7 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

  1.  Get you finances in order before even going to look at homes.  Make sure you have anough for a down payment and closing costs.
  2. Talk to a lender and get pre-qualified for a loan.
  3. Decide when you can actually move.  When is your lease up?
  4. Realize there is no perfect home.  There will be trade-offs to every property.
  5. Don't be tempted to spend more than you can afford.  Remember, there will be recurring costs like insurance, taxes, utilities and maintenance.
  6. Understand the fine print and ask questions.  It's important to understand what you are signing to avoid problems down the road.
  7. Hire a REALTOR® to be your Buyer's Agent.  They can guide you through the whole process and provide invaluable advice.

HR.Donna_3144Buying your first home is an exciting experience and should be fun.  Give me a call if you are looking for an experienced REALTOR® and Accredited Buyers' Representative to help you through the process.  603-526-4116,,


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New Lake Sunapee Listing!

Create a lifetime of lakeside memories.  This quaint, seasonal cottage is located on 75 feet of prime Lake Sunapee frontage.  Plenty of room for your power boat and water toys in the recently rebuilt boathouse.  Water depths around the L-shaped dock are shallow enough for youngsters to enjoy, but deep enough to do "cannon balls".  A level yard is perfect for croquet, badminton or fireside stories with friends in the evening.  The property also includes a deeded share to Snow Beach Association in Chandler Cove.  Minutes to Mt. Sunapee State Park's recreational offerings.  This lakeside property is ready to enjoy!  For more photos and details, visit  Offered at $995,000

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New Listing in Newbury, NH

Don't miss this freshly painted Colonial in Newbury.  Nice location, near Baker Hill Golf Course.  3+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large family room and attached two car garage.  Sip your morning coffee on the wraparound deck and listen to the birds.  Offered at $259,000.

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4 Spring Landscaping Ideas for Homeowners Who Hate Yard Work

Just because you're not interested in cultivating a green thumb doesn't mean your yard has to be boring.  These simple-to-do ideas have big impact. If only 50 shades of green could be as exciting as, well, you know. But let’s face it: There’s nothing titillating about green bushes against green grass. To give your boring monochromatic yard a dose of charm without a ton of effort, try these four ideas perfect for spring. No gardening prowess required.
1. Plant Just One Tree

Planting one tree isn’t a huge effort. You’ll be helping our planet, too. Plus, once the tree is established, it’s about as low maintenance as a landscape can get — and the difference it can make to your yard lasts for decades. The key is to choose a tree that adds interest to your landscape in the form of color, shape, and texture.

There are a ton of trees to choose from, but to play it safe, try a Japanese maple. Many are suitable for most any climate. They all offer color, form, and texture that can liven any landscape.

One, the Mikawa yatsubusa, is a dwarf version that resembles a tie-dye shirt when it changes colors in the fall. You won’t be lacking color then! landscape houselogic Related: 11 Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard

2. Tap Into the Colorful Punch Mulch Can Make

Mulch is one of the easiest ways to add both color and texture to the entire yard. “Next to a green lawn, coffee bean-colored mulch is a great contrast,” says Paul Fraynd, owner of Sun Valley Landscaping in Omaha, Neb.

If a dark roast isn’t your preference, there’s a a multitude of mulch colors that can spice up your bland landscape. Red, black, gold, cedar-toned — you choose.

For something truly unique, try pine cones. They introduce a knotty texture that breaks up the monotony of flat lawns and box-like shrubs.

The point is that mulch is easy: Choose a cool color and texture, then dump it, spread it, and forget it.

“Keep it away from wood or siding, though,” warns Fraynd. “It can rot the wood and may attract insects.”

3. Get Edge-y

Look along your walkways and garden beds. If your lawn just seems to morph into your shrubbery or threatens to take over your front walk, some unique edging could perk up your yard. No pruning, cutting, or watering required.

Define a walkway with some personal or found items, says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

“Colored hockey sticks can line a path or wine bottles planted neck down in the soil,” just make sure you do the entire path. “Two or three wine bottles lining a path might look like leftovers from last night’s party,” she says.

If you want to keep it all in the plant world, low-maintenance ground covers are an excellent choice for edging, she adds. Try lily of the valley, vinca, lamb’s ears, and pachysandra. Some of these add color, others texture, she says.

4. Create a Focal Point That’s All About You

Your own passions and pleasures are great inspiration to add color and texture to your landscape. Try creating a focal point with something that brings back a happy memory, says Henriksen, like your old toy truck, tricycle, or wagon. Turn it into a colorful planter.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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