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Winter At The Lake? What to do when the lake is frozen?

Suggestions Anyone?
The fun does not end when the lake freezes up. There is a long list of entertaining activities to fill your bucket list.
Here is a quick list of the traditional winter activities that families spend time doing during our frozen New Hampshire winters.
Skiing - Sledding - Tubing - Skating - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Snow Shoeing - Cross Country Skiing - Snowboarding - Lunch - Shopping - Zip Lines
I bet most have participated in one or more of the above events once or numerous times. Looking for a change, try going to events you have never encountered before? How about a sleigh ride, dog sled racing event or car ice racing on Lee's Pond. If you have never ice fished before, visit the Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby on Feb 11-12. You can view and walk around the mini city of bob houses on the ice and glimpse at the trophy fish on display. Another event that draws thousands to Meredith and hundreds of teams is the annual Pond Hockey event on February 3rd, watch the teams in action. You can view 4-5 rinks at once. Have you ever been to a castle? Visit the Winter Ice Castle in Lincoln absolutely a must see. Alton Bay has the only FAA registered plane landing strip on the ice in the US, view the planes coming and going while walking among the bob house village on the ice. Looking to get close to nature check the January Winter Walk schedule at Squam Lakes Science center for guided tours. ( Enjoying all these events starts with dressing for cold weather, boots are a must! )
One winter event that is high on my to-do list is an ice fishing outing with the kids and grandchildren. Watch the weather to pick a sunny afternoon on a small lake that holds, perch, pickerel, and bass for never ending action. Depending on the snow depth I bring along my ATV or snowmobile riding around the lake pulling family members on sleds. We bring a grill to roast hot dogs and have plenty of hot chocolate to go around. ( remember you can rent or borrow equipment to keep the expenses down )
For those looking for a true winter experience get the fireplace going reading a book or take a nap!
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Contact Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakes Realty #nhlakesrealty

Building / Designing A Lake Home! Design Ideas?

My wife Paula and I have been selling lakefront property since 1999 and we have been fortunate enough to build two lakefront homes and view thousands of waterfront homes.

Our job is actually a lot of fun! We visit hundreds of lakefront homes yearly from vintage homes built in the 1920's to current new construction.  Here are common comments I have when visiting homes built in the last 5 to 10 years.  ( What were they thinking? ) ( Why in the world would you put that there? ) ( What is that? )  ( Why did you carpet the basement? ) ( That does not make any sense at all. ) ( Why would you build here? )

Before the foundation is poured and the first wall is put up think, resale. The average a lake home is owned about 10 years. Your life will change and draw you away from your dream home.

Whatever your price range there are a few basic design guidelines that will ensure a quick and profitable resale.  Strike this phase from your home building design. ( This is our dream home and we are going to live here forever. )  Think resale!

Here are some basic design ideas that will ensure your home will sell quickly and profitably when the time comes.

1. Lots of big Windows.

2. First Floor master bedroom.

3. Make sure the master bedroom has a bathroom.

4. Design the bedrooms so the bed faces the lake!!

5. Front to back kitchen to great room. ( open floor plan )

6. No carpet in the basement, your only asking for trouble.

7. A large deck across the front of the home.

8. Screened porch on the side of the home or enclose some of the front deck.

8. Walk out basement if possible.

9. Fireplace or Woodstove are a must. Gas or Wood

10. Two plus bathrooms, one full.

11. Think green and wifi enable your heating, cooling and lighting. 

Your budget may also include a garage with additional storage for all your toys, media room, separate space for kids and a guest suite. Warm wood interior accents with granite also adds to your enjoyment an additional value down the road.

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For additional information on buying or selling lake homes call Lady of the Lake Realty  at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at 

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty


Waterfront Commercial Land in Wolfeboro NH Build a Hotel / Condos

Investment Opportunity walking distance to downtown Wolfeboro with over 2200 feet of shoreline on 3.7 acres all located on Winnipesaukee's Back Bay. Level lot with sunsets offering a perfect location for hotel / lodging / Condos to commercial shops.  Public water / sewer and electric are at the street. Wolfeboro is the Oldest Summer Resort in the United States. The Quaint New England Town has plenty of charm and downtown is located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

For additional information on lake property call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our websites to view lake properties in New Hampshire at or

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty


Upper Suncook Lake Home Exceeds Most Buyers Wish List Features

Almost new, 2014 Home, built on pristine and beautiful Upper Suncook Lake.  This private location offers a sandy beach, western view with incredible sunsets, level maintenance free lot, long open water view with no homes on the opposite shoreline (conservation land).  A large Trex deck is only steps away from a gradual private beach area for swimming and boating. The home was carefully designed with an open living room/kitchen on the first floor.  The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, and has a pantry closet in the mudroom.  There are two large bedrooms on the second floor.  The master bedroom has his and her walk-in closets, a separate bath with a custom tiled shower, a linen closet in the bathroom, an adjoining office, and majestic views of the lake.  There is a separate bath for the other large bedroom.  The bath also has a custom tiled shower, a linen closet, and a separate enclosed laundry with washer and dryer.  The lot gives you a private feel for your 80 feet of frontage.  The home can be used year round, but not as a full-time home.  Additional features include: a drilled well, an automatic whole house generator, central air conditioning, Wi-Fi enabled heating and cooling, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and the first floor family gathering area, low maintenance vinyl siding with Aztec moldings, upgraded Pella windows, an approved fire pit, and a retaining wall with steps to the water.  A must see!

1. Sunsets
2. Sandy Beach
3. Level Low Maintenance Lot
4. Extremely Private Setting
5. Open Water View out to Conservation Land - no homes to look at
6. Open Floor Plan, Front to Back Kitchen to Great Room
7. Home Heating is Wifi Enabled with on Demand Hot Water
8. Two Large Bedrooms with Three Bathrooms
For additional information on lake homes call 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty




NH Winter Adventures! Driving habits can determine the activities!

The beaches are empty and the landscape is winter white gold. You can almost judge the activities on any given weekend by the traffic heading up Interstate 89, 93 or Rt 16.

On any given day the flow of trucks at 5 to 6 am are ice fishermen heading up to the uncrowded frozen beaches setting up bob houses. Next are the skiers around 7-8 am, interesting the skier traffic seems sparse until you get to your favorite resort and the parking lot is full? Where did all the people come from there wasn't a car on the highway.  9 to 10 am you have the third round of visitors towing snowmobile's to their prized destination. There are 1000's of miles of trails so you can start in Concord and have lunch in Conway or Hanover. Those sleeping late will be on the road around 11 am heading up to snowshoe, skate, cross country ski or ice fishing on one of the warm water lakes. The next crowd is the lunch and shopping group, mixed in this pack are the snow tubers. They typically head to the outlet stores in North Conway or Tilton around lunch to 2 pm or to one of ski resorts for a couple of hours of aggressive sliding. Everyone gets back on the highway around 3:30 to head home so your best bet to avoid traffic is stay over and go home the next morning.

Some Key Events and Adventures

Meredith Pond Hockey -  Snowdeo at Diamond Pond - Zip Lining - Dog Sled Races - Sleigh Rides - Winter Camping - Lincoln's Ice Castle - Ice Climbing - Ice Sailing - Mt Washington Snow Coach - Winter Carnivals - Ski Racing - Build a Snowman - Snow Angels - Ski Museum - Ice Harvesting


Alton Has an FAA Approved Ice Runway

Alton Bay Has an FAA Approved Ice Runway


Call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail us at or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakes Realty  #nhlakesrealty


Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size

We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won't regret it.

4. Not Customizing Temperature

Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you're away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you're gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly

Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.

6.Over Watering Lawn

Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you're never around to see what you're actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you're not around.

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High

Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don't keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

8. Leaky Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.

9. Paying a Handyman

Don't pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you're unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.

10. Ignoring Curled Shingles

It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.

Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.

By Cary Teller, Housecall


Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016

Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016


For additional information on lake homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty


Buying A Lakefront Home can lead to some uncertainty!

You have a magical checklist.  Sunsets, Sandy Beach, Three Bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Level Lot, Large Lake, Newer Construction, Private Lot, Move in Condition and the list goes on. Plus you want the home located close to skiing and attractions. 

Unless you know exactly the lake you want to be on get in the car and drive around.  Seeing five homes in the Wakefield or Washington NH area and then deciding you don't want a remote location is a waste of time.  ( Buy the lake and setting not the home )

Get in your car and spend a day driving around looking at lakes and amenities in the area. 

Send your list of prospective homes to your agent and ask their opinion. Photography can make a shack look like your dream home. That beautiful looking home may have a busy street between the home and waterfront. Ask for Help.

Ask your agent to send a list of homes they would recommend from your checklist. Your agent will send you homes that most closely match the criteria you are looking for. 

Talk with your banker and establish a price range you are comfortable with and get a pre-qualification letter so when you find that dream home you can move quickly. 

Remember you can always change the home and your dream lake home could be on a lake that you have never heard of.

Other influencing important factors to set prior to beginning your search, commute time, property taxes vary town to town, flood zone, size of the lake, water quality and fishing.


Winnipesaukee Home, no beach but great views!

Winnipesaukee Home, no beach but great views!


For additional information on buying or selling lake homes call 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or Look for our new website coming out in December.

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

Selling your Lakefront Home can lead to anxiety!

Time leads to changes in our life that often leads to what seem like drastic adjustments in your lifestyle. One transition is selling your lake home.  You will retain the wonderful memories you enjoyed with family and friends and you will meet some resistance from family members.     

So selling your lakefront home can be an emotional process. First step is to change your emotional view of the property to a business decision.

Next is to hire an agent that specializes in waterfront home sales. You don't visit a psychologist with a toothache, interview agents who know lakes and shoreline rules. Select one you are comfortable with.   

Your home will be view online and first impressions are the only impressions, remember buyers are looking for a perfect home.

Price it right!  Stage to show well!  Photography Sells!  Depersonalize the Home! Less clutter is better!  Always be ready to show!


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Cottage on Hermit Lake we sold early summer 2016



Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016

Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016


For additional information on buying or selling lake homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or Look for our new website coming out in December.

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty



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Preparing your Lakefront Camp for Winter?

The first part of the preparation is sitting back looking out onto the lake and taking in all the memories you will have for years to come.  Tubing with the grandchildren to getting up for the first time on waterskis and the ultimate dropping one ski going slalom. What about the first fish caught or teaching someone to swim. Camp is all about taking home memories that will last forever.

Where to start with winterization?

Start on the outside and work your way in.  Some basics are take in the dock, put away the floats, winterize the outboard and rake up the fallen leaves.  Yes, you can leave them until spring but they will be matted down and could do damage to your lawn.  


Got to Keep the Heat On

Got to Keep the Heat On


In the past most followed the general rule of draining the water system and shutting down the heating system, covering the furniture and putting a plan in place to keep the rodents out. This method has worked and will continue to work for many seasonal camps.  So why worry?

Keep in mind that draining down of all the water in the plumbing system can cause seals and gaskets to dry out and may require some repairs when the water goes back on in the spring. In a modern home that you are shutting down for the winter, you have temperature fluctuations that may cause internal damage to your home.  The expansion and contraction may cause drywall to crack or seams to split and structural damage may be caused hidden in the walls. You also may find on a visit to the home during the winter frost on the interior of the windows which may result in mold down the road.  After draining the pipes I would recommend keeping the heat on somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees and installing a temperature monitor that notifies you if heat is off. The cost of the fuel is minimal compared to the cost of repairing structural damage or mold remediation. 


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Lakefront Log Home


Call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550  or e-mail us at or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley specializing in NH Lakes Realty  #nhlakesrealty


Lakefront Homes in NH. Skiing Hiking Snowmobiling Sailing

In New Hampshire the Lakes meet the Mountains and our state is a number one destination four season vacation and retirement target. Why? Our lakes are deep with crystal clear water and the major ski resorts are just a short ride from any of our 250 plus lakes. On Winnipesaukee for example, you can boat to major ports around the lake for a shopping or dining experience. You can actually leave your car in the driveway and go grocery shopping or to a concert by boat. Mount Sunapee and Gunstock Ski Resorts almost touch the lakes. Where else can you be boating on Saturday and at a Nascar Race on Sunday.4515649

The summer is winding down and we are moving into the State Fair and foliage season. No place can you find a mountain canvas of spectacular colors that NH offers during foliage season.  Fall leads to skiing at Attitash, Loon, Cannon, Sunapee, Waterville, Wildcat or snowmobiling our 1000's of miles of trails that cross the state. Winter leads to spring and we start all over with some great salmon fishing, hiking, biking, flowers blooming and the lake ice receding.

In addition to a wonderful destination to build memories with your family New Hampshire has no sales or income tax and our motto is Live Free or Die.

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Call  1-888-737-5550, e-mail at or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakes Realty  #nhlakesrealty