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Buying another? Hitting the road?

You tell us what you need and we’ll help you get there. If you’re getting in the RV and hitting the road, we’ll work to get closed on time and make sure you have your money in hand when you need it.  If you’re buying another house, we’ll help you find it and work with the closing and title companies to get you through both closings. We can also recommend area lenders to finance your new home.

Are you looking to sell quickly or are you able to wait a bit for that perfect offer?  Pricing your home correctly makes all the difference in how much interest it generates and ultimately how quickly it sells. If you’re looking for a higher price point and can wait for that perfect buyer, they’re out there.  But if you want to sell quickly then pricing your house at the lower end of the range will help immensely.  We have the experience and knowledge to know where to price your house so it doesn’t have to face repeated price drops to sell.

Do you know how your house compares to others in the area? We can perform a no charge Market Analysis, comparing your home to other similar homes in the area that have recently sold.  Using that and other property information, we can suggest a price that we feel will sell your home in the time frame you want.  Once you have set a price, we get your home marketed: online and in print.

Should you paint or remodel the whole kitchen?  We can help you decide which improvements or projects will get you the most return on your dollar.  We know what buyers in this area are looking for.  For some hints on getting ready to sell, see our blog: Spring is coming and buyers are looking! 

So, it really is all about the money.  And we’re here to help you.  Whether it’s pricing your home, negotiating the best Purchase & Sale agreement, finding financing, or getting the house ready to sell, we have the experience and knowledge of the market to make your plans and goals happen.

Spring is here and buyers are looking.

LastTry_BuyerServices_HappyCouple_blogIf you’re thinking about selling your house call us!  We’ll get you started and help you every step of the way.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers.

Clean, clean, clean!  A house that sparkles shows people that you care for it. Messy houses don’t show well.

Paint is an inexpensive way to freshen up your house.  Use neutral colors so buyers can imagine their belongings in your rooms.  You may love deep, saturated colors and hate to see it go but you’re moving!  You can paint your next home in all the colors you love. To sell this one, go neutral!

Take care of those little maintenance items you may have put off.

General: A sticky door, loose hardware, lights that don’t work, missing trim.

Electrical: If you have any uncovered outlets or junction boxes, cover them!  It costs 50 cents for a new cover at the hardware store.  Inspectors look for this and for grounded or GFI outlets in the kitchens and baths.  You may want to hire an electrician for this.

Plumbing: Take a look at your water and sewer pipes for any that may be weeping or leaking.  You may be able to change these out yourself.

Consider getting your own home inspection when you first decide to sell.  Knowing in advance any problems that could affect the sale or selling price of your home will give you chance to fix them over time.  Include a septic inspection.  It’s horrible to negotiate with your buyer to the exact penny and then, after an inspection, find there’s an issue with the septic that could cost thousands.  That could eat up your profit. Knowing in advance will allow you to factor that into the negotiation.

 

The point of all of this is to make the best first impression possible with buyers.  You want them to remember your house for all the right reasons.

The Spring Market is Picking Up!

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While it may not look like spring is here, the real estate market is definitely seeing the signs. Inventory has been low throughout the winter but we’re seeing new listings coming in daily.

If you’re thinking about buying there are a few things you can do to make your search more productive.

Review your credit. Spend the time to clean up any glitches in your history.
Remember, while paying down your credit cards is a good idea, you don’t want to tie up all of your cash. You’ll need some savings for closing costs, moving and personalizing your new place!

Talk to a lender to see what you’re pre-qualified for. This will help you in your search and make you a better contender when making an offer. We can help you with information on lending programs available.

Remember your mortgage won’t be your only expense. Consider taxes, insurance, fuel, and maintenance. You may need to put aside money for maintenance projects down the road.

Then think about Need, Want, and Wish.
Needs would be budget, number of bedrooms, and amount of renovation/redecorating you’re willing to do – if any.
Wants may be many and may overlap with needs but always keep an open mind. Here is the opportunity for many give and takes. It could be that den, the big yard, the extra bedroom, finished basement or oversized garage. This will probably be a list in progress as you start seeing homes.
Wishes are just that; you don’t really need them but it would be nice… Is it a tree house, 3 car garage or 23 acres on a hillside? Deciding what goes on which list will be a great help in narrowing your search.
Finally, come see us! We’ll spend time getting to know what you need, want and wish so we can help you find the perfect home for you. And if you don’t see ‘the one’ right away, remember, properties are coming on the market everyday so your house is out there. We can help you find it.

Waterfront Property in the Monadnock Region

waterfront property monadnock region new hampshireWater, water everywhere in the Monadnock region to satisfy those who like to swim as well as those who like to fish or go boating.

When we moved to Jaffrey 37 years ago, what a surprise it was to find that there were two town beaches that the Town Recreation Department manned in the summertime, including lifeguards on duty and swimming lessons. At Lake Contoocook, Jaffrey closes the road in the summer and expands the beach area. When school is back in session, they re-open the road so people can drive by and enjoy the view.

Thorndike Pond provides the second Jaffrey town beach complete with picnic area. The Thorndike Pond Town Beach is directly across from one of the Monadnock State Park’s entrances, where lots of people begin their ascent of Mount Monadnock.

Gilmore Pond is pristine water with limited development around the shore. There is also public access right off Gilmore Pond Road. There are no motorized boats on Gilmore Pond, but kayaking and canoeing are favorite pastimes for those who like to be out on the water.

In neighboring Rindge, there is Pool Pond, Pearly Pond and Lake Monomonac, which is the largest body of water in the area. In neighboring Fitzwilliam, Laurel Lake is a wonderful cold water lake that provides great fishing, swimming and boating.

In the Cathedral Estates neighborhood of Rindge all have beach rights to Emerson Pond, which is a man-made body of water. From the shores of Emerson Pond, you can hear the bells chime from the Cathedral of the Pines.

Dublin Lake in Dublin, New Hampshire is beautiful. Folks from the Boston area would summer at Dublin Lake in years gone by, and there are some very large homes existing today that are part of that era.

I would say that Lake Nubanusit is the most coveted body of water in the Monadnock region. So little development of the shoreline gives the properties there a much higher value.

If you are interested in fun in the sun in summer and skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter, come to the Monadnock region.  There are waterfront homes available and homes with beach rights, but regardless of where you settle, a lake or pond will be accessible to you.

Let Despres and Associates help you find your first home, second home, waterfront home or mobile home.

Skiing and Snow Boarding in the Monadnock Region

Whether you’re a newbe, a shredder or a ripper; prefer alpine or nordic – there’s plenty of snow within and hour and a half of Jaffrey.

Just ½ an hour north, Crotched Mountain Ski Area in Bennington has 100% Terrain Night Lighting and one of Southern New Hampshire’s highest peaks at 2,066 ft. with a High Speed Detachable Quad Chairlift, The Rocket. Crotched has the most vertical in Southern New Hampshire with 1000 ft. and approximately 100, skiable acres including 3 terrain parks.snowboard photo for website

45 minutes to the northeast is Pat’s Peak in Henniker offering a variety of terrain for all abilities, plus terrain parks, a snow tubing park, and 100% snowmaking coverage. Longest top-to-bottom beginner run in New Hampshire, open for day and night skiing. It’s one of the state’s most accessible learn-to-ski and snowboard mountains, with three separate beginner areas. They have two new trails and one new glade, part of the Cascade Basin expansion with additional snowmaking guns; new rental equipment and new LED lighting in the base area.

45 minutes to the west is Granite Gorge Ski Area in Keene and Roxbury, NH, Granite Gorge has downhill skiing, weekly recreational races, snowboarding and terrain park, x-country skiing – 12K groomed trails for both skating and classical skiing, 4-laned snow tubing park with linking and snowshoeing.

The Monadnock Region’s mountains are all very Family Friendly – with something for everyone. From the least confident learner to the most independent teens to the most experienced adult; you’ll find magic carpets, terrain parks and trails to keep everyone entertained.

Monadnock’s ski mountains have made great investments in their snow making equipment and maintain fantastic coverage well into the spring making for an extended season you can enjoy all week long.

If you want to ski cross country you can go to the Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, or Road’s End Farm and Ski Touring Center in Chesterfield, or to Windblown Cross Country Ski Area in New Ipswich, Or just down the road to the Woodbound Inn in Rindge. Enjoy the beautiful vistas of Mount Monadnock made famous by artists like William Preston Phelps, Abbott Thayer and Rockwell Kent.

Vermont has Mount Snow (1.5 hours), Stratton Mountain (1 hour 40 minutes), Magic Mountain (1.5 hours), or Okemo Mountain (1.5 hours). In Massachusetts, you can ski Wachusett Ski Area in 40 minutes or Nashoba Valley Ski Area in an hour.

If you’re looking for New England’s biggest mountains, the ski slopes of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Vermont’s Killington Ski Area are each about 3 hours away.

So much fun to be had! The Monadnock Region is the perfect place to start!
For more information:

Crotched Mountain Ski Area: 615 Francestown Rd, Bennington, NH 03442 (603) 588-3668. http://www.crotchedmountain.com

Granite Gorge Ski Area: Keene, NH 03431. (603) 358-5000. Granite Gorge is located Web Site: www.granitegorge.com

Pats Peak Flanders Road: Route 114 Henniker, NH 03242 Phone: 603.428.3245 Snow phone: 888.PATS.PEAK – See more at: www.patspeak.com.

Inn at East Hill Farm: 460 Monadnock Street, Troy, NH 03465. (603) 242-6495.

Road’s End Farm and Ski Touring Center: Jackson Hill Road, Chesterfield, NH 03443. (603) 363-4703.

Windblown Cross country Ski Area: Rt 124, 1180 Turnpike Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071. (603) 878-2869.

Woodbound Inn: 247 Woodbound Road, Rindge, NH 03461. (603) 532-8341.

For information on Mount Monadnock:

http://www.monadnockmountain.com

Selling Real Estate With Pets

Hunter1Pets are wonderful, and an integral part of the family when they are planning to sell or buy a home.  From a REALTOR’s perspective, the loyal family dog can turn into a tiger at the prospect of strangers entering a home which they have been left in charge of.

I have seen even golden retrievers, known for their great dispositions, feel threatened by my presence when showing a house and react accordingly. Continue reading

Location and Logistics in Real Estate

55RedGateRindgeOne of the most difficult tasks in real estate is working out the logistics of selling a house and buying a house at the same time.

Whenever a prospective buyer calls for information on a property, we always ascertain if they are ready, willing and able to purchase, or if they have the encumbrance of a home to sell before one can be purchased. Continue reading

A Seller’s Dilemma

For most, it is far better to be a buyer in today’s market than to be a seller. Market values have declined over the last 6 years, so even if you still have equity in your home, you will walk away from the sale with less money in your pocket than if you sold in the early 2000′s and up to 2005.  The offset to this decline is the possibility of selling a home and purchasing another.  Hopefully what is lost in the sale will be made up in the new purchase.

As a Real Estate Broker, I am personally contemplating building a smaller home. The lot is purchased and the building contractor, who just happens to be my son Matt, is ready to break ground in the Spring.

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Using a Property Management Company

PageSlider_ProperyManagement_RENTblocksOwners of property choose a property management company for a variety of reasons. Often times it is because they will be absent from the property for a period of time, or simply that they live out of state and are unable to oversee their investment property.  For others, retirement allows them to travel and having their properties professionally managed allows them to tour, cruise and explore without worry.

Some owners request a rental service only to lessen the possibility of getting an irresponsible tenant. In this case, the owner collects the rent and maintains the property himself once the tenant is identified and the paperwork complete.

Being professionally managed means that the Management Company is on duty 24/7 to satisfy tenant concerns or emergency repairs.

Rents are collected on a monthly basis and an Income Statement of monies collected and expenses paid is provided to the owner.  Checks are sent directly to the owner, or deposited into a designated account.

Despres and Associates has been providing Property Management and Rental Services in the Monadnock Region for over 25 years.  Call us to manage your property.

 

What To Look For When Buying Bank Owned Properties

MortgageWhen looking to purchase a bank owned property, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration depending on whether you are able to pay cash or are planning to mortgage.

If you are mortgaging, no offer on a bank-owned property will be accepted without a pre-qualification letter from the bank.  If you are paying cash for

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