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This past weekend my honey and I ventured up into the mountains for a little backcountry skiing. The day was amazing and we found a secret little stash of powder that made for some great turns and we even created some "powder 8's" like the cool kids back in the 80s! If you've enjoyed any such adventures, regardless of the season, you know they take preparation. Whether adventuring in the White Mountains at 4,000 feet or in the Rockies at 12,000 feet, being prepared is critical to both your enjoyment and your survival. We have all read countless stories of the half-wits that head up Mou…

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Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has reported sales for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2020. The firm produced a sales volume of $146,563,726, involving 417 transaction sides. The company averaged $2.82 million in sales volume per week in…

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In the famous words of Bruce Buffer: "Iiiit's Tiiiime"! No, I'm not planning to step into the octagon with anyone — ever. It's time to finally throw my proverbial hat in the ring and join the world of the homeowners once again. It's been too long. I really enjoy my roommate and could not hav…

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Remember your first home? Whether it was a freshly painted rental or your first investment in real estate, walking into your new space full of promise and possibility was an exciting experience! Likewise, it should be a positive and welcoming experience for your buyer.

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I know I've talked about the cool little (300 sq. foot) cabin I lived in over in Lincoln before. It was basically meant for summer use, but got converted to year round so someone could make a buck (and I could have a neato place to live). It was up on blocks and had minimal insulation. I eve…

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Last week I pulled up comparisons on year to date sales of waterfront homes on area lakes. This week I’ll compare sales within 15 towns and cities throughout the Lakes Region to provide an overview of 2020 sales vs. 2019.

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I've been deep-sea fishing off the coast in Portsmouth and even enjoyed a whale watching cruise (where we actually saw some whales!) in Hawaii. Outside of that, my life has been relegated to freshwater fun. We grew up water skiing and swimming at Kennebunk Pond in Lyman, Maine and visiting m…

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We’re getting near the end of the year, and I thought I would pull up a comparison of the closed sales on area lakes comparing 2020 to 2019, year to date. The results were pretty amazing. Of the 10 lakes I compared, all 10 of them had major sales price increases over the previous year, and t…

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As I mentioned last week, we're doing some renovations around the house. Our new front door and entry door to the garage are just awesome. They no longer bleed precious heat or scrape across the mud room floor. We also replaced a half-wall between the main stairway (it's a split ranch) with …

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We're heading into the holidays, and all the local Realtors are busy. They are out there on every corner looking for homes that they can package up and deliver to their customers in the new year. Unfortunately, trying to find a home in today's market is not as easy as going on Amazon, pushin…

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There's a lot going on out there in the marketplace. So much in the news with so much uncertainty. Yes, all of us have to deal with lots of stress because of the unknown and what's around the corner. Here are some thoughts on some of the things we are seeing:

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I think many first timers are dipping their proverbial toes in the real estate waters simply because of the current (nutso!) interest rates. I can't blame them one bit. Three of my friends have already refinanced and a couple others are getting closer to putting in offers on homes they are i…

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All of us celebrated Thanksgiving this past week and it was a time for all of us to reflect on the good things we are thankful for. Yes, 2020 has been a difficult year; however, we are fortunate to be living in the Lakes Region and New Hampshire. We are lucky that New Hampshire is the 4th lo…

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BELMONT — It’s going to be difficult to include many, if not all, of the usual holiday traditions this year. So, why not pick up a new one? Mitch Hamel has just the tradition in mind.

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Once again, the owners, staff and agents of RE/MAX Bayside recently delivered 40 turkeys to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Thrift Store in Laconia. Each year this worthy organization provides approximately 800 Lakes Region families Thanksgiving dinners that include all th…