Archives for October 2008

Portsmouth NH Homeowners – Thinking About Selling Your Home?

Portsmouth New Hampshire Homeowners – Ready to Sell Your
Home?

Portsmouth NH Homes Collage - Ann Cummings Copyright 2008
If you’re a Portsmouth New Hampshire home or condo owner, and
you’re thinking about selling your home or condo, you already
know that a good amount of work goes into preparing for the real estate
market
.

Picking your REALTOR, preparing the inside of your home,
creating great curb appeal for the outside of your home, pricing your home or
condo properly, planning for showings – all of this takes careful planning
because you want to have your Portsmouth home or condo be in
the best position it can be in when it comes on the market for sale.


Make your home be the best it can be.  Have it say on the outside, “come on
in and see the rest of me”.  And once on the inside, have your home or condo
really welcome potential buyers.

This quick video will give you some ideas about getting the inside of your
home to look just fabulous for those potential buyers who might just want your
home to be their new home –

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If you’re thinking about selling your Portsmouth NH home or condo, give me a call and I’ll help you get it sold from start to finish!  We can set up a time to meet and discuss the current Portsmouth area real estate market and ways toget your home S-O-L-D! Call me today at 888-349-5678 x 3839, or  send
me an email
and let’s talk real estate!

Would you like information on the New Hampshire or Maine real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine
Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR View Featured Homes and Condos For Sale in the Portsmouth NH Area Check Out My Monthly Real Estate Newsletter - Ann Cummings

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Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

Portsmouth NH – Halloween Festivities Abound!

Halloween is almost here, and with that comes all kinds of ghostly fun around the Portsmouth New Hampshire
Seacoast
area.  Parades, parties, gatherings, and most importantly, all that fun trick-or-treating.

Portsmouth NH homeowners – get your porches and yards ready for all those fun costumed trick-or-treaters to come calling!  Here are the times for local area trick-or-treating:

Portsmouth – hursday, Oct 30, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Greenland – Thursday, Oct 30, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hampton –  Friday, Oct 31, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Exeter – Thursday, Oct 30, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Newington –  Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
North Hampton –  Thursday, Oct 30, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Rye – Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stratham – Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Eliot – Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Kittery – Thursday, Oct 30,  5:00pm to 7:00pm

The 14th Annual Halloween Parade in Portsmouth is Friday, October 31st.  The parade festivities start at 7pm at the parking lot on the Mill Pond.  The parade route winds its way through downtownPortsmouth and then back to the Mill Pond area.  All are welcome to dress up and take part in the parade.  For more info on Portsmouth’s Halloween Parade, click here  —>  Portsmouth NH Halloween Parade

Stratham NH Fall Decorations

For information on other festivities going on around Portsmouth NH and the local Seacoast areas, be sure to check out all the spooky details here —->  Portsmouth NH Halloween Fun

Take a tour around Portsmouth homes, you’ll see some fabulously decorated homes in all of the neighborhoods this year.  I’ve seen some homes where the homeowners have gone to great effort in their decorating – we should have a Halloween Decoration Contest just like we have a Christmas Decoration Contest each year.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Would you like information on the New Hampshire or Maine real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine
Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR View Featured Homes and Condos For Sale in the Portsmouth NH Area Check Out My Monthly Real Estate Newsletter - Ann Cummings

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Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

To the Top of the World in New Hampshire!

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We just came back from our annual New Hampshire Association of REALTORS Convention at the Mount Washington Hotel and Resort in Bretton Woods NH.  While there, a
friend and I decided to take the train to the top of Mount Washington.
In case you don’t know, the world’s worst weather conditions have been tracked atop Mount Washington – the fastest winds ever recorded and the coldest temperatures as well.

It was a gorgeous sunny crisp day, just perfect to head to the top for some
incredible views of New England.  We saw New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.  And boy what views they were too!  We climbed up past the tops of other mountains, way up past any tree line there was, and into the clouds, the few there were that day.

We decided to leave all the other NH REALTORS back at the hotel and take some time relax a little.  And it was well worth playing hooky that afternoon!

Check out the pictures in this slide show – amazing to have seen all that in person. And of course, my camera could never capture what we were actually seeing with our own eyes during that amazing trip to the top of the world in New Hampshire!

The trains run on coal, however they are in the process of switching to
bio-fuels.  One train already runs on that, and the others are to follow.  On
the trip down, they use steam to keep the trains from flying down on their own speed.

The engines are not connected to the actual passenger cars – they’re pushed up on the way up, and the engines serve as the ‘brakes’ on the way down, again not connected at all.  That was a little unnerving to learn, and we learned that on the way down.  And guess where we were sitting on the ride down – right in the very front, and we could see we weren’t connected at all.  A little scary when we looked down and thought about it.  But we were safe and sound all the way up and all the way back down

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If you’re ever in northern New Hampshire and near the Mount Washington in the White Mountains National Forest, do yourself a huge
favor and take that train trip.  I wish I had done so years ago when my honey was here so we could have done that trip together – he would have absolutely loved it!

I hope you enjoy the picture tour as much as I enjoyed the real tour up and
down Mount Washington!  And I hope you get the chance to take the trip in
person.

Would you like information on the New Hampshire or Maine real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine
Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR View Featured Homes and Condos For Sale in the Portsmouth NH Area Check Out My Monthly Real Estate Newsletter - Ann Cummings

Click here to see all things real estate and community info for Portsmouth NH Area - Ann Cummings NH and Maine REALTORFollow Ann on Twitter!
Servicing the New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter, Greenland, Newington, Dover, Durham and surrounding areas, and the Maine towns of Kittery, Kittery Point, Eliot, South Berwick, York, and surrounding areas.

Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

New Castle, Rye, North Hampton – New Hampshire Real Estate Market Updates – Sept 2008

Rye, New Castle, North Hampton – Real Estate Market Report Updates
for Sept 2008


The
Seacoast areas of New Hampshire are really some of the
prettiest towns you could want to live in.  And the towns of
Rye, Newcastle, and North
Hampton
are no exception to that statement.  Our coastline here in NH
is the smallest in America, and
it’s also among the most scenic as well.  Those of us who live here just love
it, however small it is!

Real estate in this area always has a constant demand
because of our location, and not just because we’re along the Atlantic Ocean.
We are within an easy driving distance to Boston, Portland Maine, and Manchester NH –
all less than an hour to get to.  The NH mountains for skiing and
beautiful scenery are just an easy drive as well.  We have loads of great
dining, shopping, golfing, scenic rides, and so much more that just all come
together to make this area a wonderful place to call HOME!!

Here are the real estate updates for the month of September
2008:

New Castle NH:

  • – We currently have 18 homes for sale in
    Newcastle
    , with an average asking price of
    $1,318,444
    , and an average days on the market of 265 days.
  • – During September, 1 home went under agreement/sale pending, and
    that home had an asking price of $1,050,000.  It had been on the
    market 166 days.
  • – September brought just 1 closed sale/sold, and that house sold
    for $1,082,357.  The asking price on that house had been $1,190,000,
    and it took 738 days to sell that house.

Rye NH:

  • – We currently have 68 homes for sale in Rye NH,
    with an average asking price of $1,214,247, and the average days on
    the market is 190 days
    .
  • – The month of September saw 5 homes go under agreement/sale
    pending
    , and the average asking price of those homes was $701,580,
    with the average days on the market of 93 days.
  • –  There were 9 homes sold in Rye in September,
    and the average selling price of those homes was $739,621, while the
    average asking price of those homes was $778,722.  The average days on
    the market before selling was 180 days.

North Hampton NH:

  • –  We currently have 64 homes for sale in North Hampton
    NH
    , with the average asking price being $773,177.  The
    average days on the market is 203 days.
  • –  One home went under agreement/sale pending, and the asking
    price of that home was $292,500
    .  The days on the market for that home was
    94 days.
  • – We had 2 homes sold in North Hampton in
    September, and the average selling price of those homes was $300,000.
    The average asking price was $321,250, and the average days on the
    market was 98 days.

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Whilethose numbers certanly aren’t great, they are showing us that it’s a great time to be a home buyer in this area.  With real estate moving a little slower of late, and plenty of homes on the market, buyers have choices and they have some excellent negotiating oportunities in this market.

What does all this mean for sellers in these areas?  It means if you want to sell your home, you need to price it aggressively and have it in the best condition you can get it in.  Buyers have a lot of choices in some of our Seacoast towns, and you want to do everything you can to make your home their choice.  And you must start with the price.  If you price your home too high for the market, you may as well just not bother putting it on the market at all.

This market is ruled by price, and if your home isn’t perceived to be a good value before buyers look at your home, you’ll never get a chance for them to see what it really looks like.  They just move on to another property that they do perceive to be priced realistically for the area and the market.

Read also:

Seacoast New Hampshire Real Estate Market Reports
Absorption Rates and Why They’re Important to Know

  • Pricing Your Portsmouth NH Homes and Condos
    Correctly for Todays Market
  • Pricing Your Home To SellThe NH Seacoast towns are just fabulous places to call home, and if you’d like to make this area your home, too, I’d like to help you do just that!If you’re interested buying or selling Portsmouth NH real
    estate
    , call me today at 1-888-349-5678 ext 3839,
    or send
    me an email
    , and let’s talk real estate!

    Would you like information on the New Hampshire or Maine real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

    Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine
    Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR View Featured Homes and Condos For Sale in the Portsmouth NH Area Check Out My Monthly Real Estate Newsletter - Ann Cummings

    Click here to see all things real estate and community info for Portsmouth NH Area - Ann Cummings NH and Maine REALTORFollow Ann on Twitter!
    Servicing the New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter, Greenland, Newington, Dover, Durham and surrounding areas, and the Maine towns of Kittery, Kittery Point, Eliot, South Berwick, York, and surrounding areas.

  • Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

    Portsmouth NH Condos Real Estate Market Report for September 2008

    Real Estate Market Update for Portsmouth New Hampshire
    Condos
    September 2008

    Cedar Ridge CondominiumsReal estate is local, VERY local!  The condo market in Portsmouth NH
    can be very different than the condo market in Hampton or Exeter or
    Dover
    , etc.  Make sure, when making assessments about your local
    real estate market, that you talk to an agent who
    really knows your market and can provide you with accurate detailed information.

    Real estate is always one of the topics of conversation wherever we go, and who isn’t interested in real estate and how markets are doing!  There’s always
    someone looking to buy a home, sell a home, or they know someone thinking about buying or selling real estate of some sort.

    Homebuyers and home sellers in Portsmouth NH are no different, and I get asked about the New Hampshire real estate market all the time.  I love real estate, and helping people buy and sell homes and condos, so I never tire of real estate conversations!

    Here’s how the Portsmouth NH condo real estate market has done for the month of September 2008:

      • –  We currently have 111 condos for sale in Portsmouth, with
        the average asking price being $445,315.  The average days on the market for
        those condos is 140 days.  Nineteen new listings for Portsmouth condos came on
        the market during September.
      • –  During September, we had just 5 condos go under agreement/sale pending.  The
        average asking price of those condos was $441,160, and the average days on the
        market was 85 days.
      • –  The number of Portsmouth NH condos that sold during
        September was 11 condos, and the average days on the market for those condos
        that sold was 95 days.  The average sold price was $251,036.  Sellers received,
        on average, 96% of their last asking price.
    • –  During the month of September, we saw the listings on 11 Portsmouth
      condos
      expire without selling.  Typically properties don’t sell because
      they’re just not priced properly to reflect the current market conditions – and
      that’s the reason most of these condos didn’t sell as yet.

    The current absorption rate for Portsmouth NHHaven School Condos
    condos is running about 11 months.  The absorption rate tells us how long it would take to absorb
    the current inventory of condos for sale in Portsmouth NH if no
    other homes came on the market for sale.  This month’s absorption rate
    has gotten a little longer compared to August’s absorption rate for Portsmouth NH
    condos
    .

    If you’re thinking about buying a home or condo in Portsmouth, you’re in a
    great market, both for timing and for what Portsmouth has to offer.  Your
    choices in housing are great and there are some great buying opportunities in
    the market.   And if you’ve been in the market and have found that perfect house
    or condo, only to have another buyer snap it up, you know that properly priced
    real estate is selling pretty quickly.

    Portsmouth NH is just a fabulous place to call
    home
    , and if you’d like to make it your home, too, I’d like to help you do
    just that!

    If you’re interested buying or selling Portsmouth NH real
    estate
    , call me today at 1-888-349-5678 ext 3839, or send
    me an email
    , and let’s talk real estate!

    Related Reading:

    Seacoast New Hampshire Real Estate Market Reports
    Absorption Rates and Why They’re Important to Know

  • Pricing Your Portsmouth NH Homes and Condos
    Correctly for Todays Market
  • Pricing Your Home To SellWould you like information on the New Hampshire or Maine real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

    Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine
    Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR View Featured Homes and Condos For Sale in the Portsmouth NH Area Check Out My Monthly Real Estate Newsletter - Ann Cummings

    Click here to see all things real estate and community info for Portsmouth NH Area - Ann Cummings NH and Maine REALTORFollow Ann on Twitter!
    Servicing the New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter, Greenland, Newington, Dover, Durham and surrounding areas, and the Maine towns of Kittery, Kittery Point, Eliot, South Berwick, York, and surrounding areas.

  • Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!