Portsmouth NH Real Estate | 5 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home For Sale

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Are you thinking about selling your home?  If you are, you want to seize the opportunity to make a really good first impression so it’s worth taking a little extra time and effort BEFORE you actually put your home or condo on the market for sale.

 

Seacoast NH Real Estate – Selling Your NH Seacoast Home

This list of top 5 things to do BEFORE putting your home on the market will help you do just that:

  1. Have your home pre-inspected – by having this done before you list your home or condo for sale, you’ll know in advance what issues might come up, and it also shows potential buyers that you put extra effort and care into getting your home ready for the market.
  2. Neaten up, tidy, clean, and organize – you’re going to be moving anyway, so if you clean out things you’re not going to keep and start packing other things up, you’ll have a neater more inviting home for potential buyers to view.  By paring down personal things out on display, cleaning out closets/basement/garage, packing up those things you rarely or never use, your house will feel roomier and will allow potential buyers to visualize their furniture and  belongings in your house.  Clean everything and make it shiny and inviting – clean windows, carpets, ceiling fans, baseboards, etc. – taking these extra steps send a message to potential buyers that you really care about your home and it gives them a very nice feeling as they’re viewing your house with thoughts of possibly buying it.
  3. Create inviting curb appeal – potential buyers judge a house by the way it looks from the outside.  If it doesn’t say to them, ‘come in and see the rest of me’, you often lose most buyers without them ever having seen the inside of your house.  Mow the grass, trim the bushes, seal the driveway, straighten out bricks or stones used in walkways, put some mulch down around flower beds, weed them if they need it.  Is there any painting or power-washing needed? Take a look at your house from across the street and see what you see as your put yourself in the shoes of a buyer looking at it from the outside for the first time.
  4. Warranties and home information – find all warranties and manuals for your appliances, furnace, hot water heater, etc.  Write out a list of vendors and contractors you use for work on your home with their contact info – these vendors know your home and buyers appreciate this kind of information, and again it shows how much you care about your home by sharing this information.  Set up a 3 ring binder notebook and insert all of this information into it in an organized way.  Leave this in a location where it can be perused by potential buyers.
  5. Written estimates – if there are things in your home that need replacement, such as roof, carpeting, furnace, etc., get written estimates for replacing/repairing these items and have a copy of those handy, in the 3 ring binder above would be a great location.   Knowing these amounts will help potential buyers budget for them, and will be very helpful with the negotiations.  Without written estimates from contractors for items needing replacing, often buyers tend to estimate far higher than the real cost because they have no numbers to work from.

Taking care of these suggestions before you put your home on the market should go a long way with those buyers who’ve chosen to look at your home with the thoughts of possibly making it their new home.  You rarely get a second chance with buyers so creating the best first impression you can will really be a big factor when your home is put on the market for sale.

 

If you’re a homeowner who’s thinking about selling your Portsmouth NH real estate, make sure you work with a local REALTOR who really knows the market, and knows how to help you strategically position your property.

My partner, Jim Lee, and I live and work right here in Portsmouth, and we have our fingers on the pulse of the local NH Seacoast real estate market – let us put our knowledge and successful track record to work for you.   Read and hear what our clients have said about our services  –  Client Stories.

Call us or email us – we’re here to help you with your real estate needs – ann@anncummings.com and jim@jimlee.com.  1—888-349-5678 ext. 3839 for Ann and ext. 3801 for Jim.

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee | Portsmouth NH REALTORS

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Portsmouth NH  03801
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Bridges Connecting Communities | Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge

 

Portsmouth NH - Memorial Bridge - Summer View - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

Portsmouth New Hampshire’s Memorial Bridge has connected the 2 communities of Portsmouth NH and Kittery Maine since 1923.  And now, for a fairly short time, this bridge won’t be connecting these 2 communities in the physical way that it has all that time.  But it has connected and brought together communities within each of these 2 towns in really interesting ways that I’d bet most of us never thought about before the bridge dismantling began.

 

 

Memorial Bridge Portsmouth NH - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

All the years I’ve lived here, this bridge has been mostly a means by which to get across the river.  Many days, I’d go back and forth across it several times a day, depending on appointments I had.  From time to time, I’d be stuck on it while it was in the up position for a ship or tanker to go through which often gave me time to sit and just soak in the view for a few minutes.   And I suspect that’s what the bridge was for most others who traversed it daily as well – a means to get where we’re going.

 

Portsmouth NH Community Bridge-Watchers

Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge - Middle Section Floating - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

Jim and I became avid bridge watchers as soon as they began preparing the sections for removal, and we joined the ranks of other area residents who were doing the same.  We’d go down and watch the workers several times a day, and as they got closer to being able to remove the middle section, we’d go down and watch for hours at time on the days/nights the middle section was to be removed.  This picture is of the middle section being floated upriver to be tied up to the dock so it could be readied for shipping down to the Boston area.  The NH DOT Memorial Bridge Project site does a great job keeping the community updated on changes and progress.

During those visits, we would end up meeting all kinds of people down there doing the same thing we were.  The conversations with various people were really interesting – many of them sharing amazing memories with us.  We met people who told us of their childhood memories of Sunday drives with their parents and crossing the bridge, other memories were of fishing with grandparents, boat trips, family members who’d worked on the bridge.  We met a man who was in his late 80’s who shared some special memories of dating his girlfriend and how he proposed to her on the bridge.  Some many wonderful people from all walks of life and some very special memories that have been shared with us…

 

We have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, all the wonderful people we’ve met through a common interest in bridge-watching.  Several times this past week I went down to see how the tearing down of the approach road to the bridge in downtown Portsmouth is being torn down.  I took a quick lunch with me twice and sat on one of the benches to watch for awhile.  Each time 1 or 2 people approached me and chatted for a bit, one man sat down beside me to eat his lunch.  Over that quick lunch I learned of some of his memories too – the memories he shared with me had to do with long ago fishing trips that his dad had taken him on, fishing under the bridge.  As he finished his story, I noticed tears in his eyes, which put tears in mine.   I’d venture to say, many a set of eyes have moistened up as cherished times connected to this wonderful bridge have been shared.  Who knew this kind of bonding and sharing would go on because of the dismantling of a bridge??

Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge Middle Section Removed - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR     Portsmouth NH Kittery Side Being Removed - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

The crews working on the bridge are in the process of taking down the Kittery Maine side, pictured in the middle picture above.  Our new bridge is slated to be up, operational and open for traffic in July 2013.  And I know when the bridge begins to go back up, many of those same people we’ve met will be there watching again, just as we will be too.  Bridge-watchers, what wonderfully interesting bonds this has created!

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee - 6-26-2011 Wedding Day - Memorial Bridge in Background
The Memorial Bridge was a backdrop to our wedding on June 26, 2011 – it appears in the background of many of our wedding pictures.

It’s a little special to us as well…..   Winking smile

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to make your home here in the Seacoast areas of NH or southern Maine, let us know – we’d love to show you the area and help you find that special home just right for your needs.  We love living here and calling Portsmouth home and we know you’ll love this area too!

Call us or email us – we’re here to help you with your real estate needs – ann@anncummings.com and jim@jimlee.com  1-888-349-5678 ext 3839 for Ann and ext 3801 for Jim.

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee | Portsmouth NH REALTORS

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee, REALTORS
RE/MAX Coast to Coast
150 Mirona Road
Portsmouth NH  03801
603-431-1111 x 3839 and x 3801
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Newcastle NH, Rye NH, North Hampton NH – 2008 Homes Market Recap

See how the real estate markets in the Seacoast towns of Rye, North Hampton, and New Castle NH fared for 2008!

Newcastle NH Homes, Rye NH Homes, North Hampton NH Homes – 2008 Real Estate Market Recap

Real estate markets and the local activity have varied greatly all across the country.  All real estate is local, super local, and no matter how hard the medie tries to portray a national real estate market, there really is no such thing.

The various regions of New Hampshire are all quite varied, and even here in the Seacoast areas of NH and southern Maine, real estate activity varies from town to town.

This real estate market report focuses on the NH Seacoast towns of Rye, North Hampton and Newcastle:
New Castle New Hampshire Homes – 2008 Real Estate Market Recap:

During the year (2008), 33 homes came on the market for sale, with an average asking price of $1,221,542.  We saw 15 homes sell in New Castle during 2008.  Those homes had an average selling price of $1,064,957, and it took an average of 182 days for those homes to sell.  Sellers realized, on average, 92% of their last asking price.

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Rye New Hampshire Homes – 2008 Real Estate Market Recap:

2008 saw 130 homes in Rye NH come on the market, with an average asking price of $949,368Seventy Rye homes sold in 2008, and the average sold price was $656,333.  The average days on the market for those homes that sold in Rye last year was 136 days, and sellers in Rye received an average of 92% of their last asking prices.

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North Hampton New Hampshire Homes – 2008 Real Estate Market Recap:

North Hampton NH homes for sale during 2008 totalled 91 homes, with an averaga asking price of $802,908.  We saw only 35 homes in North Hampton sell last year, with an average selling price $726,320.  Those homes that sold last year took an average of 202 days, and those sellers received an average of 90% of their last asking price.

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To read more about the real estate markets in the Seacoast NH and Maine towns:
Seacoast NH and Maine Real Estate Market Reports

Are you thinking about buying or selling homes or condos in the Portsmouth NH area?
Buying Real Estate in the NH Seacoast Areas
Selling Real Estate in the NH Seacoast Areas

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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!

New Castle, North Hampton, Greenland NH Real Estate – Homes Updates – November 2008

Check out the latest real estate activity for New Castle, North Hampton, Greenland NH for November 2008 – homes for sale and homes that sold!

Newcastle, North Hampton, GreenlandNew Hampshire Homes Real Estate Update – Nov. 2008

NewCastle NH - Looking out to Ocean - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR
The Seacoast areas of New Hampshire and Southern Maine are really very pretty areas, and we have a very diverse real estate market here.  Some towns have felt the downward turn in the real estate market more than others, and some have weathered it much better than areas around the country.

We always have a strong demand for NH homes and condos here in the Seacoast because of our location – we’re right here along the Atlantic Ocean, and we’re 45 minutes north of Boston, 45 minutes east of Manchester, and 45 minutes south of Portland Maine – all great cities with airport transportation for those needing it.  We are also just a little over an hour away from mountains for great winter snow skiing and other winter sports.

Here are Seacoast NH real estate updates for the month of November 2008:

Newcastle NH:

Homes for sale
—   12
Average Asking Price — $1,299,750
Days on Market —  216 days
New Listings in Nov   — 1

Homes Sold in Nov. —  2
Average Sold Price  —  $2,000,000
Average Days on Market —  154 days
List to Sell Ratio   —  90%

Homes Sale Pending/Under Agreement  —  1
Average Asking Price   —  $585,000
Days on Market  —  158 Days

2 listings expired in November


North Hampton New Hampshire
:

Homes for sale
—   54
Average Asking Price   —  $686,677
Average Days on Market   —  214 days
New Listings in Nov.   —-   6

Homes Sold in Nov —   3
Average Sold Price  —  $599,967
Average Days on Market    —  262 days
List to Sell Ratio  —-   91%

Homes Sale Pending/Under Agreement in Nov.  —  2
Average Asking Price   —- $467,000
Average Days on Market   —-   381

8 homes expired from the market without selling in North Hampton during November.


Greenland New Hampshire
:

Homes for sale —   28
Average Asking Price  —  $481,743
Average Days on the Market  —  147
New Listings in Nov.   —   3

Homes Sold in Nov.  —   3
Average Sold Price  —  $273,433
Average Days on the Market —  64 days
List to Sell Ratio  —97%

Homes Sale Pending/Under Agreement in Nov.  —  3
Average Asking Price  —  $354,600
Average Days on the Market —  104 days

4 homes expired in Greenland without selling during November.
North Hampton NH - Town Gazebo - Ann Cummings

Homes generally expire from the market without selling because they weren’t priced properly for the market and/or for the condition that the home or condo was in.  Buyers just don’t see them as a good value for the money, so they move on to the properties that are price properly.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, one very important fact to know about your market is the absorption rate.  The absorption rate will tell you how long it will take for the current inventory of homes in Greenland, North Hampton, and New Castle NH to be absorbed by the market if no other homes come on the market.  The absorption rate for November 2008 in Newcastle NH was 6 monthsNorth Hampton’s absorption rate was 18 months, and for Greenland it was just over 9 months.  If you want your home sold, you need to know this number to help you price your home accordingly.

Are you a homeowner in the New Hampshire or Maine Seacoast area you’re thinking about seling your home or condo?  If so, call me today at 888-349-5678 x 3839, or send me an email at ann@anncummings.com, and let’s talk real estate!

Related Reading:

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

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    Portsmouth NH is just such a great place to live and call home
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    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!

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