can often be a sign of a chaotic lifestyle and it can also represent a very depressed person. You might have ready many articles on the subject and tried a variety of ways to clean up your own space but within days it’s right back to the same old trend of collecting mail or papers you really don’t need.  That’s because you haven’t found the decluttering style that best fits your lifestyle. There’s no one way that works for everyone.

Clutter and Depression

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It’s been proven. Clutter is a bummer — literally.

Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too.

At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 California families and the objects in their homes. The resulting book, "Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century," is a rare look at how middle-class Americans use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime.

Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch.

It turns out that clutter has a profound effect on our mood and self-esteem. CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found:

AHEAD's January Financial Virtual Workshops

AHEAD Financial Education

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to revisit our budgets, credit and saving money any way we can.  AHEAD is fulfilling these much-needed services by offering virtual one-hour workshops.

In January they have 4 courses being offered virtually and FREE. Even better, they are making them available during the day as well as in the evening.  Their January schedule is as follows:

Creating a Home Office

Home Office

If you are one of the thousands of employees who are now working from home here are some suggestions in getting a home office space established. First off, you will need tools that boost efficiency, comfort, and pleasure to make any work-from-home assignment better. If you want to be productive and professional when working from home, you must create a home office that matches your aspirations. Here are the most important criteria for creating a home office that you will want to use. Follow these tips to save yourself time and remove the stress of having a poorly planned home office before you begin working from home full time.

Give An Attitude of Gratitude

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Giving Tuesday is a day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  This global movement is fueled by the power of social media. It's a great time to consider giving to these organizations that provide services locally. 
 
It is our hope at Alpine Lakes Real Estate that as we enter this holiday season, you're able to find even the briefest moment of solace with loved ones whether it's at home, outdoors, or via Zoom. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

USDA Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans

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USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program provides a path to homeownership for low- and very-low-income families living in rural areas, and families who truly have no other way to make affordable homeownership a reality. Providing these affordable homeownership opportunities promotes prosperity, which in turn creates thriving communities and improves the quality of life in rural areas.

Woodstock Farmhouse

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A New White Mountain Event Venue!

We are excited to announce the Woodstock Farmhouse, a gathering place since 1890. This 7-bedroom, 5 bath newly remodeled New England style farmhouse with a beautiful back yard is perfectly located on the banks of the Pemi River and Main Street North Woodstock, New Hampshire. Weddings, guest groups, corporate summits, non-profit retreats, and more will find the Woodstock Farmhouse a gem in the mountains.  

Listings Wanted for Qualified Buyers

Listings Needed for Qualified Buyers

ATTENTION AREA HOMEOWNERS!

Alpine Lakes Real Estate is actively looking for properties to sell and rentals to manageAs Fall draws to a close and the we are faced with the winter months, we all know ski season isn’t too far behind. Due to the Pandemic we find real estate inventory and availability of winter leases are at an all-time low in the Loon and Waterville areas. We have many qualified buyers and tenants for your properties, so please feel free to give Alpine Lakes Real Estate a call. Want to do your own research first, visit www.alpinelakes.com, you’ll be able to search the State’s MLS, view our vast blog section for up-to-date information and read more about our team of Realtors in the Lincoln & Campton offices. 

Love Builds Community at Waterville Valley Resort

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Every day we’re reminded that winter is right around the corner. Peak fall color has hit the Valley early this year and we’ve already had a few frosty mornings with temperatures dipping into the mid-twenties overnight. Snow will be flying before we know it and we couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming season. Going into the 2020/21 Season we understand that there’s a lot of uncertainty, and while there will be operational changes, we want to re-assure you that we will still have a great season. Thinking about skiing & riding shouldn’t be stressful, so we want to be as informative as possible with all of you on our operational plans. For the sake of not having a seemingly endless email, we ask that you please visit our website to read the full update where we will go over the following subjects:

Join Us In Saying Thank You!

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If you had the opportunity to visit any of the attractions, restaurants or food stops in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this Summer, thank a young person. Without local high school and college students stepping up during the Covid-19 Crisis many local small businesses would not have been able to operate at all.  At best many saw a significant decrease in sales in our area but better to have less sales than closed doors! A HUGE thank you to a our local youth who have worked so hard to keep our local area serving all the visitors that made it to the wonderful White Mountains this summer.

September 11 Attacks

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WRITTEN BY: Peter L. Bergen - CNN national security analyst and director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation. Researcher Notes.

Because the September 11 attacks caused such massive destruction and intensely hot fires, the remains of many victims were never recovered, and others remained unidentifiable. Consequently, the precise number of victims—particularly the number of those killed at the World Trade Center—has remained unclear.