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Push Button Door Locks, time saver for sure!Easy to Install!

Push Button Door Locks, time saver for sure! 

Three years ago we wanted some security for our home while we went out exercising. We installed a push button door lock. No Lock on a lake winnipesaukee home need to carry a key, hide a key, lose your keys, fishing for them in your pocket or bag.  The brand is not important, I have purchase four different brands and they all work and install in 20 to 30 minutes. You remove the old lock set and install the new in the same location. If the brand matches the old the job becomes easier as you do not have to remove all the parts. Read the instructions and watch a u tube video to speed the process along. The only tools needed are a flat and philips head screwdrivers. 

We are using only the simplest features. Push the code to get in or out. Some are self-locking while others engage the gear to turn and lock. You can put in special codes for service people coming in to work on your home or a wifi version where you can open the lock when a visitor arrives.  Pricing for locks I purchased $29 on sale to $129, all worked fine. 

Easy to install and convenient. Yes there is a backup key in case the battery goes dead. 

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

Buying a boat is a contagious disease! Yes Curable!

Buying a boat is a disease!  

It is not contagious but 90% of the boat owners have it.  

Soon after purchasing our first home we decided that sailing might be fun.  We did not have a huge budget and wanted a boat that would offer some speed at a low cost. Our first boat was a used 14 foot Hobie.  

The Hobie was fun, wet, fast, uncomfortable and due to the size was really set up for one person. First time out on the boat on Crystal Lake I saw a person flagging me towards shore. I ventured over and he said loudly first time sailing? I proudly responded yes indeed. He said you put the sail up wrong, the rope goes up the track. The boat handled 100% better after that correction.  

That next spring we sold the Hobie and bought a used O’Day 19 foot Day Sailor. This was a wonderful boat that we learned the basics about sailing.  This boat had a mainsail, jib, small storage area for fishing poles and a cooler and a swing keel. We had a great time and owned this boat for 2 full years. 

Our next boat was a Pearson 26 footer. A well used boat but had overnight accommodations and we secured a mooring in Ipswich Ma next to Cranes Castle. Our first long voyage was to Cape Cod.  We motored thru the Annisquam River and got a mooring in Gloucester. The next leg was across to Scituate. We sat on the mooring for 2 days waiting for the weather to clear. NOAA called for afternoon thunderstorms and we were too nervous to get caught in bad weather. We finally realized they called for thunderstorms every afternoon. Great boat with a forgiving learning curve as we ran into a ledge on 2 occasions with no damage to the boat what so ever. 

After two years with the 26 footer, we bought a used 30 foot, Pearson, as our children started to come along. We put a divider in the V birth and netting around the boat and kept on sailing.  We did some club racing and into the 2nd year of ownership, we were out cruising around when a boat came along and passed us on the leeward side and then outpointed us by 15 degrees. 

 

My brain stopped working, my next purchase was a go-fast boat, J35. Perfectly set up for a family of 4, 2 rear berths and a v berth along with a permanent table, stove and icebox plus it was a go-fast race machine. I owned this wallet draining boat for 10 years.  I had a full complement of sails plus every electronic go fast gadget you could add. The boat cost more than my house at the time. 

I finally sold the boat for about 1/3 of what I had into it and bought a lake cottage and the boat disease started over. This time I was back to my fishing roots from childhood.  In a later post I will get into all the details but I started with a canoe to a 14-foot boat to a 16-foot ski/bass boat. The brain fogs again and I purchased a boat slip on Winnipesaukee and a used 19-foot center console fishing boat for salmon fishing. With the center console, I had to carry my gear back and forth from the car. Getting old and lazy I upgraded again to a used 20 foot walk around perfect for fishing and plenty of storage for gear. Was I happy, yes but I added a trolling motor, fancy fish finder, 2 downriggers, a trolling box and enough gear for all.  

As you can see this is truly a disease that can not be cured! 

I must admit in my 35 years of boating I only purchased one new boat the J35. This boat was an adventure. We raced the boat successfully and ventured to Boothbay Maine to Nantucket and all the ports in-between. Major fun!    

Please leave your comments on your boating sickness.  I will be starting a boating anonymous class for those with this serious addiction.  The only cure is to purchase a lake home! 

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

 

Ice Fishing! Safety on the Ice is of utmost concern!

Ice Fishing! Safety on the Ice is of utmost concern! 

Ice Fishing Checklistlake winnipesaukee real estate - lake winnipesaukee ice

2″ or less – not safe for travel 

4″ – walking only 

5″ – safe for fishing and ATV or snowmobile 

8″ – 12″ – safe for a car or small group of people

12″ – 15″ – safe to drive a truck 

  • The above guidelines are for clear ice, test the ice prior to going out on the ice and spot test as you venture further out on the lake or pond. Snow and slush create white ice that is not safe. 

Ice seldom forms uniformly, test as you move along. 

Ice in flowing water does not freeze uniformly, test or avoid 

Snow on the ice insulates slowing the freezing process and weighs down the ice, danger, test or avoid

Ask for local knowledge and bring ice spikes for your boots plus hand picks. 

Don’t go out on the ice alone. 

Cracking / Booms typically is just the ice expanding not a real danger 

If driving on the ice keep a good distance from other vehicles, don’t wear your seatbelt and leave the lake before it becomes too hard to see. 

What to bring along?

Dress warmly in layers, you can always take layers off, when setting up remove layers so you don’t overheat and sweat. 

Get a checklist of needed gear the night before and load it in your vehicle or have it ready to go. Ice traps, jigging rod, hooks, bait bucket, weights, lunch and leave the alcohol at home. 

Bring a cell phone, throw rope, extra clothing and ice picks

Bring along a portable bob house or bring or build a wind block.  Ice sleds are a must for getting your gear from hole to hole location.

Don’t waste time in the morning looking for a spot to get on the lake to fish. Confirm the evening before you can get on the ice at the location you want to fish! 

 

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

 

Looking for a NH Lake Home or a Florida Vacation Property?

We just helped a NH client with a referral finding a perfect vacation home in Florida. A different spin on our usual business plan. Since 1999 we have been helping buyers find lakefront homes meeting their lifestyle.NH Lakefront homes - Florida lake home

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH or need a professional referral to help you find a home in Florida 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

Getting on New Hampshire's Big Lakes at a reasonable cost?

Getting on New Hampshire’s Big Lakes at a reasonable cost?  

Waterfront on any of the big lakes in New Hampshire is expensive! What if you want to enjoy all the lakes have to offer on a beer budget every chance you can get?  

Depending on your family's needs there are several options worth looking into.  Let's start with the least expensive option and go up from there. 

1. Boat docks/slips:  You can get rack storage in Moultonborough on Winnipesaukee for $15,000.  This is an on-demand service, call and they put your boat in the water and your boat is stored indoors while you're not using it. 

2. A slip you can overnight on? There are several options around the lakes starting at $50,000. Of course, you need a boat for both of these options. 

( plus you don’t have to trailer your boat from home,  drawback you have to commute from home to the dock  )

3.  Condos, you have a ton of choices and all price points. From $100,000 to $700,000. They will all put you close to the lake but the amenities differ widely.  Private shared beach, docks, moorings, fitness club, hiking trails are some of the features you can find around the lake

4.  Single-family homes with shared beach access you will find opportunities from $300,000 to $800,000, some with docks/day dock but all with beaches. 

5.  Single-family homes near the lake will cost $175,000 up. 

6.  Waterfront homes with owned shoreline start at $500,000 and go up from there. 

( if you purchase or rent a dock space options 3-5 are excellent ways to get the family on the lake without trailering every day you want to get out on the lake )

From experience, I live close to Squam Lake and we trailer a small boat a short distance to the launch and beach area to explore all Squam has to offer. We also own a dock at Bay Shore Yacht Club in Meredith on Winnipesaukee. I try to get out on the big lake a couple of mornings a week fishing for salmon, a challenge I enjoy.  

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

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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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