Roomy Colonial Farmhouse with Rich Local History

This wonderful roomy farmhouse with rich local history is conveniently located near the village of Grantham, close to Rte. 89, and a short distance to Lebanon/Hanover to the north and New London/Sunapee to the south. Once part of an over 500-acre working farm, this 4br/2ba home sits along a beautiful stretch of Stocker Brook. The 3.2 acre mostly-level property features perennial gardens, shrubs, trees, and an open pasture area suitable for livestock or horses. The attached outer buildings were once used as an ice house and farm storage, later as horse stalls and snowmobile storage (with drive out and direct access to miles of trails maintained by the local snowmobile club). Other features: FHA Propane heat (new 2016), 4-bedroom septic (new 2020), double pane windows with screens, a standing seam roof, and a great screened porch in shade of an old maple tree. Excellent opportunity for someone who would enjoy its history and charm and undertake some 21st Century updates. Offered at $229,000.

Marilyn Kidder, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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And so the Market Continues...

The real estate market continues to see low inventory and high buyer demand which means it is still a sellers’ market. In July, the state was reporting historically low inventory – half as much for sale this year compared to last year in July (which was also historically low). Buyers realize the importance of home ownership as evidenced by the Mortgage Bankers Association Aug.12 report which shows a 22% increase in mortgage home purchase applications over last year.

NH market data reveals the state had the highest July median sales price ever for that month at $340k. Year to date (thru July) the median sales price in NH is up 7% at $320k compared to $299k last year with the days on market at 56 days and sellers receiving 98.9% of the list price. In the combined towns of Newbury, New London & Sunapee, the number of home sales is a little ahead of last year (thru July) – 115 sales this year/110 sales in 2019. The avg. days on market is 74 and sellers are receiving 96% of their asking price. Currently there are only 43 homes for sale in the 3 towns; 29 of which are priced over $400k. Now is the ideal time to be selling as we expect buyer activity to remain strong thru early fall. Contact me if you’d like to know the value of your home in today’s active market! 603-526-4116; www.DonnaForest.com; Donna @DonnaForest.com

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July 2020: Record-Breaking Month for NH Residential Home Sales

On the eve of July 31st, 2020, the sun set on a record-breaking month for residential home sales in New Hampshire. NH REALTORS® reported 2,012 residential sales, the most in the state's recorded history for July---which even in slower years is a terrifically busy month for real estate transactions. The month's median selling price also coincided with New Hampshire's highest ever, at $340,000. 

This recent summer boom comes on the heels of five consecutive months of declining sales in the New Hampshire residential housing market. Ever since January 2020, sale volumes had been falling...but July swiftly reversed that trend. Not only that, but it soared ahead to achieve a 6.4% increase over 2019's July sales. July 2020 ushered in a strong seller's market, with sales prices increasing by 22%, and pending sales increasing by 19%. At the same time, the market supply dwindled: homes for sale decreased by a staggering 54%

July has come and gone, but this trend continues. We're now in the the final golden days of summer, in August, and "healthy buyer demand and constrained supply continue to be the story," reports NH REALTORS®. "A competitive market for buyers...is expected to continue into the late summer and early fall market."

Read more in-depth about this trend: https://www.nhar.org/assets/docs/NHAR_MMI_2020-07.pdf


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Think of Selling? Top Questions Answered

1. Can I Sell During the Pandemic?

Yes, in NH selling real estate has always been considered an essential business.  In fact, it’s a great time to be selling as we have low inventory and high buyer interest.  Homes are selling quickly and typically at or above asking prices.

2. Is It Safe to Sell Now?

Assuming you are in good health, then yes, there are precautions agents will take to safely show your home.   Steps such as requiring masks and gloves, asking health questions of buyers prior to showings, and limiting showings to only decision-makers are all standard protocol.

3.  How Long Does It Take to Sell?

The avg. days on market in NH is about 60 days.  We are seeing many homes going under contract in a week or less in our area.  Typical closing dates are 45-60 days out.

4. Is Moving Allowed Right Now?

According to the American Moving & Storage Assoc., moving is deemed an essential service but of course, always do your research and plan ahead.

Thinking of selling but still have questions?  Contact me for more advice and insight on how to safely sell for maximum dollars!  603-526-4116; www.DonnaForest.com; Donna @DonnaForest.com

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Water Access Home on Mtn. View Lake in Sunapee, NH

Listing Broker, Donna Forest, 603-526-4116

With a slight twist on the classic cape, this contemporary style home offers a first floor master, two large bedrooms up, and an open floor plan

 designed for today’s living.  Location is everything - this private retreat is a short walk to the association beach on Mountain View Lake so you can spend those warm

 summer days swimming & soaking up the sun.  Come winter, you are only 5 minutes to skiing at Mt. Sunapee Resort.   Inside you will find freshly painted sunlit and airy

 rooms, an efficient, step-saver kitchen with maple cabinets and a convenient island, a comfy living room with vaulted ceiling, and uncrowded comfort for a casual lifestyle. 

  Whether vacation or year-round, if you are looking for privacy, comfort, and value then give this home a look!  Check out the awesome Matterport virtual tour.  Offered at $299,000. For more photos, visit our virtual tour at: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=AjajfqY2QGt  Donna@DonnaForest.com

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Can You Still Buy or Sell a Home Right Now?

The answer is a definite “yes.”  Realtors have adapted to our new reality and almost everything has shifted to a virtual platform.  Below are some of the changes we are seeing.

  • Agents and clients meet via video chats vs. in person.
  • Virtual tours of homes have become an even more important marketing feature.
  • Documents are filled out & signed electronically using electronic signature programs like Dot Loop or DocuSign.
  • There are safety procedures in place for showings.  Buyers remove shoes, sanitize their hands and don’t touch anything in the house, viewing times are limited, only people essential to the purchase are allowed in, and agents will ask both sellers and buyers if they have traveled in the last 14 days, been around anyone who is sick, or are sick themselves.  Masks may be required as well.
  • Closings can still occur.  Paperwork can be sent out ahead of time for signatures or even done in a parking lot in your own car; monies can be wired. 
  • Home inspectors limit who can be in the house during the inspection.  Exterior only appraisals may be accepted by some lenders. 
  • Buyers and sellers need to be aware the loan processing could take longer.  There could be delays beyond our control so set your expectations accordingly.

Some sellers will pull their house off the market and some buyers will put their search on hold until we are through this health crisis.  While it is not business as usual, adjustments are made so buying and selling can still be a reality.  Give me a call for any real estate needs you may have.  603-526-4116; www.DonnaForest.com; Donna@DonnaForest.com

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Why this is Not the 2008 Housing Crisis

True, this pandemic is causing an economic slowdown.  However, from what I read, recovery will begin once the infection rate peaks.  Many financial institutes such as Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo Investment Institute expect strong gains in the 3rd & 4th quarter and into 2021.  Here is why home prices will NOT be dropping like they did starting in 2008.

1.    There is still a shortage of homes to sell, here and nationwide.  

2.    Housing is more affordable today.  The average family pays 15.5% of their income vs. 25.4% in 2006.  Prices are high, however wages have increased and mortgage rates are lower.

3.    There are stricter lending standards in place.  The 2008 housing crisis was caused by fraud & greed - too much borrowing, flawed financial models & predatory lending.

4.    Homeowners today have plenty of equity in their homes.  From 2005-2007, homeowners treated their houses like cash machines and refinanced $824 billion worth of home equity.  Compare this to 2017-2019 which totaled $232 billion.

5.    Home values increased in 3 of the last 5 US recessions.  (And, in 1991, they only dropped by 2%.)  

There are many variables to this current housing market – work with a professional who can keep you updated on its impacts.  Feel free to contact me for your real estate needs at 603-526-4116, www.DonnaForest.com, or Donna@DonnaForest.com


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Coronavirus and the Real Estate Market

While there are many concerns about the coronavirus and its impact on life as we know it, I thought it might be helpful to have some input on what we are seeing in regards to real estate.  At the moment, buyer interest is strong and they are still out looking at homes. According to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) survey released the week of 3/9/20, only 16% of REALTORS nationwide reported seeing reduced buyer interest in their markets.  Obviously this varies as I’m sure cities like Seattle are seeing greater impacts than in rural areas like ours.  Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, reported “two weeks ago I would have said the biggest hurdle is a general housing shortage. But that’s changed.  The coronavirus is an unprecedented event, and even though we don’t know how everything will play out, it’s currently a big uncertainty that’s hitting the stock market.”  He also feels that in the short term at least, home sales will be down by around 10%.  For now, our area is still seeing a shortage of homes to sell and good buyer demand with extremely low interest rates.  We are not seeing price reductions because of current conditions.  It is uncharted territory and evolving, but I will leave you with this quote “Tough times never last but tough people do.” 

 If you're looking to buy or sell a home, give me a call at 603-526-4116 or email me at Donna@DonnaForest.com, www.DonnaForest.com.

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5 Reasons Why Your House isn’t Selling in a Hot Market

The average days on market last year in NH was 56 days.  If your house has been on for way longer, there are a multiple of reasons as to why it hasn’t sold.  Below are some common causes.

  •  The house is overpriced - the #1 reason why most homes don’t sell. 
  • The house isn’t properly prepared for the market.  Cluttered, too personalized, not sparkling clean, not staged. 
  • Poor listing photos.  93% of buyers are searching online and weed out homes based on photos alone.
  • The property needs too many repairs or updates.  Buyers want move-in condition and are unwilling to take on the cost and effort of repairs & renovations.
  • You are too emotionally attached.  Not listening to recommendations by your agent, micro-managing the process, having unrealistic expectations, etc.

Homes are selling every day because they are at the right price and prepped for sale.  Contact me if you want honest & realistic advice on getting your house sold.  603-526-4116; www.DonnaForest.com; Donna@DonnaForest.com

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Worry-free Condo Living

No more shoveling snow from this special Hilltop Unit in New London!  3 bedrooms, 2 baths, tastefully remodeled with unique fixtures and finishes throughout.  The sun shines in with wall to wall windows.  Gas fireplace in living room for those chilly winter nights.  Large master suite with walk-in closet and tiled bathroom.  Private patio and garden area.  Walk to the clubhouse and community garden.  Monthly association fee of $705.  One time buy-in fee $4,230.  Offered at $274,900.

Anne Marie Appel, Listing Agent, 603-526-4116

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