Winter Got You Down? Move Right and Celebrate Summer!

Wonderful contemporary on Chalk Pond offers two master bedrooms with baths and plenty of overflow room.  Beautiful interior details, decks, and a screened porch.  Minutes to Mt. Sunapee Resort and Lake Sunapee State Beach.  AND, it's being sold furnished, so just pack your clothes!  Offered at $379,000.  Make your appointment today!

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Known for service, trusted for results – Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate.

Are You Ready for this Year's Winter Carnival in Newport, NH?

The theme is Mythology and events begin February 2 through 9. There will be plenty of fun for all! Click here for schedule of events.

Looking for some Halloween Hauntings?

Don't miss out on the Haunted Harbor Halloween in Sunapee Harbor this Saturday, October 27th, from 4:30-8:30pm.  Get out your costumes and join in the parade.  Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, prettiest, funniest, most creative, and best group.

There's a pirate ship at the dock, raised from the bottom of the lake with pirates still on board!  Beware the sinister spirits in the graveyard and things that go bump in the night!  There will be ghostly games, a magical corn maze and tailgate trick-or-treating.  Volunteers are needed - to help, contact info@projectsunapee.org.

New Hampshire 2012 Home Sales Continue Upward Climb

A robust first quarter of New Hampshire home sales was followed up by the most April transactions since 2006, according to data released the end of May by the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

The report showed a 21 percent increase in sales for April 2012 (979) compared to April 2011 (811) and an 18 percent increase in year to date sales compared to the first four months of last year, signaling that the New Hampshire housing market may be in the midst of a trend toward recovery.

“We’ve seen occasional flickers over the past four or five years, but this appears to be the first real flame,” said NHAR President John Rice, a 40‐year veteran of the real estate industry and an agent with Tate & Foss Sotheby’s International Realty in Rye. “For those of us who have been looking for sustained improvement, this truly feels like a time for optimism.”

Median price has yet to follow suit, down 5 percent in April 2012 ($190,000) compared to April 2011 ($199,000), but Rice reiterated that as supply and demand dictates, he expects consistent unit sales increases to ultimately predict a turnaround in price as well.  “I don’t want to guess in terms of a timetable,” he said, “but if we’re not at the bottom now, I believe that we’re very close.”

In terms of local markets, each of the state’s 10 counties have experienced double‐digit sales increases for the first four months combined, compared to the same period last year.  April‐only sales declined in just Coos and Sullivan counties, while jumping dramatically in most others, including Grafton (44 percent), Belknap (37 percent), Rockingham (29 percent), Hillsborough (28 percent) and Merrimack (23 percent).  Median price for April‐only decreased in seven of 10 counties, with the exceptions being increases in Sullivan (17 percent), Strafford (5 percent) and Carroll (3 percent).

April 2012 data residential

April 2012 data condo

 

Source:  Press Release, David Cummings, New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® Director of Communications, Concord, NH

Unit Sales Finish Strong in 2011, Prices Continue to Lag

New Hampshire was home to a 2 percent increase in residential unit sales in 2011, while the median price of those homes fell by 6 percent, according to data released by the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS.

Coldwell Banker’s Branded Websites Remain the Most Visited among Real Estate Franchises

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – According to Nielsen and comScore Media Metrix, the two global leaders in digital measurement, Coldwell Banker branded websites had the highest number of unique visitors among all national real estate franchise brands for full-year 2011.  This marks the second consecutive year that the Coldwell Banker brand ranked No. 1 in Web traffic among all real estate franchisors.

“The Coldwell Banker brand is clearly top of mind when consumers go online and search for a home,” said Michael Fischer, chief marketing officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.  “Consumers know our great brand and have shown a desire to utilize the suite of online tools seen throughout the Coldwell Banker network at the national and local levels.” According to Nielson, Coldwell Banker websites had 17.5 million unique visitors in 2011, which was more than 28 percent higher than the next nearest franchise brand competitor (13.7 million). Similarly, Coldwell Banker branded websites (26.1 million unique visitors) had the highest Web traffic ranking among real estate franchisors in the comScore Media Metrix full-year ranking for 2011, easily outpacing its next nearest competitor by 21 percent (21.6 million unique visitors).

The Coldwell Banker brand continues to place an emphasis on developing its website into a hub for consumers to find and prepare for the home buying and selling process.  Recent additions include the lifestyle search page and first time home buyer resource center.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC accessed the aforementioned information through its subscription to both Nielson and comScore Media Metrix. The rankings encompass all consumer Web traffic (unique visitors) to national and local websites operated by the franchise brands as well as by their franchisees.

Interested in the Results of the 2010 Census?

To view the New Hampshire profile as compiled by demographer Peter Francese, click here.

For the profiles of each county click here, then click on the county you are interested in viewing.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE BEST TEAM IN TOWN!

May the simple joys of the season fill your home with warmth and good cheer.  Thank you for your referrals.

 

Chimney Maintenance for Warmth and Safety

Your fireplace, the most low-tech piece of equipment in your house, may seem like a simple load-and-light operation, but ignoring annual maintenance can impair its performance, leading to heated air (and dollars) blowing out the chimney, harmful smoke inside, and possibly even a chimney fire. The average number of annual U.S. home fires caused by fireplace, chimney, and chimney connectors between 2003 and 2005 was 25,100, and the average costs for those fires was $126.1 million, based on the most recent statistics from the Chimney Safety Institute of America. That’s roughly $5,024 in damage per home. Annual chimney maintenance removes flammable creosote, the major cause of chimney fires, and identifies other performance problems. Is it worth the $205 fee, two-hour service call, and all that ash possibly blackening your carpet? Here’s what you need to know to decide.
Annual inspections keep flames burning right Creosote—combustible, tar-like droplets—is a natural byproduct of burning wood. The more wood you burn, the wetter or greener the wood, and the more often you restrict airflow by keeping your fireplace doors closed or your damper barely open, the more creosote is produced. Soot build-up, while not flammable, can hamper venting. One half-inch of soot can restrict airflow 17% in a masonry chimney and 30% in a factory-built unit, according to the CSIA. Soot is also aggressively acidic and can damage the inside of your chimney. The more creosote and soot, the more likely you are to see signs of chimney fire—loud popping, dense smoke, or even flames shooting out the top of your chimney into the sky. Chimney fires damage the structure of your chimney and can provide a route for the fire to jump to the frame of your house. “If the chimney is properly maintained, you’ll never have a chimney fire,” says Ashley Eldridge, the education director of the CSIA. The best way to ensure your chimney isn’t an oil slick waiting to ignite? Get it inspected. Three inspection levels let you choose what you need A level-one inspection includes a visual check of the fireplace and chimney without any special equipment or climbing up on the roof. The inspector comes to your house with a flashlight, looks for damage, obstructions, creosote build-up, and soot, and tells you if you need a sweep. If so, he’ll grab his brushes, extension poles, and vacuum, and do it on the spot. “You should have it inspected every year to determine if it needs to be swept. An annual inspection will also cover you if the neighbor’s children have thrown a basketball in it, or a bird has built a nest,” says Eldridge. A level one typically runs about $125. Add a sweep, and you’re talking another $80, or about $205 for both services, according to CSIA. Consider a level-two inspection if you’ve experienced a dramatic weather event, like a tornado or hurricane; if you’ve made a major change to your fireplace; or bought a new house. This includes a level-one investigation, plus the inspector’s time to visit the roof, attic, and crawl space in search of disrepair. It concludes with a sweep, if necessary, and information on what repair is needed. The price will depend on the situation. A level three inspection is considered “destructive and intrusive” and can resemble a demolition job. It may involve tearing down and rebuilding walls and your chimney, and is usually done after a chimney fire. The cost will depend on the situation. Small steps can improve your fireplace’s efficiency Besides the annual sweep, improve your fireplace’s functioning with responsible use.
  • Only burn dry, cured wood—logs that have been split, stacked, and dried for eight to 12 months. Cover your log pile on top, but leave the sides open for air flow. Hardwoods such as hickory, white oak, beech, sugar maple, and white ash burn longest, though dry firewood is more important than the species. Less dense woods like spruce or white pine burn well if sufficiently dry, but you’ll need to add more wood to your fire more often, according to CSIA.
  • Wood, only wood! Crates, lumber, construction scraps, painted wood, or other treated wood releases chemicals into your home, compromising your air quality. Log starters are fine for getting your fire going, but they burn very hot; generally only use one at a time.
  • Close your damper when not using the fireplace to prevent warm indoor air—and the dollars you’re spending to heat it—from rushing up the chimney.
  • On a factory-built, prefab wood-burning fireplace, keep bifold glass doors open when burning a fire to allow heat to get into the room.
  • Have a chimney cap installed to prevent objects, rain, and snow from falling into your chimney and to reduce downdrafts. The caps have side vents so smoke escapes. A chimney sweep usually provides and can install a stainless steel cap, which is better than a galvanized metal one available at most home improvement retailers because it won’t rust, says Anthony Drago, manager of Ashleigh’s Hearth and Home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Replace a poorly sealing damper to prevent heat loss. “You can get a top-mounted damper that functions as a rain cap, too, an improvement over the traditional damper because it provides a tighter closure,” says CSIA’s Eldridge.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors in your house—near the fireplace as well as in bedroom areas.
  • If you burn more than three cords of wood annually, get your chimney cleaned twice a year. A cord is 4-feet high, by 4-feet wide, by 8-feet long, or the amount that would fill two full-size pick-up trucks.
  • To burn fire safely, build it slowly, adding more wood as it heats and keeping your damper completely open to increase draw in the early stages. Burn the fire hot, at least occasionally—with the damper all the way open to help prevent smoke from lingering the fireplace and creosote from developing.
By the way, fireplaces aren’t officially rated for energy efficiency because they’re so varied. Depending on the source of information, they can be 10% to 30% efficient in converting fuel to heat. No inspection will turn a masonry or factory-built fireplace into a furnace, but it can improve efficiency somewhat, decrease the amount of heating dollars you’re sending up the chimney, and increase your enjoyment of your hearth time by reducing smoke. If a sweeping prevents a chimney fire, you’re talking about the difference between another ordinary January day, and the potential loss of your home, or even life.
Wendy Paris Wendy Paris a New York-based freelance writer who has written for This Old House magazine, as well as for The New York Times and Salon.com.
Visit Houselogic.com for more articles like this.  Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

Community Events and Entertainment at Colby-Sawyer College

Have you taken advantage of all the cultural events at Colby-Sawyer College in New London?

On November 17th at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Center, don't miss Randy Armstrong and Venezualan percussionist, Jose Duque,  transform and uplift people from all walks of life with their music.  Their music draws from sources as diverse as mainstream American jazz, Native American flute playing, West African drumming and North Indian sitar motifs - all blended by the ingenious combination of acoustic, high-tech, synthesized technology. Come see a vibrant performance of original fusion music played on a spectacular array of instruments from around the world!  Free admission.

To find out what other events are coming to the college click here.