Keene, NH Real Estate News

By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
Saturday, October 10th   28 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 10:00-12:00 (Please note the new schedule) 97 Fox Run Rd, Swanzey- 11:00-1:00 2 South View Drive, Keene- 11:00-1:00 19 Iceland Circle, Keene- 2:00-4:00 84 Kendall Rd, Keene- 11:00-1:00 5 Surry Hill Drive, Keene- 11:00-1:00 104 Merriam Rd, Walpole- 12:00-2:00 36 Concord Hill Dr, Keene- 11:12:30 629 Glebe Rd, Westmoreland- 12:00-2:00 3 Forestview Rd, Keene- 10:00-1:00     Sunday, October 11th   28 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 11:00-1:00 (also scheduled for Weds from 4:00-6:00) 135 #4 Rd, Fitzwilliam- 11:30-1:30 8 Kapper Drive, Winchester- 12:00-3:00 23 Kapper Drive, Winchester- 12:00-3:00 154 Walpole Valley Rd, Alstead- 1:00-3:00-New Price! 103 Richmond Rd, Winchester- 11:00-1:00
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
I recently closed on three short sales including one with TD Bank and two with Wells Fargo.  I was surprised by the vast differences between the level of service from the short sale departments of each bank, which varied from transaction to transaction.  During my TD Bank short sale, the sellers had developed rapport with the bank for several months and were on good terms (despite their many personal setbacks, modified payments and- towards the end- no payments made on their mortgage).  The bank was well aware of their circumstances and the sellers took my early advice on how to proceed with the preliminary preparation for their short sale.  This was my easiest short sale transaction this year. The TD Bank negotiator assigned to them was in touch with the sellers regularily and they wer...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
10/3/2009   193 Mountain Rd, Spofford 11:00-1:00 28 Owens Drive, Swanzey 10:00-12:00 (also on Sundays 11:00-1:00 and Weds 4:00-6:00)-NEW HOURS 100 Forestview Drive, Chesterfield 1:00-3:00 46 Arlington Ave, Keene 11:30-1:30 162 Talbot Hill Rd, Swanzey 1:00-3:00 185 River Street, Keene 10:30-12:00 175 River Street, Keene 10:30-12:00 19C 20 Gates Rd, Marlborough- 12:30-2:00 54 Pine Avenue, Keene- 10:30-12:00 519 North Shore Rd, Spofford 11:30-1:00
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
I just purchased the new Flip Mino Video Camera for $149 from Target last week and since then my life has been caught on camera! Filmed documentary style, this camera is so simple, fun and convenient to use.  Like writing that first blog, it takes a bit of practice, but soon I'll be able to link my Youtube videos to my website, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and my Blog. This is truly how social media can be used to capture a variety of audiences. Last week I filmed a documentary style video of my client's "Closing Day" and sent it to her in an ecard (this will remain confidential unless she agrees to release it online).  Just today I filmed my children going off to school, added music, and created something that will shed tears from me for years to come!  How long did it take me? Less tha...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
9/26/2009 28 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 9:00-11:00 35 Hinsdale Heights, Hinsdale- 1:00-3:00 48 Mountainview Rd, Chesterfield- 10:00-12:00 142 Daniels Hill Rd, Keene- 3:00-4:30 55 Windsor Court, Keene- 11:00-12:30 21 Birch Street, Keene- 1:00-2:30 553 Rte 123A, Stoddard- 11:00-1:00 561 Rte 123A, Stoddard- 11:00-1:00 142 Rte 9, Chesterfield- 11:00-12:30 76 Howard Street, Keene- 11:00-12:30 61 Liberty Lane, Keene- 1:00-2:30 59 Gilsum Rd, Keene- 12:00-1:30   9/27/2009 103 Route 119W, Fitzwilliam- 1:00-2:30
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
This is the deal of the century and first time buyers are the lucky ones.  When I purchased my first home 8 years ago the market was similar, great rates and we got a killer deal on a foreclosure home.  After fixing up the home and strategically selling it at peak market before the 2005 downturn, the sweat equity put into the home really, really paid off. I call the first home purchase a "step home". (See Video Link)  I call it a "step home" because it's the first step to building your equity in an investment that will eventually lead you to your dream home in 5-10 years.   But be smart about it!  If you've just lost your job and the timing isn't quite right for you now, then it's not YOUR time and you shouldn't feel pressured.  Only YOU know when the time is right for YOU and your fami...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
I think we'd all like to save a dollar or two when making improvements.  My accountant keeps me updated on tax credits and I thought I'd share this one concerning Energy Efficiency products! I'm planning on improving the exterior doors of my home this year and could save hundreds of dollars as a result of this.  Pass this along to people you know.
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
9/19/2009   28 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 9:00-11:00 67 Forest Street, - 12:00-1:30 3 Forestview Rd, Keene - 10:00-11:30 20 Gates Rd- Unit 19C, Marlborough- 10:30-12:00 55 Windsor Court, Keene- 12:30-2:00 185 River Street, Keene- 11:00-12:30 175 River Street, Keene- 11:00-12:30 270 Wentworth Road, Walpole- 11:00-1:00 23 Kapper Drive, Keene- 1:00-3:00 43 Partridgeberry Lane, Swanzey- 12:00-1:30 97 Highland Circle, Swanzey- 10:00-11:30 38 Skyline Drive, Keene- 2:30-4:00   9/20/2009   13 Rte 119W, Fitzwilliam- 1:00-2:30 103 Richmond Rd, Winchester- 1:00-3:00 39 Base Hill Rd, Keene- 1:30-3:30 37 Base Hill Rd- 1:30-3:30 54 Pine Avenue, Keene- 1:00-2:30  
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
Today I received a call from a sweet man looking to buy a home of his own after 60+ years of marriage to his wife.  A real do-it-yourselfer who was unwilling to give me his name, quickly opened up to me and asked me if I'd be the one getting paid if he bought a particular property.  I explained about the choices buyers have for representation and he went on to inform me he'd sold his own home recently without an agent. I congratulated him and agreed to answer questions if he had any, after he asked for some help. Again he asked about my getting paid and immediately told me over the phone that he wanted to work with me.  It warmed my heart because I know the do-it-yourselfer type and I also know that he was in over his head, and to be told he wanted to work with me without first meeting ...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
9/12/2009 20 Gates Rd, Marlborough- 10:30-12:00 494 Rte 123, Stoddard- 11:30-1:30 155 Roxbury St, Keene- 12:00-1:30 27 Park Ave, Keene- 2:00-3:30 81 Summit Ridge, Keene- 10:00-11:30 61 Hilltop, Keene- 10:00-12:00 48 Martin St, Keene- 12:30-2:30 17 Hillcrest, Keene- 1:00-2:00 46 Robbins St, Hinsdale- 12:00-1:00 135 #4 Rd, Fitzwilliam- 10:30-12:30 28 Skyline Dr, Keene- 10:00-12:00 94 Kennedy Dr, Keene- 1:30-3:00 19 East Diane Circle, Keene- 11:30-1:00 28 Owens Dr, Swanzey- 9:00-11:00 77 Prospect St, Keene- 12:00-2:00     9/13/2009 84 Kendall Rd, Keene- 3:30-5:00 38 Rounds Rd, Chesterfield- 1:30-3:00 28 Owens Dr, Swanzey- 1:00-3:00 (also on Weds 4:00-6:00)
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
Set aside the old expression "making the phone ring", MY Smartphone was "writing" to me...email that is.  Nevertheless, below are the five places my last leads came from: 1. Postcards sent to Spofford Lake NH searching for that perfect lakefront home for my Connecticut buyers. One email came in already on 100 postcards sent just last week. 2. Former client referral to a best friend. Last year I sold a home to a teacher at the Keene Middle School.  She ended up buying a beautiful home, just the style she'd desired, and now her former roommate will be my next buyer.  Great people refer great people so these are the best source of quality business for me.  If I've enjoyed working with their friend, it's very likely we'll hit it off too. 3. Return buyer/seller.  For years these folks have s...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
I was recently working a cobroke transaction with a buyer's agent. The agent did not carry a cell phone and also did not offer a personal email address. Instead, communication had to be done through leaving messages at the office or by emailing the office email and having it printed out to be handed to the agent. If there was a simpler way of communicating with this agent, I was not made aware. When I first entered the real estate world, this is how I conducted business. This was what was expected to be the best you could communicate with each other. But times have changed and troubles can be fixed so quickly with proper communication tools. Commission paid to me as an agent is earned in the speed of delivery I offer to my clients. I invest in expensive communication tools to benefit my...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
8/29/200928 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 9:00-11:00185 River Street, Keene- 11:00-12:30175 River Street, Keene- 11:00-12:309 Schult Street, Keene- 10:00-12:00494 Rte 123, Stoddard- 11:30-1:307 Skyview Circle, Keene- 11:30-1:0067 Forest Street, Keene- 1:30-3:0048 Mountainview, Chesterfield- 1:30-3:0014 Barrett, Keene- 11:00-1:0044 Robbins Street, Hinsdale- 10:30-12:00870 Keene Road, Winchester- 1:00-3:00 8/30/20092 Startling Street, Keene- 2:00-4:0028 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 1:00-3:00 (also on Weds 4:00-6:00) 
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
Just 15 minutes ago I dropped off my daughter at school for her first day of Kindergarten. She was one of the ones who went inside holding hands with an old preschool friend, no tears at all. Behind her was a sweet little girl who's first day truly was her first day at the big school, since she hadn't attended preschool before. She clung to her mother and was the last to enter the building following a long trail of 5 year old children all attending their first day of Kindergarten. A milestone. I thought. But was it a milestone for my daughter as much as for me? I left this morning with wobbly knees and welling up tears followed by a happy little smile. Happy that my daughter was able to get over the separation anxiety she'd had the first four years of her life. Happy that she was proud ...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
I'm a cusper, born in between the X and Y generations and I've been in real estate for 8 years now. I wanted to share some of the reasons I chose to work for who I work for as insight to Brokers seeking to hire agents in this demographic. Why did I choose to work for Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group? Here are my reasons why...  I wanted to be at the core of the information stream in the region. Because BHG Masiello has its own in-house title, mortgage, insurance and marketing I now have access to changes going on in today's fast changing world right at my reach. Because the company is a large one, I have access to other agents and their expertise when navigating through challenging transactions. While I have my niche (short sales and working with first time buyers), each agen...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
8/22/2009 50 Montiero Dr, Winchester- 10:30-12:30 8 Kapper Dr, Winchester- 1:00-4:00 23 Kapper Dr, Winchester- 1:00-4:00 28 Owens Dr, Swanzey- 9:00-11:00 154 Walpole Valley Rd, Walpole- 2:00-4:00 94 Kennedy Dr, Keene- 11:00-1:00 142 Rte 9,Sullivan - 11:00-1:00   8/23/2009 37 Base Hill Rd, Keene- 9:30-11:30 28 Owens Dr, Swanzey- 1:00-3:00 (also on Weds 4:00-6:00)
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
It's still a buyer's market here in Keene, NH. Our average Days on the Market period is almost double where it was last year and there is a little over 12 months listing inventory. Buyers have a wonderful selection of property and, if timed well, they can view a property with enough time to think about it and compare to others to secure a solid decision. Taking time to think about it doesn't always benefit the buyers, however, when competing offers come in on the property. But what's the likelihood of that happening in this type of market? It happens quite frequently in the niche market I work with. The first time buyers are competing against a large pool of other first time buyers and investors alike. They have to assess a property completely and determine their decision making strateg...
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
Saturday 8/15/09   50 Monteiro Dr, Hinsdale            1-3 17 Hillcrest St., Hinsdale             11-12:30 185 River St, Keene                   11-12:30 175 River St, Keene                   11-12:30 46 Arlington Ave, Keene             12-1:30 28 Skyline Dr, Keene                 10-12 28 Owens Drive                         9-11     (also: 8/16/09   1-3   &  8/19/09  4-6) www.stephaniejacques.com  
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
8/8/2009 67 Forest Street, Keene- 10:30-12:00 8 Kapper Drive, Winchester- 1:00-4:00 23 Kapper Drive, Winchester- 1:00-4:00 21 Wheelock Street, Keene- 9:00-11:00 59 Nelson Rd, Harrisville- 11:00-1:00 28 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 9:00-11:00   8/9/2009 28 Owens Drive, Swanzey- 1:00-3:00 (also on Weds from 4:00-6:00) 58 Valley Park Drive, Chesterfield- 10:30-12:00
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By Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine
(Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group)
There will come a day when we need more agents in this industry, again. True, those of us still around selling real estate are thrilled to see the number of agents in our region has greatly reduced, but before long we will be seeing new agents entering our field and some may actually be doing alright. Who will do alright in the new world of real estate evolving around us? I believe it will be people who can produce real-time real estate transactions and communicate with clients at a speed we've never before experienced. It is my own experience that a certain demographic of clients this past year has demanded speedier responses as they seek the answers they need from whatever source will be the quickest. As we evolve into the Generation Y era of first time buyers, the agents best able to...
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