Portsmouth, NH Real Estate News

By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New Hampshire is situated right on the border of New Hampshire and Maine, connecting by bridges to Kittery Maine.  This area is loaded with all kinds of fun, educational, and entertaining things to do, all year long! This is one of three bridges that connects the Portsmouth and the Seacoast areas of New Hampshire with the southern part of Maine, into Kittery and Eliot Maine.  Two of the three bridges are draw bridges, as Portsmouth is a working port, and tankers and other large ocean-going vessels have to be able to navigate our port and river, the Piscataqua River, which has the 3rd fastest current in the world, and leads right out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Right on the banks of this great river that divides New Hampshire and Maine in this area is a beautiful park that was giv...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
I read a magazine a while back, don't recall which magazine it was, and it had an article in it about dealing with dilemmas and how to know if you're making the right decisions or not. With just about every dilemma we face - business or personal - we can ask ourselves these 3 simple questions : What are the consequences of my decision --                          -- in 10 minutes?                         -- in 10 months?                         -- in 10 years?The answers to these questions will tell you what you need to know to not only make the most-reasoned decision, but will also help to explain your choice.I wish I could remember the magazine I read this in to reference it, but the article itself had a big impact on me the longer I thought it and thought about "The Rule of 10-10-10"....
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
I was doing a 2nd showing on one of my listings here in Portsmouth, the other day, with the buyer having brought their builder with them so they could figure out if some renovations could be made, etc.  On 2nd showings, we usually let the buyer and their agent go back through on their own, while staying within easy earshot if they have questions, etc. One of the magazines on my seller's table had a headline article that caught my eye, so I thumbed through the magazine until I could find that particular article.  I read that one, and then found this poem in that same magazine.  I read it twice, and then decided to write it down because I really liked what it had to say.          "Live Your Best Life"     "I will not die an unlived life,      I will not live in fear          of falling or...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Yesterday, I had my first appointment scheduled for 7:30am.  It was a showing on one of my listings in Kittery Maine - a buyer contacted me who had been watching this particular house and had seen the most recent price reduction.  Her work schedule was such that she only had time after work to see it, when it would be dark.  Being a morning person, I asked her what time she had to be at work, she told me 8am, so I suggested taking a look at it on her way in.  She was delighted I'd meet her that early.  I don't usually start appointments that early, but I am a morning person, and this particular house is empty.So, I get over there about 5 minutes before the showing, got all the lighs on, etc.  And I waited and waited.  I called her on her cell phone, couldn't reach her.  Turns out she to...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
In one of the courses offered on using our newish MLS system, the instructor told us about a site where you could get all kinds of Microsoft Power Toys,  The link to that site is:                                                             http://tinyurl.com/2meyw  This is a site where you can download lots of different kinds of "power toys", for Windows XP on the link I gave above.  Some of these are good, and some are not-so-good or not-so-helpful.  Some of the 'toys' on here are a slideshow program, a program to help manage the color system on your computer, some utilities that allow you to magnify your screen and make the screen easier to read.  The one he was telling us about in the class is the image resizer tool, which lets you resize images with just a quick right-click, once yo...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Our annual NH Association of REALTORS State Convention starts this Sunday, the 24th and goes till Wednesday, the 27th.  It is being held at the five-star resort of The Balsams Grand Resort, http://www.thebalsams.com/.  What a location this is!!  The food at The Balsams is heaven on earth, all of our meals are included, and they are every one just spectacular!  One of the things they offer during our convention is a culinary tour with demonstrations.  That is always a big hit with our members.The Balsams in an all-inclusive resort, set high up in the mountains of northern New Hampshire, in Dixville Notch.  Dixville Notch is the first place in the country to cast their votes in each presidential election.  It is just glorious up there.  The ride there through the mountains is wonderful, f...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
How much home will $425,000 get you in today's market here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire?  This is a really interesting question, and here you go!For single family homes, we just happen to have 3 priced right at $425,000.  All 3 are basically historic homes, 2 from the 1800's and one built in 1900.  Here is a link to these 3 homes for anyone who cares to check them out:  http://www.nnerenmls.com/nne/maildoc/b0056F3692.htmlFor condos, here are 2 that are listed about $425,000 here in Portsmouth, both originally built in the 1800's:  http://www.nnerenmls.com/nne/maildoc/h000X97196.htmlAnd for land, here is the only piece close to $425,000 that I could find here in Portsmouth:  http://www.nnerenmls.com/nne/maildoc/b005rf5685.html    Other lots are available, 3-4 a little less than this one,...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth NH Homeowners Selling Tips Portsmouth New Hampshire homeowners might just enjoy having these fall selling tips if their homes are on the market now, or are about to come on the market for sale!I just read a nice article by Michele Dawson, in this morning's Realty Times e-newsletter, offering tips to help sell in the fall.  Some of these tips are common sense, and some add a really nice welcoming feeling to potential buyers and their agents, and they all offer homeowners easy things to think about doing if their house is for sale.--"Curb Appeal" - never forget to think about those all-important 'first impressions'.  With the gorgeous colors of fall leaves, this can add to a home's already existing appeal, however all those leaves laying around on the ground certainly don't.  C...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New HampshireEver been to Portsmouth New Hampshire?  Those of us who live here and love it tend to think of it as "God's Country"!!  It is such a special place to call home!  We are right here on the Atlantic Ocean, our coastline is a mere 17 miles long, bordering Massachusetts to the south and Maine to the north.  Portsmouth is right on the Piscataqua River, which is the border between New Hampshire and Maine.  This river has the 3rd fastest current in the world...practice up your boating skills for our river!!                 Portsmouth NH is approximately 45 minutes north of Boston, 45 minutes south of Portland, Maine, and about 45 minutes east of Manchester, New Hampshire.  We have great highways and commuter's routes here, a small airport, rail service, and the mountains...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Whew, it was a bit chilly when I got up this morning!!  The temperatures around the area had dipped into the 40's, believe it or not!  My calendar is telling me we're still in the season called summer, but that certainly isn't a summer temperature in my book!It is gloriously sunny here, so I know it will warm up.  The high today is to be in the high 60's, and I'd like it to be a little higher than that.  This year's temperatures seem to be a bit off kilter to me.  Do they seem that way to others?Years ago, I would look forward to winter, I loved the cold air and felt invigorated by it.  Today, and the last few days, I've felt a feeling of not looking forward to cooler temps.  Could it be that I'm getting a little older?  People used to tell me that when you get older, you'll really grow...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
I read a post about technology and free wireless internet being provided by some cities around the country.  Right here in my town of Portsmouth New Hampshire, we have access to free wireless internet in the downtown area.  The town officials have said the usage of it has grown more and more each year, and they're now considering expanding the free wireless area to include more space outside of the downtown areas it's presently in.I haven't taken advantage of this yet myself, but I've had several clients who just absolutely love being able to sit downtown at one of the cafes or restaurants that have outdoor seating, have their coffee and danish, and work away on their computers.  They call it their 'outdoor office space'!  I'm working with a client right now who goes downtown early in t...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
The Portsmouth New Hampshire Little League All-Stars team made it to the World Series, and they played so well!  Everyone at home was rooting for them, whether we knew any of the kids on the team or not.  And play well, they certainly did!  They made it all the way to the semi-finals, being beat by a great team from Georgia.  That same Georgia team went on to become the Little League World Series Champs for 2006.  Not a bad team to have been beaten by......The Portsmouth NH, All-Stars Team had a terrific journey, winning the District and New Hampshire State Tournaments, and then to take the New England Regional Title.  What a great group of kids, and their coaches were so inspiring, to them and to us!  Little League provides such a foundation for kids to carry with them throughout their...
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