Information For Sellers

Build New or Buy an Existing Home?

While NH real estate sales rose from April to May by 3.7%, year-to-date, they are down 1.2%. The reality is there are just not enough homes on the market for the number of buyers looking to make purchases and that’s a serious problem.  The most desirable homes, the ones that are selling, tend to be smaller, and more affordable, slowing the median increase.

Out of State but Not Out of Mind

When some people decide to buy property outside that state in which they currently live, they may be doing it with a lot of knowledge already.  They could have the resources of friends and family already living there, or the experience of having visited and spent significant amounts of time in the state.

For others, however, the choice to buy real estate- whether it’s a commercial property, single home, a condo, or even bare land- can seem daunting without some knowledge of the new state. 

Of course, there is some research you can do for yourself. You'll have to narrow it down to the state and maybe a county or region on our own.  But when you get down to choosing a city or town, the best source of information is going to be a well-qualified real estate broker.

Deed Restrictions a Blessing or a Curse

Many subdivisions have strict by-laws to prevent owners from pitching a tent on their site and camping out. This Covenant comes in the form of “no” a temporary shelters provision. One step further we often see no mobile homes, or a minimum square footage requirement. These guidelines were intended to ensure a homogeneous design and value of homes in a given neighborhood. They were and are still a good idea in most cases.

Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

Your Mortgage lender analyzes these five “steps” when considering your loan application and you can help the likelihood of being approved for a loan by knowing them. 

#1) Payment History: The Good can outweigh the Bad… pay your bills on time. Pay even if you are late – do not wait until it goes to  collections. The older a delinquent payment is the less it impacts your score.

The highest Credit score rate is 850. The best interest rates are given to those with scores above 740; a score under 620 is not
likely to get approved through a traditional mortgage lender.

For Sale by Owner Not Such a Great Deal!

You think you’re getting a great deal when you purchase a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) property, but buyer beware – things aren’t always as rosy as they seem.  Here’s a real-life example of just one of the many things that can go wrong.

I had a seller on the sale of a condo in the White Mountains. My seller listed their property with me and during the normal disclosure reported that they had no mortgage on the property. As the transaction moves forward and it comes time to close, we should expect a simple transaction and no lender to chase for a discharge, right? Wrong!

Private Road Bill Passes in NH

“Many times, in the past buyers have called about properties they want to view and potentially buy, only to find out that a financing option was not available due to the fact the access is on a private road. We have informed the sellers a solution which is to get everyone on the road to sign a joint maintenance agreement. This would state who would take care of the plowing, and general upkeep of the common road, and the financial responsibility. This document would need to be recorded and run with the property deed. The problem is not everyone is willing to do that, after all, why put yourself on the hook for this expense if your neighbor is willing to plow for free because that individual has a truck and plow?”

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.

Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

Whether you're considering listing your home for sale or plan to hold on to it through your retirement years; keeping your home maintained and updated will increase its value. The best plan of action is to focus your time and resources on one room at a time.  Begin by making a list of all the things in each room you want to fix or upgrade and calculate the hard costs plus your time for each project. Knowing these two things will help you plan which room to begin with.  In addition to having a plan for each room, you should equally put together a plan for the exterior of your home. 

Preparing Your Home to Sell

If you want to sell your home in the least amount of time and at the best possible price, work your way through this checklist to make sure you are presenting your home in its best possible light.  A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers - and perhaps cinching a deal. A clean, well-maintaintained home will always sell faster and for more money.

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Winter

Spring and summer months are known to be great months to sell due to the warm weather and extended daylight; however, homes can sell in any month if they are priced right for the market area and appeal to the right buyer.  There are always serious buyers out there, the key is attracting them to your property. Here are 5 good reasons to list your home now:

Tips For Selling Your Home

First Impressions, your home must sell itself, an attractive home, well maintained and sparkling clean is most appealing to potential buyers

OUTSIDE

A pleasing exterior appearance is essential for that critical first impression. These simple suggestions will help show off your property to its best advantage.

Think of prospective buyers as your guest and prepare the inside of your house accordingly

I Can Sell My Own House

It’s a seller’s market; I don’t need a real estate agent to sell my house. I can throw a for-sale sign up and start moving next week. Stop! Have you really thought that through? Do you really know what a real estate agent can do for you? Let’s take it from the top and talk about the big three; money, liability and [...]

Seal the Deal with Curb Appeal

It’s selling season and homeowners everywhere are sprucing up inside and out to attract buyers to their properties. It may be a seller’s market but you still have to put some effort into making your property stand out.  The outside of your home is the first thing a buyer will see, if it’s not visually pleasing they won’t go up the walkway [...]