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Sanborn — It (all) came from the basement

As of March 1, 2015 there were 779 single family residential homes on the market in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered in this report. The average asking price stood at $654,919 and the median price point was $264,900. The Alton average asking price is skewed by a $49 million waterfront listing of two homes which are also listed individually at $24 million and $25 million.

So, I sold my own home. We just closed on it this past week. My wife and I have owned five homes so far with three of them being in the Lakes Region. It seems like every time we sell a place we can't find anything else that we like, where we want to be, for a price we can afford so we end up moving to temporary quarters until a home is either remodeled or built. I can really sympathize with other sellers that get caught in this same dilemma because moving your stuff once is bad enough, but moving in into storage and then having to move it again really, pardon me, sucks.

So we are renting a small condo until we decide whether to buy or build. We're moving there with just the bare necessities as the unit is furnished. There is a God.

While me may not have moved as often as some people, you'd think that after moving five times you wouldn't have accumulate as much stuff as if you'd stayed in one spot. Wrong. We found stuff we hadn't seen in ten years and forgot that we even owned. It was kind of like Christmas. And speaking of Christmas, why do I have so many Christmas decorations that never get used anymore? I think you should move every two years to a smaller place each time. That would be a big boost to the real estate market and you would stay fighting trim.

I always have to cringe a little when I have to list a home with a basement full of stuff because I know how much work the sellers are going to go through to get packed up. Conversely, I am amazed when some sellers have so little accumulated. Some people are truly minimalists. I am not sure that kind of seller is truly human. How is it that they can exist without six leaf rakes, a wide assortment of shovels (some without handles), old eight track or cassette players, outdated X-Box and Nintendo consoles, boxes of various electrical and computer wiring, old computer monitors, extra boxes of assorted glassware and plates that haven't been used since 1980, paint that doesn't match anything in the house, clothes that are too small, unidentifiable parts to something equally unidentifiable, half full bags of pesticides, spray cans of paint that don't spray anymore, pictures that haven't been hung on a wall for a decade, buckets of unsorted bolts, screws, and fasteners, 12 flashlights, and old lamps that don't work?These people don't keep their old Mr. Coffee machines now that they have upgraded to a Keurig.

So after three weeks of sorting, wrapping, packing, and numerous trips to the dump to throw out stuff that we never knew we had, things are getting thinned out. But we still did manage to fill a 10' x 30' and a 10' x 20' storage building. I am happy to say my two Mr. Coffees, a bread maker, and some Christmas decoration found a new home at the town's recycling center where they were quickly adopted by another unsuspecting home owner. I'll probably see my stuff in their house when I list it next year...

Now, maybe I will put a very low offer in on one of those waterfront listings in Alton that are messing up the averages.

P​ease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others.
​Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 3/1/15. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012​.​

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Andrew D. Goupil, 35

WISCASSETT, Maine — Andrew David Goupil, 35, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 28 2015 with loved ones by his side. At age 35 he married the love of his life, Tracy Blagden, on Sept 27th of 2014. The newlyweds made their home in Wiscasset, Maine. 

Andy was in the building Trades and loved working outdoors. In the woods, at the ocean or lake, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping and hiking. Also, an avid reader and deep thinker; he was very knowledgeable and passionate about philosophy, spirituality, and the cosmos, and loved to converse with other like-minded people and all others.
He loved to cook for his wife and family, and recently became quite the chef. He had a charismatic personality with bright eyes and a warm smile; he was wise beyond his years. His love was evident by how he reached out and connected to each of his family members and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Tracy Blagden Goupil; son, Nate Betts of Wiscasset; his brother Chris Apollonio of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; mother, Jocelyn Howe of Dresden, Maine; father, Normand Andrew Goupil, Jr. of Laconia, N.H.; grandmothers, both of whom he was very close to, Jean Howe of Boothbay, Maine, and Alyce Goupil of Laconia, N.H.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in Maine, New Hampshire and Massacusetts. 

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, both of whom he was very close to, Lemuel H "Bert" Howe of Boothbay, Maine, and Normand Andrew Goupil, Sr. of Laconia, N.H.; and his dog, Blazer. 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at noon at the Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Rd, Wiscasset, ME. A reception will follow.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 07:55

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Jane E. Babin, 58

LACONIA — Jane E. (Poire) Babin, Esq., formerly of 24 Birchwood Way, passed away on March 4, 2015 after a courageous and inspiring eleven year journey with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Jane was born in Laconia on March 24, 1956 the daughter of Leo "Joe" and Therese (O'Mara) Poire. In 1970 Jane graduated from St. John School (now Holy Trinity) and in 1974 from Laconia High School. In the years that followed, Jane went on to earn Bachelor's Degrees in English and Business Administration as well as a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from Plymouth State College. In 1989 Jane earned her Law Degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. She then began a fifteen year distinguished career at Plymouth State University as a beloved and respected professor in the Business Department. In 2001 Jane received the Northeast Regional Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. She continued teaching even after her diagnosis but was forced to retire in April 2005 due to her loss of physical strength. At that point she began her second teaching career by demonstrating how one can live joyfully with ALS, by speaking at churches and medical schools about the human face of ALS, by participating in several medical research trials at Massachusetts General Hospital and by inspiring medical professionals to provide compassionate care for the terminally ill. Her book "Pearls in the Pond" (a collection of poems and writings written over the course of fifteen years) was published in 2007.

During her teaching career Jane served on numerous committees at PSU and was admitted to the Bars in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania as well as the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. She was recognized with many honors during her career. In addition to the Northeast Regional Teaching Award in 2001, Jane was also presented an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by PSU in May of 2006 and the Silas H. Pearl Medallion for Distinguished Lifetime Service to Plymouth State University in 2005. Perhaps her greatest joy in life, though, came from watching with pride as her son Christian grew to adulthood.

Jane is survived by her mother and step-father Armand and Therese (Poire) Bedard, her loving son Christian, two sisters Cynthia Mathews, APRN and her husband Philip of Campton, N.H., Marie Leahy and her husband Richard of Laconia, N.H and three brothers Patrick Poire and his wife Linda of Sandwich, Mass., Joseph Poire and his wife Cindy of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Michael Poire of Corpus Christi, Tex. as well as nieces Jennifer Leahy, Erin Florek and Natalie Poire and nephews Jonathan Leahy, Christopher Poire and Nicholas Poire, as well as nieces Pam, Karen and Linda (daughters of her sister-in-law Doris Bolduc) grand nieces and grand nephews and many cousins, friends and PSU colleagues. She was pre-deceased by her father Leo "Joe" Poire, her paternal grandparents Hector and Gabrielle Poire and maternal grandparents Thomas and Josephine O'Mara.

Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, on Sunday, March 8, 2015 using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Donations in Jane's memory may be made to Mass General Hospital ALS Research Fund Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons, MGH Development Office 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114 or online at https://give.massgeneral.org/als to continue the research to find a cure for ALS, to Rosemeadow Garden (in Jane's memory) Attn: Joanne Devine Donovan 336 Bedford Road New Boston, N.H. 03070 or to the "Jane E. Babin Scholarship" at Plymouth State University c/o Laure Morris, Director of Major Gifts, University Advancement/Alumni Relations and Development, MSC 50, 17 High Street, Plymouth, N.H. 03264-1595

Jane's family wishes to thank all of Jane's caregivers over the past eleven years, especially the caring staff at Rose Meadow Garden, Jane's cousin Darlene Ouellette Bolduc, as well as family, friends and colleagues from PSU who shared their time and talent to give Jane the richest life possible during the course of her illness.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:49

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Sean W. Sewell, 46

MANCHESTER — Sean W. Sewell, 46, died suddenly on March 3, 2015, at his home in Manchester.
Sean was born in Laconia on March 30, 1968, and was a graduate of Laconia High School, Class of 1986. He worked alongside his father and two brothers in the family-owned business, Opechee Distributors, and was later a self-employed building contractor.
Sean lived his life to the fullest and was taken from us much too soon. He was an avid New England sports fan and enjoyed outdoor activities including snowmobiling, ice fishing with his daughters, boating, and waterskiing on Lake Opechee.
Sean was the son of the late W. Peter Sewell, a life-long Laconia resident, and Bonnie L. Sewell of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. He leaves his three daughters, Shauna Sewell of Laconia; Alyson Sewell of Holderness; and Kelsey Sewell of Laconia; two brothers, Christopher Sewell and family of Reno, Nevada; and Matthew Sewell of Fort Myers, Florida.
A private family gathering will be held in memory of Sean, and a private burial service will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: http://www.gofundme.com/nyt73w
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:39

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