Back to Nature in New Hampshire

Photo Credit: Mount Washington Observatory

Saturday, February 4th, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, set the bar for the coldest windchill every recorded: -108 degrees Fahrenheit. While the actual temperature was a balmy -47 degrees Fahrenheit, the 127 mph winds created the record-breaking frigid experience. Miles away in our own New London, Saturday’s temperature was a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit. (Which still may chill the bones of those who prefer warmer climates!) But like any person or place, we can’t label based on one moment or incident. From the end of May through mid-September, New London and its neighbors enjoy the gorgeous average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit - and the humidity is only muggy or uncomfortable 5.6 days out of the year! Take that, Florida! Sure, in our part of the hemisphere, it gets chilly – but only January during the “deep winter” with temperatures averaging 11 degrees Fahrenheit.  Since it’s not humid, the colder months are never bitter, so jeans and a sweater keep even the most sensitive of us comfy! When you are ready to relocate to our paradise, contact The Milestone Team. We’d love to show you around – and take you to Mount Washington!

In the meanwhile, enjoy this video of that chilly Sunday morning atop the White Mountains of Our New Hampshire.

Home Selling Trends in 2022

Home Selling Trends in 2022

Since 1981, the Nat’l Assoc. of Realtors has published an annual report providing insight into buying and selling behaviors. Since my last article was about buyers, I thought it would be good to provide some interesting data on sellers from the 2022 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

  • The typical home seller was 60 years old and had lived in their home for 10 yrs.
  • 86% of sellers worked with a real estate agent to sell their home.
  • 85% said they would definitely recommend their agent for future services.
  • 10% of home sales were For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Of this 10%, half of the sellers knew the buyer of their home. FSBOs typically sell for much less than the selling price of agent assisted home sales.
  • For recently sold homes, the final sales price was a median of 100% of the listing price – the highest recorded since 2002. In NH for 2022, the median sales price was $440,000, an 11.4% increase from 2021, and the sales price was 102.2% of the listing price.

The information provided in this report helps highlight the trends in the housing market and also shows that buyers and sellers value the role of a real estate professional. Whether buying or selling contact me to see how these trends impact you.

Contact Donna Forest: 603-526-4116;;

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Dana Robinson at the Sunapee Coffeehouse February 24th.

"Dana Robinson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Cabot, Vermont who combines an openhearted singing style, with wry humor and astute observations about community and place.

Seven Days writes, “Dana is a master storyteller, spinning his yarns with the precise skill of an artisan loom weaver.” 

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BSO NOW programs are free for the 2022-23 season! Stream newly recorded video performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BSO musicians in chamber music, along with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more.

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Home Buying Trends in 2022

Home Buying Trends in 2022

 Since 1981, the Nat’l Assoc. of Realtors has published an annual report providing insight into buying and selling behaviors. Below is some interesting data on buyers from the 2022 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

  • First time buyers made up 26% of all buyers, down from last year’s 34% and is the lowest number in 41 years.
  • The distance buyers moved from their last home to their new one increased from 15 miles to 50 miles as buyers looked to small towns and rural areas..
  • 49% of buyers cited quality of the neighborhood as the most important factor in determining location.
  • They typical home purchased was 1800 SF, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, built in 1986.
  • Most buyers expected to live in their home for a median of 15 yrs.
  • 86% of buyers purchased their home thru a real estate agent. 89% would use their agent again or recommend their agent to others.
  • 88% of buyers reported they view a home purchase as a good investment.

This is a small sample of the characteristics of home buyers in 2022. If you’d like to know how current trends and behaviors impact your goals of buying or selling, then contact me.

Contact Donna Forest: 603-526-4116;;

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What the experts predict for 2023...

What the Experts Predict for 2023

The popular term for 2022 was it’s a “shifting market”. In other words, the exuberant days of low interest rates and over asking prices from the previous 2 years were disappearing. Here’s what the experts are predicting for 2023.

  • If inflation is high, mortgage rates will be high. But if inflation continues to fall, rates will likely fall as well. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the Nat’l Assoc. of Realtors, expects rates to be at 5.7% by year end. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are projecting around 6%.
  • Housing inventory is expected to remain tight (putting upward pressure on home prices). Sales are down 17% in NH for 2022 from the previous year. For the U.S., Yun predicts sales to fall 6.8% in 2023 compared to 2022. Higher interest rates have tempered buyer demand as well.
  • Home price appreciation could go up or down. Some experts predict up to 5.4% appreciation while others say prices could depreciate as much as 5.1%. Most likely appreciation will be relatively flat or neutral. Some areas could see small price gains and others may see slight price declines.

Moderation might be the new catch phrase for 2023. Rates are expected to stabilize, the volume of sales will be less, and home appreciation may be relatively flat, depending on where you live. Whether buying or selling, contact me to know how this market impacts you.

Contact Donna Forest: 603-526-4116;

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53 Hilltop place!

One floor Hilltop living with second floor comfortable guest suite. Lovely sunny location and level step in from attached garage 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. Pergo floors in living spaces, 2 bedrooms carpeted. New shower in Primary bath. Plenty of closets for storage and great built in china cupboard in dining area. $400,000

New listing!

Warm and welcoming, this 2 bedroom, move-in ready cape has many updates including complete renovations on the kitchen and first floor bathroom. Privately located in a peaceful country setting with an easy commute to I-89 & the Upper Valley or southwards via Exit 10. You feel off the beaten path but are only 5 miles to downtown New London. Outdoor living is enhanced by the secluded deck surrounded by level lawn, shrubs, and many trees. The tranquil backyard is perfect for relaxing. You’ll find wood floors on the 1st floor, an efficient kitchen, a sunny dining room, and a generous sized living room. Plus there is a one car detached garage with a shed for additional storage – all offering low key, comfortable living at a price you can afford. If you are looking for that one special place where coming home is as comforting as a cup of hot cocoa and fuzzy slippers, then give this one a look! OPEN HOUSE SAT. 12/17 10:30 - 1:30

Contact Donna Forest: 603-526-4116;; 

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"A Bowl Of Merry"

December 9th

Bough of Holly 



Join three celebrated musicians as they fill your holiday bowl with instrumentals and songs, both original and traditional. Their festive trio, duo, and solo arrangements are sure to delight listeners' ears and warm the hearts of all.

Performer pic

STEVE SCHUCH- Night Heron Music

Steve Schuch - A Grammy-nominated composer, singer, guitarist, and violinist. He has performed and recorded with Windham Hill guitarist Will Ackerman, folk legend Pete Seeger, and his own Celtic ensemble, The Night Heron Consort.

Performer pic


Kathy Lowe - Singer, song writer, recording artist, guitarist and dulcimer player. Her Seasonal Holiday CD of original carols, “Wishing You Peace,” has become a family favorite for 20 years. Raised in a Vaudeville /Circus family, one never knows what she's going to do next. Visit her intriguing world of "Petreflection Photography" and comedic "Qathy Quarantina" videos.

Performer pic

Kent Allyn


Kent Allyn - He's the best side guy player in NH. On bass, guitar and piano, Kent has played with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note (since 1976), Susie Burke, Cosy Sheridan, Cormac McCarthy, Kathy Lowe, Steve Schuch, The Renovators, and The Rushmores. He's taught private music lessons at Berwick Academy in Maine since 1989. A claim to fame: Steve Tyler's grandmother gave him piano lessons. She would say to him, “Kent, I didn't come here to hear you practice."

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New Listing, Lyon Brook, New London

Lyon Brook offers a comfortable, independent lifestyle that allows owners and residents to simplify their lives in a warm community atmosphere. A caring staff treats residents and owners with dignity and respect, while offering amenities not found in other condominium communities. Meals are optional in the cozy community Dining room, complete with fireplace. There is also a welcoming sunroom, as well as a Library which offers a comfortable retreat to relax and read your favorite book. 

Unit 8 is on the first floor and had many renovations around 2019-2020. The small bedroom, living room, foyer, dining area, and kitchen now feature attractive, light wood flooring.  The kitchen cabinets were also replaced along with the appliances. A mini-split A/C was installed in the living room, along with remote control window treatments. 

The apartment enjoys a lovely walk-out patio area off the living room and benefits from morning light throughout the living space. A nearby door off the hall provides access to the parking area. Basement access is also nearby; here the owner of this unit has a 6’ x 8’ storage “cage”.

If you have never visited Lyon Brook and are considering down-sizing, you will be very impressed and pleased with what it has to offer.

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Mortgage Rates & Home Prices

Wondering About Mortgage Rates & Home Prices?

Will Mortgage Rates Keep Rising? 

The Federal Reserve is trying to lower inflation by increasing the federal fund rates and slow the economy. The Fed doesn’t set mortgage rates however their actions impact these rates. While inflation is high, we will see high mortgage rates. NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, says rates could continue to increase; adding that 7% looks to be the level the rest of this year and most of next year. He predicts within 2 yrs. the rate should return to 5.5%-6%.

Where are Home Prices Heading?

We continue to have more buyers than sellers in the market so it’s still a sellers’ market. The most recent NHAR report for October showed only a 1.7 month supply of homes to sell (a balanced market is 6 months). Some experts are calling for a little price appreciation next year and others project slight depreciation. Yun foresees zero or minor changes next year, with a swing in either direction. The overheated markets where prices shot up rapidly will see more of a shift in prices. In 2024 and beyond, the experts expect to see more normal appreciation (typically 3-4%) in the years ahead. Yun is predicting a 5% price jump in 2024. Pricing all depends on the local market and factors such as the balance between supply & demand. In NH thru Oct., prices are up 13.5% and homes sold 102.6% of the listing price.

If you are considering buying or selling, contact me for the best advice on making your next move.

Contact Donna Forest: 603-526-4116; 

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