Like it or not, size does matter.  Especially when it comes to the ability for your friends and neighbors to enjoy the item in question.  We’re talking, of course, about the size of your front yard.  (Come on, this is a family paper!)  Our Conway NH house is situated on about an acre of land, but the vast majority of it is what I would call “inhospitable”.  It’s just a nice blend of pine trees, bushes, rocks (we’re surrounded by rocks) and a few random flat spots where I’ve settled

Well we have finally decided to grow our family. We have arrived at that point where the 32 oz. French press coffee maker is not quite big enough for those weekend mornings. We have upgraded to the 50 oz. so we can both enjoy a second mug of coffee on those lazy Saturdays. (OK, in reality she now gets 3 mugs and I still just have one!) While we are very fortunate to live in this amazing part of the country, it turns out there is more to buying a

In spite of the piles of snow surrounding your driveway, spring is rapidly approaching.  Traditionally the busiest time of year for North Conway NH real estate, springtime is a sign of new beginnings, fresh starts (and a mad dash to get into bathing suit shape!).  Homebuyers, especially first timers are likely starting their home and neighborhood searches in earnest.  Budgets are being honed, savings are being bolstered and every last expenditure is being scrutinized.  And let’s be honest; if those last few items are not the case, chances are you

‘Tis the season… to hibernate!  In case you haven’t checked the forecast, although we aren’t approaching those inevitable nostril-freezing temps, it’s going to be chilly this weekend.  I can’t think of a better excuse to make some chili and watch a fantastic football game. I also found the winter months to be perfect for checking off a few items on my “to-do” list inside our Conway NH home.  I love being outdoors and, as you know, love the winter.  But, there are some weekends when holing up in the house

Looking back over the last forty “something” years I can count around 12 different places I have moved into after leaving the proverbial nest.  All but one of those were places that had been lived in before and had either tenants or multiple owners.  Some of those spots were not in the most sterile of environments (I’m looking at you Somersworth) and others were great homes in great neighborhoods.  Regardless of the situation, there are some standard steps you should take when moving into a new home; Steps that can

I’m not going to lie. Those alliterations are starting to get hard to come by the more I blab on about renovations and remodeling! About a year and a half ago, I talked about looking for a new home and the importance of a “mother-in-law” apartment or living space. Apparently we were a little ahead of ourselves at the time, but we now find ourselves in the position of selling mom’s house. To be fair, we are not worried about the actual sale itself. The house is amazing and could

By now you are realizing it is too late to remodel your kitchen before the guests arrive. That’s OK. At this point it is totally fine to work with what you have and let the guests take over however they like. Remember; this is supposed to be a fun and relaxing time with family and friends. Don’t stress about what you have on your list for Santa (including a new stove, countertops and cabinets). Sure it would be great to double your space (and counter space) for this weekend, but

When I purchased my first home (a duplex down in Somersworth) I was fortunate to find a fantastic mortgage broker. She found FHA deals that allowed me to purchase this property with almost nothing out of pocket. My second home (across the Kanc. in Lincoln) was purchased with a business partner who handled the lion’s share of the up-front costs and we evened the finances out over time. Both of these were amazing experiences that taught me to always look beyond the initial hurdle to see if there is any

Last Thanksgiving, with plans in place to host over a dozen people at our house, mitigating circumstances arose and we had to abort the festivities. This year for Christmas, we’re headed to my brother’s place in Salt Lake City, UT. Yes, if you’re curious, there will be skiing! Growing up, it was always just a given that we were headed to Nana and Bampa’s house for Christmas. With a handful of exceptions, their house was always the place for the big meals, the family gatherings and (usually) the best presents.

When you decide it is time to sell your Conway NH home, there are several things you can do to make the sale go more smoothly. The first thing you definitely need to do is decide on the price to place on your house and what the lowest negotiated price is that you will accept. Pricing your house Your house may have appreciated in value since you bought it, but it also may have depreciated in value. The best way to find out what a fair price would be for