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NH Lakefront Homes! Which Lake is Right for Your Family

Any thoughts on which New Hampshire lake is might work for your family?  Part 1.

With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices could be endless. Let us look at a region of the state and slowly work across the state. The eastern part of the state which is accessed by Route 16 might be a logical start.

If you have a favorite lake send me a note and I will research it for you. My favorite medium size lake in this corridor is Pine River Pond in Wakefield. The lake is 570 acres located in a rural wooded area with sandy bottom and sandy beaches. The town is quaint with some great restaurants, hardware stores, and an efficient grocery store. Golf is close by along with a King Pine a family ski area. If you are interested in nightlife Wolfeboro is a short drive. Prices range $370,000 up and Wakefield has 6 other lakes in town and is one of the low tax towns in NH.

Next stop is Lake Ossipee. In my opinion, Ossipee has some of the best lake home values. The lake is 3000 acres with four interconnecting bays. If you are looking for the best views in NH don't go any further. The views of Mount Washington and Mt Chocorua are breathtaking. To top all this off the lake has a sandy bottom, sandy beaches and some of the best boating around.
Shopping is close by and a golf course almost touches the lake. Nightlife and ski areas are 35 minutes away in the North Conway a tourist mecca. Prices start in the $375,000 range and if you find a home in Freedom you will also have low property taxes.

Up the road a few miles, Silver Lake in Madison is a hidden gem. Most people drive by and never know that this 950-acre glacial lake is even there. Just a few miles off Route 16 on 41 you will find this wonderful spring fed lake with crystal clear water. The shoreline is rocky or sandy and the lake is deep with an average depth of 47 feet with a maximum depth of 167 feet. The lake is spectacular but the location is remote. If you are looking for a location to get away and spend time with the family you found it here. You can find all your essentials locally but for a night out on the town or a rainy day you will have to travel 30 minutes up the road to North Conway. Homes are priced $470,000 up.

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Squam Boathouses have new owners for the 2017 Squam Boating Season

Boathouses 92 and 94 have new owners for the upcoming Squam Lake Boating season.

The two enclosed boathouses are located Squam River Landing Boat Club within the Riveredge Marina. They are Ideal to protect your boat all year long, the boat can be lifted out of the water and stays in the boat house through the winter. There is interior lighting and electrical. An interior ladder leads to storage above for your boating accessories. Amenities at the marina include a clubhouse with an outer patio deck, storage, picnic areas, a bath house, a ship store and service year around. Beach is a short walk from the marina. Connected to Riveredge Marina is Squam River Landing, a Sustainable Community that offers energy efficient lake view homes woven into the Squam Lake watershed.

Currently we have Squam boathouse 91 available and several boat slips available for the 2017 season on Squam.

Riversedge Marina is conveniently located on Little Squam with direct access to Big Squam.

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How to Winterize Your Boat

The first step in winterizing your boat should be to make a list of all your winterization tasks. Check your boat and motor owner's manuals for manufacturer recommendations on winterization and review the topics below. If you are a new watercraft owner, consider employing the help of a friend with experience in winterization, or hire a professional to do the job.

Outboard Engines

Flush your engine with fresh water using flush muffs or a similar device attached to the raw water pickup. Let all water drain from the engine. Wash the engine down with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Disconnect the fuel hose and run the engine until it stops. It is important to follow a step-by-step process to make sure that all fuel is drained from the carburetor to prevent build-up of deposits from evaporated fuel. Use fogging oil in the cylinders to lubricate the cylinder walls and pistons. Apply water resistant grease to the propeller shaft and threads. Change the gear oil in the lower unit. Lightly lubricate the exterior of the engine or polish with a good wax.

Inboard Engines

Run the engine to warm it up and change the oil while it is warm. This allows impurities to be drained away with the oil. Change the oil filter(s). Flush the engine with fresh water. Circulate antifreeze through the manifold by using a pickup hose from the waterpump to a bucket of antifreeze. Start the engine and allow the antifreeze to circulate until water starts to exit the exhaust. This process will vary slightly depending on whether you have a "Raw Water" cooling system or an "Enclosed Fresh Water" cooling system. While you're in the engine room, change the fluid in your transmission. Remove spark plugs and use "fogging oil" to spray into each cylinder. Wipe down the engine with a shop towel sprayed with a little fogging oil or WD-40.

Stern Drives

Thoroughly inspect the stern drive and remove any plant life or barnacles from the lower unit. Drain the gear case and check for excessive moisture in the oil, which could indicate leaking seals and the need for repairs. Clean the lower unit with soap and water. If your stern drive has a rubber boot, check it for cracks or pinholes. Grease all fittings and check fluid levels in the hydraulic steering or lift pumps. Check your owner's manual for additional recommendations by the manufacturer.


Fill your fuel tank(s) to avoid a build up of condensation over the winter months. Add a fuel stabilizer by following the instructions on the product. Change the fuel filter(s) and water separator(s).


Make sure the bilges are clean and dry. Use soap, hot water and a stiff brush to clean up any oil spills. Once the bilges are clean, spray with a moisture displacing lubricant and add a little antifreeze to prevent any water from freezing.

Fresh Water System

Completely drain the fresh water tank and hot water heater. Isolate the hot water heater by disconnecting the in and out lines and connecting them together. Pump a non-toxic antifreeze into the system and turn on all the faucets, including the shower and any wash-down areas until you see the antifreeze coming out. Put non-toxic antifreeze in the water heater.


Pump out the holding tank at an approved facility. While pumping, add fresh water to the bowl and flush several times. Use Vanish crystals or whatever your owner's manual recommends that will not harm your system and let it sit for a few minutes. Add fresh water and pump out again. Add antifreeze and pump through hoses, holding tank, y-valve, macerator and discharge hose. Check your owner's manual to make sure that an alcohol-based antifreeze won't damage your system.


Once you have taken care of the systems, should remove any valuables, electronics, lines, PFD, fire extinguishers, flares, fenders, etc. Over the winter, clean, check and replace these items as necessary. Open all drawers and lockers and clean thoroughly. Turn cushions up on edge so that air is able to circulate around them or, better yet, bring them home to a climate controlled area. Open and clean the refrigerator and freezer. To keep your boat dry and mildew-free you might want to install a dehumidifier or use a commercially available odor and moisture absorber product.

Out-of-Water Storage

Pressure wash the hull, clean barnacles off props and shafts, rudders, struts and trim tabs. Clean all thru-hulls and strainers. Open the seacocks to allow any water to drain. Check the hull for blisters; if you find any that require attention, consider opening them to drain over the winter.  I also add moth balls in sandwich bags so they are easily removed in the spring and your boat wiring is still in tack.


Like boats, trailers need some attention in the fall so they'll still be rolling in the spring. Hubs that have been immersed in water during the season must be cleaned thoroughly. Rusted areas on the frame should be sanded, primed, and repainted. Tires should be inspected, especially the sidewalls, which tend to crack and wear out before the treads. Finally, removing the wheels and adding support at the blocks under the frame rails will prolong the life of the tires, minimize sagging on the springs, and discourage theft.


You may want to leave a battery aboard your boat to operate a burglar alarm or an automatic bilge pump. These are both useful in the winter, but don't expect an automatic pump to overcome bad deck, cabin, or hull leaks"not in the summer or winter. The pump, battery, or float switch can fail, leaving the boat unprotected. A boat with chronic leaking problems should be dry-stored and repaired as soon as possible. If you do leave a battery aboard, make sure the cells are filled with distilled water and fully charged so they don't freeze. Frozen cells will ruin a battery. Clean the terminals with baking soda, and rinse with cold water. Coat the terminals and cables with petroleum jelly to help prevent rust.

If you don't need a battery aboard, take it home and do all of the above anyway. Store batteries in a cool dry room and put them on a trickle charger or charge them every 30 to 60 days.  I also store my batteries on a work bench or on a wooden shelf, never store your batteries on a concrete floor.


Invest in a cover to keep your boat clean and free from dirt, water, falling leaves and bird droppings, all of which can cause damage if left unchecked. A cover can also prevent UV rays from breaking down hoses and fading carpets and upholstery. During the winter a frame should be used under the cover to distribute the weight of water or snow that may collect on the boat. I personally use a black  tarp with a frame that shed's snow quickly after a storm and does not build up.


My Boat Stored in the Back Yard under a Tarp

My Boat Stored in the Back Yard under a Tarp


Marina/Watercraft Yard Contracts

If you store your boat at a marina or yard, be sure to review your contract so you know what services you'll receive and what you are responsible for providing through the winter. Most marinas and yards only store your boat, and any maintenance or winter preparation services typically cost extra. Be aware that many marinas and yards have clauses that waive liability in the event of damage or destruction to a watercraft in storage, and most require that owners have full insurance coverage.

Much of the this article was taken from a Safeco Insurance Post.

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The Florida Housing Market Is On Fire So is the Lakes Region of NH

We spent some time in Florida this winter and we saw new sub divisions going up everywhere on the Gold Coast.  We are located in Lake Worth and within a mile of our home we there were 3 new large developments going in.  Just south of us shell condo's and office buildings that once stood idle were finished and bussiling with activity.  A large mall in Palm Beach that was empty for years was being torn down to make way for a new super mall. As I reported early the New Hampshire market is also on the upswing. The lakes region is a very active mark


The Florida housing market is  booming. Home buyer traffic and sales are climbing rapidly throughout the  state, leading to increasing home and land prices.

In the last two weeks, I had 14  meetings and visited over 20 communities throughout the state, and here is what  I found:

  1. Land Prices are rising rapidly.     Demand for land is the strongest in Orlando, where the large number of  builders and developers in the region continue to bid up land prices. In       some submarkets, land and finished lot prices have now surpassed peak       levels. Most builders are opting to buy raw, unentitled land in Orlando       just to gain a position and market share.
  2. Home Prices are rising rapidly.     In markets like Orlando and Naples, new home prices are increasing       approximately 1%-2% per month in many communities. Lotteries are back. We       are projecting double-digit home price appreciation in many Florida       markets for 2013.
  3. The Active Adult market is back.     In       Southwest Florida, builders are reporting a 20%-25% increase in traffic       and sales over last year (which was a very good year!). Secondary and even       tertiary submarkets in Southwest Florida are experiencing stronger demand,       especially as prices rise in the "A" markets.
  4. Foreign buyers are helping the market.     Foreign buyers are not limited to the condos in Miami anymore. In Orlando,       a large influx of foreign investors-typically paying all cash-have helped       the market recover and are driving up demand and prices in the region. In       one sales office I visited recently, there were three families buying       homes at the same time-from Brazil, Germany, and China.
  5. Foreclosures are declining.     Since Florida is a judicial foreclosure state, the time it takes for a       foreclosure to occur is considerably longer. But the banks are slowly       releasing the foreclosures, and the large number of investors in the state       are buying them as quickly as possible.

We Still Have Room to Run   Despite the rise in home and land  prices, it is still affordable to buy a home in Florida thanks to very low  mortgage rates. In Orlando and Naples-two markets experiencing strong home  price appreciation-home affordability is still excellent. The chart below shows  our Burns Affordability Index, which indicates that monthly payments in Orlando  and Naples, as a percentage of median income, are the lowest they have been in  the last 32 years.


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Winnipesaukee Landmark Camp Fisher has new Owners!

Winnipesaukee Landmark! Camp Fisher changed hands today. It is one of the few remaining legacy properties left on the lake. Jeff and Connie are the new owners of this 6 Acre Compound with 700 ft. of shoreline located in a dream location on Smith Point in Alton. Camp Fisher was established in 1912. This Smith Point property also includes, main residence, 4 seasonal cottages and 1 year round home nestled in a natural setting. Call Paula or Carl for assistance in all your real estate needs.


Built 1912 Camp Fisher grew from the main residence to a compound with 5 cottages & Boathouse


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