Sell Your Portsmouth NH Home Faster and For More Money

Trying to sell your Portsmouth NH home or condo?

If you are, then you know competing for today’s buyers is quite challenging, to say the least.

 

Eliot Maine Homes Antique HomesWant to increase the chances of those buyers wanting to make your Portsmouth home theirs!

You need to go the extra step or two to make your house as welcoming and inviting as you can, and that means from the curb to the inside.

In a recent article in the Portsmouth Herald, an article “Staging Helps Home Sale Speed and Price”, the author talked about the benefits of making sure your home is properly presented to potential buyers, and ways to go about doing that.  Be sure to check out that article for more detailed information on the staging process and how it can help in the home-selling process.

Getting your Portsmouth NH home sold in today’s real estate market….

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….means working with your experienced professional NH REALTOR – setting the proper price and setting the right presentation of your home.

For buyers in today’s market, it’s the EXPERIENCE they feel when they view your home, and you want that to be the very best it can be, from the first moment they lay eyes on your home from the street.  That exterior curb appeal has to be such that it makes them want to come see the inside of the home.  Once they’re inside, you want your entryway to speak to them and beckon them in further.

Getting things right from the start – price and presentation – will help your home sell quicker than the competition and typically for the most money the market will bear.  It’s all about attention to detail and the experience!

 

 

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 Portsmouth NH real estate!

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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!

Summer Fun Begins! Portsmouth City Pool Opens

 

Portsmouth NH City Pool

Every summer in Portsmouth NH, kids of all ages look forward to the city pool opening up for the season.  This year’s season for the Peirce Island Pool begins today, June 29th, and remains open through August. 

 

 

 

 

If you live in Portsmouth’s Little Harbor area or the South End area, you’re lucky enough to be able to walk to the pool and other fun things in the area.  There is parking, so if you have to drive, no worries.

Portsmouth NH Peirce Island Cit y Pool

If you’re a town resident, use of the pool is $1.00 for adults and free for kids as long as you have proof of Portsmouth being your home.  If you don’t live in Portsmouth, you can use the pool for a $2.00 admission for adults and $1.00 per child.

 

 

 

 

For a full schedule of the city pool hours, swimming lessons, etc., check out this City of Portsmouth Pool link.  Portsmouth also has an indoor city pool, which residents are welcome to use as well.

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 Portsmouth real estate!

 

 

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Buying A Home and A Community – Portsmouth NH Homes

 

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I had a client say to me the other day that they’re not just buying a home in Portsmouth, they’re buying into the Portsmouth community as well.  And that part of what they’re buying is very important to them.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Portsmouth NH, or any other community, you’re buying into whatever that community has to offer.  That’s part of what you’re paying for.  You could take the basic 4 walls of any house, and plop them down in a variety of communities, and that 4-walled box will have a different value in each community.  Part of what goes into the value of each community is what that community has to offer.

 

And here’s what Portsmouth New Hampshire has to offer those who call Portsmouth home:

  • we have a fabulous downtown area, loads of shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, and more
  • we have a beautiful waterfront park, Prescott Park, where we can watch plays, hear concerts, take part in a variety of festivals, art shows, and more
  • we have Saturday morning Farmer’s Markets from May through November where you get all kinds of locally grown produce and locally made products, and meet old and new friends
  • we have a gorgeous huge new library with all kinds of programs open to all residents
  • we have great schools, 3 elementary schools, a middle school and a newly renovated and expanded high school
  • we have beautiful churches throughout the town, many with historic roots
  • we have lovely parks scattered all around town and have been awarded a “Tree City USA Award
  • we have a wide variety of homes in Portsmouth, choices in styles, ages and price ranges to suit everyone
  • we’re right here on the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River – awesome waterfront and a working port
  • we have a fascinating outdoor living history museum – Strawbery Banke.
  • we have loads of history all around us here, so if you love history, you’ll feel right at home
  • we have THE best seafood ever
  • we have loads of things to do in and around the Portsmouth NH area
  • we have great city festivals and fairs
  • we have super friendly residents who love living here and will help you learn all about Portsmouth NH living
  • we are in a super location for commuters – easy access to highways going north, south and west
  • we’re only an hour or so from great winter ski areas
  • we have lots of fun antique stores in the area
  • we have a great walking town to call home – sidewalks in most places with friendly neighbors calling out greetings as you pass by
  • we have glorious springs, spectacular falls, fun-filled summers, and winters that can bring snowy winter scenes

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Can you tell how awesome living in Portsmouth New Hampshire really is??  Come check us out – you’ll want to make your home in Portsmouth, too!

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!

 

 

 

 

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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 Homes – Homes Sold in May 2009

 

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Our local Portsmouth NH real estate market has been showing an active pace for the last few months, and we had some great sales this month.

If you’re curious about which homes sold and what the details were on those sales, check out the Portsmouth homes sold information below:

 
 

Homes Sold Portsmouth NH – May 2009

1483 Islington St – list price $169,900 – sold price $170,000 60 days on the market
450 Middle Rd – list price $183,000 – sold price $174,000 107 days on the market
261 Raleigh Way – list price $199,900 – sold price $195,000 167 days on the market
32 Mariette Dr – list price $229,900 – sold price $219,900 52 days on the market
16 McDonough St – list price $234,432 – sold price $199,000 126 days on the market
5 Osprey Dr – list price $234,900 – sold price $228,000 194 days on the market
287 Austin St – list price $260,000 – sold price $247,000 160 days on the market
1 Garden St – list price $263,500 – sold price $235,000 105 days on the market
181 Grant Ave – list price $274,900 – sold price $278,500 81 days on the market
77 Burkitt St – list price $319,000 – sold price $304,500 130 days on the market
33 Cliff Rd – list price $324,900 – sold price $305,000 373 days on the market
150 Buckminster Way – list price $414,900 – sold price $396,666 319 days on the market
202 Dennett Rd – list price $419,900 – sold price $400,000 60 days on the market
536 Marcy St – list price $442,000 – sold price $446,000 68 days on the market
281 Sagamore Ave – list price $577,000 – sold price $525,000 124 days on the market

Portsmouth NH Cape Style Home - Ann Cummings 2007

The homes sold in Portsmouth for the month of May had an average asking price of $303,209 and an average selling price of $288,238.  The average days on the market on those sold homes was 101 days.  Sellers received an average of 95% of their last asking price.

We currently have 57 homes for sale in Portsmouth, with an average asking price of $680,651.

 

If you’re looking to buy a home in Portsmouth, your dream home may well be for sale now!  I’d be happy to send you a list of Portsmouth homes for sale, and as your Portsmouth NH REALTOR I can help you find that special home just for you – I love helping people find their piece of the American dream of homeownership!

 

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 Portsmouth NH real estate!

 

 

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US Companies Failing At Customer Service BIG Time!

I don’t usually use my real estate blog to rant about things, but today that’s just what I’m doing.

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This week, in just the last 3 days, I’ve had the ‘opportunity’, and I lose that word quite loosely, of having to try to get some customer service from 2 companies.  The first company was one that I thought was local, LOCAL, like right here.  Until recently, I had always been able to make a call, get a real person to talk to and then be transferred to another person in the office here in Portsmouth NH.  Not anymore!

I dialed their phone number, got the same person who always answered, and then was transferred to the ‘department’ that was going to help me.  When the person came on the phone, I could tell right away I had ended up off-shore somewhere.  I asked the person on the other end of the phone where they were, and that confirmed what I suspected.

 

The second ‘opportunity” was just today, which set me off on this post.  I had purchased a major appliance earlier this year, and have had need to have repair technicians come out several times to get it to work properly.  Well, once again it’s not functioning properly so I called to schedule a service call.  They were supposed to come out today, sometime between 1pm and 5pm.  Yep, that infamous time window – you know full well they can narrow that down a bit more, but they don’t even try.  Anyway, 5pm came and went, and no service person.  At 6:15pm, I called the service line, asking when the technician might be showing up, if at all.  Lo and behold, I found I had traveled time zones and countries to another off-shore servicing center.

Why does that continue to happen?  Do American companies think that’s better servicing for their consumers?  No doubt it’s cheaper for them, and it undoubtedly provides jobs in the off-shore countries.  But at what cost?

 

When you try to get help from those so-called ‘service centers’, they really can’t help you at all.  If you ask something that isn’t on their script, they’re lost.  They go right back to repeating their script, and that’s just flat useless to me, the consumer on the other end of the phone trying to get help regarding the product I plunked a lot of money out for.

 

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I wish there was some way that would allow you to know in advance that the ‘service center’ for whatever company you’re thinking about doing business with is here or ‘over there somewhere’.  If I could know that in advance, I would think long and hard about whether I really wanted to buy that product or those services from that company, or not.

 

In real estate, we’re all abuzz about transparency.  How about the same thing in the general marketplace of regular goods?  I think that’s only fair and right – for my money, I want to know who’s going to help me when/if I need help, and what kind of rigmarole (sp?) I’m going to have to go through just to reach someone who really can help me.

Off-shore servicing centers – BIG-time FAIL!!

What’s been your experience with servicing centers?  I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below.

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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!