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Opening your lake cottage for summer! - Putting together a plan!

Opening your lake cottage for summer! - Putting together a plan! 

In about 2 months the snow will be melting and dreams of summer fun will be at your doorstep. Hopefully, you have a checklist from prior years you can follow to get the camp ready for Memorial Day opening weekend. If you don’t here are a a few helpful hints. 

  1. Bring your tool box - shovels - rakes - a saw.
  2. Verify that the electricity, phone, the internet is on and insurance is up to date. 
  3. Boat and Trailer registrations are current and have your boat and trailer serviced before you trailer up the road.  Spring cleaning your lake cottage
  4. Make sure you have all your keys! 
  5. Cleaning Supplies, towels, mops, brooms, leaf bags and a shop vac would always be helpful. 
  6. Bring some batteries and replenish the flashlights and smoke / carbon monoxide alarms. 
  7. Get the heat / ac checked out and clean the fireplace or wood stove flu’s prior to lighting your first fire of the season. Don’t forget to make sure a workable fire extinguisher is on hand. 
  8. Get the water running, look for leaks and let it run for an hour to get the system cleaned out then change the filters. Finally turn on the hot water. 
  9. Rake the lawn and clean the interior. Your almost ready to start enjoying lake life. 
  10. Get the dock ready for installation, check posts and decking then put it in the water and tie your boat up

That’s it! You’ve got, electricity, internet, water, hot water, clean home, boats on the dock, and the yard is picked up.  What else do you need? I would get the grill going for an evening meal. 

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH give us a call?   

Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

Some NH 2018 Winter Events you don't want to miss!

 

Some Winter Events you don’t want to miss!   

( picture is just a teaser - summer is around the corner )

Winnipesaukee Pond Hockey Classic -  Meredith  Feb 2-4 2018

The first puck dropped for the New England Pond Hockey Classic in February of 2010. Since then the NEPHC has quickly become one of the most sought after Pond Hockey Tournaments in the country, with teams flying in to compete from all over North America. Situated in the resort town of Meredith, NH, the NEPHC offers participants a tournament experience unlike any other. 

Great Meredith Ice Fishing Derby - Feb 10-11  Details

Ice Car Racing - Feb 17 Don’t miss Ice Car Racing on Meredith Bay 

Sled Dog Racing  - Laconia - Feb 16-18  - Where to view   https://www.lrsdc.org/  

College Ski Racing Events  - 2018 

February includes the University of Vermont Carnival (Feb. 2-3), with alpine races at Stowe and Nordic competition at Trapp Family Lodge, followed by the Dartmouth College Carnival (Feb. 9-10) at Dartmouth Skiway (alpine) and the XC Ski Center (Nordic).

The 2018 EISA Championships/NCAA East Regional Championships will be hosted by Middlebury College on Feb. 23-24. The Middlebury Snow Bowl will be the site of the alpine championships, and the Nordic competition will take place at Rikert Nordic Center.

The University of Colorado will serve as the host school for the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7-10 at Steamboat Springs and the Howelsen Ski Area.

New London Winter Carnival - Feb 1-3,  2018 

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest - Feb 2-4 , 2018 

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Increase Your Home Resale Value with Maintenance and Improvements

While we often think of a house as one of our biggest investments, the truth is most real estate and financial experts do not see it that way. Since the 2008 housing crash, many advisors see that as a “1990s mentality.” They advise that you look at your house as simply your home, a place you begin and end each day in and where your family makes its memories. Finding something simple that works with your family’s budget is a better way to approach house buying. By doing that, you can take any extra money you have and put it towards actual working investments. 

But while you should not look at your house as an investment, that doesn’t mean you should let it grow in disarray without ever thinking of its resale value. Most people eventually end up selling their homes at some point for reasons such as a having to move for a job, downsizing when the kids move out, or any other of the myriad of big changes life throws our way. Because of this, you want to make sure to maintain your house’s function and appearance in case the day comes where you need to put it on the market. 

Here are some of the most common home improvement projects homeowners should do to increase their house’s resale value. 

Roof Maintenance and Repairslake winnipesaukee home for sale

The roof is the ultimate barrier between the weather and elements and your house. As hard as it works, it eventually starts to show wear and tear. Moisture leads to mold and algae that causes your roof to darken, makes it harder for your house to cool, and can even worsen allergies for your family. Rain, sleet, and snow damage shingles and can lead to leaks or worse. 

The best way to prevent a roof catastrophe is through regular maintenance. To remove mold and algae, hire a professional cleaner who will gently power wash the debris away without damaging your roof. Additionally, throughout the year, check your roof for broken shingles and fix them as you go. This is especially important to do if your area experiences a harsh storm that results in hail or falling tree branches. 

Older houses may eventually need a new roof altogether. If your home needs a roof replacement, look for a contractor who specializes in cool roofs that can lower your utility bills and make your home more comfortable in hot weather. Also be sure to look for contractors with good reputations. Unfortunately, roof repair scams are pretty common. Watch out for contractors who chase storms and show up at your door using high-pressure sales tactics. These people are more likely to display questionable, shady behaviors like asking for down payments before work even begins or changing up their prices in the middle of a project. 

Energy Efficiency Increases Resale Value

It is not just cool roofs that can help your home’s resale value. Any time you update your home-- for instance, buying new appliances-- keep energy efficiency in mind. The more energy efficient your home is, the more modern and appealing it is to potential buyers. Your utility company probably offers free energy audits where they can point out ways to maximize your house’s efficiency for lower bills now and a better sale price later. 

A Fresh Coat of Paint

If it is time to sell, you can add thousands of dollars to your property’s value with a project that costs pennies. A fresh coat of paint breathes new life into a home and makes it more appealing to potential buyers. Many real estate experts suggest painting in neutral tones, but analysis shows that redoing your bathroom and kitchen in a light blue can add up to $5,440 to your final selling price on average. 

While you shouldn’t look at your home as an investment, you still need to protect its resale value in case the day comes when you need to put it on the market. The roof is the part of the house that is most likely to be damaged by outside forces. Regular maintenance can help keep its value while improving your home’s look and feel. When making updates, always keep energy efficiency in mind. An energy efficient house is a modern house. Finally, if it is time to put your house on the market, update it with a fresh coat of paint to make it more appealing to potential buyers. 

If you are looking to buy a lakefront home in New Hampshire Lady of the Lake can help you. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake. Yes, we can also sell your lake house for you to a new family looking to build new memories. 

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com to begin your search 

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley #nhlakesrealty

Article Credit: Seth Murphy

 

Some Real Estate Highlights from the new Tax Bill!

Some Real Estate Highlights from the new Tax Bill!

Quotes from the National Association of Realtors. President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement:

"The results are mixed. We saved the exclusion for capital gains on the sale of a home and protected the mortgage interest deduction for second homes.

• Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples on the sale of a home. Both the House and the Senate had sought to make it much harder to qualify for the exclusion.

• Mortgage interest deduction. The maximum mortgage amount for households deducting their mortgage interest has been decreased to $750,000 from the current $1 million limit. The House bill sought a reduction to $500,000.

• State and local tax deductions. Both property taxes and state and local income taxes remain deductible, although with a combined limit of $10,000. Both the House and Senate bills sought to eliminate the state and local income tax deduction altogether.

• Pass-through entities. The bill significantly reduces the effective rate of tax on business income earned by independent contractors and income received from pass-through entities. This change will lower the taxes of many real estate professionals.

Lake Winnipesaukee home Interested in New Hampshire Lake Homes call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales #nhlakesrealty

Lake Waukewan Executive Waterfront Home has new owners!!

Mike and Katie are ecstatic about their new dream home on Lake Waukewan. 

Built-in 2008 this beautiful home has a private setting, open water views and sandy swim area. The home featured wood floors, granite kitchen, tons of glass, fireplace, a great deck for entertaining, and just under 3000 square feet of living area. 

Check our new website out! It was designed for you to get to lakefront homes in one click.  You don’t have to view hundreds of listings to find those that have owned waterfront. One click and success.  www.nhlakesrealty.com 

Or Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail info@nhlakesrealty.com and we will find that dream home for you.  Lake Waukewan Real Estate - Waukewan home for sale

If you are selling or looking to purchase a lake home in New Hampshire contact Paula at Lady of the Lake Realty.  Lady of the Lake can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales  #nhlakesrealty

Home Winterization Checklist for Snowbirds: 10 Basic Items to Review

Hard work just put you in the fortunate position of becoming a snowbird! 

Home Winterization Checklist for Snowbirds: 10 Basic Items to Review

Before you head out the door to warmer weather for an extended stay you have prepare your homes cold vacation without you. 

Prepare a checklist! Here are a few basic items you want to look at.  

  1. Your mail has to go somewhere, you can’t have your mailbox overflowing! Set this up early with a neighbor or the post office. 
  2. Your home needs to look lived in, have the driveway plowed and ask a neighbor to drive in and out of it giving it that lived in look.
  3. Turn off the water, ask your heating company if the furnace needs water, if yes turn off the water to the living space or better yet, drain the water system. 
  4. Turned the heat down to 55 or 60 and if you have a forced hot water system talk to your plumber about adding anti-freeze in place of water. 
  5. Unplug all none essentials, stove, microwave, televisions, refrigerators, ( leave the door open ) any item that a digital light comes on wasting energy. 
  6. Put your cable/internet on vacation mode if possible. 
  7. Don’t post your plans on social media or post while you are away! 
  8. Leave a light on or put a light on a timer so your home looks lived in.  
  9. Put fuel stabilizer in gas tanks, car, lawn mowers, snowmobiles etc.
  10. Lock all windows and doors, double check them prior to leaving. 
  11. Don't forget to cover outdoor furniture and boats. 

If you have any interest in purchasing a New Hampshire lakefront home Lady of the Lake Realty has been in business since 1999 and we have exhaustive knowledge of the lakes. Our marketing area includes all the lakes from Sunapee Area to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com  to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales  #nhlakesrealty

 

Pleasant Lake, New London NH. Perfect home for boating, swimming, skiing.

 

Just Listed in New London, NH.  Ski and Beach Access home to Pleasant Lake, Sunapee and Ragged Mountain Ski Areas 

If your new home criteria checklist includes an open concept post and beam home with 2 bathrooms, 3 plus bedrooms with room to expand, private setting, granite kitchen, screened porch, wood floors, metal roof, on 1.9 acres this home is perfect for you. What if this beautiful home included a private 500-foot beach to use on crystal clear 600 acre Pleasant Lake. Slope and Shore Club offers a clubhouse, mooring field, tennis, basketball courts, ice skating pond along with storage for your canoe or kayak. Slope N Shore is a family-oriented community with a beautiful, gently sloping beach. Children of all ages can take swimming, tennis and sailing lessons. There are weekly planned activities including climbing Mt. Kearsarge, swimming to Blueberry Island, sandcastle day and field day. Adults enjoy cocktails on the beach at 5 PM, tennis leagues for men, women and mixed, doubles; plus, there are several summer parties including: pot luck, theme: (60’s, Titanic, etc.), and barbecue. Location is everything, restaurants, hospital, shopping, golf plus Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain Ski Areas are just a short drive. Two bedrooms are on the first floor, the master on the second floor with a guest or family room. There is room to expand in the basement and you will never lose power with a whole house generator. Boston is less than 1.5 hours, and your Pleasant Lake home is 10 minutes off Rt 89.

Lady of the Lake Realty has been working with buyers and sellers since 1999. Our marketing area includes all the New Hampshire lakes from Sunapee to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake that meets your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lake sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

 

Lady of the Lake Realty has another happy seller of a Lakefront home in NH

Silver Lake Home has New Owners! 

Great news, Paula working with sellers on a Silver Lake helped them find buyers in the first two weeks the home was listed. The new owners have just enjoyed the first weekend at their Silver Lakefront home in Tilton. This affordable home has beautiful views and five bedrooms for family get-togethers.

If you are selling or looking to purchase a lake home in New Hampshire contact Paula at Lady of the Lake Realty. lakefront home sold on silver lake, Tilton NH

Lady of the Lake Realty has been in business since 1999 and we have exhaustive knowledge of the lakes. Our marketing area includes all the lakes from Sunapee Area to Ossipee including Winnipesaukee and Squam.

We can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales #nhlakesrealty

Win the Lakefront Bidding War!

Win the Lakefront Bidding War! 

Buying a lake home is an exciting yet emotional and stressful process. Start searching online trying to compare regions, lakes and the attributes of homes on each lake. Find a seasoned knowledgeable lake agent that can guide you through the process. If you see the perfect lakefront home  online get in the car right away to go visit the home. It’s quite likely that perfect lakefront will attract others and  you’ll find yourself in a bidding war. Last week a home hit the market at 10 am on Winnipesaukee, by the days end there were 4 offers on the home. Great homes sell quickly.  If you want to ensure your bid is the winning offer, follow these strategies. 

Cash Works  

This won’t be possible for everyone, but if you have the cash, make an all-cash offer. In a particularly hot market, cash typically wins out. Sellers prefer buyers who pay cash because the deal will not be dependent on appraisals  or whether the buyer can secure financing. Or be prepared with a home equity loan in place which might put you in a cash position.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage.If paying all cash is not an option. Get preapproved for a mortgage before you even you visit your first home. You will have your financing in place when you place your offer. You will not be scrambling for a pre approval letter. In a scenario where a seller receives multiple bids, you’ll automatically count yourself out if you are not pre-approved.

When you find the perfect home 

If the lake home meets your criteria move quickly. Hopefully your offer will be the only offer on the table. If the seller has listed the home at an appropriate price, be prepared to offer full price. Don’t wait to get into a bidding situation. 

Escalation clause

If you’re willing to go higher with your offer, talk to your agent about an escalation clause. This gives you the option to automatically increase your offer should another buyer bid more than you. Do put a ceiling on the clause.

Limit contingencies

Sellers will generally choose offers with the fewest contingencies. 

Get personal

Do you really love the home? Can you imagine your kids enjoying swimming in the lake and perfect sunsets to enjoy with the family? Write a letter to the seller explaining your reasons for wanting the house. Appeal to a seller’s emotions/personal memories, you may be rewarded with the winning bid. Lake Winnipesaukee luxury governors island home

Lady of the Lake Realty has been working with buyers and sellers since 1999. Our marketing area includes all the New Hampshire lakes from Sunapee to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake that meets your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lake sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

 

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Price Adjusted for this 2 bedroom condo in Meredith NH

If you are looking for a NH Lakes Region getaway or a place to live here is a perfect option for you. 

Price Adjusted for this 2 bedroom condo in Meredith NH

Meredith NH Condo ro sale, 2 bedrooms $114,000updated 2 bedroom condo for sale in meredith nh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two bedrooms updated townhouse style end unit with sitting deck. Just a short walk to downtown Meredith. Low condo fee's, low Meredith taxes, and only 10 units in the complex with plenty of parking. Price reduced to $114,000  MLS 4645682  Gould Ave, #10 Meredith 

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

Lake or Ski Real Estate LLC.  3 Winona Road, Meredith NH 566-6608 - paulahinckley@gmail.com

Lady of the Lake Realty is a registered tradename of Lake or Ski Real Estate LLC 

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