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Last week we talked a bit about keeping safe when showing your home. One of the points made was that you're going to be pretty excited about someone being interested in your home. The key is to not get so excited that you forget about keeping yourself safe. Today we're going to talk a bit about a different kind of safety. It's the safety (or caution) you need to exhibit when you finally get that offer (or offers!) for your home. The goal is to keep your emotions in check. Keep your head on straight and make an informed, well thought-out decision. Let's get started.

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Since we've survived Halloween, I figured it's time to talk safety. Wait, that doesn't make sense at all. We should have had this chat three weeks ago. Alas, here we are. Although the leaves are falling off the trees and we've started grabbing that extra layer before heading out, the real es…

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Recently I've been outlining the sales activity for residential, waterfront, and multi-family apartments in the Lakes Region. I thought I would pull up sales statistics for commercial properties using a 3-year comparison. We have all seen a very strong residential and second home market in r…

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My good friend Vince bought me a tiny little book while we were in college. The title was "The Portable Curmudgeon." I guess even back then my sarcastic, cynical, New England roots were showing through. The truth is, I'm a pretty optimistic person. And I like to think we keep things pretty l…

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Today we're going to talk about making your home a calm, peaceful retreat from the world. I Googled "Everything Zen" and enjoyed reminiscing about seeing Bush at Woodstock '99. Holy cow, they were loud! What a great band. My time living in Portsmouth, washing dishes at some restaurant, is tr…

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Last week I was driving through Loudon Road in Concord in the busy heights area, and I passed a couple of large apartments complexes I sold back in 1979 with Jim Aberg. It reminded me of how affordable real estate was in those early years. I thought I would pull up the sales activity for mul…

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I always enjoy throwing out an alliteration or rhyme for my titles. I think, much like 'orange,' there's not much I can do with appraisal (Maybe I need more coffee). I'm certainly open to ideas for next time! Today we're going to talk about some myths related to your home appraisal. We'll to…

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I have compiled data to provide you with insight into what's happening with sales activity on eight of our lakes here in the Lakes Region. I've compared the most recent 12 months — Oct. 21, 2020-Oct. 21, 2021 — to the previous 12 — Oct. 21, 2019-Oct. 21, 2020 — involving closed sales of wate…

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It's no secret this is one of the best times of the year in New England. We get the explosion of the fall colors. We start to see a big drop in the number of pesky bugs in the air. And hiking in fall is truly sublime. As I'm writing this, I'm becoming more annoyed that I'm not outside! But a…

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I submitted an article a while ago titled "Is our current inflation "transitory." The Central Bank keeps reassuring us that it is; however they have been extending their projections as of late. Let's take a look at some of the things happening all around us so we can see the broader picture …

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I have a couple friends who are professional home inspectors and really don't envy their positions. In our "sue everybody cuz nothing's my fault" society, the risk they take with every inspection is a bit nuts. If only people would take responsibility for their own actions. Alas, enough of t…

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'Tis the holiday season (Yes, I start mine at Halloween) which for me brings about thoughts of my parents (and tiny candy bars!). Not only because we always had really great holidays as a family, but they're way down in the sunshine state so it inevitably means travel. You may recall I spent…

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There’s just something special about the firsts in life, whether it’s a first kiss, first love, first car… or your first home.

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We are fortunate to have a good group of friends that enjoy getting together. We play poker on a regular basis. We have dinner parties. And, as soon as the temps start to drop, we end up in the hot tub. Overall, it's a great group to hang out with and we're fortunate to have the home that su…

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After some careful consideration, I'm carefully considering a rental property. If you've been following along for the past few weeks (months?) I have been searching, albeit casually, for a new place to hang my proverbial hat. If you have been searching along with me, you know that home price…