MEREDITH — Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc., with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has reported a record year in sales volume for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2016. The firm produced a sales volume of $161,189,304, involving 584 transaction sides, resulting in an increase of 27 percent over 2015's sales.
"This figure represents the highest sales achievement in our company's 25 year history," Roche said, "We surpassed our 2004 sales volume of $131 million, which was the strongest year in New Hampshire's history for real estate sales. I attribute this record-setting year to our dedicated real estate professionals and our hard-working administrative and marketing staff. Their commitment to superior service day in and day out certainly made things happen. The company averaged $3.1 million in sales volume per week during 2016. The average selling price amounted to $276,009."
He continued, "We invested a significant amount to improve our worldwide internet exposure. We have continually upgraded our website, www.rocherealty.com, our internet optimization and our marketing presence on approximately 80 national and international websites. In 2017, we will launch a new and improved state-of-the-art website, which we have been working on for two years. Through our worldwide connections with luxuryrealestate.com, luxuryhomes.com and other portals, we have increased our market reach immensely. Rocherealty.com is one of the most visited websites in the Lakes Region."
Since 1997, when statewide statistics started, Roche Realty Group, Inc., has sold more than $1.8 billion of New Hampshire properties, involving 6,799 transaction sides and has ranked in the top 10 real estate firms in the state of New Hampshire out of 2,285 firms reporting sales during this 20 year period.
The company produced a strong showing in 2016 in waterfront sales on many of the lakes throughout the Lakes Region, likewise, the semi-retirement and second home markets also produced strong results fueled by a growing economy and low interest rates. Communities such as South Down Shores, Long Bay, Lake Houses at Christmas Island, Misty Harbor, Nature's View, Samoset, Lakewood, Patrician Shores and the other water access communities showed excellent activity.
Roche, a 40-year veteran of Lakes Region real estate, said, "I'm proud the company has continued to maintain a group of very knowledgeable and experienced Realtors. We were also fortunate to have several younger associates join our firm who have had an exceptional year. I'm particularly proud that our firm has grown consistently on its own, unaffiliated with any national franchises. We always want to stay a local, family-owned, independent firm. Today, we are one of the largest, volume wise, in the entire state of New Hampshire."