Blog :: 12-2015

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Loon Lake Cottage Available in Plymouth NH

Loon Lake Cottage Available in Plymouth NH.  Are you familar with this fully recreational lake?

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Sunsets - Mountain Views - Sandy Beach - New Shed in the background

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Loon Lake is Quiet 100 acre lake remote but close to town and skiing

Loon Lake is Quiet 100 acre lake remote but close to town and skiing.   $250,000

Will you be Winterizing Your Vacation Home? Helpful Check List!

First to do is to create a check list. Go room to room looking for items that may freeze during the winter months or areas that you will need to keep heated.  The exterior will need attention some attention to. 

Lets start with the exterior.

Turn off the water to the exterior fittings.

Walk the exterior of the home and seal any areas where pests may enter looking for a cozy warm environment.

Clean off any roof debris and make sure the gutters are clean and drain properly.

Pleasure craft such as boats, ATVs, bicycles, canoes, kayaks and cars should be locked in a garage or storage shed. All exterior furniture should be put under cover. Especially glass topped tables. The glass will break under the weight of snow.

Security lights should be functioning with an interior light left on. A security system maybe the best insurance for confidence that you home will be protected.

If you are closing down the home for the winter completely drain all water lines. If you plan on using the home in the winter months turn off the water supply and open all cabinets that have exposed water pipes so in case of a power outage those areas will keep at room temperature. Opening the cabinets on exterior walls lets interior heat into the cabinets to prolong pipes from freezing.

Turn down your thermostat. Set your thermostat to a level adequate to keep the inside temperature above freezing. As an additional safety precaution have a temperature alarm installed that will notify you if the temperature drops below 45 degrees. It is recommended that you keep the home heated during the winter months for structural soundness to your home even if you drain the water from the pipes.

Unplug appliances and turn off your water heater.

If you are shutting down the home clean out the refrigerator and unplug. Don't keep anything that is likely to go bad during the time you are away.

If you must keep frozen food, here is one method for determining if your freezer has warmed during the winter: freeze a container of water solid, then place a coin on the surface of the ice; if the coin has sunk into the ice when you return, then the freezer warmed, letting the ice melt and then refreeze.

Wash the refrigerator and freezer thoroughly. Prop open their doors, the better to forestall mold and mildew (which like to grow in the dark) and their odors, which may transfer to the refrigerator's plastic parts.

Remove all items in the kitchen that may freeze and store dry goods in plastic containers to keep pests from enjoying a free meal if they find there way in.

Clean and vacuum the home to keep opportunities for pests to a minimum.

Heating systems should be serviced and inspected and if you have a forced hot water system you may consider putting antifreeze in the lines with a plumbers recommendations.

One last recommendation is have a neighbor or service company stop by and check on your home.

The winter is a great time to be in the NH Lakes Region.  Skiing - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Tons of Winter Attractions - Winter Carnivals to Pond Hockey

 

Ossipee Lake Real Estate for sale in Freedom NH

Snow is Right Around the Corner 

 

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What are the Pros and Cons of Homeowners Associations

What are the Pros and Cons of Homeowners Associations

5 Pros and 6 Cons of Homeowners Associations

In the Lakes Region there are a variety of associations. From gated communities like, Grouse Point, Southdown, Long Bay, Meredith Bay to the Bald Peak Colonial Club.  There are also many beach associations for home owners in this area, they may also have boat docks that are a big draw.  Another example is Squam River Landing a sustainable community in located in the Squam River Shed featuring upscale view homes with amenities that include beach access to a  sandy beach to docks and hiking trails.

Across the U.S., homeowners' associations are on the ascent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59 percent of newly constructed homes in 2014 were part of a homeowners' association. That's up from 46 percent in 2009.

So, what's the draw of homeowners' associations? By the same token, what are the drawbacks?

Pro No. 1: Your neighborhood will look good.

Generally, an HOA establishes rules to ensure the neighborhood looks sharp, says Brad Pauly, owner and broker at Pauly Presley Realty in Austin, Texas. These include strict guidelines about keeping lawns manicured, restrictions on parking boats and other large vehicles on the street, and limitations on exterior paint colors.

"This type of oversight eliminates issues with one or two properties weighing down all property values due to an unpleasant exterior," says John Lyons, a broker with Baird & Warner in Chicago.

Pro No. 2: You'll enjoy access to amenities.

An HOA usually offers community amenities such as a pool, a fitness center, parks, children's play areas and security gates, Pauly says.

Pro No. 3: Your maintenance costs will be shared.

HOA dues are earmarked for maintenance of shared spaces, according to Lyons. This includes community lawn care (but not for your own yard), community snow removal (but not for your own property) and upkeep of common areas like the pool or the fitness center.

Pro No. 4: You've got a built-in mediator.

Involved in a tiff with your neighbor over that big oak tree that's losing limbs? You can settle some confrontations with your neighbors by taking your grievances to the HOA's board or management company, Lyons says.

Pro No. 5: You can get to know your neighbors.

Gina Estrada, who lives in a gated HOA community in Clovis, Calif., says that if you're elected to serve on the HOA board or are otherwise active in the association, you'll become better acquainted with your neighbors. Heck, you might even make some new friends. "I believe we should know our surroundings, including the people in them," Estrada says.

Con No. 1: You'll fork over HOA dues.

When buying a home in a community with an HOA, you've got to add HOA dues to your budget. The dues vary, but typically run in the hundreds of dollars per month.

Con No. 2: Your hands will be (somewhat) tied.

If someone buys a home in an HOA community and wants to make changes to the property, such as the addition of an enclosed patio, it normally must be approved by the HOA's board. "It's possible that an HOA could prevent certain updates on a home," Pauly says.

Con No. 3: You might be hampered by an HOA's financial woes.

If an HOA is facing financial problems or is ensnared in a lawsuit, it could harm your ability to obtain a loan for a home and could hurt sale prices of homes in the community, Pauly says.

Con No. 4: You'll lose some of your freedom.

When you live in a community governed by a HOA, you'll have to follow its rules, even if you think they're ridiculous, Lyons says.

"You do, however, have the option of petitioning the homeowners' association to change any rule you don't agree with. But if you lose, you will have to live with it," Lyons says.

Con No. 5: You might be the victim of a "rogue" board member.

Estrada says her HOA elected a "rogue" homeowner to the board who decided to flaunt the rules and do whatever he wanted. For instance, Estrada says, the rogue board member thought the community needed speed bumps to slow down speeding drivers, so he had them installed. That move caused a neighborhood uproar. The process to take out the speed bumps and remove the rogue homeowner from the board cost several thousand dollars, including legal fees, she says.

Con No. 6: Storage of Your Expensive Toy. 

Carl from the lakes region runs into storage as a big issue. Boats, trailer, motorcycles, atv's, snowmobiles can not be stored on your property and storage facilities were not planned into the community. These fun items will cost the home owner an additional expense to store unless the home has a garage to store items out of sight.

Problems also arise when homeowners stop attending HOA meetings, Estrada says, and it's left to a small group of people to make decisions.

By John Egan, Credit Steven Sawyer Post

 

View Home Priced At $1.2 Million Squam River Landing

View Home Priced At $1.2 Million Squam River Landing

 

For  information on lake homes and HOA communites in NH call 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

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