Blog :: 10-2014

NH Lakes Region Real Estate News - Area lakefront Information Blog

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Buying or Selling Your Lakefront Home in NH. Who should I call?

Some basic steps will move the process along smoothly. 

Talk with your banker and get a pre-qualification letter on how much you can spend and then sit down with the family and decide what you feel comfortable spending.  If your banker says you can spend $650,000 but your comfort level is $425,000 look at homes in your comfort zone. 


lake Winnipesaukee real estate

Luxury Winnipesaukee Home on Governors Island. Listed and Sold by Carl 


If you are unfamiliar with the area you should take an afternoon to drive by your top lake choices and some homes selected on those lakes. Realtors take great pictures and you will eliminate a couple of the lakes and most of the homes.

Be loyal, find a realtor who specializes in the type of property you are interested in buying and stick with them. If your looking for a lake property my wife and I have been in the business since 1999 and know the lakes. If you want a Historic home built in the 1800's we really aren't your go to agents.  Basic question to ask to find a knowledgeable lakefront realtor. Ask them about lake sizes and shoreline rules. If they can't answer how big the lake or building setbacks you might not have a knowledgable agent.

Showings!! The lakes region is not your typical market, 95% of the homes are assisted showing, which means no lock boxes and you have to set appointments. Showings need to be coordinated ( you - seller - listing agent - buyers agent ) You can't call at 6 pm on Friday to see 8 homes on Saturday morning. Call Wednesday for Saturday if you want your day to go smoothly.

When you find the home of interest my wife and I will get you sales comparisons, walk you through the paperwork, explain to you what the DES Site Assessment is and how it affects the property you are interested in.

We will also supply you with local vendors to help you, home inspectors to title companies and lawyers. 

Selling your Lake Home

Select an agent that is familiar with the type of home you are selling, you feel comfortable with and is local to the market.

Marketing your home is important. Look for an agency that has an effective local marketing program plus reaches buyers nationally and globally. Our Sotheby's brand exceeds all online marketing programs. Review our statistics.

In addition to the companies print and online marketing examine the  social media presence that will be used to promote your homes listing. Linkin, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging etc.

Photography sells homes, compare the video and photo portfolio each agent has and pick the agent who will puts your home online in the best light.  Also compare listing descriptions. You will be surprised what you will find there is  a vast difference from agent to agent in descriptive detail. 

Price your home to sell. Unrealistic pricing only delays the sale. Don't use price reductions as a fall back as you try to move the home.

If you are currently renting your lake home ask your tax advisor if a 1031 Exchange might work?


Pleasant Lake Real Estate, Deerfield NH

Listed by Paula and Sold by Carl 


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Merrymeeting Lakefront Property for Sale in New Durham NH

Merrymeeting Lake NH Contemporary saltbox located on Merrymeeting Lake, one of New Hampshire's clearest & cleanest lakes. Year round home features open floor plan with four 8' sliders opening to a 52'x14' deck with desirable southwest exposure overlooking the lake, new dock & terraced gardens. Attractive brick chimney, hearth & wood stove divides the cathedral living room and dining room. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, the master features a new dormer providing views of the lake, lots of light and an attractive new pine cathedral ceiling and hard-pine floor. The walk-out basement level is unfinished leading out to the attractive under-deck patio. The unfinished space presents opportunities for additional living space, summer kitchen or storage. Enjoy swimming & diving from the new dock with a large base added extension for relaxing and to secure a boat. Along the shore line there is walk-in access to the lake. Detached 3 car garage provides plenty of space for cars, boats & more build-out potential.   Minutes to Gunstock Ski Area, Golf, Hiking and Shopping in Alton and Wolfeboro NH.  Listed by Randy Parker of Maxfield Real Estate. Sold by Carl Sack 


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Merrymeeting is a 1200 acre deep water glacial lake


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Getting Ready to Retire, Review Your Options with Your Tax Advisor

To qualify for the maximum amount, you must have owned the home and lived it in as your primary residence for at least two of the five years prior to the sale. Contact the IRS or your tax advisor prior to selling your home to get a firm basis of your tax or tax relief.

Even if a homeowner can't pass the ownership and two to five years prior, that person still might be eligible for a "reduced maximum exclusion." To qualify, the sale of your main home must be due to one of the following reasons: "a change in place of employment," or "health," or "unforeseen circumstances," the IRS says in Publication 523 ("Selling Your Home").

The IRS defines "circumstances" as "the occurrence of an event that you could not reasonably have anticipated before buying and occupying your main home." That would include such things as "natural or man-made disasters or acts of war or terrorism resulting in a casualty to your home, whether or not your loss is deductible." See Publication 523 for more details.

Login to the Internal Revenue Website for additional information and to verify the content of this post or contact your tax advisor. 

New Hampshire is one of the top retirement states. We have over 250 lakes with no sales or income tax to deal with. NH Where the lakes meet the mountains. 


squam lake real estate

This home is available in the Squam Lake Watershed. Mountain Views and access to the marina on Squam.






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Lake Winnipesaukee Lakefront Home, Alton NH

Lake Winnipesaukee Lakefront Home, Alton NH

Take your choice of views from this well maintained waterfront home. Set directly on 100' Lake Winnipesaukee shoreline with easterly views is an affordable lake home waiting for you to make memories. The open concept floor plan lends itself to entertaining for all the friends and family who come to visit. Natural woodwork on the cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and hardwood floors will match any décor style you choose. The second floor master bedroom has amazing views and a private balcony. Upstairs you will also find a large second bedroom, open loft space and full bathroom. Your finished walk out lower level has ample opportunity to make the perfect game room or additional sleeping quarters - you be the judge! The large permanent docking system comes equipped with a 6 ton boatlift and a jetski lift. No parking issues to worry about here with an oversized two-car garage and large paved parking area. Minutes to Gunstock Ski Area, Golf, Hiking and Shopping. Owner is a licensed real estate agent. Listed by Ashley Davis of Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.


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Open Water Winnipesaukee Views, Boat Lift - Garage - Close to Skiing & Golf


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Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Released on Island in Squam Lake

Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Released on Island in Squam Lake

HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- A juvenile bald eagle was released into the wild on a Squam Lake island today by N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers and wildlife rehabilitator Maria Colby of Wings of the Dawn Bird Sanctuary in Henniker.

Conservation Officer Christopher Brison rescued the injured bird in August of this year. It was found with a broken leg near its nest on Long Island in Squam Lake. A concerned island property owner on Squam reported the injured bird and helped Fish and Game reach the island by boat. Brison brought the rescued eagle to the Squam Lakes Science Center, which then relayed the bird to be rehabilitated by Maria Colby at the Wings of the Dawn Bird Sanctuary. It is not known how the young eagle was injured, but it may have fallen out of the nest or had a rough landing while learning to fly.

CO Brison, Fish and Game Sergeant Brad Morse and wildlife rehabilitator Maria Colby travelled by boat to Long Island this morning (October 10, 2014) to release the bird near its nest.

"We're glad to have played a positive role in rescuing this bird, so it could be restored to its healthy state and returned to the wild today," said Brison.

In its summary of the 2014 New Hampshire Bald Eagle breeding season, N.H. Audubon reported earlier this year:

"This spring marked the 27th breeding season in the post-DDT recovery era for New Hampshire's bald eagles. Since a sub-adult pair first returned to reoccupy an historic nesting tree at Leonard Pond on Umbagog Lake back in the late 1980s, our state's bald eagle population - once classified as federally endangered, currently still listed as state-threatened - has been rebounding

"Over the last decade, this population growth has been extremely robust, doubling roughly every 5 years - 10 territorial pairs in 2005, 22 territorial pairs in 2010, and 41 territorial pairs in 2014!

The confirmation of a total of 41 territorial pairs in N.H. in 2014 set a new state record-high for the post-DDT era. NH Audubon staff and volunteer eagle observers documented incubation by 27 (66%) of the state's 41 pairs. One-third of known New Hampshire pairs were not confirmed to have incubated eggs this year, which may be due to several factors, including early nest abandonment due to ill-timed snow events, and to new or inexperienced pairs connecting late in the 2014 season. Of this year's 27 incubating pairs, 24 (89%) were successful in fledging at least one young.

"The 24 successful nests also is a new post-DDT era high mark for New Hampshire. A record-high total of 41 young fledged in N.H. in 2014, an average of 1.52 young fledged per nesting pair and 1.00 young fledged per territorial pair. Both of these figures are above the state's 27-year averages of 1.33 fledged per nesting pair and 0.94 young fledged per territorial pair.

"NH now has bald eagles nesting in all three far-flung corners of the state - from Pittsburg to New Castle to Hinsdale. Perhaps nowhere is the growth of the eagle population more obvious than in the Lakes Region, where 11 territorial pairs now scattered between Newfound Lake in Hebron and Province Lake in Wakefield produced a total of 14 fledglings in 2014. That same geographical area only hosted only one known nest (Squam Lake) a decade ago. Two Lakes Region eagle pairs (Squam and Round Island on Winnipesaukee) produced three fledglings apiece in 2014, the only 3-chick nests documented in the state this year.

"Other highlights in 2014 included the first successful nesting on the Merrimack River north of Concord, confirmation of a new territory south of Concord near the Bow Power Plant, and the post-fledging discovery of a successful pair on the Connecticut River in Piermont."

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