Blog :: 2019

Franconia Notch Vacation Specialists

Franconia Notch Vacation Specialist

Make Franconia Notch Vacations your "Home Base" for planning life's vacation in the Franconia Notch-White Mountain region of New Hampshire. Featuring "Book Direct" listings for the largest selection of Vacation Rentals, Resorts, Hotels, Motels and Campgrounds in the area, along with "all the local insight" you seek in your adventures & accommodations closest to Franconia Notch State Park with its famed Flume Gorge, Mount Lafayette, Cannon Mountain Tram & The Cannon/Mittersill Ski Area. 

Questions to Ask When Interviewing Potential Realtors

Asking the Right Questions When Interviewing Potental Realtors

With limited inventory available on the market you should take special care when interviewing Realtors you want to work with whether you are selling or buying a home. Here's a few questions to ask those potential agents.

1. What’s your experience with selling property?

There’s no right or wrong answer requiring a full resume, however, you may wish to know if the Realtor sells real estate full-time or part-time and how long they’ve been in the industry.  It’s also reasonable to ask how they resolve issues such as discovering a lien after the fact, disputes with property lines, negative property inspection prior to closing etc.

Building Alternatives

Building Alternatives

?Construction management and home builder specialists Bob and Kathe Tortorice founded the construction company, Building Alternatives, Inc., in Chester, New Hampshire, in 1986. Unlike the general contractor’s role of quoting on your specifications, our owners changed the process by giving you control over construction. We listen to your plans and provide you with options and cost comparison choices to help you make informed decisions.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  Entering its 6th year, this global movement is fueled by the power of social media. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.  There’s certainly no shortage of causes to give to; hurricanes, floods and wildfires, just to name a few. But there are also many organizations right in our own communities in need of financial and volunteer support.  Giving Tuesday is a great time to consider giving back locally. Northern New Hampshire is blessed with a diverse group of organizations aimed at a variety of social causes such as housing, medical care, fuel assistance, child care and providing food. In NH, Granite United Way has developed a website to search specific services in different areas of the state, 211nh.org.

The Flume Gorge

The Flume Gorge

The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. A trip into the Flume begins and ends at the Flume Visitor's Center. Guests can choose to walk through just the Gorge or do a two-mile loop. The walk includes uphill walking and lots of stairs. The boardwalk allows you to look closely at the growth of flowers, ferns and mosses found here. 

New England Ski Museum

New England Ski Museum

Welcome to the New England Ski Museum. Our mission is to collect, conserve, and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration. We have operated our Museum at Franconia Notch State Park since December, 1982 and welcome thousands of visitors each year. Whether online or in person, we encourage you to enjoy our stories from the history of skiing.

C. Randolph Trainor Interiors

As an interior designer, C. Randolph Trainor Interior’s mission is to help you create rooms that reflect your taste and that work for you, whether they are in your primary or second home, your clubhouse or your office. On your behalf, they collaborate with tradesmen, contractors and construction teams, and schedule the material. 

They also act as your advocate, so that the project runs smoothly, you use your funds wisely, and the outcome is absolutely stunning. Together, you will make timely, dollar-wise and strategic decisions for results that bring joy for years to come.

CRT-designed rooms are not fussy and overdesigned. They leave room for each client’s history, personality and input: they design for people and their living requirements, not for the pages of a magazine. When we complete a project, our clients can walk into a space and immediately feel a sense of comfort and ease. Lamps are at the right height for reading, artwork hung for the best effect, and furniture grouped so that it works well for the inhabitants. They also provide healthy and eco-friendly options to minimize toxicity levels and to create a more responsibly designed environment.

Cannon Mountain - The Living Legend

Cannon the Living Legent

Cannon Mountain (formerly Profile Mountain) is a 4,080-foot peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is known for both its technical rock and ice climbing on its cliff face and skiing at Cannon Mountain Ski Area. It was also home to the Old Man of the Mountain, until that formation collapsed on May 3, 2003.

Cannon Mountain, which is the only alpine ski area owned and operated by the state of New Hampshire, ended the 2018-19 season having recorded increases in both revenue and ridership.

Purchasing Your Second Primary Residence

Buying Your Second Primary Residence

For first-time home buyers, the process can be completely overwhelming. There are contracts, deadlines, inspections, deposits, etc. When you outgrow that first home and decide to sell it and buy something better suited for your current situation you might think it’ll be a piece of cake because you’ve already done it once.  Not so fast . . . the process will be equally overwhelming if not more due to regulations put in the place since you purchased your first home.

First, you need to sell your existing home and determining where you’ll live until you find and close on a new home. It’s possible to find a home before you’ve sold your existing residence, but it can be tricky to pull it off, so you may choose to get the first home sold before making an offer on a new one.

Investing in Real Estate

Invessting in Real Estate

Real estate investing involves the purchase, ownership, management, rental and/or sale of real estate for profit. Being a real estate investor isn’t always glamorous but it’s a great way to make your money work for you and build wealth over the long-haul.  There are several ways to consider investing in real estate, buying properties with the intention of renting them to generate income,1031 Exchange or buy, fix, and flip to other buyers. 

When considering investment options think about this, when you buy a stock, it simply sits in your brokerage account and, hopefully, increases in value. If you invest in a rental property, there are many responsibilities that come along with being a landlord. When the furnace stops working in the middle of the night, it's you who gets the phone call. If you have the skills and don't mind handyman work, this may not be barrier; otherwise, you may need a property manager which, of course, affects your profit.

Credit Basics

Credit Basics

Credit affects all people; young, old, rich or poor. Credit reports and scores can impact all aspects of our lives; loans, credit card offers, renting an apartment and even job opportunities. Because of this, it’s critical that you understand how credit works and what factors create your credit score.

There are three major national consumer credit reporting agencies that create credit reports; TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.  Each agency uses a credit scoring model that typically ranges from 300 – 850. Your credit score is a three-digit number that relates to how likely you are to repay debt and is largely based on payment history and limit to balance ratio. For example, if you have a credit card account with a $5,000 limit and your balance is $1,000, it’s more likely to have a positive impact on your score as opposed to having a $4800 balance on that same account.  Your score will never factor in personal information like your race, gender, religion, marital status or national origin.

Deer Park Resort

Deer Park Resprt

Deer Park Resort in Woodstock, NH is just over an hour from Manchester and two hours north of Boston in the heart of the White Mountains. Set on 65 manicured acres, including a private five-acre lake, Deer Park offers year-round enjoyment.  Located only minutes from many fabulous area attractions - Clark's Trading Post, The Whale's Tale, The Flume, Lost River, and many more - the resort provides a wonderful peaceful retreat. They have an on-site, state-of-the-art Recreation Center which includes a 1500 sq. ft. indoor pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, fitness room, racquetball courts, video arcade, game room and a beautiful great room. Also, on site are tennis courts, jogging trails, a basketball court, and volleyball facilities.

Waterville Estates

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Waterville states is in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and is only 2 hours North of Boston.

The accessibility of the area (just a few minutes off Route 93) and its ideal location, nestled between the Lakes Region and on of the most popular vacation destinations in New England.

Cargill construction Co. LLC

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Bill Cargill of Cargill Construction has been in business since 1971. While many things have changed in the last 48 years, what hasn’t changed is the location and the desire to provide all clients with the best possible product.

Cargill Construction Co. LLC offers design-build services to clients looking for a single source approach to both the design and construction of their future [...]

Sweetly Offbeat A Gluten Free Bakery

Sweetly Offbeat

It’s been more than 15 years since Jane Mitchell, owner of Sweetly Offbeat, discovered she has celiac disease. Celiac disease is an auto immune disease in which people can't eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It may also be in other products like vitamins and supplements, hair and skin products, toothpastes, and lip balm. It’s extremely difficult to diagnose as each person with the disease may experience different symptoms but the bottom line is, it doesn’t make you feel very good every time you eat something with Gluten in it.

Skiing in the White Mountains of NH

Skiing in the White Mountains of NH

New Hampshire is a skier’s dream. The White Mountains is home to several popular and diverse downhill ski areas including Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Tenney Mountain, Waterville Valley and Campton Mountain located in Waterville Estates.

Not a downhill skier? The White Mountains also have a large variety of places to do cross-country (Nordic) skiing. Some of the XC trail systems are connected to resorts and downhill ski areas which operate as cross-country touring centers too. Many of the Nordic centers also offer snowshoeing, along with snowshoe rentals and lessons and allow you to bring your dog companions.

Waterville Valley Resort

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Waterville Valley Resort is a family-friendly, fun in the mountains, safe, four-season vacation destination just a short drive from Manchester, Boston or Montreal. Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire the winter season features downhill and cross-country skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and mountain biking. The rest of the year, guests enjoy hiking, golf, tennis, entertainment, shopping and swimming. 

From quaint country inns to 3 or 4-bedroom condominiums, Waterville Valley has numerous lodging options to accommodate you and your family - from a romantic escape to a family vacation.

Selling Your Home in the Fall / Winter

Selling Your Home in the Fall / Winter

Are you a homeowner who’s thinking about selling, yet you may feel you missed the prime selling season and may have to put off listing your home until the Spring?  Don’t despair, there are many good reasons to go ahead and list your property now, you just need to have a strategic plan, so it doesn’t sit on the market all Winter. According to the National Association of Realtors, Existing home sales have increased from November to December an average of 4.5% in the past three winters. This means that although there will be less inventory available, buyers are still out there buying at a steady pace. That’s great news for homeowners wishing to sell during the colder months. The key to attracting buyers during this time of year is to be prepared and have an established strategic plan to prepare your home for sale.

Lincoln Wellness Center

Lincoln Wellnes center

Lincoln Wellness Center promotes health through chiropractic, ensuring a spine free of nerve interference, as well as whole food nutrition, diet and exercise, all of which allow the body to heal itself. Their goal is to perform their work with the highest ethics, integrity, and professional standards. They strive to improve services at every level to strengthen the health of the community.

Owner Dr. Janelle Bard graduated with honors in 1999, from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, TX. After graduation, she decided to open her practice where she enjoyed living – the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Dr. Bard is a 1991 graduate of Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in health education. She has been practicing chiropractic care for the past nineteen years in Lincoln, New Hampshire at the Lincoln Wellness Center. Her practice consists of diversified chiropractic services as well as nutritional consultations.