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As you know I've been searching high and low for a new place to live. I've been bouncing back and forth between rentals and homes for sale. As a former home (and duplex) owner, I really hate the idea of renting (aka — paying someone else's mortgage). And with the market seemingly coming back to earth, perhaps this fall will be a fantastic time to make a purchase. Either way, I'm excited to finally have my own place. It's been nearly a decade since I've lived alone. I miss not having to tip-toe around in the mornings the most! (My current roomie is a bit of a late sleeper.)

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

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Last weekend I headed up to Lake George, New York, for a wedding. During that time, I took the opportunity to explore the lake and compare similarities to Lake Winnipesaukee. Lake George is known as the "Queen of American Lakes" and is located roughly 210 miles north of New York City. When I…

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The "heater thingy" in our clothes dryer died last week. Of course I had a full load of laundry in it and another finishing up in the washer. To boot, I was packing for the long, holiday weekend away with my honey. Murphy is alive and well. We all know that nothing is made "like it used to b…

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Sales of Lakes Region newly constructed homes have been very brisk the past couple of years. There's a huge calling out there for new maintenance-free, energy-efficient housing where the existing resale product supply is limited and in short supply. Brokers throughout the Lakes Region have b…

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Yes, my company's name is Mad Cow Web, but that's not what we're talking about today. Today we're focusing on the big move. To be honest, I haven't found a home to purchase or rent yet, but I am starting to think about the move and all the associated "moving pieces" that go along with it. I …

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New Hampshire’s Lake Region is one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the united states. Our magnificent lakes and majestic mountains create a backdrop that is unrivaled in the northeast. For those of you who are visiting or thinking about relocating to the Lakes Region, here’s a bre…

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I've been careful over the years to educate you, my dear reader, about the perils of listening to any sort of real estate news that is not rooted in a local source. While you may read or hear things about the market, nothing is more true than what is happening on your street, in your neighbo…

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My roommate is a big proponent of investing in the home you have. He has gained a pile of equity in the house over the last three years and is taking full advantage of it. We have remodeled an entire wall in the basement. Replaced a wall between the stairs in the front entry way. Ripped up a…

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All of us who live in New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region certainly have lots to be thankful for. For those of you who are considering a move to New Hampshire, I thought I would pull together a detailed list of accolades New Hampshire has garnered in recent years. With so many things goin…

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I got very lucky when I owned my duplex in Somersworth. I worked with the seller (before closing) to select the tenants for the upstairs unit. It made sense to be able to choose these tenants since in a matter of weeks I would be the new owner/landlord. The downstairs tenants were simply hor…

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If you ever watched Saturday morning cartoons back in the day, you may recall Looney Tunes featuring Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf. The two had competing jobs: protecting sheep and abducting them. Usually the sheepdog had the upper hand and the wolf suffered slapstick misfortunes while trying …

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We were incredibly fortunate to grow up with access to an adorable camp on Kennebunk Pond in Lyman, Maine. My mom's family had it for generations and rebuilt it after the fires of 1947 that devastated 250,000 acres across Maine. We learned to swim, waterski, fish and generally love the water…

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You’ve probably heard the term “bungalow” before, but do you know what it means? To be honest, I just sold one for the second time, and I’m still trying to get my mind around the definition myself. It’s tricky because bungalows offer a practical, adaptable and economical core design that has…