It's Alive!

HR.Donna_3144Lately this is a sentiment many of us have about the real estate market as it seems to have come alive these last few months!  This opitmism is backed up by figures just released by the NH REALTORS® as NH home sales saw its most February sales since February 2002, up 27%.  Cumulative sales for this January and February increased 25% compared to January and February 2015.  While only a 2 month comparison, it certainly is positive news.  The median sales price statewide saw no change from last year, however prices may start creeping up if our low inventory persists.  Right now it seems we may have more buyers than we have houses to sell!  For example, currently New London has 40 homes for sale and last year there were a total of 60 homes sold.  This may change as sellers usually start entering the market in April and May, the beginning of our "true" selling season.  However, all things considered, there is good cause to be optimistic about the real estate market being alive in 2016!

If you've been on the fence about selling, this may be the right time to list.  Contact me for realistic and professional advice on getting your house sold.  603-526-4116,,

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There's No Place Like Home!

Once you step inside you’ll be clicking your ruby red slippers together and saying “there’s no place like home”. This lovingly maintained, move-in condition antique cape offers the elegance of time when life centered on hearth and home. You’ll be enchanted by the warm wood floors, hand hewn beams, light and bright rooms and a classic brick fireplace just inviting you to curl up on the couch. There is time-honored craftsmanship throughout this spacious home as well as updated electrical, plumbing, roof, windows & more. Enjoy this quiet country location and find your serenity in the tree-lined backyard. Its breathing space at a very affordable price. Less than 3 miles to Mt. Sunapee Resort and the State Beach on Lake Sunapee, it’s an easy drive to almost anything.  Offered at $185,000.  For more photos and details, visit

2226BrookRd-0125-HDRDonna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116


Newly Refurbished Sunapee Condo

Freshly painted and newly refurbished, this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo is ready to move into!  Light and bright with open floor plan.  Circular kitchen with upgraded cabinets, counters and appliances.  Walk in pantry with stackable washer/dryer.  Large deck for entertaining.  Walk to Lake Sunapee and minutes to Mount Sunapee.  Make your appointment today!  Offered at $150,000.  For more photos and details, visit

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

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No Second Look Needed for This Home!

Tucked away in Blodgetts Landing, this lakeside community is reminiscent of a simpler and carefree lifestyle.  Bathing suits are the dress code for the Town Dock and association beach on Lake Sunapee, bands playing on the "Big Dock" and every July the community celebrates Blodgetts Landing Day with a parade, games, & Potluck.  Create your own memories in this cheerful and well-maintained 3 bedroom home (two bedroom septic).  Light and bright with plenty of skylights.  Large living room boasts a 2-story brick fireplace and cathedral ceiling, oversized deck great for entertaining.  A perfect location for enjoying your weekends or weeks on end.  Offered at $264,900.  For more photos and details, visit

26Pleasant-0023Donna Forest, Listing Broker, 603-526-4116

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Like to Perform?

GuitaristHead over to the Sunapee Coffeehouse next Friday night (3/11) for Open Mic night at 7pm.  The Coffeehouse is held downstairs at the Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH.

Tonight Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform Americana, old country, and harmony singing, commanding crafted melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo.

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New Listing! Sunapee Log Home

Charming log home with many unique features - not your cookie-cutter home!  Light and bright with an open floor plan.  Off the beaten path, but convenient to Route 11 and I-89.  Sip your coffee on the covered front porch or warm up by the fireplace with a glass of wine.  First floor master with Jacuzzi tub and tiled shower - sliders to your private deck.  Lower level has a large family room, bedroom and another bathroom.  Detached garage has a large, heated room above and an attached fenced dog yard.  Walk to the Middle/High School.  Great location with plenty of privacy on a nicely wooded lot, yet close to all that Sunapee has to offer - the Harbor, town and state beaches, Mount Sunapee, and golf.  Offered at $219,000.  For more details, visit

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

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Like Spring Skiing?

Mt. Sunapee logoThen you'll want to get your tickets for Springfest at Mt. Sunapee Resort, April 2 and 3!  A weekend of spring skiing and riding, great spring events and an acoustical evening with Marc Roberge from O.A.R. and Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch performing on April 2.  Doors open at 6pm and performance is at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $39 and are limited.  For more details, go to

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Six Tips for House Hunting

HR.Donna_3144House hunting is an emotional experience. There is no “perfect” house and you need to keep in mind it’s a decision-making process that involves trade-offs between each property. Here are some key concepts to remember:

  1. Get pre-qualified before going out to look at homes.       This way you won’t fall in love with a house you can’t afford.
  2. Think about not only how the house will meet your present needs but how it will work for you in the future as well.
  3. Consider all the pluses and minuses of the location and how it fits into your lifestyle, including travel time to work, schools, etc.
  4. Set priorities. Put more emphasis on your needs vs. wants.
  5. Ignore bad décor. Be prepared to look at potential; cosmetics are easily changed.
  6. Don’t forget resale. Choose a home that not only appeals to you but also is likely to appeal to others down the road.

It is important to work with a good REALTOR® who knows the neighborhoods and local information. If you are planning to buy a home, contact me and put my 21 years of experience to work for you as your Buyer’s Agent.  Donna Forest 603-526-4116;;

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Looking for some Good Music?

Sunapee Coffee HouseCome out to the Sunapee Coffeehouse, Downstairs at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street in Sunapee, NH, Phone: (603) 763-4301 (Fridays after 6pm), All Events: 7:00PM on Friday night.  This Friday, Marylou Ferrante will entertain.

She performs pre-war blues from the 1920's & 30's on guitar, mandolin & banjo. She covers major artists from the delta to east coast piedmont style players such as Tommy Johnson, Charlie Patton, Memphis Minnie, Lottie Kimbrough, aka "Kansas City Butterball", Irene "Chocolate Brown" Scruggs and mandolin players such as Yank Rachell. Steeped in traditional music Marylou's performances bring to life these artist with their stories and songs.

Marylou was described by music critic and writer, Daniel Gewertz, in the Boston Herald, as the Bay State's finest female acoustic blues interpreter.

"Marylou is a killer. I have watched her grow, and now she's taking over. Blues lovers look out!"... GUY DAVIS

Visit their web site for the upcoming list of performers,

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Start Prepping Now!

HR.Donna_3144If you are thinking of selling your house this spring, now would be a good time to start preparing.  Most homes could benefit from sprucing up and de-cluttering.  Putting a house up for sale without prep usually means a lower price and longer time on the market.  Here are a few tips so you can be ready for the spring market.

  1.   De-clutter.  Remove/rearrange furniture so rooms appear larger.
  2.   De-personalize.  Pack up collections, clear knick-knacks, remove personal photos, etc.
  3.   Paint.  Freshen up rooms; use nature and spa-inspired colors.
  4.   Modernize.  Update cabinet hardware, replace lighting, paint dark cabinets.
  5.   Make repairs.  Both large and small.
  6.   Deep clean.  Make every surface shine from baseboards to ceiling fans.

Looking for more advice on how to entice buyers?  Contact me to arrange for a personalized list on how to enhance your house before putting it on the market.  603-526-4116,,

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